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  1. Watson11

    Training - Wednesday 16th January, 2019

    You make good points re young mids but the dual eagles rucks helped them win a flag. In the last 2 finals they came up against the 2 dominant ruckman in the game and completely did them over. In the GF, both WC rucks were on the ground for over 20% of the time, and in that time Vardy kicked a crucial goal and had a hand in a couple of others. And if we think we can play Max for as many minutes in 2019 as he did in 2018 then he’ll be cooked by September again. We would have to use the rotations in a similar way to WC, and not just park Preuss forward. And it is a rotation that is super hard to match up on. Petracca rotating to the middle, Preuss to the ruck, Gawn forward creates an imbalance. One of our big issues in big games was lots of inside 50s resulting in no goals. Part of the issue was not lowering our eyes, but a bigger issue was not providing genuine marking contests with long bombs. When games unfold with lots of pressure and forward space is closed down, there will be lots of long balls and being able to isolate the third defender creates opportunity. I’m also hoping Wied becomes our tackling machine. He has the right attitude.
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    Vanders raring to go

    Yes his disposal can improve, but inside type players hardly ever end up with elite efficiency. Around 70% efficiency by hand and foot is ok and AVB is just below that. Oliver is slightly better than that. His disposal was better than nearly all of his teammates in that final.
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    Vanders raring to go

    Yes your mum knows nothing about footy. AVB was one of the few who stood up and handled the footy properly in the prelim.
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    Complacency is Dees Biggest Hurdle

    Those soft culture days are slowly being totally wiped out of MFC. The last 5 years, it seems everyone at the club is on the same page and building a hard culture both on and off the field. It pervades everything, all the way down to list management, drafting, and selection. In the past I doubt we would have traded former number 1 draft picks or dropped obvious walk up selections. It came together in the elimination final where you could see exactly the hard edged culture MFC has been trying to build. Any setbacks won’t be because of a soft culture.
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    Afl.com’s best midfield

    I agree. If you look at differentials they were 15th on CP and 18th in clearances. Even GC were better than them. A case could be made that Fremantle have a better midfield than Richmond. I’ll be really interested to see how Richmond go this year with 6-6-6. They relied on pressure and defensive intercepts last year. Rance looks like a superstar when he can play loose and intercept rushed kicks. Looks VFL B grade when he needs to be accountable one on one. If they are 18th again for clearance differential they won’t finish top 4.
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    Afl.com’s best midfield

    http://m.afl.com.au/news/2019-01-12/who-has-the-best-onballers-we-rank-every-club Understandable Collingwood ranked first. Happy for Richmond to be overated at 2nd! According to afl.com Richmond have the best defence, best forwards, and second best mids.
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    Tom Mitchell out for the season

    Nat Fyfe came back too early from his broken leg and broke it again 7 months later which effectively wrecked 2 seasons. Both times against Hawthorn. It sounds like Fyfes leg wasn’t as serious as Mitchell’s double break.
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    Demons 7th ranked forward line

    Agree. If you want to look to a premiership team with a forgettable forward line the eagles in 2006 were full of poor to average. But dominant mids and strong defence got them a flag.
  9. http://m.afl.com.au/news/2019-01-05/who-has-the-best-forwards-we-rank-every-club Not sure how they worked out our 2018 average scoring as follows 2299/22=94 (instead of 104.5).
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    What's up with Gus?

    I would have Harmes breakout season in front of the other 9. I suspect Joel Selwood, Rory Sloane, and Josh Kelly agree with me.
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    New major sponsor?

    Infinity should step up to be the BOJ sponsor? Roy Morgan produce research each year about car sponsorship of AFL, as the automakers get good ROI from it. Seems cheap for a car manufacturer to not be a major sponsor. If Infinity don’t want it then Pert has history signing sponsorships with car manufacturers.
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    Tim Smith v Cam Pedersen

    If Tmac/Weids are injured, the next key forward will be a role player and we’ll be looking for goals elsewhere. The role will be to provide a contest, bring the ball to ground, tackle, pressure, etc. Those stats are the stats Goody would be interested in, not the fact Pedersen averaged 2 goals a game at Casey. Smith averaged 6 tackles a game in his limited opportunities.
  13. Yes thats wrong. We were 79.5 points against including finals. Not sure how journos can be so clueless. There were 4 of them writing this article.
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    Operation Re-Sign 2019

    Where would Perty find all of those ex members. I suspect he would be doing the rounds of aged care facilities followed by cemetery’s for most of them 😧
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    8 Reasons to Get Excited

    For unknown reasons, players that do an ACL at less than 18 are a very high chance of redoing the same ACL (almost 40%). Maybe the fact they are still growing makes it weak. The second ACL injury repair is usually a lot stronger. So here’s hoping it is like Max who also did his first one at 17 and second at 20.