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PREGAME: SF vs Carlton


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20 minutes ago, Wizza said:

Will be a close game, but if our boys are able to execute the Flying Smother Bump flawlessly, we will emerge victorious.

Finally something to smile about Wizza.

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1 hour ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

It's beyond my footballing knowledge as to why you would continually not play a defensive combination that hasn't lost a game since the year 1 of the pandemic.

Lever played his best game in ages when Tomlinson played against the Hawks. I'm not sure what Tomlinson did wrong in round 23 (I thought he was ok on DGB), so it was an interesting selection to go Turner. Surely Tomlinson comes back in to play against JSOS?

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I like the idea of Rivers playing significant time in the midfield. To that end I’d have Tomlinson back in (releases Lever).

JJ for Brayshaw. BBB or Grundy for Roo. Woey for Laurie (similar attributes but can score).

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Just now, At the break of Gawn said:

Lever played his best game in ages when Tomlinson played against the Hawks. I'm not sure what Tomlinson did wrong in round 23 (I thought he was ok on DGB), so it was an interesting selection to go Turner. Surely Tomlinson comes back in to play against JSOS?

Tomlinson is slow. He would have played if McKay was not concussed, but he is a poor match up for Silvagni. Turner is actually a much better match up athletically.

I too am a fan of Tomlinson and I don't see all the negative aspects that the FD sees, but he needs a specific match up. A lumbering tall like a McKay or a resting ruck. I actually thought he would have been a good matchup for McStay as an example.

If we get through to Brisbane, he would need to come in and play, as against Daniher and Hipwood you need two true big talls.

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4 hours ago, Deebauched said:

2004 GF  Port v Lions  77,000

Excellent research.

The reason why that grand final had such a low crowd was because the MCC section of the Northern Stand was being rebuilt that year. 

I would be flabbergasted if people could have rocked up to the G that day and got a ticket at the gate.

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discussion point - it seems the vast majority want Grundy in for Friday. 

i would prefer a fwd line of T Mac, Fritsch and Smith. so to not diminish Gawns immense influence in the ruck. After months of Grundy and Gawn not working together and not impacting the score board can people please explain why Grundy should come in?

Cheers 🙂

I do acknowledge if Gawn is properly injured that is a reason but assuming he is fine

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8 hours ago, jnrmac said:

If we don't come firing out of the blocks then I for one will be calling for Goodwins head.

We simply cannot play this as a normal game. We cannot get behind by three goals - again.

 

I'll be with you.

Surely he can manage this.....

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2 hours ago, Jaded No More said:

Tomlinson is slow. He would have played if McKay was not concussed, but he is a poor match up for Silvagni. Turner is actually a much better match up athletically.

I too am a fan of Tomlinson and I don't see all the negative aspects that the FD sees, but he needs a specific match up. A lumbering tall like a McKay or a resting ruck. I actually thought he would have been a good matchup for McStay as an example.

If we get through to Brisbane, he would need to come in and play, as against Daniher and Hipwood you need two true big talls.

But isn't the idea that Carlton will have a resting ruck most of the time so that is the matchup.  May will get Curnow.  Who else gets the resting ruck?  Lever?  Hibberd?  Smith?

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6 hours ago, sydneydee said:

Out: JVR, Brayshaw and Laurie

In: Grundy, Tomlinson and AMW

Carlton are a strong and physical side so I would be bringing stronger bodies in. Play Grundy as big body midfielder to go with Cripps. Tomlinson in will also allow Rivers to have more midfield minutes. AMZ to come in as sub to bring some energy and run in the final quarter. 

 

 

AMW sub in his first game in a semi is rediculous. Wont happen

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3 hours ago, sydneydee said:

Rivers replaces Gus’s midfield minutes which IMO is our best option. 

Essentially i dont mind this.. I too want Brodie Rucking...  I've explained my thoughts for Max across the HF area..  and Tom out of the square.

Any number of mid ensembles.. 

If we DON'T  do something a little different... the result wont be.

The system 'we' (s.g.)  so greatly exalts ...just doesn't work above a certain level.

Especially without the cattle... 

Might be an interesting game....might not.

Selection will say much.

 

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25 minutes ago, Billy said:

Does Grundy want to play for us again or has he checked out?

Very good question. 

He's professional..  would love a bit of " told you so"

Would play out of his skin imo

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Interesting stats in Carlton v Sydney

1st Half - Sydney played on 11% of the time.  Kicked 2.6.

2nd Half - Sydney played on 37% of the time.  Kicked 7.8

It will be very disappointing if we stick to our stodgy method.  Surely not.  If we take the game on and attack we win this.

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3 minutes ago, Watson11 said:

Interesting stats in Carlton v Sydney

1st Half - Sydney played on 11% of the time.  Kicked 2.6.

2nd Half - Sydney played on 37% of the time.  Kicked 7.8

It will be very disappointing if we stick to our stodgy method.  Surely not.  If we take the game on and attack we win this.

Yep, David King called this out on Monday. It was Sydney’s quick ball movement in the second half that troubled Carlton.

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I can’t recall a Melbourne game, which in my view, so heavily relies on a match committee getting selection right. Perhaps this is what we’ll be our undoing? In 2021 we barely needed to make a change the last few weeks.

This time, picking Grundy to come in could be a disaster or a master stroke. 

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29 minutes ago, DubDee said:

One line on the whiteboard

DO IT FOR GUS

Trac, Gawn and Viney will lead the boys to run through brick walls

Should we add Melksham and Petty to the whiteboard while we're at it?

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