Preview Round 8 2021—Richmond v Geelong, Friday May 7, 7:50pm, MCG

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"The Roar Is Back"

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Lets hope we do that for 4 quarters against the cats

so disappointing Trent go injured - Really would have lied to watch him destroy ducky
We know Cotch can destroy him and that is in the bank if needed . Time to let RCd loose and let them know there is another they need to keep their eye on .
Any side who has aspirations of beating us come finals needs to be handing us our own arse with Cotchin , Prestia and Lambert out .
 
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Not expecting a win tonight .
The cats are moving the ball faster than earlier in the year .Our outs from the GF and their inns make it a lot tougher than most on here are predicting. Grimes out is a massive problem for us the flexibility he gives us can't be underestimated. It's the Cat's first game with their three big off season recuits playing together so expecting a lot different than the GF .

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Will be a close game and Grimes is a lost.Broad can fill in for him been in excellent form plays on smalls or talls and was doing Nicks role while out Injured will swap roles now I guess.The cats big issue is speed and we can burn them on the turn over or through the middle bring that high pressure and intensity like they don't like.
 

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We Cotch can destroy him and that is in the bank if needed . Time to let RCd loose and let them know there is another they need to keep their eye on .
Any side who has aspirations of beating us come finals needs to be handing us our own arse with Cotchin , Prestia and Lambert out .
Dangerfield is a decent out for them I reckon. No Gaz from last year which leaves them with a banged up Selwood, Menegola who is handy but a more of a workhorse, Guthrie who I rate really highly and always have and Mitch Duncan who whilst a class footballer is more the polish. They've also added Higgins who can rotate through there. The games not played on paper though.

Their forward line is very dangerous and does have me worried. Tom and Jerry are going to be tough to handle and Gary Rohan gets off the leash a bit more now with the inclusion of Cameron. Grimes out is massive in a game like this.
 

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Watching this showed me a side to the game I just didn't and still don't know enough about. The sad part is that the media and commentary team does not even mention half this stuff during the game. Hodge more recently is probably the best commentator so far in terms of breaking down team strategy. He's been a breath of fresh air.
Commentary is abysmal at covering this sort of stuff. They are more concerned by whether Dusty or Danger is having the biggest influence based on fantasy stats, which has almost no effect on the result compared to the tactical shifts they could be discussing. I guarantee even the most dour games would become watchable if there was some proper analysis occurring.
 

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is it just me or can someone explain why aarts gets a game?
He's clearly playing his role better than the selection committee feel anyone in the twos can.
There's lots of positioning and things like that which are pretty tough for us to see, but last week he was =3rd in the team for PAs (19) and =2nd for tackles (5). He was lacking in this area earlier in the season but he's been pretty good on the defensive side in the last 3 weeks.
He and Jack are our only two players who've kicked goals in every game so far too. Of course there's things that he can improve and his spot isn't entirely safe - hard to argue he's not in our bottom 6, but he's been a bit of a whipping boy unfairly this year.
 

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He's clearly playing his role better than the selection committee feel anyone in the twos can.
There's lots of positioning and things like that which are pretty tough for us to see, but last week he was =3rd in the team for PAs (19) and =2nd for tackles (5). He was lacking in this area earlier in the season but he's been pretty good on the defensive side in the last 3 weeks.
He and Jack are our only two players who've kicked goals in every game so far too. Of course there's things that he can improve and his spot isn't entirely safe - hard to argue he's not in our bottom 6, but he's been a bit of a whipping boy unfairly this year.
Look I agree he is doing those roles which allow others to do others....but he is also getting caught a lot. I know there is not much in the barrell just yet.
 

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It's usually after he doesn't go the first option, holds onto the ball a touch too long...and gets caught.

I think his goal sense is actually very good.
Sometimes it feels like he's the only player up there with eyes for the goals. Would like a bit less of that from him and a bit more from the rest of them!
 

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Sometimes it feels like he's the only player up there with eyes for the goals. Would like a bit less of that from him and a bit more from the rest of them!
He can get too caught up in looking at the goals, I agree.

It's a fine line between taking on a gettable shot and burning a teammate in a much better position.
 

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Geeongs ins and outs make no sense to me.
I have a huge feeling that they are going to make some changes before the game. Sneaky salty Scott is renowned for it. I believe a couple of their players did not play reserves last night so that is a good indication that they may swing the changes to try and upset our structure (but I dare say we don't really play those games anyway). Ratagalia is one of them.
 

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I have a huge feeling that they are going to make some changes before the game. Sneaky salty Scott is renowned for it. I believe a couple of their players did not play reserves last night so that is a good indication that they may swing the changes to try and upset our structure (but I dare say we don't really play those games anyway). Ratagalia is one of them.
would be paying $1.01 for ratatoullie to come in
 

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Dangerfield is a decent out for them I reckon. No Gaz from last year which leaves them with a banged up Selwood, Menegola who is handy but a more of a workhorse, Guthrie who I rate really highly and always have and Mitch Duncan who whilst a class footballer is more the polish. They've also added Higgins who can rotate through there. The games not played on paper though.

Their forward line is very dangerous and does have me worried. Tom and Jerry are going to be tough to handle and Gary Rohan gets off the leash a bit more now with the inclusion of Cameron. Grimes out is massive in a game like this.
I think Jack and Tom can expose there backline to.We need our smalls to stand up that's the question. Maybe Baker goes through there again gave us a different dimension.
 

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If we play the way we normally do (hard, fast and full of pressure around the ground), then I think we’ll still win. Grimes out probably hurts the most and will make things tough with their tall forward line probably stretching our backline a bit (Like others, would be surprised if Ratugolea doesn’t come in), but as long as we control the midfield like against Bulldogs then I think we should be OK.

Also, those late changes that Geelong tend to do catch us by surprise in the first half, but who’s gonna tell Scott that the main issue Geelong have in beating us is our ability to adapt to whatever team he named and strategy he implemented when the second half comes around? I’m sure that he knows the situation as well.

Anyway, will be interesting to see if we win our first Grand Final re-match since 1975 or something like that
 
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The Grand Final Rematch

My dad used to tell me that when it comes to a Grand Final rematch, the runner-up of the previous year usually wins, due to the revenge factor. In the lead up to our third Grand Final rematch in four years, I decided to take a close look at the numbers.

Turns out that, unsurprisingly, when you put two good teams against each other the result is essentially a coin flip. Since 2011, five reigning premiers have won their rematch, with five going to the runners-up. Going back a little further, reigning premiers have won 12 of the last 20 Grand Final rematches (with five in a row from 2001–2005). With such a small sample size, due to the fact that I simply can’t be bothered going back further, we’ll still have to call it a 50/50 game, although if you had to say one way or the other, you’d lean toward the reigning premiers winning the second bout.

What does all this mean? Simply, it means that Darth_Tiger was wrong. Whether you won or lost the previous Grand Final is pretty much a non-factor in the rematches. We’re yet to win a Grand Final rematch, so I give us every chance of finally snatching one. However, recent word on this board is that we are in serious trouble, so I think we’ll need a bit of a shake-up to defeat the boys from Moe by the Sea again.

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Geelong (AKA the Boys From Moe by the Sea)

The Cats have had a mix of results this year, but overall seem to be building into the season. All the while, Chris Scott continues his mid-life crisis, which began on 8 September 2017, became a mid-life disaster on 20 September 2019, and reached mid-life full-blown nuclear meltdown on 24 October 2020.

Now, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really watch this weekend’s Sydney vs Geelong game too closely. However, I had it on in the background while playing video games and noticed that the Cats were up 41–13 at quarter time. I heard Richo say something about them taking 42 marks and being +17 in contested possession, so I guess that’s something we want to avoid.

While it seemed that the Cats would probably give Sydney a pummelling, they decided to head back to Alphabet Soup Stadium, presuming the job to be done already. Why did this happen? I think I have the answer:

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Everybody knows that Geelong hates youths. They don’t recruit youths and they don’t like playing against youths. Rumour has it that Alphabet Soup Stadium will soon have a strict no children allowed policy. So, when three Sydney players with under 15 games of experience kicked a goal each, Geelong went into panic mode. They proceeded to give up their 29 point lead and lose the game, with Gryan Miers faking an injury to avoid matching up on Rhyan Mansell next week. A shame, as it would have been the “Battle of the Ryans Whose Parents Can’t Spell”.

Richmond (The Greatest Team Ever Assembled)

Despite thrashing an inconsistent St Kilda two weeks ago, our form since has been horrific. Losing to the top two teams on the ladder is simply unacceptable for a team stacked with premiership heroes. Of course, I didn’t even bother watching our game against the Bulldogs. I read last week’s preview thread and became convinced that we stood absolutely no chance against the Greatest Midfield Ever Assembled™. Then when captain blood 17 and Michaels tipped the Dogs in the Tigercast, I knew we were well and truly screwed. Instead, I elected to play Dungeons and Dragons, and have been too afraid to check how many points we were obliterated by ever since.

Thankfully, the Richmond board is full of experts who know significantly more than our match committee and coaches, so I have taken some suggestions from our own and I think I have a plan and team that can get the Tigers back on track for premiership #14.

As we know, Geelong hates youths, so let’s get as many youths in the side as we reasonably can, considering form. I suggest that Naish, Rioli Jnr, Coleman-Jones and Stack all come into the side, along with Martin. Vlastuin is also a chance to return, after being concussed by Dangerfield six months ago in the Grand Final. Dusty and Tigga are both under 30, so they are allowed to play, even though they aren’t really youths anymore. Let’s also select Caddy, because everyone adores Caddy at half-forward.

Next, we need to clear out all the spuds that have pictures of Dimma with his second mistress. We can easily get rid of Rioli, Castagna, Aarts and Pickett. We still need to clear some spots, so let’s get rid of some of the older players who should have retired last year anyway. Cotchin is 31 and has done his hamstring again, so he’s obviously gone. Let’s also kick Houli and Riewoldt. Astbury and Edwards are very lucky to keep their spots.

Thus, Shadowthorn’s proposed team to thrash the Cats is:

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Do this, and the Cats will be running back to their bowling alley stadium by quarter time. We can get our season back on track after obviously losing to the Bulldogs on Friday night, and we’ll be one step closer to getting a top 10 draft pick from Geelong.

The Key Matchup

Hawkins and Cameron vs Traffic Cone and Balta

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Last year, Balta gave Hawkins an absolute bath in the Grand Final. Against the Swans this weekend, Hawkins went two quarters without a disposal (from late in the 1st to 1:50 left in the 3rd, with his 4th disposal of the game resulting in a missed shot on goal). Balta would be wasted on Hawkins, so he’ll no doubt be lining up on Cameron instead, handing Hawkins over to the babysitter, a traffic cone.

Shadowthorn’s Expert Tip

If we play the youths: Tigers by 98

If we play the same spuds as usual: Cats by 17
Bravo.
 
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