Review Dees v the Sook & his Purple Mates: the Good, Bad & Fugly with a GAGF to Ross Lyon

stEdy

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Nov 2, 2007
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Loved Fritsch on a wing and Jones at HBF, if we can talk about the structures for a moment.

Fritsch still fluffed a few kicks but some of his passes inside 50 were sublime. We need him kicking to a forward's lead, as he's up with with our best behind Melk at the most important kick in modern football. We need him to be playing with a little more freedom instead of worrying about defence all the time, as he's a beautiful kick and mark of the footy - he had a few lovely sidesteps too.

Jones too had some good moments at half back. Although he isn't great in the air, he's still a bloody smart player and a few times he used his body really well to set up play. That shimmy at CHB and release to Frost that ended up in the Smith goal was silk. I feel like with May and Frost back there with him we now have some good leg speed in the back half and can cover for Jones' lack of express pace. He looked to be directing play quite well too.

EDIT: +1 for Jones running through Walters. Definitely worth it in some sense.
 

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SugarHealey

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Dec 15, 2008
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If he played more games like this he would be a real asset to our team, not surprisingly he plays better in the midfield.
Yes he would.
I think he's weak forward, or has been. Although he was good there on the weekend, much better using his strength and intensity.
Where has he been hiding it.? Or does he need to be crank-started each game, before he will fire up.?
He played with more aggression in his game.

I like his game, in the middle. He should be one of those inside players feeding other players. Not being the one on the end of the chain.
 

Cannon82

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I think Jones did it intentionally. To Galvanize the team. Just as it did. I think Goody and Jones were having a chuckle about it, after the game.
Jones was smiling from the time he bumped Walters, and all the way through, as Freo players rushed in to remonstrate.
This caused Salem and Fritta to jump in and get involved physically, which was good to see. They flew the flag for one another. And the team rallied to the cause.
I'm sure its easier to joke about it after the game when you've won. Giving up what should have been a goal for the opposition to go straight down the other end and pop one isn't really ideal. We're not going to win a lot of games if that's how the players get motivated.
 

Biffinator

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Dec 8, 2007
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No comparison, I’ve taken no pleasure in watching May turn up fat and unfit then get suspended and I absolutely want him to be something he’s never been an elite AFL key defender, but even if he does I’ll always feel the club gave up way to much for a bloke that couldn’t finish in The top 10 of GC b&f last year.

I do find it petty that Melbourne supporters enjoyed watching Hogan get injured, I’ve never understood the hate and to be honest it baffles me, but he doesn’t play for my club so while I feel sorry for him and take no enjoyment I won’t loose an sleep either.
I'm deeply shocked to hear this.
 

stretcharmstrong

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Jul 21, 2009
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What a breath of fresh-air, it was to see Petracca putting in with intensity. Its been missing from far too many of his career games to date. He's been like a sheep.
But this week, he stood up to be a man. a player. and to be counted. This game he made a difference, by making his own statement on the game.
I feel like trac has been slowly but surely building for the last 4 or 5 weeks. Did some very nice things this week, and like you said displayed good intensity.
 

SugarHealey

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I feel like trac has been slowly but surely building for the last 4 or 5 weeks. Did some very nice things this week, and like you said displayed good intensity.
Petracca has to play to this intensity each and every week. If in good form, or out of form. Poor form does not mean you cannot be intense.
But intensity, good or bad, adds to the team energy levels.
It shows you are busting your gut, and you will make pressure on the opposition, if you play this way. Frosty does this all the time. It's a good way to finding form.

Petracca has seemingly had times of sulking. in that he suffers doubts, which in-turn lowers his intensity levels. shows his moods IMO.

Behave your way out of poor-form, by playing high-intensity.
 

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PurpleEyes

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Jul 2, 2013
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My apologies for the intrusion on your board, but just big credits to your fellow Lockhart for helping Walters get off on the headbutting charge.
I've got to admit the headbutt was stupid by Walters but given it was barely a kiss on the forehead to Lockhart, it wasn't worth a week.
And I guess while I'm here I should also say congrats on your win (... said with far less sincerity than my initial thanks for Lockhart).
 

schmuttt

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My apologies for the intrusion on your board, but just big credits to your fellow Lockhart for helping Walters get off on the headbutting charge.
I've got to admit the headbutt was stupid by Walters but given it was barely a kiss on the forehead to Lockhart, it wasn't worth a week.
And I guess while I'm here I should also say congrats on your win (... said with far less sincerity than my initial thanks for Lockhart).
We aren’t Carlton, not going to sell other clubs down the river over very minor offences.
 
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