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  1. 9 points
    MAIDEN VICTORY by Bewitched After a week of soul searching after a dramatic fade out in the lightning, thunder and rain at Casey in the AFLW's opening round, the women of Melbourne had a lot to be concerned about at half time at Ikon Park last night. They were down by 19 points and being totally outplayed after recording just one goal in their past four quarters of football and staring into oblivion in a seven game competition that allows only two teams to advance to the grand final. Moana Hope, the much vaunted Magpie strong lady had wreaked havoc in the early going, setting up her team's first goal and scoring its second before Jessica Anderson's running goal opened the Demons' account but that was the team's only joy as their opponents streamed ahead. However, this time there was no storm to blunt Melbourne's style in the second half and instead, the team kept Collingwood scoreless after the main break to record their first AFLW win. The move of Mel Hickey onto Hope was a good one. The dangerous Magpie forward was hardly seen as the Demons took over. Skipper Daisy Pearce provided lots of run in the back half and Karen Paxman moved the ball forward to the likes of Cat Phillips, the ultimate Frisbee player, and Alyssa Mifsud and the flood gates opened. Phillips' goal from an impossible angle was a highlight. The team that had been starved of scoring opportunities was now alight and winning in the middle. They scored 4.1 for the term to grab the lead at the final break. The Magpie fade out continued despite some strong arm tactics which saw a late head high hit on Meg Downie force a delay in play as the Demon was concussed and stretchered off in a neck brace. Coach Mick Stinear later said his player had been cleared of any serious damage but the likely outcome should see the first tribunal sitting in AFLW history. The Dees kept on running when play resumed and finally ran out winners 7.2.44 to 5.1.31. The class of Pearce and Paxman should ensure that Melbourne remains a contender in this competition. Elise "Junior" O'Dea is a great prospect and kept going all night and Lily Mithen lived up to the family name with a solid contribution. All in all, it was a great maiden victory for the women of the Melbourne Football Club who now take on their foundation rivals, the Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval on Saturday night. The men's JLT Community Series game will be the curtain raiser to this historic match. Melbourne 1.0.6 1.0.6 5.1.31 7.2.44 Collingwood 3.1.19 0 4.1.25 4.1.25 4.1.25 Goals Melbourne Phillips 2 Anderson Jolly Mifsud Paxman Scott Collingwood Cameron Edwards Grant Hope Best Melbourne Pearce Phillips Paxman O'Dea Mithen Collingwood D'Arcy Eva Barden Chiocci Crowd 6,917 at Ikon Park
  2. 9 points
    Gee some like to jump the gun, maybe viney was told to go easy, he is an aggressive player, no point him going hard at a meaningless intra game, and hurting our own players, wow the captaincy weighing him down in a intra, talk about jumping the gun, don't worry he will be fine.
  3. 9 points
    ... include the bottom half of the list and top up players from Casey. It's a different story when something close to the best 22 are out there. Highlights for me: JKH, who I'd all but written off last year looks like he can become a good AFL footballer. Sad for ANB. Always thought he was limited and nothing seems to have changed. Weid looked a lot more competitive than last year. Salem will be a force if he can stay fit. Oliver confirmed he will be elite I started by saying at the beginning of the session yesterday that Hunt would be AA. I amended that by the end of the session by saying he'd captain the AA team. He's great I thought AVB looked good. Unlike others I thought Pencil was good and whilst Gawn is our ruckman Pencil is a very good back up. Was it just me or was Trengove prolific in the first ground drill but struggled in the match sim? I thought the physicality was reserved. Competitive for the ball but gentle on tackling. Good thing that. There is a thread about whether Brayshaw and Oliver can play in the same team. That thread wouldn't be started now. Brayshaw looked great. Frost will play and will show himself to be an inspired trade by Todd and his team. I think those predicting the demise of Bernie Vince are seduced by youth. Bernie has much to offer and looked good. Those thinking DJ is close to selection are off the mark. JG and JKH well ahead of him. Stretch will play seniors when fit. Poised, efficient and works very hard. 250 game player because he's so professional. We have lots of players now capable of playing good quality AFL footy. Nice hit out. Dancing with your sister stuff. Hope Tyson gets fit soon. He's very important to us.
  4. 7 points
    Thanks to everyone who's written a report - a super enjoyable thread to read. Taylor has seemingly earnt his wage just on Hunt. What a superb selection so late in the draft. I'm really disappointed to read that Kent's still on the sidelines though - I was expecting him to go to the next level this year. JKH - really looking forward to seeing him play this season. Hope he makes the most of Kent's absence. Jordan Lewis is that rare stroke of luck that this club needed. If Max Gawn plays 22 games this year, we're playing finals. I actually reckon it's that simple. There are literally so many excitement machines on our list now. I can't remember a MFC team having so many talented players before.
  5. 7 points
    I disagree entirely. If your assertion is that people look to blame others for their failures and that everything is in their own hands what the point of having a decent development and coaching staff? Gysberts had the misfortune to be drafted by the most dysfunctional AFL football club this century and didn't cope. How on earth can you lay all the blame on him? Gysberts was a very talented footballer and you only have to look at his early games to see this. He had clear weaknesses that Neeld and his development team failed to eradicate. I'd go further and say they were a terrible impact on him. Gysberts was an introvert and was crushed by the hostile atmosphere generated by Neeld and his philosophy. This has been confirmed to me by both players and staff who were there at the time. A good leader inspires and makes his players want to follow. Neeld did exactly the opposite. I don't know if Gysberts had fixable faults but he certainly had talent. Are you writing off Petracca and Oliver now because they struggle in the running drills? Neeld snuffed out any chance the kid had and by the time he got to NM he was shot. He didn't want to play AFL footy. Again, confirmed by those that know him. Neeld was a disaster. He alienated the senior players, he failed to develop the younger players and he left us in a significantly worse place when he left than when he arrived. Gysberts wasn't the only one significantly effected.
  6. 6 points
    I'll take Ingerson over any tall back on our present list...
  7. 5 points
    Prescient post on one of the Collingwood fan sites: Our opposition isn't too crash hot though, hopefully they can improve and make a game of it in the 2nd half. Oooh... I do love beating Collingwood
  8. 5 points
    I don't blame Gysberts, I blame Barry Prendergast for drafting him.
  9. 5 points
    Perfectly put Bossdog, the main things on show were the physicality and the fact they were still working hard 2 and 1/2 hours in, in hot conditions, and some players stood out and showed they are in form, have developed or are Jordan Lewis I thought Hogan spent the match sim going anywhere except near the ball, same with Watts, give the other forwards a chance to shine? Pleased to see JKH running around looking fit, deserved the bake he got from everybody for blazing away and Dion Johnstone showed something, Jeffy still has them covered at the moment Bernie Vince was good at the back, Salem looked really sharp and classy, Oliver is developing at an alarming rate, Brayshaw nice little cameo, Frost, same as Oliver, full pre season can do wonders, thought the Weed looked more confident in his work Congratulated Jack Viney, also spoke to Todd, only slightly proud
  10. 4 points
    as you know, like politics, in the media the dross rises to the top
  11. 4 points
    Players need to be able to kick on both feet, but the only time a player should kick on his or her non-preferred is when they are forced to.
  12. 4 points
    It really does Irk me to open the little paper and every second day there is a story on this, that and every other thing to do with Essendope! I'ts like a continued hard luck story that has made good! Save me!!! In reality this mob should have been eradicated from the game entirely! What are the press doing pumping up at every opportunity this cesspool of a club??
  13. 4 points
    First half was terrible. The girls looked so confused in trying to structure up and were making terribly panicked decisions with the ball. 2nd half I thought Hickey in to the midfield changed the game. She crashed in a won a few really nice clearances and then with Pearce, Paxman and O'Dea we had a midfield rotation that was dominating. It also signalled that they weren't afraid of losing the game to Mo Hope and had to go out and win it with the best players around the ball and getting it forward. Cat Phillips is the female Isaac Smith. Just a power running machine. She's very raw and it won't always work for her but she can work a team over. Emma Humphries is impressive on a wing as well. When Hickey was freed up the backline still had talent and belief. Clifford, Duryea, Downie, Smith (a gun), Patterson form a really strong unit down back. The forward line is probably still the weak link. But Anderson looks a really classy forward who is only 19 and will get better. But they probably lack that 2nd tall option as well as a proper small goal kicker. Rocky probably comes in next game to see if she can add a combination of size and speed in the one player.
  14. 3 points
    He didn't play. J Smith, Kent, Kennedy and Tyson were there in street clothes. Mitch King was in training gear but I didn't see him train, same with Mitch White. Hibberd, Jetta and Hannan sat out the main game sim but did other stuff. Brayshaw played a half.
  15. 3 points
    The only disgrace I've come across this weekend is a keyboard warrior with Roman connections! As for Lily Mithen... well played, building on round 1, important to our 'come from behind' win.
  16. 3 points
    Not my best gif-work but you get the idea.
  17. 3 points
    Accuracy in front of goal was a big factor compared with last week's start of four consecutive behinds before our one and only goal. The ability to string a few goals together cannot be underestimated in building confidence in a team. We had that last night but didn't have it last week.
  18. 3 points
    Looks like he altered his profile at halftime to delete: 'Member of Collingwood Football Club '
  19. 3 points
    Four wins in a row against Collingwood.
  20. 3 points
    I've got to say, if the AFL is going to televise and promote the game, ensure the fundamental rules of the game are enforced .i.e illegal disposal and caught in possession. I'm sure the top women don't appreciate the 'go soft on the rules' approach adopted tonight. Go Dees
  21. 3 points
    O'Dea is a very good player. She has cleared everything in this quarter.
  22. 3 points
    The training reports are fantastic and hats off to all of you who allow the rest of us to enjoy the reads, the insights and the different perspectives.
  23. 3 points
    My theory is that Goodwin is implementing a leadership model for the next decade that has a flexible interchangeable component. When they forecast the future they'd see a standout young leader in Brayshaw and potentially others. With a one captain policy it's conceivable someone like Brayshaw would never get a chance. This model allows for someone like him and others to be rewarded and aspire for greatet honours. While I'm not a fan this facet does have merit.
  24. 2 points
    Whelan. Ingerson. Jetta. Febey. McDonald. Yze. Woewodin. Viney. Powell. Watts. Hogan. Robertson. Farmer. Neitz. Petracca. Gawn. Jones. Leoncelli. White. Tyson. Lewis. Vince. Based on their form/level in 2000, so apologies to Johnstone, Green, Ox and Bruce. Petracca is lucky to be there, but it would be amazing to see him and Farmer standing either side of Neitz.
  25. 2 points
    Which is interesting when you consider how much we get stuck into someone like Tom McDonald for his kicking, yet Ingerson was an extremely average kick at best. He was a terrific CHB though. Lots of good memories of that year. Hopefully we have another one like it just around the corner.
  26. 2 points
    It is possible that both Neeld and Gysberts were poor picks.
  27. 2 points
    Confirmed. He also did the Doggies vs Freo in round 1. I think it was largely a gameplan issue. Have a look at how we played last night. I'm thinking they tried to stick to their plan in the wet and it fell apart. If they'd abandoned the plan and just played for territory then they would have given a much better account of themselves.
  28. 2 points
    you should be more careful with your quoting diets, don't think af would like being misquoted as for "twitter and bisted" you do a nice facsimile yourself
  29. 2 points
    I don't love co captaincy but I trust the club 100% on this Viney will be our next premiership captain
  30. 2 points
    Just come back from Tassy recently and was absolutely shocked to pull into a Petrol station and recieve "Old style" Free driveway service, not limited to 1 Petrol pump attendance 2 Tyre pressure checked 3 Fluid levels checked 4 A smile and good luck for the rest of my stay In shock I pulled outa that station with a silly grin on my face as I remember in my distant past the way things were before self service stuffed everything up! Hey Uncle Bitter do you still recieve 'Full Service" in Fair Romsey??
  31. 2 points
    Mitch Hannah kicks with both feet - beautifully. ( but not at the same time! )
  32. 2 points
    Id attribute much of last week to instructions...or lack of.( Broke every rule of wet weather footy ) This week showed a bit more nouse...if a bit delayed. Got to get the right players in the right positions ( for the day ) Hopefully much was learned
  33. 2 points
    In "a game of firsts", focussing on last nights game: 1) the most impressive "come from behind win" in AFLW history; 2) the first four goal quarter in AFLW; and 3) the first time this Millennium that the Dees have beaten Collingwood five games in a row (with more to come)!
  34. 2 points
    In "a game of firsts", focussing on last nights game: 1) the most impressive "come from behind win" in AFLW history; 2) the first a four goal quarter in AFLW; and 3) the first time this Millennium that the Dees have beaten Collingwood five games in a row (with more to come)!
  35. 2 points
    Viney captaining the MFC was written in the stars. Much the same as this crop bagging a flag. But instead of sitting back and waiting for fate we're proactively making it happen. Go Dees.
  36. 2 points
    Great game girls especially Cat Phillips for two inspired goals! 👍Also great to see Jolly score the last goal of the match (as the last pick in the national draft)! Loved Emma Humphries run and neither Paxman or O'Dea disappointed!
  37. 2 points
    The lighting there tonight was worse than the Casey night games! Was great to be there to see their first official win, and sing the song with a bit of gusto. The ball movement was quicker in the second half, we took more overhead marks than them and Phillips kicked a couple of great goals. O'dea and Paxman the best for mine Always great to beat collingwood!
  38. 2 points
  39. 2 points
    One aspect of having a women's competition is that for some reason it makes it so much easier to conduct a mature conversation about the sexuality of players ~ First openly gay AFL player couple: "We're proud, and proud of each other"
  40. 2 points
    The only elite football code player I can think of in this country was the NRL player Ian Roberts who came out over 20 years ago. He earned a lot of respect for his decision to make his sexuality public, so it's a little surprising that more haven't followed in his footsteps. I think BB is right (and definitely NOT sexist) in his comments regarding women being far more open regarding their sexuality... something that I think is indicative of just how deeply ingrained the idea is that sportsmen are only real men if they are heterosexual (even though most people of both genders are now totally accepting of openly gay people).
  41. 2 points
    Ectomorphus armularmus.
  42. 2 points
    You could argue that for any player in the league, irrespective of age. Jones still needs to improve for example. Is the captaincy title a burden for him? If you see potential unwanted ramifications for a young player, how can you not equally see potential gains for the entire squad as well as Viney himself? Our 2016 B&F winner. Runner up in 2015. Already one of the toughest players in the competition at 22. His trajectory in both form and growth as a player has steadily increased from the time he came to the club and he is clearly the leader and driver for the 22-23 y/o and under brigade at the club. They all look up to him. As Roos said last year; "He (Viney) typifies where we’re trying to take this team." It's a no-brainer.
  43. 2 points
    I have to agree with dieter. The turnovers, especially early in the game were extremely noticeable. Even before the game, in the match simulation, the delivery into the forward 50 was poor. Qualify this comment by saying, session before Christmas we looked sharp and there was great improvement. The other worrying factor was the older players looking slow. They seemed to be beaten to contest by the younger compatriots. One thing is certain, Salem looks in terrific knick. Would love to see him given the freedom to play on the wing damage teams with his impeccable foot skills. Oliver's clearly got the highest ceiling of potential out of any of the kids. His ability to extract the ball from the contest by hand is awesome. The pleasing part, which has been reported, was his great use of foot skills. Which he has good skills. Hunt is a star and a future All Australian HBF. How he didn't getting a rising star nom is beyond me. The one player that was intriguing tonight was Vince. If I'm not mistaken, he played a deep in defender, almost back pocket sweeping role. Interesting to see how he fits in defence because I'd love to see Frost on Reidwoldt round 1. Vince to Billings and play the heavy tag hence releasing Hunts run and Hibberd's foot skills. Anyway, hopefully we can get a market on most possession for next weeks NAB cup game and clean up on Salem. At the very least, his a supercoach lock!
  44. 2 points
    A couple more things from this evening. Best play of the night was when Salem strolled through the middle and sent a 65m kick over the Macs and down Weids throat for a goal. Weids had to make body contact with Buggy to take the mark and it hurt Buggy and he's a tough boy. The post-game training drill - I think a Max Rooke initiative - was sensational. It was basically a one-one wrestling drill and then a lead-up. It was so mean. Watching Watts have to battle VDB was gripping and Salem and Vince was intriguing. But the main act was Petracca and Maynard. It was huge. They will all be sore boys tomorrow.
  45. 2 points
    Harmes with a cramp. He worked hard in the match sim. 1 on 1 drills were great! Keilty copped something. In to the 3 team shuffle now. Guthrie's report seems decent. Lewis, Jones, melk hunt, JKH. Braysh 2nd half. Gawn. Oliver. Bugg's run. That's most of the best. Frost was solid. Kicking seems better. Garland slowing it up and using the longer options helped the backline ball, he was good.
  46. 2 points
    Ben Guthrie of the AFL website liked Angus Brayshaw in the second half:- Brayshaw turns it on Ben Guthrie reports: Angus Brayshaw was the dominant player on the ground in the second half of the Demons’ intraclub clash at Olympic Park Oval. After sitting out the first half, as part of his comeback from a calf problem, Brayshaw shone up forward and through the midfield. The young star, who battled repeat concussion symptoms in 2016, had two shots at goal on the run and missed both, but it was his ability to find space in the first place that was most impressive. Marquee recruit Jordan Lewis’ ball use – particularly through the middle of the ground – was noteworthy, as his deft kicks often opened up the other side of the ground and led to scoring shots for his side. The Dees appear to have finished their intraclub style hit-out, but are now working in their individual groups on different aspects of the game. For instance, the backs and forwards are competing in one-on-one style battles, while the midfielders are working on their efforts at stoppages. We will wait to see whether they go back into any type of match play.
  47. 2 points
    Everyone needs a 'told you he'd be a star' and I'm selecting Dion. Our new Aaron Davey/ Serial pest hybrid. Unless, of course, he's a dud in which case I knew he wouldn't cut the mustard.
  48. 2 points
    I tend to have a lot of respect for players who aren't the top-level guns and stars, but who build full careers making a real contribution all the way. Think of players like Andrew Thompson at St Kilda, 200+ games based on solid contribution, or David Hale who made such a low-key but pivotal contribution to Hawthorn's premierships. Not a lot of names come immediately to mind, for obvious reasons. I'll also mention Adam Goodes, partly because ____ you to anyone who thinks he is anything short of one of the great champions of the modern game.
  49. 2 points
    Dom arrives in street clothes. Some nice work from White going end to end again but Hunt rides the contact and spoils Track deep one on one. Oliver heavily involved. Lewis and Salem all class
  50. 2 points
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