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Rodney (Balls) Grinter

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  1. Rodney (Balls) Grinter

    There is a role for Bugg

    Yeah, no don't think so. Bugg won our 3km time trial this year (be it in the absence of T Mac) and I'm thinking he is now at the point of having a mature body. Personally I agree with the assertion that he is worth using as a tagger. Harmes can do and did do the role well, but I think he offers more offensively than Bugg out of the guts. If I recall correctly, we used Viney as a tagger on Stevens in the first half against the Saints - now there is a waste. I'm not prepared to write off Bugg at this point. His kicking is a confidence thing and he has often played at times the teams confidence has been down. With the realitive lack of injuries we have had this year our midfeild depth hasn't really been called upon and at the moment that's kept Bugg out. I agree that he is certainly on the outer and close to out at this point though and no unless something changes dramatically, it certainly wouldn't suprise me to see him traded or delisted at season's end. But I'm also all for us trying to get the most out of every player on our list and think a taggers role for him could be just what our side needs, someone to get under the skin of the opersition and/or get into the taggers that will come after Oliver, Brayshaw and Co.
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    Casey Demons v Footscray VFL - Round 15

    Love the passion and emotion in these posts Drunkn. Move over Bruce and make way for Drunkn.
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    Monday Night Blockbuster R23: Melb v GWS?

    I hate waiting all weekend too, but I'd rather not have a 6 day break after traveling to Perth the week before, so on that basis, Sunday or Monday night would work better in this respects.
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    Just in case anyone needed any further affirmation of the shallow duplicitous nature of some media comentators. Go back two weeks and the MFC was being slandered and seriously questioned by many (Mark Maclure recons we won't make finals). After a couple of reasonable performances against teams in the bottom half of the ladder and David King produces this gem: " David King told Fox Footy that they have the ability to win the flag. “They can go all the way. There’s no doubting that. This midfield is simply awesome.” King said." https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/live-afl-round-17-melbourne-v-western-bulldogs/news-story/ I'm probably more bullish about our prospects than many on this forum, but I wouldn't be making big statements like this until we have beaten a few more teams around/above us like Geelong, Sydney and West Coast. Not that I have ever thought that much of Kingy, but the way some of these comentators like him flip flop and change their opinions on teams on an almost weekly basis leaves them with near zero credibility. What appears to give Kingy some credibility is the game analysis he provides, but I really do wonder how much of that is him just presenting the work of other back room analysts.
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    Losing Jack Viney

    Given the way Max was putting it down our on ballers throats yesterday, I'm not sure we will really miss Viney's contested work. Just pray we don't loose Max. I think he has been the difference the past two weeks and probably for most of the year. Sure we have Pedo who I have confidence would step up and perform well, but he ain't no peek condition Max.
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    Monday Night Blockbuster R23: Melb v GWS?

    ...but above all, let's just take it one week at a time. The MFC has a huge month of footy ahead. Just about every game is for 8 points, starting with the game next week against Geelong.
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    Monday Night Blockbuster R23: Melb v GWS?

    That would absolutely be my preference. May actually be a desirable option for the AFL, TV ratings etc, but depending the way other results fall, between now and then and over the weekend, it could also be a dead rubber. I think a Sunday game is the most realistic and I'd be ropable wit the AFL if we in the top 8 mix and they give us anything earlier than a Sunday game...not that the AFL gives a [censored] about the MFC anyway.
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    I love you Max. I want to have your babies.
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    Last chance for Kennedy-Harris?

    Would be really happy for JKH and the MFC if he can step up and cement himself as an AFL player. As others have hinted at above his introduction to AFL with our team of 4-5 years ago can not have been easy, particularly for a forward. He is a slightly different sort of player, but Spargo has certainly had a much easier introduction to AFL than JKH. My recollection of that first season was that JKH he showed real promise as a player that had a bit of X factor, good skills and poise delivering the ball. It's been variously stated by Roos that before his time younger players were both gifted games too easily and thrown in the deep end and that realistically these players should have been given more time to develop in the VFL. That all said, I'm not sure thay the MFC has been able to deliver on many of those long term development players in the VFL either, which has been very frustrating as a supporter. I've heard many on this forum write off the likes of Billy Stretch and JKH on the basis of a lacking of fundemental football attributes like leg speed and/or ball skills. At the same time many are also critical of players who lack mental strength and/or good character that drives successfully team culture. From all I have heard talked about both JKH and Stretch is that their character and training ethic are first class. Thus I think it's really important for the MFC that players such as these guys succeed and become a valued and embedded part of the team moving forward. Probably the best example of where it has come off for us would be players like Nev Jetta and ANB.
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    Match Preview and Team Selection - Round 17

    Not only a good bloke (so totally down to earth, has never been the type to have tickets on himself like some in the AFL), but is also a champion of the game. In my own assesment, I liken him to date as similar in many regards to Anthony Ingerson, though Tommy is more athletic and perhaps by the end of his career a comparison to Neitz may be more appropriate.
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    Match Preview and Team Selection - Round 17

    Sorry, but we'e those not the same things said about Nev in his early/pre Roos days. Not sure Jay wants to be delisted at the end of the season.
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    Just looked at the fixture for tonight's game. Wow - can't wait. I normally watch at least a quarter or two between other viewing, but not sure that tonight's game warrents as much as a 5min flick for a curious score check. It just ducks that Carlscum would have been able to milk additional sponsorship $ out of Friday night exposure. Let's hope that changes next year.
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    Jack Viney the Forgotten Man

    The best 25 AFL players under 25: Carlton’s Patrick Cripps ahead of GWS jet Josh Kelly https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/the-best-25-afl-players-under-25-carltons-patrick-cripps-ahead-of-gws-jet-josh-kelly/news-story/93d9f6ae59654be8ff8e645ab1a586c0 ...and Jack Viney doesn't even get a mention. Criteria was " They have to be under 25 right now" and " it is based on what they have produced this year and in recent seasons, not what they might produce in the future." How Jack Viney doesn't make this list I can only think is an oversight. My view is that he sits quite comfortably top five, if not top three. Whilst Jack hasn't yet again reached his pulsating best again in 2018, I've actually been impressed with the level of output and impact he has made in his handful of games to date off the back of an interrupted, injury plagued preseason. Think he is building nicely and full expect him explode in comming weeks. ...come on Jack - tear the Pies a new one!
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    Lewis on AFL360

    Sheesh what a load of jibberish. I swear it made perfectly good nonsense before auto uncorrected had it's way with it.
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    Lewis on AFL360

    I pretty much have to be honest Dr. It's not that I've lost faith in the team, but more just that I give so much more credence to what happens on the park than any of this talk as you put it. When we were flying, I thought it was overhyped (though it was still nice to hear goof things about our team for a while) and now that we've lost a few on the trot, my veiw is that the doom and gloom is also way over the top. Still alot of season left to see if the team can really progress from last season. For the most of the first half, I thought we did generally progress with our ability to put away all the he poor the heads we should beat and also to really smash teams once we got on top. The challenge and area that I'd like to see improvement in the second half of the season is the season is to win enough games to position ourselves for finals, but also build form as theheeamshatheohe rest of the season plays out, not tire and drop our bundle like we did last year.
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    Changes v Fremantle

    Personally I'd to see Bernie bought in for Trac and for him to be played as a forward. Bernie is both such a smart footballer with good foward instincts and always gives 110%, that I think he could be a bit of a forward line general and help straighten out some of our issues down there. Also a good way to break up the congestion in our forward line when he can kick them from 50m - 55m out. We've liked the idea of having experience in our backline with both Lewis and Bernie down there, but I think the forward line could do with the same principle. Bring back Jeffy in place of Hannan to balance up the pace side of things. Definitely like Frost for Petty and would consider Pedo for Weid. Not the Tyson hater like some here, but I could also stomach dropping him for Stretch. I'm still not convinced by Joel Smith down back, but he would be one I'd keep preserving with as I think he has shown glimpses of being a really good footballer and with more support around him could really flourish. So much critisim has been leveled at O Mac, but I think it is pretty hard on him when he has been either the only genuine tall or the only 'experienced' one down there since Lever got injured. Hibberd's form has also been down I feel and for much the same reason, yet he doesn't cop anywhere near the same level of criticism. I think our present coaching team has developed something of a bad habit of totally crueling players - thinking of Dunn, Frost, Pedersen, Jeffy and to some degree guys like Stretch and JKH. Sure we want guys to follow coaches orders, play to the team plan and select the players that best fit that plan, but sometimes I really think that can go too far and the coaches need to be a bit more flexible, to fit in more of the natural game of guys like Jeffy within that plan and reconise that perhaps someone like a Frost may always have those 1 or 2 absolute clangers per game, but is probably still better than a first gamer. From what I recall watching of him, Frost's defensive acts can be first class due to his elite closing speed (some of his diving spoils remind me of Sean Wight at times). In this context, I find it odd and somewhat hypocritical that Trac seems to be something of a protected species. Without counting up all the changes beng here, I'm not sure that I'd make them all in one week, but would definitely bring in Bernie, Frost and Jeffy for those mentioned. I don't think it's panic stations just yet. Narrow loss to Port on their home deck and St Kilda are a better side than their results have shown for most of the year. But I really want to see us get back on the winners list and building some better form capable of winning upcoming games against Sydney, GWS and West Coast. Also really need our players to flick a switch somewhere against the top sides and start grabbing those games by the scruff of the neck. Thinking primarily of Viney, Jones, Oliver, Hibbard and Jessy (a few others like Gawn and T Mac do it just about every week as it is).
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    Our workrate

    16th yes, 16th I get the point. We are also 1st in the competition for scoring . I say that again 1st and have the 2nd best percentage in the competition, so I think some of it comes down to game style and a deliberate decision that we will allow more scoring against us than some teams, to enable a more attacking game style. Clearly it's all about ballance and the stat I really care about is the wins Vs losses columns, which admittedly has taken a bit of a pounding over the past few weeks. To suggest that we are no good one on one is flawed thinking though when more than ever, it's a team game. I actually think the area of our game which has lost us the past two games particularly is the inability to make the most of our scoring opportunities, but that's a whole other discussion. We are not that far off the pace at the moment, but we do need to get back onto the winners list and start racking up the four points. Yes tightening up and few things defensively will help that, but it's no where near and dire as is being made out to be there case by some at the moment.
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    Our workrate

    You don't rate Jetta or Hibbard? Say what you will about his lack of pace, but Lewis is pretty decient one on one as well. Salem is hard as nails an always brings tackle pressure. Oscar had a brilliant start to the season, but has obviously gone to [censored].
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    Umpire Report

    Why not pay in the back when that's what it is? Balling it up just causes more stagnant play. If a player wants to tackle a player in that situation, they should stay on their feet and lift the player so the actually have a chance to get it out, or the other alternatives are that they let the ball get handballed out or let the player stand up again giving them an actual opertunity to dispose of it. I didn't think Port deserved to win the game last week either, yet they did (more poor umpiring a contribution there), if we are to become a good team and finish top 4, then we need to win more of these games we don't really deserve to and rack up the 4 points. Not many teams bring their A game every week, but the best ones find a way to win regardless. We should have done that round 1 against Geelong and probably against Port and the Saints too.
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    Lynden Dunn

    I liked Dunn, thought he was pretty hard done by in his last year for us. For his sake, I hope it's not an ACL. But looking back is a pointless hypothetical, if he has done his ACL, then we probably did offload him at the right time. I'm more interested in them giving Frost a go now as I think he is the answer to some of our issues down back with his height and pace. Smith does a few good gutsy and hard things, but overall, I haven't been overly impressed with his performances to date (though everyones performance look worse in a loosing side). Oscar's form was excellent earlier in the season, but has probably slumped in recient weeks and I don't think is helped by him being about the only genuine tall down there. When we let go Dunn, we were also still using T Mac as our number 1 key defender.
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    Umpire Report

    Sorry, you lost me a bit there Wil, but talking about holding the ball, I get so anoyed with some of the ones that get paid when players are on the ground trying to pick up the ball and distribute it out. Fair enough to pay holding the ball for someone dragging it in and making no attempt to get rid of it, but when someone goes to pick it up, ends up on the bottom of the pack and then getting ridden like a bull on their back like the Lewis one yesterday, then I think it should be paid in the back.
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    Umpire Report

    Not that it was the issue with this decision, but one of my chief beefs these days is when a free kick is called and 99% of play stops, ball carrier keeps running (but only really in a half hearted way, expecting the free kick to be called back) and then the ump decides to call play on advantage, with the player 20m further down the feild and in miles more space than would normally be the case. ALWAYS happens more against us than for us!
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    Essendon VFL v Casey Demons - VFL Round 13

    Great photo KC. How's Kent gone in his first game back?
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    Post Match Discussion - Round 14

    Gutless comentators won't acknowledge or even discuss the roll that a number of shocking free kicks effectively cost us the game tonight: Non mark to Wingard; Crazy Melksham free kick against; Mark to us that was twice the mark of Wingards in the last; They would have got multiple goals from frees, I don't remember one to us. We didn't play our best game tonight, but in the circumstances, I thought we fought hard: O Mac against half a dozen other talls; Jetta - say no more; Tommy gets absolutely polaxed (Port would have go a free for that); Viney; Melk (was absolutely molested after half/ 3/4 time and got got complety shafted) Harms, Jones, Freitch, Hannan, Lewis Ugly game, we battled hard, so pissssed not to have come away with a win tonight.
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    Post Match Discussion - Round 14

    Slaughtered by the umpires. How many goals did port get from frees? We got absolutely molested in forward 50 and got sweet F all. Still can't believe the free paid against Melk.