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PRESEASON TRAINING: Closed Sessions at Casey until 2024


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All AFL training sessions have moved to Casey Fields for the remainder of the year as Gosch's Paddock undergoes ground maintenance.

Casey Fields sessions are all closed to the public due to the nature of the facility.

More information will be advertised in the New Year about open training sessions. 

Of course if anybody happens to be walking by and happens to catch a glimpse of the session from behind the fence we'd of course love to hear/read your observations.

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53 minutes ago, rjay said:

I don't get what the nature of the facility is?

I think it means that as opposed to Gosch's Paddock because Casey is surrounded by a high fence that we can actually lock people out, we will! Was thinking of taking a cruise up to Cranbourne tomorrow but not now. They certainly don’t go out of their way to encourage the fans. Not sure why I mean they won’t be practicing secret plays this early in preseason. 

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8 hours ago, Earl Hood said:

I think it means that as opposed to Gosch's Paddock because Casey is surrounded by a high fence that we can actually lock people out, we will! Was thinking of taking a cruise up to Cranbourne tomorrow but not now. They certainly don’t go out of their way to encourage the fans. Not sure why I mean they won’t be practicing secret plays this early in preseason. 

Couldn’t agree more Earl. The only reason I can come up with is that they intend to do a lot of goal kicking practice so let’s keep it closed to the public.

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2 hours ago, picket fence said:

I saw that bloke at Casey Fields the other day with that Green Bag wondering what he was up to🤯😵‍💫😵😱

Trying to keep you out, BUT, we know you…keep up your sensational, great work that we all appreciate with thanks.

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Unusual this early in the season, maybe looking to keep the press away from our playing group. I’m surprised Picket Fence hasn’t received free entry for his past services to the Dee supporters.!!

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2 hours ago, Dee Viney Intervention said:

Couldn’t agree more Earl. The only reason I can come up with is that they intend to do a lot of goal kicking practice so let’s keep it closed to the public.

I think your onto  something here..maybe Choco has come up with another kicking invention of sorts..and wants to keep it under wraps ( try out).

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1 hour ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Suspect it's as basic as not paying for cleaning/opening of public toilets but I like the theory of secret plays better.

Kick out to the left to Gawn is of course in the top secret drawer

Love your second point Jim.

In regards to your first point you would seriously hope not. A few supporters at training aren’t going to make that much of a mess. Memo to Melbourne FC. 

I am more accurate in front of the bowl than you are in front of goal.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Earl Hood said:

I think it means that as opposed to Gosch's Paddock because Casey is surrounded by a high fence that we can actually lock people out, we will! Was thinking of taking a cruise up to Cranbourne tomorrow but not now. They certainly don’t go out of their way to encourage the fans. Not sure why I mean they won’t be practicing secret plays this early in preseason. 

maybe not secret plays but id be disappointed if they arent practicing the game plan, which is hopefully new and updated. 

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11 minutes ago, biggestred said:

maybe not secret plays but id be disappointed if they arent practicing the game plan, which is hopefully new and updated. 

Yes let’s hope so. Although my observations, admittedly from when I was a regular track watcher, say up to 2020, the training day game plan practised didn’t always resemble the game day plan executed! At practice at least when I was there, the ball movement is constant and players are taking every opportunity & risk to switch play to find the next target forward. It’s great to watch at practice and for a sublime period of time in the second half of 2021 it appeared in all its beauty on successive game days right up to the GF win! 
 

Since then it’s been long stretches in games of one dimensional down the line delivery, muscling it over the boundary then push slowly forward, bombing it in to a crowded forward line but I am sure they still move the ball sublimely at practice. 

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Maybe May to FF, BBB to FB, Tracca to HBF, Clarrie no change, Viney to BP, Kosie (with his leap) to first ruck, Maxie to FP, Lever intercepting our goals, and many others strategic manipulations so that our players do not get too comfortable in their normal roles but get to learn what it feels like to play in the other positions.

Why not? Could do not worse than perfect passing in an open space.

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1 hour ago, poita said:

Another PR triumph for the club - you'd think doing the right things by the supporter base would be an exceptionally high priority after the past three months, but apparently not.

How is this decision akin to not doing the right thing by supporters?! They’re not obligated to hold open sessions. Especially if there are plans to try out new things. If we can see all they do, so can the media and the opposition.

Also, the past three months? You mean for our finals campaign? Or for Joel’s and Clarrie’s situations? Or all of the above? The Club owes us supporters a grand total of squat. 

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Haven’t they generally had a Christmas/Santa session at the end of the year?

Also I’m fine with most Casey sessions being technically closed but accidentally opening the gate to allow fans to have a wander in won’t hurt anyone.

Legally closed but decriminalise track watchers please!

No doubt media and cameras will be there for at least one session.

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You can easily see through the fence during closed sessions at Casey. I remember watching a closed session during the productive 2020/2021 pre season.

The training staff are particularly pleased when spectators are watching from outside the ground as they don't need to retrieve the ball when a player boots it out of the park.

I would highly doubt Goodwin, Richo and Co. would come over to someone and tell them to leave in these upcoming sessions.

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3 hours ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

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Let’s hope there isn’t eight 50m penalties handed to us for dissent 🙄 

What's got Jon Ralph so excited by a Carlton v Melbourne match-up that it needs two exclamation marks in parentheses? Is it just that - golly, gosh - two finalists of last season will be playing each other?

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13 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

What's got Jon Ralph so excited by a Carlton v Melbourne match-up that it needs two exclamation marks in parentheses? Is it just that - golly, gosh - two finalists of last season will be playing each other?

It's a reflection of how many games we have to play next year.  Injury and fitness are more important than ever.

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10 hours ago, Dee Viney Intervention said:

Couldn’t agree more Earl. The only reason I can come up with is that they intend to do a lot of goal kicking practice so let’s keep it closed to the public.

Makes sense it's behind locked doors. Cos the rest of the comp has know idea about our ineptitude inside F50.

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