McDonald played on Greene and was well beaten even before you factor in his turnovers. Like Thompson, he likes to guard grass looking for a cheap intercept.You can’t be considered best on when you constantly torch the ball the way he does.
Yes he tried hard and had a good crack, but as a coach once told me, there is no point in getting the ball if you constantly waste it.
Agree with your assessment but I’m not sure that will be happening within season and moreover we lack the midfield cattle for it currently.Stripping it back to simple terms has been good.
However, we need to do more than play down the line.
Physicality is the foundation. It needs to work in conjunction with a higher risk game plan. Bite off the 45. Play the boundary and the corridor. Let players feed off each other.
Right now we have a crack and try to play safe round the edges.
Christian to take a stand on the tribunal's leniencyon Abberlett. 3 weeks to BBB to make up for the weeks GAJ didn't get.Can't wait until tomorrow.
BBB will get a week for the elbow.
Jack will get 2 for the hit on Greene in the first quarter.
And I'm sure Christian will find a few more in the video review.
Exactly right SF7832 at Blundstone Arena
Do you want to be Bolton's Carlton?Yet, I can't understand how a clutch of bog ordinary players, who get selected week in and week out, are keeping out the likes of Ahern, Crocker, Murphy, Hayden, Scott, Taylor and Watson.
I think it was the mental ‘come down’ from the last few weeks.Complete midfield domination is a worry going forward - losing the clearances is one thing numerically, and another qualitatively, and it seemed to me at the ground that when they won the clearances they usually made something of it, far more than we did. I thought the backline were sensational in the first half (Thompson had a blinder of a first quarter), but after half time it seemed the Giants were able to catch us out of position on the turnover through quick ball movement too easily... umpiring isn't the reason we lost, but some absolute howlers today (I actually thought Brown's goal was touched from where I sat live, but once it's called a goal, how can that video evidence be considered conclusive enough to overrule?!). Increasingly worried about Mason Wood, does some nice things occasionally but goes missing too often and sometimes doesn't seem to commit when needed...
No questioning our effort, but the back half of this game was particularly lacklustre. Hopefully it's just our by-now-standard pre-bye lapse, and we can take the positives from the last month or so into next fortnight's match against Collingwood and beyond - but a midfield performance like today's will see us crushed... it's the same problem we've had for quite some time now, that when we don't win the clearance in tight, the opposition can run rings around us on the outside, and Collingwood are experts at that side of the game. Keeping competitive in the first half was great to see, as is our general endeavour in recent times, but a backline in strong form can only get you so far...
The old Carlton chestnut.Do you want to be Bolton's Carlton?
Sure there was a selection issue.
Ahern should have been in.
The rest is grasping at straws.
I thought the same Tas, maybe whoever is on the selection committee when Scotts was there has regained their confidence and Shaw listened to them? Hopefully Shaw will be his own man after this game. Let's see what happens with the Pies.I think we needed more midfield run......it was a ghost of Brad Scott type of team selection and coaching. As good as our first two weeks were under Shaw, this week raising some worrying red flags.
Ahern should have been in the side, yeah, I sound like a broken record but there are no excuses with Higgins injury, he has played well in the VFL and we compromised the structure of the side.
You want to play 6 players at once that have, what, 3 games of AFL between them and see no issue with this.The old Carlton chestnut.
Never far away.
Carlton don't have the calibre of hardened senior players such as Cunners, Tarrant, Goldy, BBB, Williams, Jed, Polec, Pittard, and Ziebell.
They could only dream of wrapping those blokes around their kids.
Have a little faith in them.
Spot on.Every time we play the Giants I get reminded how the observation “disposal still needs work” applies to our entire list.
Like chalk and cheese.
Sadly played right into their hands.McDonald at least twice missed open players in the middle 70 out and bombed it into three on one's where defensive marks were taken 50 out. Still with this under ten stuff? Frustrates me no end