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After two years on the Western Bulldogs supplementary list Powell was promoted to their senior side and played 30 games in three years - 21 of them coming in 1999. After 80 games for the Reserves over four years he finally found himself a regular spot, playing 21 straight games for the top four Dogs.

Given his emergence after years on the list it was a surprise that the Bulldogs then agreed to trade him to Melbourne at the end of the year in exchange for the #35 pick in that year's draft.

Seen as a replacement for the retired Todd Viney, Powell continued his good form with a breakout 2000 season in which he finished fourth in the Best and Fairest and was one of the best in his side's disappointing Grand Final loss.

At the end of the 2000 season he underwent an operation for Osteitis Pubis and a slow recovery that was initially supposed to see him miss the first few weeks of the season saw him eventually missed all of 2001. Powell returned for the 2002 season and was once again one of his side's best.

After a pay-dispute at the end of the 2003 season Powell walked out on Melbourne and was picked up for free by the St Kilda with the first selection of the pre-season draft. He remained with the Saints until 2006 when he retired.

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29 1997 Western Bulldogs 3 25 16 8 33 2 2 0 0 0 3 0
29 1998 Western Bulldogs 6 48 11 38 86 3 3 0 13 5 2 0
29 1999 Western Bulldogs 21 249 92 157 406 16 16 0 27 12 25 4
7 2000 Melbourne 25 339 109 240 579 32 20 1 29 20 22 3
7 2002 Melbourne 19 184 59 147 331 11 7 3 32 13 10 3
17 2003 St. Kilda 22 256 117 202 458 17 10 1 45 9 14 3
17 2004 St. Kilda 20 199 65 146 345 9 6 0 58 12 14 3
17 2005 St. Kilda 16 115 50 149 264 4 5 0 46 17 14 0
17 2006 St. Kilda 10 70 36 67 137 0 3 0 29 8 13 0
Totals 142 1485 555 1154 2639 94 72 10 279 96 117 16
Avg/Game 15.8 10.5 3.9 8.1 18.6 0.7 0.5 0.1 2.0 0.7 0.8  

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He had a great 2000 but the dreaded OP killed his 2001 and he just wasn't the same player in 2002.

I had OP in my last year in high school and I remember reading an article where Powell said it was so bad he would fall to the ground in pain getting out of bed. It was the same for me and it is an awful injury to have because it completely ruins your mobility (and libido). There were quite a few players in the early 2000s who got it but you dont hear about it much anymore. 

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10 minutes ago, praha said:

He had a great 2000 but the dreaded OP killed his 2001 and he just wasn't the same player in 2002.

I had OP in my last year in high school and I remember reading an article where Powell said it was so bad he would fall to the ground in pain getting out of bed. It was the same for me and it is an awful injury to have because it completely ruins your mobility (and libido). There were quite a few players in the early 2000s who got it but you dont hear about it much anymore

Whilst reading your post I was thinking the same thing.

I wonder why that is?

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The true definition of a goal kicking midfielder during his prime years of 1999-2004.

32 goals from 25 games ain't a bad effort for a midfielder (back in 2000).

I think he kicked 7 goals combined in the 2000 prelim and grand final.

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1 hour ago, Demonland said:

Whilst reading your post I was thinking the same thing.

I wonder why that is?

Maybe better training standards? Physio? I was playing state-level basketball, football and tennis at the same time, which I assume led to the injury. Also went through a growth spurt and I remember my physio saying it was common in boys my age who were highly active. I was lazy with my stretching and recovery though, so maybe that's a contributing factor? It was so tight that sitting stationary for more than 10 minutes and then standing up would have me literally screaming in pain. And then I'd tense up which would affect the muscles around and...well...let's just say I went from bouncing off the walls in all facets to not wanting to do anything or have anyone touch me.

It's a super sensitive area for obvious reasons so I imagine clubs just got on top of it (pun not intended) and managed the recovery of that area more. It's essentially an overuse injury, not something you get during a game or anything like that. So it makes sense that as training standards have improved, the rate of the injury has decreased.

 

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His 2000 season was simply outstanding. His 32 goals were massive, but all of our midfielders kicked goals that year. A pity we can't get that sort of contribution from the current group.

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3 hours ago, praha said:

He had a great 2000 but the dreaded OP killed his 2001 and he just wasn't the same player in 2002.

I had OP in my last year in high school and I remember reading an article where Powell said it was so bad he would fall to the ground in pain getting out of bed. It was the same for me and it is an awful injury to have because it completely ruins your mobility (and libido). There were quite a few players in the early 2000s who got it but you dont hear about it much anymore. 

does op exist anymore? whatever happened to it (serious q)

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Thaught he was our best player in 2000 granny.

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3 hours ago, poita said:

His 2000 season was simply outstanding. His 32 goals were massive, but all of our midfielders kicked goals that year. A pity we can't get that sort of contribution from the current group.

Yeah we were a goal kicking machine in season 2000.

We kicked 100 points or more in 17 of our 25 games.

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3 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Yeah we were a goal kicking machine in season 2000.

We kicked 100 points or more in 17 of our 25 games.

He was there you blink and he was gone. I suppose Melbourne didn't think he was worth much more. He walked.

 

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An that 2000 season brings back memories. Powell was a revelation! 

 

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If I recall correctly the dispute was over length of contract rather than pay - Saints offered him 3, we wouldn't budge on 2 so he walked. I remember thinking that he'd be well shot by the third year so giving him three would be reckless, but in hindsight I'd give him the three, even with that risk. Although he wasn't the player he had been in 2000, we'd clearly have been a better team in 03 and 04 with him in it.

It's a bit like the Jordan Lewis deal. He might fade away to nothing in year three, but so what when the alternative is not having him?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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My favorite memory of Powelly is the 2000 Prelim against the Kangaroos. He was brilliant that night, 33 touches and 4 goals. The Wizard also bagged 8, what a night it was. I was filthy when we lost him to the Saints for nothing in return.

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On 10/10/2017 at 5:06 PM, Danelska said:

does op exist anymore? whatever happened to it (serious q)

Went the same way as repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Everyone used to have it and then it just became unfashionable.

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he got more touches than a starlet auditioning for a Weinstein production.

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6 hours ago, Nasher said:

If I recall correctly the dispute was over length of contract rather than pay - Saints offered him 3, we wouldn't budge on 2 so he walked. I remember thinking that he'd be well shot by the third year so giving him three would be reckless, but in hindsight I'd give him the three, even with that risk. Although he wasn't the player he had been in 2000, we'd clearly have been a better team in 03 and 04 with him in it.

It's a bit like the Jordan Lewis deal. He might fade away to nothing in year three, but so what when the alternative is not having him?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

We also had a salary cap squeeze. We invested in Yze and TJ while Powell and Woey were the collateral. 

Doubt we would have won a flag even if we kept all 4 but TJ didn't do much more outside of 2005 and Yze faded fairly substantially after being AA in 2002.

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7 hours ago, Nasher said:

If I recall correctly the dispute was over length of contract rather than pay - Saints offered him 3, we wouldn't budge on 2 so he walked. I remember thinking that he'd be well shot by the third year so giving him three would be reckless, but in hindsight I'd give him the three, even with that risk. Although he wasn't the player he had been in 2000, we'd clearly have been a better team in 03 and 04 with him in it.

It's a bit like the Jordan Lewis deal. He might fade away to nothing in year three, but so what when the alternative is not having him?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Your recollection is spot on.

Powell was a great player, and he was super important to our resurgence in 2002. We were unlucky that year - took some big scalps whilst playing really exciting football. Crows got super lucky in the semi final at the G (Powell was knocked out with his first touch of the ball in the first quarter - one of the best games I have ever seen).

The club made a very big mistake in not retaining him following that year. Woewodin too. Got smashed culturally as a result.

Problem was Yze and Johnstone just had belter seasons and were out of contract. Collingwood really wanted TJ, and Carlton really wanted Yze, and they commanded big bucks to stay, which the club paid.

I was on Demonology at the time, and it was virtually a facsimile of the Jack Watts thread here. Those who blindly supported the FD's message on exiting Woey and Powell were ultimately wrong, although many of them then called for Daninher's scalp two thirds into the very next season. Even though I petitioned strongly to have the club retain Woewodin and Powell (and got criticised heavily for not seeing the light on the club's decision), those very same posters castigated me for defending Daniher 8 months later when they wanted him sacked as head coach.

The irony ...

 

 

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Was also one of the best sledgers in the game. The whole handling of the acrimonious situation was just so typical of the MFC. 

He was easily one of my favourite players in the early 00s.

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Two Powell's and two Scott brother's all in the same school team.... and the best did not play AFL......

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He didn't leave because of a pay dispute. Melbourne were only prepared to offer him a 1 year contract because of his Osteitis Pubis yet he had an offer 2 or 3 years at St.kilda. They just wern't prepared to take a risk just yet.

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    THE KID - A TRIBUTE TO COLIN by Whispering Jack

    There are some truly endearing memories that I have of the Kid, one or two of them off the ground and others on the field of play. It seemed to me that at every club function I attended, one of the constants was the sight of the much-loved Colin Sylvia, face smiling and friendly, surrounded by admirers, young and old, male and female. There was the promotional clip (Foxtel, I think) with Colin in the locker room beside skipper David Neitz draped in towels and joking. It was as if, from the very beginning, the new boy on the block was being typecast as a larrikin, albeit a lovable one who, in our hopes, would one day  become a hero. And that was the problem for the recruit from Merbein which, during my childhood produced another star Demon in Hassa Mann, a shy country lad who went on to captain the club, played in a few premierships and was a solid citizen off the field. The new kid from Merbein simply kept getting into trouble.  There were problems with a girlfriend, he broke team curfews, missed the odd recovery session, left the scene of a car accident (it’s unclear if he was the driver). He was often in the wrong place and the wrong condition at the wrong time but we all still loved him. After all, he was going to be our hero. On the field, he was something else. The first time I saw him was in a practice match for Melbourne’s then affiliate Sandringham, at the Beach Road Oval, ironically named after another blond larrikan Trevor Barker who also passed at far too young and age but from cancer. There was one brief moment that defined Sylvia’s potential as a contender when he gathered the ball near the centre, swiveled past an opponent and barreled the ball from 70 metres out. Years later when I recalled that piece of play with him at a club best and fairest night, he laughed and said he remembered it but thought the kick was “from closer to 80 metres out”. It took a year or so to get his career going and it built slowly but surely within a few years during which time he grew in stature to the point that it wasn’t necessary to call him by his surname. He was Colin and we loved him. The tough break for Colin was that Melbourne went into decline just as he was approaching his prime. Most supporters would agree that his best game came on Sunday, 24 May, 2009 on the MCG in front of almost 40,000 fans against Hawthorn when he amassed 24 kicks, 13 handballs, 9 marks and 4 goals that were just not enough to get the Demons across the line.  He continued to play good football for the year despite the fact that the club was regularly accused of tanking its matches and again into 2010 but at around that time, the injuries in the form of groin and shoulder problems came, the team was performing miserably as the veterans left while other young saviours who were replacing them struggled. The contender was also struggling to live up to his potential status as a hero; he was failing and the fun had gone. After 157 games and 129 goals, the Kid departed for Fremantle at the end of 2013. Things didn’t work out in the West and, amid ongoing controversy about his attitude and behaviour under Ross Lyon, Colin managed six more games that were mostly unremarkable. Career over before his 29th birthday with life after football bringing further challenges for a young man who found retirement from the game at its top level a tough gig.  Colin was working to get his life on track when his car collided with another vehicle last Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Nineteenth Street and Benetook Avenue in the Mildura suburb of Irymple. He died on the scene and will be buried today. We loved him to death - our deepest sympathies go to his family. “I'm the kid who has this habit of dreaming
    Sometimes gets me in trouble too
    But the truth is I could no more stop dreaming
    Than I could make them all come true” - Buddy Mondlock  

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    THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2018 by Whispering Jack

    PART TWO - NO CHOICE There was a time before he even played a single game at AFL level that Jesse Hogan was regarded as the player who would lift Melbourne from the bottom of the ladder. He’s been at the club since he was selected in the 2012 mini-draft but circumstances caused him to wait two seasons before making his AFL debut. He achieved Rising Star status in 2015, kicked more than 40 goals in three of his four seasons, had his disappointments with injuries, illness and personal issues with the loss of his father and yet, Hogan the Saviour seemed forever absent for the club’s most triumphant moments.  Hogan is now a Docker after the Demons traded him for national draft picks 6 and 23 on the final day of the AFL's trade period. This is despite the fact that he was contracted to Melbourne for 2019 and would have earned good money. There’s no doubting his quality as a footballer but he wanted to go home and the likelihood remained high that he might be gone after another season filled with unwelcome distractions of an uncertain future at the club. And not for the first time. When expectations are high for the future after making it to a Preliminary Final, full commitment to the cause beyond the now is paramount. In the end, there was no choice. Moving on to the future, the three players introduced to the Melbourne Football Club  have the attributes of commitment, willingness to work hard and the ability to fill needs. Former Gold Coast co-captain Steven May, a hard-at-it defender has a five year contract. The skillful Kade Kolodjashnij who brings run and carry to the table and mature ruckman Braydon Preuss both join the club with three year deals.  There is no certainty in the business of sport but Melbourne appears to have done well in a trade period that also saw it upgrade its draft position to a point where it now has two picks in the 20s. There is still a lot to do at the draft table, some rookie upgrades and possible acquisition of delisted free agents to fill the eight vacant places on the club’s lists. Where does this all leave the Melbourne Football Club? Age journalist Peter Ryan summed up the Demons’ trade period in At a glance: Assessing each club's 2018 AFL trade period when he wrote  “At a glance: Going for the flag”. Of course, it’s too early to make a reasoned analysis of the trade period because the outcome is never determined in the moment. Time will tell for all clubs and in 2018 there were so many different agendas and strategies. There were clubs that used it to dump the burden of high salaries, some wanted better draft position while others aimed to fulfill certain needs. In the end 42 players changed clubs by way of trades but by draft time at the end of November, there will be many more new faces at every club. The completed trades - Trade Tracker

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    THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2018 by Whispering Jack

    PART ONE - BETWEEN RUCKS AND HARD PLACES Melbourne has been rather pragmatic in its approach to the off season Free Agency and Trade period. After methodically releasing a larger than usual number of players through delistings, it has also traded away a couple of others who it clearly regards as being surplus to the requirements of team focused on a top four finish in 2019 and to this date, acquired a big ruckman to accompany its All Australian Max Gawn in that campaign. The Demons’ lists have undergone a major refit since the final siren sounded on Preliminary Final day. At that point, we knew of the retirements of Harley Balic and Bernie Vince and soon after the announcements came of Tom Bugg, Dion Johnstone, Mitch King, Pat McKenna and Cam Pedersen and rookie Lachie Filipovic. On Friday, the trades of Dean Kent (to St Kilda) and Dom Tyson (North Melbourne) were signed off, bringing the number of departures to double figures.  The Kangaroos traded Brayden Preuss to the Demons to give Melbourne the competition’s most potent ruck combination.  If things were going well for Melbourne’s football manager Josh Mahoney, they certainly went sour with the news late on Friday that Fremantle had withdrawn its interest in securing forward Jesse Hogan by way of a trade. The decision threw the Demons’ plans of securing Gold Coast defender Steven May along with a raft of other potential trades depending on the outcome of those deals. The Dockers have been chasing WA native Hogan for some four years and last week they paraded him through their headquarters. After it was announced that Hogan had passed his medical, it was thought to be a formality that a trade would be arranged after the obligatory bargaining period.  Fremantle General Manager of Football, Peter Bell, just two weeks into the job, announced - “We have been undertaking a due diligence process as part of a possible trade to secure Jesse Hogan. “As part of that process, we have had discussions with Jesse, the player’s management and Melbourne. “While discussions were proceeding it became clear that what Melbourne would be seeking for a trade would not be possible for our club to meet. “As such, we have informed Melbourne and Jesse’s management that we will not be continuing further with the due diligence process.” This was Bell’s reaction to Melbourne’s refusal to accept his club’s offer of National Draft Pick 11 and a future second-round pick with the Demons expecting two early selections including # 5 that the Dockers would be expecting in a deal with Brisbane for Lachie Neale (Bell is reportedly expecting two first round picks). The reaction might have come as a surprise but it needs to be looked at in the context of what is happening at the very top at the Fremantle Football Club. In August, its list manager Brad Lloyd departed for Carlton and the task of dealing with the free agency and trading was taken over by CEO Steve Rosich in concert with Bell after his appointment. They are certainly doing things differently in a trade period during which all of the other clubs have been businesslike in their approach — the Freo pair’s dealings over Hogan, Rory Lobb, Neale and a clumsy approach to Geelong’s Tim Kelly who wants to go to the Eagles have raised scorn and disdain throughout the football fraternity and their own fans aren’t happy either! This has left Hogan back with the Demons for the time being as he plays out the final year of his contract in 2019 (unless the Dockers have a change of heart in the next few days). Mahoney has made it clear that the club is not in a position to follow up a trade for May without completing a deal for Hogan.  The bonus for the club however, is that it can go into the pre season with a quality key position forward approaching the prime of his career while the team is in the premiership window. Meanwhile, at the other end of the continent, the Dockers are likely to languish, living with a dysfunctional recruiting structure and scorned by the rest of the football community. Good luck with that! Docker shocker as Freo pull pin on Hogan pursuit This is the full list of trades after five days: • Reece Conca joined Fremantle as a free agent. The Tigers don't get any compensation.
    • Richmond signed Tom Lynch as a restricted free agent. Gold Coast opted not to match the offer. The Suns got pick No.3 as compensation.
    • Luke Dahlhaus joined Geelong as an unrestricted free agent. The Western Bulldogs got a round two pick as compensation (No.27).
    • Scott Lycett joined Port Adelaide as a restricted free agent after the Eagles decided not to match Port's offer. Port got pick 20 as compensation.
    • The Cats traded Lincoln McCarthy, pick 55 and pick 58 to the Lions. In return, the Lions sent over picks 43 and 61.
    • Richmond sent Corey Ellis, Anthony Miles and a future third round pick to the Suns for a future third round pick.
    • The Blues used one of their special assistant pre-draft picks to send Nathan Kreuger to Geelong in exchange for pick 43.
    • The Lions and the Suns did a pick swap. Brisbane ended up with 32, 41, 44 and 77. Gold Coast got 24, 58 and 79.
    • Mitch McGovern and a future third round pick made their way from Adelaide to Carlton. Carlton sent back Shane McAdam (their second pre-draft special assistance pick) and a future fifth round pick.
    • Sydney sent pick 13 to the Crows. In return, they got pick 40. They also got picks 26 and 28 from Carlton.
    • Jared Polec and Jasper Pittard moved to North Melbourne from Port Adelaide. Also sent over: pick 48. In return, Power received pick 11 and a future fourth round pick.
    • Sydney's Gary Rohan was traded to Geelong for pick 61.
    • The Swans sent pick 61 to North Melbourne in exchange for Ryan Clarke.
    • St Kilda traded Tom Hickey, pick 60 and a future fourth rounder to the Eagles. In return, the Saints got pick 39 and a future fourth round pick.
    • Alex Fasolo joined Carlton as an unrestricted free agent. Collingwood got pick 57 as compensation.
    • Gold Coast signed Josh Corbett (Werribee) and Chris Burgess ( West Adelaide) as two of their special assistance picks.
    • Port Adelaide and Fremantle swapped picks: Power got pick six and a future third round selection, and sent picks 11, 23, 30 and 49 to the Dockers.
    • Sydney Swans have traded Dan Hannebery and its Rd 2 selection, currently number 28 (on traded from Carlton) to St Kilda for its Rd 2 selection, currently selection number 39 (on traded from West Coast), and its Future Round Two Selection.
    • Melbourne have traded Dean Kent to St Kilda for its Rd 4 selection, currently selection number 65.
    • Melbourne have traded Dom Tyson to North Melbourne for Brayden Preuss and its Rd 4 selection, currently selection number 62 (on traded from the Sydney Swans).
    • GWS Giants have traded Will Setterfield and its Rd 4 (71), to Carlton for its Rd 3 (43), and Future Round Two Selection.

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    CHANGES 2018 by The Oracle

    PART 1 - UPHEAVAL AND CHANGE Every year, as soon as the grand final siren sounds, the 18 AFL clubs enter into a new season that lasts for two months and ends in the drafts. This is the time of transition and sometimes upheaval for the clubs as their lists change in the hope for each of them that they can regenerate their lists to the point where they can challenge for a premiership flag. The official proceedings start today with the opening of the restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period starts and on Monday, the NAB AFL Trade Period kicks off. The coming off season of change is looming large at the Melbourne Football Club in comparison with last year when the club farewelled only six senior list players (including one, Heritier Lumumba, who had retired before that season even began) and one rookie. Their replacements came via trades and the draft, leaving the 2018 Melbourne Football Club player list (with new players in italics) as follows - PRIMARY LIST: Oskar Baker Harley Balic Angus Brayshaw Tomas Bugg Bayley Fritsch Sam Frost Jeff Garlett Max Gawn Mitch Hannan James Harmes Michael Hibberd Jesse Hogan Jayden Hunt Neville Jetta Dion Johnstone Nathan Jones Jay Kennedy Harris Dean Kent Mitch King Jake Lever Jordan Lewis Oscar McDonald Tom McDonald Pat McKenna Jake Melksham Alex Neal-Bullen Clayton Oliver Cameron Pedersen Christian Petracca Harrison Petty Christian Salem Charlie Spargo Joel Smith Billy Stretch Dom Tyson Aaron vandenBerg Bernie Vince Jack Viney Josh Wagner Sam Weideman  ROOKIE LIST: CATEGORY A Lachlan Filipovic Declan Keilty Corey Maynard Tim Smith  As in the past, the process has been going on for months and even longer in the case of the assessment of younger talent. The 18 clubs have all been working feverishly looking for potential trades and for which some players on their lists are moved on.  The Demons have already added two Category B rookies who will shortly commence their apprenticeships at the club. The changes were being foreshadowed even before season’s end when two Demons - Harley Balic and Bernie Vince - had also announced their retirements.  The floodgates were opened almost as soon as the final siren sounded at Optus Stadium on Preliminary Final day. The first delistings included Tom Bugg, Mitch King, Pat McKenna and Cam Pedersen, who announced his retirement, and rookie Lachie Filipovic. Yesterday, Dion Johnstone was added to that group.  Then there are those being mentioned in despatches as being on the trade table from Dean Kent who almost has his foot in the door at St Kilda, to Jesse Hogan, seemingly bound for Fremantle delisted) and others such as Dom Tyson and Aaron vandenBerg said to be exploring options for various reasons. This means a potential of a dozen new faces including names such as May, Kolodjashnij, Preuss and many more in the club’s new period of upheaval and change ...

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    HEARTBREAK WEEKEND by KC from Casey

    The Casey Demons led the 2018 Grand Final from the beginning until the 13 minute mark of the final quarter of the VFL Grand Final at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon but were overrun in the finish by the Box Hill Hawks. The defeat was the team’s second in a season-decider in three seasons and marked yet another heartbreaking climax to a year of many highlights for the club. The Demons had opened the game in promising fashion moving the ball with great speed and converted four times to take a 25 point lead in the early going. They were ferocious with their tackling with 20 in the first term alone and by half time had shown up the effort of their senior counterparts by exceeding their total tally of tackles from the day before. Casey dominated proceedings in most facets of the game for almost all of the opening half but some crucial shots at goal from easy range. One of the few statistics where they were bested was the free kick count - one of the factors that seemed to keep the Hawks in the game. When the siren sounded to signal the start of the long break the Demons led by 23 points but an after-the-siren goal to Box Hill reduced the lead and gave the Hawks great hope leading into the final half.  The rejuvenated Hawks lifted their game after the break and they gradually clawed back at Casey’s lead, assisted by their complete dominance in the ruck where they smashed the undersized Casey ruck division through the agency of Pittonet who amassed an enormous 57 hit outs and took 7 big marks. This division has been problematic for the Demons all season and was exacerbated of late by the poor form of Mitch King who was not selected for the finals and the injury to young Lachie Filipovic. In their stead, Cam Pedersen, Tim Smith and Mykelti Lefau who were gallant in the preliminary final, simply struggled this week. And so, when it came to the final term of the biggest match of the season, Casey faltered and was unable to produce one of those stirring finishes that got it through a number of the 12 consecutive victories of earlier in the season. Some of its name players were unable to produce: there were far too many passengers and a number will no doubt be forced to look elsewhere in 2019. Bayley Fritsch was an exception. He provided plenty of run off the back line and showed great application and heart to prove the judgement of the senior Demon selection panel off key when they omitted him from the team that went to Perth.  The defensive work of Declan Keilty and Harry Petty was excellent in the first half and both have potential as key position defenders. Bernie Vince was solid and creative in his swan song game and Tom Bugg worked hard for four quarters.  The Casey listed crew were mainly underwhelming. Corey Wagner worked hard as did Jay Lockhart while Jimmy Munro tackled strongly as usual.  Unfortunately, they weren’t as effective or consistent as they have been for most of the season.  The scoreboard when the final siren sounded heralded yet another disappointment in the Demons’ Heartbreak Weekend. There’s always next year. Peter Jackson VFL 2018 Casey Demons 4.4.28 5.9.39 8.11.59 8.14.62 Box Hill Hawks 1.1.7 3.4.22 7.8.50 10.12.72 Goals   Casey Demons Bugg Kennedy-Harris Lefau Lockhart Machaya Pedersen Scott T Smith  Box Hill Hawks Moore 3 Jones Hanrahan Lovell  Moore O'Brien O'Rourke Ross  Best Casey Demons Fritsch C Wagner Petty Keilty Vince Bugg Box Hill Hawks Mirra Moore Pittonet Hanrahan Cousins O'Brien Statistics  Tomas Bugg 1 goal 15 kicks 9 handballs 24 disposals 5 marks 7 tackles 114 dream team points
    Tom Freeman 10 kicks 4 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 4 tackles 67 dream team points
    Bayley Fritsch 1 behind 13 kicks 7 handballs 20 disposals 8 marks 1 tackle 83 dream team points
    Jeffrey Garlett 1 behind 3 kicks 2 handballs 5 disposals 2 marks 3 tackles 27 dream team points
    Mitch Gent 4 kicks 4 handballs 8 disposals 1 mark 3 tackles 36 dream team points
    Jayden Hunt 7 kicks 5 handballs 12 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 33 dream team points
    Jack Hutchins 2 kicks 3 handballs 5 disposals 2 marks 1 tackle 22 dream team points   
    Declan Keilty 7 kicks 6 handballs 13 disposals 3 marks 5 tackles 53 dream team points
    Jay Kennedy Harris 1 goals 1 behind 13 kicks 5 handballs 18 disposals 3 marks 6 tackles 89 dream team points
    Mykelti Lefau 1 goal 4  kicks 2  handballs 6 disposals 4 marks 1 tackles 6 hit outs 32 dream team points
    Jay Lockhart 1 goals 1 behind 10 kicks 3 handballs 13 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 61 dream team points 
    Pat McKenna 1 behind 2 kicks 1 handball 3 disposals 1 mark 1 tackle 17 dream team points
    Cory Machaya 1 goal 1 behind 5 kicks 5 handballs 10 disposals 5 marks 3 tackles 53 dream team points
    James Munro 1 behind 5 kicks 6 handballs 11 disposals 2 marks 12 tackles 78 dream team points
    Cameron Pedersen 1 goal 7 kicks 3 handballs 10 disposals 4 marks 5 tackles 12 hit outs 72 dream team points
    Harry Petty 5 kicks 7 handballs 12 disposals 5 marks 42 dream team points
    Angus Scott 1 goal 6 kicks 3 handballs 9 disposals 5 marks 4 tackles 62 dream team points
    Tim Smith 1 goals 1 behind 11 kicks 5 handballs 16 disposals 4 marks 7 tackles 6 hit outs 95 dream team points
    Cory Stockdale 2 kicks 1 handballs 3 disposals 2 tackles 10 dream team points
    Bernie Vince 3 behinds 18 kicks 1 handballs 19 disposals 4 marks 7 tackles 99 dream team points
    Corey Wagner 1 behind 15 kicks 6 handballs 21 disposals 2 marks 7 tackles 87 dream team points
    Josh Wagner 8 kicks 6 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 61 dream team points
    Mitch White 9 kicks 5 handballs 14 disposals 4 marks 3 tackles 59 dream team points  

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