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taking the longer term view and putting to one side the top of the table clash there are some delicious matches to consider.

If you think we can make top 4 you want the least number of interstate teams in the four. (Unless we think we end 1 or 2 which I am far from thinking.)

On that basis we probably want Freo to beat the eagles and Port to beat Brisbane. (Of course Brisbane beating Port gives us one more game on Port and increases the chances of top 2)

Hell it's hard

As to the Tigers game I would love to go top but a Tiger loss gives us another game on them.

Swans beating Cats would be nice as well.

So with all those caveats...

Dogs

Pies (who cares)

Hawks (do we care)

Port

Swans

Us

Blues

Freo

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Tonight’s game is the interesting one:  Are the Dogs going to put a marker into the Tigers, or will the Tigers show they are still in the main group of contenders.  Both sides with injuries.

 

Never seen a demons team at $1.01.

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Reckon we softened up the Tiges last week and the doggies will capitalise this week. I think the Doggies will account for them pretty easily actually. 5-6 goal win in fact

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Here's a good article on why the Saints aren't firing

Jack Steele, Brad Crouch, Bradley Hill and Seb Ross are all winners of AFL club best-and-fairest awards. Along with Zak Jones and Jack Billings they are all between 25 and 27. This is a group that should be close to the peak of its powers. And yet it is misfiring. The Age approached coaching staff from rival clubs - speaking this week on the condition of anonymity - in a bid to better understand where St Kilda are being let down....

A theme from the rival views espoused was that the Saints had been drawn towards the ball too much and not paying enough respect defensively to their opponents. While a lack of cohesion - Crouch is only four games into his St Kilda career - was identified as part of the explanation, there was also a suggestion that the Saints’ midfielders looked overly focused on themselves and not in playing their part in a system.

https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/what-is-going-wrong-with-st-kilda-s-misfiring-midfield-20210429-p57nnt.html

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No different to us as Oliver, Petracca, Viney et al matured... but I guess the concern would be they are only 23-25 - not a further 2-4 years further along a career path.

To me it speaks of a lack of trust - trust in the game plan as well as trust in other players to commit to their own roles, which then lends itself to self-preservation and behaviours which are not beneficial to the team

(fight, flight or freeze)... 

(move towards ball,  not running defensively, ball watching) respectively.

Ultimately - not playing their role.

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Dogs first test tonight.... I think the way Richmond defend the G and their tall forwards will be too much for the dogs. 

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9 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

taking the longer term view and putting to one side the top of the table clash there are some delicious matches to consider.

 

Dogs

Pies (who cares)

Hawks (do we care)

Port

Swans

Us

Blues

Freo

Well they were my choices and I often get 5 out of 9

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Sure, a missed HTB in front of Tiger goal, but how in the world is that not 50 m against Riewoldt when called to “get up, let go” and just ignored it?

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to my mind Richmond or half the side have lost the hunger. they are champions and know it. and only work hard enough every now and then.   They can be dangerous though

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