VFL Game Day Round 1: Geelong vs Essendon, Kardinia Park, Saturday 26/03/2022 @ 2:05 PM

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eth-dog

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Essendon and Geelong meet in round 1 of the VFL this year, a week after their AFL counterparts played each other. Essendon split their 4 practice matches 2-2, whilst Geelong played two and only won the first. Geelong have won 3 of the last 5 matches between the two sides, and have never lost to the Dons at Kardinia Park in the VFL.

Geelong have recruited locally in the VFL this season, but have added former Swan Matthew Ling and former Docker Brett Bewley to their list, whilst Ryan Abbott returns as another COVID top up player. After beating North Melbourne in their first practice match in a low scoring affair, they came up against Essendon on Saturday as a dress rehearsal for round 1, going down by 3 goals in the end.

Essendon's fortunes varied from game to game this pre-season. A strong recruitment campaign meant that we saw James Peters, Dylan Landt, Tom Jolley, Shaun McKernan and Jacob Brown return to the Dons, whilst also adding former Hawk Will Golds and former Coburg player Josh Iacobaccio to the squad. Essendon bookended their pre-season matches with wins, although a tough loss against Coburg also featured.

I think we'll finally break our Kardinia Park hoodoo here, Dons by 27. Possible side:

FB: Cody Brand - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Garrett McDonagh
HB: Alastair Lord - Cian McBride - Dylan Landt
MF: Sam Durham - Joe Atley - Brayden Ham
HF: Matthew Guelfi - Josh Eyre - Ben Jolley
FF: Patrick Voss - Shaun McKernan - Tex Wanganeen
OB: Nick Bryan - Alec Waterman - Josh Iacobaccio

IC: James Harrold - Kyle Weightman - Sam Conforti - James Peters - Will Golds - Ben Archard - Jake Sutton - Cameron McLeod
23P: Ronald Fejo jr
 

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Essendon and Geelong meet in round 1 of the VFL this year, a week after their AFL counterparts played each other. Essendon split their 4 practice matches 2-2, whilst Geelong played two and only won the first. Geelong have won 3 of the last 5 matches between the two sides, and have never lost to the Dons at Kardinia Park in the VFL.

Geelong have recruited locally in the VFL this season, but have added former Swan Matthew Ling and former Docker Brett Bewley to their list, whilst Ryan Abbott returns as another COVID top up player. After beating North Melbourne in their first practice match in a low scoring affair, they came up against Essendon on Saturday as a dress rehearsal for round 1, going down by 3 goals in the end.

Essendon's fortunes varied from game to game this pre-season. A strong recruitment campaign meant that we saw James Peters, Dylan Landt, Tom Jolley, Shaun McKernan and Jacob Brown return to the Dons, whilst also adding former Hawk Will Golds and former Coburg player Josh Iacobaccio to the squad. Essendon bookended their pre-season matches with wins, although a tough loss against Coburg also featured.

I think we'll finally break our Kardinia Park hoodoo here, Dons by 27. Possible side:

FB: Cody Brand - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Garrett McDonagh
HB: Alastair Lord - Cian McBride - Dylan Landt
MF: Sam Durham - Joe Atley - Brayden Ham
HF: Matthew Guelfi - Josh Eyre - Ben Jolley
FF: Patrick Voss - Shaun McKernan - Tex Wanganeen
OB: Nick Bryan - Alec Waterman - Josh Iacobaccio

IC: James Harrold - Kyle Weightman - Sam Conforti - James Peters - Will Golds - Ben Archard - Jake Sutton - Cameron McLeod
23P: Ronald Fejo jr
Didn't we recruit Voss to play MF?

Looking forward to seeing McDonagh kick-ins marked in the centre square by a hard leading Eyre or Bryan.
 

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eth-dog

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Didn't we recruit Voss to play MF?

Looking forward to seeing McDonagh kick-ins marked in the centre square by a hard leading Eyre or Bryan.
He's played forward in the Practice Matches so far. Might not have a midfield tank yet
 

eth-dog

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For some reason teams aren't getting released on the Thursday (which is stupid). I think these guys are available:

Hobbs, Bryan, Baldwin, Lord, Zerk-Thatcher*, Eyre, Ham*, Phillips*, McDonagh, Brand, Voss, Wanganeen*, McBride, Waterman, Hird

*Emergencies. So probably 9 VFL players, there are 7 KPP/rucks amongst that group, expect Baldwin, Phillips/Bryan and Eyre to start forward with Zerk, Brand and McBride in defence (although I would have McBride and Eyre at the other ends).
 

eth-dog

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Backs50. D Capiron66. C Jones74. B Lloyd
Half Backs47. M Ling42. M O'Connor21. N Stevens
Centreline32. G Miers57. J Chalcraft48. B Crofts
Half Forwards52. J McLachlan53. C Sprague28. O Dempsey
Forwards49. R Abbott33. S Neale64. T Panuccio
Followers15. J Ceglar10. M Knevitt11. C Whyte
Interchange68. T Feely12. C Stephens19. Q Narkle
31. F Evans36. P Tsapatolis
23rd Player64. T Panuccio
Emergencies59. N Harris51. L McCarthy55. J Mentha

Their side.They have 4 rucks in that side (Ceflar, Neale, Abbott and Tsapatolis) so expect one to play in defence with Jones their only real key tall back there. 12 AFL listed players, 11 VFL listed. Their midfield looks dangerous with Stephens, Narkle and Knevitt in particular.
 

eth-dog

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Teams:

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They're stronger in the middle but have a lack of talls either end. Thanks for the pic eDPS

Match-ups to expect:

BZT/Brand - Neale/Abbott/Ceglar
Fitzgerald - Sprague
Simpson - Dempsey
Lord - Spanuccio
McDonagh - McLachlan

Jones - Baldwin
Tsapatolis - Phillips/Bryan
Stevens - Eyre
Capiron - Voss
Lloyd - Waterman
Ling - Weightman

Hobbs and Atley will be the keys in the middle. We have to break even at the stoppage to be any chance
 
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eth-dog

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Disappointing we don't have Dylan Landt yet. He's my boy to watch this year and genuinely believe he should be on an AFL list
If he's tidied up his kicking then he has a definite place at AFL level.
 

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Teams:

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They're stronger in the middle but have a lack of talls either end. Thanks for the pic eDPS

Match-ups to expect:

BZT/Brand - Neale/Abbott/Ceglar
Fitzgerald - Sprague
Simpson - Dempsey
Lord - Spanuccio
McDonagh - McLachlan

Jones - Baldwin
Tsapatolis - Phillips/Bryan
Stevens - Eyre
Capiron - Voss
Lloyd - Waterman
Ling - Weightman

Hobbs and Atley will be the keys in the middle. We have to break even at the stoppage to be any chance
No Wanganeen in that line-up. He's the only AFL emergency not named (Waterman, Philips and Zerk-Thatcher) could there be a medical sub debut?
 

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How is it the third or fourth year of a rebuild?
Until last year we where trading first round picks out . That is not rebuild. It was topping up.
Rebuild started last year.

The second year of Danihers injury the list was in rebuild position, the second he asked for a trade the rebuild should have been without doubt. Entirely our fault we were too stupid to realize how s**t a place we were in 2018.
 
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The second year of Danihers injury the list was in rebuild position, the second he asked for a trade the rebuild should have been without doubt. Entirely our fault we were too stupid to realize how s**t a place we were in. That was 2019 we have now gone through three drafts.
That only really highlights we started in rebuilding mode last year. When he first asked for a trade we where still in top up mode .
The fact that they should have been is irrelevant. They where not so you can not say we where three years into a rebuild.
 

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That only really highlights we started in rebuilding mode last year. When he first asked for a trade we where still in top up mode .
The fact that they should have been is irrelevant. They where not so you can not say we where three years into a rebuild.

We started the year earlier, we just painted ourselves in a corner with the Shiel trade. In reality we started a rebuild in 2016 that we never even tried to complete.
 
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Red Black and Blue

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We certainly did not start in 2016. You do not trade out of the first round if you are rebuilding.

We certainly did, we took 8 players in the draft. We just abandoned it because our recruiting department have no idea what building a successful list looks like.
 

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Sheesh.

Our recruiting department should hang their heads in shame. Unless there is a dramatic turnaround we may need a deeper cleanout.
 

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So we’ve gone from finding AFL quality outside the VFL system to bringing blokes into the VFL system that are barely VAFA Prem C quality.

Dross, and it’s not even results based, none of the VFL list look at the level or have anything resembling attributes of any sort.
 

ant555

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We certainly did, we took 8 players in the draft. We just abandoned it because our recruiting department have no idea what building a successful list looks like.
We where always waiting for the suspended players to come back because we thought we where in the window.
To say anything else is wrong.
We topped up in the next 3 drafts. Then we refused to trade until players where walking out the door.
It was not a rebuild.
What we should have been doing is another story.
 

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