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Mitch Hannan gets a chance to cut his teeth in the big time.

Pleased we have gone with Smith as well.

Goodwin at least giving the kids a run .

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Don't care what anyone says, we are a better team with Jetta in it.

Tell you what, we've been left in no doubt about Goodwin's attacking game plan. Jetta in makes me happy, Hannan is a surprise good luck to the kid, may he kick goals with his first three kicks. J


Glad Jetta is back. His experience and composure will be crucial in a defence that seemed a little bit undermanned.

I feel like VDB is important to the coaches as a predominantly defensive forward, who can then bob up for a goal or two, and they have Hannan in to fill this role with his speed. Just give him simple instructions, run, hunt and tackle.

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Just want to remind a few folk about Hannan's career to date and his value for us. 2015, BOG in Ammos' A-Grade GF for Premiers, St Bernard's. 2016, BOG for Footscray in GF v Casey. I have a very good friend who is an insider at the Dogs who reckons he's  the leap of Howe with X factor.

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5 minutes ago, Dappa Dan said:

Holy smokes. Goody off to an explosive start. lol

Hannan some pace over Tyson probably a good intention... but Saints would be laughing.

Think the panel is quite worried about the Saints ability to spread. Tyson probably the most vulnerable here of all the mids. Searching for additional closing speed with that selection. I don't know a thing about Hannan so the FD must be seeing something on the training track....including speed over first 10 meters or so.

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ANB needs to cut the false remonstrating down and focus on the footy and next contest or create another option. 

As a young bloke who is fringe bottom 6, he needs to because he just does it too regularly.

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1 minute ago, Rusty Nails said:

Think the panel is quite worried about the Saints ability to spread. Tyson probably the most vulnerable here of all the mids. Searching for additional closing speed with that selection. I don't know a thing about Hannan so the FD must be seeing something on the training track....including speed over first 10 meters or so.

Last year I think we made a few selection errors, in picking top heavy teams. Coaches came out and apologised Post match....don't ever want to see that happen again. Go Goodie !!!

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Tell you what, we've been left in no doubt about Goodwin's attacking game plan.

Jetta in makes me happy, Hannan is a surprise good luck to the kid, may he kick goals with his first three kicks. Joel Smith is in for a serious introduction, likely to be the desperate drop-back tall trying to cover when the midfield cracks.

And that's the game there - we've gone quite small in defence compared to the Saints forwards, just completely double-down on 'we will run and kill them all over the ground, and to hell with the occasional easy goal out the back'. Still mean's sometimes Jetta will be on Bruce, giving away a handy 17cm.

Good luck to Nibbler and Weed. And good luck to Garlett's leg muscles collectively.

Let's kick 25 goals and send the rest of the league into a cold sweat!

 

 

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50 minutes ago, picket fence said:

Gee as much as I love WEEDS he hasn't shown much to date! I would have gone with Pedo or Spencer at this stage!

WATTS  IN :blink:

 

17 minutes ago, Cards13 said:

Agree of Peds, he gives us more now than Weids does. Weids will be a much better player long term.

i think Peds might need a week or 2 at Casey though. 

Count me in. That's a poor selection on paper IMO. Peds all the way at this point at Shitihad. Weids is a no impact player and at least a season away from AFL. Also allows the Saints to double (or even triple) team Hogan more often. Hopefully Weids is the decoy and we hit Watts up a heck of a lot, assuming he plays a mostly forward role. As Demonlad said, games are often won/lost at selection table. This one is costly IMO and makes things that much harder. Happy to call this an early season faux pas that may cost us the match ?

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40 minutes ago, Seraph said:

Surprised Hannan is in ahead of Harmes.

Edit: And ANB.

No Tyson either. :\

Harmes JLT was putrid. Surprised ANB ahead of Bugg but hoping ANB is given a good chance early in season to see if can convert his VFL form up a level and cement a spot if he's good enough.

Tyson and Kent clearly best 22 but both are the type that need more run and touch to be at their best. I know Weid's JLT did not set the world on fire but think it is right to persevere with him ahead of two rucks with one as a make shift forward. The thing he does well already is create space for Hogan, you very rarely see them go the same ball which the same cant be said once Gawn/Spencer rest there. 

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48 minutes ago, picket fence said:

Gee as much as I love WEEDS he hasn't shown much to date! I would have gone with Pedo or Spencer at this stage!

WATTS  IN :blink:

I would have Watts in the forward line and the weid on the bench. 

NOT the other way around. 

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11 minutes ago, DemonOX said:

I would have Watts in the forward line and the weid on the bench. 

NOT the other way around. 

Watts will be giving Gawn a chop out when not in the forward line.

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1 hour ago, Wiseblood said:

Who says he plays forward?  The inclusion of Hannan may see ANB spend most of his time through the midfield.

Was an assessment I made based on his previous positions at AFL level and where he was named. There may be every chance he plays midfield. I was just saying I don't think he adds enough to be playing forward

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4 minutes ago, Leoncelli_36 said:

Question, why didn't Hannan play JLT, did he play the Casey game last week? 

Hanman played against Port last week at Casey and was excellent. Tall,agile with a good kick. Knows Etihad well.

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Pretty happy with the inclusion of Smith and Hannan - I've been worried for months that we'd go in too tall and they'd run rings around us like last time.

These guys are both pretty quick with good closing speed and I feel really comfortable with the team we're putting forward.

Happy for Tyson to miss this one - if we're needing influence of his style we can pop Lewis in the middle and cover him pretty well I think.

The coach must see something I don't in ANB as I probably have him further down the list, behind Bugg at least. Hope he has a cracking game though.

Cant wait, go Dees!

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I am lost as to why any a game last year is mentioned at the start of the new season. Learn form the past but move forward. This is a young and skilled team. There are players that are injured and I believe should be walk up starts, however such is our depth now that we can cover them. Secondly the most important aspect of the style that we are trying to develop is that the midfield must look to leading forwards and deliver it appropriately. The team clealy has the learnt its defensive tactics, but it is the number of times that it tries to find a leading forward or correct option, and then misses the target, that is frustrating.

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18 minutes ago, Balance Demon said:

I am lost as to why any a game last year is mentioned at the start of the new season. Learn form the past but move forward. This is a young and skilled team. There are players that are injured and I believe should be walk up starts, however such is our depth now that we can cover them. Secondly the most important aspect of the style that we are trying to develop is that the midfield must look to leading forwards and deliver it appropriately. The team clealy has the learnt its defensive tactics, but it is the number of times that it tries to find a leading forward or correct option, and then misses the target, that is frustrating.

Problem is we've never learned from the past. They've beaten us for ten years straight.

I think we've finally picked a team for the occasion - one that can match their spread and pace on a fast Etihad deck.

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