- Aug 19, 2016
- AFL Club
- West Coast
- Other Teams
- East Fremantle
1st Elimination Final:
West Coast Vs The Drug Cheats V2
West Coast Vs The Drug Cheats V2
Given the final is literally 2 days away, we need a goddamn preview already. Anyway, as I did the preview earlier this year for the the Bombers, I've decided to type up one quickly.
We are 0-5 with the drug cheats in finals. That record isn't very flattering, but the last final they won was 15 years ago, and we'll be extending that on Thursday. Woosha tried to tank the last match so they wouldn't have to leave Vic - unfortunately, they didn't count on us s**tting the bed in our most important game of the season. Now they have to come over here and play in front of a crowd that has been resting their vocal cords for nearly two weeks. I'm expecting each one of you to be booing louder than I've ever heard in my life.
After ******* everything up against Hawthorn, I still refuse to believe we won't go B2B. Some things have to be done in life, and one of those is getting Shep, Gaff and Nic their premiership medals. We still have time on our side, but trying again in 12 months isn't very appealing to anyone. Let's just do it the hard way and make history.
What have Essencum's form been like leading up to this match? The same. Flaky, in a word. They saved their season 6-7 weeks ago with 3 stirring wins in a row, each never exceeding a margin of 2 goals. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Morton and whoever saved them in the Sydney game all gave them a spot in the finals. AMT was actually pretty awesome to watch, if I do say so myself. Afterwards, a solid win over Adelaide was spoiled by them barely getting over the line against a team that, for every side in the comp, is nothing more than a glorified training run. Jake "THE MAN" Stringer kicked a bulls**t torp from the centre to win the game though, which is quite rare at the elite level in our day and age. They did play some attractive football for those five weeks, and the Gold Coast game was actually pretty exciting, with both teams nearly scoring 100 points each (something not too common in 2019).
After that, they were smashed by the most bipolar team in AFL history (Port) by 59 points, in a game that looked like it would be their worst performance for the entire year. Things were looking down over in peptide land, but that was nothing compared to what they dished up the following week:
It was a nightmare for the jabbers. Fans were booing their players as they came off the field, in a match that provided a massive statement from the Bulldogs (and thankfully they actually finished up in the eighth as they deserved to). Their percentage basically disintergrated as a result, and Woosha's head was being called for - somehow, however, they still stumbled into eigth place.
They had a comfortable win over Freo the next week, and then they decided to rest a whole bunch of players against Collingwood in a game they tanked, which effectively cost us top 4. This, in effect, shot both themselves and us in the foot - they have to travel now, and we don't have the double chance.
Overall, their last leg of the season has been pretty woeful, similar to us. However, unlike us, they aren't a team that has already proven they have the ability to go all the way. I'll keep saying it, but that flag is ours.
In our game against them earlier in the year, in which we had over 30 scoring shots in a match we really should have won by at least 60 points, Kennedy led the way in a domination of Hurley with 8 scoring shots, but only ended up with 3.5. A big part of that victory was Hutch tagging Saad, which proved decisive in the match; we should see the same thing again on Thursday, this time with Nelson getting the job (Hutch won't be available). McGovern was our billionth player to be suspended for a bulls**t reason by Michael Christian - that proved to be the biggest thing to come out of the entire game.
A bad omen is the fact Essendon is getting back a plethora of stars into the side (Stringer, Hurley, Hooker and Fantasia). If you're the ep2018 type, then that looks scarily similar to what happened with the Bulldogs in 2016. However, unlike that team from 2 years ago, we have one big Flying Fijian shaped reason why that won't be the case:
Pictured: Nic Naitanui upon hearing he will be partnering with HickGod once again.
Nic Naitanui is back to murder opposition ruckman, and given there won't be a tomorrow if we lose, expect more bone crunching tackles we haven't seen since early 2018.
Additionally, this might prove to be our chance to rescue Woosha from the forces of evil (with him potentially being sacked, which is bad, but, with apologies to Woosha, we need to get Nic a premiership medal).
Based on their changes thread, I think the Essendon will go in like this:
B: Francis - Hooker - Saad
HB: Ambrose - Hurley - Redman
C: McGrath - Heppell - Merrett
HF: Laverde - Stringer - Fantasia
FF: McDonald-Tipungwuti - McKernan - Mitch Brown
R: Bellchambers - Shiel - Guelfi
Int: McKenna - Parish - Langford - Clarke
IN: Orazio Fantasia, Cale Hooker, Jake "THE PACKAGE" Stringer, Dyson Heppell
OUT: Tom Jok, Josh Begley, Michael Hartley, Brayden Ham
Similar to last time, except they'll be missing Zaharakis, who provides a senior head. Rather than simply beating them, let's build some confidence heading into this finals series by having a massive win.
Their midfield have been kicking more goals recently, with Merrett and Shiel leading the way. McKernan and Mitch Brown have proven quite effective up forward, while Woosha's secret weapon (swing
I think we'll go in like this, based off what we did with the WAFL:
B: Hurn - Barrass - Schofield
HB: Sheppard - McGovern - Jetta
C: Gaff - Yeo - Redden
HF: Cripps - Darling - Ah Chee
F: Rioli - Kennedy - Ryan
R: Naitanui - Sheed - Shuey
Int: Allen - HickGod - Masten - Nelson
IN: Ah Chee, Naitanui(!), Schofield
OUT: Duggan, Petrucelle, Waterman
That's a pretty strong lineup. All we're missing is Hutchings, and he could come in next week for Masten. The big one here, though, is Nic. Not much needs to be said of his impact, but I'm hoping he'll be throwing his weight around massively in the finals, similar to how he went before getting suspended in early 2018.
As said before, we need someone to tag Saad, and that job should fall to Nelson. He's already proven to be capable of playing in a run-with role, so he should be able to shut him out of the game.
West Coast by 30 Nic Naitanui tackles, with the weight differential correctly calculated.