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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Just play Bont forward for 75%, and give him a run in the midfield if they're getting on top in there.

    Libba, Macrae & Dunkley with help from Smith, McLean & Bont should be good enough to blunt North's mids.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Bevo mentioned this morning in his presser that Suckling has trained well and will play.
    Thanks for that I missed it.

    For others here are the tweets on the Presser:

    * LB: North have always been a more mature & physically side than us. They’ve always been pretty dour, contested games. They’ve changed, we’re expecting to face a different North side. It’s going to be a different game to ones historically.

    * LB: We’ve made some adjustments in defence, we’ve got a solid representation down there & we expect our mid to make sure the pressure is there & the forwards will do the same.

    * LB: Matt Suckling trained extremely well & expelled any doubts he won’t be fit. He’ll take his spot in the team.

    * LB: Tim is right to go, unfortunately had a significant bleed after the corky which created some soreness around the knee. He’s fine, he’ll play.

    * LB: Patty has mostly been a winger/forwards. There’s a few things Patty has been working on. He’s been playing as a inside mid for Footscray, & we’ll give him an opportunity there at AFL level with the chance to play on the outside too.

    * LB: We’re only four five in the win/loss ratio, most of our games we’ve been in there. It was time to break the circuit & for a few boys to get their form back, plus we need to give some boys an opportunity who have been banging the door down
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Just play Bont forward for 75%, and give him a run in the midfield if they're getting on top in there.

    Libba, Macrae & Dunkley with help from Smith, McLean & Bont should be good enough to blunt North's mids.
    Hunter usually racks up the possessions against this mob. Last time he had 44 disposals, and has done that before as well against North.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Hunter usually racks up the possessions against this mob. Last time he had 44 disposals, and has done that before as well against North.
    Yeah, no doubt. I was just referring more to the guys who will take the centre bounces.

    If Hunter has 40+ tomorrow, here's hoping he uses it like the first half vs Geelong. That was his best display of ball usage for a long time.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Just play Bont forward for 75%, and give him a run in the midfield if they're getting on top in there.

    Libba, Macrae & Dunkley with help from Smith, McLean & Bont should be good enough to blunt North's mids.
    Wallis & Lipinski will also help out in there. Besides Higgins Norf don't really have much class/ pace in there so suggested we have enough bodies to go through the middle if Bont is forward.

    Would love to see Libba go to Higgins and give him hell, also like to allow Dunkley to go 1 on 1 with Cunnington.

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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Would love to see Libba go to Higgins and give him hell, also like to allow Dunkley to go 1 on 1 with Cunnington.
    I like both of these, especially if the Bont is playing more forward.

    We need to rotate runners on Polec, he has some weird 'ball retention' rate stat with his kicking which is in the top handful in the AFL.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    The bottom 3 sides on the ladder are Carlton, North and GC. If we had just taken care of business vs Carlton and GC we would be 6-3 right now. Let’s hope we treat this game with the importance it deserves.

    I worry about Bevo’s comments about it being a different game to past battles vs NM. We should be looking to take this game away from north by focussing pressure on their better players, not just roll the dice in head to heads. Officially worried right now.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Wallis & Lipinski will also help out in there. Besides Higgins Norf don't really have much class/ pace in there so suggested we have enough bodies to go through the middle if Bont is forward.

    Would love to see Libba go to Higgins and give him hell, also like to allow Dunkley to go 1 on 1 with Cunnington.
    Yeah, totally forgot Wallis & based on Bevo's comments, sounds like Lippa will also get a crack in the middle.

    We are chockas for inside mids, and the cupboard is bare up forward. We're way better balance with Bont forward.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Yeah, totally forgot Wallis & based on Bevo's comments, sounds like Lippa will also get a crack in the middle.

    We are chockas for inside mids, and the cupboard is bare up forward. We're way better balance with Bont forward.
    Plot twist - Lippi spends some time playing on Cunnington. Cunnington is fantastic but sloooow, and Lippi uses the ball well generally.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    We are chockas for inside mids, and the cupboard is bare up forward. We're way better balance with Bont forward.
    What we do lose is Bont's poise & kicking ability in the midfield.. Most of the inside mids mentioned are poor on the spread or working away from the clearance situation so expect lots of 'hack' kicks going our way.

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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    What we do lose is Bont's poise & kicking ability in the midfield.. Most of the inside mids mentioned are poor on the spread or working away from the clearance situation so expect lots of 'hack' kicks going our way.
    I'm hoping Smith takes another step forward and uses his foot skills more this week. Libba is also good when he has some space.

    If we're relying heavily on Dunkley and Wallis to get us inside 50, then yeah...good luck Naughts.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by mjp View Post
    The bottom 3 sides on the ladder are Carlton, North and GC. If we had just taken care of business vs Carlton and GC we would be 6-3 right now. Let’s hope we treat this game with the importance it deserves.

    I worry about Bevo’s comments about it being a different game to past battles vs NM. We should be looking to take this game away from north by focussing pressure on their better players, not just roll the dice in head to heads. Officially worried right now.
    We've had some dour uninspired contests over the last few years so I hope this one has us kicking a few more goals

    A win against either Carlton or the Suns would have in a vastly stronger position so I guess the challenge for us is to make sure we don't play poorly against the poorer sides

    A couple of tags might be in order but it's not our normal approach. Williams on Higgins is something I'd like to see and Dunkley or Liberatore on Cunnington makes sense as well

    Important game for us.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post

    A couple of tags might be in order but it's not our normal approach. Williams on Higgins is something I'd like to see and Dunkley or Liberatore on Cunnington makes sense as well
    Yeah - I know it's not our normal approach. But doing something 'different' to stress to the players the importance of this contest would be a good idea. It is easy to get up for Richmond and Geelong - we played well in both games. It is not easy to get up for 'bottom sides' (we still have a core of players who seem to believe the 2016 finals series was yesterday whenever we play a team down the bottom of the ladder) and I don't think we should be taking any chances.

    Handing it over to the on-field leaders in the way we did vs Carlton is 100% not the answer.
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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Noted this line with curiosity from Bevo's presser; "Those four changes were no-brainers in the end as far as our philosophy goes".

    Extrapolate away ...
    QUALITATIVE SHEEN

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    Re: Always Right Match Committee Rnd 10, vs North Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Science View Post
    Noted this line with curiosity from Bevo's presser; "Those four changes were no-brainers in the end as far as our philosophy goes".

    Extrapolate away ...
    Multi-position versatility.

    Williams - back and mid
    Dale - mid and forward
    English - ruck and around the ground
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