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Sliding Doors: IF I was Gill ... THEN

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IF I was Gill ... THEN

If

there is such a thing as "mojo" ...

then

the Crows have regained it. After all their self-inflicted troubles of 2018, and a very slow to start to 2019, they're back to 2017 levels. Coach Pyke has stayed true to himself, his team has caught up with his ideology.

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If

the Lions somehow miss the eight from here ...

then

they will at least be able to trace back to the moment they stuffed it up … last weekend in a loss to Carlton, after leading by 37 points.

 

If

the only win Brendon Bolton secured in 2019 was against the Bulldogs in round five ...

then

there's no reason the unbeaten David Teague can't do it in round 13. 

If

the footy world we've found ourselves living in isn’t already spiralling out of control ...

then

Joffa boycotting the game until fans are given an apology by Gill might officially push it off its axis.

If

Fantasia, Stringer and Shiel are the ins ...

then

that is great news. But it also means that Woosha now has to win this game against the Hawks on Friday night. No margin for error in the run home.

If

the big names (Lobb, Pearce, Taberner) are dropping like flies with leg injuries which are possibly related to the concrete-like surface at Optus Stadium ...

then

hopefully Walters and Fyfe can stay fit. Anything can still happen this season if those two are out there. 

If

Danger, Gaz, Kelly, Joel and Hawk didn't naturally, and rightly, receive so much media focus ...

then

Duncan would be getting his proper share too. Putting together an outstanding season. Is actually performing as an elite in 2019. 

If

ever a team has needed a win ...

then

it is this one. Great start to 2019 – three wins and a one-point loss in the opening four games – but eight straight losses since. Gets its chance against the equally vulnerable and equally nervous Saints. 

If

Toby Greene plays ...

then

the Giants win against the Roos.  

If

the Hawks are to beat the Bombers ...

then

McEvoy, who is a huge in, must beat Bellcho in the ruck.   

If

you needed reminding, Demons fans, that this season is a disaster ...

then

here it is: you had won six games in a row last year in rounds six-11, and had an 8-4 scoreline at the corresponding bye weekend. 

If

the Roos think all their problems will be solved by seeking to bring back to the club anyone with a past connection ... 

then

they're kidding themselves. Boys Clubs are often a copout and don't always work.   

If

consecutive Port matches are played in Launceston, Shanghai and Perth (albeit with a week off between Shanghai and Perth) and there has been no whinging ...

then

surely no club can ever again sook it up about travel.    

If

this season wasn't a worry before Thursday night against the Crows ...

then

it officially is now. Three losses in a row, and a now-obvious inability to beat the best without their big names. 

If

you've got three players out with injury only to axe another four ... 

then

it's clearly game-on in the run home. Richo, rightly, coaching for his future. Two very winnable games out of the bye, the Suns this week.  

If

Tippett, Hannebery and Rohan are already gone and McVeigh and Jack potentially to follow ...

then

we're sensing another, old-fashioned, no-one-saw-it-coming, big-name recruiting coup come October.    

If

the losing margins this year have been 44 (Lions), 42 (Power), 58 (Cats) and 45 (Swans) points ...

then

that's now a worry.  

 

If

there's any hope of a surge into the finals ... 

then

there's no option but to win against the Blues on Saturday night. At 4-7 on entering this round, a very long season lies ahead for Bevo and his boys in the event of a loss.   

If

I was Gill ...

then

there is zero chance I would be apologising. No reason to. For way too long, extreme-poor, boorish, aggressive, plain wrong behaviour has been tolerated in the crowds. Over to you, Joffa.   

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