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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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3 minutes ago, No Plan B said:

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. 

I savour most wins. That won’t be one of them. 

Of course, 4 points in Round 1 is better than the alternative. I just was hoping to see a lot more than what we saw.

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Very rusty. On a calm day we would have kicked 16.9 at least as most of our shots were in the corridor. 

Clarry, Max and Trac should be embarrassed being out done tactically at stoppages all game. Novice ruck and a young but good midfield. Those 3 need to be able to adapt and change the course of the game. Having said that Clarry and Trac still played well

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There are some very astute and articulate folk on here. Yes, "a win is a win". Yes "four points is four points". Can't argue with that logic, however, I think it's time for me to go and say a prayer or three...

GoDees!

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Just now, The Reverend said:

There are some very astute and articulate folk on here. Yes, "a win is a win". Yes "four points is four points". Can't argue with that logic, however, I think it's time for me to go and say a prayer or three...

GoDees!

Bless  you my son

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Bank the points and move on.

Tmac was good.

Jordan and Spargo showed some smarts.

Lever was sensational, wouldn’t be as effective without Tomlinson.

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Yes. good to get a win.

The thing that got to me was that, every time the ball was bobbing around on the ground amongst a group of players, it was pretty much a for-gone conclusion that a Freo player would emerge with the ball and clear it out of the congested area!  Our ball handling in those tight areas just seems SO clumsy...

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Take the win.

We are a poor club and we are again going nowhere.

Poorly coached and poorly administered.

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Terribly uninspiring game. Good win. You take what you can get at this point.

I can’t deny that our backline saved our bacon. Lever and May sensational. Jetta more than held his own. 
For me the midfield was disappointing. Gawn “dominated” on paper but it certainly didn’t translate into any sort of meaningful ball movement or clearance work until the last few minutes of the game.  
I’ll put this down to being rusty and out of touch. But gees we would want to improve our clearance work fast, or it’s going to be another long season. 
I thought our ball use going inside 50 was actually much improved. But our goal kicking, oh boy. 
Overall a lot of “learnings” 😂🙄

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Take the win, we controlled the game and some very good performances from some of the lesser lights in Spargo, Jordan, T Mac and Tomlinson particularly early. 
 

Kozzie is going to give us lots of joy!  

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4 minutes ago, The heart beats true said:

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

I had half signed off by then but mostly recall some poor entries in that period, Harmes being one. The clearance-bang-it-on-boot-forward issue wasn't as evident. Acknowledged that we didn't have Viney out there or as many centre clearances, but everyone has been complaining about it for years and so should acknowledge that we seem to be making a concerted effort to address the issue at the start of the season rather than after a poor loss mid-way through. Fixing that may also be causing some of our clearance and other issues to an extent, such as Clarry holding onto the ball for too long (likely another response to a common complaint). 

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7 minutes ago, Wadda We Sing said:

Do we even do goal kicking practice? Looked like an afterthought from some...

Jackson 5 hrs goal practice.

We take a rd 1 win, gotta be happy for that. I certainly hope we can improve the amount of stupid mistakes, errors that we made under no pressure, luckily freo did too but I dgaf about them. From my viewing, tv, the boys all had a crack so I’m taking that as a step forward. 
Missed some very easy goals, and I noticed the ump called that tracca ran off the line for the kick after the final siren, not that it mattered THIS time, and would have ruled no score! Anybody else notice this? Could be an interesting reference for, say a buddy kick after the siren for the win, tracca certainly didn’t arc like buddy but got called. Time will tell 😳

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Happy for the win.  First round 1 victory in 4 seasons! Pleased to see a number of the usual suspects (aka the whipping boys) making team orientated positive contributions. Tom McDonald was a leading light (cream does rise to the top). Thought a number of the younger inclusions all had some good moments. That being said, plenty of scope for improvement particularly around the clearances and goal kicking needs to tighten up. Defence was the glue that won the day. Steven May, and Jake Lever are the wall, honourable mentions to Adam Tomlinson and Neville Jetta very solid games overall.

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10 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Adelaide are beating Jeeelong

Early, but who gave them ANY Chance of anything 

Crows will be a smokey this year. Maybe not finals but will cause a few upsets.

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In other news, Ticketek finally sent me an SMS with my tickets, an hour after the game finished. 

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Demons - Win 

Gawn - Dominant 

Steven - brick wall 

hotel - trivago 

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Can I just sat that here in Cairns without FTA , this is one of the better wins I havent seen.

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Made Freo look a bad team. Good pressure at times. Really rushed at them and gave them very little space. Basically dominated, though both teams didn't make the most of chances.

Good defensive marking and set up. 

Hopefully, that is getting the rust out of the system. A few times we took it a bit easy, AFL requires, 100% concentration. Don't like unforced errors.

"Ruthless", still isn't in our vocabulary. Second quarter we could have finished them.

We need to read it better of the ruck tap, and at packs. 

C'mon Maxy, put the ball down their throat.

Thought all the players did their bit when they had too, no passengers.

Great backline, forwards taking marks, mids controlling it at times.

The tempo of the game was well managed by team. Ran out the game.

When the score got closer, they were able to apply enough pressure and skill to kick away again.

 

  

 

 

 

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Good to get a win, but being at the game there was not a lot to get enthused about. Same old skill errors, Oliver and Petracca still have that tendency to try something cute which ultimately leads to a turnover. They need to get that out of their game. 
Some positives:

I thought they showed a lot more maturity in stemming and turning around what looked like being a Freo comeback. The forward pressure was good. And of course May and Lever.

The biggest negative was Jackson. I honestly don’t know what his position is, was beaten easily in the ruck, and don’t see him in our forward structure going forward. And the less said about his kicking the better
 

 

 

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45 minutes ago, No Plan B said:

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

Great call. Headline should be "May/Lever defeated Freo".

 

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