Autopsy 2022 Round 21 - GWS Giants v Essendon Bombers, 2.10 pm Saturday 6 August @ Giants Stadium

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  • Giant Strides

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    The previews are getting shorter. The game against the Swans was very poor. While it seemed before the game that the resting of Green and Hogan might have been strategic to set up an immense effort for the Swans, it certainly didn't turn out that way; with Swans cutting us up all over the field, and the coach slating his own players for giving up. There was a definite lack of effort - not sticking tackles being one major issue - as well as poor execution - often playing on and passing to a player standing right next to a Swan.

    The loss of Cogs before the game didn't help, with no other mid really standing up strongly. Sam Taylor was superb down back, but had to deal with far too much incoming. Leek didn't have the greatest debut, but Haynes was worse, and we had to send HH down back to try to stem the bleeding. That left our forward line undermanned, with Hogan and Toby again the only (and over-used) options. I do maintain that we are not putting the right team out there - continuing with Haynes in poor form, and not giving enough forward options (can we just give Riccardi a solid block of games to see how he goes?). The problem is, it's much easier to identify poor performers, than it is to find viable replacements.

    There's also not much point in making major changes, as the majority of this is effort and in their minds. Will we turn up for the last home game in Sydney? To be honest, on the Swans performance, I doubt it.

    Couple of simple changes for me:
    • Coniglio back in for O'Halloran.
    • Haynes out as a consistent underperformer, HH down back in his role, and Riccardi back in up front. Keep Aleer for the long term benefit.
    • Briggs back as second ruck/forward (should never have been dropped IMV) - given that Brown only had 2 disposals and that's a couple of poor games in a row, it would most likely be him, but in all honesty, there's a few who could realistically be axed.
    • As I've previously said, I'd also like to see Cooper Hamilton back in to run the wing; not sure who to drop there (and realistically this won't happen), perhaps Kennedy or Wehr, neither of whom I dislike but not necessarily getting the best out of at this point.
    I don't think we'll see those changes except for Cogs/XOH; at worst, perhaps Keeffe will come back for Aleer (which I would disagree with!).

    Thoughts?
     
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  • Giant Strides

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    Gameday, and I have to say that my care factor for this game is the lowest it's been over the last 10 years - even when we were getting thumped. If the players and the coaches have checked out, why wouldn't the fans?

    And the AFL too - they haven't even made the change from Taranto to Ash in the team sheet, and it's only about 4 hours to go.

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  • mau5trap

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    Best we’ve played all year think we all needed that after the last month.

    Some thoughts:
    -Loved Briggs’ role today, brought the ball down to ground well and seemed to have some sort of a presence down there, shame he’s probably gone at the end of the year.
    -Whitfields best game of the year by far and hopefully it silences the critics for the rest of the year.
    -Haynes was better and hopefully is slowly getting confidence back.
    -Great early signs from Aleer, loved his attack on it.
    -Glad we tagged Merrett, is the one player in that midfield that can seriously damage you and finally/surprisingly it was us that had the common sense to do it.
    -Hope we can get a few more games from Hogan next year, would be great to see him fully fit through the majority of a season although not sure that’s possible anymore.
     

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