Season 2018 - Sydney - Diggers.. come at him


#682

Genuine question for Diggers - when Essendon play Sydney, in a really high stakes games with big implications, how much do you want Sydney to win by?


#683

I’d say the 65 points they beat us by in the final last year would put a smile on his dial.


#684

Last 3 years
18
19
13.

And the reason for his lack of games this year is because of an infection


#685

Yep. And they said they would never give him more than a one year contract because they didn’t trust his body.


#686

In this new era of team defence, it’s a huge advantage to the opposition if you know there is a bloke on the other side you can always run off.

You create the overlap by drawing other opposition players who are madly trying to cover for someone like Menzel (or Josh Green), or whoever else’s name you want to throw in here (Barlow from Freo & GC, that Grigg bloke in SANFL), & often can get the ball down the other end quite easily all due to this initial loose player.

Mind you I remember Tayte Pears running off Fev all those years ago, so it’s not exactly a new thing we are talking about here.


#687

I kind of feel a bit for Fev there.
I mean it was awesome and funny to watch, but still, he’s the the fat stay at home full forward.
Not one other player could have picked him up on the way out?
What, they were keeping an eye on Slattery?


#688

Fev today named his new daughter ‘Brenda Fevola’ (no second name).

Please don’t ever ever feel sorry for Fev


#689

Remember when he nearly kicked a ton?
Yeah, no danger of that.
More calling his teammates useless, too.


#690

Thank God that someone in Menzel who can actually play footy is still on an AFL list - He’ll be best 22 for the Swans in round 1.


#691

Maybe not round 1. Apparently he injured himself during training and has had to undergo surgery.


#692

Not new at all.
Scotty Cummings used to kick 3-4 every week and still had to find a new club every year.


#693

Yeah, but he just has to kick 2-3 goals in the first half and then they can give him the rest of the game off on the bench. Duh.


#694

Can remember Goodes playing full back when Roos first took over (so maybe 2002-ish) doubt similar.
Can’t remember who they were playing at the time, but he’d kicked a goal and they panned to his opponent who was standing at the top of the goal square with his hands on his hips.


#695

Brad Hardie would regularly do that from the back pocket, driving M Malthouse mad.

When you look back, there are players who change the way the game is played through their actions. Before B Hardie, back pockets were to be seen and not heard. After B Hardie, back pockets were expected to contribute to the attacking effort. Several years later, G Wanganeen took the attacking defender to another level again.

Great player who’s value has been forgotten over time.


#696

Three captains? Sydney, please…


#697

Premiership cup only has 2 handles


#698

Invented attacking out of the back pocket, only 15 short years after K Sheedy and 5 years after Gary Ayres were doing the same.

Amazing stuff.


#699

So who gets to hold the stump of the cup?


#700

Yes. You’re versions of most things are amazing.


#701

One captain, one vice and a deputy vice just in case but that’s all.

It’s getting easier to list who isn’t in charge than who is.