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  1. 9 points
    Normally I'm a glass half empty kind of fella, except when it comes to footy and especially our prospects in the preseason. I have tended towards a more sanguine approach of our upcoming fortunes often dismissing the pessimistic forecasts of independent observers as being ill informed or waiting to be discredited (like any 'normal' football supporter does). I've been burnt over the last decade as invariably they were right and I was wrong. What makes the situation a little different now is the large amount of chatter about our improved prospects. One example that I came across recently was when I listened to one of my favourite AFL podcasts (Junktime) which was recorded just before the draft. https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/junktime-afl-podcast-with-adam-123464/episodes/pre-draft-2017-with-former-afl-23371913 Craig Coombes (ex AFL recruiter for Port who also worked at Hawthorn as a scout/spy as well) spoke glowing of our prospects. He's on the podcast from about the 29 minute mark for those of you not into this type of comedy. He was being asked about the lists as they stand. He has a formula that he uses based on 1-4 year players on the list with a differential applied to those that have played 15+ games and those that are in the best 22. He gives them a score out of 10. In a nutshell he had Melbourne ranked first for development (10/10) and can see us doing a Bulldogs or Richmond this season. He had us with twenty 1-4 year players with ten 15+ games of these he has assessed that 8 are in our best 22. (I’m guessing here he’s talking about Oliver, Hogan, Brayshaw, Petracca, Hunt, Salem Lever, and you can raffle the rest) Yes, confirmation bias here is a dangerous thing, but it’s interesting that a lot of non- Melbourne people are being very bullish about us (which I genuinely can't recall having happened for well over a decade) the same types that when we were crap- told us in no uncertain terms we were crap- so there maybe something in this. I think we have some players who will stamp themselves as being genuinely elite in the next 12-18 months and I'm still a blue sky junkie when it comes to guys like Joel Smith and Sam Weideman. Anyway I always think it’s interesting when a complete outsider with AFL experience is so bullish about us. As the man in the hat would say.. 'do yourself a favour'.
  2. 6 points
    Angus Brayshaw. Hopefully we get a full season out of this kid so he can showcase his potential.
  3. 4 points
    Interesting discussion, and no doubt the list has improved, but what still concerns me is the way the same list of players took the foot off the gas in the last 2 rounds of 2016 and 2017 Attitude will determine how far this club goes. This club is famous for talking tough before a job is done nobody rates The MFC, we are still laughed at by opposition supporters SEN had the Demon thread up on their facebook page yesterday. Interesting read goodluck Simon. 2018 could make or break you....
  4. 4 points
    Didn’t Voss say when he was coaching that we would be the next superpower team or something like that and look what happened. Its nice when people thInk we are going to be a great team but let’s see what they produce on the field first as we all know when expectations are high how disappointing our team can be. Time will tell.
  5. 4 points
    On Wednesday they had Hogan and Hibberd working together separate to the main group before they left the session early (see my photos posted yesterday in this thread), but for the most part they seemed to be pitting backs against each other and forwards against each other... for example Wagner on Lewis, Frost on OMac, Kielty on Lever; perhaps in an effort to learn from each other.
  6. 2 points
    Who is your nomination/nominations ? AlexNeal Bullen for me, and James Harmes will be right there alongside him.
  7. 2 points
    I don't think picking a team to win the flag is the point. Rather it is picking teams which are in a strong position to do so. After that random factors like run with injury (and when) etc. play a big part.
  8. 2 points
    Keep the boring, political tribalism to the loony general board please
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  10. 2 points
    Thanks for all the photos Saty, Hardtack & Lil Tacker - great for those who can’t get there.
  11. 2 points
    Fake news he was running at top speed on Monday
  12. 2 points
    More photos taken by my son Liam at yesterday’s (Wednesday) training session - and considering Liam’s just 15, I’m extremely proud of his efforts so far. Here’s a link for those able to view in Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/tim.fleming.75/albums/1579333815435229). Otherwise, here is a subset, albeit quite a substantial subset, for those who can’t...
  13. 2 points
    Reckon Drunkn167 might become Hangover167 if that's the case. How proud and excited would a bloke be to see his brother make his AFL debut? Hope it becomes a reality for you bloke.
  14. 1 point
    Petty for mine (however I expect the whole list to lift judging from Goodwin’s training updates)!
  15. 1 point
    (I agree, it is probably derailing so I will keep it brief and move back to footy related issues) most of those issues look worthy of support to me but it is not my job to convince you that they are worthy or not as this is a football fan forum devoted to the greatest b#$%dy football team in the world - GO DEES!!
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  17. 1 point
    Short back and sides? Looks pretty conservative, thought you meant he had a green mohawk or something!
  18. 1 point
    Kents looking the leanest he’s ever been. Saty’s t-shirt is on another level.
  19. 1 point
    Son of Tacky, your photos are great. Along with 666, you guys rock.
  20. 1 point
    Millewa football is a very low standard. There is only one male and one female team per club (so no reserve or juniors). The comp is full of has beens and never will be's. The main league here in Mildura (SFNL) is decent standard and it's reserves would easily beat all Millewa teams. The Millewa comp is a waste of space and solely alive due to its good work getting womens teams up and running. Col's sister is with Toby (coach there) which is the reason he will play there. Meringur is a small club as well so I doubt Col would be getting much to play but apparently he is very close with his family which is great to hear. I saw Col recently, looks strong but not fit. I think his shoulder still gives him grief so can't imagine he will play much. Col's old club Merbein (who he played some games last year) is in the main league and will massively struggle again this year across all grades. It's a shame he doesn't go back there and support his old club imo as it would really lift them. I heard on the grapevine that the Russian will be lining up for Ouyen in the SFNL this year as well. Ouyens team is supported by the whole community and very wealthy. They were flying a few boys in weekly from Katherine last year! A few ruckmen are already nervous about going up against him!!
  21. 1 point
    One thing you are not factoring in is that the ABC is funded by everyones tax. So yes we do have some crazy Lefties on air, but we also have some serious Right Wingnuts as well. Bolt has had many shows on ABC Barry Cassidy on Sunday Morning often has great debates with Pierce Ackerman. We are always branded as “Left” but i feel that is a little unfair. The ABC is an Archive and it should always be that. Represent the people of the day, all of them. I don’t agree with everything the old girl does, but as i said, if she is killed off, she will be missed. Rupert should have gone to jail for that phone hacking in the UK a few years ago. I hope we never get that low in Australia.
  22. 1 point
    They did indeed.... I still have nightmares about the "rent a crowd" cheer squad dressed as orange bananas !
  23. 1 point
    Sorry if this is reported elsewhere, Mitch White will line up for Casey next year. http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-12-27/mitch-to-make-most-of-new-opportunity It sounds like the pressure of being an AFL player got to him but at 21 he has every chance to get back to AFL as a mature age recruit. Casey will be the better for having him in the side next year.
  24. 1 point
    Last year the Casey jumper and name was changed to Demons. Now, we have significantly beefed up the Casey staffing. http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-12-26/exciting-times-at-casey-maynard This is a far cry from the pre Roos days. He recruited Plapp to start integrating Casey and Demons. Looking at MFC website the Casey staff are fully integrated into the MFC structure. It is no coincidence that most of the recent AFL premiers have very successful and integrated VFL teams. Bodes well for the future of both teams.
  25. 1 point
    Will Stephenson from the 2017 Gippsland Power team is onboard at Casey for VFL 2018. Young midfielder/small forward. I was told he was disappointed not to get a rookie spot but excited to get a chance at Casey.
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