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First half showed all our weaknesses if our pressure and intensity is off and the midfield are getting beaten.

Second half showed all our strengths.

The mids did a fantastic job turning it around. Credit to Gawn, Oliver, Petracca but also Harmes and Sparrow. They weren't going to be pushed around by Brisbane like they were in the first half (and last year too).

Credit to the forwards for flicking a switch. Tommy and Kozz led the way. Tom started to attack contests. Kozzie backed himself rather than being tentative. Great in game turn around from those boys and the rest of the forwards. 

Tom McDonald's long been a confidence player and to see him being able to turn a game around that wasn't really happening for him is huge. Koz probably hasn't had a game like that against high class opposition before either. In a big week for him with the Indigenous round and some media work it was super impressive.

Big tick for JJ on the wing, filled in very nicely. Surely can now add that versatility to his string.

Huge tick for Steven May turning a bad Maysy game in to an excellent one. Did his body work early and attacked the ball in the air. Petty and Rivers really rallied around him. Hibbo a mixed bag but important in enough contests. Lever won't play a worse game than that this year I don't think.

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29 minutes ago, dees189227 said:

Great 2nd half by our defence to shutdown Hipwood. 

Great second half defence by the whole team.
Shut the lions down completely.
Not just Hipwood.

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1 hour ago, titan_uranus said:

That was enormous. 

We’ve just beaten the two best sides, neither match at our home ground. 

We held a high scoring side to 20 scoring shots and 75 points. 

We needed a lift at half time, so we lifted. We backed our system in, we turned the tide, and then we scored heavily. 

You cannot be anything other than impressed by that. 

I was searching for your stats on an earlier post re: scores against us top 8 vs bottom 8 - could you re submit with this please :)

An underrated post...

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59 minutes ago, Rusty Nails said:

Have a little pitty for Uncle's maid

She will be looking forward to the bye…

Wow what a win! Shout out to the Coaching team for creating a winning culture and getting the best out of our players. Keep believing MFC all. 

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15 minutes ago, Rodney (Balls) Grinter said:

Really glad that Harmes is back playing good footy in the guts.  Nullifying dangerous opponents, while breaking lines through the centre square and providing some great drive of his own.

There were a good number of people who were writing him off as an ordanary player who no longer had a place in the side.  Clearly an asset the way he's playing at the moment.

He has played really well, feel like he has eliminated some mistakes, taking people on and poor kicking. Has done some really good work in close with his handballing and releasing other players too. I hope he can hold his form when Viney comes back in and takes the 'third' mid role.

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The goal,in the last quarter where they flipped the ball through traffic from the back pocket, got,it to Jordan in the open, followed by a Tommy goal. I was next door with a mate and we went through the roof. We don’t kick goals like that! Oh yes we furkin do now! Getting wacked watching the replay. Happy days!!

 

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1 minute ago, deebug said:

Also can i just say our jumper looked amazing on the boys tonight, hope we can wear again when we play at the again??

I’d be very happy for us to wear it again next week v Pies. 

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35 minutes ago, Uncle Fester said:

The moment they went short and wide I knew it was game over.

I actually felt sad for them when they started that stuff - I'd seen that movie too.

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1 hour ago, Mel Bourne said:

That last quarter was a jewel in Darren Burgess’s crown. It was  going to come down to fitness, and it feels so great knowing we can play four HUGE quarters. 

We only played 2 HUGE quarters.

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I've been having conversations with a mate who is mad Geelong.

He has been saying our experience and that of the Cats in '07 is pretty similar. All of that year, he was waiting for Geelong to do 'Geelong things'. Week after week he waited. It never came, and we all know the rest of the story.

He sees the way we are playing as comparable to the Cats of '07. 

That Geelong side was probably the best side of their dynasty years. Of course, we need to actually win a flag first, but you can't get any better comparison than that.

The ball movement in the second half was bloody exhilarating. It was ball on string stuff, and the fact it was against top flight opposition makes it all the more encouraging.

I will have to concur a bit with @I'va Worn Smith While I won't refrain from the match day threads entirely, I was a bit surprised at some of the negativity. Sure, we were down in the first half, but we weren't finished. There was definite hope there if we were to shuffle the pieces around a bit.

Stay excited fellow Demons. As they said during the Civil Rights movement, keep your eye on the prize. We've got a good 2 months of footy and a year of finals shouldn't be a pass mark from this point.

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1 hour ago, Clint Bizkit said:

Clearances are key, the debate is over.

As I predicted would happen, we lost the centre square clearnces and won the around the ground stoppage clearnces.

 

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Trent Rivers has the composure and footy iq of a 200 game player. he was superb again tonight!

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10 minutes ago, Pates said:

Start of the season he was easily one of the top coaches under pressure, I think a journalist has their big call as him sacked by about round 8 with Williams taking over. There were plenty on here that wanted him gone as well, absolutely credit to Goody in having belief in himself and more importantly the players. 

I keep saying it, there is plenty of footy to play in the year so I’m just enjoying the ride (as I’m sure Simon is as well!). 

Simon Goodwin has made us better every year, apart from one drastic fall down the ladder.

Nathan Buckley has made Collingwood worse every year, apart from one stunning rise up the ladder.

#uselessfacts 

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Just now, Colin B. Flaubert said:

That Geelong side was probably the best side of their dynasty years. Of course, we need to actually win a flag first, but you can't get any better comparison than that.

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I will have to concur a bit with @I'va Worn Smith While I won't refrain from the match day threads entirely, I was a bit surprised at some of the negativity. Sure, we were down in the first half, but we weren't finished. There was definite hope there if we were to shuffle the pieces around a bit.

Stay excited fellow Demons. As they said during the Civil Rights movement, keep your eye on the prize. We've got a good 2 months of footy and a year of finals shouldn't be a pass mark from this point.

i think 08 was the best year of the geelong dynasty - they lost two games for the year and one of em happened to be the big dance

and that's why i tend not to bother with the match day threads to be honest; it's just far too 'we'll all be rooned, said hanrahan' for me

i'm not just excited but i am absolutely thrilled and can't get over how this season is progressing

 

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1 minute ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

I've been having conversations with a mate who is mad Geelong.

He has been saying our experience and that of the Cats in '07 is pretty similar. All of that year, he was waiting for Geelong to do 'Geelong things'. Week after week he waited. It never came, and we all know the rest of the story.

He sees the way we are playing as comparable to the Cats of '07. 

That Geelong side was probably the best side of their dynasty years. Of course, we need to actually win a flag first, but you can't get any better comparison than that.

The ball movement in the second half was bloody exhilarating. It was ball on string stuff, and the fact it was against top flight opposition makes it all the more encouraging.

I will have to concur a bit with @I'va Worn Smith While I won't refrain from the match day threads entirely, I was a bit surprised at some of the negativity. Sure, we were down in the first half, but we weren't finished. There was definite hope there if we were to shuffle the pieces around a bit.

Stay excited fellow Demons. As they said during the Civil Rights movement, keep your eye on the prize. We've got a good 2 months of footy and a year of finals shouldn't be a pass mark from this point.

Yeah, I was surprised how calm I was in the first half. Something has pivoted and it's not a bad feeling!

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5 minutes ago, Happy Jack said:

The goal,in the last quarter where they flipped the ball through traffic from the back pocket, got,it to Jordan in the open, followed by a Tommy goal. I was next door with a mate and we went through the roof. We don’t kick goals like that! Oh yes we furkin do now! Getting wacked watching the replay. Happy days!!

 

Yeah man, we got it goin' on.
We are one of those proper good sides other people usually follow.

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It's interesting to see the different way teams line up against us. Brisbane went for even numbers in the stoppage to prevent our loose defender. That worked well for them in the first half because they were winning the clearances. In the second half we just rolled over them in the middle with Max and the loose man in defence didn't matter anymore. The clearances we won, in general, were of a much higher quality that theirs.

There are two ways we can beat teams: a) with a loose man intercepting whilst Max and our mids make the clearance hard, or b) with even numbers across the field allowing the best ruck and powerful midfielders to take the ball out the front of the stoppages. 

It's the differential of quality of stoppages between those we win and those our opponents win which makes us so hard to beat. With even numbers this is even greater, and outnumbered we are still competitive plus we also dominate behind the ball. It's a great 1-2 punch.

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