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1- some passion and heart for the contest.  Last night was an embarrassing return to no respect.  Swans rubbed our noses in the dirt and they are rebuilding.  

2- Preuss in.  Spargo out.  Team selections due to no form and no structure have been very puzzling. Preuss needs to be given more time. 

3- run and run and kick long.  Yes sometimes there is no forwards but we go so slow, the opposition simply flood back and strangle us. Keep two forwards inside 50.  At least one capable off marking the footy. Simple stuff. 

4- Kick the goal.  Our goal accuracy is horrible.  Simple shots missed from 20-30 metres in front. 

Plus “ kick the goal”. We overhandballing inside the 50. It’s like no one wants to kick the goal. They are scared to kick it. We try to run by handball to the 10 metre square. Ridiculous strategy!! 

5- lazy footy. Chip kicks 15 metres sideways.  Safe and lazy. Salem. Hibberd.  Viney play it safe and actually slow down movement 

6- Centre square clearances. For a dominant ruckman in Gawn, we LOSE most centre square clearances! Oliver Viney Brayshaw Petracca are all good in the inside

7- forward strategy. Why do our forwards always lead to the pockets. It’s totally stupid.  If you mark it or crumb it, it’s a 10% chance of accuracy. And it’s so easily spiked/punched out of bounds. 

8- stop leaving the opposition with a loose defender. Rance/Grimes, Hurn/McGovern, Rampe/Lloyd, Stewart/Henry. This week it’s likely to be THOMPSON AND Macmillan just sitting back and picking off our sloppy forward 50 entries with no opponent. So many teams rebound out of our defence too easily. They back themselves to win the footy and destroy us with counter attack skill week after week.  Our loose defender has no effect. Man up all over. 

9- 2nd effort running. Too many players handball and kick and stop.  Maybe it’s the turnovers that have led to no confidence in our forward movement.  Good teams , like us in 2018, run in waves and give options.  It’s like having extra players.  Maybe it’s a lack of fitness. Try this at least for the last game. Just try attacking. No matter what the score, our goal should be 15 goals.  

10- play the full quarter and the full ground. Our players switch off too easily. They work for 90% and switch off. It’s costly. It’s the poor handball or poor kick that ruins the run. It’s laziness. The ball is nearly over so we stop. Push hard for 100%. It’s all a laugh and giggle sometimes.  We are not ready in the first 2-3 minutes or the 25 minute onwards. We concede so many goals at the start and end of the quarter. Goody should be screaming “switch on” about 100 times a game. 

Give us something this week. Our year has been embarrassing. Really destroying our faithful and loyal members and supporters. 

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Summary: the players don't know what they're doing and are led by coaches who either also don't know, or do know and can't teach it

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It will be a thrashing if they turn up like last night.

Completely unwatchable footy.

Brown 8 goals Cunnington 45 disposals 

Melbourne 5 goals 22 behinds

Jones o tackles

Viney 4 holding the ball free kicks and so it goes

Oliver 35 possentions for zero metres gained

Stretch  world record clanger total

 

 

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10 things!  I'm just hoping for ONE. That i don't see this AGAIN...

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Just show up & give us something to friggin hang our hat on over summer. Big game from Frisch or Petty maybe. 

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2 minutes ago, wizardinoz said:

Just show up & give us something to friggin hang our hat on over summer. Big game from Frisch or Petty maybe. 

Did I miss something with the selections last week? Why was Petty dropped, and is it likely he will be an in for next week?

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Aside from culture, character and coaching issues we don’t do cold, wet, windy and general miserable weather. That’s the likely game day scenario. I expect another response like Roo’s last game as coach against Geelong. A 100 point thrashing is not out of the question.

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1 hour ago, Kent said:

It will be a thrashing if they turn up like last night.

Completely unwatchable footy.

Brown 8 goals Cunnington 45 disposals 

Melbourne 5 goals 22 behinds

Jones o tackles

Viney 4 holding the ball free kicks and so it goes

Oliver 35 possentions for zero metres gained

Stretch  world record clanger total

 

 

Funny, but sadly very true.

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Montagna summed it up.

“One of the things I’m most disappointed about with Melbourne over the last six weeks, we understand the year’s been a write off, there’s been a lot of injuries, they’ve been really disappointing, but the way they’re finishing off this season for me is a sign of a club that they just still don’t get it,” Montagna said on his Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

“They are still a bit naive, because in this game of footy you need to continually strive for excellent and continually improve week… the competition is so hard and so tough, you need to keep improving and getting better.

"I think it looks like to me, this Melbourne team think ‘you know what, this season’s done and dusted, let’s get to the finish line, we’ll be right next year. We’ll just get to pre-season, we’ll get our players back, we’ll be fit and healthy, and we’ll be ok,’ and that just doesn’t cut it at AFL level, it doesn’t happen that way."

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1 minute ago, Fork 'em said:

Montagna summed it up.

“One of the things I’m most disappointed about with Melbourne over the last six weeks, we understand the year’s been a write off, there’s been a lot of injuries, they’ve been really disappointing, but the way they’re finishing off this season for me is a sign of a club that they just still don’t get it,” Montagna said on his Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

“They are still a bit naive, because in this game of footy you need to continually strive for excellent and continually improve week… the competition is so hard and so tough, you need to keep improving and getting better.

"I think it looks like to me, this Melbourne team think ‘you know what, this season’s done and dusted, let’s get to the finish line, we’ll be right next year. We’ll just get to pre-season, we’ll get our players back, we’ll be fit and healthy, and we’ll be ok,’ and that just doesn’t cut it at AFL level, it doesn’t happen that way."

And this is exactly why Jones should not play on.

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3 hours ago, Bombay Airconditioning said:

A farewell game for Lewis and Jones.

Hopefully not the only ones. We have plenty of deadwood.

1 minute ago, Fork 'em said:

Montagna summed it up.

“One of the things I’m most disappointed about with Melbourne over the last six weeks, we understand the year’s been a write off, there’s been a lot of injuries, they’ve been really disappointing, but the way they’re finishing off this season for me is a sign of a club that they just still don’t get it,” Montagna said on his Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

“They are still a bit naive, because in this game of footy you need to continually strive for excellent and continually improve week… the competition is so hard and so tough, you need to keep improving and getting better.

"I think it looks like to me, this Melbourne team think ‘you know what, this season’s done and dusted, let’s get to the finish line, we’ll be right next year. We’ll just get to pre-season, we’ll get our players back, we’ll be fit and healthy, and we’ll be ok,’ and that just doesn’t cut it at AFL level, it doesn’t happen that way."

Bolded for truth. It looks exactly like that. There's plenty of posters on this board that are in line with that thinking as well.

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5 minutes ago, DSP said:

Hopefully not the only ones. We have plenty of deadwood.

Bolded for truth. It looks exactly like that. There's plenty of posters on this board that are in line with that thinking as well.

Nah they're just wrist slashers. We'll be right. We have the team. Goodwin is the man. Etc Etc etc.

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2 hours ago, america de cali said:

Aside from culture, character and coaching issues we don’t do cold, wet, windy and general miserable weather. That’s the likely game day scenario. I expect another response like Roo’s last game as coach against Geelong. A 100 point thrashing is not out of the question.

^^This^^

End of season Tickets are booked. Don’t want to be injured in a moon boot in Bali

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Next week will be an example of the stinking culture of our club if things go the way i, and plenty of the football world expect.

We have an undeniable history of giving up in games when we dont have a chance at finals. We also have a poor recent record of not turning up for games when we HAVE been a chance at making finals.

Collingwood showed us what it means to play for your jumper a couple of years ago by knocking MFC out of the finals, when they had nothing but pride to play for. MFC is likely to bow out without firing a shot. I can see North winning by 15 goals plus, and our team simply not giving a [censored].

Prove me wrong Melbourne.

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If our recent body of work is anything to go by I think we're looking at a loss of similar proportions to the one that saw out Roosy's tenure as coach. Having been in damage limitation mode for much of the season the stress is finally starting to show and it wouldn't surprise me at all if the dam wall finally gives way against North. I'll be concentrating on where I can find the best dark ales and good coffee to drink in town. The game itself will be incidental. 

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Watching the cats. They play my 10 point plan. 

Quick ball movement. 

Holding guys like Andrews, Adams, Hodge accountable in the back half

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Someone to kick 10 on Scott Thompson in his farewell game.

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3 hours ago, ding said:

Next week will be an example of the stinking culture of our club if things go the way i, and plenty of the football world expect.

We have an undeniable history of giving up in games when we dont have a chance at finals. We also have a poor recent record of not turning up for games when we HAVE been a chance at making finals.

Collingwood showed us what it means to play for your jumper a couple of years ago by knocking MFC out of the finals, when they had nothing but pride to play for. MFC is likely to bow out without firing a shot. I can see North winning by 15 goals plus, and our team simply not giving a [censored].

Prove me wrong Melbourne.

Hate to agree with your post, but it’s hard to disagree!

Lets hope to go out with a strong finish!!

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I'm just looking for one thing: For the demons to not be utter garbage!

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Wake up Goodwin

Kangas destroying Power 

How???

Ben Brown is no rocket scientist but his halftime convo with Richo gave us the 3 answers 

1- Goldy is winning the ball out of the middle 

2- we are linking up runners with 2 or 3 runners and then a kick THOROUGH THE CORRIDOR (hello simpletons)

3- forwards have space AS THE BALL IS COMING IN QUICK

(Power also kicking to Tarrant and Thompson  - see point 8 of what not to do)  

Goodwin.  Listen now. 

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7 hours ago, Fork 'em said:

Montagna summed it up.

“One of the things I’m most disappointed about with Melbourne over the last six weeks, we understand the year’s been a write off, there’s been a lot of injuries, they’ve been really disappointing, but the way they’re finishing off this season for me is a sign of a club that they just still don’t get it,” Montagna said on his Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

“They are still a bit naive, because in this game of footy you need to continually strive for excellent and continually improve week… the competition is so hard and so tough, you need to keep improving and getting better.

"I think it looks like to me, this Melbourne team think ‘you know what, this season’s done and dusted, let’s get to the finish line, we’ll be right next year. We’ll just get to pre-season, we’ll get our players back, we’ll be fit and healthy, and we’ll be ok,’ and that just doesn’t cut it at AFL level, it doesn’t happen that way."

Hes' dead right, it's that mindset that killed us dead this season, "We almost made a GF, it's all just gonna happen automatically for us next season". Weak as [censored] this club, I've got no faith at all in this list and especially the coaches.

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7 hours ago, Fork 'em said:

Montagna summed it up.

“One of the things I’m most disappointed about with Melbourne over the last six weeks, we understand the year’s been a write off, there’s been a lot of injuries, they’ve been really disappointing, but the way they’re finishing off this season for me is a sign of a club that they just still don’t get it,” Montagna said on his Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

“They are still a bit naive, because in this game of footy you need to continually strive for excellent and continually improve week… the competition is so hard and so tough, you need to keep improving and getting better.

"I think it looks like to me, this Melbourne team think ‘you know what, this season’s done and dusted, let’s get to the finish line, we’ll be right next year. We’ll just get to pre-season, we’ll get our players back, we’ll be fit and healthy, and we’ll be ok,’ and that just doesn’t cut it at AFL level, it doesn’t happen that way."

Absolutely spot on. We’re still the same old Melbourne with a rotten culture. Even though a team is having a poor year you can still find a reason to respect them, for Melbourne I have none anymore. They just roll over, it’s pathetic. 

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