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Why can't the MCG be our training base?  We are affiliated with the MCC.  The club is born out of the MCC.  The grounds are in pristine condition these days and would not be affected by the training.  I know other clubs have the the MCG as their home, but they were not born out of the MCG.

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That's the question I'm asking.  We used to train there.  It was our home ground.  I am asking the question, why are we not allowed to do this by the AFL?  What is the actual reason?  Is it because of potential damage to the ground for the weekend?  Is it because of supposed advantage?  I am not sure as to why it is not a viable option.  It is our home ground.

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Ground use/overuse. Want to play 2-3 games there every week? You can't train there as well.

Also, it can't be used out of seaso. Because of cricket. 

That being said, I can't see the overuse being caused doing a short weekly or fortnightly session there, for the purpose of full ground drill/zonal work, with other aspects of the session such as warm ups, skills etc. being completed elsewhere. Which means it becomes an issue of "it's everyones homeground so we cant have Melb, Rich, Coll, etc. all doing it".

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Used to go watch the boys train at the mighty MCG as a young fella when Barrassi was in charge and before.
Good times .... Many memories.

They often had the centre square roped off even then and would train around it.

 

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The main reason is that we need a training base that gives us pretty much 12 moths a year access.

Given cricket has the ground for between 4 to 6 months then it doesn't add up despite the emotional attachment...

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Would love to see the AFL/MCC decision makers let us use it occasionally. 

The ground keeper could indicate when the surface is good, during minimal game weeks.

The session should be  private/closed., (no security risks) as we can't have closed sessions at either Gosch or Casey.

The argument for the other clubs is, why not allow them to use the number one ground and our spiritual home sometimes, as Gosch's is sub-standard.

Allow us to get some home ground advantage, like the majority of clubs have. Some of our home games are interstate and at Marvel, which adds a bit of a balance.

Is the grand final an advantage to us though ?

Hoping we make a few this decade, even take the lollies.

 

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On 11/8/2020 at 8:16 AM, —coach— said:

Little known fact, West Coast trained at the MCG more than we did in 2019.

I think that was prior to finals! Quite acceptable, and they were on the ground for only an hour or so! 

Now the problem with using the ground for training on a regular basis are many,                   First of all the work being done on the ground during week days is quite extensive including mowing in summer every day and daily fertilising, together with turf replacement on a regular basis. Plus of course regular watering and working on the wicket area. In other words there are people working on the ground almost non stop. ( I think the MCC employs eight to ten full time ground staff).

In winter the ground is mown twice weekly but other work as described above (excluding working on the cricket wickets) still continues!  And added to that is the use in winter of large portable banks of lights, to stimulate grass growth, especially on that northern section of the ground which gets little or no direct sunlight during winter. These banks of lights would certainly prove difficult to manoeuvre around at training as they can occupy half the ground.
There are times when the ground would be free for training but not on a regular daily week to week basis unfortunately. 
Another point is that training on the G is certainly not “private” or “ closed session” as there are people present all the time including multiple tour groups, trades people, MCC and MFC office workers, catering staff etc. so whatever football training session took place on the ground could be viewed by dozens of if not hundreds of people!

I would love to see Melbourne train on the cricket ground but I doubt it could be on a regular weekly basis: once in a while maybe!!!

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On 11/7/2020 at 10:03 PM, Stinger2 said:

Why can't the MCG be our training base?  We are affiliated with the MCC.  The club is born out of the MCC.  The grounds are in pristine condition these days and would not be affected by the training.  I know other clubs have the the MCG as their home, but they were not born out of the MCG.

Because  cricket is played there for 6 months of the year.

It is not 1964 any more when training consisted of a weekly run on a Thursday night and little if any pre-season.  AFL is a full time year round operation today.

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The best we could hope for might be a single light session on the G a day or two prior to each home game at a time of day that works around any ground maintenance schedules. I think the WA sides get to do this at Optus. The fact that we now train early in the day and could be off the ground before 12 noon might help. They often have lines of grow lamps covering the surface at night, when we used to train there. 

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Firstly because the ground belongs to the MCC and like all the clubs that call it home we are a tenant club (though closer aligned to the MCC than others). 

Secondly as stated there are such a high volume of games every week the curators have decided it needs that time through the week to recover. 

Even if we were to get on the ground it wouldn’t be major sessions so it wouldn’t really be worth it compared to doing a proper session at Gosches paddock or (hopefully in the future) an MCG sized training facility of our own. 

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Don’t understand this emotional attachment. It is not the MCC’s fault we don’t have a training facility. No other MCG home club trains on it, so why should we. Romanticism aside.

The worst decision the administration ever made was turning down the first right for the Collingwood home base. 

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