ANZAC Day build up and changes


#261

Just a joke cool your jets.

but seriously if people learned to read, when you go to buy ticketek tix theres a box of text right there that says just that. so when they’re like ‘I CAN’T BUY TIX’ its right in your face.


#262

No no. The VFL game this Sat corresponds to the AFL game on A.Day. It’s not sequential. So Ambrose from what I understand is available for senior selection vs. Melb (which one would think he’d come in to replace a ‘rested’ defender.).


#263

All good - we have a plan.

Overcoming a drastic schedule change is part and parcel of having the privilege to play on ANZAC Day and Essendon coach John Worsfold says his side is well prepared for the next two weeks.

After recording an exciting 22-point win over Port Adelaide on Sunday, the Bombers have embarked on a 10-day break ahead of its traditional clash with Collingwood on April 25.

Just four days after that blockbuster the team will have to quickly regroup for its game against Melbourne, but Worsfold said the club had a plan in place to overcome both the long and short breaks.

“That’s been mapped out for a fair while so we’ll reassess that, as we always do, depending on how the players pull up,” Worsfold said after Sunday’s win.

“We’ve been talking about it for a couple of weeks as well in terms of the long break leading into it and how we manage players.”

The Magpies have been in strong form recently and will enter the match off two comfortable victories over Carlton and Adelaide.

Worsfold said Collingwood had clearly improved this season and its 48-point thrashing of the Crows away from home in wet and wild conditions last week was particularly impressive.

“I enjoyed that game, it was a good game. Considering both the conditions and the opponent, it was pretty impressive.

“I would expect they’ve improved, yeah absolutely. They’ve had another summer working towards what they want to build and I’ve been pretty impressed with their footy so far for them this year.”

Worsfold said he was satisfied with his side’s form reversal on Sunday after suffering successive defeats to Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs respectively.

“I thought the contest stuff was pretty even last week, so it was the uncontested stuff that was really poor last week and I think that was a lot better tonight,” he said.

“We showed that we learn, we responded well to playing below our best last week and were back a lot closer to our best this week.

The Bombers showed significant improvements in pressure off the back of the disappointing loss to the Bulldogs, and Worsfold was particularly happy with the output of his forwards, with Orazio Fantasia (six tackles), Josh Green (four) an Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (four) worrying Port Adelaide’s defenders.

“We had maybe 13 or 14 more inside-50s tonight – that came from better ball movement – but it did (also) come from some pressure in the forward line.

“We know that that is a part of our game that we think is generally pretty good, last week that plus some of the other things I’ve talked about were off a bit.”

Key defender Mitch Brown was a late withdrawal from the contest due to calf tightness, but like-for-like replacement Michael Hartley was ready for his chance to return to the line-up.

Worsfold praised the performance of Hartley, who gathered 14 disposals and led the side for disposal efficiency (92.9 per cent) and one-percenters (eight).

Hartley spent time on a number of opponents, but was particularly good on Power spearhead Charlie Dixon.

“He’s really working hard on his game, he brings a lot of good stuff to our defence,” Worsfold said.

“He’s got a lot of stuff to take himself to become an even stronger defender and he’s working so hard on it, he’s really committed to it.

“He was on a very good opponent tonight and I thought he held his own.”


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#265

Had a plan. Doesn’t say have a plan. Sack the board.


#266

I wasn’t serious lmao…
There, I fixed the message!


#267

I’ve had an appetite for the contest 110% of the time.


#268

at the coal face though?


#269

Champion data says only 35% is at the coal face.

Serious question guys: what if the Pies decide to want it more? How can we counteract that?


#270

Oh, then we’ll have to pull out the ‘winning culture’.


#271

If only we had some shinboner spirit…


#272

yeah… that’s not funny


#273

I’m sure in previous years a Wednesday game would be part of the next weekend’s round not the weekend before. Meaning we played eachother off the short break and then had a long recovery before the next game. I blame Melbourne and Richmond for this change.


#274

Passive-aggressive two minutes of, ‘fine, have it then, you big baby.’
Then they drop their guard and BOOM.


#275

Worsfold does realise it was a day game, doesn’t he?


#276

How much would it cost to hire some Norf members to go and rattle tins all night outside the Melbourne players’ houses?
Or don’t they have enough members?


#277

Grundy and Sidebottom are in career best form is the only thing going for them. I think they’re form is misleading, they beat a pathetic Carlton and Adelaide. Adelaide had big outs, played an injured Sloane, Walker and Betts and played 5 talls forward in the wet. Although Pies moved it well with handballs their disposal efficiency was hovering at 60% for most of that match.
For us it’s an away game, yet to win as the away team and first time on G. If we can set up well like we did on the weekend they’ll find it difficult to get through. Midfield has to force them to move it fast and kick. They also have to win it enough to keep up our end. If we can give enough opportunity to our forwards I think they will strive with the extra space MCG has to offer. Walla has to go with Murray and minimise his drive out of defence.
It will probably be a game that’s heavily focused on turnovers which will require us to really focus on our decision to move it fast or safe. Pies won’t back down so we need to take control of the scoreboard early.


#278

Long term weather forecast?


#279

19 and partly sunny. No rain.


#280

Or Thomas…but neither are likely to be available!