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Looking ahead ... the Path to September


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Saints now have a sniff of finals, next week is the first elimination final of the year. Whoever loses I can't see making it. 

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This is actually a chance to once and for all stop supporters saying "Here we go again".

Make finals from here and we gain the respect of the footy world as well as from many wavering supporters. There would also be the undeniable side effect of forcing good players to at least consider us as a viable destination.

Fail to make it (especially if we capitulate like we did in the final 2 games last year) and it will reinforce the general football-world view that we are a nothing club represented by a nothing team.

Over to the players. 

 

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Have to put the last 2 weeks behind us. 

If we make the finals we deserved to get there, who cares who we lost to along the way or how we got there? Every team has bad losses during the season.  We have the talent do to damage in September.

When team selection comes out on the Thursday night for the Elimination final, is anyone here going to give a [censored] we lost to North twice? No. We will be on cloud nine ready to play our first final in 11 years.

 

 

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Food for thought, all this discussion re: Injuries, if Richmond had a similar stretch of run with injuries to us would the be in the 4 let alone the 8?? Had the lost key personal for reasonable stretches of the season would they be where they are????.... I tend to think not. If They Lost Cotchin, Martin, Rance, Nankervis, say Houli would they be exploited???........I Tend to think so.

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As of round 19, the answer to what Essendon would do after a year out of the game appears answered: Dislodge Stk/Melb/Coll from 9-10-11

10 MELBMelbourne 19 10 9 0 104.8 40
11 STKSt Kilda 19 10 9 0 97.3 40
12 COLLCollingwood 19 8 10 1 100.2 34

 

As bruce would say, "the old firm hey" - Together again.

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7 minutes ago, DominatrixTyson said:

As of round 19, the answer to what Essendon would do after a year out of the game appears answered: Dislodge Melb/Stk/Coll from 9-10-11

10 Melbourne 19 40 104.8 % Lost @ GWS
62 – 97
9th: 48 pts, 107 % Sunday
vs St.K
11 St Kilda 19 40 97.3 % Won vs WCE
103 – 95
11th: 44+pts, 97 % Sunday
@ Melb
12 Collingwood 19 34 100.2 % Won @ N.M.
111 – 57
13th: 38 pts, 98 % Sunday
@ P.A.

As bruce would say, "the old firm hey" - Together Forever

Makes sense. AFL gave Essendon the easiest draw in the competition because they reward clubs who run clandestine drugs programs and use their players as pharmaceutical guinea pigs.

The other 3 clubs got harder draws because we finished higher. It's only fair.

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It's funny looking at Port Adelaide, they may be pretenders against teams who are decent but they have got the job done just about every time against the teams they should beat. 

We need to get there, I'm sick of us losing games we should win. It's the reason we've got ourselves in such a stupidly precarious position. 

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17 minutes ago, Pates said:

It's funny looking at Port Adelaide, they may be pretenders against teams who are decent but they have got the job done just about every time against the teams they should beat. 

We need to get there, I'm sick of us losing games we should win. It's the reason we've got ourselves in such a stupidly precarious position. 

Exactly. Knocking on the door of top 4 all season purely by winning the teams beneath them. They've been very consistent in this regard.

Just imagine if we'd done the same AND still managed to get the huge scalps we did? Upsetting.

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If we can beat the Saints then we should then account for Brisbane.  The Pies game then looms large with that mob running into a bit of form.  13 wins should secure us a spot but we'll still need 1 loss from each of the Eagles & Dons (or beat them both out on percentage) 

The Crows should beat Essendon next week but they might be in a position where they can rest their good players (tank) in round 23 against the Eagles.  The Bulldogs tanked their round 23 game against Freo last season.

Looking ahead it wouldn't be a bad thing if the Pies reappointed Buckley in the next week or so.  The Pies under Buckley are terribly inconsistent.  Whilst he's coaching for his football coaching career they are dangerous.

I reckon we'll turn our form around but we now need a bit of help (elsewhere) to make the finals.

 

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4 minutes ago, Macca said:

If we can beat the Saints then we should then account for Brisbane.  The Pies game then looms large with that mob running into a bit of form.  13 wins should secure us a spot but we'll still need 1 loss from each of the Eagles & Dons (or beat them both out on percentage) 

The Crows should beat Essendon next week but they might be in a position where they can rest their good players (tank) in round 23 against the Eagles.  The Bulldogs tanked their round 23 game against Freo last season.

Looking ahead it wouldn't be a bad thing if the Pies reappointed Buckley in the next week or so.  The Pies under Buckley are terribly inconsistent.  Whilst he's coaching for his football coaching career they are dangerous.

I reckon we'll turn our form around but we now need a bit of help (elsewhere) to make the finals.

 

Giants will beat Eagles at Spotless stadium. There won't be Nic Nat out there kicking a goal with 5 seconds left. 

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1 hour ago, At the break of Gawn said:

Giants will beat Eagles at Spotless stadium. There won't be Nic Nat out there kicking a goal with 5 seconds left. 

I wish I shared your view on the Giants but they're not always switched on either - that's their main issue as they've got plenty of talent. 

The optimist in me believes that if we win our last 3, we're in. 

Lose next week and we're almost certainly done.

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Macca said:

I wish I shared your view on the Giants but they're not always switched on either - that's their main issue as they've got plenty of talent. 

The optimist in me believes that if we win our last 3, we're in. 

Lose next week and we're done.

Eagles can't win away let alone top of the ladder giants. No chance of them winning

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1 minute ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Beat the saints next week and we're likely back in the 8. Essendon play the Crows and Dogs play the Giants.

Nothing is easier said than done...esp now. 

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2 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Beat the saints next week and we're likely back in the 8. Essendon play the Crows and Dogs play the Giants.

That's it, next week is the week. We win I feel confident of finals, lose and I reckon it's close to over. 

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