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3 hours ago, gs77 said:

How's the sweat evaporating off Gawny in the postgame interview!

Got an Eraserhead feel from that, Max perfect for the part

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24 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Still not good enough.

We have 60k members and yet could only bring in 13k for today.

I made the 4 1/2 trip down to watch the game and the atmosphere was pathetic. 

Look I feel ya. I also made the trip but I totally get why many didn’t. 
Firstly if you don’t have a home and away membership like me, why would you pay to watch what you know will be a bad game? Secondly that stadium is awful.
Thirdly this start time is a joke, I got home after 9. If you have kids, forget it. And lastly when I have to wait 32 minutes at Southern Cross for a train on Saturday evening after a game of footy, I understand why people stay home. It is a complete disgrace. Almost 2 hours to get home today and I live 45km away not 200km away. 

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34 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Still not good enough.

We have 60k members and yet could only bring in 13k for today.

I made the 4 1/2 trip down to watch the game and the atmosphere was pathetic. 

I reckon there was 5,000 North supporters there, but they booed and whinged as if there was 50,000 of them. The atmosphere was weird, and only got stranger with Norths insistence on making their ‘activations’ as American as possible.

It just doesn’t feel like a football ground. It’s like a big basketball stadium. They’ve added giant screens, but all they do with them is run commercials on the side - so you don’t get to see anything at a better resolution. It’s a dud stadium. If the AFL had its time again they’d do a lot differently.

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We dominated time in forward half and generated 30 scoring shots whilst conceding only 13. Inaccuracy meant the margin was 47 instead of 77. We continue to deploy the same method each week, treating each opponent equally, and assuming each one brings its best.

North's only played one game as well as they played today, and that was when the led Sydney in the fourth quarter in Round 4.

West Coast last week probably hasn't brought that level of application in any other game this year barring perhaps its win over Collingwood.

I don't really know, or care, why that is, because we won't be playing North or West Coast in September. What I care about is that we approach games wanting to play our brand, and each week we play our brand. So on a night where we went in with four premiership players missing, lost a fifth in the first quarter, appeared to end with another one or two injured, when our opponent lifts, we turn it over too much, and we miss easy shots on goal, we still generated 30 scoring shots to 13, with 40 more inside 50s, and won by 47. 

3 hours ago, david_neitz_is_my_dad said:

2%

We should have spanked them.

Thats a win for North.

inaccurate as always, we are primed for a finals upset.

Along with the Eagles, North concede the most amount of points and inside 50s against yet we looked to be going uphill for 75% of the game

I imagine if anyone had said that about one of our losses in 2013, you would have gone ballistic.

As to "inaccurate as always" - tonight was the third time this year that we've scored more behinds than goals. That's 30%. Not "always".

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34 minutes ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

If North keep racking up the losses they could start playing AFL games at Arden St again. They won't get 8,000 through the gates against GWS next week. 

They'll probably get the same crowd as today. North supporters stayed away today. They'll show up a bit more next week.

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37 minutes ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

If North keep racking up the losses they could start playing AFL games at Arden St again. They won't get 8,000 through the gates against GWS next week. 

They certainly won't get 8,000 through the gates against GWS next week.

They play St Kilda, away, not GWS.

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4 hours ago, rpfc said:

Some of you just don’t know how long a footy season is to play. The fact that we won so convincingly when they obviously steeled themselves for this, is testament to the great group we have.

Also, we are in better form than last year. That doesn’t mean anything for the end of the year but we are in another great spot.

you´re in denial. Carlton , Brisbane and Free are going to beat us convincingly the way we are playing. It s being disguised by a fairly soft draw and our inability to play 4 qtrs of footy is being spun as ´Melbourne finding another gear´. reality is we arent the best side at the moment and maybe free but definitely the carlton and bris games are going to be a big wake up call for a few on here.

 

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4 hours ago, kryton101 said:

I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but that jumper looked like they were in Peter Alexander pj’s with the long sleeves.

Looked like old Fitzroy strip. Lucky weren’t playing Footscray. 
Don’t like designs with lots of white dots. 

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2 minutes ago, Munga said:

you´re in denial. Carlton , Brisbane and Free are going to beat us convincingly the way we are playing. It s being disguised by a fairly soft draw and our inability to play 4 qtrs of footy is being spun as ´Melbourne finding another gear´. reality is we arent the best side at the moment and maybe free but definitely the carlton and bris games are going to be a big wake up call for a few on here.

 

Remember last year, when we lost to Adelaide in Round 10, and had Brisbane and the Dogs in the next fortnight, and everyone said "you'll see, we're not good enough", and then we beat them both convincingly?

"Inability to play 4 qtrs of footy" - we won all four quarters today and we lead the competition for quarters won, having won 31 of the 40 we've played. Next best is Richmond on 27. Fremantle could win all four quarters tomorrow and they'd get to 28.

"Fairly soft draw" - we've beaten 5th and 8th, as well as 9th and 10th. Carlton's beaten 7th and 8th, as well as 9th and 10th. Brisbane's beaten 7th...and 10th...

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i always forget how much i loathe going to docklands; it's a glorified car park - and it is absolutely FREEZING in there

not surprised there was less than 15k there; was right on my expectations for the crowd and the result - we wasted opportunities but we were, for the most part, very professional in the way we went about it

lousy time slot, shocking opposition, horrible stadium

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4 hours ago, Ham said:

Dunstan is a terrible player and shouldn't be in the team, ever again. 

Garbage comment, LOOK  closely T REPLAY...and he had some important Touches

HE STAYS!!!

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5 hours ago, The heart beats true said:

I was one of the 13,000 at the ground. It was genuinely such a weird vibe for the first quarter. It had all the feeling of a preseason game.

I also think that stadium plays very differently to any other ground. North tried to work through our zone with precision short kicking that in all seriousness they couldn’t execute on at any other ground. The surface is like carpet. It’s like the difference between indoor soccer and soccer. The basic skills are the same, but the games play entirely differently.

I thought we just had a better quality of player, and that was the difference. Both teams tried hard.

Yeah I was there too and I agree - the Roos also came out to play and were hitting us hard. Bottom team with nothing to lose after being smashed in the media for two weeks while we struggle to really get fired up to play against a bottom team. Despite that we won by 8 goals and would've been 12-15 goals had we not been so inaccurate (and they had not been as accurate).

Anyone complaining needs their head read, we were never losing this. We are undefeated with the biggest percentage after 10 rounds. How often does this come round? Enjoy it for God's sake, this is the best period in my life as a Melbourne supporter and maybe it will be the best period I ever experience. I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

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By the way 13600 what a ****ful crowd that is not worthy of an AFL game! Two local teams playing under roof on a Saturday arvo and it's 13600? Fair enough North supporters not turning up but where were the 60k Melbourne members?? Disgraceful.

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1 hour ago, Jaded No More said:

Look I feel ya. I also made the trip but I totally get why many didn’t. 
Firstly if you don’t have a home and away membership like me, why would you pay to watch what you know will be a bad game? Secondly that stadium is awful.
Thirdly this start time is a joke, I got home after 9. If you have kids, forget it. And lastly when I have to wait 32 minutes at Southern Cross for a train on Saturday evening after a game of footy, I understand why people stay home. It is a complete disgrace. Almost 2 hours to get home today and I live 45km away not 200km away. 

Hey Jaded - fair points one & all. My membership doesn't cover away games but I was interested in going to Docklands this week. So I got onto Ticketdisaster. According to them, "least expensive" seats were 55 bucks on Level 4 and "best seats" were about 75 bucks on L1. Hard to justify I thought.

Strangely. on the telecast it appeared L4 was either closed or so sparsely populated that a crowd was undetectable.. Will have to have a closer look when I watch the replay

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8 minutes ago, Go the Biff said:

Hey Jaded - fair points one & all. My membership doesn't cover away games but I was interested in going to Docklands this week. So I got onto Ticketdisaster. According to them, "least expensive" seats were 55 bucks on Level 4 and "best seats" were about 75 bucks on L1. Hard to justify I thought.

Strangely. on the telecast it appeared L4 was either closed or so sparsely populated that a crowd was undetectable.. Will have to have a closer look when I watch the replay

The top level was open on the camera side wing but the rest of it was shut.

They couldn't really be charging $55 to get in could they? That is farcical.

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Just watching replay. The constant barrage against Melksham and Dunstan hard to fathom. They are depth players not world beaters. Both solid contributors some people need to take blinkers off. Dees are getting fair share of injuries post COVID but still undefeated. Building pole position for another crack at flag. That a fact despite some rampant negativity on this site.

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5 hours ago, Pates said:

Pros:

- We got the 4pts (and makes it 10-0 to start the year, one better than last season)

- TMac continues to hit the scoreboard 

- Fritta got 3

- Oliver continued his bloody good year

Cons:

- seems likely a costly day medically speaking; Lingers, TMac, Gus, even Trac at one point all looked very sore/injured

- our goal kicking failed to put a team away earlier again

- our inside 50 efficiency continues to be sub-par

I’ll also put a question to Demonland: are we playing arrogant and will it come back to bite us? 

I just feel watching us the last couple of weeks we almost don’t care against lesser opposition. They seem to go hard for a period and then leave it at that, the hunger hasn’t there recently. 

Next week is a massive game, we play like we’ve been playing the last two weeks and we will fall to Freo. 

Happy to bank the 4 points and move on, but I hope there boys will be switching on through the week. Oh, and how Brown managed to miss that soda in his 150th is beyond me. One of his worst games for the club, shame it had to come against his old side. 

EDIT one other thought: Luke Jackson hasn’t been on for a while. Not suggesting he get dropped but any thoughts on why this could be?

I thought Dogga provided a good support in the ruck, heck he even looked better than Gawn during the first half.

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3 hours ago, Munga said:

you´re in denial. Carlton , Brisbane and Free are going to beat us convincingly the way we are playing. It s being disguised by a fairly soft draw and our inability to play 4 qtrs of footy is being spun as ´Melbourne finding another gear´. reality is we arent the best side at the moment and maybe free but definitely the carlton and bris games are going to be a big wake up call for a few on here.

 

No one beats us convincingly.

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4 hours ago, titan_uranus said:

They certainly won't get 8,000 through the gates against GWS next week.

They play St Kilda, away, not GWS.

Ah. They said GWS on the scoreboard near the end but of course that’s their next HOME game. 

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7 hours ago, Munga said:

you´re in denial. Carlton , Brisbane and Free are going to beat us convincingly the way we are playing. It s being disguised by a fairly soft draw and our inability to play 4 qtrs of footy is being spun as ´Melbourne finding another gear´. reality is we arent the best side at the moment and maybe free but definitely the carlton and bris games are going to be a big wake up call for a few on here.

 

What is denial but the refusal to accept objective facts; who won the flag last year after losing to 17th, 15th and drawing with 14th? 

That’s a rhetorical question.

We will see what the next two weeks bring and what that means for this year but maybe you’re the one who needs to give themselves up to the truth; we are the standard in the league and even our form will fluctuate like any team’s does, but we are still the standard.

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