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34 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

There is a God. Lewis back with the Red'nBlue. What an asset ... Yze, Chocko and Lewis. Drop the unmentioned one and we have a Premiership.

Yze; Choco and Lewis  are a breath of  fresh air  and can only help us  moving forward.   Looking forward to the year and beyond.

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I got down to Casey today. It was good to be back watching the boys live. I waltzed into the ground and moved around at will, until Benny Gibson came over and told me I was welcome to stay, but that I

I arrived down at Casey (God's Country) around 9.15am and stayed until 11.30am.  The players began with forward 50 entries, they were about 60 out and delivering it to leads near the goal square

My first visit to Casey since the Saints preseason game maybe three years ago. The place has changed enormously, all for the good. Match simulation was well underway when I arrived at 10.30 (Note to s

1 hour ago, Rigatoni Rigoni said:

Must be one of those people that sends back a $15 steak for not being "medium". Fight that good fight

Yeap I’m sure as part of the AFL led protocols he has too, under the assumption we’ll be fined by the AFL if he break them, good on him.

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3 hours ago, nosoupforme said:

Yze; Choco and Lewis  are a breath of  fresh air  and can only help us  moving forward.   Looking forward to the year and beyond.

Not sure how often Lewis can help out he'll probably be on commentating duties with 7.

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22 minutes ago, Leopold Bloom said:

Anyone how they got AVB across the border?

By car.

car sleeping GIF

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34 minutes ago, Leopold Bloom said:

Anyone how they got AVB across the border?

He walked, but decided to hitch a ride after half way for foot load management reasons 

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10 hours ago, Leopold Bloom said:

Anyone how they got AVB across the border?

His family is not in the Sydney area.  iirc they are in the south or southeast and people in the regions were allowed to cross the border over the weekend.  Don't recall exactly when.

As an aside, from above reports he seems to have been on light duties yesterday which makes sense since he missed a few weeks of training.

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I'm extremely grateful for the reports from all our trackwatchers. Long may you continue watching. If it is not too presumptious to put in a request, I'm particularly interested in knowing in which part of the ground a few specific players appear to be training. Already we have reports that suggest Tom McDonald might be training as both a forward and a back.

I'm particularly interested in which positions the following appear to be training:

  • Tom McDonald
  • Harry Petty
  • Jayden Hunt
  • James Harmes
  • Aaron vandenBerg
  • Luke Jackson
  • and anyone who appears to have changed position (purely hypothetically - if ANB were to join the onballers, for example)
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19 hours ago, Caligula's cohort said:

 

I got some very good information that Lachie Ash (Pick 4 from 2019 draft) won't be renewing his contract from GWS and wants to be back in Victoria. His preferences are Melbourne and Geelong. My source said he heard it from two of people. 

 

If he was 12 years older, he'd be a certainty for Geelong. He's far too young for them. Welcome to the mighty Dees Lachie!

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25 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I'm extremely grateful for the reports from all our trackwatchers. Long may you continue watching. If it is not too presumptious to put in a request, I'm particularly interested in knowing in which part of the ground a few specific players appear to be training. Already we have reports that suggest Tom McDonald might be training as both a forward and a back.

I'm particularly interested in which positions the following appear to be training:

  • Tom McDonald
  • Harry Petty
  • Jayden Hunt
  • James Harmes
  • Aaron vandenBerg
  • Luke Jackson
  • and anyone who appears to have changed position (purely hypothetically - if ANB were to join the onballers, for example)

Unfortunately I have to head back up to the border today so it will be up to others to continue with the reporting. But from what i've seen Tmac will play forward, Petty down back, Hunt I didn't see which group he was training with but he looks in really good shape I think he'll be a regular this year. Harmes was unsighted but I presume he will be a mix of forward and mid. AVB was training with the mids and Jackson was everywhere playing forward, back and doing stints with the mids Jacko could be anything... such a versatile player. In terms of positional changes I noticed Melksham with the mids and Jones and Chandler with the forwards. 

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10 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Didn't Melksham play the majority of the last 2 games in the midfield in a run with role?

Could be a midfield regular this year?

He wasn't doing anything up forward last year so he probably needs to go back to the midfield to reinvent himself, even though we're already stacked in the midfield with players of his size and ability. 

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I think it’s going to be pretty tough trying to get in the best 22 this year which is how it should be.

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Great reporting guys.

I'd like to hear thoughts on Kobi Farmer. Is he a possible chance for a spot on the list just by watching his training standards? 

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3 hours ago, Caligula's cohort said:

He wasn't doing anything up forward last year so he probably needs to go back to the midfield to reinvent himself, even though we're already stacked in the midfield with players of his size and ability. 

I disagree - I think he offers something with his field kicking ability and speed that many of our mids don't.  He's obviously also very capable in the air and in one-on-one situations.  Given he's a left footer, could he be a genuine option as the other winger to Langdon? 

I know people have said that Baker, Hunt and even the new kid should play this role but I think he offers more than Baker and Hunt at least IF he has the tank and has the desire - last two years he has looked like a player that's only willing to play on his own terms.

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biggest thing that pleases me from report is the amount of players in full training

i find it interesting that melksham is training with the mids as i don't particularly find him valuable either inside or outside

it concerns me a bit that hunt is training with the backs as his disposal is simply not nearly good enough based upon previous seasons to be running off the back flank

but we shall see

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It would be easy for a player like Hunt to be pretty disgruntled, every year they seem to find a new role for him and then lose patience immediately when it doesn't work.

Particularly when someone like Melksham gets games on zero output.

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3 hours ago, Caligula's cohort said:

He wasn't doing anything up forward last year so he probably needs to go back to the midfield to reinvent himself, even though we're already stacked in the midfield with players of his size and ability. 

yeah I'm not really sure how Melksham fits up forward anymore. he seems to lose a lot more 1v1 contests than he used to, and to my eye he looks too slow for it these days as he doesn't have the leg speed to pressure and tackle, or to even get around an opponent with ball in hand anymore. instead he usually just tries to kick around corners in general play most of the time which has seen his disposal efficiency go well down over the last few years (Jones also has this same problem, but i am heartened by the reports of Williams trying to eradicate it at pre season training which will also hopefully carry through to team selection as well). 

i also think Melksham doesn't really work hard enough to be a mid either, we already have too many like that as it is, and as a 'run with' player i'd prefer Harmes in that role anyway if we were going down that path.

i find it hard to find a spot for him in the best 22 to be honest, as he's been on the downward slide for a while now.

 

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2 hours ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Great reporting guys.

I'd like to hear thoughts on Kobi Farmer. Is he a possible chance for a spot on the list just by watching his training standards? 

Seemed to struggle in the repeat running routine. I think he still has some work to do on his fitness base, but that's without any real study, just a casual observation. Too soon to judge him.

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