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Party-time for the Saints might be over:

  • Play twice: Richmond, Geelong, Port Adelaide, West Coast, Sydney
  • Play once away: Brisbane, GWS, Gold Coast
  • Play a home game vs Adelaide in Cairns

 

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I hate Friday night games; watching us get obliterated ruins the whole weekend. Sunday twilight games are the go. At least we get to enjoy a couple of days of foolishly naïve, care-free optimism befor

Party-time for the Saints might be over: Play twice: Richmond, Geelong, Port Adelaide, West Coast, Sydney Play once away: Brisbane, GWS, Gold Coast Play a home game vs Adelaide i

No back to back interstate games. Only two long-haul flights (Perth and Alice). Good break between Alice and the next game then the bye. Only two top 8 sides:  Cats, Bulldogs. Over

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20 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

Agree, but subject to timeslots. We don't know what our timeslots will be for Rounds 7-23, so we don't know if we're going to get, say, a stack of prime time or blockbuster games, family-friendly Sat/Sun arvo games, or the dreaded Sunday 1.10pm or twilight games.

I was thinking that it is unlikely there will be walk up GA tickets available because of covid capacity constraints.  So if fans want to see game at the G such as Carlton, Rich, Hawks, Geelong, Collingwood (and an offset game for Alice probably vs Hawks) it is best to buy a membership .  Good value I reckon.

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Good draw. More positives than negatives. Hard draw coming home but would rather that the other way. Get the win loss ledger in the right direction early and build from there. 

Looks like we have finally got the right outcome around our Alice and QB games. After the Alice game we will have a minimum 8 day break into QB. Then we have the bye after QB. 

Floating fixture allows for some decent timeslots if we are showing a bit. 

Also I see the Bombers have to play down at Geelong (first time in 28 years I believe). They are really on the nose these days. Nice. 

 

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2 hours ago, spalding said:

I think if we have to play at the cattery round 23 is probably the best time. Most likely they will have already stitched up a top 2 position and have nothing riding on the game, or hopefully their all-in for 2021 strategy has spectacularly backfired and they are imploding outside of the 8. Only issue with that could be it results in multiple retirements and they fire up for the last game of the likes of Selwood. At least Gablett and Taylor have already gone!

Hopefully by then most of the kitties will be getting around on zimmer frames.

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Interstate trips:

  1. Hawthorn - 9 (but four are home games in Launceston)
  2. North - 9 (but four are home games in Hobart) (plus Geelong)
  3. Melbourne - 7 (but one is Alice Springs) (plus Geelong)
  4. St Kilda - 7 (including a home game in Cairns) (plus Geelong)
  5. Essendon - 6 (plus Geelong)
  6. Richmond - 6
  7. Geelong - 6
  8. Bulldogs - 6 (plus Geelong)
  9. Carlton - 5
  10. Collingwood - 5

Compared to the original 2020 fixture (i.e. before COVID hit, the one released in October 2019), the only changes to this distribution are North having one extra game in Hobart, St Kilda and the Dogs having one extra interstate game, and Essendon getting sent down the highway.

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3 hours ago, titan_uranus said:

Away to Essendon - that means we're now on a 2-15 H-A streak against them.

First game at the MCG vs Adelaide since 2016 and second since 2012.

We haven't played Fremantle in Perth since 2015. Meanwhile we haven't avoided playing West Coast in Perth since 2015.

In addition to these, some other quirks:

  1. We still haven't played Essendon twice in a season since 2005.
  2. We still haven't played Brisbane twice in a season since 2013.
  3. We still haven't played GWS at Giants Stadium since 2014.
  4. We haven't played West Coast at the MCG since 2014.
  5. Our MCG home game against Adelaide ends a run of only 1 of our last 10 games against them being at the MCG
  6. Next year's home game against Carlton is our first since 2017 and only our second since 2011 (we are currently on a streak of 1-10 H-A).
  7. Next year is the first non-COVID year we haven't played St Kilda twice since 2014.
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It doesn't look like I'll make too much money this year as I normally bet against us. Well depending on the circumstances and odds. I'll pay for a win. If we can't make the finals this year with hopefully a fairly fit footbal club, they should look for another job. C'mon Melbourne start to believe in yourselves we've got a decent team. If we can put our best team on the park we should go ok next year.

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2 hours ago, spalding said:

I think if we have to play at the cattery round 23 is probably the best time. Most likely they will have already stitched up a top 2 position and have nothing riding on the game, or hopefully their all-in for 2021 strategy has spectacularly backfired and they are imploding outside of the 8. Only issue with that could be it results in multiple retirements and they fire up for the last game of the likes of Selwood. At least Gablett and Taylor have already gone!

Agree 100%

Cats by 85 😈

 

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3 hours ago, Better days ahead said:

I’m pencilling us in for 17 wins and a top 4 finish.

Drop games against Richmond, bulldogs (Marvel game win the return at the G), Geelong (last round), Port and West Coast.

Get stuffed MFCSS.

I feel some of you confuse MFCSS; blind hope is part of the process for ultimate disappointment. So you are exhibiting one of the symptoms...
 

Fair thee well.

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2 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

A good fixture for memberships:  Generally, quality opponents for our Home games at the G incl our two blockbusters vs Richmond and Collingwood.

Every chance there will be capacity restrictions at the G so time to buy memberships folks. 

Totally agreed. Win the first couple of games and I reckon memberships will go up significantly, especially if crowds are allowed at the G but subject to social distancing/ square meter capacity rules. 

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5 hours ago, Demon17 said:

Geelong at gmhba last round and eagles in perth 3rd last round.

But no sydney in sydney. Brisbane once. Freo in melb only. So some upside as you say.

Just to nitpick, but I'd rather we play Sydney at the SCG than the MCG :laugh:. They really get up for their away games against us. Bad memories.

Of recent years they've been as bad at the SCG, as we've been on the MCG.

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1 hour ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

I know its annoying play Geelong in Geelong in the last round, but imagine how sweet it would be to beat them down there.

I welcome the opportunity to break their hearts and hopefully cost them a top 4 or finals spot.

I was there for 186, suffered through it live... I was there when the cats cheered Corey Enright pre match for his 300... and the subsequent schaedenfraud during the same  game and the brilliant game that Bernie Vince played that night.

Standing there as a local amongst the silence... the deathly silence as the siren went.... Kardinia Park is no hoodoo.

only to yze getting robbed of Mark of the year in the goal square, whilst Miller took a kidney of Lonergan and we effing ended up drawing.

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6 hours ago, Jaded said:

I was so excited that we wouldn’t have to go to Geelong finally... and then I read round 23. Every. Damn. Year. 
 

Happy to keep both our home game blockbusters that we missed out on last year. Overall not bad and I’m glad to have an easier run in the first half of the season. Good for confidence and memberships. 

I think our record of going to Perf to play the E Girls is just as good

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7 hours ago, RedLegs23 said:

Dead set facts of life:

Taxes,

Death,

A mate of my dads famously said one time - “the only thing more certain is Death in Texas”. 

Fair to say he never lived that one down!! 😂

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7 hours ago, Delusional demon 82 said:

Death , taxes and Melbourne away at Geelong and West Coast 

According to the Bartlett-Pert "red n' blueprint" this should be "manna from heaven". It will literally rain goals on both sides of the continent. Hopefully the team won't be seeking refuge in the Ark but navigating a finals strategy that will finally deliver the Grail.

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23 minutes ago, Clintosaurus said:

How do Geelong get the last 3 games all at GMHBA? What a [censored] gift from Hocking.

It could be what they asked for and being GF'ists requests get granted.  And in a way it doesn't matter when they play there they will win.

Just like Richmond had a long run of games at the G in the latter rounds in recent years.  Being GF or premiers helps persuade the AFL on numerous fixture benefits.

On the positve side for us, seven of our first 9 games are in Melbourne (6 at the G, of which 5 are Home games, and 1 is at Marvel).  I'm guessing lots of early Melbourne games is what the club asked for to get fans attending games (gate revenue) and to sell memberships in the early rounds.  That early revenue will be important to us.

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18 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

We'll get them later in the year if we deserve them.

A club that's made finals once in 15 years doesn't deserve Friday nights.

Got nothing to do with it !!!

If  you perform in a year like 2018 then you deserve Friday night and other FTA opportunities.

Shouldnt be penalised forever we also  have finished ahead of many teams in 2017 and 2020.

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