Realistically Mcneice has obviously done something on feild or training over and above Ridley. It's a cute idea but I doubt the match committee 'play favourites'. It's a professional sport you'd think. Bags was dropped, Myers was dropped. McNiece showed some dash when he was in his first few games and has spent a bunch of time developing in the vfl. I don't mind him getting a run if they think he's earned it.
The way I see it, the Sydney loss was the equivalent to last year's Carlton loss. If I recall correctly, we made 5 changes to the team after that loss and look how we played for the rest of the year.
This year we are starting a game earlier and with an extra win on the board. Seeing as how we were out of the 8 by a game last year, Woosha has plans for us to go 11-4 and make finals this year. Get it done Woosha.
We've selected a relatively weak side. Baguley is consistently among our weakest players, Begley probably isn't ready just yet, McNiece has never been a strong performer at senior level and Langford's confidence seems shot. This would have to be one of the weaker teams we have selected since the players returned from suspension.
Don’t mind the changes; Baguely was always coming back in with Fantasia out, Langford / Daniher / Begley all in means some fairly big structural changes to how we’d play, McNiece in could mean McKenna plays further up the field.
Interesting to see how we line up I guess, I’d like it to be something like;
Play Parish on-ball in Myers place, play Langford as a leading half-forward, same for Begley and Daniher. That forward-line has a lot more movement to it than last week. Play Francis in the backline and push McGrath up the field as we can on offensive plays.
Moving McKenna up the ground and we’re left with pretty much every defender being good by foot, and from memory McNiece is actually a very good kick so maybe he’s an option to take the kick-ins, otherwise Francis when he’s back there. Hurley is far too predictable and Hooker is better as a reliable marking target.