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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread
Last post by Thryleon -
So I put down a deposit on a car yesterday.

I've gone conventional ICE. 

will likely be the last one we buy, but I read the room.  My 16 year old mondeo replaced for a vw arteon.  Was one of about 3 cars I could find in that size, shape with that sort of liftback that I actually liked.

I'm told it's the last one that dealer will sell.

The alternatives were all SUV or a lot smaller or much more expensive or similar priced and EV.  no solar at home made the choice easier as it meant charging on the grid or adding 20 grand to the cost of the car.

The mrs car is an SUV and we didn't want another. we'll probably know a lot more about cars and EVs vs hydrogen when it's time to replace her 2017 xtrail.

Hopefully that's minimum 7 years away and they can make newer cars better.  At least we'll know if EV is the way to go by then (or we'll have minimal choice).

In this discussion I had a thought the other day.  First ev I could think of was a prius.  You would think Toyota would have been at the forefront of EV given that factor.  Why did they elect to dump it?  Only answer I can come up with is the numbers dont work.

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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by Gointocarlton -
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).
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by Blue Moon -
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?
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by DJC -
With his injuries and cancer he had to reinvent himself as he couldn't defend like he used to. The backline has been better since he moved out of it and he has been better since he has established himself as a legit midfielder.

I think that our midfield functions better with Docherty in the mix.  He's a point of difference in that he is an instinctive defender.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by madbluboy -
Docherty hasn't played as a defender since midway through the 2022 season.  When we were short of medium defenders last season, Cerra and Hewett were preferred over Docherty ... or he was preferred as a midfielder ahead of them. 

If Docherty was to be played in defence, which defender would he replace and who would take his spot in the midfield?

Newman and Marchbank are Weitering's "deputies" so we need McGovern and Saad, as our other senior defenders, to step up and support Newy.  More importantly, we need all players to switch on defensively, trap the ball in our forward line, slow Brisbane's ball movement and force them to go down the line.

With his injuries and cancer he had to reinvent himself as he couldn't defend like he used to. The backline has been better since he moved out of it and he has been better since he has established himself as a legit midfielder.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by DJC -
Docherty hasn't played as a defender since midway through the 2022 season.  When we were short of medium defenders last season, Cerra and Hewett were preferred over Docherty ... or he was preferred as a midfielder ahead of them. 

If Docherty was to be played in defence, which defender would he replace and who would take his spot in the midfield?

Newman and Marchbank are Weitering's "deputies" so we need McGovern and Saad, as our other senior defenders, to step up and support Newy.  More importantly, we need all players to switch on defensively, trap the ball in our forward line, slow Brisbane's ball movement and force them to go down the line.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by Thryleon -
Nic Newman is the leader in the back line.  I suspect we were tinkering more than anything else.  Also tough to get a read where we are at as we have a game next week where most others don't, and it was our first season playing deep for quite some time (our last prelim was 1999).  We may have a mini hangover at the start of the season as a consequence, and we may also be in a different training stage to others although Melbourne are playing this week.  So long as we finish stronger than we start its all good. 
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 0R 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Brisbane v Carlton
Last post by shawny -
Midfield need to get it together - they are doing okay just not connecting with backline.
Need a general in the backline to orchestrate things - maybe Doc needs to fill a leadership hole there until Weits returns

Agree. Doc has to lead the defence until Weiters returns.

Cant have the likes of Kemp Young Boyd and co playing in as a group in such a pressure position without a general providing on field guidance.