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Grimesy87

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Nice, blooding the youth probably should have started about 6 weeks ago, but better late than never.

Quite the occasion to be making your debut as well.
Chandler only really started playing well about 6 weeks ago, the rest of our youth has either been injured (neitschke, sparrow, bradke, walker, spargo) or hasn't been ready (Jordan, Bedford)

Or they've played (baker, petty, Dunkley, Lockhart)

Or they are 28. Seems we have an age profile a touch older, but an experience problem.
 

TheCount

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Chandler only really started playing well about 6 weeks ago, the rest of our youth has either been injured (neitschke, sparrow, bradke, walker, spargo) or hasn't been ready (Jordan, Bedford)

Or they've played (baker, petty, Dunkley, Lockhart)

Or they are 28. Seems we have an age profile a touch older, but an experience problem.
Yeah fair call really ... tho you could argue we didn't/don't really have much to lose in playing Jordan or Bedford without them smashing the door down for selection, particularly given the amount of underdone players we've rushed into the side on the back of limited minutes, at least they'd actually have some match fitness ... plus we couldn't really play much worse.
 

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Yeah fair call really ... tho you could argue we didn't/don't really have much to lose in playing Jordan or Bedford without them smashing the door down for selection, particularly given the amount of underdone players we've rushed into the side on the back of limited minutes, at least they'd actually have some match fitness ... plus we couldn't really play much worse.
Can't just give everyone a crack though because then no one needs to play/train well.
 

Grimesy87

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Yeah fair call really ... tho you could argue we didn't/don't really have much to lose in playing Jordan or Bedford without them smashing the door down for selection, particularly given the amount of underdone players we've rushed into the side on the back of limited minutes, at least they'd actually have some match fitness ... plus we couldn't really play much worse.
Yeah, agree. I think the rushing of injured players back was a desperation move that was conjoined by our coaches thinking finals were still possible post bye. They may not have been far off the mark had the Adelaide or west coast games gone our way early, and I'm sure mindest of the playing group would have been different too. But there has been no excuse the past 4 or so weeks. But what do you do- play the best team hoping to improve connection and chemistry etc for 2020, risking injury and still losing, or play the depth/youth and see who can stand up, while have perennial tank talk rise, and lose?
 

Johnny Karate

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Can't just give everyone a crack though because then no one needs to play/train well.
I’m with you, that said a few times this year when Tom McDonald was running around looking like his feet had been replaced with cinder blocks and Brayshaw could barely bend over - literally anybody else on the roster could’ve offered more.
 
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Yeah, agree. I think the rushing of injured players back was a desperation move that was conjoined by our coaches thinking finals were still possible post bye. They may not have been far off the mark had the Adelaide or west coast games gone our way early, and I'm sure mindest of the playing group would have been different too. But there has been no excuse the past 4 or so weeks. But what do you do- play the best team hoping to improve connection and chemistry etc for 2020, risking injury and still losing, or play the depth/youth and see who can stand up, while have perennial tank talk rise, and lose?
The season has been so even that honestly we haven’t been THAT far way from being in finals contention. Which sounds stupid but we’d only need to have been slightly better to still be in with a shot IMO
 

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Can't just give everyone a crack though because then no one needs to play/train well.
In normal, contending for finals circumstances (which obviously aren't normal circumstances for our club, but you know what I mean) I'd agree with you, but when your season is dead in the water like ours has been for some time, you can probably stretch the argument of earning a game a bit further than usual to justify the selection.

Of course, I made the statement before I realised that we literally have 3 players on our list who haven't played an AFL game this year, that haven't been injured all season ... Bedford, Jordon and Bradtke. We've used 39 players from effectively 42 available (47 actual)
 

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What's the go with Jordon anyway? He was an early-ish pick by our recent standards and is pretty good size but we never hear anything about him?
 

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So 2 tall "forwards" out ... zero talls in ... should be interesting.
Petracca and Melksham can play tall. I rate Fritsch as a CHF. Hopefully with this sized team it’ll count towards adding pressure up forward. We need it. Spargo and ANB playing for their MFC careers imo.
 

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