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  1. There it was ... the chance to cement a spot in the Finals for 2018. The BCNA ladies had shown the way with their own courage in the face of adversity, and came out in their thousands to show they cared. Hawthorn had removed Geelong from the equation for us. Shortly after the start, the Bulldogs put North out of reach from us as well. All we needed to do was beat Sydney and the Demons were to experience September action ... and they choked! They choked in front of goal in the first quarter kicking 2 goals 6 to 1.1 for the Swans. Most from set shots, and like we should have learned from other gettable games during the year, you nail those opportunities, and the game is over. But we choked. We choked even further in front of goal in the 2nd term kicking 1 goal 6, to allow Sydney to stay in the game. It is something you cannot do given the older experienced heads that they have. And it came when they piled on 6 straight goals in 15 minutes. By now the Demons were well and truly choking, as they watched their finals chances fade away ... surely the story couldn’t finish the same way as it did in 2017? And all of this was happening while Sydney were 2 down on the interchange after losing Johnson to another knee injury and Smith as well for the game. It didn’t get much better in the 3rd and by the final change Melbourne were nearly 5 goals in arrears. But they managed to stage a sort of come-back and within 15 minutes of the final siren were barely 2 kicks behind. All that was needed was someone to stand up and take command. All that was needed was for someone to take on the responsibility of finishing the work of others. Instead Melbourne continued to try to pass the ball off, and missed even the simplest of kicks. And again they choked. Chance after chance was fluffed, fumbled, or straight out given directly to Sydney opponents. ANB and Jones with 8 and 7 clangers for the game set the stage. All that was needed was the Benny Hill music to be played over the MCG speakers to complete the scene. In the end the Demons went down by 9 points. Another game that should have been won and wasn’t. How costly those chokes we will find in the next 2 weeks. The pity about the loss is that once again it demonstrated the gulf that exists between our bottom 6 players or so, and the rest of the side. We have shuttled players back and forth through Casey, and while they show plenty in the VFL competition, they cannot perform on the big stage. Today Garlett had 3 kicks for the game and zero tackles! Without forward pressure, the ball rebounds down the other end too quickly and he provided nothing for the team. Jayden Hunt, brought back in to provide run and carry on his first game back from Casey managed only 10 touches. A late injury will probably mean he will avoid the ignominy of being dropped next week. Charlie Spargo also only 10 touches and unfortunately has to provide something special when as small as he is. Maybe he has a future in the middle, but that won’t be this year. Cam Pedersen fought his way back from Casey, and took a couple of good marks, but then failed to finish the work with 4 clangers from his 10 touches. With Melksham and Hibberd back next week and Bugg, Kent and Hannan showing something at Casey, there are almost easy changes. In contrast the backs were fantastic. Frost completely “owned” Franklin and used his superior pace to provide run and chances from the backline in the absence of others. Oscar was unbeaten the whole day, and Neville provided his usual stoic surety, despite being cleaned up again. Surely he is the most battered of our players at the moment, and it is a credit to him that he fronts up each week. Salem was reliable with his kicking, but is sometimes too unselfish. Just go for goals when inside 50 ... you are the best kick in the side! The mids fought a classic battle with the Sydney opposition. Tellingly, 4 of the 6 goals that Sydney scored in the 2nd quarter happened while Brayshaw was off the ground for 10 minutes. Pity was that the umpires failed to reward HTB decisions and one umpire in particular paid a solitary free to Melbourne in the whole match. But then Sydney are masters at holding the ball in and making it look like they are trying to get it out. Oliver was magnificent again to top the disposals, with Brayshaw not far behind. Harmes held Kennedy for most of the game but Kennedy just started to get the better in the second half. Still 26 touches off his own bat was a fine effort. The wingers in Tyson and Jones, despite lots of touches themselves, simply had no defensive side. Hannebury, Newman and Heeney were allowed to run free and they did much more damage with their possessions. The Melbourne forwards were crucified by their own players. After the 1st quarter Tom McDonald was finally moved onto Aliir Aliir to stop his aerial dominance caused by Melbourne players kicking the ball to his area. Of all the players he was the one not to kick it to, but we did. The delivery was simply shocking. It was bad enough seeing plenty of the high balls coming in, but worse was the inaccuracy giving Hogan and McDonald little chance time and time again. The forwards had good reason to choke on that sort of service. vandenBerg popped up for 3 majors and it was good to see him get some reward for his work this week. He can only get better, and will be given the chance in the next 2 weeks. Hogan unfortunately is playing injured, and his condition isn’t helped by the rubbish coming his way, when the ball gets set on top of his head or out wide or he has to double back. We are now a game and % above 9th spot. We must win 1 more game to get into the Finals action. Other results have set it up for us. Next week we face West coast in Perth. We won’t get any help from the umpires, and probably a handicap from them, given the history of their home ground advantage for frees. But they are without Natinui, Gaff and Kennedy. Yet they beat Port without them this week. Once again it is ALL up to us. Will we do it, or choke yet again? Melbourne 2.6.18 3.12.30 7.14.56 10.18.78 Sydney 1.1.7 7.2.44 13.6.84 13.9.87 Goals Melbourne vandenBerg 3 T McDonald 2 Garlett Hogan Jones Pedersen Petracca Sydney Papley 3 Franklin Heeney 2 Cunningham Dawson Hannebery Hayward Kennedy McCartin Best Melbourne Brayshaw Tyson Harmes Oliver Salem Frost Sydney Lloyd Heeney Newman Aliir Franklin Kennedy Hewett Injuries Melbourne Hunt (ankle), Jetta (nose), Hogan (foot) Sydney Johnson (knee) Smith (back) Reports Melbourne Nil Sydney Nil Umpires Dalgleish, Nicholls, Fleer Official crowd 51,424 at the MCG
  2. Demonland

    MATCH REPORT - Round 21

    CHOKERS by George On The Outer There it was ... the chance to cement a spot in the Finals for 2018. The BCNA ladies had shown the way with their own courage in the face of adversity, and came out in their thousands to show they cared. Hawthorn had removed Geelong from the equation for us. Shortly after the start, the Bulldogs put North out of reach from us as well. All we needed to do was beat Sydney and the Demons were to experience September action ... and they choked! They choked in front of goal in the first quarter kicking 2 goals 6 to 1.1 for the Swans. Most from set shots, and like we should have learned from other gettable games during the year, you nail those opportunities, and the game is over. But we choked. We choked even further in front of goal in the 2nd term kicking 1 goal 6, to allow Sydney to stay in the game. It is something you cannot do given the older experienced heads that they have. And it came when they piled on 6 straight goals in 15 minutes. By now the Demons were well and truly choking, as they watched their finals chances fade away ... surely the story couldn’t finish the same way as it did in 2017? And all of this was happening while Sydney were 2 down on the interchange after losing Johnson to another knee injury and Smith as well for the game. It didn’t get much better in the 3rd and by the final change Melbourne were nearly 5 goals in arrears. But they managed to stage a sort of come-back and within 15 minutes of the final siren were barely 2 kicks behind. All that was needed was someone to stand up and take command. All that was needed was for someone to take on the responsibility of finishing the work of others. Instead Melbourne continued to try to pass the ball off, and missed even the simplest of kicks. And again they choked. Chance after chance was fluffed, fumbled, or straight out given directly to Sydney opponents. ANB and Jones with 8 and 7 clangers for the game set the stage. All that was needed was the Benny Hill music to be played over the MCG speakers to complete the scene. In the end the Demons went down by 9 points. Another game that should have been won and wasn’t. How costly those chokes we will find in the next 2 weeks. The pity about the loss is that once again it demonstrated the gulf that exists between our bottom 6 players or so, and the rest of the side. We have shuttled players back and forth through Casey, and while they show plenty in the VFL competition, they cannot perform on the big stage. Today Garlett had 3 kicks for the game and zero tackles! Without forward pressure, the ball rebounds down the other end too quickly and he provided nothing for the team. Jayden Hunt, brought back in to provide run and carry on his first game back from Casey managed only 10 touches. A late injury will probably mean he will avoid the ignominy of being dropped next week. Charlie Spargo also only 10 touches and unfortunately has to provide something special when as small as he is. Maybe he has a future in the middle, but that won’t be this year. Cam Pedersen fought his way back from Casey, and took a couple of good marks, but then failed to finish the work with 4 clangers from his 10 touches. With Melksham and Hibberd back next week and Bugg, Kent and Hannan showing something at Casey, there are almost easy changes. In contrast the backs were fantastic. Frost completely “owned” Franklin and used his superior pace to provide run and chances from the backline in the absence of others. Oscar was unbeaten the whole day, and Neville provided his usual stoic surety, despite being cleaned up again. Surely he is the most battered of our players at the moment, and it is a credit to him that he fronts up each week. Salem was reliable with his kicking, but is sometimes too unselfish. Just go for goals when inside 50 ... you are the best kick in the side! The mids fought a classic battle with the Sydney opposition. Tellingly, 4 of the 6 goals that Sydney scored in the 2nd quarter happened while Brayshaw was off the ground for 10 minutes. Pity was that the umpires failed to reward HTB decisions and one umpire in particular paid a solitary free to Melbourne in the whole match. But then Sydney are masters at holding the ball in and making it look like they are trying to get it out. Oliver was magnificent again to top the disposals, with Brayshaw not far behind. Harmes held Kennedy for most of the game but Kennedy just started to get the better in the second half. Still 26 touches off his own bat was a fine effort. The wingers in Tyson and Jones, despite lots of touches themselves, simply had no defensive side. Hannebury, Newman and Heeney were allowed to run free and they did much more damage with their possessions. The Melbourne forwards were crucified by their own players. After the 1st quarter Tom McDonald was finally moved onto Aliir Aliir to stop his aerial dominance caused by Melbourne players kicking the ball to his area. Of all the players he was the one not to kick it to, but we did. The delivery was simply shocking. It was bad enough seeing plenty of the high balls coming in, but worse was the inaccuracy giving Hogan and McDonald little chance time and time again. The forwards had good reason to choke on that sort of service. vandenBerg popped up for 3 majors and it was good to see him get some reward for his work this week. He can only get better, and will be given the chance in the next 2 weeks. Hogan unfortunately is playing injured, and his condition isn’t helped by the rubbish coming his way, when the ball gets set on top of his head or out wide or he has to double back. We are now a game and % above 9th spot. We must win 1 more game to get into the Finals action. Other results have set it up for us. Next week we face West coast in Perth. We won’t get any help from the umpires, and probably a handicap from them, given the history of their home ground advantage for frees. But they are without Natinui, Gaff and Kennedy. Yet they beat Port without them this week. Once again it is ALL up to us. Will we do it, or choke yet again? Melbourne 2.6.18 3.12.30 7.14.56 10.18.78 Sydney 1.1.7 7.2.44 13.6.84 13.9.87 Goals Melbourne vandenBerg 3 T McDonald 2 Garlett Hogan Jones Pedersen Petracca Sydney Papley 3 Franklin Heeney 2 Cunningham Dawson Hannebery Hayward Kennedy McCartin Best Melbourne Brayshaw Tyson Harmes Oliver Salem Frost Sydney Lloyd Heeney Newman Aliir Franklin Kennedy Hewett Injuries Melbourne Hunt (ankle), Jetta (nose), Hogan (foot) Sydney Johnson (knee) Smith (back) Reports Melbourne Nil Sydney Nil Umpires Dalgleish, Nicholls, Fleer Official crowd 51,424 at the MCG
  3. THE WEIGHT by Whispering Jack Boy, you gotta carry that weight Carry that weight a long time Boy, you gonna carry that weight Carry that weight a long time” ~ Paul McCartney [Carry That Weight - Abbey Road] When Paul McCartney wrote these words in the twilight of the 1960s, the greatest force in modern popular music was at the point of disintegration. McCartney knew the Beatles were breaking up from the perspective of their personal relationships, their creativity and as a business. John Lennon had already privately left the group by the time the Abbey Road album was released and McCartney publicly quit in 1970. The weight of greatness was sitting heavily on his shoulders and he knew it would do so for a very long time. The parallel event in the world of sport always struck me as being the story of the fall of the Melbourne Football Club earlier in that decade when both were at the height of their powers. The Demons lost Ron Barassi, the club’s on-ground spiritual leader when he defected to Carlton in December of their premiership year, 1964, then in the middle of the following season, their committee sacked and quickly reinstated Norm Smith who coached them to six flags in a decade. The disintegration came swiftly; the weight of the club’s golden era remains hanging oppressively over the club to this day, despite some brief periods of respite over the past half century and more. And in the current decade, the one foe that seems to have forced Melbourne into a state of submission more than any other is Sydney. Ironically, this period began well for the Demons with a 73 point victory over the Swans at the MCG in Round 17, 2010. It was coach Paul Roos’ biggest defeat whilst at the helm of the visitors. The opening round of the following season saw John Longmire's first game as the Sydney Swans coach end in a draw against Melbourne, with both teams scoring 11.18.84 each. From there, things went awry for the Demons - the record has been:- • Round 8, 2012 Sydney Swans 21.12.138 defeated Melbourne 5.7.37 at the SCG • Round 15, 2013, Sydney Swans 16.20.116 defeated Melbourne 13.7.85 at the MCG • Round 6, 2014, Sydney Swans 9.15.69 defeated Melbourne 5.8.38 at the MCG • Round 6, 2015, Sydney Swans 12.16.88 defeated Melbourne 7.8.50 at the MCG • Round 13, 2016, Sydney Swans 12.14.86 defeated Melbourne 4.7.31 at the SCG • Round 15, 2017, Sydney Swans 11.19.85 defeated Melbourne 7.8.50 at the MCG The raw figures of battles of the recent past don’t stack up well for Melbourne and understandably, many of the club’s supporters are looking at the game with fear of another impending defeat. They’ve carried the weight for a long time but they don’t quite understand the 2018 difference. This is the first time since that losing run began that the Demons go into a game against the Swans ahead of them on the ladder and well ahead of them in terms of recent form. It’s not all that long since Sydney lost at home to the Gold Coast. A week later, they meekly capitulated to the Bombers at Etihad and last Saturday night, they barely scraped in against a crippled Collingwood that was forced to play a first gamer on Lance Franklin. Compare and contrast that with Melbourne winning by 16 goals against the Suns and its performances in hostile territory against the Cats and the Crows. The writing’s on the wall. The weight is about to be lifted. THE GAME Melbourne v Sydney Swans at the MCG Sunday 12 August, 2018 at 3.20pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall Melbourne 92 wins Sydney Swans 112 wins 2 drawn At MCG Melbourne 49 wins Sydney Swans 43 wins 2 drawn Last 5 meetings Melbourne 0 wins Sydney Swans 5 wins The Coaches Goodwin 0 wins Longmire 1 win MEDIA TV - Channel 7 Fox Sports 3 - Live at 3.00pm RADIO - Triple M (Regional) 3AW ABC ABC Grandstand THE LAST TIME THEY MET Sydney Swans 11.19.85 defeated Melbourne 7.8.50 in Round 15, 2017 at the MCG Melbourne’s run came to an end under the weight of its fourth six-day break in a row. The Demons looked flat from the start and things were not helped by Tom Bugg’s punch on Callum Mills or skipper Jack Viney’s injury early in the game. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Neville Jetta, Oscar McDonald, Jordan Lewis HB: Christian Salem, Sam Frost, James Harmes 😄 Dom Tyson, Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw HF: Charlie Spargo, Jesse Hogan, Aaron vandenBerg F: Jeff Garlett, Tom McDonald, Bayley Fritsch Foll: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Christian Petracca I/C: Jayden Hunt, Jay Kennedy Harris, Alex Neal-Bullen, Cameron Pedersen Emg: Mitch Hannan, Dean Kent, Bernie Vince, Sam Weideman, In: Jayden Hunt, Cameron Pedersen Out: Joel Smith (collarbone), Bernie Vince (omitted) SYDNEY SWANS B: Nick Smith, Aliir Aliir, Jake Lloyd HB: Dane Rampe, Alex Johnson, Jarrad McVeigh 😄 Isaac Heeney, Josh P. Kennedy, Harry Cunningham HF: George Hewett, Lance Franklin, Oliver Florent F: Will Hayward, Tom McCartin, Ben Ronke Foll: Callum Sinclair, Kieren Jack, Luke Parker I/C:Jordan Dawson, Dan Hannebery, Nic Newman, Tom Papley Emg: Darcy Cameron, Daniel Robinson, Gary Rohan, Dean Towers In: Dan Hannebery Out: Daniel Robinson (omitted) I am not normally one to ignore the past and its lessons but in this instance, I will do exactly that in declaring the Demons will overturn history and win this game comfortably. Consider Melbourne’s record in its past four outings against Sydney which have yielded a mere 23.31.169 or an average of just over 42 points per game. Last week against Gold Coast the team exceeded that figure within the first twenty-five minutes of play and, before anyone downplays the Suns entirely, they did beat the Swans a few weeks back. In other words, the Dees have turned things around considerably in 2018 and they are no longer the boring, low scoring outfit that can be pushed around by the bullies of the recent past. Nowadays, they are the highest-scoring team in the competition having booted a total of 295 goals this season, a tally that is 30 greater than the next best in the Tigers and 61 more than the Swans who are equal ninth with 234 goals. Such is their forward line power this season that they lead in inside 50s and for marks inside 50 by a fair margin. And ominously for the Sydneysiders, they are improving their rate of conversion into goals from those inside 50 entries. The Swans have most of their forward eggs in one basket - the man who they go to most times despite the fact that he’s hardly trained at all this year if you believe their coaches. But Buddy Franklin can’t do everything for them every week and he has struggled for consistency this year. He’s always the danger man but I’m not so sure that he has it in him to produce two dominant performances in a row and nor am I certain that even if he does, that it would be enough to get them home. Their winning score of 11.7.73 against a depleted Collingwood of last week would in all likelihood, not be anywhere near enough to get them over the line this time. In defence, the Swans have Aliir Aliir in a rare vein of form down back and he does have a few good lieutenants down there but it won’t be enough to dampen the multifaceted Demon fire power that is fed by the best young midfield in the competition. The times have changed, the wait is over and the weight is off our shoulders. Melbourne by 36 points.
  4. Demonland

    THE WEIGHT by Whispering Jack

    “Boy, you gotta carry that weight Carry that weight a long time Boy, you gonna carry that weight Carry that weight a long time” ~ Paul McCartney [Carry That Weight - Abbey Road] When Paul McCartney wrote these words in the twilight of the 1960s, the greatest force in modern popular music was at the point of disintegration. McCartney knew the Beatles were breaking up from the perspective of their personal relationships, their creativity and as a business. John Lennon had already privately left the group by the time the Abbey Road album was released and McCartney publicly quit in 1970. The weight of greatness was sitting heavily on his shoulders and he knew it would do so for a very long time. The parallel event in the world of sport always struck me as being the story of the fall of the Melbourne Football Club earlier in that decade when both were at the height of their powers. The Demons lost Ron Barassi, the club’s on-ground spiritual leader when he defected to Carlton in December of their premiership year, 1964, then in the middle of the following season, their committee sacked and quickly reinstated Norm Smith who coached them to six flags in a decade. The disintegration came swiftly; the weight of the club’s golden era remains hanging oppressively over the club to this day, despite some brief periods of respite over the past half century and more. And in the current decade, the one foe that seems to have forced Melbourne into a state of submission more than any other is Sydney. Ironically, this period began well for the Demons with a 73 point victory over the Swans at the MCG in Round 17, 2010. It was coach Paul Roos’ biggest defeat whilst at the helm of the visitors. The opening round of the following season saw John Longmire's first game as the Sydney Swans coach end in a draw against Melbourne, with both teams scoring 11.18.84 each. From there, things went awry for the Demons - the record has been:- • Round 8, 2012 Sydney Swans 21.12.138 defeated Melbourne 5.7.37 at the SCG • Round 15, 2013, Sydney Swans 16.20.116 defeated Melbourne 13.7.85 at the MCG • Round 6, 2014, Sydney Swans 9.15.69 defeated Melbourne 5.8.38 at the MCG • Round 6, 2015, Sydney Swans 12.16.88 defeated Melbourne 7.8.50 at the MCG • Round 13, 2016, Sydney Swans 12.14.86 defeated Melbourne 4.7.31 at the SCG • Round 15, 2017, Sydney Swans 11.19.85 defeated Melbourne 7.8.50 at the MCG The raw figures of battles of the recent past don’t stack up well for Melbourne and understandably, many of the club’s supporters are looking at the game with fear of another impending defeat. They’ve carried the weight for a long time but they don’t quite understand the 2018 difference. This is the first time since that losing run began that the Demons go into a game against the Swans ahead of them on the ladder and well ahead of them in terms of recent form. It’s not all that long since Sydney lost at home to the Gold Coast. A week later, they meekly capitulated to the Bombers at Etihad and last Saturday night, they barely scraped in against a crippled Collingwood that was forced to play a first gamer on Lance Franklin. Compare and contrast that with Melbourne winning by 16 goals against the Suns and its performances in hostile territory against the Cats and the Crows. The writing’s on the wall. The weight is about to be lifted. THE GAME Melbourne v Sydney Swans at the MCG Sunday 12 August, 2018 at 3.20pm HEAD TO HEAD Overall Melbourne 92 wins Sydney Swans 112 wins 2 drawn At MCG Melbourne 49 wins Sydney Swans 43 wins 2 drawn Last 5 meetings Melbourne 0 wins Sydney Swans 5 wins The Coaches Goodwin 0 wins Longmire 1 win MEDIA TV - Channel 7 Fox Sports 3 - Live at 3.00pm RADIO - Triple M (Regional) 3AW ABC ABC Grandstand THE LAST TIME THEY MET Sydney Swans 11.19.85 defeated Melbourne 7.8.50 in Round 15, 2017 at the MCG Melbourne’s run came to an end under the weight of its fourth six-day break in a row. The Demons looked flat from the start and things were not helped by Tom Bugg’s punch on Callum Mills or skipper Jack Viney’s injury early in the game. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Neville Jetta, Oscar McDonald, Jordan Lewis HB: Christian Salem, Sam Frost, James Harmes 😄 Dom Tyson, Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw HF: Charlie Spargo, Jesse Hogan, Aaron vandenBerg F: Jeff Garlett, Tom McDonald, Bayley Fritsch Foll: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Christian Petracca I/C: Jayden Hunt, Jay Kennedy Harris, Alex Neal-Bullen, Cameron Pedersen Emg: Mitch Hannan, Dean Kent, Bernie Vince, Sam Weideman, In: Jayden Hunt, Cameron Pedersen Out: Joel Smith (collarbone), Bernie Vince (omitted) SYDNEY SWANS B: Nick Smith, Aliir Aliir, Jake Lloyd HB: Dane Rampe, Alex Johnson, Jarrad McVeigh 😄 Isaac Heeney, Josh P. Kennedy, Harry Cunningham HF: George Hewett, Lance Franklin, Oliver Florent F: Will Hayward, Tom McCartin, Ben Ronke Foll: Callum Sinclair, Kieren Jack, Luke Parker I/C:Jordan Dawson, Dan Hannebery, Nic Newman, Tom Papley Emg: Darcy Cameron, Daniel Robinson, Gary Rohan, Dean Towers In: Dan Hannebery Out: Daniel Robinson (omitted) I am not normally one to ignore the past and its lessons but in this instance, I will do exactly that in declaring the Demons will overturn history and win this game comfortably. Consider Melbourne’s record in its past four outings against Sydney which have yielded a mere 23.31.169 or an average of just over 42 points per game. Last week against Gold Coast the team exceeded that figure within the first twenty-five minutes of play and, before anyone downplays the Suns entirely, they did beat the Swans a few weeks back. In other words, the Dees have turned things around considerably in 2018 and they are no longer the boring, low scoring outfit that can be pushed around by the bullies of the recent past. Nowadays, they are the highest-scoring team in the competition having booted a total of 295 goals this season, a tally that is 30 greater than the next best in the Tigers and 61 more than the Swans who are equal ninth with 234 goals. Such is their forward line power this season that they lead in inside 50s and for marks inside 50 by a fair margin. And ominously for the Sydneysiders, they are improving their rate of conversion into goals from those inside 50 entries. The Swans have most of their forward eggs in one basket - the man who they go to most times despite the fact that he’s hardly trained at all this year if you believe their coaches. But Buddy Franklin can’t do everything for them every week and he has struggled for consistency this year. He’s always the danger man but I’m not so sure that he has it in him to produce two dominant performances in a row and nor am I certain that even if he does, that it would be enough to get them home. Their winning score of 11.7.73 against a depleted Collingwood of last week would in all likelihood, not be anywhere near enough to get them over the line this time. In defence, the Swans have Aliir Aliir in a rare vein of form down back and he does have a few good lieutenants down there but it won’t be enough to dampen the multifaceted Demon fire power that is fed by the best young midfield in the competition. The times have changed, the wait is over and the weight is off our shoulders. Melbourne by 36 points.
  5. Demonland

    THE LAST TIME THEY MET

    Sydney was soggy, the ground was boggy and Dees were pummeled into submission. Buddy was at his best. SYDNEY SWANS B: Jeremy Laidler, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Dane Rampe, Zak Jones C: Callum Mills, John P Kennedy, Isaac Heeney HF: Dan Hannebery, Lance Franklin, James Rose F: Luke Parker, Gary Rohan, Ben McGlynn FOLL: Callum Sinclair, Tom Mitchell, Kieren Jack I/C: Aliir Aliir, George Hewett, Toby Nankervis, Dean Towers EMG: Tyrone Leonardis, Jake Lloyd, Sam Naismith, IN: Allir Allir, George Hewett, Toby Nankervis, Dean Towers OUT: Harry Cunningham (omitted), Jeremy Laidler (knee), Harrison Marsh (hamstring), Kurt Tippet (hamstring) MELBOURNE B: Tomas Bugg, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Billy Stretch, Oscar McDonald, Josh Wagner C: Jack Viney, Christian Petracca, Bernie Vince HF: Dean Kent, Jack Watts, Aaron vandenBerg F: Sam Frost, Jesse Hogan, Chris Dawes FOLL: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson I/C: Jayden Hunt, Ben Kennedy, Clayton Oliver, Jack Trengove EMG: Jack Grimes, James Harmes, Viv Michie NO CHANGE
  6. ANOTHER FAIRY TALE FRACTURED by George on the Outer On a Saturday when the Saints come back from 10 goals down, and the Giants beat the reigning premier, the stage was set for a fairy-tale triple header with Melbourne facing the in-form Sydney. And while there was some sort of comeback as the Demons kicked five or the last six goals to add some respectability to the score, a first half solitary goal and a six goal deficit meant the match was over by half-time. The only fairy-tale was a first game, first kick goal by Billy Stretch, but given that was all the Demons could muster in 50 minutes of football, only those supporters who believed in fairies had any hope of a resurgence. The Swans showed the Demons what was necessary to play top-line AFL football but sadly the message will bypass many who took to the field. They are simply not up to AFL standard themselves and show no promise of ever reaching that standard. Tommy Mac and Nathan Jones know what it is all about, but the critical observation is that the next best of our players, Hogan, Lamumba, Vince, Cross, Tyson, Brayshaw, Salem and Garlett werent at the club 2 years ago. The team is still filled with the old guard who learnt their football from the likes of a player who had gone west and found out that discipline and commitment is a prerequisite to getting a game. The simple lack of depth of quality in the side is now strikingly apparent. Many have questioned how Watts, Howe and others continue to get a game, rightly so. Stretch, a draftee who didnt play last week is called up to the senior list to fill a gap. Spencer is elevated to the firsts, yet cannot jump off the ground, kick nor mark the ball to this day. And when Dawes and Tyson sustain leg/knee injuries during the game and can only move at half pace, the stocks become even lower. Meanwhile, down at Casey who is pushing to replace these types.no-one of merit. The names that keep getting suggested on this site are those that have been tried and failed before. And so the senior list is filled with these NQR players. The few glimmers of hope for the fans is that there is some genuine talent already here. Hogan continues to impress, Salem is poetry in motion and has that fierce desire to compete at all times. Stretch, even in his first game, was not overwhelmed and although still lightly built has skills similar to his old man. Tom McDonald continues to grow each week and surely must be a certainty for AA selection on his current form. He has played on the best forwards in the competition and has nullified the likes of Cameron, Riewoldt, Walker and now Franklin. His determination and emergence as a player who last year had disposal and decision making problems is a true credit to himself. Yes, the fairy tale wasnt forthcoming. Yes, we werent blown away by a team that played in a Grand Final only 7 matches ago, and that surely shows some improvement from where we were. And yes, there are some players who will develop into something special. If we want some fairy-tales to emerge they will only happen with hard work. They wont happen for those players who are living the dream and nothing more. For them the fairy tale will become fractured in 3 or 4 months time! Melbourne 1.1.7 1.3.9 4.5.29 7.8.50 Sydney Swans 4.3 7.6 11.9.75 12.16.88 Goals Melbourne Garlett Hogan 2 Dawes Newton Stretch Sydney Swans Tippett 4 Kennedy 2 Goodes Hannebery Jetta McGlynn Parker, Pyke Best Melbourne T McDonald Salem N Jones Hogan Vince Sydney Swans Mitchell Kennedy Tippett Jack Parker Jetta McVeigh Changes Melbourne Nil Sydney Swans Nil Injuries Melbourne Dawes (right knee) Tyson (left knee) Sydney Swans Hannebery (left ankle) Heeney (right knee) Lloyd (ankle) Substitutions Melbourne Watts replaced Pedersen in the third quarter. Sydney Swans Goodes replaced Heeney in the second quarter. Reports Melbourne Nil Sydney Swans Nil Umpires Margetts Findlay Harris Official Crowd 26,894 at the MCG
  7. THE BUBBLE by JVM Now that the Melbourne "bubble" has burst after that hammering it took from Fremantle last Sunday, the fans are wondering how the team will respond. Will the Demons come back from the thrashing in the same way that the young Western Bulldogs did in the aftermath of the 70 point debacle meted out by Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium in Round 3 or will they slip into their collective shells and allow their season to descend back into the mire they have inhabited for the best part of a decade? Well, the answer will be known as early as next Saturday night when Melbourne plays the shaky Sydney Swans at the MCG. I say "shaky" because after winning their first three games of the season, they have uncharacteristically lost successive games to in form clubs Fremantle and the Bulldogs. The Swans have travelled extensively so far this season and have also played games in heavy conditions such as last Saturday at the boggy SCG. They are a very good team that many believe to be strongly in contention for a top four berth and they are also vulnerable but it remains to be seen whether the Demons have the necessary ammunition to take advantage of that vulnerability given how their on ballers were taken apart by the Dockers and the Swans midfield division at full strength is only marginally less formidable. My final lament is that Paul Roos was a fantastic coach at the Sydney Swans and imbued that club with a great footy culture which one hopes will be emulated during his stay at Melbourne but I wish that some of the Swans players would only have followed the lead of the lads up at Gold Coast and gotten on the turps during the week. Instead, they have what is virtually a full list to select their team this week. THE GAME Melbourne v Sydney Swans at the MCG Saturday 9 May 2015 at 7.20p.m HEAD TO HEAD Overall Melbourne 92 wins Sydney Swans 109 wins 2 drawn At MCG Melbourne 49 wins Sydney Swans 41 wins 2 drawn Last 5 meetings Melbourne 0 wins Sydney Swans 4 wins 1 drawn The Coaches Roos 0 wins Longmire 1 win MEDIA TV - Channel 7 Fox Sports 3 at 7:00pm (live) RADIO - Triple M 3AW THE BETTING Melbourne $5.05 to win Sydney Swans $1.17 to win THE LAST TIME THEY MET Sydney Swans 9.15.69 defeated Melbourne 5.9.39 in Round 6, 2014 at the MCG. The Demons managed to hold Buddy Franklin in check although the Swans' star might have had his head elsewhere a day after stacking his girlfriend's car but the Sydney midfield was in control and gradually wore down and then overwhelmed the home side. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Colin Garland Tom McDonald Jeremy Howe HB: Christian Salem Lynden Dunn Heritier Lumumba C: Jimmy Toumpas Bernie Vince Daniel Cross HF: Jeff Garlett Jesse Hogan Jay Kennedy-Harris F: Cameron Pedersen Chris Dawes Angus Brayshaw FOLL: Jake Spencer Nathan Jones Dom Tyson I/C: Ben Newton Billy Stretch Aaron Vandenberg Jack Watts EMG: Rohan Bail Jack Fitzpatrick Mark Jamar IN: Chris Dawes Jake Spencer Billy Stretch Jimmy Toumpas OUT: Jack Grimes Mark Jamar Jordie McKenzie Viv Michie (all omitted) NEW: Billy Stretch (Glenelg, SA) SYDNEY SWANS B: Nick Smith Ted Richards Rhyce Shaw HB: Jeremy Laidler Heath Grundy Lewis Jetta C: Jarrad McVeigh Josh P. Kennedy Dane Rampe HF: Gary Rohan Lance Franklin Dan Hannebery F: Luke Parker Kurt Tippett Sam Reid FOLL: Mike Pyke Kieren Jack Tom Mitchell I/C: Adam Goodes Isaac Heeney Jake Lloyd Ben McGlynn EMG: Craig Bird Harry Cunningham Dean Towers IN: Isaac Heeney Ben McGlynn Sam Reid ​OUT: Craig Bird Harry Cunningham Dean Towers In the competitive environment that is the AFL today, no game is an easy one but the Pink Lady game against the Sydney Swans is one of a trio of consecutive tough contests for the Melbourne Football Club. Fremantle, Sydney and Hawthorn are in most people's estimation the AFL's top four contenders for this year's flag - the other, Port Adelaide looms not all that far away either. As in most sports, an emerging competitor will get the most out of playing against stronger opponents and in this respect, the Demons have a lot to gain out of this three week run. Last week, Freo was too strong and there's no way you can take much home from an 11 goal pounding. True, Melbourne was once again poor in front of goals but the reality was that it was Fremantle's pressure that often caused the mistakes and the pressure was generated initially by that powerful on ball division. This week there will be no respite because, although the Swans might not have an Aaron Sandilands or a Nathan Fyfe, they're not all that far behind and of course, they have those twin towers in Franklin and Tippett to capitalise on a winning midfield. The Demons were down at the coal face last week with a significantly lower possession count in the middle of the ground suggesting they were well beaten at the stoppages and also around the ground where they were often outpaced. This week's team selection seems to be aimed at rectifying this. Mark Jamar's omission appears to be a combination of preservation of the team's leading ruckman and a reward for the boundless enthusiasm of Jake Spencer who has been out of the game for a full season after single handedly carrying the rucks in the early part of 2015. Chris Dawes was need to provide the foil for young Jesse Hogan, forced last week to do all the hard forward line work on his own. Billy Stretch and Jimmy Toumpas will add some run on the outside although I anticipate that Stretch will be eased into the game as a sub. There will be some great match ups in this game with Tom McDonald v Lance Franklin looming as a real beauty but Melbourne will have a tough task to win in enough positions to cause an upset and I think it will fall short. Sydney Swans by 25 points.
  8. On a Saturday when the Saints come back from 10 goals down, and the Giants beat the reigning premier, the stage was set for a fairy-tale triple header with Melbourne facing the in-form Sydney. And while there was some sort of comeback as the Demons kicked five or the last six goals to add some respectability to the score, a first half solitary goal and a six goal deficit meant the match was over by half-time. The only fairy-tale was a first game, first kick goal by Billy Stretch, but given that was all the Demons could muster in 50 minutes of football, only those supporters who believed in fairies had any hope of a resurgence. The Swans showed the Demons what was necessary to play top-line AFL football but sadly the message will bypass many who took to the field. They are simply not up to AFL standard themselves and show no promise of ever reaching that standard. Tommy Mac and Nathan Jones know what it is all about, but the critical observation is that the next best of our players, Hogan, Lamumba, Vince, Cross, Tyson, Brayshaw, Salem and Garlett werent at the club 2 years ago. The team is still filled with the old guard who learnt their football from the likes of a player who had gone west and found out that discipline and commitment is a prerequisite to getting a game. The simple lack of depth of quality in the side is now strikingly apparent. Many have questioned how Watts, Howe and others continue to get a game, rightly so. Stretch, a draftee who didnt play last week is called up to the senior list to fill a gap. Spencer is elevated to the firsts, yet cannot jump off the ground, kick nor mark the ball to this day. And when Dawes and Tyson sustain leg/knee injuries during the game and can only move at half pace, the stocks become even lower. Meanwhile, down at Casey who is pushing to replace these types.no-one of merit. The names that keep getting suggested on this site are those that have been tried and failed before. And so the senior list is filled with these NQR players. The few glimmers of hope for the fans is that there is some genuine talent already here. Hogan continues to impress, Salem is poetry in motion and has that fierce desire to compete at all times. Stretch, even in his first game, was not overwhelmed and although still lightly built has skills similar to his old man. Tom McDonald continues to grow each week and surely must be a certainty for AA selection on his current form. He has played on the best forwards in the competition and has nullified the likes of Cameron, Riewoldt, Walker and now Franklin. His determination and emergence as a player who last year had disposal and decision making problems is a true credit to himself. Yes, the fairy tale wasnt forthcoming. Yes, we werent blown away by a team that played in a Grand Final only 7 matches ago, and that surely shows some improvement from where we were. And yes, there are some players who will develop into something special. If we want some fairy-tales to emerge they will only happen with hard work. They wont happen for those players who are living the dream and nothing more. For them the fairy tale will become fractured in 3 or 4 months time! Melbourne 1.1.7 1.3.9 4.5.29 7.8.50 Sydney Swans 4.3 7.6 11.9.75 12.16.88 Goals Melbourne Garlett Hogan 2 Dawes Newton Stretch Sydney Swans Tippett 4 Kennedy 2 Goodes Hannebery Jetta McGlynn Parker, Pyke Best Melbourne T McDonald Salem N Jones Hogan Vince Sydney Swans Mitchell Kennedy Tippett Jack Parker Jetta McVeigh Changes Melbourne Nil Sydney Swans Nil Injuries Melbourne Dawes (right knee) Tyson (left knee) Sydney Swans Hannebery (left ankle) Heeney (right knee) Lloyd (ankle) Substitutions Melbourne Watts replaced Pedersen in the third quarter. Sydney Swans Goodes replaced Heeney in the second quarter. Reports Melbourne Nil Sydney Swans Nil Umpires Margetts Findlay Harris Official Crowd 26,894 at the MCG
  9. Demonland

    THE BUBBLE by JVM

    Now that the Melbourne "bubble" has burst after that hammering it took from Fremantle last Sunday, the fans are wondering how the team will respond. Will the Demons come back from the thrashing in the same way that the young Western Bulldogs did in the aftermath of the 70 point debacle meted out by Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium in Round 3 or will they slip into their collective shells and allow their season to descend back into the mire they have inhabited for the best part of a decade? Well, the answer will be known as early as next Saturday night when Melbourne plays the shaky Sydney Swans at the MCG. I say "shaky" because after winning their first three games of the season, they have uncharacteristically lost successive games to in form clubs Fremantle and the Bulldogs. The Swans have travelled extensively so far this season and have also played games in heavy conditions such as last Saturday at the boggy SCG. They are a very good team that many believe to be strongly in contention for a top four berth and they are also vulnerable but it remains to be seen whether the Demons have the necessary ammunition to take advantage of that vulnerability given how their on ballers were taken apart by the Dockers and the Swans midfield division at full strength is only marginally less formidable. My final lament is that Paul Roos was a fantastic coach at the Sydney Swans and imbued that club with a great footy culture which one hopes will be emulated during his stay at Melbourne but I wish that some of the Swans players would only have followed the lead of the lads up at Gold Coast and gotten on the turps during the week. Instead, they have what is virtually a full list to select their team this week. THE GAME Melbourne v Sydney Swans at the MCG Saturday 9 May 2015 at 7.20p.m HEAD TO HEAD Overall Melbourne 92 wins Sydney Swans 109 wins 2 drawn At MCG Melbourne 49 wins Sydney Swans 41 wins 2 drawn Last 5 meetings Melbourne 0 wins Sydney Swans 4 wins 1 drawn The Coaches Roos 0 wins Longmire 1 win MEDIA TV - Channel 7 Fox Sports 3 at 7:00pm (live) RADIO - Triple M 3AW THE BETTING Melbourne $5.05 to win Sydney Swans $1.17 to win THE LAST TIME THEY MET Sydney Swans 9.15.69 defeated Melbourne 5.9.39 in Round 6, 2014 at the MCG. The Demons managed to hold Buddy Franklin in check although the Swans' star might have had his head elsewhere a day after stacking his girlfriend's car but the Sydney midfield was in control and gradually wore down and then overwhelmed the home side. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Colin Garland Tom McDonald Jeremy Howe HB: Christian Salem Lynden Dunn Heritier Lumumba C: Jimmy Toumpas Bernie Vince Daniel Cross HF: Jeff Garlett Jesse Hogan Jay Kennedy-Harris F: Cameron Pedersen Chris Dawes Angus Brayshaw FOLL: Jake Spencer Nathan Jones Dom Tyson I/C: Ben Newton Billy Stretch Aaron Vandenberg Jack Watts EMG: Rohan Bail Jack Fitzpatrick Mark Jamar IN: Chris Dawes Jake Spencer Billy Stretch Jimmy Toumpas OUT: Jack Grimes Mark Jamar Jordie McKenzie Viv Michie (all omitted) NEW: Billy Stretch (Glenelg, SA) SYDNEY SWANS B: Nick Smith Ted Richards Rhyce Shaw HB: Jeremy Laidler Heath Grundy Lewis Jetta C: Jarrad McVeigh Josh P. Kennedy Dane Rampe HF: Gary Rohan Lance Franklin Dan Hannebery F: Luke Parker Kurt Tippett Sam Reid FOLL: Mike Pyke Kieren Jack Tom Mitchell I/C: Adam Goodes Isaac Heeney Jake Lloyd Ben McGlynn EMG: Craig Bird Harry Cunningham Dean Towers IN: Isaac Heeney Ben McGlynn Sam Reid ​OUT: Craig Bird Harry Cunningham Dean Towers In the competitive environment that is the AFL today, no game is an easy one but the Pink Lady game against the Sydney Swans is one of a trio of consecutive tough contests for the Melbourne Football Club. Fremantle, Sydney and Hawthorn are in most people's estimation the AFL's top four contenders for this year's flag - the other, Port Adelaide looms not all that far away either. As in most sports, an emerging competitor will get the most out of playing against stronger opponents and in this respect, the Demons have a lot to gain out of this three week run. Last week, Freo was too strong and there's no way you can take much home from an 11 goal pounding. True, Melbourne was once again poor in front of goals but the reality was that it was Fremantle's pressure that often caused the mistakes and the pressure was generated initially by that powerful on ball division. This week there will be no respite because, although the Swans might not have an Aaron Sandilands or a Nathan Fyfe, they're not all that far behind and of course, they have those twin towers in Franklin and Tippett to capitalise on a winning midfield. The Demons were down at the coal face last week with a significantly lower possession count in the middle of the ground suggesting they were well beaten at the stoppages and also around the ground where they were often outpaced. This week's team selection seems to be aimed at rectifying this. Mark Jamar's omission appears to be a combination of preservation of the team's leading ruckman and a reward for the boundless enthusiasm of Jake Spencer who has been out of the game for a full season after single handedly carrying the rucks in the early part of 2015. Chris Dawes was need to provide the foil for young Jesse Hogan, forced last week to do all the hard forward line work on his own. Billy Stretch and Jimmy Toumpas will add some run on the outside although I anticipate that Stretch will be eased into the game as a sub. There will be some great match ups in this game with Tom McDonald v Lance Franklin looming as a real beauty but Melbourne will have a tough task to win in enough positions to cause an upset and I think it will fall short. Sydney Swans by 25 points.
  10. Demonland

    LAST TIME THEY MET

    We didn't score much but by golly, we put up a fight. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE B: Alex Georgiou, Lynden Dunn, Dean Terlich HB: Jeremy Howe, Tom McDonald, Jack Grimes C: Daniel Cross, Bernie Vince, Jack Watts HF: Matt Jones, Chris Dawes, Jack Viney F: Cam Pedersen, James Frawley, Rohan Bail FOLL: Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson I/C: Shannon Byrnes, Neville Jetta, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Christian Salem EMG: Mitch Clisby, Daniel Nicholson, Jake Spencer In: Shannon Byrnes, Mark Jamar, Christian Salem Out: Jake Spencer, Michael Evans, Jordie McKenzie New: Christian Salem (18, Sandringham Dragons) SYDNEY SWANS B: Nick Smith, Ted Richards, Dane Rampe HB: Nick Malceski, Heath Grundy, Rhyce Shaw C: Daniel Hannebery, Josh Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh HF: Ben McGlynn, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Leroy Jetta F: Luke Parker, Lance Franklin, Adam Goodes FOLL: Mike Pyke, Kieren Jack, Harry Cunningham I/C: Craig Bird, Tom Derickx, Jeremy Laidler, Jake Lloyd EMG: Brandon Jack, Zak Jones, Sam Reid In: Adam Goodes Out: Brandon Jack
  11. It was a strange game. After 11 minutes, the Sydney Swans had booted four of the game's first five goals and after that the two sides went goal for goal through to the end. Of course, the reigning premiers dominated the clearances at centre bounces and at stoppages around the ground and they went through passages (particularly in the second term where their kicking for goal was atrocious) but in the context of this year's results, a 31 point loss at the hands of such quality opposition was almost a win for the Demons. The Swans' poor kicking for goal was offset by some gift goals courtesy of the men in blue and this leads me to wonder whether the outcome was an encouraging result or just another defeat. Melbourne's well documented midfield deficiencies were exposed once again, this time against one of the best units in the business. Kennedy, McVeigh, Hannebery and K Jack were outstanding whereas the Demons' best on baller Nathan Jones, whilst still workmanlike, was pretty well covered. Mumford shaded Max Gawn in the ruck duels but the young emerging Demon worked hard around the ground where his contribution was more than useful. The pleasing part was that although comprehensively beaten in the game's engine room, Melbourne did well everywhere else. James Frawley was strong in defence until injured and the likes of Dean Terlich, Colin Garland and Tom McDonald more than held their own. Mitch Clisby, despite giving away that controversial goal with the non kick out that went wrong, continues to impress in the early days of his career. Jack Fitzpatrick, played his best game yet for the club up forward to finish with three goals. He presented well, marked cleanly and gave some good run at ground level. Jeremy Howe booted two, as did Chris Dawes and all that was needed to make it an even closer contest was a forward line crumber to milk a few sucker free kicks and score opportunist goals in the same vein as Sydney's B. Jack. Speaking of free kicks that end up in goals, there were a few rippers today that weren't paid which ended up in goals for the Swans. The most glaring was the holding the ball decision not paid against Tippett during the last quarter, that gave McVeigh a stolen goal that seemed to snuff out any resistance left in the Demons. There's definitely more spirit in the players. It was good to see the return of Jack Grimes. His co-skipper Jack Trengove is slowly working his way back to form and the fact that youngsters like Jimmy Toumpas, Dean Kent and Clisby are getting games into their young legs all add up to the fact that things are more encouraging and that it wasn't just another defeat. Melbourne 3.1.19 5.2.32 8.5.53 13.7.85 Sydney Swans 5.3.33 9.13.67 13.18.96 16.20.116 Goals Melbourne Fitzpatrick 3 Dawes Howe Watts 2 Davey N Jones Nicholson Trengove Sydney Swans B Jack 4 Bird Tippett 2 Everitt K Jack Lamb McVeigh Mitchell O'Keefe Parker Pyke Best MelbourneTerlich Fitzpatrick N Jones Trengove McDonald Gawn Sydney Swans K Jack O'Keefe Kennedy Mitchell McVeigh Bird B Jack Injuries Melbourne Frawley (hamstring tightness) Sydney Swans Reid (quad) Changes MelbourneNil SydneyNil Reports MelbourneNil SydneyNil Umpires Hay, Harris, Mollison Official crowd 26,216 at the MCG
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