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Biggest disappointment for 2009


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The kid (about 9-10 y.o.) prematch at the game yesterday: "Ha ha, you have an aboriginal in your team."

Feeling. Anger. Building. Must. Try. To. Remain. Calm.

A few years ago, we were playing the Bulldogs at the Dome. Everytime Davey got the ball this kid sitting behind me who would have been about 10, would say under his breath "Coon. Coon. Coon. Coon."

Now at first I thought, maybe he's referring to Adam Cooney. So before I made a dick of myself I thought I'd make sure.

Davey gets the ball. He goes "Boong. Boong. Boong."

So I turn around and say "Hey mate, you want to watch what you're saying? Quit the racial [censored]."

So his parents chip in. The dad goes "Hey, watch how you speak to my son."

I ignore the dad and tell the kid again to watch it.

So the dad goes "It's a free country pal. We're at the footy. He can say what he wants."

So I say "Ok then mate, get the kid to stand up and say it again so everyone can have a good look at him since you're so proud of him."

The dad just says again under his breath, "It's a free country."

So I turn back around to face the game, but really feeling like clocking the dad.

Then the dad goes "Get over yourself mate. You're not even a real aborigine."

I turn around and say "What?"

He goes "You're half an aborigine arent ya."

So at this stage, my mate who was with me just grabs me by the collar and says "Leave it."

The kid didn't say anything racial for the rest of the game.

Davey kicked 4 goals.

They left early and we won.

Some parents. Some kids. Unbelievable.

Anyway, back on topic.............season disappointments.

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In no particular order:

1. Addam Maric - expected more of him this year after a pretty good handful of games last year

2. Injuries to Garland, Wonaeamirri, Blease and Strauss

3. The Queen's Birthday debacle

4. Miller, Johnson, Dunn, Bell and Newton continuing to provide us with nothing more than mediocre football (though Dunn has played OK the past couple of weeks)

5. Jim Stynes' health

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In no particular order:

1. Addam Maric - expected more of him this year after a pretty good handful of games last year

2. Injuries to Garland, Wonaeamirri, Blease and Strauss

3. The Queen's Birthday debacle

4. Miller, Johnson, Dunn, Bell and Newton continuing to provide us with nothing more than mediocre football (though Dunn has played OK the past couple of weeks)

5. Jim Stynes' health

Agree on every point, except.....

I was pleased with what I saw of Maric this season. Sure, we will be expecting more from him in the future, but for a kid who has played 11 games, I thought he showed he has a good footy brain and did some clever things. My only disappointment with him was that he got injured and put in for surgery early.

Yeah, he had that awful game against Geelong where he had 13 disposals with 31% efficiency, but he responded well I thought.

13 disposals, 100% eff, 2 goals vs West Coast

12 disposals, 92% eff, 2 goals vs Bulldogs

15 disposals, 80% eff, vs Hawthorn

13 disposals, 54% eff, 1 goal vs StKilda

12 disposals, 83% eff, vs Collingwood

Don't worry, this time next season he will be in our best 22.

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Feeling. Anger. Building. Must. Try. To. Remain. Calm.

A few years ago, we were playing the Bulldogs at the Dome. Everytime Davey got the ball this kid sitting behind me who would have been about 10, would say under his breath "Coon. Coon. Coon. Coon."

Now at first I thought, maybe he's referring to Adam Cooney. So before I made a dick of myself I thought I'd make sure.

Davey gets the ball. He goes "Boong. Boong. Boong."

So I turn around and say "Hey mate, you want to watch what you're saying? Quit the racial [censored]."

So his parents chip in. The dad goes "Hey, watch how you speak to my son."

I ignore the dad and tell the kid again to watch it.

So the dad goes "It's a free country pal. We're at the footy. He can say what he wants."

So I say "Ok then mate, get the kid to stand up and say it again so everyone can have a good look at him since you're so proud of him."

The dad just says again under his breath, "It's a free country."

So I turn back around to face the game, but really feeling like clocking the dad.

Then the dad goes "Get over yourself mate. You're not even a real aborigine."

I turn around and say "What?"

He goes "You're half an aborigine arent ya."

So at this stage, my mate who was with me just grabs me by the collar and says "Leave it."

The kid didn't say anything racial for the rest of the game.

Davey kicked 4 goals.

They left early and we won.

Some parents. Some kids. Unbelievable.

Anyway, back on topic.............season disappointments.

If that was Rd 19, 2007, there is the reason the Dees won that game (infamous to some).

Big believer in fate and karma and all that...

If this happened on that day...

There is no way the footy gods would have let the Dogs win.

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In no particular order:

1. Addam Maric - expected more of him this year after a pretty good handful of games last year

2. Injuries to Garland, Wonaeamirri, Blease and Strauss

3. The Queen's Birthday debacle

4. Miller, Johnson, Dunn, Bell and Newton continuing to provide us with nothing more than mediocre football (though Dunn has played OK the past couple of weeks)

5. Jim Stynes' health

Agreed. All of the above. Plus Brock McLean's concrete boots and

Nathan Jones - A first round draft pick (12) in 2005. His disposal and decision making is not up to AFL standard. He continually handpasses forward to a player already covered. His kicks are up and under and he has no real tricks as a midfielder. I can't question his desire just his skills.

The only players I really feel comfortable with the ball in their hands are Davey, Jurrah, Bennell, Bate, Maric, Wonna and Green. I'm always expecting a turnover with anybody else.

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the game against port won't be an issue now, with richmond and kangas out of the priority pick (2nd round) we will lose to them with our final win against freo.

John Meesen my biggest dissapointment, we had a taste but cannot conclude either way as to whether he will be long term for the d's

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If that was Rd 19, 2007, there is the reason the Dees won that game (infamous to some).

Big believer in fate and karma and all that...

If this happened on that day...

There is no way the footy gods would have let the Dogs win.

Nah, it wasn't the infamous 2007 game.

It was 2005, early in the season.

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Injuries to guys like Garland, Wonaeamirri, Blease, Strauss definitely.

Also dissapointed to see so many missed set shots by Maric this year, which should actually be his strong point, not sure what's up with that...

I really don't want to have to find another username...

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Def Queen's Birthday.

Flew from WA with my filth supporting missus. Nearly lost my [censored] when i found out JW was playing. Really had a good feeling about the game. Purchased a new jumper with number four on the back like a little kid.

Game day joined in the walk. Saw BT in the bar. Had incredible seats.

Siren went, rain came down, floodgates opened....

And then young jack didn't show up to the post match function.

Did meet a lovely young fella named jurrah though.

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Def Queen's Birthday.

Flew from WA with my filth supporting missus. Nearly lost my [censored] when i found out JW was playing. Really had a good feeling about the game. Purchased a new jumper with number four on the back like a little kid.

Game day joined in the walk. Saw BT in the bar. Had incredible seats.

Siren went, rain came down, floodgates opened....

And then young jack didn't show up to the post match function.

Did meet a lovely young fella named jurrah though.

Unfortunately Jack had to go home straight after that match to study for his VCE exam the next day. Would have been great to meet LJ in his pre-Jurrahcane days tho'.

Yeh that was the worst day. My partner came too, she's sports-mad but it was her first real game of AFL, she kept saying things like "why does that guy keep hitting Jack when the ball's up the other end?" We couldn't have played much worse. That game made a lot of us start to feel like the team wasn't getting anywhere and the club had no future.

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Def Queen's Birthday.

Flew from WA with my filth supporting missus. Nearly lost my [censored] when i found out JW was playing. Really had a good feeling about the game. Purchased a new jumper with number four on the back like a little kid.

Game day joined in the walk. Saw BT in the bar. Had incredible seats.

Siren went, rain came down, floodgates opened....

And then young jack didn't show up to the post match function.

Did meet a lovely young fella named jurrah though.

Glad you didn't loose your [censored] though, that is a positive. Must be hard to keep a track of it some days :lol:

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That game made a lot of us start to feel like the team wasn't getting anywhere and the club had no future.

I don't know why people got so worked up by one game. We were always going to put in some shockers, but it was a shame that it was on QB, after all the hype.

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I don't know why people got so worked up by one game. We were always going to put in some shockers, but it was a shame that it was on QB, after all the hype.

You've probably hit the nail on the head as to why it was so disappointing. After weeks of honourable losses it was a huge reality check on the biggest stage of all for the Melbournefc.

You've basically answered your own question.

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You've probably hit the nail on the head as to why it was so disappointing. After weeks of honourable losses it was a huge reality check on the biggest stage of all for the Melbournefc.

You've basically answered your own question.

I understand it was disappointing.

What I don't understand is the massive over-reaction.

For people who were optimistic about our future we were suddenly without hope.

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I understand it was disappointing.

What I don't understand is the massive over-reaction.

For people who were optimistic about our future we were suddenly without hope.

Agree. The handwringing on here was of proportions not seen since the last days of ND.

Collingwood are the third best side in the comp, they were always going to smash us...twice.

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Injuries interrupting the progress of exciting future players; Garland, Wonaeamirri, Strauss, Blease. I'd even include Meesen.

Me too. If there was a thread for 'Biggest surprise of 2009' he'd be at the top. I liked what I saw. In 4 or so games I saw more potential in Meesen than anything I've seen in Johnson.

Agree. The handwringing on here was of proportions not seen since the last days of ND.

Collingwood are the third best side in the comp, they were always going to smash us...twice.

This is true. Unfortunate, disappointing, sickening, but true.

The problem wasn't that we lost (twice), but that we didn't give a yelp on QB. QB's supposed to be Melbourne's Grand Final. Our biggest match for the year. And we played some of the worst football for the year that day. That's why it was so disappointing.

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The reaction to QBW loss was big in the media also. From several weeks of most media people singing our praises for our "honourable losses", they turned on us hard. It was from one extreme to the other. The hype the club created was partly to blame for this. If a club goes hard to hype something up, it is imperative the players turn up to play or the knives come out.

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