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

Event Horizon

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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.
The Hawthorn game at the G was a good example of where his kicking has got to.
Two very kickable shots by his standards, almost no angle, at the crucial stage of the game, missed both.
The only positive from that, it helped to move Scott on I suppose. )))
 

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marklovesbeer

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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.
Was just about to say, he used to be clutch. He was slotting set shots from 50m out on the boundary.
 

Snake_Baker

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My current hunch is that Garner will replace Wood, Walker and Daw are in the mix with Durdin, and if reports of Hall's form are ratified again, then he'll come in for someone.

Otherwise it's a pretty good side.
 

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Pykie

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My current hunch is that Garner will replace Wood, Walker and Daw are in the mix with Durdin, and if reports of Hall's form are ratified again, then he'll come in for someone.

Otherwise it's a pretty good side.

I struggle to see how MacMillan fits tbh.

We pretty much played our #1 defence (minus Tarrant) vs our #1 forward line yesterday and MacMillan was playing up on the wing on Crocker nowhere near it.

The mediums were Marley, Pittard, McDonald.

On the flip side the preferred medium forwards were Zurhaar, Garner, Hosie and Turner.

Thomas obviously didn't play, but I don't think Simpkin is likely to be playing out of the forward line this year. He's going to be played exclusively as a mid.
 

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My current hunch is that Garner will replace Wood, Walker and Daw are in the mix with Durdin, and if reports of Hall's form are ratified again, then he'll come in for someone.

Otherwise it's a pretty good side.
So, that’s Bonar and LDU in for Hrovat and Garner compared to our 2019 R23 line-up. I can’t argue with it but my gut tells me we’ll go into R1 with about four changes to R23. Daw and Hall are the two most likely - depending on how they go in the pre-season games.


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Clarke is King

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I'm going with this for round 1
- Hoping that Dumont can be the defensive rotation
- Hosie deserves a shot
- Reckon Maj will need a few games in the VFL for fitness by the sounds of things so giving Walker the tick ahead of Mckay
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FB Williams Tarrant Walker
HB Atley Durdin Pittard
C Polec Cunnington Scott
HF Zurhaar Larkey Ziebell
FF Hosie Brown Thomas
OB Goldstein Higgins Simpkin
IC Dumont Bonar LDU Garner

Emg Anderson Hall Turner
 

JeanLucGoddard

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Any team that has Wood should be laughed at.

Any team that doesn't have Scott the same.

Honestly, off what I have seen of this pre-season, Bailey's in my first 18, and one of the first picked.
 

TennisPlayerAndy

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So McDonald still isn't training fully? Second best small defender we have. Although I still don't believe that is his best position.

Scott is a definite in for Round 1. He's got a skillset no one else on the list has. Love to see him go head to head with Hill and curb him more than he did against Free last year. Actually, being anywhere near him defensively would be good.

Wood just does not fit. There are many better options. Garner being one of them. Hosie and Ahern as well, although not the same positions so some rejigging required.

Seeing LDU, Bonar and Simpkin in the midfield together will be a thing of beauty.
 

Asifhe Givashe

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Had some good chats with the St Kilda folks on their corresponding thread, be good if some came over here?
Yeah they are good value, not a noob in sight. aussierulesrules any interest?

FWIW, my team would be this:

B: Ziebell. Durdin Walker
HB: Atley Tarrant Pittard
C: Higgins Cunnington Polec
HF: Zurhaar Larkey Thomas
F: Garner Brown Mahony
R: Goldstein LDU Simpkin
IC: Anderson Scott Hall Bonar

Em: EVW Jacobs Daw Dumont Hosie
Williams McDonald MacMillan
 

JeanLucGoddard

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So McDonald still isn't training fully? Second best small defender we have. Although I still don't believe that is his best position.

Scott is a definite in for Round 1. He's got a skillset no one else on the list has. Love to see him go head to head with Hill and curb him more than he did against Free last year. Actually, being anywhere near him defensively would be good.

Wood just does not fit. There are many better options. Garner being one of them. Hosie and Ahern as well, although not the same positions so some rejigging required.

Seeing LDU, Bonar and Simpkin in the midfield together will be a thing of beauty.
Played the praccy and didn't seem any worse for wear.

I'm all for Bails going head to head with Hill - Bailey will kick three on him, he's got that majestic ability to get out the back on the fat side wing and in behind the defence.
 

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Yeah they are good value, not a noob in sight. aussierulesrules any interest?

FWIW, my team would be this:

B: Ziebell. Durdin Walker
HB: Atley Tarrant Pittard
C: Higgins Cunnington Polec
HF: Zurhaar Larkey Thomas
F: Garner Brown Mahony
R: Goldstein LDU Simpkin
IC: Anderson Scott Hall Bonar

Em: EVW Jacobs Daw Dumont Hosie
Williams McDonald MacMillan
The good news is that we have a lot of valid options. However, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I don’t believe that Jacobs and Daw will ever be Emergencies for R1. They’ll either be in the team or not fit/available.


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