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3 hours ago, binman said:

This is first class analysis of the four finals games.

Some of the best analysis I've heard - clear, makes sense and well articulated.

Davis is very impressive. 

He does the dees game first.

 

Wow! What a refreshing listen.

Looking forward to hearing a lot more from Phil.

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34 minutes ago, RyanD said:

Why is everyone forgetting Smith? We now have McDonald as a genuine tall. If we are looking short down back, they will flip Smith back. What fantastic flexibility we have with Smith. 

Prefer we play Tommo, and sub Smith

Assume that's possible given the selection of Smith on bench??

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T Mac or Smith will play back IMO.

The last time we went small in defence with the May/Lever/Hibberd combo was the Freo loss. We rectified this by bringing in Tomlinson the next week against Carlton in order to have a recognised third key defender. And the results have seen us with a 10-3 record with either Petty, Tomlinson or Turner as the key third defender.

I have no clue why we’ve abandoned this proven formula other than they’re  playing Smith down back tomorrow.

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Just now, Bring-Back-Powell said:

T Mac or Smith will play back IMO.

The last time we went small in defence with the May/Lever/Hibberd combo was the Freo loss. We rectified this by bringing in Tomlinson the next week against Carlton in order to have a recognised third key defender. And the results have seen us with a 10-3 record with either Petty, Tomlinson or Turner as the key third defender.

I have no clue why we’ve abandoned this proven formula other than they’re  playing Smith down back tomorrow.

We don’t need JVR, McDonald, Fritsch and Smith forward. Especially if Trac plays forward too. I really think Smith will play back.

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1 minute ago, Graeme Yeats' Mullet said:

Prefer we play Tommo, and sub Smith

Assume that's possible given the selection of Smith on bench??

No it's not.

The sub has to come from the emergencies. 

And no way tomo is sub.

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24 minutes ago, Deestar9 said:

Who are their 4 tall forwards ? McStay …yes ..Cox as a resting ruckman ..Miochec  same height as Hibberd & Rivers & if Howe plays forward on Lever well good luck to him …his form has been very average . Who else am I missing ? 

Mihocek is 192. Rivers 188, Hibberd 186. I would say Mihocek definitely has the height advantage. 

1. Cox 211/ Cameron 204

2. Mihocek 192

3. McStay 196

4. Howe 190 - although he may be shifted back 

And can't forget the aerial prowess of Jamie Elliott.

Fortunately the weather might restrict their height advantage, although wet weather hasn't been our friend either 

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19 minutes ago, picket fence said:

Has played two games and his last one did not instill any confidence. GLAD he is out!

Yep. It's a huge call for him not just on form but the magnitude of the game 

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23 minutes ago, DubDee said:

i’m feeling a lot worse after the teams have come out

I can visualise Cox marking inside 50 with Rivers / Hibbo flapping away at his shoulders. and it’s making me sick

Against two rucks and two key forwards you have to play two key backs plus Lever. 

Having said that, Goody and the SC can’t be accused of not having balls

What about picturing Elliot leading Tomlinson 3 metres behind with a look of defeat on his face? Glad that's not going to happen.

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14 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

I'm just here for the @dazzledavey36 Hibberd mea culpa 🤣

Actually don't have issue with Hibberd returning to be honest.

Being of an expense of a tall forward is my biggest issue though. We've gone from a system that has completely worked to the most where all purely numbers back to what they were in 2021 to now potentially throwing that put of wack.

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27 minutes ago, picket fence said:

Has played two games and his last one did not instill any confidence. GLAD he is out!

Thought he was decent after some early jitters. 

Hibbo is the right choice but I don't think we've seen the last of the third tall should we get through. 

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The Tommo/Hibberd call I'm sure has a lot to do with the bleak weather conditions.

It's going to be a tough contested scrap with most of the game probably being played below the knees. That suits Hibberd more.

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