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4 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

Stupid post.

1. There's no way he's still earning a fortune, and if he is that's on our list management. He wouldn't be offered a big contract for next year anyway so it's irrelevant. In fact if he has made a fortune he'll probably play on for less.

2. He epitomises everything about why we still have a football club. He stayed loyal when it would've been so easy to jump off. This year has been a down year for many but plenty are acting like we're still in the Neeld years.

3. Who's the next hopeful he's keeping out? Have a look at the Casey team and find a good player ready to play. There just isn't any. He's currently keeping out Josh Wagner - who's had a stack of chances - and Lewis. If we recruit well and get guys back to fitness then they'll get games ahead of him.

He is our Shane Crawford, do not underestimate his value to the ethos and culture of the Club. I saw Crawford relinquish the Captaincy and struggle at times in his last years and yet play a huge part in the flag that had eluded him. If Jones can still perform at the level he did on Sunday I think he deserves to be part of the team next year and reassess at the end of next year. When Crawford retired after winning the flag the Hawks went on to be a powerhouse for many years and had a fabulous culture. I'm not saying this was all down to Crawford being treated with respect but I would remind all of you how well we have performed after treating well respected players and the Red Fox ruthlessly.

I've yet to see who is proposed to push Jones out of the side on performance and as long as that is the case IMO we stand to lose more than we gain. 

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5 hours ago, The Chazz said:

He has stuck with us when most didn't, has multiple B&Fs to his name and will go down as one of the great clubman of the Melbourne Football Club.

But is he prepared to put the club first for one last time by retiring at the end of the season?  I don't think he will, but I also think that 2019 should be his last.

Why?  He has become a liability.  When he's on the wing, clubs know if they get on his outside that he's got no chance of running anyone down.  If he plays half back flank, the smart half forwards push right up the ground then burn him off when they run the other way.  He's not quick enough to do the half forward role I just talked about.

It's a delicate position that Goody will find himself in.  Jones could break the MFC games record if he goes around again next year, which is quite remarkable when you think about the history of this club.  But is it a selfish achievement given we should be about setting the club up to win premierships rather than personal milestones?

I know I'll most likely be in the minority, but personally, I'm hoping Goody makes the tough call and tells him his time is up.

Not sure calling Nathan Jones 'selfish' and saying he wouldn't 'put the club first' is very accurate or fair.

We need a culture revamp amongst our supporters as much as we do our playing group it seems.

 

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33 minutes ago, The Chazz said:

I'm amazed that people are suggesting that Jones should be played off the half back flank. The game has changed - the days of hiding a slow veteran on a back flank are long gone.

I wouldn't be surprised that the same ones calling for this are the same ones that dont want Lewis picked for the rest of the year because he is a liability now in most parts of the field, and the same people that are complaining that we are a slow team.

Brisbane did ok against us with someone FAR slower than Jones at half back.

 

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4 hours ago, Bitter but optimistic said:

I agree Jones hasn't been at his best this season. He has been unusually inconsistent.  In some matches he has played some very good quarters  but then disappeared. His last couple of weeks have been much better.

He has not been so poor as to deserve dropping and we don't have ready replacements pressuring him.

He is experienced, versatile and always busts his guts for the team.

He will and should play on next year.

If you listen to him in his On the Couch interview I think it is a fair explanation of his up and down statistics.

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He was fine on the weekend.

Don't put him on the wing, he's still a reasonable kick and wasn't as bad as about 2/3 of our side.

We can't get rid of everyone in the off-season and in the right role still offers something.

He'll be playing next year.

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4 hours ago, Matsuo Basho said:

I don’t disagree that he could probably play on for one more season but he has stated that he wants to go on for 2+ more years. You have to have the sensitive conversation with him at some point. He is not a good enough player that he can simply write his own ticket. 

He should be told what Lewis was told this year.  One final season with an understanding that senior footy is no longer guaranteed. 

MFC priority though must be to win games, not assuage egos and give carte blanch to sentiment. I’m sure it will also dawn on Jones if it hasn’t already just how fortunate he has been to do something he loves and make a tidy fortune in the process.

They all have used by dates. Even captains.

one more year - sounds like we all agree then!   [this is weird]

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Jones isn't the problem even though he is in his twilight years.  The most obvious problem is that we have any number of C & D graders who haven't given any real service to the club in terms of standout performances.  And to my eyes they probably never will. 

So 12-15 players could go before Jones and I wouldn't bat an eyelid.  Keep the good players and get rid of the rest - it isn't rocket science.

We've got about 12-15 decent players along with about 5-8 up and comers and that's about it.  And many of those 12-15 decent players have struggled this year (for one reason or another) thus the poor W/L record.  It isn't just the coach or the coaching staff.  We are falling short in a number of areas.

So I would definitely keep Jones around as we are a long long way from having a decent replacement for him.  He is doing ok across half back anyway which is a lot more than can be said about numerous others. 

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8 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

What would Alistair Clarkson do? 

What would Brian Boitano do?

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As a long-term original critic of the Lewis import decision, Jones is more valuable to us onfield now, than Lewis was even in 2017.  At half-back (he has been there 5 minutes), he is already showing something.  Those that are calling for Jones' head now, are probably the same ones that wanted Roos out before his 3rd year (let Goody take over....pant...pant), wanted Frost banished forever in early 2019...

 

My theory is, apart from the simpleton not getting it, is that Froscar has dragged down Frost; and Jonewis has dragged down Jones.

 

 

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On 7/1/2019 at 7:54 PM, Lord Nev said:

Not sure calling Nathan Jones 'selfish' and saying he wouldn't 'put the club first' is very accurate or fair.

We need a culture revamp amongst our supporters as much as we do our playing group it seems.

 

Don't think I've actually called Jones selfish.  I did say that it could be a selfish record, mainly because I don't think he should break it (based on where we and he is at).

And I totally agree about a culture revamp among our supporters.  We have many on here preferring to put an individual ahead of team success.  That's the type of culture that was around when Yze, Robertson, Bruce, et al were running around, and look how that helped for the decade after that.  Not sure about you, but I'm still waiting on my first premiership, and I've seen over half my life pass me by without one to date.

I will be very disappointed if Goodwin hasn't spoken to Jones in a way that would indicate that if he plays on next year, that he will be treated equally to all, and with our game plan retiring more pace, that he may start and end the year off at Casey.

On 7/1/2019 at 7:56 PM, Lord Nev said:

Brisbane did ok against us with someone FAR slower than Jones at half back.

 

Hodge has won 4 premierships and is playing an onfield coaching role in a backline full of kids.  I would much rather him in that role than Jones.  Also, let's not forget that the Lions played us on the weekend - hardly any Usain Bolts that he's likely to match up on.  And they have plenty of speed in that side that having one slower player isn't going to hurt them too much.

For Jones to lock in a spot as a half back flank, we need to look at how we structure our backline.  We will generally play, when all fit, 3 talls (May, Lever and Frost), a small (Jetta), and rebounding half backs in Hibberd, Salem and Hore.  We also have Fritsch that can play through there.  If we can secure Ed Langdon from Freo, then we can add him, KK (if he can get his head right) and Baker (who I think has shown a bit) to the list that are capable of playing wing/half back.  Finally we are looking at a list of decent ball users with pace playing in those two positions.

While I acknowledge that injuries are a great concern for many of the names I have listed about, I am thinking about 2020 and hoping that injuries aren't a factor.  With that in mind, my question is, what extra does Jones add to these positions that the other guys don't?  I will potential vomit if someone answers with "loyalty".

Now that I've posted the above, I am starting to ponder what our team would look like right now if we didn't have any injuries.  How many would have Jones in their 22?  I wouldn't.

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9 minutes ago, The Chazz said:

Don't think I've actually called Jones selfish.  I did say that it could be a selfish record, mainly because I don't think he should break it (based on where we and he is at).

And I totally agree about a culture revamp among our supporters.  We have many on here preferring to put an individual ahead of team success.  That's the type of culture that was around when Yze, Robertson, Bruce, et al were running around, and look how that helped for the decade after that.  Not sure about you, but I'm still waiting on my first premiership, and I've seen over half my life pass me by without one to date.

I will be very disappointed if Goodwin hasn't spoken to Jones in a way that would indicate that if he plays on next year, that he will be treated equally to all, and with our game plan retiring more pace, that he may start and end the year off at Casey.

Hodge has won 4 premierships and is playing an onfield coaching role in a backline full of kids.  I would much rather him in that role than Jones.  Also, let's not forget that the Lions played us on the weekend - hardly any Usain Bolts that he's likely to match up on.  And they have plenty of speed in that side that having one slower player isn't going to hurt them too much.

For Jones to lock in a spot as a half back flank, we need to look at how we structure our backline.  We will generally play, when all fit, 3 talls (May, Lever and Frost), a small (Jetta), and rebounding half backs in Hibberd, Salem and Hore.  We also have Fritsch that can play through there.  If we can secure Ed Langdon from Freo, then we can add him, KK (if he can get his head right) and Baker (who I think has shown a bit) to the list that are capable of playing wing/half back.  Finally we are looking at a list of decent ball users with pace playing in those two positions.

While I acknowledge that injuries are a great concern for many of the names I have listed about, I am thinking about 2020 and hoping that injuries aren't a factor.  With that in mind, my question is, what extra does Jones add to these positions that the other guys don't?  I will potential vomit if someone answers with "loyalty".

Now that I've posted the above, I am starting to ponder what our team would look like right now if we didn't have any injuries.  How many would have Jones in their 22?  I wouldn't.

Well said Chazz

i too am waiting for the elusive 13th

Whether Jones plays 300 games is of small interest. I would have retired him after 2016 if it was up to me. 

We always keep our older players too long

(one of the many MFC problems)

our older players have achieved what???

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Well said Chazz

i too am waiting for the elusive 13th

Whether Jones plays 300 games is of small interest. I would have retired him after 2016 if it was up to me. 

We always keep our older players too long

(one of the many MFC problems)

our older players have achieved what???

 

 

From the outside looking in it's very hard to tell what they contribute in an on-field & off-field capacity. For example, back in  2007-2008 , when off-field, James MacDonald was a ray of sunshine that kept the spirit around the club up; quite different to his ferocious demeanour on-field.

As far as  Nathan and 300 games go, it shouldn't be something the club 'gets him to'. If he gets there it should be on merit only. 300 games or not, he's carved out an impressive career.

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7 minutes ago, TRIGON said:

From the outside looking in it's very hard to tell what they contribute in an on-field & off-field capacity. For example, back in  2007-2008 , when off-field, James MacDonald was a ray of sunshine that kept the spirit around the club up; quite different to his ferocious demeanour on-field.

As far as  Nathan and 300 games go, it shouldn't be something the club 'gets him to'. If he gets there it should be on merit only. 300 games or not, he's carved out an impressive career.

We have to get over just holding the spirit of the club together. 

That is one of our major problems

Junior was a great servant, but his time was up as a major contributor 

I want sustained success at the top of the ladder, then we celebrate great careers, as we did decades ago under Norm’s reign. 

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3 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

We have to get over just holding the spirit of the club together. 

That is one of our major problems

Junior was a great servant, but his time was up as a major contributor 

I want sustained success at the top of the ladder, then we celebrate great careers, as we did decades ago under Norm’s reign. 

SWYL, this is the exact thing that has been lost over time.  I agree (from an outsider looking in) that the moving on of Junior was appalling.  The reality is though, his contribution in his final year had gone backwards, and added to that was his body letting him down.

Even though there are different people in charge now, I personally believe the club has a great opportunity to prove they have learnt from that mistake by the way they could handle the Jones situation.  Tap him on the shoulder, do it respectfully, and he'll end a brilliant MFC career at the end of this season.  He aint going to get any faster next year, yet the position he will be playing will require him to.

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1 minute ago, The Chazz said:

SWYL, this is the exact thing that has been lost over time.  I agree (from an outsider looking in) that the moving on of Junior was appalling.  The reality is though, his contribution in his final year had gone backwards, and added to that was his body letting him down.

Even though there are different people in charge now, I personally believe the club has a great opportunity to prove they have learnt from that mistake by the way they could handle the Jones situation.  Tap him on the shoulder, do it respectfully, and he'll end a brilliant MFC career at the end of this season.  He aint going to get any faster next year, yet the position he will be playing will require him to.

Totally agree. Seeing Jones line up on the MCG Wing earlier this year made me very angry. 

We Members were being treated like fools. 

How do you exit a player gracefully?

”time to go mate, we love you and welcome you back  anytime. But your playing days with us have finished....”

We have to be tough and fair. Lewis has 4 Flags under his belt to pass on knowledge,  

Jones has none of that sadly, but life is a tough journey 

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He recently said he wanted to play for a few years. So, if he doesn't have something else lined up post playing, be it studies/ventures etc he won't take kindly to being tapped on the shoulder.

Last year Clarkson told his captain he could see out the last year of his contract and take his chances on senior selection.  Roughy relinquished the captaincy and is playing VFL with good grace and professionalism.  That is what needs to happen with Jones.  A one year contract and games based on form and what is best for the team.  Getting to 300 games is irrelevant.

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4 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

He recently said he wanted to play for a few years. So, if he doesn't have something else lined up post playing, be it studies/ventures etc he won't take kindly to being tapped on the shoulder.

Last year Clarkson told his captain he could see out the last year of his contract and take his chances on senior selection.  Roughy relinquished the captaincy and is playing VFL with good grace and professionalism.  That is what needs to happen with Jones.  A one year contract and games based on form and what is best for the team.  Getting to 300 games is irrelevant.

Let us see how strong the Board and Club really is....

This will give us a very good indication. 

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4 hours ago, The Chazz said:

Don't think I've actually called Jones selfish.  I did say that it could be a selfish record, mainly because I don't think he should break it (based on where we and he is at).

And I totally agree about a culture revamp among our supporters.  We have many on here preferring to put an individual ahead of team success.  That's the type of culture that was around when Yze, Robertson, Bruce, et al were running around, and look how that helped for the decade after that.  Not sure about you, but I'm still waiting on my first premiership, and I've seen over half my life pass me by without one to date.

I will be very disappointed if Goodwin hasn't spoken to Jones in a way that would indicate that if he plays on next year, that he will be treated equally to all, and with our game plan retiring more pace, that he may start and end the year off at Casey.

Hodge has won 4 premierships and is playing an onfield coaching role in a backline full of kids.  I would much rather him in that role than Jones.  Also, let's not forget that the Lions played us on the weekend - hardly any Usain Bolts that he's likely to match up on.  And they have plenty of speed in that side that having one slower player isn't going to hurt them too much.

For Jones to lock in a spot as a half back flank, we need to look at how we structure our backline.  We will generally play, when all fit, 3 talls (May, Lever and Frost), a small (Jetta), and rebounding half backs in Hibberd, Salem and Hore.  We also have Fritsch that can play through there.  If we can secure Ed Langdon from Freo, then we can add him, KK (if he can get his head right) and Baker (who I think has shown a bit) to the list that are capable of playing wing/half back.  Finally we are looking at a list of decent ball users with pace playing in those two positions.

While I acknowledge that injuries are a great concern for many of the names I have listed about, I am thinking about 2020 and hoping that injuries aren't a factor.  With that in mind, my question is, what extra does Jones add to these positions that the other guys don't?  I will potential vomit if someone answers with "loyalty".

Now that I've posted the above, I am starting to ponder what our team would look like right now if we didn't have any injuries.  How many would have Jones in their 22?  I wouldn't.

What a strange comment to say you don't think Jones should break a record because it would be "selfish". Do you honestly think the selection committee that have dropped both Vince and Lewis would treat Jones any differently?

Hodge wasn't competing against any "Usain Bolts"? May is quick and has competed in the grand final sprint, Frost is one of the quickest in the AFL, Baker, Hunt and Salem all run through there and are quick. Find it strange that apparently Jones ruins our backline speed (1 player) but Hodge doesn't have any impact at all on the Lions overall speed (again, 1 player).

The next part of your reply is all what ifs and hypotheticals. Lever is out injured, Jetta is out injured, Hibberd is not 100%, KK is out injured and we don't currently have Langdon, so not sure why you're arguing Jones won't be able to lock in a spot there, when we're dealing with the present situation not an unpredictable future one. No one has said 'Jones has a 22 spot forever'.

What does Jones add? Consistency. He might not be a great player, but you at least know what you'll get and that when called upon you will at least get a consistent effort and performance. That level might not keep him in the team with a better injury list, but again, we're dealing with the present aren't we?

If we ever have absolutely no injuries, absolutely no form issues and absolutely everyone is available, let me know what this magical 'best 22' is that you speak of. In my view, there's rarely such a thing and you need depth on your list, including some mature bodies, to get through any given season.

Some here seem to think people are saying Jones has a reserved spot as long as he likes, but I've not seen anyone here say that.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

He recently said he wanted to play for a few years. So, if he doesn't have something else lined up post playing, be it studies/ventures etc he won't take kindly to being tapped on the shoulder.

Last year Clarkson told his captain he could see out the last year of his contract and take his chances on senior selection.  Roughy relinquished the captaincy and is playing VFL with good grace and professionalism.  That is what needs to happen with Jones.  A one year contract and games based on form and what is best for the team.  Getting to 300 games is irrelevant.

 

2 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Let us see how strong the Board and Club really is....

This will give us a very good indication. 

Why do you guys even doubt this will happen? I don't get it. What players have we kept on too long (age wise) the last 5-6 years?

Both Vince and Lewis saw plenty of VFL time in their last year.

 

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Never classified as 'elite' skill-wise, but the composure and calmness that comes from years of experience are surely reasons for giving Nathan a chance to nail down a spot on the HBF.

Yes, he will struggle to catch a fleet-footed half-forward, but, as contested 'front half' footy these days seems to be 'flavour of the month', Nathan can be relied upon to put his body on the line when required.

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15 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

What a strange comment to say you don't think Jones should break a record because it would be "selfish". Do you honestly think the selection committee that have dropped both Vince and Lewis would treat Jones any differently?

 

Jury is out.

15 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

Hodge wasn't competing against any "Usain Bolts"? May is quick and has competed in the grand final sprint, Frost is one of the quickest in the AFL, Baker, Hunt and Salem all run through there and are quick. Find it strange that apparently Jones ruins our backline speed (1 player) but Hodge doesn't have any impact at all on the Lions overall speed (again, 1 player).

Let's see how Hodge goes when he has some fleet-footed half forward flankers next to him.  Hodgey is smart, he zones off and fills holes.  I'd go far as to saying that Fagan has incorporated the role that Hodge plays in to his game plan.  He's worth his weight in gold on the field and Fagan knows it.

15 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

The next part of your reply is all what ifs and hypotheticals. Lever is out injured, Jetta is out injured, Hibberd is not 100%, KK is out injured and we don't currently have Langdon, so not sure why you're arguing Jones won't be able to lock in a spot there, when we're dealing with the present situation not an unpredictable future one. No one has said 'Jones has a 22 spot forever'.

 

I acknowledged the injuries in paragraph that follows.  Kind of you not to include that.

15 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

What does Jones add? Consistency. He might not be a great player, but you at least know what you'll get and that when called upon you will at least get a consistent effort and performance. That level might not keep him in the team with a better injury list, but again, we're dealing with the present aren't we?

I will give you Jones' consistency.  But are we at a stage where we want a consistent plodder that's toward the end of his career?  How about you set your standards a bit higher.

15 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

If we ever have absolutely no injuries, absolutely no form issues and absolutely everyone is available, let me know what this magical 'best 22' is that you speak of. In my view, there's rarely such a thing and you need depth on your list, including some mature bodies, to get through any given season.

This "magical best 22" is quite clear.  Match committee meeting in the week leading up to Round 1, 2020.  We have a full list to pick from and only 22 spots to fill.  Does Jones' name get picked?  He doesn't for mine.  Calling Jones "depth" is like calling Lewis "depth" this year.  Perhaps I have a different definition of depth, but a player with only weeks left in his career is not depth.  That's what Lewis in in 2019, and Jones will be in 2020.

I have no doubt that Jones will go around again in 2020.  Will I be disappointed if he breaks the games record?  Yes.  It ill mean that he's playing bulk games in the seniors (in 2020) when quite frankly, I think other players should be going past him.  It will say more about the state of our depth and development rather than Jones' ability.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, The Chazz said:

Jury is out.

Let's see how Hodge goes when he has some fleet-footed half forward flankers next to him.  Hodgey is smart, he zones off and fills holes.  I'd go far as to saying that Fagan has incorporated the role that Hodge plays in to his game plan.  He's worth his weight in gold on the field and Fagan knows it.

I acknowledged the injuries in paragraph that follows.  Kind of you not to include that.

I will give you Jones' consistency.  But are we at a stage where we want a consistent plodder that's toward the end of his career?  How about you set your standards a bit higher.

This "magical best 22" is quite clear.  Match committee meeting in the week leading up to Round 1, 2020.  We have a full list to pick from and only 22 spots to fill.  Does Jones' name get picked?  He doesn't for mine.  Calling Jones "depth" is like calling Lewis "depth" this year.  Perhaps I have a different definition of depth, but a player with only weeks left in his career is not depth.  That's what Lewis in in 2019, and Jones will be in 2020.

I have no doubt that Jones will go around again in 2020.  Will I be disappointed if he breaks the games record?  Yes.  It ill mean that he's playing bulk games in the seniors (in 2020) when quite frankly, I think other players should be going past him.  It will say more about the state of our depth and development rather than Jones' ability.

Absolutely agree Hodge is as smart as they come, and would have the edge over Jones in that way when 'making up' for their lack of speed. Would wager Jones has a few steps on Hodge speed wise though. Think the difference is Brisbane have a minuscule injury list and not too many worries form wise, compared to use where the situation on both fronts is dire and Jones has played multiple roles this season to try and cover that, with potential damage to his performance coming from it. That's part of the reason why i think associating the word 'selfish' with him is pretty unfair.

I have high standards, but I also have an understanding of our reality. I did say that Jones would potentially not be playing if the injury list was small and form was reasonable. I'm not saying he's a gun player at this stage of his career.

We didn't have a full list to choose from at the start of next year, I truly hope we do next year, but it's not that much of a common occurrence in footy. You need depth in various ranges IMO, so I see absolutely nothing wrong with Lewis being depth this year and Jones being that next year. I would argue given Jones' changing roles this year he's already classed as depth, yet he's played every available game.

I think it's sad you'll be disappointed if he breaks the games record. You're assuming he'll be playing poorly yet being selected, which I don't think the evidence supports (Vince, Lewis), and given his time with us I think he deserves to be celebrated by supporters if he manages to earn that honour.

 

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16 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

 

Why do you guys even doubt this will happen? I don't get it. What players have we kept on too long (age wise) the last 5-6 years?

Both Vince and Lewis saw plenty of VFL time in their last year.

 

I have followed this Club a lot longer than 5-6 years....

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Just now, Sir Why You Little said:

I have followed this Club a lot longer than 5-6 years....

Think we all have mate, but the point in using that time frame was to keep it relevant to the current club decision makers.

 

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1 minute ago, Lord Nev said:

Think we all have mate, but the point in using that time frame was to keep it relevant to the current club decision makers.

 

Yes i know. But this Club has long form at changing over the list, the wrong way. 

We need to replace about 5-6 players at years end. 

The right players need to be moved on, sentiment must not be a factor

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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