Made the selection for 1-7 but nothing comes up by the * saying required. How do I know if the vote I was putting in is counted?
Sorry Brendon, but you are way off. Looking at 2012-2015 when the ASADA pressure was mounting, these players held up well till the final half of 2015. They faced possible long suspensions, put out of finals, club sackings, coach suspensions, president resigning under huge emotional pressure. It was amazing they performed as well as they did.
Don't take the final score of 2015 as a reflection of these players' (or this teams') ability to make the finals. They may not take the competition by storm, but with perhaps 6 of the 10 returnees being regulars and the infusion of new blood, this teams' finals' indicators have risen drammatically. Expect them to finish somewhere between 6-10 in a season where the fight for finals' positions could be extremely tight. In the end, close results (under 9 points) will probably determine the order in that 6-10 range.
To put the Bombers as bottom 3 shows that you haven't grasped the significance of the Bomber's list, nor the many changes to the lists of teams like Geelong, Hawthorn, Collingwood and North Melbourne, which has the potential for substantial movements in ladder positions.
Three rounds in, and either you or I will have some confirmation, and perhaps justification, of the positions we have taken.
Some of what you say makes sense, but to point to the season 2015 result as a "normal" result is to diminish the impact of the ASADA investigation at the time, the draining impact on the players, and the drain of being 3 seasons under that cloud. Perhaps 2014 is a better guage of what that team was capable of, as the basis for working out what they are capable of in 2017.
I understand the unknown impact of a season off, but in reality only 5 of the 10 are lock-ins for the team. The recruiting from 2014-2016 seems to have produced some excellent, quality, young and medium age players - Langford, Laverde, Zach Merrett, Parish, McDonald-Tipungwuti, Dea, Hartley, Brown, McGrath, Francis, Begley, Ridley, McKenna, Morgan, Redman, Mutch, Green, Long, and some of these players will be great footballers and others will create the competition with the other 5 returning players which will bring the Bombers into finals contention.
The early results of the pre-season games shows that they are a very different team to 2016 and so your assessment of 16th position seems way too low. A more realistic assessment, given the number of unknowns is 6th to 12th.
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