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  1. 6 points
    This time last year I predicted Hawthorn would win the premiership and Melbourne would take a giant step forward by making the finals and finishing in eighth place. I was wrong on both counts but that is the way of things in the life of a new age oracle. Like most people these days, we rely far too heavily on modern technology and the result is that it's so easy to make mistakes. It wasn't until well into the 2012 AFL season that I discovered I had overset the forward drive on my reconditioned crystal ball so that all of my predictions were one year ahead of time. This came as a great relief to me on a number of counts, not the least of which was the knowledge that Stella (the name by which my crystal ball is affectionately known) is once again fully operational and I'm able to provide my fearless predictions for the future with some measure of confidence. I was also relieved when I looked through the swirling snow encased in Stella's glass orb into 2013 and beyond that those moronic Mayans got it all wrong about the world ending on 21 December, 2012. Of course, if you knew anything about what those blokes used to smoke back in their day, you wouldn't be surprised that none of their predictions ever worked out right on the button. Not that my own track record has been all that flash lately, but at least when I make my forecasts on big ticket items like the end of the world, I make sure that my research is impeccable and my prognostications are accurate enough to ensure that people listen to me the next time I open my mouth. So much for the Mayans! So looking into my crystal ball recently, I was somewhat taken aback to see Jared Rivers in horizontal navy and white stripes at Simmons Stadium and Ricky Petterd looking positively strange in yeller and black high-fiving a bunch of ferals after booting one through his backside from a pocket. While I'm at it, congratulations to James Frawley, Jeremy Howe and Lynden Dunn for taking their former teammates to Bay 13 to give them an insight into the mindset of the yobbos who will be following them for the remainder of their careers. On the other hand, when I looked to the west, I was truly gobsmacked at the sight of an overblown Cale Morton (fair dinkum, he was well over 105kg) checking into a Perth Weight Watchers clinic after what surely must have been an experiment gone wrong from the chemist who coaches the Weagles. I say it every year but it's a fact. Final eight predictions are always fraught with danger. There are always surprises with some teams unexpectedly dropping out of contention and others rising to the occasion and surprising everybody. This my top eight for 2013:- 1. Hawthorn - Clarkson and the Hawks are smarting about their lost opportunity in the 2012 grand final. They had the Swans on the ropes but some poor kicking for goal let them off the hook and Malceski and Morton (Mitch) turned out to be the unlikely heroes. I still rate Clarkson as the AFL's top coach even if he loses the plot in the coaches box and at under 9 games, and rate the Hawks a shoe in for next year's flag. Stella confirms my opinion. 2. Collingwood - the Pies have managed their list beautifully throughout the free agency/trade and draft period. They managed to trade well to get good draft picks and gained some handy replacements on the cheap through free agency. Having worked the system to perfection, they now have the added depth to make up the leeway between them and last year's grand finalists and I reckon they are going to give the flag a bit of a shake before doing what they always do best. Yes, that's play in losing grand finals. 3. Geelong - the fat lady is far from done with the Cats who utilised 2012 to bring several new faces into the game with good effect. Some critics believe they might struggle but they've still got the hunger and have recruited reasonably strongly in areas where their football department perceived they might have had some weaknesses. Geelong will remain hard to beat in 2013. 4. Fremantle - Ross Lyon managed to rejuvenate the Dockers in his first season out west. He added new steel into the team and whilst the emphasis remained on defence, his team also demonstrated some fantastic attacking capabilities when called upon to do so in the latter stages of the season. 5. Sydney - the reigning premiers didn't exactly slip under the radar in 2012 but they will come under more intense scrutiny from opposition coaches and teams determined to knock of the competition's tallest poppy. Kurt Tippett will add something to the forward division but it will be well into the season before he even appears in the colours at AFL level. I see them slipping because that's what the crystal ball's telling me. 6. West Coast - the Eagles have a classy list but I'm not satisfied that they've done enough to improve their list to the point where they can take the next step up into the top four. I worry about Wellingham and wonder what Morton and Bennell are doing on their list. 7. Carlton - they've really blown it in the past couple of years with a talented but underachieving list. Malthouse comes in with a new/old philosophy that should lift them a few notches and back into the finals but salary cap restrictions as a result of the AFL's ruling on Chris Judd's financial package, have restricted their recruiting. With Judd in his declining years and giving up the captaincy and the likes of Kreuzer and Gibbs looking decidedly shaky, this is probably the Blues last chance of reaping the dividends of their three year tanking spree (2005-7) which the AFL has curiously chosen to pretend never existed. 8. Melbourne - the Demon overhaul is now virtually complete. It's a changed list with a new attitude and every player is prepared to give his all. The squad might be young but with the massive turnover of players, a new work ethic, a high level of motivation and a reasonable draw, they should improve. Mark Neeld wants to have the hardest team to play against and while I don't think they're quite there at the moment, I think they'll be the most surprising team as well as the most unpredictable. My rough guess then is that they will get to eighth spot on the ladder. Finally, I'm sure you all want to find out about the outcome of the AFL tanking enquiry. Well, I can't say much but looking into the swirling drifts of snow, I can just detect the outline of a single object - the scales of justice. Make of that what you will but I can assure you all that whatever happens, it won't be the end of the world. I'll see you all in the future!
  2. 6 points
    Yeh there's nothing in it other than current employees of the club getting sh#t faced in the most public of places & getting ejected from a place where 99% of the guests can maintain appropriate behaviour. I know they are entitled to do as they please in there time off. However it doesn't paint a very professional or dedicated picture of them in particular, they should know better.
  3. 5 points
    Of all the gin joints in the world........................ incredibly flawed judgement. where could you possibly get more exposure?
  4. 5 points
    Oh no "Melbourne Players Tanked at the MCG" could end up in another series by CW or AFL investigation.
  5. 3 points
    Why the hell would you ask for a photo....There are plenty of times for that sort of thing when they are at the club.....They went to the cricket to have some time off with their mates and yes have a few beers like anyone of us.......They are young men...not robots.....Why shouldn't they go to which ever part of the ground they want to.....It's people like you who want autographs and photos and encroach on their time off that start these sort of things.......Why not just leave them alone......
  6. 3 points
    Agreed. Knucklehead thinking at best. I was watching the post tea events on the binoculars and was wondering who the idiots were. The good part is that the senior knucklehead Rivers is now at another Club, And Petterd showed what a grand addiction he will be the Richmond culture.
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    Just about the Dee's best performance at the G all year.
  9. 2 points
    Regardless of what anyone thinks about innocent fun, being on a break, etc. You'd have to think Frawls has handed in his resignation from the leadership group by being part of it?
  10. 2 points
    I read the article on News.com.au It seems to me that the spirit amongst our playing group last year and this year is and will be strong. If past players still mix and are part of the club spirit I see that as a strong sign that things are very good amongst the players at demonland ! Besides its Holidays for the next week or so, not a problem here Merry Xmas and New Year to all !
  11. 2 points
    What were they thinking sitting in that area. Of course they would be tragets. I have no sympathy for them. I not surprised to see dunn there and chip isnt exactly the smartest person going around but im surprised Howe got caught up in it. Couldnt his cousin get him better seats. Im sure Matty wade is proud of his cousin for getting kicked out. In todays world of social media you cant get away with anything. Its just disappointing after the darwin camp where Im sure neeldy would have drummed a few things into them and he would be furious. I think he is overseas in the states.Well he was the other day. I thnk they will get a talking to.Anyway luckily we arent a big a club as collingwood otherwise this would drag on for days. But it would had been nice to read in the off season about us training well not getting kicked out boxing day.
  12. 2 points
    I was there yesterday just above bay 13 in N15 I watched them (people in bay 13, not dees boys) most of the day and they where very entertaining only the serious [censored] got dragged out kicking and screaming the others where just having harmless fun just like our boys no big deal
  13. 1 point
    The tanking enquiry was started almost six months ago when it was initiated by an employee of the AFL who is no longer there. Will it claim more victims before the farce ends? Andrew Demetriou said there was no such thing as tanking and yet it's taken all that time for his investigators to come up with a report that apparently contains allegations of some form of wrongdoing but only from disgruntled ex-employees with axes to grind against the MFC and with nothing substantiated by more important witnesses. By all accounts one of the ex-employees spent most of his final months blueing with all and sundry at the club. His evidence is likely to be considered biased and unsatisfactory. Will Demetriou fall on the sword with them? And on the subject of blueing, Mike Fitzpatrick, a Rhodes Scholar and terribly conflicted because the AFL club with which he was associated has been untouched by this enquiry and yet, it is widely regarded that this club turned tanking into an art form. How can he therefore, play any role in any decision on this tanking enquiry? Heckle and Jeckle, the two investigators have been accused of stand over tactics against some of the witnesses. Did they really need to resort to such questionable behaviour and why did it take them so long to finalise their work. How did so much information about their investigation find its way prematurely into the media? Reputations are at risk and unless the AFL disposes of this mess cleanly, there will be more massive changes within the organisation. You can bet on it!
  14. 1 point
    FH = Foundation Hero Chill out.
  15. 1 point
    Don't overreact, security took out the AFL players because they're far easier targets for patrons to attack verbally or physically than a random individual. They finished their training a few days ago and are on holiday break, what they do is up to them but they need to realise they need to come back from break in just as good if not better shape so if they get [censored] one day well its up to them to work it off the day after. I have no issue with that, they are humans after all. You can angry all you want if it's all the players' fault but on some BS writing from the HS, don't get your knickers in a knot, the security were simply doing the smart thing.
  16. 1 point
    Words cannot describe how Angry this makes me. Neeld will do his nut
  17. 1 point
    Football players + cricket bogans + beer = stupidity.
  18. 1 point
    I don't know if it was the Chook but I can tell you that when Matthew Wade took that catch today I reckon it wasn't far from where his cousin Jeremy Howe took one of his marks of the day this year and it was every bit as good.
  19. 1 point
    The old "reliable mail", unless it's come from the AFL or the club it can't be too reliable; where's yours from?
  20. 1 point
    You came so close to writing a whole post without being a [censored]...
  21. 1 point
    You're obviously a St Bede's, Mentone boy. Gerard and Greg's sister taught me at primary school. I always remember Greg coming to school and having a kick with us, and Gerard looking reluctant to be there. Gerard also got a very lukewarm reception at the Bluey Truscott this year. He didn't get a great reception from the crowd. He was only there to support his surfing mate in Chunk Jones. He wasn't there for his great love of the club.
  22. 1 point
    hahahaha you bloody beauty , be great to get the chocklots , for a change
  23. 1 point
    Deegirl, you shouldn't feel intimidated about sharing information on here. The concern is more with the fact that some sensitive stuff is still being leaked from the club which many thought was a feature of past administrations. Whoever gave you the info only got it half right because the club hasn't been charged at all. It's only that the investigation seems to have uncovered a few disgruntled finger pointers who left the club in less than amicable circumstances which allows certain inferences to be drawn about the value of their evidence. The other thing about this matter is the AFL has chosen to give the MFC and other parties the opportunity to respond before a decision is made as to whether charges are laid. This is important because it will demonstrate to the AFL that the club has some very strong points of defence. I sense this would not have occurred under Adrian Anderson's watch and perhaps this is why he's gawn. So deegirl. Thanks for enlightening us with your post. It's paved the way for plenty of optimism if only we read between the lines and resist shooting the messenger.
  24. 1 point
    Keep it coming DeeGirl I am interested in what you have to say,
  25. 1 point
    I will not count chickens before they have hatched nor am I the sort of person who would gloat or throw back opinions and statements into someones face who got it wrong but if we are cleared of any wrongdoing I hereby promise to be very vindictive and send an email to Caroline Wilson and Greg Denham.
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