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10 hours ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

The 5-day isolation period isn’t mandatory but is recommended. She is symptomatic, so is erring on the side of caution.

Most of us have already had covid but that doesn’t mean we can’t get it again. We’ll all be testing daily and hoping no one else has it. 🤞🏼 

You're all doing 'the right thing'. Best wishes; I'm sure the girls draw a lot from the DA. You all sure make good viewing!

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They say that a finals campaign is a new season. Hoping we get to use the Carlton facilities for our training sessions, so we can create a home ground advantage at the 2 or 3 finals games, and really set ourselves to "boom".

Move in there and push Carlton out for a while. I'm sure that won't happen.

Casey fields just doesn't work for us. Too far to travel, poor public transport, and usually challenging conditions, though it definitely has a home ground advantage. Interstaters must hate all that travel, and the open environment. 

Why did they start  the renovations before the end of AFLW season? (Disorganised, disrespectful or the board thought it was appropriate.) 

Oh well, anytime, anywhere.

Go Dees. 

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24 minutes ago, kev martin said:

Could have delayed them. Only needed 4 weeks.

Might not be that simple, Kev. You know how these things are. Probs have to lodge an application of some description to postpone renos and the whole red tape thing kicks in.

I’m spewing as much as anyone that our home ground advantage is gone.  Despite being a huge pain in the a** to get to, Casey has such an awesome vibe and the girls feed off that. But I’m so confident we can take on anyone, anywhere.

❤️💙

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4 hours ago, Timothy Reddan-A'Blew said:

You're all doing 'the right thing'. Best wishes; I'm sure the girls draw a lot from the DA. You all sure make good viewing!

They certainly do Tim! They appreciate us so much. They always make heaps of time for us and it’s never tokenistic.

The Club deserves praise though since we are given the means needed to support the girls on a practical level. For example, we are the only W team who have a banner every single match. And we have probably as many giant heads for the girls as we do for the men. And who doesn’t love the giants heads?! 😁

 

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21 hours ago, kev martin said:

Why did they start  the renovations before the end of AFLW season? (Disorganised, disrespectful or the board thought it was appropriate.) 

 

Many aflw facilities are getting renovations now that were timed to finish before the January season, then got caught out with the season moving to spring.

I assume that’s the case for Casey, and the cost of moving timelines with construction at the moment is monumental.

The grand final was unlikely to be at Casey even if we host it.
 

Princes’ park is designed as the leagues showpiece venue. Might as well get used to that 

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It's a bummer for the team they don't get their home ground advantage.

Good for me but.

It will be like old times, getting a tram up one of Melbourne's two great boulevards to watch a game at Princess Park. 

With our method, a bit more protection from the win and weather won't hurt either. 

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23 hours ago, kev martin said:

Could have delayed them. Only needed 4 weeks.

Really KM stop looking for scapegoats over 2 games of footy!

in your other post you have blamed even the Board! MFC I presume who would have no say ( vote or similar) on this timing.

Actually the timing is probably making Casey Fields available for start of VFL next season.

Who exactly are disorganised?

And it's not even disrespectful as its  a plus for the girls for the next 20 years of our AFLW home games. 

PS Hope Mach 5 doesn't  blame Perty for this!!! 

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4 hours ago, 58er said:

And it's not even disrespectful as its  a plus for the girls for the next 20 years of our AFLW home games

I hope not.

Would much rather have them play somewhere close to MCG. Casey is such a difficult venue to get to and the conditions don't help for showcase footy.

To change venue at the end of season stills seems strange to me.

Would have liked to get Ikon for our tor training purposes and develop as a home base.

As for building contracts. Would assume plenty have written in them circumstances that allow for delays, etcetera. The contractor definitely has it, so assume the contractee has it as well. I am not a legal, but start and finish dates are generally flexible.

4 hours ago, 58er said:

Actually the timing is probably making Casey Fields available for start of VFL next season.

So priorities to the mens team!

The womens fixture was brought forward, so the contract was going to be finished before late January (last years women's fixture start date). So the men start the season about late March. Finishing the sheds by late February would not be a great sacrifice for the men, as they could use Gosch's as a temporary venue.

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On 10/31/2022 at 9:03 PM, WalkingCivilWar said:

I hope so too, DiO .

Unfortunately a member of the Demon Army who was at Saturday’s match tested positive for covid this morning. Because our QF is on Friday she won’t be able to attend. Hoping no one else comes up positive. 🤞🏼 

Best of luck for all!

The Demon Army are the best cheer squad in the AFLW. Vocal, prepared for any weather, customised chants, and banners week in, week out when very few teams have them. The vibe created is a big part of the "love" part of my love-hate relationship with Casey Fields!

Speaking of which, does anyone know what the renovations are that are underway? The surface itself it great, they only just did the training facilities a while back, so I'm guessing the existing changerooms?

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7 minutes ago, Dees_In_October said:

Best of luck for all!

The Demon Army are the best cheer squad in the AFLW. Vocal, prepared for any weather, customised chants, and banners week in, week out when very few teams have them. The vibe created is a big part of the "love" part of my love-hate relationship with Casey Fields!

Speaking of which, does anyone know what the renovations are that are underway? The surface itself it great, they only just did the training facilities a while back, so I'm guessing the existing changerooms?

Spot on DiO, the change-rooms are being totally replaced.

And thank you for your praise of the DA. The girls are always very grateful so it’s an absolute joy doing it for them. And we wouldn’t ever have them run onto the field without a banner, as is the case with most of the other W teams. ❤️💙

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10 hours ago, binman said:

It's a bummer for the team they don't get their home ground advantage.

Good for me but.

It will be like old times, getting a tram up one of Melbourne's two great boulevards to watch a game at Princess Park. 

With our method, a bit more protection from the win and weather won't hurt either. 

Could this be the first sporting venue to now self identify as a female? 

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15 hours ago, kev martin said:

I hope not.

Would much rather have them play somewhere close to MCG. Casey is such a difficult venue to get to and the conditions don't help for showcase footy.

To change venue at the end of season stills seems strange to me.

Would have liked to get Ikon for our tor training purposes and develop as a home base.

As for building contracts. Would assume plenty have written in them circumstances that allow for delays, etcetera. The contractor definitely has it, so assume the contractee has it as well. I am not a legal, but start and finish dates are generally flexible.

So priorities to the mens team!

The womens fixture was brought forward, so the contract was going to be finished before late January (last years women's fixture start date). So the men start the season about late March. Finishing the sheds by late February would not be a great sacrifice for the men, as they could use Gosch's as a temporary venue.

My goodness you don't want Casey long term with updated Home Ground updated  facilities for AFLW and VFLW and VFL yet you are drumming up opinions on gender football favouritism and the length and timing of the contract.

Plus you STIILL want the 2 next Finals games Yes that's all you are cogitating over the AFLW Dees to play at Casey Fields. Make up your mind please.

Actually not that it would bother you but the girls love Fortress Casey and embrace it proudly but suspect that Ikon Park is ok to them as a substitute.

Plenty of good reasons we all know ie crowds, transport lack of wind hopefully and The GF will 99% be played there if we or another Victorian Club ( other than Geelong) host . 

Time to move on KM it's simply not worth it as you are making a mountain out of a molehill and note you have not even acknowledged some of my points which I assume you can't fault. 

Let's just hope the AFLW  team win our first flag and they can unfurl it at Casey in Round 1 next season whenever that may be. ( August 2023 start again maybe).

  

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Saw the team selections 

https://www.womens.afl/news/113307/qualifying-final-teams-crows-captain-back-after-rapid-recovery

We go in unchanged.

Great for our cohesion. 

Adelaide have Randall returning. 

Hope she is underdone, as she is an important player for them when she plays. A powerhouse, who can play back or forward.  

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Look who’s playing her 50th tomorrow!

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LOL someone suggested we all tuck our jumpers into our pants tomorrow night as an homage to Eden. Everyone laughed, me included. Outwardly that is. On the inside I was thinking only if you put a gun to my head. 😑

Hashtag Harry Highpants is NEVER a good look. Ever. 

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13 minutes ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

Look who’s playing her 50th tomorrow!

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LOL someone suggested we all tuck our jumpers into our pants tomorrow night as an homage to Eden. Everyone laughed, me included. Outwardly that is. On the inside I was thinking only if you put a gun to my head. 😑

Hashtag Harry Highpants is NEVER a good look. Ever. 

How dare you mock high pants!  😤

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Quote from Meggs,

Mick Stinear, the Demons coach, wants his team to continue to live in the moment, take their chances for goal and play out the full four quarters.  Ikon is a happy ground for Melbourne and our game plan will flourish in a more pristine environment than the travails of Casey Fields." 

i think if we take our chances for goals well, we win.

Last few games we have played for the four quarters, give them nothing, fight, fight all game.

We have also been playing mainly in our forward 50 area. I assume this is where the game style will change for us. They need to be ready to fight all over the field.

The backline has been great at repelling the opposition's forward forays easily. I believe this is where we could also win or lose it. They will have to work hard on Friday. I want Gillard to play close to her opponent and for Birch to read the play and go after the intercepts. They have been very good at launching attacks from the defensive arc with lots of precision balls, spread, and aggressive use of the corridors. Be interesting to see if they back themselves for the entire game, or go into their shell if it doesn't pay off, and some errors and turnovers happen. 

Our midfield has been great this year and I expect them to keep on, keeping on.

Our field marking including the forwards has been an advantage for us, keep clunking them Dees.

Can't wait to see some of our runners break the lines.

Play smart Dees, and as Stinear said, "play in the moment"

Go Dees.

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Really nervous about this game.

In the GF the beat us by shutting down our space and stopping our ball movement by not going directly for the ball but going the tackle instead, especially in their F50.

Even without Phillips and with a proppy Randall they will be a formidable force if we aren't ready for and have counter tactics for their high pressure game style.

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Our forward line has been much more potent this season than season 6.  It was Adelaide's defence that beat us twice last season, including the grand final.  We had 9 goal kickers last week, so our forward depth is our strength, particularly with Hore playing her best footy at the moment, and Harris continuing to be Harris.  Banners is just growing stronger each week, for her youth she's scary to oppositions.  If we're able to counter their backline we're okay.  I also think the key to their attack is Ash Woodleigh (hurts me to say that, given she used to be a Demon).  With Gillard, Birch, Heath playing at their peak, and the inclusion last week of Gay, we need to minimise her impact.  Our midfield is incredibly strong - Paxman, Purcell, Mithen, Hanks, L Pearce are dominant forces.  Plus I'm loving the impact Mackin has made on the team, she's a beast. Zanker and Lampard for some annoying reason tend to go unnoticed by media commentators, I reckon Zanker was one of the best on ground last week.  But hey, if their understatement means the opposition don't consider their impact, that's their loss, because they both have the ability to impact the game.

I think we're okay :)

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