Which way for the pies?

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Mitchell Madness

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 17, 2006
23,222
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Hawthorn
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Do they make more progress, or was 2022 an anomaly with so many tight wins?

Some will say they're a young team and the only way is up, others will say the core is still there from 2018, and it may be a false dawn.

Either way, fantastic season for them
 

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cznsnowy91

Club Legend
Sep 19, 2015
1,200
1,638
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North Melbourne
I think they come tumbling down, although I also thought they would be terrible this year and they were 1 point away from a grand final. Will be one of the more interesting teams to follow next year.
 

largebus

Premiership Player
Apr 22, 2017
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Fremantle
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I think they underachieved last year due to the offseason fire sale to a greater degree than they overachieved this year.
Wouldn't be surprised if they miss top 4 but missing finals would be underperformance
 

Blue1980

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 9, 2011
17,082
20,601
Melbourne
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Carlton
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I think they underachieved last year due to the offseason fire sale to a greater degree than they overachieved this year.
Wouldn't be surprised if they miss top 4 but missing finals would be underperformance

I’d agree with that.

Sides will put more work into them next year.

I think mid range as opposed to top 4.
 

HenrikLundqvist

Premiership Player
Jul 5, 2013
3,233
4,603
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Collingwood
Offload Grundy, add McStay and some other big bodied players, cull some dead weight (Brown brothers etc.) and another year into Daicos', Murphy, IQ and Gini and we'll be in it up to our eyeballs.

Anyone writing the team off is ludicrous, instead of winning games by 7 points, things will really start clicking and we'll start winning them by 7 goals.
 

WalshistheGOAT

Club Legend
Mar 25, 2019
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Carlton
Offload Grundy, add McStay and some other big bodied players, cull some dead weight (Brown brothers etc.) and another year into Daicos', Murphy, IQ and Gini and we'll be in it up to our eyeballs.

Anyone writing the team off is ludicrous, instead of winning games by 7 points, things will really start clicking and we'll start winning them by 7 goals.
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Do_Beta_Rapport

Team Captain
Jun 23, 2022
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Collingwood
Overachieved this year but built culture and belief.

Ginnivan, McCreery, Daicos, Quaynor etc etc, all got to play in big games at home and on the road. That can help build a nucleus.

Look at some of the sides with far better lists that haven’t played/won a final for eons, I believe we will be better for the run not going the other way.
 

Do_Beta_Rapport

Team Captain
Jun 23, 2022
368
623
AFL Club
Collingwood
Pressure and expectation sometimes will be a curse. Changes the mindset completely from being ‘underdogs’. Their best chance was definitely this year.

Nobody gave the Pies a chance this year. They will slightly increase that for next but there will hardly be any expectation until they improve the list.
 

Gold Rocks

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Oct 2, 2019
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Richmond
Do they make more progress, or was 2022 an anomaly with so many tight wins?

Some will say they're a young team and the only way is up, others will say the core is still there from 2018, and it may be a false dawn.

Either way, fantastic season for them
They really needed to finish low to get elite top 5 kids in the draft. But they finally have a good coach so if they are injury free with young kids in the vfl taking the next step plus nailing trades, drafting and free agents they could stay up after the veterans retire.
 

outabounds

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 21, 2009
5,805
6,657
Lygon Street
AFL Club
Carlton
Impressive coach, played with no fear in the second half of the season, it's hard to say. They should be very happy with their achievement but it going to be tougher next year with all of a sudden a fair bit of expectation. They should make the 8 though.
 

Chism

Franks & Beans
Sep 7, 2008
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Carlton
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Low percentage and we’re super lucky in a heap of games with last minute goals that could of gone either way.

Finals found them out only beating Freo on the MCG after scraping into the top 4.

Now they have to push Grundy out and pay for him to play elsewhere so they they can afford the basket case DeGoey. No key forwards that have big bodies to rely on up forward either while still having a heavy reliance on Pendles and Sidebottom who are in the twilight years.

Positive side is the Daicos boys are guns and the have anchors down back in Moore and Howe who are a great 1-2 punch in defense. Crisp and Maynard are stars also but then it gets thin list wise.
 

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