I’d be building the preseason defence round LAV, Zerk & Ridley given Stewart’s OP history. Zerk may be needed Rd 1.
Given Reid is a long way off we aren’t stacked with ready to go key tall backs although there are plenty of potentials for later on - Francis, Cox, Reid, Zerk, Brand.
Also need to build some chemistry between Francis, 2MP, Snelling, Smith & maybe Perkins as they seem to be most likely forwards at the moment.
Philips & Nick can ruck a half each to see who the backup is and we can save Sam for the serious stuff.
Going to be a really interesting hit out. Not concerned with winning although a 10 goal battering wouldn’t be nice. All I want to see/hear is some good cohesion up forward and we match or better them in midfield.
It truly is a case where scores will be almost irrelevant… both teams will have something they are working on. I hope we don’t ‘crack in’ and injure ourselves… and I would hope the same for Dogs players… absolutely zero need to lose a star to an injury in a glorified joint training session.
Will be keen to see how our midfield goes head to head in the first quarter from a clearance perspective. Dogs were one of the best in the business around the stoppage last year… so good chance to see how we measure up again this season.
ha, we took that same mentality into the richmond pre season game in 2018. richmond cracked in harder after just winning a premiership and nothing to prove.
then went on to finish top of the ladder and make a prelim, then win the next 2 premierships.
but yeah teaching players to “not crack in” just cos x y or z reason has really worked out well for us lately, pretty much since 02.