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  1. We have to confine it to 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... (sorry)
  2. Demonland

    MATCH REPORT - Round 10

    THE RED AND BLUE CENTRE by George on The Outer While some may not be pleased with Melbourne “selling” games to play in the NT it has to be clear that after this round the MFC heart beats strongly in the middle of Australia at Alice Springs. Before the game, a match of third and fourth teams on the ladder would have been thought to be a close, hard fought contest. It never was, as Melbourne set about re-writing the record books with a 91 point win over last years Grand Finalist. Demonland fans have been watching the slow progress of the Club as it eliminated the horror records over a couple of years, but now the records are being made on the positive side of the ledger and in some cases, the best ever in club history. In this game alone - • The Demons recorded five wins in a row, which hasn’t happened since Nathan Jones first started playing; • The Demons’ unbroken run of consecutive winning quarters stretched to 18 which is four more than the previous club record; • The Demons inflicted Adelaide’s greatest loss under Don Pyke; • The Demons first quarter score against the Crows of 7.1 was its highest since 2011; and • Melbourne scored its greatest ever win over Adelaide. The list could probably go on and on, but more importantly, some of those records are still open-ended with the Bulldogs facing a worrying prospect next week. The game in Alice Springs was also a great victory off-field for the club. The version of the Grand Old Flag sung in Arrernte certainly cemented the locals as Demons supporters, as witnessed around the ground. And apart from the financial incentive of playing there, the exposure on FTA television with nearly an hour of free “advertising” before the game would have pleased sponsors. Wavering supporters who have yet to commit to the club in 2018, should be knocking on the membership department doors at 9.00am on Monday to ensure seats come September. It was hard to comment on individual efforts, as every single player contributed with Simon Goodwin ‘s mantra of contested football producing the results again. An opening 5 goals before the Crows had troubled the goal umpire almost guaranteed the win in the first quarter but the Demons didn’t stop and further scores of 16 goals in the following quarters showed the difference between the sides, while the Crows could only manage 5 in total after quarter time. It all started in the middle, with Max Gawn dominating with 49 hitouts against Sam Jacobs and he also more than doubled Jacobs output for the game with 12 touches to 5. The mids took full advantage from Max’s touch with Brayshaw playing what was probably his best game with 37 touches, Oliver 31, Viney 35 and Jones 28. If the Crows thought they would target Jake Lever, it was sadly mis-placed. 15 touches at 93% efficiency was the highest on the ground, 4 intercept marks and 3 rebound 50’s just broke Tex Walkers heart. It was good that he wasn’t playing to face the ignominy. Once again the work of the forwards in Jesse Hogan (5 goals) and Tom McDonald (2 goals) was first class with Hogan maintaining his record of a goal in every game. Equally as important was their ability to provide targets, take contested marks and bring the ball to ground that gave others like Jake Melksham, Alex Neal-Bullen, Christian and Mitch Hannan to crumb goal after goal. The Crows simply had no answer. While Tom McDonald under an injury cloud pre-game it was good to see him run out the game, and it was also telling that the club could afford to bring both Jayden Hunt and Cam Pedersen to the Alice and still have Casey win convincingly the day before. The depth now at the club is truly comforting, and the lack of injuries is also a big factor in understanding where we sit today. To be able to get into the senior team is going to be a difficult task for many, and only resting younger players or unexpected injury will see any change in the coming weeks. Being able to rest players is certainly something the club has not been able to contemplate in past years. Melbourne has made Alice Springs one of its “fortresses”. Next week, the team heads to its new “fortress” of Docklands (Etihad, Telstra, Marvel or whatever) Stadium. With the looming name change and a continuation of the form of these past 5 weeks, especially in this game, it will be the rest of the competition who will marvel at the 2018 Demons. Melbourne 7.1.43 12.2.74 18.6.114 23.8.146 Adelaide 3.1.19 4.226 5.4.34 8.7.55 Goals Melbourne Hogan 5 Brayshaw Neal-Bullen Petracca 3 T McDonald Melksham T Smith 2 Hannan Jones Spargo Adelaide Betts Douglas 2 Fogarty Gallucci Gibson Jenkins Best Melbourne Brayshaw Oliver Lever Gawn Viney Neal-Bullen Vince Hogan Hibberd ... and 13 others Adelaide Talia M Crouch Laird Greenwood Doedee Injuries Melbourne Nil Adelaide Seedsman (adductor) replaced in selected side by Myles Poholke, Brown (concussion) Reports Nil Umpires Donlon, Deboy, Brown Official crowd 6,989 at TIO Traeger Park
  3. While some may not be pleased with Melbourne “selling” games to play in the NT it has to be clear that after this round the MFC heart beats strongly in the middle of Australia at Alice Springs. Before the game, a match of third and fourth teams on the ladder would have been thought to be a close, hard fought contest. It never was, as Melbourne set about re-writing the record books with a 91 point win over last years Grand Finalist. Demonland fans have been watching the slow progress of the Club as it eliminated the horror records over a couple of years, but now the records are being made on the positive side of the ledger and in some cases, the best ever in club history. In this game alone - • The Demons recorded five wins in a row, which hasn’t happened since Nathan Jones first started playing; • The Demons’ unbroken run of consecutive winning quarters stretched to 18 which is four more than the previous club record; • The Demons inflicted Adelaide’s greatest loss under Don Pyke; • The Demons first quarter score against the Crows of 7.1 was its highest since 2011; and • Melbourne scored its greatest ever win over Adelaide. The list could probably go on and on, but more importantly, some of those records are still open-ended with the Bulldogs facing a worrying prospect next week. The game in Alice Springs was also a great victory off-field for the club. The version of the Grand Old Flag sung in Arrernte certainly cemented the locals as Demons supporters, as witnessed around the ground. And apart from the financial incentive of playing there, the exposure on FTA television with nearly an hour of free “advertising” before the game would have pleased sponsors. Wavering supporters who have yet to commit to the club in 2018, should be knocking on the membership department doors at 9.00am on Monday to ensure seats come September. It was hard to comment on individual efforts, as every single player contributed with Simon Goodwin ‘s mantra of contested football producing the results again. An opening 5 goals before the Crows had troubled the goal umpire almost guaranteed the win in the first quarter but the Demons didn’t stop and further scores of 16 goals in the following quarters showed the difference between the sides, while the Crows could only manage 5 in total after quarter time. It all started in the middle, with Max Gawn dominating with 49 hitouts against Sam Jacobs and he also more than doubled Jacobs output for the game with 12 touches to 5. The mids took full advantage from Max’s touch with Brayshaw playing what was probably his best game with 37 touches, Oliver 31, Viney 35 and Jones 28. If the Crows thought they would target Jake Lever, it was sadly mis-placed. 15 touches at 93% efficiency was the highest on the ground, 4 intercept marks and 3 rebound 50’s just broke Tex Walkers heart. It was good that he wasn’t playing to face the ignominy. Once again the work of the forwards in Jesse Hogan (5 goals) and Tom McDonald (2 goals) was first class with Hogan maintaining his record of a goal in every game. Equally as important was their ability to provide targets, take contested marks and bring the ball to ground that gave others like Jake Melksham, Alex Neal-Bullen, Christian and Mitch Hannan to crumb goal after goal. The Crows simply had no answer. While Tom McDonald under an injury cloud pre-game it was good to see him run out the game, and it was also telling that the club could afford to bring both Jayden Hunt and Cam Pedersen to the Alice and still have Casey win convincingly the day before. The depth now at the club is truly comforting, and the lack of injuries is also a big factor in understanding where we sit today. To be able to get into the senior team is going to be a difficult task for many, and only resting younger players or unexpected injury will see any change in the coming weeks. Being able to rest players is certainly something the club has not been able to contemplate in past years. Melbourne has made Alice Springs one of its “fortresses”. Next week, the team heads to its new “fortress” of Docklands (Etihad, Telstra, Marvel or whatever) Stadium. With the looming name change and a continuation of the form of these past 5 weeks, especially in this game, it will be the rest of the competition who will marvel at the 2018 Demons. Melbourne 7.1.43 12.2.74 18.6.114 23.8.146 Adelaide 3.1.19 4.226 5.4.34 8.7.55 Goals Melbourne Hogan 5 Brayshaw Neal-Bullen Petracca 3 T McDonald Melksham T Smith 2 Hannan Jones Spargo Adelaide Betts Douglas 2 Fogarty Gallucci Gibson Jenkins Best Melbourne Brayshaw Oliver Lever Gawn Viney Neal-Bullen Vince Hogan Hibberd ... and 13 others Adelaide Talia M Crouch Laird Greenwood Doedee Injuries Melbourne Nil Adelaide Seedsman (adductor) replaced in selected side by Myles Poholke, Brown (concussion) Reports Nil Umpires Donlon, Deboy, Brown Official crowd 6,989 at TIO Traeger Park
  4. Josh

    GAMEDAY - Round 10

    Here we go. If we had of set a bench mark for our last 4 weeks I think 75 goals, 14 quarters won in a row and 3rd on the ladder would have been about the best we could hope for. To those who say we played easy teams, tell that to Hawthorn and Geelong last week. These next 3 games are vitally important, and I for one have a good feeling. Dees by 35 points, McDonald BOG (hedging my bets a little bit there is two of them 😈)
  5. HEART OF THE NATION by Whispering Jack It feels as if I’m some form of rarefied atmosphere when previewing the AFL Match of the Round between third-placed Melbourne and fourth-placed Adelaide because it’s been a long time since the Demons have been involved in a game involving two teams in the top four this deep into a season. And ever since Adelaide skipper Taylor “Tex” Walker busted a gasket over Jake Lever’s decision to leave town and go back home to family, friends and the Melbourne Football Club, this game in the heart of the nation has been one of the made in heaven match ups of the season. It’s a pity that Tex won’t be taking the field at TIO Traeger Park but, as they say in the classics, the ground and the town like Alice isn’t big enough for both of them. Adelaide has a sizable injury list which includes a number of pesky characters who have caused Melbourne some grief in the past - Rory Sloane, Mitch McGovern, Brad Crouch and Brad Smith head the list - but our club’s history is studded with stories of opposition teams rising to the occasion and unearthing new stars in circumstances like this. In any event, the long injury list did not deter the Crows from demolishing the Bullies and keeping them down to just two goals last Friday night and they have the advantage over the Demons of an extra two days to recover from the tough rain-soaked match up. So when the Demons face off against the Crows it will be a huge clash for both sides but for Melbourne, it will be the time for it to claim a big scalp after winning four games in a row against some of the competition’s lesser lights. A victory over one of last year's Grand Finalists would give added credibility to the Demons as the mid point of the season approaches. THE GAME Melbourne v Adelaide at TIO Treager Park, Alice Springs Sunday 27 May, 2018 at 3.20 pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall - Melbourne 13 wins Adelaide 24 wins At TIO Treager Park - Melbourne 0 wins Adelaide 0 wins Past five meetings - Melbourne 2 wins Adelaide 3 wins The Coaches - Simon Goodwin 1 win Don Pyke 1 win MEDIA TV - Channel 7, Fox Sports 3, Live at 3.00pm RADIO - TBA THE LAST TIME THEY MET Adelaide 17.14.116 defeated Melbourne 10.10.70 Round 17, 2017 at TIO Stadium, Darwin The Demons fielded a depleted side and were never really in the hunt although they did mount a couple of spirited attempts to come back on either side of the three quarter time siren, a highlight of which was Jayden Hunt’s superb 65 metre torpedo that split the middle. Adelaide however, was too strong on the night and cruised away to a significant 46-point victory which was significant in harming Melbourne’s finals aspirations. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Bernie Vince, Jake Lever, Jordan Lewis 😄 Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Angus Brayshaw HF: Alex Neal-Bullen, Jesse Hogan, Jake Melksham F: Tom McDonald, Tim Smith, Christian Petracca Foll: Max Gawn, Christian Salem, Clayton Oliver I/C: James Harmes, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Hannan, Bayley Fritsch Emg: Dom Tyson, Cameron Pedersen, Jayden Hunt, Jeff Garlett No change ADELAIDE B: Jake Kelly , Daniel Talia, Luke Brown HB: Rory Laird, Tom Doedee, Paul Seedsman 😄 Rory Atkins, Hugh Greenwood, David Mackay HF: Richard Douglas, Tom Lynch, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen F: Darcy Fogarty, Josh Jenkins, Eddie Betts Foll: Sam Jacobs, Bryce Gibbs, Matt Crouch I/C: Jordan Gallucci, Kyle Hartigan, Sam Gibson, Wayne Milera, Emg: Lachlan Murphy , Reilly O'Brien, Andy Otten, Myles Poholke In: Luke Brown, Matt Crouch, W ayne Milera Out: Lachlan Murphy, Andy Otten, Myles Poholke The moment has finally arrived for Melbourne to assert itself, not as simply one of a pack of finals contenders, not just as a flat track bully that monsters the lowly and the weak and not as a pretender but as the real deal. The Demons have been bathing in glory over the past month but they have been doing so by mauling teams that occupy places among the competition's bottom six. They have won 14 quarters in a row in their past four games, during which time they scored 78.51 to 37.44 at a percentage of close to 200. They have thrown off the bogey of inaccuracy that marred their earlier games, have become the masters of the all-important third quarter (the famous premiership quarter) and have been getting better every week. On Sunday they come up against different opposition. Adelaide was for the better part of the 2017 season, the benchmark of the competition. The Crows were the premiership favourite right up until late in the second quarter of last year's grand final when the Tigers got hold of them and took a vice-like grip on the most important game of the season. And to add to the humiliation of their defeat, they were angered by the fact that one of their star young defenders was snatched away from them by those upstart Demons. How dare they? That was all a bit rich from a club that was in the process of luring Bryce Gibbs home from Carlton but skipper "Tex" Walker did nothing to hide the anger and angst of this young upstart walking out on them. It's a pity that Tex will be sitting in the stands when his teammates run onto the turf TIO Traeger Park where they have never played before, in a game that kicks off the celebrations for Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round in the following week. Despite the missing Adelaide stars, we shouldn't get carried away by the fact that an opponent has been hard hit by injury - we've been there before and had our noses severely bloodied. The Crows are not in the top four without reason and, despite their injury woes, they have won four of their past five games and were in front with less than a minute to go in the only defeat in that stretch of matches which included a win over the Swans at the SCG. This suggests that there's a big "beware Melbourne" written all over this game. And given its location and importance, there is one contest that stands out - the match up between Eddie Betts and Neville Jetta. You can forget the Crows' vendetta against Jake Lever or the doubt about whether Tom McDonald will play, this is the battle that will shape the contest. Eddie Betts has been back in town these past few weeks after a slow start to the season and likewise, Neville is also returning to his best form. This clash could well decide which team wins the battle for the heart of the nation. Call me biased if you wish, tell me I'm in the dreamtime, but I'm in the Jetta camp and I therefore tip Melbourne to make it five in a row for the first time in almost living memory. Melbourne by 28 points.
  6. It feels as if I’m some form of rarefied atmosphere when previewing the AFL Match of the Round between third-placed Melbourne and fourth-placed Adelaide because it’s been a long time since the Demons have been involved in a game involving two teams in the top four this deep into a season. And ever since Adelaide skipper Taylor “Tex” Walker busted a gasket over Jake Lever’s decision to leave town and go back home to family, friends and the Melbourne Football Club, this game in the heart of the nation has been one of the made in heaven match ups of the season. It’s a pity that Tex won’t be taking the field at TIO Traeger Park but, as they say in the classics, the ground and the town like Alice isn’t big enough for both of them. Adelaide has a sizable injury list which includes a number of pesky characters who have caused Melbourne some grief in the past - Rory Sloane, Mitch McGovern, Brad Crouch and Brad Smith head the list - but our club’s history is studded with stories of opposition teams rising to the occasion and unearthing new stars in circumstances like this. In any event, the long injury list did not deter the Crows from demolishing the Bullies and keeping them down to just two goals last Friday night and they have the advantage over the Demons of an extra two days to recover from the tough rain-soaked match up. So when the Demons face off against the Crows it will be a huge clash for both sides but for Melbourne, it will be the time for it to claim a big scalp after winning four games in a row against some of the competition’s lesser lights. A victory over one of last year's Grand Finalists would give added credibility to the Demons as the mid point of the season approaches. THE GAME Melbourne v Adelaide at TIO Treager Park, Alice Springs Sunday 27 May, 2018 at 3.20 pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall - Melbourne 13 wins Adelaide 24 wins At TIO Treager Park - Melbourne 0 wins Adelaide 0 wins Past five meetings - Melbourne 2 wins Adelaide 3 wins The Coaches - Simon Goodwin 1 win Don Pyke 1 win MEDIA TV - Channel 7, Fox Sports 3, Live at 3.00pm RADIO - TBA THE LAST TIME THEY MET Adelaide 17.14.116 defeated Melbourne 10.10.70 Round 17, 2017 at TIO Stadium, Darwin The Demons fielded a depleted side and were never really in the hunt although they did mount a couple of spirited attempts to come back on either side of the three quarter time siren, a highlight of which was Jayden Hunt’s superb 65 metre torpedo that split the middle. Adelaide however, was too strong on the night and cruised away to a significant 46-point victory which was significant in harming Melbourne’s finals aspirations. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Bernie Vince, Jake Lever, Jordan Lewis 😄 Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Angus Brayshaw HF: Alex Neal-Bullen, Jesse Hogan, Jake Melksham F: Tom McDonald, Tim Smith, Christian Petracca Foll: Max Gawn, Christian Salem, Clayton Oliver I/C: James Harmes, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Hannan, Bayley Fritsch Emg: Dom Tyson, Cameron Pedersen, Jayden Hunt, Jeff Garlett No change ADELAIDE B: Jake Kelly , Daniel Talia, Luke Brown HB: Rory Laird, Tom Doedee, Paul Seedsman 😄 Rory Atkins, Hugh Greenwood, David Mackay HF: Richard Douglas, Tom Lynch, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen F: Darcy Fogarty, Josh Jenkins, Eddie Betts Foll: Sam Jacobs, Bryce Gibbs, Matt Crouch I/C: Jordan Gallucci, Kyle Hartigan, Sam Gibson, Wayne Milera, Emg: Lachlan Murphy , Reilly O'Brien, Andy Otten, Myles Poholke In: Luke Brown, Matt Crouch, W ayne Milera Out: Lachlan Murphy, Andy Otten, Myles Poholke The moment has finally arrived for Melbourne to assert itself, not as simply one of a pack of finals contenders, not just as a flat track bully that monsters the lowly and the weak and not as a pretender but as the real deal. The Demons have been bathing in glory over the past month but they have been doing so by mauling teams that occupy places among the competition's bottom six. They have won 14 quarters in a row in their past four games, during which time they scored 78.51 to 37.44 at a percentage of close to 200. They have thrown off the bogey of inaccuracy that marred their earlier games, have become the masters of the all-important third quarter (the famous premiership quarter) and have been getting better every week. On Sunday they come up against different opposition. Adelaide was for the better part of the 2017 season, the benchmark of the competition. The Crows were the premiership favourite right up until late in the second quarter of last year's grand final when the Tigers got hold of them and took a vice-like grip on the most important game of the season. And to add to the humiliation of their defeat, they were angered by the fact that one of their star young defenders was snatched away from them by those upstart Demons. How dare they? That was all a bit rich from a club that was in the process of luring Bryce Gibbs home from Carlton but skipper "Tex" Walker did nothing to hide the anger and angst of this young upstart walking out on them. It's a pity that Tex will be sitting in the stands when his teammates run onto the turf TIO Traeger Park where they have never played before, in a game that kicks off the celebrations for Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round in the following week. Despite the missing Adelaide stars, we shouldn't get carried away by the fact that an opponent has been hard hit by injury - we've been there before and had our noses severely bloodied. The Crows are not in the top four without reason and, despite their injury woes, they have won four of their past five games and were in front with less than a minute to go in the only defeat in that stretch of matches which included a win over the Swans at the SCG. This suggests that there's a big "beware Melbourne" written all over this game. And given its location and importance, there is one contest that stands out - the match up between Eddie Betts and Neville Jetta. You can forget the Crows' vendetta against Jake Lever or the doubt about whether Tom McDonald will play, this is the battle that will shape the contest. Eddie Betts has been back in town these past few weeks after a slow start to the season and likewise, Neville is also returning to his best form. This clash could well decide which team wins the battle for the heart of the nation. Call me biased if you wish, tell me I'm in the dreamtime, but I'm in the Jetta camp and I therefore tip Melbourne to make it five in a row for the first time in almost living memory. Melbourne by 28 points.
  7. Demonland

    The Last Time They Met

    It was a real dog of a night in Darwin with Jayden Hunt’s booming goal to end the third quarter one of the only highlights. But will Hunty be in Alice Springs this time? THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Josh Wagner, Sam Frost, Bernie Vince 😄 Alex Neal-Bullen, Jordan Lewis, Mitch Hannan HF: Christian Petracca, Tom McDonald, Jayden Hunt F: Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan, Cameron Pedersen FOLL: Max Gawn, Jake Melksham, Clayton Oliver I/C: James Harmes, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Dean Kent, Joel Smith EMG: Billy Stretch, Jack Trengove, Sam Weideman IN: Jay Kennedy-Harris OUT: Billy Stretch (omitted) ADELAIDE CROWS B: Rory Laird, Jake Lever, Andy Otten HB: Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly 😄 Rory Sloane, Richard Douglas, Brodie Smith HF: Riley Knight, Taylor Walker, Charlie Cameron F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Brad Crouch  I/C: Rory Atkins, Hugh Greenwood, Tom Lynch, David Mackay EMG: Jonathon Beech, Jordan Gallucci, Paul Seedsman IN: Hugh Greenwood, Tom Lynch OUT: Wayne Milera (calf), Scott Thompson (omitted)
  8. Demonland

    BACK TO BACK by Ruby Tuesday

    Despite a slow start that saw it lead by a solitary point at quarter time even though it had first use of a strong breeze at Casey Fields, Melbourne thrashed reigning premier Adelaide by 32 points to retain their unbeaten record in the 2018 AFLW competition. The AFL hierarchy had made clear its edict for higher scoring and the adoption of a a 5-6-5 structure and the Demons responded with four goals against the wind in the second quarter to well and truly stitch up the game. With the lead out to 20 points at the main break, the home side continued to control proceedings and coasted home in the last for back to back victories. In just two matches, they have passed 100 points for the season and gained recognition for their attractive play. The highlight was no doubt the Buddyesque goal from Aliesha Newman who carried the ball from the wing with three bounces evading two opponents and curved the ball through the big sticks to record the early contender for goal of the year. But the adage about a dominant midfield was no more pronounced than in this game with Melbourne’s Karen Paxman, Daisy Pearce and Elise O'Dea setting the tone from the very start with Paxman dictating terms after her injury scare in the opening game when she left the ground before quarter time with back spasms. This week she was leading possession gatherer with 21 disposals despite being afforded the luxury of a rest in the final term with the game well and truly done and dusted. O’Dea and Pearce worked hard all game and were not far behind her in the possession count. The Demons worked harder than the Crows and were well rewarded with the four points for a game in which they held sway across the ground. Lily Mithen continued her impressive start to the season and Bianca Jakobsson again showed that she will be a vaualable addition to the ranks. The team travels interstate for its next clash against the Dockers at Fremantle Oval. Melbourne 1.1.7 5.2.32 7.4.46 8.8.56 Adelaide 1.0.6 2.0.12 3.0.18 4.0.24 Goals Melbourne Cunningham Newman 2 Cranston Hickey L Pearce Scott Adelaide Hewett Holmes McCormick Wallace Best Melbourne Paxman, O'Dea Jakobsson Hore, Mithen D Pearce Adelaide Marinoff Cox Randall Varnhagen Cox Injuries TBA Reports Nil Umpires Gibson McGinness Heffernan Official crowd 3,800 at Casey Fields
  9. Such a bummer. Nothing to say. Going to bed.
  10. Demonland

    MATCH REPORT - Round 17

    DARWIN DREAMING by George on the Outer TIO Stadium in Darwin, the location of Melbourne's match against Adelaide on Saturday, was an absolute picture. With the sun setting over the bay behind the grandstand and the temperature in the low 20’s the conditions were perfect for football. Don’t let anyone perpetuate the myth about humid conditions: they simply weren't there and there will be no effects from this trip. But in the Land of The Dreaming, for the Demons to have any pretensions about beating league leaders Adelaide, it was truly too much of a stretch to expect anything other than the result which eventuated. The Crowd were at full strength, while Melbourne were without arguably six or seven of their top 22 players, and were certainly lacking considerably in the midfield without the likes of Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Christian Salem. and Dom Tyson. To replace them we had Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver, Alex Neal-Bullen and Jay Kennedy-Harris, all who had barely played a much footballing in that area at the start of 2017. And so it showed with the stronger Adelaide bodies taking control from the first bounce and continuing on to have a six goal lead at quarter time. It was to be a difference that remained to the end. In past years this sort of start would have led to a 100 point blow out but not the current Demons side, however undermanned they have been. Slowly they pegged the lead back over the next two threatening to sneak an unlikely win. But it was all to much and the bigger bodies of the Crows against the tiring bodies of the young Demond side eventually saw them with a 46 point victory as they topped the game off with a couple of junk time goals. It was a strange game to watch live as the crowd have no idea of what is happening on the field, since it is more of a social gathering. Eyes were fixed on the big screen more often than not, and most of the “not” time was on their small screens or taking a trip to the beer stands or just catching up with friends. If you come up next year to watch the football, get yourself a seat, as the locals won’t give you the chance to watch it in peace otherwise. However, the 12,000 socialites who turned up did turn it into a worthwhile event for the MFC as a home game, because this was a sellout match, probably a first for that arena. More were turned away, as they expected to roll up and buy entrance at the gate, and couldn’t do so. On field for the Demons there were also those who didn’t turn up in time. Jesse Hogan was hopelessly outpointed and while returning from difficult times for himself, he is simply not playing good football as a forward. Positioning behind the defenders simply gave them first dibs at the ball as it came forward and Ottens and Lever had a field day. Then combined with shocking kicking and dropped marks, he truly had a night to forget. Max Gawn came up against Sam Jacobs who ran him ragged. It is good to have Max back and he was able to get his hands on the ball plenty of times, but around the ground his fitness was lacking. Without him being able to get to marking contests, we simply are behind when we are looking for that tall target. Then Adelaide have a surfeit of talls in Jacobs, Jenkins, Lynch and Ottens and Lever, so it became even more pronounced. Bernie Vince will be spending time with the MRP again and can look forward to more time away from the game with an almost certain suspension for a hit on Betts. Tom McDonald was almost unsighted this week and likewise Cam Pedersen. With Hogan making up our tall forwards, they simply failed to provide anything of value and a solitary goal between the 3 of them represented their total output. The mids did their best and Jordan Lewis probably played his best game for the Red and Blue with 33 touches, while Oliver and Jay Kennedy-Harris contributed 27 and 28 respectively. They gave the forwards enough chances and even up to ¾ time Melbourne had more inside 50 chances. The backs were magnificent all night. There are no longer questions around Oscar McDonald with 10 1% ers and 3 rebound 50’s, more than double anyone else in the side. Michael Hibberd continued his courageous form with 32 touches and his general toughness in tight situations is telling. Josh Wagner played brilliantly and is complementing the rest of the backline with his dash, while Hunt almost pulled off the play of the day with a 60m kick after the ¾ time siren to bring the Demons back within striking distance. It is a dream to make finals this year and that is still a strong possibility. But to fulfil that dream we need the players to do the job, and it just seems to get harder. Dean Kent popped a shoulder and will not play next week, Bernie will be suspended again and we can only hope for the return of Jack Watts and Dom Tyson. One step forward and yet one back. Can the dream be revitalized? Maybe, and maybe the opponents in the final weeks of the season will give us the necessary wins. But as this game showed, without a respectable midfield the story of the 2016 season may just become the by-line of Darryl Kerrigan in The Castle ... "tell them they are dreamin' …” Melbourne 1.3.9 5.3.33 9.7.61 10.10.70 Adelaide 7.2.44 11.6.72 12.11.83 17.14.116 Goals Melbourne Melksham 3 Gawn Hunt Kent T.McDonald Neal-Bullen Oliver Petracca Adelaide Walker 4 Lynch 3 Betts McGovern Mackay 2 B.Crouch Jacobs Jenkins Knight Best Melbourne Hibberd Vince Lewis Kennedy-Harris Hunt Neal-Bullen Adelaide B.Crouch Walker Lynch Laird M.Crouch Cameron Changes Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Injuries Melbourne Dean Kent (left shoulder) Adelaide Rory Sloane (concussion) Jake Lever (hamstring) Reports Melbourne Bernie Vince for rough conduct on Douglas in the second quarter Adelaide Nil Umpires Donlon, Rosebury, Ryan Attendance 12,104 at TIO Stadium
  11. TIO Stadium in Darwin, the location of Melbourne's match against Adelaide on Saturday, was an absolute picture. With the sun setting over the bay behind the grandstand and the temperature in the low 20’s the conditions were perfect for football. Don’t let anyone perpetuate the myth about humid conditions: they simply weren't there and there will be no effects from this trip. But in the Land of The Dreaming, for the Demons to have any pretensions about beating league leaders Adelaide, it was truly too much of a stretch to expect anything other than the result which eventuated. The Crowd were at full strength, while Melbourne were without arguably six or seven of their top 22 players, and were certainly lacking considerably in the midfield without the likes of Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Christian Salem. and Dom Tyson. To replace them we had Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver, Alex Neal-Bullen and Jay Kennedy-Harris, all who had barely played a much footballing in that area at the start of 2017. And so it showed with the stronger Adelaide bodies taking control from the first bounce and continuing on to have a six goal lead at quarter time. It was to be a difference that remained to the end. In past years this sort of start would have led to a 100 point blow out but not the current Demons side, however undermanned they have been. Slowly they pegged the lead back over the next two threatening to sneak an unlikely win. But it was all to much and the bigger bodies of the Crows against the tiring bodies of the young Demond side eventually saw them with a 46 point victory as they topped the game off with a couple of junk time goals. It was a strange game to watch live as the crowd have no idea of what is happening on the field, since it is more of a social gathering. Eyes were fixed on the big screen more often than not, and most of the “not” time was on their small screens or taking a trip to the beer stands or just catching up with friends. If you come up next year to watch the football, get yourself a seat, as the locals won’t give you the chance to watch it in peace otherwise. However, the 12,000 socialites who turned up did turn it into a worthwhile event for the MFC as a home game, because this was a sellout match, probably a first for that arena. More were turned away, as they expected to roll up and buy entrance at the gate, and couldn’t do so. On field for the Demons there were also those who didn’t turn up in time. Jesse Hogan was hopelessly outpointed and while returning from difficult times for himself, he is simply not playing good football as a forward. Positioning behind the defenders simply gave them first dibs at the ball as it came forward and Ottens and Lever had a field day. Then combined with shocking kicking and dropped marks, he truly had a night to forget. Max Gawn came up against Sam Jacobs who ran him ragged. It is good to have Max back and he was able to get his hands on the ball plenty of times, but around the ground his fitness was lacking. Without him being able to get to marking contests, we simply are behind when we are looking for that tall target. Then Adelaide have a surfeit of talls in Jacobs, Jenkins, Lynch and Ottens and Lever, so it became even more pronounced. Bernie Vince will be spending time with the MRP again and can look forward to more time away from the game with an almost certain suspension for a hit on Betts. Tom McDonald was almost unsighted this week and likewise Cam Pedersen. With Hogan making up our tall forwards, they simply failed to provide anything of value and a solitary goal between the 3 of them represented their total output. The mids did their best and Jordan Lewis probably played his best game for the Red and Blue with 33 touches, while Oliver and Jay Kennedy-Harris contributed 27 and 28 respectively. They gave the forwards enough chances and even up to ¾ time Melbourne had more inside 50 chances. The backs were magnificent all night. There are no longer questions around Oscar McDonald with 10 1% ers and 3 rebound 50’s, more than double anyone else in the side. Michael Hibberd continued his courageous form with 32 touches and his general toughness in tight situations is telling. Josh Wagner played brilliantly and is complementing the rest of the backline with his dash, while Hunt almost pulled off the play of the day with a 60m kick after the ¾ time siren to bring the Demons back within striking distance. It is a dream to make finals this year and that is still a strong possibility. But to fulfil that dream we need the players to do the job, and it just seems to get harder. Dean Kent popped a shoulder and will not play next week, Bernie will be suspended again and we can only hope for the return of Jack Watts and Dom Tyson. One step forward and yet one back. Can the dream be revitalized? Maybe, and maybe the opponents in the final weeks of the season will give us the necessary wins. But as this game showed, without a respectable midfield the story of the 2016 season may just become the by-line of Darryl Kerrigan in The Castle ... "tell them they are dreamin' …” Melbourne 1.3.9 5.3.33 9.7.61 10.10.70 Adelaide 7.2.44 11.6.72 12.11.83 17.14.116 Goals Melbourne Melksham 3 Gawn Hunt Kent T.McDonald Neal-Bullen Oliver Petracca Adelaide Walker 4 Lynch 3 Betts McGovern Mackay 2 B.Crouch Jacobs Jenkins Knight Best Melbourne Hibberd Vince Lewis Kennedy-Harris Hunt Neal-Bullen Adelaide B.Crouch Walker Lynch Laird M.Crouch Cameron Changes Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Injuries Melbourne Dean Kent (left shoulder) Adelaide Rory Sloane (concussion) Jake Lever (hamstring) Reports Melbourne Bernie Vince for rough conduct on Douglas in the second quarter Adelaide Nil Umpires Donlon, Rosebury, Ryan Attendance 12,104 at TIO Stadium
  12. Whispering_Jack

    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    There was a time when I had some issues about giving up home games for the ? but these days, our record at the G isn't all that flash. We've only beaten Carlton (twice) and Collingwood there and have had costly stumbles against others who were outside the top 8. On the other hand, we're unbeaten at interstate venues and have done well away from home losing only to Geelong at Etihad when Max and Tim Smith both went down with injury and we ran out of gas. I don't have high expectations tonight but getting the points would probably cement us in the finals race, albeit with lots of work to do.
  13. ON THE ROAD AGAIN by Whispering Jack I like the fact that Melbourne is still standing four months into a season that has been so badly interrupted by injuries, illness, suspensions and some of the disappointing early losses that occurred at least partly as a result of the disruption that these things brought with them. The Demons are still standing particularly because in recent weeks they have found ways to win close games that tested their nerve and their depth which is one of the ingredients needed for them to become a great side. I'm not suggesting the club is anywhere near such lofty heights right now but if it wants to aspire to the level of greatness in this sport at any time soon then what happens over the next four weeks will be a guide as to how far this team can possibly go. This Saturday night the Demons face the Crows in Darwin, then it's Port Adelaide at the MCG, North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena, Hobart and the GWS Giants in the national capital. Three road trips is an enormous task in light of the fact that the co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney might miss all of those games and other key midfielders like Christian Salem, Angus Brayshaw and possibly even Dom Tyson are likely to miss some, if not all of them. And that's not to mention Jack Watts whose lingering hamstring strain continues to place a question mark on the timing of his return. But let's go back and do what all good football people do and that is take things one game at a time, starting with the last one - that very lucky victory over Carlton. A narrow win over a 16th placed side, albeit by an undermanned team, is not particularly inspiring even allowing for the Blues' wins this year against the two Sydney teams and their recent close encounter with the Crows. Surprisingly, the Blues had the edge in both age and experience (games played +259) and with three of last year's top four best and fairest winners out (and the other underdone after coming back from a long injury break), the Demons belied their favoritism going into the game. Most good sides would have beaten Melbourne last Sunday. This week's opponent Adelaide is a very, very good one and a hard one to beat when you're without most of your best midfielders. Jones, Viney and Salem all starred when the Dees beat the Crows in Adelaide two months ago so it's going to be a tough ask expecting them to repeat the dose with another six day break and a trip to the hellishly hot and humid Top End. The forecast for Saturday is a maximum of 33 degrees. By nightfall, it will only be a few degrees cooler. The circumstances of the game will no doubt weigh heavily on the minds of the selectors who know that the team will also need to be refreshed for the week following when they take on Port Adelaide in another vital match up. But now I'm getting ahead of myself and ignoring my message about taking things a week at a time. On that score, the club has to take great credit for quickly defusing the matter between Clayton Oliver and that goading Blues fan by getting the Demon youngster to apologise for his behaviour. I like to call it the "Clayton's Apology". Oliver has been in great form despite the ribbing he and others have been getting from the media and opposition supporters which demonstrates that the club has finally shaken off the "loser" tag. I will be back after team selection to look at whether the Demons can take it one step further to upset the ladder leaders on the road in Darwin. THE GAME Melbourne v Adelaide at TIO Stadium, Darwin Saturday 15 July, 2017 at 7.40 pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall - Melbourne 13 wins Adelaide 23 wins At TIO Stadium - Melbourne 0 wins Adelaide 0 wins Past five meetings - Melbourne 2 wins Adelaide 3 wins The Coaches - Simon Goodwin 1 win Don Pyke 0 wins MEDIA TV - Channel 7, Fox Sports 3 Live at 7.30pm RADIO - SEN THE BETTING Melbourne to win - $3.00, Adelaide to win - $1.39 THE LAST TIME THEY MET Melbourne 17.5.107 defeated Adelaide 9.12.66 Round 15, 2017 at the Adelaide Oval The Demons stunned the Crows and the football world when they turned a 28 point deficit at the 18 minute mark of the second term into a 41 point victory. The turnaround came about thanks to the dominance of midfielders and co-captains Nathan Jones (25 disposals) and Jack Viney (30 touches) and emerging star Christian Salem (31 disposals), none of who will be out on the field on Saturday night. Michael Hibberd (34 possessions) was superb in defence while Bernie Vince, playing against his old club, celebrated his 200th AFL game by closing down the dangerous Rory Sloane. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Josh Wagner, Sam Frost, Bernie Vince C: Alex Neal-Bullen, Jordan Lewis, Mitch Hannan HF: Christian Petracca, Tom McDonald, Jayden Hunt F: Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan, Cameron Pedersen FOLL: Max Gawn, Jake Melksham, Clayton Oliver I/C: James Harmes, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Dean Kent, Joel Smith EMG: Billy Stretch, Jack Trengove, Sam Weideman IN: Jay Kennedy-Harris OUT: Billy Stretch (omitted) ADELAIDE CROWS B: Rory Laird, Jake Lever, Andy Otten HB: Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly C: Rory Sloane, Richard Douglas, Brodie Smith HF: Riley Knight, Taylor Walker, Charlie Cameron F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Brad Crouch I/C: Rory Atkins, Hugh Greenwood, Tom Lynch, David Mackay EMG: Jonathon Beech, Jordan Gallucci, Paul Seedsman IN: Hugh Greenwood, Tom Lynch OUT: Wayne Milera (calf), Scott Thompson (omitted) Once it was clear that they were not ready and that Dom Tyson and Jack Watts were therefore not going to make the trip to Darwin, the team selection for the Adelaide Crows game was fairly predictable. Jay Kennedy-Harris received another chance to revive his career at the expense of Billy Stretch who has been disappointing of late. Kennedy-Harris' form at VFL level has been outstanding since he was dropped earlier in the season and he might well have been welcomed back a fortnight ago but for that well-documented drinking incident with a few of the boys after a recent Casey victory. His selection makes sense for a game in muggy heat and under lights that calls for smaller players with pace rather than the bigger types. However, the story is not all about the diminutive Demon youngster who showed promise in his debut season but has been severely curtailed by injuries ever since. The selectors would have dearly loved the option of bringing in more fit players for the team's fourth six-day break (and second interstate) game in five weeks but the cupboard was decidedly bare as a result of having those midfielders in the infirmary recovering from the ailments of recent rounds. Compounding matters is the fact that the Casey Demons had only three players in their last game who have played at AFL level this year and none of them fits the requirements in terms of their size. Simon Goodwin is however, extremely confident that the next tier of mids can step up to the plate: "We train all our players up to play a certain way, so it really isn't personnel based. Clearly we've got some really good midfielders out of the team. "But that's provided a great opportunity for guys like (Christian) Petracca, Mitch Hannan and James Harmes to come into the midfield and … last week (they) were very good in that area." Much the same could be said of the team when they met the Crows at Adelaide Oval in round eight and recorded their best win of the season. They did so without Max Gawn and Jesse Hogan but others stood up in their absence. This is exactly what Goodwin is asking for on Saturday night. The two teams are first and second for contested possessions so that battle will be crucial. If the Demons can contain the likes of dangerous forwards, Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Tex Walker who are the Crows' heaviest goalkickers, then half the job will be done. I can't be entirely convinced that this will happen and that Melbourne will kick enough goals on the night so I'm going to sit on the fence and tip a draw.
  14. I like the fact that Melbourne is still standing four months into a season that has been so badly interrupted by injuries, illness, suspensions and some of the disappointing early losses that occurred at least partly as a result of the disruption that these things brought with them. The Demons are still standing particularly because in recent weeks they have found ways to win close games that tested their nerve and their depth which is one of the ingredients needed for them to become a great side. I'm not suggesting the club is anywhere near such lofty heights right now but if it wants to aspire to the level of greatness in this sport at any time soon then what happens over the next four weeks will be a guide as to how far this team can possibly go. This Saturday night the Demons face the Crows in Darwin, then it's Port Adelaide at the MCG, North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena, Hobart and the GWS Giants in the national capital. Three road trips is an enormous task in light of the fact that the co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney might miss all of those games and other key midfielders like Christian Salem, Angus Brayshaw and possibly even Dom Tyson are likely to miss some, if not all of them. And that's not to mention Jack Watts whose lingering hamstring strain continues to place a question mark on the timing of his return. But let's go back and do what all good football people do and that is take things one game at a time, starting with the last one - that very lucky victory over Carlton. A narrow win over a 16th placed side, albeit by an undermanned team, is not particularly inspiring even allowing for the Blues' wins this year against the two Sydney teams and their recent close encounter with the Crows. Surprisingly, the Blues had the edge in both age and experience (games played +259) and with three of last year's top four best and fairest winners out (and the other underdone after coming back from a long injury break), the Demons belied their favoritism going into the game. Most good sides would have beaten Melbourne last Sunday. This week's opponent Adelaide is a very, very good one and a hard one to beat when you're without most of your best midfielders. Jones, Viney and Salem all starred when the Dees beat the Crows in Adelaide two months ago so it's going to be a tough ask expecting them to repeat the dose with another six day break and a trip to the hellishly hot and humid Top End. The forecast for Saturday is a maximum of 33 degrees. By nightfall, it will only be a few degrees cooler. The circumstances of the game will no doubt weigh heavily on the minds of the selectors who know that the team will also need to be refreshed for the week following when they take on Port Adelaide in another vital match up. But now I'm getting ahead of myself and ignoring my message about taking things a week at a time. On that score, the club has to take great credit for quickly defusing the matter between Clayton Oliver and that goading Blues fan by getting the Demon youngster to apologise for his behaviour. I like to call it the "Clayton's Apology". Oliver has been in great form despite the ribbing he and others have been getting from the media and opposition supporters which demonstrates that the club has finally shaken off the "loser" tag. I will be back after team selection to look at whether the Demons can take it one step further to upset the ladder leaders on the road in Darwin. THE GAME Melbourne v Adelaide at TIO Stadium, Darwin Saturday 15 July, 2017 at 7.40 pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall - Melbourne 13 wins Adelaide 23 wins At TIO Stadium - Melbourne 0 wins Adelaide 0 wins Past five meetings - Melbourne 2 wins Adelaide 3 wins The Coaches - Simon Goodwin 1 win Don Pyke 0 wins MEDIA TV - Channel 7, Fox Sports 3 Live at 7.30pm RADIO - SEN THE BETTING Melbourne to win - $3.00, Adelaide to win - $1.39 THE LAST TIME THEY MET Melbourne 17.5.107 defeated Adelaide 9.12.66 Round 15, 2017 at the Adelaide Oval The Demons stunned the Crows and the football world when they turned a 28 point deficit at the 18 minute mark of the second term into a 41 point victory. The turnaround came about thanks to the dominance of midfielders and co-captains Nathan Jones (25 disposals) and Jack Viney (30 touches) and emerging star Christian Salem (31 disposals), none of who will be out on the field on Saturday night. Michael Hibberd (34 possessions) was superb in defence while Bernie Vince, playing against his old club, celebrated his 200th AFL game by closing down the dangerous Rory Sloane. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Josh Wagner, Sam Frost, Bernie Vince C: Alex Neal-Bullen, Jordan Lewis, Mitch Hannan HF: Christian Petracca, Tom McDonald, Jayden Hunt F: Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan, Cameron Pedersen FOLL: Max Gawn, Jake Melksham, Clayton Oliver I/C: James Harmes, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Dean Kent, Joel Smith EMG: Billy Stretch, Jack Trengove, Sam Weideman IN: Jay Kennedy-Harris OUT: Billy Stretch (omitted) ADELAIDE CROWS B: Rory Laird, Jake Lever, Andy Otten HB: Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly C: Rory Sloane, Richard Douglas, Brodie Smith HF: Riley Knight, Taylor Walker, Charlie Cameron F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Brad Crouch I/C: Rory Atkins, Hugh Greenwood, Tom Lynch, David Mackay EMG: Jonathon Beech, Jordan Gallucci, Paul Seedsman IN: Hugh Greenwood, Tom Lynch OUT: Wayne Milera (calf), Scott Thompson (omitted) Once it was clear that they were not ready and that Dom Tyson and Jack Watts were therefore not going to make the trip to Darwin, the team selection for the Adelaide Crows game was fairly predictable. Jay Kennedy-Harris received another chance to revive his career at the expense of Billy Stretch who has been disappointing of late. Kennedy-Harris' form at VFL level has been outstanding since he was dropped earlier in the season and he might well have been welcomed back a fortnight ago but for that well-documented drinking incident with a few of the boys after a recent Casey victory. His selection makes sense for a game in muggy heat and under lights that calls for smaller players with pace rather than the bigger types. However, the story is not all about the diminutive Demon youngster who showed promise in his debut season but has been severely curtailed by injuries ever since. The selectors would have dearly loved the option of bringing in more fit players for the team's fourth six-day break (and second interstate) game in five weeks but the cupboard was decidedly bare as a result of having those midfielders in the infirmary recovering from the ailments of recent rounds. Compounding matters is the fact that the Casey Demons had only three players in their last game who have played at AFL level this year and none of them fits the requirements in terms of their size. Simon Goodwin is however, extremely confident that the next tier of mids can step up to the plate: "We train all our players up to play a certain way, so it really isn't personnel based. Clearly we've got some really good midfielders out of the team. "But that's provided a great opportunity for guys like (Christian) Petracca, Mitch Hannan and James Harmes to come into the midfield and … last week (they) were very good in that area." Much the same could be said of the team when they met the Crows at Adelaide Oval in round eight and recorded their best win of the season. They did so without Max Gawn and Jesse Hogan but others stood up in their absence. This is exactly what Goodwin is asking for on Saturday night. The two teams are first and second for contested possessions so that battle will be crucial. If the Demons can contain the likes of dangerous forwards, Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Tex Walker who are the Crows' heaviest goalkickers, then half the job will be done. I can't be entirely convinced that this will happen and that Melbourne will kick enough goals on the night so I'm going to sit on the fence and tip a draw.
  15. Demonland

    THE LAST TIME THEY MET

    Off to TIO Stadium, Darwin to play Adelaide. Does anyone know if we've played them there before for premiership points? The last time these teams met was a mere two months ago just after Jesse Hogan's illness was diagnosed but not yet divulged publicly. We were also without any tall ruckman but we beat them anyway by dominating the midfield. This time around, it's the opposite - our entire centre line who were so instrumental in the win will be missing. ADELAIDE B: Jake Kelly, Daniel Talia, Luke Brown HB: Rory Laird, Kyle Hartigan, David Mackay C: Rory Sloane, Richard Douglas, Brodie Smith HF: Tom Lynch, Josh Jenkins, Wayne Milera F: Andy Otten, Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Rory Atkins, Matt Crouch I/C: Charlie Cameron, Brad Crouch, Curtly Hampton, Troy Menzel EMG: Jordan Gallucci, Hugh Greenwood, Reilly O'Brien IN: Wayne Milera Troy Menzel OUT: Riley Knight (corked gluts) Jake Lever (hamstring), MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Jayden Hunt, Sam Frost, Bernie Vince C: Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Christian Salem HF: Christian Petracca, Jack Watts, Clayton Oliver F: Jeff Garlett, Sam Weideman, Mitch Hannan FOLL: Cameron Pedersen, Jordan Lewis, Dom Tyson I/C: Tomas Bugg, Dean Kent, Oscar McDonald, Josh Wagner EMG: Alex Neal-Bullen, Billy Stretch, Sam Weideman IN: Dean Kent Sam Weideman OUT: Jesse Hogan (ill) Jay Kennedy-Harris (omitted)
  16. I'm calling it now - season over. We can't withstand pressure. And we need another key forward.
  17. Demonland

    MATCH REPORT - Round 15

    ANOTHER WHAT IF? by George on the Outer Sunday's loss against Adelaide at the MCG has put an end to the Demons' finals aspirations for 2016. It was a game that could have been won, but for a few critical phases and individual failings during the course of the match. What if Dom Tyson had not spilled a simple chest mark from Jack Watts 30 metres out of goal? What if Nathan Jones had looked before he hand passed blindly to an Adelaide player, missing the Melbourne team-mate clear only meters out from goal? What if the team had come out with even half the endeavor shown in the second quarter, in the first four minutes of the third only to see Adelaide kick four unanswered goals? Yes the Demons lost the game. It was a loss of only 22 points against a side that has now had six wins on the trot and is probably going to go deep into September. Adelaide really didn’t win the game, it was gifted to them. Were the Demons competitive? They certainly were, and after the catastrophic performances that we have witnessed in the past couple of years, it was light-years ahead of where they have been. But as another supporter noted after the game ... we played as if we thought we were Hawthorn, but the players simply aren’t (at least yet). And it is those little errors at critical junctures in the game that are the difference between winning and losing. Hawthorn wins this type of game and we don’t - yet! And that remains the hope for the supporters. All too often we have seen the same this year. What if we had beaten Essendon, North, St Kilda and now Adelaide? All these games had the same flavor. We could have won. We should have won….but we didn’t. The pity is that we haven’t won any of these. Even half of them would have kept us in contention this year. But we still have a long way to go. Strangely, after the bye, there were too many Melbourne players who chose to put in well below par performances. Chris Dawes was a standout in this ignominious category and simply provided nothing up forward. Nine disposals (a team low) and only two marks were matched by his treacle like movement around the ground. Pity is that we have little to replace him, as Cam Pedersen is still out for another week with a shoulder injury. Bernie Vince put in a lacklustre performance as he played off half-back and took kick outs. However, his mere 17 disposals and those four clangers cost us dearly. The real contrast to these old stagers was the emergence of Jayden Hunt. He simply turned the game around in the second quarter with a spectacular intercept mark and a couple of courageous efforts to frustrate and deny the opposition goals. It was no surprise when he was cheered wildly by the crowd when he left the ground for a well-deserved break. Up forward and as stand-in ruck Jack Watts was simply superb. He has truly taken another step forward this year, and his placement in the ruck seems to mean that he is much more aggressive at ball and opponent. He was rewarded with three goals including one that came from a solo effort that epitomized his changed character. Unfortunately, the coaching box failed again after ½ time as it took them a whole quarter to wake up to the Crows placing Charlie Cameron or Eddie Betts at half-back for centre bounces, who ran past to receive and break open into their forward line. Our spare sat on the wing, which was pointless if the ball went to the wrong side of the pack. Worse still was that Max Gawn kept hitting the ball forward to ... you guessed it ... Cameron or Betts. And once again, the overuse of handball cruelled the team with costly turnovers. The ability to get meterage with kicks is critical so when the opportunity exists, it has to be taken, the way football is being played today. More so in the middle where we try to be too smart instead of scrubbing it out whatever way we can and give the forwards that we now have the chance to show their wares. Dom Tyson with 6 kicks and 18 handballs simply has to reverse those numbers, because the handballs are not effective. We are that close to becoming something truly competitive. But we will not get there until the attitude shown by the likes of Viney and Hunt and Jetta become the norm for all the team. We won’t be playing in September, and Paul Roos will now have the opportunity to give more games to the players at Casey who MAY provide something in the future. We need to get the likes of Brayshaw, Oliver, Viney and Petracca playing together in the middle to give them a foundation for next year. We now need to see what Weideman and Hulett can produce up forward. We simply cannot be asking the same “what if’s…” next year. There can be no more questions. We are due for answers. Melbourne 2.3.15 10.4.64 14.5.89 15.8.98 Adelaide 5.2.32 8.5.53 15.8.98 18.12.120 Goals Melbourne Gartlett 4 Hogan Watts 3 Hunt Harmes N Jones Kennedy Kent Adelaide Betts Douglas Walker 3 Cameron Jenkins McGovern 2 Atkins Lyons Lynch Best Melbourne Watts Hunt Jones Hogan Garlett Jetta Adelaide Laird Walker M Crouch B Crouch Cameron Douglas Changes Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Injuries Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Reports Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Umpires Chamberlain, Hay, Meredith, Harris Official crowd 29,133 at the MCG
  18. Sunday's loss against Adelaide at the MCG has put an end to the Demons' finals aspirations for 2016. It was a game that could have been won, but for a few critical phases and individual failings during the course of the match. What if Dom Tyson had not spilled a simple chest mark from Jack Watts 30 metres out of goal? What if Nathan Jones had looked before he hand passed blindly to an Adelaide player, missing the Melbourne team-mate clear only meters out from goal? What if the team had come out with even half the endeavor shown in the second quarter, in the first four minutes of the third only to see Adelaide kick four unanswered goals? Yes the Demons lost the game. It was a loss of only 22 points against a side that has now had six wins on the trot and is probably going to go deep into September. Adelaide really didn’t win the game, it was gifted to them. Were the Demons competitive? They certainly were, and after the catastrophic performances that we have witnessed in the past couple of years, it was light-years ahead of where they have been. But as another supporter noted after the game ... we played as if we thought we were Hawthorn, but the players simply aren’t (at least yet). And it is those little errors at critical junctures in the game that are the difference between winning and losing. Hawthorn wins this type of game and we don’t - yet! And that remains the hope for the supporters. All too often we have seen the same this year. What if we had beaten Essendon, North, St Kilda and now Adelaide? All these games had the same flavor. We could have won. We should have won….but we didn’t. The pity is that we haven’t won any of these. Even half of them would have kept us in contention this year. But we still have a long way to go. Strangely, after the bye, there were too many Melbourne players who chose to put in well below par performances. Chris Dawes was a standout in this ignominious category and simply provided nothing up forward. Nine disposals (a team low) and only two marks were matched by his treacle like movement around the ground. Pity is that we have little to replace him, as Cam Pedersen is still out for another week with a shoulder injury. Bernie Vince put in a lacklustre performance as he played off half-back and took kick outs. However, his mere 17 disposals and those four clangers cost us dearly. The real contrast to these old stagers was the emergence of Jayden Hunt. He simply turned the game around in the second quarter with a spectacular intercept mark and a couple of courageous efforts to frustrate and deny the opposition goals. It was no surprise when he was cheered wildly by the crowd when he left the ground for a well-deserved break. Up forward and as stand-in ruck Jack Watts was simply superb. He has truly taken another step forward this year, and his placement in the ruck seems to mean that he is much more aggressive at ball and opponent. He was rewarded with three goals including one that came from a solo effort that epitomized his changed character. Unfortunately, the coaching box failed again after ½ time as it took them a whole quarter to wake up to the Crows placing Charlie Cameron or Eddie Betts at half-back for centre bounces, who ran past to receive and break open into their forward line. Our spare sat on the wing, which was pointless if the ball went to the wrong side of the pack. Worse still was that Max Gawn kept hitting the ball forward to ... you guessed it ... Cameron or Betts. And once again, the overuse of handball cruelled the team with costly turnovers. The ability to get meterage with kicks is critical so when the opportunity exists, it has to be taken, the way football is being played today. More so in the middle where we try to be too smart instead of scrubbing it out whatever way we can and give the forwards that we now have the chance to show their wares. Dom Tyson with 6 kicks and 18 handballs simply has to reverse those numbers, because the handballs are not effective. We are that close to becoming something truly competitive. But we will not get there until the attitude shown by the likes of Viney and Hunt and Jetta become the norm for all the team. We won’t be playing in September, and Paul Roos will now have the opportunity to give more games to the players at Casey who MAY provide something in the future. We need to get the likes of Brayshaw, Oliver, Viney and Petracca playing together in the middle to give them a foundation for next year. We now need to see what Weideman and Hulett can produce up forward. We simply cannot be asking the same “what if’s…” next year. There can be no more questions. We are due for answers. Melbourne 2.3.15 10.4.64 14.5.89 15.8.98 Adelaide 5.2.32 8.5.53 15.8.98 18.12.120 Goals Melbourne Gartlett 4 Hogan Watts 3 Hunt Harmes N Jones Kennedy Kent Adelaide Betts Douglas Walker 3 Cameron Jenkins McGovern 2 Atkins Lyons Lynch Best Melbourne Watts Hunt Jones Hogan Garlett Jetta Adelaide Laird Walker M Crouch B Crouch Cameron Douglas Changes Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Injuries Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Reports Melbourne Nil Adelaide Nil Umpires Chamberlain, Hay, Meredith, Harris Official crowd 29,133 at the MCG
  19. Whispering_Jack

    GAMEDAY - Round 15

    Looking at the ladder, it's clear that this is a last chance saloon event for the Melbourne Football Club. For weeks, we've been meandering just outside the top but today, we need to pull a rabbit out of a hat just in order to stay in touch.
  20. STONE THE ... by The Oracle The Demons are coming off their biggest loss for the season and a bye only to run into the undoubted form team of the competition, the Adelaide Crows who have won their last five games on end. They are in supreme form and are a credit to their new coach Don Pyke who took over a club that tragically lost its coach around twelve months and then lost their champion player to another club at the start of the season. Since the Crows lost their Friday night home game against the Cats some 6 weeks ago, they demolished the Suns (75 points), beat the Giants (22 points), crushed the Saints (88 points), overran the Eagles in Perth (29 points) and toppled the Kangaroos (33 points). That's an enviable record, one that the Demons have struggled to emulate for over a decade. The question is whether Melbourne can turn things around after its poor last up performance in the slog in Sydney when the young team was overwhelmed by the stronger Swans and in the end produced barely a whimper in difficult conditions. That 55-point deficit in those conditions translates into a complete beat mugging. Can the Demons come back and thereby keep in touch with the top 8? They do have a few things going for them, home ground advantage for starters. The Crows don't play against Melbourne often at this ground - it's been a few years and the last time was when the Demons were at their lowest ebb. The next thing that Melbourne has in its favour is the competition's in form ruckman in Max Gawn who has his eyes on the scalp of Sam Jacobs. In his last up start in the deluge up in the harbour city, big Max amassed more than fifty hit outs but that huge number was nullified by the conditions which prevented his on ballers from taking advantage. This week should be kinder to him and his midfield headed by Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Bernie Vince and Dom Tyson. They face some tough opposition with Rory Sloane and Scott Thompson leading the way and feeding a formidable forward line including the likes of Tex Walker, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch and Eddie Betts. I can't see Melbourne's young and inexperienced defence holding all of Adelaide's forwards to the point where they can win. Adelaide by 35 points. THE GAME Melbourne v Adelaide at the MCG Sunday 3 July, 2016 at 3.20 pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall Melbourne 12 wins Adelaide 22 wins At MCG Melbourne 7 wins Adelaide 6 wins Past five meetings Melbourne 1 win Adelaide 4 wins The Coaches Paul Roos 0 wins Don Pyke 0 wins MEDIA TV - Fox Footy Channel Live at 3.00pm RADIO - Triple M 3AW SEN ABC ABC Grandstand THE BETTING Melbourne to win - $3.15 Adelaide to win - $1.36 THE LAST TIME THEY MET Adelaide 12.8.80 defeated Melbourne 7.13.55 Round 3, 2015 at Adelaide Oval The 25 point win by Adelaide was somewhat misleading because the Demons were well into the game until they dropped off the pace in the final term against the more accurate Crows. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Sam Frost, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Jayden Hunt, Oscar McDonald, Tomas Bugg C: Aaron vandenBerg, Dom Tyson, Bernie Vince HF: Christian Petracca, Chris Dawes, Billy Stretch F: Jack Watts, Jesse Hogan, Dean Kent FOLL: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney I/C: Jeff Garlett, James Harmes, Matt Jones, Ben Kennedy EMG: Jack Grimes, Viv Michie, Jack Trengove IN: Jeff Garlett, James Harmes, Matt Jones OUT: Clayton Oliver (omitted), Jack Trengove (omitted), Josh Wagner (knee) ADELAIDE CROWS B: Jake Lever, Daniel Talia, Rory Laird HB: Brodie Smith, Kyle Hartigan, Luke Brown C: David Mackay, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins HF: Mitch McGovern, Josh Jenkins, Richard Douglas F: Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Jarryd Lyons I/C: Charlie Cameron, Kyle Cheney, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch EMG: Ricky Henderson, Wayne Milera, Andy Otten NO CHANGE
  21. Demonland

    STONE THE ... by The Oracle

    The Demons are coming off their biggest loss for the season and a bye only to run into the undoubted form team of the competition, the Adelaide Crows who have won their last five games on end. They are in supreme form and are a credit to their new coach Don Pyke who took over a club that tragically lost its coach around twelve months and then lost their champion player to another club at the start of the season. Since the Crows lost their Friday night home game against the Cats some 6 weeks ago, they demolished the Suns (75 points), beat the Giants (22 points), crushed the Saints (88 points), overran the Eagles in Perth (29 points) and toppled the Kangaroos (33 points). That's an enviable record, one that the Demons have struggled to emulate for over a decade. The question is whether Melbourne can turn things around after its poor last up performance in the slog in Sydney when the young team was overwhelmed by the stronger Swans and in the end produced barely a whimper in difficult conditions. That 55-point deficit in those conditions translates into a complete beat mugging. Can the Demons come back and thereby keep in touch with the top 8? They do have a few things going for them, home ground advantage for starters. The Crows don't play against Melbourne often at this ground - it's been a few years and the last time was when the Demons were at their lowest ebb. The next thing that Melbourne has in its favour is the competition's in form ruckman in Max Gawn who has his eyes on the scalp of Sam Jacobs. In his last up start in the deluge up in the harbour city, big Max amassed more than fifty hit outs but that huge number was nullified by the conditions which prevented his on ballers from taking advantage. This week should be kinder to him and his midfield headed by Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Bernie Vince and Dom Tyson. They face some tough opposition with Rory Sloane and Scott Thompson leading the way and feeding a formidable forward line including the likes of Tex Walker, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch and Eddie Betts. I can't see Melbourne's young and inexperienced defence holding all of Adelaide's forwards to the point where they can win. Adelaide by 35 points. THE GAME Melbourne v Adelaide at the MCG Sunday 3 July, 2016 at 3.20 pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall Melbourne 12 wins Adelaide 22 wins At MCG Melbourne 7 wins Adelaide 6 wins Past five meetings Melbourne 1 win Adelaide 4 wins The Coaches Paul Roos 0 wins Don Pyke 0 wins MEDIA TV - Fox Footy Channel Live at 3.00pm RADIO - Triple M 3AW SEN ABC ABC Grandstand THE BETTING Melbourne to win - $3.15 Adelaide to win - $1.36 THE LAST TIME THEY MET Adelaide 12.8.80 defeated Melbourne 7.13.55 Round 3, 2015 at Adelaide Oval The 25 point win by Adelaide was somewhat misleading because the Demons were well into the game until they dropped off the pace in the final term against the more accurate Crows. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Sam Frost, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Jayden Hunt, Oscar McDonald, Tomas Bugg C: Aaron vandenBerg, Dom Tyson, Bernie Vince HF: Christian Petracca, Chris Dawes, Billy Stretch F: Jack Watts, Jesse Hogan, Dean Kent FOLL: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney I/C: Jeff Garlett, James Harmes, Matt Jones, Ben Kennedy EMG: Jack Grimes, Viv Michie, Jack Trengove IN: Jeff Garlett, James Harmes, Matt Jones OUT: Clayton Oliver (omitted), Jack Trengove (omitted), Josh Wagner (knee) ADELAIDE CROWS B: Jake Lever, Daniel Talia, Rory Laird HB: Brodie Smith, Kyle Hartigan, Luke Brown C: David Mackay, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins HF: Mitch McGovern, Josh Jenkins, Richard Douglas F: Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Tom Lynch FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Jarryd Lyons I/C: Charlie Cameron, Kyle Cheney, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch EMG: Ricky Henderson, Wayne Milera, Andy Otten NO CHANGE
  22. Demonland

    LAST TIME THEY MET

    It was round three of last year and we should have beaten them but we didn’t ... ADELAIDE CROWS B: Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Rory Laird HB: Jake Kelly, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith C: Ricky Henderson, Scott Thompson, Matthew Jaensch HF: Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Taylor Walker, Charlie Cameron F: Eddie Betts, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Lynch FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Nathan Van Berlo I/C: Richard Douglas, Josh Jenkins, David Mackay, Matthew Wright EMG: Matt Crouch, Mitch Grigg, Jarryd Lyons IN: Jake Kelly, Scott Thompson OUT: Kyle Cheney (hamstring), Mitch Grigg NEW: Kelly MELBOURNE B: Colin Garland, Lynden Dunn, Jeremy Howe HB: Neville Jetta, Tom McDonald, Christian Salem C: Daniel Cross, Heritier Lumumba, Sam Frost HF: Dean Kent, Jesse Hogan, Bernie Vince F: Jeff Garlett, Chris Dawes, Jack Watts FOLL: Mark Jamar, Dom Tyson, Nathan Jones I/C: Angus Brayshaw, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Ben Newton, Aaron vandenBerg EMG: Jack Grimes, Viv Michie, Jake Spencer IN: Jay Kennedy-Harris OUT: Jack Viney (leg)
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