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Just now, Rossmillan said:

BT said the players look like they have heavy legs. (I normally don’t listen to him).

The talk of loading could be a reason for our poor execution and I hope that’s the problem, because I have no idea.

But for Gods sake, if that is the problem, can we freshen the Players up for Kings Birthday, because I believe I’m not the only one who really wants to beat Collingwood.

 

Do we really load at this time of year?

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24 minutes ago, layzie said:

Did Tommo get soundly beaten by McKay? I don't think so. Harry kicked a checkside beauty and a ripper outside 50 but also flapped like a balloon for a dicey free. 

Harry had 9 marks and 5 inside 50 so nothing to sneeze at but Tommo wasn't that far off.

He got away a copy of times, but overall Harry got good service and also Tomlinson was often left one out in those situations.

I think sacrificial isn't a bad description, even if not entirely true. It's almost as if let that match up be the free one at times, making sure everything else was covered.

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Now that the dust has settled a bit, it was a very ugly game, but what I loved was McVee, JVR (best game?), Kozzie’s goal, some of our good defensive work and Maxy’s goal at the end. 

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7 minutes ago, Rossmillan said:

BT said the players look like they have heavy legs. (I normally don’t listen to him).

The talk of loading could be a reason for our poor execution and I hope that’s the problem, because I have no idea.

But for Gods sake, if that is the problem, can we freshen the Players up for Kings Birthday, because I believe I’m not the only one who really wants to beat Collingwood.

 

For the love of god can we ban loading on this website.

The players have played 12 weeks without a break, we need the bye. All teams do.

Apart from that we are slow in the midfield.

We need Oliver, we could do with a second winger who could out run his shadow and a forward/mid burner and we need some more cohesive ball use.

But a freshen up that doesn’t involve punching each other would be a good result for the next 2 weeks.

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Our percentage increased tonight.

We had the best percentage in the competition after 11 rounds. But after tonight it increased further.

 

I know it felt like we could lose at any moment, but we won by higher than our average win % for the year. In fact we won by higher than the average win % than any other team for the whole comp.

Scary to think that we only kicked 8.13.

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28 minutes ago, layzie said:

Did Tommo get soundly beaten by McKay? I don't think so. Harry kicked a checkside beauty and a ripper outside 50 but also flapped like a balloon for a dicey free. 

Harry had 9 marks and 5 inside 50 so nothing to sneeze at but Tommo wasn't that far off.

Tomlinson was always undersized in that contest. I thought he did reasonably well.

And sure enough, Lever started to look good again.

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My take:

It was a hard contested game, played hard by both squads.  We hit th e contest harder than they did (big positive) and won the clearances and contested ball numbers.  

We kept them to a ridiculous first half score, so the defensive stuff was pretty good.

Max had a bad game - took some marks but some of his giraffe kicks were awful,  Lucky he kicked that goal to redeem himself.

Poor goal kicking tonight,  the trend continues.

A lot to like in JVR, McVee, lingers and hunter.  May did an excellent job and Trac was sublime.

Happy to take the4 points and move onto next week.  The defensive side if our game was very good tonight, so if we can being that next week and straighten up our goal kicking and transition work, we stand a red hot chance to dack the filth.

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15 minutes ago, Docs Demons said:

You mob in Melbourne need to have a good hard look at yourselves. Less than 50k at the G in good weather on a prime Friday night game against a team in the Blues trying for top 8 is a disgrace. This aside it was a good UGLY win and I will take that. We are doing a Geelong and building. You don't win the flag in June.

I agree. However it took me 40 minutes to get to Caulfield. Every damn train line is not running and it takes 20 minutes to get inside the station thanks to Myki. 
I now have to drive an hour home. So I understand the frustration and why people are staying home. 

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3 minutes ago, deanox said:

Our percentage increased tonight.

We had the best percentage in the competition after 11 rounds. But after tonight it increased further.

 

I know it felt like we could lose at any moment, but we won by higher than our average win % for the year. In fact we won by higher than the average win % than any other team for the whole comp.

Scary to think that we only kicked 8.13.

I’m not sure it did. It felt to me as though we held them at arm’s length all night. 

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It was an absolute grind, but imo, there were some positive signs.  In particular:

*  The defence stood up, in part (imo) because Tommo freed up Rick Lever to do his thing.  May, Salo and McVie probably played their best games for the year
*  Sparrow and Riv had good games again, confirming that they belong at this level.  
*  Lingers and Hunter looked like they might be getting back towards their best
*  Forward half pressure was a lot better than it has been recently 
*  JVR had his best game
*  Max had a good second half

Still loads to work on, but imo, it was better than just a 17 point, grinding win.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Tommo got beaten fair and square tonight. Seemed to trail his opponent all night.

However, it allowed May and Lever to play far better games than in recent weeks and it’s absolutely unquestionable that we operate better when we have three +190cm defenders.

We are now 3-0 since round 1 2022 with the May-Lever-Tomlinson combo.

I’d like to see the combo continue against the Pies.

He definitely did better than I thought he would.

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1 hour ago, Axis of Bob said:

Really good game from our perspective. Got that solidity behind the ball back. Really good signs.

Contested possession +29.

inside 50s +20.

clearances +9.

Smashed them all over the ground. I don’t know what most people want from the team. Without looking, I assume it’s just groupthink from the Gameday thread.

Agree with this. Must be bitterly frustrating for the Goodwin sackers.

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10 minutes ago, Pulp Fritschon said:

Re: Channel 7 - Anyone else get a bit tired of seeing McKay’s parents all night on the broadcast or was it just me? 

Yeah, that was overkill. Lovely people as they are. Peter (father) was a terrific tennis player and his sister Sandra on his left a former Age journalist.

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45 minutes ago, binman said:

Yeah, coz they were so ruthless last week against the second worst team in the afl when they got smashed in the last, giving up 6 goals.

And despite winning three more games prior to this match, they still had a lower percentage than us.

So ruthless.

IIs this a bloody pies footy forum or a Demon's one?

FMD.

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