Jump to content

  • Podcast: Gary Pert Interview    

  • Podcast LIVE Tonight @ 8:30pm Preview      

POSTGAME: PM02 vs Kangaroos


Demonland
 Share


Recommended Posts

Herald Suns review of the game from a Supercoach perspective. 

MELBOURNE

ANGUS BRAYSHAW ($452,400 MID)

In his first official appearance of the pre-season, Brayshaw started at half-forward, before pushing up to the contest, and had little impact in the first-half.

He failed to attend a centre bounce in the opening two quarters, but after moving to an inside-midfield role the 24-year-old was there at almost every one after halftime, finishing the game as one of the most-influential players on the ground.

TOM SPARROW ($182,500 FWD)

The strong-bodied 19-year-old did start at the first centre-bounce, however, and he was an early standout at the contest for the Demons, going head-to-head with fellow rookie-price option Bonar.

It follows the second-year midfielder’s impressive 77-point performance, on the back of 17 disposals, eight contested possessions and seven tackles in the opening week of Marsh Series action.

TRENT RIVERS ($117,300 DEF-MID)

The Demons had two kick-ins in the first quarter and the 18-year-old draftee took both. And, more importantly for SuperCoaches, played-on twice.

Despite an early turnover in front of goal, as he did for WA last year, Rivers used the ball well from the back-half.

Late in the first term, the classy rebounding-defender took on the man on the mark and opened up the game by finding a teammate in the corridor with a pinpoint 40-metre pass, with the play resulting in a Demons’ shot-at-goal.

KYSAIAH PICKETT ($157,800 FWD)

Despite failing to have a big impact, the excitement machine made North Melbourne defenders nervous and was a threat all game.

Pickett, who almost nailed a left-foot checkside shot for goal from the boundary line in the third quarter, might not be a big SuperCoach scorer in 2020, but he’ll be exciting to watch.

BAYLEY FRITSCH ($413,900 DEF-FWD)

The strong-marking swingman played forward against North Melbourne and starred, presenting strongly on the lead and delivering with precision.

He might be worth some thought in SuperCoach Draft, especially with dual-position status.

TOBY BEDFORD ($123,900 FWD)

Melbourne’s NGA Academy member struggled in his first VFL season last year, but he impressed on Friday morning.

In form reminiscent of his junior career, the 19-year-old’s forward pressure was a highlight as was his long-running goal in the last quarter – his second major for the day.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites


AFL Review of the game https://www.afl.com.au/news/378990/melbourne-midfielder-emerges-unscathed-from-practice-game

90% of the article is about the Dees ?

Interestingly, it says that Gus played the first half in the forward line which may explain why he was quiet and not sighted at center bounces. 

No injuries reported.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Interestingly, it says that Gus played the first half in the forward line which may explain why he was quiet and not sighted at center bounces.

Not too concerned by his first half no show. As per last year, he is lost when not in the middle. His dalliance forward no doubt would've been to give others time in the middle no doubt, as match goers will probably testify.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

22 minutes ago, Reader said:

Appreciate the correction, I remember all the experts telling us we should take Hayden Young ahead of Jackson lol

Well I mean, there’s still plenty of time to see if they were right or not. About three or so years. But let’s do hope they were wrong. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, DeeSpencer said:

Backline: Lockhart the standout, too good for this inbetween VFL/AFL level. Josh Wagner was very solid and took a great mark. Rivers had his moments in the 3rd term, think he's got work to do to get a game but there's something there.

Mids: Was nice to see Baker back and showing some of the upside with pace and some nice kicks. Sparrow and Jordon cracked in all game. Brayshaw a cut above when he got rolling.

Forwards: Impressed by Brown up against some good opponents apart from his bad set shots. Fritsch dropped some easy ones, missed a few shots but always had signs to his class. Kossie had his moments and he clearly has the most class of the 4 smalls who played today. Spargo was very solid all game. Bedford had some awful shots on goal and field kicks but he very much outperformed what I expected with getting involved in the play and smart determined pressuring. 

What's the situation with Joel Smith, Hannan and Petty

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Dee Zephyr said:

 

Anyone know why they were calling O Mac ‘Porter’? 

Pretty sure OMac's nickname is Porterhouse. Brayshaw especially has called him that on social media (for example, the Instagram takeover for team photos).

No idea why.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

56 minutes ago, Dr.D said:

Not sure what game you were watching.  Bradtke got smashed in the ruck. even the vfl fill in did a much better job.

Have you seen Bradtke play previously?

Didn’t say he won the ruck, didn’t compare him to another player... he showed significant improvement vs the games I saw him play last year....

Is he AFL ready to ruck? Not a chance. Not many cat B rookies are.....

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, DemonLad5 said:

Did Lockhart play down back?

He did and was very good again. Looks a likely replacement for Jetta in a few years. In fact, both Lockhart and Rivers look like good long term options in the backline.

  • Like 6
Link to comment
Share on other sites

52 minutes ago, Demon Disciple said:

Not too concerned by his first half no show. As per last year, he is lost when not in the middle. His dalliance forward no doubt would've been to give others time in the middle no doubt, as match goers will probably testify.

Problem is he might have to find a role outside the middle and still be effective, Our starting 3 mids will probably be Viney, Oliver and Petracca. Harmes and Brayshaw will probably only get a gig when one of them is resting 

Edited by Garbo
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, Garbo said:

Problem is he might have to find a role outside the middle and still be effective, Our starting 3 mids will probably be Viney, Oliver and Petracca. Harmes and Brayshaw will probably only get a gig when one of them is resting 

75% game time in the middle for each of 4 is plenty of room for Gus.

The threats to him not playing midfield are:

1. Vanders a better option on ball

2. Melksham playing regular minutes on ball

3. Sparrow as a tagger 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 minutes ago, Garbo said:

Problem is he might have to find a role outside the middle and still be effective, Our starting 3 mids will probably be Viney, Oliver and Petracca. Harmes and Brayshaw will probably only get a gig when one of them is resting 

definitely wouldn't have him on a wing, maybe have on a hff? Although Nut has shown a liking at nullifying the opposition and would be my got to in curbing the influence of the opposition's play-maker from half back.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, DeeSpencer said:

On Fritsch - I think he should play to his match up. Obviously played a fair bit deep today as he was the 2nd tallest forward but when he's used as the 3rd or 4th tall option he should aim to exploit the match up. Dropped a few but struggled to get a lot of room against big key defenders today but if we can get him isolated deep on small/medium types he'll be very dangerous.

Agree, that's why I see him as a floater.

He will get blocked if he starts deep too often, but I can see him floating in and out a bit like Lynch at Adelaide but better overhead which means he can create those mis matches you are talking about...

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, DemonLad5 said:

Did Lockhart play down back?

 

1 hour ago, Lord Travis said:

He did and was very good again. Looks a likely replacement for Jetta in a few years. In fact, both Lockhart and Rivers look like good long term options in the backline.

 

I'd like Lockhart to play a round 1. 

Can Lockhart & Jetta play in the same team?

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Rodney (Balls) Grinter said:

Confidence still isn't really there at the moment.  He dropped a bit of a sitter last week as well.  Hopefully he can find some confidence again, because when he's on, I think he can make a useful contribution.

Agree I think he's good depth and I'm sure it's not all he did in the game but people see what they want to see and ignore the rest

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    CAT SKINNING by George On The Outer

    When they defeated the Geelong Cats in the 2021 AFL Preliminary Final on Friday night in Perth, Melbourne proved that there is more than one way to skin those cats.  They did it in the ruck and in the middle, they did it in the forward line, they did it in defence and around the ground, but importantly, each and every player a Demon guernsey spent his night at Optus Stadium skinning an opponent. Following the after-the-siren win against Geelong in Round 23, there was an expectation of

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE POINTY END by The Oracle

    The AFL’s two oldest clubs, Melbourne and Geelong, face off on Friday evening in a sudden death Preliminary Final. It’s a game that promises plenty in terms of fascination and intrigue as a result of the rivalry that’s been building between the teams over recent encounters that have been tight struggles which have gone to the wire with two of them decided by after-the-siren goals. The added touch of mystery attached to this week’s meeting comes by virtue of the fact that it’s going to take

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Special Features 13

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    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

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!

×
×
  • Create New...