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Last 2 rounds combined. It’s pretty clear cut. 

Jones  24 possessions 6 score involvements 13 pressure acts

Melksham 22 possessions 11 score involvements 24 pressure acts 

He was rightly carried to 300 and I doubt he will get back in unless as sub.

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Do people honestly think Melksham would continue to be selected if the greater match committee (not just Goodwin) didn’t think it was in the team’s best interest to do so? The “Goodwin plays favourite

I don’t care about the optics, it was obvious we were shepherding Jones through, and any club who reckons they wouldn’t do the same are full of it.

I don't really understand the anti-Melk chat. Melk's upside is heaps better than Jones. 

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1 minute ago, Jaded said:

I don’t like that he’s been “omitted”. Just say “managed” and say he’s being nursed thru the season to make sure he’s right to go later in the season. 

I can’t really see him worrying about the wording. Surely this possibility would have been flagged to him. It’s understood he needs the rest more than Melksham does. And Melksham needs to lift! 

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There was a stat going around a few weeks ago about Jones taking 298 games to finish a round in the top 2 of the ladder. He's still yet to finish 1st after a home and away round. Would be a cruel twist of fate if we finish this round in first position and he wasn't able to technically be part of it.

It's a silly, meaningless record of course - one that Jones might not even be aware of - but it feels a little cruel nonetheless.

Hope he gets named the medical sub and gets to be out there on the ground at the end of the day to celebrate the closest thing we've had to a premiership in about 20 years!

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It's fine.  Jones himself is probably much more interested in being as fresh as possible to give him a chance for the late season.  Fairytales don't climax with an early winter win over the presumptive wooden spoon team.

We also still have some kinks to work out and partnerships to fine tune if we're really going to challenge in September and Jones is the most 'known quantity' of known quantities.

 

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Ok, they’ve dropped Jones. It was going to happen eventually but I’m really surprised it happened this week. Firstly he had a very serviceable game last week, not outstanding but he played a role. Secondly it’s straight after his 300, seems a bit disrespectful. Thirdly it’s a midfielder for a forward. Finally if we’re looking at who played a part in the win last week and who didn’t how does Melksham stay in the team then?

I’m happy Brown’s getting his first run, but I don’t agree with who us made way for him. 

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Jones will get his chance again, and God I hope it's Grand final day. 

Seems brutal, although similar current output, Melksham has more upside and versatility than Jones. 

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1 minute ago, Pates said:

Ok, they’ve dropped Jones. It was going to happen eventually but I’m really surprised it happened this week. Firstly he had a very serviceable game last week, not outstanding but he played a role. Secondly it’s straight after his 300, seems a bit disrespectful. Thirdly it’s a midfielder for a forward. Finally if we’re looking at who played a part in the win last week and who didn’t how does Melksham stay in the team then?

I’m happy Brown’s getting his first run, but I don’t agree with who us made way for him. 

I agree with it because it was the change I'd hoped for.

Jones is no longer a midfielder, as you assert.  He's playing a pressure HF role.

Unlike many here, I prefer Melksham to Jones.  It was clearly out of those two as to who was going to be omitted.

I want to support a caring but ruthless footy club.  Jones was honoured brilliantly by the club, but it has also shown it does what good clubs do, select the best team to win as they explore the right team balance across the course of the season.

This side is as good as it gets.  One can debate Weideman v McDonald, but in essence their current outputs are about the same, so they cancel each other out.

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36 minutes ago, DemonOX said:

Selection is a joke. 

Jones is in better form than Melk amd he gets omitted. 

Well some things haven’t changed since last season with goody. Pathetic. 

Just maybe, Jones is being rested/managed for a niggle. He is in relatively good form and the North game would suit him as an under-and-at 'em protagonist. Melksham is running out of occasions for the bigger contribution so maybe this is - or is nearing - some of his last chances. 

 

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Leaving aside the Jones discussion, I understand keeping Melksham in.

I was a huge critic of him last year. His lack of pressure and leadership were damning in my book.

He was pretty average against the tigers, but his pressure was better. Not great, but better.

Possibly the best kick in the team. And has great vision. As a permanent half forward (with the occasional run in the middle) he can be a real weapon.

And in that role he doesn't need heaps if the ball.

With everything else clicking he can be icing on the cake. A difference maker.

And another match up headache as you have to put a decent defender on him - possibly the player you might also consider for fritter.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, spirit of norm smith said:

Milestone Demon Dumped. 
 

That’s the AFL website headline 

Rested is the alternative wording 

I thought that was pathetic and incredibly disrespectful to a legend of the Melbourne Football Club. Grrrr!

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Just sending our 6yo off to sleep (no not with a boring story about dad’s failed pro golf/cycling career smart #rses!!) and said big day tomorrow mate - 6th bday party and Dees atop the ladder for the first time since you were minus ten!

 

“Minus ten!?? That is a long time ago dad!”

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1 hour ago, Jaded said:

 

I don’t like the optics

 

Winning trumps optics

i don’t get sentimentality here

the team the club is more important than any individual

that is the key take out on field - that players weren’t being selfless and if they did that would contribute to better performance 

why doesn’t it apply to selection?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Tarax Club said:

Typo? Toby Bedford mentioned in preamble as emergency but Kade Chandler named on the team sheet. Either are worthy 23rd  ‘men’ given recent performances.

If not Jones it will be Baker

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34 minutes ago, AmDamDemon said:

Happy to see what Melksham's i50 delivery potential + BBB might equate to.

If melksham doesn’t perform then he should get the axe too

i like Bedford or sparrow over both Jones and melksham both now and for the future 

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