Jump to content

  • Podcast: Mid-Season Review 2022  

  • Podcast: Mid-Season Review 2022  

Where does Gus play when Salem returns?



Recommended Posts


The coach indicated in his press conference today that Gus would be staying down back and Salo may need to be eased back into the team after missing 10 games. Jeeezzzzzz I’m glad that I am not on the selection panel Salo, Gus, Hunt, Bowey and Riv can’t fit into our backline.!!!

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Gus stays down back. Jordon on the wing frees up a midfield spot - which Harmes fills, and also means a less rotation for Viney, Petracca and Oliver. So that’s good. We had a mid too many in there. Gus down back helps our backline sync up better with our wings, which will only help Salem and Bowey. The more we get different lines working in sync the smoother our transition into the forward line is.Hopefully translating to more goals which means more wins

Edited by KingDingAling
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

don't think it's going to happen (because there's no one obvious to drop) but would kinda love to see Salem play a bit at half forward.  I know our forward connection has improved significantly the last two years but with him kicking it in it would probably go up a notch or two!

Maybe if Sparrow gets more midfield time when Harmes is out it could be looked at?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 5/10/2022 at 2:07 PM, daisycutter said:

i wonder if salem couldn't play the left wing well

being a left footer an advantage

getting salem's exquisite delivery into the fwd 50 a big advantage too

just a thought

And a good one at that.. I'd like to see Salem given a go on the wing. Harmes out this week who comes in for him.. Dunstan?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It’s no wonder teams can’t score against us is it. Wondering where a player of Salem’s ilk fits back in is a ridiculous luxury. Brayshaw, May, Lever, Petty, Bowey, Rivers and Hunt  is just an awesome array of back talent. 

Given Cameron’s role fr the lions  and what he did to us in the final last year  Hunt imo has to stay. It’s super super tough on either of them but it’s between JJ and Rivers.

This is what it’s like when you’re the premiership team and 9-0 the following year! Gotta drink this in while the era lasts. You never know the length of time it will be. 

 

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Wells 11 said:

It’s no wonder teams can’t score against us is it. Wondering where a player of Salem’s ilk fits back in is a ridiculous luxury. Brayshaw, May, Lever, Petty, Bowey, Rivers and Hunt  is just an awesome array of back talent. 

Given Cameron’s role fr the lions  and what he did to us in the final last year  Hunt imo has to stay. It’s super super tough on either of them but it’s between JJ and Rivers.

This is what it’s like when you’re the premiership team and 9-0 the following year! Gotta drink this in while the era lasts. You never know the length of time it will be. 

 

No way JJ will get dropped. Too versatile a player.

  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My one and only small criticism of Salem is that he avoids physical contact. He will often pull out of a contest if if looks like he will be knocked. One small observation of a brilliant player. This is the attribute that Gus has in spades. He will commit and win. He goes back and takes marks knowing he will cop some attention. I love Salem and want him in the team but I have loved seeing brayshaw lock down that flank with courage . A difficult decision indeed for selectors. 

  • Thinking 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

21 minutes ago, Grouse said:

My one and only small criticism of Salem is that he avoids physical contact

The polar opposite for me, never seen him avoid anything, other than a dumb decision. Picks his moments smartly, but is one of the hardest nuts at the club. 

  • Like 11
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Once we lose a game Salo comes in for Bowey.

Now where did I put that helmet and body armour?

  • Haha 1
  • Shocked 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, Grouse said:

My one and only small criticism of Salem is that he avoids physical contact.

Yep, I can see that at around the 9 sec mark of this video...not.

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

17 hours ago, Wells 11 said:

It’s no wonder teams can’t score against us is it. Wondering where a player of Salem’s ilk fits back in is a ridiculous luxury. Brayshaw, May, Lever, Petty, Bowey, Rivers and Hunt  is just an awesome array of back talent. 

Given Cameron’s role fr the lions  and what he did to us in the final last year  Hunt imo has to stay. It’s super super tough on either of them but it’s between JJ and Rivers.

This is what it’s like when you’re the premiership team and 9-0 the following year! Gotta drink this in while the era lasts. You never know the length of time it will be. 

 

You can't stop Cameron when he is on, it doesn't matter who you put on him. It is like trying to stop Kozzie when he is on, you just can't do it. You can sweat on him in stoppages but someone will get put in a block and he is gone. The only way to limit players of Cameron's skill is to limit the number of ground balls (ie. intercept incredibly well) and have more than one person keeping an eye on him (and a body) in forward half stoppage. Hunt has really lifted his game since earlier in the year but I wouldn't describe him as a gun lockdown defender. He has solid defensive skills, speed and a willingness to run and carry.

13 hours ago, Grouse said:

My one and only small criticism of Salem is that he avoids physical contact. He will often pull out of a contest if if looks like he will be knocked. One small observation of a brilliant player. This is the attribute that Gus has in spades. He will commit and win. He goes back and takes marks knowing he will cop some attention. I love Salem and want him in the team but I have loved seeing brayshaw lock down that flank with courage . A difficult decision indeed for selectors. 

You might want to go back and watch the GF again. Salem not committing to a contested mark is not something you will see on there.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Gus is a beauty that can play anywhere although I don’t think we’ve tried him as a third ruck option as yet. Something to ponder.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's all becoming clear in my mind now. Melksham's playing this week so he can get to 199. Clearly he's going to have a great day because we're playing North which will provide justification for him staying in the side to play his 200th against Freo. If Bedford had been picked amd Melksham made medisib it would have been impossible to drop Bedford for next week and you can't pick Melksham as medisub for his 200th. So Melksham gets to 200 and by then Salem will be ready to come back into the side. Melksham can safely go out without any ongoing concerns about not getting to 200 before his contract expires.

I'm not sure what we do when James Harmes comes back though. I haven't got that far in my thought process. 

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Reckon Brayshaw will go back to his wing as we haven't got a player who can play that position anywhere near as well as Gus (apart from Langdon on the other wing)

So Salem slots back to the HBF with Rivers on the other back flank.  Bowey as the floater

With Langdon on the other wing we have great contrast and a huge headache for the opposition

And a proven way of using defensive & offensive avenues to scoring (that works)

The talk might be just that ... talk.  But not a bad tactic to mess with the opposition with regards to what they might be able to do as a counter measure ... and the options that we may or may not use

We're in a position of strength but I doubt that we'll mess with a winning formula

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    JUNGLE KINGS by George On The Outer

    The top of the table Brisbane Lions came into their game against Melbourne thinking they were kings of the AFL Jungle. However, by game’s end they were shown to be toothless, as the rampant Demons gave them a lesson about the exact level you have to be at to justify that mantle.  The first quarter saw Brisbane squander some easy chances in front of goal, which kept Melbourne within striking distance and, as a result, the Lions led by a mere goal. Of course, it could have been so much d

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    A STEP FORWARD? by The Oracle

    The winds of change have blown through the Melbourne Football Club over the past month or so as the team previously known for applying relentless pressure on opponents dramatically fell from its pedestal to a low not seen for some three years. This is a team that had the luxury of going through last season with one of the healthiest lists in the competition. And that health was not only reflected in a weekly injury list that revealed very few key players missing, but importantly, even fewer

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    HUMBLE PIE by George on the Outer

    Seventeen wins in a row followed by a trio of losses.  The invincible Demon juggernaut was simply humbled by the Pies in that third loss, as once again they gave up an early three goal plus lead, to be over-run in the end. Is it loading? Perhaps. Is it the loss of players? Perhaps More likely, they are a combination of the two. Certainly, we have seen the side take an early lead in all of these games only to fade as reflected on the scoreboard where Melbourne has been outscored

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    EARLY FREEZE by KC from Casey

    If the publicity ahead of Queens Birthday Monday was all about the Big Freeze and the game to follow the pre-game entertainment then the hardy group that braved the country’s cold snap to travel out to the windy plains beyond Cranbourne were given an early taste of what was to come in the Casey's big 52-point win over Collingwood VFL. The day started well with the Demons comprehensively beating the VFLW Magpies in the curtain-raiser elimination final and then their male counterparts donned

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THE CURSE by Norm Smith’s Ghost

    Melbourne’s fortunes took a dramatic turn for the worst on the day the Anthony Albanese was elected as Prime Minister. Since that fateful day, Steven May pinged his hamstring early in the match against the Dockers, Harry Petty came off the ground in consecutive games feeling the worse for wear, it was revealed that Tom McDonald’s foot was in messy shape, the Herald Sun exclusively reported that two years ago, Demon committee members exchanged emails critical of the team after it lost a game by 5

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    BANGED UP by George On The Outer

    Melbourne v Sydney. City v City. Two top eight sides fighting for finals spots.  Sydney having beaten the Demons in ten of their last twelve encounters.    In what would turn out to be one of the most hotly contested games for the club in 2022, the physical damage to players was probably the deciding factor in the end.   Once again, Melbourne lost Tom McDonald pre-game to a yet unspecified foot injury.  More importantly was how much his work up the ground and bullocking influ

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    TEN by KC from Casey

    The slippery surface of the MCG was a minor detail for the Casey Demons as they waltzed away from the Sydney Swans to record their tenth win on end in their Saturday afternoon curtain raiser. The Demons conceded the first goal of the game before recording the next three (two to Sam Weideman) to hold a 16 point lead at the first break before the Swans pegged that back to a mere three points at half time. Casey dominated the third term with four goals to nil and thereafter the Swans’ resistan

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THE COMEBACK by Whispering Jack

    How will Melbourne react to losing a game after such a long time since tasting defeat? That question is on everybody’s lips after the complete collapse of the team in the second half against Fremantle last week. When Bayley Fritsch missed his shot at goal 23 minutes into the second term, the Demons were 30 points ahead but from that point onward they were comprehensively overwhelmed as their structures fell apart all over the park. Unlike what occurred on a number of occasions during their

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    SURVIVAL MODE by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons managed to survive a day of challenges that in many ways mirrored their AFL counterpart Narrm from the previous day but Casey emerged undefeated from their Round 10 encounter with Frankston at Skybus Stadium. Like the Demon seniors they were undermanned and lost players due to late withdrawals, went through an arm wrestle in the first quarters, took over the game in the second to set up a big lead before a late goal gave hope to their opponent and limped through a last half

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    DEES-MANTLED by George On The Outer

    Well the streak has finally ended, but in the worst possible way, when Fremantle absolutely dismantled Melbourne to record an emphatic 38 point win. This ended the 17 game winning streak of the Demons, but worse to report was that Melbourne led the game by nearly 5 goals in the second quarter, before the Dockers banged through 10 straight goals. In fact they kicked 13 goals to 1 from that point just before half time. So what happened?  Melbourne aren’t accustomed

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    DISMANTLE by The Oracle

    The Flagmantle dynasty has been in train for less than half a season but on Saturday evening at the MCG its hopes are set to be derailed when it meets the team from Narrm. If you’re still living back in the days before the start of the 2022 AFL season then my opening comment probably makes very little sense. This is because very few people had heard of Narrm at the time and most folk could not then have anticipated the AFL’s early season rise of the Fremantle Dockers whose fans went into r

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE CALM OF NARRM by George On The Outer

    In a fitting opening to the Doug Nicholls Round, the haunting voice of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu spread calm around a near empty, misty Docklands stadium. Meanwhile, the Narrm players, quietly warming up pre-game, seemed to take on the same calmness for their upcoming task against North Melbourne.   Sure, this was the top of the ladder premiership side playing the lowly cellar dweller, but this Demons side is now one who just quietly go about their job, and slowly ever so slowly and ca

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!

×
×
  • Create New...