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Id love to know now what the "joke" was that Roughead told the huddle just before the start?

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I just really appreciate how we play physical and tough, but at the contest, no cheap shots and that you can't phase us with physicallity, it doesn't get in our head. Its like we're physical but totally professional and focused. Lewis may be one exception - he looses it from time to time. 

I guess im saying its reassuring that we are no longer bullied, and yet not arrogant like some other clubs. 

As a supporter, its one thing to loose a game, but for the players to play the 'brand', I can be proud of them, proud to be Melb.

Another point - i thought the dorks played for the free kick throughout the game - tried milking it. They certainly looked to exploit the below the knees interpretation and there was many a flop to the ground.

The Oliver free - sure he probably didn't resist the force, but there was plenty of momentum in it and straight into square of the back.

 Further umpiring - so happy umps didnt get sucked into the Sicily flop v Melky mark in the last.

That 'Mmmelbourne...' chant across the whole stadium about 15-20 mins after the siren was amazing. Ethereal. Like the call a huge barbarian lost tribe, revealing themselves through the misty night urban jungle, having slayed the former Roman dynasty.

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What an amazing experience. 2 weeks in a row with all the Dees faithful at the G, totally outnumbering the fans of 2 of the most successful teams of the past 10 years.

I actually feel we still have enormous upside. Hawks were well drilled last night and made it difficult for us to score in the first half. I don`t think WCE will tag and scrap like the Hawks did and it will be a more open game which will suit us.

How good to party hard with Dees fans in Richmond last night, I won`t have any voice left whatsoever if we keep winning. I got home at 3 and watched the last qtr replay, bed at 4am

WE can win the flag. 2 more wins! I believe we can do it. Can`t believe I`m saying it!!

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13 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Thought the Hawks played into our hands with their cross ground chip passes. Gave us plenty of time to set up defensively.

Luck was certainly on our side in that third quarter with their wayward kicking.

A great team effort but there is another gear to be found methinks.

Brayshaw getting  a hard tag shows he has well and truly arrived but it freed Viney to have a blinder.

Yep, Clarkson was outcoached.......

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2 hours ago, Biffen said:

Typical Sydney Sheila.

Watched this little replay for about 15 times  wonderful stuff 

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9 minutes ago, Wadda We Sing said:

Id love to know now what the "joke" was that Roughead told the huddle just before the start?

My lip reading isn’t what it used to be but I think he said that Umpire Matthew Nichols was going to be fair and even handed tonight and wouldn’t favour the Hawks at all. 

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I think that we need to save the cheap shots until after we win the Flag. Don't want to upset the Karma machine. 

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8 hours ago, Monocology said:

 

We still have gears yet unseen.

 

I think this a really good point. We didnt play our best footy against either cats or hawks.

Against cats perfomances even accross the board but we didnt take chances.

Against hawks (as reflected in joeboy's analysis) performance was less even. But we took our chances at goal. But our field kicking was terrible.

If we put it all together we can win. A big factor will be how key players pull up. There will be some very sore players, not least maxy, viney, brayshaw and oliver. They were smashing maxy and oliver and there were some huge aeriel collisions, particularly in the second.

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a great game, this teams intensity over the last 6 weeks or so has been amazing. Their tackling intensity, backing each other up has been first-rate.  Angus had a hard tag on him all night, but when we got the ball into his hands he really propelled us into attack. Trac really needs to fix his kicking, has a lovely long kick but some of his passes just gave the ball back to our opponents. If he can fix that part of his game he will really move up a grade.  A lot of players down on form and stats last night, it has been a long 6 weeks or so, week off or not. But we still won well. Another tough win which is great preparation for taking on the weagles next week with their very loud home crowd. Umpiring was not great last night, again good pre for what we can expect against the weagles.

I hope the team keeps focused and does not ahead of themselves as we have in the past. One week at a time, and make each one count.

Lastly Jetta, Viney, McDonald, Oliver and Gawndog were all truly awesome one again.

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26 minutes ago, Wadda We Sing said:

Id love to know now what the "joke" was that Roughead told the huddle just before the start?

Perhaps it was something about skiiing, Range Rovers and cheese platters?

So funny I'll bet they're still laughing this morning !!

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54 minutes ago, pinkshark said:

how so?

 

The higher we finish the higher adelaides (our first) pick goes

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35 minutes ago, DSP said:

Must of been watching another game to what I saw.

He was great last night.

Thought Tracc was just ok because his turnovers were so glaring and really poor. Looking forward to watching replay to take more of the entire game.

 

 

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On Petracca and his field kicking.

3 times last night, just as he was about to kick, I screamed at the TV "no, don't lead there" and each time the Hawks chopped it off. I reckon he is choosing a spot and kicking to it and the forwards aren't reading him well. I am not defending him for the sake of it because in general terms I agree his finishing needs attention, but some of his "turnovers" last night appeared more to be about the forwards positioning and leading patterns and less about the quality of his kick. 

Yes, he did make some clangers as well but his vision and setting up gives me goosebumps. 

His set shot routine definitely needs some work.  

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10 hours ago, Moonshadow said:

@Ethan Tremblay  how many spare beds have you got at your place next weekend?

@McQueen  ??

@DemonFrog  ??

Can you handle another 3829 Demons supporters?

How close to Perth do you want the beds?

 

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2 hours ago, Elegt said:

after the gf ballot applications are done would it be secure to share the barcodes?

Nah, I believe Trident is guaranteed access, not ballot.

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38 minutes ago, Maldonboy38 said:

On Petracca and his field kicking.

His set shot routine definitely needs some work.  

He has been working hard on it. Just can't seem to get it right. Even at training he is inconsistent and he knows it, as he gets frustrated. 

Could some Demonlanders give some analysis? 

I think he hangs his head too far over the ball on his approach, he therefore tends to lay back when he kicks. If he would use a normal posture position with his head he could then drive over the ball with his follow through.  Also think his arms are too stiff through the elbows, so slight adjustments with the ball drop can't be made. 

 

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1 hour ago, Dr.D said:

am surprised to hear people talking petraccas game up. He kicked a nice goal but he butchered about 4-5 very important and easy kicks inside 50 or in the forward half directly to a hawks player. the cost of doing that made him in the bottom 5 players for us in my opinion. Theyre so costly 

He's still trying to do too much with some of his field kicking, he often wants to hit the incredible, 1% chance of pulling it off sort of kick, but it either doesn't work or the target isn't ready for it/good enough to make it work.

But I thought his defensive work was excellent yesterday and his leading and marking were an improvement.

1 hour ago, pineapple dee said:

Dead set, Spargo has played 17 games of which we have won 14. Am I misinterpreting cause and effect ?? If he gets dropped, I'm going down there to have a word with Goodwin.

Not sure if there's anything causative in it but don't worry, there's zero chance he gets dropped.

1 hour ago, DemonOX said:

One of my favourite moments was when Gunston could have ran into an open goal but decided to be a smarty pants and snap the goal which HIT THE POST. 

OH HOW I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED. 

It's been covered a lot in the media but that was a massive turning point, only 15 points up at that stage, he misses, and we take it straight down the other end and goal.

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On a side note, has anyone seen @Wiseblood recently? Hasn't posted since before the Geelong game.

Of all of us, he's been the shining light of optimism over the past few years (and yes, sometimes a little too much). But I hope now he's getting to enjoy this finals run with the rest of us.

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Was on chapel street last night and so many people decked out in red and blue all night. Left around 3.45am and everyone was still buzzing. Random people so excited for us dee fans and they believe we can go all the way. What a time to be a Melbourne supporter!

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11 hours ago, Cards13 said:

Just got home, sitting in a dark room with a glass of to settle down.... wouldn’t have missed it for the world. F k Hawthorn, so good to see them leaving early.

Qiestion is do I miss my 3yr olds birthday Sat and fly to Perth?!

Ask anyone in the world what happened at their 3rd birthday. Crickets......

 

Nothing to think about. Enjoy the flight.

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Unfortunately my night was marred by racist remarks directed at Salem and Jetta by a group of Hawthorn fans in Q1. Left me feeling down for the remainder of the match, but it was a great win by the boys. Go Dees

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Another week of excitement,  nerves, apprehension and nothing else in the world really matters. What a great ride are we getting. 

How's Viney's will.  Loved his pressure at Gunston (when he was running into open goal and hit the post). Gunston couldn't step to open up the goal with his curling kick, great perceived pressure. We then go down town and score a running goal ourselves. The commentators saying it was one Gunston always kicks. I think it was Viney, determined, courageous and will power.  

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2 minutes ago, Mondê said:

Unfortunately my night was marred by racist remarks directed at Salem and Jetta by a group of Hawthorn fans in Q1. Left me feeling down for the remainder of the match, but it was a great win by the boys. Go Dees

How sad for our AFL community.  They really have to stomp out hate on those levels. 

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