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3 hours ago, Mr Steve said:

I think Melksham holds his spot. His disposal let him down on the weekend not his general play. 

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we slaughtered them when we played 3 quarters of football. i dont think we will get away with only playing 3 quarters again. I just hope our players dont get ahead of themselves, this will be tough they will come at our players hard and will try to crush oliver. we need everyone playing well,

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Not sure that any of the changes being suggested here will change the result one iota (or would have changed the result on Friday night). It's about how we play, not who we play. OK, maybe some tinkering at the edges, but if we don't put it together a bit better than we did against the Swans, then we'll set ourselves a task.

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But especially in finals, I feel that changes are about roles, structure and match-ups. Joel Smith for Salem could be one if we want more height and athleticism down back. Tom Mac for someone if we want the two-talls forward so that we can free up Gawn/Jackson to stick to rucking. 

Wing is another issue, though that's more reorganising who we have out there (though god knows who/how), I can't see us bringing in Baker.

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18 hours ago, titan_uranus said:

If TMac was closer to full fitness, I'd be bringing him back for Melksham. But we can't afford to play him when he's spent so long out of the game. Particularly given the odds of us playing an under-fit Petracca will be high (he'll declare himself fine to play and the coaches won't go against his word).

He has to come in Titan, i would rather roll the dice with him in the Semi against Brisbane give him the game he needs in a quicker paced game and correct our structure.

 

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1 hour ago, Redlagged said:

Not sure our list is all it is cracked up to be. A few great players, but several pretty mediocre ones. And some of our better players have major flaws...ie. Brayshaw's substandard disposal. Timid selection and the failure to regenerate the team by trying a few new players, and instead rewarding mediocrity, hasn't helped. Thank God for Oliver.

All teams have mediocre or average players, hence the salary cap.

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Frankly, I'd like to see some personnel change.

We've been incredibly inconsistent for the entire second half of the year and I've remained annoyed like others that Goodwin has simply refused to blood players that have been in form at VFL. Chandler for instance. Is he the stiffest bloke going around?

What happened to rewarding form? 

I believe the club and supporters will get a kick out of changing some things up this weekend. 

Brisbane just had a debutant and look at what happened? 

I'd love to see JVR get a gig and bring Bowey and Chandler in. We need a shake up, it's just all too boring and vanilla atm and the 22 need some excitement and a rev up.

Make it happen Goodwin.

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3 hours ago, Fat Tony said:

The key change we need to make is to play long and boring around the boundary. The Lions are missing their best ruckman. Minimise the number of bad turnovers and strangle them. 

Change? We’ve done that all year!

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1 hour ago, binman said:

I am more concerned we lose this match than i was before round 23.

I reckon now that they have won a final they'll view this match, on our home deck and at long odds to win, as a free hit and play more relaxed.

And I feel like we are under more pressure. 

This is exactly how i’m thinking.

We need Gawn to channel his inner Garry Lyon and “dee”liver another big captains game like he did in the prelim last year!

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21 minutes ago, Fat Tony said:

We have clearly been more attacking the last two games. It worked beautifully the first time but it has cost us against Sydney with turnovers.

For the last 2 games.

I haven’t watched the replay pf the QF yet, but live we didn’t look to take many risks ( i was level 1 on the wing).

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1 hour ago, JimmyGadson said:

Frankly, I'd like to see some personnel change.

We've been incredibly inconsistent for the entire second half of the year and I've remained annoyed like others that Goodwin has simply refused to blood players that have been in form at VFL. Chandler for instance. Is he the stiffest bloke going around?

What happened to rewarding form? 

I believe the club and supporters will get a kick out of changing some things up this weekend. 

Brisbane just had a debutant and look at what happened? 

I'd love to see JVR get a gig and bring Bowey and Chandler in. We need a shake up, it's just all too boring and vanilla atm and the 22 need some excitement and a rev up.

Make it happen Goodwin.

If Goody has refused to change up our personnel throughout the 2nd half of the year, then he sure as hell wont change it out of the blue for a cut throat elimination final.

Goody's stubbornness has gotten the better of him this year. Incredibly disappointing. 

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If Tmac is still too risky I’d give Joel Smith a crack at Melksham’s role. 
 

The way Melksham carries himself on the field is so depressing to watch. 
 

And Bedford for ANB. 

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22 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

If Goody has refused to change up our personnel throughout the 2nd half of the year, then he sure as hell wont change it out of the blue for a cut throat elimination final.

Goody's stubbornness has gotten the better of him this year. Incredibly disappointing. 

Yeah, he has his 22 and it’s ride or die.

ANB for a tall or a pressure forward in form is but a small change yet too large for those with a set mind. 

We wait for summer for change…

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7 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Medical advise doesn't sound all that positive for Petracca. 

 

Remember when Fyfe tried to play thru a ‘hairline’ fracture years ago?

Didn’t end well. 
 

Petracca shouldn’t play against Brisbane. 
Bring in Dunstan. 

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1 hour ago, dazzledavey36 said:

If Goody has refused to change up our personnel throughout the 2nd half of the year, then he sure as hell wont change it out of the blue for a cut throat elimination final.

Goody's stubbornness has gotten the better of him this year. Incredibly disappointing. 

Perhaps wait until the season's over before writing obituaries?

Goody's "stubbornness" has seen us sit inside the top 4 for 44 straight rounds and finish top 2 twice, win a flag and currently be in a semi final.

11 minutes ago, CYB said:

The only thing that the Lions have to do is apply pressure. 4 quarters of relentless pressure and then play their own style. It’s how to beat us…

Ah yes, it's so easy!

I suppose that's why we finished a lowly...*checks notes*...2nd on the ladder...

FFS, statements like this are so ridiculous. If any of the 17 sides applies "4 quarters of relentless pressure" they'll likely win. But when was the last time Brisbane did that?

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Luke Dunstan had a blinder in the reserves, surely he can backup if Tracc is out? Is there room for TMAC to come in and straighten us up? 

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19 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

Perhaps wait until the season's over before writing obituaries?

Goody's "stubbornness" has seen us sit inside the top 4 for 44 straight rounds and finish top 2 twice, win a flag and currently be in a semi final.

Ah yes, it's so easy!

I suppose that's why we finished a lowly...*checks notes*...2nd on the ladder...

FFS, statements like this are so ridiculous. If any of the 17 sides applies "4 quarters of relentless pressure" they'll likely win. But when was the last time Brisbane did that?

Why is it so ridiculous? Explain why else we lost against the Swans, cats and Pies? We cannot cope with the pressure. 
 

Whether the Lions can do it is another thing - granted - but it is plain for everyone to see, like it or not.

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