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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 15 2024 Post-Game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Cant see Walsh milking a free by using his head as a tamping tool for the MCG surface.....its true other players like May have been trying to milk frees by giving the appearance their head has been driven into the turf but Walsh isnt one of them.
Dangerfield has form for careless tackles and attacks on the ball and shouldnt be given the elite player get out of jail free card.
The sling tackle, head hitting the ground free is another area like HTB where umpires lack consistency and have to guess when they are on the wrong side of play and cant see the head properly.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: VFL 2024 Rd 13 Carlton vs Southport at Carlton
I dont see Fantasia being dropped, Voss obviously likes him and his form while nothing brilliant has improved, if he was going to be dropped it would have been a while back and why change a winning team anyway?
And why change it for a bunch of iffy injury prone players who cant go with VFL kids from the Bullants and Journeymen from Southport?
Apart from Cerra who I would introduce back into the team as the sub initially I wouldnt fix what isnt broken. Id be sticking with Cowan and making sure he doesnt become a Tasmanian player, been doing a great job on his opponents much like Concotta and attacks the ball with ferocity and is an old school style defender.

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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread
A polly on the wireless this morning spoke about Bangladesh firing up its first nuclear reactor later this year and suggested that, if they can do it, it would be a doddle for us.

He neglected to mention that the power plant was first proposed in the 1960s, confirmed in 2007, and a US2bn contract to build it was signed with Russia in 2010.  The actual cost is closer to US13bn, much of that subject to a loan from Russia.

I dread to think of the cost blowouts if our governments embarked on a nuclear power plant construction program.

China build them in 5-7 years, thats their average since 2010.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread
AEMO are hopeless..... In 2018 AEMO estimated that HumeLink (then called SnowyLink North) would cost
between $575m and $1,725m (and would be completed by 2025). TransGrid now Chinese controlled has now admitted it
will cost more than $5 billion (excluding interest during construction and project management
costs) and construction of it is yet to begin. For Project Energy Connect from South Australia,
AEMO estimated it would cost $1bn in 2016 (and be completed by 2021), but in 2021 the Australian
Energy Regulator allowed $2.3bn.  The latest estimate is $3.5bn although neither
Electranet, Transgrid or AEMO have said so publicly yet.
AEMO says that VNI-West plan will only raise transmission charges by 25% in Victoria. But AEMO uses 2021 prices, connecting 500kv lines to the Victorian 220kv transmission system is expensive and transmission charges will be up over 100%.
There is an alternate plan B I have seen for Victoria which uses the existing 220kv transmission system with a few upgrades, some new 220kv lines and doesnt require the building of the superhighway 500kv system, just one small 500kv transition point and , half the price, less land being chewed up.This would be phased in from 2023 to 2035 and cost around 6 billion with only minor increases on your electric bill, the VNI West will cost 11 billion and put up your electric bills plenty...
Of course with AEMO being the driving force that plan B wont see the light of day as it curtails profits, needless to say neither will nuclear  see the light of day either with such a heavy green, teal, minor parties number in the senate so Duttons plans are null and void and without foreign investment which means China no full plan will make it to the start line given Chinese Investment is on the slide in Aus thanks to the political situation.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 15 2024 Pre-game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Williams to Stewart.
Cincotta to Holmes.
Kemp to Cameron with Kennedy to help out when he runs through the midfield.

Possibly bring Motlop in for Carroll, otherwise no change.

Just on Williams; he went back into defence in the last quarter against Essendon when McGovern was off and played hard-nosed defence.  He has also been spending time in the midfield.  Having versatile players who can play multiple roles is a bonus.
Stewart would be too big and too good in the air for Williams imo....Cincotta to Holmes is a good move as he is their major playmaker these days and his pace his going to be concerning. I'd have Boyd on Myers too..stitched us up last time and gets under the radar a bit.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 15 2024 Pre-game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Stanley and Conway are way down in the ruck rankings but the Geelong ruck that concerns me most is Blicavs.  He'll probably be running with Cripps but his athleticism when he goes into the ruck will trouble our second stringers or De Koning in the unlikely event that Pittonet is back.  Blicavs might cause a minor headache or two but I don't think our MC will be losing sleep over him.

Just back to the down the line discussion; how often do Weitering, Kemp, McGovern and their mates intercept opposition kicks?  I reckon we'd be well ahead of most teams when it comes to intercepting kicks down the line.

Despite Hoyne's earnestness, it's not a huge problem.
Blicavs has been way out of form this season and as Kane Cornes has pointed out now has a bad habit of kicking on his non preferred left foot all the time with poor results making him ineffective and his ruckwork hasnt been great either, 3 hitouts last game.
We will probably get more opposition from the kid Conway and Hawkins rucking down forward than Stanley and Blicavs imho.
How Stanley has survived so long as 1st ruck at such a powerful club is one of footballs modern wonders....
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread
We can't even build a rail link to the airport or enough homes for people to live in. Don't hold your breath re. energy. The blah blah blah will go on and on. Maybe we could harness the hot air being emitted - there'll be a goodly supply of that.
And thanks to Treasury‚Äôs miscalculations for migration being way out based on its lack of experience of forecasting a post-Covid world, it looks like the implications of that mistake, lingering high inflation, high rents, a housing shortage and higher for longer interest rates will be an ongoing problem. 
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 15 2024 Pre-game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Dont see the big deal with the ruck setup, TDK is playing the best footy of his career as the lone ruck and Harry has been ok as the fill in....why change that vs Geelong who have a rubbish ruckman in Stanley and/or a rookie kid in Conway.
If it was TDK vs Darcy and Jackson or Draper/Goldstein, Cox/Cameron etc then you would think about Pittonet but vs Geelong Id be sticking with TDK only after last games efforts...
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 13 2024 Post Game Celebrations - Carlton vs Essendon
I  noticed on the weekend, at centre bounces, his focus was on the opposition ruckman and not the ball.
Maybe he was looking to be more physical.
Not sure it worked too well though.

Fair point,   I thought he was looking for the contact as Johnson the opposing ruckman I think it was is a strong looking player and more of the push and shove style, the other ruck Jorgansen was more of a jumper and Mirkov I thought handled him better.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 13 2024 Post Game Celebrations - Carlton vs Essendon
Something you also see in the 2's. Unfortunately Mirkov doesn't have the same footy IQ and doesn't get the ball like de Koning does, but he gets shepherded out all the time.
Mirkov allows smaller lighter players to push him away from the ball,  he needs to stand his ground better and get on the angry pills and throw his weight around. Height is a great asset some really tall players just rely on too much and never expand their game.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The EV thread
Europe joining the Tariff war on cheap Chinese EV's.
https://apnews.com/article/european-union-electric-vehicles-tariffs-china-b56ef6eff5e8970bf3a9d3304fbdbaa5
Of course with so many European cars being made in China now Id expect the Chinese to react and make those vehicles more costly to produce as well as ramp up subsidies to their own vehicle makers to offset any tariffs.
Here in Aus though with no car manufacturing industry anymore and Albo wanting to get loved up with the Chinese in other areas of Industry, Resources etc Id expect no change and prices to keep falling for EV's...