- Apr 11, 2002
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Iggles, 76ers
Actually, Fox Footy are playing a different game. AFL app has the 2017 game, Fox has gone back to the 90s.Ah right. It was 2017. And yeah we could all see it from a mile away. I mean, that's likely what we would have gotten tonight anyway.
Pretty sure I watched that one on TV.Sounds like you’re thinking of the Dempsey play on game.
Has it been confirmed there will be an extended bench?Its a weird feeling because I've been actively trying to ignore footy the last couple of months because it sucked when the season was on indefinite hold after just 1 week.
My recollection of the last game
Shiel was absolutely brilliant - hopefully he can have more games like that.
McGrath really looked like he was taking his game to a new level and was a lot more damaging with his possessions.
Smith returned and it was like he never left. Set the tone early.
I found Parish pretty underwhelming after a promising preseason, hopefully just a blip on the radar.
Langford played a very good game, hopefully turning a corner.
Laverde continues to pretend to be an AFL player up in our forward line - the sooner we move on from him the better.
Townsend was great with his some really smart plays and aggressive tackling
Fantasia still looked underdone and hopefully with a few more months of running behind him will at least be in better physical condition.
Bellchambers playing was just plain weird since he was so underdone and Phillips was fully fit and in-form.
Cutler debuted and was really good (much better than in the preseason) - have to disagree with OP there.
Zaharakis - continues to play some awful role in the backline as a distributor which is just the worst idea ever. He doesn't have the pace or disposal he once had and is non-competitive overhead. On the other hand he's always had good instincts forward of centre and I reckon over the course of a game he'd present up on a lead a lot more than Fantasia/Tippa. If he's not on the wing - he should be a half forward flanker where he started his career.
Ridley filled in a role in the backline in McKenna's absence and hit target after target with laser like kicking. I hope we find a spot for this bloke in our team going forward. Was defensively solid too.
Hopes for the next game:
The no key forwards sucked and I'm hoping for a McKernan/Hooker combination up forward in round 2 supported by Stringer, Fantasia, Tippa and Townsend.
I'm hoping we see Ham selected for every game given the extended bench. The sooner we develop him the better and frankly I'd rather him than a number of our players.
It looks like McKenna will miss round 2 but should be back fairly soon thereafter once he's got some training under him.
I hope we see Gleeson back in the team. I think he and Ridley can play together - they can both play on a range of opponents and Gleeson is good for intercept marking.
BZT was good in round 1 and I hope we still find a spot for him. We desperately need a tall defender option for the bigger blokes. If we are pairing with Hurley and Francis then I think we need to develop him asap. If Ambrose comes back for round 2 the choice should be between him and Francis - if a choice needs to be made. I would definitely play Hooker forward. On his last legs as a defender anyway but can still out-wrestle most and that'll be great for our forward line.
Sounds like Heppell is still line ball which is disappointing considering how much time has passed. Hope we see him back in the team.
Overall I think we are going to have a much better structure and team out on the park than in round 1. That said Dockers were similarly decimated so it was a hard game to take much from either way.