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Our biggest Achilles heal, that was evident even in the first 10 games last year, was not being able to run out quarters and especially games. The biggest takeaway for me tonight is we looked like we could play a fifth quarter, which is always easier when 50 points up, but still a big positive.

I also wonder whether we have finally found another unicorn in the form of a 50-70 goal small forward ala Jeff farmer. Based on recent form, kozzie can kick 50+, very differently to the wiz who never ventured far north of the 50m arc but potentially just as, if not more, damaging pinch hitting in the midfield as playing forward. Have to ensure we have him for at least the next 4 years while the window is wide open

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Interesting TOG stats. 

Lever, Petty and Tomlinson all 100%. Next was Langdon on 89%. Which means everyone other than our three key defenders got at least 11% time on the bench. 

IIRC we often had Langdon and other runners in the 90s for TOG last year. I’m hoping we learnt some lessons about resting players. 

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1 minute ago, titan_uranus said:

Should (maybe) be 1 week. Careless, medium, high. I think the reason Smith gets up is that it was shoulder to shoulder, so the impact actually was low, but MRO will upgrade it to medium given the potential for harm

But yes, generally players from clubs like us get made examples of (eg Chandler’s tackle last year). 

So many players from other clubs get off for more all the time.   If Kossie gets rubbed out for that it will be a travesty.

There are players that could (and probably should) get suspended due to the potential for harm based on their actions.  The AFL usually suspends based on actual damage done, but watch the move the goal posts for us.

Time to hire Patrick Cripps lawyer.

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2 minutes ago, Roosiah said:

Our biggest Achilles heal, that was evident even in the first 10 games last year, was not being able to run out quarters and especially games. The biggest takeaway for me tonight is we looked like we could play a fifth quarter, which is always easier when 50 points up, but still a big positive.

I also wonder whether we have finally found another unicorn in the form of a 50-70 goal small forward ala Jeff farmer. Based on recent form, kozzie can kick 50+, very differently to the wiz who never ventured far north of the 50m arc but potentially just as, if not more, damaging pinch hitting in the midfield as playing forward. Have to ensure we have him for at least the next 4 years while the window is wide open

Kozzy will be better than Cyril, you watch. We need to keep him. 

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36 minutes ago, Graeme Yeats' Mullet said:

Tomlinson outperformed expectations 

Hats off to him

No need to rush May back until

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10 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

That was a fantastic win. The Dogs are good, I’m a firm believer of that. So to perform like that against quality opposition is huge. 

What stood out to me the most at the ground was the way we set up forward of the ball. Far more often than last year, we had forwards deep. Couple that with our desire to go through the corridor and we looked scary good at times. 

I reckon we’ve found one in McVee. Looked a natural. Hunter is an incredible addition and whilst I thought Grundy lacked strength at times, his touch came back as the game went on and he is structurally critical to helping Gawn dominate. 

The thing is, there were areas to improve on too. Obviously we have four stars to bring back in, but we were well beaten in CPs and clearances. It’s a big thing to win by 7 goals when we lose those stats. 

Like last year, Brown looks fit and mobile and it makes him a much better player. Let’s see if he can maintain it. I thought Lever was immense in holding us together early, whilst Tomlinson was really good too. Also loved Chandler, who absolutely stood up, and Spargo.

The obvious sour note is Pickett, who is sure to be suspended. He has to be. We always say we have to focus on the action and not the outcome and that action has to be stamped out of the game. Hopefully it’s only graded medium impact and he only misses one week. Because he is irreplaceable and looks primed to star in 2023. 

Based on the way the AFL has adjudicated in the last couple of years, it’s well and truly been outcomes based. If they took the right approach in assessing the action regardless of outcome he gets weeks, but they don’t, outcome dictates their decision so $1000 fine it is. Even though it favours us this time I strongly disagree with it

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Just now, titan_uranus said:

Interesting TOG stats. 

Lever, Petty and Tomlinson all 100%. Next was Langdon on 89%. Which means everyone other than our three key defenders got at least 11% time on the bench. 

IIRC we often had Langdon and other runners in the 90s for TOG last year. I’m hoping we learnt some lessons about resting players. 

We absolutely rested most players a lot more than last year. I would love to know how much time Gawn spent rucking too.

I’ve never seen Oliver spend so much time on the bench either. Nor Langdon who looked confused when he came off 😂

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14 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

 .McVee is genuinely cool and calm under the heat. With more experiences and game he'll get better and apply himself with much more confidence. Jason Taylor has unpacked another gem.

 

Agree.
Looks a smooth mover and very nice kick.
As you say with more experience I can see him being damaging with the ball.

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2 minutes ago, Rodney (Balls) Grinter said:

So many players from other clubs get off for more all the time.   If Kossie gets rubbed out for that it will be a travesty.

There are players that could (and probably should) get suspended due to the potential for harm based on their actions.  The AFL usually suspends based on actual damage done, but watch the move the goal posts for us.

Time to hire Patrick Cripps lawyer.

Browsing the media outlets and Kozzy headlines everywhere. Let’s see if Buddy gets the same attention given Collins was take off due to concussion.

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11 minutes ago, Gawndy the Great said:

Kozzy will be better than Cyril, you watch. We need to keep him. 

Kozzies kicked 40+ goals in both his 1st 2 seasons.
I doubt Cyril did that.

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3 minutes ago, Gawndy the Great said:

Browsing the media outlets and Kozzy headlines everywhere. Let’s see if Buddy gets the same attention given Collins was take off due to concussion.

I see it now. Buddy gets off on a “star player” technicality. Kosi gets 19 weeks. 

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For one bounce in the 3rd qtr, we had Chandler, Nibbler, Spargs and Laurie starting in the forward line with Max and (I think) BBB. The ball came in quickly and we actually looked quite dangerous smaller. Loved the different looks we had across all lines tonight.

and loved catching up with the old man for a beer or two.

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Loved the flexibility we displayed tonight.  So many players popping up in areas of the ground where they would not normally be.  For example, BBB and ANB joining the backline a few times, Maxy literally everywhere...!

Not sure if it was a function of having 4 players out or part of the new willingness to rest players and mix things up, or even both

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29 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Kozzy is a genuine superstar now. Please offer whatever he wants Tim Lamb.

Trac, Oliver and Gawn just changed the game when they decided to put their foot down.

McVee is genuinely cool and calm under the heat. With more experiences and game he'll get better and apply himself with much more confidence. Jason Taylor has unpacked another gem.

Good to see Benny Brown up and about. 4 snags is a good start

Lever was BOG down back alongside Tomlinson and Bowey.

Just an overall great team performance. 

Unfortunately Oskar Baker and Mitch Hannan are VFL standard footballers. Still amazed Baker got given another chance at AFL level.

Astute as always Dazzle!! Laurie is a worry!!

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