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  1. 15 points
    In this Clayton's training thread, I'll hijack the thread to thank all the track watchers who have contributed some terrific reports over the pre-season, with loads of detail. Thanks everyone! I pass through the general area of Gosch's on a fairly regular basis in my day to day tasks, and have seen quite a few snippets of training; on 2 occasions I was there for a reasonable amount of time. Fwiw, I've seen enough to make the following general observations about the following who have caught my eye as likely to add significantly to what was on offer last season. Probably nothing that hasn't been noted here already, but here goes, in broadly number order: Hogan - just looks like he's going to go to another level this year if he stays injury free; fit, strong and skilful. Lewis - the kicking: it draws your eye when watching him in the group. Brayshaw - looks stronger and fitter, and a real presence in drills and match sims. Gawn - see Hogan entry. Could be scarily good this year - please stay fit, Max! Billy Stretch - looks to have progressed strongly in his physical development, and should step up to be a consistent and skilful player. Oscar - should be a more imposing presence on the ground with a body that's filling out. Jayden - there looks to be more of everything with him; seems to have taken the Olympic motto to heart ("Citius, altius, fortius"); also looks more confident in his work on the track - his break-out season has no doubt added to that. Exciting! Joel Smith - a bit like the J Hunt entry, with a lot of skill on show together with significant apparent physical development. In addition, Weideman looks bigger, but whether this is the year where he makes significant impact, time will tell. Oliver is interesting. Doesn't seem like a natural running machine like some other mids, but you'd like to think that his output would be improved from last year with the work that he's had to do over the summer. Petracca probably in a similar category. Both works in progress from point of view of fitness, but would expect both to be in a better to position to have more impact on the ground. As an overall observation, the intensity of work in terms of running and physical contact in drills and match sims is significantly higher than what I can recall seeing in previous pre-seasons. Which is all well and good, but who knows whether or not the increase in intensity is just keeping up with, or catching up to, the work of the leading clubs.
  2. 6 points
    We will be the first ones that he turns down? So much for being a "destination club"!
  3. 4 points
    We need to learn how to beat St Kilda, North, EssUndone before we can be nearly satisfied and thinking about finals.
  4. 3 points
    Good to see footy talk in the media, instead of talking about 35 year old tennis players.
  5. 3 points
    Crossy was offered a lifeline by the Bombers as a top up player but turned it down for the gig at the Dees.
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  7. 2 points
    When did we last beat them up there? We beat them in round 23 in 2015 in a game where they had about 12 out, wasn't really an AFL standard game. Then we fluked a win in round 1 this year when they ran all over us for the middle half of the game and kicked a bucket load of points. I think the formula for beating them is pretty simple - smash them at the contest, isolate defenders, cut down their outside run - but I'm not convinced we'll do it again any time soon. We'll have to show our run is dramatically improved this year and we'll have to have the skills at a high level like they were in round 1.
  8. 2 points
    Trying to remember who was the fabulous Demonland track watcher up there last time who gave us really insightful and accurate reports. Apologies for my bad memory. Was great to read.
  9. 2 points
    You're off your effing rocker. But I'm with you.
  10. 2 points
    Red Bull as a corporate entity can expect to be sued by the families of young skaters, skiers,bike riders and stunt-sportsmen that they have driven to their deaths. They've been marketing "adrenaline sports" for years and killed quite a few already. The naming rights are not up for sale but i wouldn't object to their involvement as a sponsor. If we sold our name off I wouldn't be supporting the club anymore.
  11. 2 points
    I'll call it..Melbourne has as much chance of a Flag before the Giants. Yep I'm mad.....or am I ? We;ll be up and running this year. We can beat the Giants..we actually know how... bizarre at that is..cant beat other teams we ought to but somehow we have'm worked out. Point being.. No team is a monty for the Granny. They havent the miles on the board yet...one day...they will ...not yet. Players will start coming to us...just you watch.......oh wait ...
  12. 2 points
    Nope - they'd want Salem and Tyson. Ohh hold on ...
  13. 2 points
    Is it too late to offer Grimes, Terlich, Jones and Michie? Four for one is a pretty good deal right!? Remember when we used to actually suggest trades like this?
  14. 2 points
    T Bugg --- and all his untapped potential. god love him.
  15. 2 points
    Best of lucky Smithy. This part really stood out to me from the link above... "Smith said the fact that he and fellow rookie Declan Keilty was drafted from Melbourne’s VFL aligned side was a great example of how the ‘one club’ mentality had prospered. And he was proud to become somewhat of a poster boy for fellow draft prospects eager to make the transfer from Casey to Melbourne. “I’m absolutely rapt for Decs and myself,” he said. “It’s unbelievable and it couldn’t have been a better outcome for both of us and Casey. The alignment this year was super strong and probably the strongest it’s ever been in my time at the club. “I think for guys coming into Casey – it’s going to be a real focal point. There is a chance [that you can get drafted and play for Melbourne]. There is light at the end of the tunnel for guys that dig in and potentially be given an opportunity at AFL level.”
  16. 2 points
    Please never contact the club again.
  17. 2 points
    It is great that there is competition for spots, and if he earns it good luck to him.
  18. 2 points
    'I’ve extended an olive branch . . . ' ?
  19. 2 points
    He came into Acland Cellars where I did some shifts in December 2005. He was as humble a guy you'd ever care to meet. He confirmed his German background, spoke about his Tassie days and said he was looking forward to 2006. He was upbeat but not all that confident. He was a great player to watch, always committed and keen to get the ball. His loyalty to Daniher was heart-warming as well.
  20. 2 points
    I asked T Viney why cross was delisted in the off season last year and he's explanation was that his kpi's were down below the level expected of an afl player. Wouldn't elaborate on the specifics
  21. 1 point
    There must be some Demon fans up there on the Sunshine Coast ready to report on the Demons' training camp at Maroochydore? Surely?
  22. 1 point
    The club announced it this afternoon. http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2017-01-29/melbourne-launches-david-neitz-academy The Academy is for our 1st and 2nd year players and honours our wonderful captain and MFC games record holder - Neita! MFC: “....it’s the behaviours that he (Neitz) displayed throughout his entire career that we want our younger players to emulate. His attitude towards training, his attention to detail and his selfless attitude are things we want all our young players at the Melbourne Football Club to value.” Gosh we missed all those attributes when he retired. This goes some way to 'right the wrongs of the past' where some senior players were retired/let go without much dignity or respect. Slowly but surely the club is embracing them again. I'm glad the club has found an appropriate way to honour Neitz.
  23. 1 point
    i prefer aztec or mayan cofee, earl. it's worth the sacrifice.
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  25. 1 point
    I must try this new coffee, mixed perhaps with guava paste, it could be a winner. My basic rule on coffee is that it should be naturally grown and not have passed through a gut of some creature. Call me conservative if you like!
  26. 1 point
    Did Saty not fly up with the team?
  27. 1 point
    I get the feeling that he wasn't overly impressed with how many of his teammates were moved on during the red and blueprint era. The breach wasn't as deep as it was with Junior because Neita's body had packed up by the time he retired. However, I don't think he was thrilled by how others were treated.
  28. 1 point
    The names "Giants" and "Suns" are lazy generic handles, obviously designed by committee, that could describe any number of sporting teams around the world. Because "Giants" and "Suns" are just the kind of thing that US (the Mecca that all sporting administrators look up to and pay periodic homage to) teams might be called. But what do the people of the Gold Coast and western Sydney identify with? (If anything?) (Gold Coast Beaches, anyone? "Go you bloody Beaches!!!") However .... History shows us that it's all meaningless anyway; the identity, the culture attaches itself to the name regardless of what the name is. Carlton Blues? What the hell is that? EFC Bombers? They're either some kind of warplane or some kind of mosquito. Relevance??? Utah Jazz? They were once the New Orleans Jazz ... makes some sense ... but now they belong to those free-wheeling jazz-loving Mormons. In the end it matters hardly at all. The only thing that counts in the long run is success. Tell the 7 year old who watches the GWS Giants on TV winning week in and week out, winning flags, generally being winners, that their nickname is a lazy generic handle. You will lose the battle and the war. The kid instinctively wants to watch the winners. He'll get on board with the GWS Generically Titled Football Club and not care a whit. Basically club nicknames are all fairly silly and meaningless. But when corporates get involved ... that's a different ball game, figuratively and literally.
  29. 1 point
    Jayden Hunt looks like an extra from Chariots of Fire
  30. 1 point
    I agree with you Wiseblood. Cross was (and in a different capacity still os) great for us but he was moved on sideways at the right time. A very different case than was James McDonald, who especially in retrospect was moved on far too early and treated appallingly by those in power at the time. I ticked the 'like' box but would really like to have a bigger option.
  31. 1 point
    He's leaving cause he doesn't want to play with Sculldog Millionaire. Nothing is more certain. Who'd blame him really.
  32. 1 point
    I thought they were the Three Musketeers Tim
  33. 1 point
    That's what GWS would want for a trade.
  34. 1 point
    Isn't Sam Mac the weather presenter on Sunrise? Im a bit sceptical about this one..
  35. 1 point
    I have a top like this.... I A rugby/sailing type knitted sweater from Rivers. With a small change to include the MFC logo done 'quietly' Im sure this would be wearable/acceptable at most venues No it doesnt scream FOOTY !! it's not meant to
  36. 1 point
    I don't think the playing offers were AFL, I know there was interest from other clubs on coaching/fitness side one thing I do know Goody is all for relationships the players 'love' Crossy think his new nickname is 'Doc' heard the boys in rehab calling him that As for Terlich, he was only on 2 yr contract, think the confusion arose from his profile on website in 2nd year said he had 2 years to run in contract, that was wrong
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  38. 1 point
    Sorry Clint, would Melbourne Red Bull Demons be OK?
  39. 1 point
    The misogyny on this thread is disgusting. I'm burning my mansiere in protest.
  40. 1 point
    So, he can come down here and hug Hawthorn's ex best player whenever he wants, in fact all the more reason to come...
  41. 1 point
    Yes, I agree - to have the thread or links permanently at the top of the board would be a fantastic on-going reference point. A brilliant resource. How good was Jackovic.......
  42. 1 point
    Just got to get through this week... And the sudden onset of all the NFL experts come superbowl week.
  43. 1 point
    I have been trying to get interested in the Women's AFL competition. I just can't.
  44. 1 point
    Agree. Who should be more upset, Hawks fans at losing 2nd B & F and champion of the club at 30, or us losing Crossy at 33?
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    So you are satisfied that loads of Police were just standing around tell me please What were the Police actually waiting for?... even the top cops must have known this was going to end badly. His brain was totally fried.
  47. 1 point
    He's pretty heavy through the thighs, his natural full grown weight will be 10 kgs heavier than Watts. Watts and Hogan are longer in the legs and probably have more spring in their legs. Oscar will get harder and harder to move in a marking contest as he has more weight closer to the ground. I think Hogan may have dropped weight in the last six months, both he and Watts will look to run a lot in the season, I think young Oscar will be more a stay at home backman on the less mobile forwards.
  48. 1 point
    If Oscar is now 97kgs, then Jayden Hunt is easily 110kgs.
  49. 1 point
    Why are we splitting hairs about Daniel Cross? He was sensational for us, but clearly we made the right decision. It's not as if we went backwards when he retired. Strange discussion to have.
  50. 1 point
    Bugg offered a lot more pace and he's never far from AFL level, he's pretty much the standard depth player. I assume the other 4 you named had contracts whilst Cross didn't. I think that's a pretty standard occruence for list manager. Matt Jones is another with pace who played some decent games breaking the lines last year. Viv played 4 games, Newton 2, Grimes 2. I don't see how the difference between them and Crossy would've changed the course of our season.
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