Grant Birchall has his knee tidied up .. again .. and again!

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Walshawk

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Could he play finals at Box Hill?
He needs to play one regular season VFL game to be officially available for all VFL finals. However, rules can be bent a la Cyril 2014. We had to pull out another Hawthorn player (was it Sewell) so Cyril could play that VFL GF.
However, if he was not ready by the finals round, it is probably too late anyway.
Hopefully half a VFL game in two weeks, one VFL Final or two or three then back in for the AFL prelim.
 
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I am a massive fan of Birchall but would've thought he will need a VFL return to see if he's still at the skill level and pace of the modern game; only Cyril comes straight back into the side even if its a GF.
There is one other!
Haha, I wonder if people get the reference?
David O'Halloran's first game of the 1985 season was the GF.

Supplementary answer, for bonus points:
His final two games of league footy were both GFs (83 & 85).
 

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Said it in another thread, but if Birch can proves his fitness and comes back in, it’ll benefit us structurally in many ways.

Jarman has been really handy in defence but I think his return to the forward line is bound to happen if Birch comes back. Breust, Poppy and Jarman will regather some of that mosquito fleet form we had in the early rounds of the year!
 

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Don't know if you caught it, but pre-game, Birch told Moony he would probably be back next week (or definitely the week after)

He's been doing that intensive training block, plus all his accumulated fitness base, might give him a chance to play ones after a week or two at Box Hill
 

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Don't know if you caught it, but pre-game, Birch told Moony he would probably be back next week (or definitely the week after)

He's been doing that intensive training block, plus all his accumulated fitness base, might give him a chance to play ones after a week or two at Box Hill
I got him playing a half this week 3 qtrs the next week a full game the week off and then primed to go week one of finals. That would be the plan barring any setbacks
 

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5 games in 2 years & hasn't played a game since Round 15 2017. He's got 2 weeks to permeate our best 22 heading into a finals campaign...
 

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5 games in 2 years & hasn't played a game since Round 15 2017. He's got 2 weeks to permeate our best 22 heading into a finals campaign...
Rememeber when he came back middle of last year after plenty on here said he was cooked and looked a million bucks?
Dudes skills have been sorely missed, a few guys have been fast tracked because of it, if we can get him back we reap those rewards
We should all be hoping he makes it back
 
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