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Maldonboy38

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  1. A very unhelpful guide to 2018

    I hate to say it, but Clarkson will probably have the Hawks back in the eight. He is a very good coach of young players, adn can mold a group quickly. I hope I am wrong. For the first time in years I actually have expectations on the Dees, for 2018. Our club is strong-ish, our list is very, very good, and the support base is growing. If - and it is a huge IF - we can get a clear run with injuries, we can actually cause some damage and go deep into finals.
  2. Port the big winners in Trade Week?

    It looks like a huge win for PA, but it looks too much like the high risk outweighs the high reward. It appears they feel like they only have to top up their list with outside skilfull talent, to give them a tilt at the flag. RISK REWARD Rockliff Toxic personality Brilliant at possesskom bame footy and runs both ways Motlop Goes missing/often soft Outside run, line breaker, with amazing vision skills Watts Lacks intensity/goes missing Elite kick, endurance athlete, precision I can't see Motlop or Watts improving, and will do at PA exactly the same as at their old clubs. Rockliff will be a valuable addition as long as he is given no leadership duties. It all comes down to a wait and see game.
  3. Farewell Jack Watts

    Thanks Jack, for everything you gave over your 9 years. Sorry we stuffed up your development, and sorry we made such a media circus of you in your early years. Your best was breath-taking. Vision, beautiful kick, brought others into the game. I think you will be mostly missed around the Club. From all reports, your people skills and club-heart made a lot of people want to be around you. But is was time to go. The desperation we needed you to show only peeked out at certain times and became a major frustration for coaches, supporters and team mates. You did learn to tackle, but never developed the pack mark that you were recruited for. But our delivery into forward 50 now looks very thin without you here. I hope you have success at PA, but not too much. Pick 31 sounds about right, and if we have to pay a bit of salary, I don't really care.
  4. Rd 1 Team with Lever

    BACK Jetta OMac Hibberd H-BACK Lever Frost Hunt CENTRE Brayshaw Oliver Lewis H-FWD Melksham TMac Petracca FORWARD Hannan Hogan Garlett FOLL Gawn Viney Jones INT Salem Pederson Tyson Neal-Bullen Vince could easily replace Salem, but see him not starting 22 at this stage. This excercise shows up one missing link - our forward line is still one player short of being able to trouble the best opposition defences. IF Weideman develops that will solve the issue. TMac goes back to defence and Frost moves to the bench or Casey.
  5. "We're a troubled team at Hawthorn"!!!

    The Hawks have shown a very high standard of excllence and resilience since 2004, starting when Ian Dicker was in charge. I can see them coping with this mess easily. I am actually tipping them for the top 8 next year, even though their list is ful of holes and experience now. The club is an outstanding model of a modern, functional business and sport entity. Kennett is a difficult one. An abrasive bully by nature, but my goodness he gets the job done. However, with Fagan and other culture-managers gone, there is no one left to man manage the abrasive people like Kennett and Clarkson. From memory they even got rid of their chaplain who was culturally influential. Watch this space.
  6. Tiger flag lessons

    What did we learn? 1. Team football beats EVERYTHING. 2. Systematic honesty. Look how Hardwick made such huge changes to his coaching and communication style. He is part of a system that embraces honesty and people feel safe being honest. Even Dustin Martin is able to open up within the confines of the club. Amazing effort. 3. Minimise injuries. This continues to be a huge issue for us and we MUST sort it out asap. 4. A central, mature, respected person to be the middle man between playing list, footy department, and the Board/CEO. Brian Cook at Geelong, Neil Balme at the Tiges. The central 2 people in the Tiges premiership win are Hardwick and Balme.
  7. Trade rumours

    I am more than happy to keep Omac, and can't wait to see what he becomes in 2018. I reckon he will surprise many. From other DL posters this year, he is very highly rated internally and the coaching staff are sold on him. Anyone is tradable, and if the right trade came up we would be mad not to consider. But it would have to be a VERY good trade to persuade me.
  8. Trade rumours

    53 for me. Still waiting...
  9. Trade rumours

    As much as I love Watts' strengths, this is just nowhere near reality. Goodes did some annoying things, but was a match-winning superstar with few flaws in his game. He could play forward, back, ruck, midfield and possibly his most important trait; he was a finisher, a goal kicker. Watts COULD be this, but his lacks something (I don't know what) that holds him back from his full potential.
  10. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    I simply enjoy good footy. I can stroll down to the local ground and watch U16, or stay and watch the local seniors. Other times I go back "home" to Maldon and watch them play. The Tiges played brilliant footy. Like many others, I am sick to the death of the yellow and black references, the man love for Martin, the centre-staging of Mick Molloy etc... But the footy Richmond played yesterday is what makes me watch a game. Fierce, free, skilled. I am a huge fan of the Crows footy in 2017. I loved watching them. But their highly skilled running game was torn to pieces by Richmond's team football. And that is what I like about our current coaching emphasis. We are not building on the back of Hogan, Gawn, Petracca, Oliver etc... We are building a squad of players who are soldiers filling a post. There are 22 posts that make up a single team, that is being instructed to play from the contest out. Coach one year into his leadership. A number of application glitches to work out, and some young players to mature, but our emphasis on team footy is a major step in the right directoon. Can't wait to see what we produce in 2018.
  11. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    Disagree. Like Adelaide in 97/98, it shows what team football can do. A great TEAM performace won it today.
  12. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    Houli absolutely robbed of the Norm Smith. Dusty played well in the 2nd half, but only just.
  13. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    Amazing team football from the Tiges. And their off-field personnel changes are well proven. A massive 10/10 for all involved. Gotta feel for Hardwick. Resilience and Perseverance. Now it is our turn.
  14. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    No way does Martin get the Norm Smith medal. Houli by a mile. The Crows just so fumbly and overawed. I don't get the unrating of Lever. For the most part he has been onenof their better players.
  15. The Big Dance - Grand Final Day, 2017

    Not too far away from my 39-36 score prediction for half time. Still too close to call the game but Tiges pressure did lift in the 2nd quarter. Houli and Sloane have been very, very good. I still see the Crows winning from here.
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