Jump to content

Match Preview and Team Selection - Preliminary Final


Demonland
 Share


Recommended Posts

47 minutes ago, DemonLad5 said:

I hope they drop Dom over Fritsch and move Bayley to the wing for Smith 

Smith has to come in, we’re facing a great forward line and we need defensive flexibility 

Fritch's clean delivery is important. Would hate to see him dropped before Tyson

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

@Whispering_Jack I think you may have missed one mathematical advantage we have.

Since the AFL changed the fixture to give all teams a bye to refresh the week before the finals it seems to disadvantage the top teams that get a bye the following week for winning.

No team finishing in the top 4 has won since, whereas, previously you almost had to finish top 4 to have a chance.

Good point. 2 games in a month? (I'm sure they're training to overcome this, but still....)

Link to comment
Share on other sites


3 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

@Whispering_Jack I think you may have missed one mathematical advantage we have.

Since the AFL changed the fixture to give all teams a bye to refresh the week before the finals it seems to disadvantage the top teams that get a bye the following week for winning.

No team finishing in the top 4 has won since, whereas, previously you almost had to finish top 4 to have a chance.

What about Richmond last year?

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I like Fritsch but he was very fumbly v the Hawks. When the heat was on he played on when he shouldn't have and he turned the ball over a couple of times (he wasn't alone)

I think Fritsch is being played out of position. He is also not great one on one and that is finals footy. I still maintain he would be better on the wing with Smith being a flexible defensive option. That for me leaves out Tyson who is somewhat superfluous, prone to turnovers and not particularly damaging. It's also possible that the bring in Hunt although it wouldn't be on form. Simply the wish to inject more pace.

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

@Whispering_Jack I think you may have missed one mathematical advantage we have.

Since the AFL changed the fixture to give all teams a bye to refresh the week before the finals it seems to disadvantage the top teams that get a bye the following week for winning.

No team finishing in the top 4 has won since, whereas, previously you almost had to finish top 4 to have a chance.

Didn't Richmond finish 3rd last season

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, Brownie said:

Fritch's clean delivery is important. Would hate to see him dropped before Tyson

We need running power over there.  We have been overwhelming teams with our midfield depth.

Even if Tyson has an off game hes still clocking up huge kilometers.  And his  kicking is perfect for our 'chaos' game plan.  :)

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

39 minutes ago, McQueen said:

Melksham and Hibberd flying over today. 

Source - Melkys Insta. 

And Max and Jonesy as per a friends photos.

I would presume that Lewis is on that flight too as those 5 were all on my flight last time a day earlier than the rest of the team.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, Wrecker45 said:

@Whispering_Jack I think you may have missed one mathematical advantage we have.

Since the AFL changed the fixture to give all teams a bye to refresh the week before the finals it seems to disadvantage the top teams that get a bye the following week for winning.

No team finishing in the top 4 has won since, whereas, previously you almost had to finish top 4 to have a chance.

I'm not sure this is right. Correct me if I'm wrong but both Richmond and Adelaide had 2 breaks last year. Both went on to play in the GF and Richmond to win it.

Adelaide finished 1st / Richmond finished 3rd

Adelaide def GWS / Richmond def Geel

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 minutes ago, Jones said:

I'm not sure this is right. Correct me if I'm wrong but both Richmond and Adelaide had 2 breaks last year. Both went on to play in the GF and Richmond to win it.

Adelaide finished 1st / Richmond finished 3rd

Adelaide def GWS / Richmond def Geel

Correct Jonesy. In 2016 the opposite happened, both Geelong and GWS who had the extra break, both lost prelims

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Massive upside for the Dees this week is Jack Viney!

He played 60% game time v the Cats and 66% v Hawks with great impact...

I expect he will play closer to 80% v Eagles and go h2h with Shuey. Viney 7# will crush him!

?7#?? 

A hard Harmes 4# tag too Yippy Low Yeo!

 

 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, Dee tention said:

Massive upside for the Dees this week is Jack Viney!

He played 60% game time v the Cats and 66% v Hawks with great impact...

I expect he will play closer to 80% v Eagles and go h2h with Shuey. Viney 7# will crush him!

?7#?? 

A hard Harmes 4# tag too Yippy Low Yeo!

 

 

I don't think Harmes to Yeo would work... 

Yeo can drag him deep forward or back and would crush him in the air. 

Harmes to Shuey, Viney to Redden. 

Oliver & Brayshaw to run wild. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We really need an extra defender against the Eagles. Fritsch hasn't been playing that well down back. He takes some good marks but last weekend he turned the ball over way too much. He also gets pushed off the ball easily. I love Fritsch, but this is what I have seen the last 2 games. He could be fatigued, we don't know. If there is not a spot for him on the wing or up forward he may need to get for Smith (if he is an inclusion). I'll back the coaches

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

57 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

 

One thing thats probably not talked much about Tyson is that he has over 100 games of experience. Yes he has his moments, but also at times he shows that class and midfield nous that we just desperately need in these finals games.

 

Good points.

His weakness this year has been being caught with the ball. But he seems to have made an adjustment to his technique and is better at still getting a handball of when tackled.

His value comes in the second half of the game where his relative lack of pace is less an issue and his strength in the contest comes to the fore.

Fritter marks beautifully and reads the play well but is still not very strong, and made a couple of bad blues against the Hawks.  Very unlucky f he comes out, in large part because really he is a forward who has had to go back to cover the loss of Lever. Which may have cost him his spot in the end.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

15 minutes ago, GCDee said:

I don't think Harmes to Yeo would work... 

Yeo can drag him deep forward or back and would crush him in the air. 

Harmes to Shuey, Viney to Redden. 

Oliver & Brayshaw to run wild. 

Viney shouldnt have to go to anyone. If anything its Redden that will go to Viney.

Let Oliver, Viney and Brayshaw be the one let loose.

  • Like 4
  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

30 minutes ago, Jones said:

We really need an extra defender against the Eagles. Fritsch hasn't been playing that well down back. He takes some good marks but last weekend he turned the ball over way too much. He also gets pushed off the ball easily. I love Fritsch, but this is what I have seen the last 2 games. He could be fatigued, we don't know. If there is not a spot for him on the wing or up forward he may need to get for Smith (if he is an inclusion). I'll back the coaches

Agree re backing the coaches but I think Fritters disposal overall is better than Smiths - he can turn the ball over badly.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

31 minutes ago, GCDee said:

I don't think Harmes to Yeo would work... 

Yeo can drag him deep forward or back and would crush him in the air. 

Harmes to Shuey, Viney to Redden. 

Oliver & Brayshaw to run wild. 

Disagree, Harmes who is good in the air and has pinch hit in the ruck will not get killed in the air by Yeo!

Whether he plays on Shuey or Yeo, depends on who will hurt us more.

Too many tags is a risk, Hawks tried it last week, on Oliver & Brayshaw, and Brayshaw while down on possessions still kicked two. We won by 32, just playing okay.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, chook fowler said:

Agree re backing the coaches but I think Fritters disposal overall is better than Smiths - he can turn the ball over badly.

I agree Chook but I suspect the plan would call for the ball to be put in the hands of Hibberd, Salem and Lewis whenever possible (in much the same way as is the case for Frost and Omac).   The key issues here are the height of the West Coast forwards and the bigger bodies.   Smith with his leap and bigger build is better placed to contend in the air than perhaps Fritsch is.   It's a very tough call but I'll certainly understand the thinking if it goes that way.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, layzie said:

Quite the contrary actually. As much as I’d hate to dispute the brilliant pulitzer WC mind that wrote this. I think being open to the media exudes confidence and shows we are taking it on our stride whereas being hunkered down and avoiding it shows they might be a bit cagey. Think the nervous nellies are down the road!

Plus we are following a very similar script to Richmond last year in that they embraced the journey rather than shying away from it, worked ok for them 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    CAT SKINNING by George On The Outer

    When they defeated the Geelong Cats in the 2021 AFL Preliminary Final on Friday night in Perth, Melbourne proved that there is more than one way to skin those cats.  They did it in the ruck and in the middle, they did it in the forward line, they did it in defence and around the ground, but importantly, each and every player a Demon guernsey spent his night at Optus Stadium skinning an opponent. Following the after-the-siren win against Geelong in Round 23, there was an expectation of

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE POINTY END by The Oracle

    The AFL’s two oldest clubs, Melbourne and Geelong, face off on Friday evening in a sudden death Preliminary Final. It’s a game that promises plenty in terms of fascination and intrigue as a result of the rivalry that’s been building between the teams over recent encounters that have been tight struggles which have gone to the wire with two of them decided by after-the-siren goals. The added touch of mystery attached to this week’s meeting comes by virtue of the fact that it’s going to take

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE VFL YEAR THAT NEVER WAS by KC from Casey

    The rising case numbers and the continuing lockdowns in Victoria and NSW spelled doom for the 2021 VFL season which went through a slow, painful demise before its recent official cancellation. After weeks of indecision, the AFL decided to pull the plug on the season with the 10-0 Bulldogs recognised as minor premier, but without a premiership cup and without awarding the J.J. Liston Medal for the best and fairest VFL player. It was somewhat fortuitous for the integrity of the competition t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    TAMING THE LIONS by George On The Outer

    With nine finals debutants in the side, the Melbourne Football Club had a daunting assignment ahead of it in the First Qualifying Final — to overcome the competition’s highest scoring side, the Brisbane Lions. In the end, the Demons accomplished the task by putting the bite on their opponents on their way to taming the Lions and recording a 33 point win that propelled them into one the two Preliminary Finals of 2021.   It was one of those debutants, Luke Jackson, who put the bite in more

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    RETURN TO NEVERLAND by Whispering Jack

    The greatest Demon A HIGHWAY OF DEMONS by Whispering Jack CHAPTER SIXTEEN - RETURN TO NEVERLAND  I have a six year old grandson who recently took up the family tradition of following the Demons. He had his first taste of the game a few years ago when he went to the “G” with his parents to watch the 107-point massacre of Carlton and he went to another game in the following season which was also a W for the Dees. But his appetite for the club has grown exponentially this year and wh

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 13

    METAMORPHOSIS by Whispering Jack

    I’ve always believed that when the home and away matches come to an end, the football season takes on a completely different shape and character. During the regular season, each team’s goals progress as the weeks pass and if you’re good enough to survive and make the grade, the situation changes. The comparison can be made with the life cycle of a butterfly going through stages from egg to larva to caterpillar, cocoon and in the end to a bright and colourful creature that emerges from darkness i

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    STEALING THE CATS’ CREAM by George On The Outer

    They were leading by 44 points well into the third quarter of a game to decide the minor premier, having kicked nine unanswered goals. The Cats were about to lap up their bowl of cream, dreaming of next week but the Demons led by Max Gawn had other ideas. In a stunning finish, they stole the game from under them to claim the plaudits as best team and top of ladder position. In a remarkable game, it all came down to Max having to kick the winning goal after the final siren, something which s

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    SKIN THE CATS by Whispering Jack

    The task ahead for the Demons as they wend their way down the Princes Freeway to Geelong on Saturday night will be to skin the Cats. For them to come away with the points from this game would mark an historic occasion for the club as it will finish on top of the ladder for the first time since its last premiership year, 1964. And it was in that year, that a trip to Corio Bay to meet the reigning premiers in Round 12, was one of the catalysts for Melbourne’s surge to the flag. It was a top o

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    REACH FOR THE STARS by George on the Outer

    It was a game of great significance for the Melbourne Football Club. A win would see them keep top spot on the ladder with one round remaining. To achieve top place in the Round for Reach when we are all inspired to “Be Like Jim” and reach for the stars was a great way of honouring one of our heroes. All the better given that it was done by way of an emphatic 41 point win against Adelaide! It is worth remembering that, but for the umpiring mistake in the previous encounter with the Crows, t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    TICKETS PLEASE by The Oracle

    A lot of water has passed under Princes Bridge in the five years since Melbourne last met Adelaide on the MCG. The Crows were riding high at the time while the Demons were mid-table and scrambling for a win to stay in the race for the finals. The 30,000 fans who had tickets to the game were thoroughly entertained by a close, high scoring affair that ended in tears for fans of the home team. Not even an eight-goal second term could help them.   Times have changed.    In the fi

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    ELECTRIFYING by George On The Outer

    What more can they throw at the Demons of 2021? Covid restrictions, hubs, aircraft circling between airports before landing for games and now a match stopped for 30 minutes to give a flagging opponent its second wind? To date, none of those distractions has swayed the team from their winning objectives. The game against West Coast in Perth can be marked on their report card as another positive outcome after yet another test. There was much at stake for both sides.  Melbourne had t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY by Whispering Jack

    When the combatants that are due to face off on Monday night at Optus Stadium last met, it was 11 days after the World Health Organization had declared the Covid19 outbreak a global pandemic. In Australia, the first cases had just come to light, including visiting US actors Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, the toilet paper panic was in full flight and the world was starting to reel in anticipation of impending disaster. Half an hour before this last game of the opening round was due to comme

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!

×
×
  • Create New...