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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2017, 02:25:27 PM »

Is it just me or do the Bombers come to Perth more than any other Vic team?
Usually twice a year.
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2017, 03:07:00 PM »

Is it just me or do the Bombers come to Perth more than any other Vic team?

We do do it a lot, but I'm not necessarily complaining :P for some reason we play Freo away every single season no matter what (with a home game every few years), and most seasons we play west coast over here too. I guess they see us as a drawcard team to really get fans through the gates in Perth ;) our supporter base here is pretty massive, there was a huge waitlist to become a WA member until they mixed it all up and split the WA membership into two parts for 2018 - guaranteed reserved ticket membership and a membership with access to the member pre-sale for seats.

Quick google comes up with this to basically confirm it:

If you can't beat us at Etihad, then you won't be beating us at the Gabba ;)

Not a bad draw though, would expect a 5-8 finish.

Actually, we haven't lost a match at the Gabba since 2009 and only the once since R3 2006! Basically a home away from home ;) admittedly we have only played there three times in the last 8 1/2 seasons, so basically a reverse-Freo

Dons-Lions (meaning since 1997) has been a super close match-up evidently. 14 wins apiece, highest scores of 160 (dons) and 162 (lions), lowest scores of 61 and 57, and biggest wins of 67 and 66. Time to jump ahead me thinks.
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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2017, 02:20:27 PM »

So three new additions to the team yesterday.

The best pick of the lot in my opinion is Guelfi - as a Claremont recruit, I know a bit about him. Rejected from last year's draft (possible chip on the shoulder?), fits the need at inside midfielder and, at 20, is more mature than most of the other draftees (with plenty of WAFL seniors and colts experience). From his 19 WAFL league games in 2017 he averaged 15 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and a goal a game. Been compared to Sam Mitchell for his stoppage work, but could also be likened to Ben Howlett but with much higher upside. Probably undervalued because he lacks that X-factor, but that's what we need - a tough, hard working inside midfield specialist.

Houlahan is a pretty decent pick as well. Very similar player to Laverde which may be a good thing (as Laverde has potential as a gun M/HF) and a bad thing (because Lav has stunk so far). Was talked up as a 15-30 pick so to get him later is a great grab. If Ridley+Mutch+Clarke couldn't get a game in their rookie seasons I doubt Houlahan will, but he projects as a solid best 22 player in the future if he can get the experience necessary. Another competent forward would also help with versatility, possibly allowing Hooker to spend more time down back?

The other guy we selected was Zerk-Thatcher (BZT). Would've preferred Dylan Moore, who went the next pick, but oh well. A tall defender was certainly a need to back-up/support/replace Hartley. He'll certainly be a long-term prospect as he needs to put on some bulk. Could he be another Sean Gregory (pick 88 in 2012)? Possibly. Hopefully he can develop into that long-term FB that we need.

I'd only imagine Guelfi would be a shot at AFL games for 2018, but I wouldn't be surprised if none of them played at all.
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2018, 06:59:37 PM »

Had our first real intraclub match today, went pretty well.

Links for videos:
1st QTR » 
2nd QTR »
3rd QTR »
4th QTR »

The Good
Stringer - close to BOG. A lot of great stoppage work, kicked a couple of goals, did some solid uncontested work too.
Smith - also close to BOG. Very very good playing inside and rotated forward a few times, kicking a goal. Could certainly be a B&F smokey if he stays healthy.
McKenna and Saad - played very well as our two primary rebounders. Saad was good, but McKenna was really fantastic - could be elite this season.
Heppell - definitely bulked up a lot. Big year coming up.
Langford - also bulked up and played very well, should be in the team for round one. Definitely looks better than he has in the last few years, might not play so much inside as we would have liked but will be a good half forward/wing option.
Guelfi - genuine bolter for the round one side, expect him to play some senior footy this season. Good at half back and outside midfield, plays stronger than he looks but will need to bulk up a bit more to play more inside footy.
Green - played pretty well, kicked a couple of goals. Wouldn't have him in the best 22 but good depth. Begley wasn't great today but I'd prefer him in as that sixth forward over Greeny.
Merrett - looks to have put on some bulk as well, won plenty of the footy as always.
Zaharakis - lethal on the outside/wing.
McDonald-Tipungwuti - played well up forward, looks like his tank has grown and he could certainly play some midfield.

The Bad
Laverde - pretty poor before going off in the second quarter and not coming back on.
Hurley - injured his wrist, should be okay.
Hooker - missed all four shots on goal. I still like him up forward but needs to improve his kicking at goal.
Parish - wasn't bad, but I have very high hopes for him this season and he didn't quite live up to it today. With Stringer and Smith playing great there may not even be a midfield spot available for him.
Mutch - wasn't today but had surgery on his meniscus and will miss a month. Was hopeful he could press for best 22 in 2018 but now it looks doubtful for at least the first half of the season.

My best 22 right now
FB: Gleeson Hartley McKenna
HB: McGrath Hurley Saad
C: Zaharakis Heppell Parish
HF: Stringer Daniher Begley
FF: Fantasia Hooker McDonald-Tipungwuti
R: Bellchambers Merrett Smith
Int: Goddard (B/M) Myers (M) Langford (M/F) Ambrose (B)

Emg: Stewart (F) Laverde (M/F) Baguley (B)

Really confident in that team. If Smith, Stringer and McKenna play as good in the season as they did today top four is definitely not out of the question.
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