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  1. On the main topic of this thread, I have said in other threads, I really believe that the drop in form of Christian Salem has been a massive issue. I don’t blame him at all, it is clear that he is carrying an injury, but I believe that he was setting up chains of movement of the ball which gave us good scoring opportunities. Now, he doesn’t seem to do that very much at all and so the ball comes out from our defence in a much more slow and undirected manner and, indeed, the other side are much more able to lock it in to our defence. Similarly with this, Langdon's form has also dropped off, although I couldn’t guess of the reason for that. it seems to me that Hunt has been tasked with taking over this role and that is one reason why he is making those runs out of defence more often than previously. I love those runs, but unfortunately he is not a particularly good disposer. I don’t know what the solution is. Perhaps either or both of them need a week off to get their bodies better.
  2. Thanks heaps for this. It’s very interesting and detailed, and backs up completely what I thought just from observation. I believe Salem started mini mini chains of quick movement which were the key to our scoring in the first part of the season, and we have completely gone missing. I don’t blame him at all. He is carrying an injury and if possible, that needs to be addressed. Of course, it might be an injury that requires surgery in which case perhaps we have to find another attacking defender to rely upon? Thanks heaps for this. It’s very interesting and detailed, and justifies completely what I thought just from observation. I believe Salem started many many chains of quick movement which were the key to our scoring in the first part of the season, and which have completely gone missing. I don’t blame him at all. He is carrying an injury and if possible, that needs to be addressed. Of course, it might be an injury that requires surgery in which case perhaps we have to find another attacking defender to rely upon? On another topic, I agree with the posters who suggest Melksham in. But Chandler? His one game was a total disaster.
  3. IMHO one of our big problems is that Salem is not providing anything like the drive that he did a month or so ago. We all know he is carrying an injury - shouldn’t he be given a week or so off to try and get it right? Everyone agrees that our big problem is the movement into attack, and that was where Salem was making all the difference when he was fit and firing. I would rest him, maybe try Bowey as a replacement. I agree with Weid for LJ, who has dropped right away.
  4. If it’s weird for us, it’ll be weird for them
  5. That statistic of scoring coaches votes in 10 out of 16 matches is one that absolutely surprises me. You are certainly right about him going under the radar! Obviously, he has been a great player for us this year but I hadn’t realised that he was so essential. I think his reemergence this year has shown him to be an outstanding person and, like BB, I completely admire him for it and also admire Goody for the encouragement he has obviously given him.
  6. I think your list is a bit harsh on Dean Chiron who was always a trier, and who was particularly good at stopping John Platten which, if I recall correctly, is why Brereton ran straight through him in the 1988 grand final, in order to prevent him from doing his usual excellent stopping job.
  7. PS and Hibbo will completely shut Rohan down
  8. I, for one, I’m going against all history and saying that I am really looking forward to the last week of the season. I truly believe we will beat them. May owes Hawkins and will close him right down, Cameron is iffy at best, and I think it will all be sweet indeed
  9. BTW, it took Clarkson four years to win a premiership at Hawthorn. Goodwin got us into the finals in his second year and has us top of the ladder in his fifth. To be sure, his third year was disastrous for the club but in his fourth year, we missed the finals by a whisker and that was after the extraordinary Covid year, commencing with us playing and losing a game in Perth, with the season in potentially complete disarray. So Who’s to say Clarkson is that much better?
  10. So, what exactly would Plan B be? If Plan A is “play well”, what possible Plan B can there be if the starting point is that we are playing badly?
  11. 1. The players love him. Which has resulted in massive long term re-signings of wonderful players. 2. We are in the top two in the ladder and deserve to be. 3. Every commentator everywhere compliments our defensive setup and structure and how well-drilled and disciplined it is - which is 100% down to the coach. Why do we still have this thread?
  12. Yep, and Gawn had to go off the ground. Because of the “protected zone” we couldn’t get a replacement on and we’re down a player while GWS Kicked it into the forward line, where Himmelburg marked it at exactly the point where Max would normally have dropped into the hole, and they got a goal.
  13. That is truly ridiculous. Go back and watch some of the videos of the games. Viney is the ultimate team player/one percenter.
  14. IIRC Geelong were looking to get him to replace Selwood? Like Selwood or not, he is a VERY highly-rated player and leader. Doesn’t that say a bit about Viney?
  15. I love it! Everyone who has been on goody’s case for years and has had to eat humble pie (which they didn’t) is now resurfacing with complaints. We are having a minor mid-season slump and will pull out of it; we are still top or second top of the ladder; we should all be rejoicing in that.
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