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titan_uranus last won the day on May 29 2016

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  1. Training 19/4

    I saw this too. He was kicking 50m barrels rather than looking for a target. He snapped a shot at goal when he should have passed. He was thumping the ball from stoppages rather than trying to tap to a player. Whatever he was getting at, as a leader I was disappointed. No way anything he was doing was true leadership. It's been said, but deserves saying again - this is one of the longest bows, and worst posts, I've seen.
  2. Missed Opportunity - ANZAC Eve Crowd

    Agree. It wouldn't surprise me if the same people who choose not to go to the game are the ones who whinge about the club not doing enough to lobby the AFL at fixturing time for more prime time games. However, if the crowd isn't as big as last year I suspect the real reason for the drop off will be neutral supporters being less interested than they might have been if we were 3-1 or if we hadn't been abysmal last week.
  3. Gawn Calls for Leaders to Stand Up

    I know the players have to do press conferences like this, but they are seriously meaningless. Repeatedly saying in the media we know we need to stop opposition momentum swings and runs of goals and have better leadership doesn't make it happen.
  4. Be Patient with Lever

    Why would anyone ever come to Melbourne? Unless you are in Brownlow-medal winning form, within a month the fans will turn their back on you, call you incapable of playing football, and decry the trade as one of the worst of all time. Of course, then the same people will complain that we don't ever land big fish in trade periods.
  5. Changes v Richmond

    Well then clearly not all 19 of his touches were turnovers. Still, DE is a useless stat. The kick which missed Garlett and therefore ruined a certain goal, for example, will be classified as "effective" because it went to a Melbourne player and not a Hawthorn player. But it was a rubbish kick. He's a momentum killer.
  6. Changes v Richmond

    Put the stats to one side. He was hopeless every time he got the ball or went near it. He had 19 touches but I'd wager close to all 19 of them were turnovers or mistakes. He can't kick, he can't handpass, and he doesn't score goals as a forward. We cannot carry him on the basis that he tackles and sometimes is "aggressive". He is, without question, the player who most deserves to be dropped.
  7. Be Patient with Lever

    Lever might be struggling but this is a shocking post. Dunn is, and was, a hack.
  8. Post Match Discussion - Round 4

    This is a good comment (amongst many good comments). We are sending too many up into marking contests (Frost is a major problem in that area). We need to rely on OMac to do his job.
  9. Roos: "They’re so easy to score against"

    We've spent a long time trying to make Melksham a defensive half forward. I'm not sure trying to re-convert him into a half-back is going to work. Having said that, I think the lack of pace in our back half is a big problem, so I'm not sure what the answer is. Hunt needs to come in. Maybe Stretch? We need to drop one of Lewis/Vince.
  10. Roos: "They’re so easy to score against"

    He's not wrong. But personally, I reckon he can GAGF. 18 months doesn't completely erase the influence he had on the side so if we're struggling defensively this soon after he was coach, he can take some of the blame.
  11. Post Match Discussion - Round 4

    I have no idea what he was trying with that.
  12. Shepherding the man on the mark

    Hawthorn did this repeatedly today to good effect. It bought some of their kicks an extra 10 metres by allowing the kicker to get out on an angle without the man on the mark cutting him off. It also got Gunston a goal early in the fourth quarter. IMO this should be outlawed by changing the rules: the protected zone should apply to the man on the mark who is otherwise defenceless. But until that happens, why don't we do it? Didn't any of our players see how frequently Hawthorn did it and how it helped them get out the back of our press?
  13. Be Patient with Lever

    I don't buy into the argument that's he's making Hunt/HIbberd/Jetta worse. The entire side's lack of structure and pressure up the ground is making the whole backline worse. It's not Lever. His intercept/aerial work is getting better, and he clearly reads the play excellently. Those parts of his game are there and are improving. But his skills are atrocious at the moment. He's fumbly, awful below his knees, and he's missing way too many kicks/handpasses - we cannot afford another poor user of the ball in our back half. His confidence looks down, which will in part be because of the pressure of the trade and the pre-season expectations on him. That's not an excuse, just a reason. He can play a lot better than this and he's going to need to.
  14. Demonland Player of the Year - Round 4

    6 - Salem 5 - OMac 4 - Oliver 3 - Jones 2 - Kent 1 - Hogan Jones deserves some credit for stopping Mitchell. Kent and Hogan get votes for at least trying as the game continued. Gawn won the hit outs but lost his temper as the game went on and was doing some very selfish things (a torp out of the backline, a rushed shot for goal). His miss in the first quarter didn't help either.
  15. Bugg

    You're right in that we can't drop them all. You're wrong to give him another week. He's a momentum killer. @ProDee was right. His 4 goals last week was the worst thing that came out of that game. He can't kick, he can't handpass and he's fumbly. We simply cannot feature him in our forward line. Get him out.