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  1. Just some observations: Wonna was unlucky on the weekend in that he ended up being the one to whom the inside 50 kick was too often sent when instead he should have been crumbing the pass sent to someone else (eg, Dunn, Newton, Jurrah). I was watching on TV so couldn't see why it was Wonna that the passes were sent to. Newton was dominating forward. So why did he go into the ruck when Dunn was the expendable one - particularly after he'd been reported? Jetta often looked like he was labouring when chasing. Perhaps he had exhausted himself but he doesn't look either fully fit or fast enough for an on ball role. Will he make it? Well, I had thought Maric wouldn't and (hopefully) he's proving me wrong, so maybe Jetta will get there. So, for my changes I would suggest: Outs: Garland, Bail, Dunn (whether suspended or not) Ins: McKenzie, Rivers (or Joel Mac if Rivers not ready) and Gawn. Sub to be Jetta. I'd generally prefer Bate to Newton, too, but believe Newton should be given another chance to play forward for the whole game before the axe falls. And if he takes the chance, perhaps the axe won't fall. I'm not sold on Bennell but Bate can't replace him and Bennell's speed is attractive against St Kilda.
  2. Thanks mate for your explanation. My apologies for not replying sooner, but this is the first chance I've had to check. I guess I should have concentrated more when I studied anatomy and physiology (obviously badly).
  3. I know I'm late, but here goes anyway: 6. Frawley 5. Martin (even though his opponent was possibly BOG) 4. Sylvia 3. Gysberts 2. Davey 1. Watts It's interesting reading the divergent views on this thread and the Ins and Outs threads, particularly with Jetta and Gysberts. Not much divergence on views about Dunn, though. Should have a line put through his name for the rest of the year.
  4. Dastardly clever cryptanalysis skills. How many of us could have seen the 'c' and the 'o' in MacDonald and the 'o' and 'k' in Stockdale and worked out Casey's real plan is to play Cook in the backline.
  5. I'm not too proud or embarrassed to ask...what does "proprioceptive input" mean?
  6. I'm not sure if it was deliberate, but I can't help but think you're having a go at Nick Reiwoldt's goal-kicking (or, rather, behind-kicking).
  7. Best post on this site. While we think the penalty seems inappropriate the whole point of the MRP process is take away from the decision-makers the subjective assessments which subsequently lead to inconsistencies (at best) and accusations of bias (at worst). But the MRP has a grading system which , to me, needs further refinement. It's not the MRP's fault - it's the ranking criteria they have to use. If nothing else, I would hope the Trengove and Brown cases cause a review of the parameters under which the MRP operates. The logic of the MRP/appeal process is sound, but the gradings given are out of whack. In my view an off the ball incident should be penalised more than something which occurs in play. (Of course, under such a weighting Tappy might have been suspended rather than reprimanded for his off the ball bump a week or two ago.)
  8. Funny how people see things differently. Some people have given Warnock votes and I thought he struggled, but did improve as the game went on. Nevertheless, the best thing about this week's voting is the breadth of players getting votes. 6. Moloney 5. Frawley 4. Trengove 3. Bartram 2. Bail 1. Sylvia I couldn't find room for Petterd (imagine what he would have done if he'd been cleaner in he first half) or Maric (clearly his best game) or Jamar or Garland or Tapscott or...
  9. And it's now on the MFC website. As stated above, the bench is Gysberts, Dunn, Bail and Wonna. Emrgencies are MacDonald, Newton and Jetta. I guess one of Wonna or Gysberts to be the sub. Given our propensity to name forwards as subs, I'll predict Wonna to be sub. I'm not sure I agree with the idea of a forward being the sub, though.
  10. So are we thinking Gold Coast followed by a bye is like having two consecutive 'soft' weeks? And therefore we went into the WCE game unprepared for a tougher contest? I think there is some merit in the thinking...but if it is true it's a sad indictment on the ability of the team (coaches and/or players) to prepare properly.
  11. Jamar will need help, so presumably one of Dunn or Newton plays. Pity - I'd prefer Martin to either of those two for that role. I can't see how Bail could be dropped - although perhaps he's got an injury. If everyone on the bench is truly available, I'd play Dunn, Bail, MacDonald and Wonna. Adds strength compared with last week, but loses speed and finesse.
  12. Really? I vote for John Barnes (no, not Jimmy Barnes).
  13. How does anything I've said relate to whether I've watched us play or whether I understand the game?
  14. Not quite. Barassi left at the end of 1964 to go to Carlton. I suspect money might have been involved.
  15. All this doom and gloom - yet we are in the eight at the moment and nine teams aint. Granted, we're not playing as well as we'd like, but if we're in the same position at the end of round 22 will we require a new coach? There are aspects about the way we play I don't like (I'd like us to keep at least one forward forward at all times, for example) but I'm prepared to accept that Bailey is in the best position right now to know what needs to be done to fix the malaise. If towards the end of the year we've underperformed against reasonable expectations, then I'd expect Bailey's position to be questioned. But not now. I seem to recall Geelong had a horror start to a year before they climbed up off the canvas, and 2.5 wins out of 5 is not a horror start.
  16. Same players; same comment about Jamar (gee, he busted a gut out there, even though he was well beaten and ditto for Bail); slightly different order: 6 - Garland 5 - Trengove 4 - Jamar 3 - Jones 2 - Bail 1 - Watts I'm actually tempted to rate Jamar first and Bail second because they did not give up trying, even though their opponents were probably best and second best on the ground.
  17. On 3AW Rumour File today it was 'reported' that Le Cras has returned more quickly than expected because he had not torn his groin muscle off the bone - as was reported at the time - but had instead suffered from a twisted [censored]. Makes my eyes water just writing this. Have to believe he's going to play. What would be the point of naming him and then saying he's not quite ready? Either he was or he wasn't ready yesterday when they named the team.
  18. Meaningless. Sheedy has for years played a game of not always telling the truth. I'm not criticising him - everyone involved in football understands that it's all part of the bigger game. Some are just better at it than others.
  19. I'd like to think I tip with my head rather than my heart, but I suspect emotion sometimes takes over...but not in he way you might think. I reckon I'm a harder marker for the Dees so am more likely to tip against than for when it's a true 50-50 proposition. I'm probably a bit like the coach who has his own child in his team and treats him more harshly than the rest of the side to avoid being accused of favouritism.
  20. Touche. I should have been clearer. I didn't accurately differentiate what I meant to say. So, to clarify, if the choice is between how the rule operated last year (umpire decides) or this year (player decides), I think players are better placed. But if the rule could be changed altogether so that it operates a la hockey or soccer, the player effectively has the first call because play continues until the umpire believes the team has been disadvantaged or there is no advantage to take, at which time he then blows the whistle and play stops.
  21. Who would have thought before the season started that Bail, Tapscott and Martin would be in positions 5, 6 and 7 on the Demonland ladder after four rounds. Good on 'em.
  22. This thread has got a bit confused. 45HG16 has made the point, correctly, that the Martin play was not "advantage" - it was play on. "Advantage" can only be paid if a free kick has been awarded, not a mark. So, in this instance, Martin played on presumably because he was not sure if the umpire was going to award him the mark. On balance, he probably did the right thing as to not have done so should the mark not have been awarded may have resulted in him being tackled and holding the ball awarded against him. The culprit (and I'm using the term very loosely) is the umpire for not blowing the whistle quickly enough. But given the fumbling nature of what was in the end a mark, the umpire could not blow the whistle until he was certain. And for those arguing that the umpire should decide whether to determine "advantage", I can't see how the umpire could be in better position than a player to make that decision. Sure, players will sometimes get it wrong, but surely less often than an umpire. My preferred approach is to look at the way referees in soccer and hockey award penalties. If the equivalent of a 'free kick' is required, the arm is extended showing that the penalty has been identified, but the whistle isn't blown until after the referee has determined that not to award the free would penalise the team for which the free should be paid. In other words, the referee effectively allows the player to take advantage before the whistle is blown. If the referee then decides there is no advantage, the whistle is blown and the ball comes back to where the infringement occurred. I haven't thought through all issues, but it removes the other problem with the current advantage rule which is that the team against whom the free is awarded is stuck between a rock (letting the player take advantage) and a hard place (preventing the player from taking advantage and in so doing giving away a 50 metre penalty).
  23. 6. Moloney 5. Trengove 4. Sylvia 3. Bail 2. Jamar 1. Rivers I found it quite easy to nominate the first four, but much harder for the last two. And what was it with all the fumbling from Gysberts, Garland and at times Moloney?
  24. I'm old enough to remember Robert Flower (and even earlier still). He had exactly the same problem - so when he played in the Victoria State of Origin team he was invariably in the best players because when he disposed of it those players were good enough to be in the right place at the right time. He was undoubtedly the best MFC player I have seen. If Scully comes close, we'll be very, very happy.
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