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2 minutes ago, Mazer Rackham said:

Yes, and same for Oliver.

I bet they were both Scott. That *&%$#&*@

The most intriguing for me was that neither coach rated Viney's game worthy of a vote.  Based on the coaches presser I think Scott gave Gawn 4 and Goody would've given the 4 to Clarry and 3 to Gawn.  Which probably means the 3 to Langdon came from Scott.

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A Melbourne side with 4 quarter intensity. 

A Melbourne side who stay with the plan.

A Melbourne side who stick  their tackles. 

A Melbourne side who run as hard back as forward,

A Melbourne side who adjust roles on the run when things don’t go their way.

Just need to start ticking the Melbourne side who take their chances and we will seriously start putting sides away and I will start to believe we are a serious shake.

The injuries and soreness in the kids will come at some point but we have some quality depth old and young to replace them with.  Always great to put the wins away early certainly better than chasing them late. 

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Apparently Umpires in our game took an average of five seconds extra time to make individual judgements about free or holding ball in regard to Geelong players than ours. Don't ask me how i know........HQ?.

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23 hours ago, Deesprate said:

This is the best Melbourne team since early 90s when Schwarta and Lyon were doing there thing. The day we wiped Blues in a final was the pinnacle. Have been watching for 50 freakin years 

Potentially this  is the best chance we have for immediate and/or sustained success Since 1964.

We not only have 4/5 A graders they are playing like those elite players.

But there are another 10 at least on our list who may improve to that status or close to. Our depth looks promising and real and for once a number of "role" players of  genuine substance.

Also  isn't it great When players are played in position but can be moved fir team balance or yo change a game! 
 

BTW we may just have our best coaching group for half a century also. 
 

Sides this year who are looking yo succeed will need to stand up for the whole year as Tigers and Power will still be there when the whips are cracking.

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19 minutes ago, Swooper1987 said:

The most intriguing for me was that neither coach rated Viney's game worthy of a vote.  Based on the coaches presser I think Scott gave Gawn 4 and Goody would've given the 4 to Clarry and 3 to Gawn.  Which probably means the 3 to Langdon came from Scott.

If I was the opposition coach Langdon would have been a real annoyance

He kept driving the team forward all day (26 possessions) as well as standing out with the run & carry

I'm most surprised that Langdon didn't get votes from both coaches.  Not sure the umpires would have missed him though

Langdon stood out all day

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1 hour ago, Fork 'em said:

As the eternal pessimist I'm in unfamiliar territory right now.
Was very impressed with what I witnessed against Geelong.
Just gotta remember the season is a marathon and not a sprint and I'm also not very confident the season will play out without the covid thing rearing it's head again when the flu season sets in.
Anything could happen but we are building very nicely thanks very much.
Can see again the players have the eye of the tiger.
They know the pieces are in place, a settled backline, a contested beast of a midfield, blistering pace down the wings and a forward line while still spluttering still has a couple handy additions to come in.
If they can keep up what they produced yesterday we'll be right in the mix to go deep.

For a start there is not Nearly as much  flu Now that people are taking care of themselves with masks sanitizers and whatever distancing is being observed. 
Also I believe about 20/25 % of the population are still not living life near back to normal for fear. 
The flu shots are to be taken 2 weeks after the Covid vaccine shots. 

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27 minutes ago, Macca said:

If I was the opposition coach Langdon would have been a real annoyance

He kept driving the team forward all day (26 possessions) as well as standing out with the run & carry

I'm most surprised that Langdon didn't get votes from both coaches.  Not sure the umpires would have missed him though

Langdon stood out all day

Langdon got a 3 from one coach, similar to Clarry that got a 4 from one coach

But in both cases the other coach didn't even have either of them on their list

It shows how hard it is to actually assess value of players to a team

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Just watched the replay and one of the biggest highlights for me came right at the end.

You can excuse a team late in a game for going through the motions when the scoreboard says game over, but not our mob yesterday. In the final 10 seconds of the game we laid 4 tackles and almost a 5th as Geelong tried to run the ball out of their defensive 50. 

Incredible work rate, talk about playing 120 minutes. 

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5 hours ago, Rusty Nails said:

Hard as a cats head the old Seanis.  Could play forward as a pinch hitter on odd occasions also.  Did he hit a pack hard and was often the 3rd man up around the ground gaining extra yardage at the ball ins

Rusty, Sean was one of our greats - focussed, tough, determined, skilled, a real team man. 

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6 minutes ago, Hellish Inferno said:

Langdon got a 3 from one coach, similar to Clarry that got a 4 from one coach

But in both cases the other coach didn't even have either of them on their list

It shows how hard it is to actually assess value of players to a team

True

I reckon Goodwin gave Oliver 4 with Scott giving Langdon 3

But I could be totally wrong H!

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On 4/11/2021 at 7:10 PM, Better days ahead said:

Hunt is our most improved player. Defending like I’ve never seen him defend before.

Totally agree. 

I was critical of his performance last week because it was all dash for little return.

This week, he brought some dash, used the ball well but more importantly - as you say - he defended so well.

If he can do that consistently, we've got a real weapon on our hands.

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6 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Rusty, Sean was one of our greats - focussed, tough, determined, skilled, a real team man. 

Absolutely 56.  He was as valuable as Jimmy in terms of the role he played and impact on matches IMHO.  Talk about white line fever. 

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Just now, Cheesy D. Pun said:

Totally agree. 

I was critical of his performance last week because it was all dash for little return.

This week, he brought some dash, used the ball well but more importantly - as you say - he defended so well.

If he can do that consistently, we've got a real weapon on our hands.

Always was a weapon, young Hunt. All he needed was his barrel pull-through and a good oiling. 

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3 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Always was a weapon, young Hunt. All he needed was his barrel pull-through and a good oiling. 

I gave a laugh a emoji, but I'll be honest, I know very little about guns.

Is there a a double entendre in there? Either way, sounds enticing.

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1 minute ago, Cheesy D. Pun said:

I gave a laugh a emoji, but I'll be honest, I know very little about guns.

Is there a a double entendre in there? Either way, sounds enticing.

Ex-Army man; all maintenance is referred to as a 'cleaning of the barrel' and a good oiling. For Hunt, he'd been well-maintained. 

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1 minute ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Ex-Army man; all maintenance is referred to as a 'cleaning of the barrel' and a good oiling. For Hunt, he'd been well-maintained. 

Well there you go. Who would have thought you could learn something on Demonland!

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22 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Rusty, Sean was one of our greats - focussed, tough, determined, skilled, a real team man.

 

13 minutes ago, Rusty Nails said:

Absolutely 56.  He was as valuable as Jimmy in terms of the role he played and impact on matches IMHO.  Talk about white line fever. 

I think you blokes will appreciate this. It’s a write up in the Kerry sports hub commemorating the life and times of Sean Wight about a year or so ago. He was an accomplished gaelic footballer and is still a revered figure for his local club Listowel Emmetts (incidentally the same club Tadgh Kennelly hails from)

https://kerrysportshub.ie/2020/03/21/sean-wright-the-forgotten-kerry-hero/

 

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8 minutes ago, Better days ahead said:

 

I think you blokes will appreciate this. It’s a write up in the Kerry sports hub commemorating the life and times of Sean Wight about a year or so ago. He was an accomplished gaelic footballer and is still a revered figure for his local club Listowel Emmetts (incidentally the same club Tadgh Kennelly hails from)

https://kerrysportshub.ie/2020/03/21/sean-wright-the-forgotten-kerry-hero/

 

Thanks for this, Bda. A great little read and fond memories of Sean. One of our Demon greats, for sure. 

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51 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

Just watched the replay and one of the biggest highlights for me came right at the end.

My teplay highlight came at end of second quarter after trac had goaled on the siren. Kossie moved to join in the dees huddle celebration and Selwood in sniper fashion pushed him in the chest. He was wide open and understanably not expecting contact.

Clayton Oliver instantly retaliated doing the same back to selwood. As if to say   Don't touch kossie.

Well done clarry. Failed tagger O'connor joined in weakly as well. Maybe saw a chance to finally get close to Oliver 

 

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5 hours ago, deejammin' said:

Great team win! What a start! If you’d have told me in January that we’d be 4-0 with no Brown, Weideman, Hibberd and Viney for a game I would’ve thought you were mad!

Incredible stuff! 
 

Also I was hearing a bit of ‘Melbourne haven’t beaten anyone yet’ on the radio this morning and I’m ok with that, keep the lid on. But there’s an interesting stat everyone seems to be missing, everyone Melbourne has beaten has beaten everyone the bulldogs have beaten.

Geelong beat Brisbane, Saints beat WC, GWS beat Collingwood, admittedly Freo haven’t played North yet, but I think we can all agree they WILL beat them. 
So the next time a radio host tells you how incredible the dogs are but Melbourne ‘haven’t beaten anyone yet’ maybe cheekily point this out? While keeping the lid on of course...

GO DEES!!!

The teams we've played have a 7-5 record in their other non-Melbourne games. Same with Sydney.

The teams the Dogs have beaten have a 4-9 record.

1 hour ago, Dee Zephyr said:

Just watched the replay and one of the biggest highlights for me came right at the end.

You can excuse a team late in a game for going through the motions when the scoreboard says game over, but not our mob yesterday. In the final 10 seconds of the game we laid 4 tackles and almost a 5th as Geelong tried to run the ball out of their defensive 50. 

Incredible work rate, talk about playing 120 minutes. 

Love this. It's critical to any good side. 

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Feel like Viney deserves more credit for this game. Shout out to @DeeSpencer and @The Swimming Dee for also having him BOG.

It wasn’t just the fact he had more contested possessions and tackles than any other player on the ground. It was the moments they happened. Those knife edge moments where the Cats could have swung momentum. More often than not it felt like Viney was the one having none of it.

Impossible not to have admiration for the bloke. To be playing with the enormous heart he does when many other professional sportsmen would have sooked it up. He’s a gem. Thank god he plays for us.

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3 hours ago, durango said:

I  went on the AFL web site and watch the game I don't know if this is a new feature that anybody can watch games?

In the past you had to pay a fee.

Replays are available on afl.com.au (free) the next day...

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11 minutes ago, P-man said:

Feel like Viney deserves more credit for this game. Shout out to @DeeSpencer and @The Swimming Dee for also having him BOG.

It wasn’t just the fact he had more contested possessions and tackles than any other player on the ground. It was the moments they happened. Those knife edge moments where the Cats could have swung momentum. More often than not it felt like Viney was the one having none of it.

Impossible not to have admiration for the bloke. To be playing with the enormous heart he does when many other professional sportsmen would have sooked it up. He’s a gem. Thank god he plays for us.

Thanks P-Man. One of the best games Jack has every played in my opinion. It was a beast like performance

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