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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie.Gerald View Post
    Interesting chatting to the players and how much a tough vs easy draw makes a difference in their opinion come final time some teams are cooked and some have a full tank

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    Very nice draws each year respectively in their GF winning years
    Essendon next year? Let the fairytales continue......?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevoswan View Post
    Essendon next year? Let the fairytales continue......?
    Port has a very easy draw next year for a team that finished in the eight and their off season haul is unprecedented since the Edelston buy up.

    I don't want to see an Essendon fairy tale, they don't deserve one.

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    finally the last few years we have had two games vs gws in Sydney ie only one extra game ie the away game vs gws at Blacktown but in a season of inches it all counts

    The Melb teams have had a massive advantage re home and away in Melb games

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    My Swans magazine arrived today and as usual it's a good read.

    I found the John Blakey précis of our six debutants very interesting, particularly Jordan Dawson - "We expect Jordan to really stake his claim in 2018 .......... While he was outstanding in the NEAFL, he was easily our best player, for a variety of reasons he wasn't able to break back into the senior side"

    derrrrr, maybe if you had selected Dawson instead of other much lesser players for promotion to the seniors on several occasions eh?

    I really expect Jordan Dawson to become best 22 early in the season, far too much footy ability to languish in the NEAFL whilst other lesser players with low ceilings keep spots.

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    From the AFL website - "The Swans chose not to conduct time trials this pre-season"

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    From the AFL website - "The Swans chose not to conduct time trials this pre-season"
    Why on earth would that be the case? Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.S. Bleeder View Post
    Why on earth would that be the case? Weird.
    I don't mind this, there are other ways to determine fitness. Or maybe they just don't want to release the results, keep them guessing!

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    Influence of the new coaches?
    "Fortunately, this is the internet, so knowing nothing is no obstacle to having an opinion!." Beerman 18-07-2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogueSwan View Post
    Influence of the new coaches?
    Intriguing suggestion. Makes as much sense as any other explanation. In seeking to understand why they didn't conduct time trials this season it would help to know more about why they normally do. I guess they are looking to benchmark players' fitness. But, as mattybloods points out, there have got to be plenty of other ways to do that. I like that we're trying something different and going our own way.

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    Their counting houses trained down this year rather than a time running 3km!

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    I vaguely remember reading something, that said we were going to conduct time trials towards towards the end of the preseason, rather than at the start. But don't quote me on that.

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    Unless of course, you're vindicated, deja!

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