Preview Changes vs Collingwood - May In, Preuss Out

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Cannon82

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Liked for the Gawn reference but I’m not counting Pruess out yet. Even if he is a pinch hitter that plays 5-6 games per year.
He'll do as a backup ruckman, but he really should only play when Gawn can't. Can't imagine that arrangement will work for him unless he wants to spend another 2 or 3 seasons in the magoos.
 

Demon 16

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He'll do as a backup ruckman, but he really should only play when Gawn can't. Can't imagine that arrangement will work for him unless he wants to spend another 2 or 3 seasons in the magoos.
Well he’s contracted for 3 more seasons and we can only presume that he knew exactly what he was getting into.

Amazingly, he’s still only 23 and most rucks come along around 24-25 at the earliest. Given his physical advantages, im not sure that he’ll develop at the rate of other young ruckmen who improve their strength before launching into peak performance around the 25/26 year mark.

Agree though - looking good for a backup and if Weideman doesn’t come on then throwing Gawn forward and letting Pruess ruck for longer might work ok for us in future years.
 

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Gysberts2Bate

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Hore will come in. I’ve also heard a whisper that Lever needs surgery to clean up his knee at season’s end. If that’s the case, he should get it done now.
Can't help but agree. Other than supporter blood pressure not much harm to be done by giving OMac the rest of the year to play out and at least have some things (everything) to work on in the off season. Don't need Lever's ankle jeopardising anything.
 

RFCGloryJC

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Melbourne played relatively well, positive signs.
Like to see Melksham play near full forward.
Aggressive approach to unsettle the Pies.
It would be good to have a forward crumber, similar to the Pies approach.
Fritsch is excellent across half forward.
Trac in the centre.
Best wishes.
 
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