Preview Essendon Bombers v Sydney Swans Saturday 6th July @ MCG 1:45 PM

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The Dark Side of the AFL : Season 19 Episode 16

Documentary of the dark side of footy continues this week featuring the horribly named Blood stained (nope) v The Blood stained Angels

Two sides soaked in controversy every time they play, with the last episode being no exception with the WTF pole mount by Rampe.

We delve deep into the history of these two clubs with some of the strangest finishes the AFL can dream up.

If the finish is close you can guarantee that it will be decided by something controversial usually involving our good mates in green.

The eyes have it

The jumpers actually look great against each other and from a purely visual point of view a Swans v Bombers match looks pretty good with the crowd also looking a treat with red everywhere and black and white throughout.

Major Outs

Buddy - The Bombers will be pleased as he has a decent record against them and it's one less game they can keep their bottoms from being ripped.
Bellchambers - Swans look to have Sinclair as an out due to a shoulder dislocation so Bellchambers not being available is big news however it doesn't guarantee relief for the Swans as their options to replace Sinclair are worse than Zac Clarke - Yep the Zac Clarke (I think he's ok but most Bomber fans say otherwise).


Major Ins

Stringer - If fit he will come in to the Bombers side and have a great game as he often does against us.
Swans unknown ruck option - Knoll ? or do they go with a mobile option in Alliir and mix it up across the field.
McVeigh - Sneaky chance but doubtful.

Recentish History

Hird goes easy on Dunks prior to the tribunal to try get him off but he still gets a suspension which gets put on hold until after the Grand Final.
McPhee kiks a ball from 37 meters outside the boundary
Allessio Kicks truly after the siren to win the game
Goodes misses after the siren Bombers take the win
Dempsey plays on and the siren goes before he gets a kick away handing the Swans the win after a massive comeback.
Goddard kicks in poorly,Papley smother then Rohan in the square for an after the siren win.
Sinclair kicks a bag to knock the Bombers out of the final
Rampe becomes a pole dancer no free kick awarded.

I'm probably forgetting about other controversies or finishes but these two teams just have that knack.

This preview should be a lot better but timing couldn't be worse with my baby and work so I'm going to succumb to a good start (consideringthe feedback for the photo) and peter out to a terrible end. Much like the Swans most likely.

Sooooooooo

Essendon by a few due to MCG and post climbing Karma.

Swans by a few if they can pressure the Bombers into early errors and somehow stop Saad's dash off halfback.

Final Prediction then if my arm is twisted - Swans by 4 points following a kick from outside the boundary that centers the ball to the goal square. Kick for goal after the siren misses initially but a Bombers player shakes the post during the kick allowing another kick for goal which goes through. Media talk about how Essendon were robbed for the next Month.
 
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No clue what we are going to do about the ruck situation. Sinclair is going to miss, no doubt there and Cameron, who is a s**t option himself, is also injured, meaning we are missing our top 3 ruckmen, leaving us with Knoll, McLean and Amartey, none of whom are even remotely ready and would more likely be liabilities if we played them next week.
 

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Basically we either keep Aliir in the ruck (with help from Reid), leave McCartin down back and bring back Menzel to provide another forward option or we give a chance to one of Knoll, McLean or Amartey as the ruck which allows Allir to head back to defence and McCartin to the forward line.
 

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Aliir had 4 centre bounce clearances today, that's a very impressive stat. He won't win many hitouts but what he brings is his second efforts when the ball hits the ground. The only concern is that we will miss his intercept play in defence but we should be able to handle Essendon's talls without Daniher. Mills also playing much better as an interceptor in the last 2 weeks helps in this regard.
 

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Basically we either keep Aliir in the ruck (with help from Reid), leave McCartin down back and bring back Menzel to provide another forward option or we give a chance to one of Knoll, McLean or Amartey as the ruck which allows Allir to head back to defence and McCartin to the forward line.
It is going to have to be the first option. We can't risk bringing in a ruckman who can't win the hitouts and can't contribute around the ground.
 

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Aliir had 4 centre bounce clearances today, that's a very impressive stat. He won't win many hitouts but what he brings is his second efforts when the ball hits the ground. The only concern is that we will miss his intercept play in defence but we should be able to handle Essendon's talls without Daniher. Mills also playing much better as an interceptor in the last 2 weeks helps in this regard.
If I remember correctly Aliir played one of the JLT matches in the ruck this year (think it was against the Suns in Lismore as well) and preformed in a similar manner once the ball hit the ground and got a few clearances that day as well. So there has been some planning for him to play in the ruck if the worst was to happen as it did today.
 

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It is going to have to be the first option. We can't risk bringing in a ruckman who can't win the hitouts and can't contribute around the ground.
Sure it will be the first option, but don't kid yourself if you think Aliir will win the hitouts. Keep in mind Essendon will have a week to prepare to combat what he did today and they're a much stronger team than the Gold Coast so if he doesn't perform to the same level next week this discussion will be had next week when we're about to come up even better ruck divisions as Aliir can't be expected to ruck against far better ruck divisions until Sinclair gets back at the detriment of the team.
 

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Sinclair is not too bad around the ground. I would trust him in a handball chain more than I would trust some of the midfielders.
Id prefer a ruck who could win the centre and stoppage hitouts and clearances, its our achilles, makes everything else so much easier, should be our number one priority given our list. Do a jason ball and grab ryder for a couple of years.
 

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Sinkers and JPK are both horribly banged up. Surely,surely, surely we won't play Sinkers. One of the Dopers' would wrench sinkers arm in the first five minutes. Only JPKs guts keeps him going, but why are we doing this?
 

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Id prefer a ruck who could win the centre and stoppage hitouts and clearances, its our achilles, makes everything else so much easier, should be our number one priority given our list. Do a jason ball and grab ryder for a couple of years.
We could have targetted Preuss last year. For some reason we didn't.

As for Sinclair, he is really a forward/ruck, but he is being asked to play as a number 1 ruckman. As a forward/ruck he is a much better player.
 

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We could have targetted Preuss last year. For some reason we didn't.

As for Sinclair, he is really a forward/ruck, but he is being asked to play as a number 1 ruckman. As a forward/ruck he is a much better player.
Agreed, we just need a quality ruck, we have better quality forwards than Sinkers, and with reid and allir pinch hitters sinclair wouldn't get selected imo. And thats not putting down sinkers efforts with very little ruck options for some time because of injuries to others
 
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