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I just remember years back the mummy boy Anthony Rocca, he turned out okay as a footy player.

He's home in Melbourne so hopefully those issues are behind him.  

He was good for my dream team for the 2 games he played last year, he has talent.

 

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59 minutes ago, Demonland said:

Please leave your political infighting to the general board. No place for it here.

Political?  Or are you referring to political correctness?

 

 

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10 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Can you expand on this? Why does Watts' departure lead, in your view, to an expectation that the midfield will be more attacking? I don't understand where you're coming from. 

Neither do I. Doesn't make much sense.

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10 hours ago, Deestar9 said:

We all hear something....I hear ( from a Port player) that Balic  lived with Harley bennell l in Perth... say no more....don’t hold out a lot of hope.....but only hearsay so will cross fingers that it works out for the Dees ...i’m sure the club are across all these facts as well...but 

You don't hold out much hope due to something you admit is "hearsay" ?

Even if it is true that mere fact would mean nothing.  New players live together at all clubs. 

Living with someone doesn t mean you endorse, or are even privy to their activities.

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11 hours ago, faultydet said:

I worry about the mindset of any player who is that much of a mummies boy that he can't bring himself to be away from her, but if he gets fit and establishes himself in the senior team, it will be yet another great pickup by our recruiting team.

 

 Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even those opinions that you dont like.

I too hope Harley is fine. He is a Demon now after all.

Thats all I care about.

Rage away.

Well put, the rest of the flotsam of comment is not only negative but also, none of our business.

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11 hours ago, Deestar9 said:

We all hear something....I hear ( from a Port player) that Balic  lived with Harley bennell l in Perth... say no more....don’t hold out a lot of hope.....but only hearsay so will cross fingers that it works out for the Dees ...i’m sure the club are across all these facts as well...but 

 

50 minutes ago, ProDee said:

You don't hold out much hope due to something you admit is "hearsay" ?

Even if it is true that mere fact would mean nothing.  New players live together at all clubs. 

Living with someone doesn t mean you endorse, or are even privy to their activities.

It may in fact have been another contributing factor in his desire to leave.  

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21 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Salem has to do something this coming year. I am suprised he wasn’t trade bait a couple of months ago

His potential far outweighs the 2nd round pick we would have got for him.

Why sell off a quality kid when you would get well under what he is worth?

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13 minutes ago, BAMF said:

His potential far outweighs the 2nd round pick we would have got for him.

Why sell off a quality kid when you would get well under what he is worth?

Just needs to stay on the park

Can find the ball, and is a fantastic kick.

This may just be the year he "arrives"

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1 hour ago, BAMF said:

His potential far outweighs the 2nd round pick we would have got for him.

Why sell off a quality kid when you would get well under what he is worth?

Depends on whether he plays

Quality means nothing in the grandstand

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2 hours ago, ProDee said:

You don't hold out much hope due to something you admit is "hearsay" ?

Even if it is true that mere fact would mean nothing.  New players live together at all clubs. 

Living with someone doesn t mean you endorse, or are even privy to their activities.

...absolutely spot on 'ProDee'.

Many years ago I moved interstate and worked with a small group of people, a couple of whom were said to be big smokers and inhalers

I started going out with a local girl who was surprised I didn't even smoke cigarettes let alone anything else. The word around town was that I was big time into it.

It was a great life lesson...if you don't know, you don't know.

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13 hours ago, Darkhorse72 said:

I just remember years back the mummy boy Anthony Rocca, he turned out okay as a footy player.

He's home in Melbourne so hopefully those issues are behind him.  

He was good for my dream team for the 2 games he played last year, he has talent.

 

Or Jeff White. I remember Gerard Neesham saying how immature he was for admitting that he sometimes spent time in his car crying when he was at Freo.

He turned out to be more than handy...

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7 hours ago, ProDee said:

You don't hold out much hope due to something you admit is "hearsay" ?

Even if it is true that mere fact would mean nothing.  New players live together at all clubs. 

Living with someone doesn t mean you endorse, or are even privy to their activities.

You're dead set correct in that Pro.

My squeeze would Bobbit me if some of my activities came to light!

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How long until Balic makes his Demon debut I wonder...   competition for spots is tough but hes putting his hand up most weeks.  Seems to be a goalkicking machine at VFL level.  That would fit in nicely with our  frenetic attack if he can bring it to the AFL.

Watch this space!

 

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27 minutes ago, Petraccattack said:

How long until Balic makes his Demon debut I wonder...   competition for spots is tough but hes putting his hand up most weeks.  Seems to be a goalkicking machine at VFL level.  That would fit in nicely with our  frenetic attack if he can bring it to the AFL.

Watch this space!

 

6 goals, 1 goal. 1 month injury lay off. 1 goal, 1 goal, 3 goals.

Wouldn't exactly call him a goal kicking machine.

Can find a mark and find the ball, which I think puts him in line for backing up Melksham or Petracca's spot. I doubt his lack of fitness will allow him to really excel as a pressure small/mid sized forward to take Spargo or Hannan's spot.

This year for Balic was really about adjusting to life back at home and as an AFL player. Signs were good in December but he's had some injury niggles after the first couple of VFL games.

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Balic is difficult.. could end up too good for VFL but can't crack the AFL team.

Next six weeks will tell..... as I have posted elsewhere, if his form improves and he can't crack it for a senior game I expect him to look elsewhere next year.

Nothing wrong with that .. we gave him a year..... so far he has been a little under par on fulfilling his side of the bargain but only a little.

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34 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Balic is difficult.. could end up too good for VFL but can't crack the AFL team.

Next six weeks will tell..... as I have posted elsewhere, if his form improves and he can't crack it for a senior game I expect him to look elsewhere next year.

Nothing wrong with that .. we gave him a year..... so far he has been a little under par on fulfilling his side of the bargain but only a little.

He won't walk out on us a year after coming back from Freo. AFL footy doesn't work like that. I could see him signing a contract extension sometime before the VFL finals once we get some big names signed.

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2 hours ago, Petraccattack said:

How long until Balic makes his Demon debut I wonder...   competition for spots is tough but hes putting his hand up most weeks.  Seems to be a goalkicking machine at VFL level.  That would fit in nicely with our  frenetic attack if he can bring it to the AFL.

Watch this space!

 

Are you suggesting he may take Spargo's spot, when Spanky needs a rest?

18 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

He won't walk out on us a year after coming back from Freo. AFL footy doesn't work like that. I could see him signing a contract extension sometime before the VFL finals once we get some big names signed.

Did we take him to fill out our salary cap space?

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I can't see Balic getting a game at AFL level until he shows he can play decent midfield minutes. 

As Goodwin has shown with Tyson & Garlett, he wants players who can play a variety of roles. Balic won't get a senior game playing as a permanent half forward in the VFL.

I have no issue with the decision to recruit Balic, particularly on a one year deal, but he seems a fair way down the queue for senior selection at present.

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The sign of a good club is to have good depth. That is what we are improving. That means reasonable players won't always get games.

44 into 22 doesn't work. 

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12 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

6 goals, 1 goal. 1 month injury lay off. 1 goal, 1 goal, 3 goals.

Wouldn't exactly call him a goal kicking machine.

 

Yeah true,   thought he had kicked more than that...  12 goals in 5 games is a nice return though.

I bet he will make it at AFL level and be a very good player... this kid is no Viv Michie/Aiden Riley.

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There’s very little chance that our blessed run of injuries will continue.  Balic, Tyson, Jeffy, Weideman, etc will all have an opportunity at some stage.

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Balic was essentially out of football last year and this year he's been given the opportunity to settle in which allows the club can see where he sits, I think he will get another year and that he could become a handy player for us, he really is like a first year player and will get a look in when the club thinks he's ready.

It's not always a situation of players competing with other players for a spot, sometimes players move to a different position or suffer a loss of form or are injured, if he's good enough something will open up for him and he'll get a game. Look at Bull Smith, how many on here would have thought he'd be in the side and playing well at this time of the year, who was he competing with, Pedo, Sam or did a need arise.

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19 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

6 goals, 1 goal. 1 month injury lay off. 1 goal, 1 goal, 3 goals.

Wouldn't exactly call him a goal kicking machine.

Can find a mark and find the ball, which I think puts him in line for backing up Melksham or Petracca's spot. I doubt his lack of fitness will allow him to really excel as a pressure small/mid sized forward to take Spargo or Hannan's spot.

This year for Balic was really about adjusting to life back at home and as an AFL player. Signs were good in December but he's had some injury niggles after the first couple of VFL games.

Not quite ready yet, is our man, Balic. When he is : Dee-molition continues.

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