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  1. 2017 Contracts

    I stand to be corrected, but as I understand (and this has been mentioned a number of times), because Garland is contracted next year he remains on our list even though he has retired. Similar situation to Lumumba this year.
  2. I think we may be getting a bargain. Just think that when he's settled back in his home state he'll get to show why he was predicted to go (late) round one (and not pick 38). This from the HUN following the draft: "... Balic calls himself a “bit of mother’s boy’’. He’s particularly close to his mother and she was overwhelmed at the thought of him relocating to Perth. After his selection he went off to do some media with Fremantle. When he returned he saw his dad on the phone in tears. He jokingly said he would pay him $70,000 to stay in Melbourne. Later, as the family gathered for a dinner with Dockers officials, his mother’s eyes were red as she arrived in the foyer.But Balic said he was happy to make the move. “At the start I was a bit worried but thinking about it all night and this morning, it’s going to be a good thing for me,’’ he said. “I won’t have all the distractions I may have here, friends, the antics, everything like that. I’ll be over there training and getting better … at the end of the day it doesn’t matter, because it depends on what you do with it (draft selection). If I can prove the clubs wrong who didn’t pick me, that’s the first thing I want to do. “But overall I’m just grateful. I was one of the lucky ones. A few of my mates didn’t get picked up.’’ ..."
  3. Near impossible to compare the two premiers as they have significantly different game plans (my observation anyway). The Dogs got players behind the ball and ran in numbers. The Tigers relied on pressure at the contest. Easier to dismantle the Dogs game than the Tigers. That so many of the Dogs players dropped away was surprising - Dalhaus, Daniel, JJ, Stringer et al were nowhere near as good this year. The Tigers will be a better outfit next year, but highly unlikely to have such a dream run re injuries.
  4. 2017 Player Reviews: # 35 Ben Kennedy

    Next up we have JKH singing "What about me?"
  5. Did his hammy in a practice match. Was expected to miss up to two months but with little improvement went under the knife (from memory) some months back. Has a history of being injured - Achilles and hip, but did play all but one game in the NEAFL last year (reasonable stats).
  6. I'm sure it's been mentioned, but my understanding is that one of the main reasons for trading out Watts is to free up some money (for Lever). I'm thinking up to $300k salary cap relief?
  7. 2017 Player Reviews: # 28 Oscar McDonald

    ... Games MFC 2017: 30 ..." Not sure how he managed that.
  8. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    I'm not sure whether or not you are being sarcastic. Regardless of that you're right. But the Tigers have turned it around, not in one year, but in the space of 10 weeks (following their thumping at the hands of the Saints). You don't need stars. I wouldn't classify Caddy, Prestia and Nankervis as 'stars'. Grigg, Grimes and Houli certainly aren't. Any Dees supportersthat saw us belt up the Dogs came away from that game wondering why on Earth we can't produce that same ferociousness every week, just as the Tigers did from round 22 onward.
  9. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    The exact figures are here, but I'd bet without the money we get from the two NT games, plus the annual handout all clubs receive, we'd have serious financial issues. The club announced a profit last year of $720,218, the bulk of which was made up by the AFL handout (more than $500k). We're doomed to play all points of the compass for some time. I saw us win in '64. We won't win another flag in my lifetime. FFS we can't even beat rubbish teams like Norf and Freo. Look through our list. There's at least a dozen list cloggers.
  10. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    Well, get used to travelling there, Hobart and Kardinia for another year or two, 'cause that's what's going to happen. We're broke, or close to it, and have one of the lowest supporter bases.
  11. 2017 Player Reviews: # 18 Jake Melksham

    I love this bloke. Given that the Dons took him with pick 10 (in 2009) I was confident that, if played in the right position, he could deliver. Milkshake strikes me as a real competitor. I hate the Dons with a passion, but admire the competitiveness that their players deliver every week. You have to wonder if he is what he is because he came through their system and not ours. He may butcher the ball occasionally, but by the same token can deliver beautifully on his non-preferred side (I think that's his left).
  12. From the HUN (if not already posted) "... Melbourne is increasingly likely to offload contracted forward Jack Watts as it closes in on Adelaide’s intercepting star Jake Lever.The Demons are also a chance to secure Fremantle’s Harley Balic, who wants to return to Victoria. ,,," Personally, I'd hate to see Jack go.
  13. 2017 Brownlow Medal

    Dusty highlights - the bloke's a freak.
  14. No way we could get Lever for that. It will take pick 10 plus a very good player or two first round picks.