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  1. 13 points
    Well I have to say it ..... Elephant 1 Viney has been very very average in the three games as captain and needs to lift! I wasn't that happy with his premature elevation to captaincy with Jones and I still haven't seen anything to make me change my mind that he is up to it! Tries to break tackles after tackles a la Dangerfield and Selwood , which , ah he is not! Elephant 2 Watts was simply Outstanding today, All the Watts knockers need to liberally eat that famous pie "Humble" His leadership, courage and skills shone out today in a role which he is not cut out for. Great game Jack and that goal , taking on opposition was "Priceless"
  2. 11 points
    Lots of comments about the high 'cost' of the two late goals to Geelong in the third. I couldn't agree more. Not only did they cost us a handy lead, but they handed the momentum back to Geelong, and we never really regained the ascendency. This is where the leadership and positioning of Jordan Lewis would have been invaluable. I've noticed repeatedly during the first two rounds (and the JLT), that he was always on hand to marshall the troops and play a role down back himself in circumstances like these. Crying over spilt milk I know, but ..................
  3. 10 points
    There is a happier elephant in the room... We have the longest injury/suspension list in the AFL including multiple best 22/best dozen players, several of our players from both established (Vince, Tyson) and new (Hannan, Weideman) had absolute stinkers, we had a freak show lack of accuracy on goal while our opponents were putting on the opposite freak event in their favour, we lost our most important structural player in the second quarter, and we still nearly snatched the win against a clearly finals-bound team. If either one of Selwood or Dangerfield had had a slow day, we'd be giddy with happiness right now. We had a cr4p day but there was no reason to think we are a cr4p team. So, my elephant in the room - The Melbourne Demons are no longer irrelevant. It takes a bad day for us to lose.
  4. 9 points
    I hope Goodwin kicks 19 behinds this week.
  5. 8 points
    Melbourne Footy Club will be putting up a video soon ALL THE POINTS.
  6. 8 points
    In: Spencer Out: Gawn. Keep the faith in the struggling young forwards. Thanks for the belly laugh to those who have put up 4 changes. Extra credit for those who included OMac.
  7. 8 points
    5 players out of 22 got a tick? Time to give this away mate......
  8. 7 points
    Some random comments: -I thought Gawn's discipline was poor. He gave away 3 silly free kicks in their forward half which became immediate goals. I think there was another in the middle which became a goal after a bit of fumbling by Geelong. The behinds we kicked aside, those goals alone kept Geelong in the game. -The slick pick up by Watts in the middle was a joy to watch finished off by that fabulous goal. -Our mid-field was superb keeping the ball in forward half after kick-ins and lets face it we gave Geelong a lot of practice at kick ins...made the job easier for our defenders. -Another salute to Watts - he had only two 3 minute rests in the second half. A Herculean effort on his part. He showed immense determination - like he knew it was up to him and he did it! I hope the coaches and the players who took him to task in the media in the preseason give Jack a lot of love this week. He deserves it. -Petracca had 2 players on him a lot of the time and he usually won the ball! Opposition already see him as a dangerous player (especially in Hogan's absence). -Too many players went missing. But that bodes well for when we have 22 contributors. -We took our eye off the ball: the two junk time goals at the end of the 3rd cost us big time and after the break they kicked two more so 4 goals in 5 minutes. Shows the need to be switched on for every minute. -The Eithad hoodoo has been put to rest! -A terrific game. We fought and fought and fought. It could have so easily been our W. -So proud!
  9. 7 points
    INS- spencer, pedo, bugg OUTS- Gawn, weed, hannan
  10. 6 points
    It's worth noting that even in a game where he started with a hard tag and wasn't at his best, he still managed 28 disposals, 5 clearances (equal third most on the ground) and 8 tackles (third most on the ground). He is going to be a super, super player.
  11. 6 points
    Over the journey I, and many here, have wondered what Watts had done to disenfranchise himself to many team mates on game days. His ability to find space, often the right space, would go ignored or overlooked. Terribly frustrating to watch let alone for Jack to deal with. Today should if nothing else engender Jack to the playing core. He climbed a mountain in that game. Understable he was stuffed. He wasn't without any mistakes but all in allI hope he's now 100% visible.
  12. 6 points
    Jones - Led from front Viney - Schooled by champions Salem - Reliable and confident Watts - Answered the call Petracca - Damaging albeit slow Gawn - Solid before injury Tyson - Must improve disposal Oliver - Learnt from best Stretch - Commanding and driving Kent - Erratic yet useful Melksham - Solid defensive game Hannan - Battled but beaten Vince - Needed to lead T.McDonald - Great defensive form O.McDonald - Tired by end Weideman - Needs a rest Hunt - Exciting but erratic Neal-Bullen - Having great 2017 Garlett - Solid and pressuring Smith - Great first half Jetta - Mr Super Reliable Harmes - Was almost damaging
  13. 6 points
    Viney had 30 pressure acts. 2nd most behind Watts funnily enough. Limited Dangerfield to very little influence for 3 quarters. Limped off in the last. He's not 100% coming back from hip surgery and I wouldn't worry much at all about how he's playing or the captaincy. His round 1 game was very decent as well in a similar role - clearances, pressure, limit Jack Steven.
  14. 6 points
    I know my watching was on TV, but I cannot believe some of the ratings given. Watts : played with heart Plus a lot of skill. Plus should have silenced ALL doubters Neal Bullen : Put in all day OMac : Top 1% TMac & Jetta: Bloody terrific Stretch : Improved each match. Petracca : Provided a focal point Salem: a go-to machine Oliver : Involved all right Apart from their kicking I think today was one of the best efforts you could ask of a young still developing side. Proud of them
  15. 6 points
    Effort was top shelf. Kicking for goal was under the counter (but occasionally those days just happen). A win in the circumstances would have been unbelievable. A loss is hard to take, but I'm just so proud of our boys. In a strange, perverted sort of way, Melbourne might have arrived today.
  16. 5 points
    The most pleasing thing about this game for me was the way the team played after we lost Gawn. Didn't drop it's bundle and all but dominated Geelong for the next two quarters. In the end the only things which really beat us was inaccuracy in front of goal combined with the inevitable physical fatigue compared with Geelong from having a ruckman short. Can't fault our players effort and attitude to the game. The only couple of things which could have improved the performance was some better mental application in front of goal - no one guilty player, but if two or three of those could have been slotted through and had we not lapsed for the last three minutes of the third quarter it could have been a victory to remember.
  17. 5 points
    Viney has been poor this year. His numbers still look ok, but his intensity around the contest is completely gone. The past few years he was like a terrier n there smashing into guys and barking out orders and insults. This year he's completely lacking in intensity and ironically leadership. It's lucky for us Jones has stepped up again and our midfield is now a lot deeper so it's not as noticeable and isn't as big an issue as it would've been in the past. He definitely needs a kick up the ass though. Not good enough from a captain to miss simple goals and go into his shell instead of leading the way. Hope he finds intensity soon because he's ineffective at present. I've been a Watts defender in the past and it's great to see he is having another good year. He wasn't at his best in rounds 1+2, but he was still good. I'll take 20 touches and 2 goals a game from him every week if that's what he offers on top of the many he sets up. He was outstanding yesterday. He must be one of the mentally tough players to ever play the game to cop the amount of crap he does from everywhere and still bust his gut time and time again. We know he's skillful but yesterday he ran himself into the ground for the team in a position he's not suited to playing. He gets my respect for busting his ass and having such a big impact. If only his teammates had his skill and drive, we would've won by 70 points!
  18. 5 points
    Some of the extended changes mentioned here are completely unjustified & a knee jerk reaction. We kick straight.. We win. Wholesale changes aren't necessary .. Out Gawn . In Spencer Out Boots . In New Ones
  19. 5 points
    Oh, also, the other elephant in the room is overuse! Overuse of what?!! Of exclamation points! And short declarative sentences! Which makes everything seem confrontational! Everything! Big Ted and Mr Squiggle are from different shows! Everyone who was there knows that!
  20. 5 points
    I can't recall too many games where a player is virtually unsighted and you start to look at the team sheets to check if they are actually playing. Sam Weiderman had one of those today. Needs to go back to Casey for a bit.
  21. 5 points
    We let them in for 2 goals at the end of the third - that [censored] us.
  22. 5 points
    Horribly frustrating loss. Hard to fathom how we lost that game when we had so many winners across the board. Our kicking for goal was ordinary to say the least, but I guess we were due as normally we're not too bad. But those second and third quarters killed us and we should have been 6 goals up going in to the last quarter. But I'm proud of the boys. When Max went down we stood up and gave it everything. Look at some of the excellent performances from guys like Hunt, Stretch and ANB. Guys like Oliver and Petracca gave us something as well. We did everything we could, but when you miss so many shots your luck will only last forever. Shout out to Nathan Jones as well. Mammoth game and further proof that he is a star of the competition. Onwards and upwards from here. Let's go out to the G and smash Freo next weekend.
  23. 4 points
    Too many posters sinking the boots into players and expecting players with less than 30 games to be play well every week! Sure not up for honourable losses and our kicking was terrible and cost us, but want be the 1st or last team that has a bad kicking for goal game either!
  24. 4 points
    I've never seen Brad and Chris Scott in the same room.
  25. 4 points
    I usually agree with most of your post mortems but not today. This is a game that if we slotted 3 or 4 out of 10 easy shots for goal we would have won. Throw in a star ruckman out early and a game played where we have lost 20 or so out of the last 22 and I contend that the players werent as bad as you claim. I think inexperience in hannon wied and smith contributed but all in all we had a crack to say the least.
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