Unofficial Preview Round 1 2019 Western Bulldogs v Sydney Saturday March 23, 7.30pm at Marvel Stadium

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RUNVS

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Apparently Thurlow like Reid was battling some gastro in the lead up to the game on the weekend (one might assume Lloyd had the same Curry?), so that perhaps explains his time on ground and maybe lesser impact this week.


https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/s...-suns-ng-47091e71924cfccdd737ffdca6e5a7b5.amp

Longmire is hopeful that both Jackson Thurlow and Sam Reid will be fully recovered from a touch of gastro in time for the Suns clash.
Gastro is nasty. I lost 10% of my body weight when I had it in 2012, and I am not going to go into the very disgusting details.
 

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I can see Jack getting picked in the round 1 side but I think it's tremendously unlikely. After last year, the writing has got to be on the wall with him that he's got to fight his way in, not get a spot by default.

I'm not as convinced by Ronke as many others are, but he's got to start round 1 over Jack.
 

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I can see Jack getting picked in the round 1 side but I think it's tremendously unlikely. After last year, the writing has got to be on the wall with him that he's got to fight his way in, not get a spot by default.

I'm not as convinced by Ronke as many others are, but he's got to start round 1 over Jack.
Jack is not even in our best 25 let alone our best 22.
 

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Jack is not even in our best 25 let alone our best 22.
Agreed. He is outside top 30. I would be stunned if he played round 1 or more than 3 or 4 games this year. His real value will be off field and in shepherding kids in the Ressies.

He's such a little champ he will do these roles well and earn every penny of his contract
 

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People not thinking Thurlow will make the cut? Slightly surprised, 776 metres gained across both games. Only 2 players had more: Cunningham (825m), and Papley with (915m) - but worth noting with Papley, 663 of those came against the GC witches hats.
Thurlows metres gained against the Giants (the more significant opponent) was 80+ metres higher than the next best teammate (Heeney) in that game.
I know this stats not the be all and end all, and can be pretty misleading at times because long bomb turnover kicks add metres, but even watching I thought over both games he and Cunningham's foot-skills were a cut above most others....especially when some others were missing really, really simple 15m chip kicks.
Thurlow got the ball moving quicker/made quicker decisions than a lot of our other defenders often do too, which I think is really important to good transition.
But only 70 minutes played so maybe Horse is thinking he's just outside the 22.
He'll start after a surprisingly good JLT. Pelican is the one who has to play himself into form, looks a bit off the pace so far, not worried tho. Once he gets going Thurlow will be the emergency.
 
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