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  1. Gawn doesn't want to be a pushover

    He got pushed aside by Acres pretty easily in a marking contest. Probably partly due to positioning but it would be the sort of thing that could play on his mind if he has doubts.
  2. Unfortunately I was not born with the pithy one-liner gene such as your good self Mr Tremblay. Ironically I am quite direct when speaking, some (over the age of say 50) could say laconic.
  3. Perhaps middle aged blokes should stop getting so hung up about language change and just accept that it happens. The meanings of words constantly shift and evolve - even dictionaries note this and are constantly updating definitions with new usages and noting older, now archaic meanings. A couple of great examples are the words gay and [censored]. a generation or two ago they mean happy / carefree and unusual respectively. Now they almost exclusively refer to homosexual men (or homosexuality more broadly) and even people who grew up using those terms in their original meaning hardly use them in that way. So accept that laconic now has a second meaning of laid-back, your kids will ask which team the Dees are versing on the weekend and that millennials will refer to everything as awesome and there is nothing wrong with any of it. In fact, the advent of widespread literacy has actually slowed the historical rate of language change.
  4. Preseason Training Week commencing - 05/02/18

    The first 15 rounds of 2017 we were the highest pressure side in the comp before falling away due to injury etc. Our best footy last year was streaming inside 50 in waves and scoring through general play or hit ups to free players. Goody has shown his hand on this one. He's looking far more closely at Beveridge and Hardwick than The Gospel of Chazz. We've got quality KPFs but I doubt we'll see more than 2 in there too often this year. And mobility / forward pressure will be one of the main KPIs of those that do play, something TMac has especially.
  5. Preseason Training Week commencing - 05/02/18

    The Dogs won a premiership on the back of small, high-pressure forward line in 2016 also. Boyd and Cordy (both spending time as relief rucks), Stringer a mid-sized marking option, with Dahlhaus, Dunkley McLean, Smith etc rotating through bringing the manic pressure. Ignore the lessons at our peril.
  6. Demonland Supercoach 2018 Comp

    I'll go round again: Lever to Beaver is ready for another choke fest come finals
  7. Fenceology Predicts the ladder

    At the risk of giving this thread more credibility than it deserves, I cannot take any prediction serious that has Essendon missing the eight. Whilst it is likely we will be a better side in time they are a year ahead of us in development and just recruited three best 22 players.
  8. Preseason Training - Week commencing 4/12/17

    This is the one point of the rest that is harder to substantiate. As the season progressed and Oscar become more comfortable at AFL level his judgement around intercept marking / spoiling improved markedly. He is actually a strong mark and added intercept marking - through better positioning - to his game. He could work on spoiling to advantage - Lever is the competition benchmark for this - although he isn't poor in this facet of the game.
  9. Nibbler - how good can he be?

    For much of the season he was rated as on of the top 10 midfielder/forwards in the comp by champion data. The final standings for the year are: C Petracca C Wingard M Walters S Menagola D Mundy S Edwards T McLean C Daniel K Lambert L Dahlhaus Not ordinary names. And it was only a flat end to the season that cost him from finishing top 10 for the season. Daniel, McLean and Petracca (who dees supporters chronically under-rate, but that's for another thread) are the only others on that list at the start of their careers, the rest are well-established and important members of their teams.
  10. The Ox says the Dees in danger ....

    So basically what happened to us this year. The biggest factors with injuries are: - In game injuries that leave you down 2 players early: Against Richmond in Round 5. Lost Gawn early in Rd 3 against Geelong. - Injuries to multiple players from the same position group: Jones, Viney, Tyson, Salem. Bugg suspended. - injuries to groups of players at the same time that leave you short handed and also struggling to get recovered players back in to the team at the same time. Round 14 onwards, with the above group. Watts, Jones and Gawn were all short of a gallop when they returned.
  11. It is a matter of intensity as well. No disrespect DC but I doubt you were doing AFL player-level training loads! It does sound like they are being ultra cautious, and with good reason. This bloke is an 8-year blue-chip investment. Playing the long game: we'd take one season at 85-90% output due to a delayed pre-season if the next 7 are at 100%.
  12. McDonalds @ MFC

    Strictly speaking there would have been a few weeks in 2010 after James McDonald was delisted (contracts end on 31 October) and Tom McDonald was drafted on 18 November 2010.

    I would be interested in a comparison with Jack Petruccelle who has been named in connection with our picks also and has a fair bit of pace / line-breaking ability. @stevethemanjordan I believe you've seen a bit of Petruccelle and might be able to add some insight?
  14. Jumper Numbers 2018

    I can see #4 being on hiatus for a year to be honest - unless Lever or Balic want it. I can't see a player currently on the list wanting it out of respect for Watts and you wouldn't give it to a draftee because of the expectation that comes with it (club history attached to it)