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I thought Preuss did well but I don't think we can carry him in the side along with Gawn. The only option would be to use hm in TMac's role but I fear that makes us too slow, particularly against the Dogs who are a smaller and faster side.

So, it sucks for Preuss, but if Gawn is ready then that's a direct swap. If Gawn's not 100%, we stay with Preuss.

Jones, vandenBerg, Tomlinson, Harmes and Sparrow present some options for changes. We could, for example, bring Rivers into Harmes' spot and put Harmes up into Jones/vandenBerg/Sparrow's spot.

Not sure Bennell or Hannan get back into the forward line given the elevated level of connection we had forward of centre today.

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Harmes struggles and needs a break. Definitely not a half back  I’d prefer Rivers.  

Jonesy did everything he could and will definitely stay in. Tackled. Chased. Hit targets. 

Kozzzy looked dangerous but did a lot of fumbles and overran the footy on countless occasions.  I’d be tempted to rest him and bring in Bedford.  

Obviously if Gawn is fit, he replaces Preuss.  

Tommy mcd was average.  Slow plodder.  But stays in as a relief ruck. 
 

Tomlinson was okay. Serviceable.  
 

Lever did some real clangers with the footy (handball to Grundy and a pies goal was a  shocker ) but defensively was pretty good. 
 

outs. Pickett.  Harmes.  Preuss. 
In.  Bedford Rivers Gawn 

 

Lockhart. May. Lever.  
Salem. Tomlinson.  Hibberd 
Langdon. Viney.  Brayshaw. 
Melksham. Tmcd. Vandenburg 
Bedford. Weideman. Fritsch. 
Gawn. Petracca ️Oliver
Int. Sparrow Spargo Jones Rivers

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3 minutes ago, Gouga said:

Gawn for tmac.

Preuss to play forward and relief ruck. Tmac has been better since his return, but has not taken a contested mark. 

I thought Tom did enough to keep his spot, if anything seems to be closer to what he was. But you’re right on his marking, almost seems to be swatting at the ball rather than having strong arms ready for contact. 

If there’s still doubt on Gawn then persist with Preuss, I still think our midfield need to improve at hunting the ball when our taps aren’t working to advantage. 

For me I thought Fritch was one of our poorest players when the contest was on, he seems to be becoming a bit of a junk time specialist. I wouldn’t say no to dropping him for Hannan. 

We could well be looking at no changes if Gawn still needs time. 

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8 minutes ago, Gouga said:

Gawn for tmac.

Preuss to play forward and relief ruck. Tmac has been better since his return, but has not taken a contested mark. 

Interesting call, and a fair bit to like about it. Preuss was better around the ground than I'd expected tonight, and might pip TMac for mobility atm.

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 I'm prepared to put Maxy back in the team but not as captain. Our rotating captains the last two weeks have got a perfect record. Frankly I want Max to have another week off. We need him fresh for the finals !!!!

Harmes is on thin ice. He probably did a lot of defensive stuff tonight that we didn't appreciate though. Some of his muck ups were tough to watch.

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I think it should be no change given that we’re coming off a seven day break this time. This would allow for an extra week’s break for Max just to play it safe. 

Trent Rivers was a bit stiff to miss out this week - if he went ok in the scratch match at Maroochydore then they could squeeze him in.

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2 hours ago, Greendale said:

Out: Preuss and one of Vanders/Jones/Sparrow

In: Gawn and Rivers

I want Harmes out of his defensive role.

Vanders and Jones were awesome what are you thinking?

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IN: GAWN

OUT: PREUSS

Preuss is stiff to miss out but it is Gawn we are talking about.

The rest don't deserve to be dropped great team performance. WE FINALLY BEAT THE FILTH YOU BEAUTY!

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If Gawn is fit, how about we keep Preuss and drop McDonald? Could Preuss do worse up forward than ol concrete boots? 
I just feel that dropping Preuss who had a good game after one solitary opportunity is just wrong. 

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Gawn for Preuss if he's 100%. Anything less stick with Preuss.

Harmes made plenty of mistakes but in general I thought he was better and could be close to settling at half back. Do you disrupt that now or do you keep backing it in to work?

There's 2 places we can use Harmes and then fill his half back spot with Rivers or even try Chandler:
1. I'm still less than convinced by Jones even if he played well, he just doesn't have the speed or change of direction to effectively pressure. Crisp left him for dead several times. 
2. Sparrow's doing a job but found it tougher against a good midfield. Harmes could play forward/tagger and be set for Bailey Smith or JJ.

Food for thought but my expectation is they leave things the same.

Otherwise I'll continue my weekly concern about Tomlinson as a key defender. Just 1 intercept possession today. He's not winning the ball and he doesn't use it well enough to be a clear cut advantage there.

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3 hours ago, M_9 said:

Make a tough match-up for the Dogs. Rest the big men forward and Fritta goes to the wing. Won't happen.

Bont and Daniel are the keys to the Dogs. Hold one or both and you're halfway to a win.

Naughton is threatening to regain some form too. That kid is good. 

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