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Agh, another classic Blusterdome game. I used to be all "both teams have to play in the conditions, so you take it as it is". But with the gap in skills this team has on most opponents it's more and more of a shame that we play so often in the football equivalent of a spin cycle. Yes, a bunch of those goals missed should have been slotted (and this is something we won't always get away with and need to tighten up). It's the around the ground stuff that I find frustrating, as the conditions don't reward skill or superior ball movement so much as "kick and hope" footy. We'll still typically rise above it, and play the conditions smart. And there'll always be games affected by the weather. But I hate that 90% of the time, playing at our home ground means our team won't get to practice its full potential.

All that aside, we did what we needed to do, 4 points, no obvious injuries, and as it turns out, all but sealing $1 mil.

That goal from B.Mack was all class and the highlight of the day for me. I want to watch the replay for a couple of Heater tackles I saw from a great distance but need to experience with a better view as a 50 game celebration. Liked Gall's game and look forward to seeing more of her. Fitzsimon had a real purple patch at one point putting on immense forward pressure with numerous repeat efforts.

Matchday experience: Nearly lost a few camp chairs and I swear a half-full bag of potato chips I dropped blew a good 10m away before I could catch up to it. Everything was at the right volume (Dees Army loud, PA system reasonable), so that was a plus.

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We capitalised on our chances and should have kicked plenty more. Blustery conditions made for a poor contest. 
 

Casey is the worst place to have to travel to. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but the joint is a joke. Took me over an hour from Malvern to get there. A grass fire on the freeway and then the road into Casey was bumper to bumper, as usual. The wind was gale force. The lines at the only two food outlets meant you missed a whole quarter of the game waiting to get food. The view at the ground is poor. The only good view is on the members side we’re the small section of seats are, which are always given to away team family and friends. The nets behind the goals make it hard to see from the cheer squad area.

 

After yet another negative Casey experience, our family has vowed that we will not return to watch anymore football there. Men’s practice matches or AFLW. 
 

 

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2 hours ago, Dees_In_October said:

Agh, another classic Blusterdome game. I used to be all "both teams have to play in the conditions, so you take it as it is". But with the gap in skills this team has on most opponents it's more and more of a shame that we play so often in the football equivalent of a spin cycle. Yes, a bunch of those goals missed should have been slotted (and this is something we won't always get away with and need to tighten up). It's the around the ground stuff that I find frustrating, as the conditions don't reward skill or superior ball movement so much as "kick and hope" footy. We'll still typically rise above it, and play the conditions smart. And there'll always be games affected by the weather. But I hate that 90% of the time, playing at our home ground means our team won't get to practice its full potential.

All that aside, we did what we needed to do, 4 points, no obvious injuries, and as it turns out, all but sealing $1 mil.

That goal from B.Mack was all class and the highlight of the day for me. I want to watch the replay for a couple of Heater tackles I saw from a great distance but need to experience with a better view as a 50 game celebration. Liked Gall's game and look forward to seeing more of her. Fitzsimon had a real purple patch at one point putting on immense forward pressure with numerous repeat efforts.

Matchday experience: Nearly lost a few camp chairs and I swear a half-full bag of potato chips I dropped blew a good 10m away before I could catch up to it. Everything was at the right volume (Dees Army loud, PA system reasonable), so that was a plus.


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18 hours ago, Kick_It_To_Pickett said:

We capitalised on our chances and should have kicked plenty more. Blustery conditions made for a poor contest. 
 

Casey is the worst place to have to travel to. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but the joint is a joke. Took me over an hour from Malvern to get there. A grass fire on the freeway and then the road into Casey was bumper to bumper, as usual. The wind was gale force. The lines at the only two food outlets meant you missed a whole quarter of the game waiting to get food. The view at the ground is poor. The only good view is on the members side we’re the small section of seats are, which are always given to away team family and friends. The nets behind the goals make it hard to see from the cheer squad area.

 

After yet another negative Casey experience, our family has vowed that we will not return to watch anymore football there. Men’s practice matches or AFLW. 
 

 

You were there, KITP. Surely you agree that the wind was off the charts, even by Casey standards. And it wasn’t a predictable wind, either, nor was it on and off. It was relentless. We had a few posters and a couple touched on the line. I thought given the horrid conditions we did really well scoreboard-wise. 

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23 hours ago, BDA said:

Or paxy. He thought she should have retired about 5 years ago. 

No, I said moved from the midfield where her lack of contested strength and pressure were being exploited. We’ve been a better side since she’s playing wing and now high half forward 

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2 hours ago, BDA said:

Looks like a decent sized crowd at the Swans Pies game. Sydneysiders taking to AFLW it would appear.

Great crowd.

Very windy up there too but the ground has stands and is an amphitheater so it is somewhat protected. And the game is better for it. 

I've said it before and i'll say it again the AFL should only play AFLW games on AFL standard grounds with stands that provide protection from the wind.  

I understand the logic of playing our home games at Casey in terms of continuing to grow our connection and fan base in the south east. And there is no question that area has really embraced the women's team. 

So perhaps always have a  4-5  games there in a full 17 game season (ie each team plays each other once, which is the ideal system i reckon), but the rest of our home games - and as many games against other vic based teams as possible (eg as part of what i have suggested as a weekly Friday night game there) - should be at Princess Park.    

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52 minutes ago, BDA said:

Looks like a decent sized crowd at the Swans Pies game. Sydneysiders taking to AFLW it would appear.

They routinely draw comparatively  large crowds to matches at the various venues in their state, as does Adelaide in their state.

5,722 in attendance today. 

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25 minutes ago, binman said:

So perhaps always have a  4-5  games there in a full 19 game season (ie each team plays each other once, which is the ideal system i reckon), but the rest of our home games - and as many games against other vic based teams as possible (eg as part of what i have suggested as a weekly Friday night game there) - should be at Princess Park.    

4-5 games at Casey is 4-5 games too many, imo. I can’t think of a single reason to play home games there. You suggested the connection with and the growing of our game in the South East. If that’s the only positive, it’s not good enough.

As for a 19-round season, it won’t be ‘til 2027 that we’ll have a 17-round season (all teams play each other once). Next season there’ll be 11 rounds and most likely 12 rounds the year after. 

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1 hour ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

4-5 games at Casey is 4-5 games too many, imo. I can’t think of a single reason to play home games there. You suggested the connection with and the growing of our game in the South East. If that’s the only positive, it’s not good enough.

Mmm, they said on the call of the game that that region is Australia's fastest growing are for population. I think it is smart to keep investing in the region and looking to cement that area as demon territory. 

it has been a long term strategy, and in my opinion after being a doubter, i think very smart one,

The only way to remain competitive over a long period is to have big number of paid up members and a strong fan base.

And the only way to achieve both is to bring in new supporters and build the base.  The Casey connection is helping us achieve both and the popularity women's team is no doubt a big factor.  

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North badly need a quality key forward to finish off their good work. If they had one they would be a contender. they have all the other components. you just know crows are going to score a goal and win this despite being on the bad foot all this last quarter

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21 minutes ago, YearOfTheDees said:

North are being Pistol Whipped by the Umps here.

And that is why we now need to win next week.  Cannot afford the ridiculous home ground advantage that Adelaide gets from the umpires.  North should have been paid a chopping, around the neck free in the final 30sec, but nothing.

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4 minutes ago, george_on_the_outer said:

And that is why we now need to win next week.  Cannot afford the ridiculous home ground advantage that Adelaide gets from the umpires.  North should have been paid a chopping, around the neck free in the final 30sec, but nothing.

That was a free all day every day.

The Roos should have had a kick to win after the siren 25 meters out directly in front.

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