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Not so sure that it was the right thing for the President to come out and give his players a whack for being “soft as butter” for that performance after a four day break.

Perhaps he could look at the people who make decisions at the club? Was it wise to centre the Queensland hub on the Sunshine Coast mandating a one and a half hour drive to the Gabba and a further hour to Metricon for the team’s matches?

Perhaps the club could have looked at the policy of minimal changes after a four day break?

Perhaps they could have looked at the idea of using three tall forwards and match strategies that despite this, saw us being constantly out marked up forward with the talls nowhere in sight or the midfield’s exposure for the second week in a row after winning the majority of tap outs?

Perhaps he might have noticed that the players had no petrol in the tank from virtually the start of the game and asked why a team that played on the Sunday night before was picked to play the four day break first of all of the 18 team when the club could have asked for the Brisbane Lions game to have been put back a day to enable Melbourne v Port to be played in an equal footing?

Yes - the players were [email protected] but the responsibility for that effort was all over the place and lay not just with them. They deserve more support from their leadership - the sprays should remain within the club. They might make supporters feel better but will they help the team?

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3 minutes ago, Wiseblood said:

Very true, Luther.  I know I've said it a few times in passing over the years that 'this could be the rocket we need'.

But I guess even a broken clock is right twice a day, so maybe it will be true this time around!

Here's hoping mate! More of a rhetorical question though I suppose as we've all been saying it. But it's certainly fantastic to see this fire from Bartlett.

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About time ..... well they resigned Goody for another 3 years  before his contract was due! No excuses has a global fitness coach , healthy list vs 2019, wanted outside run got Langdon & tommlison who csnt get a game?? Skill level has gone backwards since 2018! Yep no more excuses! 

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We have heard May, Goodwin and now Bartlett all with the same message.  Suggest this is concerted value signalling and Bartlett is not coming out on his own, but as part of a considered strategy by the club to get ahead of that [censored] we saw on Thursday.

Now they have done this, they really have to come out and own it.  Every player needs to respond. 

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18 minutes ago, raDeelaide said:

Wow. Prez bringing the fire. Hope he doesn’t get sued by the players. 

Yeah hope the little petals weren’t offended 

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Great to read but there's only 1 problem with it.

That was actually a classic "Melbourne like" performance. I've seen them multiple times every season since I was a kid and I'm in my 50s.

What isn't "Melbourne like" are these comments from Bartlett and it's bloody refreshing to read. The club has accepted mediocrity for 50 years,  let's hope this is the beginning of new standards and accountability,  it's been missing for far too long.

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The clubs working hard to stay afloat, we’ve had new sponsors sign during difficult times and implemented the proud to belong campaign requiring supporters to dig into their own pockets. Everyone is buying in except for the players. Bartlett and Co. are rightly [censored]. 

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20 minutes ago, Elwood 3184 said:

Not so sure that it was the right thing for the President to come out and give his players a whack for being “soft as butter” for that performance after a four day break.

Perhaps he could look at the people who make decisions at the club? Was it wise to centre the Queensland hub on the Sunshine Coast mandating a one and a half hour drive to the Gabba and a further hour to Metricon for the team’s matches?

Perhaps the club could have looked at the policy of minimal changes after a four day break?

Perhaps they could have looked at the idea of using three tall forwards and match strategies that despite this, saw us being constantly out marked up forward with the talls nowhere in sight or the midfield’s exposure for the second week in a row after winning the majority of tap outs?

Perhaps he might have noticed that the players had no petrol in the tank from virtually the start of the game and asked why a team that played on the Sunday night before was picked to play the four day break first of all of the 18 team when the club could have asked for the Brisbane Lions game to have been put back a day to enable Melbourne v Port to be played in an equal footing?

Yes - the players were [email protected] but the responsibility for that effort was all over the place and lay not just with them. They deserve more support from their leadership - the sprays should remain within the club. They might make supporters feel better but will they help the team?

Perhaps he was well aware that the opposition had only 24 hours more break than us,  had to fly to the venue that day and were missing multiple best 22 players.

He's sick of the excuses as are we. 

I love his response. 

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16 minutes ago, Hell Bent said:

Perhaps he was well aware that the opposition had only 24 hours more break than us,  had to fly to the venue that day and were missing multiple best 22 players.

 

Did they really fly in on the day?

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I’m certain Mr Bartlett will receive a jolly good thrashing, or at least a stinging rebuke from Saty , for daring to make negative, critical and albeit accurate comments about our precious players

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I was very pleased to hear the presidents response and it was brutal and honest.I am disappointed that we have to remind the players of the honour of playing for our jumper. Port Adelaide have this as part of their culture and Hawthorn have stated in the past that they don't gift games to players out of respect for their jumper. It adds to the view that too many of our players are stats gatherers and more interested infants points than hard tough football. How many times did we handball to someone less than a metre away under extreme pressure. Our best stat gatherer leads the clanger count for the comp and cannot kick to a target 15 metres away.

The positive is (fact check if you want) that in 2017 Richmond got pole axed by the Crows in round 6 by 76 points then lost their next 3 by 5 to the Bulldogs, Fremantle by 2 and GWS by 3 so that is 4 in a row. In round 15 they lost to the Saints by 57 and appeared at their lowest ebb. Suddenly they got their team structure right and won 8 of the last 9 to go on and win the flag.  

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53 minutes ago, Deefensive Language said:

I'd like to see them employee an external "consultant" to impartially observe practices, communication, relationships etc within the FD and conduct interviews to find the real source of the issues.

Miss finals this year and a football department review is an absolute must. Mostly to try and address the issues, but also because that's the only way we could then go to the AFL for the money to pay Goodwin out if that's a decision that is made.

 

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12 minutes ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

Did they really fly in on the day?

Yes they did. According to Ken Hinkley they left at about 11am rather than 5am for a day game. 

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Fair play to the guy. Last Thursday night was effectively a two hour advertisement of our football club on prime time television around Australia. He should be livid. We were putrid. Again. Performances like that undo all of the work going on behind the scenes to build our club into a major long term partner in the competition. 

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1 hour ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Jesus he sure didn't hold back did he...

Morning Dazzle. I think his comments carry a lot more weight too considering he's not a walking headline like McGuire, Koch and Kennett. 

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30 minutes ago, Bitter but optimistic said:

I’m certain Mr Bartlett will receive a jolly good thrashing, or at least a stinging rebuke from Saty , for daring to make negative, critical and albeit accurate comments about our precious players

Stop picking on Saty. He is suffering immensely not being able to attend training every day. Far worse than most who have to put up with insipid performances. 

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3 minutes ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

Morning Dazzle. I think his comments carry a lot more weight too considering he's not a walking headline like McGuire, Koch and Kennett. 

It was refreshing wasn't it Rab. A lot of supporters have been calling Bartlett to be vocal, and you're right, i think he's gotten that balance really well with his comments.

Makes you wonder what could be going on behind the scene's 

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10 minutes ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

Morning Dazzle. I think his comments carry a lot more weight too considering he's not a walking headline like McGuire, Koch and Kennett. 

Good point, Rab.

Big Red made the point earlier in the thread that there is a time and place for comments like these, and this is the right time.  Bartlett rightly makes sure he only comes out at the right times, both positively and negatively, and he is spot on with these comments.

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1 hour ago, buck_nekkid said:

We have heard May, Goodwin and now Bartlett all with the same message.  Suggest this is concerted value signalling and Bartlett is not coming out on his own, but as part of a considered strategy by the club to get ahead of that [censored] we saw on Thursday.

Now they have done this, they really have to come out and own it.  Every player needs to respond. 

Think we need a new video along the lines of to hell and back, we can call it, “From out of the frying pan and into the fire! The Demon Way.”

PS agree with your post by the way, just saw your last para and it made me think of the video. Thought I’d add some humor 😁

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58 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

The clubs working hard to stay afloat, we’ve had new sponsors sign during difficult times and implemented the proud to belong campaign requiring supporters to dig into their own pockets. Everyone is buying in except for the players. Bartlett and Co. are rightly [censored]. 

This is absolutely spot on. How can the club go cap in hand to the members and supporters, a lot of whom are maintaining memberships despite the fact we can’t go to games, with a “Proud to belong” campaign to raise another $5M. Nobody would be proud to belong to, or financially support, that showing.

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19 minutes ago, Older demon said:

I was very pleased to hear the presidents response and it was brutal and honest.I am disappointed that we have to remind the players of the honour of playing for our jumper. Port Adelaide have this as part of their culture and Hawthorn have stated in the past that they don't gift games to players out of respect for their jumper.

Yes, I was truly shocked to read "...we have done a lot, even over the last few weeks on [what it means when you wear the Melbourne jumper]...". 

Most of our players grew up equating the Melbourne jumper with 'losers' but you would hope that once they join up they buy into it and are professional enough to commit to doing their best while wearing it. 

Our beloved jumper, our supporters, our club deserves nothing less than their best every time they wear the red and blue.  Have moist eyes to think our club has had to work on this part of their attitude.

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