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So right now we have the highest score for the round, I feel like 80 could become the new 100 with the old rule of first to 100 usually wins. Good to see that we’ve (at least for this round) gone back to being one of the highest scoring teams. 

We still need to make the most of inside 50s, we had about 9 before the suns got one in the second quarter and they really should’ve got a goal out of it. 

One step forward this week, Hawthorn next week is a big one. Win that and I think we could really gain some confidence. 

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6 hours ago, deanox said:

Is Sparrow with the squad? Im guessing not: we left 12 behind and only 13 haven't played a game this year.

Dunno. I’m guessing not. He’s a midfielder and obviously we have no room for more midfielders. But he’s big and strong and might do a better job than Melky who seems to have lost interest in being a footballer..

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Just heard Huddo’s smart [censored] comment of “jeez you’d think they’ve won the flag with that reaction”. What a [censored] he is, instead of that comment why wouldn’t he say something like, “look at them get around him for his first goal in 3 years”. 

I know this is pretty much the way it is but some commentators literally need a change of pants if one of their favourites does something they like, but something actually heartwarming and uplifting in these difficult times gets met with that. What a [censored]. 

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4 hours ago, Mel Bourne said:

And I agree with Binman that he should kick out. May basically kicks to a contest in the left flank every time. And while on May, he seemed kinda panicked at times and made some terrible choices. Not his usual character 

There was zero movement all night from kick ins, and to me, it looked like the tactic to just bomb it to Gawn. Luckily for us, Gawn was having a field day and it came off more often than not, but not a strat I’d be relying on too often.

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All in all, the “connection” and the composure was much better. Assuming TMac is out for a couple of weeks, which hurts, really liked the way he was working up the ground early with Weid deeper. It looked like a much better setup.

Positives:

Gawn - he was massive, and I actually feel he hasn’t quite been as influential as usual this season...until last night

Viney and Oliver - both had great nights imo, and I think Oliver’s game has been underrated on here. There were a couple of rushed disposals, but thought mostly he composed himself and took his time 

Weid - provided a target and did plenty of good things, still room for improvement

Hannan - thought his work inside 50 was first class

Langdon - playing his role very well

Rankine - wowsers, I’ve rarely had an opposition player strike fear into me like that every time it went forward, let alone a first gamer

Negatives:

Melksham - having a bludger of a year

Brayshaw - just doesn’t seem to have a role that suits unfortunately

TMac - as touched on at the top

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8 hours ago, RalphiusMaximus said:

And the random one outside the boundary against Oliver that nobody knows what it was for... 

Pretty sure he struck Rankine with a swinging arm. Pretty iffy but suspect the umpire called it as a strike

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8 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

Oscar was better than I expected, he certainly looks fitter and a touch quicker and more assertive, and yeah he's more interchangeable with May at least on the Suns big talls so May could come up a bit more, although he didn't play all that well. Lever has been freed up all season, tonight he took better advantage of it at times.

I went down to training a couple of times in the pre season - seems like years ago now - but he was surprisingly quick in the sprint work. I’ve never thought he was ready but he looks primed to become a key pillar in our defence now. Has the physical attributes to hold a big forward and is a calm user of the footy. I think our backline looks much more stable defensively with the three talls, especially as Lever doesn’t play as a genuine key back.

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48 minutes ago, Forest Demon said:

There was zero movement all night from kick ins, and to me, it looked like the tactic to just bomb it to Gawn. Luckily for us, Gawn was having a field day and it came off more often than not, but not a strat I’d be relying on too often.

I couldn’t get my head around the fact that all our kick-ins went to the same side while the other side of the ground was open for players to run into.

Bizarre coaching decision. 

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10 hours ago, Clint Bizkit said:

O. McDonald was very good, just about his best game.

But don't give up on Smith, he should be played forward.

Exactly! Play Smith forward = less intercept marks. He can leap for everything, like his father before him.

 

Also loved seeing Salem kick inside 50. Rejig to allow more of this. Langdon to dashing HB? Salem to wing?

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10 hours ago, DeeZee said:

We just look more balanced with Weed in the side, even if he doesn’t mark the ball as he creates a contest we can feed off and always has good second and third efforts.

 

As usual when in the team, the Weed is pushed forward quite regularly by opposition backs. This makes it look like he is positioning under the ball and forward of the actual flight of the ball on descent. The umpires consider that to be OK, sadly. He needs 'rear' protection to clunk a few as marks. He had about six or seven clear free kicks dead in front of goals last night - none of these we paid by the umps. It would make our scores highly respectable if such infringements were paid against the offending backs - it just would not happen to the big name forwards in more 'glamorous' teams - they receive the free kick. The green snot goblins need to look at this - it also happens regularly to TMac.

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10 hours ago, 3Dee said:

Weid was huge in providing a contest, that kick has been a straight turnover the past few weeks, he relished his opportunity and must be a lock. Kicked truly.

After a horrible return a couple of weeks ago, that was peak Vanders, needs to keep backing that up to prove why he's in the 22.

Viney was channeling his inner Dee Dee Ramone and was all revved up and ready to go.

Trac with probably another BOG performance. Hands sublime, kicking a bit rough but put it through when it counted.

The four inclusions all played their role, Demonland knows!

Gawn and Tracc should share BOG, I think. The two have some secret understanding from the midline and into the forward zone. 

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9 hours ago, Leoncelli_36 said:

If this club has any balls, we need to ask the AFL for a few please explains about tonight’s umpiring. Always looks better when you question calls after a win, as it’s not sour grapes. Rankine one against Oliver was non-existent. There was nothing that constituted a free kick and the kid has a real smugness about him. A talent no doubt, but he is going to be lined up in the weeks to come. 

Don't bother with the minions, we need to organise a meeting with the umpires boss and one man rules committee.  Hope Clarko can find time in his schedule.

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Pertracca showed really good game sense and leadership at the end.  Checked for time left to play.  Put the ball on the ground to wind down the clock.  Smart lad.

Nailed it but even if he didn't he protected our lead.

Am beginning to think he has more footy IQ than anyone else in the team.

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Kosi needs to be more selfish. That last kick was putrid. He nEeded to kick the bloody goal himself! Screwed up mine and a mates multi’s.

But seriously, that was the right option, twice earlier he tried to handball when the time to snap it was there, I think he will get better at choosing the moment.

good and bad

Bad, still over use the ball around the contest and from centre breaks love the long bomb. Melksham is lazy, Lockhart is so far from AFL level

Good, Hannan Chasing and pressure was at AFL level and I’m glad to see that he and Kossie chased multiple players, not single efforts, melk and frittter should take note.

Weid started to impact contests, when the ball was kicked to his advantage or a 50/50 i think he did very well.

Omac was solid allowing May and Lever to play a more attacking role.

Glad to see more handballs to players 5+ meters away running into space, switching play and going slower. Amazing that suddenly we can do this after copping it in the media... it’s like we had a new game plan or one that suddenly worked the week the heat was applied.

 

Go dees! 
ps, I’m still [censored] about my multi, damn Kossie!!!

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9 hours ago, binman said:

G'day DD. Any interest in revisiting this post and the related discussion:

'O Mac is good kick. Mostly under not much pressure. His decision making is still not great though. 
petracca is a far superior kick. I’m amazed I have to even argue this point'

(just joking btw - sorry, not sorry, couldn't resit :pj:)  

Haha well played 

trac had a mare with kicking last night for sure. 
I still stand by my comment by the way ?

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Loved the way the team got around Kozzie in the first quarter when i50 could have had a shot for goal.  Instead a pass to (I think) Hannan??? who kicked it.  Did the same at the end with his pass to Harley.

Really good team first play.

If that was an area for him to work on he is a fast learner.  The team getting around him would have been really confidence building.

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8 hours ago, Earl Hood said:

Yes we are starting to realise Langdon is a wide option that is always available. He is amazing how often he is on his own and so well positioned. His disposal needs work but he will get better. We need to work on the other wing, will it be Tomlinson or someone else? 

Yes agree.  Langdon showed why he was recruited.  His run and pace and carry is what we need.  
 

I said it time and time again. Tomlinson is NOT a wingman.  No no no.  He’s a CHF/CHB. He’s endurance is good and mobility for a big guy. But he’s not agile. Not quick.  Of the current stock, Brayshaw would be best option on the other wing although he’s better inside. We are stocked up on inside mids so Brayshaw has to play wing. He’s defensive run needs to improve however.  Other option remains Hunt.  He should push up to the wing as use his pace and long kicking. Although him and Langdon would be hard to distinguish. One might need to visit the barber.  

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31 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

As usual when in the team, the Weed is pushed forward quite regularly by opposition backs. This makes it look like he is positioning under the ball and forward of the actual flight of the ball on descent. The umpires consider that to be OK, sadly. He needs 'rear' protection to clunk a few as marks. He had about six or seven clear free kicks dead in front of goals last night - none of these we paid by the umps. It would make our scores highly respectable if such infringements were paid against the offending backs - it just would not happen to the big name forwards in more 'glamorous' teams - they receive the free kick. The green snot goblins need to look at this - it also happens regularly to TMac.

Hopefully we are raising this behind the scenes.

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4 minutes ago, bobby1554 said:

And to think there were posters this week saying we should get rid of Jack Viney. Clueless, absolutely clueless

Viney was best on ground.

However, much like our 2018 side his best is when he is full on, throw himself into every contest which is amazing but not easy to sustain for a whole season.

He, like the team as whole need to improve skills and composure so we aren’t just soley relying on brute force and effort to win games.

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9 hours ago, Earl Hood said:

And the one Rankin kicked off the ground, didn’t he drop the ball in a tackle to get it on the ground for a kick at goal? 

I thought that too - expecting the free from incorrect disposal / dropping the ball, at least. Apparently, so too did the players of both sides who stayed off the ball - and in that time he ran on for the kick coz he - like everyone else - didn't hear the whistle. Umpires certainly do 'gift' some players at the expense of others...

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Uh just woke up with slight hangover to “Aunt Cassie, you’re still here! Let’s play!”

This is why we usually have game nights at my place 

#advantagesofbeingchildless

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Offensively we have been inconsistent all year, defensively is worth keeping an eye on.

I dont think we've let teams score more that 10 goals and through defence we've managed to stay in touch most of not all games (rd 1 is debatable).

A huge improvement on last year defensively. 

 

 

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