The Restump Podcast

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Nov 18, 2020
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Blame West Coast fans for lobbying McGowan to continue the mandatory mask policy. After last week’s debacle in Geelong they still don’t want to show their faces! Its Derby week this is The Restump Podcast Derby preview episode.

There are some nerves in the West Coast camp with endless pre-match face saving excuses being made by their fans and it coincides with Fremantle shortening from $2.80 early in the week to $2.19 at the moment.

Has Yoko caused a split in the band? Only two of the “Fab Four” are up and about. Is Andy Gaff going to violently head hunt teenagers again? Will Tim Kelly been seen anywhere other than forward of the ball and how many goals will Jack Darling amass from free kicks?

Fresh off 30 plus possession games, Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Caleb Serong and Andy Brayshaw hold no fear heading into the clash against the outside running pristine clean jumper wearing West Coast midfield.

Josh Kennedy returns, Oscar Allen is flying and hey Jack Darling is down there too! Our Luke Ryan led team-oriented defence will go to work while up the other end, Lachie Schultz will put anything in blue and gold under pressure and watch the return to form of the great Sonny Walters.

Freo have lost the last ten derbies but is there that hint of “a line in the sand” feeling in the air?

The teams obviously aren’t finalised so it’s difficult to be precise, but grab a cup of coffee, sit back, click play and listen to intelligent analysis Jojo McDonnell and the Chief’s bucket of juvenile sledges.

Derby Day…. it’s the adult version of Christmas when you’re a kid!




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Nov 18, 2020
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AFL Club
Fremantle
It was a game that wasn’t pretty, it was hard to take, difficult to deal with and not exactly one we enjoyed reviewing. And we've put on about 8kgs eating humble pie! But everyone has a burden to carry.

Even as eternal glass half full advocates, yesterday’s game had to be called for what it was. At least when McGowan locks down the state he has half a positive to show for it! Other than the fact we scored more goals than points, the negatives compounded.

The defenders were under the pump all day! Unsurprisingly the search party came back empty handed when we sent them out to find the midfielders defensive efforts. The entire team was treadmill running after half time as they wiped their collective brow with the white flag they then seemingly put up.

You did though have to be in awe of Heath Chapman who was in substantial pain and showed incredible courage to stay out there and probably the only other shining light on the very dark day was Tobe Watson’s performance. But then again, the light may have just been his flaming red hair!

What more can you say? We did the denial, got through the anger, we bargained, fought our way out of depression and maybe mid-week we’ll arrive at acceptance to complete the five stages of grief. Until then this 45 minutes of purple passionate angst may help with the Freo fan fatigue and bring closure on the devastating Docker debacle.

(warning – contains little humour, weightless excuses and no positive spin)






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Nov 18, 2020
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Somehow we have to find the spark and reignite the passion that Western Derbies were once famous for. The rivalry soul has to be restored or we'll lose it forever. Sunday only confirmed it.




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Nov 18, 2020
34
10
AFL Club
Fremantle
A team bonding camp is the spirit lifting tonic isn’t it? We’re in a precarious position with a daunting task ahead this weekend so we’re just looking for an effort-based response. This podcast episode we try to get our heads around the upcoming contest against the Brisbane Lions!

It’s been a nightmare trying to predict selections so we hope Thursday nights team announcements return soon.

Without selection confirmation we’re tipping Joel Western to make his debut although it will be a little disappointing for him if he is made the medical sub. That said, given our on-field injury rate, Joel will still probably play three and a half quarters!

You'd think Taylin Duman and Tobe Watson will have to shoulder Ethan Hughes and Heath Chapman’s workload. Josh Treacy has been surprisingly left in Perth and there has to be a example setting cloud over several others.

Jojo McDonnell is on the hunt for preview podcast guests, characters from opposing teams and fan bases, but we’re not sure why he thought Jonathon Brown would give us the time of day! Unsurprisingly, he didn't. Keep aiming high though, Jojo!

It seems the Chief has started an investment segment as he momentarily takes his Fremantle hat off, puts his punters hat on and says the 20% return on an 80 minute Brisbane investment is stealing money. Considering he regularly gets a meal from Father Brian’s food van for the homeless, we’re not sure anyone should be taking his words as financial advice.

We’re all still a bit flat from last weekend and its difficult to be optimistic about the challenge ahead on Sunday but…. we’re Freo fans, we’ve been here many times before, we got up off the canvas each time and we’ll get up off the canvas again.






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Nov 18, 2020
34
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AFL Club
Fremantle
Well they’re not exactly ‘gone’ but the term ‘temporarily absent’ didn’t really fit the song lyric. Well all know Luke Ryan and Adam Cerra are valuable but when you don't have them for a number of weeks you really find out how valuable. That said the Lions were far too good and we’ve got plenty of work to do. We attempt to look into what needs to change but we do a lot of pointing and little solutioning in this review episode of the Restump podcast.

The forward line functioned exceptionally well, until the ball momentarily made its way in there. Things just don’t seem tip top with the great Michael ‘Sonny’ Walters as he appears a shadow of his former elite self. Rory Lobb struggle to have meaningful influence, the Schultz and Crowden combo couldn’t get amongst it and while Tabs bagged three, he just doesn’t quite look at his productive best.

Fyfe’s kicking woes have turned into an all-consuming monster. It must have, on some level, been a bit embarrassing to be a dual Brownlow medallist, near on 200 game player, 3 time club champion, 3 time all Australian and have all the boys get around you like it was your first goal when you put one through from 20 metres out directly in front. As horrendous as his kicking has been, I’d hate to think where we’d be without the great man.

The undermanned defence fought all day but the supply to the Brisbane’s forwards was relentless and precise. We gave away on average 37 more games of experience to their forward opponents. With four of our six backs at 23 years of age and the Conca Truck doing half a hammy, it was an uphill battle.

But the shining light and the positive to take out of the day is the big man in the middle. Sean Darcy is growing in strength and stature right before our eyes. He’s starting to realise his capabilities and those who weren’t previously in his corner, no doubt have come around. Clubs will be circling the big man from Geelong so we need to proactively be on the contract extension signature hunt.

The final margin of 24 points was both encouraging and a little flattering but we were heading for a blowout entering the last quarter so we’ll take the somewhat honourable four goal loss…. because really what else now can we do other than look to Essendon next week.

To summarise the week, It got off to a terrible start when we were forced to get on the road and mini-hub it. We tried to begin with an extra spare man in defence putting 19 on the field, Freddy went down five minutes later and then the goal umpire tackled Tabs without the ball. - The end.

There’s not a lot of joy at the moment but we welcome back the two soldiers we have desperately missed, Luke Ryan and Adam Cerra, in the very near future, potentially next week.

Click play and cop the 60 minutes of Freo philosophy right here but if you actually have an hour to kill…. we wouldn’t discard the prospect of doing something more productive.






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