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I thought our midfield really lacked cohesion. As an elite player, Max has next to no influence in clearances anymore, except for the occasional flash (see the Langdon goal).  Oliver constantly f

Steven May and Jake Lever were incredible really. As good as I've ever seen from a defensive duo in our colours. 

I didn't log on once during pre-season. I thought I'd take a bit of a Demonland break. I watched round one and saw us cruise to an easy win, that never at any stage looked remotely in doubt, that

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We are missing Brown, Hibberd, Weid, Viney and Lockhart from this line up to be fair. Boy do we need another outside mid to take away Harmes spot though.

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Literally no team will be playing their best footy this weekend. Suck it up, enjoy the win and let's hope for a good season! 

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15 minutes ago, Elegt said:

Lever has improved out of site. I was his biggest critic but he's really come on

He’ll be really happy to read this. 

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TMac is back!  Well done Tommy!

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Some familiar issues but I only recall one or two bombs into the forward line all day. 

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The weekend is always better with a win. For those constantly knocking Spargo just have a look at his game today.

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1 minute ago, P-man said:

The aim is to win a flag. On that evidence we are a gazillion miles away from it. So yeah, that’s disappointing.

It’s cool that you’re entirely satisfied with 4 points at home against a half strength Dockers. Others look at the bigger picture.

You don't need to be playing champagne footy in Round 1 to win a flag. You just need to bank points.

I'm sure we'll lose games this year. Some games will be more frustrating than others. But I prefer to live in the present. We won a game of footy. I genuinely feel sorry for those who can't savour that. 

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Lever, May and TMac’s agility all positives. Our defensive unit are tight. The win is the biggest positive given we didn’t gel for large parts of the game.

My biggest concerns:

- the last kick into the forward line. We really butchered it a lot. We’ve had 4 years to work on it and it’s still deplorable. Watch the last quarter and we had 4 absolute shockers.

- Our clearance work. We are making a habit of getting overworked in there, which is concerning given our list profile includes virtually no outside mids.

- Harmes, Jones and Sparrow are concerns for different reasons. 

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2 minutes ago, sue said:

A R1 win is important.  But what's with Max? His hitouts are usually to our disadvantage.

His taps have been quite poor for a while now, his strength is his intercepting ability around the ground which wasn't on show today 

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2 minutes ago, MurDoc516 said:

You start to wonder if the midfield will ever learn their lesson in regards to clearances and getting sucked into the play.  You've got to assume nobody is teaching them any different, that was a pathetic day at the office in terms of clearance play.

Or you've got to assume that they're incapable of doing any better/different. They've had a succession of perfectly good midfield coaches, now one of the best in the business in Yze - yet we're still seeing the same thing.

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I understand why a lot of people are dissapointed from todays showing. But the way to look at it, we won and there were probably about 16 or more players who played no where near their best.

Fix the connection between Max and the midfield group, fix the goal kicking, get back some key forwards, gradual improvement from the kids. Need to be playing well in the back half of the season not the first.

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2 minutes ago, Skuit said:

Some familiar issues but I only recall one or two bombs into the forward line all day. 

Might want to watch the mid section of the last quarter. We had some shockers.

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18 minutes ago, gs77 said:

Got the job done. Will benefit from Viney, Weid, Ben Brown etc being back. Might expect Brayshaw to improve in the coming weeks given his impacted preseason.

Spargo was good to see today. Jordon very solid debut.

I thought Brayshaw did some clever work on the opposition, screening and finding space. A few more games and his game may well return to its best. His disposal could be sharpened - slightly out of touch at times - but overall, a player with some experience, judgment and intent. 

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9 minutes ago, P-man said:

The aim is to win a flag. On that evidence we are a gazillion miles away from it. So yeah, that’s disappointing.

It’s cool that you’re entirely satisfied with 4 points at home against a half strength Dockers. Others look at the bigger picture.

We’re also over 6 months out from the gF..$

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Lack of a proper series of competitive matches shows (for most clubs).  Some really good patches broken by poor skills and extremely poor finishing in front of goal.  

As they say, we'll be better for the run, build confidence in each other that comes from a win.

The constant pressure in the 4th was great to see and a change from the lats few years.

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4 minutes ago, Ugottobekidding said:

True but it's going to take a while for people to feel safe and you cannot blame them.

I agree entirely. Membership will rise with wins. Today was ugly but the job was done. 
lots to work on next week

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The performance of Harmes is a massive concern. Hasn't played well since five-year contract.

Jetty and Jones did OK.

Rivers was awful. Jackson's kicking terrible.

Spargo, Kozzie, ANB put plenty of forward pressure on.

TMac good.

Brayshaw ineffectual.

Hunt hopeless.

Tomlinson fine with May and Lever.

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