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Weagles are a protected species in Perth. Pretty much everyone in the footy community over here knew what they were doing.  But I feel that because they were winning the club administration didn't care and the AFL didn't go their job right. Unfortunately the consequences of that neglect is still be played out by the players.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Shiel’s kicking has let him down tonight however his run and carry would be very handy. 

 

2 hours ago, FireInTheBelly said:

Jake Stringer: 2 kicks, 2 handballs, 1 squib

 

2 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Huge squib. 

 

1 hour ago, DubDee said:

Merrett and Parish being show up for the soft players they are. 

Not only his kicking 'Ethan', he doesn't mind the odd short step on tonights performance...

Looks good running free with ball in hand though.

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If Gawn had Nic Nat's numbers he would not even be considered for All Australian. I'm surprised the commentators & the AFL haven't crowned Nic Nat King of the Universe. 

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6 hours ago, Darkhorse72 said:

Weagles are a protected species in Perth. Pretty much everyone in the footy community over here knew what they were doing.  But I feel that because they were winning the club administration didn't care and the AFL didn't go their job right. Unfortunately the consequences of that neglect is still be played out by the players.

 

 

It has been that way since their inception 72.

Margetts & Daglish say hi!  Still running around unchecked.

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7 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

He is originally from East Fremantle i think, so it would make sense

South Fremantle 

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51 minutes ago, pewpewpew said:

If Gawn had Nic Nat's numbers he would not even be considered for All Australian. I'm surprised the commentators & the AFL haven't crowned Nic Nat King of the Universe. 

Nic Nat was brilliant last night and set the tone for the game.

Don't underestimate what he brought to the game, the numbers don't always tell the story.

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7 minutes ago, rjay said:

Nic Nat was brilliant last night and set the tone for the game.

Don't underestimate what he brought to the game, the numbers don't always tell the story.

His work around the clearances is his biggest asset. Opponents need to expose him around the ground 

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Was there a drink thrown on Merrett during the boundary side scuffle with Nic Nat? The replay showed liquid being sprayed all over the nearest camera.

On the game itself, Nic Nat’s tackling was scary at times. Not sure how the Eagles ended up 5th, there really isn’t a weakness in that team.

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Nic Nat's run down of speedster Saad was awesome!

It would be a shame if NN is suspended for shoving Merrett.  Got what he deserved.  No room for hair pulling in football - a low act. 

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11 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Yes i got that impression as well

Everything is just fine

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I understand where you are coming from, and also have my worries that the key members of the Football department are yet to realise the err of their ways.

However, raising Jack Viney's time off just doesn't make sense to me. Mental health experts and Elite performance experts will all profess to the importance of 'switching off' from the workplace, regardless of whether you are an office worker or a professional athlete. This year has been a horror show, and to think that the players haven't experienced that is nonsense, as is the belief that they should be made to refrain from a break as some sort of punitive action. I understand that these players have more time off than most, but they are also dealing with a level of public scrutiny and interaction that few others experience. To not allow them an escape is setting players up for burnout after a short time in the system.

 

I would much prefer that anyone not required to be at the Club is away and clearing their head in order to come back fresh and ready to go, and that includes the Captains.

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16 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

But how can wild card ever work?

there is no incentive to finish 7th or 8th. None at all

You are merely rewarding mediocrity 

so 10 or 11 win. They play September and get thrashed. 

It just cheapens a tough season

I'm still in favour of the wild card weekend despite your arguments.

Top 6 should be the new top 8 and 7th and 8th can battle it with 9th and 10th for the right to play finals.

In my opinion finishing 7th or 8th is a very mediocre achievement as was proven by Essendon last night. Hawthorn would've beaten them in the hypothetical wild card weekend and been a much tougher opponent for West Coast. 

Finally, it would've made a very dull Fathers' day weekend more exciting with a couple of games with finals on the line. 

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10 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

I'm still in favour of the wild card weekend despite your arguments.

Top 6 should be the new top 8 and 7th and 8th can battle it with 9th and 10th for the right to play finals.

In my opinion finishing 7th or 8th is a very mediocre achievement as was proven by Essendon last night. Hawthorn would've beaten them in the hypothetical wild card weekend and been a much tougher opponent for West Coast. 

Finally, it would've made a very dull Fathers' day weekend more exciting with a couple of games with finals on the line. 

I don't mind the idea of a Wild Card weekend either, but also worry about diluting the of competition in the finals.

Maybe the solution is to require a minimum no. of wins in relation to the top 4: I.e. to qualify for the Wildcard playoff, a team cannot be more than a certain win % outside of the best teams. That way, ladder position is less important, and in looking at the ladder this year, I would suggest Hawthorn and even Port would provide more of a challenge to the top teams than Essendon.

 

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So West Coast will add Tim Kelly to their midfield of Yeo, Gaff, Shuey, Sheed, Masten, Nic Nat, Lewis.

their fwd line is the best in the league: Kennedy, Darling, Ryan, Rioli, Cripps. not to mention their defence!

if they win the flag this year - they have zero injuries so I reckon they are a chance, they would easily go 3 in a row

I've been a critic of Nic Nat over the years but he was amazing last night. inspirational

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56 minutes ago, Cam Schwab's Whiteboard said:

I understand where you are coming from, and also have my worries that the key members of the Football department are yet to realise the err of their ways.

However, raising Jack Viney's time off just doesn't make sense to me. Mental health experts and Elite performance experts will all profess to the importance of 'switching off' from the workplace, regardless of whether you are an office worker or a professional athlete. This year has been a horror show, and to think that the players haven't experienced that is nonsense, as is the belief that they should be made to refrain from a break as some sort of punitive action. I understand that these players have more time off than most, but they are also dealing with a level of public scrutiny and interaction that few others experience. To not allow them an escape is setting players up for burnout after a short time in the system.

 

I would much prefer that anyone not required to be at the Club is away and clearing their head in order to come back fresh and ready to go, and that includes the Captains.

Players can have a break CS, no problem. I just don’t like seeing the Captain on the other side of the world, looking like a Clown whilst the Finals are on. 

Looks very amateurish to me

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40 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

I'm still in favour of the wild card weekend despite your arguments.

Top 6 should be the new top 8 and 7th and 8th can battle it with 9th and 10th for the right to play finals.

In my opinion finishing 7th or 8th is a very mediocre achievement as was proven by Essendon last night. Hawthorn would've beaten them in the hypothetical wild card weekend and been a much tougher opponent for West Coast. 

Finally, it would've made a very dull Fathers' day weekend more exciting with a couple of games with finals on the line. 

Aah you want a Top 6, ok that is a different story...

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4 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Players can have a break CS, no problem. I just don’t like seeing the Captain on the other side of the world, looking like a Clown whilst the Finals are on. 

Looks very amateurish to me

I wonder what he thinks of his Dad getting the chop whilst he is over there? 

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2 minutes ago, Cam Schwab's Whiteboard said:

I wonder what he thinks of his Dad getting the chop whilst he is over there? 

Interesting times mate  i am very happy the Club is on the front foot  This is a time to change the Guard, it just has to be done  

 

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13 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Players can have a break CS, no problem. I just don’t like seeing the Captain on the other side of the world, looking like a Clown whilst the Finals are on. 

Looks very amateurish to me

For goodness sake, he's having an ice-cream 🙄

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30 minutes ago, DubDee said:

So West Coast will add Tim Kelly to their midfield of Yeo, Gaff, Shuey, Sheed, Masten, Nic Nat, Lewis.

their fwd line is the best in the league: Kennedy, Darling, Ryan, Rioli, Cripps. not to mention their defence!

if they win the flag this year - they have zero injuries so I reckon they are a chance, they would easily go 3 in a row

I've been a critic of Nic Nat over the years but he was amazing last night. inspirational

Masten is depth

Kennedy almost done, there's injury issues there, struggles to get up from week to week 

Nic Nat as above, great last night and is a freak, but struggles to mmaintain strings of games together. He's to big to play that position long term

I think their biggest asset is their coach

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37 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Players can have a break CS, no problem. I just don’t like seeing the Captain on the other side of the world, looking like a Clown whilst the Finals are on. 

Looks very amateurish to me

You need to take a deep breath.

He is on holiday and doesn't look a clown at all.

Gee, if he had a beer in his hand, you would probably accuse him of being a rolling drunk.

Players have lives and people need to understand that. They are not robots.

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1 minute ago, Redleg said:

You need to take a deep breath.

He is on holiday and doesn't look a clown at all.

Gee, if he had a beer in his hand, you would probably accuse him of being a rolling drunk.

Players have lives and people need to understand that. They are not robots.

There is also a Final Series on right now.

Not a good look.

You don't care, that's your choice

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2 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Nic Nat's run down of speedster Saad was awesome!

It would be a shame if NN is suspended for shoving Merrett.  Got what he deserved.  No room for hair pulling in football - a low act. 

Not saying we have to always follow other team sports LH but long hair is considered part of the uniform in NFL and up for pulling LH... not sure why we can't...

..."For years, the NFL refrained from making any rules about hair. But in 2003, it enacted the “Ricky Rule,” which deemed hair part of an athlete’s uniform. This gave players the green light to grab an opponent’s hair to pull him down. The rule’s namesake, Ricky Williams, is a former NFL tailback who has the dubious distinction of being tackled by his dreads twice in one game."...

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Jack Vineys entitled to go on his honeymoon now our season is over. Wouldn’t have thought the finals series being on should impact. 

Was a pretty lackluster game last night. Very low intensity for a final. The tackle count was 43-42. That’s extremely low by 2019 standards. Finals series last year the average tackle count was nearly double that. Here’s hoping we get a better game tonight as the quality of matches this year has been the worst in decades.

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1 hour ago, Sir Why You Little said:

There is also a Final Series on right now.

Not a good look.

You don't care, that's your choice

I don’t care that Jack is not at the finals. 

Why is it a bad look? I would suspect most non finals players are on their break, as mandated by the AFL.

I would be pretty sure most Bombers players will be on their break, as soon as exit interviews are completed early this week just like the loser of Giants v Dogs.

Most players need their break, unlike supporters.

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2 hours ago, Pennant St Dee said:

Masten is depth

Kennedy almost done, there's injury issues there, struggles to get up from week to week 

Nic Nat as above, great last night and is a freak, but struggles to mmaintain strings of games together. He's to big to play that position long term

I think their biggest asset is their coach

I reckon Dalgleish and Margetts are their biggest assets

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