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  1. Skuit

    Jakovich Brothers on The Front Bar (20/9)

    Some person or agency or entity brought AJak out of the cold recently. Remarkable. Would love to hear the story some time of how that came about.
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    Dom Tyson - what's wrong?

    @binman - there's a flare up in sector seven.
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    Proposed new rules for 2019

    Diamond - this is actually a good thing. I hope the clarification will also address players flopping forward in a tackle and drawing an in the back free as well. Push being the key word. Two of my biggest peeves (accepting that holding the ball will always be difficult to get the balance right with and adjudicate no matter how much you tinker with the rules)
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    A Guide to Perth

    I went to Perth once.
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    Oliver doesn't care if you don't like him

    Are you more likely to cop an injury from bracing flat-footed against an oncoming bump (Viney notwithstanding) or by relaxing the body and riding it - a la having soft hands in tennis? Not so long ago (or in different circumstances) Clarry would have been applauded for his footy smarts and professionalism for milking a free from the undisciplined actions of an opponent. The worst thing about this is that with Oliver saying he doesn't care what people think of him, it implies that he doesn't care either if people love him, and I just love him so damned much.
  6. I have been dreading all year that we'd finally make the finals and then run into Nicholls. Throw in Razor to boot and I would ordinarily be swamped with doom. But I think Nicholls now respects us and Gus has obviously been charming Chamberlain. These guys are ego personified, and as mentioned, probably wont take too kindly to being booed all day. They will also over-officiate, and if something trivial goes against the Eagles early it will set the tone for the afternoon. It could also be in our favour if West Coast tries to nullify our mids with hard tags, as the umps will be watching closely for scragging at the breakdowns. This includes Max, who will need to focus on his natural traits for dominance. My bigger concerns are for their penchant to over-enforce the protected space and pay minor infringements up forward, which with the big bodies of Kennedy and Darling could be a problem. For us, unfortunately, Hogan is the one who usually draws the soft forward infringement frees. But they will also pay anything that looks like a block, so we should look to exploit that up both ends of the ground and on the wings. We need to play honest contested footy and let the Eagles bring the niggle to us. That said, Nicholls is an A-grade dick.
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    Open Training - Wednesday, 19th September

    Boys practicing some spirals. Even if we don't employ the tactic again it's nice to know - and let West Coast know - that we are happy to have it in our kit-bag. If Gawn were to track toward the centre-circle at a kick-in for instance, I'm sure he'll attract a lot of attention - opening options elsewhere. An an early 'chaos' torp from the middle into the forward line would cause some double-guessing for their defensive set-up. Like it.
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    Dom Tyson - what's wrong?

    There was a time when Tyson collecting around the 50m arc would elevate the pulse-rate. Now it's like instant deflation when he's the last man in the chain - and before he's even taken a shot I'm yelling at him to stop calling for the ball. Never even looks close to scoring. 16.6 in his first season with us and 2.6 this year (not including the handful of oofs and shots that have dropped short). Also, while his kicking has always been suspect, he could previously be relied upon to clear the lines from around half back. Has zero penetration nowadays. Shot by injuries and not a winger.
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    Stats-file 2018

    The home of statistics and discussion thereof. As of the end of round 3; Scoring for and against Demons 1st in points scored. 1st in inside-50s 1st in least opposition inside-50s Thus 1st in inside-50 differential by a huge margin. 3rd in assists and marks inside-50 Last for rebound-50s and second-last for opponent rebound 50s. Intensity 2nd in total contested possessions – 1st for contested possession differential and the only team at 3-0 for contested wins. 4th clearances (3rd centre/7th stoppages) 4th for tackles 7th for tackles against (this is a huge improvement on recent years) Possession for and against 16th marks – but 3rd in least opponent marks per game. Also 9th contested marks. 1st in least opponent kicks 4th in least opponent disposals 12th for clangers Summary: I think for the most part the early statistics are bearing out what we're seeing with our eyes - inefficiency. But perhaps the frustration of this inefficiency is blinding us a fraction to our absolute dominance in a couple of areas, namely the contested battle and sheer volume of ball moving forward. We're also perhaps the one mobile clearance specialist short to really step it up (JV). The stats are however fairly similar to the early part of last year. But there's some subtle differences re. the nature of disposals for and against. We're kicking more and being kicked and tackled against less - areas which should help with endurance. We're also (to my surprise) not getting completely completely hammered in the marking and are a bit cleaner in our disposal. Basically, we're playing contested footy, but also shutting down space and forcing the opposition to do the same. Together, it all bodes super-well if we can clean up just a fraction up front or get a smidgen tighter down back - the latter which we should be able to do considering we have three AA-level defenders currently out of form or learning to gel (as well as a potential top-line rebounder in Hunt), while as to the former we're still fiddling with in the unexpected absence of Tomald. Lastly, it's just three rounds, and we've played two likely bottom-four teams - but I think we tend to play as well or as poorly despite the opposition and that most of these stats will hold. Add your own obscure statistics or whatever you think are pertinent and let's monitor where we stack up as the season progresses. Go Dees!
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    Who's going to Perth?

    I'm happy to chip in if we can get the woo-hoo guy from Adelaide Oval over. Anyone know his gofundme details?
  11. Take-home message: stripping the goal umps of their lab-coats and hats is a dark mark on our beloved game of football.
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    The moment you know when you’re going to win

    Did you burst a red or a blue-tinged vessel Supermerc? I need every tea-leave data-point I can get to determine if I watch the upcoming match publicly or attached to my 15-inch computer-screen . . .
  13. There's little outside of Clayton Oliver that remains truly unprecedented in Australian rules football, but the predominance of red & blue rocking the footy fields of Australia in 2018 is surely a first? In addition to the mighty Melbourne Demons fighting for a place in the AFL grand final on Saturday after 18 years on the sidelines, and of course the now Casey-aligned Demons taking on the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL decider on Sunday, we also have the Norwood Redlegs as the red-hot favourites for Sunday's SANFL grand final, and the West Perth Falcons playing off for the WAFL flag versus Subiaco on the same day. Has this ever gone close to happening before? This I do know as an avid Redlegs fan - the Demons' dominance in the 50s-60s coincided with a worst premiership dry-patch for Norwood. In more recent times, after future Melbourne coach Neil Blame led us to glory in 1982 and 1984 (when Melbourne hovered around eighth place, in a six-team finals competition) Norwood again claimed the flag in 1997 after the departure of one-time Melbourne caretaker coach Neil Craig - in the same year that the Demons claimed the wooden spoon prior to the magnificent 1998 revival (when Norwood in turn dipped out of contention). Since then, Nathan Basset, Simon Goodwin's all-Australian and later Essendon-injection team-mate and current defensive line-coach for the Power, guided the Redlegs to a threepeat between 2012-2014. We all know full-well where the Demons featured on the AFL ladder throughout the same period. Yet, when ex-Demon uber-Alex Georgiou took over the the captaincy of Norwood in 2015 the team turned to relative [censored], for some reason, but for some other reason, now that ex-Demon nine-game stalwart Jace Bode has commandeered the captaincy they're back in the box-seat for 2018. I'm pretty certain, through many years of twisted pain, that the Demons and Redlegs have never coincided in their good fortunes - although the Redlegs were formed somewhere around the late 1870s and dominated the early stages of South Australian (and national) football. From recent memory at least, the Legs bombed out in the first week of the 1998 and 2000 finals. As for the WA-based fans, I image there's some conflict between supporting the red and black Perth Demons and the red and blue West Perth Falcons, but I have no idea of the relative success of each team. Nor do I have a jot of an idea as to the the history of Casey or any historically other red and blue teams in the minor leagues in Victoria (and don't otherwise give a toss about the NSW, QLD or Tasmanian competitions). So over to you sports-fans - can you fill in the gaps - of the red and the blue footy-clubs country-wide and their connection to the Melbourne Football Club? A quick google squiz tells me that West Perth won local flags in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2013 - coinciding perfectly with when the MFC was absolute crap in the up and down years. Just for the record, over the years Norwood has supplied Melbourne with not only uber-Georgiou and Jace Boce but also 2013 top-three Bluey contender Dean Terlich, along with Picket-favourite Michael 'Juice' Newton and other house-hold names such as Art Gilchrist, Nick Smith and CHF sensation Greg Parke. Other cross-overs include some bloke called Phil Carmen, father-and-son's Graham and Glenn Molloy (no relation to Mick), and the infuriating turncoat Martin Pyke - as well as indeedy the one and only Austin Wonaeamirri. Please add your local team contributions below. Austin Wonaeamirri Austin Wonaeamirri playing for the Tiwi Bombers in February 2016 Personal information Full name Austin Wonaeamirri Date of birth 2 October 1988 (age 29) Place of birth Milikapiti, Melville Island, Northern Territory Original team(s) St Mary's Football Club (NTFL) Draft 19th overall, 2007 AFL Rookie Draft Melbourne Position(s) Forward pocket Playing career1 Years Club Games (Goals) 2008–2011 Melbourne 31 (37) 1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011. Career highlights U/18 indigenous tour to South Africa, 2006 AFL U/18 National Championships (Northern Territory), 2007 U/18 Northern Territory best player, 2007 AFL Rising Star Nominee, 2008 Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com Austin Wonaeamirr
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    Changes v Eagles - Preliminary Final

    Perfect assessment dee-tox.
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    Post Match Discussion - Semi Final

    Nice set-up for the jokers on here but in all seriousness I think he would have been reminding the Hawks that last time the Melbourne Football Club made it to a prelim our current starting midfield were still watching Barney the Dinosaur and wetting the bed . . .
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    Proposed new rules for 2019

    I'm concerned about a small aircraft crushing Omac during one of our matches by mistaking the goalsquare for a runway. I'm also a bit concerned about this guy and regional Australia in general (Contains unsavoury language):
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    Changes v Eagles - Preliminary Final

    I just don't see how we can cover their forward line. Collingwood, despite being on top across the middle for most of the qualifying final, were lucky that Kennedy's timing was out early. When he and Darling started connecting as dual targets in the last it was all over. Add to this their fleet of fast small finishers, and I don't think we can match up against their forward thrusts, however haphazard. Frost is a fast closer and strong in the contest, but not so much one on one - and Omac lacks strength and go-with speed on a straight-line lead against big opposition KPFs with arms outstretched. With Hibberd and Fritch we have defenders who can play tall or small - but not small enough to combat the likes of Ryan and co. running and weaving in space. Lewis is slow. My concern is that we can dominate the midfield and put pressure on up the ground but they'll still trump us with less opportunity and forward-entry structure. And I have no idea what the solution is. Hunt has the leg-speed to put on a forward tag vs. one of their smalls, but by the sound of it his form and confidence has been ordinary. Smith is still underdeveloped and can be exploited positionally. Bernie is slow. I previously said no change. But I don't think that just doing what we've been doing, however well executed, will be enough to get us over the line against this one specific opponent on a sunny day in Perth. We need to absolutely control the middle and have the perfect press to stop the flow from their backline - but I'm also worried about their marking power with forwards pushing up on the wings. That all said, I think Smith and Pedo should be in the frame - just to give us more flexibility across our division of talls and mobile markers. But then they all have to play somewhere, and disrupting what has been a decent defence isn't ideal. I feel there will have to be a sacrifice somewhere - moss likely our middle - with perhaps super-stopper Harmes being sent back to compete in defence.
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    Perth flights

    With the time delay, you could go watch us win in Perth and then fly back and watch us win again in Europe. Sweet.
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    My Melbourne highlights from Semi Final

    The Viney chase wasn't just the chase of a man who knew it was right thing to do or was looking to add a speck of pressure. He was outright hunting Gunston down and locked onto his target - reminiscent of the gazelle tackle on Weller - and probably would have snapped him in half in a death-roll had he caught him at that speed. Started his run-down sprint from outside 50. Swoon.
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    Post Match Discussion - Semi Final

    I don't actually have a barcode but I'm pretty chuffed with your even-handed response. Best of luck Elegt. Have faith.
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    Post Match Discussion - Semi Final

    This is where you - as one our most constant detractors over the year - may struggle to get communal support. Tell me what you currently think of Angus Brayshaw and I may just lend you my barcode . . . depending of course on your response. Just so I don't seem like a complete [censored] - July 21 - Elegt on Goodwin: "would be pretty happy if they held a press conference tomorrow announcing his sacking. totally incompetent." 2
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    Help a brother out!

    Meanwhile, return flights from Amsterdam to Perth are only $2,400. But I'll probably also need to employ a body-double so my Portuguese girlfriend doesn't cotton on that I've flown nearly 15,000 kilometers to watch a bunch of men kick balls around. All up, with a fake Skuit and beer and accommodation overheads - or at least a taxi to McQueen 's pad - I reckon we're looking at around $3000. PM for account details. EDIT: I'll also paint me and my body-double in Dees' colours, as well as my innocent cat, who has already copped an unfair dose of species' abuse since our win against Geelong.
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    Post Match Discussion - Semi Final

    Equation is simple Cards. Your daughter turning three is a once in a lifetime event. Melbourne qualifying for a grand final however has only happened twice over several lifetimes. Free pass to Perth. Plus kids are idiots and don't remember any display of generosity until they're at least five. Bring back a lump of coal and the scalp of Shannon Hurn and invest it in her future.
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    Umpires this week

    Thought the umpiring in general was reasonable. That bald [censored]-head finally showed us some respect. Complaints about the obvious errors I think can be forwarded directly to AFL HQ.
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    Demonland Player of the Year - Semi Final

    Received one mention before this post and figures in almost every poll thereafter. Demonland voting is worse than juries.