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1 hour ago, Satyriconhome said:

Just to let everyone know I asked Billy whether I would be watching him at Box Hill or Perth, answer Perth, I ask the tell me coz I don't shout from rooftops before official

Also he has as Plapp put  been working on inside and contested work

Just to let everyone know my dog likes to play fetch.

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6 hours ago, Ted Fidge said:

But wait, there's more!

Big bang
Big cats
Big day out
Big girls don't cry
Big kahuna
Big trouble in little china
Big yellow taxi

 

All adds up to the biggest omen ever: big win to the Demons

Big Lebowski

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2 hours ago, Petraccattack said:

That West Coast team looks woeful, on paper at least.

Woeful enough to have 3 emergencies who are regulars. Other than the injured Kennedy and Nic Nat who has been out all year and the out of form Le Cras they are all there. 

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3 hours ago, Redleg said:

Woeful enough to have 3 emergencies who are regulars. Other than the injured Kennedy and Nic Nat who has been out all year and the out of form Le Cras they are all there. 

West coast will be lucky to make the 8. They are slow, old and predictable. 

Their last quarters are have dreadful and have only one 3 from 12. Dees will overrun them in the last even if we are a couple of goals down  

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West coasts team looks good on paper even with their outs. We need to bring the same intensity as last week and I think we will win

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13 hours ago, deanox said:

Contested possessions is a pretty silly stat to pick someone on.

 

Hardball gets? Yes.  But a loose, bouncing ball in 25 m space away from opposition and an in and under clearance handball are both considered a "contested" ball according to champion data. 

I'm not really sure of the skill set of the Match Committee, but I'd be extremely surprised if they chose players purely based on stats.

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Due to an 'oversight' I missed the MFC interstate member allocation of seats but thankfully I've got my mates Eagles members seats for tomorrow night so I'm desperately hoping we win. Sitting right in the thick of the some of the worst supporters in the league, challenging every single free kick they get and roaring like a demented fool at every goal we kick (I'll wait until we're in the clear) will be so thouroughly therapeutic.

I'm pumped and feeling very confident that our best footy is clearly better than the Eagles.

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Not sure what to think of this game. Like Adelaide I think West Coast's credentials are grossly overstated. I see that we're more likely to lose than win but gee a win over there with Jones, Watts and Hogan out would have us in serious flag contention.

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50 minutes ago, McQueen said:

Due to an 'oversight' I missed the MFC interstate member allocation of seats but thankfully I've got my mates Eagles members seats for tomorrow night so I'm desperately hoping we win. Sitting right in the thick of the some of the worst supporters in the league, challenging every single free kick they get and roaring like a demented fool at every goal we kick (I'll wait until we're in the clear) will be so thouroughly therapeutic.

I'm pumped and feeling very confident that our best footy is clearly better than the Eagles.

Please, please, please MQ, if we kick away near the end yell PERCENTAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We've got the best possible ins from the list of available players, but gee those outs hurt. I'm very pleased we are picking the best available, rather than looking at a certain type of player (eg Weideman to replace Watts).

We can win if we play with the same attitude and intensity that we showed against the Dogs, but not if we drop off for a period as we did against Collingwood. Hopefully the umpires don't influence the result of the game, as has clearly been the case in previous trips west.

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7 minutes ago, binman said:

Please, please, please MQ, if we kick away near the end yell PERCENTAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lol.

With glee.

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Just now, McQueen said:

Lol.

With glee.

And... while I know this is frowned upon by some here... if we're comfortably up with 10 to go, a rousing rendition of "a grand old flag" could be appropriate..? 

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Pedo has been reallly strong, watts is a big loss so is jones, but with gawn back in the ruck the set up of the team is the same as in the first three rounds,  so pedo now plays the role that watts played.

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11 minutes ago, PaulRB said:

And... while I know this is frowned upon by some here... if we're comfortably up with 10 to go, a rousing rendition of "a grand old flag" could be appropriate..? 

Played on a trumpet

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1 hour ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I'm not really sure of the skill set of the Match Committee, but I'd be extremely surprised if they chose players purely based on stats.

I wasnt suggesting that was the case and as per DD other stats like clearances are important. 

 

Im just surprised how often contested balls get thrown around as a valuable indicator of performance or toughness.

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3 minutes ago, deanox said:

I wasnt suggesting that was the case and as per DD other stats like clearances are important. 

 

Im just surprised how often contested balls get thrown around as a valuable indicator of performance or toughness.

I knew you weren't suggesting it. But I couldn't help myself.

I love to look at stats even though I know that they are subject to a myriad of interpretations. For example, should we all be worried that we haven't won a game without Nathan Jones playing for nearly 5 years?

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11 hours ago, deespicable me said:

Looking forward to Viney running straight past the ball and cleaning up Shuey with a shoulder bone to the head.

Agreed. But then watch him get 3 weeks, appeal it, and then get the rest of the season because he plays for Melbourne.....

Meanwhile Joel Selwood knocks out Nat Fyfe with a fly-kick to the head before the opening bounce and receives a $20 fine.

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14 hours ago, Chook said:

Glad to see Stretchy back in. I thought it was a mistake when he was dropped...but then we started winning a whole bunch, so I guess the moral of the story is that the football department knows what its doing

But can the football department know more the luminaries on Demonland ?? What we actually know is frightening  !!

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I'm not sure If I'm prepared for the possibility of being a top four side yet, even if we win.

Some sinister part of me almost misses the days when we played James Sellar at full forward and we'd be relatively satisfied if we stayed within five goals.

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I think one of the great things about the win against the Bulldogs, thus what holds us in good stead for this week and ongoing, is that we are able to get ahead, and stay ahead (against a damn fine team) - that was a completely different style of win to the rest of the year - personally, its a sign of growing maturity, and capacity. Belief, confidence et al, fluctuates dramatically in games, there is no better evidence for competence, than competence. This team of young skilled dudes is really really coming together, guided by the leadership of the players on the ground and the FD. 

Prediction, Melbourne by 20 points.

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With the evenness of this season each week is of significance, a loss has you tumble far and win inches you closer to September.

Only two of our games for the remainder of the season are with teams now out of contention (Lions and North) and North stitched us up last time we played them.

Imperative we keep winning, to keep the pack at our back. Ladder pressure within this season will help. 

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29 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I knew you weren't suggesting it. But I couldn't help myself.

I love to look at stats even though I know that they are subject to a myriad of interpretations. For example, should we all be worried that we haven't won a game without Nathan Jones playing for nearly 5 years?

Not a problem. We've spent more time I  the top 8 in the first half of this season than we had in the previous 10 seasons collectively.  

 

We've got this ;)

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1 hour ago, poita said:

We've got the best possible ins from the list of available players, but gee those outs hurt. I'm very pleased we are picking the best available, rather than looking at a certain type of player (eg Weideman to replace Watts).

I think it just highlights the structural imbalance we would have had. 

And still will in coming weeks. 

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Having Gawn back is a huge bonus. However with Jones and Watts out there is huge loss in talent and experience. Eagles have their problems as well so it will be even but Jones and Watts are huge losses.

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