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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL 2023 Preliminary Final Carlton vs Brisbane Post Game Prognostications
I heard comments on one of the TV footy shows about how the Carlton players supposedly looked satisfied and not showing that they took the loss bad after the PF whereas the GWS were all upset and crying. I had some intel from the inner sanctum passed onto me earlier this morning, the players were absolutely shattered in the rooms after the game. They were all absolutely gassed after the game, to a man they gave everything they had and absolutely zero left in the tank. As for the fast start, apparently Vossy got them super amped and fired up pre game. He actually thought after the game he may have got them too pumped too early.

My concern at the time was that our arousal level was too high and not sustainable.  If we had jagged another goal and kept Brisbane goalless in the first quarter, the result may have been different.  Once they got their first goal, and the first of the second quarter, the writing was on the wall.  It is a credit to our blokes that they fought it out and always had a sniff.

As for looking satisfied, what planet are those commentators from?
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL 2023 Preliminary Final Carlton vs Brisbane Post Game Prognostications
Don't trust me, just watch:

Those are the highlights.  Even some of his mongrels are at worst hitting teamates.  He bites off difficult kicks, and hits targets.  You know, against brisbane we moaned about high lofty looping kicks.  This guy goes the worm burner, or kick to advantage.

Pretty hard to argue with that!
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL 2023 Preliminary Final Carlton vs Brisbane Post Game Prognostications
People complain we lack outside pace, and elite disposal. 

Zac Williams has both, and is a tough player when he is on.  He is like Boyd but with much more capability.

His problems stems from a lack of consistency and thats down to his body letting him down.

He is like Mcgovern.  All the ability, and without the opportunity and capability.

If we can get him right, he would play a similar role to that guy Coleman who cut us to pieces on saturday.

He is arguably the best field kick in the side.


If we have learnt anything this year, it is that seemingly injury-prone players can stay fit and make valuable contributions.

If we can nail Zac’s fitness regime and he has an ounce of luck, he could make a real difference next season.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL 2023 Preliminary Final Carlton vs Brisbane Post Game Prognostications
Could be argued that those 8 losses in 9 games cost us a flag. As MBB said, we were playing sudden death matches to many weeks, then had to front up to two of the hardest, contested going in the finals. Hence we are banged up and cooked by the PF. Not only that, we had to do it in Brisbane too.

That's the way I see it.  The loss to Brisbane at Marvel screwed our season.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: 2023: A review
I don't think thats the game plan.  I think thats what you call errant and rushed ball use.  No one goes out there intending to hit an opponent with each and every kick.

For me, it comes down to game management.  We were 5 goals up, conceded 2 in the second quarter, and instead of recognising a momentum swing had occurred, we continued taking the game on and playing fast, which led to quick kicks up the line, and long bombing.

That was the mistake.  At some point you need to kill the momentum game, by playing kick mark football and that arrests the momentum.  Instead we seemed to have gone into scoring mode which is anathema to maintaining a lead, and also exposes you to a red hot opponent who is currently on the ascendency scoring against you almost seemingly at will.

I'm not sure that slowing the tempo would have done much more than delay the inevitable Thry.  I think that we had too many banged up players and too many who weren't able to play at their best for whatever reason.  They were trying to counter Brisbane but too many just couldn't match their opponents on the day.  The fact that it wasn't a blow out is a tribute to some very hard working players but I think that cloning Sam Walsh is probably the only way we could win.

Game plans always get a tweak or two but I wouldn't like to see ours change that much.  A bit more polish on the execution wouldn't go astray.
Blah-Blah Bar / Gab and Boydy on the squid
I'm not sure what to make of this:

It's amusing, but an odd pairing and not a pastime I'd expect these two to embrace.  Their reactions to the squid suggested that they weren't entirely comfortable.

I wonder whether it was spicy stir-fry, salt and pepper squid, or Greek-style with lemon, garlic and olive oil for dinner  :-\
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL 2023 Preliminary Final Carlton vs Brisbane Post Game Prognostications
Well, at the start of the season I was hoping that we'd make the eight and perhaps even win a final.  Those hopes had all but evaporated by round 13 but we came back.  Making a preliminary final certainly exceeded my expectations.

Mid-way through the first quarter and I was daring to dream.  It wasn't sustainable; too many banged up players, too many players whose form had dropped away, and too many players who struggled on the day, not to mention the home ground advantage enjoyed by the Lions.

Most of the usual suspects stood up, as did some of the lesser lights, but we were missing a couple of quality players on the day.  They may well have been out there, but didn't quite realise it.

Despite the disappointment of the loss, it was a great effort by the players and Vossy and his assistants to get that far.  In some ways, the loss to the Lions in round 8 was a turning point in our season.  Coming back from the slump that followed was admirable but I think that loss sowed the seeds for our loss on Saturday.

Top four and home finals next season and it will be a different story.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: Sam Newman at it again!
There is a world of difference between what happens with corporations, foreign investors and mum and dad owners.

The things you talk about are undoubtedly correct, but that is not how the system is gamed at the domestic / residential level. There is the act you talk about, the environment acts, the anti-discrimination laws, the wildlife regulations. They are all gamed to leverage advantage over anyone who isn't wealthy enough to either ignore or fight it.

The problem the people I know have is that they are just citizens, owner developers, residents, they want to live and participate in the region. But those wanting reparations are indifferent to them, they oppose them for a price, get preferential treatment from tribunals or committees based almost purely on spoken testimony / opinion, which can only be countered with expensive technical surveys, legal procedures and lengthy scientific, academic or engineering investigations. Corporations can just ignore the bullcrap, push ahead and pay the fine, they just treat it as a cost of doing business, but mum and dad operators can't and the activists know it. If you challenge them, you end up with a cabal of indigenous, green and animal rights activists making your life hell, and often it is the same faces in the opposition popping up oddly all over the state. The system is gamed and the average person is powerless to do anything about it because the laws are asymmetrical in implementation.

I’m sorry LP but it’s not world’s best practice for nothing.

If you’re intending to carry out a high impact activity in an area of cultural heritage sensitivity, you can’t get a statutory authority unless you have an approved cultural heritage management plan.  There are no exemptions or exceptions and no-one - minister, head of dept, traditional owner - can override that.

You don’t need a management plan if you’re continuing the existing land use, agroforestry for example.  However, if your activity will harm Aboriginal cultural heritage, you will require a cultural heritage permit.  Again, the process and fees are prescribed by regulation.

In my experience, everyone from large corporations and govt departments to folk subdividing the family property got the go ahead with little fuss and not much cost.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL 2023 Preliminary Final Carlton vs Brisbane Pre Game Prognostications
I’ve suddenly become extremely nervous 😬

Up until now I felt this was a free hit but now my expectations have increased because the Pies did not impress me much last night - there’s a PREMIERSHIP up for the taking 😬😬😬😵😵😵

One shouldn’t count one’s chickens … but I can’t recall being so nervous before a game.