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12 minutes ago, rpfc said:

Can someone go and collect what the Cats fans are saying? 

Live for those threads after a win.

Call it K-rock of [censored] or something like that...

Every opposition team is well aware that any 50/50 will go against us and play accordingly, the award goes to... Charlie Spargo.

There isn't a team in the league that could carry as many passengers as we had today & still be a contender.

Not the end of the world. We win most weeks. Needed some more Constable

Let’s hope the topping up with pensioners is now finished. We aren’t a contender. Time to concentrate on bringing in quality youth

The margin flattered us. Melbourne controlled the game all day and could have taken it away from us in the first quarter with better accuracy. We were never in it.

Cant get my head around the fact Close and Selwood got pinged for clear handballs but Gawn frequently threw it and never got called.

What I hated the most about today was the clear contempt Melbourne had for our physicality. They took on the tackler in close just about every time, and with great success, got handballs out or crashed through where we should have been able to lock it in.

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1 hour ago, Chook said:

This is the best Melbourne team I've seen since the mid-2000s. I was too young to properly evaluate our 2000 team, but the jury's out on that as well.

I am a 50 year MCC member and a die-hard Dees fan. This side is certainly better and more versatile than 2000. More strings to the bow, but also a very different era. 
 

What l like about now is that everyone seems to be playing their role, and the effect is just fantastic. No doubt there will be down times, but it is very encouraging nevertheless.

Go Dees!

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36 minutes ago, ucanchoose said:

Can anybody find out when we were last 5 and 0 to start a season?

I remember us winning the first 8 or 9 games in 1965 before losing to the bombers at the MCG. From that point onwards things went somewhat pear shaped.

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29 minutes ago, Cards13 said:

It’s a terrible time slot let alone for a feral of Cats fans to get up the highway.

I’m 40 odd minutes from Geelong and that paired with a 4am get up means I’ll miss a lot of home games. But such is the price of a nice country lifestyle.

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2 hours ago, Lace Out said:

Is it too early to sleep out for GF seats in the MCC??

woohoo 

You can get in some practice outside the McDonalds in Lonsdale Street. If you put out a cap or a foam cup, you can save up for the tickets.

 

1 hour ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

How good was it when Pickett caught Selwood holding the ball without about 5 minutes left and then gave Selwood a mouthful.

Dear Joel can look forward to more of that as he gradually gets slower and less effective. I estimate 17 other clubs will take every opportunity to point this out to him.

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Important win as we were challenged 3 times, and each time we showed them who's boss. Almost worth two wins, for the belief factor.

And still room for improvement in skills and finishing.

Lever & May, Lever & May, Lever & May ... I reckon Langdon is every bit as important to our team.

Jackson looks ready to explode any game now.

Poor Nev ... all he's good for now is grabbing the ball and going to ground to force a ball up.

GO DEMONS!

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19 minutes ago, Hellish Inferno said:

 

What I hated the most about today was the clear contempt Melbourne had for our physicality. They took on the tackler in close just about every time, and with great success, got handballs out or crashed through where we should have been able to lock it in.

Thanks for sourcing that @Hellish Inferno.

I think this is a very astute comment from the Geelong fan. We can now physically match it.

I live down Geelong way, and I distinctly remember Brisbane coming to Kardinia Park with Voss, Akermanis, Black et al, physically smashing Ablett, Johnson, Chapman etc... those boys were 18-22 at the time in 2002-03 (so was I)... and then a few years later, the physicality of Ablett, Johnson, Chapman (their midfield) was on display through maturity of age.

This is where we as a team are now...no doubt about it.

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2 hours ago, Gorgoroth said:

I can’t agree with those thinking Hawkins meant that. That was accidental.

Onto other things I think Tmac to FB, Brown or Weid to FF.

 

2 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Yep just watched 3 times

Accidental after handball action 

Reckless is the most charitable label one could use. 

2 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 

.... and today without our two preferred KPP forwards (and our KPP defender most of the day, thanks Tom). 

1 hour ago, DaisyDeeciple said:

Watching it I felt like there was a slight delay in the movement of the arm, that made me think he was deliberately reckless. And he has form, he wanted to put the hurt on, and did too much, has happened too many times now with him.

Interesting combination of words.  I guess Michael Christian might be influenced by your words. 

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4 minutes ago, Mazer Rackham said:

Important win as we were challenged 3 times, and each time we showed them who's boss. Almost worth two wins, for the belief factor.

And still room for improvement in skills and finishing.

Lever & May, Lever & May, Lever & May ... I reckon Langdon is every bit as important to our team.

Jackson looks ready to explode any game now.

Poor Nev ... all he's good for now is grabbing the ball and going to ground to force a ball up.

GO DEMONS!

Doesn't he @Mazer Rackham...what I love is there is no tentativeness... in ruck contests he is certainly happy to tap the ball, even to himself and then go and get the ball... didn't quite come off today a few times... but the composure will come.

Whilst I'm always dubious on Hunt's disposal (except for goal kicking)... he did bloody well today, and I hope that gives him genuine belief through experience that he can run [censored] quickly and execute accurate kicks...because today, well, he could.

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WHAT A GAME WHAT A WIN! We should have won by more that's how good we were. A real even team performance no one played a bad game. Gawn, Oliver, Petracca and Langdon outstanding performances. Fritta is kicking straight now. WE ARE ON FIRE! Lever what a general! He's become the player we wanted him to be. I thought after 2 knee recos he wouldn't become the player he is so congratulations to Lever. WELL DONE DEES! KEEP IT UP It doesn't get any easier against the Hawks who haven't been too bad. BIG GAME! Hopefully we will be 5 and zip when we play the Tiges which will shape up to be a massive game. GO DEES! 

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1 hour ago, leave it to deever said:

2 weeks ago some muppets were calling for fritta to be dropped.

He is an elite player. 

And now muppets are calling him elite. ? Somewhere in the upper middle range of those two things I think he lies

 

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Starting the season four zip is amazing and I am not going to say we haven’t beaten anyone because I personally feel there is generally only one really bad team in North. So any win is a good win but to be honest I still don’t think we have played that well yet this year. Yes our pressure was really good today and yes there are improvements from last year but we still have lots to improve on if we are going to play and win finals. 

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2 minutes ago, trout said:

Starting the season four zip is amazing and I am not going to say we haven’t beaten anyone because I personally feel there is generally only one really bad team in North. So any win is a good win but to be honest I still don’t think we have played that well yet this year. Yes our pressure was really good today and yes there are improvements from last year but we still have lots to improve on if we are going to play and win finals. 

Personally I think that’s the best thing about our start to the year. We clean up our skills a bit and we’ll start smashing teams

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I would have bet anything that Langdon touched the ball more than the 25 times recorded in the stats. Is it possible that the part-time notchers are getting him mixed up with Hunt? 

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Was interesting listening to Scott's presser after the game.  He was asked why send O'Connor to Oliver and not Petracca. He didn't want to discuss the specific reasons why but said that Gawn is a star and Melbourne has a number of very good players.  From that I think what he meant was that Gawn gives first use to Oliver more than any other Melbourne player, therefore attempt to stop the first link in the chain.  Either way, it didn't work today.  O'Connor is no de Boer.

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40 minutes ago, Mazer Rackham said:

Important win as we were challenged 3 times, and each time we showed them who's boss. Almost worth two wins, for the belief factor.

Let’s face facts. We were never challenged...even when they got within 12 points. 

I’m an eternal MFC pessimist and at not one point today did I feel we were ever going to lose the game.

Not only that, I got to sink [censored] I’m at my seat in the MCC! 

What a day.

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3 hours ago, dieter said:

At first glance it looked accidental: after watching it a few times, Hawkins threw his arm back at May; that's no accident. And, Hawkins has form....

Agreed, I thought it was accidental at first but looking at the replay just now he definitely meant to throw his arm back. Obviously didn't mean to smash his face in but it was reckless and when you do that sometimes there are consequences like what happened to May.

No way it gets looked at though.

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