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Essendon are playing two rucks, I think we should bench one of the Wagners and unleash Punky Preuster. 

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1 minute ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Essendon are playing two rucks, I think we should bench one of the Wagners and unleash Punky Preuster. 

Agreed.

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What's he been bought by the club for?a training partner for Max?He can clunk a few and also give max a rest up forward.

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The one game Pruess played with Max, he/they were very good together and we beat Collingwood in the practice game. 

Who bloody well cares if Pruess isn’t fit enough to be our only ruck, as long as he tag teams well with Max? ..which he did and probably can do again!

Without Pruess playing now, the chances of Max getting injured are far higher. IMHO Pruess should be in now!    ..and he can still be working in his tank. 

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Happy with Max arou d the ground tonight against Essendon. Played very well.

However, would like to see Preuss play to take a bit of pressure off Max and also TMac. Hogan was still good for 40 goals and the #1 defender. No reason why Preuss cant be like Mason Cox and ease pressure in the ruck, forward and kick out target from defence.

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Max was fine tonight but Bellchambers is a spud and Clarke is even worse. Clarke was laughably bad, like seriously provided me with comic relief any time he went near it.

Point is, they're not Lycett/Ryder.

We can afford to take Gawn alone into some games, and this was one of them.

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This is now looking more and more of a bizarre decision to trade a straight swap for Tyson. I would have rather a 3rd round draft pick on a small forward or outside runner then a north VFL ruckman.

Our list management over the past 2 years is looking extremely poor.

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Oh please.

Would it not be extremely poor list management if we didn't have a half decent backup for Max?  If we went with a small forward or outside runner instead of Preuss, who are our genuine ruck options if Max goes down? 

Preuss will be fine once he gets fit, and he's got the best ruck in the comp to show him how.

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15 hours ago, titan_uranus said:

Max was fine tonight but Bellchambers is a spud and Clarke is even worse. Clarke was laughably bad, like seriously provided me with comic relief any time he went near it.

Point is, they're not Lycett/Ryder.

We can afford to take Gawn alone into some games, and this was one of them.

Max has been largely ineffectual this season...  but he looks like he might be adjusting to the new shape of the game.

He is being worked over by tandem rucks.

 

We need him taking more marks around the ground, and in more telling spots...  we need his help taking marks across the midfield mostly,  to help us get out of pressure.  So we can use the ball better going into F50. 

This is where we are missing TMc's and Pedo's marking.

 

Also there was one clear opportunity he missed last night, to take the ball from the ruck... where he could have grabbed it and kicked... but he didn't mess this rule change up last night, like he did against the Cats. 

 

I think It's time for Preuss.

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16 hours ago, dazzledavey36 said:

This is now looking more and more of a bizarre decision to trade a straight swap for Tyson. I would have rather a 3rd round draft pick on a small forward or outside runner then a north VFL ruckman.

Our list management over the past 2 years is looking extremely poor.

Let's not let hindsight get the better of us.

IIRC you were a fan of bringing Preuss in, and you certainly didn't like our 2018 back-up rucks. 

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What was our sales pitch to Preuss ?, changing clubs is like a holiday ,you can play second fiddle for us rather than norf. Speaks volumes !

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2 hours ago, titan_uranus said:

Let's not let hindsight get the better of us.

IIRC you were a fan of bringing Preuss in, and you certainly didn't like our 2018 back-up rucks. 

I am a fan of bringing him in. The combination worked perfectly against Collingwood! So why have we not decided to run with something that worked so well? 

Using Weideman in the ruck last night was mind boggling. He is a forward, not a ruckmans [censored].

We [censored] didn't learn a thing from the Port debacle.

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27 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

I am a fan of bringing him in. The combination worked perfectly against Collingwood! So why have we not decided to run with something that worked so well? 

Using Weideman in the ruck last night was mind boggling. He is a forward, not a ruckmans [censored].

We [censored] didn't learn a thing from the Port debacle.

Weideman’s work ethic around the ground and once the ball hits the ground is as bad as I’ve ever seen from a big man.

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If the thinking is bringing in Pruess is the answer, from what I’ve seen of him so far, we are in very very deep trouble. 

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needs to get a run , 

time to play him and Max together 

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54 minutes ago, Smokey said:

If the thinking is bringing in Pruess is the answer, from what I’ve seen of him so far, we are in very very deep trouble. 

As much trouble as the bummers with their rucks ?

It's not the Rucks, its the pacy runners... the ball carriers. they are the ones who carved us up and served us out last night.

Preuss will be a target deep F50,  and help Maxy out, then Max will be a target deep F50.  The pacy smalls can feed at their feet.

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We should have played him Rd 1. 

It does my head in he is in the reserves. 

Fitness is obviously an issue but it is for half the bloody team and they are playing. 

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8 minutes ago, DemonOX said:

We should have played him Rd 1. 

It does my head in he is in the reserves. 

Fitness is obviously an issue but it is for half the bloody team and they are playing. 

If we had enough small pacy players to accompany him, I reckon we would have.    We are paying now for recruiting sloths instead of goeys.

We started 2017 draft, & last season for pace,  but not much top end stuff.

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38 minutes ago, John Demonic said:

Good luck Big Fella!

Let's hope the big guy gets in and ruffles some Swan feathers. The time is ripe to make some opponents uncomfortable.

Preuss will acquit himself well.

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Personally, don't think he's earned a call-up but good luck to him and hope he goes better than I expect 

If he can do more than 50% of the ruck duty, earn his fair share of hit-outs, take a few grabs around the ground and allow Max to sit deep in attack it will be a boost to our chances 

We need something to go right - right now - so fingers crossed 

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With 666 it is imperative to be able to compete in the air and in the clearance, both of which Pruess will help us out with. Playing two rucks (& having the best tap ruck men in the league) we will win 70-80% of the taps which goes a long way to getting more clearances than your opponent. If our resting big man, plus Weid plus Tmac compete in the air (not all at once for the love of god) we wont get rebounded as easily Ala the Geelong game. I actually think the inclusion of Pruess will help out Weid and Tmac and allow them to play their natural games. 

Hunt seems to be working as a forward thus far and I have really liked the intensity and goal sense of the new boys in Lockhart and C Wagner. 

I am quite excited to see how this set up will go for us tonight. & as I said in a previous post I think Weid will play a blinder tonight, he can focus on his forward craft, jump at the ball, crash packs and do other Weid (v Geelong elimination final) things. 

I am actually shocked we didn't run with this combo in round 1, dare I say this might have changed that result... 

Best of luck big fella! Play your role and it will go a huge way in getting us the points. 

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I believe I have realistic expectations Preuss in his first match for the club.  I'm hoping he can play a role and reduce the burden on both our KPFs and, of course, on Gawn.

What I'm really hoping for , however, is for him to apply some physical pressure and fear in the opposition defenders.  Not since David Neitz have we had a power forward that has made opposition defenders think twice about standing under a high ball.  The way Preuss has shown he can attach the ball in the air will hopefully make for a pretty stressful night for Sydney's talls. 

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