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  1. What a great effort by Harry to bring the excitement to us on radio. Thx Rob Mac.
  2. Great post Robbie. I always liked Ken Jungwirth..full forwards who kick goals were few and far between but he only played for such a short time. Not sure why he didn't stay for long. I thought he did well with limited opportunities. Went to Prahran I think after a game or two at Carlton. Just google checked..only 4 senior games at The Dees. At 79 kg's he did well..might have bulked up with a couple of seasons under his belt. Have been thrilled by the great responses to this topic. You all have some great meaningful memories and I have enjoyed the sharing of these.
  3. Blair Campbell and Earl Spalding bring back any memories? I remember Blair playing against Melbourne in a night match at Lakeside oval once. Remarkable kick for goal. A shame his knee limited his career.
  4. I guess with TV these days we get to see the live action and in radio days we filled in the picture in our minds based on commentators wonderful descriptions. I wonder if my mind would have distinguished between "He's nailed it" "He's drilled it" or" He's slotted it" or even "He's snagged it"?
  5. Back in ye olde days, goals were usually kicked via a drop kick or a punt (torpedo or spiral) or even a place kick in the earlier days. Usually commentators had a focus on whether it was a clear goal or just made it.. Comments would refer to things like "straight through the hey diddle diddle" (middle) or the like. Was that a Harry Beitzel or Jack Dyer favourite - does someone remember who coined that one? I can't remember how they described goals that narrowly made it. It seems commentators these days have a more expansive armoury to describe the way a goal has been kicked or the manner in which the player gets it home or even how surely or accurately the ball has got between the posts. In their excitement to tell the fans a goal has been kicked, what are some of your favourites descriptors over the years and any commentators who might have given birth to or who specifically might often use the terminology? P.S Do most see spirals and torps as one and the same or was their a difference - I thought there was but might be wrong.
  6. Thx Tarax.. some wonderful contributions from Demonlanders bringing back great memories of players and what they brought to the game and our club. Thanks to everyone who has shared!
  7. Darren Bennett was a great kick Damo. I'm having trouble remembering Ted and Kevin's kicking- was it great passing or kicking for goal that made them a stand out for you? I didn't get to many matches for quite a while and heard most of their matches on the radio.
  8. Peter Weekes (Number 25) came up in another post where his interesting kicking style was mentioned. It fired up my memories of players over the years who were either superb kickers or were remembered for having unusual styles of kicking. Being an older member of Demonland, my greatest memories were of Don Williams with his wonderful attacking drop kicks as he ran to the centre line from half back. And those exceptional drop kicks of Tassie Johnson from the goal square to the centre line-incredibly long and precise drop kicks that so often ended in the arms of Terry Gleeson, our ruckman at the time. Ian Ridley was another great from memory. Unusual styles reminded me of the awkward but effective kicking of Brian Dixon- a remarkable player. Ed Burston was another who was only on the scene for a short time late 60's - he showed so much potential- he was still learning the art of goal kicking when his career was cut short. A unique kicking style. I'm interested in your views on some of our kicking greats or unusual kickers.
  9. Spot on Hemingway - we needed players with bulk, strength and marking ability..we seemed light on in this department compared to opposition players. I do remember a great game he played at Victoria Park which we nearly (and should have won)
  10. Yes I remember Peter Weekes kicking for goal with his individual style action. Thats a good list of players there Tarax!.I wish some of those had stayed on a season longer with the Dees but I guess they knew when it was time.
  11. Hi Dee-yes I agree-not a lot in common. I was mainly after observations and views about what each might bring to the mix skill wise, position wise and other attributes. I only got to see a bit of Dunkley last year and am enjoying the views on here on where he would fit in and be effective if he does get games. I feel there is something there and I hope he is played in positions where he can use his skills and build confidence.
  12. Spot on Vagg. John Townsend suffered a serious knee injury after the 1965 season- My memory was it happened overseas in the USA in an exhibition game against Geelong- someone might correct me on this. Missed most of 1966-67 and he re-injured it twice. Ken Emselle missed most of 19068-9 with a serious knee injury
  13. When I was very young (Born 1950), Dad used to take me to see matches at the G- the old Bay 13. I do remember the Cordner brothers the first time Dad took me. Then Dad took me to a Prahran game and pointed out at least one ex Melbourne Player. It was then that I learned the link between Prahran and the Demons. Denis Jones was one of the first links. He wrote a message for me once -Dad got it for me "Always keep your eye on the ball Tim " Denis Jones retired from the Dees soon after and went to play for Prahran. I remember in our lean years in the 60's and early 70's when I went to see the Dees, Prahran supplied Melbourne with some players--Kerry Ryan and Rod Payne were two-we needed goal kickers! Many Dees went on to play their sunset years with Prahran. Ken Emselle, John Townsend, Bryan Kenneally, Brian Dixon to name a few. Would anyone like to contribute to a list of who they remember went on to Prahran or vice versa? I know a few more but would love to hear other's memories.
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