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  1. 25 points
    Got to training about 10.50 to find the rehab group working hard with run throughs. New addition was Jetta who looked anything but happy. Tyson and Kent looked good to me, particularly Tyson who had no bandages on either knee and was moving freely. Lateral movement wasn't an issue so I'd say he is well on the way to a full recovery. Disappointing to see ANB still in there but he was running well. Didn't see Brayshaw or JKH. Hope JKH is ok, would hate him to lose more time from the preseason. Liam Hulett was running quite well so that was good news after what appeared a nasty injury last week. Main group didn't arrive until about 11.30 and did the usual warm up drills - run throughs, short kicking, stretching and a bit of agility work. Then the main part of the session (until I had to leave for parking issues) was the 10 v 10 WW has referred to. Seemed a step up to me as there was much more contested stuff and poor old Declan Keilty copped a couple of nasty one and was running laps when I left. Stand out for me were Jake Spencer who was in everything and Billy Stretch. He's a lock for R1 the way he's going. Poised and clean, quick and a good decision maker and disposer of the ball. He's a favourite so I might be overstating it! Oliver was struggling for the whole session but I think it was just the hot weather and hay fever as he came off for his puffer and then returned and did some 10 on 10 work. Others to stand out for me were Garlett, Jones, AVB, Lewis and Watts. Joel Smith was also good and looked comfortable. Hunt is looking stronger and more assured and took a very good contested mark at one stage. Looks to have stepped up from last year which will strike fear into the hearts of the opposition. Looked like a significant ramp up in intensity and contact stuff today and as a result there were more turnovers than other sessions I've seen. Also of interest was that during the 60m run throughs the only players that I noticed bouncing and carrying a ball were Hunt and Frost. Hunt was bouncing it as he went while Frost not so much. There was a continued emphasis on non preferred kicking at one point in the early drills. The other thing that struck me was the use of Spencer and Gawn as targets when going forward. The way Jake trained today I'd be surprised if he didn't get a go in the ruck in the practices matches with Max to see how we go with two recognized rucks. It's never been something that's appealed but if Jake can genuinely step up it could work. Any questions ask. I left well before the end I'd imagine so others will have more to add.
  2. 20 points
    It's been awhile but I was stoked to attend my 1st training session for the year. Picked a cracking day for it....... Firstly, I don't understand how WW can make sense of the drills and post at the same time. Full respect! Takes me long enough to just work out who's doing what. Training has definitely improved every year for the last few years. The intensity is up, the talk is up, the couches involvement is up and most importantly the skills are up. The music is odd but not in a bad way and I get the theory behind it. There also seem to be almost as many staff as players! Maybe that's where Roosy's salary has gone... The drills have been covered well so I don't have much to add there. There's not much down time it's go, go go. The players need to be switched on mentally as well. It was a tough day for it and the coaches didn't go easy on them, it was pretty brutal. My comments for what it's worth: Loved seeing Lewis finally. Now that I was really paying attention jeez he's a beautiful kick of the footy. A really good influence on the group too. It's not his 'on field coaching. At one stage, when he and Trac were sitting out the match sim, Trac was getting really into it from the boundary calling out instructions. Lewis told him back it off and let the team out there talk. Players that stood out to me today were Hunt, Jones, Lewis, Hogan, Watts and Viney. But most players were pretty good, also Pederson, Melksham, Johnstone, Garlett, Gawn, Vandenberg and Trengove. Hunt looks so full of confidence, he's a pleasure to watch (that sounds bad doesn't it..). I'm glad to read Oliver might have had hay fever, not surprising either considering the conditions, as he seemed out of it. Not much talk or involvement with team mates, looked cooked and spent a fair bit of time coming off. His skills were good when I watched him in drills but he was struggling to keep up today. One of my favs to watch! Weideman and O Mac have definitely bulked up, but will still take a couple of years. Loved my first glimpse of Johnstone. Very lively and bit of x-factor about him! Fitness-wise you can tell his a draftee but he was pushing and trying his heart out. Team mates were getting around him in a big way. Looks to have talent. I didnt' realise Bugg was such a talker, in the instructive/leadership type way not the lippy fella we know he can be. Hibberd nor Melksham appeared to be off the pace after a year off, though it is only training. As others have mentioned Spencer was everywhere, though his kicks were regularly not to advantage. They were more safe than risky though so perhaps it's him trying to play to his ability. I was bummed not to see Brayshaw, he must've left before I arrived. Just saw Tyson and Jetta packing up and heading back. I liked Troy Chaplin's coaching. He would run through the different aspects of the match sim with whichever team had just rotated out. Getting too distracted by the tennis now so that'll do it. Thanks to all the other attendees who've been getting me through this preseason!
  3. 14 points
    I was there briefly this morning and having noted the great work of WW, Saty and Vogan P, I have very little to contribute other than a couple of moments that got me excited: 1. The professional attitude and numbers of support staff. Felt like a well oiled, championship club. 2. Warm up running, all turned to run backwards on. The punt road side, someone in the group called out and the group responded in unison with a loud enthusiastic response that resonated commitment and belief. 3. Short kick to kick with slight alterations every couple of minutes. Watching Salem, Petracca, Hogan, Lewis and Jones was a delight 4. Watching an unusual drill with tennis balls and seeing Harmes smash Lewis. Lewis was winded and sat out for five. Harmes popped over to help him up, while giving him the 'does that hurt old timer' look. Lewis jumps up pats him on the back and got straight in with it. 5. 10/10 drill looked slick and only just below match day real. Standouts for me were Hibberd, Watts, Gawn, Hoganand Jones. Always present and dangerous. Liked stretch and Trengrove also. Did see trenners get run down at one point, but, nailed the kick. Thats all I've got for now. Got distracted by my little girl taking photos of her namesake, Jesse.
  4. 8 points
    Nah, seemed to get tangled up and twisted a bit in a contest, didn't look too distressed at the end of the session On Spencer, this is only second time at the club that he has got this far in a pre season, has not missed a session, he was outstanding today, galloping through the middle of the ground making himself a target and the players used him, you could see his confidence growing as the session progressed
  5. 7 points
    I was there most of the time and agree with the previous comments. I had the pleasure of chatting with Saty for the first time.A very friendly gentleman indeed. We were watching the rehab group and he asked me what is Hannan's preferred foot. I think it's his right but he kicks equally as well with his left. It's hard to tell. A good pick up.It was really hot but they trained really hard.
  6. 6 points
    And that is the whole point I was making about Trenners, didn't panic with the sound of approaching footsteps, and nailed the pass The other one thing I loved watching today, when he had had his break, was Oliver in the 5 on 3 handball drill, his hands are just fantastic to watch, both offensively and defensively
  7. 5 points
    Hi, Every one newbie here. Just on the topic of Melbourne gear etc. About two years ago i was in a sport shop in the city and bought my self a laddies silver watch with the old logo with the emblem on it, i asked the person who had sold me the watch why there wasn't a lot of Demon gear as there was for other teams? He response was Melbourne licience. I asked what do you mean and he said Melbourne is a very hard team to deal with. Well last year my friend and i were at Highpoint shopping center and my friend was going to her daughter one of those build a bears, i noticed on the back wall little football jumpers and thought i would look for the demon one of course; there wasn't one so i asked the lady and she said sorry we don't stock any Melbourne ones, i asked how come? she said the same thing as the guy in the city. So when you guys were talking about Melbourne gear i thought i would jump on and let you guys know. Please forgive my spelling and grammar errors i have dyselexia and may get a lot wrong spelling wrong. So i am very sorry if i do, i will try my best not to make so many. I have been a Melbourne member and cheer squad member for 17 years now this year will be my 18th and i also used to be a member when i was a kid up until i was 18 but after having a baby let it laps for a few years in my early teens. I know what the was i thinking? but i will not let it happen again.
  8. 5 points
    Perfectly put WW, I am a bit biased when it comes to Jack, but he did look good today in the drills, will give it everything he has got which can only be a good thing for the team
  9. 5 points
    Trengove looks a lot like the player we knew in his first few seasons - pre-injury. That is a very handy mid/forward waiting in the wings. He is assured with the ball, has always been good inside, and he is a goal-kicker when inside the arc. He may come into calculations early if there is any delay in getting Tyson back.
  10. 4 points
    Thanks Wayne, Saty, Demi Dee, Vogon, Ruffles and anyone else who I've missed that have posted reports. About time you all made it to training. Did you read the last training thread?!
  11. 4 points
    With ANB and Hannan who are fixtures in the rehab group, think they are adopting the JKH and Hunt model and hopefully making them bullet proof, Crossy really works them over Hannan is going to be a real asset, can kick goals with both feet, and is really good mark, working on his endurance constantly, so assume they regard that as the one area he needs work on, of course after one season in the Ammos and then one in VFL there will be no AFL base there so to speak
  12. 3 points
    Some where over the rainbow, weigh a pie...
  13. 3 points
    Nah Faulty it's like WW said, he is a very good option to have if we need him. He wasn't found out in the drills today, he looked like he did pre injury, a classy player with an ability to play at his own pace, but like a lot of others he needs to be the first one in the minds of the coaches for a position. I have spoken to him a couple of times he is under no illusions of what he needs to do Dom Tyson is working his arse off to get back coz he knows if he isn't on the teamsheet for round 1 he will have a fight on his hands to be on it for round 2
  14. 3 points
    I spoke to Dom today, he is cool, already improved, did a bit more again, close to running at top speed, did a bit of kicking over distance as well He was [censored] off when injury happened, but any player is Brayshaw has a niggly calf, Nev his quad, said it was from too much non preferred kicking! Kent said he was ticking over the rehab
  15. 3 points
    Doubt it will become a best 22 thing but Spencer instead of Weid or Pedda is certainly an option and whilst it's not ideal it probably isn't anything to be scared of if Spencer has improved by as much as his training suggests. Give it a go every now and then to rest Max a bit, use Max to stretch defenders and use Spencil to physically work over opposition in the way Gawn cops it. Sydney changed first and second rucks a lot during the season. As did the Dogs. Our midfield needs to not rely on Gawn. And Watts, Hogan etc should carry the forward line regardless of the other tall.
  16. 3 points
    If we get a flag I'll change everyones avatar to his face.
  17. 2 points
    Should be a good game. flacons did to the packers something I've not seen in a long time, the first two packers drives should have ended better but that is football and the flacons capitalised where GB couldn't, if the Falcons play like they did in the first half then they will win. Pats D will possibly be the difference between the two and if I was the Falcons I would sit on Hogan.
  18. 2 points
    Oh freddled gruntbuggly, Thy micturations are to me, As pluried gabbleblotchits. On a lurgid bee
  19. 2 points
    If Gawn was in the leadership group last year and had an AA year and from my view appears to be driving harder this year its a no brainer. Watts should just continue to focus on playing good footy. Vince should focus on regaining form and removing the brain fades that cost him the odd report. Lewis in is a given on what he brings and what has already been observed and mentioned over preseason. Jones, Viney and T-Mac re-select themselves.
  20. 2 points
    He's fine FD, said before it is the speed between his ears which will help him, totally confident in his body now, did a couple of classy things today to show he is back to where he was, just by positioning himself properly to receive the ball and move it on quickly and efficiently
  21. 2 points
    I normally don't read your posts anymore, but I agree with you on Watts but not Gawn, Gawn drives the standards at training alongside Lewis Jones and Viney, he deserves his place in the leadership group, T-mac has leader written all over him, personally not sure that Bernie is that interested in being in leadership group same with Nev
  22. 2 points
    Gawn was in the leadership group last year and is a leader of this group. He made it last year after half a season of good footy. He'll make it this year after adding an All Aus. Whilst I agree about Watts only playing 1 good year of footy I'll say he's also been a leader of the playing group in many ways for a while now. He's king of the kids - both in terms of fans and in terms of being popular with the younger players. If there's belief that he's turned the corner for good with his footy then I could understand him being picked in the leadership group. It might even help him go to another level. I don't think it's the same as Melbourne of old, I actually think it's a little alternative and a bit like Adelaide picking Tex Walker as captain when Sloane was available.
  23. 2 points
    Not to mention that lid. Could crack your stubbie open on that jaw.
  24. 2 points
    Something happened on the other side of the ground first up and he was winded or hurt his ribs. He was then involved is a strong contested situation in front of me where he and (I think) Dion Johnstone collided in a pack of four and both were down for some time. Rib area again I think. Unfortunately can't add more than that.
  25. 2 points
    Captain Jones VC Viney LG: T Mac, Gawn, Lewis 5 will do it IMO
  26. 2 points
    Watts has had single year of consistent AFL-standard football. Why on earth would he be given a golden ticket into the group on the back of that? That's 'Melbourne of old' nonsense. He just needs to concentrate on backing up the year he just had and improve again. Gawn is in the same boat. Back it up next year. How many past players have rotated through the 'leadership group' only to show anything but leadership? I'd like it to be a small but tight group of Jones, Lewis, Vince (he needs to take control of games next year given his age and games experience), T-Mac, Jetta and Viney. And yeh Saty, I'm completely aware that none of our opinions 'matter' so save yourself the post.
  27. 2 points
    In my mind it doesn't. Can't see a team with both plus Hogan, Watts and possibly Weids. If weids isnt in the team, maybe. But tbh I think you lose playing two rucks, one needs to be a genuine forward or Paul salmon type.
  28. 2 points
    Excellent. Thanks, VP. The point about Spencil could add a very different dimension to our attack. Max knows where the goals are and has turned out to be a reliable kick for goal. If Jake can get the ruck craft improved it'll really stretch opposition defence, much the same as Lobb abt GWS.
  29. 1 point
    Ron, mate, I usually like your posts: but there is absolutely no way that Lewis will be co-captain with Jones. Jones has earned the right to captain the club on his own two feet, and making Lewis captain diminishes this. It also smacks of the 'Melbourne of old' STMJ was referring to: a premiership gun falls in our laps and is made captain without playing a game. I actually think even including him in the leadership group is a bit of a stretch (but understand where the sentiment comes from). In all honesty, I think he would refuse if he were offered co-captaincy anyway (which he won't be).
  30. 1 point
    My humble apologies, Ethan, for derailing the continuity of the previous thread. It seems that my ego is not tall, fast nor footy smart enough to drive that train through such intrepid grounds. In all honesty, I'm happy to take the good, bad and ugly of this site. We're all here for different reasons with the same intent. Watching training today made me realise that we are in good hands and for what it's worth I believe we are all onto something very special. Go Dees
  31. 1 point
    Heart-breaking. It echoes Phil Walsh's tragic death at the hands of his son, or Luke Batty's at the hands of his father. It's too easy to see it as a failure of the police, but it should never have got that far. It's not the law or the police's job to manage what is a mental health problem (linked to a drugs problem), and even moreso in extreme cases. This guy should have received help way before this, but the mental health services are just not able to keep up. In most cases, even people like this can be treated and helped so they're no longer a threat to others - or themselves. The leading cause of death for 15 - 44 y.o. Australians is suicide (not that you'd know it by the funding).
  32. 1 point
    Bug you should email PJ with that, We have to get our gear into the shops It's 101 stuff, i am shocked at what you have written and thankyou for bringing it to the attention of myself and others We have no right to be hard to deal with, The MFC should be proactive in getting our name out there.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    No, not that at all, for Rd 1 the way we are going, the coaches will hopefully have a minimum of 35 players fighting for 22 spots, Trengove included, that was the whole idea of what Roos and Goodwin set out to do. If Trengove gets in he will be there on merit, he is starting to show the signs in the drills of his class, which as I have said will only benefit the team At training, discuss the Rd 1 team with other watchers, we all agree would be nice to have 15 on the bench, because that is only way we can fit in all the players who are showing they deserve a spot at the moment [censored] we are in a good place at the moment
  35. 1 point
    Just for the record I have a different view but only time will tell. We've been down this road before.
  36. 1 point
    for dieter English sailor on the radio: "SOS, we are sinking, we are sinking!"German coastguard on the radio: "Wot are you sinking (thinking) about?"
  37. 1 point
    I spoke to Liam Hulett as well, ankle coming along fine should be back in full training at camp next week As for the 2 young ruckman, this will be their story because of their size etc, working on 'building' them properly, so in and out of the main group
  38. 1 point
    Ryan was great but you had winners all over the field ... the Patriots will be much tougher opposition (especially from a defensive point of view) but you've got the weapons to win it. An evenly matched SB coming up although the Patriots obviously have an edge in experience ... it's all above the shoulders from here on in. Confidence is not an issue so you're every chance.
  39. 1 point
    No it's not, all designs have to be approved by the AFL, that is why you end up with the same design of off-field apparel in each team's colours, didn't you listen to Peter Jackson's explanation of the clash jumper as well, AFL wants it to majority white, so it is majority white
  40. 1 point
    I hate to tell you, but I was stood next to him today and he is even bigger in real life, he is some serious size now
  41. 1 point
    'Brayshaw plays it safe' He'd wanna play it safe with those guns!
  42. 1 point
    With 10 v 10 all players cover most of the ground but I didn't notice anyone in an "abnormal" position. Pretty much business as normal as far as I could see.
  43. 1 point
    Can we can the Tyson talk, I spoke to him today, well on the way to full fitness, working his arse off, it was an excellent session today where the players were pounded in 30+deg heat, and they were still going strong at the end Injuries happen, laughing with Gus, at least it wasn't his head again, light week so he can attack the camp next week
  44. 1 point
    expect t see afl stores running out of mfc gear (those that bother) early this year,. with replacement stock on too long a lead time to be useful
  45. 1 point
    bb My experience with these deals is that the Retailers do not always have to stock the entire range. eg, a store in western Sydney would not have to stock MFC gear or a store might be allowed to stock a few club's gear close their perceived base. You then have the problem where individual store might decide there is no market for cetain clubs so they make the decision not to stock certain clubs. Believe me I have experience at getting all Stores in large chains to stock the "agreed range". Can the MFC improve ? my guess is yes but IMO the biggest improvement will come from being a force in the competition. The punters like wearing the gear of winners, only club nutters like Demonland members wear the gear when the team is poor. IMO it comes back to winning more games do that and the sales will increase exponentially.
  46. 1 point
    Spencer has definitely improved his involvement in general play. He has always been quite quick in straight line work, however, it seems to have been a ploy of the coaching group to develop him into a useful cut-out for Max, as Vogon suggested. He no longer has the baby giraffe effect holding him back!
  47. 1 point
    Gawn is a such a good ruckman that it would be a waste to leave him down forward as well. Would be interesting to see if we give Spencer a run to try and use him as trade bait. Good experienced ruckmen don't come cheap.
  48. 1 point
    Now that would be gold, I'll hold you to it.
  49. 1 point
    I went with my Carlton supporting brother in law and his 11 year old footy obsessed daughter. By the end of the game she knew who her favourites were by name and number. She raced out and already has their autographs on the back of her Blues jumper and knows whose number she wants on the back (Darcy Vescio).
  50. 1 point
    my point exaclty !! We need to see Red..and Blue a bit, in a friendly way of course
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