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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 18 2024 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Last post by pertz -
With Mrs Baggers away for the week on work, yours truly has indulged himself today in watching a few replays of our games over the past month or so.

Apart from what has been written about thus far, one other thing stood out - niceness. Watching us against GWS & the Dishlickers was like watching a different side against, say, the Pussycats. In the past coupla weeks, gone is the ruthless hunting, boldness and cold efficiency. Crikey, when the Pussycats came at us (in the 3rd) we came back at them like an avalanche (9gl last qtr). When challenged by the Dishlickers and GWS... meekness, niceness, timidness. Tried, but with no authority or conviction.

Fortunately, and hopefully, all is not lost... shouldn't take much to regain and even build on the boldness, hunting and ruthlessness... and kick the meekness, confusion and niceness to the shizen. Coaches, time for sternness, sharp focus and challenge to our chargers, yourselves, and the MC... player not in good form? - FO. We have it in us.
Your reference to "niceness" is on the money Baggers. David King spoke about it today on SEN. Gerard Whately asked him about the ruck situation at Carlton and he immediately switched the conversation to what he saw as the real issue - we are getting beat up in the contests around the ball. He specifically mentioned firstly Cerra then Walsh. Good, skilful players he said, but can they handle finals like pressure when the opposition come at them physically?  I think he has valid points and I think oppo teams now see this as the way to get on top of us. It's not panic stations, but we need to sort it out. 
Now my 2 cents worth on how TDK fits into this. When he is rucking at centre bounces, he becomes another midfielder when the ball hits the ground and an aggressive one at that. We need this.
In summary, we get pushed around too easily, sometimes illegally. We neec to harden the screw up and stop trying to just play nice football. Crippa is a nice guy, but on the field he has controlled aggression because it means a lot to him. Maybe it just doesn't mean enough to some of the others? In Walsh's defence, it means a lot to him as well but he has to learn to cope with blocks, tags etc.
Get some mongrel back and the rest of our game will click into gear.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: Trumpled (Alternative Leading)
Last post by ElwoodBlues1 -
The shooter was a frail kid with glasses who was bullied at school and isolated. Worked in food prep at a nursing home and was rejected at the school rifle club for being a lousy shot.
Type of profile that seems to be prone to this type of action where they have nothing to live for and want to be acknowledged for something in life.
Schools and Governments need to do more to stem bullying and stamp it out and make sure these kids are identified and helped post school.
I'm not sure what his parents situation is or his home life but it happens too frequently where these gentle bullied kids
freak out with horrendous outcomes.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 18 2024 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Last post by ElwoodBlues1 -
I'm wondering if the Bullies used a few tricky tactics on Weeters and others (at stoppages) such as a lot of marginal blocks and holds.  Id rather we got exposed to crap like that in season and get an opportunity to be educated by it, rather that flunk against it in October/September.
I thought Ugle Hagan gave up trying to outmuscle JW where he got out marked every contest, got on the move and tested those corkies by making him run a bit more and chase him around. When that happens you have to be prepared to make the move and stick a more mobile player on the FF. He did get blocked at times but I felt the Dogs change in tactics was more of an issue, I saw Marchbank picking up West at one stage and then saw they had taken Darcy off and were running a smaller forward line and we didnt adjust.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 18 2024 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Last post by BluePhantom -
I'm wondering if the Bullies used a few tricky tactics on Weeters and others (at stoppages) such as a lot of marginal blocks and holds.  Id rather we got exposed to crap like that in season and get an opportunity to be educated by it, rather that flunk against it in October/September.
Maybe another umpire on the field might be able to pick up all this illegal off the ball stuff?
The other four just seem to be ball watching or checking the crazy hand signals from the other lime green, pink maggot.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 18 2024 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Last post by Baggers -
With Mrs Baggers away for the week on work, yours truly has indulged himself today in watching a few replays of our games over the past month or so.

Apart from what has been written about thus far, one other thing stood out - niceness. Watching us against GWS & the Dishlickers was like watching a different side against, say, the Pussycats. In the past coupla weeks, gone is the ruthless hunting, boldness and cold efficiency. Crikey, when the Pussycats came at us (in the 3rd) we came back at them like an avalanche (9gl last qtr). When challenged by the Dishlickers and GWS... meekness, niceness, timidness. Tried, but with no authority or conviction.

Fortunately, and hopefully, all is not lost... shouldn't take much to regain and even build on the boldness, hunting and ruthlessness... and kick the meekness, confusion and niceness to the shizen. Coaches, time for sternness, sharp focus and challenge to our chargers, yourselves, and the MC... player not in good form? - FO. We have it in us.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: Trumpled (Alternative Leading)
Last post by Baggers -
The Democrat/Republican thing in one respect is difficult for us in Oz to grasp. In the US, whether you're a Democrat or Republican is like what football team you barrack for. Bluntly, they're nuts for one or another for about 70 or 80% of the population.

In Oz if either of our major party leaders presented like Biden at the moment and/or Trump... they wouldn't last a week. Yes, our system affords us that luxury. Most Democrats and Republicans make all manner of way out excuses for their leader, even when they're clearly not fit to lead a penguin parade, such is their welded on barracking. So where do you go from there!!
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 18 2024 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Last post by LP -
We did the right thing early applying scoreboard pressure when they didn't but it started falling apart when Williams went off .............
A lot of fans still want to pot him, but Williams has some presence when we do and when we don't have the footy, some of the other forwards should take notice because behind BigH and Charlie I think Williams is quickly looking like the next selected each week.