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Kram

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Good result for us today, as much as it hurts the WC win puts the Hawks just about out of the finals and the game was played under tough conditions plus WC lost their tagger to a hammy.
We need to win tomorrow to give us a 2 game break over the Hawks.
Hawks were never making finals anyway.
 

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THE EX'S

We've all got 'em. Sometimes seeing them in their new relationship stings, other times you're happy for them.

Here's a few Dockers who broke our hearts, and a few who didn't. Which one's hurt the most?

B: Roberton (StK), O'Rielly (Ca), Harding (WC)
HB: McFee (E), Croad (H), Clement (Co)
M: Abraham (NM), Neale (B), Weller (GCS)
HF: Holland (Co), Mayne (Co), Crozier (WB)
F: Medhurst (Co) Tarrant (Co), Chisholm (M)
Foll: White (M), Bell (NM), Barlow (GCS)
Int: Black (StK), Polec (R), DeBoer (GWS), Palmer (WB)
 

TheLastCall

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THE EX'S

We've all got 'em. Sometimes seeing them in their new relationship stings, other times you're happy for them.

Here's a few Dockers who broke our hearts, and a few who didn't. Which one's hurt the most?

B: Roberton (StK), O'Rielly (Ca), Harding (WC)
HB: McFee (E), Croad (H), Clement (Co)
M: Abraham (NM), Neale (B), Weller (GCS)
HF: Holland (Co), Mayne (Co), Crozier (WB)
F: Medhurst (Co) Tarrant (Co), Chisholm (M)
Foll: White (M), Bell (NM), Barlow (GCS)
Int: Black (StK), Polec (R), DeBoer (GWS), Palmer (WB)
To be fair on Barlow we let him go. The fact we didn’t offer him a contract broke my heart. Barlow never did, still a Docker in my eyes.
 

Lach72

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And been reluctant to change unless forced. Imo, a faulty strategy.View attachment 702885
I'm inclined to agree a bit.

North, Crowden, Nyhuis, All could've been used to rotate players out for a rest...thinking particularly of Mundy.

Darcy Tucker started the season really well in the center square, He could be pushed in there some more, along with Brayshaw and Blakely and North come on to the bench.
I'd really like bothe Duman and Nyhuis in this week to ensure Blakely plays midfield
 

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Fat Nyfe

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Jaded Freo Fan bingo, Derby Edition. Claim all 5 and win an evening of groaning and loud sighing.

1. Goal-less quarter
2. 4 or 5 goal quarter, without scoring as many for the other 3 quarters combined
3. Hurn/McGovern/Sheppard win the medal
4. 29-19 free kick count for the Eagles
5. Honourable Lossᵀᴹ
 

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I'm inclined to agree a bit.

North, Crowden, Nyhuis, All could've been used to rotate players out for a rest...thinking particularly of Mundy.

Darcy Tucker started the season really well in the center square, He could be pushed in there some more, along with Brayshaw and Blakely and North come on to the bench.
I'd really like bothe Duman and Nyhuis in this week to ensure Blakely plays midfield
I think it breeds and promotes comfort and perhaps after quarter time last week there were some players comfortable to do just enough.
 

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They’d have to...Kambalda is a s**t hole


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Lived there for a while can vouch for that , Good footy club back then though . I see they have struggled in recent times but they were a very powerful club in their heyday.
 

Joao

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I think it breeds and promotes comfort and perhaps after quarter time last week there were some players comfortable to do just enough.
Ross seems to have adjusted some aspects he was criticised for, but needs to sort this one out. It's fine to back players in but there definitely is a limit and we have crossed it for sure last week.
 

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Jaded Freo Fan bingo, Derby Edition. Claim all 5 and win an evening of groaning and loud sighing.

1. Goal-less quarter
2. 4 or 5 goal quarter, without scoring as many for the other 3 quarters combined
3. Hurn/McGovern/Sheppard win the medal
4. 29-19 free kick count for the Eagles
5. Honourable Lossᵀᴹ
The last two weeks have us all a bit jaded my friend. I'm still in shock we've lost to 16, 17 ad 18th. I honestly thought we were better than that.
 

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The last two weeks have us all a bit jaded my friend. I'm still in shock we've lost to 16, 17 ad 18th. I honestly thought we were better than that.
I think that 98% if us thought the same thing. Hard to have faith now. But I didn’t predict finals back in March so I can’t wine and bitch now. Just hard to swallow when we were/are so close.


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Joao

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The last two weeks have us all a bit jaded my friend. I'm still in shock we've lost to 16, 17 ad 18th. I honestly thought we were better than that.
I think you underestimate them a little and definitely the evenness of the comp this year. Melbourne is not playing like a bottom 4 side and hasn't done so for 5 or 6 weeks. Carlton are nowhere near as bad as they were last year and could easily have won 2-3 more games (and frankly probably should have). I'd say they are at a similar level to us last year. Gold Coast play their best 5 games for the season in the first 5 games every year (except maybe the Sydney game last year) and unfortunately for us, we played them away in that time.

We weren't at our best in any of those games obviously, but that's because we are young still and many of our players are inconsistent. We struggle big time when the bottom half of our 22 doesn't turn up, which many of them regularly don't.
 

Tayl0r

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We've lost to the bottom three, but we've beaten three of the four "top five" teams that we've played so far. To paint that picture fully, if those three teams had beaten us they would be ranked #2, #3 and #4 on the ladder.

If our improvement is going to come from us beating the bottom teams on the ladder, that's some easy upside. If our problem is that we switch off against teams we expect to beat and stay switched on against the big challenges, we can fix that.
 

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Lived there for a while can vouch for that , Good footy club back then though . I see they have struggled in recent times but they were a very powerful club in their heyday.
I also lived in Kambalda for 2 years in the 90's.
The pub had the nickname "swinging arms hotel" with a few.
I started off having a dry spell there, but quickly began drinking again, & boy did we drink!
I had fun there, but I'm not interested in ever going back.


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The last two weeks have us all a bit jaded my friend. I'm still in shock we've lost to 16, 17 ad 18th. I honestly thought we were better than that.
And beaten 2 and 3 I believe in GWS and Collingwood.. Let's not overestimate the wins but lets also not get too down about the losses. Classic stuff from a developing team and the fact that we were at 7 and 6 looking to go 8 and 6 after last week magnifies the position a bit. Realistically though how many of us had Freo down as finals locks when the season hadn't started?

My thinking back then was likely about 10 - 11 wins and at the fringes of the 8 was where would land. We could still outperform that....
 

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To paint that picture fully, if those three teams had beaten us they would be ranked #2, #3 and #4 on the ladder.
If we're paining a picture fully by hypothetical, lets say we beat 16,17 and 18th.

We're 2nd on the ladder, a lock for Top 4, a home final and double chance.

Still happy we didn't win the one's we should have?
 

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If we're paining a picture fully by hypothetical, lets say we beat 16,17 and 18th.

We're 2nd on the ladder, a lock for Top 4, a home final and double chance.

Still happy we didn't win the one's we should have?
It isn't a requirement that someone is happy that we didn't beat the bottom three in order for us to be happy that we beat the teams at the other end of the ladder.

It's a quirk but if we go into next year thinking we have the game plan to beat the best teams and need to switch on against the bottom sides, potentially meaning three or four more wins in the season, then we are very well set up for a home qualifying final and home prelim.

I expect the loss against Gold Coast helped us beat GWS away, I expect the loss to Carlton will offer similar lessons that we might see the benefit from next season.

If we aren't winning the flag this season then wins this season don't matter next year. Finals experience would be ideal, I really want that but I wasn't expecting it this year.
 

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It isn't a requirement that someone is happy that we didn't beat the bottom three in order for us to be happy that we beat the teams at the other end of the ladder.

It's a quirk but if we go into next year thinking we have the game plan to beat the best teams and need to switch on against the bottom sides, potentially meaning three or four more wins in the season, then we are very well set up for a home qualifying final and home prelim.

I expect the loss against Gold Coast helped us beat GWS away, I expect the loss to Carlton will offer similar lessons that we might see the benefit from next season.

If we aren't winning the flag this season then wins this season don't matter next year. Finals experience would be ideal, I really want that but I wasn't expecting it this year.
Expectations prior to a season are irrelevant. West Coast, Richmond and Western Bulldogs were all expected to struggle in their respective premierships. They saw a crack of daylight to achieve something special and bashed down the door to achieve it.

My point is, Freo's wins against top teams should have been a catalyst for a really successful year - which it still may be, and I'll be there every step of the way at every game. But, if we keep waiting for next year, or the year after that, or the next Jesse Hogan we're in really big trouble.

The team that ran out on Sunday is good enough if they want it. Just lack belief, but can you blame them? All we keep hearing is; injuries, scapegoats, rebuilding, player development, contracts, trades etc etc. Ross Lyon had a presser today and what did he talk about? Harley freakin Bennell - I'm not making this up.

How about we collectively show a bit of class and stop making excuses, supporting our team and get on with winning games of football?
 

Joao

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Expectations prior to a season are irrelevant. West Coast, Richmond and Western Bulldogs were all expected to struggle in their respective premierships. They saw a crack of daylight to achieve something special and bashed down the door to achieve it.

My point is, Freo's wins against top teams should have been a catalyst for a really successful year - which it still may be, and I'll be there every step of the way at every game. But, if we keep waiting for next year, or the year after that, or the next Jesse Hogan we're in really big trouble.

The team that ran out on Sunday is good enough if they want it. Just lack belief, but can you blame them? All we keep hearing is; injuries, scapegoats, rebuilding, player development, contracts, trades etc etc. Ross Lyon had a presser today and what did he talk about? Harley freakin Bennell - I'm not making this up.

How about we collectively show a bit of class and stop making excuses, supporting our team and get on with winning games of football?
Do you think Ross and the coaches change their method from game to game?
 
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