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5 minutes ago, Colm said:

Nope wasn’t asked. But isn’t Tom’s foot injury one that will constantly have to be managed? Bit like BBB,s knee. Hopefully they have it cherry ripe for a 6 week period. 

That may well be right. I still think it's the sort of question that should be asked instead of the base level nonsense that most sports "journalists" participate in. Goodwin would then have had the opportunity to explain why. It may have been injury management, it might have been a view that the club believed McDonald was never going to be physically better than he was at the time (now proven to be wrong, if we accept Goodwin's description) or that there was no-one else available so they had to play him injured.  

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4 minutes ago, Stiff Arm said:

Unfortunately, the North VFL team were witches hats, so 5 goals isn't really a true reflection of where he's at. Hope I'm wrong though

Hope so too.

He's really our only option though. How stuffed would we be without Fritta back. To step back in after such a long absence and boot five shows the class and caliber of the bloke 

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I'm not sure of the right thread to make this comment, but how ludicrous is the AFL's scheduling for the first week of finals? There are three night games all being played in the same time zone yet each starts at a different time. Our game starts at 7.20pm, the Friday game at 7.50pm and the Saturday game at 7.25pm. 

You can argue the merits of each time, but surely every night game in the same time zone (and two of them at the same ground) should start at the same time.

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On 8/28/2023 at 9:26 AM, binman said:

And besides, the g is our bloody home ground.

The johnny come lately squatters should [censored] off and get their own home ground.

…….. and we can then use the ‘G’ as our new training base.

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18 hours ago, beelzebub said:

It may or may not have been popped....but to me...a highly qualified tv watcher...therefore knows 2/3 of 3/5 of sfa...  he was favouring it...the exact way you would if popped....but at the same time it might well have been a doozy of a stinger as some suggest.  

Anyone know officially what transpired ??

I have no idea but perhaps they operated on the sidelines like they have with the Jack the beast a few times. 

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52 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I'm not sure of the right thread to make this comment, but how ludicrous is the AFL's scheduling for the first week of finals? There are three night games all being played in the same time zone yet each starts at a different time. Our game starts at 7.20pm, the Friday game at 7.50pm and the Saturday game at 7.25pm. 

You can argue the merits of each time, but surely every night game in the same time zone (and two of them at the same ground) should start at the same time.

If they are trying maximise viewers the first rule would be don't confuse the viewers with different starting times

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1 hour ago, Stiff Arm said:

Unfortunately, the North VFL team were witches hats, so 5 goals isn't really a true reflection of where he's at. Hope I'm wrong though

It's not really about the opposition though, it's about his freedom of movement.  We know he can compete strongly at the top level if he has that.

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27 minutes ago, Demon Disciple said:

@WalkingCivilWar said the Demon Army will be at the City end

I was mistaken, DD. So sorry for any confusion. We’ll be at the Punt Rd end in M3 where we sit for home games. This is a Collingwood home game but I forgot that they love their City end Bay (M33) regardless of whose home game it is. And we don’t wanna upset the Magpies cheer squad now, do we? 😁

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10 minutes ago, Stiff Arm said:

He has the turning circle of the Queen Mary, as does BBB

True, but can he run and jump at the ball? At his best he can, at his most compromised he can't.  He will have been able to show this at VFL level.

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Honestly if we get a 6/10 T-mac that might be enough. We don't need him getting 20 possessions, 10 marks and 4 goals a game. We need him to provide a foil and make defenders accountable enough by pulling them out of position, if he can contest and help get the ball to ground a bit too that will help. 

 

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4 hours ago, beelzebub said:

Personnel might be altered... game styles are the key.

Their biggest out is Daicos. The man who orchestrates the angles...as it were.

Their game relies on swarming ( running with intent and backup ) .  They dont bomb away... they pick their way through.  Hawthorn tried that too.

We'll have to be on our guard and on our toes.

I wonder how the 'learnings' dept is preparing for this game.....

I back our style and brand over there's for finals and I do think Daicos is more important to them than anyone has been for us ATM. should be a great game though

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7 minutes ago, layzie said:

Honestly if we get a 6/10 T-mac that might be enough. We don't need him getting 20 possessions, 10 marks and 4 goals a game. We need him to provide a foil and make defenders accountable enough by pulling them out of position, if he can contest and help get the ball to ground a bit too that will help. 

 

It's about him taking the number 1 defender to release JVR and Fritta.

JVR was playing on Sydney's best defender in Tom McCartin and I think it's fair to say Van Rooyen would have learnt a big lesson.

McCartin is a gun defender and I think Tmac coming in to take their best defender has a positive domino effect on Rooey and Fritsch. 

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2 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

It's about him taking the number 1 defender to release JVR and Fritta.

JVR was playing on Sydney's best defender in Tom McCartin and I think it's fair to say Van Rooyen would have learnt a big lesson.

McCartin is a gun defender and I think Tmac coming in to take their best defender has a positive domino effect on Rooey and Fritsch. 

Yep. This is the pass mark for T-mac, take the best defender and keep them honest with a few things to think about.  I'm really confident that if he is at least moving the best he has all year that he can do this. 

We can't have JVR dealing with the best defender all game long. 

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1 minute ago, layzie said:

Yep. This is the pass mark for T-mac, take the best defender and keep them honest with a few things to think about.  I'm really confident that if he is at least moving the best he has all year that he can do this. 

We can't have JVR dealing with the best defender all game long. 

Moore will come in for Frampton which then leaves JVR to take their next best defender and that's Jeremy Howe..

What a gold match up! Howe hates body contact and prefers to sit off and fly for a mark. I'd back JVR to easily put body Howe in a one on one contest.

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We suffocated them on king’s birthday and nothing I’ve seen from them since suggests to me they’ll be able to break our shackles.

we’ll strangle them again.

dees by 25 points. If we have our shooting boots on it’ll be more.

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8 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Moore will come in for Frampton which then leaves JVR to take their next best defender and that's Jeremy Howe..

What a gold match up! Howe hates body contact and prefers to sit off and fly for a mark. I'd back JVR to easily put body Howe in a one on one contest.

They have Moore, Murphy, Howe and Frampton as tall/ish options down back

If tmac plays, I can see Murphy on him, Moore on JVR, Howe on Fritter

Reckon Smithy will be the wildcard

Such a shame about Melky, he would've been perfect as a defensive forward on Moore

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Smith starts and takes Mark of the century on Howes head lol.

I think it will be TMac in for Melky definitely just have to see how Bowser and Fritta pull up before deciding on any other changes.

Reckon they'll play daicos?

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2 hours ago, whatwhat say what said:

and run him around

he's got a history of hammy troubles that have taken time to recover from

he'll be about 3 weeks since the last one

make him work it

Not just run him around...sprint off of him ;) 

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2 hours ago, leave it to deever said:

Tmac circa early 21 is a total game changer.

Would love to see this.

It's been a long time though.

But we desperately need him to step up.

 

Tbh... id take an 80% 21 ver Tmac..   that will do...any better a bonus.

He knows what he's doing out there.

....and he can kick .....that sorta helps a bit lol

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