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  1. Where's Harrison Petty?

    We will find out shortly as Goodwin's 'List Updates' today should include Petty. I agree with D56 above. If gone it would be preferable for the club to communicate it directly to members/supporters. I don't need to know why exactly (could be personal) but some communication would be appreciated. But then again, it could just be a computer glitch.

    You could well be right Js5. The Age article http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/mark-bomber-thompsons-port-melbourne-house-raided-20180108-h0f5th.html says the raids were conducted by the Geelong and Southern Metro Divisional Response Units. Re the multimillion dollar deal, The HS article in the 'biggestred' post says 'Last March Thompson pocketed $7 million after selling his stake in a farming property at Armstrong Creek' which is near Geelong. The Age article goes on to say 'Divisional Response Units investigate property crimes and illegal drug activity (including cultivate, manufacture and traffic), according to Victoria Police'. People can form their own theories but that line is certainly a leading piece of info.
  3. Jack Viney will Return to the Track in January.

    It has now been put back to 'early next month' ie early Feb. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/melbourne/jack-viney-on-track-to-take-on-geelong-in-round-1-as-he-recovers-from-nasty-foot-injury/news-story/aabb7b0156b9db0b954365c33e765d33 We play our first JLT game on Feb 24 and he may be 'put in cotton wool' for the preseason games. Round 1 of the season vs Geelong is March 25. I would love to share the club's optimism that he will be ready for round 1 but gee it is hard to see that happening with virtually no preseason.
  4. List Updates by Goodwin

    Looks like we will get a rundown on players for the next few weeks. Today Baker to Bugg http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2018-01-04/list-update-baker-to-bugg Its interesting to get the coaches of view of player progress. Some extracts that caught my eye: Goodwin: Oskar Baker has demonstrated some elite fundamentals, from a kicking perspective within our program. I like the sound of the elite kicking - just what we need. Goodwin: Harley Balic has been outstanding at training. He won one of our training ‘player of the week’ awards. I wouldn't be surprised if he got a game earlier than later. (Interesting to know we have 'player of the week' award for training). Goodwin: Angus Brayshaw is starting to emerge within the group, in terms of his training standards. Determined young fella - slow and steady will be good for his confidence Goodwin: Tomas Bugg has been working closely with the forwards. Sounds like he is keeping his head down working to regain respect. Admire him for that.
  5. 2018 Membership Thread

    Agreed, the slogan itself isn't really important. Maybe our PR group are also still feeling flat from rnd 23 and the slogan reflects that. To me the real issue is our apparent non-conversion (so far) of the Dees supporters among the extra 146,000 people who attended our games in 2017. Win a few games early in the season and it might change quickly but I'm not holding out much hope of increasing the 2017 membership figure. Even if it increases, Vic clubs are growing faster than us (except Roos and maybe Saints). Our club works really hard but while our numbers are flat/small growth, relatively we are falling further behind them. It will be a poor return if we can't convert say 10% of the Dees supporters among the extra attendees. To avoid falling further behind, this must be our 'breakout' year on and off the field!
  6. Casey Demons 2018

    Very good points, VP. Most other clubs have received or are getting substantial government grants to upgrade ovals. Now that Casey is being used for VFL, VFLW and AFLW maybe its about time we put our hand out for some of those grants and put in the improvements you suggest. And while they are at it upgrade access to/from the ground and car parks.
  7. 2018 Membership Thread

    Article on each club's latest membership http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-12-29/on-the-campaign-trail-your-clubs-membership-drive I've extracted a summary and added comparisons to roughly the same time in 2017'. I hadn't realised the Crows had so many members! Almost twice the capacity of Adelaide Oval. Our slogan 'Be a part of our journey' doesn't sound too inspiring nor aspirational! It sounds like we are just plodding along - the story of the last 10 years. Would have preferred something like 'Come Watch us Raise Hell' or 'Join our March Upward' or 'Bleed Red and Blue with Us'. Or anything that aspires to where we are going or reflects our passion! Clubs set to beat prior records are: Crows, Tigers, Bombers, Cats, Blues and maybe the Bulldogs. Mostly the so called big Vic clubs. Pies keep their numbers to themselves so hard to tell where they are at. We are on track to achieve last years total of 42,233. But it will be really disappointing if we cannot convert last year's bumper crowds to members, especially given the level of talent in the team. Based on those crowds, our talent and 2017 improvement, 45,000 would be a realistic 2018 ie a 6.5% increase. I suspect a lot of people haven't forgiven or aren't yet convinced.
  8. Casey Demons 2018

    Sorry if this is reported elsewhere, Mitch White will line up for Casey next year. http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-12-27/mitch-to-make-most-of-new-opportunity It sounds like the pressure of being an AFL player got to him but at 21 he has every chance to get back to AFL as a mature age recruit. Casey will be the better for having him in the side next year.
  9. Casey Demons 2018

    Last year the Casey jumper and name was changed to Demons. Now, we have significantly beefed up the Casey staffing. http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-12-26/exciting-times-at-casey-maynard This is a far cry from the pre Roos days. He recruited Plapp to start integrating Casey and Demons. Looking at MFC website the Casey staff are fully integrated into the MFC structure. It is no coincidence that most of the recent AFL premiers have very successful and integrated VFL teams. Bodes well for the future of both teams.
  10. Sponsorship Problem?

    I worked in the industry for a long time so I understand the difference between Toyota and Lexus, their products and marketing strategies. (I have a slightly different view as to when their products are competing against each other but that isn't relevant to this thread). Nonetheless, your post is important for those that don't know how Toyota and Lexus are connected. My post was primarily to direct attention away from Lexus in case the attention given to it in this thread undermines the MFC's launch strategy (if it is Lexus). Hence my invitation to posters to suggest other Japanese brands with luxury cars.
  11. Sponsorship Problem?

    Honda make some high spec SUV and Civics and a pretty neat sports car. But yes, Infiniti is a good guess - I believe owned by Nissan who don't sponsor an AFL team. Also Suzuki. Not sure how high their range goes. They do sponsor Melbourne Storm. Could leverage the 'Melbourne' name and that sort of stuff which suits the direction of our branding. Also, potential joint branding of Gosch's Paddock...?
  12. Sponsorship Problem?

    Toyota are long term sponsors of the Crows so if Lexus sponsor Demons they may dilute each others marketing a bit ie both marketing to the same AFL watching audience. Perhaps it is Honda? They are one of the few car makers who don't sponsor an AFL club. Honda is a great brand and have very nice cars. Anyway, we should keep guessing as we don't want to steal the club's thunder of a big announcement and spoil their PR efforts or for some journo to read this and start pestering the club for a statement. On that note who are the other Japanese car makers with who don't sponsor an AFL team?
  13. Indispensable - that covers 1 or 2 of the 4 players in Bali. I suspect you are right - we won't be hearing much more about it. If for no other reason than the girl doesn't want her name and picture splashed all over the place and become the subject of social media abuse. It takes a very brave, brave person to take on the might of the AFL especially if a big name player is involved. I think the broom and the carpet are waiting.
  14. Esports?

    Exactly! And, they pay for the privilege. Check this out - Just like Etihad with the roof closed. Spectators wear their team colours, buy merchandise etc. Great for sponsors, especially those with international brands (ie most AFL clubs, MFC one of the exceptions)
  15. Esports?

    People pay to go to stadiums to watch other people play video games on a big screen. Lots of fan fare and noise and pizazz! Exciting to some but meh to others. Mainly watched by under 35's. Others watch on their computers/apps. So it is, a mega version of watching your mates play X-box games. Lots and lots of scope for sponsors to put up big money to get exposure - hence the allure to the AFL and AFL clubs. Essendon will put their team in red and black and call them 'The Bombers'. Lots of leverage. Mega attractive to their sponsors. Essendon is swimming in $$ so they can afford the investment. So can other cashed up clubs like Coll. Geelong and Adelaide. AFL also keen as they can use Ethiad as the venue to host esport games and sell tickets for those events. For mine - I'll just stick to watching Aussie Rules.