2021 Fixture

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Nathan Detroit

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We've legit got a political party called WAXit (or similar spelling).

Yup, a scary number of West Aussies think that the State would be better off seceding from Australia...
Don't know how serious they are or if the numbers are large, but have heard folks in British Columbia express the same feelings about seceding from Canada.
 

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burner1

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Looking at the fixture, if we lose to bombers, may not have a winnable game until round 6 (crows down at tassie). We have a soft run in middle of season (north, Carlton, suns, swans, bombers) when we’re hopefully back to full strength with Gunston etc. If we’re not in the 8 after that any finals aspirations are likely over as unlikely to be better than 50/50 after that (not that I think we’re a finals chance anyway).
But geez looks a potentially rough start to season if we lose round 1.
 

HODGEYROAD

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Looking at the fixture, if we lose to bombers, may not have a winnable game until round 6 (crows down at tassie). We have a soft run in middle of season (north, Carlton, suns, swans, bombers) when we’re hopefully back to full strength with Gunston etc. If we’re not in the 8 after that any finals aspirations are likely over as unlikely to be better than 50/50 after that (not that I think we’re a finals chance anyway).
But geez looks a potentially rough start to season if we lose round 1.
Correct, we lose Round 1 and 0-5 is a very high probability.
 

Strapping Young Lad

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Looking at the fixture, if we lose to bombers, may not have a winnable game until round 6 (crows down at tassie). We have a soft run in middle of season (north, Carlton, suns, swans, bombers) when we’re hopefully back to full strength with Gunston etc. If we’re not in the 8 after that any finals aspirations are likely over as unlikely to be better than 50/50 after that (not that I think we’re a finals chance anyway).
But geez looks a potentially rough start to season if we lose round 1.
Every game is winnable.
 

cryptor

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Looking at the fixture, if we lose to bombers, may not have a winnable game until round 6 (crows down at tassie). We have a soft run in middle of season (north, Carlton, suns, swans, bombers) when we’re hopefully back to full strength with Gunston etc. If we’re not in the 8 after that any finals aspirations are likely over as unlikely to be better than 50/50 after that (not that I think we’re a finals chance anyway).
But geez looks a potentially rough start to season if we lose round 1.
The opening third of the season seems to throw up the most unusual results for a few possible reasons (new players, new strategies, rusty form, etc.) before things settle down and teams start to perform more consistently and in line with expectations.

If we're lucky enough to have a few surprise wins against these stronger sides we're not expecting them against (eg. Brisbane and Richmond last year) then all we need to do is find some good form and make the most of our chances against the rest of the comp and we may find we can sneak into finals.
 

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