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I was there ... spoiler alert ... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murray Wrensted could have won the match for WCE, missed a shot for goal almost on the final siren.

 

 

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The commentators mentioned that Jimmy had changed out of his no. 11.  Not sure why, maybe it got ripped or something.

Can't understand why the Eagles weren't in white shorts that day.

It's also glaring how the 'deliberate out of bounds' rule wasn't enforced very often in those days.

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Just now, demonstone said:

The commentators mentioned that Jimmy had changed out of his no. 11.  Not sure why, maybe it got ripped or something.

Can't understand why the Eagles weren't in white shorts that day.

It's also glaring how the 'deliberate out of bounds' rule wasn't enforced very often in those days.

We finished 5th and should have worn the white shorts.  That was in the days when all finals had to be played in Victoria.

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Strawbs was a pretty gangly unit.  Not made for these conditions!

Love Grinter’s hit on Lewis.

Fiunny watching it through 2020 eyes.  All the out of bounds, protected areas, dropping the pill and high tackles that are let go.  Keeps waiting for the whistle!

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Wet conditions, skills are [censored], just pick up and kick or just kick out of bounds. The rules have changed so much. I was there but didn’t remember it being so wet but back then that was the norm more so than these days. 

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Handy first quarter by one of my favourites - No 9 A. Johnson

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Johnson clearly our best player by far.

Gotta chuckle at Sandy Roberts' use of the term "effective scoring shots".  I wonder what would constitute an ineffective one.

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We had a tough final series & by the time we got to GF we were done .... 

32 years later still waiting

Edited by Hogan2014
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I hope all ye young fellas out there who never got to see much success are takin' notice of the grit, guts & determination needed to win the big ones.

There's gold up in them there hills i tell ye!

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I was watching this this morning! First half was a shocker, kicked into gear midway through the third with the help of Sean Wight and Ricky Jackson.

 

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Saw one of the old gang ...Vince from Sassafras goin off with that last Jackson goal.  Haven't seen him in a few decades

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Tuned in at a good time. It seems players did everything better back then. Picking the ball up cleanly in greasy conditions, none of this fumble fest we see these days. Players using both feet really well. A much better spectacle than today. 

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Johnno had a very good 2nd half.  One of only two players to join the no-merger movement in 96 and easily lands in my all time fav Demons.  All class.

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Sean White turned it around in the third up forward, helped by Johnson big time. 

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2 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

Tuned in at a good time. It seems players did everything better back then. Picking the ball up cleanly in greasy conditions, none of this fumble fest we see these days. Players using both feet really well. A much better spectacle than today. 

The whole game is a mile above what we have to put up with now. It's almost a different sport. So much more enjoyable to watch the old stuff and you get to see the skills and individual brilliance that made me fall in love with the game as a kid. You still get to see some of it these days but it's few and far between compared to what we used to get back then.

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4 minutes ago, Earl Hood said:

Sean White turned it around in the third up forward, helped by Johnson big time. 

And showed that even from a long bomb from Williams outside 50....if you play in front and have half decent attack and skills as a forward, you can make something from not much.

Balls Grinter also had a few WC forwards hearing footsteps on occasions.  Always knew how to set the cat amongst the pidgeons.

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52 minutes ago, Hogan2014 said:

We had a tough final series & by the time we got to GF we were done .... 

32 years later still waiting

You forgot 2000. 20 years still waiting

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I had forgotten how the umpires were always escorted off the ground at full time by cops on horses.

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"That wasn't there....just a really good solid contest ..." says Bill as McKenna is free kicked having almost been put in a wheel chair by the Duke! 🤣

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That goal by Johnson just before 3/4 time was a ripper. Picks it up from a pack, blind turn, bang from outside 50

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19 minutes ago, Moonshadow said:

I had forgotten how the umpires were always escorted off the ground at full time by cops on horses.

Well with the VFL Park scoreboard egging people on they had to! Remember at the start of the game the scoreboard would introduce who the umpires were with a cartoon of an umpire having rotten produce thrown at him, would never get away with that these days with everyone having to "respect" the umpires

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