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It ain't gonna happen, but how would we feel about Mitch Brown replacing Petty down back? 

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I've figured it out. There's an in-joke that I'm not part of, to always just say "drop Melksham" irrespective of how he plays or how the game plays out. That's the only explanation for it.

Sparrow for Harmes. I'm sorry, but apart from 2-3 good moments in that game, Harmes was doing everything we shouldn't be doing. He just plays like old Melbourne.

The boy's are training now (captain's run), Trac moving freely and looking good I've been told. 

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4 minutes ago, Juicebox said:

It ain't gonna happen, but how would we feel about Mitch Brown replacing Petty down back? 

I thought Petty was ok & held this own

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37 minutes ago, Juicebox said:

It ain't gonna happen, but how would we feel about Mitch Brown replacing Petty down back? 

I’d put Spargo at CHB before Mitch Brown. 

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2 hours ago, Billy said:

Fritsch was absolutely woeful all game, he’s been good this year & deserves to stay in but another performance like that & Goodwin should make a statement with him about consistency.

He didn’t chase, none of his tackles stuck, he we went to ground to easy & his disposal (when he actually touched it) was abysmal 
If Melksham played liked that the Demonlanders would be calling for blood 

Brayshaw was terrible also, he needs to put more care into his disposal, 4 of his last quarter disposals nearly cost us the game

 

Agreed on all points. Fritsch has been one of our most consistent players all year so has credits in the bank but was flat last night, makes you wonder if his hand was ok to play after last week.

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3 minutes ago, Big Demon said:

Agreed on all points. Fritsch has been one of our most consistent players all year so has credits in the bank but was flat last night, makes you wonder if his hand was ok to play after last week.

I reckon the tribunal stuff tends to have an effect. The focus wasn’t quite there

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I was thinking TMac may go back . Can do what Thomo can do and add some attacking flair . Would love to see Weids dominate at the G . But Tmac was our best player last night imo . Played  CHF ( hardest and most important position on the ground ) role to perfection . Maybe change the rucks off the bench ?

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5 minutes ago, drysdale demon said:

Why?

Personally I thought Petty has a looked a little shaky in both games he has played this year. Which is fair enough, players need time to settle in and find that confidence.

Mitch Brown, i dunno... He is a bit of journeyman and has that experience under his belt. Has spent time down in the backline at points throughout his career and whilst he doesn't do anything spectacularly well, I think he has a solid footy IQ that'd compliment guys like Lever and May.

Happy enough to see them persist with Petty, I think he obviously has far more upside going forward. I just figured Brown to be an interesting left-of-field alternative

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24 minutes ago, Billy said:

I thought Petty was ok & held this own

the fact is petty is in the team to lockdown and his opponent didnt dominate him therefore he has done his job effectively, also how is a player supposed to develop and find their feet at the level if they are tossed in and out week on week we need to give him a consistent go, yet to be fully towelled up. people are just looking for an excuse to take him out

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I thought Melksham had some bad moments, kicking for goal outside 50 when an easy pass was on and making poor decisions. Which is usually his strong suit. As he doesn’t offer much else he’ll be on the chopping block soon unless he improves. If it was up to me I would drop him

i don’t think Gus will be looked at to be dropped. I thought he was good in the 2nd Q from memory. Went missing a bit in the 2nd half but we went down Langers wing a lot

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I THOUGHT THAT MAX LOOKED VERY VERY TIRED 

NOT ONE OF HIS BEST GAMES

WAS HE INJURED GOING IN?

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Whilst it's obviously an absolute blast to be winning, I think we're still trying to settle a side. Especially that forwardline. 

Harmes game was perplexing. Got a fair bit of it, did some good things and did some really poor things. It's those mistakes and rushed handballs to nobody that absolutely kill me and the team. They almost take away the good stuff he does. It's the same with Brayshaw, his use and touch can be terrifying. Positioning is all well and good but man he just struggles to do the basics consistently well. 

Carlton have a habit of sharing Max so centre square really needs to be addressed against them. Give Max a rocket, he needs to stop thinking games are just easy now. 

Would also love to know why our forwardline pressed so high up the ground last night. Why did Brown not stay inside forward 50 all night? We had far too many talls jump at the same ball on the wing area.

Cant believe we're still winning with the mess! 

Happy days I guess. 

 

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3 hours ago, Demon17 said:

This comment probably fits into this selecton thread.

I'm worried about the forward structure after last night, and admittedly only 1 game,

But it looked very different with Brown in, and may have impacted Fritsch's output. Fritsch has been great all year but last night there seemed to be continual rotations, with Brown off a few times. Obviously not because of fatigue, and I wonder if this selection is a work in progress from the coaches, trying to figure out how the pieces fit. I fear losing Fritsch's aerial strength which is a winner for him.

Time will tell next week, on a hopefully dry day.

Brown's impact was his usual forte - straight kicking and high pack marks and on last night only prefer to perservere with him than Weid.

I was thinking the same thing at the ground. Where has our forward connection gone? After watching the replay I saw the old problems of sending kicks forward to no one's advantage. Fortunately BBB and TMAC were great with their contested marking and that made the difference. BBB was playing around the ground v Box Hill and is required to do more than stand in the square and jump at the ball.

I think that all the forwards are expected to be mobile and cover the ground. It gives us more options when moving the ball forward and also makes our forward line difficult to handle

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1 hour ago, Juicebox said:

It ain't gonna happen, but how would we feel about Mitch Brown replacing Petty down back? 

Let him grow into the role. Tommo is a big loss and we can’t expect Petty to have the same impact but I expect he will settle and be very good for us. It’s not a role we should chop n change unless he is comprehensively beaten and he hasn’t been as yet.

That was as physical a game I’ve seen us play in a while plus it was wet, there will be some very sore bodies such as Trac. I expect a few ‘managed’ next week.

Real happy it’s a Sunday game for the extra rest.

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1 hour ago, JimmyGadson said:

Whilst it's obviously an absolute blast to be winning, I think we're still trying to settle a side. Especially that forwardline. 

Harmes game was perplexing. Got a fair bit of it, did some good things and did some really poor things. It's those mistakes and rushed handballs to nobody that absolutely kill me and the team. They almost take away the good stuff he does. It's the same with Brayshaw, his use and touch can be terrifying. Positioning is all well and good but man he just struggles to do the basics consistently well. 

Carlton have a habit of sharing Max so centre square really needs to be addressed against them. Give Max a rocket, he needs to stop thinking games are just easy now. 

Would also love to know why our forwardline pressed so high up the ground last night. Why did Brown not stay inside forward 50 all night? We had far too many talls jump at the same ball on the wing area.

Cant believe we're still winning with the mess! 

Happy days I guess. 

 

Maybe 'our mess' is superior to the mess that all the other 17 teams are playing.

Our mess is top of the ladder possibly 8 points clear come Monday morning.

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14 hours ago, MurDoc516 said:

Sparrow for Harmes.

I'm sorry, but apart from 2-3 good moments in that game, Harmes was doing everything we shouldn't be doing. He just plays like old Melbourne.

Rubbish 

he worked hard all night 

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Looks like Harmes is the new Melks. Divides opinion.

No changes but we are lacking fluency and look tired. One or 2 changes won't really make much difference. Viney will come straight back in when he's fit but other than that its just shuffling deck chairs.

We're grinding which is what you need to do sometimes but I would like to see a run of games where we just click. It looks like  hard work at the moment. Unbelieveable to be 8-0 but the loss is just around the corner. Glad we're not facing the Doggies or Lions next up. The bye can't come soon enough.

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Rest Max and Melksham

Try Sparrow if Viney not available 

Daw to ruck

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Out: getting jumped and slow starts .

In. Pressure from the get go.

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Bit amused by the posters wanting Harmes dropped. He hit the contest hard and was Melbourne’s no.1 ranked player on the ground last night.

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