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We toweled up an injury riddled out of form version of them. They just beat the Eagles in Perth in finals. Credit to them. We didn’t even get close to doing that in our best year in 15 years! Pie

The only thing I’m wishing to see in this series is for Geelong to go out in straight sets once again. Then to read the subsequent uproar from their gormless supporters (apologies to my Mum and sister

And can I also just say how happy I am that they stuck it up WA and their moronic premier who is keeping his borders shut for financial rather than medical reasons.  He has been a [censored] since d

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I hate most of those sides.

However, I would like to see Brissy smash the Tiges and make their bogan supporters weep.

I despise Meth Coast but not as much as I hate The Filth. A jolly good flogging to out the pies would be a satisfactory result.

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Don't care really. 

This season died a long time ago for me.

I would like the finals to be over so that we can get down to the important stuff like player trades, staffing changes etc.

It is going to be a long October...

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So long as west coast put the pies out. That's all that matters. 

Honestly I'd love to see a port/brisbane gf. I don't hate either team and I think it would be good to see different teams in it. 

Love to see brisbane knock off the tigs and port win tonight. 

Dogs/saints not fussed who wins. 

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Rather than start a new thread, I'm interested in whether people like the idea of a bye between the final home and away round and the first week of finals.

My view is that it kills momentum. I have found that since this particular bye was introduced a few years ago that I have fundamentally lost interest in the whole competition every year due to the bye when we're not in the finals.

I know it was introduced to overcome the problems associated with some teams resting players in the final round. I think there needs to be a more creative solution to that problem, such as suspending the senior coach of teams that do that for four rounds. I'm pretty sure that would work. 

Having said that, I think the AFL had no choice this year to have the bye. Because of the way the season panned out, they couldn't go into the finals without giving Essendon and Melbourne a break at this time of year. When setting the schedule they couldn't ignore the possibility that either or both these teams could be finalists.

In summary, I'm all in favour of getting rid of the pre-finals bye. 

Any thoughts?

 

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Normally I'm not a fan of the weeks break. Can be a real momentum killer. Having said that if you have a few injury concerns it can be a life saver. I guess it depends on what your needs and situation are going into finals.

This year due to the condensed fixturing I think it was needed. We certainly would have benefited if we had won enough games to actually make the finals.

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16 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

The Bye is a Godsend for any side in the Finals. The Games should be better for it. 
i am still angry we didn’t make it

Imagine the impact on the team of Bennell's crisis had we made finals

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19 minutes ago, Moonshadow said:

Imagine the impact on the team of Bennell's crisis had we made finals

Would he have done the same thing?

but yes, Point taken. If he had come back to his room...

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56 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Rather than start a new thread, I'm interested in whether people like the idea of a bye between the final home and away round and the first week of finals.

My view is that it kills momentum. I have found that since this particular bye was introduced a few years ago that I have fundamentally lost interest in the whole competition every year due to the bye when we're not in the finals.

I know it was introduced to overcome the problems associated with some teams resting players in the final round. I think there needs to be a more creative solution to that problem, such as suspending the senior coach of teams that do that for four rounds. I'm pretty sure that would work. 

Having said that, I think the AFL had no choice this year to have the bye. Because of the way the season panned out, they couldn't go into the finals without giving Essendon and Melbourne a break at this time of year. When setting the schedule they couldn't ignore the possibility that either or both these teams could be finalists.

In summary, I'm all in favour of getting rid of the pre-finals bye. 

Any thoughts?

 

As a very flimsy neutral supporter, I think it kills my interest in football. I am barely hanging in there even when Melbourne are playing.

In terms of for the playing group, I think it probably helps the better sides more. The lower teams are often running on momentum into the last few weeks to scramble for positions.

 

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The only thing I’m wishing to see in this series is for Geelong to go out in straight sets once again. Then to read the subsequent uproar from their gormless supporters (apologies to my Mum and sisters). 

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18 hours ago, Demonland said:

This after dropping a 30 year old. 

 

And they will be older if they recruit Higgins next year and delist Narkle!!

Gary " The Litylemaster" at 35 will retire of course and prob Harry Taylor at 33/34?

 

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Can't bring myself to pick any team. Hate them all.

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Definitely cheering on Port over the greased up arrogant Cats. They had their successful era 2007-2012. If they win more flags it’ll mean teams can trade their way to a flag which hasn’t been done before really. The hawks drafted their base of guns first remember 

I don’t want the AFL to get like soccer

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Selwood remains a protected species. 
Umpiring surprisingly hugely favouring the visiting team.  

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Not a bad game this one so far. 
 

Dangerfield with a split forehead a bonus. 

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