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POSTGAME: Rd 20 vs Richmond



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Given Petty's form today, Van Rooyen's continuing improvement, Fritsch to come back, and and Joel Smith also competing for a spot, what does Ben Brown do now? He is contracted for next season, surely won't find another AFL club and may be content just to spend a leisurely year with Casey. Or then again he might just retire with a well-deserved premiership medal to his credit.  I hope it's the latter.

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I reckon it was 2021 when we beat the Tigers that we started to believe that the team was different. Round 6 or thereabouts?

And again it is against the Tigers today, at least for me, that there is belief that we can put up a serious challenge for the flag this year. The pieces are starting to come together, big names starting to stand up, and some we have not been used to, which is a very important part of it all.

We still have guns to return and look fit, running out games against seriously desperate sides needing wins to make the 8. 

We’re headed in the right direction and firing at the right time with A LOT of potential not yet tapped into. These guys can only get better playing together.

So good

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1 hour ago, Bitter but optimistic said:

Give yourself a jolly good thrashing BDA !

No, he will be barracking against Brisbane. There is a difference!

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What an enjoyable game. Reminded me of the 70's, with the boots being on the other foot. Used to be us having to win against a contender to give us a chance for the finals. They stayed with us, until we ran over them in the last. Well done fitness coaches. 

The umpires helped us with a goal from a free and a 50 in the second, that led us to another. Undisciplined Richmond. The next one in the last with the head high free in the goal square that pushed the score well away from the Tigers. 

Max just gets better, what a great last quarter. 

Our tackling killed them, didn't think I would see Tigers hear so many footsteps and panic.

Great structures around the field. Backline stopped them when they were rushed. Tigers still play the corridor well. Our wings continued to hold their width and give us some outlets. Forwards gave us options.

Makes for a happy week.

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50 minutes ago, brendan said:

The Richmond melts on bigfooty are something else

Can you post a few?

They had 15 Premiership players. 

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I think that maybe a few of us forgot our not so secret ‘secret’ weapon is Max at his brilliant best. Gonna be fun watching him go full throttle the last third of the season. 

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1 minute ago, Dee Zephyr said:

I think that maybe a few of us forgot our not so secret ‘secret’ weapon is Max at his brilliant best. Gonna be fun watching him go full throttle the last third of the season. 

Max for a seventh AA jacket is alive. 

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I'll keep this short.and simple..

WOW...just WOW ...

( and my wife doesn't understand why i yell at the telly......well... she does really... ) 

Pass the VoVos around...  one hell of a game. 

Max...you earnt your 'dart'... 

Milky.....  ffs... mirror image goals....  no need to take the pizz out of the Toiges !! 

Harrison..... i was wrong ( it happens...just ask previously mentioned 'swmbo') 

Every one else....superb team effort. 

The Box.....take a bow...take two....

Footy is a funny game eh....

Many of my family....just a bit "wobbly" atm....  bless them....

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12.5 to 4.1 after we got out to a 20 point lead the 1st time.
I was so [censored] off at the umpires today but I don't expect anything different, started with 50 metre penalties then went to [censored] holding the ball free kicks. To the [censored] commentators on top I had to turn the sound off and stew in my own vomit.
AFL can get ****ed.

 

Just picked up the above off  Bigfooty   Interesting bunch at tigger land 

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30 minutes ago, Dee-monic said:

Given Petty's form today, Van Rooyen's continuing improvement, Fritsch to come back, and and Joel Smith also competing for a spot, what does Ben Brown do now? He is contracted for next season, surely won't find another AFL club and may be content just to spend a leisurely year with Casey. Or then again he might just retire with a well-deserved premiership medal to his credit.  I hope it's the latter.

It was one game, let’s not get a head of ourselves just yet….

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9 minutes ago, Skuit said:

Max for a seventh AA jacket is alive. 

And if he gets it he will move into rarified air at the top of the seven-club based on consecutive seasons, and behind only Gablett, Danger, Franklin, R. Harvey and Roo. 

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40 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

We made the sub first because our backline was far too slow and was getting exploited.

All the Tommo truthers might deny it but he has a stinker. Coughed up easy possession in the middle of the ground consistently. 5 clangers from 7 touches.

Was an excellent move by Goodwin to make a brave early call. Smith had at least one classic Smith moment with the Balta goal but otherwise gave us much needed defensive speed.

I suspect Hibbo takes the 2nd tall role unless they gamble on Smith full time.

I wouldn't be so hasty, everyone has bad games and he has been very good in recent weeks.

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I enjoyed that game 

In Binman I trust 

I can see what the coaches are doing. But even they must be surprised by how well the fwd line worked today 

PS  I spent yesterday at a party with John Beckwith in the room. Not that he would have known I was there. I was too shy to give him a well done and a high five. He looked great. Ninety years and many more to come. Five winning grad finals, wow!!!

Go Dees and thankyou to the podcast team. You help us understand what is going on 

Great win 

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1 hour ago, Greendale said:

We are timing our run to the flag perfectly. Can't expect perfection, but the momentum is real

 

17 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

I think that maybe a few of us forgot our not so secret ‘secret’ weapon is Max at his brilliant best. Gonna be fun watching him go full throttle the last third of the season. 

This is what I've been thinking for a while now... we have learnt from last years mistakes and are fresh and hungry at the right time of year...

I would also rest Max for Grundy and Viney for Dunstan this week ?

They are so important to keep fresh for finals 

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19 minutes ago, Bitter but optimistic said:

12.5 to 4.1 after we got out to a 20 point lead the 1st time.
I was so [censored] off at the umpires today but I don't expect anything different, started with 50 metre penalties then went to [censored] holding the ball free kicks. To the [censored] commentators on top I had to turn the sound off and stew in my own vomit.
AFL can get ****ed.

 

Just picked up the above off  Bigfooty   Interesting bunch at tigger land 

We tackled very well without any reward from the umpires. I kept on seeing we had two free kicks paid to us, for much of the game. Made up a few in the last. More likely the umps swallowed the whistle, and the undisciplined Tigers gave us the break, with that 50.

The Rich fans seem to "boo" at everything, poor "boohoo".

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So have we cured our forward line woes in one game?  Looks like it to me especially with Fritsch to come back to add to the 4 or 5 standout contributors today

And so accurate as well! 

The Tigers were under seige and when they did rebound, they couldn't get past their 50 metre arc with any sort of system

Our 3 or 4 lines of defence kicked in from half way through the 3rd quarter and they (Richmond) had no answers

And now we've got the good problem of not necessarily being able to fit Grundy in ... let the media get into a tiss about that as we go quietly about our business

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45 minutes ago, Dee-monic said:

Given Petty's form today, Van Rooyen's continuing improvement, Fritsch to come back, and and Joel Smith also competing for a spot, what does Ben Brown do now? He is contracted for next season, surely won't find another AFL club and may be content just to spend a leisurely year with Casey. Or then again he might just retire with a well-deserved premiership medal to his credit.  I hope it's the latter.

No idea why people don't love Browny. Great person and champion footy player, in his Twilight years but shouldn't have his own teams fans wishing him into retirement

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1 hour ago, dazzledavey36 said:

McVee looked completely out of his depth in the first half. He was fumbly, losing his feet in contest and seemed to just lose his composure. 

His ability to fight back in the 2nd half and change his game around was very impressive.

Won some huge one on one contests and was able to compose himself much better and compose himself a lot better.

 

He plays like a mature player, hard to find in a 20 year old kid.

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Here in Finland this week, (Kenya was last week) playing K2K with a new Sherrin and loving the game. Both going mental in the last quarter. 

We won in the wet and used the ball well, mark of a side with excellent skills, primed for September. Also let me get this in here, our defence is Premiership standard, put under mad pressure today, but I thought Richmond got lucky bounces for a few and didn't see any major breakdown of structure. Salem/Rivers/Lever/McVee(mancrush) rebounding is so good. Great link play by Langdon and Hunter clearly putting his body on line with contact today. Also what ever was wrong with May last week clearly addressed. 

Shout to the umps for paying HTB in the last. Obvious Richmond tactic to slow the game up and with a parochial crowd they didn't melt and swallow the whistle. Speaking of which, mad love for Melks effort, but he can do 200 penalty push ups for the stupid 50s he gives away each week, just because he's in the fwd line is not good enough. 

Richmond fans whining that Taranto>Viney... Hahhahah only thing I noticed was Taranto sooking. We are running our second string midfield and it is holding up, Gus and my personal jesus (Viney) holding up without Oliver and Trac. Gawn has had 3 games this year where he has been phenomenal and clearly the games best ruck. I feel like those 3 games have put him back in AA frame, they are that good. 

I was for delisting Smith and Melksham, clearly I was wrong, while Melks has had his chances over the years, he has changed his attitude somehow and is getting to the ball 1st allowing himself a chance to score. Smith I am so happy for, gives every contest his all and did great work on Dusty, I love these redemption stories, he looked so nearly and now he looks just looks dangerous. 

Feeling smug about Petty, but the most 21 thing about the fwd line for me was the goal assists are back, am sure there are more lay-offs to a better position. Makes me feel the team is in the best headspace. (kudos to Brown last week leading the way). And seriously ANB was great today, serious fwd half tackle pressure, did alot of work under heavy pressure, the turnovers only tell the story to the simple minds. 

Our 4th quarter fitness is still there, our whole team provided huge pressure on the Richmond ball carrier, magnificent premiership standard effort. 

Jordan and Harmes 21 and 22, felt Dunstan was stiff not getting a run today has done the work. Woey stays I like his run. 

 

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4 minutes ago, kev martin said:

We tackled very well without any reward from the umpires. I kept on seeing we had two free kicks paid to us, for much of the game. Made up a few in the last. More likely the umps swallowed the whistle, and the undisciplined Tigers gave us the break, with that 50.

The Rich fans seem to "boo" at everything, poor "boohoo".

I thought the umps were really poor in the first three quarters but finally decided to reward some tackles in the last and yea, didn't they hate it.

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