Unofficial Preview North v St Kilda, round 1, 2020 (42 days to go)

JeanLucGoddard

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Very tough team to pick with some really decent players not included.


FB: Williams Tarrant Wood
HB: Ahern Daw Pittard
C: Higgins Cunnington Polec
HF: Zurhaar Larkey Thomas
FF: Ziebell Brown Garner
R: Goldstein LDU Simpkin
IC: Atley Durdin Anderson Scott

Em:McDonald Comben Bonar Taylor

Not considered: Jacobs, WWalker

Next: Dumont, Macmillan, Hall, Mahony
No Frog? Really? Reeeeaaaaaaallllyy?

Only one of Scott/Ahern can play at the moment IMO, Frog in for whichever of them gets cut on form.
 

Krakoueraddict

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FB: Marley Taz Daw
HB: Pittard Durdin McDonald
C: Polec Cunnington Dumont
HF: Zurhaar Larkey Ziebel
FF: Thomas Brown Hosie
FOL: Goldy Jy Higgins
INT: Jed Atley LDU Garner

Next in line: Wood, Ahern, Scott, J Walker, Bonar, McMillan, Hall, Tyson
 

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Snake_Baker

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B: ??????, Tarrant, Williams
HB: Pittard, ?????, ?????
C: Dumont, ?????, Polec
HF: ?????, Larkey, Zurhaar
F: ?????, Brown, Ziebell

R: Goldstein, Higgins, Cunnington

Int: ?????, ?????, ?????, ?????

????? = pre season form & fitness.
 

Asifhe Givashe

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No Frog? Really? Reeeeaaaaaaallllyy?

Only one of Scott/Ahern can play at the moment IMO, Frog in for whichever of them gets cut on form.
Brad Hill will be licking his lips at playing on the frog, I mean really licking his lips.

Prefer to have someone dangerous that makes him nervous rather than seeing him lap the frog all day.

Just a player in my eyes.
 

the Ziebull

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B: Daw, Tarrant, Williams
HB: Pittard, Walker, Atley
C: Dumont, Simpkin, Polec
HF: Garner, Larkey, Zurhaar
F: Turner, Brown, Ziebell

R: Goldstein, Higgins, Cunnington

Int: Wood LDU McDonald Ahern
Gaps filled for you

bonar next in line, Hosie a smokie
 

JeanLucGoddard

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Brad Hill will be licking his lips at playing on the frog, I mean really licking his lips.

Prefer to have someone dangerous that makes him nervous rather than seeing him lap the frog all day.

Just a player in my eyes.
If we play Paul Ahern on Brad Hill and expect him to be accountable then Pauly boy better get 30 touches and kick three goals to break even.

I love Bailey and giving him a lockdown job on Hill out on a wing is an idea I'd entertain dependent on Bailey's preseason form. They kid can mix it.

But Frog's nowhere near as bad as you make out, and is the first man to get the crack at it - especially given you've got Mason ******* Wood in a back pocket, which, were that to eventuate, would have me putting $50 on Tim ******* Membrey to kick ten goals.
 

Asifhe Givashe

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If we play Paul Ahern on Brad Hill and expect him to be accountable then Pauly boy better get 30 touches and kick three goals to break even.

I love Bailey and giving him a lockdown job on Hill out on a wing is an idea I'd entertain dependent on Bailey's preseason form. They kid can mix it.

But Frog's nowhere near as bad as you make out, and is the first man to get the crack at it - especially given you've got Mason ******* Wood in a back pocket, which, were that to eventuate, would have me putting $50 on Tim ******* Membrey to kick ten goals.
Well I had Higgins but I hear ya.

Also prefer Ahern in back line to get the cheapies and make good decisions rather than the standard kick and hope we get from the incumbents.
 

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Why is that people are thinking JZ will play forward other than their own fantasy booking?

Shaw has made it clear to me that he’ll be playing midfield and maybe pinch hitting forward when needed.

I’ve not seen or heard anything to suggest anyone even thinks he’s going forward other than in here.

Not saying it’s impossible and I assume pre-season has some influence on things but it’ll be a big surprise if he starts forward!!

Jy will surely be nominally forward but basically playing a forward running though the middle with several others like Zurhaar, TT, LDU, Bonar , these types

Unless I’ve had too much scotch
 

nj23

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Why is that people are thinking JZ will play forward other than their own fantasy booking?

Shaw has made it clear to me that he’ll be playing midfield and maybe pinch hitting forward when needed.

I’ve not seen or heard anything to suggest anyone even thinks he’s going forward other than in here.

Not saying it’s impossible and I assume pre-season has some influence on things but it’ll be a big surprise if he starts forward!!

Jy will surely be nominally forward but basically playing a forward running though the middle with several others like Zurhaar, TT, LDU, Bonar , these types

Unless I’ve had too much scotch
From memory Luff is on the record at the end of 2018 (one of the north podcasts) that he thinks JZ is best as a forward. Or something to that effect. I would be interested to know if he still holds that opinion.
 

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The Y Factor

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From memory Luff is on the record at the end of 2018 (one of the north podcasts) that he thinks JZ is best as a forward. Or something to that effect. I would be interested to know if he still holds that opinion.

I recall there was lots of thinking that it was a total winner early and he kicked some goals early on iirc.

But in time, the opinions swung back largely, JZ couldn't impact the game as captain as well and at times couldn't get near it.

I'm expecting that he'll start midfield and go forward at times to give the kids their opportunity as they increasingly push their respective cases. Maybe Higgins too at times.

Form and time will tell!!
 

Nutjob

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I recall there was lots of thinking that it was a total winner early and he kicked some goals early on iirc.

But in time, the opinions swung back largely, JZ couldn't impact the game as captain as well and at times couldn't get near it.

I'm expecting that he'll start midfield and go forward at times to give the kids their opportunity as they increasingly push their respective cases. Maybe Higgins too at times.

Form and time will tell!!
Ziebell’s days in the midfield are numbered in my opinion. Guys like Simpkin, LDU, Anderson, Thomas, etc are going to overtake him. Cunnington and Higgins aren’t going anywhere soon and there is another handful of blokes who will run through the midfield in time too.
If he can’t make it as a forward in the next couple of years, I’d be surprised if his still playing after 30. I love the way he goes about it, his hardness, leadership, etc, but as he starts to slow down there is a crop of kids approaching him very quickly.


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Why is that people are thinking JZ will play forward other than their own fantasy booking?

Shaw has made it clear to me that he’ll be playing midfield and maybe pinch hitting forward when needed.

I’ve not seen or heard anything to suggest anyone even thinks he’s going forward other than in here.

Not saying it’s impossible and I assume pre-season has some influence on things but it’ll be a big surprise if he starts forward!!

Jy will surely be nominally forward but basically playing a forward running though the middle with several others like Zurhaar, TT, LDU, Bonar , these types

Unless I’ve had too much scotch
i can’t see how our captain fits into our midfield with the players you’ve listed. That’s not including cunners, Higgins etc
 

Grogg

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i can’t see how our captain fits into our midfield with the players you’ve listed. That’s not including cunners, Higgins etc
I reckon he'll be a 60/40 split; forward/guts probably.

Him and Anderson provide a level of maniac grunt in the middle that none of our other mids possess & I think Shaw would subscribe to that as well given his love of boys homicidal tendencies.

Personally I like him primarily forward, but I can understand the alternative as well.
 

Event Horizon

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I reckon he'll be a 60/40 split; forward/guts probably.

Him and Anderson provide a level of maniac grunt in the middle that none of our other mids possess & I think Shaw would subscribe to that as well given his love of boys homicidal tendencies.

Personally I like him primarily forward, but I can understand the alternative as well.
My youngest son (9yo) recently concluded Ziebell shouldn't play forward. When I asked why not, he said, what's the point, when a big pressure goal needs to be kicked he is 80% chance of missing it. I had nothing in response.
 

King Corey

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My youngest son (9yo) recently concluded Ziebell shouldn't play forward. When I asked why not, he said, what's the point, when a big pressure goal needs to be kicked he is 80% chance of missing it. I had nothing in response.
Thing was, he was a great crunch goal kicker around 2012 in a reasonable year for the club.

It's gone to shit in the last couple of years for some reason.
 

Grogg

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My youngest son (9yo) recently concluded Ziebell shouldn't play forward. When I asked why not, he said, what's the point, when a big pressure goal needs to be kicked he is 80% chance of missing it. I had nothing in response.
Yeah he was super reliable once upon a time.

I remember him nailing bombs from 50 on the boundary a few years ago, none better than against Geelong.

I think it's a bit of a head thing with him as he has a very nice set shot action.

Hopefully the renewed confidence the coach has instilled in the group will see him turn it around.
 

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