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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Haha. One of the all-time worst calls in bigfooty history! And wow have there been some shockers.
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    Prediction 2024 Round 1 Team

    I think with Tuohy it depends a bit on Blicavs. I think we need 2 half back/defensive wingers that run hard defensively without the ball. Tuohy, O'Connor and Blicavs are really the options. If Clark and Bowes are playing as midfielders then Blicavs can push out of the centre more except when...
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    Prediction 2024 Round 1 Team

    More likely Stanley plays a kick behind the play after the centre bounce and Blicavs becomes our ruckman like we did in the prelim against Brisbane. But yeah it's hard to see how we work the structure if Kolo and Bews are both left out. O'Connor would probably have to play in defence. However...
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    Prediction Jhye Clark 2024

    From what he's shown in the preseason I'd be extremely disappointed if he only played 10 games. He's good enough that I think you just have to play him. There's every chance with 20 games under his belt he's easily best 22.
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Late in the second it was Holmes that went in there and the game changed. That continued in the 3rd with Bowes then in there. The change didn't coincide with Bowes going in there. The tide had already turned. But it kept going.
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    Essendon vow enough is enough

    I wouldn't read too much into the practice match either way. Looked good at times. But Essendon played their best mids for most of the game. Their top 4 mids (Merrett, Parish, Setterfield and Durham) had 69 of a possible 75 centre bounce attendances. Caldwell had the other 6. I'd think if...
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    Oppo Camp Non Geelong football (AFL) discussion 2024, Part I

    A first year player is not going to solve anyone's midfield problems this year. We already invested hugely in midfielders recently with Holmes, Clark and Bruhn being our first rounders and second rounders Knevitt and Willis (and Conway if you're counting rucks). Adding 2x more first rounders to...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Smashed them from half way through the second. Coincided with Holmes and Bowes going into the centre and Atkins and Duncan going out. Could just be younger players going harder and older guys just cruising through.
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Bruhn's kicking early last year was a complete liability. Late last year it had improved to being ok. It's only a practice game so let's not read too much into it but his kicking against Essendon was elite. Good execution and excellent decision making. If that continues it's a massive...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    He was better in midfield yesterday. You don't waste a gun midfielder at half back. If Holmes ends up a half back it's because we've developed one of the all-time great midfields and we don't need him there like what happened with Enright.
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    This MC picked Jack Henry every game from his 2nd season. Same with Miers. They picked Mullin and O'Connor after a handful of VFL games. They picked Dempsey a few games after stepping off a basketball court. They picked Holmes for finals in his first year. They twice rushed Sam Simpson back...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    As a 3rd year player last year he had about 100x the inside game of Riccardi. Look back at any AA midfielder of the last 10 years and ask what they were doing in their 3rd year in the system. Holmes is light-years ahead of most. Just for Geelong what were Guthrie, Blicavs, Ablett, Bartel...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Seriously? If you're not sure about Holmes being a midfielder then there are about 10 guys in the game's history who you would've been sure about being a midfielder at his age.
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Not many top 10 picks have that work rate in defence.
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    Prediction 2024 Round 1 Team

    He looks a bit nervy with his kicking when he has time to think. He missed 1 short kick to Cameron in the first quarter. But that's pretty normal for a kid early in his career and there's no technical issues with his kicking. But his handballing in close is unreal.
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    Prediction 2024 Round 1 Team

    I'd be pretty stunned if we don't play Clark in round 1. As sub at the very least. I think O'Connor is clearly in front of Bews in the pecking order but I'd be less surprised by him being left out for Bews than by Clark being left out for Bews.
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    Club Focus Geelong 2024

    But what classifies as a proper rebuild? Do you not think Holmes, SDK, O Henry and Bruhn are talented young players? Or Clark and O'Sullivan who were pick 8 and 11 the last 2 drafts? Surely they would all go top 15 if their respective drafts were redone. Surely if the point of a proper rebuild...
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    Club Focus Geelong 2024

    It's a weird time to jump on the "Geelong has no good kids" bandwagon considering our last 10 years. Clark and O'Sullivan are our highest and 3rd highest draft picks since 2007. I'd love to see a list of draftees at Geelong since 2008 who weren't mature aged recruits who have shown as much as...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    It's crazy that in his draft year the big question was whether he could ever develop his strength and the contested side of his game to compete at AFL level. Next minute he's arguably the greatest contested ball player the game has ever seen.
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    Training 2024 Pre-Season discussion

    The game completely changed when Holmes went to midfield. We started dominating around the ball. I get he looks good off half back but a number of times Essendon won the ball back and our defence was disorganised when the ball quickly rebounded. He looks like he could have a massive breakout...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Bruhn was barely in the middle early. I've watched the first 6 centre bounces and he's only in 1. He wins the contested ball and gives it off to Neale who makes a bad decision to try and give it back to Bruhn and turns it over. If we hadn't completely messed up 2 really easy centre clearances...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    It probably doesn't impact this year much cause he's still a teenager and probably too young to take impact as a mid but Jhye Clark has been the biggest positive of the preseason. He's hard as they come, really quality on the inside and has the cleanest hands imaginable. I saw nothing last year...
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    Prediction 2024 Round 1 Team

    MOC's defensive running and repeat pressure efforts is amongst the best in the league. I would be stunned if they left him out of round 1.
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    Prediction 2024 Round 1 Team

    26 out there tonight. Olly Henry to come in. So 4 need to go out and 1 other becomes sub. Neale for Henry is obvious. He's shown a bit but he's not there yet. I think both Mullin and Bews miss. Mullin needs games but that can be VFL level for not. Bews looks fumbly and uncertain to me. I think...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Anyone judging our midfield on that performance should look at the centre bounce attendances. Essendon's main four mids in Parish, Merrett, Durham and Setterfield attended 69 centre bounces between them. Caldwell was the only other small with 6 attendances. Every centre bounce was 3 of these 5...
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    There's no way Bowes not playing the first half was anything other than knowing he's best 22 and wanting a look at some others right? Same with Holmes down back. Right now they're probably our best 2 mids and we're not exactly stacked in there.
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    VFL VFL 2024 - Geelong & the greater league

    He's coming back from a major groin injury. I imagine he's playing managed minutes and won't be playing AFL for the first couple of matches. Good player though and nice challenge for Conway.
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    Review Preseason hit out against Dons and Review

    Bews did spend 3 weeks out of the team last year when fit (only 2 VFL games due to a bye) after a couple of week injury layoff. It's rare we have best 22 players play any games at VFL level unless it's been a major layoff (eg Jack Henry has played 1 VFL game across 2022-23 despite multiple...
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    VFL VFL 2024 - Geelong & the greater league

    Any chance there will be a live stream of this somewhere?
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    Training 2024 Pre-Season discussion

    Most clubs have been leaving 3-4 players on the bench until well into the second half. If we do the same it's probably fair to assume the ones left one the bench until later aren't likely to play round 1. And those named on the ground probably won't be the ones left on the bench.
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