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  1. The Clash Jumper Poll 2018

    Agreed. I like the royal blue and I think it's an improvement on the white jumper we've been wearing in the past. But according to the article on our website we'll be wearing six out of our 11 away games, with a further two games in the red-back. We only properly "clash" with about two clubs.
  2. Boot Camp 2017 cancelled by Players

    As to the camp itself, I'm unsure as to whether it was beneficial and should have gone ahead or it's a waste of time and pointless. But the way in which things have played out is just no good from a PR perspective. The coaches look like they have (not saying they have) lost the players. The players look (not saying they are) self-entitled and like they know what is best despite choking this year and having achieved two-tenths of stuff all in their careers to date.
  3. Jumper Numbers 2018

    Agree entirely, LDC. I can't stand players changing numbers as if the lower ones are "better".
  4. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    I quoted you because I agree with you - every game is winnable (as we sit here in October). But the consequence of that is that analysing the draw based on difficulty is less meangingful as inevitably we’ll be wrong about teams (eg 2017 Richmond or 2017 Dogs). And because of that, I think analysing any club’s draw at this point is more about those other factors and less about the 5 repeat match ups each team gets.
  5. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    It always ends up being futile trying to analyse a fixture in October based on the previous season. There’ll be at least one bottom 10 side who becomes much more difficult next year (Saints? Pies? Lions even?) and at least one finalist who slumps (Swans? Eagles?). It’s easier at this point to analyse based on commerciality, timeslots, prime time and things like six-day breaks. And on those metrics we’ve been handed a pretty average draw IMO. I reckon that hurts us too. I don’t know if there is any correlation at all but I reckon home games earlier in the year help build membership momentum (more people seeing our branding, advertising, messages at the ground and more opportunities to sell memberships).
  6. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    It’s the usual “MFC fixture”. Generaly provides good opportunities on field but horrendous off field. Only one Friday night game and it’s away. No Saturday night games (home or away) in Melbourne. 6 Sunday 3.20pm games (rubbish timeslot that the big clubs routinely get to avoid). I generally agree. However, it’s harder to accept when Carlton, who won 6 games for the year with a percentage of 78% playing some pretty boring football and finishing 16th, gets four Friday night games. And when St Kilda, who finished two spots below us on the ladder with one fewer win and 10% less, and whose average home crowd was 3,500 less than us (despite us having the two NT home crowds dragging our figure down) and whose average overall attendance was 4,000 less than us (despite them having four Friday night games compared to our one) get three Friday night games plus Good Friday. I believe in clubs earning their fixtures but I’m not convinced that, if we’d made the finals, we’d have received a better fixture. Interesting analysis of the comparative rest breaks leading into games - do you know if this is better/worse than 2017? I’m not sure the 3 road trips in the first 13 games thing is good. It means 5 of our last 10 games are interstate or in Geelong. When coupled with the fact that, based on 2017, our back half of the year features harder teams, that again puts us under enormous pressure to bank early season wins.
  7. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    So it seems so far we know we have Geelong at the G in Round 1, Brisbane away in Round 2, Richmond at home in Round 5, Essendon at Etihad in Round 6, GC in Brisbane in Round 8, Adelaide in Alice Springs in Round 10, Collingwood on QB in Round 12, and Freo at Darwin in Round 16. I think we'll have a bye in Round 11 like this year between Alice Springs and QB). A bit more travel in the first half of the year so far it seems. We've got Geelong and Richmond at home in the opening 5 weeks which is great commercially. Will be interesting to see whether we get any Friday nights and, if so, when and against whom. I can't see us getting any more than 1.
  8. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    According to the HUN our game after Anzac Eve is an Away game against Essendon at Etihad. A near-certainty that it's their home game again. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/more-news/afl-fixture-2018-afl-has-solution-to-short-week-for-four-anzac-match-teams/news-story/69944909fb9d72aff6336d4114613db2

    Nothing dangerous about using 66 on a player like Balic. If it's another Riley/Michie/Newton/Kennedy trade, then so be it. At least we haven't given up trying. But we've bought low given his personal issues so if he does turn out to display what it seems he was promising pre-draft, then this could end up being a good get for 66. I look forward to watching him over the summer and to see how/where he fits into the 22, if at all.
  10. How about Tippett for Watts as a straight swap?

    Even if Tippett was a FA and wanted to come here, I'd still say no. If Watts wants out and picks Sydney, there are plenty of other options I'd be looking at.

    Neither OMac nor Frost showed enough this year for any of us to be 100% convinced. I'm much more positive about OMac than, say, STMJ, but I still accept that he isn't anything certain. Bringing Lever in will likely make his job much, much easier. It also allows us to do one, and maybe both, of two things: play TMac forward (his best football in 2017 was, in my view undoubtedly, as a forward); and release Hibberd, who spent too much time this year being forced to play as the third tall. Until a quality midfielder becomes available, this is a nothing argument. There isn't currently a midfielder available who promises what Lever promises. Besides which, I think if we bring Lever in and can release Hibberd further up the ground that will assist with part of our current midfield problem. That said, I don't believe Lever is worth two first round draft picks. I think Adelaide is posturing, and fair enough too, but if that becomes the true asking price I wouldn't pay it.
  12. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    To those who think Richmond has the 2018 flag sewn up already, how short are your memories? The Dogs were young and exciting and did things no one knew how to counter and then failed to even make this year's finals. And to those who can't see how we can climb the ladder next year, just look at Richmond's rise from 13th to premiers. Yes, Martin went to another level but the biggest difference between them this year and last is that their bottom 6 are markedly better. Players like Astbury and Vlastuin took their game from below-average to well above it. They played like a 22, rather than a team with 6 stars and a bunch of others. One common link between the Dogs last year and Richmond this year, though, is workrate. Both sides were based on consistent running (the Dogs with their run and carry, Richmond with their pressure). Let's hope our players were watching. The easiest thing for us to fix, before anything else, is our mentality towards competing for every minute of every quarter.

    I feel like this thread has reached the point where people don't want Lever because STMJ wants him.
  14. Steven Motlop

    Whilst we need more class, speed and players with x-factor, we don't need more laziness and inconsistency. Unfortunately, Motlop brings all of this. If we could be confident that the laziness and inconsistency will disappear, or at least get markedly better, I'd be interested.

    Watching him closely tonight. Playing really, really well so far. Exciting.