Jump to content

  • Podcast: Grand Final Preview      

  • Podcast: Gary Pert Interview & Grand Final Preview      

Looking ahead ... the Path to September


Diamond_Jim
 Share


Recommended Posts

Time to dream guys and gals

We are definitely on the way

Barring injuries and catastrophic form drop offs I now have us on a minimum of 13 wins by seasons end.

This will put us around the 6 or 7 mark.

The odds favour a home final against a Victorian team in the first week unless West Coast can turn its ship around. (Big game next week against the Bulldogs for them).

I would like to think we could pinch another two games at least which would end us on 15 wins.

15 wins should get us fifth but we will probably need some help with percentages to crack the top 4.

For those who complain and say one week at a time I say this time has been a long time coming and it's time my friends to sweep the MFCSS away and dream the dream.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


3 minutes ago, Petraccattack said:

Two huge games stick out like a sore thumb on the fixture -

Saints at MCG

Port at MCG

But yes, every game is equally important , I know.

Saints is a win if we are any good. The other wins I pencilled in are: Carlton, North, Lions and Collingwood

Port .. I have assumed a loss but it is one we could pinch and of course the Swans next week.

Adelaide in Darwin and GWS in Canberra could be a bridge too far but hell.... why not

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bwa ha, I played with the ladder predictor and had us finishing second on % only, playing the other top 4 teams, Geelong, then Adelaide and finally GWS, to claim the premiership.

Obviously.

I may have forgotten that sometimes there are losses even if you're going well. It's just been so long since we lost a game, I can't remember.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Chook said:

I just did a ladder predictor that had us finishing top 2 a game behind GWS so...no need to worry I guess.

Relax. We've got this.

I hate you. 

In all seriousness I'm trying not to look too far ahead. We gave up games earlier in the year against teams we should've beaten; Freo, Hawthorn, and North. 

We've now got two of those back with wins over Adelaide in Adelaide and WC in Perth. We're back on about par of what I was hoping for at this time of year in terms of wins and we have a decent percentage as well (which could be huge at the end). 

Let's take it week to week and focus on beating another team that is very used to singing their song after matches against us. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've had a look at some old ladders. Most years 12 wins is enough to guarantee you a spot in the finals.

Saints missed out last year on percentage, but this year being so close I think its safe to say that 12 will get you in.

We are currently on 8 wins.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, BAMF said:

I've had a look at some old ladders. Most years 12 wins is enough to guarantee you a spot in the finals.

Saints missed out last year on percentage, but this year being so close I think its safe to say that 12 will get you in.

We are currently on 8 wins.

Last year was a funny year in the sense that the  8 was decided by around Round 12. Then North had their collapse which left one spot up for grabs.

This year there will be around three spots between around 8 teams up for grabs probably until the second/third last round.

The bottom teams are well capable of "shaping the 8". A great cliche that was too often applied to the MFC prior to '87.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I just went to Etihad and watched the Saints v Suns. On tonight's effort, the Saints will not get within a bulls roar of us. Pencil that one in.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I love those ladder predictors, the teams up the top now always seem to go through the rest of the season undefeated and the teams on the bottom only manage one more win at home. 

That said, I had us in the top two as well, but the way this season has gone so far you might as well flip a coin 81 times...

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Chook said:

They destroyed Collingwood over here, who we just barely got over.

And they were mauled by the Bombers over here as well.  I don't necessarily think Port are downhill skiers, but they do seem to have a soft underbelly.

I'm trying not to get too excited about our potential to plays finals as there is still plenty of the season to go, but it's bloody exciting to be part of the discussion at this point in our season.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm really just hoping Viney's shoulder and Salem's hammy arn't too bad.  We've done very well without Gawn and Hogan, but going without Viney and Jones for too long could be bad news.  Getting up next week against the Swans next week will be more of mirricle win than the WC IMHO, that said I'm not writing us off either.

So far this season we've been able to prevent consecutive losses which is a real credit to the team.  It was a real trate of the MFC teams of the 90s to display bursts of form in which we looked like absolute world beaters only to loose the next 4 or 5 on the trot and have to fight tooth and nail to make finals.  Let's hope this new breed is different, the Dogs might have won flags from 7th, but the odds are stacked against winning from outside the top four.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, Chook said:

Are you saying West Coast aren't that good? I beg to differ. We just got over them with Kennedy and LeCras out.

Not saying that at all, it shouldn't really matter what one team did  to a team we narrowly defeated. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    THE ICING ON THE QUAKE by Whispering Jack

    It’s not Christmas yet but if the Melbourne wins its last game of the 2021 season, then many of its fans will be celebrating early. There already are some parts of our town where the pending festivity is preordained. Houses are decked out with red and blue banners and streamers, some of which appeared as early as last Saturday week, on the morning after the Demons’ magnificent 83-point crushing of Geelong in their preliminary final at Optus Stadium. While it’s great to see the numbers of lo

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    CAT SKINNING by George On The Outer

    When they defeated the Geelong Cats in the 2021 AFL Preliminary Final on Friday night in Perth, Melbourne proved that there is more than one way to skin those cats.  They did it in the ruck and in the middle, they did it in the forward line, they did it in defence and around the ground, but importantly, each and every player a Demon guernsey spent his night at Optus Stadium skinning an opponent. Following the after-the-siren win against Geelong in Round 23, there was an expectation of

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE POINTY END by The Oracle

    The AFL’s two oldest clubs, Melbourne and Geelong, face off on Friday evening in a sudden death Preliminary Final. It’s a game that promises plenty in terms of fascination and intrigue as a result of the rivalry that’s been building between the teams over recent encounters that have been tight struggles which have gone to the wire with two of them decided by after-the-siren goals. The added touch of mystery attached to this week’s meeting comes by virtue of the fact that it’s going to take

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE VFL YEAR THAT NEVER WAS by KC from Casey

    The rising case numbers and the continuing lockdowns in Victoria and NSW spelled doom for the 2021 VFL season which went through a slow, painful demise before its recent official cancellation. After weeks of indecision, the AFL decided to pull the plug on the season with the 10-0 Bulldogs recognised as minor premier, but without a premiership cup and without awarding the J.J. Liston Medal for the best and fairest VFL player. It was somewhat fortuitous for the integrity of the competition t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    TAMING THE LIONS by George On The Outer

    With nine finals debutants in the side, the Melbourne Football Club had a daunting assignment ahead of it in the First Qualifying Final — to overcome the competition’s highest scoring side, the Brisbane Lions. In the end, the Demons accomplished the task by putting the bite on their opponents on their way to taming the Lions and recording a 33 point win that propelled them into one the two Preliminary Finals of 2021.   It was one of those debutants, Luke Jackson, who put the bite in more

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    RETURN TO NEVERLAND by Whispering Jack

    The greatest Demon A HIGHWAY OF DEMONS by Whispering Jack CHAPTER SIXTEEN - RETURN TO NEVERLAND  I have a six year old grandson who recently took up the family tradition of following the Demons. He had his first taste of the game a few years ago when he went to the “G” with his parents to watch the 107-point massacre of Carlton and he went to another game in the following season which was also a W for the Dees. But his appetite for the club has grown exponentially this year and wh

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 13

    METAMORPHOSIS by Whispering Jack

    I’ve always believed that when the home and away matches come to an end, the football season takes on a completely different shape and character. During the regular season, each team’s goals progress as the weeks pass and if you’re good enough to survive and make the grade, the situation changes. The comparison can be made with the life cycle of a butterfly going through stages from egg to larva to caterpillar, cocoon and in the end to a bright and colourful creature that emerges from darkness i

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    STEALING THE CATS’ CREAM by George On The Outer

    They were leading by 44 points well into the third quarter of a game to decide the minor premier, having kicked nine unanswered goals. The Cats were about to lap up their bowl of cream, dreaming of next week but the Demons led by Max Gawn had other ideas. In a stunning finish, they stole the game from under them to claim the plaudits as best team and top of ladder position. In a remarkable game, it all came down to Max having to kick the winning goal after the final siren, something which s

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    SKIN THE CATS by Whispering Jack

    The task ahead for the Demons as they wend their way down the Princes Freeway to Geelong on Saturday night will be to skin the Cats. For them to come away with the points from this game would mark an historic occasion for the club as it will finish on top of the ladder for the first time since its last premiership year, 1964. And it was in that year, that a trip to Corio Bay to meet the reigning premiers in Round 12, was one of the catalysts for Melbourne’s surge to the flag. It was a top o

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    REACH FOR THE STARS by George on the Outer

    It was a game of great significance for the Melbourne Football Club. A win would see them keep top spot on the ladder with one round remaining. To achieve top place in the Round for Reach when we are all inspired to “Be Like Jim” and reach for the stars was a great way of honouring one of our heroes. All the better given that it was done by way of an emphatic 41 point win against Adelaide! It is worth remembering that, but for the umpiring mistake in the previous encounter with the Crows, t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    TICKETS PLEASE by The Oracle

    A lot of water has passed under Princes Bridge in the five years since Melbourne last met Adelaide on the MCG. The Crows were riding high at the time while the Demons were mid-table and scrambling for a win to stay in the race for the finals. The 30,000 fans who had tickets to the game were thoroughly entertained by a close, high scoring affair that ended in tears for fans of the home team. Not even an eight-goal second term could help them.   Times have changed.    In the fi

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    ELECTRIFYING by George On The Outer

    What more can they throw at the Demons of 2021? Covid restrictions, hubs, aircraft circling between airports before landing for games and now a match stopped for 30 minutes to give a flagging opponent its second wind? To date, none of those distractions has swayed the team from their winning objectives. The game against West Coast in Perth can be marked on their report card as another positive outcome after yet another test. There was much at stake for both sides.  Melbourne had t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!

×
×
  • Create New...