Autopsy 2022 Round 20 - Sydney Swans v GWS Giants, 2.10 pm Saturday 30 July @ SCG

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  • Giant Strides

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    An even shorter preview this round. Effort was there today, but execution again was our deficiency, and we dropped off effort/skill in the second half. We struggled to find targets in the F50 with Hogan being managed, with Toby the main target and Riccardi burned on leads too many times. The mids were again beaten in the contest despite Preuss and Briggs dominating hitouts, and while defence was busy there were just too many good balls from Carlton. There's really not much left for GWS this year except to try a few players to give newbies (or low-game players) a taste of first grade, and to have a look at what they've got.

    There didn't seem to be any injuries today, but hopefully Kelly returns next week from concussion, Whitfield from his injury, and Jesse Hogan & Tom Green from being rested (and hopefully fresher and raring to go). Perryman was supposedly a week away, but I'm going to presume he's not ready to return.

    The Preuss-Briggs combo worked for me, so even with Hogan coming back in, I'd hope we'd keep those two, and Riccardi forward - so Sproule back to VFL. The two McCartins are a handful and 3 KPFs will be needed IMHO to try to overcome them.

    Down back, we'll have to combat Franklin, Reid & Amartey as talls, plus their small/medium players - plenty of dangerous options there. I just can't see how we can justify Keeffe - his direct opponent lost him multiple times today. Haynes was better than earlier in the year, though still well short of his past form. I would love us to hand Leek Aleer a debut - he could play mainly on Joel Amartey. We could go smaller, and have Haynes on the third tall with medium defenders on the rest, but we seem to like the 4 tall set up at the moment. (Essentially, Haynes is taking the place of Idun.) The Aleer selection probably won't happen, I know.

    In the middle Green and Kelly need to come back in. O'Halloran is normally a scapegoat, but I actually thought he was decent today and would prefer to keep him; but sense that he'll make way for Kelly. For Green, it should be Tanner Bruhn or Jacob Hopper (or both!), who was wayward with his kicking. The other likely scapegoat is likely to be be Callum Brown. I thought he had a decent game down back, though; took a number of intercepts, and his disposal was mostly good. He's also evasive and got some speed. Unfortunately, he'll be remembered for the cold drop of an easy mark in the defensive goal square that was then kicked through for a goal. We've also got Whitfield to return, if he's right to go. Probably more evidence pointing to either XOH or Brown being dropped.

    I'd also love to get Cooper Hamilton in, maybe giving him a wing role (think I said that last week), and perhaps give Ash a tagging role with some speed in the forward half on either Heeney or Papley. But that won't happen for sure - as someone said, Hamilton is clearly on the outer with McVeigh!

    So, my changes:

    OUT: Sproule, Bruhn, Hopper (but more likely to be Brown), O'Halloran, Keeffe
    IN: Hogan, Kelly, Green, Whitfield, Aleer

    Taylor Himmelberg Aleer
    Haynes Cumming Wehr
    Whitfield Green Kennedy
    Greene Peatling Taranto
    Hogan Riccardi Briggs
    Preuss Coniglio Kelly
    IC: Brown Ash Ward Lloyd

    That side would xertainly be classier and better balanced than the team against Carlton.

    Can we spring an upset against the Swans? The head says 'no', the heart says '* I'd love to do so!'.

    Thoughts?
     
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  • Giant Strides

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    Gameday. Nice sunny day down here in Canberra, here's hoping it's similarly fine in Sydney, and that we can get our ball movement going again!

    Let's go Giants & take down these *ers!!

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  • captainMyCaptain

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    Some interesting comments by McVeigh:
    "There's just the unfortunate part of dealing with whether players have checked out or not. "That's as honest as you possibly can be. "There were probably eight players that really went to the wall today – Kelly, Whitfield, Perryman, Taylor, Ward, Hogan, Greene and Kennedy. "I thought those eight players fought right through to the end and gave absolutely everything. Eight players doing that is not enough."
    McVeigh was pleased with Sam Taylor, who despite having three second half goals kicked on him by Lance Franklin, was clearly his team's best player, and Harry Perryman, who made a successful return after seven weeks out with broken ribs. "They are ready to take this club to a different standard because they're honest, their feedback is strong, they're not afraid to upset anyone and they want to win. "The quicker those type of players can sit among our leaders, the better off we'll be. That's the reality of it. "We've got a tremendous amount of leadership from a lot of players for a long period of time, but there needs to be a changeover in my mind."

     

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