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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Well after 22 rounds of competition the AFL finals series begins tonight

1st Match - AAMI Statdium
Port Adelaide v West Coast Eagles

As much as I would love to see the Power win I don't think they can.

2nd Match - Telstra Dome
Hawks v Adelaide Crows

After watching the Hawks pathetic performance last week against Sydney I think they can still beat the Crows.

3rd Match - MCG
Collingwood v Sydney

Sydney to win

4th Match - MCG
Geelong v Kangaroos

Geelong playing with a full strength team will have no problems beating the Roos

So what are your thoughts, opinions and tips for the first week of finals??

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User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

Between the Power the Eagles i unfortunately have to tip the West Coke Eagles based upon previous final appearances.
For the Hawks and Crows, i think the Crows will win. The big loss to the Swans the week before was pretty pathetic, and i think they might be down psychologically knowing that they blew an extra chance for the final series.
I'm going against form between these two teams. All i have to say is Cheer, cheer the red and the white.
The Geelong and Kangaroos match to me is pretty much a foregone conclusion, with the cats being victorious.


What are your thoughts for the NRL finals matches this weekend?

[Edited 2007-09-07 09:03:38]


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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1262 times:

Quoting Flyboysp (Reply 1):
What are your thoughts for the NRL finals matches this weekend?

pretty clear cut all the home teams will win this weekend and eventually a Storm v Manly grand final


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Quoting Flyboysp (Reply 1):
Between the Power the Eagles i unfortunately have to tip the West Coke Eagles based upon previous final appearances.

seriously, leave out the coke part or I'll say something that I don't want to say...Hawthorn are well known to be in far worse shape when it comes to the gear than West Coast.

Quoting VHVXB (Thread starter):
As much as I would love to see the Power win I don't think they can.

we had our chance for this game to be played here at Subiaco, we blew it, I think this time we will do Port Adelaide.

Quoting VHVXB (Thread starter):
After watching the Hawks pathetic performance last week against Sydney I think they can still beat the Crows.

Hawks are pretenders as are the Crows, I didn't have AC in my top 8 but they just scraped in...lucky!

Quoting VHVXB (Thread starter):
Sydney to win

Collingwood at the MCG, Sydney are pretenders too.

Quoting VHVXB (Thread starter):
Geelong playing with a full strength team will have no problems beating the Roos

Geelong are not the real deal, don't care where they finished on the ladder...they intimidate and only need to be intimidated back for them to go to pieces. They'll win, but they won't win the flag, I doubt they'll even make the GF.



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

looks like West Coast have broken away now with a 4 goal lead

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1604 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Cousins has just done his hammy!!!! hahahah!!!!! serves him right.


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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

Power wins 9.14 to 9.11

User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

Quoting Melpax (Reply 5):
Cousins has just done his hammy!!!! hahahah!!!!! serves him right.

if you enjoy watching players get injured then your a knucklehead, I thought the game was about watching the best players perform at their peak, not bashing them when they get injured...remind me of the club that has 7 players on the gear and is based in Victoria.



a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Looks like that Kangaroos are done at 3 QTR time.

so the games for next week will look like this

West Coast v Collingwood with the winner to play Geelong

and

Kangaroos v Hawthorn with the winner to play Port Adelaide


User currently offlineWithaK From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

What an entertaining week of finals.

Both the West Coast Vs Port Adelaide and Crows Vs Hawthorn games going down to the wire. The Collingwood Vs Sydney match was also fairly competitive.

I guess the Geelong Vs Kangaroos match was a bit one sided (not complaining as I'm a Cats fan) but still a good game to watch particularly with my bias.

Looks like it will be a great end to what has been one of the most exiting years of football I've seen.

Bring on week two of the finals.

WithaK


User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Quoting WithaK (Reply 9):
Geelong Vs Kangaroos match was a bit one sided

So would Dean Laidley be screaming at his management... "Why didn't you have my contract renewal completed before yesterday!!!"

What an amazing change in the game after qtr time. I have been doubting the Cats all season, but they have convinced me they are the real deal now. Looks like one of those cases that the flag is theirs to lose...



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User currently offlineWithaK From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 10):
Looks like one of those cases that the flag is theirs to lose...

Being a Cats supporter I'm used to them losing these.  Big grin

WithaK


User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Yeah thats all that is against the Cats. Do they have the strength and will to see it through? I dont want to remind you of Port's back to back prelim final capitulations.... but it looks like I just did!


Everyday is a gift…… but why does it have to be a pair of socks?
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

looks like the Eagles are Judd-less for tomorrow's game against Collingwood. Also Chad Fletcher and Ashely Hansen are back in the team. Even with Judd and Cousins out the Eagles will win comfortably

User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 13):
looks like the Eagles are Judd-less for tomorrow's game against Collingwood.

we've been Juddless the whole year....ok, he's played, but he's been a shell of himself for the entire year and battling groin and ankle injuries.



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

I've been to a lot of football matches in my time but never have I seen that happen, the last time it did happen was West Coast v Collingwood in 1990 at Waverely, I just got home from the game which took 10 years off my life, I think I'm lucky I didn't have a bloody stroke with the way I was screaming my head off. Huge year for us with the off-field drama and injured players...just very proud of the way we fought out the game and we now have 2008 and in our sights.


a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 15):

Great game last night

Just a question for you QF077 do you think West Coast can keep Chris Judd??


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 16):
Just a question for you QF077 do you think West Coast can keep Chris Judd??

money isn't the issue, its whether he wants to return home or stay here...rumour is that Carlton are going to offer $7 million over 5 years but I don't believe he'll take it. Why would he? Carlton still have plenty of time to remain the bottom 8. I think in 2009 he'll return back to Melbourne.

I'd be more gutted if we lost Kerr because he is streets ahead of Judd in terms of our best player...and Carlton need to ask themselves this, Judd is injury prone and do they want to take that risk?

That was probably the most intense 50sec of football I've ever seen in my life and I've seen well over 600 games.



a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1055 times:

well he's going home...very disappointed with his decision.


a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1604 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 10):
What an amazing change in the game after qtr time. I have been doubting the Cats all season, but they have convinced me they are the real deal now. Looks like one of those cases that the flag is theirs to lose...

Have to agree there, this might be their year. We've already told the Gellong supporter at work he might want to take some leave is they make it, as he'll more than likely be boozed for the week!!



Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

I am just glad that Victorian teams will figure on grand final day. Not because I am parochial, but because the Politburo (aka the AFL) were already feeling pressure to intervene on the supposed discrepancy between Victorian and Non Victorian clubs. A Geelong / Kangas grand final will put paid to that.

On the Judd situation, he wont be cheap - all 10 clubs will look at him. But as has been mentioned he is a tad injury prone.On the other hand he still has potentially 10 years ahead of him. Will Rebecca join him over here?

Finally commiserations to the Weagles. They fought out brilliantly with and understrength side, and gave us all the most entertaining match of the year. Considering the year they had off field it was a testament they were able to keep the wheels on and get this far.



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 3):
Geelong are not the real deal, don't care where they finished on the ladder...they intimidate and only need to be intimidated back for them to go to pieces. They'll win, but they won't win the flag, I doubt they'll even make the GF.

guarantee you that the noose will defeat Geelong!



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

Geelong 13.14 defeats Collingwood 13.9.

User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1001 times:

close to my prediction! If Geelong play Port Adelaide next week they will lose if tonight's effort is anything to go by.

http://realfooty.com.au/news/news/ma...hase/2007/09/20/1189881683011.html

great article from Leigh Matthews today, must agree with everything he's said. watching Ablett Jnr tonight reminded me of the glory days of his old man...they're amazing footballers!

[Edited 2007-09-21 14:46:44]


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User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 23):
close to my prediction! If Geelong play Port Adelaide next week they will lose if tonight's effort is anything to go by.

My worst nightmare come true. I have not yet bought into the whole "my team (St Kilda) against the rest of the world" concept. I do not hate other teams, except one and it is Port.

I just hate them. Pure and simple.  mad 

Go Cats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


25 Post contains images VHVXB : muhahaha its happened and it will get worse
26 Post contains images WunalaYann : My poor Kangas... 90 points... Just you wait. The fair and faithful shall be rewarded. Go Cats, for heaven's sake!!!!
27 Melpax : GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!
28 Post contains images BNE : What happened to West Coast and Sydney, I guess they weren't good enough this year. Down to 2. GO PORT
29 CupraIbiza : Very true, but I cant belive the Herald Sun on th weekend dedicated an entire centre spread on comparing the two. If we are seriously mentioning Jnr
30 Melpax : What about Collingwood? I thought everyone who dosen't barrack for them hated them.......
31 CupraIbiza : Weird. I am an Essendon supporter, yet I found myself barracking for Collingwood, I suppose it was the underdog thing but I am still finding it diffi
32 VHVXB : Interesting choice. When was the last time when a foward won the Brownlow?
33 Melpax : As a fellow Dons supporter, you should be ashamed of yourself!!!
34 Ryan h : Let the South Australian invasion begin....
35 Melpax : Jimmy Bartel has just won the Brownlow, again, GO CATS!!!!!!
36 Post contains images VHVXB : hmm lets look at some stats from previous years 2003 Nathan Buckley won a Brownlow Medal and Collingwood lost to Brisbane in the final 2005 Ben Cousin
37 Melpax : I hope not...........
38 CupraIbiza : Good point, I never thought of that. Probably Plugger in 87! Dont worry I am, it was a very weird feeling, I hope I never feel that way again Congrat
39 QANTAS077 : bad omen...Geelong won't win if its a fine afternoon, they'll get smashed! They're a team having a good year and not necessarily a good team. Full st
40 CupraIbiza : Does the definition of "Full strength West Coast" include or exclude Chris Judd?
41 VHVXB : Looks like the Bombers have a new coach in Damien Hardwick
42 CupraIbiza : I think its a good choice. He comes from the Mark Williams / Alastair Clarkson stable. Good breeding. Although rumours persist that Bomber will be in
43 Melpax : I doubt we'll get Bomber back, but you never know in this caper.
44 QANTAS077 : exclude...we're and will always be more than a 1 man team, Kerr is more valuable in my opinion...Judd thrives off having Kerr & Cox to feed him the b
45 CupraIbiza : I agree that Kerr is a more important player to the team. As brilliant as Judd? Debateable. What will Judd look like when he has to rely on Cain Ackl
46 VHVXB : looks like its not be with ex Richmond player Matthew Knights to become the new coach
47 Post contains links Melpax : Interesting, another ex-richmond player like Sheeds. And he has coached the Essendon VFL affilate side this year. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/st
48 Post contains images VHVXB : oh god what pathetic performance by Port Adelaide and they thoroughly deserve to lose.
49 Post contains images Springbok747 : Shit...what the hell is wrong with all the sports teams I support...Port Adelaide played like complete idiots...looks like there will be rioting on th
50 Melpax : And Geelong will be going off big time tonight! Stay away from Alberton oval tonight!
51 Post contains images VHVXB : GOD its over a 100 points now and this was meant to be 1 v 2
52 QANTAS077 : that was embarrassing to watch...
53 Flyboysp : So when does the proper final start? That was like a glorified training run in the end. But at least the best team all year won.
54 Monteycarlos : One of the best performances by a side in a grand final for a long, long time. Their defence was unbreakable! Selwood, Bartel, Mooney were all absolut
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