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  1. 16 hours ago, Good Lord George said:

    For me, the more interesting thing re: kicking is highlighted in the photos above. The good kicks (Salem, May) have their weight forward over the ball. The less reliable kicks (Langdon and Brayshaw) are leaning back on their kicks.

    Gawn is an example of a guy who has changed his kicking style and is now a good kick. Leaning forward.

    Trac is a great field kick, but terrible set shot. In the photo above, he's in play and his weight is... going forward. 

    It's a fairly simple mechanical adjustment. Hopefully it's something that gets picked up on and fixed (like it did with Max).

    Not sure I agree about this. Some of the best kicks in the history of the game "leant backwards". For example, Mark Browning and Jordan Lewis. I also thing Salem "leans back" when he kicks. Perhaps it's just a trick of perspective in still photographs. 

  2. 2 minutes ago, old dee said:

    Similar to myself LH.

    My membership just renews automatically and will continue till my end. I go to a number of games each year depending on what else is happening on particular weekends. Beyond that I expect little from the MFC beyond the hope we will play finals. I sincerely don't expect a flag now in the years I have left.

    Old dee, you've officially moved from pessimistic to maudlin. Cheer up...there is a bonus to be found from poor performaces. One can rock up to the G late on gameday and still get a good seat.

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  3. 16 hours ago, daisycutter said:

    i've been claiming my membership as a donation to charity for years. i presumed you all did too.

    I hope for your sake that the offices of Demonland aren't raided by the ATO and your true identity given up. 

  4. 12 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

    Club Profiles and Rankings


    Not sure the average age per se means a lot but the profile by age group is interesting.

    We have the 2nd highest number of players  in the age group 'sweet-spot' of 22-26yo.  Second only to Bulldogs who have 22. 

    Surprisingly, we have the equal fewest (13) of 18-20 yo so being ranked as the 14th youngest is a bit of a quirk of averages.  If the number of players under 20 is a guide we can no longer say we are a 'young' team. 


    While we have the equal highest number of players (17) in the experience 'sweet-spot' of 51-150 games we are still relatively inexperienced as we have very few (3) with >150 games.  Interesting that the recent consistent finalists have 9-12 players there.

    It is interesting to see the bulldogs also have 17 in the 51-150 group with 10 of those having 101-150 games.  When combined with their players in the age group 'sweet-spot, it wouldn't surprise to see them feature well into the finals. 

    Love your work, Luci, but you've said "We have the 2nd highest number of players  in the age group 'sweet-spot' of 22-26yo.  Second only to Bulldogs who have 22." By my reading of the table, St Kilda is top with 24 and we're second with 22. Or am I reading it wrong? 

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  5. 1 minute ago, Deemania since 56 said:

    Very interesting ... will this be a point of focus?

    Maybe for Day 1. If I were coach I would give Brown pride of place on day 1 to make him feel appreciated. I wouldn't want him to feel like he'd been banished to the sidelines because he's a journeyman/rookie. (I appreciate others might have the alternative view that understanding he's a rookie might make him work that much harder.) 

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  6. 15 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

    MFCSS by Joseph Conrad...

    "I raised my head. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky--seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness."

    Heart of Darkness

    My goodness. That's wonderful writing.

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  7. 8 minutes ago, Skuit said:

    The whole first sentence would be even more befitting for our preseasons on Demonland; '. . . it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”



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  8. 14 hours ago, MikeAlphaTango said:

    Grundy the most comparable player, played 7 games in his debut year. 

    Pre-season games will give us a good indication whether he's going to be pushing for an early debut.

    I think you have written off Pruess too early, from training reports he appears to have slimmed down remarkably and coaches have him working on his forward craft. 

    I'm not sure I ever thought I would ever see the word "craft" attributed to a player the size of Preuss. It just seems wrong.

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  9. I'm truly grateful for all the reports from our track watchers at this time of year. But, let's face it. Summer is boring. So, we need diversions. I'd like to ask Demonlanders, which famous first line best sums up your feelings about the MFC. I've proposed three below, but feel free to add your own from any written work whether it's a book, play, song, etc. My top three, in order, are:

    "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." (from "The Go-Between", by LP Hartley)

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." (from "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy)

    "Now is the winter of our discontent." (from Richard III, by William Shakespeare).

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  10. 9 hours ago, Satyriconhome said:

    Goschs is quite soft it is sand based

    Maybe precautionary, seen him train in boots 

    I preface this by saying I have no medical training, but I would have thought boots would be helpful rather than harmful. I would have thought that without stops, Viney would have to push his feet harder into the surface to stop from slipping and to get the grip necessary to push off in whichever direction he wants to go.


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  11. 7 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

    From today's Guardian..

    A society dedicated to preserving the “much-abused” apostrophe is to be shut down as its chairman said “ignorance and laziness” had won.


    John Richards, who worked in journalism for much of his career, started the Apostrophe Protection Society in 2001 after he retired.

    Now 96, Richards is calling time on the society, which lists the three simple rules for correct use of the punctuation mark.

    “We, and our many supporters worldwide, have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!”


    I guess we should just be grateful that the Guardian's link didn't have an apostrophe in the middle word of "admits-its-defeat".

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  12. 3 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

    think of the turf OD.. and of course they'd need to finish 30  minutes before the start of the senior game to allow for .... (not sure what)

    Auskick. They won't have enough time with a 10 minute half-time break for the Auskickers to have their fun. 

  13. 2 hours ago, Uncle Fester said:

    A bit of a random topic, but as I get older I really like this time of year. You see these kids, just out of school, and all elbows and knee caps, suddenly thrust into the limelight, cameras thrust in their faces, and they ummm and uhhh as they are asked a million and one questions (and you can see them thinking 'Can't I just say "I like footy?').

    Fast forward ten years from now and those teenagers are now hardened warriors. They are used to playing in front of thousands of people. They are big and strong, and have mixed it with the toughest the game has to offer. And interviews... they take it in their stride as if having a news crew following you into work is what happens to everyone.

    It's fun to sometimes remind myself that the tough guy just won a big game off his own boot was, not that long ago, a nervous teenager that had no idea what life had in store for him.

    Great post. We should also remember that across the competition not all the 18 year olds who have just been drafted will make it to become hardened warriors in 10 years time. Many will find the dream extinguished in a very short time. Let's hope that our boys make it, but if they don't, that they can be happy that they gave it a red hot go. 

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  14. 55 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

    I have it an A.

    Recruiting Rivers who I rated a top 25 pick was a bonus. 

    The beauty about this draft compared to last year is all 3 are all ready to go and could all play round 1. We knew last year that the likes of Bedford, Jordon and Neita were all going to be playing VFL all year for development.

    The way I look at the Jackson pick is that we are bring him in as a key forward more then anything. Watching his highlights the way he flies and clunks his marks reminds me a lot of Tom Lynch from Richmond. A 200cm key forward alongside Weideman and McDonald will give our forward line a whole new dynamic. Jackson coming in allows McDonald to play that 3rd roaming tall which he is best suited to.

    I expect Weideman to fill out more and play the stay at home forward alongside Jackson.

    Smart and screwed recruitment by Jason Taylor and his team.

    I'll assume you meant "shrewd", otherwise I'm dreadfully confused.

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  15. 1 hour ago, TRIGON said:

    The game wouldn't seem so long on the tele if they got rid of Brian Taylor.

    You could just say: "The game wouldn't seem so long on the tele if they got rid of [insert name here]". I expect that every caller and commentator would get a mention from someone on Demonland. For example, I'd say:

    The game wouldn't seem so long on the tele if they got rid of Wayne Carey. 

    Who's next?

  16. 3 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

    okay I'll play

    Pies v Tigers 2019 first round.

    Pies played a wonderful tactical game that beat Richmond who were at relative full strength.

    Cannot remember Goodwin trying anything different all season.

    I can appreciate there might be frustration at the lack of initiative within individual games. But I'm more interested in Goodwin developing a plan to win a Premiership which may mean sticking to a single plan until the players deliver it every time. Changing plans for individual games might not necessarily be in the longer term interest of a club trying to be Premiers.

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