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  1. GAME DAY: JLT #1 vs North Melbourne

    Lever took the mark because OMac kept Brown on the ground. It's a preseason game .... I'd rather defenders err on the side of protecting the flyer!

    It's a different game. A basketball can be thrown the full distance, a soccer ball kicked, an ice hockey puck hit, etc, etc. It doesn't make them bad games, but none of them are AFL. AFLX is about fast transitions, less congestion and higher scoring. It isn't about a dour defensive struggle. I'm sure purists ( especially prop forwards!) hate Rugby 7s, with the lack of scrums, tight defence, rucks, mauls and kicking penalties .... but a whole bunch of other people love it. It isn't AFL; it's a different game. A game for a different audience.

    You're looking at it through the lens of a dyed in the wool AFL fanatic. The game isn't AFL, nor is it trying to be. It also isn't trying to win you over as a fan, either. It's a game that's easy to play, understand and run for spectators who aren't traditional AFL followers. It's an easy entry point for new markets. It's like a more forgiving version of AFL 9s, where the big barrier is the skill needed to keep the ball off the ground. If you've never played before then AFLX is much easier to start playing and watching.
  4. Preseason Training Week commencing - 22/01/18

    I love the idea that coaches have 'favourites'. Why do you think that they are the coaches' favourites? Usually it's for the same reasons that they get picked..
  5. I think there are two reasons: 1- They are being ranked in relation to their peers, but their peers will develop more in their final year (or the latter half of it). As a result, any development of the injured player is invisible to recruiters, while the uninjured players continue to improve. So the recruiters need to extrapolate any potential development to be able to rank them equally with their peers. This represents a risk, especially for a player like Spargo who may have developed earlier than others. 2- It may actually be a really nasty injury that could affect the player. Burton was, Stringer was, Lever could have been (see Menzel). I agree that shoulders are unlikely to, but there are others. Will they be the same player again? Probably, but it is a genuine risk when you have invested a top 20 pick and a lot of money. I think the first is more relevant to Spargo. When you are 17, a year of development is a lot. So he may have been an earlier ranked player with his peers before he was injured, but the rest are now better players than Spargo was before he was injured. The risk is in the unknown.
  6. ...... you have a terrible, terrible memory. First of all, Cam Hunter was 6 foot 1, while Spargo is 5'8. Hunter was very light for his height, unlike Spargo, who is a nuggety player. Hunter was a high flying aerialist with psychotic courage, while Spargo is a fall of the ball player. Hunter was a bad kick, while Spargo is an excellent kick. Hunter was a flanker who played above his height (but lacked 'little man skills'), while Spargo is a midfielder or small forward. Hunter was drafted based on size and athleticism without form, while Spargo is a footballer who has been dominant at junior levels. Hunter was a massive smokey who only played APS, while Spargo has been well known for many years playing at TAC and carnival level. But you played footy in the same team as him ..... like my brother. You may have been in the same team 15 years ago, but you are either terribly forgetful or a terrible judge of players. Spargo and Hunter are completely different types of footballer, both in playing style and how they were drafted. As I said before, I would struggle to find a worse comparison.
  7. I could not think of a worse comparison. You obviously didn't watch Cam Hunter play at all.
  8. Pace and competitiveness. It's definitely a theme.
  9. DRAFT DAY 2017

    Without knowing the players, I'm most interested in the type of player we pick up and those that others pick up. I feel like it's instructive about the future of the game and what our club is trying to do in relation to it.
  10. NAB Draft - Closest the Pin

    We've only drafted 2 players since that draft: Hannan and Johnston!
  11. Guide to the Draft

    Just from the highlights, I like the idea of Brent Daniels. Very small, but seems to play the game with a lot of pace and wind his own ball. There are spots open in our side for fast and competitive smalls who can create opportunities. But I know nothing about the draftees, I just thought I'd put something out there before the draft so that I could pretend that I was smart if it worked.
  12. Poll: Rate our Trade Period

    That would actually be more than we paid. You are advocating paying more for Lever so that we don't pay overs.
  13. Stewart Crameri to the Dees?

    I wouldn't pick Dustin Martin because the last Melbourne player with the initials 'DM' was Dave McGlashan in 1982 ..... 'nuff said!
  14. Peter Jackson on SEN 24/10/17

    I keep hearing "Two first round picks", and it frustrates me because that is a skewed reading of the trade. The trade was (simplified) 2 first round picks for Lever and a second round pick. Effectively it was giving a first round pick next year and downgrading our first pick this year. Or like trading our first round pick next year for 2 second rounders this year. It is actually almost the same deal as giving up a first and second round pick outright.

    I think you want toughness and skill. But the toughness or, more to the point, competitiveness, is a non-negotiable. Every player needs it. You just need to find competitive players that have skill too. Having skilled players that don't compete is no good.