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  1. The AFL website is reporting that we have one rookie spot left that we are likely to fill with a SSP list player (in addition to Wagner).
  2. I know this is a long shot, but if anyone has access to a Priority 2 barcode they are not planning on using (and is feeling extra generous), please private message me. I'm a Priority 2 member but am looking for a way to get a family member to the game with me (they're a long-suffering supporter who isn't a member because they live overseas). Promise I'm not a scalper! 😈
  3. Because 2 weeks waiting for a match makes the mind go restless. And Bartram unfortunately got injured in the final match of the 2006 season, missing the Elimination Final and almost all of the 2007 season.
  4. Tomorrow, we move forward into a new era of the Melbourne football club, but let's take a brief moment to reflect on those that could have been. This thread is dedicated to 12 years worth of Demons who never got to represent us in a final. We could argue until Melbourne's next premiership (23 days and counting) as to why these players never got to represent the Demons in September. Some went on to better careers elsewhere, some were a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, while others just never developed into the players we wanted them to be, either through injury, poor development or situations we'd rather not remember. Alas, there's some handy names in this line-up, and I didn't even have to call on Blease, Gysberts, Maric, Strauss, Tapscott, et al. Criteria: Didn't play in any of our finals games from 2004-2006 Represented Melbourne between 2007 to 2017. Current Melbourne listed players haven't been included in this list Selection is based on their contributions from 2007-2017 to the Demons or clubs they joined after playing at the Demons. I considered players like Lumumba, Rodan and Byrnes but their contribution to AFL after being recruited by the Demons was minimal. And I know Mitch Clark only played 15 games with the Dees, but my god they were good. Ditto Daniel Cross' 39 games. B: Clint Bartram James Frawley Matthew Warnock HB: Colin Garland Lynden Dunn Joel Macdonald C : Jack Grimes(C) Daniel Cross Jack Trengove HF: Jeremy Howe Mitch Clark Jack Watts F: Ricky Petterd Liam Jurrah Austin Wonaeamirri R: Stefan Martin Jordie McKenzie Tom Scully Int: Chris Dawes, Matt Jones, Kyle Cheney, Cale Morton Em: Paul Johnson, Jamie Bennell, Rohan Bail Coach: Paul Roos Anyone I missed?
  5. I think the nominations are based on the player's output during the 2018 season: an All Australian team for under 22 year olds you might say. As such, it would make sense that Lever would miss out as he hasn't played half the season. I think Hogan was young enough last year but didn't get nominated due to being injured.
  6. Doesn't matter - he'll be too busy preparing for an AFL Grand Final. As for the game, I tuned into the 2nd half and was really impressed by the slick ball movement of JKH and Tyson. JKH in particular was really classy in the 3rd quarter - lots of really quick releases handpasses to free players from contested sitatuions. He reminded me a lot of Oliver actually and if he keeps up this form he'd definitely be worth keeping on the list. Was also really impressed with some of the risky kicks he and Tyson managed to pull off, changing our angles going forward. Some of those won't work in the AFL, but it fits with Goody's game plan. Such is the strength of our AFL midfield at the moment, it's hard to see him (and even Tyson) getting into the centre square or wing anytime soon in the seniors, but if anyone gets injured they are more than capable replacements, especially on today's form. I also liked the look of Balic up forward - he's another of those medium-sized players that is hard to match up on because at times he played like a true full forward. His ground kicking needs a bit of work, but I think he's another player who could easily step into the seniors. Petty looked great in defence and Keilty seemed to do some nice things as well. With Frost moving forward for the 2nd half, it looks like the match committee have these two (and Wagner) as the others in line for Lever's spot if Smith doesn't make the cut. I also thought Hunt didn't do his chances any harm. Didn't get a huge amount of touches but he was hard at every contest and showed some good ability to break away from packs 2 or 3 times. I wouldn't think he's too far away.
  7. With Gawn and Grundy both in excellent form, I think they're both on track to make the team - one on the ground, one on the bench. Hogan is definitely worthy of a forward or bench spot. If he finishes in the top 5 of the Coleman and continues to average 20 touches a game I can't see how they could not reward him, but Brad Green circa 2010 says hi. While Oliver is having as good as season as he had last year (if not better), I fear he might miss out again. As we saw with Jmac and Jones struggling to get a bench spot during their B+F years, it seems to takes a phenomenal season for someone to get rewarded with All Australia midfield selection. Our even spread may work to his disadvantage. Hibberd and Jetta have both been down on their 2017 form with glimpses of brilliance (Hibberd last week, Jetta this week) and I don't think either deserve to make it unless they consistently play games like those in the 2nd half of the year. You only need to look at the Demonland leaderboard on the right hand side of the page to see that not even we, diehard fans and members of the Jetta church, have rated those guys that highly this year. At their best, both are no doubt among the best defenders in the game, as is Lever, but I think the All Australian team tends to reward consistent excellence. Furthermore, the All Australian tends to reward guys with great stats and Jetta's numbers are rarely that high. With that said, there have been plenty of selections based on media hype so if the Demon fugazi continues, the whole 22 should be in with a chance. My smokies, for what it's worth, are Oscar McDonald - who would surely be high on the reverse Coleman at the moment - and Christian Petracca - who is quietly averaging 21 disposals and 0.8 goals a game playing mainly as a forward. If he can get 30 goals for the season he could sneak into the forward pocket.
  8. 6 Melksham 5 Lever 4 Brayshaw 3 Jones 2 T McDonald 1 ANB
  9. Anyone know who the Gosch's paddock/Casey Fields dimensions compare to MCG/Etihad Stadium?
  10. Perfect opportunity to bring Trengove back into the team, ay?
  11. I'd hate to argue with one of the positive statements, but that was definitely not Jones' career best game! Thought he was a little sloppier than usual and on a good day those 3 behinds would have been at least 2 goals. But yes, he was good as usual.
  12. Jones has been one of our best kicks for years (I'd argue since he won his first B+F), but was prone to clangers because he was often under immense pressure, had to kick quickly, or had ordinary players as his targets. I can't stand it when people describe Jones as merely a "grunt player" or "not being blessed with natural skills" - it's a stupid footy cliche said by media personalities who watch one Demons game a month. Jones has been a skillful player for many years - he just doesn't have the block locks to go with it. The more he gets the freedom to play as an outside midfielder or half-back flanker, the better his kicking looks. I wouldn't be surprised if he finally gets an All Australian guernsey this year or in a few years time as a half back flanker.
  13. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-03-07/afl-players-top-50-the-day-max-gawn-became-invincible The pre-season hype continues, with our fourth player included in this year's AFL Players top 50, a ranking voted by the players themselves. 17. Max Gawn 33. Nathan Jones 44. Jordan Lewis 50. Jack Viney It's hard to remember any point in recent history that we've had this many players considered among the competition's best (perhaps White/Yze/Neitz/Bruce back in the early 2000s?). It's a far nicer feeling than opening up Mike Sheehan/Robbo's top 50 to find Nathan Jones buried in the "players who just missed out" section.
  14. I completely agree and was going to post something very similar myself. Ask any sportsperson - a premiership is a premiership, regardless of what level it's won at. Winning a flag (and at the very least, getting deep finals experience) surely can do great things to unite a group of players, particularly young players, and set this club up well for the future. You only need to look at the recent VFL success of teams like Box Hill (Hawthorn) and Geelong to realise the importance of having a strong and successful VFL side.
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