Autopsy AFL 2021 2nd Preliminary Final - Port v Dogs Sat September 11th 7:40pm EST / 7:10pm CST (AO)

Who will win and by how much?

  • Port by a goal or less

    Votes: 5 2.7%
  • Dogs by a goal or less

    Votes: 20 11.0%
  • Port by 7 - 20

    Votes: 60 33.0%
  • Dogs by 7 - 20

    Votes: 44 24.2%
  • Port by a lot

    Votes: 42 23.1%
  • Dogs by a lot

    Votes: 8 4.4%
  • Draw

    Votes: 3 1.6%

  • Total voters
    182
  • Poll closed .

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demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
25,294
20,875
AFL Club
Melbourne
I think you have to view it as Gawn and Jackson vs Martin and English. Without Martin it’s not pretty reading.
It’s not, but, Port dominated the hit outs and you won by 71 points. So Martin was smashed anyway. Don’t think it matters. I am worried about when the ball hits the floor. I’d be wanting guys like Brayshaw and Viney getting more tackles than possessions. We want;

WB get ball = WB get tackled

That’s the key (or one of many)
 

Dazb86

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 31, 2008
13,784
9,923
melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
It’s not, but, Port dominated the hit outs and you won by 71 points. So Martin was smashed anyway. Don’t think it matters. I am worried about when the ball hits the floor. I’d be wanting guys like Brayshaw and Viney getting more tackles than possessions. We want;

WB get ball = WB get tackled

That’s the key (or one of many)
I think the difference with having Martin instead of Young/English is that he can at least half a contest if he doesn't win the hitout. At times without Martin we've been completely uncompetitive through the ruck.

It's not surprising that our best form has been the games Martin has played this year.

But yeah as in nearly all games this year the midfield battle will be the key. On paper the Dees can match us in that area or if Oliver and Petracca are really on than they could outright beat us through there.
 

demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
25,294
20,875
AFL Club
Melbourne
I think the difference with having Martin instead of Young/English is that he can at least half a contest if he doesn't win the hitout. At times without Martin we've been completely uncompetitive through the ruck.

It's not surprising that our best form has been the games Martin has played this year.

But yeah as in nearly all games this year the midfield battle will be the key. On paper the Dees can match us in that area or if Oliver and Petracca are really on than they could outright beat us through there.
That’s right. I like English and he will have an exceptional career but Gawn is Gawn and literally peaking. Martin can provide a large body and get crashing into his opponent. Good player.

I think it will take huge games from all our midfielders to win that battle. You’re simply so good and deep in there. I think that if it comes down to forwards and defenders we have you covered, so the midfield has to really pump.
 

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