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MELBOURNE  

B: Michael Hibberd, Jake Lever, Neville Jetta

HB: Jayden Hunt, Oscar McDonald, Nathan Jones

? Bernie Vince, Jordan Lewis, Christian Salem

HF: Christian Petracca, Cam Pedersen, James Harmes

F: Bayley Fritsch, Jesse Hogan, Jeff Garlett

Foll: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Alex Neal-Bullen

I/C: Jake Melksham, Mitch Hannan, Corey Maynard, Josh Wagner

Emg: Angus Brayshaw, Tom Bugg, Sam Frost, Dom Tyson

NEW: Bayley Fritsch (Casey Demons), Jake Lever (Adelaide)

GEELONG

B: Jake Kolodjashnij, Harry Taylor, Zach Tuohy

HB: Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart, Jed Bus

? Cam Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan

HF: Cory Gregson, Esava Ratugolea, James Parsons

F: Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Brendan Parfitt

R: Zac Smith, Gary Ablett, Sam Menegola

I/C:  Lachie Fogarty, Zac Guthrie, Tim Kelly, Mark O’Connor

Emg: Charlie Constable, Jordan Cunico, Jordan Murdoch, Rhys Stanley

NEW: Lachie Fogarty (Western Jets), Tim Kelly (South Fremantle), Esava Ratugolea (Murray Bushrangers)

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So out of that side go Lever, Hunt, Pedersen, Maynard and Wagner.  At the moment we have added Brayshaw, Frost, Spargo, JKH and Tom McDonald, depending on how selection goes this week.  Obviously Lever is a big loss, but Brayshaw, Tom Mac and Spargo have made us a better side, while Frost has been pretty good since coming in as well.  I think we're a stronger side than the one we fielded in Round 1.

On the flip side, they've added Dangerfield to their side and it's being place at GMHBA Stadium, so we'll need to be at our very best to walk away with the 4 points.

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Does anyone else think the narrower ground will suit us?  We seem to able to defend the narrower Etihad (128.8m) much better than the MCG (141m).  GMHBA stadium is much narrower again (115m) so might suit our style?

Just a thought.

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22 minutes ago, BigFez said:

Does anyone else think the narrower ground will suit us?  We seem to able to defend the narrower Etihad (128.8m) much better than the MCG (141m).  GMHBA stadium is much narrower again (115m) so might suit our style?

Just a thought.

It still amazes me that 12m (6m either wing) would make so much difference to how a side plays, personally I think it's a cop out between Etihad and the MCG and think it's all in the head, combined with a bunch of fair weather footballers. A win v Geelong may sway me, should be nice and windy on the weekend.

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38 minutes ago, MSFebey said:

It still amazes me that 12m (6m either wing) would make so much difference to how a side plays, personally I think it's a cop out between Etihad and the MCG and think it's all in the head, combined with a bunch of fair weather footballers. A win v Geelong may sway me, should be nice and windy on the weekend.

It seems to be a real thing though.  Eagles used to dominate Subiaco with their "Weagles Web", but were picked apart at the MCG, particularly by the Hawks with their amazing foot skills.  Now they are playing on their new home ground with similar dimensions to the MCG and are 2-0 at the 'G this year (albeit a small sample size).  Are they a better side now?  Is it a coincidence?

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50 minutes ago, MSFebey said:

It still amazes me that 12m (6m either wing) would make so much difference to how a side plays, personally I think it's a cop out between Etihad and the MCG and think it's all in the head, combined with a bunch of fair weather footballers. A win v Geelong may sway me, should be nice and windy on the weekend.

Windy. Should suit our bombing. It's like a WW2 London or Dresden campaign. Somebody check the ancestry of these players. Too many RAF pilots and not enough RAAF Spitfires and Wirraways.

Every player should have to go to sleep all week to the hypnotic tones of Sean Cosgrove "lower your eyes, lower your eyes. Just kick it in." Happy Gilmore style. Just tap it in. Taaaap it in.

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22 hours ago, danielE288 said:

Anyone going to this hellhole on Saturday? What the deal with tickets.

I'll be there.  Didn't buy our tickets though (had them given to us), but when we did look at buying them, they were about $50 each and not many left.

If you do get along, be careful.  Their supporters are great when things are going their way, but if we get on top of them, they do have the tendency of getting fairly agressive.

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17 minutes ago, timbo said:

Windy. Should suit our bombing. It's like a WW2 London or Dresden campaign. Somebody check the ancestry of these players. Too many RAF pilots and not enough RAAF Spitfires and Wirraways.

Every player should have to go to sleep all week to the hypnotic tones of Sean Cosgrove "lower your eyes, lower your eyes. Just kick it in." Happy Gilmore style. Just tap it in. Taaaap it in.

I do enjoy your humour around here Timbo, keep it up mate.

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23 minutes ago, The Chazz said:

If you do get along, be careful.  Their supporters are great when things are going their way, but if we get on top of them, they do have the tendency of getting fairly agressive.

Thanks for the tip mate. Yeah I havn't been for years and recall them being a bit aggressive. But If I can survive  White Hart Lane as an Arsenal fan I should be able to negotiate a few feral cats fans. Hopefully I can find a couple of reasonably priced tix.

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Once, just once, I would like to give Geelong a gold old-fashioned belting. Since I was a kid, they have consistently belted us every few years, starting with opening round 1996, 98, from 2007-2011 (including that infamous performance...), and most recently in Roos' last game.

We should have beaten them the last two times, if not for poor kicking, injuries, and poor defensive accountability.

I genuinely believe Geelong is on the way down, to cushion the fall is three of the game's best midfielders, including arguably one of the best players of all time.

Make no mistake though, with us on the rise and them firmly being a mid-table side, there has been no better time in the past decade to dish them a belting than now. How awesome would it be to just smash them by 10 goals on their turf? Hasn't happened in Geelong for a while. Would love to be the team to do it! I just really want to smash these overrated jerks, and at the same time shut the doubters up. 

This is the game we separate ourselves from the run-withs, and join the contenders group.

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2 hours ago, danielE288 said:

Thanks for the tip mate. Yeah I havn't been for years and recall them being a bit aggressive. But If I can survive  White Hart Lane as an Arsenal fan I should be able to negotiate a few feral cats fans. Hopefully I can find a couple of reasonably priced tix.

Gunners....

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3 hours ago, praha said:

Once, just once, I would like to give Geelong a gold old-fashioned belting. Since I was a kid, they have consistently belted us every few years, starting with opening round 1996, 98, from 2007-2011 (including that infamous performance...), and most recently in Roos' last game.

 We should have beaten them the last two times, if not for poor kicking, injuries, and poor defensive accountability.

I genuinely believe Geelong is on the way down, to cushion the fall is three of the game's best midfielders, including arguably one of the best players of all time.

Make no mistake though, with us on the rise and them firmly being a mid-table side, there has been no better time in the past decade to dish them a belting than now. How awesome would it be to just smash them by 10 goals on their turf? Hasn't happened in Geelong for a while. Would love to be the team to do it! I just really want to smash these overrated jerks, and at the same time shut the doubters up. 

 This is the game we separate ourselves from the run-withs, and join the contenders group.

2002 Rd 18 against Norf they lost by 64pts..... only 10 goal loss at home on the past 16 years....

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On 7/17/2018 at 11:23 AM, The Chazz said:

I'll be there.  Didn't buy our tickets though (had them given to us), but when we did look at buying them, they were about $50 each and not many left.

If you do get along, be careful.  Their supporters are great when things are going their way, but if we get on top of them, they do have the tendency of getting fairly agressive.

 

On 7/17/2018 at 11:48 AM, danielE288 said:

Thanks for the tip mate. Yeah I havn't been for years and recall them being a bit aggressive. But If I can survive  White Hart Lane as an Arsenal fan I should be able to negotiate a few feral cats fans. Hopefully I can find a couple of reasonably priced tix.

Hey Daniel, don't suppose you were standing down the city end on Saturday night?

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