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    2017 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    Nice dream but most of the experts have McGannon going as a rookie at best.
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    Why Tanking is Smart: Connolly

    The one that did it for me that year was the game against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium when we had everything to play for and we played a static game against a team that worked hard all night and got the 10 goal win that they deserved. We simply weren't fit enough or hard enough to compete in those days. I really can't connect a lack of fitness compared to the leading teams in the competition in 2011 with the supposed "losing culture" developed within the team in 2009. Nor did a losing culture hurt Hawthorn or Collingwood when they picked up their priority draft picks. They got their windfalls because they managed to get Roughhead, Franklin (in the case of the Hawks) and Scott Pendlebury and Daisy Thomas (Pies) instead of the kid who did a runner for more ? at the first opportunity and Jack Trengove who was blighted by injuries with ours. There is an element of luck in there.
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    Alex Fasolo battling mental demons.

    The man has absolutely no understanding of what Fasolo's illness is all about. Perhaps one day he might be ready to talk but please ... it must never become the circus it would be in the way proposed by Robbie.
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    Demonland Player of the Year - Round 12

    6. Petracca 5. Jones 4. Oliver 3. Hunt 2. Watts 1. O McDonald
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    Jesse Hogan's Return

    The CEO should leave that stuff to the appropriate personnel in the coaching department. All I want to hear from PJ is that the club is looking after his long term health interests.
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    The Jack Trengove is BACK Thread

    I think you mean Bailey days and you might find that Col Garland remains as well although probably and unfortunately never to grace the G as well.
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    Australian Under 18 Championships 2017

    The boys from WA
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    Australian Under 18 Championships 2017

    195cm key forward - interesting Top cricket prospect Will Sutherland named for Vic Metro
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    2017 AFL National Draft prospects: The next batch

    It took only one YouTube sighting two years ago for ex-North Melbourne forward and Buffaloes clubmate Matt Campbell to be convinced of Sambono's ability. Essendon and NT legend Michael Long is another who has given Sambono the tick of approval as an AFL prospect. "I texted (Buffaloes coach) Mark Motlop after the game, asking 'Who's that kid in the No.5? He looks a goer'," Campbell said. Campbell was responsible for bringing Sambono down to Nyah-Nyah West United and has taken on a mentoring role with him. Sambono learned about Victoria's cold weather and being away from home, and Campbell said the young gun would be better for the experience. "I'd hate for a kid this talented not to get a look in, just because an AFL club is worried about what he'd do off-field," Campbell said. "He's not a risk, in terms of a Liam Jurrah. He doesn't drink and he doesn’t take drugs. "He's a great kid and all he wants is a great opportunity." OUCH!!!
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    JLT Community Games - Non MFC

    Damn, you do know that if Adelaide kicked one more goal, we would have slipped back into the top four!!!
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    Jack Watts

    Well ... if that happens there's every chance the mods will allow the opening up of yet another Jack Watts thread.
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    The No T$ No B$ Thread

    I'm sorry you gentlemen are going through such difficult times. I hope you go to church on Sunday mornings and you pray really hard so that you might find deliverance through the success of our football team this season.
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    I agree with those who say that we couldn't have played much worse than we did and yet we were still in the game 20 minutes into the last when we were down by 11 points (which could easily have been 6 if Hogan had kicked truly). True, we weren't clean with our disposal and let them out of defence easily but they were the home side and much closer to full strength than we were. I also noticed that there were a couple of patches in the second half when we dominated general play but struggled to convert and they killed us up forward when the ball hit the ground. We missed the likes of Garlett and Kent in attack; likewise we could have done with Jetta, Hibberd and Frost in defence. During the patches of play I mentioned, they got the rub of the green with the loose balls out of packs and the bounce finding their players. It doesn't always happen like that. Most of the problems highlighted in this thread are fixable by including some different personnel and changing up the tactics, especially with the zones. Also, we don't often play on a ground like Domain that suited the Eagles' style so well.
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    Whatching Collingwood towel up GWS today is leaving me with mixed emotions. On the one hand, thinking of what we could have done last week with one straighter shot at goal in that last quarter. On the other, knowing that the Pies look strong enough to sink the stilletos into the Crows next week. Naturally, our girls have to do the right thing the day before.
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    JLT Community Games - Non MFC

    Bolton and Neeld are/were not great coaches but you can't really compare their circumstances. Neeld came into a club and took over an already dysfunctional bruise-free group of players, some of who were already rebellious and angry about the dismissal of Dean Bailey. Bolton hasn't had to put up with a tenth of the disruption Neeld had to face coming from inside and outside - the death of Jim Stynes, the Jurrah incident, the racism beat up, the tanking investigation, sponsors going broke as well as a huge injury list and supposedly talented footballers who couldn't run a few laps of an oval without expiring. We don't need to make comparisons of poor coaching records. Coaches need and deserve a good space and time to bring about change. It took Roos three years and, in his final year, we still lost to a damaged Essendon and a poor Carlton. I'm still confident we can beat the Saints in Round 1. Carlton, like a lot of clubs in the middle of the practice match series, put in a younger and far weaker squad than in the first week. They had a different approach to the game yesterday and the result was inevitable. They're not going to set the world on fire but the result didn't reflect how their season is going to pan out.