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  1. The Oskar Baker Thread

    I've been following him in the media and one article said he was surprised to be released from the Brisbane Academy player so put his head down to do some hard work this year. That is a good sign about attitude and application. Turning his game around and doing the hardwork was a feature that impressed our recruiters with Clarrie last year so Baker may have impressed for the same reason. He would be a good get. Bit more of a known quantity than other draftees even tho is just 19. (LOL, one article had him listed as a mature age recruit - probably because it is his second draft). With the year in the NEAFL he could be an early starter in the seniors (if good enough) as there seems to be a spot for his type of player. Would be interesting to see who gets a game first - Baker or Balic. I would bet on Baker - seems hungry!
  2. Preseason Training - Week commencing 20/11/17

    Great pics. Thanks 'hardtack'. I noticed there were a couple of players practicing 'the fend off' - also noticed it in club video. I wonder if this is a new feature of our training/intent to play as it isn't something our players use often (Harmes a notable exception). Perhaps the training is a reaction to Dusty's success with it. Anyway, good to see it from our players; its another way of being aggressive and getting into opp faces, so to speak.
  3. I would say PJ has done a fantastic job of bringing financial stability to the club through a variety of means: Membership, sponsorship, gate takings etc. Of course, the more $ the better. But it is difficult for supporters to chip in more, after 15 years of ungrudgingly taking memberships which were effectively donations. And for some of us making donations in addition to memberships. To improve our financial position, nothing beats sponsorships. This is where we struggle. We started 2017 without a back of jumper sponsor. iselect came on board well into the season, on the back of their sponsoship of our AFLW team. Our front of jumper sponsorship with AHG has ended, after a 3 + 1 year deal. Sadly, we have rarely (if ever) had a 'household name' type sponsor (which most other clubs have) who are in it for the long haul. So, despite eveyone's fine efforts we struggle to get sponsors and we struggle to keep them. The best way to 'stabilize' mfc is to get some sponsors that come on board for the long hall. Of course, that is easier said than done. Hopefully, PJ has an announcement at the AGM otherwise we start another year without a name on the front of our jumper.
  4. Guide to the Draft

    'The Roar' guide to the draft. http://www.theroar.com.au/2017/11/22/club-club-guide-2017-afl-draft/ For the Demons: "The Dees come in late, but then have three picks in a fairly short space of time, so they’re in a good position to clean up any players who slip through later than expected. Sam Hayes could be a great apprentice ruckman to Max Gawn for a few years, hence be selected without any need to rush his development. A small forward would have to appeal too and there’s bound to be one of some quality available at their picks here. Jack Petrucelle is every chance to be available in this range as well and the Demons could do a lot worse than punting on his raw speed. He and Jayden Hunt tearing it up off halfback would be scary-fun to watch". Its a good analysis of needs and likely availability. Fully concur with the last sentence. A very tantalising prospect!
  5. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    Au contraire, ernest...I thought your point on the 'luck of the bounce' was very relevant. It reminded me of the 2010 drawn GF when the 'luck of the bounce' denied the saints a second flag. The 'luck of the bounce' in all its facets is what makes our game interesting and unpredictable. And I like your posts - one of the more reasoned writers on here.
  6. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    The bounce is here to stay!! http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-21/the-bounce-is-here-to-stay SEN is also reporting it will not be reviewed next year or in the near future. Pleased to see an icon of our game will remain.
  7. Preseason Training - Week commencing 20/11/17

    Hogan looks ready to go: Fit and fierce! Rest of today's training pics here: http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-11-20/photo-gallery-monday-november-20 Also, good to hear @DeeSpencerreport above on a slim Kent. He has to fight for a spot but is giving himself a decent chance.
  8. Absolutely, ET. On field enemies. But as they stuck with our beloved demons thru thick and thin and neither chose to go they are in my 'favourite enemy player' category. Just can't bring myself to feel badly towards them.
  9. Good article on JT going to Port. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-17/trengove-happy-with-upfront-and-honest-hinkley He noted: "The other thing that struck me about Ken is that he really does just focus on what you can bring to the team, opposed to the little inefficiencies you need to improve on...for a player that's been around for a few years now, it's great to hear what you can do again". Watts said something similar in a post trade interview. I don't think either meant to chip Goodwin or Macca but it makes one wonder about positive motivation vs 'carrot and stick', post Roos. On a lighter note JT is the designated 'chaperone' for Watts: "Ken was pretty keen for me to live with (Jack) to keep him on the straight and narrow." Watts said in a recent interview they will share a house at Henley Beach. Having his mate who knows his way round Adelaide, is a known hard worker/trainer to buddy with, may just be the making of Jack Watts. Wish them every success.
  10. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    Well folks, the reason for scrapping the bounce is not risk of injury. Nor is it worry of a female's ability to bounce the ball high enough. Nor is it inconsistent bounce. Razor Ray says it is umpire anxiety!!. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-15/razor-ray-backs-push-to-ban-the-bounce- To extend RR's worry a little bit - what about player anxiety? Every time a player takes a set shot for goal he feels anxiety about missing, especially at crucial stages of the match. Do we then remove set shots for goal from the game??? No, of course not! He says that 'in general' the game will be better if the bounce goes. I assume he means umpires will make better decisions if they don't have to worry about the next bounce. Anxiety is part of any job and there is treatment for managing anxiety. Just ask Richmond players about 'staying in the moment'. I would like to hear how the game will be improved not just a vague reference to 'in general'.
  11. Preseason Training - Week commencing 13/11/17

    That is one of the scariest comment I've seem on here for quite a while... What reminds you of 2012?
  12. Preseason Training - Week commencing 13/11/17

    Misson's take on pre season so far: http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-11-15/nealbullen-stretch-impress-early He applauds Stretch and ANB. Not everyone showed up as would have liked: “They’ve come back in OK shape – some that we would’ve liked to have come back a bit better and there are some we are pleasantly surprised with,” he said. Can any of our track watches tell which players look just ok? He talks about the players that were/are on injury list. Kent gets a mention: "Kenty, with his shoulder, has been able to do a fair bit of running work, but still needs to improve that strength and range in his shoulder". So while he isn't getting a mention in reports and photos he is obviously working out, somewhere". Good on him. A notable mention is Viney: "...He’s still got to work on getting his range in that ankle back. We’re not going to rush him back into football work...". The latter bit is especially good to hear.
  13. Preseason Training - Week commencing 13/11/17

    Kent is not a 1 to 4 year player so technically isn't due back till nov 20. But your point is well made - given he had a bad 2017 on and off the field, you would think he could make a statement about commitment and earn back the faith, by coming back a bit early as other senior players have (eg Max, Viney, Pedo). I doubt he will be on our list next year. Maybe he knows it. We will know in a few weeks how much he cares about his AFL career.
  14. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    No bounce No 3rd man up No straight arm block (recall the 'Max Tax' - 5 frees vs Saints) So, very little tactical nouse required by ruckman these days! Days of the great ruck duels are numbered...as Jeff White said: Sad... Wish they would leave the game alone!
  15. Demonstone's Dirty Dozen

    Thank you demonstone. Clever work!