Prediction 2017: Contenders?

Discussion in 'Fremantle' started by Grandstan, May 17, 2017.

  1. Lord Rod

    Lord Rod Hard ball gets specialist..

    Feb 2, 2011
    Leicester City pulled off the impossible in the EPL just over a year ago. They certainly weren't the best side but they racked up the close wins without ever being totally dominant. The top sides never really got going and it all fell into place.
    Who knows, it's certainly an exciting season for Freo, that's for sure..
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  2. Fat Nyfe

    Fat Nyfe Premiership Player

    Mar 18, 2012
    The bulldogs win kind of gave everyone hope. Win enough games to squeeze into the eight. Have a week off to prepare and refresh. Then put together a month of your best football to win the flag.

    Nothings impossible, especially if the season continues as it has and there is not really 1 dominant team.
  3. dockshark

    dockshark The Bristol Brabazon

    Other teams:
    East Fremantle, Centrals
    May 13, 2007
    There's a difference between acknowledging the advantage thinking Sandilands is critical to us winning.
  4. Grandstan

    Grandstan Team Captain

    Jul 15, 2013
    Freo managed just fine when Sandi did his turf toes, but have really missed him at times when he's missed a game or two.
    Elsewhere I posted Lyon talking centre square strategy pre-Demons game, it showed that Sandi's ruck dominance drastically alters how our team and the opposition sets up. Opponents commit an extra body to the clearance to overcome the ruck advantage, and this allows us to put an extra body in defence. So clearances surely aren't the final measure of Sandi's worth.
    In the final minutes against Norf we threw that extra body forward, so once Fyfe and Lachie got the kick away we were able to use the extra number to create the goal.
    Could you kick a goal in the last 20 seconds without a Sandi to create the space you need?
    But it doesn't always work. Against Richmond in the last minute there was a stoppage on half forward, we had numbers on the north side clearly expecting Sandi to tap it there, but he lost and it went to the south side where Richmond had numbers, and eventually Ellis got the kick away.
    So Sandi gives Freo freedom to dictate terms, but that doesn't always mean they execute and take advantage. WB prove you can shark well enough to overcome a weak ruck.
    What you don't want is losing Sandi when the players and structures are all adapted to having him.
  5. heavho

    heavho All Australian

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    Dec 22, 2005
    IMG_0989.jpg This punter would of been pulling their hair out after first two rounds. Now there is a little hole at the end of the tunnel with light coming through it
  6. mightydockers

    mightydockers Senior List

    May 25, 2009
    western australia
    So true, and when Sandilands has a nightmare game (e.g. against the hawks and eagles [this year]) we seriously struggle
  7. blue shark

    blue shark Club Legend

    Aug 15, 2009
    How we defend against the top teams with forward lines built around Talls, will define our season.
    WC, Adelaide, GWS, games will be the litmus test.
  8. ritz

    ritz Team Captain

    Apr 25, 2011
    Anyone done a ladder predictor lately? We're surely a decent chance of finals now this year

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  9. Cobbler

    Cobbler Premiership Player

    Jul 7, 2014
    Just started a new thread sort of on this issue.
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