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Where does Gus play when Salem returns?



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2 hours ago, Rivers Run Red said:

Put him in the ruck. Gus can do it all.

He does remind me of the Jordan Lewis 3rd man up rucking midfielder of a decade ago that could jump in, put his body on the line and belt it forward.

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11 hours ago, mo64 said:

Based on form, Gus remains down back and Salem replaces Rivers. Hunt has done some great jobs on small forwards, and deserves to retain his spot. JJ has also been excellent on the wing.

It’s this atm. Who knows how it may change in the future. 

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12 hours ago, mo64 said:

Based on form, Gus remains down back and Salem replaces Rivers. Hunt has done some great jobs on small forwards, and deserves to retain his spot. JJ has also been excellent on the wing.

Agree with this. However could Gus replace JJ on the wing instead?

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11 hours ago, FarNorthernD said:

Salem back to the mens club

Brayshaw back to the wingers club

Jordon back to the 23 club

Men's department*

 

But I think this is likley. Coaching staff have shown a desire to return to last year's GF team (apart from giving Weid an extended go) and why not. 

 

No unforced changes. Salem to half back, Gus to wing, Jordan to bench

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15 hours ago, adonski said:

Bowza to the wing

But ultimately I think Riv may come out :'(

Bowey does as much running as the team needs him to do but I would be reluctant to put him on a wing. He is so effective on a back flank and so tidy with the ball that he has to stay there.

If any are vulnerable to losing their spot when Salem returns ( and this is a stretch ) it would be Jordan or Rivers.

Even Jordan hasn't done anything this season that would have people calling for his scalp.

Tough times ahead for selectors !!

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I want Brayshaw staying in defence. His positioning and ability to take an intercept mark is excellent.

I also want Hunt staying in defence.

I also want JJ staying on the wing.

I also want Jordon staying on the wing.

I also want Salem returning down back.

I'd say Rivers or JJ will be the unlucky player when Salem returns. Probably more likely JJ.

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I'm torn on this. I would've thought it's temporary to cover injuries, but Gus has been brilliant down back and his ability to read the play and intercept mark has surprised me. He's an elite interceptor it turns out! I'd be hesitant to shift him away from defence now, such is his impact on games this year. He's been BOG a few times already IMO.

Rivers has been down on form this season since returning from injury, so I'd say on current form he makes way for Salem when he returns from injury, whilst JJ holds his wing spot. 

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14 hours ago, mo64 said:

I just had a look at Time On Ground percentages of our small/medium sized defenders, and Rivers is significantly the lowest:

Hunt 86%

Bowey 78%

Rivers 72%

 

That less time on ground  could be still because of Riv's  previous injury which he still is bandaging for support or confidence. 
 

it's a curly one and whoever or however it's solved will make us stronger at half back and wing or half forward. 

Not so sure Riv will just be discarded if he is not at half back some tweaking and  experimentation may go on. 

Just shows how strong a group of players we have developed as all of these would walk into other sides quite easily I would bet. 

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I reckon, Angus nailing that goal on the run on Sunday, was his way of re-applying for the wingers club. All the skills he's showing down back, also serve us well when displayed on the wing... as his GF performance demonstrated.

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16 hours ago, Gorgoroth said:

For me it’s still Hunt if they want to leave Gus at HBF, Hunt is shutting a player down, but previously Rivs did that and Bowser has too. But if they want them both then JJ is the one who might drop out if Gus goes back to a wing.

Hunt won’t go anywhere. Has locked down the oppositions best small forward all last season and without injury would’ve had a Premiership media to show for it. Has done the same this season to an even higher level. JJ has been good but think he drops out Salem. One of  Bowey/Salem could go to a wing.

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30 minutes ago, 12345_54321 said:

Hunt won’t go anywhere. Has locked down the oppositions best small forward all last season and without injury would’ve had a Premiership media to show for it. Has done the same this season to an even higher level. JJ has been good but think he drops out Salem. One of  Bowey/Salem could go to a wing.

True but Hunt butchers the ball way too much, so it’s defence lockdown or better disposals when comparing him and other options.

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I think Brayshaw, Salem and Bowey all play down back with Lever, May and Petty. 

Rivers potentially goes out at this stage 

James Jordan, Tom Sparrow or Alex Neal-Bullen take on the wing role.

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5 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

I want Brayshaw staying in defence. His positioning and ability to take an intercept mark is excellent.

I also want Hunt staying in defence.

I also want JJ staying on the wing.

I also want Jordon staying on the wing.

I also want Salem returning down back.

I'd say Rivers or JJ will be the unlucky player when Salem returns. Probably more likely JJ.

So James Jordon on both wings. Cool got it.

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3 hours ago, Gorgoroth said:

True but Hunt butchers the ball way too much, so it’s defence lockdown or better disposals when comparing him and other options.

Hunt ‘butchering’ the ball is such an overrated thing to speak of as more often than not his ball use is so much better than it used to be. There is the odd error but he plays the role Hibberd did does which is vital to us going forward because the best small forward doesn’t have a say each week. None of our other defenders do if bar Hibbo (who Hunt was ahead of before injury last year). JJ will be the unlucky one. 
 

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I’m just disappointed that we don’t have a centre half back with the surname ‘Witch’.🧙‍♀️

Because with Salo back in the team playing alongside Jaidyn, you know what that line would equal? 😄

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3 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

I’m just disappointed that we don’t have a centre half back with the surname ‘Witch’.🧙‍♀️

Because with Salo back in the team playing alongside Jaidyn, you know what that line would equal? 😄

So, which of May, Lever and Petty is witch?

https://maywitch.bandcamp.com/album/may-witch

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4 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

I’m just disappointed that we don’t have a centre half back with the surname ‘Witch’.🧙‍♀️

Because with Salo back in the team playing alongside Jaidyn, you know what that line would equal? 😄

Trade for Daniel Rich and let Caro commentate every game...

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On 5/9/2022 at 4:27 AM, CYB said:

I think we have to use Salem at HF - The Lionel Messi of MFC. 

He can push up to the wings and be the link between our defence and forward line. Using ANB and Salem could allow us to attack from multiple positions and provide an alternative route to goal if Lingers is getting. Tagged.  
 

Not suggesting we do this now as I’m not sure you can just change a role midway through a season but should be looked at in preseason. 
 

For this year, hard call but we shouldn’t just drop Rivers - he needs to learn and develop. Maybe Gus moves into the midfield rotation ? 

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, picket fence said:

Agree with this. However could Gus replace JJ on the wing instead?

No you guys obviously have not caught up with the news.. The Demons are now allowed to play 23 on field 100 % of the game as authorised by the AFL so no no one will get dropped. 

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5 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

I’m just disappointed that we don’t have a centre half back with the surname ‘Witch’.🧙‍♀️

Because with Salo back in the team playing alongside Jaidyn, you know what that line would equal? 😄

We just need to find out which player weighs the same as a duck.

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9 minutes ago, willmoy said:

Where he bloody well likes..

no, that's the thing - he plays where the coaching dept wants him to, and he has a premiership medal to show for it, and could have another plus an all australian selection by the end of the season with the way he's playing in 2022

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38 minutes ago, whatwhat say what said:

no, that's the thing - he plays where the coaching dept wants him to, and he has a premiership medal to show for it, and could have another plus an all australian selection by the end of the season with the way he's playing in 2022

Yes, your right but as we both think he is really a great cognitive awareness player for us.Captain material, yes and there are others. At a recent interview one could see his insightful perspectives.Really we don't want to lose a player and club potential career member for the foreseeable future with this chap. Modern,savvy, well presented and very well spoken.

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