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3 hours ago, loges said:

Don't see the point of just pushing Salem back if we've trained all pre season to have him spend time on ball, it's just back to same old again, try someone else at half back, maybe Hore.

Also re Max being blocked , shepherded, bumped off the ball pretty sure it's still in the rules that the ball has to be within 5 meters but of course just crickets from AFL commentators.

Not sure we trained all preaseason for him to play on the ball. I could be wrong but my read was this had been a thought bubble for some time but was only really activated once we lost Angus

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3 hours ago, loges said:

Also re Max being blocked , shepherded, bumped off the ball pretty sure it's still in the rules that the ball has to be within 5 meters but of course just crickets from AFL commentators.

Max or JV should go to the central umpire before the first bounce and (very politely) say we're going to count how many times Max get's bumped unnecessarily off the ball and give you the running score at the end of every quarter 

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29 minutes ago, Dee*ceiving said:

Max or JV should go to the central umpire before the first bounce and (very politely) say we're going to count how many times Max get's bumped unnecessarily off the ball and give you the running score at the end of every quarter 

Players are routinely niggled, retarded and interfered before and after they go for the ball.  The game has become anarchic, which is either exciting or a turn-off depending on your point of view.  The AFL could do worse in these circumstances than bring back Tom Wills' original laws of the game.

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1 hour ago, Dee*ceiving said:

Not sure we trained all preaseason for him to play on the ball. I could be wrong but my read was this had been a thought bubble for some time but was only really activated once we lost Angus

Not so in my book. Salo has been training in the middle with the intention of assisting our disposal. It was also in relation to possibility of Clarry not being available early doors. 

To abandon our mids so early despite Gus and Bowsa is reverting backwards iMO. 

I  worried who is going to play on JUH.

No one stands out to me maybe Marty first off the pack. And also Weightman. 

That’s  why our mids need to be on their game and reduce the pressure on our defence which was under siege in the last quarter vs Sydney. 

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1 hour ago, Dee*ceiving said:

Not sure we trained all preaseason for him to play on the ball. I could be wrong but my read was this had been a thought bubble for some time but was only really activated once we lost Angus

The point stays the same.

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1 hour ago, Dee*ceiving said:

Not sure we trained all preaseason for him to play on the ball. I could be wrong but my read was this had been a thought bubble for some time but was only really activated once we lost Angus

No read my other post Salo all summer majorly because of uncertainty of Clarry. Nothing to do with Angus at the start of pre season really.   He pulled out very late. 

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On 13/03/2024 at 16:29, Bigfoot said:

Kozzy in for Laurie

Petty/Fullarton in for Schache

Hore in for Bowey

I would like to see K Brown Dog in for Spargo but I don't think Goody will drop Spargo or make this many changes.

If Spargo isn't dropped and there should be a royal commision!

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44 minutes ago, picket fence said:

If Spargo isn't dropped and there should be a royal commision!

Don't get your hopes up.

If there wasn't a royal commission in to Goody's last two uses of the sub, I don't think you'll get one here.

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Salem has to go back to take Bowey's role. We need someone with elite kicking in the back 7. Oliver and Viney both take 80% of game time in the midfield, which leaves 140% of game time to be split across the other midfielders. Petracca, Sparrow, Pickett and Billings can easily take those minutes and Salem won't give us more than those four.

I am not sure who takes Schache's spot. TMac, Ben Brown and Fullerton are all upgrades but none are great options.

Laurie is a VFL standard player IMO. Small, average kick, slow, poor tackler and small hands.

Spargo also looks underdone.

My changes would be:

INS: TMac, Pickett, Billings (starting), Woewodin (sub)

OUTS: Spargo, Schache, Laurie

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3 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

I assume Billings will be dropped when selections go down.

Goodwin smartly started him as sub to boost his confidence last week, but Jack didn't repay the favour during his time on ground.

That was another Sub stuff up from Goody. 
Spargs should not have played as he wasn’t ready yet. 
Felt sorry for JB as he has had a good pre season only to be discarded to the Sub. 

Hope he plays this week. 

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7 minutes ago, Fat Tony said:

Salem has to go back to take Bowey's role. We need someone with elite kicking in the back 7. Oliver and Viney both take 80% of game time in the midfield, which leaves 140% of game time to be split across the other midfielders. Petracca, Sparrow, Pickett and Billings can easily take those minutes and Salem won't give us more than those four.

I am not sure who takes Schache's spot. TMac, Ben Brown and Fullerton are all upgrades but none are great options.

Laurie is a VFL standard player IMO. Small, average kick, slow, poor tackler and small hands.

Spargo also looks underdone.

My changes would be:

INS: TMac, Pickett, Billings (starting), Woewodin (sub)

OUTS: Spargo, Schache, Laurie

No Salem on  the ball, 

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2 minutes ago, loges said:

Tomlinson out wtf????

Yes.  I find that a bit bewildering. 

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Schache and Tomlinson dropped, Spargo and Bowey injured. 

Pickett and Hore definite ins. B Brown, TMac, Kolt and Fullarton on bench. 

INS – Pickett, Hore, McDonald, B.Brown, Fullarton, Tholstrup
OUTS – Bowey (inj.) Spargo (inj.), Schache (omitted), Tomlinson (omitted)

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4 minutes ago, loges said:

Tomlinson out wtf????

Agreed. Tomlinson was one of few that beat his direct opponent last week. I would love to know what is expected of him to get a game compared to some who can have limited impact for weeks on end and continue to get a run. 

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Goodwin is nuts.

It's clear Tomlinson is not in his plans. So why play him in the praccy games and round 1 instead of Hore, if he was going to get dropped almost regardless of how he plays.

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7 minutes ago, loges said:

Tomlinson out wtf????

He missed hitting all his KPI targets for the match: beat your opponent, stay in formation when we have the ball, provide pressure when we don't, and kick 8 goals.

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9 minutes ago, loges said:

Tomlinson out wtf????

Yes I thought he played well,  better than Lever for Instance 

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I’m a bit baffled by the squad, but gee, I hope Tholstrup makes the 23.

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5 minutes ago, sisso said:

Tommo out against one of the tallest forward line in the comp in perfect dry conditions…wut

Head scratching selections every week. I had hoped we learnt our lesson but apart from 21 Goody's usually got at least one selection each week that doesn't make sense. I mean 3 talls allowing lever to drop off his man and intercept is our best format in defence. 

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