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Reflections on the 2006 Elimination Final

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Great Game,  went with a brother in law, his first for some time in person, sat one deck up in the northern stand area,

Poor bugger was not well, and kicked the bucket a short time later, so seeing this with Jacko has a special memory. He enjoyed the weekend in town and so did I.

A couple of beers and a Demons win in a finals game, cheers

A very good memory,  something really good to recall every now and then...

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That number 5 looks alright.  Clearly an all-time Demon champ and future captain.

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Carroll's tackle on Gehrig was the turning point.  He was going to win the game off his own boot up to that point.  Couldn't move after that.

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It was a good win but it left me with a hollow  feeling in the days after. The saints were set to smash us half way through the game and got crunched by injuries. We over ran an injury riddled side  but it was clear we were never going far in 06 or in the years around it . We were like north, a good average side and no better. We had an aging list , well past its prime and in 2007 we lost our first 9 games and were off the cliff.  Daniher was sacked at the end of the year and the era of  Bailey , Neeld , Schwabb, tanking  and Scully  ( plus Trengove, Cook, Blease etc etc etc ) had begun. This win was the last ray of light at sunset hitting our faces and immediately after  the dees headed deep into the darkest of dark nights. 

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2 hours ago, demonstone said:

That number 5 looks alright.  Clearly an all-time Demon champ and future captain.

Brock McLean . Another lost chance to develop a player into a champion.

Colin Sylvia the same. We drafted well but couldn't improve them.

Cam Bruce and Brad Green were no better at the end of their respective careers at the dees than when they started in 2000.

Let's hope Tracc, Gus and Clarrie get a chance to become the champions they should be.

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2 hours ago, demonstone said:

That number 5 looks alright.  Clearly an all-time Demon champ and future captain.

He was excellent and the future looked bright, oh so we thought. FMD....

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Took my 8yo son for his first final.... 

His next final was when he was 20 to see 2 finals win @ the G in 2018

Still continues to ask why I got him to follow the dees

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I think it was in the first game the following season that he busted his foot and lost any pace he ever had.  😕

EDIT:  Brock McLean that is, not Hogan2014's unfortunate son.

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1 hour ago, tiers said:

Brock McLean . Another lost chance to develop a player into a champion.

Colin Sylvia the same. We drafted well but couldn't improve them.

Cam Bruce and Brad Green were no better at the end of their respective careers at the dees than when they started in 2000.

Let's hope Tracc, Gus and Clarrie get a chance to become the champions they should be.

The tanking culture made Brock leave & no doubt destroyed the Careers of many others &  winning culture which lasted for a decade! 

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6 hours ago, Win4theAges said:

He was excellent and the future looked bright, oh so we thought. FMD....

Stuffed his foot in round 1 2007 against the Saints on Friday night and was never the same.

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16 hours ago, Hogan2014 said:

The tanking culture made Brock leave & no doubt destroyed the Careers of many others &  winning culture which lasted for a decade! 

This is a misrepresentation of the truth I think, remember he chose Carlton of all places.  So if " tanking" ( and lets not forget at the time it was accepted and industry wide) was his big issue then of all clubs Carlton would have been his least preferred. Brock was rejected for the captaincy, had lost pace and wasnt being offered the size of the contract he wanted. 

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