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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by kruder View Post
    I reckon Darcy will play round 1 in front of Lobb. It's his third year and it's time to get games into him, I just can't see him in defence at all. English look cooked in the last third of the year I think we need to rest him forward more.

    Really like this setup BT, it would solve a lot of the ball movement issues we faced last year, I just prefer Daniel forward/mid I'm not a fan of his ability to defend.

    B: Dale L. Jones Coffield
    HB: Richards JOD JJ
    I heard king today say that someone messaged him and said Darc has grown into a man this year from a boy this past season

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogsthru&thru View Post
    So we've previously been selecting players just coasting? It's a great message but I would've thought it'd be the norm.
    That's exactly where my mind went. So wtf have we been doing previously? Cynicism switch on, it feels like a nicely stage managed message for the disgruntled fan base.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by Grantysghost View Post
    That's exactly where my mind went. So wtf have we been doing previously? Cynicism switch on, it feels like a nicely stage managed message for the disgruntled fan base.
    The results of our review: train harder.

    I'm being facicous of course. I think. It wouldn't actually surprise me if our training standards have been below the competition average the last 2 seasons.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by Dazza View Post
    I'm kind of hoping Darcy can take Lobbs spot in the side this year.

    Surely we can play both with one coming off the bench. Especially with Darcy?s ability to play all 3 lines, it makes him the perfect bench option.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by kickit2Koly View Post
    Surely we can play both with one coming off the bench. Especially with Darcy?s ability to play all 3 lines, it makes him the perfect bench option.
    Bench rotation is a difficult issue and is one of the reasons second rucks really don't exist. They have been replaced by the forward ruck as the talls have been required to have a high percentage of time on ground.

    The running players take up the majority of the rotation as it is important to give them rest periods to allow higher intensity for their ground time.
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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by angelopetraglia View Post
    Bevo has outline what it is going to take to be in the team Round #1. Running machines. https://x.com/westernbulldogs/status...481291800?s=20
    Hopefully this works better than the 4 headed monster experiment
    The curse is dead.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by chef View Post
    Hopefully this works better than the 4 headed monster experiment
    Hopefully we play more than one practice match so we can properly trial our set up and playing style… and play competitive teams too.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by chef View Post
    Hopefully this works better than the 4 headed monster experiment
    Round 1 has been a bit painful in recent times. We seem to find our groove mid year most seasons after a bit of experimentation.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by Dazza View Post
    Round 1 has been a bit painful in recent times. We seem to find our groove mid year most seasons after a bit of experimentation.
    2021 we had a great start and mostly maintained it.
    We really need wins early and maintain momentum.
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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Joe View Post
    2021 we had a great start and mostly maintained it.
    We really need wins early and maintain momentum.

    Yeah that was good. We played a mostly straight bat structually with Martin as first ruck and English as 2nd ruck + Bruce and Naughton.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Interesting debate, how many talls is 2 many?! Pies and lions played 5 and 2 or 3 hybrids (Lester, Howe, etc). We played 6 or 7 talls this season.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudgey88 View Post
    I think Busslinger will be ready to step into the side sooner rather than later.

    overall whoever is in the top 22 will do a much better job due next year simply because we should have several players in the Vfl putting pressure on the 22..
    Can we fit Coffield and Busslinger in the same back line?
    The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quick guess for rd 1

    FB: Coffield Jones JJ
    HB: Richards O'Donnell Dale
    C: Williams Bont Macrae
    HF: Harmes Naughton West
    FF: Weightman JUH Lobb
    R: English Smith Liberatore
    I: Treloar Sanders VDM Daniel

    Sub: Garcia

    Probably missing an obvious one somewhere.
    My hope is Darcy squeezing into the team somehow. Guessing they'll pick VDM for his speedy little legs.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by jDogs View Post
    Quick guess for rd 1

    FB: Coffield Jones JJ
    HB: Richards O'Donnell Dale
    C: Williams Bont Macrae
    HF: Harmes Naughton West
    FF: Weightman JUH Lobb
    R: English Smith Liberatore
    I: Treloar Sanders VDM Daniel

    Sub: Garcia

    Probably missing an obvious one somewhere.
    My hope is Darcy squeezing into the team somehow. Guessing they'll pick VDM for his speedy little legs.
    Good effort.

    If VDM is not selected, who would replace him?
    The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.

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    Re: Best/Starting 23, Round 1 2024

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog4life View Post
    I heard king today say that someone messaged him and said Darc has grown into a man this year from a boy this past season
    It would have been Aza messaging him that, they're super tight.
    Nobody's looking for a puppeteer in today's wintry economic climate.

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