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  1. 13 points
    Rode my bike past Gosch’s this morning expecting they would be training. No training wasn’t on for the team but noticed the rehab group was in action over on the Punt Road side of the oval. Viney, TMac and AVB under the watchful eye of Crossy and several other assistant coaches/physio’s. Tom and Jack were doing repeated timed 20 meter sprints but we’re actually running at least 100 metres if that makes sense. They were running about 100m but only being timed between 2 cones about 20m apart I guess as Tom was registering a consistent 4.2 sec as yelled out by the timer on each run, Jack was somewhat slower. AVB was doing a lot of agility work, silly walks, running on the spot, not much with the ball. I wandered over to look at the Rebels in training which was very entertaining, they got smashed on the weekend in the second half and I think the coach told the players to bring their mouth guards as they were doing a match simulation with two teams and it was full on stuff. Big boys hitting each other hard but they don’t look fit compared to AFL players but then the game is not about endurance but short, explosive play and battering ram stuff. I kept an eye on the rehab group and Tom and Jack were kicking short balls at each other, then doing a lot of leading and long kicking to Crossy and each other. Later they were doing goal kicking practice. When I left the boys were again running sprints with Crossy. AVB had left for AAMI by then with no ball use, I think he is a long way off although he looks to be in no way hindered in his movements. But that is the same for Jack and Tom they looked fine and unhindered on their movements so it must be so frustrating having these types of injuries!
  2. 8 points
    Has anyone complaining about lapses actually watched any footy other than Melbourne games this year? Just curious because I've seen a few and haven't seen a single game where teams didn't have fits and spurts.
  3. 6 points
    Brayshaw named first in official club bests.....A good sign they are seeing the right actions...hopefully not too far away.
  4. 6 points
    While I left the ground having had a bit of a reality check, I'm confident we'll be playing better footy in 5-6 weeks. No teams are playing their best right now. None. Geelong, Port, Sydney, West Coast, GWS have all had "lapses". If we hadn't had a single lapse it would have been pretty extraordinary. The lapses aren't a massive issue for me, as I'm confident they'll go or be diminished when we're playing better footy. It's more our defensive structures and ball movement that I'm concerned about. I'll let Steve worry about the odd "lapse".
  5. 4 points
    The statistics ~ Oskar Baker 1 behind 12 kicks 8 handballs 20 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 65 dream team points Harley Balic 6 goals 1 behind 16 kicks 4 handballs 20 disposals 10 marks 3 tackles 126 dream team points Angus Brayshaw 1 goal 11 kicks 16 handballs 27 disposals 5 marks 6 tackles 104 dream team points Lachlan Filipovic 3 kicks 7 handballs 10 disposals 2 marks 13 hit outs 42 dream team points Mitchell Hannan 3 goals 1 behind 16 kicks 9 handballs 25 disposals 5 marks 1 tackle 100 dream team points Jayden Hunt 8 kicks 12 handballs 20 disposals 2 marks 7 tackles 83 dream team points Dion Johnstone 1 goal 4 kicks 4 handballs 8 disposals 1 marks 3 tackles 38 dream team points Declan Keilty 4 kicks 6 handballs 10 disposals 3 marks 34 dream team points Jay Kennedy-Harris 2 goals 1 behind 16 kicks 8 handballs 24 disposals 6 marks 4 tackles 114 dream team points Mitch King 6 kicks 3 handballs 9 disposals 2 marks 1 tackle 26 hit outs 56 dream team points Mitchell Lewis 1 behind 4 kicks 6 handballs 10 disposals 3 marks 2 tackles 40 dream team points Jay Lockhart 1 goal 7 kicks 6 handballs 13 disposals 3 marks 1 tackle 1 hit out 49 dream team points Corey Maynard 1 goal 10 kicks 15 handballs 25 disposals 9 marks 1 tackle 91 team points Cameron Pedersen 1 goal 20 kicks 5 handballs 25 disposals 15 marks 5 tackles 138 dream team points Harrison Petty 7 kicks 6 handballs 13 disposals 4 marks 42 dream team points Angus Scott 2 goals 1 behinds 14 kicks 4 handballs 18 disposals 4 marks 76 dream team points Joel Smith 4 kicks 5 handballs 9 disposals 3 tackles 39 dream team points Timothy Smith 2 goals 4 behinds 12 kicks 12 handballs 24 disposals 6 marks 2 tackles 100 dream team points Charlie Spargo 2 goals 0 behinds 8 kicks 9 handballs 17 disposals 5 marks 3 tackles 75 dream team points Billy Stretch 1 goal 1 behind 15 kicks 10 handballs 25 disposals 4 marks 5 tackles 102 dream team points Corey Wagner 10 kicks 5 handballs 15 disposals 1 mark 3 tackles 55 dream team points Samuel Weideman 5 goals 1 behind 8 kicks 8 handballs 16 disposals 5 marks 1 tackle 12 hit outs 98 dream team points Mitchell White 7 kicks 4 handballs 11 disposals 2 marks 2 tackles 40 dream team points
  6. 4 points
    You can sort of understand it. McKenna IS Irish and Dickson IS a spud.
  7. 4 points
    Finally managed to see the replay so here are some quick thoughts from what I saw: Umpires were bad for both teams, to me there wasn’t any favouritism just no consistency and logic at times. The Fritch non-mark was terrible and robbed him of a great mark and us a huge goal into 3 quarter. Gawn was incredible, easily best on ground for me. Petracca looks like he’s getting stronger and stronger. Hasn’t hit top speed yet but when he does I pity the poor buggers on the other end. Kent, Bugg, and Wagner all played very good games. Wagner has been in the sights of many here (me included) I’m happy to admit the he played a good game. Kent and Bugg were our dangerous forwards and they did it though harassment and pressure. Also special mention to Frost, he also did some very good things. Hogan as a midfielder I was a little sceptical of but it’s working, I think it would work better with one more tall forward though. Early days our forward entries were terrible. Overall satisfied with the result. We should’ve buried them in the 3rd quarter and we missed some easy shots. We’ve broken the hoodoo and that shouldn’t be underestimated.
  8. 3 points
    Not sure it's a golden age but switching to 1 ruckman and banning the 3rd man up has helped the good rucks. The good rucks now play 80% game time and don't have to deal with a 3rd player jumping all over them. And without teams carrying a 2nd ruck in the side we've seen an even distribution of the best players. Along time ago now but Stef Martin went to Brisbane. Witts to the Gold Coast. Port got Ryder and Bellchambers grew in to his spot. Nankervis to Richmond. Players moving for opportunity will spread the talent evenly so the position has depth across the clubs and then there's always the top quality guys and the in form guys and the trade off is they get to play head to head against the out of form guys
  9. 3 points
    haven't been called a dude before ... but thank you .... perhaps there is hope for me yet
  10. 3 points
    Steve... all teams lapse, throughout each game. For me, its like arguing that you shouldnt have fatigue - its a part of the game...andwe treat it as normal, but lapses *ahem* should be problematic and a sign of a weak team, I really disagree strongly on this point. The competition has evolved so much, that all teams will get run on's somewhere, in a game. It'll be a rare day that a team doesn't get more than 2 goals in a row against the opposition. Just looked at rnd 3- (and cannot be shagged looking at the others) to support my evidence Collingwood 'lapsed and gave the first 3 goals up - then Carlton 'lapsed' completely for the rest of the game Brisbane and Power - 3 a piece Gold Coast 4 - Freo 3 North - 4 -Melb 4 GWS - 7 Sydney - 3 Adelaide - 2 - St Kilda 5 Hawthorn 4 - Richmond 3 Essendon 5 - WB 3 Geelong - 6 - WCE - 6 I think @Skuit has a good post happening re: sheer weight of numbers of entries into 50's and where we sit with that, to make sense of it. I would assume (and know for certain at another club, that they expect a team to kick multiple goals)- that Goodwin and the FD factor this in, hence the game plan that @skuit has alluding to in his stats thread... Personally, I have challenged my own expectation since - coaching panels factor this likely occurrence into their planning, and its made my experience as a support less disheartening and less frustrating. In a more succinct way... we are not a [censored] team if we get multiple goals kicked against us - however we are, if it happens multiple times.
  11. 2 points
  12. 2 points
    My Brother’s family are all mad Saints Supporters God only knows why. Very quiet so far this year... ”winter’s coming”
  13. 2 points
    If we have all the highlights clearly we have the whole game. We need to pressure the club to put the whole game up.
  14. 2 points
    He works hard and seems the kind of players who is getting the most out of his somewhat limited ability. He’s the kind of player we had quite a few of from 2008-2015. Don’t think he’d be getting a game for us at the moment, but good luck to him at nth.
  15. 2 points
    Their great white hope is Jack BIllings. And hes not a matchwinner by any stretch of the imagination. They are in for years of pain.
  16. 2 points
    Just sponsored my second basketball team down in the deep deep province. Looking forward to getting there later in my trip. The first was an entirely lesbian team, playing in a comp against Ladyboys, in Davao Del Norte. 18 basketball tops, all custom printed, for $125 AUD. They are the only team in the comp with a single uniform. The entire team is coming to greet my wife and I when we arrive. I will be the first White man to visit their little town so they tell me. This place is a lot of fun.
  17. 2 points
    With all the scrutiny on Jack Watts ordinary game against Brisbane, kudos to ex Dee Stefan Martin. 30 disposals, 49 hitouts, 13 contested possessions, 9 inside 50’s and 177 AF points. Well done.
  18. 2 points
    Great to see recognition for both Salem and Kent.
  19. 2 points
    Had to be 4 or 0 Scores broken down (but take your pick as to which coach awarded them): 5: Gawn, Gawn 4: Hogan, Petracca 3: Salem, Cunnington 2: Kent, Brown 1: Jones, Hogan (For the record, I have put them in order of my guess as Goodwin / Scott)
  20. 2 points
    Coaches votes. Hogan shortchanged surely. Gawn is 3rd on the leaderboard. MELBOURNE v NORTH MELBOURNE 10 Max Gawn (Melb) 5 Jesse Hogan (Melb) 4 Christian Petracca (Melb) 3 Ben Cunnington (NM) 3 Christian Salem (Melb) 2 Ben Brown (NM) 2 Dean Kent (Melb) 1 Nathan Jones (Melb)
  21. 2 points
    Thanks again for toeing the party line. You're sharing absolutely nothing new like always, I don't know why you even bother responding. It's seriously pointless. I'm a supporter who hasn't seen any real significant improvement in the way we're playing since last year. We've come up against two very ordinary and young (Brisbane) sides and have managed to get over the the line thanks to our superior talent. We played an undermanned Geelong who we should have beaten. You'd expect we'd have won that given our end to last year and the 'burn' the club had spoken about all pre-season. But we didn't. I'm completely aware that the season is a marathon. And we've got two wins on the board out of three which is 'positive' obviously, most on here keep telling me. We clearly haven't 'learnt' about lapses during games despite what you've said. Because they have happened every game this year and it happened many times last year. My prediction is that if we play the way we have been in the first three rounds, we won't be beating Hawthorn or Richmond. Because one quarter of bad football against them and we'll be punished hard. If we play four quarters of 'Melbourne' football, we'll win. But I've barely seen an entire quarter of that yet. We have way too many players underperforming atm.
  22. 2 points
  23. 1 point
    Warner and Bradshaw have long been favourites of mine.
  24. 1 point
    Late 70's had (off the top of my head) Mike Fitzpatrick, Peter Moore, Simon Madden, Ron Alexander, Ian Hampshire, Rod Blake, Don Scott, Gary Baker, Gary Dempsey, Mark Lee, Barry Round. Not all superstars but some big names and plenty of quality.
  25. 1 point
    Wtf? Why make that dumb arhse comment now? Did you notice he played against us on the weekend? Are you just taking the pizz? i opened this up expecting to see people shitbagging this one trick pony, and maybe some 8ntelligence re our lack of line busting pace. I will go away disappointed.
  26. 1 point
    Hunt and Bradshaw are best 22. Warner and bugg misses out.
  27. 1 point
    No we replace those 2 with Filipovic and Johnstone. Petracca and Hogan sounds fair.
  28. 1 point
    Hawthorn and Richmond are two interesting matchups for us because they each possess a strength that we don't - Hawks superior kicking skills, Richmond superior pace. But the advantage we hold over them is winning the footy. I'm interested to see how we go in these two games, I'm kind of expecting Hawthorn to be out to make a point after Sunday and they will make us pay with errant inside 50s. If we lose this I won't be too shattered as long as we best Richmond the following week. Lose both and I'll be upset but I think we match up well with Richmond. We really should have beaten them last year and we didn't have Gawn or Hogan who are both in ripping form. I also think their speed will be less of a factor against our contested footy although their backline does shape up well All in all I'm enjoying the ride this season, it's a very even competition there's not many teams who will suffer drubbings like we did in the Neeld days. Beating any team by 5 goals is a good outcome.
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    I think Werridee has a fetish for posting Melbourne line ups every day.
  31. 1 point
    Exactly. Not to mention the overall standard of footy this year across most games hasn’t been great. There’s been momentum swings in most games. Our defence has been all out whack. Better in the 2nd half on Saturday. Yes the Hawks and Richmond could punish us if we have lapses. Just like we’ll punish them if they have lapses, like they have had. It’s usually what happens in every sport.
  32. 1 point
    Those highlights would be better if they showed the build up play
  33. 1 point
    We’ve done our own damage too STMJ. Both the Tigers and Hawks have had runs against them in the first two Rounds. I agree the next two games will be a step up, but in the past 12 months, bar some bad luck, we’ve performed strongly in “big” games. Maybe I’m an optimist, but I think we’re going OK, we aren’t running on all 8 cylinders yet but I think we’re building. I’d prefer we’re playing our best footy in August -> September as opposed to April.
  34. 1 point
    Lapses are a problem. We had large periods all last year and it didn't look good against the Lions lastly week, but can you call the 4 goals vs North a lapse? 17:29. They kick the first from a questionable free kick. Momentum was 50/50 at the time. 14:40. Second goal. They are starting to get a run with repeat inside entries. 12:37. They get the third. They are all over us. Time to get worried. Our kicking efficiency is at about 55% 11:01. They got their forth from a shocking mistake by Frost. Really worrying now. If they keep going like this we will be stuffed. 10:08 Bugg puts through our first. 9:09 Kent kicks our second. I don't give a [censored] about the first goal. They were pushing us pretty hard but we were still giving it back and going ok. After the second, I was starting to get worried. 4 minutes later they have 2 more. Not looking good. Within 2 minutes we have 2 goals on the board. Momentum is 50/50 for the rest of the quarter. So yeah. We couldn't stem the tide for 4 minutes and conseded 2 goals which we instantly got back. Call it a lapse if you want.I won't be. I also won't be getting worried about a 'what if' like what if we lapse against the Hawks. If we do I will be [censored] off. Until then I'm going to enjoy the win.
  35. 1 point
    There’s still momentum in sport? I’m shocked.
  36. 1 point
    Dude, i literally had the same thought. Copypasta'd that exact line to my mate. Beautiful turn of phrase. Petracca is going to rip games apart and win finals off his boot. He's such a great combo of happy-go-lucky-cockiness. Edit: sp
  37. 1 point
    Gee the weed looks good in these. Involved in about 70% of goals I reckon...looks damn impressive.
  38. 1 point
    It looks like the players had a quieter day spent at the Botanical Gardens judging by Instagram. Good to hear TMac & Viney running a bit more now. Will be great to have them both at full fitness for the 2nd half of the season!
  39. 1 point
    Can take up to 48 hours into week for weekend membership additions to register on the site
  40. 1 point
    Just missed Pedo from the team...he serves us well, earnestly and to the best of his ability. He is a focus and often, he stops a good deal of rot with the opposition/umpires.
  41. 1 point
    I can still see those two twins laying in the pusher howling at their mother to stick the dummy in their gob.
  42. 1 point
    Haha very good analogy, that's how I feel watching this side at the moment. The commentators talked about Melbourne being a good side when we're going at about 3/4 pace, too frenetic and we look sloppy, not frenetic enough and it falls apart. You could also say we are missing a bit of focus or composure to our attack at the moment, something I think Viney would help immensely. We seem to be going quite well but there is something intangible that means we look slightly off, the flow isn't there yet. But when it comes and I think it will at some point soon, it will click and we will look very slick.
  43. 1 point
    I assume Scott gave Cunnington and Brown votes ahead of Hogan and if so he's either completely biased or a moron.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    1. Salem's early aggression (looking forward to when he can maintain it for 4 quarters). 2. Kents more than productive return. 3. Hogan's insane work rate.
  46. 1 point
    I thought we should of recruited him after the first quarter and then soon realized why we didnt after the next 3.
  47. 1 point
    Melbourne's Sam Frost ($2000) for rough conduct after a sling tackle on Kangaroo Jed Anderson Nothing about Jetta
  48. 1 point
    Just shows what a blunder it was to delist Col
  49. 1 point
    Looks like Jetta and Frost are in the clear: "Only one other player faces suspension from the weekend's games, with Bulldog Zaine Cordy offered a week for striking Cale Hooker of the Dons...Richmond's Alex Rance can accept a $2000 fine for striking Hawthorn's Luke Breust...Nine other players have also been fined, while a match day report on Greater Western Sydney's Matt de Boer was thrown out". I'm guessing they are fined or completely exonerated https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/bomber-could-be-in-hot-water-over-alleged-bite-20180409-p4z8i9.html Dog act by McKenna to bite another player.
  50. 0 points
    Billy Hartung might be worth a look. We might have to be involved in a 3 way trade, King plus 3rd rounder to a team that needs a ruckman i.e Blues,they off load a 2nd rounder to the hawks and in turn we get Billy.
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