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Enough already. We get it, you don't rate him. No need to repeat it 10 times over. The way you talk about our players ('Jones a has-been') is pathetic. Criticism and discussion of a player's

I really don’t like us constantly calling our players ‘spuds’.  Paging Werridee, you’ve have made it abundantly clear via umpteen posts in this thread alone, that you think he is one (a spud) but reme

Spargo was good in 2018 after a commendable debut. He was rubbish in 2019 along with the rest of them. Glad he’s getting another crack. 

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TMac named as 1st ruck. We'll see if that eventuates. If it does, I can't see it working. If it doesn't, I can't see it working. Either way, I can't see it working. IMO, should have been Preuss. I'm going to be crossing my fingers for a late change.

Pickett/Hannan for ANB/Viney makes sense. Rivers for Lockhart does as well. I'm disappointed for Lockhart, thought he was doing well.

I'd love Spargo to give us more than Bennell did vs Adelaide, but I'm sure this is as much about fitness/fresh legs as anything. Pressure's on Spargo to hold his spot for the Collingwood game.

Tomlinson is named on the wing, interestingly.

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If Preuss isn't in Adelaide, which is being reported, then I don't think we have anyone but Tom to bring in.  We will just have to manage as best we can in the ruck and around the ground.  I wonder if they give Jackson more responsibility in the ruck?

I like the rest of the ins though.  Hannan, Pickett and Spargo to freshen up the forward line, while Lockhart looked pretty battered after the last game so I like the addition of Rivers.

Still backing us in for the win here.  We might be missing a few, but so are North.  Even with Max out I would expect our midfield to beat theirs.

Edit - just saw Preuss is an emergency, so he must be a chance to play!

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1 minute ago, titan_uranus said:

TMac named as 1st ruck. We'll see if that eventuates. If it does, I can't see it working. If it doesn't, I can't see it working. Either way, I can't see it working. IMO, should have been Preuss. I'm going to be crossing my fingers for a late change.

Pickett/Hannan for ANB/Viney makes sense. Rivers for Lockhart does as well. I'm disappointed for Lockhart, thought he was doing well.

I'd love Spargo to give us more than Bennell did vs Adelaide, but I'm sure this is as much about fitness/fresh legs as anything. Pressure's on Spargo to hold his spot for the Collingwood game.

Tomlinson is named on the wing, interestingly.

It all comes down to fitness of Tmac and whether we try and swing him forward. I'm worried about his selection, but I don't think we should have played Preuss.

The rest seems logical to me.

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1 minute ago, titan_uranus said:

TMac named as 1st ruck. We'll see if that eventuates. If it does, I can't see it working. If it doesn't, I can't see it working. Either way, I can't see it working. IMO, should have been Preuss. I'm going to be crossing my fingers for a late change.

Pickett/Hannan for ANB/Viney makes sense. Rivers for Lockhart does as well. I'm disappointed for Lockhart, thought he was doing well.

I'd love Spargo to give us more than Bennell did vs Adelaide, but I'm sure this is as much about fitness/fresh legs as anything. Pressure's on Spargo to hold his spot for the Collingwood game.

Tomlinson is named on the wing, interestingly.

I personally hope Spargo stays the hell away from the ball. If I see him lead and call for the ball and our players kick long to him down the line, I will be physically ill. He cannot mark overhead, but continues to present as a leading option. He is not particularly fast, so I don’t exactly know what role he should play, but a marking target he is not!

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1 minute ago, A F said:

It all comes down to fitness of Tmac and whether we try and swing him forward. I'm worried about his selection, but I don't think we should have played Preuss.

The rest seems logical to me.

The only positive with T Mac in is it gives us options through the ruck - you could have Tom, Jackson, Tomlinson and Weid potentially pinch hitting through there if they don't make a late change and get Preuss in there.  

At the very least it makes us a little unpredictable.

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Firstly if Preuss is fit (and I’m not sure he is) then I have no idea why we have him on our list. 

Secondly I’m not entirely sure what they are going to play Tom as. Will he be our secondary ruck to Jackson? Our FF and push Weids into the ruck? If so I think that would be a mistake as Weids has got form under his belt as being our key forward. 

Finally Spargo, where do I start? I hope the coaches are giving him one hell of a pep talk because his round one showing was up there as the worst I’ve seen of any Melbourne player. They should be giving him a KPI target to hit with tackles being the number one thing. 

Also playing Gawn against the Crows = STUPID!!!!

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I wonder how Preuss is taking this. Basically came to the club knowing he’d be the number two man and is now number 3 at best.

I’m genuinely shocked at Spargo. I hope he goes well and proves me wrong but he’s shown bugger all over the last season and a half. I really don’t know what he brings.

Where the bloody hell is Hunt? At least he has pace and can take a grab.

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Good changes. Bennell was not up to standard last week. Pruess needs to improve his around the ground efforts to be considered

some good pace in Hannan and Kozzi and Spargo can be the link man

less inside mids also a good thing

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Pretty uninspiring changes. I consider 4 of the 5 a downgrade, a couple of huge ones as well. Oh selection last week has caused an issue this week. Presumably Jackson plays first ruck which might impact our forward line chemistry as well.

the decision not to rest Max on Wednesday was a shocker.

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The only positive with T Mac in is it gives us options through the ruck - you could have Tom, Jackson, Tomlinson and Weid potentially pinch hitting through there if they don't make a late change and get Preuss in there.  

At the very least it makes us a little unpredictable.

The more I think about it, the more I reckon we're too top heavy here by bringing in McDonald.

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2 minutes ago, DubDee said:

Good changes. Bennell was not up to standard last week. Pruess needs to improve his around the ground efforts to be considered

some good pace in Hannan and Kozzi and Spargo can be the link man

less inside mids also a good thing

Pretty much agree with this, particularly your last point, but I think we need less guys competing for half back too. It means someone like Jones will probably play wing time and I don't know how many times that's proved to be a terrible idea.

That's on top of the fact I think we have too many big guys.

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1 minute ago, A F said:

The more I think about it, the more I reckon we're too top heavy here by bringing in McDonald.

Possibly, but then McDonald seems like a direct replacement for Max, and the other four inclusions aren't tall players.  So we've gone like for like there.  I'd say McDonald and Jackson will do the majority of the ruck work, with Weid to stay forward.  It's not really any different to last week.

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Don't like the look of forward line and the team in general. Jones at HBF and Tomlinson on the wing is not good. We shall see but if I was North I would be confident.

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Possibly, but then McDonald seems like a direct replacement for Max, and the other four inclusions aren't tall players.  So we've gone like for like there.  I'd say McDonald and Jackson will do the majority of the ruck work, with Weid to stay forward.  It's not really any different to last week.

Yeah, Tom absolutely seems like a replacement for Max, but who are Tomlinson, Lever and May going to play on? I don't think we need the extra tall. We've done this with selection before and sides smash us on the outside.

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Why is Preuss on the list for? Tommy very lucky. How can they play Spargo he's proven time and time again that he is a dud? Happy to see Hannan back and Kossie and Rivers are good inclusions. Prefer to see Preuss and Jordon than Spargo and Tommy.

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