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Virtually irreplaceable in the line up with her run and dash. Time for Magee to step up she has shown promise the last 2 weeks but she has to hit another level to replace Goldrick if we are to finish prominently in the finals.

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15 minutes ago, WERRIDEE said:

Time for Magee to step up she has shown promise the last 2 weeks but she has to hit another level to replace Goldrick if we are to finish prominently in the finals.

Magee doesn't have the same feel for the game. She's best used to lock down on an opposition forward. Run and dash is not her forte at all.

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It seems they've used 7 defenders across the last few weeks.

FB: Colvin  Birch
HB: Heath Goldy  Lampard
Int:Tarrant/ Magee

The thing that makes Goldy such a force is that she can play tall or small and rebound. Being so strong allows one of the other defenders - generally Birch but sometimes Lampard or Tarrant to drop back a kick behind play and take easy intercepts.

I don't know if they'll go tall with Downie or if they'll trust Tarrant and Magee to play greater roles and bring in Emonson who was struggling defensively but is a beautiful kick and good attacking player.

 

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On 3/23/2021 at 8:59 PM, DeeSpencer said:

It seems they've used 7 defenders across the last few weeks.

FB: Colvin  Birch
HB: Heath Goldy  Lampard
Int:Tarrant/ Magee

The thing that makes Goldy such a force is that she can play tall or small and rebound. Being so strong allows one of the other defenders - generally Birch but sometimes Lampard or Tarrant to drop back a kick behind play and take easy intercepts.

I don't know if they'll go tall with Downie or if they'll trust Tarrant and Magee to play greater roles and bring in Emonson who was struggling defensively but is a beautiful kick and good attacking player.

 

Please no more Tararnt kicks across defence. Cost us one goal last week, then did it again when things were tight.

Magee has improved drastically already but the only thing she's got in common with Goldrick is country of birth.

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5 hours ago, Supermercado said:

Please no more Tararnt kicks across defence. Cost us one goal last week, then did it again when things were tight.

Magee has improved drastically already but the only thing she's got in common with Goldrick is country of birth.

Think Birch has to share in some of the blame for that kick. I’m guessing she called for it and being the senior player Tarrant would have felt somewhat obliged. Also Birch’s attempted tackle on the Freo player was half hearted at best which was possibly why the Freo player put the goal on Birch’s shoulders. 

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3 hours ago, FarNorthernD said:

Think Birch has to share in some of the blame for that kick. I’m guessing she called for it and being the senior player Tarrant would have felt somewhat obliged. Also Birch’s attempted tackle on the Freo player was half hearted at best which was possibly why the Freo player put the goal on Birch’s shoulders. 

It was the right option just missed the kick, and Birch could’ve done much better to halve it.

Birch is very irritating. Excellent at zoning back to fill up space. But then if she’s under pressure she plays for free kicks. Pretty much the AFLW Dylan Grimes. Her own kicking and decision making is ordinary too. The message went out for Lampard to take the kick outs for a reason. 

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An Irish Gaelic football fan here who has enjoyed watching the 3 Dublin girls with the Dees & other Irish girls in this years AFLW.
 

Glad to see the opinion of Goldrick is as high on here as it is here at home. She is a phenomenally consistent player, 8 all stars in the last 9 years (All-Australian equivalent I believe?). Will go down as one of the greats of Ladies Football and is a household name now which is fantastic. There is no player in the country that can match or track her for 60 minutes. Shame about her injury and it puts her at risk of competing here at home when they return and she’ll be a huge loss. 
 

I thought the Lions game was Magees best showing and hopefully she builds on that for the Freo game. She’s another big talent, less flashy than Goldrick but is physical and gets through a mountain of work. She could be a real asset if she returns next year after this year under her belt and a proper pre season. 
 

Shame McEvoy hasn’t got much of a run, she’s a different type of player here at home than Magee and Goldrick and the game probably dosent suit her as much. She gave an interview not long ago indicating she wouldn’t return for 22 which is no surprise however I could see the other two give it a crack especially Magee and might possibly bring another teammate or two. The connection between Dublin LGFA and Melbourne has now been built which will encourage more girls to follow the same path these 3 have. 
 

Fingers crossed the Dees get through the Freo test. 

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1 hour ago, gaelicfootballfan said:

An Irish Gaelic football fan here who has enjoyed watching the 3 Dublin girls with the Dees & other Irish girls in this years AFLW.
 

Glad to see the opinion of Goldrick is as high on here as it is here at home. She is a phenomenally consistent player, 8 all stars in the last 9 years (All-Australian equivalent I believe?). Will go down as one of the greats of Ladies Football and is a household name now which is fantastic. There is no player in the country that can match or track her for 60 minutes. Shame about her injury and it puts her at risk of competing here at home when they return and she’ll be a huge loss. 
 

I thought the Lions game was Magees best showing and hopefully she builds on that for the Freo game. She’s another big talent, less flashy than Goldrick but is physical and gets through a mountain of work. She could be a real asset if she returns next year after this year under her belt and a proper pre season. 
 

Shame McEvoy hasn’t got much of a run, she’s a different type of player here at home than Magee and Goldrick and the game probably dosent suit her as much. She gave an interview not long ago indicating she wouldn’t return for 22 which is no surprise however I could see the other two give it a crack especially Magee and might possibly bring another teammate or two. The connection between Dublin LGFA and Melbourne has now been built which will encourage more girls to follow the same path these 3 have. 
 

Fingers crossed the Dees get through the Freo test. 

Great to hear from you GFF. Yes Goldie would be among the first picked each week and improves each game. Unbelievable to think that she is new to the game.
I thought McEvoy would get a run this week. She has been consistently kicking goals in the lower league. Shame to hear she may not return. 
 

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2 hours ago, gaelicfootballfan said:

An Irish Gaelic football fan here who has enjoyed watching the 3 Dublin girls with the Dees & other Irish girls in this years AFLW.
 

Glad to see the opinion of Goldrick is as high on here as it is here at home. She is a phenomenally consistent player, 8 all stars in the last 9 years (All-Australian equivalent I believe?). Will go down as one of the greats of Ladies Football and is a household name now which is fantastic. There is no player in the country that can match or track her for 60 minutes. Shame about her injury and it puts her at risk of competing here at home when they return and she’ll be a huge loss. 
 

I thought the Lions game was Magees best showing and hopefully she builds on that for the Freo game. She’s another big talent, less flashy than Goldrick but is physical and gets through a mountain of work. She could be a real asset if she returns next year after this year under her belt and a proper pre season. 
 

Shame McEvoy hasn’t got much of a run, she’s a different type of player here at home than Magee and Goldrick and the game probably dosent suit her as much. She gave an interview not long ago indicating she wouldn’t return for 22 which is no surprise however I could see the other two give it a crack especially Magee and might possibly bring another teammate or two. The connection between Dublin LGFA and Melbourne has now been built which will encourage more girls to follow the same path these 3 have. 
 

Fingers crossed the Dees get through the Freo test. 

 

Just curious if you know much about Jimmy Stynes?

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10 hours ago, FarNorthernD said:

Great to hear from you GFF. Yes Goldie would be among the first picked each week and improves each game. Unbelievable to think that she is new to the game.
I thought McEvoy would get a run this week. She has been consistently kicking goals in the lower league. Shame to hear she may not return. 
 

As well as her Gaelic Football background Goldie played basketball and competed in athletics as a teenager. All of those skills and traits combined make her into an exciting AFLW player and unlike most others in the competition in playing style. You could describe her as erratic or unpredictable but she’s exciting and often quite effective. I’m not sure if you’re aware of Cora Staunton formerly of Mayo and now with the GWS Giants and was their leading goal kicker this year. She was the top forward here for many years and Goldie would often be tasked with picking her up. Shame they didn’t get to renew the battle down under but I still hold out hope for 2022. 
 

I had seen that McEvoy had been scoring well for Casey in the VFLW but I suppose it’s challenging to break into a side doing so well especially over the past few weeks. It’s understandable that moving to the other side of the world and leaving family behind is a tough thing to do and harder if you’re not getting a decent run of games. Her family also suffered a bereavement while she’s been away which no doubt was very tough. She has plenty left to offer back here though and I look forward to her attacking another season with Dublin. 
 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

 

Just curious if you know much about Jimmy Stynes?

I’m afraid Stynes was playing a bit before my time. I’m well aware he was and still is a huge Demons legend. His brother Brian won an All Ireland here in 95 and an all star but didn’t replicate Jim’s success with AFL. 

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On 4/3/2021 at 10:26 AM, gaelicfootballfan said:

An Irish Gaelic football fan here who has enjoyed watching the 3 Dublin girls with the Dees & other Irish girls in this years AFLW.
 

Glad to see the opinion of Goldrick is as high on here as it is here at home. She is a phenomenally consistent player, 8 all stars in the last 9 years (All-Australian equivalent I believe?). Will go down as one of the greats of Ladies Football and is a household name now which is fantastic. There is no player in the country that can match or track her for 60 minutes. Shame about her injury and it puts her at risk of competing here at home when they return and she’ll be a huge loss. 
 

I thought the Lions game was Magees best showing and hopefully she builds on that for the Freo game. She’s another big talent, less flashy than Goldrick but is physical and gets through a mountain of work. She could be a real asset if she returns next year after this year under her belt and a proper pre season. 
 

Shame McEvoy hasn’t got much of a run, she’s a different type of player here at home than Magee and Goldrick and the game probably dosent suit her as much. She gave an interview not long ago indicating she wouldn’t return for 22 which is no surprise however I could see the other two give it a crack especially Magee and might possibly bring another teammate or two. The connection between Dublin LGFA and Melbourne has now been built which will encourage more girls to follow the same path these 3 have. 
 

Fingers crossed the Dees get through the Freo test. 

Thanks for your perspective. It's been a pleasure to have the Dublin players join us and they've brought so much to the team. Are there any other Dublin players in particular who you think might be interested in giving AFLW a go? What's the general opinion over there of players being recruited and travelling over? I can imagine some clubs over there feeling like they don't get anything out of it. It seems like there isn't an issue for Dublin and the girls have felt supported by Melbourne in some pretty tricky circumstances the last year or so. I really hope that's the case because it should be a two-way street with this kind of partnership. Go Dublin and the Dees!

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On 4/3/2021 at 10:21 PM, gaelicfootballfan said:

As well as her Gaelic Football background Goldie played basketball and competed in athletics as a teenager. All of those skills and traits combined make her into an exciting AFLW player and unlike most others in the competition in playing style. You could describe her as erratic or unpredictable but she’s exciting and often quite effective. I’m not sure if you’re aware of Cora Staunton formerly of Mayo and now with the GWS Giants and was their leading goal kicker this year. She was the top forward here for many years and Goldie would often be tasked with picking her up. Shame they didn’t get to renew the battle down under but I still hold out hope for 2022. 
 

I had seen that McEvoy had been scoring well for Casey in the VFLW but I suppose it’s challenging to break into a side doing so well especially over the past few weeks. It’s understandable that moving to the other side of the world and leaving family behind is a tough thing to do and harder if you’re not getting a decent run of games. Her family also suffered a bereavement while she’s been away which no doubt was very tough. She has plenty left to offer back here though and I look forward to her attacking another season with Dublin. 
 

 

 

Thanks for all the background @gaelicfootballfan she's a wonderful player to watch as is the whole team this year. They never give up.

I went into this season feeling a bit disillusioned but the girls have been so good and the blokes are off to a great start too.

not sure if you've seen much of the men's games, but we've got a true gem to watch with this fella too.

RD 3 | Game breaker | Kysaiah Pickett https://www.melbournefc.com.au/video/898026/rd-3-game-breaker-kysaiah-pickett?videoId=898026&modal=true&type=video

All the best.

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9 hours ago, Brownie said:

Thanks for all the background @gaelicfootballfan she's a wonderful player to watch as is the whole team this year. They never give up.

I went into this season feeling a bit disillusioned but the girls have been so good and the blokes are off to a great start too.

not sure if you've seen much of the men's games, but we've got a true gem to watch with this fella too.

RD 3 | Game breaker | Kysaiah Pickett https://www.melbournefc.com.au/video/898026/rd-3-game-breaker-kysaiah-pickett?videoId=898026&modal=true&type=video

All the best.

Thanks Brownie. I actually caught 20 minutes of highlights of the Melbourne/Giants game yesterday on YouTube and was very impressed by Pickett. That goal he scored after intercepting, picking the ball up with his left and shooting over his right shoulder was brilliant. Looks like a very exciting player. 

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9 hours ago, Dees_In_October said:

Thanks for your perspective. It's been a pleasure to have the Dublin players join us and they've brought so much to the team. Are there any other Dublin players in particular who you think might be interested in giving AFLW a go? What's the general opinion over there of players being recruited and travelling over? I can imagine some clubs over there feeling like they don't get anything out of it. It seems like there isn't an issue for Dublin and the girls have felt supported by Melbourne in some pretty tricky circumstances the last year or so. I really hope that's the case because it should be a two-way street with this kind of partnership. Go Dublin and the Dees!

The opinion of Irish players travelling to Aus is looked upon more favourably for the women than it is for the men. 
 

In terms of a normal Ladies Football season ie. not 2020/21 due to Covid, there are two main county (Dublin) competitions. The National League that runs from January to March/April and then the All Ireland Championship which runs from July to September. It is the latter that is the pinnacle and Dublin will go for 5 in a row in 2021. The NL is of less importance and it’s what players miss out on when in Aus.

The period between those competitions and after September is the club period. A players club is where they began playing as a child and will be a member of all their life, there is no transferring and there are club competitions when the county season is not on. The best club players get chosen to play inter county football and in this case for Dublin. So the Dublin team and every other is made up of players from different clubs. So the three girls over there now actually play against each other in club championship but represent Dublin together. Any big extension of the AFLW season would make it more challenging to compete for these girls as it would be frowned upon if they missed club action (Goldie did so to travel to Aus in 2019, which was very surprising). Similarly any change in the calendar here which isn’t out of the question would affect it too. 
 

ALFW is naturally a lot more physical than Ladies Football. A more natural skilled footballer here would not cut it over there as they don’t have the same strengths needed. It is very difficult to know what Dublin players if any would be interested. The McEvoy / Goldrick signing was kept completely quiet for months as not to distract from their county season with Dublin. Magee was less of a surprise as she had travelled in early 2020 and was reported to have been very successful at the combine held in Dublin. 

McEvoy and Goldie only had positive things to say when they returned last year and the fact they went again and brought Lauren says a lot. She’s done a few interviews and only had good things to say as well. So the relationship seems very strong but it’s too difficult to know what way the next few years will go of course. 
 

Hope that post isn’t too long and makes sense! 
 

I’ve inserted a photo of Sinead & Lauren playing in club championship final against each other. Lauren with Kilmacud Crokes and Sinead with Foxrock Cabinteely, both successful clubs located near each other on the south side of Dublin county. A few weeks later they played alongside each other to win an all Ireland with Dublin yet some will say club achievements trump all! 

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18 hours ago, gaelicfootballfan said:

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I’ve inserted a photo of Sinead & Lauren playing in club championship final against each other. Lauren with Kilmacud Crokes and Sinead with Foxrock Cabinteely, both successful clubs located near each other on the south side of Dublin county. A few weeks later they played alongside each other to win an all Ireland with Dublin yet some will say club achievements trump all! 

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The Kilmacud Crokes and the Foxrock Cabinteely!! Love it. Makes the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans sound positively dull in comparison 

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14 hours ago, FarNorthernD said:

The Kilmacud Crokes and the Foxrock Cabinteely!! Love it. Makes the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans sound positively dull in comparison 

And both FoxCab and Crokes are only 15 minutes over the road from Ballyboden St.Endas, club of Jim & Brian Stynes. 

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On 4/5/2021 at 8:49 PM, gaelicfootballfan said:

The opinion of Irish players travelling to Aus is looked upon more favourably for the women than it is for the men. 
 

In terms of a normal Ladies Football season ie. not 2020/21 due to Covid, there are two main county (Dublin) competitions. The National League that runs from January to March/April and then the All Ireland Championship which runs from July to September. It is the latter that is the pinnacle and Dublin will go for 5 in a row in 2021. The NL is of less importance and it’s what players miss out on when in Aus.

The period between those competitions and after September is the club period. A players club is where they began playing as a child and will be a member of all their life, there is no transferring and there are club competitions when the county season is not on. The best club players get chosen to play inter county football and in this case for Dublin. So the Dublin team and every other is made up of players from different clubs. So the three girls over there now actually play against each other in club championship but represent Dublin together. Any big extension of the AFLW season would make it more challenging to compete for these girls as it would be frowned upon if they missed club action (Goldie did so to travel to Aus in 2019, which was very surprising). Similarly any change in the calendar here which isn’t out of the question would affect it too. 
 

ALFW is naturally a lot more physical than Ladies Football. A more natural skilled footballer here would not cut it over there as they don’t have the same strengths needed. It is very difficult to know what Dublin players if any would be interested. The McEvoy / Goldrick signing was kept completely quiet for months as not to distract from their county season with Dublin. Magee was less of a surprise as she had travelled in early 2020 and was reported to have been very successful at the combine held in Dublin. 

McEvoy and Goldie only had positive things to say when they returned last year and the fact they went again and brought Lauren says a lot. She’s done a few interviews and only had good things to say as well. So the relationship seems very strong but it’s too difficult to know what way the next few years will go of course. 
 

Hope that post isn’t too long and makes sense! 
 

I’ve inserted a photo of Sinead & Lauren playing in club championship final against each other. Lauren with Kilmacud Crokes and Sinead with Foxrock Cabinteely, both successful clubs located near each other on the south side of Dublin county. A few weeks later they played alongside each other to win an all Ireland with Dublin yet some will say club achievements trump all! 

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Thanks so much for your detailed reply! It's great to have more detail about the season structure there. Unfortunately it seems like it may become more difficult for players to cross-over in the future but certainly happy to enjoy it while it lasts and players are happy to do so (and inter-county and club level willing). Like I said, it really brings a different dimension to the competition and the success rate has been quite good in terms of players cementing places even in strong sides and having an impact. Especially considering that as cross-code rookies these are essentially 'free' players for clubs, in the sense that they don't have to spend draft picks to acquire them and have to fill up rookie spots anyway. You can't help but wonder what some of these players would be like with more consistent game time across a year because they learn so quickly already and are such naturals to many elements of the game. Of course, it's all a balancing act.

Anyway, Dublin's definitely my team now (if it wasn't already due to Jimmy!). I think a lot of Melbourne AFLW supporters would feel the same. Hopefully all three girls are able to build strongly from the season here, Goldie especially, and continue their great careers back home. 2022 feels a long way in the future but I'm sure they'd be welcomed back with any other talented mates!

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10 hours ago, Dees_In_October said:

Thanks so much for your detailed reply! It's great to have more detail about the season structure there. Unfortunately it seems like it may become more difficult for players to cross-over in the future but certainly happy to enjoy it while it lasts and players are happy to do so (and inter-county and club level willing). Like I said, it really brings a different dimension to the competition and the success rate has been quite good in terms of players cementing places even in strong sides and having an impact. Especially considering that as cross-code rookies these are essentially 'free' players for clubs, in the sense that they don't have to spend draft picks to acquire them and have to fill up rookie spots anyway. You can't help but wonder what some of these players would be like with more consistent game time across a year because they learn so quickly already and are such naturals to many elements of the game. Of course, it's all a balancing act.

Anyway, Dublin's definitely my team now (if it wasn't already due to Jimmy!). I think a lot of Melbourne AFLW supporters would feel the same. Hopefully all three girls are able to build strongly from the season here, Goldie especially, and continue their great careers back home. 2022 feels a long way in the future but I'm sure they'd be welcomed back with any other talented mates!

If an expansion of the season is to happen and it say starts in Nov/Dec and finishes in Mar/Apr then you’ll still see Irish girls. However if it goes from May to September it’ll be hard to see it being possible to play both.
 

Plenty of players, from Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland have been asked about the lure of AFLW in the past few years. The answer is either ‘no I’m not interested’ or ‘I’m in college (university) at the moment but after that I wouldn’t rule it out’. There’s some players in the latter category that I think would be well able to adapt to AFL but probably need to be more settled in their personal and professional lives. Who knows you could have some non-Dub Irish girls in Melbourne before too long. 

Interesting that you say about Melbourne supporters supporting Dublin. It was either the final vs Freo or the game before vs Brisbane but I noticed a lady in a seat behind the goals wearing a Dublin jersey. There’s definitely been a lot of people here that have become interested in this Melbourne team to see how the three girls have got on. Dublin LGFA have been tweeting regular updates about the season & write ups on Facebook about team news and small match reports etc.  We have no Gaelic games being played here at the moment so some focus has been on ALFW instead and it’s been given a prime slot on tv that would be filled in more normal times. 
 

Dublin GAA tweeted this earlier on today coincidentally. 

 

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    South Australians should be well familiar with the damage that storms can do to the power supply.  But Port Power forgot those lessons on Thursday night football as they watched the Melbourne storm descend upon them from across the border and ruin their hopes of a top four placing. Just as equally, the win to the Demons cemented their spot in the top two and sent out the message that a team who had been going around in circles for the past couple of weeks, has in fact, turned into a cyclone

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    CASEY SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT IN TWO YEARS

    The circumstances were a little unusual last Saturday night as KC from Casey was unavailable to report on the Casey Dees due to work commitments. On the ground things were somewhat unusual as well given that, although there was a game to be won on the night, preparations were also being made for the forthcoming Thursday night clash against Port Adelaide with Ben Brown rested for large slabs of the evening. It turned out perhaps, to be a stroke of genius for Melbourne with Brown making a strong c

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    WEATHERING THE STORM by Mel Rundle

    The magic of Melbourne’s magnificent start to 2021 is beginning to wear off. In its past six matches it lost to three teams that were outside the eight, out of form —  teams which it had very little trouble bearing last year. This week, the temperature is turned up even higher with the hard fought spot in the top four at risk. The really ominous factor about the Demons’ upcoming Thursday night meeting with Port Adelaide this week is that it is due to take place at the very place where its dec

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