Preview Round 3, 2021: Essendon v St.Kilda - Marvel Stadium, Saturday 3rd April, 4:35PM AEDT *STEELE 100TH* *CLARK 50TH* *CROUCH DEBUT*

Who Wins?

  • Bombers

    Votes: 9 15.0%
  • Saints

    Votes: 51 85.0%

  • Total voters
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aussierulesrules

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The midfield battle:

McKernan/Snake- Wright/Hooker?
Steele- Langford
Crouch- Ham?
Gresham- Merrett
Jones- McGrath
Ross- Parish
Clark- ?
Sincs- ?
Hill- Cox
Billings- ?

The ruck battle/cripple fight looks about even overall and so does this group:

Gresham- Merrett
Jones- McGrath
Ross- Parish

But after that we look streets ahead, in both depth and quality:

Steele- Langford
Crouch- Ham?
Clark- ?
Sincs- ?
Hill- Cox
Billings- ?
 
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BrutThough

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Even with a 100% fit list, we still seem short on attacking rebound defenders.

I know Carlton paid a premium for Williams and Saad, but we could really use a player like that.

Geary, Paton, Webster don't fill that need. Sinclair is clever but not sure if he is going to own that role.
Sounds like we plan on rotating some mids through there instead of having dedicated running backs, apart from Coff.

We should see all of Clark, Jones, Sinclair, Ross in that role this season. Plus we tried Hill in it last week as well.

But I agree, I can see that being a position we look to fill this off season.
 
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NarklesHelmet

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So he’s been beaten by two of the best small forwards of the last decade while playing in a bottom 4 side, leaking inside 50’a like a sieve.
If we have any better options we’d be trying them, who else do we even have fit?
I don’t think we should blame him for chipping small kicks sideways if kicking is his biggest weakness, if he goes long and it gets turned over then people go ballistic.
Well, look ahead at our fixture: Liam Ryan looms next week. We likely win this week and we face the terrifying prospect of DMac on Ryan.

I’d try literally anyone ahead of Dmac, I’d keep Long in and force him to play tight. Dmac shouldn’t be on an AFL list with his skill-set.

If Dmac is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question in my opinion.
 

Tyrian Lonestar

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Even with a 100% fit list, we still seem short on attacking rebound defenders.

I know Carlton paid a premium for Williams and Saad, but we could really use a player like that.

Geary, Paton, Webster don't fill that need. Sinclair is clever but not sure if he is going to own that role.
How can this be? We drafted about 50 HBF'rs a few years ago now.
 

gringo2011

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Even with a 100% fit list, we still seem short on attacking rebound defenders.

I know Carlton paid a premium for Williams and Saad, but we could really use a player like that.

Geary, Paton, Webster don't fill that need. Sinclair is clever but not sure if he is going to own that role.
We should have tried Hind there.
 

NarklesHelmet

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He's not Robinson Crusoe with his disposal. Perhaps he's improved with a more composed set up around him. He's worth a shot, none of our defenders are doing much to hold their spots right now.
Nah, I reckon his disposal and decision-making is probably worst in the league outside of ruckmen.
 

gringo2011

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Nah, I reckon his disposal and decision-making is probably worst in the league outside of ruckmen.

His composure has definitely been an issue in the past but under a different coach and a much less systemised structure. I would love for him to have a redemption story, it might be a hope and pray situation but he's eared the right at another game after his last outing. Like playing Hunter in the ruck, it's just a matter of playing the players you have. He might get a bit of a touch up if Tippa is playing. Stringer needs a big game from Wilkie too, I know I'm the forum pessimist but I'm not as comfortable pencilling this in as some. Our injuries have hurt a lot more than I imagined they would.
 

gringo2011

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Well, look ahead at our fixture: Liam Ryan looms next week. We likely win this week and we face the terrifying prospect of DMac on Ryan.

I’d try literally anyone ahead of Dmac, I’d keep Long in and force him to play tight. Dmac shouldn’t be on an AFL list with his skill-set.

If Dmac is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question in my opinion.

He wasn't in the side last year and Ryan pretty much beat us on his own. Who ever is in is going to get touched up if they aren't on their game.
 

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AirWinmar

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Sounds like we plan on rotating some mids through there instead of having dedicated running backs, apart from Coff.

We should see all of Clark, Jones, Sinclair, Ross in that role this season. Plus we tried Hill in it last week as well.

But I agree, I can see that being a position we look to fill this off season.
Coff definitely has scope to be an awesome rebounding defender and probably Sincs too. I think playing with 1kpd down had made it hard for Coff to get off the chain
 

Atomboy

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Well, look ahead at our fixture: Liam Ryan looms next week. We likely win this week and we face the terrifying prospect of DMac on Ryan.

I’d try literally anyone ahead of Dmac, I’d keep Long in and force him to play tight. Dmac shouldn’t be on an AFL list with his skill-set.

If Dmac is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question in my opinion.
Highmore would match up well on Ryan.
 
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