Well the surprise factor of the first 8 goals like last time is gone from this one. West Coast will know how we want to play and how we cut them up last time. We are better defensively to combat Kennedy and Darling who I know weren't available last outing. Bringing the heat around the footy and in the front half should hold us in good stead. Not bombing down the line to tubs McGovern and Hurn will also be key. dons by 15 pts.
Should be a ripping game. Do worry about our ability to kick goals....mostly because their defence matches up really well with ours. Schofield is perfectly suited to Brown as is Hurn to Laverde. Hopefully Smack can find a way to trouble McGovern, at least occupy him, and Fanta and Tippa hit the scoreboard. Stringer out is a big blow.
That said we match up pretty well in reverse. Ambrose is every bit as athletic and strong as Darling and twice as hard....I expect he’ll take him to the cleaners as long as midfield is applying decent pressure. We have the best set of small backs in the comp so we should handle Ryan, Cripps etc without issue. Kennedy is the worry....not sure Hooker can stay with him on the lead.
Strangely confident about this one, kinda game we win. The fact that we are not expected to get a result, odds against us playing last years premiers and the hardest road trip in the afl just seems to be a recipe for success (weird I know). Now if we were playing Gold Coast at marvel I probably wouldn't be so confident.
I had pencilled us in to lose this one and then GWS to knock us out of finals contention. However, they have a very unsettled line-up and I wouldn't be surprised if a few of their ins don't play because the omitted are still emergencies. I didn't think of playing GWS here as I just thought every time we played a Sydney team it was up there. Win this and keep the settled line up, with Stringer pushing for selection next week, we could go into the game with confidence next week.