Preview Round 21: Western Bulldogs vs Essendon, Docklands, Sunday 8/08/2021 @ 3:20 PM

Do we break the curse?


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DallasCrane316

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Dude, let it go. We aren't making it. Freo is in better form than all three sides, Brisbane have won 1 of their last 4 and just lost to second last, St. Kilda haven't won in 3 weeks and West Coast just lost to Collingwood. We aren't making finals

Obviously strongly disagree with you. Just get annoyed when people speak as if it’s a fact. It’s not, it’s just your opinion.

Will just have to agree to disagree on this one.
 

eth-dog

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Obviously strongly disagree with you. Just get annoyed when people speak as if it’s a fact. It’s not, it’s just your opinion.

Will just have to agree to disagree on this one.
You want to make finals. I get that. But you have to admit, if we are a chance, it's an extremely remote one
 

DallasCrane316

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You want to make finals. I get that. But you have to admit, if we are a chance, it's an extremely remote one

Not with the draw a lot of the other teams. We’re still in the mix even with a loss to the Doggies because of our last two games against Suns and Pies.

Freo don’t have an easy draw. Eagles definitely don’t have an easy draw. GWS, Richmond and Carlton have games against each other.

Key games coming up with Freo vs Eagles, Richmond vs North, GWS vs Richmond & Carlton.

That being said, if we lose 10% again against the Doggies we’re stuffed.
 

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MiguelM

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Damn, Langers was huge against Syd.

If Laverde doesn't come up, Francis must play back.

Could Hird be in the mix?
 

eth-dog

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Not with the draw a lot of the other teams. We’re still in the mix even with a loss to the Doggies because of our last two games against Suns and Pies.

Freo don’t have an easy draw. Eagles definitely don’t have an easy draw. GWS, Richmond and Carlton have games against each other.

Key games coming up with Freo vs Eagles, Richmond vs North, GWS vs Richmond & Carlton.

That being said, if we lose 10% again against the Doggies we’re stuffed.
Yes with our draw. Freo are playing an out of form Brisbane who have literally beaten one non bottom 6 side away from the Gabba, which was Carlton. They just lost to Hawthorne last week. They're favourites this week which means that to make finals, we need three of GWS, Richmond, West Coast and Freo to drop 2 games.
 

DapperDon

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Not with the draw a lot of the other teams. We’re still in the mix even with a loss to the Doggies because of our last two games against Suns and Pies.

Freo don’t have an easy draw. Eagles definitely don’t have an easy draw. GWS, Richmond and Carlton have games against each other.

Key games coming up with Freo vs Eagles, Richmond vs North, GWS vs Richmond & Carlton.

That being said, if we lose 10% again against the Doggies we’re stuffed.
The issue with teams vying for finals playing each other means one of them wins, and that hurts us.

One of GWS or Sydney was a must win
 

MiguelM

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Another crap timeslot. Was hoping for Sat night.

Worst game time of each round. Wish the AFL would dump them.

Would prefer Thurs night games all season than the Sunday arvo games.
 

DallasCrane316

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Yes with our draw. Freo are playing an out of form Brisbane who have literally beaten one non bottom 6 side away from the Gabba, which was Carlton. They just lost to Hawthorne last week. They're favourites this week which means that to make finals, we need three of GWS, Richmond, West Coast and Freo to drop 2 games.

A Brisbane side that decided to turn up in the last quarter and kick 8.2.

Against a Freo side decimated with injuries.

GWS are my concern. I don’t think they’ll beat Geelong this week. But the games against Richmond and Carlton are 50/50.

Richmond could still win two and we’d finish ahead of them (based on %). But if we get another 100+ point drubbing from the Doggies, we’re buggered.

Interestingly, Ralph just said games unlikely to be held in QLD for the next two weeks. So our game against GC very well could be in Victoria.
 

TheGreatBarryB

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Dude, let it go. We aren't making it. Freo is in better form than all three sides, Brisbane have won 1 of their last 4 and just lost to second last, St. Kilda haven't won in 3 weeks and West Coast just lost to Collingwood. We aren't making finals
Freo could also lose all three
 

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Brisbane will beat Fremantle.

Anyway.. our game.... we will get pumped. Hopefully we can go out and put on a respectable performance.
Actually agree, seriously not looking forward to this game........... we could be torn apart badly......midfield need to be ready and compete otherwise it could get ugly.

Who plays on Bont? I thought Langers would have been the match up....
 

citizen-erased

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With that news
Out: Langford, Heppell, Laverde (don't risk it, not worth it)
In: Zerk, Hooker, Hird (or Waterman, or did i read he was injured?)

Ridley Stewart Francis
Hind Zerk Redman
Merrett Stringer Cox
Perkins Wright Smith
Tippa Hooker Hird
Draper Parish Shiel
Snelling Durham Clarke Cutler
Ham
 

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Little bit surprised at all the doom & gloom & talk of a thrashing in this thread.

Bombers improved substantially yesterday on recent efforts & that was with a couple of passengers & players played out of position.

Dogs are very good & will win but there's a fair chance we can hold our own again against a better opponent.

The worst that can happen is we get thrashed; has happened before and will happen again. No inevitability that it will happen this week.
 

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Bombers36

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Geez the cupboard is getting pretty bare now…

OUT: Laverde, Heppell, Tippa, Langford
IN: Zerk, Gleeson, Ham, Phillips

Team

Ridley Stewart Gleeson
Redman Zerk Hind
Shiel Clarke Durham
Perkins Francis Snelling
Stringer 2MP Smith

Draper Parish Merrett

Bench: Cutler Cox Ham Phillips


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MiguelM

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Geez the cupboard is getting pretty bare now…

OUT: Laverde, Heppell, Tippa, Langford
IN: Zerk, Gleeson, Ham, Phillips

Team

Ridley Stewart Gleeson
Redman Zerk Hind
Shiel Clarke Durham
Perkins Francis Snelling
Stringer 2MP Smith

Draper Parish Merrett

Bench: Cutler Cox Ham Phillips


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As bad as Tippa has been in the last month, I don't see him being dropped for this one.
 

rumply

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As bad as Tippa has been in the last month, I don't see him being dropped for this one.

They'll almost certainly keep playing him hoping he regains form/gets over whatever is holding him back but we miss his intensity so badly - 3 tackles & 1 goal the last 3 weeks ffs. In a tight game like that against the Swans, just his influence alone could have made the difference.
 

MiguelM

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They'll almost certainly keep playing him hoping he regains form/gets over whatever is holding him back but we miss his intensity so badly - 3 tackles & 1 goal the last 3 weeks ffs. In a tight game like that against the Swans, just his influence alone could have made the difference.
Agreed. If Tippa and Stringer had a day out together we would be hard to beat
 

Bjchan13

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B Hind Stewart Laverde
HB Ridley Zerk-Thatcher Redman
C Merrett Parish Durham
HF Perkins Wright Smith
F Tippa Francis Snelling
R Draper Stringer Shiel
INT Clarke Guelfi Cox Phillips

Obviously hard to see how we win this one or even get close but if we show heart and keep ourselves in the game i'll be happy. Theres probably going to be a few that have to play sore. Id bring Flip in. He competes in the ruck and can take a grab forward or around the ground.

Injured: Heppell, Langford, McGrath, Caldwell, Jones, Reid, Hurley, Mosquito, Baldwin

Available: Hooker, Cutler, Ham, Gleeson, Zaharakis, Bryan, Cahill
 
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