Liked, Learnt and Hated, Round 16

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Coaster2012

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 10, 2012
7,279
8,835
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Manchester City, Lakers
Liked: So many contenders losing. Geelong losing to the Dogs. Pies losing to the Hawks. GWS losing to the Lions.

Learnt: WC can go back 2 back. The best we have played in 2 years on the weekend. Was the perfect performance.

Hated: Melbourne getting over the Blues in the final minute. Would have been great to see back 2 back victories for the Blues.
 

Genesis67

Premiership Player
Jun 6, 2006
4,587
1,777
Perth
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Yankees, N'Orleans Saints, Arsenal
Liked: So many contenders losing. Geelong losing to the Dogs. Pies losing to the Hawks. GWS losing to the Lions.

Learnt: WC can go back 2 back. The best we have played in 2 years on the weekend. Was the perfect performance.

Hated: Melbourne getting over the Blues in the final minute. Would have been great to see back 2 back victories for the Blues.
Exactly this.

+1.
 

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Xtreme

Hall of Famer
Jul 21, 2006
36,751
29,359
Melbourne
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Liked: Hawthorn won while Geelong and Sydney lost
Learnt: Geelong is just another team making up the numbers
Hated: Hawthorn may not win another game for the rest of the year.
 

Crankitup

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 23, 2006
6,560
7,335
Perth
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Subiaco
Liked: WC dominating Freo. Although from midway through the third I think Freo probably sat back and spectated a little. Geelong - back to earth with a thud.

Learnt: Looking at Geelongs upcoming games brought home to me just how soft their draw is this year.

Hated: The dogs not rubbing it in just a little more.
 
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Royce Hafey

Premiership Player
Mar 6, 2013
3,355
10,789
Point Cook
AFL Club
Richmond
Liked: For the Tigers - do I even need to say? 101 points in a half of footy! Otherwise, Geelong stumbling and Collingwood continuing their slump.
Learned: It's West Coast's flag to lose. With Nic Nat back they look super scary.
Hated: Hard to think of anything much, apart from managing somehow to lose the third quarter against GC.
 

woosha24

Premiership Player
Apr 5, 2015
3,833
6,479
AFL Club
West Coast
Liked: Teams like Carlton and Brisbane are being competitive again. Good for the game and good to start seeing some reward for effort.
Learnt: Freo are officially butter-soft and opposition teams would be licking their lips at the thought of playing them. As demonstrated by the Demons, Blues and now West Coast, if even a hint of pressure is applied the team falls to bits. F*cken joke of a club. Guaranteed easybeats. The Suns have a brighter future than this rabble.
Hated: Adelaide's capitulation in the Showdown. Hard to believe they were Grand Finalists a couple of years ago. Need to regroup as a club.
 

Firestarter

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 19, 2016
25,747
31,439
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Liked: Brisbane is slammin
Hated: (sorry, was thinking something else) The showdowns were disappointing.
Learned: Fremantle under Lyon has a cycle they go through every year
 

PerthBoy86

Norm Smith Medallist
May 23, 2016
5,403
4,063
AFL Club
West Coast
Liked: a lot. Probably the best round for us results wise and for me, pretty chuffed. Three of our competitors lost: Collingwood, Geelong, GWS. We were back to our brutal best and smashed the purple. Good to see North doing well, Brisbane too.

Hated: not much. Put money on Carlton and Brisbane so would've liked to have seen the Blues storm home but oh well.

Learnt: Collingwood in a real flat patch. Clarko still the ultimate tactician. We are really hot and apparently the flag fave according to some. Geelong have weaknesses. Reconfirmed my opinion on GWS being ordinary. Roos will probably play finals (Rhyce Shaw no fluke) and Bulldogs still in the hunt.
 

Jason mp

Premium Gold
Aug 31, 2015
19,478
37,569
By the Gabba.
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
Other Teams
Valleys. Chelsea.
Loved- Lions 94 v Giants 74.

Learnt- The Eagles are clear premiership favorites, they'll finish top 2 and get 2 home finals, so lock them in for a GF appearance. Huge chance of back to back.

Hated/Disappointing- The Dockers and Crows capitulations.
 

JPetro83

Premiership Player
Sep 25, 2014
4,307
2,870
Adelaide
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
Sturt, Adel United & Leeds United
Liked: The Dees hanging on for the win & the heat being turned up on Don "cant coach" Pyke.
Learnt: West Coast have 1 foot in the door of the GF and are now clear cut favs
Hated: The spineless & Gutless effort by the Crows
 

demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
22,825
18,603
AFL Club
Melbourne
Liked - Brisbane. How can you not? A remarkable turn around under Fagan. They’ve got this one right. I don’t think there will be a fairytale ending, but I think this team is on track to a potential flag under Fagan.

The Bulldogs. Great win. Played like a top 8 side against Geelong. A big chance of playing finals and maybe causing an upset or two. Rate that they are about.

Learnt - Geelong & Collingwood have issues. If Geelong don’t sort some things out and bow out of the finals in a disappointing way, you’d question the list and the coach. The Cats need to make a GF at a minimum I reckon as they’ve been underwhelming since 2013 after lots of top 4 finishes. Chris Scott will be working overtime to get this right.

Pies face a third straight loss this weekend and could miss top 4.

Giants aren’t arriving when the heat is on.

Hated - Melbourne. Yeah we won but hey, we let Carlton slide in front momentarily after being 30 up at 3/4 time. If that was any other side they’d have won by 25. We are a genuine bottom 4 outfit. The fact Goodwin is signed until 2021 or 2022 worries me. Some serious changes are needed in game plan and personnel if we are to be anything like 2018. The fact our strength and conditioning head is leaving is great.

Richmond are on the rise. Timing things nicely. Will be a top 4 finisher at seasons end, just not sure how far they’ll go though. PF at a minimum for me.
 

WCE Wizard

Premiership Player
Jun 14, 2015
3,339
3,480
AFL Club
West Coast
Liked: Brisbane playing excellent footy and great to watch. The Bulldogs excellent effort against the pies.
Learnt - WCE are playing well but let us stop this non sense of back to back. We have been badly beaten this year in 4 games albeit at Kardinya Park and SCG two grounds where we struggle to win. Also got touched up by Port and the Lions. So lets just cool the jets.
Hated: The style of footy is some games is god awful, basic skill errors and basic error kicking for goal.
 

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demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
22,825
18,603
AFL Club
Melbourne
Liked: Brisbane playing excellent footy and great to watch. The Bulldogs excellent effort against the pies.
Learnt - WCE are playing well but let us stop this non sense of back to back. We have been badly beaten this year in 4 games albeit at Kardinya Park and SCG two grounds where we struggle to win. Also got touched up by Port and the Lions. So lets just cool the jets.
Hated: The style of footy is some games is god awful, basic skill errors and basic error kicking for goal.
Your losses aren’t going to impact you mate. You’re a very very good side.
 

WCE Wizard

Premiership Player
Jun 14, 2015
3,339
3,480
AFL Club
West Coast
Your losses aren’t going to impact you mate. You’re a very very good side.
Yeah i am very conservative mate, the first 3 losses Brisbane, Port and Geelong was in the first 6 weeks. To be fair we had 14 players off for surgery during the pre-season so there was delayed starts. Is prob me being pedantic, but I remember what happened to Richmond last year.

What has happened to the Dees, I expected you guys to be top 4 with your list? You reckon Goodwin is facing the heat?
 

WCE Wizard

Premiership Player
Jun 14, 2015
3,339
3,480
AFL Club
West Coast
Liked: The Dees hanging on for the win & the heat being turned up on Don "cant coach" Pyke.
Learnt: West Coast have 1 foot in the door of the GF and are now clear cut favs
Hated: The spineless & Gutless effort by the Crows
I watched that game I feel for Eddie Betts you can he is slowing down a bit. Tex Walker should not be a captain
 

demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
22,825
18,603
AFL Club
Melbourne
Liked: Cameron Ling having to interview Bulldog players after Geelong's shock loss.

Learnt: Brian Taylor is Alan Richardson's biggest fan, wowee boy oh boy.

Hated: Food Poisoning, far too much porcelain interaction from both ends. My ribs hurt !
What did you eat?
 

demondavey

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 18, 2005
22,825
18,603
AFL Club
Melbourne
Yeah i am very conservative mate, the first 3 losses Brisbane, Port and Geelong was in the first 6 weeks. To be fair we had 14 players off for surgery during the pre-season so there was delayed starts. Is prob me being pedantic, but I remember what happened to Richmond last year.

What has happened to the Dees, I expected you guys to be top 4 with your list? You reckon Goodwin is facing the heat?
We have a horribly unbalanced list, our game plan is one dimensional, our pace is non existent which impacts our transition, we have C grade skill levels, we make ridiculous errors, we don’t work hard enough. If we’d lost to Carlton Goodwin would’ve been roasted this week by the media. Goodwin is contracted until 2022 I believe, which is a big issue. The assistants and Simon need to come up with something big in the off season.

Supporters are flat out sick of this and yet again, disgruntled.
 

Altum Volantes

92 - 94 - 06 - 18
Aug 4, 2003
17,225
11,006
WA
AFL Club
West Coast
Liked: A 91 point win, in a Derby, without JK. Also holding them to 2 goals, facilitating the timeless trivia question -
Q. Who kicked 2 Goals in Western Derby 50?
A. Fremantle

Learnt: Nic Nat brings something else to the table. When the Eagles are on they are right up there with the best.

Hated: Not much. My crippling doubts about B2B?
 

romeohwho

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 20, 2015
10,188
11,140
AFL Club
Geelong
Liked: the continued, emerging evenness of the year. great year- about 10 in it!
Learnt: brissy are better than I realised, or gws are worse? Or both.
Hated: nothing much
 

JackFlash

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 28, 2012
7,663
6,355
Docklands
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
QPR, Buffalo Bills, Melbourne Stars
Liked: WC dominating Freo. Although from midway through the third I think Freo probably sat back and spectated a little. Geelong - back to earth with a thud.

Learnt: Looking at Geelongs upcoming games brought home to me just how soft their draw is this year.

Hated: The dogs not rubbing it in just a little more.
Did you look at their first six games of the year? Most scribes before the season had them 2 - 4 or 1- 5 after 6 rounds...
 

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