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A few quick comments following on from the guys that posted reports from yesterday's Maroochydore session.

Jake Melksham wasn't there as he returned to Melbourne to attend to a "personal matter" apparently.

One poster said he was a no show but Oscar trained and looked OK to me.

Agree that Joel Smith looks very fit and moves well but his kicking concerns me.

Toby Bedford a skilful player. Lightning quick but very slight in terms of his build.

Endorse a previous posters comments about Jeffy Garlett. Up and about, very involved and smiling a lot.  Seems like a new man. A definite best 22 player who can turn a game in one quarter.

Billy Stretch has really bulked up and was moving really well during the morning.

Having read the posts about Petracca's weight I was keen to have a look at him and see how he went. No worries there. The bloke is a cut down version of the Hulk. Super strong through the hips and thighs and just does things so easily. Has a great pair of hands and I'd be playing him in a forward pocket.  He'd be a nightmare match up.

I was very interested to watch the open forward line strategy that involved one player inside the goal square and all other forwards outside 50 but streaming forward in numbers the moment the ball reaches the centre. 

Chatted to Marty Hore, Gus, TMac, Tim May, Clarry and Oskar Baker.  All in great spirits and relaxed.  Was actually quite impressed with Marty Hore during training.  Can read the play very well indeed and was involved in many defensive intercepts and clearances.  I would not be at all surprised to see him in the team for Round 1.

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10 minutes ago, ProperDee said:

Jake Melksham wasn't there as he returned to Melbourne to attend to a "personal matter" apparently.

A poster on Demonland wrote recently that he and his wife are expecting.

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There seems to be a difference of opinion among those reporting on Joel Smith’s disposal ranging from no good to improving to very good. Something for track watchers to report on after future sessions.

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1 hour ago, Whispering_Jack said:

There seems to be a difference of opinion among those reporting on Joel Smith’s disposal ranging from no good to improving to very good. Something for track watchers to report on after future sessions.

Bit like Hunt, gets a bit ahead of himself, now and again, both are being 'coached' to eradicate, Frost is the same

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On 2/2/2019 at 5:09 PM, rjay said:

 

 

Is it a piece of American culture?

Whatever it is, I know it's nothing new.

We were doing the same chant (name of club different of course) about 20/30 years back... 

If it's being imported, it was imported long ago.

No it isn't American culture. It is a modification of the Barmy Army Chant.

 

We are the army, the barmy barmy army, where do we come from. etc the mighty mighty England. Funny enough the poms are doing quite badly in the Caribbean.

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Is the chants reference directed at the MFC ?

 

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On 2/2/2019 at 5:09 PM, rjay said:

 

 

Is it a piece of American culture?

Whatever it is, I know it's nothing new.

We were doing the same chant (name of club different of course) about 20/30 years back... 

If it's being imported, it was imported long ago.

 

23 minutes ago, Older demon said:

No it isn't American culture. It is a modification of the Barmy Army Chant.

 

We are the army, the barmy barmy army, where do we come from. etc the mighty mighty England. Funny enough the poms are doing quite badly in the Caribbean.

Seems it comes from an older English Football chant...that makes sense, some of our crew (80's/90's) where big soccer fans and probably picked it up from there.

Well, I think we can say it's not a piece of American culture anyway.

Any of our English friends able to fill us in... '@Satyriconhome' maybe???

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48 minutes ago, rjay said:

 

Seems it comes from an older English Football chant...that makes sense, some of our crew (80's/90's) where big soccer fans and probably picked it up from there.

Well, I think we can say it's not a piece of American culture anyway.

Any of our English friends able to fill us in... '@Satyriconhome' maybe???

It all depends on which player has the turn driving the huddle, the 'chant', antics change

They are fans of different sports and music, so you get all sorts, but always ends in laughter and the players bounce into training

The teams always huddle before a gam for a last rev up from the captain

Was obviously brought in to emulate match day, but rather than a revup, it is used to get the players up and about for training

Goodwin and McCartney want the players to be winning games, but they also want them to have fun

I have been to training for last 10 years, since the arrival of Misson and his team, I have watched the standard of training improve tenfold, but also the players enjoying it

The cooments from the watchers in Qld all mentioned how happy the team looks

And it is a team

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19 hours ago, Buffalo said:

Just to emphasize Joel Smiths level of fitness, this picture probably sums it up (it is totally unretouched - those biceps are REAL):

 

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Really? PS'ing  players physiques?

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3 hours ago, Elwood 3184 said:

A poster on Demonland wrote recently that he and his wife are expecting.

Would that make it twins then?

First Daisy Pearce, now Melksham. I hope this isn't contagious.

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On 2/2/2019 at 9:00 PM, Dr.D said:

our pre-season is looking like a terrible one. All of our good players have been on modified programs. Oliver, Brayshaw, viney, melksham, lever etc ... 

Call me a cynic, but I wonder how many of the rehabbers will suddenly be fully fit once the AFLX draft is out of the way?

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Would be nice if the club could post some reports, videos, interviews from Saturday. Last I can see is day 4 which was Friday and now it late Sunday night. The players were great on Saturday. Time for the club to step up a bit.

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7 hours ago, Mazer Rackham said:

Not any more, Bugg just retired!

Bless the Bugster.

I hope he knew beforehand he would do this.

I would laugh if he ended up back playing for Casey. for footy fun.  sharing blue bag IT with all.

 

5 hours ago, Older demon said:

No it isn't American culture. It is a modification of the Barmy Army Chant.

 

We are the army, the barmy barmy army, where do we come from. etc the mighty mighty England. Funny enough the poms are doing quite badly in the Caribbean.

I noticed on the news tonight... could it be that the long awaited rebirth of calypso cricket, is a happening ?

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3 hours ago, Docs Demons said:

Would be nice if the club could post some reports, videos, interviews from Saturday. Last I can see is day 4 which was Friday and now it late Sunday night. The players were great on Saturday. Time for the club to step up a bit.

To be fair the club's website and social media content in 2018 and so far in 2019 has been excellent. 

I was a little surprised that there was only a couple of photos of the crowd and action from the open training but I reckon that will come sometime early in the week. 

A little harsh to say that they need to step up when they have been very generous with the sharing of photos and videos of the goings on at Demonland (real Demonland not this joint). 

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12 hours ago, ProDee said:

Is the chants reference directed at the MFC ?

 

I don't care what those pinheads are thinking. It's a love song FFS. Why would you pick that as a theme? Like any more of them need to breed. It's as bad as 'You'll never walk alone'. Much rather be part of 90K rocking as we kick a goal than go through that. That was as bad as the bugler (albeit MH was a little more talented and pulled a better class of chick until his final days)

 

Edit - just thought of something funny. If we ever meet them at the G in a final we should sing to them 'We'll put you back under tarps'

Jack Viney was running
You were there
Two worlds collided
And we put you right back under those tarps.

 

I'll be here all week. Try the veal, and don't forget to tip your waitress

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5 hours ago, Demonland said:

To be fair the club's website and social media content in 2018 and so far in 2019 has been excellent. 

I was a little surprised that there was only a couple of photos of the crowd and action from the open training but I reckon that will come sometime early in the week. 

A little harsh to say that they need to step up when they have been very generous with the sharing of photos and videos of the goings on at Demonland (real Demonland not this joint). 

I think they've still got a long way to go 'Demonland'...

They might have stepped up a bit in 2019 but it's from a very low base.

It's not that hard...

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I reckon the Maroochydore training camp coverage on the MFC site has gone backwards this year compared to the last couple of years. we used to get good write ups about the whole squad of players and training reports. but we don't seem to get much of that now, besides some gallery photos and short videos.

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Thanks for all the reports. Very pleased that Jeffy is up and about and hope he has a good year. 

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2 hours ago, Demon Dude said:

I reckon the Maroochydore training camp coverage on the MFC site has gone backwards this year compared to the last couple of years. we used to get good write ups about the whole squad of players and training reports. but we don't seem to get much of that now, besides some gallery photos and short videos.

Really? with all the insta stories from the club and the players I honestly feel like I was there with them lol

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2 hours ago, Demon Dude said:

I reckon the Maroochydore training camp coverage on the MFC site has gone backwards this year compared to the last couple of years. we used to get good write ups about the whole squad of players and training reports. but we don't seem to get much of that now, besides some gallery photos and short videos.

I'm with you DD.  While a lot on here used to get stuck in to Burgo's efforts, I enjoyed his Maroochydore diary entries.  Gave you a bit of a personal background in to some players/staff through music/movie tastes, etc.  None of it would win a Walkley, but for light reading about the club I love it was fine.

Definitely think it has dropped off this year.

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I don't have much of an opinion on it, however my Brother thinks the coverage has been poor and certainly inferior to previous years.  I didn't ask his view he just brought it up. 

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On 2/2/2019 at 8:33 PM, Earl Hood said:

I really hope J Smith stays fit and shows his full potential this year. I really think the sky is unlimited for this bloke if all goes right, good height, great leap, very mobile etc. It seems they want him to play forward, hopefully it works this year. 

Joel has impressed me in the past, as you say, with full '...potential...' so it appears that this is starting to really come through with consistency for 2019 and beyond. A full season of adaptation, training and coaching, and this high intensity pre-season and increased understandings combined with heightened familiarity - both with his awarenesses within the Club and in his adaptation to these demands within the game planning amongst his teammates - may well have been the opportunity knocking on the door for him. We have a young star on our hands in this one which we all hope, no doubt,  eventuates starting this coming season. 

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2 hours ago, The Chazz said:

I'm with you DD.  While a lot on here used to get stuck in to Burgo's efforts, I enjoyed his Maroochydore diary entries.  Gave you a bit of a personal background in to some players/staff through music/movie tastes, etc.  None of it would win a Walkley, but for light reading about the club I love it was fine.

Definitely think it has dropped off this year.

I agree that in previous years there has been much more detail in the reporting (Burgo's diaries, etc.).

This year they seem to be pivoting more toward the social media content with Clarry, Viney and co. taking over the instagram account.  Gives an interesting insight into the lives and routines of the players, but much less content and detail than in years gone by.

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17 hours ago, RalphiusMaximus said:

Call me a cynic, but I wonder how many of the rehabbers will suddenly be fully fit once the AFLX draft is out of the way?

You're a cynic.   But I hope you are right.

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