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  1. Training 19/4

    Some good insights and a very nice first contribution. Thank you.
  2. 2018 Membership Thread

    Membership is still creeping up: 40,444
  3. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    Not much happening in the coaches box and still 10-15 min to play and at that stage only 31 points behind which more than doubled in the ensuing 10-15 minutes...bereft of ideas by the look of it. Would have been a great help to our %age if we had kept the lead to 31 points!! (Courtesy of 'BG32' on Bigfooty).
  4. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    Yes 'lauded' was putting quite a bit of mayo on it. This also struck a cord: “We all think inside the club that it’s (Sunday's performance) not acceptable, but that’s the thing that hurt me the most – I’ve got no idea where it came from and I don’t think anyone really does". Hmmm...Is that another way of saying: We didn't see that coming...!! which has scary echoes of times past. Hopefully coaches work out where Sunday came from. And, quickly.
  5. Be Patient with Lever

    A good request from Jones to be patient with Lever http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-04-18/levers-start-with-dees-has-been-rocky Interestingly he says: "Judge him in another five, six or seven weeks when he starts to become the general down there..." I wonder how our AA players, Hibberd and Jetta feel about Lever being the 'General' so quickly and if it is affecting their games? It will be a big responsibility being put on Lever's shoulders while he is learning a new role in a new team with a different game plan. Perhaps, they should just let the kid settle into the backline, develop cohesion with the other back men for the season. He can watch how Lewis works, and plenty of time to ramp up the responsibility after Lewis moves out of the backline.
  6. Post Match Discussion - Round 4

    A really good insight into how Clarkson brilliantly neutralised our center bounce strategy: "Against the Hawks, Melbourne started centre bounces without players lining up in the traditional wing position. Angus Brayshaw and Jordan Lewis lined up off the back of the square, with James Harmes or Neal-Bullen regularly charged with playing as Melbourne's seventh forward...Hawthorn's Isaac Smith and Harry Morrison originally started in traditional wing positions in the first term, before the Hawks made the call to man up Lewis/Brayshaw and Harmes/Neal-Bullen". http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-04-18/how-wingless-hawks-strangled-dees Its no wonder they roved brilliantly to Max's hitouts and won the clearance count. Unfortunately, we didn't have a counter plan and they led us a merry dance for three quarters.
  7. Left behind again - ground upgrades

    Could have my hunch about 'Docklands Park' or 'Gosch's Paddock' been correct? Caroline Wilson is quoted as saying: '...What I think has happened is the AFL asked for $300m... but they ended up getting $225m to redevelop the Docklands ground and some precinct around it,” Wilson said ... A parcel of land has been virtually given to the AFL... ' . https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/report-afl-set-to-move-headquarters-as-part-of-deal-with-victorian-state-government/news-story/4207e7f52f339404e81bcd5dc2cfdbbe There isn't much public land around either Etihad or the MCG. So could it be 'Docklands Park' (or one of the smaller park lands nearby). The article speculates the land could be close to the MCG (but less likely) which effectively means part of the carpark or 'Gosch's Paddock'. Interesting that the government has gone all secret on which parcel of land has been gifted... Still can't help but think that our facilities are involved in this deal...Leighoak sale was strategic and no mere accident of timing and PJ said they will have found a spot this year. Lets hope this our facilities are part of this land deal
  8. ANZAC game jumper

    Agreed. Our 2017 jumper had on the back, the silhouette of the lone bugler standing in a battle field which was very moving. It seems Richmond have copied the idea. This year they have a silhouette of a lone soldier standing in a poppy field. Not quite as moving as the bugler tho. I like that again the club has captured the spirit of ANZAC by having the silhouette of a soldier carrying his fallen mate. A tingling image.
  9. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    Thank you for asking nicely. So I have gone searching. Here is an article in Sept 2013 by Jon Pierik who writes for The Age, altho this article was published in a different newspaper. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1760821/roos-may-hang-around/ The first line says: "Paul Roos could remain at Melbourne as the director of football when his coaching contract expires'. Then: The Demons and Roos are keen to continue their relationship once the Swans premiership mentor leaves coaching and hands power to a preordained senior assistant. My recollection is that some discussion along those lines occurred during the initial press conference when Roos was appointed. Many thanks ET for contributing those. From the second article written in May 2014 "But the Sydney premiership mentor said he was eager to stay on in some other role with the Demons after his coaching stint had finished...“In some shape or form I would like to stay involved in the footy club,” Roos said. From the first article written in August 2015 it says: . Roos will be replaced by coach-in-waiting Simon Goodwin at the end of 2016, but Demons chief executive Peter Jackson said he believed Roos would want to stay involved with the club in some capacity...“Roosy and I have had an earlier conversation where he’ll be around the club in some form, I hope,” Jackson told 3AW. “I think he would want to be. I think he’s not just going to come in and walk away, I think there’ll be a role for him to play. Perhaps not hard and fast. Perhaps not a specific role but the above shows there was a regular dialogue between Roos and Jackson on him staying in some capacity. Director of Football was mentioned at different stages more as an example than as specifics. I recall even in early 2016 Roos saying he and PJ had discussions around what a role might look like and would continue those after the bye - can't find that article. Obviously something changed over the following months because after round 23 he left. So, I don't think my comments in an earlier post that Roos said he wanted to stay were speculation. And if it wasn't Director of Football or Coaching it is reasonable to think a role would be related to football.
  10. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    You know how to google - do it yourself. The articles are there. Start with those around the time Roos was appointed coach and work your way forward.
  11. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    So you think our football team is experienced? Some of it may have been put in place while Roos was there but not by him. Have a look at the website. With the exception of Ben Mattews they were selected by Goodwin. It was Goodwin's staffing plan not Roos'. As to on the field - 'defence first' which was the core of Roos' game plan is all but gone. Not saying that is good or bad but it is gone. I stand by my comments that you have selectively quoted, out of context.
  12. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    I don't know why Roos didn't stay on. He certainly kept saying he wanted to do. But at the end he seemed to clean out his office in a hurry and the players didn't give him a happy send off by being thrashed at Geelong. Who knows what happened in the background. So, we didn't give Goodwin a really experienced football mentor. Maybe he didn't want one. Maybe he convinced PJ that the could do it himself with Macca and Mahoney filling the gaps. I really don't know. But I do know that nearly all our football department is very inexperienced and there is little left of what Roos created on and off the field. Our coaches are experimenting simultaneously and don't seem to know what levers to pull when things go wrong. That goes with inexperience. We just have a lot of it on and off the field.
  13. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    Bb, my fear is we don't have a 'rudder'! Hence, my comments yesterday about the success of Fagan and Balme mentoring Clarkson, Thompson, Scott and Hardwick. As much as I think Macca and Mahoney do their 'day jobs' very well, I'm not sure mentoring a rookie coach with a very inexperienced coaching panel, is their forte. Even at Geelong Macca had the benefit of Balme being in control. The original plan was for Roos to stay on as 'Director of Coaching' or something similar. For some reason that fell through and Macca and Mahoney are filling the gaps. I feel we need some experience in the coaching and football department to provide that 'rudder' as you call it. Anyone notice that George Stone joined GCS as mentor to Dew late last year...
  14. Injury List - Season 2018

    I would have thought so. But 'match fitness' no longer seems a major consideration for players who have been in the system for a few years. eg J Kennedy Eagles, Tex Walker, G Ablett. Of course, the risk is they can't contribute enough at AFL level or overdo it and breakdown again.
  15. Injury List - Season 2018

    http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2018-04-17/lewis-to-miss-richmond-clash-with-injury Neville Jetta (ankle) – test Jordan Lewis (hand) – 1-2 weeks Tom McDonald (foot) – 2-3 weeks Pat McKenna (hamstring) – indefinite Aaron vandenBerg (ankle) – 8-10 weeks Jack Viney (foot) – 3-4 weeks Extracts: "Tom McDonald (foot) – 2-3 weeks He’ll actually train with the group a little bit on Saturday morning. We actually expect Tom to potentially be available for the Essendon game.” And, "We think Aaron will probably get a couple of VFL games in before the bye and then we’ll see what happens after that bye week.” The Ess game is less than 2 weeks away so it will be a huge effort if Tom gets up for it. I'm torn between saying we need him to play and hoping we don't bring him back too early.