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  1. Is Goodwin the right guy....

    Mmmm, even Richmond at their darkest time for hardwick were not beaten by 10 goals. This is the first time since Roos took over that we have come anywhere near this. Roos said the first thing to restore is consistent competitiveness. Last week threw all this out the window. Up up until now our young list has remained very loyal clearly thinking a flag is in the offing in the next couple of years. How many more of these sorts of performances will prompt a gradual walkout. The reaction so far from the club is one of non-concern. It is all very well to remain loyal, but there also seems to be an arrogant attitude which says everything is fine. Well it is not. I just hope internally in the club alarm bells are ringing. They should be... !!!
  2. Today’s performance was the most insipid since Neeld. For such a talented side it was inexcusable. Everything should now be questioned.

    When are they going to teach Max how to kick straight. Exactly the same error as against the Cats. Surely it is not that difficult to adjust. Our decline third quarter directly stemmed from that....
  4. Lyon on Brayshaw

    Err, I think there is a distinct case to be made that the balance of the team is not quite right yet. Max is being run into the ground, and we all know what happened last time we did that - he missed 10 weeks and the decision was directly responsible for our missing the finals. Our forward line is also undersized. It is ok against mediocre sides like Brisbane and Norf, but it will be cruelly exposed when we come up against the top 4. Also, I don’t think either Harmes or Neal-Bullen are up to the required standard to play finals, particularly when Viney and McDonald come back. Brayshaw is, but he needs game time. Hence for me this week we need Weideman to strengthen our forward set up and relief ruck. I saw him on Sunday for Casey and he not only kicked five goal, he also looked like a natural in the ruck. The club also announced Brayshaw to be best on ground. For me, we would be a very much better side if we included the Weid and Brayshaw for Harmes and Neal-Bullen. In the longer term, it will be interesting when McDonald and Viney return. My prediction we will put McDonald back to the back line and have Hogan and Weid upforward at the expense of Frost. Viney at the expense of either Bugg or Fritsch. Obviously, everything will depend on form, but these changes make us look very much like a top two side. Exciting!!
  5. Changes vs Hawthorn R4

    I agree. We need another tail forward. If weid plays ok at Casey I’d put him in, particularly as he appears to have put on weight and is starting to do some ruck work. Max needs some support. We will run him into the ground if we are not careful.
  6. Post Match Discussion - Round 2

    OD, the thing I worry about more than anything else about Lewis is his ill-discipline: arguably he cost us directly the Geelong game through a brain fade, and could easily have done the same on Saturday night. This is not new. Even his first year with us he was rubbed out for I think three games early in the season through trying to be a tough guy when it was more like thuggish behaviour, which could have cost us a place in the eight. Given his fading pace, I think he is rapidly falling out of our best 22. Time to give the better disciplined young guns a go. We would lose very little...
  7. Changes v North Melbourne

    INS: Frost, Weideman, Kent, Brayshaw OUTS: Harmes, Pederson, Neal-Bullen, Bugg Frost to free up Lever. Oscar takes Ben Brown weideman apparently played well forward and relief rucking in the twos. More class than pedo Kent has more hardness around the ball than any of bugg, neal-bullen or Harmes. brayshaw too much class to leave out when fit. Much more run in this team. All four replacements likely to be to be in our best 22. Current worries: current form of Hunt & Jetta, Jordon Lewis makes too many mistakes at crucial times in a game. Also seems to have lost some pace from last year.
  8. Post Match Discussion - Round 2

    Yes, Lewis has made potentially game losing clangers at crucial times two weeks in a row now. He won’t make our best 22 come finals time...
  9. Wayne Carey: Dees Not a United Team

    Isn’t the silly season wonderful! As soon as the action starts, this will be quickly forgotten - unless we get thumped of course in which case it will be self fulfilling!
  10. AFLW: Rnd 7 V W Bulldogs @ Whitten Oval

    Mystifying is how Melbourne teams (men and women) can have such a big disparity between best and worst. Our women’s team is largely a class act around the ground but has real difficulty converting inside fifty. That was the case last night and their road trip to Perth. The less said about the brain fade in the NT against the pies the better. This should have been our flag. We had the team to do it. Yet another lost demon opportunity.
  11. Dees Drink Own Bathwater According To Malthouse

    This same article could and was written about the tigers and lessor extent the dogs until the last couple of years. We should not take it personally and these themes will not stop until we win the flag- or at least deep into the finals. At least we are being taken seriously, and now the theme is more about low aim rather than lack of talent. It is entirely up to us, as it should be.
  12. What stood out for me is big Max. Never seen him look as fit, back to All Australian form I would say. Also the team looked a lot more confident in their moving the ball at all cost which in the second half of last year they seemed to have lost by being too tentative. Fritsch a revelation, and a perfect replacement for Watts. Some on the park who I think will struggle to make our best 22 for round 1, particularly Brayshaw and Peterson. Saddens me to say so because at their best they are in our best 18.
  13. New MFC facility?

    I agree Cards. I think they could make the triangle there work. There could always be a footbridge over punt road of course, or even a tunnel. These things are not impossible. I also agree about parking. Whenever I go to training I have no problem parking over the Anderson Street bridge opposite the Gardens. We also should get the railways to leave the gate opposite Gosch’s paddock from Richmond Station permanently opened. There are more than adequate public transport links by train and tram. As a matter of public policy, we are getting close to banning private cars in the city anyway - or at least a congestion charge (or we should be). Part of this policy should be further encouragement for people to use public transport over cars anyway now that we are at last upgrading our rail system, not before time and admittedly in concept a job half done. City fringe centrally located headquarters there fits this perfectly, and as Jackson says “fits our traditions and future perfectly”. The thought of moving completely out to Waverley leaves me cold I’m afraid. The Casey compromise makes more sense to me.
  14. Kate Sheahan and Gerard Whateley were discussing today if you had to choose who would you choose between Daisy Pearse and Karen Paxman. Interestingly, both went for Paxman but only by a whisker. I sometimes think us supporters forget how good Daisy really is, both for her football brain and her outstanding leadership. In my book we need to retain both into the future, but I fear with the new franchises coming in both will be on the top of their shopping lists I was watching on Saturday what Paxman does off the ball. She is an elite runner and is almost Dangerfield like in the way she is constantly on the move, often from seemingly hopeless positions but more times than not she either tackles, or forces a turnover. Or more importantly I guess, gains a possession herself. Pearce to me has more of a marking dimension to her game, and is certainly an elite tackler, particularly given her 12 tackles from Saturday. She also provides the critical leadership particularly in tight situations. Isn’t it great to talk of an elite team wearing red and blue and singing “The Grand Old Flag” after every game! Long may it continue. I think not all the red and blue supporters have cottoned on to this yet....!!
  15. AFLW: Rd 2 Vs Adelaide at Casey

    I sympathise with your sentiments here, but I think if the women’s game is to fulfill its commercial potential (which is growing every day) we do have to face commercial reality: media coverage determines media behaviour i.e. eyeballs, so you will expect traditional media to support traditionally powerful clubs. I think the exciting thing about this demon women’s side, is that it plays such an attractive game style, comes from a traditional club with a substantial supporter base, it could well develop into a media hit in a similar way to the US Women’s soccer team did when they became about 10 years ago the premium world team and a media star. We clearly are not the US, but in the local context we do have the opportunity through the women to be more of a premium brand than we are at the moment. Consistency from the men would certainly help, but I have no confidence that is coming soon. As I have said in recent posts, as someone who has supported the Demons from boyhood (including sitting in a mezzanine stand as a 12 yo in 1964), I believe I am much more likey to see (maybe multiple) flags from our women than from our men. They are very classy. It may also be a very limited window, with North and Geelong coming in next year and another four clubs coming in the year after. They will surely rape our very talented playing list - unfortunately!