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  1. rufus

    Complacency is Dees Biggest Hurdle

    This x 1000. We pulled a half 186 in our last game...in a prelim no less. Undid a lot of good work in 60 minutes. This club still has a long way to go to gain respect...it would be staggering if they entered this season complacent.
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    Pies Gone Past Us ??

    I don't hate Collingwood like most seem to. I quite admire the way they display pride in the club and give unconditional effort. My favourite thing in sport i seeing seemingly outclassed teams beat their opponents on effort. Collingwood have been doing that for many years.
  3. Maybe because of this there was no shame in being beaten by WCE. By why did we shirk it? We undid a lot of the gains yesterday. The first two finals might have started to put to bed the notion that things just get too hard for this club. Yesterday was an out and out disgrace.
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    Farewell Jesse Hogan

    We could have had wayne carey and gary ablett snr in out forward line yesterday and still would have got pantsed. If the team is prone to shirking the hard stuff your forwards will never be the difference makers.
  5. The issue wasn't that we were in Perth. The issue was that every club in the league knows we're gettable through physicality and that we will roll over easily. If we'd have played collingwood at the G today the result would have been the same or worse. Did the players think a preliminary final might be played with the intensity of an AFLX game? I still feel for Goodwin. Reckon he's an excellent coach and must scratch his head at whatever it is about this club that just doesn't get what it takes to be successful. 34 tackles. [censored] me. How about we let the game be decided purely on talent? If the Eagles were the better team then so be it. We didn't even go close to making talent the deciding factor. We let it be decided by hunger and once it was MFC left wanting.
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    Post Match Discussion - Preliminary Final

    Collingwood turned up to Perth like a gang looking for a fight. We turned up to Perth like schoolkids on an excursion. We may not have won today anyway, but it's a perfect description of the difference between these 2 clubs. One wants to fight...one is ok with being pushed around.
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    Post Match Discussion - Preliminary Final

    Up there with 186 and 148 for embarrassment levels. We just spoiled a preliminary final for all neutrals. 34 tackles and Eagles players were at times literally walking around with the ball...bizarre. This club is still broken in my opinion.
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    GAMEDAY - Preliminary Final vs Eagles

    Goes without saying that we mustn't get blown out early...if we can be within striking distance at half time our contested ability may wear them down at the pointy end. Huge test for our tall defenders. Would be a very nice day to have Lever but what can you do. 80 tackles and we play in a Grand Final.
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    The Other Preliminary Final

    Has anyone else noticed how well this game has been umpired? Just about the perfectly umpired game of AFL footy. Please let them umpire this way tomorrow so we can fairly and squarely work out who deserves the big dance.
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    GAMEDAY - Semi Final

    24 tackles that quarter. Perfect. Same again please.
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    GAMEDAY - Semi Final

    Lucky to be in front. Getting beaten around the contest and giving away some bizarre free kicks. Lucky Hawks have wasted their opportunities. Also, overall the umpiring has been nothing short of abysmal.
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    GAMEDAY - Semi Final

    Obviously a huge night for the club. There are some things that I'm looking forward to finding out: 1. Do the coaching staff have good alternative plans? The way we played last week might not get it done. Knowing Clarkson the Hawks will have plenty of tricks. They'll eat our space and pressure at all opportunities. How do we break through it? 2. Our defence was excellent last week. But the individual defenders still seem to allow lead up chest marks into obvious spaces from stopped plays (i.e. when the opp has a mark or free 60m-70m from goal). Has this been addressed? This is a Hawthorn strength and they may burn us. 3. Last time we played Hawthorn they had something like 115 tackles (granted it was wet). I expect them to go 100+ tonight. That is going to make it very hard for us. The only way to counter it is by returning the favour. Do we have it in us? Been a great few weeks for the MFC. Let's hope the players keep it going tonight. At the least make it a genuine battle.
  13. It is also driven by the fact that the wider football world sees the MFC as soft and likely to be exposed under physical pressure...and that perception has been there a long time. It's the worst label to carry in a physical sport and fans resent it because it's a bit embarrassing. Until it becomes apparent that this club no longer goes that way the underlying negativity will be there.
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    Match Preview and Team Selection - Round 22

    Huge test for this playing group over the next few weeks. Right now I agree they are what every opposition supporter likes to tell me they are...a group that doesn't like it when the physicality steps up. We've got injuries and they've got injuries. We've heard every excuse under the sun for the last 20 years, but this next two weeks will show us what this particular group is made of. When push comes to shove, will they again be the ones getting shoved? This is all about the players.
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    12 goals in 2 quarters to a team that struggles to score. Our problems in defence were born in the Paul Roos legacy protection era. Putting 18 men behind the ball doesn't help the individuals learn how to defend. Yeah it mitigates the damage but we have a group who do not know how to react to the contest in the back half. Positive out of the last quarter was that we didn't let our percentage get smashed. 13 wins should still make it.