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Everything posted by grazman

  1. Wouldn't be the first coach to be out coached by Clarko.
  2. Agree with your comments. Lever was Brave today. There were a handful of players who continually put their head over the ball and their bodies on the line and he was one of them. Frost has a lot of attributes, but football smarts aren't one of them. Can be depended upon to give away multiple free kicks every match by doing dumb s***.
  3. Which is exactly what Richmond fans said of Hardwick.
  4. I agree, but sadly I don't think the FD will be brave enough to drop Lewis, but it would send the right sort of message Goodwin wants the players to bring in terms of non-negotiables.
  5. Clarkson expects his players to play hard uncompromising football. We don't play hard, uncompromising football, we have a bunch of milksops who run off to the AFLPA instead of confronting the FD about a camp they'd rather not do.
  6. OUT: Bugg, Harmes, Melksham.
  7. Bit hard on Max his job is to get his hand on the ball, it's his midfielders job to get to the fall. Oliver had 29 touches (25 contested) where were his mates? God Help us if Pedo or Weids change the outcome. We all know that the players that would have made a difference today are Jack and Tom who are both comfortably in our best 6-8 players. We were soft and ineffectual around the ball with no clean users. Hawthorn understandably have a better drilled team with a better system, but it was our lack of intensity after quarter time that was the killer.
  8. Don't know I wasn't in the rooms, but the footage usually shows them talking to their line coaches. I assume Ben Matthews as the midfield coach is under the most pressure, as the run ons sides get usually start and finish in the midfield.
  9. No Max pantsed McEvoy in the Ruck. A second tall whether Weideman (1 good game in a row) or Pedo (still only playing half a game in the twos). The problem was our smalls were either missing (Garlett and Fritsch before the final quarter) or were mediocre (Melksham), poor (Harmes) or a complete liability (Bugg). It also would have helped if we could get another onballer to assist Oliver. We played really dumb footy. Nitpicking I know, but we have four injuries. vandenBerg I think would be handy as a bigger body.
  10. Yes he did, he mentioned it in his pre match interview that they needed to play wet weather football.
  11. grazman


    I said to my better half he should enjoy the last free kick of the game because it will be the last one of his AFL career. He should never play seniors again. He is a complete liability. Surely even guys like Spargo and Baker would be better options.
  12. I wouldn't take that as gospel, it's what it may have looked like to the poster, but it's not any sort of confirmation there is any issue at all with Gus. He's always looked pretty intense during games.
  13. Good to see it's not just us that Menzel kicks cheap goals against.
  14. Tacked onto the original Oliver fine this is a bit misleading, I went looking to see what he'd been fined for, but only Lewis has been fined. It should have it's own thread.
  15. Was it his hip or lower back? I know he had another back complaint in the pre-season and he certainly seems restricted. This is a real concern for a side that doesn't have a lot of leg speed anyway. I can't see a lot of changes being made, but I would bring in both Frost and Kent. Hunt, if he doesn't pull up or Wagner who would be slightly unlucky, (though I'm not a fan of his kicking anyway) and Bugg (he is simply a terrible shot on goal). Lewis won't be dropped, nor will Salem. Going forward I think the club will need to make a decision on how long it persists with Vince and Lewis in the same team.
  16. I had to leave the room five minutes into the last quarter because i thought my head would explode. It's rare for any team even the best ones not to have ebbs and flows in the game. You just can't keep your foot on the throat of an opponent for 120 minutes which is why playing tempo footy is so important to stifle their run on. We are obviously having trouble with that. In the second quarter against Geelong and in the third against Brisbane our lack of spread from the contest was seriously concerning, but not surprising. We lack genuine foot speed, that's why you see Garlett and Hogan pushing up the ground. We're getting nothing off half-back atm. Hunt had his back being worked on again last night and I can't remember him run and carry at all last night. Having Lewis and Vince both in the team together doesn't help as clearly this makes us slower still. Like others I think it's time we bring in Frost - he's the most likely match up for Brown who roams up the ground and his pace is required. I also think its time to bring back Kent. I dropped off him after some soft efforts last year, but I think his speed is required.
  17. Nathan being on the show the week after the cancelled boot camp was raised in the season opener was no coincidence. The club is being proactive and I believe there are a lot of people that want to see us succeed and quite a few involved in that show, but there's definitely blood in the water with this story. He was able to swat the questions to the boundary relatively easily (not that his surfing buddy wouldn't have let him know what was coming). There's an issue here, but it's manageable and it shouldn't define our season. My fear like all Melbourne supporters is that somehow the club will once again find a way of stuffing this up. The concern for me on the weekend was a lack of cohesion in defence and our lack of forward pressure. ANB, Melksham, Garlett and Hannan had 5 tackles between them. Fritsch had 5 by himself. Nev looked uncharacteristically lethargic. Tyson and Brayshaw's non-selection (assuming that Gus was true to his word and was fine to play on the weekend) may have had a role to play (not saying it was deliberate, but players subconsciously can be put off by perceived injustices). I wouldn't say it was a lack of intensity, but quite a few just didn't seem switched on. This looks like being another test of Goodwin's leadership. It would be rare for any leader not to be challenged from within, and they are the most dangerous of challenges, because while outside threats can unify, internal dissent is all about disunity. He needs to be measured,consistent and fair. Peter Jackson should be reminding him that list management decisions are made at the end of the year not at the start.
  18. Might also explain why our marking numbers are down, hard to mark the ball when you aren't kicking it
  19. Trouble is they don't have the skills to execute it properly yet.
  20. I was disappointed in the games of Garlett, Melksham and to a lesser extent ANB as well as Pedo after half time. With no VFL this week it's hard to know who they will bring in if indeed they make any changes at all.
  21. Trouble in the kennel. 'Concerns over his application to training' is open to interpretation, but I believe he and Libba jnr are on the outer.
  22. Toss the magnets around cause it's hard to tell outside of the centre bounce, whose playing where, but I think that's the side.
  23. Dangerfield would be a massive blow for them, more than Viney for us. I see Menegola is no certainty for Rd 1 either. Stanley out will mean Smith will have his hands full with Gawn.
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