Preview Is it too early to turn to drink? Fremantle (h) vs Hawthorn, Optus Stadium Round 4 2021

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Tonga Bob

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View attachment 1094236Gidday Freo. Look I feel almost as bad as you do about your current predicament. Out of finals for five years is bad enough, but to see you play like that against Carlton, frankly you are looking as relevant and attractive as Jeff in the robes of office.
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You know I still remember the days when you were, well, not exactly my equal but at least you could hold your own in some of those drinking games we had. I even recall the time I dropped into your place for what I thought would be a quick pit stop on my way to big Saturday afternoon glory in 2010. I was so sure I was going to do some damage that night I even brought a skipper with me. Wayde ******* Skipper to be exact, I’ll never live that one down, what a ******* disaster, I still can’t remember how I got home.

I got plenty revenge though Freo. I mean, remember how every year you’d roll up to my place expecting a BBQ and a few choice brews in my back yard only for the chief to say “Sorry son, didn’t we tell ya, he’s 500km away in Lonnie in the freaking sleet and you’ll just have to haul your sorry arse down there if you want to play, we don’t let your type in here at the home of football”. I have lost count of the number of times you turned up to Tassie like a faithful dog to be kicked all the way back to Perth, it was cruel but as the chief always said to me afterwards, no one cares Al, it’s Freo.



Then finally hey, you surprised us all and gatecrashed the birthday party uninvited in 2013 and you arrived at the G with that hot looking chief brewer Ross Lyon on your arm and everyone thought, well hang on a moment, maybe they’re serious this time. But then you opened your Esky on the big day and brought out a Zac Clarke Cruiser and a Danyle Pearce Ultra Low Alcohol Pale Ale and a Nick Suban Syrup of Ipecac and everyone just felt sad and embarrassed for you, like George Bush trying to give the victory sign to some Aussie farmers but with his fingers around the wrong way. Same old Freo.

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Anyway that’s all water under the bridge and to be perfectly honest I had the worst three peat hangover you can imagine, I’ve lost a few intervening years in the mist and haven’t been on the top of my game myself but mate, at least the famous old Glenferrie Brewery is still not as sh*t as you. So to cheer you up I thought I’d bring over a selection of my new craft beers this week, with some tasting notes so you know what you’re drinking. The word on the street was you could do with some cheer since most of your attempts at putting something tasty together for 2021 spilt out of the vat and is lying on the cold concrete physio room floor at Cockburn.

Enjoy Freo!

Your drinking buddy Angry Al, Brewmeister


Tasting Notes:

BACKS:


Sam Frost Frothy. Imported hops from Melbourne, big head, bitter after-kick

Kyle Hartigan Headspinner. Stale Adelaide bouquet. Traditional old fashioned brew. Not sure why I bothered with this one.

Changkuoth Jiath Juice. Bold but unbalanced drink, will likely improve with careful cellaring.

HALF BACKS:

Jarman the Barman Impey. Seems to have lost none of its zest, enjoy with a twist of knee lime

Blake Hardwick Amber Ale. Previous solid stable beer, lately seems to have become a little ragged and unreliable. Still packs a punch on its day.

Harry Morrison Mead. Sweet little number, one for the ladies and the ladies at heart

CENTRES:

Tom Phillips Porter. I stumbled across this one in the burning embers of the Collingwood Brewery Fire. Brought it home and now I am not quite sure whether I like that smoky porter taste. A work in progress.

Jaeger O’Meara O’Lager. Hops sourced from the tropical Gold Coast, bursting with aromas of passionfruit, pineapple and fig jam.

James Worpel IPA. A bit of an oddity for the Hawthorn Brewery that usually prefers to serve up recycled bottled beer, this one is actually a good draught pick. Very easy on the palate, just a solid well rounded drop.

HALF FORWARDS:

Luke Brewst. Say no more, was born to be a beer.

Jacob “The Coldie” Koschitzke. Just quietly this is an awful drop, living off the reputation of his name. Expect it to be a limited release available only this year and off the tasting list for 2022.

Chad Wingard Wheat Beer. I always had a soft spot for this one, even when it was showponying itself around the provincial SA tasting circuit. Ignore the hype, a tasty well balanced drink.

FORWARDS:

Shaun Burgoyne Sour. Ancient ale, made in the traditional Lambic style by Benedictine monks. Reached its peak flavour in the 16th century.

Jon Ceglar Cigar. Not a beer obviously. Puffing a cigar though is the 5th P I forgot to mention when I lectured the boys about piss, penis, punting and powder.

Tyler Brockman Sneaky Cider. Stole the idea for this one from under your noses, unfortunately the only available serving size is a middy, if I could squeeze a pint out it would be more memorable

FOLLOWERS:

Ben McEvoy Biggie Ale. I put this long neck up as my vanguard representative at the annual captains day in 2021, and it just got laughed at by the other 17 brewers. Still, not as bad as the Stratton Carton, what a cock-up pick for a leader that was.

Tom Mitchell Mid Strength. You can drink forty of these on a good day and still not notice that it’s had any impact. Bland in every regard.

Liam Shiels Irish Stout. The drinking man’s beer, never lets you down this one.

INTERCHANGE AND EMERGENCIES:

I do have a few out the back on the bench but bugger me if I am going to list all them too, have to keep something up my sleeve for your trip to Tassie later in the year.



The real preview:


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Round Four 2021

Venue:
Optus Stadium, Sunday April 11 2021 at 1440 hrs.

Weather prediction:

View attachment 1094244

Min 17

Max 28

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h turning north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day.

Overall head to head:

Freo P37 W9 D0 L28 (yep that's a less than 25% win rate!!!)

Last five meetings:

2020 R11 Fremantle 7.6 (48) d Hawthorn 4.8 (32) Optus Stadium

2019 R17 Hawthorn 12.12 (84) d Fremantle 8.5 (53) Launceston

2018 R19 Hawthorn 17.10 (112) d Fremantle 7.11 (53) Optus Stadium

2017 R18 Hawthorn 15.10 (100) d Fremantle 7.6 (48) Subiaco Oval

2016 R8 Hawthorn 17.14 (116) d Fremantle 11.9 (75) Launceston

Where it will be won:

The careful readers will notice the Freo goal scoring record the last four times we’ve met: 7, 8, 7, 7 goals. Three of those games at home. We simply have to do something more to score, or a season that is already bleeding heavier than the head of a drunk that fell and struck the Northbridge pavement will ebb further away.

Where are the goals going to come from? The failthful have faith that S Sturt (3 career games, 4 career goals) and J Treacy (0 career games, 0 career goals) are the answer. The faithful are as blind as a teenager after drinking a jug of methanol laced cocktails in a Kuta nightclub. But it might just work JLo. Are you listening? Just play them please.

But it can’t just be the forwards, Look at those tasting notes from Angry Al – we really should be able to cover the hawks in the midfield. Darcy back into the #1 ruck and Fyfe midfield to stop the centre clearance debacle vs Carlton will go a long way to protecting Cox and his undersized backline defensively, and mean we can try and get the ball outside enough to give the forwards something to lead to n some semblance of a coordinated fashion.

Prediction:

The game will be an arm wrestle, I predict Freo to kick a bevy of early goals and get out to a handy quarter time lead only to have it slowly pegged back as the McEvoy-Ceglar combination wear down an underdone Darcy through attrition. But a couple of spectacular solo efforts from the much improved M Frederick and the evergreen M Walters in the last quarter will cap off the work of S Sturt (4* career games, 7* career goals) and J Treacy (1* career game, 3* career goals) and see us prevail.

Freo by 14 points. Celebratory beers. hangovers all round. I might even chuck a sickie on the Monday if all goes to plan.

And if we lose? Drown the sorrows.

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I am literally going to Freo today to drink beer, so will look for some of these while out there. Champagne effort Square Peg
 

Kram

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I can't believe this is the first game I'm going to since 2016, it's quite ridiculous.
 

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Quazar

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Brilliant stuff!! Being a Freo fan may be excruciating at times, but its fans sure know how to put that smile on a face! Epic bizz!
 

purplerunsdeep2

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Classic dockery moment coming

Wet weather potentially for the game

Freo game plan: play 2 slow rucks, one being in a key forward post

Fans: please play this quick lead up forward coming off a 5-for....
selectors: na we will back our ruckman

Fans: Ok... hold on - let’s play a kid who just kicked 7 and will bring some extra fans in....
Freo: na we got this, we got 2 ruckman


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Square Peg

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For umpires we got the Williamson and O'Gorman pair (+ Findlay) that f’ed Brisbane over against Geelong. That Williamson has hated us since he was a WAFL umpire.
Margetts is the reserve - would rather him in than either of those clowns
 

WaywardSonSon

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Classic dockery moment coming

Wet weather potentially for the game

Freo game plan: play 2 slow rucks, one being in a key forward post

Fans: please play this quick lead up forward coming off a 5-for....
selectors: na we will back our ruckman

Fans: Ok... hold on - let’s play a kid who just kicked 7 and will bring some extra fans in....
Freo: na we got this, we got 2 ruckman


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Happy now?
 

stax on the mull

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Rain or shine i tip we win this. Just don't see anywhere where Hawthorn has a glaring ascendancy around the ground.

It'll probably be a grind, but we'll have home support, got our leaders back, and they're travelling on a 6 day break and with a handful of players who have never won in Perth before.
 

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purplerunsdeep2

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My hope for the game is Walters actually starting to do something with the back end of his career.

Maybe becoming a team player with a bit of defensive focus

Especially this game missing switta and Shultz... that ball will walk out of our 50.


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Piggy Smalls

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View attachment 1094236Gidday Freo. Look I feel almost as bad as you do about your current predicament. Out of finals for five years is bad enough, but to see you play like that against Carlton, frankly you are looking as relevant and attractive as Jeff in the robes of office.
View attachment 1094238
You know I still remember the days when you were, well, not exactly my equal but at least you could hold your own in some of those drinking games we had. I even recall the time I dropped into your place for what I thought would be a quick pit stop on my way to big Saturday afternoon glory in 2010. I was so sure I was going to do some damage that night I even brought a skipper with me. Wayde ******* Skipper to be exact, I’ll never live that one down, what a ******* disaster, I still can’t remember how I got home.

I got plenty revenge though Freo. I mean, remember how every year you’d roll up to my place expecting a BBQ and a few choice brews in my back yard only for the chief to say “Sorry son, didn’t we tell ya, he’s 500km away in Lonnie in the freaking sleet and you’ll just have to haul your sorry arse down there if you want to play, we don’t let your type in here at the home of football”. I have lost count of the number of times you turned up to Tassie like a faithful dog to be kicked all the way back to Perth, it was cruel but as the chief always said to me afterwards, no one cares Al, it’s Freo.



Then finally hey, you surprised us all and gatecrashed the birthday party uninvited in 2013 and you arrived at the G with that hot looking chief brewer Ross Lyon on your arm and everyone thought, well hang on a moment, maybe they’re serious this time. But then you opened your Esky on the big day and brought out a Zac Clarke Cruiser and a Danyle Pearce Ultra Low Alcohol Pale Ale and a Nick Suban Syrup of Ipecac and everyone just felt sad and embarrassed for you, like George Bush trying to give the victory sign to some Aussie farmers but with his fingers around the wrong way. Same old Freo.

View attachment 1094240

Anyway that’s all water under the bridge and to be perfectly honest I had the worst three peat hangover you can imagine, I’ve lost a few intervening years in the mist and haven’t been on the top of my game myself but mate, at least the famous old Glenferrie Brewery is still not as sh*t as you. So to cheer you up I thought I’d bring over a selection of my new craft beers this week, with some tasting notes so you know what you’re drinking. The word on the street was you could do with some cheer since most of your attempts at putting something tasty together for 2021 spilt out of the vat and is lying on the cold concrete physio room floor at Cockburn.

Enjoy Freo!

Your drinking buddy Angry Al, Brewmeister


Tasting Notes:

BACKS:


Sam Frost Frothy. Imported hops from Melbourne, big head, bitter after-kick

Kyle Hartigan Headspinner. Stale Adelaide bouquet. Traditional old fashioned brew. Not sure why I bothered with this one.

Changkuoth Jiath Juice. Bold but unbalanced drink, will likely improve with careful cellaring.

HALF BACKS:

Jarman the Barman Impey. Seems to have lost none of its zest, enjoy with a twist of knee lime

Blake Hardwick Amber Ale. Previous solid stable beer, lately seems to have become a little ragged and unreliable. Still packs a punch on its day.

Harry Morrison Mead. Sweet little number, one for the ladies and the ladies at heart

CENTRES:

Tom Phillips Porter. I stumbled across this one in the burning embers of the Collingwood Brewery Fire. Brought it home and now I am not quite sure whether I like that smoky porter taste. A work in progress.

Jaeger O’Meara O’Lager. Hops sourced from the tropical Gold Coast, bursting with aromas of passionfruit, pineapple and fig jam.

James Worpel IPA. A bit of an oddity for the Hawthorn Brewery that usually prefers to serve up recycled bottled beer, this one is actually a good draught pick. Very easy on the palate, just a solid well rounded drop.

HALF FORWARDS:

Luke Brewst. Say no more, was born to be a beer.

Jacob “The Coldie” Koschitzke. Just quietly this is an awful drop, living off the reputation of his name. Expect it to be a limited release available only this year and off the tasting list for 2022.

Chad Wingard Wheat Beer. I always had a soft spot for this one, even when it was showponying itself around the provincial SA tasting circuit. Ignore the hype, a tasty well balanced drink.

FORWARDS:

Shaun Burgoyne Sour. Ancient ale, made in the traditional Lambic style by Benedictine monks. Reached its peak flavour in the 16th century.

Jon Ceglar Cigar. Not a beer obviously. Puffing a cigar though is the 5th P I forgot to mention when I lectured the boys about piss, penis, punting and powder.

Tyler Brockman Sneaky Cider. Stole the idea for this one from under your noses, unfortunately the only available serving size is a middy, if I could squeeze a pint out it would be more memorable

FOLLOWERS:

Ben McEvoy Biggie Ale. I put this long neck up as my vanguard representative at the annual captains day in 2021, and it just got laughed at by the other 17 brewers. Still, not as bad as the Stratton Carton, what a cock-up pick for a leader that was.

Tom Mitchell Mid Strength. You can drink forty of these on a good day and still not notice that it’s had any impact. Bland in every regard.

Liam Shiels Irish Stout. The drinking man’s beer, never lets you down this one.

INTERCHANGE AND EMERGENCIES:

I do have a few out the back on the bench but bugger me if I am going to list all them too, have to keep something up my sleeve for your trip to Tassie later in the year.



The real preview:


View attachment 1094241View attachment 1094242View attachment 1094243


Round Four 2021

Venue:
Optus Stadium, Sunday April 11 2021 at 1440 hrs.

Weather prediction:

View attachment 1094244

Min 17

Max 28

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h turning north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day.

Overall head to head:

Freo P37 W9 D0 L28 (yep that's a less than 25% win rate!!!)

Last five meetings:

2020 R11 Fremantle 7.6 (48) d Hawthorn 4.8 (32) Optus Stadium

2019 R17 Hawthorn 12.12 (84) d Fremantle 8.5 (53) Launceston

2018 R19 Hawthorn 17.10 (112) d Fremantle 7.11 (53) Optus Stadium

2017 R18 Hawthorn 15.10 (100) d Fremantle 7.6 (48) Subiaco Oval

2016 R8 Hawthorn 17.14 (116) d Fremantle 11.9 (75) Launceston

Where it will be won:

The careful readers will notice the Freo goal scoring record the last four times we’ve met: 7, 8, 7, 7 goals. Three of those games at home. We simply have to do something more to score, or a season that is already bleeding heavier than the head of a drunk that fell and struck the Northbridge pavement will ebb further away.

Where are the goals going to come from? The failthful have faith that S Sturt (3 career games, 4 career goals) and J Treacy (0 career games, 0 career goals) are the answer. The faithful are as blind as a teenager after drinking a jug of methanol laced cocktails in a Kuta nightclub. But it might just work JLo. Are you listening? Just play them please.

But it can’t just be the forwards, Look at those tasting notes from Angry Al – we really should be able to cover the hawks in the midfield. Darcy back into the #1 ruck and Fyfe midfield to stop the centre clearance debacle vs Carlton will go a long way to protecting Cox and his undersized backline defensively, and mean we can try and get the ball outside enough to give the forwards something to lead to n some semblance of a coordinated fashion.

Prediction:

The game will be an arm wrestle, I predict Freo to kick a bevy of early goals and get out to a handy quarter time lead only to have it slowly pegged back as the McEvoy-Ceglar combination wear down an underdone Darcy through attrition. But a couple of spectacular solo efforts from the much improved M Frederick and the evergreen M Walters in the last quarter will cap off the work of S Sturt (4* career games, 7* career goals) and J Treacy (1* career game, 3* career goals) and see us prevail.

Freo by 14 points. Celebratory beers. hangovers all round. I might even chuck a sickie on the Monday if all goes to plan.

And if we lose? Drown the sorrows.

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I just read this again. Incredible write up mate, I have no idea how my round 7 preview will even come close to this.

Is it too early for a beer?
 

theGav56

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My hope for the game is Walters actually starting to do something with the back end of his career.

Maybe becoming a team player with a bit of defensive focus

Especially this game missing switta and Shultz... that ball will walk out of our 50.


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Gee if our coaches forward strategy is based around Walters defense we may have a problem.

If he is worried about the ball walking out of the forward line don’t play a ruckman there.
 

Scham

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For umpires we got the Williamson and O'Gorman pair (+ Findlay) that f’ed Brisbane over against Geelong. That Williamson has hated us since he was a WAFL umpire.
Margetts is the reserve - would rather him in than either of those clowns
O’Gorman regularly shafts us. Williamson can and has actually been ok for us, depends on the day i.e the instructions from the ump coach and the attitude of the senior ump.
 

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