Dolphins a bit disappointing tonight. Lots of skill errors and tackles that were not strong enough. Battled hard but will improve as the season gets longer. Gws seemed to have the bigger bodies. Long season ahead as only 2 weeks old. Frankston could do with some serious sessions on tackling hard and making sure opponents do not shrug of tacked easily. They will improve I have no doubt.
Very worried about Frankston this year. They have a number of key players out and dont look anything like last years model so far. Ordinary in both their home games this year, no system, no runners, slack tackling, too many missed targets and skill errors. Can't see them beating anyone on what they have dished up so far this year.
Last night was very disappointing. For the second week running we've seen Frankston with the ascendancy halfway through the third quarter, unable to put it on the board......and then once scored against play 10 minutes of dreadful, undisciplined footy and blow the game. No doubt we were hurt by the absence of Josh Newman with abdominal soreness I'm told, but a number of blokes from last year's group are absent or playing ordinary footy. Begley was threatening up forward last year, barely sighted so far this year. Lambert the same (he was out last night). We lack any real target up forward and in the end last night had to sacrifice Williams down back to try to create some kind of threat up forward. I thought our mids and half back line fought pretty hard to keep us in it, but we just don't look potent enough up forward - of course it looks like you have no system if there's no forwards to hit.
The dolphins did struggle up forward. Once they hit the front in the third quarter I thought maybe they can go on with it but turned pear shape from there. Lots of errors, haphazard play, no system up forward and tackles need to be stronger and stick. At least they haven't been flogged. Plenty of work to do and with a long season can improve. They certainly need a win to instill some confidence and self belief. Williams looked good and is strong overhead.
The player losses from last year have really hurt us. Freeman and Cox are irreplaceable, then you have Brolic,Styles and Mentha gone who were very good players and vital to the structures. At this stage it appears our recruiting has been "modest", Mynott will be a good player but the jury is out on the others. It appears at this early stage a few of these guys are good at getting the ball but are letting themseves down with their disposals.
Was really taken with Colby Nanya. Didnt do a lot but he looked a potential top liner to me - a very classy unit. Desperately need more from Reidy, he doesnt get his body into the ruck and marking contests and as a result doesnt take many marks or break the packs open. Maybe they could find some tapes of Tom Goodwin for him to have a look at - we need some aggression and toughness like that.
Lambert is out for 8 weeks so not sure where the goals will come from if Begley cant find form. Hopefully Brodie McLaughlin can get back soon, he was a great target last year and is capable of taking marks in the forward line.
Sandy got up against the Tigers by 54 pts a the Beach Road oval I watched some of the match on CH7 and have to say even with the poorish weather today that would have to be the smallest crowd for a Zebras home game I have ever seen - even worse than the dark days of the early 1950s when Sandy were hopeless they would still get a couple of thousand in bad weather to home matches
Billy, your assesment of the crowd is correct; smallest crowd that I have part of. Not many of us attended to the game. There was drizzle most of the day.
Pleasing to come away with a good win.
Sandy are playing at the MCG this coming Sunday (as a curtain-raiser to a St Kilda game no doubt) for the first time since 1961, according to Paul Amy. No doubt Billy and Blackrocker will be there .....
count me out
lol thought you might say that
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