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    A History of afl.com.au

    The Match Centre back in those days was pretty cool, albeit clunky. I remember being a young 12 year-old and I was amazed by the graphic which showed a 'dot' for a player which would link up with a second 'dot/player' and showed the movement of the ball on the ground. Good times.

    Jimmy Toumpas


    Mr Jones

    I think his inability to hit a target ('teammate') is a bigger concern. His performance has always been overinflated due to how terrible we've been. Now that he has somewhat decent players around and a couple of midfield jets, in Oliver and Brayshaw, his true skill and worth is merely viewable. Genuinely have similar thoughts on Viney. He's a terrible user of the ball and seems to lack many footy smarts. If he wasn't blessed with the surname he is, I doubt many supporters would have the love and devotion to him that we currently see.

    Changes vs Western Bulldogs

    It will, but I wish this team were at a stage where the ins and outs of the opposition wasn't an issue; winning was an expectation regardless.

    Tom McDonald Contract Talks

    I can definitely see where you're coming from. Two years ago if we had have spoken of his potential departure, I wouldn't have been too fussed at all. He wasn't at all damaging coming out of the backline and some of his field kicking was astonishing. Funny how a positional change can make all the difference, ey?

    Tom McDonald Contract Talks

    I never thought I'd say this, but Hunt is close to one of our biggest liabilities when he's in the side (from a skill perspective). Anaerobically, he has what it takes and his speed is something that all clubs would love to have; the same can't be said for his skills. In my opinion, he's at a cross-road. Fortunately, skill acquisition is something that can be worked on, but I wouldn't be suprised if he doesn't form a part of our side moving forward. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he can get himself back, I openly have egg on my face in regards to Harmes because going back 12 months, I openly was critical of him and doubted if he had a place in our best 22.

    Viney’s foot is worse than we think

    Specialist podiatry term IIRC.

    Viney’s foot is worse than we think

    Absolutely it is. I’ll cop crap for this no doubt, but from what I’ve heard there’s actual three to four different injuries in the foot itself. Essentially, the foot is rooted.

    Blast from the Past: Stephen Powell

    Was also one of the best sledgers in the game. The whole handling of the acrimonious situation was just so typical of the MFC. He was easily one of my favourite players in the early 00s.
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    Rd 1 Team with Lever

    I agree somewhat with your sentiment. I don't think he's a selfish player, but he's definitely a shocking user of the ball. We have one of the worst midfields in the league for disposal efficiency, I think there's serious concerns about a midfield of Jones, Tyson and Viney which makes the apparent departure of Watts all the more alarming. All of these three are notorious for the infamous 'long-bomb-forward-in-hope'.
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    Changes v Richmond R5

    Bugg was my initial thought too, but, physically, I can't see him competently being able to compete with Martin.
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    Changes v Richmond R5

    FWIW, when Harmes plays out of the defensive 50, I see him as one of our biggest liabilities. If he's to say in the side, I'd much rather him remain a forward. Not too sure about Hannan - even in the VFL he played as a forward, didn't he? I'm not suggesting it's pointless, I just don't know enough about Hannan to make an informed decision.
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    Changes v Richmond R5

    Yeah, I'd run with Vince on Martin - I can't see the Frost/Martin match up being favourable at all. Then (obviously depending on final line ups), have Jetta/Bugg/Melksham (presuming he remains in the side), run with the mosquito fleet.
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    Is that a Melbourne FC tie?

    Steven O'Dwyer and Al Nicholson?
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    Changes v Richmond R5

    I essentially agree with these changes, but I'm not aboard getting rid of Bugg. For me, he wasn't the worst on the weekend and I'm not sure that I'd be bringing in Trengove at his expense. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Trengove back in the side, but I think Bugg is a good matchup for the Tigers and I rate his game. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that he can significantly contribute to the side, albeit, he didn't have the most inspiring game on the weekend. I think Melksham needs to go back to the VFL, and Hibberd is the logical replacement (I'm not sure we can carry both Hibberd and Melksham in the same side & in fact, I'd probably suggest we can't carry Harmes/Melksham in the same side), but I get the feeling Goodwin won't be dropping Melksham in the short-term.
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    As much as I'm not a Harmes fan (I think he's one of our biggest liabilities, especially with his ball usage), his last two weeks have been decent. In fact, on the weekend, I think he's one of the only players who give it his all. I don't think he's a longterm solution, and in an ideal world, I would much prefer him not being in the side, but as it is, between Hannan and Harmes, Harmes offers somewhat more.
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    Yeah, wasn't directed at you. I've inadvertently quoted one of your replies!
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    Yeah, we get it, you don't rate Trengove. Once again, contextualise the response, in relation to what the OP stated. It was a discussion on whether pace would matter if a player had class. Thus the comparison of Mitchell/Hodge. Understand?
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    Resounding reply. Maybe contextualise all of what I've posted.
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    Yeah, he didn't have a great game against Sydney, but as Team has already pointed out, neither did the whole team. I'm happy to give the bloke the benefit of the doubt that last year, after basically two years out of the game, he wasn't at his best. At the end of the day, I believe that generally, natural ability wins out over pure athleticism. Also, I really believe that this infatuation with Trengove's pace is almost a misnomer. Yes, he may have lost some of his speed, but he was never known for his anaerobic abilities.
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    Agree with this post in its entirety. It's almost like they've never heard of Hodge and Mitchell.
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    I personally feel the obvious trend in the two losses this year is simple - leadership. The players that the club depend on, to stand up, direct and stem the flow of play, which you'd expect from Jones, Vince, Melksham and McDonald, go missing. I really believe that we have a genuine lack of leaders and an ability to control and direct the play from the field. This has been sorely compounded by Lewis, who, in my opinion, is potentially our only senior player able to provide these attributes. In the two losses, we saw senior opposition players - Hawkins, Dangerfield & Selwood; Neale, Fyfe and Sandilands - all stand and up and change the flow of battle when needed. I'm not at all worried about the kids that we have coming through. I think Oliver, Brayshaw and Petracca will all offer this in years to come. With added maturity you can throw Viney into that mix too, and if Trengove is ever able to get back on the field I guarantee you that he'd add a wealth of leadership to this team. I'll hold my call on Hogan in regards to this, but at this stage, I don't see him as a leader; I think he may be a supreme natural talent, but a bloke that doesn't really care much about the game - I may be wrong but that's just my perception. I really feel that we need to be able to recruit a star of the competition from another club end of year. Not necessarily just a talent, but a true A grader who screams not only ability, but accountability and leadership.
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    Williamstown v Casey Demons

    Would be fantastic for Trenners to build up some genuine form, I still have high hopes that he can return to our 22. I still see him as an important (potential) addition to the senior side.