Same here, I don't quite trust them yet. We are right in most games but after the last 3 years it's hard to get too cocky.I'm not convinced we are good enough to be expecting to win these games. I certainly believe we can win, but I don't have quite enough confidence to go in thinking we are better than 50/50.
I think this hits the nail on the head. A team in rebuild mode has these kinds of games. If we're over the "hump" and trending up, we win this game. It would indicate we're ready to take the next step into finals. If we lose, its not the end of the world imo, but it means we still have work to do to be one of the competition's top teams. "Statement games" gets thrown around too much, but in some sense this game will be a good barometer of where we're at. We've won at the G before. Good teams beat bottom teams on the road. Simple as that.Same here, I don't quite trust them yet. We are right in most games but after the last 3 years it's hard to get too cocky.
thanks for the reminderWe could be up by 50 points at half time, and still I would have doubts with the W....
Yeah, I would be stoked if we get the 4 points - but do not go putting any bets on because honestly, this is a 50\50 game.
I half expect Melbourne to start playing competitive footy. They are not out of form as they have played the Eagles, Giants, Crows and Magpies in the past 4. That is the top 5 minus Geelong. Nothing over 40 points, and only 2 points in it away to Adelaide.
In my opinion, this would be impossible to be confident in a tip as a neutral supporter. With purple glasses it is easy to say "Melbourne have been ****e, Freo have been good - especially relative to predictions in team performance from the start of the year". Freo without Pearce and Lobbe away - that is big, as we have a host of players that play well at home, and sometimes just play crap away. We lost to the Crows away then the Tigers at home, then the Bombers away, then we snuck a win against the Lions, and the Magpies. The Power game was a convincing win.
What is my point. Form "means nothing". Ladder position does not mean a lot either.
I believe many on here are setting their sights on finals, even top 4. The truth is if we make even 8th on the ladder it would be a massive boost for our list. The reality is we are fighting for this position with many clubs. The way the ladder goes, IF we win tomorrow, we are looking good for that. If we lose, we are still in the hunt for 8th. I cannot see us pushing top 4.
All I do know is something has changed in the way we are playing the 4th quarters. Also we are always competitive. So I will be happy if we are competitive. This is not an easy game, I think the Eagles at home will be better matched to us this year. The main thing to our advantage is Lever and Hibberd out. Gartlett out is also a plus IMO, although his form has been average at best.