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  1. 12 points
    Jonesy was reportedly happy to have "such a nice 2 hour sleep" on the camp as he's been getting bugger all with two kids under 2
  2. 11 points
    Enjoy! https://www.smugmug.com/frame/slideshow?key=HC4jRw&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&randomize=0&speed=4&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=1&clickable=1 On review I found a couple of more worth a look https://six6six.smugmug.com/frame/slideshow?key=XJ8fDC&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&randomize=0&speed=3&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=2&clickable=1
  3. 11 points
    Thanks for the training reports WW and the other posters who contributed. Others have said it before but residing interstate we get absolutely so news about the MFC (or any other eastern states based teams), and if it weren't for your contributions we'd have no idea how the team was going. Unfortunately some do spoil the threads with their petty bickering but I've decided not to reply or get involved. Schoolyard bullies love the response they get from their victims. I'd ask other posters to treat them as such and not reply, eventually they will move on. Thanks again for the training reports, brilliant.
  4. 10 points
    I sat next to Kelvin Lawrence at a Debt Demolition Dinner several years ago. He was a lovely kid. There was a silent auction on all of the players' guernseys, the results of which were continually being updated on a big screen that everyone in the room could see. Every single player's guernsey was rapidly escalating in price. Except Kelvin's. His had not attracted one bid. He sat there silently, and gently, watching the progress of the auction. I thought he was going to cry. I turned to him. I said "hey mate - I've heard you're super quick. And talented. You going to play seniors some day?'. He shyly responded 'I really hope so'. I said 'well mate, I believe in you. Make it happen' - and I immediately took out the bidding machine and, with him watching, I put on a bid of 500 bucks for his guernsey. He was no longer last on the leaderboard. Not remotely. I winked at him. It was met with the biggest grin ever - it almost brought a tear to my eye. He never played a senior game for the club and was ultimately delisted. A lovely young fellow. The game at this level is brutal.
  5. 7 points
    People like you make this site great. No fuss. No B.S No bickering No attitude. [snip] Just great quality posting. Well done mate.
  6. 7 points
    Good call Ethan. I have been enjoying the outbreak of civility on DL of late. That said i got a wry chuckle from the fact Stuie liked your post
  7. 6 points
    He just looks untouchable when he's moving. His speed is something, but what impresses me is his courage and attack on the ball for someone you'd generally consider an 'outside player'. He's a beauty!
  8. 6 points
    Interesting. I have no opinion either way about the value of commando type training, but I did hear around the traps at Gosh's yesterday, that Jordan Lewis thought that Melbourne's recent camp was the toughest footy thing he'd ever done.
  9. 5 points
    In my view this camp was as beneficial to the new coaching group as it potentially was for the players. What better way to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your group than putting them under extreme pressure. I'm sure there was the aspect of new players bonding, but what better environment to fully understand your playing list and the best way to help individuals as you prepare for a new season. It's the sort of exercise you wouldn't do every year, or often, but there's a whole new dynamic at play with plenty of new coaches, as well as new players. People seem to only be focussing on what the players will get out of it. For me it's players learning about themselves, each other, and the coaches, together with the coaches learning about each other, the players and cementing the "why" of this group, which goes hand in hand with their collective goals. Unless you know the immediate goals of Goodwin/McCartney it's difficult to critique. You may assume what they're trying to achieve, but you can't be entirely sure.
  10. 5 points
    I think it's really hard to judge the value of a particular style of training with a general view, it might help some players, it might do nothing for others, the same way some coaches work for individual players more than others. I do believe these commando type training programs are aimed more at mental strength than physical when you reach elite level sport/fitness. I think we have a really young team that is going to get better with time and hard work under what is a really strong football department these days, and I am happy to back them in to get it right
  11. 4 points
    That was very thoughtful and kind RB.
  12. 4 points
    He just needs to keep it out of the way.
  13. 4 points
    Any training that improves mental toughness is ok by me. For years we have had a side that folded like deck chairs on a windy day when the pressure was on. If this improves them and their teamwork then it is, in my opinion, a worthwhile exercise and injuries can happen anywhere any time (See basketball at Home) so not an issue!
  14. 4 points
    Mmmm....I think I will leave it there 'stuie'.
  15. 4 points
    A word of advice, you can exclude Stretch from your best 22, but your side won't reflect the team that runs out in round one. He's rated very highly internally and WILL play round one. Of course this isn't a predictions thread, so no need to include him if accuracy isn't on your agenda.
  16. 4 points
    It's most likely pretty well irrelevant at this stage. He's suffering from something where there's a lot to be done before he can deal with what happened at Essendon. This is personal, we should wish him well in his recovery and leave him alone for now ...
  17. 3 points
    Most of the skinny kids of recent past did not have the required attitude to physicality that our current mob possess. We really did draft some soft kids, especially with early draft picks.
  18. 3 points
    They have had him in the stoppages and midfield drills at training, so assume if he gets a gig that will be his role, he can play up forward as well because he is good at one on one as we have seen. He hasn't missed a beat all pre season. I would think his role would be in the engine room, but he has a lot of mates all competing for spots, which is what he is going to bring competition which can only benefit the team
  19. 3 points
    Ron, this is the point I was trying to make as well, obviously we have had some who have experienced this type of exercise and found it wanting, not me personally, helped me develop the mindset that keeps me exercising and being fit in my sixties whilst my body tells me to stop coz it hurts But with Goody and Macca leading the way and supporters actually seeing the results of their approach already, then if they decided this exercise was a valid learning for the players, then it should be accepted as such, same as the non preferred being practiced ad infinitum, on that, the last session was a joy to watch with all players looking much more comfortable on both feet
  20. 3 points
    I for one am excited to see the development of flippers "infectious smile".
  21. 3 points
    Im necking an ale as i read...ok ?
  22. 3 points
    If there are some of our "kids" (i.e. Petracca, Oliver, Hunt, et al) that turn out to be better players than Brayshaw, this footy club will be in a position that I have never seen. He will be a bloody beauty, and it will take a high quality player/s to be better than him. As McCartney indicated if Bugg can improve his consistency, he is a very good player to have as our 15th-22nd best player each week. Very underrated in my opinion. I prefer not to comment on rookies that I wouldn't know if I fell over them.
  23. 3 points
    I have no opinion either way either, Dee, but "toughest footy thing he has ever done" can be a long way from "most beneficial footy thing he has ever done".
  24. 3 points
    I put this in an earlier training thread, I asked Macca for an early tip for a great year before Xmas, without hesitation 'Brayshaw', he had a little hiccup a couple of weeks ago, but looked sharp yesterday
  25. 3 points
    FLASHBACK: THE MELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB ANNUAL REPORT 1977 (MELBOURNE CRICKET CLUB FOOTBALL CLUB) AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FOOTBALL CLUB Founded 1858 VFA 1877 VFL [now AFL] 1897 PATRONS: The Honorable Sir Henry Bolte, G.C.M.G. (The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Cr. D. Osborne) CHAIRMAN Mr. J. R. Mitchell COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT Mr. B. J. Bourke Mr. A. L. V. King Mr. K. Carlon Mr. N. Lockwood Dr. D. Duffy Mr. N. McMahen Mr. R. E. Fenton-Smith Mr. P. H. Rhoden Mr. R. S. Geary Mr. I. J. Ridley Mr. D. P. Jones Mr. R. J. Seddon MANAGER Mr. R. J. Manley ASSISTANT MANAGER Mr. D. W. Peel Yarra Park, JOLIMONT, 3002. Telephone 63-3594 63-1636 SUB-COMMITTEES Executive Mr. J. R. Mitchell (Chairman), Messrs. R. S. Geary, A. L. V. King, N. McMahen, R. J. Seddon, and I. J. Ridley (Co-opted). Match Mr. I. J. Ridley (Chairman), Messrs. K. Carlon, D. Jones, R. Skilton, and G. Wells. Business Mr. N. Lockwood (Chairman), Messrs. B. Church, R. Fenton-Smith, C. Radley, L. Salvas and G. Sheppard. Recruiting Mr. B. Bourke (Chairman), Messrs. T. Bull, W. Deans, T. Knight, F. McMahon, K. Rowe, S. Rule and N. Whitaker. Administrative Mr. P. H. Rhoden (Chairman), Messrs. Dr. D. Duffy and A. L. V. King. Social Mr. L. Salvas (Chairman), Mr. D. Phillips and co-opted members. COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS V.F.L. Director Mr. R. S. Geary Team Manager Mr. N. J. McMahen Coach Mr. R. J. Skilton Captain Mr. G. Wells Vice-Captain Mr. R. Biffin Promotion and Development Officer Mr. R. Flower Phys. Ed. Instructor Mr. R. Crombie Hon. Med. Officers Drs. D. J. McDonald and P. Dixon Hon. Med. Assistant Mr. R. Ashby Hon. Solicitor Mr. R. J. Seddon Hon. Financial Advisor Mr. S. Willmott Hon. Dental Officers Drs. N. Webster and P. Smith Physiotherapists Messrs. R. Wilson and W. Nash Hon. Timekeeper Mr. G. Bell Hon. Doorkeepers Messrs. W. Hyland and W. Monkhouse Hon. Statistician Mr. N. Sellick. Hon. Manager - Scholarship Squad Mr. J. Tilbrook Staff Mr. K. Chalmers (Head Trainer-Deceased 25/6/77), Messrs. S. Allica, L. Biffin, A. Dalgleish, K. Nancarrow, W. White (Trainers), G. Simpson, M. Hunter (Property), G. Carson (Bootstudder), B. Kavanagh (Transport), G. DeMorton, F. Docherty and L. Salvas. RESERVE GRADE OFFICIALS Committee Mr. N. H. Parkhill (Chairman), Messrs. W. A. Rodriquez (Sec.), C. R. McKay, (Treas.), E. J. Massey, C. S. Bradley, A. J. Bullock, J. L. Stanton, K. R. Scott. Coaches Reserves — Mr. F. Davis Under 19 — Mr. N. Crompton Under 17 — Mr. G. Duff Managers Reserves — Mr. E. Massey Assistant — Mr. C. Bradley Under 19 — Mr. J. Stanton Under 17 — Mr. K. Scott Assistant — Mr. W. McLean Trainers Reserves — T. Beard (Head-Trainer), J. McCaughan, P. Taylor, K. Taylor Under 19 — W. Turnross, N. Mays Under 17 — Mr. F. Kellet Property Reserves — Mr. A. Henderson Under 19 — S. McLennan Timekeepers Reserves — Mr. A. Bullock Under 19 — L. McHutchinson ANNUAL REPORT 1977 1977 has been a most disappointing Season in every way forthe Melbourne Football Club. Following the form shown by the Team in the latter part of 1976 all supporters of the Club were justified in believing that 1977 would see the re- emergence of the Melbourne Football Club as a power in the Victorian Football League. Many reasons and explanations have been advanced as to why the Club won only five games and finished eleventh on the premiership ladder. Injury, inaccurate kicking and lack of performance have been held responsible for a poor season but on reflection probably the greatest lesson to be learnt from 1977 is that success will only be achieved by a concerted effort from all connected with the Club. All V.FL. Clubs are desperate for success and this makes this goal so hard to achieve. The Committee has undertaken an exhaustive and detailed study of recruiting and has brought forward a number of innovative recommendations which will enhance our chances of recruiting more efficiently and effectively. The above remarks are, of course, directly concerned with the SeniorTeam but the Club is proud to have two of our Junior Teams, namely the Reserves and Under 17’s make the 1977 Finals. The Reserves, coached by Frank Davis, put up a great performance to make the five after a slow start but did not display that form in the final and were accounted for quite comfortably in the Elimination Final. The Third XVIII battled very hard but because of age and size factors were not able to win many games. The Under 17’s again dominated their competition and congratulations must go to Coach, Gordon Duff, other officials and the Team for again winning the Premiership. The Club Best and Fairest Award for 1977 was won by Robert Flower for the first time. Robert deserved this honour as he proved an extremely consistent player and rarely lowered his colours for the Season. The Club and its supporters will undoubtedly gain a great amount of pleasure watching Robert in action over future years. Runner-Up Best and Fairest was Shane Grambeau. Shane became a most consistent defender when given his opportunity and we congratulate him on the way he took up a personal challenge after a settling in Season in 1976. Following Robert and Shane in the Best and Fairest Award were three of our more experienced Players in Captain, Greg Wells, Gary Hardeman and Laurie Fowler. The Club appreciates the service given by these Players and offers congratulations to them on their 1977 Season. Due to a successful Finals Series (which included a drawn Grand Final) the Club experienced a satisfactory year financially. It is of great concern to the Club that difficulty will be experienced in "balancing the budget” while current trends continue. The Club will depend heavily on Sponsorship, the Former Players and Officials Association and supporter groups Coterie, Redlegsand the Social Committee, for their continued support of the Club. The Club would like to acknowledge the contribution of these groups during the Season past. SPONSOR: MAYNE NICKLESS LIMITED — OFFICIAL SPONSOR The Club successfully negotiated a sponsorship with Mayne Nickless Limited for the 1977 Season and we believe both parties have benefited greatly from the association. Sponsorship is now a most important part of V.F.L., football finance and the club is indeed grateful that the association will continue in 1978. The Managing Director of Mayne Nickless Limited, Mr. Bruce Redpath said his company, one of Australia’s oldest is proud to continue its relationship with the nations first football club. "Mayne Nickless has had close links with both the City of Melbourne and its world famous sporting venue since the days when our then Chairman, Sir Henry Weedon laid the foundation stone of the Melbourne Town Hall. Our renewed sponsorship of the Melbourne Football Club for the year 1978 gives practical evidence of our continued interest and we wish the club all the very best for the coming season". V.I.P. CLUB: The Melbourne Football Club is indebted to the following Companies who became V.I.P., Club members in 1977:— Arnott-Brockhoff-Guest Pty. Ltd., Australian Wool Corporation, Beatrice Aust. Pty. Ltd., Bill Patterson-Cheney Ltd., Blackburn & Lockwood Pty. Ltd., G. J. Coles & Co. Ltd., Donson Industries Pty. Ltd., Email Ltd., Fibremakers Ltd., J. Gadsden Pty. Ltd., Herbert Adams Holdings Ltd., Hitachi Sales Australia Pty. Ltd., Industrial Acceptance Corp. Ltd., Jetset Tours, Linfox Transport Pty. Ltd., Massey-Ferguson (Aust.) Ltd., National Bank of A’Asia Ltd., Ogilvy & Mather (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Paynter & Dixon Industries Ltd., Printers Pty. Ltd., Rowntree-Hoadley Ltd., Spotless Ltd., Thomas Hardy & Sons Pty. Ltd., Touche Ross & Co., Visy Board Co. Pty. Ltd. DONORS We wish to record our sincere thanks to the following people, our valued donors. Bugeja A. M. Jones S.K. Power L. Hargreaves M.E. (Miss) Wilkinson A. Scott A.C. Whitehead P. (Miss) Torriero A.R. Strieter A. Frania J. (Miss) Lyon W. (Miss) Ferguson Don Ygoa May Maughan J. Sir Henry Bolte Knight D. McVey I.L. Amalfi L. Marriott A. Steward F.H. Mackay Alan Seddon Dick Bosisto G. Taylor T. Sir Albert Chadwick Taylor K.A. Willmott S.A. Langley A.E. Hunter E. M.F.C. Social Committee McKenzie Dr. M. Norris A.J. M.F.C. Former Players & Officials Assoc. Hannan S. (Mrs.) Hughes F.V. Blackburn & Lockwood P/L Canberra TV Pty. Ltd. Carlton & United Breweries Ltd. Empress of China Rest’t. Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd H.J. Heinz & Co. Ltd. Taylor Ferguson Pty. Ltd. Rod Shepherd Bulk Store Dunlop Australia Ltd. Ebeling H.l. Greythorn Door Centre Gorin A. Surdex Industries Pty. Ltd. Hobbs E. (Mrs.) MFC COMMITTEE The Committee again led by Chairman, John Mitchell, have devoted the many voluntary hours necessary for a football club to function. John has led the Club in a most enthusiastic manner and by his actions and endeavours, welded the Committee into a hard-working unit operating with a view towards success in the near future. GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETING ATTENDANCES (Meetings held during the year — 16) Mr. J. Mitchell 15 Mr. B. Bourke 13 Mr. K. Carlon 16 Dr D. Duffy 14 Mr. R. Fenton-Smith 11 Mr. R. Geary 15 Mr. D. Jones 11 Mr. A. L. V. King 15 Mr. N. Lockwood 12 Mr. N. McMahen 11 Mr. P. Rhoden 15 Mr. I. Ridley 16 Mr. R. Seddon 13 Manager 12 Assistant Manager 12 MFC COACHES The Club would like to record its appreciation to Coaches:- Bob Skilton, Frank Davis, Neil Crompton and Gordon Duff for their many devoted hours to their respective grades. BOBBY SKILTON After four years as a senior coach decided to retire from the position for personal reasons. The Club takes this opportunity to thank Bobby for his devotion and dedication to a position which was at times unrewarding. We wish Bobby and his family all the very best for their future. FRANK DAVIS Returned to the Club this season and we congratulate him on his achievement of coaching the Reserve XVIII to a place in the Final Five. The Club looks forward to a continued successful association with Frank. NEIL CROMPTON Again coached our Under 19 Side, and as hard as he tried — success did not come his way. GORDON DUFF Coached our Under 17 Side to their 2nd Premiership in a row. Congratulations go to Gordon for this fine feat. TEAM LEADERS The Club also registers its appreciation to both Greg Wells and Ray Biffin who acted in the positions of Captain and Vice-Captain respectively. These Players carried out their functions splendidly. SCHOLARSHIP SQUAD The Season again saw the conduct of a very successful Scholarship Squad. The squad comprised twenty-six specially selected young footballers from the Club's Metropolitan Zone. These boys were instructed and tutored over a ten-week period by Senior Coaches, Players and Officials. [NOTE: Scholarship squad members who played Senior VFL football were Jim Durnan and Tony Elshaug.] The Club is indebted to former player, John Tilbrook, for his management of the Scholarship Squad. By his football experience and management, John ensured the success of this squad. The Club sincerely appreciates the financial assistance given by the Former Players and Officials Association towards the cost of the Squad. This cost is now quite substantial as each Player receives a complete Melbourne Football Club uniform and an education grant. The Club is grateful to Chairman, Max Spittle, Secretary, Rick Mollison and their Association for its support. During their training period the Scholarship Squad participated in games against the Victorian Schoolboys Team and the Richmond Scholarship Squad and it is pleasing to report that both games were won convincingly by our boys. It is important to note that two 1976 Scholarship Squad Members, namely Andrew Moir and Brett Marchant, became the first Players through the Squad to represent the Melbourne Football Club in the SeniorXVIII Team. RECRUITING In Season 1977, Chairman Barry Bourke and his enthusiastic panel of Recruiting Officers again combed our Metropolitan and Country Areas in search of players with the necessary potential to succeed in league football with this club. We have also had to look to interstate recruiting, and we are very pleased to report that Graeme Hunnibell, 6'4" Ruckman-Key Forward from the North Launceston Football Club has been signed and will reside in Melbourne from early in January 1978. Several promising young players will take part in our pre-season training and practice games, who, we believe, will introduce greater depth into the club. On behalf of our Recruiting Officers we would like to take this opportunity of thanking all officials of our zone clubs and leagues for the assistance and courtesies extended to them on their visits to clubs and official functions throughout the year. PROMOTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT Throughout the 1977 Year our Promotions Officer, Robert Flower, carried out his tasks in a most effective manner. Robert adhered to every request from organisations within our zone, spending countless hours assisting junior footballers with the basic skills of Australian Football. As a further tribute to Robert’s ability, these tasks did not have a detrimental effect on his on-field performances. He once again represented Victoria and capped off his season with the Club’s Best and Fairest. It is pleasing to report that several senior players from the club gave up many hours of their leisure time to visit some 162 schools and clubs conducting coaching clinics, organising a grade 4 school competition (Prahran Area), assisting Robert in the running of lecture and film nights and visiting various fetes and club presentation evenings. In addition to achieving the above coverage within our zones, Robert distributed in excess of 500 footballs and 600 complimentary passes to schools and junior organisations within our area. Another pleasing aspect of the years’ promotion and development was the conducting of a highly successful series of zone evenings for our Metropolitan and Country zone officials. Our annual schoolboy clinics held during both term holidays proved to be a resounding success and most rewarding to the 60 selected boys who took part. These clinics are indeed a vital part in our Club’s recruiting scheme. Once again the Melbourne Football Club liaised frequently with the Junior Football Council of Victoria and the V.F.L. in an effort to promote Australian Football to people throughout Australia. RESERVE GRADE REPORT The Reserve Grade for season 1977 under the guidance of Chairman Noel Parkhill and Secretary Bill Rodriquez once again performed exceptionally well and with an active Reserve Grade Committee they carried out the very important administrative tasks relating to the Reserve, Under 19 and Under 17 teams in an efficient manner. RESERVE XVIII After a very dismal start to the season our Reserve Team under Coach Frank Davis improved dramatically and gave supporters some hope by finishing in the Final Five. Unfortunately, theirstay in the Five was short-lived when they were defeated by Footscray in the Elimination Final. Several young players earnt promotion to the senior side, those players being Mark Alves, Michael Byrne, Brian Cook, Tom Flower, Brett Marchantand Robert Walters. We are of the opinion that the continuation of blending youth with experience augers well for the future. UNDER 19 Our Under 19 Team was disappointing. Several youngsters were given the opportunity to represent the club but strength and size went against us all season. Coach Neil Crompton tried hard to mould a side which included several young players from our successful 1976 Under 17 side. During the Season several players from Under 19’s experienced Reserve Grade football and we now look forward to the younger players to develop into senior players in the years to come. UNDER 17 The Under 17 Team after experiencing stiffer opposition than in previous years won the premiership to finish off an excellent season. Congratulations to Coach Gordon Duff, and Managers Ken Scott, Stan Rule and Bill McLean for excellent work throughout the season. Several boys from the Premiership side will move up to the Under 19’s and it is hopeful that they will progress further into our Senior Sides during the 1978 season. CONGRATULATIONS All connected with the Melbourne Football Club extend to the following, their sincere congratulations on the achievements as detailed:— Coach, Ron Barassi, and the North Melbourne Football Club on winning the 1977 Premiership. All other Clubs who participated in the 1977 Final Series. Graham Teasdale and Kevin Bartlett, winner and runner-up respectively in the 1977 Brownlow Medal. Our two interstate representatives, Greg Wells and Robert Flower. The following senior clubs from our zoned areas who won their respective premierships:— Goulburn Valley Football League Echuca Kyabram District Football League Nagambie Riddell District Football League (1st Div.) Sunbury Riddell District Football League (2nd Div.) Wallan South West Gippsland Football League Berwick Federal Football League Springvale Eastern Suburban Churches Football Assn Donvale United and all teams winning minor premierships in our respective zone Competitions. Goulburn Valley Schoolboy Team:— Victorian State Champions The following players who reached the respective milestones with the club as listed below:— 200 Games Gary Hardeman 150 Games Ray Biffin 100 Games Ross Brewer 50 Games Gary Baker, Des Campbell, Laurie Fowler, Frank Giampaolo. ENGAGEMENTS Jenny Richards and Ian Claney Jenny Brennan and Frank Giampaolo Kim Bampton and Robert Flower MARRIAGES Jeanette and Peter Keays Jenny and Ian Claney FAMILY ADDITIONS Margaret and Graeme Osborne Daughter Annette and Ross Brewer Daughter Ute and Barry Norsworthy Son Diedre and Henry Coles Son Julie and Gary Hardeman Daughter APPRECIATION OF SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE The Club's sincere appreciation is extended to the following for their valued assistance during 1977:— MELBOURNE CRICKET CLUB The Melbourne Football Club extends its thanks to the President, Sir Albert Chadwick, C.M.G., M.S.M., Secretary Mr. Ian Johnson, O.B.E., Assistant Secretary Mr. Maurice Gibb and all Committee, Office and Ground Staff for their help and advice during 1977. VICTORIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE The Melbourne Football Club acknowledges the assistance received from President Dr. Allen Aylett, General Manager, Mr. Jack Hamilton and all staff of the Victorian Football League. FORMER PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION This Association, again led by Max Spittle and Rick Mollison have made another valued contribution to the club during 1977. In particular their continued sponsorship of the Scholarship Squad is most appreciated. The Association held their successful Annual re-union during the season. For the first time the number of financial members of the Association has passed 200 and this reflects credit on the enthusiasm and drive of the people in charge. There are no doubt many other former players and officials who have not become members and the Association would welcome enquiries from persons in this position. PRESS, RADIO AND TELEVISION The Melbourne Football Club again expresses its appreciation to the representatives of the media for their continued promotion and support of Australian Football and in particular for the help given to this Club. COTERIE Mr. G. Sheppard (Chairman), Mr. A. L. V. King (Secretary) and all members. REDLEGS Mr. Bruce Church (Chairman), his Committee and all members. SOCIAL COMMITTEE Mr. Lou Salvas (Chairman), Mr. Dudley Phillips and The Members who assisted. PHILLIP MORRIS PTY. LTD. For its generous sponsorship of the V.F.L. and particularly for awards won by the Melbourne Football Club. CHEER SQUAD To all members who supported and assisted the club. STAMINADE LITTLE LEAGUE To Mr. Brian Donnegan (Manager) and representatives of the Bentleigh/McKinnon Y.C.F.L., for the organisation of our Little League team each week. CARLYON TAVERNS PTY. LTD. Mr. Fred Schelbert, Mr. Bert Andrews, Mr. Peter Best and all members of the Catering Staff. OBITUARY The Melbourne Football Club regretfully records the passing during the year of the following Members. Bert Jeffrey Former Reserves Head Trainer Gerry Daley Former Player Ken Chalmers Former Head Trainer The Club was deeply shocked at the news of the Accidental death of Head Trainer, Mr. Ken Chalmrs, while acting with the V.F.L. Team in Perth. Ken Joined the Club in 1946 and gave 31 years of dedicated and loyal service. He leaves a wife and two daughters to whom the Melbourne Football Club extends its sincerest sympathy. FIVE YEAR CERTIFICATES The Committee has great pleasure in awarding Five Year’s Service Certificates to:— TONY DULLARD, SHANE FITZSIMMONS, ROBERT FLOWER, FRANK GIAMPAOLO MFC AWARD WINNERS, 1977 SENIORS BEST AND FAIREST - M.C.C. MEDAL Keith "Bluey” Truscott Memorial Trophy Robert Flower SECOND BEST AND FAIREST - Sid Anderson Memorial Trophy Shane Grambeau THIRD BEST AND FAIREST - Ron Barassi Snr. Memorial Trophy Greg Wells SPECIAL AWARD - Ivor Warne-Smith Memorial Trophy Gary Hardeman SPECIAL AWARD - Dick Taylor Memorial Trophy Laurie Fowler BEST FIRST YEAR - Harold Ball Memorial Trophy Tom Flower JIM HANNAN MEMORIAL/ REDLEGS TROPHY Robert Flower RESERVES BEST AND FAIREST - Stan Brownbill Memorial Trophy Peter Keays SECOND BEST AND FAIREST Frank Giampaolo SPECIAL AWARDS Brian Cook, Brett Marchant Des Campbell UNDER 19 GRADE BEST AND FAIREST - Ray Read Memorial Trophy Geoff Hayes SECOND BEST AND FAIREST Phillip Mehrten SPECIAL AWARDS Kelvin Richards, Damion Caddaye, Paul Thompson UNDER 17 GRADE BEST AND FAIREST - Tony Elshaug SECOND BEST AND FAIREST Clinton Love SPECIAL AWARDS Robert MacKay, Wayne Mobbs, Con Galileos
  26. 3 points
    Whelan the Wrecker one of my favourites also! Can't believe I forgot him will have to fit him in somewhere perhaps in place of Jurrah
  27. 3 points
    The posters that report on training are great and always appreciated.
  28. 3 points
    Forgot to mention Harmes in my earlier post. He was involved in everything, and if today was any indication, his kicking has come a fair way since last season. He was near the front in all the running. ....... and finally, allowing for my perpetual optimism, number 9 seemed to have markedly improved his agility. Not sure about his pace, but certainly more agile imo.
  29. 3 points
    Tim, thanks for the shots including my 10 month old wheaten terrier, Fergus. I was standing next to you. For the benefit of all, the pre-Xmas camp was at Mt Disappointment...near Whittlesea. Sounds like it was quite a hitout and hopefully it will live in name only, other than for Dom Tyson! Concur with the other comments posted. For mine: Viney more intense than ever, now that he's back in the main group, Oscar looks appreciably bulked up but still makes some basic execution errors, Watts made a couple of uncharacteristic errors (missed passes, dropped marks) and left the track early with some leg complaint, Spencer looks the best I've seen him in terms of executing the drills, Bull Smith's hands are a weapon, Keilty looks like he belongs, not sure Hulett is ultimately going to get there, Weideman noticeably bigger, Vandenberg moving much more freely, Garland shanked a kick or two (and I'm a fan). Overall, a very positive hitout for the first day back in warm conditions with a northerly breeze.
  30. 2 points
    This kid was a revelation last year. Watching him at training he could be anything this year. ==> https://six6six.smugmug.com/frame/slideshow?key=n8jFx8&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&randomize=0&speed=3&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=2&clickable=1
  31. 2 points
    During the Carlton game,he didn't seem to be affected by the rest of the team playing [censored]; he was the only thing about that game that I liked.
  32. 2 points
    He had 8 brownlow votes in first 3 rounds. x
  33. 2 points
    As I mentioned in my training report yesterday, Hunty was one of the standouts for me. He now has a stronger physique to match his undoubted courage, and yesterday he seemed to be in the right place for every contest, and win heaps of ball against strong opposition. If he can do this consistently in the heat of battle, and combine it with his explosive pace, then we will have an undeniable 'weapon' on our hands. I know it's only one viewing (for me), and only part way through pre-season, but I can't help being very excited based on what I saw yestetday.
  34. 2 points
    When he was finally back to full fitness, he wanted to ensure he could attack the ball without fear, so went to Nev for a bit of advice and help with technique, I was surprised with his aggression but Nev said it was always there just needed switching on
  35. 2 points
    Yeah, you have. The fact that you don't realise it is why I told the story about the mall.
  36. 2 points
    BBO, not sure if you missed Biff's post above, so I've quoted it for you. I honestly think the term 'racist' fits his statement very, very well. Many of the other things he's said regarding history can be debated and discussed. This one though IMHO crossed the line. You accused Stuie of putting words in Biffen's mouth, but the quote above is consistent with what Stuie was paraphrasing. I'm not a huge fan of personal abuse either, but I don't think calling something that is demonstrably racist, racist, qualifies. Now if Stuie had said something like "put your aussie flag cape away and STFU you racist [expletive]", then yeah, that's abusive. But that's not what's going on here. This is not a case of 'political correctness gone mad' or awkward phrasing. Biffen was quite clear about what he believes, as indicated above. Having a go at Stuie for responding to it misses the point entirely. He hasn't applied a 'cheap label'. He's called out racism, and I think he's right in doing so. Note that he has not called for Biffen to be censured or banned. He has not berated him. He's challenged what he (and for that matter, I) believe to be racist statement made by a fellow poster. I don't see any issue with what Stuie has done, and as someone who married and has 2 children with an immigrant from a formally 'colonised' country, applaud him saying something about it. When my kids are old enough, I hope they never had to read or hear that their mother "would be flogging spice with an abacus" if not for white colonialism. It's patently untrue, and yes, racist. It makes my blood boil when she is stopped in a shopping centre with our children and told "Your kids are gorgeous! Your husband must be white" (that is an exact quote from a few months back btw). The subtle racism of it doesn't occur to those who hold those views. But it hurts. And when it happens on a semi-regular basis, it hurts all the more. So that's where I'm coming from, and that's why I not only don't find anything wrong with what Stuie said, I hope he does it again if he hears it IRL. Edit: tagging @stuie because it relates to him
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    If the new age thing is to throw around guilt for the past then i blame the colonial africans. If they had never left africa to colonise the rest of the world we wouldn't have the problems we have today.
  39. 2 points
    B: Whelan - Wight - Prymke HB: S Febey - Neitz - B Lovett C: Tingay - G Lovett - Flower HF: Wilson - Schwarz - Davey F: Lyon - Jakovich - Farmer Foll: Stynes - T Viney - J McDonald I/C: N Jones - A Johnson - Yze - White Emerg: Yeats - Woewodin - Jurrah
  40. 2 points
    No Stu, I mean "denigrated as in calling a person racist. If you disagree with someone stick to facts logic and rhetoric to defeat their argument rather than resorting to cheap labels.
  41. 2 points
    Just been reading the above discussion. Most interesting and informative and it leads me to further investigate some of the matters raised. Interesting to note that Biffen, who seems to hold unpopular and probably politically incorrect views on certain subjects is denigrated as a racist. Thank god (or someone) for freedom of speech.
  42. 2 points
    Its funny you mention Pendlebury - I was talking to a very knowledgeable mate yesterday (Saints supporter) who also compared him to Pendlebury. Reckons he will be the best of the lot: the 'pure football brilliance' and impact he has had on some games in 2015 in particular is remarkable for first year player.
  43. 2 points
    Agree with this insight. For those folk who want to be elite athletes, then quality always comes before quantity. In distance running; high training loads (high kilometres) does not equate to extra speed. Speed does not come from strength although many believe this to be the case. Quality training specific to the event or sport is the key. Otherwise you would have Usain Bolt running 200k a week.
  44. 2 points
    this coming from a nomadic, wenching wastrel
  45. 2 points
    No Moon, not when it is 38 degrees heading to 40. On days like today, keeping up the fluids is important and in the interests of good health.
  46. 2 points
    And anyone who does not agree is a bum!
  47. 2 points
    Oh yay, sarcasm. Why not ask Jordan Lewis what he thinks of it: "It's a really important part of the culture of our club," http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2016-09-21/hawthorn-return-to-kokoda Or maybe James Sicily: “When you’re in running sets and times are tough and you’re struggling a bit, you try and reflect on how tough it was back in Kokoda and you can find a bit extra in yourself. “[The trek] definitely helps with your mental toughness and your ability to keep grinding when things are challenging.” http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2016-12-16/preseason-camp-vs-kokoda Nah, but you guys are right, it's totally useless and the 4 time premiership winners were wasting their time doing it.
  48. 2 points
    Factually speaking you can't prove it helped them either. They might just have had a better team...
  49. 2 points
    As much as I can't stand this man, his club, and what has happened I wish him all the best and hope he finds a way out of the mire he appears to be in.
  50. 2 points
    This is what happens when the truth is hidden. Something had to give...
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