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A great interview with Robbo who has been underestimated as a player. Not getting an All Australian after a 73 goal year as a small forward was a travesty - all at the hands of that turncoat Gerard Healey. Mind you, he was responsible for one of the biggest brain farts I can remember - after marking in the goal square, he Played on and tried to kick the goal whilst flat on his back. Sometimes he was too much the show pony. 

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Close to my best football memory.

I posted the following not long after i first started posting on Demonland way back in 2011 (by the by it was in response to a fantastic post from Whispering Jack about the wiz - well worth a re read):

 

I will never forget the game Farmer mentioned by WJ where he kicked 9.1 (so close to perfection) in the second half against the maggies. One of my all time favourite footy watching moments, perhaps even my fav

I was sitting at the top of the Ponsford Stand (city end) and there was a magpie fan in front of me who in the first half was absolutely giving it to Farmer. All half he was bagging him whenever he went near it. His vitriol tipped over into mindless racist drivel. I think he must have thought himself quite witty as his insults were along the lines of "typical, always looking for a handout", "hoping for easy welfare" and other such rubbish. The fella was absolutely relentless and as Farmer barely got a kick in that first half he had plenty of opportunities to have a go at him.

What made it worse was he was with his son, who was probably no older than about 9 or so. It was for this reason that i elected not to say anything (and a sense that it would have been pointless and perhaps he was trying to provoke something), as there would have been some sort of confrontation and more than likely violence. That said i really i struggled throughout the first half not to say anything to him and with the tension of thinking i should.

Well Farmer answered such rubbish in the best possible way. 9 goals in a half of footy and it could have easily have been 10. Awesome. With each goal i was able to go wild for the Wiz and was able to "respond" to the dill without ever having to do so directly. I yelled out stuff like "that's it Jeff, do it all yourself, go hard", "you don't need any easy frees or handouts from the umps" etc etc.

As the Whiz lined up for his 9th at about the 15 min mark of the last this fella (having barely said a word, little lone an insult, since about half way through the 3rd quarter) slinked off, leaving his son with a mate of his (who funnily enough had not at any stage yelled out any abuse). He was a beaten man. The Whiz had seen to that. There had been no violence and perhaps his son had learnt a lesson. A great day and a great talent.

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My kids And I loved him. What a wonderful memory...!!! Thanks for that.!!!!!!

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3 hours ago, JakovichScissorKick said:

Kozzie will do that on Queens Birthday 2020

i'd love to think so........but i think you are being a tad presumptuous.......he's still a while off afl senior footy

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Everything about the Wizard was just beautiful, except the leaving part but he is a demon legend, perhaps the most popular since Robbie? 

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1 hour ago, daisycutter said:

i'd love to think so........but i think you are being a tad presumptuous.......he's still a while off afl senior footy

May well be. The ox would be close too.

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Does any body know if we are still going to try and get Kobey (little Wiz) to the club still?

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Brilliant year was 2000, after a patchy 6-7 start to the season. We played such an attractive and exciting brand of footy that year. 

When your side kicks 23 goals in a prelim, you’re entitled to think you’re a genuine chance of a flag. A pity we had to play one of the most dominant, it not most dominant team of all time.

Sums up our luck and fortune post 1964.

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Hopefully Kozzie can do similar, leaving a little bit of Uncle Byron like carnage in his wake.

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Loved the Wizard growing up! By far my favourite player and was absolutely heartbroken when he went to Freo.

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The day after my all night 37th Birthday Party

I remember it well. Woke up just before the first bounce to eggs and bacon and Berrocca’s. We were a dam good side that year, after Carlscum thrashed us. 
Pity that Essendrug were unbeatable that year after ‘99

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We were sitting behind the goals at the Punt Road end. Wiz was dragged late in the first half after not getting near it, and really only came back on because Ben Beams broke his collar bone. It was as spectacular a 50 minutes of football I have ever seen, and that includes Gary Ablett Snr!! My best mate was with me, a Collingwood supporter, and in the end even he was yelling to kick it to Farmer!! He missed a relatively simple shot for his 10th.

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Other great Wiz moments for me also include his run down Waverley Park for that great goal, launching of Lyon's shoulders against the Tiges r22 1998, and his 7 goals against the Roos in the PF (when we knew we were on our way for the entire second half).

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2 hours ago, Bendigo Demon said:

It was as spectacular a 50 minutes of football I have ever seen, and that includes Gary Ablett Snr!!

I've never seen a player dominate 2 quarters like Trapper did in the 2nd & 3rd against the Crows in the 2002 SF, that comes pretty close for me BD.

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A couple of days ago, my 10-year old asks me out of nowhere - was Jeff Farmer a good footy player?

Some 90 minutes later, the young fella learned a lesson that will carry him through the rest of his life - never ask Dad open-ended questions about former Melbourne football players.

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On 12/2/2019 at 12:11 PM, deebug said:

Does any body know if we are still going to try and get Kobey (little Wiz) to the club still?

How could that thought - held for some time, now - ever become dormant? We have to get Koby. That is all there is to it; at any price. The whole Club still owes Jeff a great deal for what he produced onfield. 

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23 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

The day after my all night 37th Birthday Party

I remember it well. Woke up just before the first bounce to eggs and bacon and Berrocca’s. We were a dam good side that year, after Carlscum thrashed us. 
Pity that Essendrug were unbeatable that year after ‘99

That year we were an exceptional team; every line, teamwork to perfection - and wasn't White's rucking superb? I still remember the Ox shepherds, holding back multiple opponents regularly to create the 'flow' and 'run-on' for our little blokes. Pin-point Yze, the McDonalds, Rigoni stretching himself, the poetry in footy motion of Leoncelli, Robbo poised to lift the team. It was something very special - and these are just the fringes of that team.

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1 hour ago, Deemania since 56 said:

That year we were an exceptional team; every line, teamwork to perfection - and wasn't White's rucking superb? I still remember the Ox shepherds, holding back multiple opponents regularly to create the 'flow' and 'run-on' for our little blokes. Pin-point Yze, the McDonalds, Rigoni stretching himself, the poetry in footy motion of Leoncelli, Robbo poised to lift the team. It was something very special - and these are just the fringes of that team.

Yes. We came home strong that year. As i mentioned earlier Carlscum beat us by about 96 points i think, early rounds and i think that sparked us up. 
sadly Essendrug were even more sparked up. For the entire 2nd half of the season I knew Essendrug were certainties for the Flag. 
most depressing :( because we would have beaten any other team. 
 

look at Nought in ‘99. Good luck to them, but that was one soft flag. 
But we have to get better, not rely on others faults

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