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  2. 11 points
    PUMPING FOR PARISH by Whispering Jack Darcy Parish was always going to be highly sought after in light of his All Australian selection as a bottom ager in 2014, an achievement matched that year by his Geelong Falcons teammate Rhys Mathieson. The two are midfielders but they're different types and I have watched them from afar this year knowing at the back of my mind that it remained an imperative for Melbourne to continue to improve its stocks of onballers. Parish is the outside silky smooth ball winner with quick hands who also goes well on the inside; the other gets the hard ball inside the stoppages. Would one of them be claimed by the Demons? Parish's 2015 campaign stalled early when he broke a thumb. However, before that he was in fine form in two AIS Academy games against Northern Bullants and Werribee:- https://vimeo.com/127122213 https://vimeo.com/125095504 The injury caused him to miss the first two rounds of this year's Under 18's carnival but he came back from a seven week break to play for the Geelong Falcons in late May and gathered 25 disposals in his team's 10 goal win over the Western Jets. A week later he was repeating the dose for Victoria Country against Vic Metro in a game which was streamed live on the AFL site. Watch the replays of each quarter. http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q1 http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q2 http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q3 http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q4 Parish again recorded 25 possessions and with partner in crime Mathieson, dominated proceedings. Parish followed up this performance a week or so later against South Australia when he starred again with 24 disposals including seven inside-50 entries. He once again demonstrated quick hands and sure and precise execution. By foot, he regularly hit his targets. However, he was a bit of a disappointment in his next game, the televised return game v SA at Simonds Stadium where he was reduced to a mere nine touches. However, in that match, he was played off a half back flank and despite taking a few hits, he still showed the assuredness and poise that is part and parcel of his game even if he was subdued and played out of position. To prove that he's something special, he came back with a vengeance in the last game against Western Australia in a game where he was the dominant midfielder on the ground picking up 29 disposals. That display ensured his repeat selection in the All Australian team, a feat shared with Mathieson. The two midfielders continued to dominate their part of the ground at the Geelong Falcons and when Charlie Curnow rejoined them after his stint out with injury, there were high hopes that their team would feature in a classic TAC Cup finale against the well performed North Ballarat Rebels team with Jacob Hopper and Darcy Tucker. That was not to be however, with the Falcons going out in straight sets and the Rebels losing their preliminary final. If we are to develop a top line midfield, we could do a lot worse than draft this pair with picks 3 and 7 respectively. There are some however, who believe the club is interested in Curnow and that he could end up as one of the modern prototype tall midfielders. To me however, Parish is the stand out for pick three and I would not be unhappy if the club's recruiters took Mathieson with their second pick at seven (or whatever number it turns out to be after taking into account the bidding selections). There are too many imponderables to come out with a definitive second pick for Melbourne in this draft but I would be most surprised if Parish's name wasn't called out in three weeks time. His selection would give the club the best three midfielders available to the club from the last two drafts and set it up better in this area than at any time since the introduction of the draft system. The only other contender would be Curnow but on my viewing, the latter isn't even in the same parish. But Inside Football's Brett Anderson believes otherwise so in the interests of providing a semblance of balance, this is worth viewing. https://vimeo.com/136785936/description Here are the SEN Inside Football profiles of Parish, Mathieson and Curnow which are essentially quotes from their TAC Cup coach:- Unlike club recruiters, I'm not paid to follow up on a myriad of players from junior footy to Under 16s and 18s. I haven't spoken to their families, junior coaches, schoolteachers or seen them dozens of times live in games and on the training track or had the opportunity to interview the players themselves. And I must confess that not long ago I was over the moon that Melbourne had just drafted Jimmy Toumpas who was in my view "stolen" at pick four. Before him it was Tom Scully and a year earlier, Jack Watts was the next big thing. You can go back to Colin Sylvia and Brock McLean and even Travis Johnstone. They were all talented and all were going to be champions but one way or another, in that respect, they turned out to be failed early draft picks who were either wrong choices or not properly developed as footballers by the club. Those currently charged with the job of list management and recruiting seem to be doing something better in recent times so perhaps this time the club will get it right and develop an emerging midfield good enough to keep our forwards well fed and thereby to usher in a new era for the club.
  3. 7 points
    Every thread Satyricon posted in became about him. It was annoying as [censored].
  4. 6 points
    Saty doesn't post during the off-season (until training starts) so he is not on DL to defend himself. So I feel a need to come to his defence (even tho I have him on 'Ignore'...too much unfriendly banter with other posters, for mine) Here goes: Saty is passionate about MFC He volunteers his time to the club He is very defensive of players and officers of the club...sometimes he goes overboard on this. Sometimes he is quick to attack DL's who have a different view to his... ...he is not the only one on DL that has this affliction I might add! He is quirky in his training reports and sometimes tells us stuff we don't care about. He also gets under peoples skin and likes to antagonise. But we can't doubt where his heart is and I think this years training reports will be the worse for his absence...Saty has a job so won't get to training often so he won't be making many training reports. For some this is a blessing in disguise. For others, especially non Melbourne residents it will be a great loss. So maybe we should cull the anti Saty stuff; it is irrelevant and disrespectful and stick to training talk.
  5. 4 points
    Agree with Nutbean. With Saty's reports, you do what you do with any report: take from them what's useful to you, ignore the rest. I just don't see the point of castigating someone for not doing what each of us would do, and as someone who can't ever get to training, I appreciate reports from anyone, no matter the shape or form.
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    Can I just say that - in light of the Differing Opinions thread - that the high ground is lost when someone who is aggressively 'posted at' the way you were just then replies with a retort worse than the initial aggressive post. So while I would not be as obnoxious as Mach5 was above - it is hardly helpful to respond the way you did. Just sayin...
  8. 3 points
    Vanders is rarely mentioned with the core group of mids who are expected to take the Dees to the next level (Jones, Viney, Brayshaw, Salem, Tyson and Petracca) but I think his name sits very comfortably with that lot. Our team is on the rise, and Vanders will be an important part of the journey!
  9. 3 points
    Is that Saty in the background?
  10. 2 points
    Rubbish. He nails most of his shots.
  11. 2 points
    If it was a prerequisite to post here that you weren't allowed to be a bit of a fl0g occasionally there'd be nothing to read. Who cares about Saty's personality? Who cares that everything he posted wasn't to your liking? How many posters could we all say that about?! But he went to training more than any of us, and he took the time to post about it. Doesn't matter if you liked it or not. It's those kind of efforts, and posters like KC, WJ, Andy etc that make this place slightly more than just frustrated footy fans cracking the sads at each other. If you're going to point the gun, have a look at the top 3 members for amount of posts one day...
  12. 2 points
    I am getting emotionally invested again!!! But that Mathieson is very Bartel-like IMO...
  13. 2 points
    Just wanted to see what this looked like bolded in a quote tag. Liking the Parish and McKay combination for picks 3 & 7. Mid/Fwd combo.
  14. 2 points
    The problem with his training reports was that you weren't allowed to have an opinion of a player if you weren't at training, even if that player had played over 100 games.
  15. 2 points
    And he tackles like a Demon worthy of an exorcism from the Pope.
  16. 1 point
    Darcy Parish was always going to be highly sought after in light of his All Australian selection as a bottom ager in 2014, an achievement matched that year by his Geelong Falcons teammate Rhys Mathieson. The two are midfielders but they're different types and I have watched them from afar this year knowing at the back of my mind that it remained an imperative for Melbourne to continue to improve its stocks of onballers. Parish is the outside silky smooth ball winner with quick hands who also goes well on the inside; the other gets the hard ball inside the stoppages. Would one of them be claimed by the Demons? Parish's 2015 campaign stalled early when he broke a thumb. However, before that he was in fine form in two AIS Academy games against Northern Bullants and Werribee:- https://vimeo.com/127122213 https://vimeo.com/125095504 The injury caused him to miss the first two rounds of this year's Under 18's carnival but he came back from a seven week break to play for the Geelong Falcons in late May and gathered 25 disposals in his team's 10 goal win over the Western Jets. A week later he was repeating the dose for Victoria Country against Vic Metro in a game which was streamed live on the AFL site. Watch the replays of each quarter. http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q1 http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q2 http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q3 http://www.afl.com.au/video/2015-06-07/under-18s-vicc-v-vicm-q4 Parish again recorded 25 possessions and with partner in crime Mathieson, dominated proceedings. Parish followed up this performance a week or so later against South Australia when he starred again with 24 disposals including seven inside-50 entries. He once again demonstrated quick hands and sure and precise execution. By foot, he regularly hit his targets. However, he was a bit of a disappointment in his next game, the televised return game v SA at Simonds Stadium where he was reduced to a mere nine touches. However, in that match, he was played off a half back flank and despite taking a few hits, he still showed the assuredness and poise that is part and parcel of his game even if he was subdued and played out of position. To prove that he's something special, he came back with a vengeance in the last game against Western Australia in a game where he was the dominant midfielder on the ground picking up 29 disposals. That display ensured his repeat selection in the All Australian team, a feat shared with Mathieson. The two midfielders continued to dominate their part of the ground at the Geelong Falcons and when Charlie Curnow rejoined them after his stint out with injury, there were high hopes that their team would feature in a classic TAC Cup finale against the well performed North Ballarat Rebels team with Jacob Hopper and Darcy Tucker. That was not to be however, with the Falcons going out in straight sets and the Rebels losing their preliminary final. If we are to develop a top line midfield, we could do a lot worse than draft this pair with picks 3 and 7 respectively. There are some however, who believe the club is interested in Curnow and that he could end up as one of the modern prototype tall midfielders. To me however, Parish is the stand out for pick three and I would not be unhappy if the club's recruiters took Mathieson with their second pick at seven (or whatever number it turns out to be after taking into account the bidding selections). There are too many imponderables to come out with a definitive second pick for Melbourne in this draft but I would be most surprised if Parish's name wasn't called out in three weeks time. His selection would give the club the best three midfielders available to the club from the last two drafts and set it up better in this area than at any time since the introduction of the draft system. The only other contender would be Curnow but on my viewing, the latter isn't even in the same parish. But Inside Football's Brett Anderson believes otherwise so in the interests of providing a semblance of balance, this is worth viewing. https://vimeo.com/136785936/description Here are the SEN Inside Football profiles of Parish, Mathieson and Curnow which are essentially quotes from their TAC Cup coach:- Unlike club recruiters, I'm not paid to follow up on a myriad of players from junior footy to Under 16s and 18s. I haven't spoken to their families, junior coaches, schoolteachers or seen them dozens of times live in games and on the training track or had the opportunity to interview the players themselves. And I must confess that not long ago I was over the moon that Melbourne had just drafted Jimmy Toumpas who was in my view "stolen" at pick four. Before him it was Tom Scully and a year earlier, Jack Watts was the next big thing. You can go back to Colin Sylvia and Brock McLean and even Travis Johnstone. They were all talented and all were going to be champions but one way or another, in that respect, they turned out to be failed early draft picks who were either wrong choices or not properly developed as footballers by the club. Those currently charged with the job of list management and recruiting seem to be doing something better in recent times so perhaps this time the club will get it right and develop an emerging midfield good enough to keep our forwards well fed and thereby to usher in a new era for the club.
  17. 1 point
    How about this; happy for the training reports, not so much for the way our opinions were belittled henceforth? Pretty much covers it.
  18. 1 point
    Good God, man. Salem in his second year played 9 (completed) games and finished ahead of Watts in the B&F, who completed 20. He was on the trade table, but no other club had any interest. And he didn't get a game very week, he was dropped twice. That said, he should be playing for Casey. He will be in 2016.
  19. 1 point
    don't get the Stuie hate on this. He nailed the point about Saty and the rest. People cracking it with him perhaps have guilty consciences.
  20. 1 point
    Maybe the fact that he gets a game every week, tells you more of how the Coaches rate his game.
  21. 1 point
    3 best midfielders available in the draft over the past two years. no excuses now melbourne, turn them into something.
  22. 1 point
    Sensational write up about the soon-to-be Demon WJ. Appreciate your work.
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    I only care about the training reports. More often than not, Saty was the only person to report on training. I can't speak for anyone else, but I live in country Vic, so I am/was very appreciative of Saty's reports. I think it is a real shame that some posters want to pick apart trivial aspects of Saty's reports. He likes to big note, big deal, get over it. Now Saty probably won't report, and Demonland will be worse off - due to a minority of flogs that cannot handle Saty dropping a few names.
  25. 1 point
    Haven't you heard? Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me-e-e, for ME-E!!!!
  26. 1 point
    Satyricon is the most annoying poster I've come across in 13 years of posting. And his training reports were an utter waste of time. That said, some like him and them.
  27. 1 point
    so you just like a cunning punt, eh bbo?
  28. 1 point
    Yeah... Nah.Look, it was a bloody silly suggestion, and I apologise if my honest opinion offends you. Glad you got a chance to use some of what you've learnt in the pseudo psychology elective you've taken as part of your arts degree though. Edit: Having said that, I'll happily put my hand up for narcissism. I could be persuaded to accept a very mild case of your PPD, but it's more a case of healthy skepticism, cynicism and just being a c**t in general.
  29. 1 point
    The idea of a 'spine' is a bit outdated as a good centre is mitigated by the fact that there are so many mids now that go through there - the 'centre' position is used less and less. And more on your point - setting up your talls is second only to setting up your midfield. I say 'best available' but if there is a 'position' to shore up it is talent in the middle.
  30. 1 point
    I don't understand why coaches don't play to their QB's strengths. Kap and rg3 play well with the read option. Washington and SF have tried to morph their QB's into brady/brees. It's not that simple. It wasn't long ago Washington were leading in a playoff game against seattle before RG3 got hurt. It also wasn't long ago that Kap was killing it with his leg speed which opened up some big time throws. The playoff game against Green Bay would've given teams nightmares over Kapernick. He destroyed them that day. Now both will probably look elsewhere for a start and Kap has a huge contract which makes it worse. Atlanta Denver Oakland
  31. 1 point
    Australia are dominating after the opening day of the first test against NZ. Warner (163) and Khawaja (102*) both made hundreds while Burns (71*) contributed a handy fifty in his first knock as test opener. Steve Smith (41*) and Khawaja are now at the crease and look set for a big second day.
  32. 1 point
    IMO Saty's training reports were/are the best thing about Demonland. I look forward to his reports, and I hope he sticks around. In my short time on the site, I am yet to see a member contribute more to the site - Moderators not included.
  33. 1 point
    Come on WB, what's next: layout requirements and specifications on what Font to use? People are free to attend training or not, and to post about it or not.
  34. 1 point
    I have been watching all the previously Foxtel televised u/18 championship matches recently, not bothering previously until I knew our picks. I concluded that my preference from this limited knowledge/viewing was Parish at our first pick and McKay for our 2nd. The McKay pick was not really mentioned by anyone for us before and I had my ego stroked a little by the Fox Footy Phantom draft which replicated my top 10 exactly that I had based on full matches and various reports (I don't trust highlight packages as alluring as they may be). It is very possible we both are way off but McKay impressed me more than I expected whilst Parish displayed what I had read and left me very happy that we are expected to choose him. McKay is certainly more than a mark and kick option with good skills and football smarts. He is obviously very tall but quite mobile and still a little way off turning 18 . Huge upside to him and I would be rapt this this to happen, but won't complain if it doesn't because I trust the club more than me in this regard.
  35. 1 point
    Hmm..188 90 kg can run and kick most of the day...can mark and find his own ball, can spot and offload with effect... sounds like a........... mid
  36. 1 point
    James McDonald gets up in the last at Flemington
  37. 1 point
    I look forward to her reports where she just reports on what happens, in terms of what drills we are doing and what it looks like we are focusing on for 2016. That's all we want. The other stuff is useless, so thanks for making it clear for everyone else.
  38. 1 point
    Or that you were a coward for not giving this feedback to the player's face because, you know, that's what supporters do.
  39. 1 point
    Absolutely, and with the rotations limit, that will have to happen but I don't want to see him filling a spot at HFF - the guy is a ball hunter.
  40. 1 point
    In his mock draft Brett Anderson has us taking Curnow and Collins with Parish going to Essendon.
  41. 1 point
    I'm a big Jack Watts fan, I understand that he hasn't quite lived up to his junior form - which was exceptional. But he hasn't been deplorable, although some like to paint that picture (mostly opposition supporters/media). In saying that, there is a lot of room for improvement, I don't think the penny has dropped, and I still believe it will. I think there is a lot of improvement left in blokes like Watts, hopefully Trengove as well.
  42. 1 point
    you didnt let the tape run too long and get a couple of episodes of Bellbird as well ? or maybe "to market to market"
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    Shouldn't that be elite training standards?
  45. 1 point
    I'll assume you mean Stringer, and I'll also assume you say that only because you've read comparisons, and you fail to realise that is predicated solely on them both suffering a badly broken leg pre-draft.
  46. 1 point
    Possibly the most ridiculous proposition I've read this trade period.
  47. 1 point
    Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Are you not worried about Burtons preparation? Has he not played limited footy?
  48. 1 point
    Jack is the most overly criticised player in the AFL, all because of his draft position. If he was pick 50 no one would comment. There is a bloke running around for the Giants getting $1.2m a year, playing pretty ordinary football and escaping criticism for his pick 1 position and high salary. I think we will see an improved JW now, especially if he is allowed to settle in one position. BTW, I think he is the leading goal assist at the MFC and probably the best kick for goal. And yes there is a spot in our 22 for him.
  49. 1 point
    This is Francis going up a hanger on the back of a rock - He's got to be worth our pick 7 surely. Can someone please photoshop a sherrin in there for me and I'll make it my new Avatar.
  50. 1 point
    He looks like an Altar boy, so the name Parish is very apt.
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