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  1. Must be a different Hogan to the rising star winner and a player who has dominated a number of games that I’ve seen. Usually has to get the ball for himself rather than via clean passes from upfield! Fit and ready to fire, he will have a big year in tandem with TMac.
  2. Tilbrook and Lever

    If Lever is getting $750k it’s probably $200k over the odds. But that’s what you have to do unless you have a huge geographic advantage like Geelong with a Dangerfield going back to Moggs Creek or Ablett heading home, Gibbs going back to Adelaide. The Melbourne based teams are always facing multiple teams to pick up a player, even with a come home factor, interstate clubs likely only one, Geelong have a few points of difference that really give them a significant benefit for recruitment. Lever makes our team better, it’s a worthwhile deal. TMac into forward line will be exciting to watch. Adelaide we’re very dirty to lose him. Anyway time will tell on Lever.
  3. Tom McDonald Ready to Re-sign

    Your hard to please Hot as Hell. How about we sign Tom, then independently sign Oscar for free!
  4. Tom McDonald Ready to Re-sign

    Obvious two for one deal. Sign Tom and Oscar comes free!
  5. Preseason Training Week commencing - 05/02/18

    The other positive this preseason is guys like: Petracca, Brayshaw, Salem, Hogan have all had a full preseason compared to previous years. Viney is struggling but seems like his preseason isn’t much different to his last two, when he still managed to play well. l look at our playing group and we have more talent than in the last 50 years, yes I’ve been watching the Dees for that long! No holidays for me this September! Will be watching the Dees play finals.
  6. Anyone else feeling sick in the guts

    Just try to pick our best 22 and you can see our depth is much better and we have a lot of players who will hopefully be headed for breakout years. It looms as an exciting year. Petracca Salem Brayshaw Hogan Max All seemingly had good preseasons, am feeling optimistic about 2018!
  7. Preseason Training Week commencing - 05/02/18

    Could OMac become our LRT at CHB and Frost become the 2018 Demon version of Sean Wight, sprinting out from FB, with either Lewis or Lever shouting at them what to do with the ball when they get it!
  8. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    That is a very balanced response, are you sure your on the right site!
  9. Maroochydore training camp

    After all the great vision, time to pick AFLX team and round 1 team. AFLX - who cares, anyone not in top 25 Round One Jetta. O Mac. Lever Hibberd Frost. Lewis Salem. Oliver Hunt Melksham. Hogan. Petracca Garlett. T Mac ANB Max. Jones. Viney Tyson. Brayshaw. Hannan J Smith Almost: Stretch Pedo. Maynard. Vince
  10. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    I’m happy to be a one eyed Dees supporter and fully understand AFL’s remit to maximise revenue, but disagree with small clubs get fairly compensated. As a potential sponsor who would you take this year Carlton with 6 Friday night games, no Geelong trip or Melb with Anzac Eve & Easter Monday? But of course, Friday night games are given on performance, cough cough! The draft and salary cap combined, provide a way to get access to best young players and stop top clubs paying over the odds every time. Salary cap gets rorted with outside 3rd party deals, but it would be much worse without it, just think Man City - EPL, Barcelona, PSG, & Bayern to see what happens with no draft or cap. Who has the money to pump into FDs, the wealthiest clubs. Which area of the AFL do you work in?
  11. Anyone else feeling sick in the guts

    Tigers and Dogs winning the flag is great for the AFL, means anyone who has few injuries, good draw, bit of luck and can put together a very good last 6-8 weeks is in with a chance for the flag. Demons best players still seem better suited to 2019/2020 for a tilt at the flag, but finish top 4 this year and you never know! 2018 shapes up as an exciting year, just a little luck and we are finals bound, and our best will get us in the top 4, go Dees!
  12. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    Well said. If you just look at Carlton getting 6 Friday night games this year, it is a major revenue raiser, assists with finding a sponsor and many other benefits. Am looking forward to seeing the Blues pumped in the majority of their Friday night games. AFL provide a fixture to maximise their revenue, TV deal etc and attendances, the smaller clubs suffer, Melbourne and a few other smaller clubs should get compensated by the AFL every year for this imbalance. We get screwed royally every year. The salary cap and the draft are the two key items that level the playing field for the 18 teams, the fixture doesn’t!
  13. Current TAB odds Demons season 2018.

    The Bulldogs did pay Boyd big bucks, but was part of their salary cap, so they can’t spend more than the max cap. Unless your allowed a special marketing allowance like GC & GWS. But the Dogs don’t have anywhere near the money of the following: Crows Eagles Freo Pies Bombers Tigers Hawks And probably a few more! more money means better facilities, not selling home games, more money for FD, medical etc. But at least the salary cap gives most teams a chance! Nothing like the soccer leagues in Europe, where no salary caps, make it totally unfair!
  14. Current TAB odds Demons season 2018.

    The Dogs won in 2016 without being flush with cash!
  15. While stats can be helpful, as previously mentioned the interpretation can become very subjective and depends on the boundaries. While I really enjoy AFL and have an interest in most teams, there is really only one team, the Demons! Demonland generally gives a pretty good guide to who is our best 22 and who is playing well, other than the odd bias towards/against a particular player, which is often funny to read! But for now, screw the stats, I can’t wait to see: Hogan Petracca Brayshaw Salem Gawn Hibberd after full preseasons. With a reasonable draw and fingers crossed a good run with injuries, it looms as a terrific year!
  16. Tom McDonald on Sportsday Radio (6/12)

    A few simple rules for the backline to follow: - 2 up 1 down for marking contests - boundary throwins one person stay goal side to stop the easy roved goal - Salem to kick in, never a MacD or Frost for starters
  17. Finals 2018? Mick McGuane thinks so.

    We need three things a reasonable draw - tick and average year for injuries- who knows, Demons have a massive upside and with a little luck/mental strength, we could be top 4 & then it’s a roll of the dice. 2018 roll on!
  18. Reading about the Tigers focus on mindfulness on the weekend, will the Demons take this on, as poor starts and switching off during games, seemed to be our greatest issues this year.
  19. We’ve come from a hopeless list when Roos took over, to one that coughed up a finals spot 4 years later, even after a shocking run with injuries and ordinary draw. Next year our draw is okay and if we have some good luck with injuries, if we miss a finals birth, there will be no excuse. Our team is getting older and in the right age bracket. Yes, Richmond has 6 players 22 and under and another 5 players who haven’t played over 50ish games. But everything else went right in their season, virtually no injuries, very good year and peaked in September. Take Martin out of Richmond and they wouldn’t have even played finals last year!
  20. Lewis to train with the Backline

    I want Salem to be the go to guy for kick outs!
  21. Richmond key players Martin, Rance, Riewoldt & Cotchin all sit in over 26yo bracket plus, over 100 games, and hardly missed a game for the season! That’s why they won the flag!
  22. Rd 1 Team with Lever

    Team looks very good, couple of minor tweaks: Harmes in FP, (Hannan to bench) & ANB in for Vince & Pedersen. I would swap Hogan with TMac.
  23. List Analysis Potential v Reality

    See where we stand at the end of 2018. Another pre season and 20 more games into Oliver, Hogan, Petracca and Lever, plus injury free seasons for Max and Jack, the Demons will have their fair share of A graders!
  24. Mindfulness and the mental game

    My initial post was could mindfulness help our consistency within games and from week to week. As it seemed from the article to have made a significant difference to the Tiggers! Maybe, maybe not but well worth investigating. If we could consistently repeat mid 2nd quarter - end match performance vs Crows away, finals here come! I would also be interested in threads on: 1. How do we improve our backline 2. How do we improve our forward line 3. Suggestions on changing our gameplan There are a lot of supporters on Demonland who seem very astute observers of the game, and get to see the Demons play every game and train. As someone who gets to about 5 games a year and maybe sees another 5 on TV, Demonland contributors help round out my understanding of our team.
  25. Assistant Coaches 2018

    Was Jade Rawling the backline coach last year? Another thread said he was highly regarded. If he was so good I don’t understand why our backline had four fundamental issues: 1. Goalsquare often left vacant and easy goals would just go through. 2. Three or more defenders would jump up to spoil, leaving a free opposition forward to shark the spoil and goal. 3. At boundary thrown ins in the backline, there would often be a clear path to goal without a defender goal side of the ruckman ready to block a direct path to goal. 4. Kick outs. We should have two or three max designated kick out players, Salem, maybe Lewis and not sure who the third might be?