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kelman

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So I would mix things up a fair bit. Some moves short term, some hoping to find medium-long term.

I am assuming Cunners, Larkey, Maj, LDU, Walker not ready yet but Ziebell and Jed are.

- Walker goes forward for Campbell, Campbell out, McKay into Walker’s spot.

Walker has been good in contests, not sure what he gives us at ground level. Will contest forward for sure. I still have high hopes for McKay. Has talent, throw him in and find out he can we rise.

- MacMillan out and Higgins to HBF

Love Higgins, important to our midfield, but a great year to get him into a spot we have struggled for so long. Adds class and leadership at the back, extends career. JMac done.

- Ziebell IN. Jack 80% mid, 20% forward.

Jack not in good form, but judged harshly, adds a huge amount to a young midfield group and sets the aggressive tone we need.

- Mason for Hall

Probably short term, but reward the form. Can mark, can kick, can run, can play. Last chance saloon, can something click? Stranger things have happened. Hall, sorry, maybe low on confidence m, but killing us.

- Jed for Marley

Can’t have Marley and Pittard in the same team. Jasper on thin ice though. Jed’s aggression still important.

So:

Out: Campbell, MacMillan, Hall, Marley

IN: McKay, Ziebell, Wood, Anderson
 

Caracas

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Apr 3, 2008
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Yeah it hasn't taken long has it? 4 consecutive losses and the bland lines get trotted out.

The rule is once a newbie coach starts with...we can mix it with the best ....boys will turn it around soon ....we are not far off...then said coach is out of the honeymoon period and closer analysis of his performance is warranted.

I am sure he is frustrated as anyone but if you select a 1% fit Cunners, you play a 2 gamer Kyron on Heeney or you play a Tom Campbell then you need to start looking inwardly as to why we are losing as well as blaming other factors.

You aren't blameless here Shawry - you are in the big coaches league now and we need you to coach well if we are going to win more games.
It’s all good. Scamper is tracking perfectly to the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer model. He’ll turn it around and all will be forgotten.


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Conundrum

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one of the knocks on thomas is that he doesn't get enough touches, could we perhaps try him at halfback? He's got good ball use, good height for matchups, and good overhead. His defensive pressure while forward seems OK, so could probably defend at least as well as someone like Macmillan I reckon. Could see him picking up more touches, disposing of it better than the current sh*t show we've got down there, and probably more creative too
 

Rod Stroker

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Oct 9, 2003
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On this vision, surely Maj, Wood, Hosie, Bonar, and maybe LDU if ready, come in.
Season is shot, forward line is crying out for structure, targets and goals.
Need grunt (Bonar) and class (LDU) around the ball with Cunners not fit for a while, and Higgo + TT off the pace.

 

tazaa

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Based on Rawlings, Shaw and Browns pressers Majak, Jed, Ziebell, Bonar, McKay, Wood, Xerri and Murphy only likely inclusions.
No mention of Turner.
LDU, Larkey still a week away.
Cunners, Tyson, Will Walker, EVW two or more weeks minimum.
 

DuckYeah

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Jul 5, 2010
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one of the knocks on thomas is that he doesn't get enough touches, could we perhaps try him at halfback? He's got good ball use, good height for matchups, and good overhead. His defensive pressure while forward seems OK, so could probably defend at least as well as someone like Macmillan I reckon. Could see him picking up more touches, disposing of it better than the current sh*t show we've got down there, and probably more creative too
cyril says hi..
He doesnt need to rack em, we just need his gold.. every time he has the ball it looks magical
 

DuckYeah

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What’s the bet:
He plays, looks a million dollars and plays like it and we win, Bigfooty is filled with posts of “Told ya so” only to not register a goal for the remaining 2 games he plays, delisted at the end of year because we cannot get anything for him
He’s less pungent than campbell
 

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New_Roo

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Oct 7, 2019
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I was wondering when Shaw’s would start to sound like a football coach and it’s here.
I no longer listen to his press conferences and believe everything he says.
Sad but fun whilst it lasted.
I'm sure he said brown was bringing the ball to the ground.... I don't think he is he is just being out muscled often by a couple and out marked.... no ball to ground


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Tiberius

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In; McKay, Xerri, Durdin, Wood, Daw and Comben.

outs not sure as yet . Anyone small I suppose. I just think we overwhelm them in the air. Once you have air supremacy you win.
And all those playing up foward will be able to give Browns a chop out
This surely!
If it's good enough for Winston Churchill to win the Battle of Britain against the Nazis it should be good enough for us against the Tiges.
 

The Anvil

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I’d argue that every team have ranged from good to very ordinary. Any team (including us) that can string four wins in a row from here will really be in the mix. Cunnington and Larkey have been massive outs for us, given our structure.


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Guess we do have an undermanned Tigers and a who knows what you’ll get Blues after that so there’s a chance to right the ship.



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New_Roo

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Oct 7, 2019
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In: Daw, W Walker, Ziebell, Anderson, Bonar
Out: Campbell, Hall, Williams, Macmillan, Pittard

B: Atley, Tarrant, McDonald
HB: Haydon, J Walker, Thomas
C: Dumont, Simpkin, Polec
R: Goldstein, Anderson, Higgins
HF: W Walker, Brown, Taylor
F: Ziebell, Daw, Zurhaar
I: Scott, Mahony, Ahern, Bonar
Really can't see five changes... 3 max 4


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New_Roo

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one of the knocks on thomas is that he doesn't get enough touches, could we perhaps try him at halfback? He's got good ball use, good height for matchups, and good overhead. His defensive pressure while forward seems OK, so could probably defend at least as well as someone like Macmillan I reckon. Could see him picking up more touches, disposing of it better than the current sh*t show we've got down there, and probably more creative too
Certainly better than higgo back there as his defensive side of the game is limited


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New_Roo

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On this vision, surely Maj, Wood, Hosie, Bonar, and maybe LDU if ready, come in.
Season is shot, forward line is crying out for structure, targets and goals.
Need grunt (Bonar) and class (LDU) around the ball with Cunners not fit for a while, and Higgo + TT off the pace.

Why do people say ssn is shot.... it's a very strange even season.... yes we have to improve but a couple of vital ins will assist there... Carlton went from what 14th to 8th by winning a game


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