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Who are you going to NAB?

Ok it’s nearly time… all this rubbish posturing is nearly over. People posting their teams and saying “This is it! Final team!!” …are you mental? At least after this week we will have an actual reason to tinker, an actual reason to like rookies and to actually have some kind of an idea why we are picking who.

OK it’s almost time… all this rubbish posturing is nearly over. People posting their teams and saying “This is it! Final team!!” …are you mental?  At least after this week we will have an actual reason to tinker, an actual reason to like rookies, I mean every single player in the league is flying right now, they are having the best pre-season ever… right? Well after this weekend we will know…. well we will know a little bit more about who we want.

So what am I looking for in this first round of NAB games?

Richmond v Nth Melbourne v Hawthorn

Fair bit going on with the tiges that I want cleared up a little bit. Who plays the better DT game, Ellis or Morris? I hear Ellis is already taking the kick-ins, that’s a good start son! Is Newman playing on a wing? How about Riewoldt, is he camped in the 50 or is he roaming up the ground getting stats? Is Big Derickx looking good for a game in the ruck or forward or not at all? How’s Maric looking?… better than the guy that Craig David berated in front of the world? …. Is Dusty Martin busting out of the middle and doing DT god like things? And lastly how are they preparing for their 9th place finish?

A few tidbits at Arden St that need clearing up also… Is McIntosh getting much middle time or is it being hogged by Goldstein? I hear HMac was the dominant big man in the intra club scratch match…. That’s a good start for a bargain! I also want to see if Sierakowski can do what he couldn’t at the hawks… nail down a running back spot. Sam Gibson dominated the scratch match…. Is he barlow 2.0? And the big one…. is ziebell about to break out?, ill be watching like a err hawk.

Not much at the hawks, if anything I just want to see who ends up playing further up the ground out of Suckers or Birch now that the regular defence has returned. Small watch on Amos Frank and Woodward to see what the fuss is all about also. While we are looking, is gunston the real forward deal? 5 goals last week is a nice start….

 GWS v Bulldogs v Collingwood

Obviously my Foxtel will have paid for itself this month if only for watching the first GWS game. This is where DT gold comes from. Who are we looking at? The whole Friggin team!  Really want to see Miles, Treloar, Macdonald and Giles in particular but I’m sure somebody will play out of their skin and thrust themselves onto everybody’s radar. By the way if you believe Sheedys round one team you are a fool, remember the windy hill flu? The Martians? The tied down windsock? He couldn’t lie straight in bed. He has put that team up in the clubrooms and said to all the others…. prove me wrong! Classic Sheedy tactic that one…

Not a lot of interest at the kennel for me, I’ll be looking to see which injury Higgins comes off with and I’ll be keen to see if Dickson will a: get a run and b: do well….he is on the radar. Word has it the dogs are really happy with Clay Smith also, might see what he’s all about. Roughead could be a bargain ruck this year, how much time is he getting from minson? The other interesting thing will be to see what the new coach has changed, word has it he has turned the dogs feral and they are right into the rough stuff and high pressure. Ching ching tackle count!

The obvious question that needs answering at the pies is will Marty Clarke slot into the running back role vacated by Davis? He has had a faultless pre-season, but has just torn a muscle… we still wait…. I don’t expect the pies to be going too hard, so the big guns may be mothballed. Will be interesting to see the young rucks…If they can stand on two legs they are close to being better than Wood… so there may be some currency in Witts, McNamara or Ceglar as a bench player.

West Coast v Essendon v Fremantle

What answers am I looking for at the eagles? Will Stevens get a game and if so can he play? Will NicNat take over more of the rucking duties this year as planned…. Leaving cox to flounder up forward? Will Gaff shed the vest and boost that average to where it should be? i.e. 85ish… Will the flashy Newman and Dick get enough of it to steal a spot in the 22? Will the perennial LeCras midfield talk finally materialise? Will hill even give a sh*t?

The poor old bombers draw the short straw and have to go to their own personal world of pain….. I can’t remember the last time they won anything there… may have been the cheer squad raffle in 1989… What are we looking for? Are they all as tank like as the pictures have shown? There has been bugger all news coming out of windy hill this summer other than muscle pictures. Will Kavanagh show something? Word has it he will play a lot of games this year, is Zaharakis a permanent midfielder yet? The dons have 2 LTI’s so there are some rookie spots to fill, all eyes will be on Lee and Dell’ollio on their home track to see if they can stake a claim, word has it that Lee is flying! Not much else at bomber land really, most players are at an awkward price. All we know is don’t panic if they lose… that’s what they do at Subi.

Freo Freo Freo, loads to learn here…..Where to start? Will Lyon turn them accountable ruining DT sluts in the process? Will Barlow continue to rack them up or will he now watch a man as well? Can Fyfe continue like last year or even get more middle time still? Can Lyons love for Neale get him a game and get us a bargain? Will Broughton or Duffield play backline slut? Or will they both chop and change as lock down ruining them both equally? Could Suban sneak the gig? Will Spurr actually get it? Or a wing or anything at all? Will Pav have a final DT swansong? Deep forward or some midfield time? And little Balla, Does he get any time in the middle or does he stay forward cum blowfly? Finally is Morabito ready? Word has it he will begin in the WAFL. This is an important game for us all…… C’mon Ross Lyon, don’t ruin a profitable source….

So that’s our first weekend of footy done in 2012!! Lots of questions will be answered and no doubt lots more questions will be asked….. What are you looking for this weekend?

Look out for Edition 2 of ‘Who are you going to NAB’ next Friday.

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