Love an optimist. That would be a 270% improvement between consecuitve Round 1 games.Not sure if you guys heard me this morning on SEN? I rang Garry Lyon and Whiskers and told them how much I'm looking forward to round 1 against the filth of Moorabbin. My tip - Saints by 5-6 goals.
FixedBarring injuries, I would consider the following players a lock for round 1:
B Daw Tarrant Williams
HB Pittard CHB Atley
C Polec Higgins Dumont
HF Ziebell Larkey Thomas
F Forward pocket Brown Zurhaar
R Goldstein Cunnington Simpkin
FB: Geary - Carlisle - Wilkie
FF: Ziebell - Brown - Thomas
HB: Roberton - Howard - Webster
HF: Garner - Larkey - Zurhaar
C: Hill - Ross - Billings
C: Polec - Higgins - Dumont
HF: Gresham - Battle - Butler
HB: McDonald - Daw - Atley
F: Membrey - Ryder - Lonie
B: Pittard - Tarrant - Williams
R: Marshall - Steele - Hannebery
R: Goldstein - Cunnington - Simpkin
Clark = LDU, Jones>Hall (for reliability of result), Anderson>Dunstan, Savage > Bonar (on demonstrated output) OR Savage = Macmillan.I: Dunstan - Clark - Jones - Savage
I: Anderson - Davies Uniake - Hall - MacMillan/Bonar
Line by line saints remind me of us, a lot will depend on "which version" of some players turns up.
Ziebell comes in underdone, Geary is a professional. Which Carlisle will turn up? On his day can go toe to toe with Brown. Wilkie had a good debut season but hopefully Thomas proves too slippery.
Howard is an unknown to me and the hope would be Larkey is too strong. Roberton and Webster are both decent players capable of running off our guys if they're not respected.
In turn Garner and Zurhaar would make their lives very hard if there's volume of supply coming in.
Dumont-Ross nil all. Hill-Polec both unaccountable skillful runners - nil all. Higgins-Billings classy movers, Billings has improved his accumulation in the last year. Very even line.
Gresham too good for Luke if he gets going imo. Battle unlikely to line up forward. Atley should be able to cover Butler.
Ryder v3.0 is an unknown. Pittard and Williams will need to be on their game with Membrey and Lonie both capable of finding a decent amount of opportunity.
On paper this line in our favour but who knows. Marshall a good emerging player who gave Goldie a bit of trouble last year. Cunners a classier player than Steele but the latter a solid inside mid himself. Which Hannebery will it be? For that matter, will Jy fulfill his preseason reputation?
Clark = LDU, Jones>Hall (for reliability of result), Anderson>Dunstan, Savage > Bonar (on demonstrated output) OR Savage = Macmillan.
The lineups are reasonable even imo. The points of difference should it go our way are Goldstein's more advanced stage in the ruck and the physicality posed by Garner and Zurhaar. Plus Daw immediately picking up where he left off in 2018.
The factors that could swing it the other way might be unexpectedly strong showings from Ryder and Howard 1st up in their key positions plus Butler and Lonie getting off the leash due to our defence not concentrating.
Yeah, I don't see Anderson and Bonar playing in the same side, I'd be opting for Scott as a point of difference for a run and carry option off the bench, to be rotating with Dumont/Polec hypothetically.I only considered Tef's proposed lineup but yeh if fully fit Bailey is in. In this example at the expense of any bench player except for Jed.
LDU is in my round 1 side at the minute.We need to pump games into LDU
Once he gets used to the pace he will be dominant, playing vfl won’t help that