No Opposition Supporters The Positivity Thread - 2019 Edition (Rules Strictly Enforced - See Post 1)

DaveLister

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That was genuinely the most complete game played by Fremantle since the 2013 preliminary final. From about the 17th minute of the first until the 25th of the 4th we absolutely dominated them. The score board flattered north, we really should of won by 100, they kicked at goal efficiently and we missed a bunch early that were soadas.

Tucker has proven me wrong, genuine breakout game and there won't be 1 word of it over week. I had Mr invisible clocked as Sheridan 2.0, stagnation and role changes that didn't work but his game was immensely impactful. Not only did he nullify Higgins the most damaging player for the tops, he had 17 kicks as a midfielder and could have had 4 goals.

When I read comments like 'Fyfe looks like he's getting back to his best/Brownlow form' I feel like hitting my head against a wall. His form last year was in many ways better than his Brownlow year. This year he's even better, on limited minutes Fyfe had 10 clearances 5 of which centre, 22 contested possessions at 79 percent efficiency, 13 score involvements including 1 goal and almost a second.

13 score involvements is insane which is why Brad Hill and Fyfe share lead the league and why Walter's and McCarthy are tied for 5th with 10.

I'm happy to say that unlike Tucker I hadn't written off McCarthy. Thor brought the thunder, 5 times they played thunderstruck in his honour. None more electrifying than his 5th screaming into goal on the run from 50. I think there is still a world where Lobb, Hogan, Cox and McCarthy share time in the same forward line.

Shout out to my pregame prediction on Pearce and Mundy, development like industrialization and aging like fine wine respectively.

Equal second in the league for centre clearances is our very own ruck dog Searn Darcy (4 and behind Fyfe). He is still a boy, but already just unforgivingly strong. His ruckwork and jump continue to improve as his body and experience do too. When his muscles and tank are fully developed, when his skinnies and experience maxed out Darcy will dominate. He isn't wasting any time, Brodie Grundy and Sean are quickest delevoping rucks of the modern area.

How good is it that it feels like Noone had a bad game. Ballas didn't do much but he kicked a goal and hurt his hay. Hughes had his standard number of clanger moments (not all counted as clangers). Matera back in for Ballas unless switta is 105% and Logue could come in for Hughes and give us more height down back (North are short).

Lastly how good is schadenfreude. All those deluded, Aaron Hall loving, 'our midfield will dominate yours, we bat too deep our defense won't be a problem no Hogan no forward line', sad sad individuals in a sad sad situation on the North board. It's bad and I deserve karma for the enjoyment I got from reading their game and post game thread but they can seriously sleat one after this preseason. Some of the worst main board trolls come from that board and their mods absolutely don't care how much ******** those individuals make up if it makes other delided norf supporters feel good. Don't worry guys, I'm sure Josh Kelly is dying to get back to play along side 100 game superstarts such as Aaron Hall, Dom Tyson and Pittard, as well all know those guys are all way better than role players like Conca and Colyer. All 4 of their emergencies would have been best 22 for us and all but one of the 1065,000,001 possible future had us losing.

Boy it feels great to get a win, even better a belting.
 

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Fyfe for Brownlow in the faceless midfield is an absolute monty if he played in more that 12 wins. The new centre clearance rule makes him the most dominant player in the game and he'll only get better as Sean does or if Aaron ever plays again.
 

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Tactically, Ross showed he isn't the same person he was 10 years ago at the saints. He proved that's he is still on the the premier tacticians in the game, these new rules allowed the brightest minds to show how the game should now be played. Ross did that, early in preseason he figured it out. Youth is as good as the team they're in and the game plan they play, our game plan ruined North despite being significantly younger, playing a largely new game and being less experienced.

It's never as good or as bad as it seems.
 

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A little more love for B. Hill I think is needed - he could barely get space from his man without ball in hand and his disposal was atrocious.

He was like S. Hill in his prime with his running down the middle and kicking into our forward 50, in particularl that first goal he setups for Dardy. Accepts the ball from Taberner and moves quickly, feigning two hand balls and then kicking with pin point accuracy to Dardy off the lead.
 

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The new rules are made for big bodied mids at the centre ball ups. Less congestion means the big boys can grab it and charge forward using their strength. It's made for Fyfe and Mundy. This will not be popular but Hogan and Logue in there as well could be dynamite. Both have big tanks and big kicks. The Lachie Neale type inside mid that gets in and under and dishes out the handball to the outside distributor won't be as important at the centre ball ups. The big mid that can win his own ball and burst through and deliver long and quick to the one on one forward half will be very important.
 

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The new rules are made for big bodied mids at the centre ball ups. Less congestion means the big boys can grab it and charge forward using their strength. It's made for Fyfe and Mundy. This will not be popular but Hogan and Logue in there as well could be dynamite. Both have big tanks and big kicks. The Lachie Neale type inside mid that gets in and under and dishes out the handball to the outside distributor won't be as important at the centre ball ups. The big mid that can win his own ball and burst through and deliver long and quick to the one on one forward half will be very important.
No I can see that working. Pav was great in the middle at that big-bodied role, we just lacked anyone forward for him to kick it to/bring it to ground once it reached the 50

Now we have any of Lobb/Hogan/McCarthy/Tabs/Cox who can either mark/bring it to ground and then have the luxury of guys like Walters/Ballantyne/Collyer/Swita/Schulz/Matera crumbing

The new 6-6-6 rule has been great for us, as in the past few years clubs were stacking numbers in our forward line/half-flank knowing we would likely win the clearance and just bomb it blindly in to our 50. Now they can't and have to rely on either a) their inside mids rushing back to cover, b) their wingmen running back to cover or c) hoping their defenders can outmuscle or outsize our tall timber and win it back. On the flipside it's meant our defense is able to go to man on man and if there is a mismatch in our favour we can exploit TF out of it - hence Pearce absolutely killing it in the first half when the game was more in the balance and not worry about the extra man being able to run in from the midfield as quickly to help - especially on a bigger ground like optus.

Still early days, but I think with guys like Mundy and Fyfe in the middle winning the ball, plus the option of guys like Hogan/Logue to run through and do their thing, we are going to have an alright season. Different ball-game when it's not directly after a goal, but we might even be a team to let a goal in just to get a reset (especially if we are winning), as all it wil take is a quick clearance and goal from us to re-set again and we've already recovered from the one we let in in the first place

#happydays
 

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How good is it being actually jumping out of your skin to see how we go this week as opposed to being anxious and worried.

Cant wait to see if we can back that up and thump GC as good sides should do
 

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My confidence was sooo low after an injury ravaged preseason but now I reckon we should win our next 3 comfortabley including the derby. I would be stoked if thats the case.

I cant see us beating GWS at Manuka but if the wind isnt blowing its arse off like last year we should give it a good nudge.

We have some tough away games through out the year (GWS, Pies,Crows,Dees,hawk,PT ) but I feel somewhat confident against the stronger sides at home (Rich, WC, Syd, & Cats).

And we play the bombers & StK twice!

I felt we would get 6-8 wins but now its more like 10 -13. We could be playing finals if the teams stays fit. If we can score heavily we can hopefully start to bully some teams around and who knows we could get some respect from the wider football world (media) which could in in turn get us some love from the umpiring fraternity (Frees + Brownlowe votes) and some grace from the match review panel...Wouldnt that be nice for a change.

Agh you can dare to dream...
 

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My confidence was sooo low after an injury ravaged preseason but now I reckon we should win our next 3 comfortabley including the derby. I would be stoked if thats the case.

I cant see us beating GWS at Manuka but if the wind isnt blowing its arse off like last year we should give it a good nudge.

We have some tough away games through out the year (GWS, Pies,Crows,Dees,hawk,PT ) but I feel somewhat confident against the stronger sides at home (Rich, WC, Syd, & Cats).

And we play the bombers & StK twice!

I felt we would get 6-8 wins but now its more like 10 -13. We could be playing finals if the teams stays fit. If we can score heavily we can hopefully start to bully some teams around and who knows we could get some respect from the wider football world (media) which could in in turn get us some love from the umpiring fraternity / match review panel...

Agh you can dare to dream...
Love the optimism but think you may be getting ahead of yourself re first bold.

Playing the bombers early last year was great. Playing them late not so much. They could be flying or a complete train wreck both times and we won't know that until that week. Also Saints won't be trivial either game, especially in Melbourne.

Edit: FTR, I do think we improve on last year and I thought that before North.
 
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A big win alleviates a lot of concerns.

2 weeks ago, we couldn't have any success without a fit Bennell, Hogan starting, Ballas dropped etc.

Our biggest problem after round 1 is having too much depth. Competition for spots is the best problem a club can have.

After last week, not sure how Sandi, Bewley, Logue, SHill, Valente, Bennell and Cox could even get into this side, let alone how Hogan gets structured into the side. Right now players have to play their way in or out.
 

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Had to go to the second page to dig this one out, we love a melt dont we?

Positives
1) McCarthy was again one of our better players, penny may have dropped here
2) Tabs had another decent game, especially important considering how **** we were
 

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1. McCarthy continues his decent start to the season
2. Brad Hill looks to be hitting his stride again
3. Taberner good again
 

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Either week 1 or week 2 was an aberration. The games are far too different to be a clear indicator of our season.

In the spirit of positive threadativity, one must assume that it was yesterday's game that was the aberration.
 

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Good work. In the interests of positive threadativity, so many couldn't have been wrong in the previous posts.
 

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Only round 2, better to get that kind of performance out of the way early. McCarthy is finally a legit player. Bhilly has stepped it up a gear. Fyfe should get some more coaches votes. Winnable game this week against the Saints gives us a chance to hopefully rectify some of yesterday's failings. Players and supporters alike get a useful reality check. Colyer isn't a complete crab like I and others thought. Tabs keeps doing his thing.

meh.
 

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So far Cam McCarthy has been our biggest positive across the two rounds. He really looks like a changed player. I thought he nearly won us the game yesterday. Hope to see this form continue.
I agree with this!

His effort levels have improved markedly compared to the first couple of seasons and 7 goals in 2 games is a reward for that effort. That set shot he nailed from the boundary was also an absolute ripper too.
 

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Champion Data rankings for the first two games of the season has McCarthy #5, Fyfe #9 and Hill #19.

Think that's fair enough as McCarthy has been the highlight so far and it also shows Hill is doing a lot more than just uncontested work (as uncontested doesn't add the CD rankings).

Walters is #47 and Langdon #74. Shows how good Walters was in Rd 1 compared to Rd 2 as he didn't rank at all in game 2.

Interestingly Lycett is #2 for the first two games. Clear proof that players leaving West Coast play better once they're gone ;)
 

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Lycett was a very underrated player here. He tore us a new one in a Derby last year
 

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I just want to put it out there that we have the equal best points against tally in the AFL

I know it's only R3 but that's a pretty bloody positive stat
 

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St Kilda and GC will be in the top 8 and therefore our performances are actually impressive.

The least impressive game is beating bottom 4 North easily at home
 
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