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    Changes v Richmond

    So, I think the backs are still trying to adjust to the departure of TMcD and the arrival of Lever and just haven't been able to work out how to do it successfully as yet. The coach really needs to pull his finger out and work out a strategy ahead of the game and have the know-how and guts to change tactics if the strategy isn't working during the game. Decent players like Jetta and Hibberd do not become clueless or slow for no reason. The defense structure has changed with the arrival and departure. Need to keep trying to sort it out. Ins: Pedo - can play ruck, forward or back as required. Hunt - is quick and brave and can break lines Stretch - fit and skilfull. Can't work out why he hasn't been picked this season. Tyson - on balance is probably ahead of fellow mids in the 'Outs'. Anyone know what his 'illness' was. Would be nice if he and Kent found their right legs. They might become very good footballers. Outs: Any four from the following - Bugg (unreliable kick, slow), Harmes (poor recent contributions), Melksham (see Harmes), Vince (slow), Lewis (see Harmes), Fritsch (uneven contribution) and Wagner or Frost. I had some doubts about the wisdom of selecting Kent last week but again, on balance, he's done enough to keep his spot.
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    Is Goodwin the right guy....

    This, I think, is not quite right. I agree with you as a fellow child of the fifties, that natural-born leaders are a rarity. On the other hand, I have absolutely no doubt that great leadership (whether on or off the field) can make the difference between a good team and a great team. I have worked with (and for) a few. Leadership is a skill that can also be taught either formally or by mentoring and we don't seem to have been able to do it. Great players don't necessarily make great leaders but it helps to be able to set an example. I have written here before about our lack of leadership and I thought that last week, Nate Jones was exactly the sort of leader we needed in the crucial last quarter. He displayed the brain, the skill level andd commitment to work out what was needed and do it on three occasions and helped us to seal the game. I think we would have been better served on Sunday by having someone like Bugg or Vince look after Mitchell and allowed Jones to be the captain. I don't think it makes sense to call for Goodwin's sacking at this point (not that anyone listens!) but he needs to start facing reality that on-field performance is a always a coaching issue unless you have inherited a bunch of incompetents.....and our playing group is certainly not that. Will be really interested to see how we respond at the selection table and at the game.
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    Match preview and team selection - Round 3

    I am also confused as to why Kent has been picked over Brayshaw. He might be the most 'one-sided' kicker in the squad. If he hasn't spent the last two years learning how to kick with his right foot, we might as well keep him on the bench all day or use him to relieve Max in the ruck! Defenders might have learnt that all that needs to be done with Kent is to make him use his right foot and the ball is almost bound to be turned over. Brayshaw has at least demonstrated on multiple occasions that he is comfortable kicking off of either foot and can play in the mids or back and can also kick a goal.
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    Post Match Discussion - Round 2

    I think you're right but I guess it was only to be expected with the different level of experience that each of them has. I would have expected than Macca would be having some more influence....or maybe he's part of the problem?? Anyway, two years ago we would have lost this game and the fact that we didn't is a testament to the contribution of Garlett, Hogan, Clarrie, Petracca & Jones. The inability of the on-field leadership to come up with a plan to stop (or even slow down) the opposition when they've got a run on seems to have been a constant companion over the last decade or so. This is surely a coaching/recruiting issue. We are either not training our leaders properly or we're not recruiting good enough leaders yet. The sad fact (to me) is that we continue to allow opposition coaches to tell their players "Don't worry, the game isn't lost yet. Keep the pressure on and we'll get 6/7/8 goals back because they don't know how to defend a lead". This has got to stop if we are to be genuine premiership challengers. Regardless, a win is a great relief as we can now move on to the next season-defining game!
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    We might be in trouble this season.

    I think there might be some confusion over the term 'matchwinner'. To me, a match winner is a player who, when the game is in the balance, can pull something out of the bag and force a win. Again, to me, there are not that many instances last season that come to my mind when someone has risen to the occasion and done something that has decided the result in our favour. Last year, Tommy Mac in Perth and JW a couple of times. I'm sure others will come in with other examples that escape me. That might just be a failing memory....or not. I agree with OD that we still lack the resources needed to win a GF. Objectively reviewing the performance of the coaching team and the players is not disloyalty, it's part (maybe one of the best parts) of footy. Those people find it worthy to unconditionally support the current approach regardless of the evidence are also part of the culture and I encourage them to continue doing so. I might not agree with Saty's and others' approach or commentary but their commitment to the Club is phenomenal. Others of us will continue to see things and comment differently.
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    We might be in trouble this season.

    I agree re Viney and all the other one-foot players that we have - grunt but lacking a bit of finesse and vision. Apart from Jones, Vince and Brayshaw, I don't think our dual foot skill levels are good enough...and that's surely a coaching and recruiting issue. I also think that we don't yet have on-field leaders with the required skills of the like of Dangerfield, Selwood and Ablett...all from just one team!!! Having said that, at least we are now pretty competitive and grunt is good. Grunt plus sublime skill is better.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    Without wanting to labour the point, how nice would it have been to have had a player who can kick a goal from a set shot at the end of a game or one who could find a team mate's chest with a pass rather than trying to bounce one on his head all day?
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    Goodwin says Viney & TMac out for 6-8 Weeks

    Is anyone else concerned that misleading medical reports might create opportunities for corruption with those in the know being able to provide accurate information to bookies or gamblers to give them an advantage while the rest of us have to accept what the club tells us? Like most forms of gambling (including the stock market), winning often relies on accessing inside info and surely this is exactly what this is. I am surprised that the AFL hasn’t taken action. I am not sure why MFC medical advices are so often proved optimistic (?) but one of the best ways to disappoint supporters is to raise expectations and then fail to deliver. I really don’t understand why the more realistic updates are not released in a more timely fashion.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    I agree. My support will never change but that does not mean endorsing what I consider poor decisions by the Club (and there have certainly been a few over the 60 years I've been on board) or accepting the failure of the club to learn from their mistakes (again one or two). Presidents, players, coaches, quacks come and go. We don't. In the meantime, I can't wait to watch the game tomorrow but I'm nervous!
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    Re-writing reality? An interesting summation of his 'skill set'. I would have thought that he was better known for the accuracy of his set-shot goal-kicking with his preferred right foot and his ability to identify and find a target when under pressure. Given that we have quite a few players who are unable to kick reliably with their preferred foot and are lucky to actually make contact with the ball off of their unpreferred, it's surely not constructive to try and create a false narrative. This is as unhelpful as the 'Pedo is a spud' campaign and just casts doubt on your opinion. Our individual biases are evidenced here but there's little point in trying to spin the self-evident.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    And, for the last time, don’t call me Shirley.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    Thanks for that. At first, I thought you had posted it to warn me then I realised you were just answering my question! I will try to ensure my VLQ (Vitriol Level Quotient) is suitably low. Hopefully, others will also do their best. Again, thanks.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    What events, DD? ps Wiseblood. 15% would normally mean 15% each year. If he’d put a dollar figure on it e.g. $150k over 2 years, that would equate to $75k each year.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    A big call. As a couple of others have suggested, he was travelling pretty well for much of last season. Anyway, he's gone now and I hope that the FD will have a real good look at what happened and try to improve the way in which we deal with talented, intelligent players of his ilk. There is no single approach which works with all types of players and, in Watts' case, whatever they decided to do simply didn't work as well as we (and he, I suspect) would have hoped. There is a great need for players that have limited imagination, who can follow instructions and inspire by example. There is also a need for the type of player with an appropriate skill-set that can recognise an obscured opportunity and grasp it. These players are more difficult to counter because they are less predictable. An appropriate mix of both types would hopefully produce winning football. Occasionally, one player will be a mixture of both (e.g. Dangerfield, Ablett Jnr). It will be interesting to see who emerges to fill this apparent void.
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    The Jack Watts in 2018 Thread

    So, pleased to see Jack get off to a positive start and being well supported by his senior coach. How did we manage to get this one so wrong? Classic MFC! Hopefully, we can beat them in the GF.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    Saty, Can you not remember when you meticulously reported the training sessions every couple of days until you got sick of people questioning your commitment, motives, loyalties, etc until you basically stopped reporting? At the time I didn't blame you because I thought much of the commentary was puerile and simply dumb. It is a shame to see you become one of those taking cheap potshots at others who care sufficiently to post. Frankly, I preferred the old, less supercilious version. FWIW You will be judged by the company you keep. Find better role models e.g. Old Dee.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    I'm with you, I think. Not once have I seen or heard anyone from the Football Dept acknowledging their responsibility for this failure. Not one person in the FD has said that they were unable to find a way to trigger JW's undoubted potential. As far as they're concerned, the fault is all is the player's. As they say in the classics, 'Weak as [censored]'! We have yet to see the winning formula realised and they need to be aware that their performance should be analysed and responded to in exactly the same way that JW's has been. I hope my instincts are wrong but if they are not, I hope they will be hung out to dry and humiliated in the same way.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    And to you, Ernie 'well said'. One last 'last comment' from me on this sad & sorry saga; the focus now moves back to where it always belonged, the ability of the Football Department to maximise potential, devise a winning strategy and motivate a team to enact it.. Having 'fire-sold' a favourite, the bed has been made and they are about to lay in it. I hope that the pressure is keeping them awake at night looking for the winning formula.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    What you fail to acknowledge is that raw talent and intelligence is, of course, generally not enough unless it is supported by competent coaching. We are taliking about the possibility of realising potential and sadly, Jack has had more than a fair share of really poor coaches. I'm hoping but am not overly optimistic that Goodwin is not another one that a talented playing group has to tolerate. Once again, I thing Roos is the stand out exception to the coaching debacles. Elvis has now definitely left the building.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    This is not right. No one should be surprised by what they find out at an exit interview. Competent coaching would require continuous feedback about a player's performance and an 'exit interview' should merely be an opportunity to summarise the season past and agree on a strategy for the future. If there is any doubt, this meeting is the best opportunity to clarify any confusion, I would have thought.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    So much for my last post! For what it's worth, P.Attack, your disrespect for me and my opinion is only exceeded by your disrespect for the player and his efforts. If you don't 'wanna' (sic) make it sound like a potshot at me, don't make such an arrogant and personally directed statement. If you can't respect my opinion, so be it. Frankly, this board would be much better served with you off it. Satire is about the use of mockery and ridicule to criticise. That wasn't my intention and you needn't try and suggest it was. CP should ask you to stop bringing his name into disrepute.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    Perhaps my last contribution to this discussion. I have watched Jack Watts both during games and at training since he joined the club. I was at his debut when no-one flew the flag on his behalf when he got his first touch and right through to the end of 2016 when I moved O/S. I have seen him run selflessly week after week and watched him being ignored by his team mates. And wondered why the coaches didn't instruct others to honour leads. I have been amazed that his loyalty to the club hasn't wavered and wondered why, unlike another No.1 pick, he didn't tell the MFC to GAGF. I still believe that the club will be poorer IN EVERY REGARD if he goes. To me, it is a sad indictment of all (except Roos) his coaches both line and senior that they haven't been able to help him reach his potential. Macca may be great with the kids but he too has let JW down. If he does leave, I hope that he continues to disappoint but I know in my gut that he's a great player and will rise to the top with the right coaching. I have watched this team since 1957 and genuinely believe JW has the wherewithal to be one of the greats. Goodwin is simply wrong and everyone will suffer for his poor judgement.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    A shaving reference! New thread required.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    The fact that Jack has been in the media spotlight for so long and his perceived flaws so exposed for so long, that the indicated clubs have chosen to explore the possibilities surely says something about the man and the player. Hinkley and Scott (and maybe Bucks & Horse) are neither inexperienced or dumb. What are we? Maybe JW is rightly sick of unappreciative and unsupportive coaches at MFC. I hope not.
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    Farewell Jack Watts

    And why do those who keep on quoting his B&F finish not point out that the very Football Department that decided he needs to go are the same ones that vote in the B&F?? This same FD that ignored Cam Pederson regardless of his impressive performances until they were forced to select him because of injuries to others. This whole JW saga is disgusting and disappointing. The MFC has found yet another way to shoot itself in the foot. The President should be very certain that he's providing useful strategic advice that action being taken benefit the club. The fact that other clubs are lining up for someone who has demonstrated skill, loyalty, fortitude and good humour should be sending a message. Jack's behaviour should be rewarded not transferred.
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