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Mark Soong

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A very enthusiastic AFL supporter, studied in Deakin Univeristy supporting Geelong AFL team.

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In order to win the World Cup, the mindset needs to be equally positive for the captain losing the toss ensuring that his team bowlers and fielders backing each other ensuring that the team batting first posting a modest total (e.g 250). Anything more than that, the chasing team will have pressure in view of the pressure cooker knock out game.

The top order will need to maintain discipline not getting out early and put the middle order under pressure inside the first 10 overs. Both teams need a Plan B if things goes out of window. Australia Glenn Maxwell and England Jos Butler what an opportunity to announce your arrival at this World Cup.

I am good so long as it is competitive and wish the better team wins. Hope it will live up the expectation of the 1st semi finals in terms of the thriller.

Where tonight's Australia-England semi will be won or lost

Fremantle for me due to the last week hammering from WCE and is going down south, and Adelaide loss to Port made them vulnerable at 8th spot with Essendon, North or Dogs ready to pounce. Port will learn from its fade out last year to make this count.

Which top eight side looks the shakiest?

It may not be after all. If Australia has the mind set to win the World Cup for the 6th time, why would you want to avoid England in the semi-finals. By topping the group and set up a semi-finals with New Zealand, we are not giving NZ the respect that it earned.

Based on your analysis, Australia can only go to the finals and be runner up should they meet England in the finals. This is not the mind set of the Australia team to begin with.

Anyway to put this in context, Australia lost by only 10 runs, and they have put in the hard chase for the 2 games they lost. So the good omen ahead of the semi-finals should Australia need to chase to win, third time lucky.

The true cost of Australia's loss to the Proteas

Not at all, the spot that freed up by Marcus Stoinis, replace it with a reliable 3rd seamer in Jhye Richardson. He would be the Australia wicket taking option as the first change bowler with NCN the other bowler. We just have to trust that our batsman from 1 to 7 (Carey) will make the runs for a competitive total to defend.

For the knock out games if Australia qualifies, please bring back Adam Zampa he will be our trump card as with Shane Warne 20 years ago in England.

Mitch Marsh must replace Marcus Stoinis

Jonboy, Geelong in 2007 finally buried the chokers tag for losing 4 straight grand finals, in 1967, 1989, 1992, 1994 and 1995. They too choked in 2008 before stealing St Kilda’s flag in 2009.

At this point, it's Geelong's flag to lose

Yes, never won a round after the mid season bye, this is one of the challenges for Geelong this season.

At this point, it's Geelong's flag to lose

Joe, this is one of the part that Geelong needs to overcome, stop giving sides a 40 point jump start at quarter time and play catch up footy for the remaining 3 quarters for finals football.

At this point, it's Geelong's flag to lose

A win is the tonic Australia required at this moment.Some of the players, Marsh, Finch and Handscomb really welcome the chance and contributed in the win. Hopefully, Australia can consolidate and move up the ODI ranking chart, playing with confidence, and find the right XI to compete in the World Cup. Congrats

Inexperienced Aussies shock India in ODI

Here it goes, the Dees will lose if it freezes or lack of finals experience and overwhelmed by the Eagles crowd support. The Dees will also lose if it gives the Eagles 4 to 5 goals start at the first quarter and chases the game from then on. If the Dees able to hold its own by keeping its structure, with big Max dominating the ruck, the Dees forward line will have the first use of the ball pumping into their forward attacking 50. The Dees will take encouragement of the Western Bulldogs fairy tale run in 2016. They are the in-form team coming into this year final series and watch out Eagles.

Melbourne will beat West Coast, and this is why

If you look at this year AFL 2018, the mid range team from 3rd to 10/11 the ladder position is extremely competitive, the finals equation is not sorted out until end of Round 22 and the final slot only confirmed after Port Adelaide defeat at home to the Bombers. The Cats have qualfied for the finals bar 2012 with double chance gained and they only exited in straight sets in 2014.
Ever since Bulldogs fairy tale run in 2016, it kills the theory that premiership can only be won with double chance secured. The key thing is if the Cats can win tonight against Melboure, I will put my confidence of a win against the Hawks in the 1st semi-finals. Now, the tricky portion against the Eagles at Perth. Two hoodoo, Geelong is 0-3 in the PF since the 2011 premiership and secondly the Eagles record at Perth. Geelong did come back well in this season Round 3 clash against the Eagles coming back from 5 goals down to even hit the front at the last quarter only for Eagles to run home with a 15 point win. If Geelong able to break its PF hoodoo, I will give them even money chance in the GF against the Tigers. If things get close at the last quarter, the Cats will nick it this time round.

Can the lacklustre Cats salvage their season with a finals run?

If Geelong gives a 3-4 goals head start to Melbourne before playing, it will never going to get over the line comes siren time. If the match is still one kick away with 2 minutes of playing time ticking, this round Melbourne will nick it.
For Geelong, it has to correct the post-bye blues and Jordan Murdoch has not been playing in the winning finals. Before tonight, he played in 5 finals and has not played in the winning team. Hopefully Geelong can correct this 2 part of the history.
I am sticking with the Cats due to its better playing experience in finals football.

Elimination final forecast: Melbourne vs Geelong