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NON-MFC: Finals Week 01



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6 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

David Zita on Fox Footy all but confirmed that the Brisbane prelim will be on the Saturday. Probably twilight.

Interestingly Port or GWS will cop a 6 day break into a prelim, as Collingwood did in 2018.

As much as we can’t stand Collingwood, they’ve earned the reward of getting the extra days break into the Gf if successful.

Brisbane pf will be twilight to allow hopefully Dee's to fly home that evening before airport curfew.

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9 minutes ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

🤔 Isn’t it only called a man-crush when it’s a man crushing on another man? Regardless, not crushing on BBB in any way, shape or form. But unashamedly adore him. Everyone in the DA does and for very good reason. 

Oh yeh.... well in my defence that was written after about 4 scotch & cokes and now heading on to my fifth!

I reckon i get one free pass from you as a result 🥳

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However these discussions unfortunately invariably devolve into areas that may be defamatory, libelous, spread unsubstantiated rumours & can effect the mental health of those involved. Even discussion & debate of known facts or media reports can lead to finger pointing, blame & personal attacks.

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25 minutes ago, Demon Dynasty said:

Have faith Jack.  I think we'll bounce back convincingly.

They'll do it for Gus mate.

I hope so, although I wish they did it for Gus against the Pies since it was one of them who knocked him out. And now it’s a much harder run when it didn’t have to be. 

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4 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

It's pretty unfair.

If Port wins next week, they'll be the higher ranked SF winner whether we or Carlton win, yet we/Carlton will get the "better" break into our prelim than they will.

But at the same time, you should reward and incentivise the minor premier by giving them that extra days break into the GF if good enough.

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2 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

I don't for a second believe we can't beat Brisbane in the prelim. It's clearly a much harder path to the GF than a home prelim against Port/GWS, and for that reason I'm of the view the loss to Collingwood renders our flag chance much, much lower than they'd be if we'd won, but I don't accept that Brisbane belting Port means they can't be beaten.

If we beat Carlton, we'll go to Brisbane with all the pressure on them. The last time they hosted a prelim in similar circumstances was 2020, and they choked and lost to Geelong. This is their 5th-straight deep run into September and they are yet to make a Grand Final, let alone win a flag. We'll be playing as the clear underdog for one of the rare occasions in the last three seasons and I like it like that.

But right now I don't care about Brisbane, I care about Carlton. 

A good summary and our flag standard defence will be intact.   Lions will be tested by us if we get there

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32 minutes ago, Red But Mostly Blue said:

I hope so, although I wish they did it for Gus against the Pies since it was one of them who knocked him out. And now it’s a much harder run when it didn’t have to be. 

There is no way that 2/3rds of the team go missing again next Friday RBM.

Even with 2 to 3 players having an off night we'll win well against the baggers....PROVIDED...

Goodwin reads a bit of a riot act to the bulk of those that didnt show up against the Pies in the review sessions.

Unacceptable peformences from too many on Thurs night.

3 shocking finals performances in a row.

Time for Simon to bring down the hammer!!

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11 minutes ago, Demon Dynasty said:

Oh yeh.... well in my defence that was written after about 4 scotch & cokes and now heading on to my fifth!

I reckon i get one free pass from you as a result 🥳

I'll have a scotch and coke please.

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24 minutes ago, At the break of Gawn said:

Brisbane had 64 inside 50s (still 5 less than us) and they kicked 70 more points than us. Unbelievable 

Would be nice if Goodwin comes out and tell us why that is exactly and how he plans to fix it. Surely that’s not part of our brand.

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23 minutes ago, Lord Travis said:

If we get past Carlton next week, Brisbane at the gabba looks a bridge too far. We’ve performed far better at Adelaide oval so was hoping Port might get up tonight, but Lions are an offensive juggernaut up there. It’s a real tough path for us now

SIGH 😞 
 

I’m going to be completely honest, I’m already preparing myself for a finals exit in a prelim. 
 

To have so many injuries in the ONE weakness we have in our team: our FWD line, I just can’t see how we score enough to get to the Granny. 
 

Another [censored] wasted year by injury. 

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17 minutes ago, layzie said:

I'll have a scotch and coke please.

I've had one straight Russell reserve single barrel bourbon on the rocks (the only way!) and the rest .... Chivas Regal 12 YOs with coke (acceptable fair for that quality i feel!??)

That followed by a side 1 chaser of the 1978 Cars first LP (at about 60% of hi fi system's capable volume) which i just purchased after having to throw out my original.  The original wrecked from 100s of spins when i first purchased in the 80s. Mostly due to overplaying it with a cooked gold ring stylus haha

The SVS sub is having a field day here

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1 minute ago, Demon Dynasty said:

I've had one straight Russell reserve single barrel bourbon on the rocks (the only way!) and the rest .... Chivas Regal 12 YOs with coke (acceptable fair for that quality i feel!??)

Sounds plausible to me! 

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1 hour ago, BoBo said:

Geez, I’m not so sure about this. 
 

GWS look like they’re the most in form team and the most ‘ready for finals at the G’ type team.
 

I reckon they’ll beat Port next week and have a very similar game plan to the Pies. Will be tough for them to beat the pies but if they make the granny and they’re playing the Lions, I think they’ll beat them. 
 

I watched them in a lot of games during the season and deadset, Kingsley has primed them to be a finals team. They finished way lower on the ladder than they should have by losing games early in the season to the Bombers, Tigers and EAGLES. 
 

Doesn’t matter where they play, they believe they can win. 

Port beat them by 51 points 3 weeks ago

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Just now, bobby1554 said:

Port beat them by 51 points 3 weeks ago

Three weeks is a long time in footy bobby.  GWS will give them a decent run.  They might even get through to the big dance if they can keep up this form.

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1 minute ago, Demon Dynasty said:

Three weeks is a long time in footy bobby.  GWS will give them a decent run.  They might even get through to the big dance if they can keep up this form.

I hope they do to be perfectly candid and not at all for selfish reasons. 

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If we get over the Blues, I believe we can beat the Lions in Brisbane.  Whether it was nerves they didn't start well and got on top of a port side starting too slow by kicking worse than us for the first qtr.   But we need to win Friday first. 

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37 minutes ago, bobby1554 said:

Port beat them by 51 points 3 weeks ago

Yep H&A Port were very good.

This is finals though and Port have been choked for a long time now and tonight was no exception.

GWS have a head of steam and nothing to lose as there were many in the media that wrote them off at the beginning of the season. Port on the other hand, have had the question mark 'can they produce in finals' for many years.

I would be much more nervous if I was a Port fan than if I was a (non-existent) GWS fan.

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7 minutes ago, John Crow Batty said:

Brisbane and Port was like a regular season game. Bugger all finals pressure and cheapie goals.

Yup. Brisbane have no excuse not to win their prelim. 
 

Easy 1st final, virtually unscathed and no injuries. 
 

Probably their final chance to win a flag also. Too many young teams on the up and this is as good a shape as they’ll be in to have a tilt. 

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52 minutes ago, BoBo said:

Yup. Brisbane have no excuse not to win their prelim. 
 

Easy 1st final, virtually unscathed and no injuries. 
 

Probably their final chance to win a flag also. Too many young teams on the up and this is as good a shape as they’ll be in to have a tilt. 

I think the point of the previous post was to suggest the Brisbane v Port games didn't have finals intensity, so when Brisbane come up against us (hopefully) in the PF, they won't have adjusted to the pressure

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Wowweee as BT says. 

Forward line power. Forwards as forwards.  
Know where to lead  Kicking accuracy. Lions have built up their scoring power, highest scoring team in 2023. 

week 1 - 19 goals  64 inside 50s

for the year, they boast goals from …

DANIHER 56

CAMERON 55

HIPWOOD  40 

BAILEY 27

MCCARTHY 24

RAYNER 23

[Gunston 22]

Lions might not win it but their scoring strategy and firepower gives them a huge huge huge chance. Likely pies v lions in GF and that’s a 50/50 game right now.

ps. Jaspa Fletcher. We all thought last year that he might be as good as Ashcroft and  the Lions were being gifted two amazing father son picks who were number 1 Ashcroft and top 10 quality Fletcher. Fletcher showed it last night. Goalkicking wingman 3 goals. 80% disposals efficiency.  Wowwwee.  At 19yo. 

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9 hours ago, agent 99 said:

Would be nice if Goodwin comes out and tell us why that is exactly and how he plans to fix it. Surely that’s not part of our brand.

Maybe it is Daniher, Cameron, Hipwood, Bailey, Rayner, Fletcher and better delivery.

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