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- Sep 23, 2005
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I watched the last quarter again and the fix is even more obvious then as it was unfolding live. After Maccartin kicks the goal in the first minute the ‘play’ unfolds like this:To repeat what everyone else has said, an extremely frustrating game. A lot of that is that the Bombers were mostly deplorable and we couldn’t take advantage of that and get the win.
The umpiring was a joke in that last quarter especially and it’s maddening to see the Bombers being gifted a path to the finals because they don’t deserve to be there. We were robbed but probably not half as bad as GWS last week - I reckon that was the most blatant display of a game being handed to a team I’ve ever seen but no one cared really because it’s GWS. The media just focuses on the “great comeback” by Essendon.
It’s not just that there are a few bad decisions, it’s when and where they are. Against GWS the Bombers must have had 4 or 5 free kicks paid right in front of goal that resulted in goals. In a couple of cases they were clear momentum changes. There was also a clear GWS mark not paid on the wing at a crucial time and a HTB against Heppell in front of his own goal not paid in the dying minutes. I would’ve been ropeable as a Giants fan.
It was similar yesterday - that Aliir free in front of goal in particular gifted them a goal and shifted momentum. So frustrating.
Goal kicking has been pathetic for the best part of 2-3 seasons. I don’t get it and sound like a broken record- but exactly what do they do during the week? Practice, practice and practice. Bad kicking costs games.
players must feel it, and think we cant winI watched the last quarter again and the fix is even more obvious then as it was unfolding live. After Maccartin kicks the goal in the first minute the ‘play’ unfolds like this:
- centre free against Allir when he was about to pump ball into our forward line again, I still can’t work out what it was for - it ensures the ball goes up their end;
- free against Allir in ruck when he was being held back that gifted them a goal;
- Dawson elbowed in back of head and no 50;
- Blakey called for holding the ball in front of goal when he had no prior and head rammed into ground
This all happened in only four minutes playing time and it is how you manipulate a result. And yes, blatant as it is - the GWS fix a week earlier was even more telegraphed
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He could kick his set shots straight - that might helpI noticed this too. Papley was frustrated and having a go at a few teammates (Zak Jones too). The whole forward line was just not functioning well at all.
It's hard for Papley because he's essentially the leader down there and he's only 22 himself, but he could learn a thing or two from how Rampe conducts himself with his younger teammates. Constantly encouraging, directing, supporting his fellow defenders. Never seen someone more intent on uplifting his teammates.
As I posted earlier, he had a look of dread as he took the kick. Poor bugger has lost all confidence in his kicking. For him it is not a technical issue but a mental one. He'll get over it, hopefully sooner rather than later.Hayward is the worst this year seems to have the yips
The giants and swans final quarters both had that inevitability feeling to it ...which had nothing to do with superior opposition. Poor AA suddenly getting pinged every contest - could probably hear the whistle coming before he started moving.players must feel it, and think we cant win
Wouldn’t completely be against him having a few weeks in the NEAFL more to give him a mental break than anythingAs I posted earlier, he had a look of dread as he took the kick. Poor bugger has lost all confidence in his kicking. For him it is not a technical issue but a mental one. He'll get over it, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Yes Menzel would not miss, but would he get the ball in the first place. He was underwhelming in the twos and the poor bloke's so crocked he has the agility of Clive Palmer.I’d replace him with Menzel we won’t lose too much and he wouldn’t miss from 5m.
For mine he’s playing tired he needs a break. That “break” might be playing in the NEAFL or not
Well he’s not playing well and form has to be rewarded and for that matter not rewarded when a player has been poorits when you hit mid 30s you need a break and your body aches
when i was his age i could get on the piss and run 5k early the next day, he is a fit professional athlete