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Everything posted by Whispering_Jack

  1. The Ox and Marko sacked by SEN

    What an outrageous way to treat anyone let alone a champion of our club. "We had 5 minutes to get our stuff together & by the time I got to the front door, my email had been cut off and my pass had been cancelled" David Schwarz who, along with Mark Allen, were sacked by SEN when their programme ended last night. Is it Hutchy’s Crocmedia that owns the station?
  2. 2018 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    Tassie has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Here are a couple of youngsters from the Apple Isle who are hoping to make an impact as the year progresses ~ Pair poised to ease Tassie's long draft drought
  3. The top two 2018 AFL National Draft prospects are South Australians ~ both considered exceptional.~ Firstly, Izak Rankine AFL Draft prospect Izak Rankine catches talent scouts’ eyes while playing for SANFL side West Adelaide and South Australia Then there’s Jack Lukosius U18: Bottom-ager Lukosius stars in SA's big win And Connor Rozee goes all right too. That trio are all in the AFL Academy squad which is where the better prospects can be found. No wonder the Crows fought tooth and nail to extract our future first round pick for Jake Lever.
  4. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    Says who? I told you about Bailey Fritsch months before we drafted him when he was just a kid with a dream playing in the VFL.
  5. Preseason Training Week commencing 19 February 2018

    He looked very close to getting back on Saturday at Casey Fields but I would also add that so did Jack Viney and nobody seems to be putting a definite time on his return.
  6. The 2018 Tribunal Thread

    So the eye gouging allegation was fake news?
  7. Preseason Training Week commencing 19 February 2018

    According to the melbournefc.com.au website the only men’s open training session is on Wednesday ~ “Wednesday 21st February, 9.30am, Gosch's Paddock”
  8. Preseason Training Week commencing 12 February 2018

    I was walking around the ground and also watched JV closely and agree. I would add that, when watching him from close quarters, you can see and feel the intensity in everything he attempts. He was pretty aggro yesterday and is going to be a real weapon when he eventually gets himself fit.
  9. Preseason Training Week commencing 12 February 2018

    I believe AVB will miss at least the first month of the season if not more. He does provide a point of difference for the attack but given the demands of the game and the need for a proper pre season he’s going to start from a long way back.
  10. Preseason Training Week commencing 12 February 2018

    As mentioned in my post above, the focus was mainly on match simulation involving fast movement and switch play but there were a variety of drills earlier and these included most of the available list bearing in mind that the squad of players from the victorious AFLX team were no doubt enjoying a morning off. The two important players who missed most of the first half of last year through injury and non-football related circumstances - Jesse Hogan and Max Gawn - both looked in good shape and ready to have a big impact in 2018. Others who impressed me were Michael Hibbberd and Christian Salem both in terms of looking fit and raring to go but also in their attack on the footy. Its interesting that although Hibberd and our AFLX star Jake Melksham (obviously, he wasn’t there yesterday) had good seasons in 2017, they both look ready to take giant steps up this year. Good signs. I mentioned the small rehab group of Jack Viney (looking huge and aggressive) and Sam Weideman who were joined by Joel Smith and Jeff Garlett. Dom Tyson’s injury was apparently to his calf. No sign of AVB. Nathan Jones was mopping things up coming out through defence and Mitch Hannan moved well. Of the newbies Harley Balic looked comfortable and at home with the group. Charlie Spargo looks a real goer and Oskar Baker is going to be a bit of a cult hero. I reckon Jake Lever might go ok this year. Clayton Oliver is looking in good shape and had enough sunblock on his face, arms and legs to convince me to take out a portfolio of shares in that industry.
  11. Preseason Training Week commencing 12 February 2018

    I’m down at Casey Fields and there’s a special atmosphere down here ... almost as if it was a continuation of last night’s action. There’s music blaring as the boys go through their drills. There are no food trucks but you can smell the hot dogs being sold by the South East Demons. They’re doing match simulation in front of me and Hoges (matched up on Oscar) kicked the first goal and then our marked Oscar, then hit the post. Clarry’s Looking good - he just hit Mitch Hannan on the chest for a goal. There’s a small rehab group at the sidelines - Jack Viney and Sam Weideman who are both moving well. Jack looks like a mallee bull. They’ve been joined by Joel Smith and Jeff Garrlett who earlier were involved in the training drills. Earlier Dom Tyson was with the rehab group but he appeared to be in a bit of discomfort.

    It’s like 1988 all over again!!!

    Never in doubt.
  14. The Swiss Court has ruled in the case of the Essendon 34 - Essendon players' final appeal fails Swiss court dismisses Essendon 34's appeal against doping bans The Court said that the players accepted the CAS decision that the hearing before it was de novo. They did not challenge the de novo hearing when they should have done but in any event such a challenge would have failed. In essence, the appeal was a waste of time but perhaps that was exactly its purpose from an Essendon perspective. Another nine months have passed, the players concerned served out their suspensions and the Bombers have emerged without further penalty and a greatly enhanced draft position with the AFL deciding that the club should incur no further penalty other than the three year old governance punishment. I find that incomprehensible. No penalty for creating an environment for drug cheating and no consideration given for the fact that the team's lowly ladder position had something to do with it going through the season without a dozen of their best players as a result, giving them the #1 draft pick next month. I have a problem with Jobe Watson retaining his Brownlow Medal given the outcome of the doping case. Given that the AFL has acted in such a kindly manner to the Bombers and the way it has dealt with other important issues, I would not be surprised to see the AFL wriggling out of making a decision to take away the Brownlow.
  15. They’re back in town! Accordingly to the club’s website - “Men's Training Times Wednesday 7th February, 9.40am, Gosch's Paddock”
  16. Tilbrook and Lever

    I think Tilbrook's manager was one Richard M Nixon. Things didn't work out well for either he or Diamond Jim the footballer.
  17. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    That wouldn’t be Phat Phil, R & B. According to my NSW informants, he can’t fit into the change rooms at Giant HQ. Not only that, it’s rumoured that he’s involved in pre-production for the Ten Network’s forthcoming new lifestyle series, “My Three Tons”.
  18. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    I wouldn’t be relying on Mr Leg if I were you OD. He was last seen on a banana plantation in Pago Pago holding court with the locals and was apparently so impressed with the place that he’s considering migrating to Western Samoa and laying down his roots there.
  19. New CEO for AFL Tasmania

    Unlikely. Kennett is no longer the bombastic character he once was. While I don’t think he’s capable of destroying two Tasmanian teams, I’m hoping that he does have that effect on his Victorian team and that they stay in the bottom half of the competition for a while.
  20. What’s happening inside AFL House

    The paywall prevents me from reading the article but like the Winter Olympics and the Ice Cricket, I’m sure the subject will leave me cold.
  21. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    Precisely. The thread’s been completely derailed for the last 700 or so pages and it’s time to get back on topic. I’m surprised, no shocked 😳 that nobody has picked up on this comment by Deeman on the AFLW thread about last week's game v GWS Giants:- “I understand the concern about Mifsud’s absence for us but what I really want to know is why [censored] wasn’t playing for them!”
  22. Preseason Training Week commencing - 05/02/18

    I think somebody’s hacked into OD’s account. Could the mods who are technically savvy on these things please check it out 😀
  23. The Ox and Marko sacked by SEN

    Standing in for Gerard Whately. Not exactly like for like in the intellectuality stakes but what the heck.
  24. Tim Watson's outrageous faux pas

    Tim Watson has claimed today on SEN that Melbourne mismanaged the Lever signing Watson claims that not having Lever dressed up in a Melbourne jumper before he went overseas was a faux pas and battered the Demons' reputation, particularly when Essendon had a back page spread of their new signing Devon Smith in Essendon colours. The back page of Friday's Age which announced the trades for both Lever and Smith had photographs of both players in their new colours. No doubt, Watson missed this for some reason ... but that pales into insignificance when one thinks of his own club's reputation that was tarnished to a significantly greater dimension than a possible wardrobe failure by the Bombers' own issues over recent times which involved injecting players with unknown substances and led to 34 players receiving 12 month playing suspensions. Given Watson's involvement with the Bombers, he should be the last person to comment on the reputations of other clubs.
  25. AFLW: Dees & Pearce Tipped for Double

    Another great article on our Daisy ~ The moments motivating Daisy Pearce for AFLW season two