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dansa

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Don't expect him to put in the performance he did Friday night. That's a rarity even for the champions of the game.

But either way you know Eagles backmen will be very focused on him, the coaching group will have spent all week strategizing on how to stop him. He'll probably face two defenders at every contest.

All these things are going to help our other forwards get off the leash. He just needs to keep playing the role Buckley has set for him all season.
 

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COX REVEALS INSPIRATION FOR PRELIM DOMINANCE

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MASON Cox has revealed his stunning preliminary final performance was inspired by Collingwood supporter and motor neurone disease fighter Murray Swinton.

Cox had the word 'Murray' written on tape wrapped around his forearm during his match-winning 11-mark, three-goal display against the Tigers.

Swinton is a 30-year veteran firefighter who was diagnosed with the debilitating condition in January after a work accident.






Cox became close to Swinton after meeting him at the Queen's Birthday clash between Collingwood and Melbourne.

On that day, coach Nathan Buckley paid tribute to Swinton, sliding into the ice in a firefighter's uniform during the Big Freeze 4 fundraiser for research into a cure for MND.

“It's something I have been writing on my forearm for a while. He's been a bit of an inspiration for me this year chatting to him, and he kind of reminds me how fortunate we are,” Cox told AFL.com.au.

“He loves the club and being a part of it, and it humbles you and gives you a new perspective on life.

“You miss a mark or you're having a bad game, you can always look down and think you could be in worse circumstances. I always make a conscious effort to think of him before every game just to get an idea and give a little bit of perspective.
 
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Grand Final Record has pocket profile interview with Mason. Question-If you could enter a teammate for My Kitchen Rules,who would it be and why: His answer-Jarryd Blair-I'd get the top shelf items and he'd get the bottom shelf items.
Very witty.
 
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I think it unlikely Cox plays another blinder. More likely play the role he's there for.
However, Bourke's presumptuous opinion is as arrogant as the way Richmond played Cox.
Cox will be up on that dais, which is something Nathan Burke will never do.
 

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And here we go again...

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/af...e/news-story/87f9ba5cdffb67ab22bf4c574acc1807

Collingwood tall Mason Cox ‘unlikely to get a touch’ in the GF, says Nathan Burke
Nathan Burke has just proven himself to be a little clickbaiting hater. If he had an iota of professionalism he might have written that "Mason Cox will find it much harder against West Coast", instead he went for the jugular. I hope Coxy proves the has-been wrong and that someone calls him out on his ridiculous prediction.
 

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Ed let the new Cox game plan out when he thanked Juddy for his insights last night on FC.
But while the opposition now know this, which I’m sure they had already noticed, defending against it is problematic.
If and when the ball is placed into the correct space, the only way to stop the jump and arm stretch is to block or chop.
Cox must take enormous amount of confidence from the last match and the fact his teammates could execute the kick.
While I’m also in the camp that thinks he cannot replicate the PF performance, I do believe if umpired correctly he will get his chances.
 

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Doesn't matter if Mason replicates the PF performance or not.
One thing we know for sure is that he is going to pre-occupy at least two defenders.
Another thing we know for sure is that someone always pops up and kicks 3-4 goals.
If Cox doesn't do it then his presence is going to allow one or two of our other damaging forwards to get off the leash.
 

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Doesn't matter if Mason replicates the PF performance or not.
One thing we know for sure is that he is going to pre-occupy at least two defenders.
Another thing we know for sure is that someone always pops up and kicks 3-4 goals.
If Cox doesn't do it then his presence is going to allow one or two of our other damaging forwards to get off the leash.
I'm a big fan of Mason. But I 'm actually expecting him to struggle this Saturday. WCE will have focused on him all week and there is no way they will let him fly for marks like Richmond did. He will be scragged, blocked and double teamed at every contest.

But like you, I feel that the focus they put into Cox will hopefully backfire by helping our other forwards get off the leash.
 

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We tried to replicate the Leigh Brown role with Dawes and Q. Lynch with little success and it's value was largely forgotten.

We then experimented with Grundy and Witts together to no avail.

Arguably the biggest advantage we gain in playing Cox is not his forward output but his ability to play duel roles and he has elevated his game enough this season for the experiment to continue.

With Cox filling two roles it enables us to have the flexibility to choose a player to fill a role in any area of the ground we see fit and on Saturday we'll see if it can gain us an advantage over the more traditional West Coast structure.

Folks, Cox is the new Leigh Brown.
 
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