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26 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

See we are up against Qualifying on the F1 GP on Saturday

Rapidly losing interest in any sport that is played in Saudi Arabia, talking two F1 races now. Hamdillah the Saudis can't get their hands (or have interest to tbf) on the AFL. 

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13 hours ago, Demon Dynasty said:

Would have thought you don't tinker with a 45 point win.

And with a buy coming up you have the 'managed' side covered for now.

Unless there's a serious niggle or two post match?

Sparrow & Fritsch need to lift.

A fit (and in form via Casey?) McAdam would put some pressure on Fritta but he still has plenty of credits.

Moniz same for Chandler but not after his performance vs the Doggies.

Sparrow also has credits but has opened with two pretty poor performances.  And who replaces him?

Petty needs further time at Casey & at training according to Mr Fence.  No need to rush him back in.  Sounds very much like he's still two to three weeks away from being match ready (minimum).

DD - I like most of your observations, except Sparrow who has done his job - do we Know exactly what his tasks have been?  Certainly wasn't centre bounce attendances on Sunday.

4 hours ago, Roost it far said:

McGrath is off the ground trying to hip and shoulder him. I’d give McGrath a fine and Sicily a reprimand. If Sicily played for Melbourne we’d be fuming this decision.

I would be actually fuming HIS decision to lash out with his foot

3 hours ago, Roost it far said:

The barely connects, it’s basically incidental contact 

Nonetheless it is a deliberate kick.  

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Just now, monoccular said:

DD - I like most of your observations, except Sparrow who has done his job - do we Know exactly what his tasks have been?  Certainly wasn't centre bounce attendances on Sunday.

I would be actually fuming HIS decision to lash out with his foot

Nonetheless it is a deliberate kick.  

There’s zero to no force behind it

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1 hour ago, DEE fence said:

Rapidly losing interest in any sport that is played in Saudi Arabia, talking two F1 races now. Hamdillah the Saudis can't get their hands (or have interest to tbf) on the AFL. 

We sell $1.4 billion of products to Saudi Arabia each year. 

Should we stop that too?

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21 minutes ago, Roost it far said:

There’s zero to no force behind it

Makes zero difference how forceful, he kicked another player. If he'd touched him even less it should still be 1 week. I would have thought that to be generally unacceptable behaviour

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We’ll need a diffuser against Sicily this weekend. Melksham did it brilliantly last year. Sicily is basically the only player that could get in the way of us winning. 

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3 minutes ago, At the break of Gawn said:

We’ll need a diffuser against Sicily this weekend. Melksham did it brilliantly last year. Sicily is basically the only player that could get in the way of us winning. 

Just kick him apparently that’s ok now 

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10 minutes ago, At the break of Gawn said:

We’ll need a diffuser against Sicily this weekend. Melksham did it brilliantly last year. Sicily is basically the only player that could get in the way of us winning. 

He'll probably take Fritsch, Fritsch will probably take him...

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12 minutes ago, Sydee said:

Just kick him apparently that’s ok now 

That was a glancing blow at best. McGrath goes the full hip and shoulder and gets floored. I’m on Sicily’s side here. You want to come at someone with force outside of play then cop your whack. 

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Don’t know what’s funnier on 360.
 Sicily upending McGrath with ease or Robbo going nuts at Sicily getting off.

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Just now, Roost it far said:

That was a glancing blow at best. McGrath goes the full hip and shoulder and gets floored. I’m on Sicily’s side here. You want to come at someone with force outside of play then cop your whack. 

Does not matter.  If I shoot you I don't get off just because I missed or just winged you.  True, the penalty would be greater if I didn't miss.  If another player has also offended, yes, he should cop his wack too.  Kicking, however imcompetently should be absolutely not on. But this is the AFL......

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3 minutes ago, sue said:

Does not matter.  If I shoot you I don't get off just because I missed or just winged you.  True, the penalty would be greater if I didn't miss.  If another player has also offended, yes, he should cop his wack too.  Kicking, however imcompetently should be absolutely not on. But this is the AFL......

C’mon, he barely scrapes his leg. If your punch is a glancing blow you’re unlikely to go. Why should a kick be any different?

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1 minute ago, Roost it far said:

C’mon, he barely scrapes his leg. If your punch is a glancing blow you’re unlikely to go. Why should a kick be any different?

Police charges also have weight against instigators. I’m sick of these snipers acting tough. It could be claimed that McGrath led with his chin.. 

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On 17/03/2024 at 16:39, DubDee said:

6 day break. Not sure how Brown will pull up

Petty or Fullarton in for Brown if needed

otherwise no change. reward the team. Sparrow was down but he deserves the chance to make up for it 

I am of the opinion that Sparrow will begin to improve form and facility on the field; in particular, I fancy his bullocky muscling in on opponents will be very valuable against the Hawks, who traditionally consider themselves very favourably in the 'tough guy' stakes, despite those years of intimidation having passed. 

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on replay, sparrow seemed to have a defensive role on johanissen for large parts of play, which seemed to work quite well

i would be amazed if sideshow bob isn't playing - he was excellent with his long leads, sticky fingers, and ability to bring the ball to ground

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1 hour ago, At the break of Gawn said:

We’ll need a diffuser against Sicily this weekend. Melksham did it brilliantly last year. Sicily is basically the only player that could get in the way of us winning. 

McAdams would be the option if fit. 

I wonder with bb playing the lead out full forward role if fritter could play a defensive forward role on Sicily.

Fritter is a bit out of form and Sicily would take him to the ball. But Sicily wouldn't be able to take too many liberties with fritter either. A danger player to sag off and leave free.

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Playing another team with a poxy backline is helpful for us at this stage of the year trying to bed in that “forward connection”…if we can’t get the best of Frost and Sicily I don’t think we are going too far this season

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3 hours ago, monoccular said:

DD - I like most of your observations, except Sparrow who has done his job - do we Know exactly what his tasks have been?  Certainly wasn't centre bounce attendances on Sunday.

Honestly don't know what his role was against the doggies Mono.  That's not to say he didn't achieve them etc but from where i sat he appeared to be one of the least 'involved' players on the day.

He had 9 tackles against the Swans and didn't do alot else so maybe tagging someone?

Possibly a defensive forward role against the Dogs but with zero tackles i find that hard to believe.  Maybe a decoy forward or attempting to put blocks on for Chin, Tracc, Fritta as the more mobile forwards?

The FD no doubt have specific roles at times and the bulk of the time there's no knowing what these are unless you were inside the four walls.

Possibly carrying a niggle into the Bulldogs game from the week before?

Against the Swans...

12 effective disposals (his '23' season average was roughly the same)

31 pressure acts and 9 tackles

CBA ... 54%

3 clearances

Against the Bulldogs...

9 effective disposals

16 pressure acts and zero tackles

CBA ... Zero!

Zero clearances (keeping in mind you can rack up clearances in other parts of the ground other than the CBs)

The FD appeared to favour Salem at CBs this week going from 38% - 76% attendance and of course Kozzy on his return who attended 24% of CBs.

There was talk of the FD looking to Sparrow to take another step up in his progress & development this season correct?  Plenty of time for him to do that of course.

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