Game Day West Coast Eagles v Essendon, Finals Week 1 - 18:10 AWST, Sep 05, 2019

Who wins West Coast v Essendon?

  • WCE <10

    Votes: 7 4.0%
  • WCE 10+ to <30

    Votes: 19 10.9%
  • WCE 30+

    Votes: 97 55.4%
  • Essendon <10

    Votes: 20 11.4%
  • Essendon 10+ to <30

    Votes: 17 9.7%
  • Essendon 30+

    Votes: 15 8.6%

  • Total voters
    175
  • Poll closed .

Witch1

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'Violent overreactions' define nearly every Fremantle supporters opinion of this incident.
Uh huh. My opinion has nothing to do with being a Freo supporter, mate.

Natanui is very fortunate that Merrett wasn't actually injured - could've suffered catastrophic head or neck injuries. It's a worry that Nic Nat displayed no self-control when reacting to annoying but harmless provocation.

It's a familiar story in our society. As I said, our courts, prisons and hospitals are full of tragic stories and broken lives where things just 'got a bit out of hand'.
 

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TheBrownDog
Sep 2, 2008
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What a stupid comment, anyone with half a brain can clearly see it's your players that a the dumb ones, they cant execute a game plan to save their lives, just really dumb.
Well if we don't have the cattle to play his style then change. how about building style on tackling pressure and contested footy? You don't need skill and brains to play a style like that
 

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TheBrownDog
May 5, 2006
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Uh huh. My opinion has nothing to do with being a Freo supporter, mate.

Natanui is very fortunate that Merrett wasn't actually injured - could've suffered catastrophic head or neck injuries. It's a worry that Nic Nat displayed no self-control when reacting to annoying but harmless provocation.

It's a familiar story in our society. As I said, our courts, prisons and hospitals are full of tragic stories and broken lives where things just 'got a bit out of hand'.
Merrett is lucky he plays footy in this era.

Want to play rugby in the 90s and pull Tana Umaga's hair and see how that goes?
 

Sector 7G

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Aug 21, 2009
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You do realise that evading tackles and avoiding contact is exactly what he's meant to be doing right? It's the rest of the forwards / mids refusing to provide options that makes things like that happen. Weird player to criticise, was one of the handful that actually bothered to try.
Often he is avoiding tackles by running sideways and away from the goals. Hard for the forwards provide options when they have lead 3 times and Saad keeps running to less dangerous positions and they have no idea what he is going to do. Bruce was in raptures when Saad on his run and turned it over. Looked great but ultimately costly for the side. It has nothing to do with how hard he is trying.
 

owen87

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Apr 23, 2016
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Often he is avoiding tackles by running sideways and away from the goals. Hard for the forwards provide options when they have lead 3 times and Saad keeps running to less dangerous positions and they have no idea what he is going to do. Bruce was in raptures when Saad on his run and turned it over. Looked great but ultimately costly for the side. It has nothing to do with how hard he is trying.
No player in the league runs at 100%, Saad occasionally getting caught is well and truly the least of our worries given he creates far more opportunities than most. His lateral movement is part of the reason he's difficult to shut out of a game, sometimes it doesn't pay off, others it does. It's also best to ignore Bruce, he's well past it.
 

Farang83150

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Uh huh. My opinion has nothing to do with being a Freo supporter, mate.

Natanui is very fortunate that Merrett wasn't actually injured - could've suffered catastrophic head or neck injuries. It's a worry that Nic Nat displayed no self-control when reacting to annoying but harmless provocation.

It's a familiar story in our society. As I said, our courts, prisons and hospitals are full of tragic stories and broken lives where things just 'got a bit out of hand'.
What a ridiculous comment, typical freo sniper trying to cover jealousy up with stupid comments about society being full of tragic stories, did you think the same about Dale Kickett's reaction....
 

bitadash

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Uh huh. My opinion has nothing to do with being a Freo supporter, mate.

Natanui is very fortunate that Merrett wasn't actually injured - could've suffered catastrophic head or neck injuries. It's a worry that Nic Nat displayed no self-control when reacting to annoying but harmless provocation.

It's a familiar story in our society. As I said, our courts, prisons and hospitals are full of tragic stories and broken lives where things just 'got a bit out of hand'.
Another 'violent overreaction'... settle down mate, you're reinforcing my argument.

AFL is a violent game. Period.
 

Balls In

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May 25, 2018
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Merrett deserves a decent fine for the hair pulling, a holiday to start the 2020 if it was intentional.

Natanui grabbing him by the throat and throwing him in to the fence? Hardly needed any staging for that to be pretty ugly. Shall we grab Natanui and ask him to do the same to you - seeing as you're such a tough guy and all - and see how you go?
I tell you what. The next time you see a 7ft 120kg giant walking down the street go up and give his hair a real good yank. Let us know how you got on so we can decide if Nicks push was over the top.
 

Witch1

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What a ridiculous comment, typical freo sniper trying to cover jealousy up with stupid comments about society being full of tragic stories, did you think the same about Dale Kickett's reaction....
Not remotely comparable. Nice Nat is a huge man who threw a much smaller bloke with as much force as he could muster into a fence. I don't think Sandi's ever done that.
 

owen87

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Apr 23, 2016
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I tell you what. The next time you see a 7ft 120kg giant walking down the street go up and give his hair a real good yank. Let us know how you got on so we can decide if Nicks push was over the top.
What a truly weird comment. Comparing going up to a complete stranger versus two people engaged in a full-contact sporting contest?

Natanui was quite fine with being tackled, I'm assuming the random 7ft 120kg stranger would also be fine with that?

Some truly weird justifications for Natanui going on here. Merrett deserves a fine and likely a week or two off if it's deemed a deliberate action. So does Natanui.
 

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bitadash

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Uh huh. My opinion has nothing to do with being a Freo supporter, mate.

Natanui is very fortunate that Merrett wasn't actually injured - could've suffered catastrophic head or neck injuries. It's a worry that Nic Nat displayed no self-control when reacting to annoying but harmless provocation.

It's a familiar story in our society. As I said, our courts, prisons and hospitals are full of tragic stories and broken lives where things just 'got a bit out of hand'.
Explain to me also why Langford steaming into an unsuspecting NN back doesnt engage your wrath?
 

JackOutback

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Sep 15, 2011
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Naitanui would be in strife if Merrett was injured. "Potential for serious injury" is certainly a valid invocation, but is only used when the AFL are out to get you.

Fine for both, play on.
I agree it had the potential to go pear shaped and in hindsight, NN wouldn't do it again. But the fact he wasn't injured means the AFL can rightly say the little sh!tbag deserved a response. Take the fence out of it and it was just a push from someone who had a right to be annoyed. Fine for both
 

WCfan22

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Not remotely comparable. Nice Nat is a huge man who threw a much smaller bloke with as much force as he could muster into a fence. I don't think Sandi's ever done that.
Nah mate that looked like a half power chokeslam to me. Instantaneous reaction to a dog act and deserved too. I'd be more worried about Dylan sheil throwing a Haymaker at nicnat in the melee and luckily missing
 

flyinghi64

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Is it troll season or something?
seem to be a few out today on this thread.
Good game by the boy's, much better than the last outing, but will probably need to step up even more next week.
Essendon really just 2-3 very good players short. Replace a couple of the "ordinary" players with a couple of very good ones and they will be much much better.

As far as that stupid hair pulling fiasco goes, I would dare say there isn't a player in the comp, or any comp, that wouldn't react the same way or worse.
He PULLED HIS BLOODY HAIR PEOPLE, you........don't.........do........that.
 

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