Jump to content

Recommended Posts

It really is a case of men against boys in today's clash between the Demons and the Hawks at the MCG.

The average age of the Hawthorn team selected for today's game is 26½ years - almost four years more than Melbourne's average age. The average games differential is slightly above 80 (137.0 to 56.6) in favour of the reigning premier. 

The figures suggest a blowout but the spirit of the decision to play our youth and the quality of these young men suggests to me that it's not just about today but rather, about next year ... and the year after.

Of course, at this time of the season, it seems like it's always been about "next year" for Demon fans but I seriously think there's something about this group.                

 

  • Like 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, Whispering_Jack said:

It really is a case of men against boys in today's clash between the Demons and the Hawks at the MCG.

The average age of the Hawthorn team selected for today's game is 26½ years - almost four years more than Melbourne's average age. The average games differential is slightly above 80 (137.0 to 56.6) in favour of the reigning premier. 

The figures suggest a blowout but the spirit of the decision to play our youth and the quality of these young men suggests to me that it's not just about today but rather, about next year ... and the year after.

Of course, at this time of the season, it seems like it's always been about "next year" for Demon fans but I seriously think there's something about this group.                

 

Usually by around round 3 it's about "next year". So being a finals "chance" until recently has certainly been an oddity.

While it's unlikely, a win in this game would be rocket fuel in our development and 2017 prospects!

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It will be a David and Goliath battle today,if memory serves me correct David won and went on to be king.

Go Dees!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm as excited by today as I have been for just about any game this year.  That will change if they don't have a sustained crack, but I think they will.  

We will have 8 top 10 players (bid or selected) out there, who are the core of our future. 

I believe today's side will be one of the youngest teams ever selected outside of the expansion clubs and Carlton round 22 2007 in the tankfest against Melbourne. 

  • Like 10

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's Member Appreciation Week at the MFC and I was (presumably one of 22) members who received a phone call this week thanking us for attending every home game and inviting us to the ground where we will be presented with a jumper by a player after the warm up.

So keep an eye out for me before the game. 

  • Like 13

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The boys will crack in hard today. We may not win, but you won't be questioning our endeavour 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The boys out there today, including those recruits promoted from Casey, are not used to losing. I think everybody is in for a surprise today.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok so weirdly enough, I dreamt Thursday night that we were up by 3 goals at 3QTR time & then went on to lose by a goal, failing to score in the last.. Then last night, I had the same dream, thinking it was real I told everyone that I dreamt about it the night before.

Moral of the dreams are.. if we're up by 3 goals at 3QTR time, put your house on Hawks to get up.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I said it in the preview thread.... Call me mad but I think we are a real chance today. I've said on this forum numerous times, I said at the start of the year we'd beat the Hawks once... The effort & performance last time means we wont be fearful of them today.

I can sense that this young group just have this feeling of "todays the day we arrive". We were down last week so we should be up & about if our inconsistent form rings true. I can just see us clicking today, I dont know why... 

Dees by 11 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

48 minutes ago, Die Hard Demon said:

Ok so weirdly enough, I dreamt Thursday night that we were up by 3 goals at 3QTR time & then went on to lose by a goal, failing to score in the last.. Then last night, I had the same dream, thinking it was real I told everyone that I dreamt about it the night before.

Moral of the dreams are.. if we're up by 3 goals at 3QTR time, put your house on Hawks to get up.

We would still be paying outsider odds even if we're up at 3QT because, well, it's Hawthorn, so I'd be inclined to go against your dream and bet on the Dees.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We fell over the line against a decimated Gold Coast,

Go in this week with an even less experienced side,  

Playing the best team of the past decade

And STILL people think we will win? 

Sometimes i just shake my head................ 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, ProDee said:

I'm as excited by today as I have been for just about any game this year.  That will change if they don't have a sustained crack, but I think they will.  

We will have 8 top 10 players (bid or selected) out there, who are the core of our future. 

I believe today's side will be one of the youngest teams ever selected outside of the expansion clubs and Carlton round 22 2007 in the tankfest against Melbourne. 

I agree on the excitement front. I've been itching for this now ever since the teams were named.

Regarding the youth of the team, probably the aspect that has me so excited is that other than maybe Weideman, you couldn't say that any of the young players are there outside order of merit. They're talented, they're ready and they're taking over. Bring it on!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, ding said:

We fell over the line against a decimated Gold Coast,

Go in this week with an even less experienced side,  

Playing the best team of the past decade

And STILL people think we will win? 

Sometimes i just shake my head................ 

And I shake my head at supporters like yourself. What a sad way to go in to each game, not believing we can win. We have had a real crack in every game this year, today will be no different. 

Hawks will probably be too strong for us, but looking forward to seeing our exciting, young talent having a real crack today. Anything is possible. 

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Emerald said:

It will be a David and Goliath battle today,if memory serves me correct David won and went on to be king.

Go Dees!

Start looking for the slingshot.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

7 minutes ago, ding said:

We fell over the line against a decimated Gold Coast,

Go in this week with an even less experienced side,  

Playing the best team of the past decade

And STILL people think we will win? 

Sometimes i just shake my head................ 

We played a fairly ravaged Saints side in 2015, got pounded for most of the game, took the lead and then lost in the dying seconds. Week after we went to Geelong and controlled the game all day. A week is a long time in football. I think a lot of people understate the importance of wins around here. It was a good win last week. GC really aren't that bad. They're no worse even with injuries than a Port or St Kilda. Things change week to week. Any team can beat any other team on any day of the week. If they bring their A-game. Lower teams have less margin for error. If we are 100% on, we still might not win a Hawks team that is 70% on. But if we go above and beyond and force them to play a different style to the one they're used to, you never know.

I mean, a pretty [censored] Melbourne side beat an undefeated Essendon side in Round 10 in 2012. Granted Essendon aren't Hawthorn, but anything can happen.

Edited by praha
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, ding said:

We fell over the line against a decimated Gold Coast,

Go in this week with an even less experienced side,  

Playing the best team of the past decade

And STILL people think we will win? 

Sometimes i just shake my head................ 

When has this particular MFC team ever delivered the same quality two weeks in a row? Yes, we were poo and got away with it last week. 

New week, new battle. We know we're better than we were against GC and I'm expecting a much improved performance.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BTW, can we tag Mitchell?

 If they want to win, that is the starting point.

Tackling pressure is the next.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Redleg said:

BTW, can we tag Mitchell?

 If they want to win, that is the starting point.

Tackling pressure is the next.

Bugg?

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Wiseblood said:

And I shake my head at supporters like yourself. What a sad way to go in to each game, not believing we can win. We have had a real crack in every game this year, today will be no different. 

Hawks will probably be too strong for us, but looking forward to seeing our exciting, young talent having a real crack today. Anything is possible. 

lol i predicted a 7 goal win last week, so you are not only wrong, but seem to be one of those supporters who cant think beyond "Go Dees". 

I wont get any enjoyment out of being flogged today. None. 

We need to win, or at the very least scare the bejeezus out of Hawthorn to get much out of today. This constant mantra of "maybe next year" has worn out its welcome.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, Die Hard Demon said:

Bugg?

Looks the one, if we want to.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, ding said:

lol i predicted a 7 goal win last week, so you are not only wrong, but seem to be one of those supporters who cant think beyond "Go Dees". 

I wont get any enjoyment out of being flogged today. None. 

We need to win, or at the very least scare the bejeezus out of Hawthorn to get much out of today. This constant mantra of "maybe next year" has worn out its welcome.

 

 

You have been critical of people say we're a chance. I see that "we need to win" and "we're a chance" have different meanings and interpretations, but you've kind of gone against your own mantra here.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, praha said:

You have been critical of people say we're a chance. I see that "we need to win" and "we're a chance" have different meanings and interpretations, but you've kind of gone against your own mantra here.

Simple, we need to win or come close.

But we wont.

Actually its this misplaced positivity that makes me shake my head. Have not beaten a single team that was above us on the ladder this year (before game day), and somehow people think we will come out and win against the in-form team on top of the ladder.

What has happened to peoples common sense?

 

Edited by ding

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, ding said:

Simple, we need to win or come close.

But we wont.

 

lol

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, ProDee said:

I'm as excited by today as I have been for just about any game this year.  

Me too. Feels like our grand final for the year. It's far more satisfying to watch how we stack up against the best than it is to watch a like for like battle like v stkilda, even with the prospect of winning far more unlikely. It's also satisfying just to see Hawthorn up close and how they zone and spread and move the ball, in dry weather.

Edited by johndemons
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Social Media

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles

    BACK IN STYLE by Whispering Jack

    From the moment when the Elton John character in the movie “Rocketman” burst into its opening scene dressed as a flamboyant demon on his way to an addiction rehabilitation session, the game was on. Here was yet another film about a person gifted with a meteoric rise to stardom finding coke, booze and a hedonistic lifestyle that led directly to a destructive crash into the abyss. Ultimately, these stories end in total disaster (“A Star is Born”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Judy”) but this one resulted

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features

    THE TRADING CHRONICLES 2019

    PART ONE - OVERTURE  I have a disclaimer at the outset. I’m not a fan of the races - be they horses or motors of any kind. Once the final siren sounds on the football season, I find the month or so that follows and corresponds roughly with the Spring Racing Carnival to be the most boring time of the year for sports fans. You turn on the radio and you’re confronted by the monotonous drone of a self-proclaimed racing expert or by the nasally twang of an ex-jockey banging on about the equine p

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 8

    CHANGES 2019 by The Oracle

    PART 1 - IT’S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED THIS TIME This year’s free agency, trade and draft period will see the usual drama and upheaval as the AFL’s 18 clubs seek to better their lists in order to challenge for finals and possibly premiership honours. Long before the final siren sounded on the season just over a week ago, the maneuvering was under way with player agents and clubs discussing possible player movements and in some cases, deals had already been done.  Yesterday, the r

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 2

    HOW FAR SOUTH? by George on the Outer

    It was appropriate that Melbourne was playing its last game of season 2019 in Hobart.  After all, how much further south could the team go? And much as it has done in many of the previous 22 games, the side managed to extract a loss from a winning position by simply giving the ball back to the opposition time and time again. In fact, they gave it back to the opposition to the tune of 53 points from turnovers while, by way of contrast North Melbourne contributed  only 17 points to their oppo

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    COOKED by The Oracle

    I can vividly remember when the Demons ventured onto Blundstone Arena for the first time in early 2016 only to lose to the Kangaroos by 20.11.131 to 21.10.136.    Melbourne was then a team on the up and up: young, enthusiastic and bold. It gave up a huge quarter time deficit after kicking against a strong wind but made that up by half time and fell dramatically short after an exciting high scoring affair.  The team lost no fans that day - they were willing to take the game on and attac

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    HELP by KC rom Casey

    The Casey Demons finished off their home and away season against Frankston at Skybus Stadium on Sunday with a narrow, unconvincing 6-point victory that left the door slightly open for a top eight berth when the VFL finals begin in a fortnight’s time. While sunny skies prevailed over Frankston in the morning, the skies became overcast by noon and heavy waves pounded the bay nearby as the rains came in to greet the players as the game started. And conditions stayed dark and dreary for the rem

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THANKS BUT NO THANKS by George on the Outer

    Thanks, but no thanks! In a round where the club was supposed to thank their fans for the support during the year, the Melbourne Football Club chose to do otherwise with a 53 point loss to a team that sat 15th on the ladder.  Don’t give us cheap jumpers that can’t be sold in the Demon shop.  Don’t give us vouchers to shop there, give us something on the field, which is why we come to the football in the first place. It was a disgraceful performance, which started with a disgracefu

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    SLEEP OUT AT THE MCG by The Oracle

    Around about 12 months ago Melbourne and Sydney fought out an epic battle between two top eight teams fighting for the best possible ladder position in the lead up to the finals. The Swans triumphed by 9 points at the MCG after the Demons came back from five goals down at three quarter time. But for its poor kicking for goal, Melbourne might well have won the game and finished in the top four. Who knows what might then have happened for the club in September? As a consequence, the person re

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    A LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE by KC from Casey

    Two clubs that have been hard hit by injury recently took part in a dour battle under dark clouds and, with intermittent showers falling, it wasn’t a pretty game at Victoria Park on Sunday. Despite all that, the Casey Demons added a little ray of sunshine to their day to get the job done over a "traditional" rival with a 15 point victory over Collingwood VFL that breathed life back into their season. There were a few highlights at the ground that in past days has seen many titanic batt

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THE RETRO ROUND by George on the Outer

    We have seen it all before… Yes, a wonderful idea to showcase what used to be in football.  Big crowds, umpires who knew how to apply the rules and not opinions, high marks, skilful players. But for the Melbourne supporters their retro is what it has been like for the past 10 years. Losing games, end on end, year after year.  Opportunities squandered in front of goal. VFL standard players running around at the MCG. Just more of the same, and the game against Collingwood was no ex

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE PEOPLE SPEAK by The Demonland Crew

    Thanks to Demonlanders for their input into this week’s preview. Ralphius Maximus is short and bittersweet: We'll crack in at the bounce to create a contest, win our share of the ball, butcher the forward movement and get scored on easily from the intercepts. Not that hard to predict. Big Demon says: Unfortunately Collingwood will win because they have a lot more to play for. We will be good in parts but really the season is well over so we will have to put up with those bell

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    WHAT, NO BLOOD? by George on the Outer

    The feeling when turning up to the MCG on a Saturday night to play a top four side in Richmond, while the Melbourne sits cemented in close proximity to the bottom of the table is like attending the Colosseum in Ancient Roman times. The expectation is that a bloodbath is about to occur. There are 100,000 Richmond members and 50,000 Melbourne members, and despite the fact that it turned out to be a wet night after half-time, a crowd of only 37K bothered to turn up. That should never have happ

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

×
×
  • Create New...