We Bleed Purple
ROUND 4
Melbourne v Fremantle
11:45am (Perth time) Saturday April 15, MCG

Weather Forecast: (@ time of posting) 21° Possible shower.
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Light winds. Source

Odds: (@ time of posting) Fremantle $3.20 Melbourne $1.35 Source

The Past Five Times
R16, 2016, Melbourne 12.15 (87) d Fremantle 8.7 (55) at TIO Stadium
R22, 2015, Fremantle 17.6 (108) d Melbourne 8.6 (54) at Domain Stadium
R5, 2015, Fremantle 18.10 (118) d Melbourne 6.14 (50) at the MCG
R16, 2014, Fremantle 15.7 (97) d Melbourne 4.10 (34) at TIO Stadium
R21, 2013, Fremantle 20.13 (133) d Melbourne 5.8 (38) at the MCG


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Frosty29
It certainly helps with Lewis, Hogan and Max Gawn. A great little buffer. Doesn't mean where gonna win but it shaw helps. 3 quality players on the pyne.
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Purple Heart
Yes Frosty the Melbourne outs won't do us any harm at all.

Melbourne fans must be fuming with Lewis and Hogan's suspensions because of their acts of stupidity. It's one thing to injure someone while going for the ball, but these two would have to be in contention for the dumb and dumber award with what they did.

If the past is anything to go by, I predict our team will be unchanged from the Bulldogs' game.

Ross likes to reward a winning team, and I think we will see more chemistry between our players in their second game together.
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anchorman
I think I heard where Bernie Vince is an out also.Not sure I am right, heard something about a toe injury.
PH, I am not sure there would be anyone of those who pulled on the Purple Saturday night could be dropped.Players like Logue and Balic, will be given a chance to prove themselves at the home of football.The others, like Crozier, Hughes and Grey will be walk up starters after their games Saturday night I should imagine.

2x25=Seinor&Michael.

29 = 353.

Improver one,Taylin Duman.

Improver two, Brett Bewley.
Smokey, Tobe Watson.
 

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Purple Heart
Anchor the fact that our game is at the MCG makes it an ideal opportunity for our kids to get some experience on the big stage.

I think they may be overawed by the sheer size of the venue. You can only imagine what it looks like from the field.
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Frosty29
I really don't buy into all the hype of playing at the M.C.G. If anything I think it's a hindrance on the young players and adds unwarranted pressure to perform because it's where the big dance is played. Teams based in Melbourne play on it every week or so, and think very nonchalant about it. Just tell the kids-Today you play Melbourne, here's your game plan and this is the field your playing on. The grass is still green and there's 4 post at either end. I don't see the necessity in getting so worked up about a ground. To me, if your so engrossed about the history of the ground, Go out there and create your own history instead of being overawed by the presents of the place.
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Purple Heart
Frosty29 wrote:
I really don't buy into all the hype of playing at the M.C.G. If anything I think it's a hindrance on the young players and adds unwarranted pressure to perform because it's where the big dance is played. Teams based in Melbourne play on it every week or so, and think very nonchalant about it. Just tell the kids-Today you play Melbourne, here's your game plan and this is the field your playing on. The grass is still green and there's 4 post at either end. I don't see the necessity in getting so worked up about a ground. To me, if your so engrossed about the history of the ground, Go out there and create your own history instead of being overawed by the presents of the place.


Nah I have to disagree Frosty. I think its inevitable that they will feel some excitement playing at the MCG, and they need to get their initial experience playing there over and done with and sooner rather than later.

I think back to our 2013 GF and our players looked like deers caught in the headlights. From memory I think that we hadn't played at the ground all year. For Hawthorn it was no big deal as its basically their home ground, and other than the fact it was a big occasion they wouldn't have given it a second thought.

For me its a case of the more we play at the venue, the happier I am.
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Frosty29
I agree that the more we play there the better, but I don't believe that we should be emphasizing the nostalgia of the place. The focus needs to be on getting the win not oohhh where playing at the G. Go there, get the win, move up the ladder, play again next week. Everybody is aware of the history with the M.C.G but it feels like for years, we go there and get caught up with the home of football and not getting the four points. The bottom line is it's grass and four post, we both play on it and the other team concentrates on winning whilst we think about the letters M.C.G. Don't play the ground, play the team. I would love to hear Nathan gather the young fellas outside the ground, link arms and for him to say something along the lines of-Fellas this is the home of football and if ya want to be here for the last game of the year, then we walk inside, get the job done and move onto next week. We do the same thing at all the other grounds and where back here on grand final day to create our own history.
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Docker Fay
What a thought Frosty!!!!!!!
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kirky
While the boys turned a corner last week, I reckon Melbourne will still have too much class despite missing Gawn, Hogan & Lewis. I reckon the young blokes may struggle with the travel too, hope I'm wrong though.

Melbourne by 27 points
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We Bleed Purple
The team:

 Fremantle Team Round 4 v Melbourne
 BHughesHamlingSpurr
 HBIbbotsonJohnsonBlakely
 CS. Hill
NealeB. Hill
 HFWellerMcCarthyLangdon
 FWalters
KerstenGrey
 RSandilandsFyfeMundy
 Interchange
LogueSheridanCrozierBalic
 Emergencies
D PearceGriffinTaberner 
In: No change
Out: No change
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anchorman

Surprised to see Griffen and D Pearce as emergencies.Maybe even a bit disappointed.Would prefer to see Sean Darcy as a replacement ruck man.Even if he is red raw. Griff has done his work for us. If we are going to promote youth, then let's go all the way.
Not sure on this game, my heart says yes we will win, but my brain says no.In tipping brain over took the heart.

 

2x25=Seinor&Michael.

29 = 353.

Improver one,Taylin Duman.

Improver two, Brett Bewley.
Smokey, Tobe Watson.
 

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Purple Heart
Well done Ross and the MC for going in with an unchanged line up. It's what I was expecting and they haven't disappointed.

I previously said that I thought the kids would bring energy and speed to the game against the Bulldogs. This week I say that I KNOW that the kids will bring energy and speed to the game against Melbourne.

I'm looking forward to seeing a repeat of rapid ball movement, accurate kicking, solid marking and of course, a win.
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DockerMuzz
If we can't beat Melbourne with Gawn, Hogan and Lewis out, then last week's win will be for nothing. If you can beat the reigning premiers then you should be able to beat a diluted Melbourne team. Yes they still have some quality players but none at the quality of Fyfe. I honestly don't get the odds being so far apart. If Freo are serious about rising back up the ladder, then they have to win this match.
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Purple Heart
DockerMuzz wrote:
If we can't beat Melbourne with Gawn, Hogan and Lewis out, then last week's win will be for nothing. If you can beat the reigning premiers then you should be able to beat a diluted Melbourne team. Yes they still have some quality players but none at the quality of Fyfe. I honestly don't get the odds being so far apart. If Freo are serious about rising back up the ladder, then they have to win this match.


Obviously the masses are dubbing us a "one win wonder" with those odds DM.

Don't despair, I love it when they underestimate us. It will give us an edge and the satisfaction of slaying all the doubters.

Use the odds to your advantage and put some coin on the Dockers to win!!!
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