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Post by blackandred on Sun May 03, 2015 5:03 pm

Like Floyd Mayweather, Westies failed to deliver the knockout punch today at Richmond and had to settle for a points decision. They kicked 17 of the bloody things to run out winners 13.17 to Centrals 9.7.

There was a lot to like about today’s win but this doesn’t mean it was all that enjoyable to watch. We sit 5th after 5 rounds with a 3/1 record. We are developing a more attacking style of footy. We move the ball quickly and when it comes off it looks good but it’s high risk. Our determination is simply wonderful – tackling, chasing, pressure, spoiling, running to position, are all great.

Against this, today’s performance, in close to ideal conditions, dry with little wind, was full of errors. Our disposal was atrocious. We kicked and handballed straight to Centrals players all day. They weren't too flash either. We put our own players under the pump by kicking the ball short. We overuse the ball. Work it into the pockets too many times which sees us shooting for goal from acute angles. We want to play on at all times and when we get caught it looks ordinary.

To Centrals credit they competed all day to the point where both teams scored 3.2 in the last Q and there were a few Bloods supporters looking anxiously at the time clock as the Dogs won a lot of ball late in the game. We always looked as though we were about to break the game open but just couldn’t make it happen.

Snelling continues to progress and was, arguably, our best player. Porplyzia close behind. Fielke kicked 5.2 and took ten marks, Green kicked 4.3 and also took ten marks but missed a few sitters from set shots. Hartlett and Keogh were cool all day down back and the 17yo 190cm Francis clearly learnt a lot from last week and looked good. He took 5 marks and might be worth a run in the forward line. We are a much better team when Riley Milne plays. Nelson played his first game of the year and spent a lot of time resting forward. This paid dividends as he kicked 2 goals (should have been 3) and provided a much needed tall forward target. But 9 of our 13 goals were kicked by 2 small forwards and we only had 4 goal-kickers.

I counted about 6 rushed behinds today for us. Not sure what this means though. In summary, it was a pretty even team effort albeit somewhat uninspiring. But the 2 pts are all that count in the Budget next week.
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Post by scorpion on Sun May 03, 2015 7:32 pm

My Theory on Kicking is BLAME the BALL Toss the BURLEY

and use the SHERIN Laughing
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Post by The Axis on Sun May 03, 2015 7:42 pm

Playing ugly but getting the win? Will take that any day.
3-1 after 4 rounds is a heck of a lot better than 0-4 circa 2014.
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Post by Lachlan on Mon May 04, 2015 9:49 am

Similar game to the crows we won but didn't play our best.
Our ball use going inside 50 needs to be fixed and quickly.
We play a high risk game and at times we over use the ball.

I thought Porps was very good especially in the first half and
Snelling played his best game of the year.
Francis also showed signs especially after half time.

We would need to play much better if we want to beat the good sides

I think Hardy will come into the side after kicking 6 in the ressies.
He needs to continue to move around up forward if he is going to be a genuine target
The concern I have with him is that he has no recovery when the ball
Hits the ground.


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Post by bundy on Mon May 04, 2015 10:09 am

Did Jimmy Ezard do a tagging role?? as looked really out of sorts Sunday
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Post by Lachlan on Mon May 04, 2015 10:14 am

Bundy

I didn't think Ezard did a tagging job.He has struggled the past 2 weeks
His form against the crows however was very good.

He may have had his mind on other things over the past couple of weeks given
He has just become a Dad.

I think his best position is half back but I noticed he did play through
The midfield at times yesterday
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Post by Wolf Pack on Mon May 04, 2015 10:31 am

Ezard was down on the weekend, he could make way for Tuck...........
Our foot skills are poor. Too many kicks drop short at Players feet.
Hardy looked very proppy after the game. Agree with Lachlan, he is out of the contest when the ball is on the ground.
Middleton might be worth a shot. He kicked 3.
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Post by Jamo on Mon May 04, 2015 4:21 pm

You wont see me type this again. Nelson played ok, was good around the ground chipped in with two goals,He just needs alot of work in the ruck.

Hardy needs to come back in, he offers another option up back with hartlett being out with a hamstring + he offers another option up forward.

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Post by Mypaspective on Mon May 04, 2015 5:59 pm

Good to see you are warming to big Pete, Jamo.

I thought he contributed really well, even in the ruck. He equalled Mabon in hitouts with 16. Big Brucey had 21.

We need his height against the likes of Kurtze, Redden & the 2 monsters in the Crows side.

He is always threatening when resting up forward. His height makes opposition match ups difficult. He marks well & generally kicks straight.
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Post by Thiele on Mon May 04, 2015 6:03 pm


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Post by bundy on Mon May 04, 2015 7:48 pm

Cheers JT
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