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  1. 4 points
    There are no experts here mate. Just a lot a people with an opinon,a drinking problem, and too much time on their hands.
  2. 3 points
    I get what you’re saying. I just think #4 has been a hugely marketable number for the club. Put Lever in it and it will continue to be so.
  3. 3 points
    Without sounding like a creepy old man, that some make me out to be, the message has sunk in, Trac and Harmes went on holiday together but obviously did a heap of work, they are both in magnificent shape and were wandering around at the end of the session shirtless showing off the rigs There is nobody at the moment who looks to have slacked, King is one who looks to have not stopped training since the end of the season As mentioned before Gus looks really fit, is wearing his lucky jocks and carrying a rabbits foot in his sock and avoiding ladders The one who really pisses me off is Crossy, the other coaches are beginning to show they are retired, Crossy put the rehabbers through a solid 1 and 1/2 hours, doing all the running and drills, hardly broke a sweat quote (not me) "he is a machine"
  4. 3 points
    Obviously I wish all the players but I must admit I am barracking a bit harder for Dec because of your input on here Drunkn. Your call of "He knows his job is on the line" hits home as to the precarious nature of an AFL players career if you aren’t one of the elite. I very much hope Dec will be playing in the 22. Perhaps a Queens Birthday debut!
  5. 2 points
    The horse has trained well and connections think he's a good chance. Best fixed I have seen so far is $13. They thought the horse might be longer odds than that. The aim is to be on pace again and hoping the horse gets an easy run across from the wide barrier. He will get back to me tomorrow lunchtime with the final thoughts and I will post an update. Hope you all had a good final day of the Flemington carnival.
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    Might be worth a look ... and we've got Sandown next week and then Ascot and all the other upcoming group races. I usually have a small wager most weeks (feature races only) I find the fields for the WFA & Group races easier to interpret. Doing the form for just 1 or 2 races takes a lot less time too. Haven't been to Sandown for yonks but I vaguely remember winning a bit on a horse called Baryshnikov one time ... it might have won on Derby day 2 weeks earlier too. But the memory isn't as flash as it once was Anyway, here's a list of all the group races for the rest of the season going into next year ... Australian Group Races (after entering the website you can click on any of the listed group races for information about that particular race and it's past winners & placegetters) .
  7. 2 points
    I had a quick look at Ararat on the Tote.......Dan Zephyr was 39. Great odds!
  8. 2 points
    Friend of mine thinks with the addition of these discards, they are going to have one Hell of a SANFL side.
  9. 2 points
    There are a lot of wet behind the ears kids in our best 25. they still need a couple of years to mature and give match winning performances 80% of the time. I am assuming of course that they all well most of them continue to improve. I also think we are still a couple short of a top four side. My prediction in 2018 is eighth and if injuries go our way perhaps seventh leading to a win in our first final.
  10. 2 points
    As always thanks for the training insights. Especially for us interstaters.
  11. 2 points
    More incredible science theory. Monday 17 September 2012 20.14 AEST As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a 'global disaster' is now unfolding in northern latitudes. One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. "This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates". Wadhams says the implications are "terrible". "The positives are increased possibility of Arctic transport, increased access to Arctic offshore oil and gas resources. The main negative is an acceleration of global warming." https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/17/arctic-collapse-sea-ice Umm no. He was only out by 4.64 million square kilometres. 2017 Arctic sea ice minimum (you know, summer) had 500,000 more square kilometres than a decade ago (2007). But how can that be when the last decade has been the hottest on record. How can sea ice defy temperature. Answer ? It can't. It's simply defied NASA's fraudulent "adjustments". The Arctic sea ice minimum extent in 2017 was 1.23 million square kilometres greater than the year Prof Wadhams made his alarmist prediction. Trigger warning. This post is not a safe space for Lefties. Too late.
  12. 2 points
    I love Jon Gruden in commentary too much. On McCarthy... it's interesting. The comparison might be Andy Reid. And not just on Girth. Reid was a long term coach, much beloved. Won Championship games. He had QB trouble in two seasons, went 8-8 and 4-12 in back to back years and was run out of town. Chip Kelly was and is hated there, but he was successful. And even with that, and the sudden rise of the Eagles, there's STILL commentary from the outside that Philly made a mistake booting Reid. The comparison is interesting though. Back to back losing seasons under McCarthy... what would happen then? The point is likely moot, because for that to happen Rodgers would need to get hurt again.
  13. 2 points
    Late mail ... Darley Classic: Ben Smith wants group 1 accolade for 'In Her Time'
  14. 1 point
    Cheers D77. Yes get back with the final update. Gotta love a bit of inside mail, although connections can be a wee bit too positive sometimes......but you always allow for that. Will follow regardless.
  15. 1 point
    I suppose we define "excitement" differently, but for me R. Flower was it. During some very dark days for the MFC, I only went to the footy to watch Robbie. If he was out injured, I went to the boozer. We were getting flogged more often than not but you just knew Robbie would produce something that would make you stand proud as a Demons supporter and even draw admiration from the oppo. He might take the ball and run and bounce - excitement. He might beat an opponent (or two ) in a contest. - excitement He might take a beautifully timed mark and then goal - excitement He could do it all. For me, Robbie Flower was unforgettable.
  16. 1 point
    Wow cheers, thanks for that.....ill have a look. I do vaguely remember Baryshnikov, was a while ago tho. I like to keep going for a while after the carnival also. Ill def be watching for anymore 2000m races Tosen is in. He brained em again! Saved my carnival!
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  18. 1 point
    I don't agree. I like that the tradition of the better players getting the lower numbers, but I'm old and don't like a lot of the modern changes I see around me. It's not a big deal, just a preference. And I like that some numbers at a club are "special". It gives an opportunity to reward certain players and recognize their contribution. It all just adds to the richness of a Club's history and culture.
  19. 1 point
    It is serious time Harmes, Weed, Clarry and Billy S, along with Mitch White doing a solid session this morning at a gym run by one of the Club's fitness staff
  20. 1 point
    I respectfully disagree. Children grow and will be getting replacement jumpers regardless. I can't see every parent replacing a perfectly fitting jumper when they're to grow out of it within a year or two (As I grew I had the likes of Viney, Stynes and Lyon on my back). For that reason I'd rather see Lever in #4 than it be shelved resulting in some MFC kids having to wear a number with no name to it. EDIT: Alternatively we may see a few off centre #14's
  21. 1 point
    The pitch in Honduras was horrendous so goal scoring opportunities were scarce. Juric had 2 big chances but that was about it. Honduras were just poor ... they couldn't penetrate our back 3 or 4. I would be surprised if they even scored in Sydney. I expect us to score at least twice if we go by this morning's game. Cahill may not start but you'd reckon he will play. And I don't feel like I'm being optimistic either ... however, I'm aware that poor sides can win games of soccer so there's that. As for Italy, they've a habit of leaving things to the last moment so that will probably happen again.
  22. 1 point
    Had to go out this morning so I only caught snippets on the radio. Hopefully can find a replay. The trouble is Macca in most of the qualifying games we have been better than the opposition but we are where we are because we cannot score goals. Looking forward to Wednesday but hell I hope we score first. Big news re Italy possibly missing out. That return match will be one for the ages.
  23. 1 point
    Favourite = Pet + Umpire = Terd (you might need to sound it out). Harmes incorrect RM.
  24. 1 point
    We had the better of the first half but the opposition are not very good at all ... Honduras are rated 69 in the world for a reason. Juric should have scored but the pitch is not a good one. Ball bobbling quite a bit. Aaron Mooy has been great. Need to run out the game and hopefully score a goal or 2 ... and keep them goalless. The conditions are in the home team's favour though. You'd take a 0 - 0 scoreline, all things considered.
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    This is where I was headed in my next paragraph but thought I'd leave the floor open. I do however believe that a good coach can instill this same sense in a player or squad, and I do think Goodwin is a very good coach. But there is certainly no harm in using the technique of mindfulness in conjunction with other methods of positive reinforcement.
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  28. 1 point
    Hamish Brayshaw. Great grab on afl website. Would be great to see MFC potentially grab him at 47. He has the ability to make it.
  29. 1 point
    Dear Wrecker and ProDee You can present all the 'evidence' you like, the bottom line is that the Scientific community,as such, believes that the likes of you and Mr Roberto of the Hanson Rejects are preaching unscientific crap. I hope you can live comfortably in your skins while the world fries because it ain't gonna affect you. Your grandchildren may remember you both as ignorant dogmatic yes sayers, the type that just upholds the status quo so we can make a buck or two in the short term.
  30. 1 point
    Nice tale Wadda. Dan Zephyr was certainly hot a couple of years ago winning 3 in a row in town. My mate is not a fan of Rhys McLeod but he seems to be the Pat Carey stable jockey. Michael Dee has a better strike rate on the horse. I see it's drawn wide and does it's best racing on pace so it might have to work early unless they change tactics.
  31. 1 point
    I'll have a go at the feature races tomorrow (races 7 & 8) ... the races were formally known as the Victoria Racing Club Stakes & the LKS McKinnon Stakes (I'm old school) Can't go past the speedy Redzel in race 7 ... there are a number of other chances but I don't mind Vega Magic either. Missrock may run on. And I'll give Tosen Stardom another chance in race 8 ... the other 2 Weir horses could feature (Gailo Chop & Cliff's Edge) As always, it's the trifecta & first 4 for me. Just missed on Oaks day so am looking for a win.
  32. 1 point
    Thanks to Its Time last year, we were able to put together, as best we can, the membership tally comparisons with previous years. Early days yet, and the data is as good as we can get it, to show how the numbers stack up..... Membership Year 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 1st game 25/3 H 25/3 A 25/3 H 4/4 H 22/3 A 31/3 H 31/3 H 27/3 H Oct week 3 15,211 20 21,980 22 19,026 26 16,654 22 17,625 25 Nov week 3 23,162 10 26,064 18 23,037 26 20,509 26 20,223 25 - 16,287 11,922 Dec week 1 27,914 9 24,402 4 22,433 3 22,105 11 18,217 3 18,747 2 17,541 3 Dec week 4 29,426 23 26,217 22 24,097 23 23,542 25 20,623 20,166 Jan week 3 30,200 20 27,027 19 25,112 23 24,558 21 21,873 22,402 22,396 Feb week 1 31,141 3 28,013 3 25,647 1 25,416 4 22,962 8 23,422 23,457 Feb week 2 31,537 10 28,759 17 26,290 12 26,039 12 23,650 12 21,448 12 - Feb week 3 32,137 17 29,217 24 26,639 18 26,641 17 23,650 18 24,195 16 25,253 17 Feb week 4 32,679 24 29,450 26 27,066 26 27,736 26 - 25,277 - Mar week 1 33,520 3 30,524 7 27,619 4 28,582 4 24,801 5 26,023 27,806 Mar week 2 35,080 16 32,623 16 29,510 16 30,421 15 26,751 14 26,791 14 28,068 Mar week 3 35,756 21 33,146 21 30,257 21 - - - - Mar week 4 37,025 28 35,117 26 31,035 26 32,324 28 - 29,588 31,087 Apr week 1 38,554 7 35,535 1 32,001 1 - - 32,235 33,359 Apr week 2 39,005 14 36,157 8 33,301 9 33,175 14 - - 33,753 10 Apr week 3 39,281 21 36,731 20 - - - - 34,548 20 Apr week 4 39,634 28 37,597 30 34,068 29 - - - - May week 1 40,083 7 37,766 6 34,352 7 35,205 5 - 34,489 35,205 May week 2 40,380 14 38,102 13 - - - 34,961 - May week 3 40,549 21 38,327 23 34,871 20 - - - - May week 4 40,749 28 38,479 31 35,017 22 - - - - June week 1 40,934 7 38,547 6 - - - - - Jun Week 2 41,022 14 38,653 14 - - - 35,403 - Final July 30 42,102 39,211 35,953 35,911 33,177 35,345 36,937 Post 31 July 42,233 2018 Progressive total in Red Actual dates in Blue Date of first game of season Home or Away
  33. 1 point
    I have put some pics from this morning on my Instagram account Demonpk
  34. 1 point
    It's being pedantic, I know, and I'm probably fighting a losing battle, but I don't like the idea that moving to a lower number is in any way an "upgrade". It's just a meaningless change which serves no purpose other than to annoy those supporters who have already purchased a jumper with that player's original number. I know that if I was rewarded with a spot on the list and given any number from 1 to 99 I'd want to keep that number for the whole of my career, however long it may last. Players should be encouraged to stick with the one number and to make their own history with it. And the idea that a lower number is somehow a more privileged asset just seems like another way to differentiate players into the "haves" and "have nots" (meaning, in this instance, having the confidence of the coaches). I would have thought that's not the best way to unify a squad.
  35. 1 point
    Good on Pedo for coming back early. I assume he isn’t obligated to. And lovely to see Viney running! Hope that foot holds up.
  36. 1 point
    Him and Toumpas will add some pace to the Port Flanks. Watts should provide the toughness at the contest.
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  38. 1 point
    Taken from a post on Facebook: Jack Viney, the consummate professional that he is, is here. I wouldn’t blame the bloke if he wanted to go overseas for a bit and enjoy some time off. However, he looks like he’s a man on a mission as he walks into the café. Gave away the game by deciding he’s wearing shorts and wants to get rehab off to a strong start. Likewise, Cam Pedersen and Dean Kent show up. Full kit training gear, maybe doing their own thing but also maybe training. Can’t confirm as yet. After an hour – boys finally make their way over. Little media here so if something happens I’ll be breaking it. Good areas, personally. Park myself at centre wing for this one, might go over elsewhere and keep looking for more spots. Here today: Hunt, Hannan, ANB, Harmes, Oscar, Stretch, Clarry (third season, remember???), JKH, Johnstone, Balic, Maynard, Keilty, Brayshaw, J Smith, McKenna, T Smith, Vandenberg, Weideman, Petracca, King, Salem, Filopovic, Wagner, Frost The absolute photography king, Wayne Ludbey, is here taking photos. He’s the main source of media right now. Few run-throughs to kick things off. Petracca and Brayshaw leading one group through, Balic and Nibbler leading another. There’s three separate groups here. One is doing handball drills on the Swan Street end, a small group of six (including Hunt, Hannan (I think) and J Smith) are seemingly doing light running drills, whereas there is also a main group consisting of roughly 15 or 16 players. Run-throughs decidedly light as I kinda expected. Can only imagine the slog this pre-season will be like this year to be honest with the way we finished off 2017. Main group doing running straight away. It’s not a pace that takes down the surrounds of the Coles Express across the road just yet and the reason for that is the boys are running more than just one lap. Early going has Nibbler leading the way from Stretch and Oliver, however the latter starts to fall behind a little bit after one lap. JKH assumes third, while Frost brings up the rear of the field, falling away a little bit behind the rest of the group. Nibbler is motoring. Third lap of the oval and he has a solid 20m gap on Stretch. The gap that covers the players by the end of the second lap is roughly 80 metres. Harley Balic is second last in this field, locked behind Keilty and King, who’s about 15 metres further up the ground. Four laps of the ground done. Nibbler looks super impressive with his running pattern – something to monitor throughout pre-season, absolutely smacking the field. Footballs are out. Let’s see who has the most capability here to genuinely bring down the entire state of the houses around the Richmond area. First drill is a casual kick around drill which lasts around two minutes, and then the boys go into a zig-zag formation in two groups. One group is doing slightly different work – the one nearest to me actually screws up the drill on the first kick which is… yeah. Lot of kicks from here which are short, which is what you kinda expect at this time of season considering that they haven’t picked up a footy for a little while. Just getting the rust out by the looks of things. Crossy working the rehab group pretty hard. Likes of Hunt and Hannan getting their monies’ worth with the footy. In the main group, there’s a lot of faster, frentic ball movement going on. Most players are spending not much more than half a second with ball in hand. The patter is literally mark/pick the ball up and use it, either by hands or by foot. Few contest-based drills in front. One thing that’s noticeable (perhaps because of the matchup) is Gussy’s upper-body strength matched up on Harmes. If he doesn’t win the footy, he’s making it hard for Harmes to win it. Another group is doing some loose-ball get work, while the group on the far side of the ground are doing contests while the ball is on the ground… if what I said just makes sense. Think the most pleasing thing – even if it is only the first session – is seeing Gussy just be so clean every time the ball is around. Looks composed and looks ready to make a point about making 2018 his year after such a tough run. I think every Melbourne supporter wants to see him not only be on the park consistently, but put in a huge season as well. I expect him to play off half-back at the moment, be a bit of a ball carrier and creator, while also pushing Hunt a bit further up the ground. That’s my expectation, anyway. Next up, boys swap their footy boots for running shoes again. In one group – Nibs, Stretch, JKH, Clarry, Maynard and Gus; in another – Pedersen, Keilty, Kent, Oscar, Frost, King; in the third group, Harmes, Salem, Trac, Johnstone, Balic, Wagner. Meantime, rehab group currently consists of Hunt, McKenna and Smith doing some reasonably-paced running, while Filipovic is doing some work up forward along with Hannan. Mitchy seems to have had a bit of a change of hair colour since our last correspondence in Round 22 (let’s be honest here). Yet again Nibs looking very good in the running drills, constantly leading the way. Something to keep in mind a bit later on, especially if he has a good pre-season.
  39. 1 point
    Not dismissing what you are saying here at all, but being slow hasn't held back some great AFL footballers in the past. I just wonder if someone can reinvent a role for him that rejuvenates his career. Not that I don't think that Goody and the MFC didn't try that, but whatever they did, it didn't come off. I don't think playing off a half back flank at AFL level really worked for Jack, I feel he's the sort of player that needs to be in the guts where the action is. ... I know I'm probably grasping at straws, but I'd just really like to think this guy still has a chance of becoming a sucessfull footballer again.
  40. 1 point
    Yep and IMO ticking 3 & 6 are the two most important
  41. 1 point
    Not necessarily. But because I've seen him live a number of times this year, it probably doesn't stand out as much to me. I think you're right so far as there's something visibly different about his style. All I know is that he is was easily physical enough at TAC cup level which was a really good sign for someone so late onto the scene. He likes tackling and embraces body contact. The vision against SA above really doesn't showcase any of his talents.
  42. 1 point
    Getting a little excited about the draft this year, as it is not a life or death one for us, as we now have a reasonable list, but rather more of a cherry pick to hopefully find a gem after the first round and a half has gone. Usually I know very little about the available talent and this year I know even less. So for me it will be a bit of excitement finding out who we have chosen and then watching their development.
  43. 1 point
    Agree and Davey at his best. (remember it is most exciting .. not best). The absolute best when on song and unfortunately that was not often.... Travis Johnstone...... third quarter against Adelaide in a final at the MCG..... best I have ever seen played.
  44. 1 point
    Just a little draft talk summarised below: 'inside accumulator' = Slow and sh!t skills 'Outside wingman' = Soft 'Raw prospect': Skinny as a twig. See you in 5 years. 'Capable of brilliance': Inconsistent. 'Versatile': Doesn't have a position. 'Great left foot kick' = No right side. 'athletic midfielder' = Lacks footy smarts
  45. 1 point
    Talk up kicking skills all you want, but it means little if you can't make good decisions under pressure Plenty of draftees come in touted as elite kicks but they are rarely exposed to high intensity pressure at TAC and colt levels. Once they take the leap to the next level they panic under pressure and their disposal suffers.
  46. 1 point
    If there's one thing I've learnt from scouting this year after being a former 'armchair expert', it's that you need to watch a hell of a lot of vision of an individual to form any sort of accurate and informed opinion about their strengths and weaknesses as a player. There are 15-20 players that I watched closely live this year at TAC cup level but I wish I could have seen even more to consolidate some opinions I have on certain individuals. And that's only the football side of things of course. To answer both your posts, I'll again point out a few things about Jack Petruccelle as a player. The vision you're referring to is from a single Vic Metro game that Petruccelle played in and if I'm not mistaken, it was his first and only game at state level. Petruccelle is a former Basketballer-turned-footballer and it was a little over a year ago that he was playing for the Vic Metro under 18's basketball side. Think about that for a minute. This is a bloke who was a full-time basketballer just over a year ago with a very real chance to go to college in the states to pursue his dream. He made a choice half-way through last year after a couple of games with the Knights to pursue footy. Here are two articles you can read about his transition and the impression he made on the coach at the Knights through his performances at TAC level this year. 1 - http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/localfooty/afl-draft-prospect-jack-petruccelle-adds-pace-in-attack-for-tac-cup-club-northern-knights/news-story/2a36d9e6327fa9d92543a8e243c29297 2 - http://www.starweekly.com.au/sports/jack-petruccelle-attacks-new-goal/ Consider now the following: Petruccelle's exposure to these elite footy squads has been extremely limited, yet his improvement due to his raw talent has been monumental at TAC level. This must and will be considered given being an AFL footballer is a full-time profession and his potential is enormous. There were games this year where I saw him do things that nobody else I've watched can do. His speed, agility, contested-marking for his height, ball-handling and awareness in tight spaces (think Petracca), was far and away better than anyone I saw at TAC cup level this year. And what's even more impressive is his ability to go through the midfield and win contested ball and his contested ball numbers at TAC cup level were good, especially for someone who is new to these elite squads. It's a fantastic sign. The knocks on him are of course his kicking, that can't be disputed. What can be argued however, is the measure of how bad his kicking is. And I would argue that it's not as bad as some make out. He is hit and miss at this stage but generally he is very effective around goals. Posters should think about Jayden Hunt when assessing Petruccelle. You've got to look at the upside because there's no doubting he'll slide due to not featuring heavily at state level. Having said all of that about Petruccelle, I am definitely not screaming 'we must draft him', but rather, giving an insight into him as a player, where he has come from and the upside I believe he has given the sheer number of quality attributes he possess and his limited time in the game... [censored] it. I want him at one of our picks in the 30's. The last thing I'd like to leave here is a highlights compilation of Nat Fyfe's game against Vic Country back in his under 18's year. Now based on this footage @durango and @Sydee, I can only assume you'd think he is bog ordinary and would want to stay the hell away?
  47. 1 point
    You could pull highlights of ONE game from any player within the AFL and find it underwhelming. It’s ONE game man. I just can’t understand how posters form a definitive view after watching highlights from a single game. A highlights package that includes many games is a different story. But the vision of Petruccelle is from a single game and a game in which he was pretty quiet. I suggest having a google around if you want to know why his raw talent is rated so highly.
  48. 1 point
    I wouldn't be surprised if the Watts trade cost the club 3000-4000 memberships. What would that translate to in $$$?
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