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1988 Elimination Final



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If anyone had doubts about Johnson being one of our best since 1987, just watch this game. 

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.

I used to think that but the Bailey/Neeld years broke me. Now I leave whenever I feel like it. Funny thing, when I was a kid at the footy with my dad and uncle they'd always want to leave at the


The old cartoon imposer at the end.  Johhno involved in the winning goal.  Great effort from Williams to keep his feet, spin outta that pack and spot up Gazz for the finish.   Noice!

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Mate of mine dejectedly walked out when WCE hit the front with 4 minutes to go, so he could exit the horrible Waverley car-park.

Heard the first roar when Spalding marked as he went through the gates.  Then the groan as he missed.  Then the roar with the Lyon goal when we hit the front.

Had to turn on the radio to find out we won.  ......Never leave the game early!

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12 minutes ago, george_on_the_outer said:

Mate of mine dejectedly walked out when WCE hit the front with 4 minutes to go, so he could exit the horrible Waverley car-park.

Heard the first roar when Spalding marked as he went through the gates.  Then the groan as he missed.  Then the roar with the Lyon goal when we hit the front.

Had to turn on the radio to find out we won.  ......Never leave the game early!

Never leave to the match finishes is one of my rules to live by. Regardless of the score. 

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1 hour ago, Dee-Nee said:

how many ads?
Wilson, always held the ball too long
Alan Johnson, terrific player
Duursma pretty good
Jimmy shows his talent
Strawbs no good even before injured
why did we clear Spalding to Carlton?

Strawbs had a fantastic 88, I've been rewatching a lot of games from that year and he was one of our best. In fact after round 22 when he got reported, Scotty Palmer told Morphett or Landy (can't remember which) that Melbourne insiders thought he was our best chance for the Brownlow that year.

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1 hour ago, binman said:

Never leave to the match finishes is one of my rules to live by. Regardless of the score. 

I used to think that but the Bailey/Neeld years broke me. Now I leave whenever I feel like it.

Funny thing, when I was a kid at the footy with my dad and uncle they'd always want to leave at the 20 minute mark of the last quarter to beat the traffic, even when we were winning! I couldn't comprehend it as a kid and it still doesn't make sense to me now

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How well has the game evolved in 32years???

Watching the game the ball movement when executed correctly when u consider the wet conditions moved quickly. 
Coaches box only had the coach & a couple of assistants vs 15 now, are they over complicating it now ???

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8 hours ago, Hogan2014 said:

How well has the game evolved in 32years???

Watching the game the ball movement when executed correctly when u consider the wet conditions moved quickly. 
Coaches box only had the coach & a couple of assistants vs 15 now, are they over complicating it now ???

You may see this revert after Coronavirus stiffs the AFL.  Small coaching teams could be back on the agenda.

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55 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Did we win that one?

Don't think so. We were close at 2.30pm on that last day in September

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I was also at this game and remember two things vividly - Garry Lyons winning goal snap seemed to go about 600m into the air, and goes even higher as I recall it 30 yrs later, and everybody around me were still celebrating so hard that they weren’t watching Wrenstead run towards goals as I watched in horror.

Thank Christ he missed.

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6 minutes ago, In Harmes Way said:

I was also at this game and remember two things vividly - Garry Lyons winning goal snap seemed to go about 600m into the air, and goes even higher as I recall it 30 yrs later, and everybody around me were still celebrating so hard that they weren’t watching Wrenstead run towards goals as I watched in horror.

Thank Christ he missed.

I smoked a full pack in that last Quarter 

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18 hours ago, Rusty Nails said:

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

His game was very good; intimidating, mobile, intercepting, fair-dinkum. 

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17 hours ago, Rusty Nails said:

The old cartoon imposer at the end.  Johhno involved in the winning goal.  Great effort from Williams to keep his feet, spin outta that pack and spot up Gazz for the finish.   Noice!

Williams was very good when he came on from the bench. He went on to play some very high possession games.

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15 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

He went on to play some very high possession games.

Funny how we remember things differently.  My recollection of 'Dirty' Williams is that he was a clever player who used the ball well, but never got a lot of it in the first place - more of an opportunist, I suppose, than a stats accumulator.

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7 hours ago, buck_nekkid said:

You may see this revert after Coronavirus stiffs the AFL.  Small coaching teams could be back on the agenda.

Hopefully,  together with a reduced interchange bench of 2.,  with 2 Subs.   And a maximum umber of rotations Per Qtr.

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12 minutes ago, demonstone said:

Funny how we remember things differently.  My recollection of 'Dirty' Williams is that he was a clever player who used the ball well, but never got a lot of it in the first place - more of an opportunist, I suppose, than a stats accumulator.

Very good hands,  a bit of a medium forward,  excellent mark.  And very reliable kick for goal.

He would walk into our list of recent years,  blindfolded.

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