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  1. I like that Melbourne have given Pat a stepping stone for a new career given that he won’t make it as an AFL footballer or professional cricketer. There’s just one woman on the AFLW team’s coaching panel. Surely we could be more affirmative.
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    Down Memory Lane # 2

    Thanks for sharing. This was the game where Jack Trengove was controversially suspended for his sling tackle on Danger (1h 5min). As a biased Demon, I felt that Trenners was hard done at the time but, looking, back, I now applaud the safety first attitude adopted by the AFL. Interesting to see who was playing for Melbourne that season. Somehow, I felt optimistic at the start of the season but now realise how far off the mark we were, especially compared to our 2018 team. Our 2018 team would have defeated our 2011 team by 100 points, IMHO. Still, I reflect on the potential in 2011. Ricky Petterd, in particular, could have been a star and I likened him to Stevie J. Nice to see Trenners up and about and Flash hitting up so many passes. Jack Watts definitely looked like a 16yo on the loose.
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    Ex Demon Luke Beveridge

    IIRC, his dad had an official role at St Kilda, something like Recruiting Manager.
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    Nasty collision in NTFL. Your thoughts?

    I was expecting something like a Byron Pickett bump or Michael Long on Troy Simmons in the 2000 GF. Thinking about it, the rule should be that there must be no head-on collision with a player pursuing a bobbling ball, even if the other player was also pursuing the ball with his own head down. Is this the current rule?
  5. Always sad to see nasty injuries in football, but how do you rate the culpability of this play? I’ve watched the video a few times (admittedly on my phone) and it looks like both were playing the ball. How do we reduce the risk of potentially catastrophic injuries? http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-10/ntfl-player-to-face-tribunal-over-spinal-injury-collision/9316544
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    2017 Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Memorial Trophy

    Interesting question that you raise @poita. How do you award points when voting? I believe that players should be awarded points based on their value to a team, and that the most valuable players in a match are often more than twice as valuable, in terms of winning an evenly-contested the game, than a player who simply fulfilled their "role". (That said, role players are vital in an 18-team, equalised AFL competition.) For instance, what points would you give 2 midfielders, say A and B, if A had 30 disposals and B had 20 but both had 80% efficiency? Let's assume that the split on tackles, 1%-ers, smothers and inside-50s were also on a 3:2 ratio. The way I imagine this situation, player A is likely to have far more influence on Melbourne winning than player B, so votes of 8 versus 4 seem quite reasonable. An extra 10 possessions for a midfielder will possibly lead to another 4 or 5 crucial plays that lead to winning a game. Then again, how do you judge a KP defender or forward in this criteria? I'd base it on something like the proportion of crucial moments won in the game.
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    Blast from the Past: Kevin Dyson

    My favourite memory is courtesy of Big Neale Balme. I was sitting in from of the old open coach's box in the MCC for a night match and KD seemed flat-footed when the opposition won a contested ball on our HFF in front of Neale and me. "Get into it Dyson!" boomed Neale. ? KD's early games filled me with optimistic anticipation but he never quite delivered. I was still keen on him after he moved north.
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    If I don't laugh I'll cry

    Just received this in the mail. Is this some kind of joke or was the club getting prematurely excited?
  9. With the news that Casey Demons have taken over Cranbourne's VFLW license, what goes for Daisy and her AFLW teammates? Will they'd still get to play with their original VFLW clubs, such as Darebin Falcons? I'm a big fan of the growth of women's footy and our club's leadership and support. It would seem strange if Daisy plays against Casey Dees but then stranger still if she's pressured to play for a club that's 80 minutes down the road...
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    Are you there Harry? Vale Harry Beitzel

    Some time around 1980, 3AW and Harry B had a go at commentating one day cricket matches (the Melbourne ones at least), competing against the very popular ABC Radio commentary. 3AW decided to differentiate themselves by describing fielding positions as the hour on the clock rather than the traditional name. The Age newspaper had a great headline on the day after they introduced this. The headline read "Beitzel makes silly point at 11:30". As I recall, 3AW's experiment didn't see through to the end of that season.
  11. Sad to see the passing of Harry Beitzel, one of the top 3 media personalities when I started following Melbourne in 1975. He was huge! http://m.afl.com.au/news/2017-08-14/hall-of-fame-member-harry-beitzel-passes-away
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    Scintillating summary, Whispering Jack. It exceeds even your lofty standards. Thanks and double-thanks!
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    Straight back ins

    It would depend on a range of factors apart from the player's ability at AFL level. For instance, it depends on the nature of the injury and whether the player needs a few VFL games to regain conditioning, particularly if the rehab prescribes ramping up game time. It would also depend on the team's form and the "importance" of the match. Maybe an extreme example question would be "who is good enough to bump another fit player out of a balanced team on a 4 game winning streak, even after a 8 week injury?" Very few would fit into this category; maybe Jones, Viney, Lewis.
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    Greatest / most memorable MFC goals ever

    I've been a Demons fan for 40 years, and the first goal that comes to my mind with the OP was a flash of Sean Wight #27 magic. He was playing one-out as full forward in the goal square and was starting to lead toward the flank with his opponent pressing hard. The incoming ball from the 50m line on a 45 degreee angle was too strong and looking like it was going to bounce at the top of the goal square and skid through for a behind. Sean had other ideas: he doubled back, still with his opponent pressing hard, watched the ball coming over his shoulder and then VOLLEYED the ball through for a goal! Magic. I've seen soccer players do this sort of thing on very rare occasions but this this was the one and only time I've seen an AFL (VFL then) player do it with a 50m kick. It was magic. One travesty is that the game wasn't televised (there was once such a time when only some of the games were televised) so there is, as far as I know, no video footage. When Sean passed away, I saw one other Demonlander recount this story, so I know I wasn't dreaming. The OP got me thinking about how some skills that we marveled in the 1980's are now quite common. Peter Daicos was marveled for his dribbling kicks that rolled in an arc through for a goal, and Pies fans cheered like he was Jesus on a donkey and the rest of us gritted our teeth and silently thought that it was pretty good. These days, we see one of those goals almost every week. Similar story with the snap kick that Stevie J pioneered is almost the kick of choice of some players, and that boomerang kick that it replaced has just about gone the same way as the drop kick - thank heaven for Clarrie's on the Adelaide Oval boundary to keep it alive. Jacker's bicycle kick that others mentioned was also pretty special. Gazza's 70m bomb at Waverley to get us the win against Carlton was great. Nietz's bump on McCabe was great and Schwartz's goal in the final against Carlton after snatching the ball from a forward flank through in was a special feeling. One slightly more obscure goal was kicked by Flash against David Wirrapunda from West Coast at the MCG in about round 10 in 2004 (if my memory serves me correctly). It was great because it was a set play that started with a throw in on the back flank. I didn't realise what was happening at the time, but the Melbourne forwards subtlety moved toward the wing and left the centre square almost vacant, where Flash walked with David Wirrapunda. With Jeff White in the ruck, we won the knock-out from the throw in, the ball was hand passed to a Melbourne midfielder streaming into the centre square just as Flash did a u-turn and started to spring back toward the vacant 50m arc. The midfielder kicked the ball over Flash's head so that he could easily run onto it and into a vacant goal square - nice. Once again, we've seen Jeffy do this a few times in the past few years but this was the first time I saw it, and I'm sure that it was a set play specifically to set up a goal when there was a throw-in on the back flank.
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    Where to go for useful insights

    I deliberately avoided bringing up Mark Neeld's post-match interviews. They were textbook examples of how not to conduct an interview and to promote our club and they demonstrated remarkably low emotional intelligence. Even Neil Craig performed better in the interviews. On the flip side, Paul Roos' interviews were probably textbook examples of how to conduct post-match interviews. In fact, I've realised that I model how I behave in my professional work on Paul Roos manner in general - imitation is the best form of flattery after all.