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  1. Let's cut to the chase - Gawn did the full session. Rehab - T Smith, Billy, Tom Sparrow, Melk. Billy was running laps and still looks a while away, Tommy and Melk doing some kicking and TSmith mainly running from what I saw but I was a little late. Unsighted: TMac, Hore, Neita, Walker, JSmith, AVB, KK, Garlett The rest all appeared to do the whole session. A real mix of drills, three quarter ground drills, centre clearance work, goal kicking for the forwards, specialist ruck, high marking for the talls, spoiling for Jetts, specie practice for Hannan. I had a good look at Dunkley and liked what I saw. Good by foot and clean hands. Other than that just a normal training session.
  2. The rehab group (Jake Melksham, Billy Stretch, Tim Smith and Tom Sparrow) included some getting fitness test or light duties. Max Gawn, Steven May, Braydon Preuss, Christian Salem, Harrison Petty, Clayton Oliver and I think Neville Jetta, all joining the main squad at various times. After warm-ups the main squad separated to line coaches for some ball movement drills. Then they formed into balanced groups and continued the ball movement. The last drill, a 3/4 field positioning with a variety of finishes. I did not see a clanger. Simulations showed the same professional style. The coaches included competitions between groups. They also brought some lightness when the squad gathered in the centre, Still our mood appeared subdued though I sense some resolve. Finished with goal kicking then individual and small group development. Jake Lever looks certain into the backline. Nathan Jones with the backs. Harrison Petty did not participate in collision drills but did everything else. I expect he will play. James Jordan and Corey Maynard working with the mids pushing for selection, as was Oscar Mcdonald in the backs but I don't think they are in. The forwards had many crumbers in it including, Jay Kennedy-Harris and Oscar Baker, tough competition for places. The practice emphasised delivery from just outside the 50. Austin Bradke, dancing around with Max Gawn and Braydon Preuss in rucking drills.
  3. I/C from: Petracca, O. McDonald, Neal-Bullen, Petty, C. Wagner, Lockhart, J. Wagner, Dunkley IN: Lever, Jetta, Gawn, O. McDonald, C. Wagner, J. Wagner OUT: Hore (injured), T. McDonald (injured) No surprises. Interesting interchange. Hopefully the final 4 are Petracca, Dunkley, Lockhart and .... Glad the Big Scary Man gets another gig. Finally we get our best back 6 on the park! For the first time it frees Salem or Fritsch to spend the whole game centre/forward.
  4. Fritta did the full session training with the mids from memory. Rawlings was with the forwards as they did the goal kicking which consisted of boundary line snaps and kicking to the front of the goal square from 50 out on the boundary. May didn't train with the forwards. Jetts did the full session but as for playing AFL or VFL I've no idea. I'd play him AFL if he's fit enough but really I've no more idea on that or the other changes than anyone else.
  5. When all the talk about us being into May started up late last year I was a little underwhelmed. From the handful of times I watched the Suns play I just thought of him as an aggressive, hard at it defender. A gorilla tamer as some are referred to. Yes his introduction to the club was not ideal, and he acknowledged that. Many on here were quick to join in the witch-hunt. I had no idea how quick he is for a big man and also how good a kick he is. He is one of those players that I'm relaxed when the ball is in his hands. He will rarely lose one on one contests. I also felt he was a reluctant skipper at The Suns , basically the best available in an inexperienced team. He oozes leadership and I'm loving what I'm seeing from him in that department. I met Steven pre season before all the negative news hit the media. He's a very likeable, approachable bloke, very different to what I was expecting. He was as absolutely stoked to be at Melbourne. I reckon we've got a ripper on our hands. The thought of him, Lever and Jetta playing a full season together is tantalising and will go a long way in turning our fortunes around next year.
  6. Jordon's put up some high disposal games since shifting from the backline to the midfeld/forward rotation at Casey, but I'm not sure that means he's anywhere near a debut. With a late December birth date, skinny frame and limited TAC exposure he'll probably be better off just playing the year out at Casey. He's not going to get midfield time in the AFL team and we might have enough backline options for the rest of the year. Maybe if they give Dunkley a couple more games and if he then goes back to the VFL you could give Jordon a go but too many young guys at once if they haven't really bashed the door down at VFL level is a recipe for failure.
  7. Picking Ablett, Scarlett and Hawkins up in the 40s before the FS rules changed didn't hamper them either
  8. I was thinking more along the lines of this Alf
  9. Petracca, Petty, Lockhart and Dunkley for interchange.
  10. Oscar named!!! I expect @picket fence will top himself before the night is out!
  11. Lever May and Frost playing 22 games next year together will guarantee us finals. They need continuity and time to gel together. If May and Lever can do a full pre season then it goes a long way to getting our season back on track next year.
  12. https://www.statsinsider.com.au/afl/shot-charting Given all the talk about our accuracy I thought this might interest some. Thanks to the ever wonderful place that is the internet. People have been compiling a shot chat since the start of 2018. For those interested in seeing who is shooting and from where. Here's a few of interest (Marty's is my favourite)
  13. Continuous constant review is what good organisations do to evolve, we've started planning for next season already the mid season revamp,(which many of the naysayers said the club didn't have the courage to do) is evidence of that. There's been a change in game plan obvious to see, but flicking a switch mid season with game plan is difficult.The club is showing strength with their public communication and not panicking. I like some believe this season will either make or break Goody, I lean to the former but I've been wrong before. I'd hate to see the club respond in public differently to how they have. They're dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. The cancerous elements of all clubs and supporter groups feed of public instability, those elements were absent for most of last season and have come back to feed off negativity they refuse to enjoy a few moments of joy in bad times they refuse to acknowledge small changes they look at what we can't do and refuse to acknowledge what we can do. Do we need change, yes but not huge changes Will you change these supporters, No you need courage to admit you may have been wrong. They will lay dormant for their moment to shine and say I told you so when tough times come
  14. Hore does make a ton of mistakes both at ground level and turning the ball over via foot. Has been impressive in his first year but I wouldn’t have as automatic best 22 next year.
  15. I love what Frosty has done this year. Under Steven May's Tutelage I hope he develops some Mongrel as well! Yep he makes mistakes But they are lessening with every outing!! Remember a guy called Gary Cowton?? And our very own Rhino Richards?? Frosty is not unlike these guys and at some point in Crazy Horse's case they may win you at the business End of the season. My second favourite player behind Clarry Choo Choo is FROSTY!
  16. I noticed yesterday at the jnr clinic that they have added an extra set of posts about 1m inside the normal goals posts I assume to help with goal kicking. Not sure how long they have been there as I haven't been to training since preseason. Just thought it was an interesting tool.
  17. As much as I’d like to see Salem on a HBF, with the likes of May, Lever, Hore and Hibberd all being better than average kicks, we really need his class and disposal being used to deliver it into the forward line.
  18. after watching our tall backs last few years, he has them convered in every department. very quick, very good one on one, good reader of the play and organises the defence. Hope to see May, Lever, Hibberd and Frost in for the rest of the year and see how that develops.
  19. Hoping Hore's collarbone didn't keep him out too long, we could get a month to end the season with this 6 playing together
  20. Bernie was finished at the end of 2017 He went 1 season too long. As shownlast year he was absolutely cooked.
  21. In: Gawn, Lever, JKH Out: TMac, Hore, ANB I noticed in the Carlton game and (IIRC) the Freo game, ANB was on the bench at the end of both games. That tell's me that when both games were going down to the wire, with players fading fast; the player with the most run, who covers all the kms was on the bench (only one spot on the bench for the Carlton game). Speaks volumes to me.
  22. All good points Bin. There was a critical intercept contested play in the match against the Dockers back of the square also where Jones found a side step through traffic and busted the game open through the middle. Pretty sure it resulted in a goal and a slight cushion at the time for some breathing space. Weighted averages from the last 3 rounds also confirm your observation about recent form...up 3% on last season's average score. Might have found a bit of a niche at HB (allows Fritsch to go forward also?)... *Number in parenthesis denotes number of matches played in this block.
  23. We were 3 short on the bench. With a game that has so many rotations I was not suprised Carlton came back. They did the same to Freo the previous week. Fortunantly we were able to muster up what was required in the end. A bit of luck doesn't hurt either. I took a lad from Spain to see his first game ever. He knew nothing about the game. Going home he didn't want to stop talking about what he just witnessed.
  24. A code hopper like Israel Folau or Karmichael Hunt (only older).
  25. To trade either Oliver or Brayshaw would be the height of stupidity. Goddard can go and eat ........
  26. Apologies, I thought the sarcasm would be obvious....
  27. I wasn't at the game but it looked like Lockhart put time into Simpson today from the replay I was watching & cut his effectiveness, Might be wrong but maybe someone who was at the ground would know????
  28. Kelly is worth more than Hill
  29. There does seem a lot to look forward to.Petty has also progressed well since his less than ideal debut, If he keeps improving he should become a regular member of our backline in the future.
  30. Thanks mate! Best part of this site! May I interrogate a little... Fritta look ok to play this week? Thoughts on Jetta playing VFL or AFL? Who was leading the technique instruction for the goal kicking? By any chance, did May train with the forwards at all? Cheers!
  31. Absolutely. Which is why i was so [censored] off when he rolled up out of condition. But he is redeeming himself. I will be tracking his next preseason closely.
  32. Kiwis heavily favoured to make it through to the final ... India 119-6 off 35 overs chasing 240 with Dhoni & Jadeja batting. 15 overs to score 121. It's achievable but one wicket changes everything.
  33. Goddard has always been a muppet. If Melbourne traded Clarry, that'd be it for me.
  34. Agree with this 100%. I'd also add that Goodwin did a substantial apprenticeship before comming to us and then did a further few years under Paul Roos and I don't think you could ask for more than that. I can't see how having someone looking over Goody's shoulder and back seat driving would help anyone and could pretty quickly become an undermining influence. Furthermore, whilst I think Roosy would generally keep his distance and give Goody the space he needs to stand on his own two feet and get the job done, I'd also be pretty confident that if Goody wanted some guidance/advice and outside expert opinion on something that Roosy would freely provide that, so that effectively provides the coaching mentor role suggested. I think it's also fair to suggest that Goodwin is also still maturing and developing as a coach in his own right and that is just another aspect to the journey that we are on as a broader team and I don't think there is much that the club can do to artificially accelerate that any more than it already has or that we can nessasrily have developed a bunch of raw 18 yo's into a battle hardened group of mid 20s premiership players overnight. Again I'll emphasize that in his parting Demonland podcast interview, Peter Jackson who we all heralded as a messiah like football administrator somewhat for told that uninterrupted accentions like the club had experienced over the preceeding 3 - 4 years are rare in footyland and that we should expect some speed bumps along the way, though I'm not sure that he ment the speed hill that we have had this season. He probably also mentioned something about his satisfaction and confidence that we had been able to put in place a club administration and footy department with the strength, stability and maturity to adequately handle the challenges and outside noise that a year like we have endured would bring.
  35. Same article suggests we should target Bryce Gibbs. What are the odds of that happening?
  36. Not sure on the headline DL, what he actually says is: "It’s a longshot, but Gold Coast should make Clayton Oliver an offer he cannot refuse. He’s exactly what the Suns lack, a consistent, genuine A-grader who they can build the club around for the next decade. He’s a $1-million-a-year player in the making, at age 21." He does also mention the possibility of Gus to Freo, which could potentially combine with some supporter murmurs from both clubs and build, OR of course it could just dissipate.
  37. Whether Braydon Pruess and Max can work in tandem? He suggested that Pruessy would always be behind Max and threw it out there that if so queried whether the club should / could entertain a trade if IF a Ruck Poor club came knocking and the deal was too good to refuse! He also was aware that he had a two year deal. Personally, I cannot see it happening but stranger things have happened! I for one have always believed that bot Max and Pruessy can play in same team. Interesting comments.
  38. How is he responsible for Watts’ broken leg? Can we also blame him for Scully’s miraculous recovery?
  39. People have got to get over the idea that priority picks lead to team improvement. A PP is 1 extra, potentially good player who with development, might reach that standard after a couple of years i.e it won't help the club next season and probably the season after, even if 1 player can make that difference. The next thing people have to get over is that it costs other clubs to any real extent. Pick 4 or 5 for us at the next draft? What difference will that make to us. It's not like pick 4 or 24. If the AFL are serious about helping GC ( and I am absolutely convinced there is no future in an AFL side on the GC) they should give them salary cap relief to be able to attract experienced players who can fill the gaps while they develop their younger draft picks. It helps straight away, not in a couple of years, and like Hodge at Brisbane, surrounds these kids with immediate knowledge about how to play the game.
  40. Remember the last time the Cheaters doctor gave an opinion re MFC players “assaults”? Hogan got 2 if I remember correctly for a “delayed concussion” (whatever that is) on a player who was close to BOG the following week, and Lewis got 2 or 3 for breaking a jaw on someone who missed no games. So, mark my words, Lewis will go.
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