We made the finals… Changes VS Dockers

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Snarls Barkley

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A little surprised they are running with Darcy forward. Tough role for a skinny kid to play, despite how awesome he looked in that quarter against Hawthorn, was expecting him to stay back and I would’ve brought Schache in. Think its worth the gamble though, the kid will be awesome.

Duryea out is unfortunate, defense looks dodgy enough as it is and he will be missed. I presume Williams will be the one that plays back, hopefully he and Keath can somehow find the form that has escaped them this season.
 

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4Seasons

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Think they want to play Louge down back too and worked out Meek as a forward is useless
Interesting, and you could be right.

I think Logue will stay forward and play a similar role that Cordy played for us in 2016. They are a little average up forward currently.

I think the original plan was Darcy to play more forward, and Meek to take care of the ruck. But he’s been so average there as well, that Darcy has had to go into the ruck anyway to clean up the damage Meek was causing in there.

I really give us a chance this week. Always good to be playing finals.
 

Oliver Gigacz

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Rain is now likely a non-issue, latest BOM forecast has less than 1mm for the day and most likely early...

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How good is finals footy?!?

Can’t believe some didn’t want us to make it.

Looking forward to a few beers and watching us make our way through to the G against the Pies next weekend.
Baffles me that people would prefer us to have finished 9th than make the 8. Either we lose first week and it's cost us 1 spot in the draft order, or we win 1 final (or more) unexpectedly again which would be awesome.

Those within the club don't suddenly forget there are certain issues to address because we made the 8, they aren't morons.
 

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I think Libba and Rain both being out hurt us a lot. I would have tipped us to win before we lost them.
 

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Can you make late changes to the 26? I wonder if the sub comes from outside or the 4 emergencies.
 

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Dale4captain

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Looking at the emergency list, suggests we’ve got a few sore talls who are playing. Also looks as though Doc could be removed from the emergencies tomorrow and replaced with someone else.

West must have something going on.
 

dergert

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Looking at the emergency list, suggests we’ve got a few sore talls who are playing. Also looks as though Doc could be removed from the emergencies tomorrow and replaced with someone else.

West must have something going on.
Doesn't fill me a lot of hope with West bring out of contract.
 

glenashley

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Thinking of ed Richards.

Googled it and poor bloke had only played in 2 finals. Both losing elims.

Give it to em Ed.
 

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The only change I’d make is to bring in an extra runner for one of Cordy or Keath (probably Cordy).

Freo only have Lobb, Logue & Amiss (skinny second gamer) and I doubt there would be any stages of the game where they actually play 3 tall forwards as one would typically be on the bench or playing ruck. I just hope we don’t have a situation where I see Cordy chasing around Schultz or Walters because there’s no matchup.
 

Anja_Nees

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Feel for Bruce but he played some of the worst football I’ve seen the last few weeks. Darcy, Naughton and JUH all look miles ahead for now. Hope he gets super fit again for round one.

Good to see Tony back but if he’s up to it I’m a bit surprised they didn’t give him a game late. Was med sub once but that’s it.

Noticed Duryea’s an emergency so maybe there’s a chance of a last minute call up if the baby comes early?
 

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The only change I’d make is to bring in an extra runner for one of Cordy or Keath (probably Cordy).

Freo only have Lobb, Logue & Amiss (skinny second gamer) and I doubt there would be any stages of the game where they actually play 3 tall forwards as one would typically be on the bench or playing ruck. I just hope we don’t have a situation where I see Cordy chasing around Schultz or Walters because there’s no matchup.
Switkowski (sp) concerns me.
 
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Martyn_30_

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Over the past three finals series the side has played an opponent late in the year and then again in the finals on 4 occasions and the results have flipped dramatically in all of them

2019: Bulldogs by 61 in round 22, Giants by 58 in the elimination final

2021: Essendon by 13 in round 21, Bulldogs by 49 in the elimination final.
Port by 2 in round 23, Bulldogs by 71 in the prelim.
Bulldogs by 20 in round 19, Melbourne by 74 in the grand final

2022: Freo by 17 in round 22.....

I think there's something to one side being comfortable with what worked and the other knowing they've got to bring something else to the table.

Four out of five times last finals series the results flipped the other being Melbourne's win after the siren, it doesn't appear to be random. Brisbane lost to Richmond late in the season and again the result flipped, I'd be getting a little nervous if I was Freo.
 

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With Libba and Bruce out, who is going to fly the flag for us?
 

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