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  1. Of those in the 8: Freo will drop out at some stage. Richmond is no certainty to stay. They have just hung in there for most games and the only convincing wins were vs Brisb & Carl. Playing with a relatively injury free team. But they do have an easy draw. Anyway, 9th is where they belong... WCE is no certainty to stay. They have only 6 games at Subiaco (incl Geel, Demons, Port Adelaide) and they don't travel well. So at least one maybe two spots available. Of the contenders: St Kilda is similar to Richmond. Good wins over Carlton, Hawks and GWS when the latter two had depleted teams. No real claims. Essendon could sneak in as have good draw, mostly in Melbourne. North have a very very easy draw and a very well balanced side and they are bruising the opposition. Collingwood have a lot of very winnable games but performances are all over the shop. Not reliable. Melbourne. We have a good %age advantage on all 7 of above teams (except Rich). If we win 6/7 very well and the others are close games we will make it even if only on %age. Like last year the finals are in our own hands - depends how badly the players want it. It may come down to us or North.
  2. Yes, some people just want to be negative or find any little thing to beat up on their favourite whipping boys. This week it was Oscar, Watts, Tom and Lewis. I thought the first half was ok. In the first qtr we were kicking against a very strong breeze - Petracca's kick for goal went 40m caught by the wind. Whereas GCS were kicking them from 55. We had more i/50 but were battling the wind. In the second qtr we had a lot of the ball and a lot of i50's but couldn't kick goals. The wind had died down so no real advantage to us. In the 3rd qtr we got our act together and no wind to speak of. In the 4th we went on with it. Overall, I thought we played well. Not everyone had their best game, in fact few did. But we found a way to win and as Goodwin said a few weeks ago - that is what good teams do. If nothing else, games like this build resilience and belief.
  3. The blinkers seem to be on today. Of the possible 714 votes cast, Lewis gets 8 and Watts gets 1. They were as instrumental in turning the game in the 3rd qtr as was Jones.
  4. Agreed. As an aside, would you consider a new moniker avatar? I know its disrespectful to ask that of a poster but it is upsetting to see Daisy's face smashed in like that. She is such a delightful, intelligent person, player and our captain so not sure why someone would choose that pic.
  5. Our track record vs those teams: MCG games: Coll, Syd, Carl, Port, StK, Bris, Coll. Beat them all in the 2016/17 except Sydney. Sydney are a young side and inconsistent, like us. If we can fix our record at the G this year and adapt our game style to the bigger ground we will win all of them. Bulldogs - We have multiple wins at Etihad and the Bulldogs are far from a settled side. Adelaide - We won in Darwin (2016) and beat them a few weeks ago. They thrashed Freo last night but it wasn't a convincing win. Eagles - We nearly beat them in WA last year and could have won with a bit more luck from umpires. North - We nearly beat them in Hobart last year and could have won with a bit more luck from umpires. GWS - They're best players will be back by then - tough one. The only one I think is a definite loss is GWS. The others are all winnable, if the team turns up before quarter time. And, we must find a way to win at the G - 7 scalps up for grabs if we do!
  6. Semi-Massacre at Adelaide Oval. Crows 9.18 to 2.1 and Crows kicking at 51% Effy! Crows are not playing like a top of the ladder team. If Adelaide kicked straight it would be a total wipe out for Freo. If they kicked straight Freo would wear the dubious title of the biggest loss in AFL history and we could relinquish the 186 tag. We will rue the loss to Freo as much as we did rnd 2 vs Ess in 2016
  7. Wish they could both lose! But if one has to win let it be Richmond. Can't bear it if Ess go into the 8 partly because it would be a reward for their cheating over recent years and partly because I can't bear their smug supporters and arrogant club.
  8. This and posts by @titan_uranus and @rjay highlight what a fantastic commentator Daisy is. She knows football and does a lot of research. For example on Friday night she said Geelong had never lost a match when they led at 3/4 time since 20xx (I think it was 2013, not sure). Bruce etal were genuinely taken aback by her knowledge. She is a clever interviewer, not in a smart alec way but in a way that gets an interesting response. So much better than the banal stuff many of her colleagues dish up.
  9. No problem Wise. At least you gave us a summary of the article. I only find it frustrating when someone posts a link and gives no idea as to what it is about.
  10. The clock starts when the mark is paid. (I assume that is on the whistle). But the umpire can allow extra time if the ball is hit away/spills free in the mark etc. The clock doesn't stop (I don't think) the umpire guesses the extra time. What I thought was unfair for Dixon is he went to ground on taking the mark. I didn't count how long it took to get up but I would guess at least 5+ seconds. Normally, an umpire would allow the player that extra time and let the clock run out. The media hasn't made a fuss because Hinkley said the umpire was right, while diplomatically adding he had never seen play on called before. So he diffused any fuss. I reckon Port were cheated not only with that call but all the holding of Grey that was ignored. Hawkins got paid those against us!
  11. Do you know that as a fact. The media report I saw around trade time said the Sydney offer was around $350k - they couldn't afford anymore because of salary cap pressure. If a fact I will go back and amend my post.
  12. Jack Niall reported our interest a few days ago. Caroline Wilson reported that Zak is earning under the AFL 'median' pay which is the range of $230k to $250k. Yes, I was shocked at how low it is but she is rarely wrong with her info One thing in their favour is that the new CBA tips $2m into their salary cap next year and the Buddy contract does not have escalation clauses - his contracted annual amounts are fixed. But if Zak wants to come to Melbourne we can beat any $ Sydney offer without breaching the faith with our players or abandoning the club's mantra of not paying 'overs'. Zak really fits our 'run and carry' game style and is as tough as so would be rapt to see him in our colours.
  13. Most of the list remains intact. An additional forward in Bianca Jakobsson will help us kick a few more goals, something we struggled to do in a few games which cost us spots on the ladder. Bit surprised to see Harriet Cordner delisted as I thought she played quite a few good games. Wish her and the other players leaving well in their careers. They will always have the honour of being part of an inaugural AFLW team. The List Melbourne’s 2018 AFLW List Richelle Cranston Meg Downie Laura Duryea Jasmine Grierson Ashleigh Guest Melissa Hickey Kate Hore Emma Humphries Bianca Jakobsson Ainslie Kemp Sarah Lampard Alyssa Mifsud Lily Mithen Aleisha Newman Elise O’Dea Brooke Patterson Karen Paxman Daisy Pearce Lauren Pearce Catherine Phillips Shelley Scott Katherine Smith Traded Deanna Berry Pepa Randall Maddie Boyd Delisted Jess Anderson Mia-Rae Clifford Harriet Cordner Stephanie De Bortoli Sarah Jolly New Bianca Jakobsson Ashleigh Guest Kate Hore Draft picks: Round 1 (Pick 6), Round 2 (Pick 14), Round 3 (Pick 22), Round 4 (Pick 30), Round 5 via GWS Giants (Pick 33) Other Teams:
  14. Imagine if we had taken Kelly and now he is made a $1m a year offer to go to North! This place would be in meltdown - $cully Mark 11
  15. Sounds like the commentators are barracking for Geelong, tonight. Poor ole Bruce - couldn't believe a free was payed against 'the champ' (Dangerfield) Geelong wasting their inside 50's. 1.5 from 17 whereas Port have 3.1 from 8.