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2018 MFC fixture - 5 wishes

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Interstate fixture wish list:

Adelaide - AO

Port - AO

Freo - Perth

Brisbane - GABBA

West Coast - Darwin

Brisbane - Alice Springs.

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Geelong is the last remaining Home Ground advantage in Victoria. It is the same teams that get scheduled to play there. The bigger clubs get to play Geelong at the MCG which has become a neutral ground.

Poor fixturing in a compromised competition.

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With our experience I'll happily take Norf at Blundstone in Hobart again

With Plappy's experience at Casey Fields at least we'll have a coach with into and against the wind knowledge unlike this year !

 

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19 hours ago, Big Carl said:

Geelong is the last remaining Home Ground advantage in Victoria. It is the same teams that get scheduled to play there. The bigger clubs get to play Geelong at the MCG which has become a neutral ground.

Poor fixturing in a compromised competition.

That is AFL all over

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19 hours ago, Big Carl said:

Geelong is the last remaining Home Ground advantage in Victoria. It is the same teams that get scheduled to play there. The bigger clubs get to play Geelong at the MCG which has become a neutral ground.

Poor fixturing in a compromised competition.

I appreciate your point, but one of the AFL's responsibilities is to ensure that as many people as possible can get to see AFL games live. Geelong hosting the more popular clubs at home is likely to result in people wishing to attend being unable to do so. The solution for us, of course, is to become one of those "power" clubs with attendances too big for Kardinia Park. Or, be good enough to beat Geelong anywhere. Or both.

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15 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I appreciate your point, but one of the AFL's responsibilities is to ensure that as many people as possible can get to see AFL games live. Geelong hosting the more popular clubs at home is likely to result in people wishing to attend being unable to do so. The solution for us, of course, is to become one of those "power" clubs with attendances too big for Kardinia Park. Or, be good enough to beat Geelong anywhere. Or both.

Kardinia Park has a capacity of 34,000 persons. It effectively precludes any substantial attendance by opposing supporters.

This will only get worse as it increasingly becomes a reserved seat stadium.

Not sure why MFC supporters should continue to be the ones who are effectively locked out.

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My main wish: More games at Etihad. We look like word-beaters there now.

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The AFL have all but confirmed we will once again play Richmond on ANZAC Eve. Given the game falls on a Tuesday night, it will be interesting to see what days we play on the rounds before and after. 

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/coupler.foxsports.com.au/api/v1/article/amp/afl/afl-media-watch-league-signs-off-on-anzac-eve-blockbuster-richmonds-5m-flag-boost/news-story/71f69744c70da475c52e4bc7a0216fff

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Nice to see PA. Nothing like a redemption game to start the season :)

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The only way forward for the MFC is to improve  its bargaining power.

That means being a successful club on and off the field. 

Win games, double our membership and impact TV ratings.

Otherwise, we will continue to be treated as the poor cousins.

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Posted this in another thread, but my main wish is that we get a lot less 6 day breaks and an even time to recover as what our opponents do. Given we were a younger team I think with a more even draw we would have been better placed to recover. You can see how we fared against the draw for the top 8 teams and clearly we got a poor draw, so I'm hopeful PJ will be addressing this and getting us the same advantages as other teams have. 

 

6 day breaks

Playing teams on 6 day breaks

Games against teams with shorter breaks

Adel

7

10

10

Geel

8

9

8

Rich

6

5

8

GWS

5

7

9

Pt Adel

6

5

8

Syd

6

7

10

Ess

7

7

9

WC

6

5

5

Melb

9

2

5

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15 minutes ago, Red and Blue realist said:

Posted this in another thread, but my main wish is that we get a lot less 6 day breaks and an even time to recover as what our opponents do. Given we were a younger team I think with a more even draw we would have been better placed to recover. You can see how we fared against the draw for the top 8 teams and clearly we got a poor draw, so I'm hopeful PJ will be addressing this and getting us the same advantages as other teams have. 

 

6 day breaks

Playing teams on 6 day breaks

Games against teams with shorter breaks

Adel

7

10

10

Geel

8

9

8

Rich

6

5

8

GWS

5

7

9

Pt Adel

6

5

8

Syd

6

7

10

Ess

7

7

9

WC

6

5

5

Melb

9

2

5

Wow. We are at an incredible disadvantage. Good get R & B. Sydney, GWS and Adelaide all are big winners 

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35 minutes ago, hemingway said:

The only way forward for the MFC is to improve  its bargaining power.

That means being a successful club on and off the field. 

Win games, double our membership and impact TV ratings.

Otherwise, we will continue to be treated as the poor cousins.

Will be interesting to see how Bulldogs fare with prime TV games. If as I suspect they drop down the media scene it underscores how hard it is to break into the big league.

By contrast Richmond will come from a reasonable Friday night base to a much larger number.

Have to start somewhere but from a sponsorship basis maintaining any continued presence in high profile game will be challenging.

If we have a ten year goal it is to take Hawthorn's spot in the media spotlight. That will be a challenge given that Hawthorn have been relatively successful for 30 years.

 

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5 minutes ago, fndee said:

Wow. We are at an incredible disadvantage. Good get R & B. Sydney, GWS and Adelaide all are big winners 

To be fair these teams also carry a heavy travelling schedule.

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Because of the Commonwealth games the GCS home games for a lot of the 2018 season are to be played at the Gabba and in Townsville.

The MFCSS in me suggests that we will get a trip to Townsville to add to our two NT games.

 I see the China experiment is continuing.

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38 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

To be fair these teams also carry a heavy travelling schedule.

Undoubtedly, and when making the fixture I can see that when they do the 3-1-1 splits that they should always make sure the 2 WA, NSW, Qld and SA teams have double headers. Rather than just purely base it on ladder positions.

 

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3 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

The AFL have all but confirmed we will once again play Richmond on ANZAC Eve. Given the game falls on a Tuesday night, it will be interesting to see what days we play on the rounds before and after. 

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/coupler.foxsports.com.au/api/v1/article/amp/afl/afl-media-watch-league-signs-off-on-anzac-eve-blockbuster-richmonds-5m-flag-boost/news-story/71f69744c70da475c52e4bc7a0216fff

In the second week of the school holidays too when I'll have the kids in Vic.

Perfect.

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I wish for a game at the Gabba against the Lions in July, cause it's freezing in Melbourne and it gives me an excuse to go up to Brisvegas and get warm for the weekend.

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Simple, a hell of a lot less 6 day breaks.

We had more than any other team.  And yes, it cost us finals and maybe even top 4.

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1 wish

home game against Essendon 

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Round 1: vs North

Lets set the narrative straight!

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8 hours ago, fndee said:

Wow. We are at an incredible disadvantage. Good get R & B. Sydney, GWS and Adelaide all are big winners 

Great analysis mate. Really sets the scene from last year

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Did PJ say on SEN we have a home game against a Victorian team in Round 1?

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