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22 hours ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

You'll get no argument from me in regards to that Grr-owl. Not when it comes at the price of the air we breathe and the water we drink. If the wish to bring China to heel is authentic then maybe it's time to stop the political posturing and start weaning ourselves off the container ships full of [email protected] they produce but none of us really need. 

Damn right. If there's one thing I've learned from isolation it's that my needs are much smaller than I used to think. My family is closer, I'm getting more work done, I'm less stressed, I'm spending less and saving more, I'm healthier... The other day I ventured outside and gazed fascinated at my car, wondering why I needed that expensive but largely useless transport device. I guess I have come to the conclusion that this life is better.

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On 6/8/2020 at 10:28 AM, Lord Nev said:

Nah, I wouldn't be. I'm more in the marketing and brand areas, not the business development areas. There will be plenty of quality people with the right knowledge looking for supplemental consultancy work going forward though so there's an opportunity there.

Bloody hell Nev. Your own understanding of your ability and honesty in representing it tells me you are the quality  person who can be used by a similarly intelligent broad to help in that supplementary consultancy capacity, even if it's to oversee. I hope you or your company are able to contact the club offering your services. I also believe there will be  plenty of opportunities for such alliances in the changed environment.

Martian may have extrapolated into some interesting political directions but I think there is some reality in the recognition of that change. What development occurs will be impacted by the political impacts on the economy. We are sailing into a recession where there may be some real opportunities to pick up some partnerships by those areas surviving. We have seen a change to the wealth distribution and there are definitely pockets which are bulging and will be able to invest I need a properly presented project.

i have previously asked about Port Melbourne and am encouraged by the detail others here have provided.Docklands is already identified as an expansion zone and it may be that there will be some openings. I note that There is a closed Uber site on one map and that could be just the first closed site.

The MCFC has some powerful branding and image features which i a model sure you would recognise. We have a lot to offer an adventurous partner.

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On 6/7/2020 at 9:27 PM, MyFavouriteMartian said:

 

I understand what your saying,  and I can see how the right-side of politics has been trying hard to lower the cost of labor since the turn of he century,  within Australia...  starting with their idealistic attacks on the wharfies,  and more recently against the CFMEU and also the sellout of the car industry.

These are the Three biggest industries, where organised employees worked and were strongly unionised. 

 

The right wants to get the price of labor down, to counter the rise of Asia in manufacturing.

 

Ironically it was the larger multi nationals who outsourced their manufacturing IT,  and then complete manufacturing bases into China.

 

This has pulled the rug from under the west,  because we now have underemployment and unemployment,  and lack of spending money to buy products locally.  Currently hitting our retail sectors.

Those clever business people wrecked their own Golden Goose.

 

So that was Pre Covid19.

 

Now as we were just recuperating from that GFC...  now its the Virus's turn to reek havoc.

 

I suggest,  that if we go into deep recession around the world,  that here in Aus, we'll return to a financial model more like it was in the 60's.

And I think we will work less hours,  and things will become cheaper,  Re property,  and manufactured goods,  and those clever businessmen will get their wish,  for lower labor costs...  at their own expence.

Under these criteria,  I think people will start to go out and socialise once again,  like they did in the 60's and 70's. 

The idea of building mega wealth,  IMO is over,  and the middle-class will shrink back to where it once was.

I think we are witnessing the end stage of capitalism as its been since the late 80's...  under the auspices of the likes of Rupert,  Thatcher,  Reagan,  and even Keating.

 

Greed has its own cost,  and it will take its toll.

Sell out of the car industry. You mean the American mega companies that put their hands out for billions of the publics money over many decades. Are you sure you should not be on a car racing site MFM.  As for the wharves, have you ever worked there, I have and it was a bludge and rackets factory. CFMEU-see Dan Andrews and who cares who he barracks for... Out of interest he came and was part of a very capitalist minded business family.

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17 hours ago, dpositive said:

Bloody hell Nev. Your own understanding of your ability and honesty in representing it tells me you are the quality  person who can be used by a similarly intelligent broad to help in that supplementary consultancy capacity, even if it's to oversee. I hope you or your company are able to contact the club offering your services. I also believe there will be  plenty of opportunities for such alliances in the changed environment.

Martian may have extrapolated into some interesting political directions but I think there is some reality in the recognition of that change. What development occurs will be impacted by the political impacts on the economy. We are sailing into a recession where there may be some real opportunities to pick up some partnerships by those areas surviving. We have seen a change to the wealth distribution and there are definitely pockets which are bulging and will be able to invest I need a properly presented project.

i have previously asked about Port Melbourne and am encouraged by the detail others here have provided.Docklands is already identified as an expansion zone and it may be that there will be some openings. I note that There is a closed Uber site on one map and that could be just the first closed site.

The MCFC has some powerful branding and image features which i a model sure you would recognise. We have a lot to offer an adventurous partner.

It is a pity we have such a crap record on and off the field over the last half century. 
We are one of the small least successful clubs of the last half century.

Forget Port Melbourne the board is lock on to “the vicinity of the MCG“ . It is goschs paddock or bust.

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3 hours ago, Half forward flank said:

Sell out of the car industry. You mean the American mega companies that put their hands out for billions of the publics money over many decades. Are you sure you should not be on a car racing site MFM.  As for the wharves, have you ever worked there, I have and it was a bludge and rackets factory. CFMEU-see Dan Andrews and who cares who he barracks for... Out of interest he came and was part of a very capitalist minded business family.

Yes I know it was a bludge and that there was corruption.  I worked my life in construction,  and with the ASC&J and BWIU, which turned into the CFMEU.  Mega unions to counter Multi National companies power.

We used the equivalent of waxed baking paper in the toilets,  sometimes you would find news-paper to use,  whilst in the offices they had toilet rolls.

 

This is an example of double standards and treatment of working people who were in a seasonal type of employment.  That was back when wages were cheaper.

It was a disgrace,  and asbestos was not treated with the respect it should have been, and was being added into fibro board (james hardie),  decades after it was known as a powerful carcinogenic.

I witnessed a man coming up on a winch at knock-off time,  from hand digging a pile hole, 1.5Mtrs Dia',  and about 12 mtrs deep... fall back into the hole from the top, and the jack hammer he was bringing up, fell down behind him.  He was to become a quadriplegic.

 

A dangerous industry which had to be brought into line Re safety and conditions.

 

This happened, and the push of the conservative side of world politics started to grow and rebound again in the late 80's,  and continued its rebirth,  we ended up with outsourcing our telephone inquiries to Asia & India,  our manufacturing sector to Sth Korea, then onto China.

We closed suburban bank outlets, etc etc, minimising services and maximizing margins...  for who?  for the shareholders , the few...  at the expense of the people, the community.

 

This all led to a more greedy populous, who was more afraid of losing their gains, than they do their fellow Australians.  Fences went up from a 1.7Mtr fence to a 2.4Mtr fence,  and high front fences with spikes, and outdoor security cameras.

Even gated communities...   reminds me of the Mcc.

 

This is where our so called advancements have delivered us to,  the direction we've all accepted.  And its been the wrong way.  this is the Capitalists way. 

I am Social democrat/small c capitalist.   This fitted well in our community, in the late 60's and the 70's,  thru to the late 80's.

 

We have lost our way, and we area about to pay for this.

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Yes, the Liberals sold out the car industry.  it was a subsidised industry,  which employed thousands directly,  and many more thousands in spinoffs thru small business,  which manufactured parts for the industry.

 

It was a going concern until that greed and selfishness that grew into our community, stopped us thinking about who's hands built the cars we were buying. 

Mostly females and other young families,  trying to buy a home and have a family, bought cheap smaller Asian cars.   Homes were becoming more expensive.

 

The Asian companies undercut our own car industry,  with our hard won higher wages and conditions, and started to take the market share.  

Thru robotics and higher technology, they grabbed our market and ran away with it,  selling more and more imports into our nation. 

Then the small car concept for females and families,  morphed into large vehicle markets and imported 4wheel drives.

 

Abbott called out GM about its future plans,  after the Liberal federal government had already announced it would not continue to subsidise our local car manufacturing sector.

Abbot sensed with the lack of subsidies, that Holden would follow Fords announcement to leave Australian manufacturing. 

Abbott was happy with GM's announcement to leave,  and basically said to Australia,  "I told you so".

 

BUT,  more to follow.

With Ford and Holden's commitment to leave Australian manufacturing of cars,  Toyota no longer had any reason to stay manufacturing in Australia,  so they followed with their intent to leave, and to Import their cars into Australia.

Great business this, creating more exporting of Australian revenues to Asia.  And more expensive imports coming in.

At the expence of local jobs.

Fantastic balance sheet by the liberals.   

 

They sold out Australian workers, who use their hands to build things, Australian things. 

And... the liberals sold out Australia's World Way 2 veterans,  who came home and went on to build family businesses, only to have them undercut and run out of business by cheap subsidised imports.

Australian Power Steering to name just one.   A fantastic man who built a great Australian business, and who looked after his workforce like they were family.  Undercut after he retired and left his sons in-charge.

 

This story is repeated over and over again.

 

The Liberals sold out my Uncle,  in all these ideals of theirs. 

My Uncle risked his life, paddling a kayak across Sth East-Asia,  under cover of dark,  to help bring the Japanese invaders to their knees.

They undercut my WW2 veteran father,  who fought in the Jungles of New Guinea,  who had a large chunk cut away from his back, by Artillery shrapnel. 

He who worked in the Construction industry,  and got me started there.

 

Real Australians.   Who built what was an Egalitarian Australia. 

 

It has all been pulled apart,  by the greed of the current Big 'C' Capitalism. 

 

Homes are too expensive, and should not be an investment, nor a commodity.   They should just be a home.   Negative gearing is the work of the dark side..

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43 minutes ago, MyFavouriteMartian said:

Yes I know it was a bludge and that there was corruption.  I worked my life in construction,  and with the ASC&J and BWIU, which turned into the CFMEU.  Mega unions to counter Multi National companies power.

We used the equivalent of waxed baking paper in the toilets,  sometimes you would find news-paper to use,  whilst in the offices they had toilet rolls.

 

This is an example of double standards and treatment of working people who were in a seasonal type of employment.  That was back when wages were cheaper.

It was a disgrace,  and asbestos was not treated with the respect it should have been, and was being added into fibro board (james hardie),  decades after it was known as a powerful carcinogenic.

I witnessed a man coming up on a winch at knock-off time,  from hand digging a pile hole, 1.5Mtrs Dia',  and about 12 mtrs deep... fall back into the hole from the top, and the jack hammer he was bringing up, fell down behind him.  He was to become a quadriplegic.

 

A dangerous industry which had to be brought into line Re safety and conditions.

 

This happened, and the push of the conservative side of world politics started to grow and rebound again in the late 80's,  and continued its rebirth,  we ended up with outsourcing our telephone inquiries to Asia & India,  our manufacturing sector to Sth Korea, then onto China.

We closed suburban bank outlets, etc etc, minimising services and maximizing margins...  for who?  for the shareholders , the few...  at the expense of the people, the community.

 

This all led to a more greedy populous, who was more afraid of losing their gains, than they do their fellow Australians.  Fences went up from a 1.7Mtr fence to a 2.4Mtr fence,  and high front fences with spikes, and outdoor security cameras.

Even gated communities...   reminds me of the Mcc.

 

This is where our so called advancements have delivered us to,  the direction we've all accepted.  And its been the wrong way.  this is the Capitalists way. 

I am Social democrat/small c capitalist.   This fitted well in our community, in the late 60's and the 70's,  thru to the late 80's.

 

We have lost our way, and we area about to pay for this.

- - - - - - - -

Yes, the Liberals sold out the car industry.  it was a subsidised industry,  which employed thousands directly,  and many more thousands in spinoffs thru small business,  which manufactured parts for the industry.

 

It was a going concern until that greed and selfishness that grew into our community, stopped us thinking about who's hands built the cars we were buying. 

Mostly females and other young families,  trying to buy a home and have a family, bought cheap smaller Asian cars.   Homes were becoming more expensive.

 

The Asian companies undercut our own car industry,  with our hard won higher wages and conditions, and started to take the market share.  

Thru robotics and higher technology, they grabbed our market and ran away with it,  selling more and more imports into our nation. 

Then the small car concept for females and families,  morphed into large vehicle markets and imported 4wheel drives.

 

Abbott called out GM about its future plans,  after the Liberal federal government had already announced it would not continue to subsidise our local car manufacturing sector.

Abbot sensed with the lack of subsidies, that Holden would follow Fords announcement to leave Australian manufacturing. 

Abbott was happy with GM's announcement to leave,  and basically said to Australia,  "I told you so".

 

BUT,  more to follow.

With Ford and Holden's commitment to leave Australian manufacturing of cars,  Toyota no longer had any reason to stay manufacturing in Australia,  so they followed with their intent to leave, and to Import their cars into Australia.

Great business this, creating more exporting of Australian revenues to Asia.  And more expensive imports coming in.

At the expence of local jobs.

Fantastic balance sheet by the liberals.   

 

They sold out Australian workers, who use their hands to build things, Australian things. 

And... the liberals sold out Australia's World Way 2 veterans,  who came home and went on to build family businesses, only to have them undercut and run out of business by cheap subsidised imports.

Australian Power Steering to name just one.   A fantastic man who built a great Australian business, and who looked after his workforce like they were family.  Undercut after he retired and left his sons in-charge.

 

This story is repeated over and over again.

 

The Liberals sold out my Uncle,  in all these ideals of theirs. 

My Uncle risked his life, paddling a kayak across Sth East-Asia,  under cover of dark,  to help bring the Japanese invaders to their knees.

They undercut my WW2 veteran father,  who fought in the Jungles of New Guinea,  who had a large chunk cut away from his back, by Artillery shrapnel. 

He who worked in the Construction industry,  and got me started there.

 

Real Australians.   Who built what was an Egalitarian Australia. 

 

It has all been pulled apart,  by the greed of the current Big 'C' Capitalism. 

 

Homes are too expensive, and should not be an investment, nor a commodity.   They should just be a home.   Negative gearing is the work of the dark side..

As always please just tell me a country where your style of Governement ever worked. And dont say Australia in the past because you have alrerady cancelled that out in your essay.

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16 minutes ago, Half forward flank said:

As always please just tell me a country where your style of Governement ever worked. And dont say Australia in the past because you have alrerady cancelled that out in your essay.

Capitalism has grown into Big 'C',   under the term of credit in western society.

Which is now entering its ending.   End of the credit section. building on spec which hangs its ha on growth growth and growth. Without credit,  this style of Capitalism cannot survive.

 

Those long viewed visionaries of the Big'C',   shot themselves in their own foot,  whilst their 6 shooter was holstered.

And in doing so has slaughtered everything achieved by the real quiet Australians,  who went thru Polio, the 2nd WW,  and built this country.

Only for the late baby boomers & their kids, to wreck it overnight.

 

Everyone (liberal minded)  wanted to follow America's model... keep em lean and make em mean and hungry.  Keep them slaving away all their life, for little,  Or they can live in the gutter.  with no health care.

'King of the Castle' stuff.

 

Well the liberals are trying it again to force down the cost of labor.  following the American model.  with their work visas, attacks on workers rights and conditions. awards etc.

They want the burden carried on workers on wages backs. instead of sharing the load. 

One of their latest new catchphrase of the past 10 years is  "taxpayers money".

 

Not calling it as it should be >>>  Australia's revenue.

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MFM   Glory days of old. 

Dees were winning plenty of flags, The average supporter had sub standard facilities, women were not allowed to participate in the game. Thugs and bash artists ruled suburban grounds. TV replays only showed the last quarter of games which rarely featured Melbourne anyway.  The Queen was adored, even came to a game at Arctic park, women were in the kitchen, domestic violence was rampant, migrants copped abuse. Oh the glory of it all. You need to speak with some of our wonderful young people and young demon supporters to get some optimism. i am sure it would do you good. 

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4 hours ago, MyFavouriteMartian said:

Capitalism has grown into Big 'C',   under the term of credit in western society.

Which is now entering its ending.   End of the credit section. building on spec which hangs its ha on growth growth and growth. Without credit,  this style of Capitalism cannot survive.

 

Those long viewed visionaries of the Big'C',   shot themselves in their own foot,  whilst their 6 shooter was holstered.

And in doing so has slaughtered everything achieved by the real quiet Australians,  who went thru Polio, the 2nd WW,  and built this country.

Only for the late baby boomers & their kids, to wreck it overnight.

 

Everyone (liberal minded)  wanted to follow America's model... keep em lean and make em mean and hungry.  Keep them slaving away all their life, for little,  Or they can live in the gutter.  with no health care.

'King of the Castle' stuff.

 

Well the liberals are trying it again to force down the cost of labor.  following the American model.  with their work visas, attacks on workers rights and conditions. awards etc.

They want the burden carried on workers on wages backs. instead of sharing the load. 

One of their latest new catchphrase of the past 10 years is  "taxpayers money".

 

Not calling it as it should be >>>  Australia's revenue.

I made a soap box for swyl, do you want one as well.

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3 hours ago, Hogan2014 said:

Not sure why having the MCG close by is an issue? There are as there are 3 other tenants also using this as their home ground ..  Sure we have history but we can’t train on it. 

I think it's more to do with the fact that we were born out of the MCC. We are not tied to any one suburb like all other clubs, we are effectively the MCGFC.

But i agree, if we aren't able to train on it, there's little point besides the romanticism to keep us within a stones throw of the G.

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Hello fellow travellers.

Had to spend a couple of days in the city while friend attended funeral and I had a small plaster repair job to attend to.

Boral Nth Melb depot is closed due to some rail project and the only place with stock of 90cm Cove cornice within reasonable proximity was the head office in Port Melbourne. They were not used to n

handling the quantity i required but were able to stifle their humour long enough to obtain the single stick I needed.

I did use the opportunity to cruise around "The Port" and found an amazing space. If you haven't been down there get down andhave a look around. The pPort ground is a compact ground surrounded by buildings and doesn't have a lot of options 

BUT

There a a few very large sites including an aircraft sized hanger for lease. There's still plenty os space with established large businesses and a lot of smaller industrial sites. Melbourne university and Melbourne Grammar have sites including the Edwin Flack running track. The HWT overlooks the old GMH testing grounds which has prttye impressive banks and sme apparent lighting. Looks like plenty of room for development.For balance the CFMEU office is strategically located and they advertise at the Port ground.

The government wantts to open up this area and a boutique community stadium and entertainment venue would fit very nicely amongst the residential and business park sectors.

If MFC isn't looking at This area of Melbourne they should be alerted to its potential. If there are any demonland reader she with any influence at Board level please get them to have a god hard look. 

I would be interested in comments from people like Nev who has good corporate judgement and even the Martian who seems to have local knowledge, but please get down and have a look. It might not be the MCG but its closer than Casey with historic links to the city.

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The country and state are going into massive debt to get through Co-vid, I'm sure giving AFL clubs large sums of cash for training facilities is extreme low on their priority list.  Unless of course your are Geelong/Hawthorn or Collingwood.  Giving Melbourne money won't win anybody an election or even a seat at Federal or State level and that is all it is about.

 

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23 minutes ago, drdrake said:

The country and state are going into massive debt to get through Co-vid, I'm sure giving AFL clubs large sums of cash for training facilities is extreme low on their priority list.  Unless of course your are Geelong/Hawthorn or Collingwood.  Giving Melbourne money won't win anybody an election or even a seat at Federal or State level and that is all it is about.

 

Good point. Maybe there's a local politician who can see the numbers that will be available.Probably a labor seat that may need the numbers

 

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2 hours ago, dpositive said:

 

BUT

There a a few very large sites including an aircraft sized hanger for lease. There's still plenty os space with established large businesses and a lot of smaller industrial sites. Melbourne university and Melbourne Grammar have sites including the Edwin Flack running track. The HWT overlooks the old GMH testing grounds which has prttye impressive banks and sme apparent lighting. Looks like plenty of room for development.For balance the CFMEU office is strategically located and they advertise at the Port ground.

The government wantts to open up this area and a boutique community stadium and entertainment venue would fit very nicely amongst the residential and business park sectors.

If MFC isn't looking at This area of Melbourne they should be alerted to its potential. If there are any demonland reader she with any influence at Board level please get them to have a god hard look. 

I would be interested in comments from people like Nev who has good corporate judgement and even the Martian who seems to have local knowledge, but please get down and have a look. It might not be the MCG but its closer than Casey with historic links to the city.

That entire Fishermen's Bend area is all under control of the Government and big developers. I've always thought we could merge with Melbourne Grammar who surely can't use their facility much during school hours but carving out a chunk of the development otherwise would be very hard to do. 

There's all sorts of stuff available online if you've got the skills to comb through what is and isn't locked in.

 

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3 hours ago, drdrake said:

The country and state are going into massive debt to get through Co-vid, I'm sure giving AFL clubs large sums of cash for training facilities is extreme low on their priority list.  Unless of course your are Geelong/Hawthorn or Collingwood.  Giving Melbourne money won't win anybody an election or even a seat at Federal or State level and that is all it is about.

 

No, they want to get jobs up and going for,  employment, employment, employment.

 

Recession time is THE Time,  for governments to spend up on getting infrastructure going.

But they want shovel ready,  as the first-in,  first-served.

 

IF.... we had already had things simmering on the back-burner with plans drawn up,  we would be right in the box seat.

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3 hours ago, MyFavouriteMartian said:

No, they want to get jobs up and going for,  employment, employment, employment.

 

Recession time is THE Time,  for governments to spend up on getting infrastructure going.

But they want shovel ready,  as the first-in,  first-served.

 

IF.... we had already had things simmering on the back-burner with plans drawn up,  we would be right in the box seat.

Hey it's not that much of a project brief unless there is no plans for an alternative site .

Detail of our status, potential , relationships do not alter if we are looking at Goschs ,MCG railway or Casey

obviously site acquisition would require research and I am sure the govt has already comprehensive reports of anticipated populations etc.

with an assurance of established partners these projects can be produced.

MFC has surely enough partners who can realise such a project.  We have been requesting it for a long time.

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14 hours ago, dpositive said:

Hey it's not that much of a project brief unless there is no plans for an alternative site .

Detail of our status, potential , relationships do not alter if we are looking at Goschs ,MCG railway or Casey

obviously site acquisition would require research and I am sure the govt has already comprehensive reports of anticipated populations etc.

with an assurance of established partners these projects can be produced.

MFC has surely enough partners who can realise such a project.  We have been requesting it for a long time.

I think we would have the partners to help... but we should have already had been meeting,  to workout the requirements and layouts of buildings for  Admin;  Footy dept;  Training and Medical rooms;  Board room;  Function rooms and cafe/kitchen amenity.

 

The requirements of what the club would need now,  and how they could be rearranged for different sites. prior to final decisions on a location.

That would have been a shortcut to being almost shovel ready,  and the Pre Design plans and engineering concepts.

 

The thing is,  I don't think we've done anything more than just chatting about,  and possibly looked at Yarra Park north,  and may have had some concept sketches drawn,  that would be my guess.

I feel that the club thinks its too far off, and never really gets serious about it.

 

Port wold work but only n competition with Casey fields. which we already have.  Unless we want to undo our alignment which ci think would e another back step as we are so far down the path with them now. 

We went to Casey because its a whole region of new growth, and we do need that.

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We have to have our presence at Godsch's;..    And we certainly can fit two ovals on that space,  if we send the rectangular stadium up the street,  or across the road to the Clay tennis court site, with minor modifications to fit the Storm's playing surface over there.

We are Mad,  if we do not snap up Gosch's for ourselves,  and it will, (with 2 ovals) leave eddies single oval venture in our wake.

It gives us Prominence,  Exposure from Rail and from Freeway and Punt Rd;  it gives us the easiest access to our Hub. Via these same transport essentials,  and and easy access to the Mcg.

It will help us to regrow our supporter base from the exposure and ease of attendance. and also for the same reasons will give us some cash flow from attendances,  and to our clubs store front.

 

We are already working-out on the best piece of real estate to suit us,  and we don't seem to realise its potential;  because it seems no-one can visualise the concept and its structures.

And also some existing supporters just have never adopted the idea of Casey.  I think there is a certain snobbery with this,  and also a lazy reluctance to being prepared to travel, to our 2nds side.

These types just don't want anything to change at all.   Even if we die because of it, after they pass.

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    THE VFL YEAR THAT NEVER WAS by KC from Casey

    The rising case numbers and the continuing lockdowns in Victoria and NSW spelled doom for the 2021 VFL season which went through a slow, painful demise before its recent official cancellation. After weeks of indecision, the AFL decided to pull the plug on the season with the 10-0 Bulldogs recognised as minor premier, but without a premiership cup and without awarding the J.J. Liston Medal for the best and fairest VFL player. It was somewhat fortuitous for the integrity of the competition t

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    TAMING THE LIONS by George On The Outer

    With nine finals debutants in the side, the Melbourne Football Club had a daunting assignment ahead of it in the First Qualifying Final — to overcome the competition’s highest scoring side, the Brisbane Lions. In the end, the Demons accomplished the task by putting the bite on their opponents on their way to taming the Lions and recording a 33 point win that propelled them into one the two Preliminary Finals of 2021.   It was one of those debutants, Luke Jackson, who put the bite in more

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    RETURN TO NEVERLAND by Whispering Jack

    The greatest Demon A HIGHWAY OF DEMONS by Whispering Jack CHAPTER SIXTEEN - RETURN TO NEVERLAND  I have a six year old grandson who recently took up the family tradition of following the Demons. He had his first taste of the game a few years ago when he went to the “G” with his parents to watch the 107-point massacre of Carlton and he went to another game in the following season which was also a W for the Dees. But his appetite for the club has grown exponentially this year and wh

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    METAMORPHOSIS by Whispering Jack

    I’ve always believed that when the home and away matches come to an end, the football season takes on a completely different shape and character. During the regular season, each team’s goals progress as the weeks pass and if you’re good enough to survive and make the grade, the situation changes. The comparison can be made with the life cycle of a butterfly going through stages from egg to larva to caterpillar, cocoon and in the end to a bright and colourful creature that emerges from darkness i

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    STEALING THE CATS’ CREAM by George On The Outer

    They were leading by 44 points well into the third quarter of a game to decide the minor premier, having kicked nine unanswered goals. The Cats were about to lap up their bowl of cream, dreaming of next week but the Demons led by Max Gawn had other ideas. In a stunning finish, they stole the game from under them to claim the plaudits as best team and top of ladder position. In a remarkable game, it all came down to Max having to kick the winning goal after the final siren, something which s

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    SKIN THE CATS by Whispering Jack

    The task ahead for the Demons as they wend their way down the Princes Freeway to Geelong on Saturday night will be to skin the Cats. For them to come away with the points from this game would mark an historic occasion for the club as it will finish on top of the ladder for the first time since its last premiership year, 1964. And it was in that year, that a trip to Corio Bay to meet the reigning premiers in Round 12, was one of the catalysts for Melbourne’s surge to the flag. It was a top o

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    REACH FOR THE STARS by George on the Outer

    It was a game of great significance for the Melbourne Football Club. A win would see them keep top spot on the ladder with one round remaining. To achieve top place in the Round for Reach when we are all inspired to “Be Like Jim” and reach for the stars was a great way of honouring one of our heroes. All the better given that it was done by way of an emphatic 41 point win against Adelaide! It is worth remembering that, but for the umpiring mistake in the previous encounter with the Crows, t

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    TICKETS PLEASE by The Oracle

    A lot of water has passed under Princes Bridge in the five years since Melbourne last met Adelaide on the MCG. The Crows were riding high at the time while the Demons were mid-table and scrambling for a win to stay in the race for the finals. The 30,000 fans who had tickets to the game were thoroughly entertained by a close, high scoring affair that ended in tears for fans of the home team. Not even an eight-goal second term could help them.   Times have changed.    In the fi

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    ELECTRIFYING by George On The Outer

    What more can they throw at the Demons of 2021? Covid restrictions, hubs, aircraft circling between airports before landing for games and now a match stopped for 30 minutes to give a flagging opponent its second wind? To date, none of those distractions has swayed the team from their winning objectives. The game against West Coast in Perth can be marked on their report card as another positive outcome after yet another test. There was much at stake for both sides.  Melbourne had t

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    LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY by Whispering Jack

    When the combatants that are due to face off on Monday night at Optus Stadium last met, it was 11 days after the World Health Organization had declared the Covid19 outbreak a global pandemic. In Australia, the first cases had just come to light, including visiting US actors Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, the toilet paper panic was in full flight and the world was starting to reel in anticipation of impending disaster. Half an hour before this last game of the opening round was due to comme

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