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Tugga27

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Liked Titus O'Reily's review of our game.

West Coast vs Essendon (OS) Seven & Fox 8:10pm All Times AEST

The Eagles loss to Hawthorn was the equivalent of getting hammered the night before exams, it just makes everything that bit harder.

The Hawthorn game certainly raised a lot of questions about West Coast. It’s not that they lost, it was how they lost. Like me being forced to watch The Bachelor, it was hard for them to hide their disinterest.

Still, the Eagles still are a team used to finals and loaded with talent, so it’s hardly beyond them and luckily the Grand Final isn’t held in the one spot every year giving an unfair advantage to teams that use it as a home ground.

I’ve been to a West Coast home final and it’s terrifying. It’s incredibly loud and you’re in dangerous proximity to an alarming number of Eagles fans.

My team went over there for a final and have never been seen since.

The Bombers haven’t won a final in 5479 days. It was all the way back on 4 September 2004.

Mark Latham was opposition leader when Essendon last won a final. Since then, both have mined the depths of new lows, the only difference is the Bombers show signs of coming out of it.

Essendon have already shown signs they’re on the right path, with Anthony ‘The only Essendon player I’ve ever liked’ McDonald-Tipungwuti re-signing recently.

A win here and it would be worth avoiding Bombers fans for all of next week.

Not that I’m too worried, I think the Eagles will win here.
 

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Tugga27

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Titus O'Reilly's review of our game.

West Coast (116) v Essendon (61)

The reviews are in and the first week of the AFL Finals were a flop. Good footy was harder to find than meaning in a Zack Snyder film.

Still I watched them all because it’s footy and even bad footy is better than the rest of life.

The only thing interesting in this game was when Zach Merrett pulled Nic Naitanui’s hair, only for Naitanui to throw him into the advertising boards like a child toss a toy across the room.

It’s a reminder to never pull someone’s hair who is twice the size of you, at least not without consent.

Both players received fines, Naitanui for threatening the safety of an advertising board, something the AFL cares about.

There also appeared to be a moment in the ensuing scuffle where an Eagles fan appeared to throw beer at some Essendon players. Now that is concerning.

Wasting beer is not something to be taken lightly, no matter how tempting Essendon players are as targets. Beer is a precious gift and should be treated as such.

Although it was probably mid-strength, so throwing that away in disgust is a fairly normal reaction.

As for the game, the Eagles are just a lot better than Essendon. You can over analyse it all you want but it’s that simple. They have better players and they play well under pressure.

The loss keeps the dream of Essendon making 6000 days without a finals win, well and truly alive.

It means the calls for Worsfold to go will only increase, but really, I think he’s done well with a list that not only had injuries but is massively overrated. That’s not to say it’s a terrible list but it’s not any better than where it finished.

But we’ve all learnt that arguing facts with a Bombers supporter gets you nowhere.
 

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I thought Tony Armstrong on 'Colour of Your Jumper' was dead on. Basically compared the 'victim-blaming' of Nic Nat getting his hair pulled (that he shouldn't have long hair) with the way no one questioned Bontempelli's hair length when Toby Greene was pulling his.

At the time it struck me as ******* ridiculous. Oh the big bad Fijian Nic Nat with the long dreadlocks, obviously it's his fault for having long hair and not Merrett's for acting like a ******* child.

And just in general it's quite a good show. Good-natured and not a lot of the dick-swinging present in basically every other football panel show.
 

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swingdog

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I thought Tony Armstrong on 'Colour of Your Jumper' was dead on. Basically compared the 'victim-blaming' of Nic Nat getting his hair pulled (that he shouldn't have long hair) with the way no one questioned Bontempelli's hair length when Toby Greene was pulling his.

At the time it struck me as ******* ridiculous. Oh the big bad Fijian Nic Nat with the long dreadlocks, obviously it's his fault for having long hair and not Merrett's for acting like a ******* child.

And just in general it's quite a good show. Good-natured and not a lot of the dick-swinging present in basically every other football panel show.
Yes, I like the show - tis a breath of fresh air in the football landscape.
 

Rowan18

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I went for the Melb mark because I figured more people would.

The problem is Ryan will split his votes between the 2 marks.
Yeah, that is my worry too. They should limit it to one nomination per player. I think Howe was pretty stiff to miss out on one.
 

Matera92

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The latest Real Footy podcast has some great stuff from Scott Burns about Naitanui’s tap work. Just got to get past the weekly Caro orgasm over Richmond:



On iPhone using BigFooty.com mobile app
I'm confused.

According to this podcast, the only game that was played last week was Geelong/Collingwood?
 

swingdog

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I'm confused.

According to this podcast, the only game that was played last week was Geelong/Collingwood?
I always like the Age subscription ad at the beginning from Chloe Saltau, talking about how they know "what's happening at your club" and I think "no, you don't" as the next hour is a Victorian big club fest.
 

Tugga27

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As much as it pains me, hard to argue with Robbo in this weeks Tackle.

DISLIKES
1. The bookends

Josh Kennedy had flash point games for West Coast this season, but from Round 15, he kicked 0, 0, 2, 7, 1, 1, 1, 2 and 2 goals. On Friday night he managed just the one. A regular double-digit disposal winner, the 32-year-old was either injured for most of the season or is now facing his football mortality. He won more than 12 disposals once this year, he did that six times in 14 matches last season. He averaged his fewest disposals and goals since 2012. Up the other end Jeremy McGovern had one his worst games of the season — and one of his worst three-game blocks. He averaged just 5.7 intercept possessions, 1.3 intercept marks and 3.7 spoils in his last three matches. During the season he averaged 8.6 intercept possessions, 3.3 intercept marks and 5.7 spoils. A dropped mark early which led to a Tom Atkins goal and a fumble which allowed Kelly to goal — both in the first quarter — were uncustomary.

2. Willie Rioli

He’s a second-year player with fun personality and is well liked by his teammates. But that means nothing in the scheme of things. Why he doctored his urine test is yet to be established. He now knows it was best for him to get caught with whatever was in his body than try to cheat the testing system. It was suggested on South Australia’s 5AA radio on Friday that Rioli, who was tyring lose weight, had taken a diuretic, as Shane Warne said he did, from his mother.
 

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As much as it pains me, hard to argue with Robbo in this weeks Tackle.

DISLIKES
1. The bookends

Josh Kennedy had flash point games for West Coast this season, but from Round 15, he kicked 0, 0, 2, 7, 1, 1, 1, 2 and 2 goals. On Friday night he managed just the one. A regular double-digit disposal winner, the 32-year-old was either injured for most of the season or is now facing his football mortality. He won more than 12 disposals once this year, he did that six times in 14 matches last season. He averaged his fewest disposals and goals since 2012. Up the other end Jeremy McGovern had one his worst games of the season — and one of his worst three-game blocks. He averaged just 5.7 intercept possessions, 1.3 intercept marks and 3.7 spoils in his last three matches. During the season he averaged 8.6 intercept possessions, 3.3 intercept marks and 5.7 spoils. A dropped mark early which led to a Tom Atkins goal and a fumble which allowed Kelly to goal — both in the first quarter — were uncustomary.

2. Willie Rioli

He’s a second-year player with fun personality and is well liked by his teammates. But that means nothing in the scheme of things. Why he doctored his urine test is yet to be established. He now knows it was best for him to get caught with whatever was in his body than try to cheat the testing system. It was suggested on South Australia’s 5AA radio on Friday that Rioli, who was tyring lose weight, had taken a diuretic, as Shane Warne said he did, from his mother.
What Robbo conveniently overlooks is the 4 goals he kicked in the Elimination Final, and he still managed 49 goals for the year. Sure, he's facing his mortality to an extent, but if you said that you'd get 22 games and 49 goals out of a 32yo key forward, you'd take it. Ultimately, the benchmark should be 100 goals from Darling and Kennedy, which they achieved again for the sixth time in seven seasons.
 

Balls In

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Some parts of the media are rightfully asking questions about why Shane Wakelin was on the panel that rubbed out Green just days before the preliminary final against Collingwood. This after he was caught on TV in the Collingwood rooms celebrating just two weeks ago.
 

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