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2 minutes ago, Elegt said:

One of his worst games I've seen him play, good to know we can still win with him playing poorly though 

VERY small sample but midfield dynamics seem to have gone backwards under Yze. Hope there is a method to his madness

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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, The Jackson 6 said:

VERY small sample but midfield dynamics seem to have gone backwards under Yze. Hope there is a method to his madness

They were talking about this on the Fox coverage.  Yze is trying to get them to focus less on winning the ball and more on how they are going to get the ball out of the stoppage.  I think that's fair since we have been consistently bad at this for years.  Obviously they are still struggling to find the balance.  Also, many of those hitouts missed their target by a minute amount.  It's going to take very little for the chemistry to click and they will be getting those connections right and hopefully have a better idea of what comes next as well. 

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I reckon the club should get a please clarify from the umpires dept on the Hunt in the back free that gave Freo a goal and the Salem dangerous tackle free (both in the first half). I thought neither were there (potentially biased)

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Was great to see Yze's coaching paying off already with Langdon's banana on the run goal in the first. Freo fans must have been thinking when the hell has he ever been able to kick like that!

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3 minutes ago, In Harmes Way said:

I reckon the club should get a please clarify from the umpires dept on the Hunt in the back free that gave Freo a goal and the Salem dangerous tackle free (both in the first half). I thought neither were there (potentially biased)

The Salem one was probably there. A bit soft but he did turn him which could've been seen as a slinging motion. Can't remember Hunts specifically but do remember thinking it was weak at the time. We probably got away with a couple as well k didn't think the umpires were terrible which is about as good as it gets with them usually.

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1 minute ago, In Harmes Way said:

I reckon the club should get a please clarify from the umpires dept on the Hunt in the back free that gave Freo a goal and the Salem dangerous tackle free (both in the first half). I thought neither were there (potentially biased)

I'd be adding the free to Serong at the start of the 3rd quarter.  I'm in the middle of the replay here and I still can't see how he got a free.  He had the ball, he was tackled and just let it dribble out of his hand.  It's either HTB or play on if they think he didn't have prior opportunity. 

Just watched it again to be sure.  He grabbed the ball in both hands before he was tackled.  No possible way that was a free to him. 

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6 minutes ago, In Harmes Way said:

I reckon the club should get a please clarify from the umpires dept on the Hunt in the back free that gave Freo a goal and the Salem dangerous tackle free (both in the first half). I thought neither were there (potentially biased)

The Hunt in the back was never a free kick. I think the umpire just made a terrible decision.

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6 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

The Salem one was probably there. A bit soft but he did turn him which could've been seen as a slinging motion.

Very soft Gonzo imv. If you were to pay all those there would be a lot of free kicks per game.

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2 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Quoting this post but have seen it mentioned multiple times in this thread

Freo were not injury riddled. They had a couple of key players out, same as us. They still had a top notch midfield in there in Fyfe, Mundy, Brayshaw, Cerra.

Cerra? His 3 career brownlow votes obviously makes him an a grader,

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4 minutes ago, whatwhat say what said:

i thought the umpiring was poor full stop - both sides either copped bizarre frees against or didn't get paid obvious frees for

i think this is part of the issue of being 'off broadway' - the 'better' maggots officiate the bigger games

I’m not one to have a go at the umps, it’s a tough job, but some of the decisions today were woeful.

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2 minutes ago, Better days ahead said:

I’m not one to have a go at the umps, it’s a tough job, but some of the decisions today were woeful.

i was sitting with a freo fan and we were agreeing on more frees that were / weren't paid than the maggots

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28 minutes ago, In Harmes Way said:

I reckon the club should get a please clarify from the umpires dept on the Hunt in the back free that gave Freo a goal and the Salem dangerous tackle free (both in the first half). I thought neither were there (potentially biased)

How about the Tom mcdonald 50m penalty 10 mins into the first quarter, that was a gift for us. The poor umpiring went both ways 

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28 minutes ago, RalphiusMaximus said:

They were talking about this on the Fox coverage.  Yze is trying to get them to focus less on winning the ball and more on how they are going to get the ball out of the stoppage.  I think that's fair since we have been consistently bad at this for years.  Obviously they are still struggling to find the balance.  Also, many of those hitouts missed their target by a minute amount.  It's going to take very little for the chemistry to click and they will be getting those connections right and hopefully have a better idea of what comes next as well. 

We still get drawn to the ball...it's a big problem.

Watching the dogs last night, they spread and give options.

They do it so well.

We have a long way to go.

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6 of the 9 first round games finished, and we're STILL on top of the ladder!  

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7 minutes ago, Better days ahead said:

If only 3 games left then no matter what we are in the top 4 at the end of the round.

An unbelievable result with only 22 rounds to go.

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TMAC was good today. I think when both Brown and Weideman come back in, that we will see long searching leads up the ground from TMAC, and that will be a headache for opposing teams to match up. Brown is of similar type in that he leads up the ground, is a hard match up physically. It’s going to be near on impossible for opposition teams to combat our 4 talls. Combine this with crumbing forwards we’ve acquired lately - it’s going to look much different in 6 weeks.

Today was a poor performance. But I will reserve judgement about our improvement over the offseason until we have more pieces. Midfield needs to improve and start using the best tap ruck in the league. It’s embarrassing we lose matches out of the middle. Puts May and Lever up against it. 

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2 minutes ago, KingDingAling said:

TMAC was good today. I think when both Brown and Weideman come back in, that we will see long searching leads up the ground from TMAC, and that will be a headache for opposing teams to match up. Brown is of similar type in that he leads up the ground, is a hard match up physically. It’s going to be near on impossible for opposition teams to combat our 4 talls. Combine this with crumbing forwards we’ve acquired lately - it’s going to look much different in 6 weeks.

Today was a poor performance. But I will reserve judgement about our improvement over the offseason until we have more pieces. Midfield needs to improve and start using the best tap ruck in the league. It’s embarrassing we lose matches out of the middle. Puts May and Lever up against it. 

my vibe is that, once weed and sideshow bob are back plugger mac and jackson will be wingmen - their energy and gut running will be vital on the bigger spaces of the g - the problem might well be that t mac in particular is prone to sloppy field kicking

i disagree that our performance was poor - i think the swirling wind had a significant impact on both team's skills todaym as did some bog ordinary decision making from the maggots

what was pleasing is that we got smashed in clearances yet still run out fairly comfortable winners - it goes to show the nature of the change that our mids are trying to implement this season

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