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  1. 9 points
  2. 5 points
    Sounds good. Hopefully you'll report that: 1) Petracca, Harmes, Jetta and Melksham are out of the rehab group. 2) Brayshaw is found alive and well. 3) Viney's cut his honeymoon short and is looking a million bucks on the track. 4) Lever looks a sneaky chance for round 1.
  3. 3 points
    I'm totally devastated by the news.Feel really bad for Hawthorn about this.
  4. 3 points
    Petracca to step up and become A grade. May to be the general. Lever to comeback as a premier defender. Garlett to find his mojo. KK to showcase his talent. Preuss and Gawn to dominate and physically intimidate other club ruckmen.
  5. 3 points
    Predicting pretty much the same Dirts. May Weid Sparrow The mystery man is Preuss, I’m guessing we’ll get a taste of Team Prawn during the JLT. Interested to see the tactics behind the combo.
  6. 2 points
    Poor bloke has broken his leg. Report says he will miss the entire season. That hurts the Hawks a LOT. Hope he comes back well. Great player.
  7. 2 points
    May have been done but just want to put out there the players that will make a name for themselves ( in a premiership team)! 4 categories Experienced Player (6-10 years) Stephen May On the path player(s) ( 4-6 years) KK and Weeds will have a stellar year. Young Stallion player (1-4 years) Tom Sparrow and Baker Mystery man player Vandy, the bull will destroy all in his path. Petracca also as this needs to be his year.
  8. 2 points
    Just an incredible sporting club. Finals appearances each year for the last decade or so with the exception of 2010 due to points stripped, even then their record that year was enough to make it into the finals. Multiple GF appearances, a coach that boasts the highest win percentage in the game and these stats don’t tell the whole story behind their success. The ability over the years to get the best out of players in the twilight of their careers has been nothing short of amazing. As for Cam Smith, nothing but admiration, what a leader and player. I read a while back in one of his seasons he only made 10 errors.
  9. 2 points
    Totally agree. They have been relentless. No rebuilds just high performing year after year. They must have built a fantastic culture into their club. I'm up in NSW and everyone hates them because they keep winning but everyone respects them. We should be learning as much as we can from them. Would love to have the same respect.
  10. 2 points
    Vandenberg's ending to the 2018 season was astonishing to me. I didn't think he had it in him, to that level. His impact was fantastic. And his speed, I hadn't realised. We were finally playing like men.... and opposition did not know what to make of us. Some sure got out of our way in a hurry. Watch out for the Cat-attack re-Match... Selwood and coach Johnson have a plan for us... pencil it in. .
  11. 2 points
    For the Storm to keep performing year after year in what is a NRL backwater is a credit to them. You have to respect what Craig Bellamy has achieved. They have pretty much been the Lions of the early 2000s but maintained it Cam Smith is a star
  12. 2 points
    6-10 - TMac for me. He's among the longest tenured demons, and is a proven commodity at FF when fit or underdone. No Hogan means the responsibility is on him. I'm not as sold on Weed as many others. Personally I think we go from the #1 attack to about #6 with Hogan out. 4-6 - Harmes. Loved him all along. Nothing he can't do on a football field. He got all the media attention late last year in that incredible month, and I think he now moves into the serious/elite list of players in the comp. The difference he makes to the team is really understated too. Every team has 3-4 starting midfielders that you have to game plan for. Dangerwoodlett for example... What makes them scary though is they have Duncan and Kelly running around without attention. Apply that rule to us, we have Oliver, Viney and Braysh who are made men. After that it gets a bit wobbly with Jones aging, Tracca more a forward, and ANB a bit patchy. If Harmes takes a serious chunk of the heavy lifting, then we have a complete midfield and are that much more impressive. 1-4 - Fritsch. Would put Lever in but he probably falls outside the 1-4 rule. Looking around at the shape of the list, we don't have as many flex players as I'd like. Lots of them are stay-at-home defenders or forwards who lack the tank to go through midfield. Fritsch can play everywhere and has all the gifts to be an Embley type. Just needs to bulk up. Given what he produced last year though, there's no reason to think a top 10 finish in B and F is beyond him. Which at his age is super. Mystery man - Nietschke/Jordon. The whole draft class of this year looked like a mystery to me at first, so I could put them all in. I think Sparrow looks a ready made Jones replacement, so no mystery there. Bedford a Jeffy replacement. Hore a backup kp defender. But it's these two that have me mystified. Watching their tape they have all the attributes. But no-one knew anything about them. Nietschke wasn't even known to most at all. If we're going to do anything, you do have to rely on SOME rookies to lift some weight. Spargo did it last year. I can't wait to see what Taylor has given us this year.
  13. 2 points
    i think Stretch is the forgotten man. Had a breakout game prior to toeitis.
  14. 2 points
    im very interested to see what Baker can produce for us. He was tracking nicely until injury curtailed his season, getting good numbers for Casey and should be pushing for his first game this year. We need someone with pace to break through. The most mouth watering prospect is May and then Lever to join what could be an elite backline by the end of the year. and if Weids becomes consistent, we should be very strong aerially. it certainly helped the weagles.
  15. 2 points
    It is very early to assess where we may land. We have had a couple of years of relatively minimal injuries. We brought back Vanders and Viney isnt out of the woods quite yet. We also had a pretty big pre-christmas walking wounded that although we are reassured that most if not all will be in full training next week, Im not so confidant. I hope Tom Mac is able to play most games. You only need to look at a couple of other clubs, say Carlton and Giants to be reminded of our good management and good luck with injuries lately. I feel confidant knowing that my team of the year 2019 will probably be quite different by Queens birthday but I am really impressed with the apparent struggle for every spot in the 22 coming into the year. Quality on all lines and on the bench. Hmm, Im sure I say that nearly every January.
  16. 2 points
    There is almost so much improvement in our list for the coming season that one can overlook by forgetfulness alone that there are new recruits and recruited old stagers, with experience, to burn for the Dees. Good assets are coming out of our ears. With Stretch and Lever returning for a competitive edge and a full season (hopefully) from Gus, we are a 'shoe-in' for the GF as a result of creating some very miserable results for most opposition teams across the year.
  17. 2 points
    Max Petracca Fritsch Preuss & KK
  18. 1 point
    I see the glass half full approach. At a time when the club has been losing its past hero's to retirement, he is the one lasting leader who can hold that values and culture together, as the younger players start to flex their muscles. This is a time when clubs can go off-rail, and young players Ego's can drift them off track. Wrecking the hand-me-down culture. Smith is the one player who can further continue in his role, & holding the theme and maintaining the standards that have been set within the great club. Maintaining the strong culture isn't something that just exists as it ever was..
  19. 1 point
    Terrible for the young bloke. On the other hand, Hawthorn can eat a .....
  20. 1 point
    I like the eagles down the field vs the saints, I think if Foles gets good pocket time he could shred the saints secondary. Also like the colts. Be interested in seeing Pmah on the big stage.
  21. 1 point
    And I suspect the availability of Frost and Lever, as well as Preuss & May virtually guaranteed, there was no toss of coin required in my mind. Even if I loved the player Pedo had become for us, when we needed him to. In the 2nd half of this season Lever will be ready to be selected to play footy. This will give us an abundance of key tall's... some spare. IF May and Lever play together in the run home in defence... we'll have options for that other tall player. And some could slot forward, if our regulars were to be injured... or out of form. I have an inkling we will try to get more speed into our front half for the 2019 season, and going forward. ... but these quick players have to tackle, jeffy ! .
  22. 1 point
    Good concept for the current team. On the path add Fritsch (bit of Tulip in him) One of our greats over next decade and of course Clarry and Jack V. Mystery Man Player Pruess Agree with in 2019 and beyond And not this year but 2020 on James Jordon. AFL Coach of 2019 Goody
  23. 1 point
    Good post STMJ. I think there is little doubt we will be impacted by the number of players we have who have had interrupted preseasons. History tells us as much. The question is how much (Note: to be clear i'm not suggesting you think otherwise - i'm sure you agree and were just being conciliatory) Of course a mitigating factor will be that most in rehab have been able to keep their fitness levels up, but any disruption hurts to some degree and the issue we have is so many players are having some interruptions. An issue for the dees is the 'Melbourne way' ie goody's way places a huge emphasis on fitness but also high intensity, high impact football that will expose any deficit cause by interrupted preparations. With so few player's rehabbing last year we were able to make a fast start. But one huge positive (and at the risk of jinxing them) is unlike last year Tmac and Viney both seem to have had uninterrupted preseasons thus far. If that continues we will have both ready and raring to go round 1, which will go along way to offset the high impact of the number of players who have had interrupted preseasons
  24. 1 point
    It's certainly more than the average that we've had. Playing deep in to September and a lot of surgeries will do that. Players consistently in the rehab group last preseason (from what I can recall): Hannan, Weed, T Smith, J Smith, Garlett, Kent, one or both of the young rucks at times, McKenna + Vanders (both rarely sighted outside running), Viney.
  25. 1 point
    Oskar Baker - did 2 hammies in the back end of last year, probably just a slow build up Angus Brayshaw - was in the main group last week but called for the physios a couple of times Mitch Hannan - think he's had knee problems in both years, had an op James Harmes - had a shoulder op, seems to be fine Marty Hore - unsure, but is doing a fair bit in rehab, paired up with Melk Jayden Hunt - had shoulder surgery, doing a fair bit on the track Neville Jetta - had knee and shoulder procedures Jake Lever - knee taking it's time according to Stevo's tweet Oscar McDonald - unsure? Jake Melksham - probably just the ankle he carried in the back end of last year, doing plenty Clayton Oliver - legs look good, obviously hasn't done upper body weights for a while Christian Petracca - had a knee op Tim Smith - unsure Billy Stretch - coming back from stress fracture Aaron vandenBerg - had a shoulder op, out running Jack Viney - had an ankle procedure, doing laps, I expect they'll take him slowly It's a long list and it's way too talented! Lever due to it being a long term injury and Vanders and Viney with their injury histories are the guys I'm worried about. Just a rough guess but I think Baker, Brayshaw, Hore, Hunt, Melksham should be good to go soon based on them doing more ball work from what I saw. Clarry seems fine, will just be a matter of when he can resume contact drills. Jetta and Petracca seem paired up and looked ok. It's not panic stations now but I think we need to have the list back in single figures asap after Christmas and have as many of these guys right to go for the preseason games. If they haven't done enough training to play in the preseason then they're likely playing catch up during the regular season which is a risk of further injuries.
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