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Loving the impact Chris Scott is having on the tribunal outcomes... "He was protecting himself"  =  3 weeks "I've seen it and I'm OK with it"  =  2 weeks

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1 minute ago, Call Me What You Will said:

Gibbons kick - Cox jumping up and down on the mark!! Where was “stand”?

Happened in our match too. One of our players did it and wasn’t penalised. 

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I suspect as the season wears on the “stand” call will get less and less vigilant as the maggots get preoccupied with other issues. This inconsistency will infuriate supporters as maggots will continue to determine the course of games in a most random and inconsistent way.

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Just now, Better days ahead said:

Jones is a liability at the back for Carlton. BB will fill his boots when we play them.

Ben could be a real handful if the forward lines remain as open as what we've seen tonight

Is he still 5 or 6 weeks off or is it more or less than that time frame?

As it stands I'd have Gawn & LJ rotating deep forward with T-Mac roaming far and wide

We need to stretch opposition defences with our height (that evaluation is based on the attacking footy becoming the norm with less congested forward lines)

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3 minutes ago, Demonland said:

That’ll be the game. Blues 0-2. Season over?

9 years in a row. For all the talk and hype “we’re coming”, they are still mediocre at best. Too small in defence, lacking a dominant ruck, and a relatively old list

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Hope Jones is still in their team come our game round 9. Brown, Weid or McDonald should have a field day. Horribly out of form. 

Cripps seems to have mastered the art of handballing to his teammates ankles as well.

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Just caught the end of the game tonight on tv. The AFL seem to have a unique obsession with 'two bob' cups and trophies being handed out at the end of a game. Didn't Footscray and Richmond play off for a Bloody [email protected] Cup a number of years ago because they were both sponsored by a drink - driving campaign ?  

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2 hours ago, whatwhat say what said:

i actually think it's their mids that is the biggest issue - they don't defend

 

2 hours ago, dl4e said:

Hopeless in defence and midfielders being beaten. Keep Cripps quiet and you are half way home.

 

2 hours ago, picket fence said:

Cripps as overated Front running mid that I have ever seen Refuses to man up. Plowman the worst defensive efforts Ever. Time to Unleash Robocop OSCAR

At the moment Cripps is a liability with the ball moving around the park so quickly.

They might need to recast his role as his strength, which is in congestion has been taken from him and now he's become an average plodder.

With the emphasis on plodder.

The only time he looked dangerous was a couple of times in the ruck contest which at the moment is still a wrestle that plays to his strengths. Maybe forward/ruck might be his go.

It appears that the argument over who is the better mid, Cripps or Oliver might be settled fairly quickly this season.

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Couple of suggestions here. 

Get rid of that ugly spectacle of over short passing with five minutes to go. It's a blight on the game and could be countered quite easily. It's probably the only high class sporting spectacle that should have the result go down to the wire, and it doesn't. 

It is not self suspenseful in my book, even particularly if it had have been closer.

Play around with distance or bounce if two short passes in a row. Just bloody do something. I'm the last bloke to want Blues to win. there is no climax, ask the players?

 

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8 minutes ago, willmoy said:

Couple of suggestions here. 

Get rid of that ugly spectacle of over short passing with five minutes to go. It's a blight on the game and could be countered quite easily. It's probably the only high class sporting spectacle that should have the result go down to the wire, and it doesn't. 

It is not self suspenseful in my book, even particularly if it had have been closer.

Play around with distance or bounce if two short passes in a row. Just bloody do something. I'm the last bloke to want Blues to win. there is no climax, ask the players?

 

They could lengthen the kick for a legal mark to be paid (20 metres?) but I'll wear teams icing the game for now willmoy as long as the attacking nature remains for the greater part of the games. 

I suppose an argument could be mounted that the team leading by 3 or 4 goals has earned the right to ice the game but I am with you in principle. 

The custodians of the AFL should always be ahead of the game and be looking to always improve the spectacle.  Rugby League has that type of thinking and that M.O. works for that sport (especially with Peter V'landys running the show up there)

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1 hour ago, Better days ahead said:

Great tackle Adams. Reckon he'll get the 3 votes tonight. 

That ‘goal’ he kicked from the boundary hit the post.

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