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  1. Stoked for the club!! Not only have we brought in one of the best intercept / 3rd defenders in the game, he's only 21 and fits our core age group perfectly. The draft is a lottery and I reckon the deal is within the realms of a fair trade. He should allow Oscar to focus on developing into a key defender, be the Astbury to Rance so to say. Welcome Jake!
  2. I'd say he's referring to the word 'involving'. I.e. involving said picks doesn't mean limited to said picks.
  3. SEN pull apart Ozzie a.k.a Oscar McDonald

    When I listened it must've been before or after Omac. The stats I heard were about the top performers in terms of turnovers per disposal. Impressively we had two of the top 5 or 6 with Stretch about 3rd and Oliver 5th or 6th. Stretch doesn't surprise me from what I've seen this year but a great result for Oliver considering the pressure and contested nature of his disposals! The least turnovers were by the Bont with only 1 per 19 disposals.
  4. At that point in 2014, yes, absolutely agree. I'd suggest however that a lot has changed in 2.5 years. We know the draft is basically a lottery and that clubs often consider need not only talent. Only assumptions can be made how a draftee then approaches training, professionalism, preparation and how their body develops and how long it takes. Looking back at drafts, once the players have finished their careers, the draft order in hindsight would be significantly different! I'm personally very pleased with Oscars level of development for being a former pick 53 at the ages of 21 and with only 20 games to his name!
  5. Leadership Group 2017

    No one is perfect, we all have flaws. Perhaps sharing the role between the two, who clearly have different personalities, will create a better balance and allow both of them to utilise their strengths more effectively. Similarly other players may respond better to one or the other so with Jones and Viney working together we might have a more engaged team. Don't mind this at all. Co-captains has clearly been successful in most instances.
  6. Leadership Group 2017

    The other change is Garland to be replaced by Lewis, so a lot of continuity there! I like it.
  7. Training - Monday 23 January, 2017

    It's been awhile but I was stoked to attend my 1st training session for the year. Picked a cracking day for it....... Firstly, I don't understand how WW can make sense of the drills and post at the same time. Full respect! Takes me long enough to just work out who's doing what. Training has definitely improved every year for the last few years. The intensity is up, the talk is up, the couches involvement is up and most importantly the skills are up. The music is odd but not in a bad way and I get the theory behind it. There also seem to be almost as many staff as players! Maybe that's where Roosy's salary has gone... The drills have been covered well so I don't have much to add there. There's not much down time it's go, go go. The players need to be switched on mentally as well. It was a tough day for it and the coaches didn't go easy on them, it was pretty brutal. My comments for what it's worth: Loved seeing Lewis finally. Now that I was really paying attention jeez he's a beautiful kick of the footy. A really good influence on the group too. It's not his 'on field coaching. At one stage, when he and Trac were sitting out the match sim, Trac was getting really into it from the boundary calling out instructions. Lewis told him back it off and let the team out there talk. Players that stood out to me today were Hunt, Jones, Lewis, Hogan, Watts and Viney. But most players were pretty good, also Pederson, Melksham, Johnstone, Garlett, Gawn, Vandenberg and Trengove. Hunt looks so full of confidence, he's a pleasure to watch (that sounds bad doesn't it..). I'm glad to read Oliver might have had hay fever, not surprising either considering the conditions, as he seemed out of it. Not much talk or involvement with team mates, looked cooked and spent a fair bit of time coming off. His skills were good when I watched him in drills but he was struggling to keep up today. One of my favs to watch! Weideman and O Mac have definitely bulked up, but will still take a couple of years. Loved my first glimpse of Johnstone. Very lively and bit of x-factor about him! Fitness-wise you can tell his a draftee but he was pushing and trying his heart out. Team mates were getting around him in a big way. Looks to have talent. I didnt' realise Bugg was such a talker, in the instructive/leadership type way not the lippy fella we know he can be. Hibberd nor Melksham appeared to be off the pace after a year off, though it is only training. As others have mentioned Spencer was everywhere, though his kicks were regularly not to advantage. They were more safe than risky though so perhaps it's him trying to play to his ability. I was bummed not to see Brayshaw, he must've left before I arrived. Just saw Tyson and Jetta packing up and heading back. I liked Troy Chaplin's coaching. He would run through the different aspects of the match sim with whichever team had just rotated out. Getting too distracted by the tennis now so that'll do it. Thanks to all the other attendees who've been getting me through this preseason!
  8. Training - Wednesday 23rd November, 2016

    Looks like they finished not long ago at Princes Park. Bugg, Jones and Neal-Bullen top three with Tmac rested. They've also put up some photos on the website already! ANB finishes top three in timetrial
  9. Michael Hibberd and Michael Hurley

    Funny that this is brought up. About a month or two ago I saw Goodwin, McCartney, Melksham and.............. Hibberd having a quiet beer and counter meal in a pub in Richmond pub. I assumed it was a catch up of dons and ex-dons players/coaches, but perhaps there was more to it. I wouldn't be against it as he's kick is a weapon, but I wouldn't want the club to pay too much. As others have said, definitely focus on Hurley!
  10. Training - Monday 21st March, 2016

    From club website: Upcoming open training sessions: Wednesday 23 March - Gosch's Paddock - 9.45amCasey Scorpions intra-club practice match - Friday 25 March - Gosch's Paddock - 10.30am
  11. Supercoach Discussion : player selections, etc.

    Hmm, maybe Jack Martin for a potential break out? Andrew Walker's cheap this year but not sure how his preseason going or where he'll be played. I'm going with Craig Bird at this stage as he'll probably end up one of their key mature mids. Haha yeah that's pretty keen for dees players mate!! I've only got Kennedy and Petracca at this stage. I'm also going with Bird at this stage - should play every game and score well.
  12. Supercoach Discussion : player selections, etc.

    Lately it's been the safest option just to steer clear of Dees players, apart from rookies/draftees. But I'm interested what Melbourne players people are considering, apart from a few obvious ones like Petracca when he debuts? I'm considering Ben Kennedy - if he slots into the best 22 he's a good price for a mature player. TMac was a good selection last year... Will Tyson or Viney rise to top scoring mids? Do we back Gawn to become one of the best ruckman after the preseason reports we're hearing? Kent or Salem as mid priced options?
  13. Demonland Supercoach 2016 Comp

    I'm keen to go around again - team was the Ruffnuts last year. Thanks DV!!
  14. The combined Jaeger O'Meara and Dion Prestia Thread

    I believe the suns have a number of academy prospects next year, so will likely be a club after points. So us not having a 1st round pick might not be much of an issue.
  15. Training - Friday November 27, 2015

    Dropped by again today to catch the return of the seniors. Tasman's basically covered everything super well, so I'll just make a few observations. Didn't see Lumumba, Trengove and Newton.There were a couple guys I didn't recognise so I assume they're the Casey listed players training with the club.Garland seriously needs to tighten his hat, every time I glanced over it was flying off his head!Melksham is taller than I thought he was and reasonably built. From what I saw he didn't do anything badly and his kicks at goal during one of the drills were mostly all on target.Bugg is a good runner, was generally near the front of the packs during running drills.Kennedy didn't join in drills, just ran some laps.It's always entertaining watching the McDonald bro's when they're 1v1 in drills. This time it was marking and although Tom had the upper hand most of the time Oscar snagged a few good ones. You can tell he's now taller and will only get better as he fills out.Kent was running pretty quick, was very happy to see that. Really hope he gets a good crack next year. He's got a beautiful thumping kick too.Dunn vocal as usual but Watts seems to be the most encouraging of the boys, really getting around everyone with fives and back slapping.Saw ANB at one point but didn't see him take part in anything.Vandenberg definitely looks trimmer and fitter than a year ago.Hopefully next time the new draftees will be there as well, looking forward to seeing them out there.