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Frosty29
Far from pleasing wasn't it. I'm not going to concentrate on the positives, I think that's a cop out. Basic bloody skill errors. Every single time and it's the senior players who are responsible. Sandilands handball to nobody, Johnsons stray kicking....again. If the senior players don't set the example what do the young fella's do. I was disappointed Fyfe didn't assert himself more around the ruck earlier in the game. How many times did we kick the ball to a 2 on 1 situation? I can't fathom why you would put your mate under pressure just to get rid of the ball. Turnovers Turnovers Turnovers. I know I'm sorry I realize I'm not the only one, it's killing us all. I reached for the vodka at halftime because I didn't want to waste the good scotch. Let's hope next week is the start of better things to come for our beloved football team. Finally, after releasing all of frustration I would like to congratulate David Mundy, who lost the captancy and played an outstanding game yesterday, he really stood up and stood out. 3 points D.Mundy
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Docker Fay
What a let down,  We were looking forward to this game to signal the start of a good year,it had to be better than last season.  Wrong.  That kick out of Johnson going straight to Geelong was woeful.
You could be mistaken that he was having a kick around with kids in a park. It looked like he couldn't care less and that is a senior player.
Also felt let down with Cam kicking 4 points , although he did kick a great goal later.
Yes Frosty Mundy played well
I feel gutted.
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Purple Heart
I thought I would let some time pass between watching the game at the ground last night and posting my comments about it. I needed to clear my head so to speak from what had been a painful experience and a reality check.

It was pretty clear very early in the game that we were going to be out classed by the Cats. Really though, this shouldn't have come as a great surprise given our lowly position on the ladder last year compared with Geelong's 2016 ladder position. Given that it was the first game of the Round for Geelong and us, we have no way of knowing whether they are going to be even better placed on the ladder come this year's end. For all we know our first game up may well have been against a team which will play in the 2017 Premiership. Bad luck for us that we copped them in Round 1.

It was blatantly obvious though that we made ourselves look bad with our numerous turnovers, fumblings and inferior game plan. Geelong's superior skills, composure, and game plan just compounded it. The differentials in height of our KPPs and the opposition was another glaring factor to which we failed to adapt. How many times did we see kicks into our forward line intercepted by Geelong's taller defenders because our players kept kicking high balls to no-one in particular? In spite of this happening many times we still didn't kick the ball to a player's chest.

I guess that I, like many others, am guilty of having unrealistic expectations of what we would achieve in 2017 because of the injection of our quality recruits. We know the calibre of the players we have enlisted, but it is obviously going to take some time for them to find their feet in their new team. While this is happening though, our senior players need to do some serious soul searching and think about the amount and quality of their contribution to the team.

On a final note, Ross's statement that he could have done more to prepare the team for Geelong's game plan, did nothing to endear him to his fans. That is your job Ross and it needs to be done PRIOR to the game.
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anchorman

As per the Lyon statement... sounds very familiar.
That was a shock to the system.I knew it would take time for the new chums to settle.So lets wait and see what happens in the next couple of weeks.
I have said before that Kersten would not be a stand up start for round one.I think that was borne out last night.He had a shocker.
Hamling didn't have a lot of support in my opinion.Some of the backs had shockers.
I am sure Hill copped an injury after starting so well.
But gee we need to gather our selves if we are to make this season any better than the last.
I thought that some of our lights from last year showed some good signs.Weller was good in bits and pieces.Not sure why he started down back though.
Langdon showed plenty I thought and will improve as he gains experience.
Tucker showed out at times, but is a bit off just yet.
I am thinking that Balic will not be far away from a start.I would have had him in the 22 last night.
Johno had a shocker. Sutcliffe was ordinary.Looks very slow.But I guess if you chase tail all night you are going to look that way.
Hard to go further than Hill, Mundy, Fyfe and Sandilands as our best.Have to reiterate my view that we need Fyfe at CHF to straighten us up and play Weller as a mid.
Our forward structure was horrendous.McCarthy had no chance with the come forward, go back, come forward, go back again process.
As some one said, we need some big bodies either end of the ground.How long before Pearce is ready.What happened that Collins was not played.
Am I throwing the baby out with the bath water!!!! I don't know, but I do know what was dealt up last night was total tripe... and I hate tripe.

 

 

 

 

 

2x25=Seinor&Michael.

29 = 353.

Improver one,Taylin Duman.

Improver two, Brett Bewley.
Smokey, Tobe Watson.
 

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Frosty29
Agree Anchors, Where was Collins???? Pearce is a long way off and won't be seen till the second half of the year....but where was Collins. This fella was outstanding last year in a very below par team. He really stood out, and we all saw it, with maybe the exception of the COACH. Having seen live what Port Adelaide did to Sydney on Saturday night, i'm not overly excited about our chances on Sunday. Some senior players may want to make a big statement in Adelaide this Sunday or become familiar with the Peel get up for 2017. Just wondering weather it might be an idea to give Kersten a go down back. We really lack size in the back half and with a lot of young mids coming through it could be said to push Fyfe more forward and see if we can turn Kersten into a defender much like we did with Chris Tarrant. Fyfe would have to play more of a Pav role back in the trying days where he would float between mid and forward depending on each game. I was a little critical of Fyfe on the weekend, I believe he could have got a little more down and dirty in the scrapheap and use his body a bit more like Pav did when we were struggling in the middle in the old days. A lot to play for this Sunday.
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kirky
Same as last year pretty much. Average skills, dumb turnovers and not moving the ball quick enough.

I knew Freo were in trouble when I saw Pearce (should have been given the door after 2013 GF), Dawson & Suban had been selected. I'm not blaming these 3 for the loss but Fair Dinkum........ these blokes have gotta go. Why are they getting picked ahead of our young blokes?

Seems everyone is playing attacking daring footy except us! You could see Hamling during the game constantly getting confused.
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Docker Fay
Does anyone else feel, that it has been a down hill slide ever since we became the home of the two guys  from Hawthorn and their coaching methods. I don't think they had ever coached before, only played for Hawthorn.   If it was Lyon's plan to pick there brain with info that may, or not, be helpful to us  then it has failed. It feels like we have hit rock bottom right at this moment.
There is nothing screaming out, that will bring about a different outlook right now.
I know i sound doom and gloom  at this moment,  but I don't think I am the only one that feels this way.
Something has to change.
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Pearce will play this week I think it's a milestone game,Collins should come in for Dawson and I'm sure Suban only got the nod because he has a strong body to tackle a very mature Geelong team.
Sure our skills weren't up to scratch on Sunday but somehow we ended up with about 10 more inside 50 entry's than Geelong so there is some kind of silver lining I hope,all we need is someone to actually mark the ball,I know it is made harder for the forwards when it more often than not is over their heads.
I still say we commit to many players to the ball leaving no one on the outside of the pack to receive the loose ball or the easy handball out of congestion.
All in all it was a poor first game but it also looked like one of those games that even the loose bouncing ball landed straight into a Geelong players hands more often than not.
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kirky
Docker Fay wrote:
Does anyone else feel, that it has been a down hill slide ever since we became the home of the two guys  from Hawthorn and their coaching methods


I think the problem is the Freo list is simply not good enough to play the Hawthorn type game plan. Every player in the 22 on any given week could kick and dispose of the ball efficiently. How many players on the Freo list can do that consistently? I can't think of many
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Docker Fay
Yes Kirky, If this is right what you are saying about the hawthorn style, and the difference between the 2 clubs, then what is the answer for us. They have to be able to hit a team mate on the chest instead of  miles over their heads. you would think that they would practice this at training.   A lot.
Yet they repeat it all the time.
It  struck me on the weekend how most of the other teams were miles in front with the skills and effort that they showed, compared to Freo,
Breaks your heart.
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Purple Heart
kirky wrote:


I think the problem is the Freo list is simply not good enough to play the Hawthorn type game plan. Every player in the 22 on any given week could kick and dispose of the ball efficiently. How many players on the Freo list can do that consistently? I can't think of many


You have hit the nail on the head Kirky.

I would say that within our group there would only be Stephen Hill, Brad Hill, Fyfe, Alex Pearce, and Cam McCarthy who can kick and dispose of the ball efficiently and do it consistently. Bennell is another one who falls into that category and he will be an almighty asset when he plays.

Mundy has not been as accurate with his kicking for a couple of seasons now and neither has Ballas. As you say, kirky, we are simply not good enough skill wise to play the Hawthorn type game plan. It is foolish to even try.

Most heartbreaking aspect to our very average skill set DF is that Ross sees no problem with it.

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MCleody
Docker Fay wrote:
Does anyone else feel, that it has been a down hill slide ever since we became the home of the two guys  from Hawthorn and their coaching methods. I don't think they had ever coached before, only played for Hawthorn.   If it was Lyon's plan to pick there brain with info that may, or not, be helpful to us  then it has failed. It feels like we have hit rock bottom right at this moment.
There is nothing screaming out, that will bring about a different outlook right now.
I know i sound doom and gloom  at this moment,  but I don't think I am the only one that feels this way.
Something has to change.


Seeing as this is only round one it is too early to write the team off and that goes for the coaching staff as well, particularly the assistants.
I pick up on what you say Fay; the team's performances since they came on board has been poor.
If this is a results based industry as Ross has said in the past then sure, they have failed.

I doubt all three, David Hale, Anthony Rock and Brent Guerra will have their contracts extended purely on the team performances.
Their arrival coinciding with the teams slide may be more than just bad luck.

This is definitely too early to call after one game though however, based on 2016, they may be in trouble.
And as the cup goes up hear the shouting
Freooo, Freo.
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