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domus

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I think this game style thing is a bit of a myth.

We played a similar style last year, but the difference was our forward line was functioning a bit better which led to less chipping and more attacking.

But the style was the same. That’s generally what we do. I guess you could nickname it...almost like Slingshot anticipation?

We’d chip around the back half while the forwards set up in a way that creates the opportunity to go forward and then attack. But last year, the forward line was functioning so well there wasn’t much chipping or switching required.

Don’t forget, last year, it was our backline that was decimated by injury. This year it’s been the forward line and midfield. Which are ultimately the key components of the style we play because it’s those 2 areas creating the opportunities for the backs to slingshot.

So this year we’ve been missing literally 4 of our main targets at various stages and for big chunks of the year. We have 3 out of those 4 playing against Geelong in 2 weeks.
Moore, Dunn, Aish and Langdon say hello.
 

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Bramax

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Sep 12, 2015
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We have played some really crappy footy this year so to finish top 4 is pretty remarkable. Add in the injuries and a significantly tougher draw and Bucks and co earned their money.

Pies have the best record against the top 8.

TBH if Bucks gets everything to click they can be a scary good side.
Injuries and the lack of continuity teamwise has played a big part in our fluctuating form. Having had THE toughest draw in the league, to finish 4th and one game off top spot is highly commendable. We’ve seen our scary best footy early in the year when we blitzed Richmond and Brisbane. And guess what? We about to field a very similar team for finals.
 

Bramax

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I am hating the commentary around us now getting the double chance, by the media. They keep referring to us a been "gifted or stolen or lucky" to be in the top 4.
Considering our tough draw, injuries and suspension of Stephenson, for us to keep our position in the 8, whilst remaining in or around the top 4, makes us more then deserving of a top 4 finish, and we got it!!
That’s crap isn’t it. Nothing is ever gifted, stolen or lucky. It’s hard earned.
 

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