Jump to content

  • Podcast:      

  • Podcast:      

Farewell Jack Watts


PaulRB

Trade Jack Watts or not?  

477 members have voted

You do not have permission to vote in this poll, or see the poll results. Please sign in or register to vote in this poll.


Recommended Posts

58 minutes ago, Unleash Hell said:

T mac was very impressive as a forward this year.

dare i say maybe even more consistent then Watts?

I thought he looked really dangerous for a while round 23 but got nothing from umps. Got mauled just before half or 3/4 time and no free kick and he went spare. Clearly troubles defenders. Lever comes in and we have the luxury of sending him foward more often 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The sooking needs too stop! Haha

Come up with some trades people. Lol

If these teams want too trade. These are the players they will have to give up or Jack stays;

Pies - Sidebottom

Power - Hartlett

Eagles - Gaff

Geelong - Blicavs

Swans - Hayward

Looks like Jack stays... I think Port could give up Hartlett though if any trade were too happen. 

Play hardball Dees! Nothing too lose...

* 2nd & 3rd round picks likely too be swapped also.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


4 minutes ago, Dee tention said:

The sooking needs too stop! Haha

Come up with some trades people. Lol

If these teams want too trade. These are the players they will have to give up or Jack stays;

Pies - Sidebottom

Power - Hartlett

Eagles - Gaff

Geelong - Blicavs

Swans - Hayward

Looks like Jack stays... I think Port could give up Hartlett though if any trade were too happen. 

Play hardball Dees! Nothing too lose...

* 2nd & 3rd round picks likely too be swapped also.

Frontbum, Hammer, Gaff yes please - but I think all three are ‘worth’ more than Watts

I’d rather Duncan from the Cats and Lloyd from Swans; even they might be ‘worth’ more than Watts tho?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just for a bit of fairness, too, Watts may not be the best tackler, but he gets down back at the exhaustion end of quarters and games, and saves goals.  Like he did within seconds of his final goal on the QB.  He has done that for several years, many times.  I have wondered if he was asked to, probably was I suppose, though he doesn't seem to get much credit for doing it.  He works very hard, and if you look at any vision of end-of-quarter huddles in the godawful Nield days you'll see Jack intently listening and egging his team-mates on.  He is an eminently positive element in the club, and it is just not speaking truthfully to characterise him as a lazy and self-satisfied downhill skier.  

On here too often we didn't value Jurrah as the unique and very talented creative/offensive player he was, with post after post criticising his defensive work.  Might as well bag out Ricky Jackson's ruck work.  Or Petracca's tank.  Etc.  

Armchair critics do a wonderful job explaining what they don't rate; reminds me of a lovely anecdote Horowitz told about his father-in-law Toscanini.  The great conductor had just done Beethoven and as soon as interval was over he was going to do Mozart - but before he could get to the pit he was bailed up by a society dame who launched into her analysis of what was lacking in Beethoven.  Finally unable to listen to any more, Toscanini interrupted, saying "Madam, what you think doesn't matter."

Well, rude, yes, but he was obviously right as far as Beethoven goes.  Some people assume their own expertise when there is nothing to support it, and they have no shame splashing their ignorance and inanities around.

Demonland is not full of supporters; it's full of know-alls who dismiss and slander athletes doing stuff most of these critics cannot understand and have only ever dreamed about.  Spout their hairy-chested nonsense shamelessly.  So what if the club does get a good deal when they cast Watts aside?  Are we in Nield's camp, not seeing them as people?  

It is a disgrace to cast off a loyal servant who faced up to gorillas in the ruck week after week, surprising everyone with his resilience and effectiveness when so out of his weight, only to end up injured - at which point we are callously and ungratefully hop into him and his failings, completely disregard what he says publicly about his own strong preferences, when he's thrust into the spotlight by the club; and we start haggling over the body and what we might get in the aftermath, even before he's gone.  And dignify it with calling it a "forum"!  

Nah, shout your abuse at my back, and yes, I'll close the door as I leave.  

I say, shame on the lot of you! 

  • Like 15
  • Love 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I hope we do the following trades:

1. Trade Watts & 2017 1st rounder to Collingwood for Pick 6 & their 2nd round pick

2. Trade Pick 6 and 2018 first round to Eagles for Gaff and their 2017 1st round pick

3. Trade Eagles 2017 first round pick and Collingwood 2017 2nd round pick for Lever

Would make the 2017 off season a huge success plus we will likely get a few other decent players in like Balic for a 3rd rounder.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, DemonAndrew said:

Frontbum, Hammer, Gaff yes please - but I think all three are ‘worth’ more than Watts

I’d rather Duncan from the Cats and Lloyd from Swans; even they might be ‘worth’ more than Watts tho?

I was going to put Llyod, Rohan & Papley in there with Hayward. Hayward for me though.

Duncan gun player but I think Blicavs is gettable. Big running midfielder who also rucks. Difficult match up and is a tackling machine.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's been mentioned before, but the reaction by many is akin to the uproar at Hawthorn when they traded Trent Croad to Freo.

So I thought I'd have a look to see what they got in exchange for Croad and Luke McPharlin. Well, with those picks they got a couple of plodders in Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell.

If only Clarko had of listened to the supporters before trading away one of their favourite sons, which in turn destroyed the fabric of the club.

  • Like 2
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 minutes ago, robbiefrom13 said:

Just for a bit of fairness, too, Watts may not be the best tackler, but he gets down back at the exhaustion end of quarters and games, and saves goals.  Like he did within seconds of his final goal on the QB.  He has done that for several years, many times.  I have wondered if he was asked to, probably was I suppose, though he doesn't seem to get much credit for doing it.  He works very hard, and if you look at any vision of end-of-quarter huddles in the godawful Nield days you'll see Jack intently listening and egging his team-mates on.  He is an eminently positive element in the club, and it is just not speaking truthfully to characterise him as a lazy and self-satisfied downhill skier.  

On here too often we didn't value Jurrah as the unique and very talented creative/offensive player he was, with post after post criticising his defensive work.  Might as well bag out Ricky Jackson's ruck work.  Or Petracca's tank.  Etc.  

Armchair critics do a wonderful job explaining what they don't rate; reminds me of a lovely anecdote Horowitz told about his father-in-law Toscanini.  The great conductor had just done Beethoven and as soon as interval was over he was going to do Mozart - but before he could get to the pit he was bailed up by a society dame who launched into her analysis of what was lacking in Beethoven.  Finally unable to listen to any more, Toscanini interrupted, saying "Madam, what you think doesn't matter."

Well, rude, yes, but he was obviously right as far as Beethoven goes.  Some people assume their own expertise when there is nothing to support it, and they have no shame splashing their ignorance and inanities around.

Demonland is not full of supporters; it's full of know-alls who dismiss and slander athletes doing stuff most of these critics cannot understand and have only ever dreamed about.  Spout their hairy-chested nonsense shamelessly.  So what if the club does get a good deal when they cast Watts aside?  Are we in Nield's camp, not seeing them as people?  

It is a disgrace to cast off a loyal servant who faced up to gorillas in the ruck week after week, surprising everyone with his resilience and effectiveness when so out of his weight, only to end up injured - at which point we are callously and ungratefully hop into him and his failings, completely disregard what he says publicly about his own strong preferences, when he's thrust into the spotlight by the club; and we start haggling over the body and what we might get in the aftermath, even before he's gone.  And dignify it with calling it a "forum"!  

Nah, shout your abuse at my back, and yes, I'll close the door as I leave.  

I say, shame on the lot of you! 

Best Demonland post I've read for a long time. Good also to find a fellow musical cultured beast. ( By the way, I hate Toscanini, am a Furtwangler man, and am not a Horowitz fan as well. Give me Arrau and Richter any day,)

Edited by dieter
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, Is Dom Is Good said:

I hope we do the following trades:

1. Trade Watts & 2017 1st rounder to Collingwood for Pick 6 & their 2nd round pick (Pick 36)  NO THANKS 

2. Trade Pick 6 and 2018 first round to Eagles for Gaff and their 2017 1st round pick  NO THANKS - OVERS

3. Trade Eagles 2017 first round pick and Collingwood 2017 2nd round pick for Lever

PICK 13 & 36   WONT HAPPEN

PICK 10 & 27   MORE LIKELY

Would make the 2017 off season a huge success plus we will likely get a few other decent players in like Balic for a 3rd rounder. WILL HAPPEN  PICK 45

 

Edited by Dee tention
Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 minutes ago, robbiefrom13 said:

Just for a bit of fairness, too, Watts may not be the best tackler, but he gets down back at the exhaustion end of quarters and games, and saves goals.  Like he did within seconds of his final goal on the QB.  He has done that for several years, many times.  I have wondered if he was asked to, probably was I suppose, though he doesn't seem to get much credit for doing it.  He works very hard, and if you look at any vision of end-of-quarter huddles in the godawful Nield days you'll see Jack intently listening and egging his team-mates on.  He is an eminently positive element in the club, and it is just not speaking truthfully to characterise him as a lazy and self-satisfied downhill skier.  

On here too often we didn't value Jurrah as the unique and very talented creative/offensive player he was, with post after post criticising his defensive work.  Might as well bag out Ricky Jackson's ruck work.  Or Petracca's tank.  Etc.  

Armchair critics do a wonderful job explaining what they don't rate; reminds me of a lovely anecdote Horowitz told about his father-in-law Toscanini.  The great conductor had just done Beethoven and as soon as interval was over he was going to do Mozart - but before he could get to the pit he was bailed up by a society dame who launched into her analysis of what was lacking in Beethoven.  Finally unable to listen to any more, Toscanini interrupted, saying "Madam, what you think doesn't matter."

Well, rude, yes, but he was obviously right as far as Beethoven goes.  Some people assume their own expertise when there is nothing to support it, and they have no shame splashing their ignorance and inanities around.

Demonland is not full of supporters; it's full of know-alls who dismiss and slander athletes doing stuff most of these critics cannot understand and have only ever dreamed about.  Spout their hairy-chested nonsense shamelessly.  So what if the club does get a good deal when they cast Watts aside?  Are we in Nield's camp, not seeing them as people?  

It is a disgrace to cast off a loyal servant who faced up to gorillas in the ruck week after week, surprising everyone with his resilience and effectiveness when so out of his weight, only to end up injured - at which point we are callously and ungratefully hop into him and his failings, completely disregard what he says publicly about his own strong preferences, when he's thrust into the spotlight by the club; and we start haggling over the body and what we might get in the aftermath, even before he's gone.  And dignify it with calling it a "forum"!  

Nah, shout your abuse at my back, and yes, I'll close the door as I leave.  

I say, shame on the lot of you! 

Nice work Robbie!

I say, bring back the humanity to this game, to this forum.

 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

17 minutes ago, robbiefrom13 said:

Just for a bit of fairness, too, Watts may not be the best tackler, but he gets down back at the exhaustion end of quarters and games, and saves goals.  Like he did within seconds of his final goal on the QB.  He has done that for several years, many times.  I have wondered if he was asked to, probably was I suppose, though he doesn't seem to get much credit for doing it.  He works very hard, and if you look at any vision of end-of-quarter huddles in the godawful Nield days you'll see Jack intently listening and egging his team-mates on.  He is an eminently positive element in the club, and it is just not speaking truthfully to characterise him as a lazy and self-satisfied downhill skier.  

On here too often we didn't value Jurrah as the unique and very talented creative/offensive player he was, with post after post criticising his defensive work.  Might as well bag out Ricky Jackson's ruck work.  Or Petracca's tank.  Etc.  

Armchair critics do a wonderful job explaining what they don't rate; reminds me of a lovely anecdote Horowitz told about his father-in-law Toscanini.  The great conductor had just done Beethoven and as soon as interval was over he was going to do Mozart - but before he could get to the pit he was bailed up by a society dame who launched into her analysis of what was lacking in Beethoven.  Finally unable to listen to any more, Toscanini interrupted, saying "Madam, what you think doesn't matter."

Well, rude, yes, but he was obviously right as far as Beethoven goes.  Some people assume their own expertise when there is nothing to support it, and they have no shame splashing their ignorance and inanities around.

Demonland is not full of supporters; it's full of know-alls who dismiss and slander athletes doing stuff most of these critics cannot understand and have only ever dreamed about.  Spout their hairy-chested nonsense shamelessly.  So what if the club does get a good deal when they cast Watts aside?  Are we in Nield's camp, not seeing them as people?  

It is a disgrace to cast off a loyal servant who faced up to gorillas in the ruck week after week, surprising everyone with his resilience and effectiveness when so out of his weight, only to end up injured - at which point we are callously and ungratefully hop into him and his failings, completely disregard what he says publicly about his own strong preferences, when he's thrust into the spotlight by the club; and we start haggling over the body and what we might get in the aftermath, even before he's gone.  And dignify it with calling it a "forum"!  

Nah, shout your abuse at my back, and yes, I'll close the door as I leave.  

I say, shame on the lot of you! 

The problem is the criticism isn't confined to the rabble here on Demonland, obviously there's some in the club who feel he hasn't been pulling his weight and can offer more on the trade table than he does on our list next year.

Obviously Watts is not a terrible player. If he was he wouldn't be being considered for trade, he'd be delisted. We're not gonna get anything for JKH or Kennedy on the trade market, Watts is the kind of player other clubs will bite at. He seems like a genuinely nice bloke, it's not personal or vindictive for me. But if the club believes they can better the list by putting him up for trade in this instance I agree with them.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Dee tention said:

 

I didn't realize Pies don't have a 2nd rounder this year. Well 2018 then.

It looks like he is going to Port anyway but it would be nice if there was a mini bidding war to drive up his price slightly.

I'm pretty content to see him leave as long as we get a solid return we can use in other trades or a solid player to add to our side.

I believe Weideman will be a very good forward and will be better than Watts, possibly as early as next season. I want to see a forward line of Hogan and Weid with 4-5 small/medium forwards who can pressure all game. That is the way footy is played these days and will win flags.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The problem with most first year coaches is that they try to hard.

They squeeze the grip too hard, they lack soft hands, they micro manage far too much.

Watts loves the club. He is clearly a decent individual. He is talented. He is popular. He is MFC. And, like us, he craves ultimate success at this club.

Let him breathe Simon. Give him some space to do it his way (within team rules, obviously). I reckon you'll be rewarded for it if you do.

It'll be a sad day if Watts is traded this year. I reckon the movie script will have been cut a few scenes too short.

 

Edited by Ron Burgundy
  • Like 12
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

The problem is the criticism isn't confined to the rabble here on Demonland, obviously there's some in the club who feel he hasn't been pulling his weight and can offer more on the trade table than he does on our list next year.

Obviously Watts is not a terrible player. If he was he wouldn't be being considered for trade, he'd be delisted. We're not gonna get anything for JKH or Kennedy on the trade market, Watts is the kind of player other clubs will bite at. He seems like a genuinely nice bloke, it's not personal or vindictive for me. But if the club believes they can better the list by putting him up for trade in this instance I agree with them.

It's not the point: the point is the ridiculous and constant and abject criticism of a very talented and loyal Melbourne player who has kicked more goals and taken more marks and got more kicks in the AFL than anyone who has ever criticized him on Demonland.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

49 minutes ago, Dee tention said:

The sooking needs too stop! Haha

Come up with some trades people. Lol

If these teams want too trade. These are the players they will have to give up or Jack stays;

Pies - Sidebottom

Power - Hartlett

Eagles - Gaff

Geelong - Blicavs

Swans - Hayward

Looks like Jack stays... I think Port could give up Hartlett though if any trade were too happen. 

Play hardball Dees! Nothing too lose...

* 2nd & 3rd round picks likely too be swapped also.

He’s not worth any of these guys and that’s where the problem lies with watts

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 minutes ago, Ron Burgundy said:

Watts loves the club. He is clearly a decent individual. He is talented. He is popular. He is MFC. And, like us, he craves ultimate success at this club.

Watts loves the club? Absolutely.

He is clearly a decent individual? Most certainly.

He is talented? Indeed.

He is popular. For sure.

He is MFC? A fine embodiment of the past 9 years perhaps.

He craves ultimate success at this club? So so much evidence to the contrary.

I'm going to miss him if he goes, but I completely understand the position of the footy department. My first instinct was "please no" mainly because I genuinely believe in the first four statements I've quoted above. I also realized after more rational thought that my main concern was what he might manage at another club. What a loser mentality that is. The word culture is so over-used in footy but this decision certainly won't cost us a premiership but it may just send the message to the rest of the list that helps us win one. We were so close this year. And I'm not talking about the .5% that cost us finals, I'm talking premierships. And premiership teams don't have passengers or those who have a good month of footy here or there. They have 22 players all pulling in the right direction who consistently meet the standards determined by the coaching staff - at the club, away from the club, during pre-season, before pre-season and in games. We've seen enough sadly. My respect for Goodwin, McCartney, Mahoney and Jackson continues to grow. We're in good hands.

  • Like 20
  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I don't have an issue with this whatsoever, as it sounds as though that part of this is player group driven. Which ultimately is what Roos wanted. The players taking responsibility for their future and driving standards. 

Nate has come out and said the playing group has had a go at Jack during the course of the year for his lax application. If this were all coming from the coach (as it seemed to be with Neeld), then perhaps.

However, it hasn't all been coach driven. Methinks something might have happened over the last couple of weeks that finally turned certain key members of the playing group against Jack.

That in some way gives me no joy and in other ways gives me hope.

A lot of the time on here, posters talk about how someone was a 'good bloke who they would share a beer' with when they get delisted or sacked (except Lumumba and that is understandable). Hell, even some were saying that about Neeldy even though he acted like a dead set peanut in the early days (though I must admit that I felt horribly sad for him at the end and was worried about how he was actually holding up). However, NO ONE disputes Jack is a lovely bloke and it pains me to see someone with such a good nature now being given the flick.

Nonetheless, if this is coming from certain sections of the leadership group, maybe we have FINALLY decided that we want to become great and that Jack's lackadaisical attitude is symptomatic of  what has gone wrong from 2009 onwards. If that is the case, then I will be overjoyed.

 

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 minutes ago, Goodvibes said:

Watts loves the club? Absolutely.

He is clearly a decent individual? Most certainly.

He is talented? Indeed.

He is popular. For sure.

He is MFC? A fine embodiment of the past 9 years perhaps.

He craves ultimate success at this club? So so much evidence to the contrary.

I'm going to miss him if he goes, but I completely understand the position of the footy department. My first instinct was "please no" mainly because I genuinely believe in the first four statements I've quoted above. I also realized after more rational thought that my main concern was what he might manage at another club. What a loser mentality that is. The word culture is so over-used in footy but this decision certainly won't cost us a premiership but it may just send the message to the rest of the list that helps us win one. We were so close this year. And I'm not talking about the .5% that cost us finals, I'm talking premierships. And premiership teams don't have passengers or those who have a good month of footy here or there. They have 22 players all pulling in the right direction who consistently meet the standards determined by the coaching staff - at the club, away from the club, during pre-season, before pre-season and in games. We've seen enough sadly. My respect for Goodwin, McCartney, Mahoney and Jackson continues to grow. We're in good hands.

giphy.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

51 minutes ago, dieter said:

It's not the point: the point is the ridiculous and constant and abject criticism of a very talented and loyal Melbourne player who has kicked more goals and taken more marks and got more kicks in the AFL than anyone who has ever criticized him on Demonland.

Oh boo hoo it's a supporter discussion forum of course we're gonna discuss the club, all aspects of it. Criticism is not always unwarranted, there's clearly issues with Watts' professionalism as per the issues preseason and again following his injury. It's not isolated, he's been given multiple chances by different administrations throughout the years. How many chances does the club give a recidivist to get it right? Wait much longer and his career peters out to not much and he leaves as a cheap FA getting us not much in return ala Sylvia.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Oh boo hoo it's a supporter discussion forum of course we're gonna discuss the club, all aspects of it. Criticism is not always unwarranted, there's clearly issues with Watts' professionalism as per the issues preseason and again following his injury. It's not isolated, he's been given multiple chances by different administrations throughout the years. How many chances does the club give a recidivist to get it right? Wait much longer and his career peters out to not much and he leaves as a cheap FA getting us not much in return ala Sylvia.

Although we did get Vince for Sylvia via pick 23

The Crows turned pick 23 into Matt Crouch

There's always a catch.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

18 minutes ago, McQueen said:

giphy.gif

Agree McQueen. GVibes nailed it on the head. This decision is just as much about sending a message to anyone else who plays or will play for the club, talent is not enough. You are a professional AFL footballer, so act like one 24/7.

How long have we bemoaned the fact that if many of these players' were in any other profession, they would've been sacked ages ago?

Watts' is the epitome of all the talent in the world, yet dedication is left wanting. That is not acceptable nor good enough.

Give me a team of 22 Jack Viney's (even with his limitations) over 22 Watts' any day of the week. One definitely would be more than willing to be the first to break through the wall and get bloody, the other.........well yeah.

Jack Viney naturally wants to fight moment by moment, contest by contest, that will add up to getting us over the line. Watts is not committed enough to do it again and again and again.

As the great Tony D'Amato says "In any fight, it's the guy who's willing to die who's going to win that inch". Watts is not that guy, nor will he ever be.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Watts's playing career with the Demons is now past. I'm more interested now in the future from season 2018 onwards.

And I can't help but be concerned. This is the first cause for concern:

4 hours ago, At the break of Gawn said:

From Paul Roos: 

You can't always harp on people's weaknesses. That's the problem that certainly existed before I got to Melbourne," he said.

"Every player has got weaknesses. Wattsy responded when you talk about his positiives – he's an elite kick, he's an elite decision maker, he's a very good player.

https://www.sen.com.au/news/2017/09/28/roos-and-schwarz-urge-dees-to-re-think-watts-trade-plans/

...

This is actually a massive slap from Roos. There's a strong implication here that things have gone back to the pre-Roos days of "always harp(ing) on people's weaknesses", which Roos believes was the main problem before he got there. With this I totally agree.

He also says that it wasn't difficult to motivate Watts: "Wattsy responded when you talk about his positives". Again, a strong implication that they knew how to get the most out of Watts, but thought it was better to do the opposite. 

Again, I don't care who's to blame: Watts is past, our coaches are the future. Do our coaches only know one way to motivate the team - by smashing them about their weaknesses and faults - even when they know it's counterproductive for certain players? Is this what went on in the last half of the season that resulted in the whole team losing their ability to take the game on, when our scoring per game went from 102 points before the Swans game to 79 points after. What caused the whole team to collectively go back into its shells? If Watts isn't the only one who responds better to positive mediation, and if the coaches do the same thing next season ... that's my concern. And it would seem that concern is shared by Roos.

Another concern is the clubs that are apparently interested in him. Port and Collingwood we know, and apparently Geelong, Sydney & West Coast. There are a good number of clubs who think they might be able to do better with Watts than we did. These are all solid, well-run, well-structured clubs, not the sort of clubs (Brisbane or Freo) that enjoy a desperate speculative gamble. We have cast off many players over the past 10 years or so, no other player has had interest from 5 clubs.

OK, maybe our rookie coach and a previously failed coach may know more. Or maybe not. But I can't help but be very concerned about the future.

  • Like 3
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.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    ON THE FLY by George On The Outer

    After spending most of the previous day in the air, flying between Queensland and Victoria, it was hard to imagine the Demons would be at their best.   But this team was on the fly on the field as well and produced a clinical display which saw them record a 98 point win to put aside any questions about the side being out of form.   Certainly, the Suns who have fallen away badly in the second half of the season were their opponents, but with the Demons looking for a confidence boo

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS by The Oracle

    This weekend, the Melbourne Football Club was supposed to embark on a tour that started with what looked like an innocent trip to the country’s sunny Gold Coast. However, the Covid19 pandemic intervened to bring them back home for this week at least. Next week, it’s off to the West Coast but conspiracy theorists are already suggesting that this interstate sojourn could take the team all the way across the country over the next month and indeed, there are cynics who even believe that it could bec

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE YEAR THE SNOWFLAKES FELL by Whispering Jack

    The snow that fell on the slopes of Victoria’s mountain districts in the winter of 1965 was not considered good enough to satisfy the enthusiasts. The really heavy snow that season came in two waves further north in July and August. The first descended on the national capital where “Pig Iron Bob” still held sway. Snow flurries touched the landscape all the way across the Blue Mountains. The next big snow extended further north up to the hills around Mackay in Queensland. Snowflakes fell inside t

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 10

    DEES GIVE DOGS A BONE by George On The Outer

    First place versus second on the ladder promised to be a precursor to what can be expected in the coming finals race.  However, it was the Demons who faltered and gave the Bulldogs a bone to feed their hunger just weeks out from the end of the season. The win also sent the Dogs to the top of the ladder, a position they are unlikely to cede in the coming weeks, given their fixture. While Melbourne may now struggle to keep a spot in the top four with its draw and will likely depend on the res

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE WORM WILL TURN by The Oracle

    When I was asked to preview this game, I wasn’t sure whether it was going to be played in Darwin, on the Gold Coast or the MCG. I had no idea as to the identity of Melbourne’s opponent. This would have made for one hell of an interesting match preview so I’m glad that the AFL managed to reorganize its fixture to enable a game … any game at all … to proceed in Round 19. We’ll worry about the Gold Coast Suns or whoever they put us up against when the weekend’s done and dusted and if and when

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    DRAWN AND DEEFLATED by George on the Outer

    1st v 17th ... it would seem a sure one way contest between the Hawks and the Demons but it was not to be with the game finishing in a draw, the only positive being the Demons still retain their top spot on the ladder. Melbourne was taught a football lesson by Al Clarkson, who with limited resources, just instructed his players to scrap, fight and surge the ball forward.  It stifled the Melbourne free flowing style of play and denied them the opportunities they could normally expect. I

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    PINK RAIN by Whispering Jack

    There is no certainty about life under a pandemic. You wake up one morning without a care in the world; the sun’s shining and it’s a beautiful day. An hour later, everything’s up in the air, the entire state is on high alert and the apartment complex next door’s in lockdown. The simple decision you had to make about buying a ticket to the footy at the weekend suddenly might get put on the back burner. There are other things in life to prioritise and on top of that, they’re predicting rain for th

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    COR BLIMEY by KC from Casey

    In years to come, the old timers will talk in wonderment about the “Avalon Avalanche” that hit Werribee’s Avalon Airport Oval on a mild winter’s afternoon at about ten minutes after the halfway mark of the game between the local Tigers and their cross town rivals, the Demons from Casey. At that moment in time, the game was poised as if on a knifepoint. Up until the main interval, it had been the visiting team which had maintained the lead from the start but it had struggled to entirely asse

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    POWER FAILURE by George on the Outer

    South Australians should be well familiar with the damage that storms can do to the power supply.  But Port Power forgot those lessons on Thursday night football as they watched the Melbourne storm descend upon them from across the border and ruin their hopes of a top four placing. Just as equally, the win to the Demons cemented their spot in the top two and sent out the message that a team who had been going around in circles for the past couple of weeks, has in fact, turned into a cyclone

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    CASEY SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT IN TWO YEARS

    The circumstances were a little unusual last Saturday night as KC from Casey was unavailable to report on the Casey Dees due to work commitments. On the ground things were somewhat unusual as well given that, although there was a game to be won on the night, preparations were also being made for the forthcoming Thursday night clash against Port Adelaide with Ben Brown rested for large slabs of the evening. It turned out perhaps, to be a stroke of genius for Melbourne with Brown making a strong c

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    WEATHERING THE STORM by Mel Rundle

    The magic of Melbourne’s magnificent start to 2021 is beginning to wear off. In its past six matches it lost to three teams that were outside the eight, out of form —  teams which it had very little trouble bearing last year. This week, the temperature is turned up even higher with the hard fought spot in the top four at risk. The really ominous factor about the Demons’ upcoming Thursday night meeting with Port Adelaide this week is that it is due to take place at the very place where its dec

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    FEE-FI-FO-FUM by George on the Outer

    “Fee-fi-fo-fum, without a Full Forward the Premiership can’t be won!” So said the GWS Giants, as they exposed Melbourne’s fatal deficiency with a nine point win at the MCG.  In past weeks Melbourne has been barely able to gloss over the lack of a serious target in front of goal, while others were able to contribute.  But in a near repeat of the game from the previous week, players running up the ground simply had no-one to kick the ball to, when all that was needed was that one tall target.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports


×
×
  • Create New...