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Ben E last won the day on September 5 2018

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  1. 2, 4, 7, 10, 12, 14 (+2), ? After supporting the Dees for 40+ years, I should have known not to entertain any prospect of getting silverware this season (or ever!), but that damn linear progression had me fooled for a while. All I can hold on to now are the examples of the Cats and Richmond, who made finals in 2005 and 2015 respectively but fell away quite dramatically and against expectations the season after, before doing their reviews (and getting Neil Balme in footy admin) and winning their drought-breaking premierships in 2007 and 2017. 2020 for us, then. Would Balmey come back?!
  2. Tonight (and for rest of season) I’m looking forward to seeing which players are doggedly prepared to drag our team’s performance out of the mire. I suspect Clarry will be one of those. For me, he’s reason enough to go along to games. And I like the INs this week in so far as they address a couple of areas in our forward defensive set-up that have been sorely found wanting so far. I’m talking about (i) small forwards with good closing down speed who, with their pressure, can cause turnovers at the source (Garlett and Lockhart) and (ii) gut-running high forwards who can cover and block opposition space on transition (Nibbler and Stretcher Jnr), that is, when the opposition gets the ball in our forward half and looks to counter and/or switch.
  3. Beaten by our own turnovers and their circle work. Don’t know which is more disappointing - probably the latter as it points to a lack of (i) awareness, (ii) preparedness to run and cover and (iii) fitness.
  4. Melksham non-free kick near end of first half the turning point in this game. Absolutely disgusted and utterly confused by the inconsistent application of rules around prohibitive contact in marking contests, and holding the ball / incorrect disposal. It’s almost making the game unwatchable for me - and, of course, being 0-3 and getting home with my kids after midnight because of this city’s crap public transport system doesn’t help matters.
  5. Indeed, hopelessly compromised. Doesn’t matter how you cut an 18-team comp into 22 games, it will always lack integrity and be inherently unfair and unequal. Teams should either play each other (i) once in regular season (17 game season, alternating home and away each year) or (ii) twice (34 game season). Of course, neither scenario is likely to happen, for different reasons.
  6. RTG, I’m having PTSD episodes even thinking about Eagle Rock and the cauldron of blue and gold, Optus Stadium, with the din of whinge and entitlement! Looking at the 100+ pages on the Draft/Trade Cheeseboard, I don’t have much to add about Jesse. I and the girls would love him to stay - should I get one of my daughters to send him an envelope with 20 cents in it (remember Chris Grant)? I am interested to know - if he goes - what’s going to replace the quarter time entertainment of Hogan’s Heroes and, more recently, Hogan’s High Ball. May’s Haymakers or Kolodjashnij’s Ukrainian Tongue Twisters?
  7. @Return to Glory not a bad game yesterday. Opened the show bag from Chemist Warehouse yet?!!
  8. Weagles fans aside (!!), you could do worse than settle in Perth. Was my fifth time there (first for footy), although unfortunately didn’t get out of East Perth this time. It’s always so bloody sunny and bright. I really like Freo, done some scuba diving off Rottnest and have stayed in Joondalup before and enjoyed that side of town too. Will be back!
  9. Big shout out to the Western Demons and the MFC for organising this event on the banks of the Swan River at relatively short notice - was undoubtedly the highlight of the day, indeed trip, for us. We loved hearing from Todd Viney, brought a tear to my eye, and some nice memories from ‘87. He bleeds red and blue. All Dees’ fans were in a buoyant mood. We met some lovely people, really dedicated to the cause, had a kick of the footy on the grass, won some cash in some moneyboard game. Things were looking good. Walking together to the stadium - towards a sea of blue and yellow - was daunting but uplifting too. Pity about the [censored] game, our tired and inept performance and those rabid and deafening Eagles’ fans in the cauldron. Having to endure more than two hours of their relentless din of whinge and entitlement, as well as the incessant arrogance and gloating in the rows behind us (at one stage, I was told by an elderly gentleman I was a “[censored] idiot” for daring to suggest that Nicholls was not wearing a Melbourne jersey - this was when free kick count was 12-5 in Eagles’ favour) was torture, pure and simple. And then to cap it off, after the siren, listening/watching them chant “MCG, MCG, MCG” and then sing (in every conceivable key imaginable) and dance to Daddy Cool’s Eagle Rock for what seemed like an eternity . . . [censored], now I’m whinging. Was hoping to ride a wave of euphoria back to Melb, but instead got dumped unceremoniously (and with a three grand credit card bill) in Perth. It’s just [censored].
  10. Why the hell not (will deal with the acute credit card pain of this trip in a - hopefully - euphoric state next month)
  11. The name Clarrie Olivia has a certain ring to it! All the best for next week - exciting and life-changing on all fronts
  12. Damn right!! (I do like a beer, don’t get me wrong, but haven’t indulged at Melb games since taking the kids there.)
  13. High up in the stands of Optus Stadium, I will shed a tear and hug - as if my life depended on it - my 8 year old daughter, who in her lifetime has almost single-handedly re-kindled my enthusiasm/interest in footy and love of MFC, and treat myself (and my brother) to my first beer at a Melb game in 8 years.
  14. Hi WPL and L36, we three will be in row 19 - scarves (and beanies if we can stand the heat) will be our garb!
  15. Good stuff - that makes at least 7 of us in 511! You’ll hear our roars and screams after every goal, and ”oooss” and “aaahss” after every Clarry pick up and handball. Throw in a bit of “Weeeeeeeeeeiiiiid” and I think you’ll know soon enough who the three nutters up the back are!
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