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16 minutes ago, Jaded said:

He had what 7-8 clearances? He is dominating around the ground. 

He's amazing.  The best ruckman since Simon Madden and there have been some good ones, like Dean Cox.  Grundy is a really good player but he got a lesson today from the big fella. His ability to cover the ground, win his own ball, gain metres and take contested marks is second to none.  His disposal efficiency is down compared to Grundy because he actually gains a lot of metres per game and tends to go long rather than short.

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Got 10 clearances. Ten! Insane. 

Ruck rule changes have really helped him. 

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Best player in the league, and he has the heart of a lion.  Made Grundy look like a nobody (which to be fair he is when compared to Max).

 

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  • Huge game from Max.  A tragedy that our team did little with his great work.  And he had to do a lot of the work himself: 10 clearances.  9 from stoppages.  What were our inside players doing at the stoppages?
  • Wish he would learn to kick for goal.  Not a decider but that last kick went left, again! 
  • Didn't like Buckley diminishing Max's game by saying Grundy played unfit.  Now most reviewers are qualifying Max's achievement by quoting Buckley.  Pumping up Grundy for AA ahead of Max but poor sportsmanship in my book.  They won.  He should have left it at that.

It  is an immense credit to Max that week after week he puts in champion level performances, sees his great work wasted but soldiers on.  Our team are letting him down very badly. 

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The thing I've loved about his season so far is that he's matured even more. Up until late last year, if he got frustrated during a game he would often start belting hitouts in random directions as hard as he could, but that habit has disappeared this year and some of his team mates could learn from that maturity.

 

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On 6/10/2019 at 10:36 PM, Jaded said:

Got 10 clearances. Ten! Insane. 

Ruck rule changes have really helped him. 

Gee  that's incredible! It makes you wonder what the other 4 guys on ball  are doing in the meantime.

Just another example of poor coaching at stoppages and  use of our available talent. I watched Max from the wing all afternoon. It was one of the best individual performances I have witnessed. On a few occasions he was beaten or our on ball brigade fluffed it he went again and again with multiple efforts.

Just was one great performances to witness.

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Hes now 7th in coaches voting (after winning last year) and has 15 votes in the afl.com Brownlow predictor despite playing in just 3 wins.

Best player in the AFL, and whens the last time you could say that about a Demon player (50's, 60's?)

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Posted (edited)

If Max is named AA this season (a certainty unless the selectors are corrupt and/or stupid) he will become our first 3 time AA since Garry Lyon.

 

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2 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Some comments:

  • Huge game from Max.  A tragedy that our team did little with his great work.  And he had to do a lot of the work himself: 10 clearances.  9 from stoppages.  What were our inside players doing at the stoppages?
  • Wish he would learn to kick for goal.  Not a decider but that last kick went left, again! 
  • Didn't like Buckley diminishing Max's game by saying Grundy played unfit.  Now most reviewers are qualifying Max's achievement by quoting Buckley.  Pumping up Grundy for AA ahead of Max but poor sportsmanship in my book.  They won.  He should have left it at that.

It  is an immense credit to Max that week after week he puts in champion level performances, sees his great work wasted but soldiers on.  Our team are letting him down very badly. 

I thought it was pretty poor form of Buckley to make that comment as well. 

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1 hour ago, Petraccattack said:

If Max is named AA this season (a certainty unless the selectors are corrupt and/or stupid) he will become our first 3 time AA since Garry Lyon.

 

It's a moral that Grundy is named

Buckley is a fkwit

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2 hours ago, Kent said:

Gee  that's incredible! It makes you wonder what the other 4 guys on ball  are doing in the meantime.

Just another example of poor coaching at stoppages and  use of our available talent. I watched Max from the wing all afternoon. It was one of the best individual performances I have witnessed. On a few occasions he was beaten or our on ball brigade fluffed it he went again and again with multiple efforts.

Just was one great performances to witness.

He’s the unofficial captain. Leadership by example!  

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Gawn seems to have  his jumper pulled by his opponents very frequently without a free being paid.  MFC should have a chat with the umpiring division.

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2 hours ago, sue said:

Gawn seems to have  his jumper pulled by his opponents very frequently without a free being paid.  MFC should have a chat with the umpiring division.

I challenge anyone to understand free kicks given away in rucking contests.

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Just now, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I challenge anyone to understand free kicks given away in rucking contests.

It's the vibe.

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We have the best player in the game for the first time in 50+ years. Not only that, but he's a ruckman, and rarely is a ruckman at the top of the pile.

And yet, in quintessential Melbourne fashion, it stands for nothing: we are 3-9, have the league's worse forward line, an indifferent backlack, and a midfield that is like a puppy chasing a car: it doesn't know what to do with the ball when it finally gets it.

 

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If Grundy returns to SA, something tells me Darcy Moore can emulate his old man and become an elite ruckman.

Having said that, nothing but full-marks for Gawn who has pushed himself to the limit.  I rated Grundy ahead of Gawn last year, and if Grundy was 100% fit, then that rating has to be questioned.

Gawn has many 10/10's, but does he take enough clunks; does he convert as much as he should; and do all of his possessions count.

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1 hour ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I challenge anyone to understand free kicks given away in rucking contests.

They were clear to me, when there was a ball up at a stoppage and Grundy and Max were holding each other to maintain position, Max would get pinged for holding! Simple really.

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Our best player of the last 20 years.

Coming up to his 3rd All Australian.

 

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11 hours ago, jane02 said:

I thought it was pretty poor form of Buckley to make that comment as well. 

Really dislike a sore winner. If Grundy wasn't fit then he should not have played! Sounded like an excuse to protect his player's reputation. Should have given credit where credit is due instead of pouting about his player being not at his best.

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15 hours ago, Dame Gaga said:

Really dislike a sore winner. If Grundy wasn't fit then he should not have played! Sounded like an excuse to protect his player's reputation. Should have given credit where credit is due instead of pouting about his player being not at his best.

Correct. 

The club made no excuses for Gawn in round 1 after he was hospitalized with an infection just days before the game. In fact nobody knew about it until after the game when some journo wrote it up. 

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Max now second in The Age player of the year behind Grundy, after polling 8 votes  in the win over Freo. Grundy on 77, Gawn 70, Tim Kelly 68 and Fyfe on 60. I'm tipping Max to run big Brodie down if we can put a few wins together in the last 9 games.  Looks like two rucks in the AA team again this year.

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