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2 hours ago, Nasher said:

Loved the moment in the last when Lever was by himself in the D50 with a wave of Geelong players on the way in. Had started chasing the player about to get out the back, but at the last second went towards the ball carrier instead. Got there just in the nick of time, with the help of dud bounce by the carrier, and held the ball up before the cavalry arrived. Saved an absolutely certain goal and got a massive cheer from the crowd, and me at home. 

From behind the goals there was only one player that looked likely to put any kind of pressure on the carrier running through the middle.... and then i realised it was a pair of chunky chunk legs i was watching coming towards me at a snails pace chasing ?

But cudos to Jones who was still running his guts out to try and make a difference.  Who knows the Geelong carrier who muffed the bounce may have felt the thunder from those big thighs stomping into the turf 10 meters or so behind!  Good onya Chunk.

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1 hour ago, Dame Gaga said:

Arrived at the MCG in a howling wind and under a threatening cloudy sky, to be greeted by the sound of Led Zepplin's "Kashmir" booming around the ground. When it was followed by Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer", I took it to be a good omen for us. Let's do this!

As others have said, what a great team effort. Everyone played well. Pressure was intense, desire for the ball fierce.

Viney fought tooth and nail for every possession, May was his usual reliable self until Hawkins took care of him, Lever commanded the backline in his absence, Hunt and Langdon thrilled with their runs down the wings, Max dominated all day and kicked that long bouncing goal to shut down some noisy Geelong fans near us when needed, Kozzie was lurking about in everything and assisted in some special goals, always putting pressure on the opposition. What an exciting player he is, you just know he is about to do something brilliant and you are yelling "Kozzie!" before he has even touched the ball. 

Things are going well when Fritta kicks true! Clarrie didn't waste his touches with aimless flick passes. He took his time to look for a team mate. Just wonderful. Petracca, superb as usual. Pity he didn't kick more goals. Spargo's tackling, Salem's marking, Jones, TMac, Angus, ANB, all good contributors. Apologies to whoever I've left out. Overall a classy effort.

So good to see off those arrogant Geelong supporters. 

There is nothing like an emphatic win to thaw out the bones after sitting in the cold and wet at the MCG late on a Sunday afternoon. 

Happy Eddie Murphy GIF

I got there at sledgehammer.  Fair bit of acca dacca also but i feel thats a common thing at many openers now.

I must admit the song selection was alot better today imv.  Much more grunty and rocky making it feel more like a true home ground fortress up for the fight.

Thunder struck was also played in full i think instead of the usual 15 seconds or so as they ran through the banner before the theme song started a few seasons back.

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15 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Sparrow missed a quarter and a half as the sub though

Yep, what i meant was that Sparrow did well to register those 5 tackles disposals with limited game time. I'd say JJ might be in trouble next week.

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Just now, A F said:

Yep, what i meant was that Sparrow did well to register those 5 tackles disposals with limited game time. I'd say JJ might be in trouble next week.

Yeah reread it after I responded and realised that's what you meant - you were too quick for my ninja edit tho haha

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3 hours ago, Wadda We Sing said:

What were the stats for Kozzie goal assist today? And also for the season so far? Seemed like he was on the end of everything at one stage...

2 goal assists & 7 score involvements today.

Season averages....

Ranked equal second for Goal Assists on 0.75 alongside Tmac and behind Spargo who's in 1st posi with 1 per match.

Sitting equal third for Score Involvements alongside Frittata on 6.75.  Clarry second on 7.50 and Tracc sitting in first position on 8.50

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Highlight: Seeing those guys play like a well-oiled machine. We watched the team earn a level of respect we haven't seen in years. No passengers, except Melksham. But I'm willing to let him have a return game to find his feet.

We deserve this feeling, my fellow Dees supporters.

Lowlights: Losing May and...

Brian Taylor - "You get the feeling this game is like a bag of sand hanging in the air above, and any second it's going to burst and spread itself all over the ground"

 

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8 hours ago, faultydet said:

Been watching the Dees for almost 50 years and that was easily one of the best games I've ever seen in regards to relentless defensive pressure. When we've lost to sides like St Kilda recently it's been because we failed to handle this type of defence and now here we are dishing it out..

This is a seismic change in the way the team goes about its job and the type of pressure that can win big games.

 

Well done Dees.

Sounds like you’re now on board FD which is great

I think you’ve tipped against every round thus far. Do you mind continuing to do so? You’ve developed into a luck charm for us i reckon ?

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11 hours ago, Win4theAges said:

Would have to be the 50's or 60's for sure.

1990 I think.

Twas when I was on my honeymoon. Think it was even more than 5 - 0. I'm sure someone will clarify/correct this. 

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13 hours ago, trac4brownlow said:

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There is only one error in this, replace "*Essendon were unable to play finals due to supplement saga" with "*Essendon were ineligible for finals due to sanctions issued for their illegal doping program throughout 2011 and 2012.".

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10 hours ago, titan_uranus said:

Don't worry, old dee. We're going to lose a game at some point. And make no mistake, the usual suspects who have been conspicuously absent on here over the last four weeks are going to resurface. Then, you'll feel like things are back to "normal".

Until then, though, lap it up! We're a genuine football team right now. It's been a while since we've been able to say that.

Oh I am enjoying it tu. If there is one thing the MFC has taught me is to enjoy the victory’s when they happen. 

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6 hours ago, Mel Bourne said:

Lowlights: Losing May and...

Brian Taylor - "You get the feeling this game is like a bag of sand hanging in the air above, and any second it's going to burst and spread itself all over the ground"

 

Do they drug test commentators?

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13 hours ago, Better days ahead said:

When Spargo tackles someone they stay tackled

Very strong for his size.

Tackles with all his might.

Not lazy in applying them. 

Corners opposition all the time.

Melksham take note please.

Did a Selwyn on Selwyn. Loved it.

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9 hours ago, BrisbaneDemon said:

It’s always special beating the cats, there isn’t a team I hate more, hate them, their coach and captain.

a few things I loved today that haven’t been mentioned:


leg speed - long gone is the slow Melbourne team, we’re seriously fast now, loving it

Rivers - the amount of times I saw him busting is [censored] to get back in defence today was outstanding, he has some serious wheels

Kozzie - just love him, but a few times today (him and Fritsch) that he hesitated going for the ball, I cannot wait until he just takes it upon himself and grabs it, love the ball in his hands.

Lever, Langdon, Hunt, Salam I haven’t seen play better games for the Dee’s.

Melksham was quiet, it would be hard playing a rubbish VFL practice match and then Turing up to play the cats, hoping he gets another run next week and contributes like we all want him too (2018 model please)

Milkshake had no form to justify his inclusion in the side and played like he had for most of 2020. It pays to be the coaches buddy. 

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4 minutes ago, joeboy said:

Jake Lever’s performance reminded me of the late, great Sean Wight, with his anticipation and athletic attack.

Thats a big compliment to Jake, Joeboy.

Sean Wight was a hero. One of my favorite all time players. Probably the strongest and bravest. Was well respected by all  including opposition.

But JL is starting to show the same clothe.

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4 minutes ago, leave it to deever said:

Very strong for his size.

Tackles with all his might.

Not lazy in applying them. 

Corners opposition all the time.

Melksham take note please.

Did a Selwyn on Selwyn. Loved it.

100% agree Deever. His tackling pressure is elite. He nails his tackles. Every time.

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8 minutes ago, old dee said:

Milkshake had no form to justify his inclusion in the side and played like he had for most of 2020. It pays to be the coaches buddy. 

Was actually excited to see him selected but agreed he didnt do much.

Really hoping he would embrace his 2nd chance and rip into it, like Tmac has done.

First game in a long time but Tmac started on fire. I still remember his silky skills and conditions were not great but then I look at how Fritta played.

If he plays again like that then I cant see him staying at he club.

Sounds harsh but when I see how all the other players are doing everything to win....TWELVE tackles by Viney, then its hard not to feel that way. Especially given his performance last year. Maybe he will turn it around. I really hope so but I dont think Im alone in saying these things.

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10 hours ago, In Harmes Way said:

Great team win. My MFCSS wondering if we’re going to show up or not is starting to melt. We are lovely to watch.

Special shout out to Jayden Hunt, you’re in career best form. Keep it up mate, love watching you and Langdon streaming forward in excess of the speed limit.

I reckon the new "stand on the mark" rule is helping him use his speed. Once he's away, only the speedsters will catch him, and I think that gives him a bit of confidence. Haven't seen the DE stats, but I reckon his kicking was pretty good yesterday

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26 minutes ago, leave it to deever said:

Was actually excited to see him selected but agreed he didnt do much.

Really hoping he would embrace his 2nd chance and rip into it, like Tmac has done.

First game in a long time but Tmac started on fire. I still remember his silky skills and conditions were not great but then I look at how Fritta played.

If he plays again like that then I cant see him staying at he club.

Sounds harsh but when I see how all the other players are doing everything to win....TWELVE tackles by Viney, then its hard not to feel that way. Especially given his performance last year. Maybe he will turn it around. I really hope so but I dont think Im alone in saying these things.

Happy to give him a pass with it being his first game & also horrendous conditions. However would have to show marked improvement next week. On song his delivery into the forward line is a weapon & he was generally a good shot for goal.

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What a weapon having Hunt and Langdon working together in tandem. These two just cut ribbons through any defence. I thought they worked in really well with Brayshaw a few times as he was on the end of some of their runs down the wings. It's great seeing these three hit some form. When they're up and about very hard to stop.  

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In an interview before round 1, Max said that our players were “hurting” because they had let themselves and the supporters down by not making finals in 2020 .......... they were intent on redeeming themselves in 2021.  His statement was (quite reasonably) greeted around here with many comments along the lines of “we’ve heard it all before”, “talk is cheap” and “we want actions, not words”.

Well, I think in the first four rounds, we are starting to see strong evidence that Max is a man of his word, and our team is prepared to back him up.

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