Haven't beaten Brisbane for an awful long time. I think the last time we won was Teague's first game as coach. Our midfield needs to fire and if you shut down Neale they tend to struggle. Their forwards are dangerous and we are missing our best defender and defensive leader. I believe their defence is good except when it isn't. When things go wrong they can be scored against both heavily and quickly. It will be interesting what our side looks like considering the injuries we have to key personnel but I think it will be our attitude which determines how we go. The question we must answer is are we satisfied with last season or do we want to go all the way?
R12 2019, Teague's first game as coach. Their fwd line, IMO, is the best and bats the deepest of any in the comp (when they are on).
Lij Hollands is an out and Kennedy is a possible replacement, depending on his match fitness. I'd prefer to see Binns get a run. He was lively when he came on. I would be tempted to play Moir in the Jack Martin role.
It's going to be a tough ask without Weiters, Walsh and Martin and with Brisbane close to full strength. The temperature and humidity won't help either but we've had similar conditions for training and our practice matches.
I wish I could lip read because after the game, the two coaches came together on the boundary line and were talking and I dont know why but I had a feeling that Goody asked Vossy if Walshy will play round OR and Vossy looked to me like he as was saying "yeh probably" or something like that. I recorded the game so I might have another look at that bit and see if I can make it out.
No one on this Earth can convince me last night was a good showing in any way shape or form. - A full preseason on a ground where every player would know ever blade of grass. The blokes wearing CFC jumpers last night looked like they had to google map the address of IKON Park before beginning the drive to it let alone know it well. The next person I hear say "we need to have it as our home venue for premiership points and make it our fortress" I will spew up. - A full preseason supposedly practicing speed and ball movement. I was abhorrent to say the least. - A full preseason with footballs in hand from day 1 and they come out fumbling and dropping marks, skills that Carolyn Springs FC would put to shame. - A full preseason with a group who had supposedly matured and turned the corner in 2023. They looked confused, lacked cohesion, it was like the first session of preseason having read the new game plan book. Last night was the complete opposite to what I expected. I'm no dill, I realise it was a practice match and the result counted for nothing other than a tune up. However one week out from meeting one of last years Grandfinalists on their dungheap, I expected a sharp, determined looking outfit displaying all the traits that justify our expectations that 2024 will be a year where consolidate the achievements of 2023. And don't feed me the BS about missing our two best players either. Weitering they have know about for several weeks, if they haven't developed a play with him missing, shame on them. Walsh? Supposedly we have a deep midfield, now we are a one man midfield because of a poor showing. I call BS on that. They were missing Oliver and Petracca barely got out of reverse. We are not a one or two man team, or are we? Overdramatic? Ever the pessimist? We'll see I guess. To truly change you have to guess what, change. Every year we come out slow out of the blocks, last night was no different. Following 2023 this was supposed to be different. Wrote us off too early? Again, we'll see I guess. Maybe last years PF was our peak, maybe that's as good as it gets for this group. I just expected something better, I'm nervous. PS Praccy match or not, they showed they are top 4 material and ready to redeem themselves, we played like pretenders who drank bath water Dakaris all summer.
Lots of people mentioning "intensity" ie lack of it, I dont get it. To me what stood out was that we lacked Fluency/Connection/Synergy between each line moving the ball. Chains were a rarity. That and the TO's murdered us.
I'd go with: FB Saad D Durdin Newman HB Williams McGovern Docherty C Hollands Cripps Acres R De Koning Cerra Hewett HF Cottrell Curnow Cunningham FF Motlop McKay Fogarty INT Kemp Wilson Kennedy Boyd Fantasia (sub) EMERG Cincotta Binns Marchbank Wilson showed a snippet of why we picked him. If not him, Binns .
Lets get things started shall we. A few questions to ask: 1.. Will Walshy get up? 2. Will Motlop miss? 3. Do Williams and Kennedy come in? 4. Do we play TDK and Pitto or TDK and H? 5. Does/Can Marchy come in or is he hurt also?
A lacklustre performance tonight to say the least, but I'm reliably told its a praccy match and so just ignore it.
From what I saw of Young tonight, Durdin plays if he is fit. Despite H hurting my eyes in the ruck, Pitto made him look like Big Nic. I think Williams and Kennedy need to come in for sure.
Cant see us beating the Lions up there, but Ill wipe tonight from my memory and say you never know.
Don't care about intensity as it's a practice game but our ball movement is terrible.
If it was a hot windy evening in some country town, I'd say "Oh well". But to play as shambolic as as we have on a ground that we we know (or should know) every blade of grass and have trained on all summer? Its a real worry. Ollie Hollands has been our best player by the length of the Flemmington straight.
Oh by the way, praccy match or not, we have to travel to the Gabbatoir in a little over a weeks time. If we play like tonight, they will make an utter mess of us. Its concerning that we are playing like this on our home deck a week out from the real stuff. I expected a sharper effort than this. I hope the Xmas bath water drinking sessions didn't happen.
Tall Defenders at sea without weitering. And dropping our dopey ruckman there confuses things further. Only a practice match but that part is a bit of a worry. Doc needs to play back until weiters returns.
Gov also needs to get more involved by tracking the footy and either intercepting or punching it clear.