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  1. Ben E


    One for the believers. Fantastic post-match interview with Nathan Jones here: http://m.melbournefc.com.au/video/2018-08-19/rd-22-nathan-jones-postmatch Talks about dealing with what must have been a crippling weight of expectations over a 12 year period, and how he has grown as a leader, learning more about himself and footy over the last 2 years than ever before. Dees’ fans, time to cast aside the veil of negativity for good, and start believing.
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    Roosy on Dees vs Swans

    The funny thing is (and the line that will be trotted out), if we beat the Swannies this week, we still wouldn’t have beaten a team in the top 8 - as they will have dropped out!
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    GAMEDAY - Round 20

    No mercy, no injuries, please Dees!
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    Harley Balic Retires

    Mental strength has nothing to do with it if your heart’s not in it. Anyway, one could just as easily argue that he’s shown a great deal of mental strength in fronting up publicly and pulling the pin on his AFL career before season’s end - especially knowing full well that such a move would open himself up to the kind of ill-informed, mean-spirited commentary and ridicule that has come his way, yours included.
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    If we do make the finals (hallelujah!), we will be as well-prepared as we could be, with the quality of opposition and high stakes involved on the run home. And the players did learn some things from last week, including slowing the game down, going the boundary, creating stoppages, getting extra men behind the ball etc in the last Q. This was all very different to the frenetic, play-on at all cost mentality of last week (yes, rain played a part in this, too). That was the Crows’ last yelp for the season, and we quelled it. Effectively ended their season. As the players and coach said more or less afterwards, this was a result to feed and engender belief, not doubt.
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    Indeed we did. And so did Adelaide, which makes the win even more meritorious.
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    Agree with this. Undermanned (Viney, Lever, Hibberd), coming off last week’s gut-wrenching loss, against a desperate side in form at home and close to full strength (although Seedsman injury helped), 20 points down in first half, clawing our way back, having the balls to pull the trigger in the 3rd and then stack the defence in the last - in the wet - Sydney-style and guts out a win! A great test of the character and mental strength of this group of players, who are maturing before our eyes. Well done, Demons.
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    Just got home from Geelong. Took us 40 mins to get out of the god damn car park. Excruciating. Game reminded me of ‘87 pre-lim, but this time it wasn’t me bawling my eyes out, it was my daughter. Just horrible. Put this game together with Round 1, the Port and Saints games, and that’s the season - missed [censored] opportunities.
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    GAMEDAY - Round 16

    Made the trip again. No Jayden torp heroics yet - thought Clarry might try one before. Getting very dewy. Can we please kick straight?!!
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    Wines Unsure of Contract

    Agree with the idea that our club has bent our minds over the years! But . . . Disagree with your rhetoric in this thread around MFC being an unambitious ‘old girl conservative’ club with ‘transient’ ‘sometimes’ members. Heard that stuff for decades, mostly from non-Melb supporters, and it’s frankly tiresome - and untrue. I know this has been posted on Demonland before, but on the subject of supporter loyalty and engagement, have a look at recent Roy Morgan research (links below). Among proportions of fans who go to games, Demons fans (~50%) are more likely than any other teams’ fans to go to a match (Melb v Haw game this year was a good case in point). And the conversion rate of our supporters to members is the second highest (behind the Bulldogs) in the AFL: http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7184-which-afl-teams-have-most-engaged-supporters-201703221004 http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7345-roy-morgan-afl-supporter-ladder-2017-201709210118 As to the notion of the club being old girl conservative (whatever that means), let’s not forget: • 1980s: appointment of Barassi as coach and the 5-year plan, which was pretty radical at the time, as was the Irish (and North American) recruiting experiment • 1990s: Alternative Demons ticket in response to failed merger and, of course, Diamond Joe • 2000s: taking the game to the Northern Territory, Jimmy’s debt demolition, appointment of Roos, pioneering women’s AFL, recruitment of Lever, abandoning poker machines So, yes, while we haven’t enjoyed the ultimate success since 1964, it’s not as though the club has been sitting on its hands and not making some bold moves since then, particularly in the last 5 years.
  11. I was there, standing amongst a sea of red and black with one of my brothers, shouting DB deliriously!! Had 19 on my back soon after (replacing 17). What a win!
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    Post Match Discussion - Round 10

    No doubt, but a good retort is that we had players missing too: Jayden, Pedo, Jeffy, Dom, Billy, Bugg, Frosty etc! What’s the saying, ‘you’re only as good as your last [5] games’?!! Very pleasurable. Playing like a real team - for each other.
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    Post Match Discussion - Round 9

    Milkshake, T-Mac and Max all well ahead of him in my book. By the way, I’m not a betting man but I did have a small wager on Oliver getting more possessions than Cripps - lost out on that one by 5. The difference? 5 soft free kicks.
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    Lever Ready To Take on the Crows

    Cripps is no mug in the air. And they’re the same height (195cm). But, yes, next Sunday we’ll know a bit more about him and the team. Looking forward to it!
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    Post Match Discussion - Round 2

    Merely countering your similarly hyperbolic point about every team thinking they can beat us with pressure, and that we fold. If that were the case, we wouldn’t come back from any deficit, respond to any adversity or win any games of footy.