Prediction 2021 starting 22

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Bombers36

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Still much to transpire before the start of next season - trades, drafts, retirements & delisting's.
But I just wanted to look at what our starting 22 for round 1 next season might look like. I've left out players that have a clear question mark over them in terms of if they stay or leave the club and here's what I have come up with at this stage;-

Ambrose Zerk Gleeson
Ridley Hurley Smith
Heppell Shiel Merrett
Snelling Stringer Zakka
Langford Stewart Tippa

Draper Parish McGrath

Bench: Clarke Guelfi Redman Mosquito

6 undecided: Daniher, Saad, Fantasia, Francis, Laverde, Hooker*


Obviously this will evolve over coming months and into the new year as we learn more about player movements, and lets hope we can get in a big bodied mid...
Hopefully we can win a final in 2021!
 
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Old Stuckup

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B: Ridley - Zerk-Thatcher - Francis
HB: Smith - Ambrose - Redman
C: Shiel - McGrath - Merrett
HF: Clarke - Stringer - Snelling
F: Laverde - Jones - Stewart
R: Draper - McGrath - Phillips
I/C: Langford - Heppell - Ham - O’Driscoll
 

biglaycock

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Still much to transpire before the start of next season - trades, drafts, retirements & delisting's.
But I just wanted to look at what our starting 22 for round 1 next season might look like. I've left out players that have a clear question mark over them in terms of if they stay or leave the club and here's what I have come up with at this stage;-

Ambrose Zerk Gleeson
Ridley Hurley Smith
Happell Shiel Merrett
Snelling Stringer Zakka
Langford Stewart Tippa

Draper Parish McGrath

Bench: Clarke Guelfi Redman Mosquito

6 undecided: Daniher, Saad, Fantasia, Francis, Laverde, Hooker*


Obviously this will evolve over coming months and into the new year as we learn more about player movements, and lets hope we can get in a big bodied mid...
Hopefully we can win a final in 2021!
Wow that team is depressing and in no way could win more than 3-4 games next year.

Can I ask why you would prefer Gleeson to Redman and have Francis in the undecided category?
 

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MiguelM

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Still much to transpire before the start of next season - trades, drafts, retirements & delisting's.
But I just wanted to look at what our starting 22 for round 1 next season might look like. I've left out players that have a clear question mark over them in terms of if they stay or leave the club and here's what I have come up with at this stage;-

Ambrose Zerk Gleeson
Ridley Hurley Smith
Happell Shiel Merrett
Snelling Stringer Zakka
Langford Stewart Tippa

Draper Parish McGrath

Bench: Clarke Guelfi Redman Mosquito

6 undecided: Daniher, Saad, Fantasia, Francis, Laverde, Hooker*


Obviously this will evolve over coming months and into the new year as we learn more about player movements, and lets hope we can get in a big bodied mid...
Hopefully we can win a final in 2021!
Mozzie will be lucky to play at all next year.
 

JT_the_Man

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Just using players from this years list -

B Francis - BZT - Ridley
HB Saad* - Hurley* - Smith
C Merrett - Shiel - Langford
HF Fantasia* - Stewart - Zaharakis
F Tippa - Daniher* - Stringer
R Draper - Parish - McGrath
Int. Heppell - Redman - Clarke - Laverde*

* = uncertain future
 

Bombers36

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Wow that team is depressing and in no way could win more than 3-4 games next year.

Can I ask why you would prefer Gleeson to Redman and have Francis in the undecided category?
I think Gleeson is chronically under rated, Redman was pretty average this year and I believe Francis is a huge chance to be at another club in 2021
 

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?? B.Cox ridley
C.cox zerk francis
Merrett shiel heppell
Langford stewart fantasia
Stringer n.cox tippa
Draper o'driscoll mcgrath
Phillips trew redman Smith

Guelfi & change to freo for cox
Daniher FA gets us pick 6/7
Saad for a 1st rounder
Parish to geelong for 11 (pains me but we do need to move one of the small mids on)
Not sure what cedric cox costs us

Pick 5 - phillips
Pick 6 - trew
Pick 11 - n.cox
Saad pick - o'driscoll
Brand and eyre as NGA

Not sure who's out there as a small defender option. Need to see another year of redman as it felt he dropped his colours this year. But did look solid last year

Williams ideal but cant risk the FA impact if daniher leaves. If he doesnt, id be into him as saads replacement.

Would explore saad to tigers for RCD and graham rather than the pick.
 

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JT_the_Man

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?? B.Cox ridley
C.cox zerk francis
Merrett shiel heppell
Langford stewart fantasia
Stringer n.cox tippa
Draper o'driscoll mcgrath
Phillips trew redman Smith

Guelfi & change to freo for cox
Daniher FA gets us pick 6/7
Saad for a 1st rounder
Parish to geelong for 11 (pains me but we do need to move one of the small mids on)
Not sure what cedric cox costs us

Pick 5 - phillips
Pick 6 - trew
Pick 11 - n.cox
Saad pick - o'driscoll
Brand and eyre as NGA

Not sure who's out there as a small defender option. Need to see another year of redman as it felt he dropped his colours this year. But did look solid last year

Williams ideal but cant risk the FA impact if daniher leaves. If he doesnt, id be into him as saads replacement.

Would explore saad to tigers for RCD and graham rather than the pick.
Too much Cox.
 
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andon

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What a total waste of a season, so many younger players trying to gain experience, and yet the club continued playing 5 or 6 slow, half injured, and tired veterans despite losing most weeks.

If we keep the same old group we will finish 16th to 18th next year.

This year was another great opportunity to build a new base, but it was wasted.
 

Mikevk123

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B A.Francis B.Zerk-Thatcher D.Smith
HB J.Ridley M.Hurley M.Redman
C K.Langford W.Brodie D.Shiel
HF D.Parish J.Stewart J.Stringer
F A.Tipungwutti P.Wright N.Cahill
FOLL: S.Draper Z.Merrett A.McGrath
INTER: D.Heppell, H.Jones, N.O’Driscoll, B.Ham
 
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Seb78

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B: Francis Ambrose Saad*
HB: Ridley Zerk-Thatcher Redman
C: Heppell Merrett Langford
HF: Laverde Daniher* Smith
F: Stringer Stewart Tipungwuti
R: Draper Shiel McGrath
INT: Parish O'Driscoll Snelling Ham

EMG: Hurley Jones Clarke

A lot of water to go under the bridge yet, so who knows. I just hope we persist with what youth we have as much as we can.
 

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B: Ambrose Francis Saad*
HB: Ridley Hurley Redman
C: Merrett Hibberd* Heppel
HF: Stringer Daniher* Langford
F: Fantasia Stewart Walla
R: Draper, Shiel, McGrath
Int: Parish, Smith, Guelfi, *Pick 6.

fu** you all, I'm putting Hibberd in, I don't care. I tried to leave out as many undersized midfield/flankers as I could, but we have so many.
 

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FB: Saad, Ambrose, Ham
HB:Ridely, BZT, Francis
C: Merrett, Heppell, Langford
HF: Jones, Daniher, Laverde
Ff: Tippa, Stewart, Stringer
R: Draper, McGrath, Shiel
Inter: Smith, Parish, Redman, Snelling
 

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B: Ambrose Francis Saad*
HB: Ridley Hurley Redman
C: Merrett Hibberd* Heppel
HF: Stringer Daniher* Langford
F: Fantasia Stewart Walla
R: Draper, Shiel, McGrath
Int: Parish, Smith, Guelfi, *Pick 6.

fu** you all, I'm putting Hibberd in, I don't care. I tried to leave out as many undersized midfield/flankers as I could, but we have so many.
Well fu** you right back. Can’t be in the side when your not on the list
 

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Great hypothetical
lets say Daniher leaving gets us pick after our own which means dodo dodoro made a huge blunder not trading him last year- another story
saad Leaving gets us carltons first Round pick- huge loss
we Are able to pick up Charlie constable in a three way for Fantasia which is possible- would have got much more last year Adrian!
hurley and hooker leave for salary dump and morale purposes

we get to the club for fantasy sake Phillips ODriscall and Callow as well as brand and eyre

b. Redman bzt Ambrose
hb. Ridley Francis ham
c. Shiel Langford Merrett
hf. Parish jones tippa
f. Laverde stringer smith
foll. Draper constable mcgrath
int. Stewart Phillips Clarke odriscall

this side is a 8 to 14 side but would clear salary cap
it would also hopefully adopt a decent playing style and would make the club a desirable destination for young talent in 2022
jones, callow and eyre would be 3 promising talls in forward line
while Francis bzt and brand are all still young it would be great to have a fit Ambrose to protect them a bit
 

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