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Maldonboy38 last won the day on January 18 2013

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  1. This was my immediate response. Northey as a coach had the lot, but the Balme/Daniher list (1994 - 2000) was the best Dees list I have ever seen. But to separate them I will take the Northey era, after years of watching others get into finals, and then to finally attend and WIN many.
  2. Very, very good coach with a capacity to learn, bring in systems from other sports, encourage and inspire his players, and he is also an absolute nutcase. Although I understand Sheedy's brilliance, I loathe him for his thuggery in 2000 GF and refuse to move past it until we hold aloft a premiership cup of our own. From his era, there is an genuine belief among ex-footballers that champions only come from Premiership teams. Therefore Robbie Flower, Gary Wilson, Bob Skilton, Bernie Quinlan etc... are considered great players but never "best ever".
  3. This is really difficult. A lot of our injury management, trading and drafting means we have almost an entire list to choose from, and it even looks like a lot of the young kids could play if required. So maybe not best 22, but what I would like to see: B: Jetta OMac Hibberd HB: Salem May Lever 😄 Langdon Oliver Tomlinson HF: Petracca Weideman Melksham F: Fritsch TMac Jones R: Gawn Viney Brayshaw Int: Preuss Harmes Petty Hunt Emerg: Hannan vandenBerg KK Hore Notes: Back 6 might need an injection of pace so definite opportunity for another player to break into the backline We have a lot of forward options. Very hard for Hannan to miss out. Jones as a small-ish forward works for me, but if not then he might miss out on best 22. Bedford or Pickett most likely to replace him I reckon the Gawn/Preuss rotation through the forward line and bench could become a weapon if Preuss can run out 4 full quarters
  4. 1. Young 2. Pickett 3. I-haven't-paid-enough-attention-and-I-am-lost-in-the-ridiculous-swamp-of rumour-and-guesstimating-on-AFL-website-,MFC-website-and-Demonland.
  5. Every Premiership Coach since Denis Pagan has been overseas to see other sports, to learn from their leaders, and get insights in attack and defence outside the AFL perspective. Modern AFL defence is based on soccer, basketball and hockey zone defenses which came via Parkin, Roos, Wallace etc... There is always lots to learn if you have the desire to grow and change. Apart from that, the trip might also be a great opportunity for Goodwin and Richo to work out how they will work with each other.
  6. This is a good, strong decision from the club and it goes well beyond kicking improvement(which is desperately needed!) He has a footy brain and ability to actually communicate what he knows. He showed it on the ground under pressure (until his last few weeks anyway) and now has time to plan, develop and implement an entire kicking program. Articulate footballers are few and far between so well done the people who convinced him and signed him. He has a physical presence based on a mindset that wants to dominate and destroy his opponents. At Hawthorn and a couple of times at the Dees this mindset crossed the line into thuggery which I don't like, but in the main I hope he is also able to demonstrate to the other players how to be mentally strong and physically imposing as well as how to kick.
  7. Very enticing but no from me. His skill and speed come with serious baggage.
  8. It's not the people WITH the best technique/mental strength that we need, but the people who can COMMUNICATE these things. Great technique - Wayne Carey, Jason Dunstall, Barry Hall, Jack Reiwoldt, Jack Watts. But can they convey it to to others who are struggling, or who are very young? If Yze has achieved this at Hawthorn then he has some credits in the bank. Are there others we know of who have made a significant impact at a club, and the difference has translated onto the scoreboard?
  9. I thought the pic was spot on and funny, even if my gut was twisting on the inside as I laughed and I wanted to swear like Amon Buchanan in the GWS coaching box. Kids in the room helped me hold my tongue.
  10. I really want this bloke back at the Dees in some capacity. I rate him very highly. He was Cotchin-like in his behind the scenes work and standards while skipper at MFC. A dysfunctional club didn't help but he came through and never altered his professionalism and output. His 2nd season had me thinking "300 game champion right here"! Assistant coach? Player development role? Player or Coach Liaison between Casey and MFC. Just get him back and don't lose him again.
  11. He is a brilliant player whose flaws sometime outweigh his brilliance. Improve his tank and ball use and he slides straight into the A grade category. His turnovers kill me but I love watching him. One thing is for sure - he is one of a maybe 5 players who stood up in 2019. He is part of our solution, not part of the problem and I celebrate him for that.
  12. I would be furious to lose Brayshaw. Yes, he had a poor season but he is the kind of player any club should fight to keep. Go hard for Langdon who has lots of qualities we need but let's not tangle Brayshaw in the trade.
  13. In every sport, it is the goal-scorers, the finishers who are the hardest to find. In 2019, our goal scoring was one of our main issues. We were atrocious. Surely we would consider him. Our main needs are for a pacy small forward and for Weed to develop, but there can be no harm in adding Jenkins at the right price.
  14. Going into 2019 season I actually felt optimistic and hopeful for the first time since Daniher left, only to have it violently deflated. Even by round 6 I was thinking "it will turn soon, it will turn soon", like some wearied battle cry from some arrogant military leader refusing to admit the truth. So I refuse to engage in hope across the summer break. Apart from hope, my thinking about 2020 is as follows: I will renew my membership as usual because that is not dependent on performance. The club is its people and I am one of these. I am red and blue for life. The Club is in very good shape. Members, finances, personnel, vision, sponsors etc... Our list is strong, but we need some outside pace, and some elite kicking skills. Leadership needs a slap across the face and a boot up the a**e, but I believe Viney should retain the sole captaincy. He does need media training I remain a fan of Goodwin. Apart from easy goals against us on turnovers, his gameplan works. Our skills inefficiency is what kills it and makes it look as though it is not working. Skills training and 4-quarter fitness have to be the empahses on the preseason. Really. really disappointing how atrocious these 2 things have been this year. Most importantly, the HEART of the playing group has to alter. A hunger, a fierceness, a drive of some other kind has to emerge. Think of Hodge, Selwood, Barassi, Whitten, Voss - the heart of a lion. Not sure where this comes from for the Dees but we will be Preliminary finalists at our best unless this quality overtakes all else in the playing list. So now I am saving for a nice bottle of 15yo The Dalmore Scotch, to watch some cricket sipping a wee dram or two, and watch another team (not and never mine!) win the AFL premiership. 2019 - you can bugger off.
  15. Huge yes from me. One of my favourite ever players from opposition clubs. Because of all the Buddy, Lewis, Hodge, Mitchell conversations, Roughy's actual supreme football ability gets underscored. My question would be - can he communicate what he knows? Can he influence Petracca, Weideman, Hannan etc... in forward craft? Great players don't always perform in roles where character and communication are required, but if there is even a sniff of potential with Roughy, go get him.
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