Why wouldn’t we have a fantastic year and get the double chance, or at worst consolidate a spot in the lower half of the 8, to springboard into the top 4 in 2023?
Was 2021 a false dawn?
Well, we have a great midfield. Don’t they always say the team that wins in the midfield will win?
No they don’t because you need to kick goals and stop your opponents from kicking goals.
So our issues are not just a carry over from last year, where our defence leaked, but our forward line kicked plenty of goals.
Heres the thing. Between them Hooker and Tippa kicked 67 goals. It looks like we will have to find 67 goals from someone else. Who are they ? We do not have a dominant key forward.
Our defence leaked goals. We do not have a dominant key defender…
Lets get real, as a team, we will play really well, but a great midfield will not get us the chocolates in 2022. Just ask Bucks how Collingwood’s great midfield era delivered them to the promised land without a great key forward and key defender.
balanced as all things should be.
Not to mention to the difficult fixture we have - I really believe it’s a factor - not as significant as injury/depth but almost. If we have a good run with injury, we should finish between 7-10. If not, we’ll finish bottom 4 for sure. And that’s okay considering our age demographic.
Is this the thread where you suggest merely a 3peat instead of the next 5 flags?
Yes, that is a suitable use for this thread.
Sorry… Got nothing to support this.
You stole my line.
I’ve got nothing.
We are a team on the improve.
Oooh, love that grammar.
The draw is rough, and no team can overcome injuries.
I think we’ll be better than the draw.
Close this thread is my instinct.
Not what Blitz is about surely
Last season, we were all a bit down; expectations were low. We over performed.
So now we have to deal with the hangover of a year in which we did well and becasue we will have a great midfield, we are going to “go great”
Just wait until the Anzac Day game when we are 1 and 5 or maybe 2 and 4. If at that stage we are 6 and none, OK, I will personally gurge this thread. ( with a bit of help from those in high Blitz places)
I feel safe in this thread.
We haven’t played finals in consecutive seasons since 2003-4
I think breaking even in 2022 with 2021 is incremental yoy improvement given the harder draw.
A thread is safe in the harbour
But that’s not what threads are built for
Nonetheless, this threads going to be a lonely place during the preseason, but just wait for the folk knocking pretzels off tables as they enter during the first 6 rounds.
Stringer more forward, love too have him in the midfield but our lack of presence in the forwardline is where he is needed.
67 goals is a hell of a lot for Jones and 2MP to make up.
I think Ridley will be the best defender in the game by years end, and Lav was magnificent last year, and there’s no reason he can’t improve further.
The weakness in our backline was against small / mid sized forwards, and we just recruited a specialist for that role. Fingers crossed he works out.
Agree on the forward line though, we have a lot of goals to make up for, and a reliance on 2MP that isn’t ideal.
Ridley is quality.
I’m not sold on Dodoros recruitment of Cox/Perkins and Reid yet. The whole could be anything hype for me is settled down with these boys.
Cox has something true, concerned Perkins is too one sided and it’s impossible to get a gauge on Reid other than I didn’t think recruiting his type fulfilled a need we didn’t already have covered.