You couldn’t be more wrongEveryone calm down.
TIMESLOTS are floating, i think the SCHEDULE is the proposed schedule.
Ie. If we're scheduled for the last match of the round they might bring us forward to 12pm on a Sunday rather than 2.40pm for example.
Time tweaks, not schedule tweaks.
Ya feel me?
witho with 27 touches30th July, 2017 | Round 19 | WCE 17.11.113 - BL 6.9.45
Kennedy kicked 6 goals, S.Mitchell 27 disposals and Sheed gave a sign of the future, with a then career-best match of 29 disposals and 2 goals.
Karpany played his 7th career match, tallying 8 disposals.
The Lions are still yet to play at the new stadium.
I think you mean't "bear".Bare in mind i think that's more so the fault of the VFL not giving us MCG games very often.
It's quite a soft draw all things considered. No double ups against the top 4 (and considering there were a clear top 5 teams all of 2020 until finals, us included, that is a huge win). Dogs, Pies and Saints as double ups are as good as we could hope for from the top 8. MCG games are against Collingwood, Hawks and Carlton - none are easy of course but all winnable.Not to bad a draw all things considered. A couple of back to back Perth games and play MCG 3 times.
Personally would have like to play Richmond twice in a year to test ourselves against them.
Also a bit wanky for the 3rd year in a row, or is it now 4, we play Brissy on their home turf, particularly given how many they had there this season.
Tempted to put $1k on it now.Also LOL @ playing Sydney at the SCG. They will battle to win half a dozen games for the year, but pencil that one in.
It is not remotely a ‘bonus’ of any sort.Depends on rest days before. If it's a sunday afternoon game and we have 7 days break leading in we're a shot. Having the longest trip as the last game of the season is actually a huge bonus as you have a bye the week after.
I find this very exciting. Provided we have a decent pre-season and have most of our best 22 ready to go in round 1, I am really optimistic that we will start the year off well. This draw gives us a really good chance at top 2, just need the fitness and coaching/gameplan to be on point. Hopefully the disaster in the hub from 2020 and the 1 point loss to the Pies gives them the kick in the arse they need to get the off field sorted.The outcome of the club's 2021 season will be highly dependent upon what happens in the front half.
Before the bye there are x5 trips to Victoria and none of those will be easy:
Port and Collingwood both have good recent records in Perth and GWS away won't go without a fight.
- Bulldogs and Saints on the Docklands racetrack that suits their fast running game styles
- Carlton are improving and Hawthorn at the MCG is always a struggle for us
- Geelong at Kardinia where the Eagles haven't won in 15 years
The home matches against Essendon, Adelaide, Fremantle and Gold Coast are the only apparent certainties - and even then Fremantle are improving rapidly under Longmuir and we all know what happened against the Suns in 2020.
The chance of a top 4 finish could be gone before June if the team does not perform well early.
Indeed, indifferent form or injuries could conceivably place the club outside of the top 8 at the halfway point.
Thankfully, the back half of the season looks far more comfortable:
Expectations should be to go 8-2 or 9-1 after the bye.
- Just x4 travels interstate, two of those against likely bottom four clubs in Adelaide and Sydney
- The others against Collingwood at the MCG and Brisbane at the Gabba will be tough matches however.
- x5 matches at home against Victorian opponents, of which none have a good record against the Eagles in WA.
- A second derby match-up against Fremantle
Considering the 26 seasons since 1994 that clubs have played 22 matches before finals, only on two occasions (2011 & 2016) has a 16-6 record not been sufficient to qualify for a top 4 placing. Indeed, eight times over that period it has been enough to qualify for top 2.
It means the club could go 8-4 or even 7-5 at the bye and still remain well in the hunt for a top 4 finish given the comparative ease of the second half of the fixture.
Get through to the bye with 3 or fewer losses and the club is all but guaranteed a top 2 finish.
We were 3-3 in 2019 after 6 rounds and finished outside top 4 on percentage after blowing 3 chances to lock in top 4 (v Collingwood R17, v Richmond R22, v Hawthorn R23).To be any shot I think we need to be 5-2 after 7 rounds.
Personally still think we don't as a team have the ability to link the midfield to the forwards well enough to win the premiership. Our best 22 on form is best in league but unless something significant changes or all the conditions run to our favour I don't see us as a top 2 team over a full year. If we don't finish top 2 we don't make the grand final.
And if we are 3-3 after 6 rounds in 2021 and off to play Geelong in Geelong we are going into round 8 at 3-4. Meaning to finish top 2 (to almost guarantee it you need 17 wins) we would have to finish at worst 14-1 from there on in. I'm saying we won't win the premiership if we don't finish top 2.We were 3-3 in 2019 after 6 rounds and finished outside top 4 on percentage after blowing 3 chances to lock in top 4 (v Collingwood R17, v Richmond R22, v Hawthorn R23).
This fixture is a pretty great fixture for us.
If we are 5-2 after 7 rounds lock in the flag then and there. After round 7, only 5 of our remaining 15 games are against 2020 finalists, although GWS is still a danger game.
- Playing North Melbourne and Hawthorn at Optus/MCG instead of Hobart/Launceston
- Playing Richmond in Perth
- Playing Adelaide twice
- Playing Port in Perth
- No double ups against top 4 sides
- 2 home 2 away against 2020 top 4
- Game against the Lions at the Gabba is last round of the season (no fatigue the next week)
- Playing Geelong at GMHBA