I don't mind it. Primetime, good chance to get some early eyeballs on us. We just better be ready to go and not disappoint. Win would be huge given the Pies are likely to be thereabouts. Wonder if Pies are one of our double ups from 2019 top 6, otherwise would be weird to play in round one then not again.Apols if posted elsewhere, but apparently we're playing in a Friday night "blockbuster"
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Yeah I shouldn't complain - it's good publicity. I just get the jitters with any blown up expectation before we 'gel' - if it's a major loss you could lose potential members (although I guess people aren't as stupid as I think they are in that they'll wait for a few games before deciding).I don't mind it. Primetime, good chance to get some early eyeballs on us. We just better be ready to go and not disappoint. Win would be huge given the Pies are likely to be thereabouts. Wonder if Pies are one of our double ups from 2019 top 6, otherwise would be weird to play in round one then not again.
It'll be the regular Richmond/Carlton game, yeahYeah I shouldn't complain - it's good publicity. I just get the jitters with any blown up expectation before we 'gel' - if it's a major loss you could lose potential members (although I guess people aren't as stupid as I think they are in that they'll wait for a few games before deciding).
I imagine there will be a Thursday night game to open the season??
Probably still gets nightmares from this piece of Grant brilliance.I know the media pumps out BS opinion piece articles these days, but this one by bomber fan boy Twooomey is particularly poor.
The fact that he has that plodder Priddis in here and leaves out the great man at pick 105 shows how much research went into this.
He really just wanted to fap about what a great pick Hirdy was and then added the next 4 value picks that popped into his head.
Id love him and hopes he slides to us!IT MAKES sense that Fischer McAsey, who has grown up a lifelong Western Bulldogs fan, would idolise Aaron Naughton.
McAsey is a versatile, talented tall prospect who can play as a key position at both ends of the ground. Marking, like Naughton, is McAsey's key attribute.
But it was another Bulldog who first took McAsey's eye as he fell in love with the red, white and blue.
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"I was a really passionate fan with the Doggies when I was about five years old, and I'd just write letters to players in my spare time," he told AFL.com.au.
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"I wrote one to Matthew Boyd and he wasn't a [really] popular player at the time and he wrote back and gave me a hat and scarf. Ever since then we became pen pals and I met him at a few family days and things, which was nice."
The talented Sandringham Dragons prospect shapes as perhaps the first key-position player picked at next month's NAB AFL Draft.
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But it was the determined midfielder Boyd, an ex-skipper of the club and member of the Dogs' breakthrough 2016 premiership team, who forged a bond with McAsey in his youth.
"He did remember me from the letters so it was a good experience as a young kid," he said.
"The impact you can have on young kids [is huge]. They look up to AFL players and he really inspired me, so I'd like to be an inspiration to young kids if I can get onto an AFL list."
That step is only weeks away.
McAsey ended the season in a moonboot, suffering a stress fracture in his foot and forcing him to miss the Dragons' end to the NAB League season. He was also sidelined for the NAB AFL Draft Combine.
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But before that McAsey had established his credentials, starting the year as a key back who could leave his man, cut off forward entries and get things going his side's way.
He showed that in Vic Metro's under-18 carnival, where he was named his side's most valuable player ahead of top fancies Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson after averaging 14.5 disposals (at 74 per cent efficiency) and six marks a game.
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But McAsey also shifted forward at stages after the national carnival, showing an appetite for busting packs and throwing himself at the ball.
"My main strengths are my contested marking. If that's as a back, then I like to roll off and intercept," he said.
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"But if it's as a forward then just try to crash packs and create a contest. I pride myself on being clean with my hands.
"As far as my best position, I find I'm a bit more consistent as a defender at this stage but maybe my best footy playing as a forward I can impact games more. It really depends on the club's needs in terms of where they put me."