Prediction Round 13: Changes Vs Port Adelaide + Pre-match Discussion

Joao

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I reckon we were hampered more then them.
first choice ruck - Sandi, Darcy
Forward - Tabs
Mids - S Hill, Bennell
Backs - No Pearce from mid way through the third
If we are being serious, Ballantyne is also currently a better player than Switta too.
 

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If we are being serious, Ballantyne is also currently a better player than Switta too.
Now? No. Maybe a few years ago yes. But Switta’s pressure on the ball is miles ahead of Ballas today .

We had no Tabs, no forwards in form and Collingwood had Moore, Maynard, Howe in great form holding their back line. It was a huge task to get over them. At the MCG, no matter who’s out.
One part time ruckman against arguably the best ruck in the game. Supposed best midfield in the game- Pendlebury, Treloar, Beam, Crisp, Sidebottom, de Gooey can play in there too. It was an impressive win regardless.
 

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In his hay-day yes. Now no!
Now? No. Maybe a few years ago yes. But Switta’s pressure on the ball is miles ahead of Ballas today .

We had no Tabs, no forwards in form and Collingwood had Moore, Maynard, Howe in great form holding their back line. It was a huge task to get over them. At the MCG, no matter who’s out.
One part time ruckman against arguably the best ruck in the game. Supposed best midfield in the game- Pendlebury, Treloar, Beam, Crisp, Sidebottom, de Gooey can play in there too. It was an impressive win regardless.
I'm picking Ballas everyday. Switta has never played as well as Ballas did against he Pies in round 23 last year.
 

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My brother in law was a teacher at Guildford Grammar when Logue was a student, he also helped with weekend coaching duties - said that Logue was an absolute freak of nature and couldnt be coached within normal structural positioning, ie. His substantive was full-back, he'd keep his main man goalless but then somehow sneak in 3-4 goals in the last 5 mins of the match, get in the guts and lay 6 Tackles in a single passage of play or even take a run down the wing and make a pinpoint pass to a small forward.

For these reasons he was drafted.

My view, is that he will go well with time.
 

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keep his main man goalless but then somehow sneak in 3-4 goals in the last 5 mins of the match, get in the guts and lay 6 Tackles in a single passage of play or even take a run down the wing and make a pinpoint pass to a small forward.
feels like I'm reading a description of myself from a few years back
 

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Out: confirmed A.Pearce (inj), Lobb (inj), ?, ?

In: Logue, Jones (if Darcy is still not fit), Balla, Bennell (like to see them both in ASAP if they are 100% and AFL match fit)
 

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With Darcy coming off an injury can he be expected to carry the ruckload with minimal help? Or will we need to bring in a legit second ruck in Jones.

Cox may be saved from being dropped by literally being a warm body that can be put in the ruck contest
 

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Wow, Lobb out sucks.

Out Lobb, AP, Cox
In Darcy, Jones, Logue

Darcy and Jones to share the ruck loaf. Think we need both to combat Port.
 

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Second half of the year is going to be depressing. How we expected to kick goals with Tabs and Lobb out, defend with Pearce out.
Darcy has to come in. Jones. God our ruck stocks is disgustingly bad.
 

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Darcy needs to get some games into him. Jones is so bad, but as 4th in line may get a chance and at least has played AFL.

Cox can continue to develop. We’re a serious shot at finals. That should still be the goal from here.

Out: Pearce, Lobb
In: Logue, Darcy
 

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I’d seriously start considering adding Dixon as a foil in the forward line. Hit up option. Develop him. Jones can’t mark or run. Dixon gets to the right spots. Talls stocks looking very thin right now.

McCarthy can’t come in and make a difference. His size negates his need to come in.

Be handy to have Kersten even more so now.

In: Logue, Darcy, Bennell
Out: Pearce, Lobb, Duman

So no more earning your way in. All the debate on who’s better with the forward line. Now we have Cox, Dixon and McCarthy to call upon.
 

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Jones in improves our hitouts, but reduces forward presence and ground mobility (Jones is an elephant).

Can Darcy play more of a role in these areas? Possibly but it won't happen immediately.

He is our only real option though, Jones only comes in as a stop-gap.
 

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I'm incredibly dissapointed that all of AP, Tabs and Lobb are injured. However they are all quality, known players who we know will contribute when in the side. I actually feel like this may benefit us in the long run by getting games into Cox, Logue and Darcy that otherwise they wouldn't have had.
 
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