Man, people sleep on Salem, what with him beiing in the Tyson, Kelly deal. He will be AA soon enough.well ****, that's a relief. The game was won from a pretty clinical 3rd quarter, easily the best we've looked all year- we really choked Sydneys ball movement. Some tin arse goals in the 2nd kept us in it.
Getting Trac @ $31 for 1st goal.
- Salem gets better and better
Still plenty of room for improvement and a long way to go to get our season back on track but it's a step in the right direction.
I thought he and Gawn were our best.Also am I the only one who thinks Olivers possessions have gone back to being largely ineffective this year? He has the lowest kick to handball ratio in our side. Maybe my standards are too high for him but I dont think hes anywhere near his AA form
Saw his interview post game on YouTube this morning, he's such a lad. A man's man. Cult hero written all over him.
Glad I wasn't the only one who thought Frita was fantastic last night, Salem getting a lot of love but I though Fritsch was easily better.I was at the game last night, prime spot on the centre wing.
Maybe it's because one does not have a close-up view of everything while attending a match live, however I felt that there were a lot less bone-headed blunders last night than the first 3 rounds - especially from S Frost. The reduction in these blunders goes a long way to ensure that morale is not lost by the team (and conversely, the opponent not getting a morale boost).
Seemed like a reversal of roles last night, with the Swans clearly dominant for the first 1.5 quarters yet squandering their chances, and Melbourne being efficient and hanging on. First quarter Melbourne smashed all over the ground for ball control. A lot of luck went Melbourne's way (eg. Petracca's 2nd goal, Preuss's snap goal and 55m goal, Hunt kicking straight instead of OOF, and Buddy's kicking being very off) which kept the team in the game when they were being threatened to be blown out of the water.
- Fantastic to get the first win for 2019;
- Improvement in composure going inside 50 - the team lowered the eyes a lot more this week;
- Oliver: 29 disposals from Q2 onwards, was cutting through the packs all over the ground. A lot of untidy disposals/choices, however his energy and movement were very important;
- Gawn: we have missed his contributions around the ground in the past few matches. He started showing glimmers in Q4 with his marking. Hopefully he can continue this. Regarding hit outs - while he accumulated a lot of them, he got sharked a lot - the team needs to work on capitalising on Gawn's ability to get the hit out;
- Preuss: felt he was the difference in the game, as his early goals resulted in the Swans defence having to pay him respect and keep tighter structures. The rest of the team just needs to kick the ball to his advantage...too many kicks wide of Preuss were just mopped up by Aliir and rebounded out.
- Jones: am hoping that this is a resurgence from the skipper as opposed to a death twitch. 2nd and 3rd goals were those marginal opportunities that really lift the team when converted.
- Hore: energetic around the ground. Hope he continues to get opportunities.
- Hunt: More 2017 Hunt please. His speed is so important for a team that generally lacks it.
- Fritsch: Mr Reliable. Flies under the radar, wonderful footskills and composure.
- Salem: The rich man's Fritsch. Another good performance.
- Weideman's set-shot: the Weid doesn't get much of the ball, but his kicking technique is so clean that he is a genuine chance anywhere up to 55m. That provides the team a lot of confidence.
- Preuss's potential shoulder injury? Fingers crossed he is ok.
- Poor Q1 start. Lucky to get away with it.
Fritsch is incredible one on one when the balls on the ground. He is so so smart with how he uses his body. I think he will be a better player than Salem. He's a better defender and a much better mark.Glad I wasn't the only one who thought Frita was fantastic last night, Salem getting a lot of love but I though Fritsch was easily better.
He might have been the difference in the first quarter if we're being generous, but the game... come on. We can't hit our more mobile forward targets so we're even less likely to put them lace out to advantage for Preuss. The guy was moving like he was on tranquilizers in the second half and was pretty much useless from quarter time onwards until he got a token go in the ruck once the game was in the bed in the fourth quarter. Don't see how we can play a hobbled TMac, Weideman and Preuss in the same forward line.- Preuss: felt he was the difference in the game, as his early goals resulted in the Swans defence having to pay him respect and keep tighter structures. The rest of the team just needs to kick the ball to his advantage...too many kicks wide of Preuss were just mopped up by Aliir and rebounded out.
I'm a massive Salem fan, so if Frita becomes that good I'd be stoked.Fritsch is incredible one on one when the balls on the ground. He is so so smart with how he uses his body. I think he will be a better player than Salem. He's a better defender and a much better mark.