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6 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Not a chance in the world you would even briefly contemplate dropping Fritsch and he’s certainly a player the opposition would be weary of.

Right. And I’m tired of this pointless discussion too. Go Fritta!

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If fully fit i would think Viney for Sparrow and Hibb for one of Hunt or Rivers.  That's it for mine.

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Really surprised so many are picking Melksham in the team.  He has done little in the last 2 years, does not tackle, does not work hard enough, has had no preseason games/form....GET HIM IN.   

I am presuming those selecting Melksham really want Goodwin to lose his job.

Melksham needs to be absolutely banging the door down with form in the reserves.  He is so far from an automatic inclusion i really wonder about some of our supporters sanity thinking he is even in the conversation for a place in the team.

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I'd go no changes, Viney, Hibbo and Melk have had very limited pre-seasons and playing as fit a side as possible will serve us the best at the moment. After the job Cognilio did on Steele shows Harmes has a place, but he just needs to remember not to loose his positioning at the center bounce, which he did very well in the pre-season games. I also think Freo ddi well to stop Hunt running out of the backline, clearly seeing this as something we'd worked on in the off-season, but they shouldn't give up on that after 1 game. 

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11 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

And Jones?

Agree on Jetta but I'd be dropping Jones for Viney. Harmes lucky.

Agree, Viney in for Jones and Harmes stays in and follows Jack Steele around all day. If he’s not tagging I’m not sure what he offers any more.

Would not be upset with Chandler in for Sparrow either but these younger guys should be given a few games in a row, dropping after one game does nothing for development, probably stalls it if anything!

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2 hours ago, NeveroddoreveN said:

Really surprised so many are picking Melksham in the team.  He has done little in the last 2 years, does not tackle, does not work hard enough, has had no preseason games/form....GET HIM IN.   

I am presuming those selecting Melksham really want Goodwin to lose his job.

Melksham needs to be absolutely banging the door down with form in the reserves.  He is so far from an automatic inclusion i really wonder about some of our supporters sanity thinking he is even in the conversation for a place in the team.

You have my vote Never.  Goes missing far too often in patches.  Rarely lays a tackle or creates a turnover with pressure inside.  While he knows where the goals and can hit a target coming inside when he's on ...its the other missing components that damage as we watch opponent waltzing out of 50 under little or no pressure.

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Hard to see many changes and delighted that our coach finally gave his senior men first crack at it last week, rather than blood a youngster because he was excited about there early season form. For example the Pies went down that road with Henry this year and now have to drop him for Rd 2 - great for a kids confidence.

But agree Viney, Hibberd and Melky all have to be considered and if fully fit would all get games. With such long games again, clubs are going to have to be very careful making sure a player has major fitness background before selecting them.

If deemed fit Viney would come in for Sparrow and Hibberd would come in for Jetta most likely (Rivers and Hunt needed for Butler and Higgins), but really find it difficult choosing who would make room for Melky after that game. 

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Possible ins - Viney, Hibberd, Chandler

Possible outs - Jones, Hunt, Sparrow, Harmes

Saints have some smalls so Hibbo in if fit enough, he and Jetta in back pockets. Can provide dash like Hunt with better disposal and a left footer. Rivers and Salem on HBF. Out Hunt (wasn't that bad just balance)

Viney in, Sparrow can play defensive on ball and also defensive HFF or FP at times. Out Jones.

Chandler will have to wait, ANB, Kozzie and Spargo went ok.

Melksham hasn't played a decent game in 3 years, can earn it back at Casey.

Harmes gets in the right spots at times just butchers it or spuds it up. Confidence and continuity key for him. Can also play HBF. Viney in will help.

2 changes enough for mine

 

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4 hours ago, NeveroddoreveN said:

Really surprised so many are picking Melksham in the team.  He has done little in the last 2 years, does not tackle, does not work hard enough, has had no preseason games/form....GET HIM IN.   

I am presuming those selecting Melksham really want Goodwin to lose his job.

Melksham needs to be absolutely banging the door down with form in the reserves.  He is so far from an automatic inclusion i really wonder about some of our supporters sanity thinking he is even in the conversation for a place in the team.

you make a good point. I agree with most of your points. but the reason is because our forward line is shocking. Tom Mcdonald played super well but his missed shot on goal in the 3rd quarter changed the momentum of the game and almost cost us. He isn't the dead-eye he used to be. Jackson has proven that he isn't a natural forward and only averages 0.5 goals per game over his career. He was just a pulse in a jumper for the first 3 quarters. Fritsch is good but a wasteful set shot. And spargo and Pickett don't hit the scoreboard too much. So to answer your question. I don't think it's to do with melksham per se but moreso who is currently in the team. 

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18 hours ago, 640MD said:

If you are watching the saints game now.   Get a load of how much Ratten is invested in his sides win.

He actually  gets a little excited.   Wish our coach did !

Goodwin can be criticised for a few things but having a crack at him for not barracking while he coaches, is a bit unfair.

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On 3/20/2021 at 4:42 PM, All the Jacks said:

Viney is a must, we need speed and tackle  Chandler 

outs ANB Jetta Jones 

Hunt to the wing, to give us more attacking run, something we are lacking, and Viney likewise on the ball and to take advantage of Max’s dominance. I would also seriously consider Daw to help out McDonald to help him continue his good early form. 
 

an interesting dilemma for the Saints: if we play Daw, who does their best defender take?

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55 minutes ago, Dr.D said:

you make a good point. I agree with most of your points. but the reason is because our forward line is shocking. Tom Mcdonald played super well but his missed shot on goal in the 3rd quarter changed the momentum of the game and almost cost us. He isn't the dead-eye he used to be. Jackson has proven that he isn't a natural forward and only averages 0.5 goals per game over his career. He was just a pulse in a jumper for the first 3 quarters. Fritsch is good but a wasteful set shot. And spargo and Pickett don't hit the scoreboard too much. So to answer your question. I don't think it's to do with melksham per se but moreso who is currently in the team. 

I actually thought our forward line functioned quite well against a good Freo defence.  The tackling by all players in that area seemed to really step up.  If all our forwards continue that type of pressure they will all chime in with goals at various times.

Not worried about Spargo/Kossie lack of goals as they set others up with their disposal + pressure.

Fritsch looks like on any given day he could bag 5-6 goals.  He needs to nail a few more from tight angles but from what i noticed he is only ever few degrees off in accuracy, it will come.

Tmac is the best game i seen from him in nearly 2 years, hope he continues to build on form/confidence.

Majak is probably the only other forward bashing the door down atm....would love to see what he can do, surely he is in the frame to get picked this week....even if just as emergency sub!

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4 minutes ago, low flying Robbo said:

a lot of people seem to want Jetta dropped. He actually played a pretty solid game. As long as there is a non-speedster for him to play on, he stays in the side

Exactly, my thoughts. He hasn't lost anything in those 1v1 contests but yes, needs to be kept away from faster opponents.

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1 hour ago, Dr.D said:

you make a good point. I agree with most of your points. but the reason is because our forward line is shocking. Tom Mcdonald played super well but his missed shot on goal in the 3rd quarter changed the momentum of the game and almost cost us. He isn't the dead-eye he used to be. Jackson has proven that he isn't a natural forward and only averages 0.5 goals per game over his career. He was just a pulse in a jumper for the first 3 quarters. Fritsch is good but a wasteful set shot. And spargo and Pickett don't hit the scoreboard too much. So to answer your question. I don't think it's to do with melksham per se but moreso who is currently in the team. 

The Melk would be aware of this criticism and after injury, would be attempting everything he's got in footy to contrbute to the team and to play his role, if only for personal pride reasons. He has had a long time on and off the injury listings.

He is still a reasonably mobile forward and with that, experienced and adaptable,  and somewhat more trustworthy than others near goal - he is also sometimes freakish in his gathers, turns and snaps when it matters.

I'd give him a run when pitted against some of our lesser performers from the Freo game up forward. He can be dropped for more match practice, next time, if he underperforms. A bench seat sub can be catered for as we need more forward marks, mobility and goal-kicking acumen. If Petty or Daw do not play forward for some of the match against the Saints, then it might be a good opportunity for the Melk to slot in. 

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I don't think there will be any. It would appear the injured players who got back in last week  for Casey might get another run before the trip to Sydney the following week. Why change a winning team if the alternatives are still short of a run.

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If you are going to make a change it has to be someone who is match fit , Saints are fit and tough, Viney maybe to replace Sparrow but who would Chandler replace?

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Can't imagine Viney wanting to play a 3rd consecutive week of VFL 

Hibberd has also played 3 VFL games and should be ready

Everyone potting Melksham is kind of laughable. Yeah he isn't our best tackler but we need his nouse around goals and delivery inside 50. Many of you acting like we're spoilt for choice in that area at the moment

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No way Jetta gets dropped, he looked reenergised to me. We’ll need every bit of his experience out there this Saturday night.

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On 3/20/2021 at 5:05 PM, dee-tox said:

Harmes needs to go. 

Jetta and Jones did pretty well.

Hunt should feel nervous with Hibberd now fit.

Rivers had a shocker but keep.

Hunt is too loose in the back line but we need his run and carry ( wing is my suggestion). Put Hibbert to half back although l have question marks about his pace. Rivers on his day is class and deserves another chance. Daw l think should be seriously considered perhaps for ANB.

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If you want consistent performances you need to have a relatively consistent side. Should be making 2 changes "tops". Swinging 4 changes is not a good way to provide consistency and start building cohesion. 

I would move Jones to be the Sub, which I think could be a role where he excels in unless there is a specific player that is underdone. 

In Viney (if fit), Out Jones (Sub) 

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2 hours ago, Dr.D said:

Jackson has proven that he isn't a natural forward and only averages 0.5 goals per game over his career. He was just a pulse in a jumper for the first 3 quarters. Fritsch is good but a wasteful set shot. And spargo and Pickett don't hit the scoreboard too much. So to answer your question. I don't think it's to do with melksham per se but moreso who is currently in the team. 

Jackson has proven no such thing and 0.5 goals is more than Carey at the same stage of careers.

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