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Diamond_Jim

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  1. Who plays in JLT v North Melbourne 24/2?

    The first round of VFL stretches over almost two week between April 8 and April 17. Casey's match is scheduled last on April 17. The same day as the seniors play round 3. IIRC much the same happened last year re the fringe players missing several weeks because of the comparatively short VFL season. Combine this with the byes that do not seem to be co-ordinated and the VFL has a few shortcomings. Makes the JLT important for those pressing for round 1 as "Casey form" will not be a factor for several weeks.
  2. Who plays in JLT v North Melbourne 24/2?

    Given the way we hit the proverbial wall again last season I am interested to see if we adopt another strategy for the practice games this year. For the last few years we have done well in the practice games which shows they are irrelevant to the season proper. Pity we cannot have 10-15 on the bench. Not thrilled by the "non availability list" posted early in this thread given the time of year. 2018 is such an important year for this club !
  3. Christian Petracca Re-Signs Until End of 2020

    Interesting I assume he got a raise for 2018 and then a good amount for 2019 and 2020. Must have meant that they had some salary cap movement left for this season which is no surprise given the renewals we are facing at end of season. Well executed by the club and would love to see one or two others signed in the next few months.
  4. AFLX PREMIERS!!!

    Of course I claim all the credit for this great win. Only a few days ago on the banks of the River Ganges channeling the sublime talents of my alter ego the great Diamond Jim, I conversed with the relevant deities and urged them to lift the curse of Norm Smith. By way of a post script yesterday I sat beneath the tree where the Bhudda is said to have obtained wisdom in Bodh Gaya. I definitely heard the words.... "Hogan to Centre Half Forward". Now onwards to Kolkata and its wonderful Hooghly River which I understand makes the Yarra look glacial blue by comparison.
  5. New MFC facility?

    Article about Hawthorn's planned new facility at Dingley: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/hawthorn-s-10-million-dingley-boost-20180213-p4z089.html "The Hawks have to raise tens of millions for Dingley — club sources estimate the eventual cost will be $80-$100 million — in what shapes as arguably the competition’s most ambitious fund-raising program, as they plan to make the move from Waverley Park to the much more spacious Dingley training and administrative base." ................................. "Harris, who has been a generous donor to Hawthorn for many years and has other philanthropic interests, said he remembered the struggles the Hawks endured at the time of the thwarted merger with Melbourne and also in 2004 when they were near the bottom of the ladder and . ‘‘I never want to see that happen again.’’ Harris said it was important that Hawthorn would own the freehold at Dingley, in what was a point of difference between the Hawks and the other clubs that have leases on their facilities and training bases. ‘‘The key to this project is that Hawthorn Football Club own the freehold."
  6. 2018 Membership Thread

    I agree Dr D...that is the point .. we should be on an upward trend at this time of the year. Have a look at Essendon for example with their push for 70,000 members. There is no doubt that the Collingwood game not to mention a few others put a spoke in the wheels of our sputtering bandwagon. Win the first three games and we might still be able to trend upwards but to stand still in this game is to go backwards.
  7. AFLX PREMIERS!!!

    I think I said it's on the WatchAFL app which is available to all foreign subscribers. As I understand it that is the "Global Pass" The WatchAFL website is showing the AFLX as being part of the coverage: https://www.watchafl.com.au/
  8. Time to ditch the Runner

    This article in today's Age made me think that it's time to ditch the runner. Interested in the thoughts of others: "Runners and their roles on gameday are under scrutiny from the AFL, with the league asking clubs to explain their purpose. Football operations boss Steve Hocking has put them under the spotlight to determine whether they remain relevant in the modern game, although he is yet to put a line through them." http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afl-puts-runners-gameday-roles-under-scrutiny-20180201-p4yz72.html
  9. Tilbrook and Lever

    Well you will be pleased to know that DJ is at present in Allahabad by the Ganges. Very special spot as it is the confluence of three rivers ... one which you cannot see. According to Hindu religion if I bathe in the waters I may avoid re-incarnation. Now what has this got to do with this thread... nothing and probably about the same relevance as the great DJ to Lever. While we're at it we could also mention Peter Moore and Kelvin Templeton. So many messiahs.
  10. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    we certainly did......... Hard to say where it happened but the loss of MCG exclusivity was the real killer. What pains me is that we did not see this coming and failed to bank any degree of success from those golden years for the future.
  11. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    Rubbish... let's start with Carlton and we'll work from there Ask the 2016 premiers how their fixture looks for 2018. Tell me why we play home games in NT before crowds of little more than 10,000 In the above thread people keep saying that it's all about TV rights and that attendances and success are secondary. In that case please explain why Melbourne as an up and coming team with a bunch of exciting youngsters gets such abysmal FTA coverage. I know all the reasons why the above occur but I get a little tired of AFL apologists saying it will all get better. The fact is we along with three other Melbourne based teams are simply in the comp to make up the numbers. Luckily the draft and salary cap give us a chance of on field success because the cards are well and truly stacked against us when it comes to financial success.
  12. New MFC facility?

    If we won the big one I'd be happy with the MCG carpark for the celebrations. It's as close to "home" as we can now get. For a facility for looking at the old cups etc I don't really mind. Perhaps we are like that other wandering tribe... destined to wander in the wilderness until shown our promised land ! Just hope I'm not like Moses and therefore destined never to set foot in such a land.
  13. Current TAB odds Demons season 2018.

    I like that idea. Players used to get more match payments for finals IIRC but I assume that has gone out the window. The negative is that if the amount was substantial players could gravitate to the club more likely to win. For our NFL friends are bonuses paid for super bowl wins etc?
  14. AFLX PREMIERS!!!

    Tell me that photo is not for real please
  15. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    GWS will get an ACT following that just might allow it to build critical mass... Mind you by critical mass I mean attendances around the 20-25k number. In western sydney they seem to be largely irrelevant. At present there simply is no buzz around the team unlike when the Swans first moved to Sydney. Mind you Edelsten and his pink helicopter etc were about as far out as you can get.
  16. Gold Coast propped up by AFL

    If ever a team was going to succeed on the Gold Coast it was the Titans and we know what their crowds are like. GCS are a placeholder/negotiating tool for TV rights. May have done just as well with a FNQ team ... at least that way we would have had a trip to the sun each year ! As others have mentioned the real worry is Brisbane... they have been there/on the GC now for nearly 30 years and they are on struggle street.
  17. NFL

    some useless info for you guys as you watch the match... From the Guardian live report: It might surprise you to learn that going to the Superbowl is incredibly expensive. Tickets aside, once at the stadium a bottle of water costs $6 and a slice of pizza with a soda is $21. ESPN sent their writers into the bowels of the US Bank Stadium to check out the prices. Here are their findings results. Personal favorite: the Justin Timberlake inspired J-Tea cocktail. $35.
  18. New MFC facility?

    the roofing of the railway yards has been a thought bubble for many years for lots of governments. Realise you're not talking the same area or magnitude rjay but the costs not to mention the rail disruption would probably be too high. For example to support a multi storey building you need foundations. Hard to dig these on one of the busiest rail stretches in Melbourne. My thoughts always gravitate towards Prahran oval but I really have no idea of its feasibility. Possibly if we went there we might be able to get some of that "free" government money a la Geelong and Footscray.
  19. New MFC facility?

    My understanding is that they have a long lease on the complex. I would love to get the Woods over a barrel so to speak. If they were looking to get out there would not be a great number of takers. Of course they would need to repaint the place and remove all memories of their tenancy
  20. AFLX Coach

    Judging by the constant run of action movies and video games that seem to monopolise the market not to mention brunching (bring back the long lunch) there may be something in that
  21. Time to ditch the Runner

    the runner was originally for delivering messages. Your post rjay seems to suggest you are ok with a degree of onfield coaching. Cannot think of another mainstream sport that allows such a thing. with the umpires and boundary umpires we now have 7 extra people on the field excluding goal umpires. The art of filling is a space is just that and I think it would be hard to police other than on kick outs when the runner should simply be off the field !
  22. AFLX PREMIERS!!!

    Just got an email from watch AFL and they are spruiking the AFLX as part of the package. Would love to see some subscriber numbers on watch afl.... suspect they are relatively low. Might improve if the stream were HD quality but that looks like a long way in the future.
  23. Casey Demons 2018

    In the noise of Jack W leaving one almost forgets about Jack T. Will be interesting to see how he goes at Port. Strange selection by Port but wish him all the best.
  24. AFLX PREMIERS!!!

    I posted this on the aflx coach thread but perhaps it is better here: Watch for the media backlash about the AFLX taking the limelight from the AFLW etc Strangely enough I think it could be a success amongst the millennials. They seem to have a different view of entertainment. I wonder if there will be betting allowed. Can see it being an afternoon of strange wagering. The ground configuration is another point. Maybe good for rectangular stadiums but they are playing the games at oval stadiums which makes the action a long way from the stands. I went to a soccer game at the rectangular stadium near Olympic park. It was great from a viewing aspect. By contrast I went to a big international at the MCG and the players were miles away not to mention all the dug outs etc that obscured the view. By the way has anything been mentioned about TV coverage?
  25. AFLX Coach

    Watch for the media backlash about the AFLX taking the limelight from the AFLW etc Strangely enough I think it could be a success amongst the millennials. They seem to have a different view of entertainment. I wonder if there will be betting allowed. Can see it being an afternoon of strange wagering. The ground configuration is another point. Maybe good for rectangular stadiums but they are playing the games at oval stadiums which makes the action a long way from the stands. I went to a soccer game at the rectangular stadium near Olympic park. It was great from a viewing aspect. By contrast I went to a big international at the MCG and the players were miles away not to mention all the dug outs etc that obscured the view. By the way has anything been mentioned about TV coverage?
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