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Vipercrunch

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  1. I'm firmly in the camp refusing to draw any conclusions from that game.  Who knows what the coaches wanted to see out there?  People are bemoaning that we couldn't stop their 10 goal run, but did we even try?  Was it more important that we stopped that run on, or more important that we kept experimenting with setups, structures and ball mvement?  The second quarter centre square combos looked very unusual to me.  The outcome of preseason games, both good or bad, has and will never be a reliable indicator of what happens in the real season.

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  2. 2023 was an opportunity blown.  I used to say it was a choke but that was obviously triggering for some. Expected scores are absolutely no comfort at all, but it does show we are not the basket case some in the media (and many around here) think we are.  Like in the lead up to every season, we need to improve to stay in the contest, but we also shouldn't be throwing the baby out with the bath water.  We were a damn good team last season, possibly the best in it, but we blew it.

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  3. 17 minutes ago, Demonland said:

    Great reporting here from Fox Footy not noticing or mentioning Petty leaving the track. You think that would be a bigger story.

    I can forgive that because it was clearly written by a junior, inexperieced reporter.  It lacked the usual sensationlism FoxFooty usually goes with.  

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  4. Hindsight is 20:20, but Lobb should have been our choice last year instead of Grundy.  A second pure ruck (who we now all know can't play forward) made no sense for us, and a forward ruck made even less sense for the Bulldogs.  I would have backed us to get far more out of Lobb than the Bullgods did, and even there he still had some good games.  I expect its now 12 months too late for him to be a signifacant recruit for us though.

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  5. They were every bit as good live as I hoped.  My only concern over the first 4 weeks had been the form of Libby Birch and she started to show some signs later in the game that she was finding some confidence, so it was a win all round for me. My girls enjoyed it too 😀😀

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  6. 40 minutes ago, layzie said:

    So according to this thread tackling, smothering, marking contests and any sort of collisions should be outlawed. 

    Honestly this game has 20 years left as we know it and I mean that sincerely. There's no way you are going to stop concussions completely and until there is some kind of technology that can pad the brain better then we'll obviously need to keep doing these kinds of measures. 

    "Go hard, put pressure on the ball carrier but don't leave the ground or stop mid air or make the split second decision to turn the shoulder the right way"

    "Don't go for a smother, let him kick the ball inside 50"

    "Tackle hard but not too hard"

    "Pull out of marking contests"

    I care about protecting the head as much as the next person but this is getting out of hand if you want to follow the sport.

    There is nothing wrong with attempting to smother.  It is his decision to turn, brace and lean his weight and momentum  into Gus' head with his shoulder.  There is no way on this earth you can tell me he had to do that and no way on earth he would have done that if it had been Nick Daicos there instead of Gus during match practice at training.

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  7. 41 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

    I fall out of love with football just a little more every season.

    Melbourne being a good side is keeping me going. But I am holding on for dear life.

     

    I 100% get that.  I used to watch every game I could.  Now, I very rarely watch anything other than our game.

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  8. 1 minute ago, Fromgotowoewodin said:

    I don’t know if we’ve executed them at a high level all season, lost before with massive inside 50 numbers. But it’s still a choke. Blew the start, then got it back on our terms and kicked ourselves out of it. 

    Maybe not all season, but in games when we have been humming, we are far less fumbly, make far better decisions and are far more accurate in front of goal.

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  9. 8 hours ago, Go Lordie said:

    So wrong, VC. Pies were faster to the ball, created more pressure. They also were better at ground level, while we two-grabbed ball pick-ups and marks. And still we were in with a chance in Q4. When we had the chance to win, we fluffed it in front of goal in Q4. I don't think choking was the issue. Skills were.

    I guess it depend on your definition of choke.  Failing to execute skills you have generally executed all season at a high level because of finals pressure is a choke for mine.

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  10. The question no one from the media who have been critisicising us for picking up Grundy have tried to answer is who would have rucked for us when Gawn was injured earleir this season?  If Grundy leaves, the club will need to answer that question.  Will Verrell or Farris-White be able to fill in at AFL for a short period (or longer) if Gawn is injured again next year?  It doesnt look like it to me, so I think we need another experineced ruckman on the list next season. 

    As unpopular he is around here, in hindsight, perhaps we should have chased Rory Lobb instead of Grundy.

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  11. 15 hours ago, jnrmac said:

    Just watching the replay of the Kings Birthday game. Worth watching.

    Collingwood had won 23 of their last 25 H&A games

    They were on fire and we smashed em. Just couldn't kick straight

    I'm not taking any significance at all from the KB game. At 11-1 at the time, Collingwood would have been in a very demanding training phase, potentially even training harder than us who were 3 wins behind them (8-4).  This is now the real deal and it's got every chance of being an epic final.

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