Changes Rd22 West Coast

Bullarto Tiger

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Mar 17, 2012
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We can win it as it is at the G, where we shine but make no mistake this is going to be a cracker.
Absolutely on the money, graystar.
As you say, it should be a real cracker of a contest. No side will wish to concede an inch.
Can't wait for the clash.
 

Bullarto Tiger

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Mar 17, 2012
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Not sure if some saw how hard Ross was at it. His defensive side was brilliant including some crunching tackles and desperate lunges. There's no way unless sore he's getting dropped.
Ross won't be dropped again this season.
Will have premiership medal swinging around his neck in about six or so weeks.
 
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Brimmy

Tassie Tiger
Apr 19, 2018
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Time for the MC to innovate,get Marlion onto aHB Flank,replacing Shortie.

Gives us that hard edge required for Finals.

This guy is hungry,made for finals,& has a thing about West Coast,maybe Tim Kelly wasn’t the only one WC Recruiters reneged on.!!!
 
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NEILBRAZIER

Tiger Cub
Mar 15, 2014
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Time for the MC to innovate,get Marlion onto aHB Flank,replacing Shortie.

Gives us that hard edge required for Finals.

This guy is hungry,made for finals,& has a thing about West Coast,maybe Tim Kelly wasn’t the only one WC Recruiters reneged on.!!!
 
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aoc1974

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7 reporting Cotch unlikely to play and also saying we're trying to find an opening for Marlion
Nothing definitive and Balmey doing a Balmey. ....saying lots and telling them sfa
 
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tigerlove

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Aug 9, 2014
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We are last for contested possessions in the comp. Interesting that dimma used to be big on contested possessions. We're not winning contests and not getting clearances but are equal flag favourites with WC who are 4th last in contested possessions. it's our defensive structures, our run, link up and handball game that are our main strengths
Correct. Compared to opposition we are 2nd last for contested ball. And yep West Coast is last. Amazing but a sign of how the game is changing. We're happy to give up more of the contested possession for greater defensive pressure causing turnover and then using forward handball to break open opponent's defence. We gain more than double the nearest opponent in metres gained through handball and did so in 2017 and 2018 as well. Our game plan is there for all to see, stopping it is another matter. Pies had some success by playing keepings off and running us ragged but I think there have been tweaks since then to counteract that. Have a read of this article for some amazing numbers

 
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Smoking Aces

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Sep 21, 2007
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7 reporting Cotch unlikely to play and also saying we're trying to find an opening for Marlion
Nothing definitive and Balmey doing a Balmey. ....saying lots and telling them sfa
It’s mind games. Both will be play.
 
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frangalis4eva

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Hope cotch plays. I’ve been hanging to see all of Cotch, Dusty, Prestia, Lambert, Ross, Bolton, Shedda, Caddy running through the midfield together.
 
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ToraToraTora

Piccadilly anyone?
Mar 21, 2005
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Check this out. WC last played a top 8 side... a bona fide top 8 side who will play finals... 2 weeks ago, Coll, and they LOST. Before that, the last time they played a bona fide top 8 side WAS ROUND SIX! And Geel SMASHED them.
 
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Don’t Argue

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Jun 22, 2019
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Said playing him was a risk and we would be rolling the dice.

He's played 10 games for the season and hasn't completed two of them due to injury, as well as having 3 hamstring injuries since round 3.

I hope we don't repeat the mistake of taking players with physical issues into finals two years in a row.
Why is it taking a risk when Hardwick said he could have played on the weekend but decided to give him one more week? At some stage he has to be tested in a game. Training and rest won’t put his hamstrings under match load and therefore no way of testing their strength.
Your theory of giving him an extra week on top of an extra week when he’s ready has no logic. When Burge says go, he goes
 
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ToraToraTora

Piccadilly anyone?
Mar 21, 2005
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Check this out. WC last played a top 8 side... a bona fide top 8 side who will play finals... 2 weeks ago, Coll, and they LOST. Before that, the last time they played a bona fide top 8 side WAS ROUND SIX! And Geel SMASHED them.
Bris SMASHED them R1. They beat Coll at the G R2 when Coll was going real poor. Port SMASHED them in Perth!!
 
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The Big Richo

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Why is it taking a risk when Hardwick said he could have played on the weekend but decided to give him one more week? At some stage he has to be tested in a game. Training and rest won’t put his hamstrings under match load and therefore no way of testing their strength.
Your theory of giving him an extra week on top of an extra week when he’s ready has no logic. When Burge says go, he goes
I'm not saying give him an extra week, I'm questioning whether he should come back in.

He is a warrior but three hamstrings in such a short amount of time indicates an underlying issue. Without that being resolved his risk of reoccurrence is huge.

The other concerning factor is that after physiology, the biggest risk factors for soft tissue injuries are lack of conditioning or overuse. Cotchin's conditioning is certainly lacking as he simply doesn't have the minutes in his legs.

Given his form this year has been ok without being great, I question whether playing him is a risk worth taking, because make no mistake, it is a huge risk.