Match Thread vs Adelaide - Round 17 2023

This is huge. With Geelong away next week, we can’t afford to drop this one

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I’m worried about the conditions tomorrow. Could be windy and a bit wet. I hope we can handle the conditions under the roof. Bombers by 47.

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Time for Essendon to grow up and win the next 3

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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

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Funny how things can change quickly.

Last time we played Adelaide it was one of the worst matches you’ll see, and even though we won, it announced us as officially no good.

Now we’re playing for the right to knock on the door of top four.

Reckon we’ll have to do everything almost perfectly to win, but we’re a chance.

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Gonna be a great game.
I rate Adelaide which means its close to a 50/50 game, but i trust in our season and honesty of performances across the board to believe we win this game by 15pts.

Lets not be too clever in defence.
McGrath picks up the best small forward, so that’s Rankine.
LAV on Tex, Zerk on Tilthorpe, Ridds on Fogarty, though i’d guess Kelly could roll onto him on occasion when Rachele goes midfield.

Reckon we can hurt them up forward.
They dont have Pearce/Cox/Ryan OR Alir running around their defence.
People raving about their forward line (quite rightly), though i think we will be kicking a score, like over 100 !

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Got a round 11, 2009 feel about it.

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2009/010520090607.html

Crows too good in a shoot out

No more room for passengers.

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Funny how things can change quickly.

Last time we played Adelaide it was one of the worst matches you’ll see, and even though we won, it announced us as officially no good.

Now we’re playing for the right to knock on the door of top four.

Reckon we’ll have to do everything almost perfectly to win, but we’re a chance.
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I still remember the last game like it was a couple of weeks ago. Get out to a bit of a lead and then let the crowes back into the game. I think it went goal for goal in that last quarter and then we won by under a goal. I would take that tomorrow but if we are serious we should win by 5 goals plus.

Dons by 74.

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My man😃

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Sorry, but thats ridiculous.

We were far from perfect against Port.
Had a terrible start, squandered momentum in the 3rd that prevented scoreboard pressure, then had a terrible first 18-20 mins of the last.
Port are a better side than the Crows, yet needed a kick after the siren from 55 to win.

We need to play a good game.
We don’t need anything close to perfection.
Let’s save that for the Qualifying Final !

I’d swap those two.

Butts out is kind of massive for them.
Underrated.

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Which 2 ?

Zerk staying on Thilthorpe because height.
Swap the other two.
I can see Tex tearing Lav a new one.
Rids, not so much.

This game is our fork in the road moment of 2023, we drop this and it’s going to undo a lot of good work this year.

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Huge game this one. Bloody excited!
Adelaide play some exciting footy also, will be a cracker.

Eh.
We overachieved.
We don’t really want to cut anyone.
We have Reid, Cox, Tsatas to come into the team.
Probably Bryan, too.

And whoever we get in the top ten in the draft.
Hopefully Freijah.
And a free agent.

I think we’ll beat the Crows, because they keep kicking it to people wearing different jumpers.
Some teams don’t capitalise on that.
We do.

But if we don’t win…we weren’t going to win the flag this year.
Next year might be very special.

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Yep, thats not bad.
Tex worried LAV last year with 4 straight.
Of course, LAV conceded 7 straight the following week, so he was in a form slump.

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