Jump to content

CHANGES: Rd 07 vs Hawthorn


Demonland

Recommended Posts

2 hours ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

Harsh on Dunstan as it can take time to establish oneself in the team. However, unless he gets high 20s or more in possessions, he is going out for Viney.

Same deal with Smith. He has improved out of sight this year, but Lever's ability to organize our back six and play the intercept role makes him indispensible. 

 

Appears to have some pretty poor  skills/smarts with his opponent often  getting the better of him for mine as soon as the ball hits the deck.

Up the ground he looks a tad better/more sure of himself occasionally spoiling or marking but a marginal improvment from a.pretty low base (so far).

Within cooee of goals he looks as nervous as a turkey just shy of Christmas

Edited by Demon Dynasty
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hard to change a winning side, particularly when you consider that the scoreboard flattered Richmond ( even 50/50 kicking sees 16 goals and a 50 point win)

I think Dunstan did enough to keep his spot, I'd give Harmes a rest didn't do enough for mine and has been a bit off for a couple of games.

Smith would have been a GF player if he wasn't injured late in the year and he has been better again when he's been in the side this year, stiff if he was dropped.

My call as controversial as it will sound :

Viney in for Harmes.

Lever in for Jordan.

Jordan the medi-sub so Bedford can get some game time in the twos.  Tmac stays at Casey, can't drop Weideman when he's averaging 2+ per game.  Brown will get another week to prove the Brown/Weideman combo works.

  • Love 1
  • Facepalm 1
  • Shocked 1
  • Vomit 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Smith has to play from behind. He gets so lost in the play if he can’t see his opponent and then run and jump to spoil or mark. 
He is too much of a liability down back. Reminds me of Frost. The agony and the ecstasy. 
Would probably be a regular at 17 other clubs. But at Melbourne if you’re not an A grade defender you’re gonna struggle to hold your spot. 
 

Hunt did a stellar job on Bolton who is a weapon. Could be important at stopping someone like Charlie Cameron who killed us in the semi final last year. If he can tidy up his ball use he might just stay. 

  • Like 3
  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

24 minutes ago, Yarra Valley Demon said:

Hard to change a winning side, particularly when you consider that the scoreboard flattered Richmond ( even 50/50 kicking sees 16 goals and a 50 point win)

I think Dunstan did enough to keep his spot, I'd give Harmes a rest didn't do enough for mine and has been a bit off for a couple of games.

Smith would have been a GF player if he wasn't injured late in the year and he has been better again when he's been in the side this year, stiff if he was dropped.

My call as controversial as it will sound :

Viney in for Harmes.

Lever in for Jordan.

Jordan the medi-sub so Bedford can get some game time in the twos.  Tmac stays at Casey, can't drop Weideman when he's averaging 2+ per game.  Brown will get another week to prove the Brown/Weideman combo works.

As the famous line goes... "You can't be serious"   Harmes had an AF score of 65 last night..  for 69% of time on ground. In that scenario - time comparing  AF score to TOG he was one of our best. Jordan on the other hand had a 64 for 70% of TOG. The both of these guys are the Teams pressure players when it counts. Joel Smith as much as I like him had a 35AF score last night so just on last nights game alone I go for:-

IN: Viney, Lever

OUT: Smith, Dunstan

Med Sub: Dunstan. ( Because his experience and first time presence ( was great )

  • Like 1
  • Facepalm 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites


15 minutes ago, Sam ARBER said:

Thought NEAL-BULLEN had lots of disposals but most were useless.

poor game by him.

maybe Dunstall for him next week.

He was very good 

Copped a bit of the brunt of heavy pressure as the Tiges smashed our fwd movement with extra mem behind ball, and good tackling

But when we freed up, ANB got good ball, and found targets 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Agree with most here Dunstan and Smith out for Lever and Viney. Very stiff but if injuries and covid persist they will both be back in the team sooner rather than later.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Smith has to be dropped for that inexcusable decision. 

It wouldn’t matter if he had a 100 disposal game and all 99 other possessions were 60m lace out passes, AFL footballers simply cannot make those kinds of mistakes…………..ever.

Would like the points and goals to rotate positions next week

Edited by Demon Disciple
  • Angry 1
  • Vomit 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, WERRIDEE said:

Agree with most here Dunstan and Smith out for Lever and Viney. Very stiff but if injuries and covid persist they will both be back in the team sooner rather than later.

Smith, as much as he has improved gave away three Goals last night. That is unforgivable. One play, direct to a yellow striped guy in the Goal Square.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, David-Demon said:

Neal-Bullen=  27 disposals and an 81 AF score. Think he was good.

Don’t you dare ever mention AF score again - it is not a judgement on what he did with the footy - only that he got the footy.

He would be disappointed in himself and his execution. He would never be dropped as a leader of the team but god his standard is so much more than what he produced.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dunstan was concussed so will probably miss regardless. I didn’t mind his performance and he’s a very good hand baller in tight. A good insider player.

They won’t drop him but ANB has played more average/poor games than good ones. How many times has he been done for holding the ball this year?

Selection is easy this week:

In - Lever, Viney

out - Dunstan, Smith

Goodwin in his presser mentioned Smith stepped up last night but I thought he was a bit of a liability and that handpass straight to Lynch was cringeworthy.

  • Thanks 1
  • Love 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

39 minutes ago, rpfc said:

Don’t you dare ever mention AF score again - it is not a judgement on what he did with the footy - only that he got the footy.

He would be disappointed in himself and his execution. He would never be dropped as a leader of the team but god his standard is so much more than what he produced.

AF scores are an AFL bench mark - each to his own with respect.

BEST  
Richmond: Vlastuin, Short, Graham, Prestia, Gibcus, Rioli
Melbourne: Oliver, Langdon, Neal-Bullen, Sparrow, Petracca, Weideman

From the Club Website.

Edited by David-Demon
  • Like 1
  • Love 1
  • Facepalm 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites


7 hours ago, Jaded No More said:

Smith has to play from behind. He gets so lost in the play if he can’t see his opponent and then run and jump to spoil or mark. 
He is too much of a liability down back. Reminds me of Frost. The agony and the ecstasy. 
Would probably be a regular at 17 other clubs. But at Melbourne if you’re not an A grade defender you’re gonna struggle to hold your spot. 
 

Hunt did a stellar job on Bolton who is a weapon. Could be important at stopping someone like Charlie Cameron who killed us in the semi final last year. If he can tidy up his ball use he might just stay. 

This is the issue with Smith.

It stands out when the rest of the defence are top notch. and maybe that's his problem. 

How can he shine in the presence of May, Lever, Petty, Bowey, Salem, Hunt(usually),.......?

Edited by Demon17
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, Jaded No More said:

Hunt did a stellar job on Bolton who is a weapon. Could be important at stopping someone like Charlie Cameron who killed us in the semi final last year. If he can tidy up his ball use he might just stay. 

Hunt has been less about the eye catching run and more about quietly doing his job on some quality small forwards this year. Whilst still weeks away I would suggest Rivers is the more likely casualty when Salo returns at this point. This assumes we choose to leave Gus back and JJ on a wing which is a fair chance I suggest. 

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm just glad this is the selection committees problem and not mine. Lot of players in our VFL side who would get a game at just about any other club. When your chance comes you grab it or it's straight back. 

Can not remember a team where being a good player was not enough to get a game. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, Sam ARBER said:

Thought NEAL-BULLEN had lots of disposals but most were useless.

poor game by him.

maybe Dunstall for him next week.

Fumbly night for him, but his pressure acts and score involvements were still high as well as his ability to cover the ground, and I would suggest they would be his KPIs, so no chance he comes out - let alone for someone still getting their tank up to an MFC standard.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, David-Demon said:

Smith, as much as he has improved gave away three Goals last night. That is unforgivable. One play, direct to a yellow striped guy in the Goal Square.

Agree. Some good spoils but his poor tackling and handballing to Lynch was inexcusable.  

  • Like 1
  • Angry 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, David-Demon said:

Neal-Bullen=  27 disposals and an 81 AF score. Think he was good.

Just watched the replay, I think ANB was average. Quite a few poor turnovers, a couple of really easy set shot misses and tried to take on the tackler and got caught HTB several times.

That said, his work ethic is massive and he is defensively important. He also got in good spots and won plenty of the ball. So would keep him in.

Lever for Smith is a no brainer, huge upgrade. Viney for Dunstan is also the most logical swap for team balance given Sparrow, Jordon and Harmes are all contributing.

Edited by Radar Detector
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, Jaded No More said:

Smith has to play from behind. He gets so lost in the play if he can’t see his opponent and then run and jump to spoil or mark. 
He is too much of a liability down back. Reminds me of Frost. The agony and the ecstasy. 
Would probably be a regular at 17 other clubs. But at Melbourne if you’re not an A grade defender you’re gonna struggle to hold your spot. 

100%, Smith is the weakest link of our side. 

He cost the team at least two goals directly from his actions (one a direct handball, the other running off Reiwoldt whilst it was being kicked to him)
Whilst he is an absolute beast of an athlete, he just doesn't have the footy IQ. 
He is consistently in the wrong spots in defence and May has to direct him where to go all of the time. 
With Tomlinson, we don't have that problem, ever. 

OUT: Dunstan, Smith
IN: Viney, Lever

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Demonland Forums  

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles  

    THE BLOW by Whispering Jack

    Narrm’s finals prospects took a crushing blow after the team’s insipid performance at Optus Stadium against a confident Waaljit Marawar in the first of its Doug Nicholls Round outings for 2024.  I use the description “crushing blow” advisedly because, although the season is not yet at it’s halfway mark, the Demons have now failed abysmally in two of their games against teams currently occupying bottom eight places on the ladder.  The manner in which these losing games were played out w

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 6

    HALF FULL by KC from Casey

    It was a case of the Casey Demons going into a game with a glass half full in their match up against the Brisbane Lions at Casey Fields on Saturday. As the list of injured and unavailable AFL and VFL listed players continues to grow and with Melbourne taking all three emergencies to Perth for the weekend on a “just in case” basis, its little brother was always destined to struggle. Casey was left with only eight AFL listed players from who to select their team but only two - an out-of-form

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    PREGAME: Rd 11 vs St. Kilda

    The Demons return to the MCG to take on the Saints in Round 11 on the back of two straight losses in a row. With Jake Lever out with concussion who comes in and who goes out?

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 229

    PODCAST: Rd 10 vs West Coast

    The Demonland Podcast will air LIVE on Monday, 20th May @ 8:30pm. Join George, Binman & I as we dissect the Demons disaapoiting performance against the Eagles at Optus Stadium in Round 10. You questions and comments are a huge part of our podcast so please post anything you want to ask or say below and we'll give you a shout out on the show. If you would like to leave us a voicemail please call 03 9016 3666 and don't worry no body answers so you don't have to talk to a human.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 43

    VOTES: Rd 10 vs West Coast

    Last week Captain Max Gawn consolidated his lead over reigning champion Christian Petracca in the Demonland Player of the Year Award. Steven May, Alex Neal-Bullen & Jake Lever make up the Top 5. Your votes for the loss against the Blues. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 37

    POSTGAME: Rd 10 vs West Coast

    Many warned that this was a danger game and the Demons were totally outclassed all game by a young Eagles team at Optus Stadium in Perth as they were defeated by 35 points.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 445

    GAMEDAY: Rd 10 vs West Coast

    It's Game Day and the Demons have returned to the site of their drought breaking Premiership to take on the West Coast Eagles in what could very well be a danger game for Narrm at Optus Stadium. A win and a percentage boost will keep the Dees in top four contention whilst a loss will cast doubt on the Dees flag credentials and bring them back to the pack fighting for a spot in the 8 as we fast approach the halfway point of the season.

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Melbourne Demons 884

    WARNING by William from Waalitj

    As a long term resident of Waalitj Marawar, I am moved to warn my fellow Narrm fans that a  danger game awaits. The locals are no longer the easybeats who stumbled, fumbled and bumbled their way to the good fortune of gathering the number one draft pick and a generational player in Harley Reid last year. They are definitely better than they were then.   Young Harley has already proven his worth with some stellar performances for a first year kid playing among men. He’s taken hangers, k

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews 22

    OVER YET? by KC from Casey

    The Friday evening rush hour clash of two of the VFL’s 2024 minnows, Carlton and the Casey Demons was excruciatingly painful to watch, even if it was for the most part a close encounter. I suppose that since the game had to produce a result (a tie would have done the game some justice), the four points that went to Casey with the win, were fully justified because they went to the best team. In that respect, my opinion is based on the fact that the Blues were a lopsided combination that had

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles
  • Tell a friend

    Love Demonland? Tell a friend!

×
×
  • Create New...