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41 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

Easily in our most talent 25 or so players. If Pickett is as raw as he's likely to be then Chandler will be ahead of him as the most suited to a pressure forward role. His tackling was very good on debut, in many ways he's the incumbent in the role.

tell us more? it's hard to judge on one game (in which he was unfortunate to cop an injury) but curious to know more as to why you rate in best possible squad

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For me Lever needs to be the intercept third tall.  He's much better when he's freed up to use his judgment and athleticism.  May and one of Oscar McDonald or Petty need to hold down FB with May

If AVB is fit he’ll be one of the first selected. You can take that to the bank.   

I like to think of myself as having a reasonable insight into footy with a pretty good understanding of pros and cons of players on the MFC list. I can't recall a time when it was harder to pick

1 hour ago, DeeSpencer said:

Easily in our most talent 25 or so players. If Pickett is as raw as he's likely to be then Chandler will be ahead of him as the most suited to a pressure forward role. His tackling was very good on debut, in many ways he's the incumbent in the role.

Why would Pickett be "raw" ?  He's not new to the code.  His skills look exquisite and I'm sure he's had a footy in his hand since he was a toddler.

His endurance may not be up to scratch and he may serve an apprenticeship at Casey, but why is he likely to be raw ?

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42 minutes ago, ProDee said:

Why would Pickett be "raw" ?  He's not new to the code.  His skills look exquisite and I'm sure he's had a footy in his hand since he was a toddler.

His endurance may not be up to scratch and he may serve an apprenticeship at Casey, but why is he likely to be raw ?

Poor choice of adjective, substitute whatever you like that means lack of endurance, lack familiarity with the game plan, weighing 71kgs and possible lack of confidence to bring the same crash and bash against AFL players that he does to kids. 

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1 hour ago, whatwhatsaywhat said:

tell us more? it's hard to judge on one game (in which he was unfortunate to cop an injury) but curious to know more as to why you rate in best possible squad

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Gets to the right spots, can win the ball, is quick with his skills and has the right kind of quick agility to tackle or evade tackles.

He didn’t get much of the ball on debut (in an awful team effort) but his tackling was easily sharp enough. 

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1 hour ago, DeeSpencer said:

Poor choice of adjective, substitute whatever you like that means lack of endurance, lack familiarity with the game plan, weighing 71kgs and possible lack of confidence to bring the same crash and bash against AFL players that he does to kids. 

You mean a first year player. 

Some adapt quicker than others. 

We'll see. 

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2 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

Gets to the right spots, can win the ball, is quick with his skills and has the right kind of quick agility to tackle or evade tackles.

He didn’t get much of the ball on debut (in an awful team effort) but his tackling was easily sharp enough. 

Funny how we see things differently. I thought he looked out of his depth at AFL level.

Think Pickett will quickly pass him...probably by the first game.

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7 hours ago, Fifty-5 said:

You'd benefit from reading the training reports and the groups players are training with.

Petty with the forwards, Harmes with the backs, Petracca with the mids.

OK NEW TEAM

B: JETTA, MAY, SALEM

HB: HARMES, LEVER, HIBBERD

😄 LANGON, OLIVER, TOMLINSON

HF: MELKSHAM, T.MCDONALD, PETRACCA

F: PICKETT, WEIDEMAN, FRITSCH

FOLL: GAWN, VINEY, BRAYSHAW

IC: JONES, PETTY, JACKSON, BENNELL

 

NEXT 22

B: LOCKHART, O.MCDONALD, HORE

HB: RIVERS, SMITH, KOLODJASHNIJ

😄 VANDENBERG, SPARROW, BAKER

HF: HANNAN, BROWN, NEAL-BULLEN

F: HUNT, BRADTKE, C.WAGNER

FOLL: PREUSS, JORDON, SPARGO

IC: J.WAGNER, DUNKLEY, NEITSCHKE, BEDFORD, CHANDLER

 

With Chandler I'm sure the club would tell him to train hard so he can play round 1 but reality is Pickett is the front runner for the small forward spot.

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When picking a team we seem to aim for 7 defenders and 7 forwards (3 tall, 4 medium/small). Obviously Gawn plays and I reckon the right mix of midfielders would be 4 inside, 3 outside. On that basis...

Best 22 (assuming no injuries whatsoever) 

Defenders: May, Lever, O.McDonald, Hibberd, Jetta, Salem, Kolodashnij

Midfielders: Gawn (r), Viney, Harmes, Brayshaw, Oliver, Bennell, Tomlinson, Langdon

Forwards: T.McDonald, Weideman, Petty, Melksham, Petracca, Fritsch, Pickett

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I think this pre season is going to be the most competitive we will have seen for many a long year. Assuming our squad is fit, the competition for places in the team will be immense. The selectors must be wetting themselves with excitement, not only at having to choose, but also knowing that if they make a mistake with a player, there are at least 2 players to take his place. Our list is finally looking strong. So if all are fit and firing (in other words a fantasy 22), I’d go for:

Jetta OMac Lever

Smith May Hibbert

Langdon Oliver Salem

AVB TMac Petracca

Pickett Weid Fritsch

Gawn Bradshaw Viney

INT Harmes Tomlinson Petty Bennell

Apologies to: Melksham Jones Hannah Hunt Hore Pruess KK Sparrow Dunkley Baker Lockhart Jackson , But all I can say is perform so the selectors have to pick you.

Posters will have other thoughts, but I’d be happy seeing the above selections on the field at some stage during the season, particularly our grand final team.

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On 11/29/2019 at 11:31 PM, whatwhatsaywhat said:

best 22?
B: Jetta - May - Hibberd
HB: Salem - Lever - Harmes
😄 Langdon - Brayshaw - Tomlinson
HF: Petracca - T Mac - Hannan
F: Fritsch - Weideman - Melksham
Foll: Gawn - Oliver - Viney
I/c: Jones - vandenBerg - Petty - Bennell

next 22?
B:  Lockhart - O Mac - J Smith
HB: Jordon - Hore -  J Wagner
😄 Baker - Sparrow - Kolodjashnij
HF: Spargo - Brown - Dunkley
F: Hunt- Jackson - Pickett
Foll: Preuss - ANB - C Wagner
I/c: Bedford - Nietschke - Chandler - Rivers 
23rd man: Bradtke

unless weid shows something preseason.... wouldn't be in best 22.

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In my opinion i don't think the best will necessarily, even if fit enough to get picked, will play. The season is too hard and too long. I would like to know how many players in an AFL squad actually play all the games? Who gets paced in and who gets nursed like Tigers and who peaks when. So if your/ we are not in the know, you're not going to know.

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I like to think of myself as having a reasonable insight into footy with a pretty good understanding of pros and cons of players on the MFC list.

I can't recall a time when it was harder to pick a best 22. Poor form and injury in 2018, new arrivals, a few favorites entering the twilight and a bunch of youngsters with barely tapped potential contribute to this.

There will be bolters and sliders that no one will expect. 

It will be fascinating year.  

 

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19 hours ago, WERRIDEE said:

OK NEW TEAM

B: JETTA, MAY, SALEM

HB: HARMES, LEVER, HIBBERD

😄 LANGON, OLIVER, TOMLINSON

HF: MELKSHAM, T.MCDONALD, PETRACCA

F: PICKETT, WEIDEMAN, FRITSCH

FOLL: GAWN, VINEY, BRAYSHAW

IC: JONES, PETTY, JACKSON, BENNELL

I like your 22 here, mate, but I'd have Vandenberg ahead of Jones on the bench. I reckon this will happen across the season naturally and by the end of it, if we're playing well, I doubt Jones is in the 22.

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B: Jetta, May, Lever

HB: Harmes, Smith, Salem

😄 Langdon, Oliver, Tomlinson

HF: Fritsch, TMac, Vandenberg

F: Melksham, Weid, Pickett

Fol: Gawn, Petracca, Viney

IC: Brayshaw, Jackson, Jones, Hibberd

Em: Petty, Bedford, Dunkley, Kola

NB: If Bennell makes it then unfortunately Jones pushes out for mine. 

 

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It is too early for me to do a proper 22 without seeing how the new recruits look. In saying this, my main thoughts are:

  • Jones should play a high half back role.
  • Vandenberg is first picked wingman if fit.
  • Smith should be played in the forward line, although he would need to earn his spot in the 22.
  • Hunt should be played in the forward line, although he would need to earn his spot in the 22.
  • Jetta will need to win his spot.
  • Petty, Weideman and Jackson will be fighting to partner with Tom McDonald up forward. Petty or Weideman could also fight for a spot at full back instead of Oscar McDonald.
  • I cannot see spots for both Hore and Lever.
  • Harmes should play in the midfield.
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9 hours ago, Stretch Johnson said:

I like to think of myself as having a reasonable insight into footy with a pretty good understanding of pros and cons of players on the MFC list.

I can't recall a time when it was harder to pick a best 22. Poor form and injury in 2018, new arrivals, a few favorites entering the twilight and a bunch of youngsters with barely tapped potential contribute to this.

There will be bolters and sliders that no one will expect. 

It will be fascinating year.  

 

For the first time in a long time it looks like we have genuine cover for 2-3 injuries on each line before it becomes a significant problem. Combined with so few pre-season surgeries and the Burgess factor there is genuine reason for hope in 2020 IMO

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21 hours ago, Neil Crompton said:

I think this pre season is going to be the most competitive we will have seen for many a long year. Assuming our squad is fit, the competition for places in the team will be immense. The selectors must be wetting themselves with excitement, not only at having to choose, but also knowing that if they make a mistake with a player, there are at least 2 players to take his place. Our list is finally looking strong. So if all are fit and firing (in other words a fantasy 22), I’d go for:

Jetta OMac Lever

Smith May Hibbert

Langdon Oliver Salem

AVB TMac Petracca

Pickett Weid Fritsch

Gawn Bradshaw Viney

INT Harmes Tomlinson Petty Bennell

Apologies to: Melksham Jones Hannah Hunt Hore Pruess KK Sparrow Dunkley Baker Lockhart Jackson , But all I can say is perform so the selectors have to pick you.

Posters will have other thoughts, but I’d be happy seeing the above selections on the field at some stage during the season, particularly our grand final team.

Melksham was hampered by injury this year. Assuming he’s good to go next season, not fielding him would be a mite foolish and kinda disrespectful. 

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11 hours ago, Fat Tony said:

It is too early for me to do a proper 22 without seeing how the new recruits look. In saying this, my main thoughts are:

  • Jones should play a high half back role.
  • Vandenberg is first picked wingman if fit.
  • Smith should be played in the forward line, although he would need to earn his spot in the 22.
  • Hunt should be played in the forward line, although he would need to earn his spot in the 22.
  • Jetta will need to win his spot.
  • Petty, Weideman and Jackson will be fighting to partner with Tom McDonald up forward. Petty or Weideman could also fight for a spot at full back instead of Oscar McDonald.
  • I cannot see spots for both Hore and Lever.
  • Harmes should play in the midfield.

agree with all you say especially J Hunt. He is in my Team...  BUT have to disagree with you on Lever. His is in my number one team.

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Looks like we finally have some depth. The range of that depth means we can select the best option based on the opposition. We can also select on the basis of peaking and tapering and resting players for maximum performance. We use the whole squad to have a best team on the field each week. No one guaranteed a spot every week. We can even rest Gawny by playing Pruess in conjunction, off the bench or in place of depends on the opposition.

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1 hour ago, Ohio USA - David said:

agree with all you say especially J Hunt. He is in my Team...  BUT have to disagree with you on Lever. His is in my number one team.

Hunt is no certainty and will need to play well in the preseason to get a spot.

I think Lever will play. My point was that Lever and Hore probably don't play in the same team.

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23 hours ago, Neil Crompton said:

I think this pre season is going to be the most competitive we will have seen for many a long year. Assuming our squad is fit, the competition for places in the team will be immense. The selectors must be wetting themselves with excitement, not only at having to choose, but also knowing that if they make a mistake with a player, there are at least 2 players to take his place. Our list is finally looking strong. So if all are fit and firing (in other words a fantasy 22), I’d go for:

Jetta OMac Lever

Smith May Hibbert

Langdon Oliver Salem

AVB TMac Petracca

Pickett Weid Fritsch

Gawn Bradshaw Viney

INT Harmes Tomlinson Petty Bennell

Apologies to: Melksham Jones Hannah Hunt Hore Pruess KK Sparrow Dunkley Baker Lockhart Jackson , But all I can say is perform so the selectors have to pick you.

Posters will have other thoughts, but I’d be happy seeing the above selections on the field at some stage during the season, particularly our grand final team.

How then does O MAC get a game on shizen form last year!?? Jones unlucky

MELKSHAM an auto inclusion!

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In my opinion if Jones is starting 22 we are in trouble. Melksham definitely starting 22.

O'Mac would need to improve greatly to even be considered. I see Tomlinson as a swing man not really a winger. Would prefer to see Salem make it his own but he needs to really hurt the opposition more ,rather than just linking with Dinky Kicks. Hunt maybe another option here if his discipline improves. 

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B: May Lever Salem Harmes Jetta Hibberd Petty (OMac) 

I'd prefer Petty but he's training with the forwards so it'll be OMac.

M: Gawn Oliver Viney Brayshaw Langdon Tomlinson Petracca AVB

Hopefully AVB stays fit.

F: TMac Weid Melksham Fritsch Hannan Jones Bennell (?)

Bennell won't be fit early so there's an opportunity there for someone.

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29 minutes ago, Grapeviney said:

Good to see you back on the boards BRFE

Thanks, Whilst I read some of last year and attended/watched all year I gave myself a season off posting once I sensed it may not meet expectations. Back into preseason like the rest of the team. Go Dees. 

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