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4 minutes ago, Demonland said:

What are you thoughts on every listed player getting a premiership medal?

 

My opinion: the league should provide medals to all players who play in the winning side on the day. The club should present a medal/ring/whatever to commemorate to all players in the squad if they want to. Also a separate one for coaches and support staff.

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I agree that any player who ran out on the ground for the club during the season, should be rewarded with a medal; they all contributed to getting us to the big dance (not just the 22 fortunate enough to take the field that day).  There’s probably even an argument for ALL players on the list getting a medal, as it’s a team game, and they are all part of the team and they all contributed in one way or another.

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Three levels of recognition:

1. Players on the day - 23 presented with a mini cup as recognition that they played that day.

2. All players who played at least one game - a medal from the AFL/club as recognition that they contributed to the premiership.

3. All support personnel including coaches, medicos, trainers, water carriers, runners - a medal from the club as recognition that they contributed to the premiership.

Seems fair. Nathan Jones must have something to show for his outstanding contribution to the success of our club.

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2 minutes ago, Demonland said:

Also supporters who can prove they have mental scars.

Our mental scars are healed with the premiership, walking into work as the reigning premier supporter and drinking with happy tears watching the reply through out the summer.

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14 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

The players on the ground are the ones who go to War. 
the rest of us have to watch

 

It's fine to have a different perspective SWYL, but please don't equate a game of footy to going to war. Most of us (fortunately) have no idea what it's like to be under enemy fire; I have mates that have been and they find the analogy to sport both laughable and offensive.

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34 minutes ago, ucanchoose said:

Not every listed player.  Only players that played at least one game

Agreed with this. Any player who played throughout the season has contributed to the success of the team and therefore should be awarded a medal. 
I wouldn’t give medals to every rookie, but certainly if you’ve earnt a game during the season you deserve a medal. 

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This should happen.

And a culture change will happen after - there will be those that have been trained by society that if you aren’t there on the day you aren’t worth the time of day.

I would either go with all people in the FD or have a 5 game quota or something like that. The coaches deserve it and for those that say it will demean the medal for the 23 that played - that’s society training you. 

They don’t do anything alone, none of us do.

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4 minutes ago, DubDee said:

The fact that Hunt won't get a medal after playing 20 games this year is a joke

Exactly right - the fact that there is only 1 prize per year, makes it bloody hard to get any recognition: in the English Football League, there are 3 different cup competitions as well as the 4 leagues to try and win or get promotion from. From memory, I think that a promotion or championship medal is given to any player that’s played a game.

I think after the upheaval for these players over past two years, it would be a good time to start squad recognition for each player that’s played a game that season.

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13 minutes ago, DubDee said:

The fact that Hunt won't get a medal after playing 20 games this year is a joke

* assuming he is not selected for the GF

He gets his chance to crack into the side in the next 8 days. 
The Players who make the Grand Final side are the ones who get elevated. 
it’s a tough hard game, so is life

23 spots to fill

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6 minutes ago, rpfc said:

And a culture change will happen after - there will be those that have been trained by society that if you aren’t there on the day you aren’t worth the time of day.

That’s right - also harks back to a time where football clubs didn’t have massive squads: if you were not in the first team, you were competing for the Reserves Premiership or U19 Premiership, so would have had a dip at one of the titles.

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6 minutes ago, faultydet said:

I've never been one for participation awards. It cheapens the real thing

I don’t like participation medals for doing nothing either, but for a bloke like Hunt to miss out, when he has played and made a huge contribution for the bulk of the year is deserving of the recognition. 

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4 minutes ago, 3183 Dee said:

I don’t like participation medals for doing nothing either, but for a bloke like Hunt to miss out, when he has played and made a huge contribution for the bulk of the year is deserving of the recognition. 

Id recognise the non players with something different. A club medallion or something.

Premiership medals are only for premiership players. 

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45 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

The players on the ground are the ones who go to War. 
the rest of us have to watch

 

A Melbourne listed player hasn't deployed to a conflict since WW2 

Football is not war 

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23 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

He gets his chance to crack into the side in the next 8 days. 
The Players who make the Grand Final side are the ones who get elevated. 
it’s a tough hard game, so is life

23 spots to fill

the medal is for the premiership, not for winning a single game.  you don't get the chance to play in a GF without winning plenty of other matches that Hunt played a big role in.  He has played a bigger role than say Bowey and should get a medal if we win it

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Just now, DubDee said:

the medal is for the premiership, not for winning a single game.  you don't get the chance to play in a GF without winning plenty of other matches that Hunt played a big role in.  He has played a bigger role than say Bowey and should get a medal if we win it

No he shouldn’t. He wasn’t in the GF Side

He is still part of the Club, but wasn’t there on the day. 
i am disabled from Birth. I never won any awards for any sport. 
I wouldn’t want one if I wasn’t on the ground 

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5 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

No he shouldn’t. He wasn’t in the GF Side

He is still part of the Club, but wasn’t there on the day. 
i am disabled from Birth. I never won any awards for any sport. 
I wouldn’t want one if I wasn’t on the ground 

might have to agree to disagree mate

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