Contenders and Pretenders 2019 ( edited - Page 32 current discussion )

Macpotata

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I go back to the Richmond game where the Cats in 2 QTRs of football kicked 1 -2...the inconsistency in their game is very evident, they are also not a cohesive team as the egos get larger and larger very qucikly down there. Last night they were 2-4 to nil up early in the first QTR, from that moment on they were totlally thrashed by a so called mid table team who proceeded to score 10-11 to 5-9 for the remainder of the game.. Geelong are over rated and will not win a final. Some glaring inadequacies down at the cattery and a lot of them come from the coaches box also! I've seen it all before as the egos land right smack in the middle of Kardinia Park. This team is no 2007 -11 side, they are a long way off that. Cats need to make 4 or 5 changes similar to Port who would destroy them in September no matter where the game was played.
Rubbish. You're just emotional and angry after last night's loss.
 

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Macpotata

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So far spot on with the Giants. Everyone was talking them up based on what? Putting them ahead of the Eagles.



No way. Only a Premiership will silence the critics.
 

Macpotata

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Lions have a 3 home game stand? Dogs, Suns and Cats.

Tough away gig at Port next week. I favour the Power there tbh, at least for now. Huge finals like game.

Roos, Hawks and Tiges all look tough.


Power away
Roos home
Hawks tassie ( beat them there last year, won last 3 in all meetings actually )
Dogs GABBA
Suns GABBA
Cats GABBA
Tiges MCG


As is the case in the AFL and Sport, anything can happen. Roos and Dogs are resurgent as fu** of late.
 

Macpotata

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what did we say Luder?

'' Dogs do this every year it seems. Drop some stupid games to teams we should have beaten convincingly, then we really push some of the stronger and more difficult sides.

In 2018 we beat Geelong, came within a goal of Sydney, 3 points from Richmond and beat Essendon by a few goals. Finished bottom 6

This year, we've beaten Sydney, Hawks, flogged Richmond, and beat Brisbane. Also got pumped by Carlton, and currently sit bottom 4

Probably finish bottom 6 again this year, but fully expect to continue the trend of losing to lower sides while pushing the top sides
indeed ''
 

GastevsBeard

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WCE looming very large

If they maintain a top 2 position, I can't see any sides around the mark getting near them at Optus, which puts them straight into a GF.

Sydney are probably their only bogey side, but don't look like factoring into September
 

Handsuper47

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Brisbane have a tricky run home but it would be awesome if they could finish top four. That last round is them vs Richmond; they could be massive.
Our run home is GWS, Port Adelaide, Collingwood, Melbourne, Carlton, West Coast and Brisbane. A lot of big games in there.
 

Corkintheocean

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If they maintain a top 2 position, I can't see any sides around the mark getting near them at Optus, which puts them straight into a GF.

Sydney are probably their only bogey side, but don't look like factoring into September
Essendon winning yesterday was probably the best result of the weekend for us.
 

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ep2018

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Brisbane have a tricky run home but it would be awesome if they could finish top four. That last round is them vs Richmond; they could be massive.
I can see them only losing at most three games from here.

Port next week, who knows what Port side will show up and whether playing a second game in a row interstate will affect the Lions.
Geelong towards the end of the season, if the cats have a top 2 spot sewn up by then expect them to send in a B team and play conservatively in Brisbane.
Richmond in the last round, Tigers playing their 7th game in a row at the MCG at this point and may be playing for top 4, could be an issue.

I think they finish 3rd only losing two more games (Port next week and Richmond in the last round).
 

kaiserchief13

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I can see them only losing at most three games from here.

Port next week, who knows what Port side will show up and whether playing a second game in a row interstate will affect the Lions.
Geelong towards the end of the season, if the cats have a top 2 spot sewn up by then expect them to send in a B team and play conservatively in Brisbane.
Richmond in the last round, Tigers playing their 7th game in a row at the MCG at this point and may be playing for top 4, could be an issue.

I think they finish 3rd only losing two more games (Port next week and Richmond in the last round).
North game isn't a lock either for them.

My top 8 prediction at this stage is

1. Geelong 17 wins
2. WCE 17
3. GWS 14
4. Collingwood 14
5. Brisbane 14
6. Richmond 14
7. Port 13
8. North 12

Percentage will be huge between 3-6
 

frenchconnection

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WCE looming very large

If they maintain a top 2 position, I can't see any sides around the mark getting near them at Optus, which puts them straight into a GF.

Sydney are probably their only bogey side, but don't look like factoring into September
Particularly if Franklin is playing, although when we played them earlier in the year we were without Barrass. Not saying we would have won of course but sometimes teams get you when you're a bit vulnerable. Schofield is no slouch but not in the same class as Barrass.
 

Bowakawa

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WCE back to back I reckon.
It’s hard to tell with Geelong, they could just be in a slump but in recent years they’ve dropped off post bye and been easybeats in finals
Reckon Brisbane will make top-4 but go out in straight sets.
Tigers are a dark horse, they could make a real run for it playing under no expectations all year
A mixture of injuries, controversy and a glass completely empty attitude from Bucks has seemingly screwed Collingwood
Port will scare whoever they play if they finish 8th
Bombers will lose by 70pts if they finish 8th - probably to Richmond
Giants are pretenders
 

Roobs321

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WCE back to back I reckon.
It’s hard to tell with Geelong, they could just be in a slump but in recent years they’ve dropped off post bye and been easybeats in finals
Reckon Brisbane will make top-4 but go out in straight sets.
Tigers are a dark horse, they could make a real run for it playing under no expectations all year
A mixture of injuries, controversy and a glass completely empty attitude from Bucks has seemingly screwed Collingwood
Port will scare whoever they play if they finish 8th
Bombers will lose by 70pts if they finish 8th - probably to Richmond
Giants are pretenders
Normally I'd agree with you on Geelong, autumn premiers type thing, but they seem sounder between the ears to me than in 2016-18. I'd regard the recent losses as anomalies more than anything else, still the team to beat (even if West Coast have that b2b substance about them).
 

Macpotata

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Yeah I made the mistake of booking annual leave and flights earlier in the year, probably a bit premature.

Oh well at least I can watch some real teams play not pretenders like my mob.
You're still going to be there. And I'll answer your next response in advance.

Regardless of the outcome on Friday Night.
 

Milux

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Yep nevermind me, I don’t know what I was thinking. Load the house on the lions.
I feel we are as good a chance as any to knock Port off. Although that GWS game looked taxing on our bodies (hipwood and hodge). We may rest them 2 and bring in OMac and Starcevich or another running back. 2 weeks travel might hurt too.
 
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