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I always back the club but is there any excuse for not resting BB over the past 3 games?

hard to understand 

it was clear to me he couldn’t perform off 5 day breaks

any thoughts?

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3 hours ago, YesitwasaWin4theAges said:

Charlie Cameron gets off a sling tackle because he does alot of great work in indigenous communities.

I have heard it all now.

 

I guess Kozzy is not indigenous 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

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1 hour ago, DubDee said:

I always back the club but is there any excuse for not resting BB over the past 3 games?

hard to understand 

it was clear to me he couldn’t perform off 5 day breaks

any thoughts?

He shouldn't have played against Crows.

Btw, I think he shouldn't play interstate games.

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11 hours ago, Gawndy the Great said:

If it was Round 20 I’d say you were onto something, but not after 5 gAmes. 

I started to type but after reading other responses to other posters I  decided no point 

People see and believe what they want and clearly not the big picture from an overall perspective not just limited to Melbourne 

Have a nice day

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I know, time to move on and all. It’s being highlighted now how Fagan used wingers and a double team to effectively negate Trac and effectively shut down our main scoring source. This to me is more explanatory of our performance than simply blame fatigue.

Im not great at identifying these things in game but multiple media sources have mentioned so I take it as somewhat reliable intel.

it is clear Goody wasn’t expecting it and also doesn’t have the cattle available to counteract it even if he did. Not having a fit and firing Oliver (and Kozzy and even Brayshaw) is probably what allowed Fagan to pull this off as you would otherwise move Trac more forward.

I think we can now expect this every week from now on. We have won many games with Trac not at his best, but more now than ever has our game plan (reliance on Trac) and midfield depth been thrown to the forefront. 
 

Don’t fool yourself, fatigue was not the issue. 

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1 minute ago, Gawndy the Great said:

I know, time to move on and all. It’s being highlighted now how Fagan used wingers and a double team to effectively negate Trac and effectively shut down our main scoring source. This to me is more explanatory of our performance than simply blame fatigue.

Im not great at identifying these things in game but multiple media sources have mentioned so I take it as somewhat reliable intel.

it is clear Goody wasn’t expecting it and also doesn’t have the cattle available to counteract it even if he did. Not having a fit and firing Oliver (and Kozzy and even Brayshaw) is probably what allowed Fagan to pull this off as you would otherwise move Trac more forward.

I think we can now expect this every week from now on. We have won many games with Trac not at his best, but more now than ever has our game plan (reliance on Trac) and midfield depth been thrown to the forefront. 
 

Don’t fool yourself, fatigue was not the issue. 

The best part about having a tactic thrown at you in round 5 is that you have all year to review and make plans to counter. 

 

I think it's fair to say there can be multiple factors involved. The players definitely looked flat. Was it fatigue or something else? Fatigue makes sense, and it was legitimately all of them. But that doesn't mean it was the only factor and I do think Fagan coached well tactically.

Their forward line movement did a fantastic job of dragging Lever out of position all day, and we just didn't or couldn't find a way to adjust our defensive structure on the day. As a result our overall zone really struggled to hold together.

Some of this could have been caused by:

- Oliver being down on form meaning they were getting easier ball than usual

- Lever out of position meaning we were less threatening on the intercept

- Salem injury meaning we were down on rotations, and also packing a senior leader to Marshall defence (with Lever dragged out of the D50 and Brayshaw retired we are very young back there. And add Bowey out, McDonald in, and the current group of defenders actually haven't played together a lot outside of the Lever/May combo)

- General fatigue meaning we didn't quite cover the ground we usually cover, combined with sub activated early.

 

We have historically held up well even under stress, so they did a good job to exploit the situation. From early stages the game looked like it was played on their terms.

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