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Posts posted by praha

  1. 11 minutes ago, Jaded said:

    I’m just sad that we’ve had such a good run of prime time games and free to air exposure and we have totally stunk it up! 

    been happening since the 90s Jaded. Never forget playing Adelaide at the MCG on a Friday night in the mid 90s. They'd lost their past 3 games at the MCG by like 90+ points each. We came in hot favourites. Friday night lights. Lost by 6 goals. Then there's Modra's 10 and Freo's first ever win at the MCG in 1999. 

  2. 50 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

    One thing that might help us is that Rich haven't worked out how to play effectively with two tall forwards.  The two big losses were with Lynch and Riewoldt in. 

    Lucky for them they play Melbourne this week. I'm guessing Lynch kicks 10, Jack 5, with Grimes floating forward for 3 goals and 12 marks.

  3. We would have to be the best worst team every as it currently stands. Winning the ball in key areas and actually giving our forwards a chance but breaking down in every other part of the ground.

  4. 1 minute ago, SFebes said:

    Our defence last year was still very bad, for half the year we leaked easy goals out the back and didn't defend very well. It's just that we out scored the opposition and were first to the ball except for two games. These issues are just an extension to what has been going on a long time now, that's coaching. I'd like to see BMc moved on along with other assistants, Rawlings back.

    Attack is only as good as your defense. The more you score the more you stand to concede. Our defense had holes and the writing was on the wall in some games but we still improved dramatically on that area over 2017. However we have since regressed to defensive standards that we saw in 2013 and Roos' first year. Meanwhile our scoring has stopped. If we were allowing 15 goals a game but scoring 17-18 ourselves then no one would be talking about our defende. The problem is we're barely averaging 12 goals a game but comfortably giving up 15. So therein lies the problem. It was the opposite last year. Defensively across the ground we were quite good last year. This year we are a shambles. Defense goes beyond just backline efficiency. 

  5. 27 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

    I don't see anything wrong with BM being 'overall defensive' coach. Clearly we desperately need one. 

    It means assistant coaches need to work together and take notice of BM to make the role work ie one team!  If they don't like it, bad luck.  If the players don't like, it bad luck. 

    Goodwin gave him that role for a reason.  That is all we need to know.

    Anyway, it seems to be being overplayed on here - the article says it is mainly a game day issue not some ongoing malaise among coaches. 

    Based on my above post it appears to have only been officially recognised just before the start of the season. If that's the case, was he "defensive coach" throughout the preseason or was it a last minute thing? 

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  6. 1 minute ago, Wells 11 said:

    I’ve got the familiar dread that I used to have in the Neeld years before Roos came on board. I’m going, but will if it’s a 60 + game and contest over at half time I’m not staying. It’s  an emotionally helpful habit I picked up in 2013.  This may be the game that really sits the club on its [censored] on the big stage and brings the Hard spotlight our way. We deserve it. 

    I’m an interstater these days, so the saints was the first time I’ve seen  them live this year and I could tell half way thru 1st qtr that something was just wrong. No spark, no real emotion, no system, no flair.  

    Just like when Neeld came in everyone is blaming the players and not enough heat coming onto Goodwin and the coaches. Seems like there’s questions of fitness, off season application .......and coaches. Reports now of Disharmony between McCartney and some players ( he’s got history here) and I suspect, in Chaplin’s case,  he just doesn’t have the players trust. It’s u12 stuff back there at the moment. Mission leaving at years end after a pre season where he didnt get the group ( not suffering from post season operations) to required fitness and several careless and tragically bad calls on injuries. He  Might have stopped caring even by 5% once he chose to move on..it’s all it takes. so He can’t leave fast enough for mine.  I still think Goodwin is , or was ....and still can be,  a good coach,  but Ive lost confidence in those that surround him right now. 

     Can feel a coaching clean out on its way. Something is needed to reunite the pack. 

    Could well quickly turn around like it did last year vs Richmond, but given our fixture and performances it appears extremely unlikely. Hawks and Tigers games last year were bad, but at least it wasn't a theme. This team is been average now for 8 straight weeks if you count the Prelim and practice games. We are 1-7 in that time which I suspect is bested in awfulness only by North and Carlton.

    We have gone from being a flag contender to being one of the worst teams in the league, overnight. 

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  7. 1 hour ago, Dockett 32 said:

    Finger pointing and tears going on all over the place. We don’t need all this panic.

    All l want to know is who is going to  stand up and put the train back on the rails?

    Surely has to be a cold hearted approach by the appointed leaders both on and off the field. They are the ones who really understand the underlying issues ( we are just guessing) and they need to make changes to address these problems effective immediately.

    lf they can’t do it, then we need people who can,

    l can’t imagine for a second PJ wouldn’t be up to his armpits in resolving the current situation.






    This goes well beyond the playing group, my friend. Regardless of the working environment, if you have a mudslinging contest taking place amongst your leaders and managers, the toxicity sets in, and morale is shot. That someone from the club even had to say that "morale is still high" says a lot. The club says stuff it shouldn't, and stays silent when it should talk.

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  8. On March 5, the most recent archived snapshot of the page, McCartney is listed as Player Coach Performance Manager.


    That means that between then and now he has been reassigned to Defensive coach, with nothing communicated to members.

    At this link he is still listed as the former: https://m.melbournefc.com.au/club/people/staff-members

    At the current version of the above archived link, he is "defensive coach".


    Why weren't members and stakeholders educated about the change? 

    With all of these rumours coming out now and with McCartney seemingly snuck into a Defensive coaching role, this all seems like the perfect storm.

    Trust Melbourne to spend 6 years rebuilding itself and throwing millions at the best administrators and coaches in the game, only to regress back to the corporatised and political mess that it has been for 50 years.

    [censored] like this pisses me off more than anything. Why do I pay $1500 a year? We shouldn't be kept in the dark. Where is the accountability?

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  9. Objectively, Richmond should smoke us by 60-70 points.

    MFCSS tells me we may well lose by 100 points.

    Only Melbourne could throw objectivity out the window and outperform itself in the crapness stakes.

    Seriously, how are we even going to get close? Moving witches hats with any ins or outs. 

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  10. 3 hours ago, Hell Bent said:

    Tom  Morris reporting on On The Couch there are issues resurfacing which were discussed last year with Brendan McCartney.

    Disconnect between some of the players and coaches with him including Goodwin. 

    He mentioned he is a backline coach in conjunction with Chaplin,  that's the first I've heard of that.




    Ah of course. Classic Melbourne.

  11. The most damning thing about Saturday was that we had a 9 day break vs their 6 day break. They ran us off our feet. If ever there was an indictment on our fitness, gameplan, structure and coaching, then that's it. 

    I believe that's what we call, "Doing a Melbourne".

    Which Richmond spud will burn us this week?

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  12. By the look of it, we now have almost a quarter of the season to judge on, and we are comfortably one of if not the worst team in the comp. that's how you have to look at it.

    St Kilda have looked solid although far from world beaters but they looked top 4 yesterday.

    The problem and concerning thing is that we've looked worse in every game bar Sydney, than the opponent has looked good. We've played 3 good quarters out of 20. 

    Wins will be far and few between this year. We will net 5-7 wins imo. A huge regression.

    The club always manages to surprise me in its own self-awareness, that it consistently buckles so colossally under pressure or the weight of expectation.

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  13. Some Saints supporters nearby yesterday kept calling us "Hollywood".

    We were way too cute and play with a lack of respect for our opponents.

    There is also a weird sense that the playing group has utter contempt for the coaches. There is zero coherence.

    We are worse now than we were at any point during Roos' tenure, aside from the second half of 2014.

  14. I called it. It was astonishing we were favourites. St Kilda was always going to smoke us on the transition. Not only that, but their pressure utterly embarrassed us. Their delivery and ball use put us to shame. They did the exact same thing last year but to far greater efficiency.

    That was a football lesson.

  15. 1 minute ago, Clintosaurus said:

    Lever and May won't fix much.

    It might help a little, but giving teams such easy transition will still result in 4-5 goal losses. We get 3-4 entries in a row, but teams then go coast to coast for easy goals.

    Not since 2012-2013 have I seen opposition supporters laugh so much. We are being laughed at. Like I have little kids around me laughing at Melbourne. I haven't seen that since the Neeld years.

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  16. May seem like a stretch but I'm in desperate need of two additional AFL Members barcodes. Have a bunch of people in from interstate and have used up mine plus all family and friends, and want to avoid slugging them for a guest pass.

    Anyone have a spare barcode they won't be using that I can reserve some seats with?

  17. 22 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

    How much footy is left in him?

    It is actually very hard to tell right now

    Surprisingly I actually think he will play longer if he returns to Vic than if he stayed in Sydney. They need a new coach and need to start focusing a rebuild around Heeney. 

    He definitely has another 3-4 years left. He is in pristine shape.

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