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  1. What an amazing weekend of Wildcard playoffs that was!

    Every game had something in it, loved having games on a Sunday to watch too

    Beating the Seahawks 3 times during the year is a pretty sweet feeling.

    Jaguars 10 @ Chiefs 38

    Giants 21 @ Eagles 24

    Bengals 28 @ Bills 24

    Cowboys 13 @ Niners 31

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  2. Disastrous start for Lawrence!

    Not sure they announce next weeks schedule until after the remaining games, here's hoping for another Sunday game for the Niners, was great to be able to watch this morning!

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  3. Seattle 10 niners  31

    Chargers 14 Jaguars 3

    Dolphins 13 Bills 28

    Giants 3 Vikings 13

    Ravens 17 Bengals 35

    Cowboys 21 Buccaneers 28

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  4. Ive somehow missed half a season of tips! Ill jump back in next week...

    Amazing triple crown of TDs for Christian McCaffrey this morning, rushing, receiving AND passing TD. First time anyone's done it since LaDainian Tomlinson all the way back in 2005. If he can stay fit, and given he's only been learning the playbook for just over a week, will be well worth the investment.

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  5. That's three weeks in a row now we've kept the opposition to the exact same scoreline,  1.3.9

    Which is incredible really,  4 scoring shots for the entire game for the last 3 weeks.  The blip is the Fremantle game,  a comparative shoot out where we conceded 5.6.36 4 weeks ago,  but the game before that it was 1.2.8 against Carlton. 

    Our defence is water tight and  the goals are being shared around so we don't have to rely on Harris alone:

    Hore 14, Zanker 11, Harris 10 and Bannan 7 and Pearce 5 is a good spread. 

    The speed of ball movement by the mids has been outstanding.

    Overall this is the best balanced side we've put out on the park, I assume Wilson goes out for Gay once she's fit,  hopefully for the finals. 


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  6. 9 hours ago, mo64 said:

    Baker played well against the Dogs, and was clearly in the best. But his stat line was inflated by junk time disposals in the last qtr.

    My assessment of Baker is based on both this season and last. I thought he was a prospect when he first arrived. But now I can understand why he's not in contention for senior selection. Yes he provides an outlet, but his decision making is poor.

    Baker was clearly the best player on the ground all day, he used the ball better than most going inside 50, and was pretty much our leading possession gatherer after every quarter, how you can conflate that to junk time stats is mystifying.

    At one stage in the second quarter, he turned it over, was dragged, got on the headphones with Corrigan and hit his next 3 targets lace out, it was the best game I've seen him play all year at this level. He probably won't get a game next week and will be delisted at years end, but is really putting in some great efforts this year.

    Of the others:

    Woewodin continues to show his footy smarts, once he gets some more physical conditioning in he'll be a fringe player, possibly as soon as the pre-season matches next year.  Got ran ragged by Lachie Hunter at times but still contributed well.

    Howes played on the city wing, and was ok given how much footy he's missed. He has a nice size to him for a mid and moves well, needs some more size to him muscle wise  still gets pushed off it a bit too easily.

    Chandler had very few touches early on, then flashed into the game with aplomb kicking two quick superb goals, some games he struggles to find the footy yet still impacts the scoreboard, surely due another look at senior level.

    Bowey was a slow starter also, but really found the tempo of the game after quarter time. Is probably behind Hibberd and Rivers at the moment but his composure stands out at this level.

    JVR - From standing close to the action on Saturday, he hits the contests hard, still struggles to find ways to get involved at times, but all the signs are he will be our next key position forward. Was a pretty good contest between himself and Tim O Brien.

    Dunstan was always at the coalface, but I thought would dominate more than he did considering the conditions suited his lack of pace. He and Munro were certainly up for a fight with their Dogs opponents, there were multiple spot-fires instigated by these two.

    Hunt still drifts out of games too easily, even at this level, didn't see him after the last change so he may have been held over, but at one stage went on one of his mazy runs that makes you remember the sort of impact he can have on games.

    Turner - Was given the task of rotating between all of the Dogs talls, Schache, Sweet/Martin when resting and Darcy. So had plenty of opponents to keep his hands full, was ok and started getting his eye in with some reading of the play, still needs another run at VFL before being considered again.

    Brown - Not a great day for forwards, see also JVR, he got on the end of a tonne of leads, but it kept slipping through his fingers frustratingly all day, cant fault his workrate but got little reward.

    Laurie - A poor day after his last start at Geelong. Struggled to get up and down the ground looked slower than usual, not sure if he was carrying an injury? 

    McVee - Like Deakyn Smith, just flies under the radar and isn't noticed very often for mine, cant see any attributes that stand out, but then again others may, just an average half back flanker for mine. 

    We certainly very rarely kicked into gear in this game, conditions were always going to be a great leveller, and the Dogs had quite a lot of experienced and/or premiership players in this side, so we'll take the win and move on.


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  7. Really not sure what caused the dramatic fall off in intensity from Casey in that last half, could barely get the ball past the centre wing in that last quarter, every time Frankston kicked a minor score, Tomlinson would run his required distance and bomb it to an outnumbered Mitch Brown, only for it to come straight back the other way, was extremely frustrating.

    Tommo was clearly the pick of the Dees, found plenty of it, read the play well and worked within his limitations to find others.

    Hibberd will no doubt have 2 or 3 qtrs of VFL next week looked well short of a gallop, then likely a full VFL game, there's no way or need for them to rush him. Same with Salem you'd expect at least 1 VFL hitout next week against Sydney in the curtain raiser.

    Bakers workrate was immense, it mystifies me how we've had Melksham planted on a wing the last two weeks in the seniors when Baker plays the wing role perfectly, I guess it was to get Milkshake to his 200 and he'll be straight back down to this level next week.

    A lot of our senior listed players are 'goers' at this level still, Laurie was only average today whereas I have seen him play a lot better games a month ago, Deakyn Smith has flashes of class followed by going missing for 20 minutes, same with the newer guys McVee and Woewodin Jnr, although his smother was magnificent.

    Daniel Turner is the one for me, he's still too underdone given his long layoff from that foot injury, but he has all the traits we require in a young key position player, it was good to see they gave him a taste at the top level against Carlton in that pre-season game, so they obviously can see that potential like Casey watchers have. I don't think he'll get a game at senior level this year but look forward to seeing him in the seniors next year.

    Brown similarly to Baker has an endless workrate, he continually presents at this level, and could be considered as Weideman was again abysmal at senior level.

    Elllison as has been mentioned was the standout of the Casey listed players, he looks like he could play if he gets drafted next week, hopefully for our sake he doesn't and we get to watch him develop for the rest of the year for Casey.

    A workmanlike win in the end after that 2nd quarter dominance.

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  8. 3 hours ago, chook fowler said:

    Naughton was the only forward that did anything for the dogs and I doubt anyone could have stopped him. As a unit our backs were very good 

    The irony that our best defender who was still fit in May was the one who got soundly beaten!

    If we had to bring in a tall, I'd have Mitch Brown in, he's a meat and potatoes footballer but wouldn't be found out like a rookie would. Clearly they think that Turner will be the next long term key defender given the looks he had in pre-season but he's not quite ready yet..

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  9. What are the odds of the same player having a kick after the siren against the same opposition twice? Assume the free was for holding the ball against McGee she was pretty unlucky, but the result is the same both times!

    Purcell looked like a really good midfielder to add to our depth. 
    Zanker was almost non-existent.

    Good coaching from Mick Stinear to move Daisy to defence and shift Bannon from the wing to deep in the pocket to offer another tall foil so Harris wasn't continually triple teamed.

    West continues to improve, she just needs to have a bit more confidence in her own kicking, should never have handballed to Hore from only 15 metres out from goal. Hore was also quiet again.

    Pearce of the Lauren variety continues to influence the coalface, her ability to make second efforts at ground level after a stoppage are first class, as is her ability to take the ball from the ruck and throw it on her boot (the latest example this week lead to Harris' 2nd). Parry tried it a couple of times when filling in  in the ruck too.

    Gillard was pretty impressive for a first gamer, can only get better for the experience, her height will be welcome in an undersized backline since Downie retired. 

    Hanks, Paxman both continue to rack up possessions and metres gained in the engine room, as does McNamara on a wing.

    What a great win!

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  10. Well done as well @Macca !

    Congrats to the Rams, worthy winners.

    And thanks for organising the tipping comp again Macca, it keeps me engaged in all the other games results beyond my own team.

    Bring on the next season and SuperBowl LVII in Arizona

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  11. Are you going to a pub to watch the game @Gorgoroth

    Are there Rams supporters groups in Aus to watch it with?

    I loved it in 2020 when I got to hang out with a bunch of 49ers fans and share the experience, even though the result didnt go our way, it was still a great day...Enjoy!

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