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  1. Hunt should have a role down back. With Frost gone our back line could become very slow. Even our small backs Salo/Nev /Jones(?) lack pace. Most successful clubs have a line breaker, admittedly with polish, to open up the play. Jayden needs to work on his disposal skills or we need to build a set up when he has the ball, in order to take advantage of his main attribute.
  2. These clips genuinely bring a tear to my eyes today, just as they did when No2 flanked the MCG wings most Saturday afternoons. Robbie was one of the few shining lights in the very dim decades of the 1970s and 1980s for the MFC. Brilliant from the start of his career, loyal until the end of it. He has few peers in VFL/AFL history. Thanks for the clips WJ. Timeless and priceless.
  3. It is always disturbing to hear of the personal struggles many AFL listed players have, from all walks of life. I am reminded, for different reasons, that at Melbourne, my hero of a decade or so ago, Liam Jurrah, fought his own battles off field that led to a potentially brilliant and spectacular career being cut short. I really hope Harley can get back on track, if at Melbourne great, or anywhere for that matter. No one wants to see natural brilliance or flair go unrecognised or unfulfilled. Great piece WJ. Only 100 and something days to go to Round 1 2020. Can't wait. I need to exorcise my demons resulting from this year's on field performances. I am still haunted by so much expectation being drained from our bodies so quickly and easily. Time for a reset.
  4. Richo is the humble one, Goody is the all knowing one. Richo to Goody is right. Goody would then think about the question and wonder whether actually worked out the Saints, who beat us many more times than we beat them, under the 2 coaches.
  5. Brings me back to my school days at CBC St Kilda, Tarax. Belted by a few brothers (totally deservedly) back in the day for not knowing my verbs. Re Jay, et ibimus in excelsis in my view. He is a player.
  6. Had Oscar not been the previously annointed one, would be interesting to see what value (if any) he would have carried in the trade period. His contract alone would have been in excess of any player value. In a backline bedevilled by injury, Oscar was not even worth picking for a game. I believe that speaks volumes about his worth. We still carry way too many VFL players on our list.
  7. Absolute BS. I personally spoke to Sam in May this year. He was 100% invested in the club and its success. He was well aware of the players recruited around him and those that were challenging him for his spot. He was aware he had to "really earn" his spot to get a gig every week despite the team performance. He worked hard to meet that benchmark. When the club then spits in his face about whether he was valuable, who here wouldn't crack it? As for the 2019 Bluey, those that suggest he just made the top 10 should remember the ones casting v the votes, were the ones that cast him out. He was never going to be given votes, no matter what he did on the field. I am confident Clarko will harness Frosty's strengths to enhance the Hawks backline, and offer support for his weaknesses. Our brains trust wouldn't know where to start except, "go in, go hard". After all, isn't that our "brand". I imagine Paul Roos just took one more step away from the club that he and PJ tried to build. Love the selection of Ed Langdon to fill an obvious need. But that trade was totally unrelated to Frost. All that said, we will all move on, and we all want success, irrespective of how it is stitched together.
  8. Hawks have the brain power to know how to use speed to advantage and cover poor disposal skills. Frosty will do well for them, flanked by runners able to receive a short kick or handball and move the ball forward with precision. Regrettably, our backline and forward line lack any "connection" so the line breaker was required to fulfil other roles as well. For Frosty, that was asking too much of him, and too little of others. He is no star, but a very useful soldier, now gone. Meanwhile we have back line list with cloggers to spare, who offer not a lot. One whom particular, who can now breathe a tremendous sigh of relief. I wonder who? It's the Melbourne way Having met Sam at many functions, he wanted to stay and was deemed not good enough. I wish Sam the best and expect him to perform one role, his role, much better in a more cohesive structure. What's done is done, so l will move on, just hoping that over summer new coaching staff can bring in fresh ideas to use the talent we have and build a plan around it. Not the other way around.
  9. Pretty much the same story for me Demonised. It has been a thorough test of character for every Demon supporter since '64, starting with RDB REmoving to Carlton in '65. Strangely, l wouldn't have had it any other way, but l would have let my kids choose another team. I concede that was cruel on them as they were denied the choice.
  10. Nothing comes easy in life, as our young inexperienced coach and players found out in 2019. Success is earned, not awarded and relies on increasing effort and desire, increasing skills, developing game plans for the cattle available and no small measure of good old fashioned luck. These in point, the Bulldogs who claimed glory in 2016 and have been able to repeat it. MFC has been given every leg up to be successful. Ok, we lack a "home base" but that does not win flags. We have facilities at AAMI that put that discussion to bed as am excuse. No, we where led by leaders in Roos and PJ who framed the outline of success on and off the field. Since the departure of Roos we have lost structure on the field. Goodwin's chaos ball, is nothing more than a shunt and grunt game plan, that will inevitably lead to players being injured, as we have seen for 2 years straight. We have got talent, but not oodles of it, so a succesful, evolving gameplan needs to be built around what we have. That is observably lacking. Precision disposal does not appear as high on Goody's wishlist as guts. Until it does, we will fall short of success just as any team in any sport will, where ultimately, execution of the game's fundamentals sort the best from the rest. I believe we will do better in 2019, against poorer opposition. But we are unlikely to be great. After nearly 60 years of supporting this club, with the exception of just a few bright spots, such is the way it has been, and possibly such is the way it will be in the years ahead.
  11. Yep. MFC has been part of my life for way too long to let go. I joined as a member when we were broke and broken. Seen many years worse than this one, though this one was one of the most damaging. Been to every home and away this year in Melbourne and even travelled to Darwin to see the loss against the Crows. It seems strange people want to punish the club coffers instead of the players, the coaches and the administrators. Members get to vote, and can express their discontent direct to the club to make changes. Funny thing is, no one is happy with what has happened this year and changes will be made. Sadly, the mistake was re-signing Goodwin before the season started. He is now the person with the least to lose. 2019 is over for all of us. Has been since before the bye and painful ever since.
  12. So many of us are having the same emotions PD. Last year spirits were lifted after many years of hapless performances on and off the field. We were lulled into a belief that the great efforts of PJ and Roos were paying off. And then 2019 happens. The coach changes the script from journeys to learnings and connections but the players have not bought in and the fans can feel it. There are just so many issues to be addressed it appears we are back where we started. Although l do not believe that emotive response to be right. We need to make changes in the game plan and fitness regime and we need to bring in some cattle with speed. We have the nucleus of a top 6 team in 2020 but our bottom 6 players in every 22 we field is poor. After 6 decades of support, this year l too have lost the "hurt". I simply don't care as much as l did. The passion for success and dim fire of hope has been blown out of me. Despite this low, I will expect hard decisions to have been made and many backsides kicked over summer. Come March 2020, l hope to have my passion revived and confidence lifted. I am looking forward to say 2019 was the abberation, not 2018 (a serious doubt that has emerged). After the sad 2019 chapter is finally written and closed, rekindled hope remains as the underlying trait of all true Melbourne Football Club supporters. MFCSS remains as strong as it has ever been.
  13. The rots starts at the very top. For better or worse, nothing will change where it counts, until the body endures more pain. Any belief that what was done at Richmond in 2016 off season to bring silverware in 2017 will apply to MFC appears fanciful at best, delusional at worst. It would be unfair not to give Goody a chance to reprise his reputation after a catastrophic season where his beligerent belief in his game plan failed. This off season, he either develops some fresh ideas on how to take advantage of 6 6 6 and how to defend, or he'll go the same way as the assistant coaches. Footy can be brutal. Having spoken to Macca at a couple of functions this year, l am of the view he was pushed, and l suspect l know by whom. He was passionate about getting the boys ready to play like men. We will never really learn the truth until he speaks to Mike Sheahan in around 3 years time.
  14. Absolute shocker of a crowd. The fans have voted with their feet. Only surprise is that so few Toiges have come out to watch an easy kill.
  15. It is so totally understandable that the devastatingly poor on field efforts of MFC in 2019 have devastated the spirit of all MFC fans. I will go tonight but l really don't know why, as l expect to get bloody annoyed at silly turnovers and even more annoyed at hearing the opposition song at the end of the game. Clearly l am just another one of those that has supported this club for so long, Disappointment has been my mood and my middle name. Toiges by 41, slowing down in Q4, as they have finals to play.
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