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To be fair, if we had taken our chances in front of goal that we normally would it would have been a 10-12 goal flogging and we would be dancing in the Red and Blue streets

The much vaunted kicking accuracy of the start of the season seems to have deserted us for now.

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59 minutes ago, dino rover said:

Tomlinson 194 and 94 kg vs McKay 200 106 kg

adam vs Goliath 

there are 194 midfielders going around

we need a gorilla minder 

McKay is actually listed at 204cm.

It's a significant difference and that's where I thought Tomlinson battled well even though he was beaten.

I'd play him on Brody Mihocek.

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1 minute ago, Salems Lot said:

To be fair, if we had taken our chances in front of goal that we normally would it would have been a 10-12 goal flogging and we would be dancing in the Red and Blue streets

The much vaunted kicking accuracy of the start of the season seems to have deserted us for now.

Also to be fair if the Pies beat Carlton last night by 17, it would be oh, the Pies have done it again. Flag favourites, no one can stop them.

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1 hour ago, Willmoy1947 said:

Couple of things............... despite the best efforts of a majority of umpires we still won the game.

Razor next week please.

We got our first holding ball free kick with a minute thirty six seconds to go.

Petty and Oliver necessities.

Third week in a row where the umpiring was appalling.

But zero push back from the media. It's pathetic.

The media are completely compliant with an afl shadow ban of legitimate critique or one of the most critical elements of the game.

 

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1 hour ago, Roger Mellie said:

Here's a pearler from BT. I was so surprised by it, I wrote it down. Talking about Carlton:

"Only their third Friday night appearance in eight years, the Blues"

They had 3 last year, 5 this year ya dumb coot

And 2 Thursday night games this year too.

So seven stand alone premier night games - and lost 5 of them.

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14 minutes ago, qwerty7 said:

Just wanted to take a moment and share how special last night’s win was for one particular reason - Charlie.

I am involved with the charity Challenge who reached out to Melbourne to help organise this. Charlie met the team earlier in the year in the lead up to Ben Brown’s shave and his whole family are diehard demon fans. Charlie's family has been facing considerable challenges and receiving less-than-ideal news, so Challenge reached out to Melbourne, hoping they could arrange something special for the family. The whole MFC went above and beyond to make it happen for Charlie. They were phenomenal.

Charlie also got to attend the training session in the lead up to the game, and it was funny because he said, "I'm really worried." When we asked why, he said, "I'm worried we won't win this Friday!"  Well, Charlie, the boys got the four points for you and gave you and your family a memory they can cherish forever.

I always want us to win every week. But last night, it felt like a Grand Final, and all I wanted was for them to win it for Charlie. I'm so glad they pulled it off. Sure, we weren't perfect, but that doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that the night was perfect for Charlie.

Well done, Melbourne Football Club. Proud supporter.

Certainly puts the game into perspective, sending love and hugs to Charlie and his family. 

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12 hours ago, binman said:

Yeah, coz they were so ruthless last week against the second worst team in the afl when they got smashed in the last quarter, giving up 6 goals.

And despite winning three more games prior to this match, they still had a lower percentage than us.

So ruthless.

Is this a bloody pies footy forum or a Demon's one?

FMD.

It's vomit inducing the adoration some on here have for the Pies. I'm pretty confident we will beat them next week.

JVR on Darcy Moore will be fun to watch.

Forward pressure was good last night. So was our wing play. 

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30 minutes ago, binman said:

And 2 Thursday night games this year too.

So seven stand alone premier night games - and lost 5 of them.

People like watching Carlton lose, must be a ratings winner.

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45 minutes ago, Stiff Arm said:

We've had 8 months to get our forward line functioning better than last season, for no gain

we're the highest scoring team in the league lol get a grip.

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46 minutes ago, qwerty7 said:

Just wanted to take a moment and share how special last night’s win was for one particular reason - Charlie.

I am involved with the charity Challenge who reached out to Melbourne to help organise this. Charlie met the team earlier in the year in the lead up to Ben Brown’s shave and his whole family are diehard demon fans. Charlie's family has been facing considerable challenges and receiving less-than-ideal news, so Challenge reached out to Melbourne, hoping they could arrange something special for the family. The whole MFC went above and beyond to make it happen for Charlie. They were phenomenal.

Charlie also got to attend the training session in the lead up to the game, and it was funny because he said, "I'm really worried." When we asked why, he said, "I'm worried we won't win this Friday!"  Well, Charlie, the boys got the four points for you and gave you and your family a memory they can cherish forever.

I always want us to win every week. But last night, it felt like a Grand Final, and all I wanted was for them to win it for Charlie. I'm so glad they pulled it off. Sure, we weren't perfect, but that doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that the night was perfect for Charlie.

Well done, Melbourne Football Club. Proud supporter.

Was Charlie the little fella in the chair who Jack pushed through the banner, and then sang the song with the team?

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1 hour ago, sue said:

Any thoughts on why Gawn was one of the players just outside the protected zone when Mckay was taking a kick for goal from the boundary?  He is too slow to get to him when he played on, so why wasn't he on the goal line in case of a low kick instead? Is it thought his longer body is more likely to affect the kick than a fast smaller player?  Or was it just a stuff-up?

You know, for some of those weird McKay around the corner kicks it would have been worth having someone coming at him from the other side, from behind him, his blind side. Obviously not the ones from the boundary line, but the others. He couldn't see them coming and it might add a bit of panic.

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59 minutes ago, Stiff Arm said:

We've had 8 months to get our forward line functioning better than last season, for no gain

Hard to blame the chef when he’s cooking with pretty much the same ingredients.

There also has to be some understanding that scoring in AFL footy is really hard. There’s only 3 sides who would feel somewhat confident in their forward line right now and that would be Coll, Bris and the 5-6 Geel. 

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56 minutes ago, qwerty7 said:

Just wanted to take a moment and share how special last night’s win was for one particular reason - Charlie.

I am involved with the charity Challenge who reached out to Melbourne to help organise this. Charlie met the team earlier in the year in the lead up to Ben Brown’s shave and his whole family are diehard demon fans. Charlie's family has been facing considerable challenges and receiving less-than-ideal news, so Challenge reached out to Melbourne, hoping they could arrange something special for the family. The whole MFC went above and beyond to make it happen for Charlie. They were phenomenal.

Charlie also got to attend the training session in the lead up to the game, and it was funny because he said, "I'm really worried." When we asked why, he said, "I'm worried we won't win this Friday!"  Well, Charlie, the boys got the four points for you and gave you and your family a memory they can cherish forever.

I always want us to win every week. But last night, it felt like a Grand Final, and all I wanted was for them to win it for Charlie. I'm so glad they pulled it off. Sure, we weren't perfect, but that doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that the night was perfect for Charlie.

Well done, Melbourne Football Club. Proud supporter.

This is the stuff that goes unsaid. Win or lose, footy clubs do so much good in the community and to see Charlie smiling last night was just so wonderful. 

I cannot begin to understand what he and his family are going through. It is unimaginable the pain and sadness they must be feeling. For Melbourne to take that sadness away, even for a moment, is worth more than any 4 points ever will. 

Gawn and the rest of the team have shown time and again how willing they are to be involved in good causes, and it makes you very proud to be a Melbourne supporter. 

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1 hour ago, Stiff Arm said:

Maybe, but the speed and skill at which Coll rebound will make May, Lever and Tommo poo their pants. Those guys tend to fumble, spill easy marks and lay clumsy tackles when under immense pressure. May is hopeless below his knees, Lever a butter fingers for marks when worried and Tommo works in slo mo. Great against a crappy side, not so much against top 4 sides

What a load of horse droppings

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4 hours ago, Dee Viney Intervention said:

Defensively as a squad fantastic last night. Great forward half pressure and the May / Lever combo back to its best. Great to win the contested ball numbers as well. However, I genuinely do not know how we are the highest scoring team in the league. Our ball movement, overuse of handball and at times inexplicable width that we play with especially with deep entries forward. We have some serious talent in that forward line but I struggle to see how we are playing to the strengths of that talent. The leading patterns are terrible and again Bailey leading to the wrong side of the ground for a left footer. Stafford or someone at the club needs to sort it out because this narrative of we don’t know what our best forward line looks like and it is still a work in progress whilst trotting out the highest scoring team in the league stat is not good enough. There has been ample time to sort it out, it should be better because there are no apparent roles down there ( Kossi still trying to take mark of the year) and our leading patterns are poor with no work for each other. This forward line should be better functioning than it is and it is not. 

You can say that again, these forward line problems have been continual for a few years now, honestly don't know how the forward line coach has kept his job.

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1 hour ago, binman said:

Third week in a row where the umpiring was appalling.

But zero push back from the media. It's pathetic.

The media are completely compliant with an afl shadow ban of legitimate critique or one of the most critical elements of the game.

 

the two gerards on sen actually went hard on how poor the week before was - not one of our games, but the footscray one i believe

  • they're not professional
  • there's too much inconsistency in each game with four different decision makers on field
  •  there's no accountability for the quality of their performances in-game and week-to-week

appalling

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1 hour ago, Dee Zephyr said:

That’s the spirit 🙄

We have 8 days to work on ways to combat Moore. 

A few Collingwood supporters around here DZ.

I think after all the traveling we are finally starting to tweak our game for the G.

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2 hours ago, praha said:

I know highlights and goal packages have a purpose to show, well, highlights, but we looked very good in patches last night.

The hysteria around our performance is weird. I really don't know what people expect. Carlton defended as they do and we defended better. We had the ball in had far more and never looked like losing. It was clinical and a great dress rehearsal for next week.

Too many Demonlanders expect 2021 form.

I was taken by Lever on radio this morning. He was asked about whether he felt we are getting back to 2021 GF form (ridiculous question by the way).

His answer was that we've spoken at the club about how distracting it is to try to "get back" to our 2021 form because it was so special, and that it's about working hard to play good footy.

I wish more Demonlanders would come around to that line of thinking. The more we put 2021 to one side and just focus on what we're doing in 2023, the better. If you keep wanting us to play football like we did in 2021, you're going to more often than not be disappointed.

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Probably should be talking about Petracca's game more.

32 possessions, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 7 clearances, 15 ground ball gets (next highest for either side was Walsh with 8), 9 score involvements but also 27 pressure acts, 11 of which were in the defensive half, all from 83% game time. Did it on offence and defence. Truly superb.

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9 hours ago, Buzzy said:

I suspect he's injured

Then he shouldn’t play. 
 
They’ve got nothing to play for.

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