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  1. You may be new to Demonland and are unsure how to proceed or have been here for a while but still don't feel confident about posting on the gameday threads. I have prepared the following guide to make it easier for everybody to have their say while fitting in with the mood of the board. First thing you must do is take your angry pills and ensure that you post in a negative, pessimistic, illogical and reactionary manner. Defeatist is good, as is hysterical over-reaction, whining and sooking. Don't forget to assume the worst and always look for the dark cloud around every silver lining. As a memory aid, it helps to keep in mind the Five C's: criticise, complain, catastrophise, carp and castigate. For added fun, you might like to pick out a whipping boy and make sure to pot him at every opportunity. Here are some scenarios that may occur during the game and suggested responses. Other team kicks the first goal of the match. "Game over" "We're screwed" Other team wins the match. "Season over" "We're screwed" "Sack the coach" "The players are drinking their own bathwater" Player X has quiet game. "Recruiting blunder" "Should have picked player Y" "Trade him" "Send him back to Casey" "Delist" Player start limping. "We're screwed" "Out for season" "Sack fitness/medical staff" "Bring back Burgo" Player goes down into rooms. "We're screwed" "Out for season" "Will never play again" "Bring back Burgo" MFC player involved in incident. "It's Melbourne, they'll suspend him for multiple weeks" Opposition player involved in incident. "It's not Melbourne, he'll get off" Player misses shot at goal. "Such inaccuracy is typical" "Who's the forward coach?" "This will cost us a Grand Final" Melbourne kicks 3 or 4 goals clear. "We'll go to sleep now and rest on our laurels" Melbourne wins. "Should have won by more" "Percentage will cost us top spot" Poster is happy with win. "Stop embracing mediocrity" "We're getting ahead of ourselves" MFC is losing the free kick count. "AFL/umpires/broadcasters are corrupt" "They're biased against us" MFC is winning the free kick count. Do NOT comment under any circumstances.
    55 points
  2. Finally we beat a side above us on the ladder.
    49 points
  3. Just received the email!! The one we have all been waiting for!! 7 years!! Until 2030. Woo Hooo!!
    46 points
  4. Bartlett just can’t catch a break. Everyone trying to steal his thunder.
    46 points
  5. This just happened: So I’m sitting on the steps of a disused building in Flinders Street coz no benches, having one last coffee before sausage duties. A guy walks past, I smile and nod coz me. He comes back and tries to give me a $10 note. Dude thought I was homeless!!! Of course I refused the money and tried to convince him that I am not a beggar. Two cops happened to walk by and heard us. One of the cops says, “nah mate, she’s definitely not doing it tough, have a look, she’s a Melbourne supporter.”🤣
    44 points
  6. Today we remember Sean Wight who passed away on this day 11 years ago. A great footballer and, along with Jimmy, one of the success stories of the Irish experiment. Sean Wight (15 March 1964 – 30 June 2011) Sean is a member of the Melbourne Football Club Hall of Fame and was named as one of the 150 Heroes of the club during the club's 150th celebrations. The 185 cm tall, 85 kg Wight played for the Melbourne Football Club between 1985 and 1995, playing 150 games and scoring 63 goals. He is not only the first player to be associated with the Irish experiment, but also considered to be one of its most successful products. Wight was scouted by the Melbourne Football Club's Ron Barassi and Barry Richardson on a visit to Ireland in 1982 as having the potential to play Australian rules football. Before playing Australian rules, he played Gaelic football with the Kerry minor (Under-18) team which reached the final of the 1982 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship and with the Listowel Emmets club - the same club as Tadhg Kennelly. Wight was brought to Australia in 1983. He was part of an Under 19 VFL premiership side just weeks after his arrival from Ireland in 1983 and was widely hailed for his rapid conversion, though others who joined him from Ireland had much less success. Wight made his VFL debut in 1985 and became a regular backline player, recognisable with his trademark moustache. Wight played in two Demons night premiership winning sides, in 1987 and 1989. He began to develop a reputation as a dour defender, with an exceptional ability to not only spoil opponents marking attempts, but take high marks himself. Wight, along with fellow recruit Jim Stynes was a member of Melbourne's 1988 VFL Grand Final team which lost to Hawthorn. Retiring in 1995, Wight's career was somewhat overshadowed by Stynes, whose career in the midfield earned more accolades and media attention. Wight died on 30 June 2011 after a short battle with lung cancer. From Wikipedia
    40 points
  7. My god Jack Viney is fun to watch when he plays like that.
    39 points
  8. This Package deserves discussion. This is such an incredible effort by our 2IC Jack was brutal and focused for 4 Quarters. It is relentless. AFL Players play like this for a Quarter and get praised and rightly so. Jack did it all night, even in the last Quarter This is one of the greatest efforts from 1 player in the History of the MFC I am so proud of him Thanks for this Edit Mighty
    37 points
  9. Not that I’m excited or anything but…this is my FIRST EVER interstate match!!! 🥳 Look out Adelaide, there’ll be a coven of footy mums behind the goals and make no mistake… we’re NOT to be taken lightly! 😈 GO THE MIGHTY DEES! ❤️💙❤️💙❤️💙❤️💙❤️💙
    36 points
  10. My mail is he is leaning towards staying and biggest decision relates around length of contract. The money is not an issue, he knows he will be well paid and the next contract is the big one I anticipate a 2 year extension
    34 points
  11. I think a lot of demons fans don’t understand how we are asking Ben Brown to play. At North he played as a leading forward in a team that played a lot of games at Marvel - where it’s less contests and easier for dry ball skills. For us he’s trying to compete in the air almost 100% of the time - as it suits our midfield game style. He’s in the team to kick 2 goals from the 4 opportunities he’s going to get a week. At North, when he was firing, he was getting 10 opportunities because of the way they played, and tried to isolate him. He’s an important part of the team - specifically around aerial contests in the forward 50 and keeping players like Andrews and Stewart honest.
    33 points
  12. Chris Fagan is all class - such a great bloke.
    32 points
  13. He remains close with Trent, his parents are happy with his welfare at the club, he wants to repay the draft faith and the decision to give him an extended break in Perth pre-season, the offer is as flexible as he needs it to be, he wants to continue learning from Max and he generally isn't motivated by money or stardom.
    32 points
  14. Bartlett is clearly really angry and im guessing furious that the board didnt support his efforts to remove goody and how his own removal went down. Maybe that anger is justified. Who knows. But the fact remains he was removed as president. And that occurred very early in the 2021 season. He made the decision at that point to remain on the board. Now, on the face of it that was a club first decision - and one that he was rightly appluded for at the time. It allowed the club to go with the bloodless coup, no board issues, nothing to see here, Glen has to focus on his health and family narrative. But let's not get too carried away with his selflessness.That narrative was also helpful for Bartlett and the club did the right thing by him for running with it. Better for his reputation than a messy vote of no confidence palaver. The point is, he chose to remain on the board - and famously celebrated our gf win with gusto, as he had every right to do as he made a terrific contribution to the club. But I've lost a lot of respect for him with his crusade against the club. Not so much because of the crusade as such (though that's poor form), but because the issues he is raising were in 2020 and the 2021 preseason. If things were that bad in his eyes, and he was sincere about his commitment to adress the problems that have been raised now, why didn't he force the issue and raise the issues publicly then (and damn the consequences) and/or refuse to quit as president - or alternatively just quit the board. Maybe he thought he was better placed to address things if he remained on the board, but if so I'd call [censored] on that. It seems to me that he took the path of least resistance then, which is ok. But by doing so, in my eyes, he has lost all moral authority raising these issues now. And raise them he has. Perhaps he has nothing to do with the leaked texts. And if so, he would be justifiably furious about any implication he was. But he is a high profile lawyer with decades of experience in high profile HR related legal cases. He understands the power of words and understands how the media works and how seemingly neutral words and phrases will get manipulated to create click worthy headlines and controversy. And he understands this statement will hurt the club. So given all that, it is hard to believe he is not trying to hurt the club, particularly given the timing of rhe statement, coinciding as does with 3 straight losses and the may palaver. His lengthy statement is very carefully worded and clearly deliberately obtuse. And very clearly coded - the subtext could not be clearer. If his issue was with journalists impuning his reputation AND NOT the MFC, then he wouldn't of made his reference (which was clearly an accusation) to gambling, drugs, bullying etc. Nor would he have needed to pump his tyres about his role as president (yes i made some mistakes, but parents i had your boy's back). He would have dropped the code, veiled threats (dont forget mfc board i am a brilliant HR lawyer) and deliberate obtuseness and made it crystal clear what he is so upset about. A final comment. Bartlett has a hell of a cheek talking about bullying and safe working environments. Not everyone agreed with me, but as I said at the time his response to the Port loss in 20 was way, way out of order. And in hindsight, it was even worse as what we didn't know then was goody was struggling with personal issues, such as his separation, issues Bartlett must have been aware off. Goody and the team were in a hub, he was struggling with personal issues, the team's form was up and down, covid was raging and support and admin staff had been slashed. Putting out his furious statement to ralphy and basically attacking the coach and players, could only have served to heap more pressure on goody (and the players, other coaches and mfc staff for that matter). In what world is that creating a safe working environment?
    32 points
  15. I’m going to write a longer post about that game when I get on the train… but if that performance didn’t make you love your footy team a little bit more than you thought was possible I feel sorry for you.
    31 points
  16. If you said anything like “our season is over” in the last month, give yourself an immediate uppercut. Many welcome returns to form, but none more pleasing for me than Jake Lever. Absolutely outstanding.
    31 points
  17. I think LJ will stay from what i am hearing from inside MFC The Media are right off course and it’s not about money. Sorry i can’t say anymore at this point, i was asked not too
    30 points
  18. Goodwin confirmed on AFL 360 that he carried a back injury into the game, which was worsened early in the game when Cox jumped into him and the also rolled an ankle. Goodwin confirmed he would've been subbed out but as he left the field Turner was concussed and Petty got hurt so Max got to complete his duties. Gutsy effort by the legend.
    29 points
  19. A mixed bag from bigfooty: Expecting to win this. Go cats. This is the game. Without Stewart, potentially without Stanley. I’m for once, not confident at all. Can't show our full hand but Scott needs to do something different. This team has our number in recent years. We will also see how some of the inexperienced players hold up to the pressure. Z. Guthrie, Holmes, De Koning, Close, Stengle . Demons are going ok but not as formidable as the back end of last year. I reckon we are in this up to our ears on current form. If we spend half the game kicking it down lever and May’s throats like we did against Richmond we are going to be in all sorts of trouble I can’t forget the nightmares of last year. Both games V Melbourne. I can see us getting to a decent lead early and them then reeling us back in. Melbourne by 25 points. We are due for a loss and they are too good. Would like to win but quite happy to lose and take some learnings out, hopefully we can be better come finals. While a lot of the names are the same I think we are better placed to face Melbourne than last year. We could have played a couple of kids last night and still won the game. Now Dad's Army will have to front up again on Thursday night. Not expecting a win here. I just want to see if our midfield is any chance of holding it together later in the year. They should smack us in the middle. We are a good chance, but so are they, and they will almost certainly bring their best footy and they play K.Park pretty well. Ii would love this upcoming game against Melb to be at the MCG - to see how Geel would measure up against the reignining premiers on the All those years of handing them out a hiding. They will never forget it. They rested Jackson for a reason. This is the game they want. I don't see us beating them for a while yet. I wouldn't care if we lose but if we could possibility unearth 1 or 2 flaws in their game so that if we meet again in the finals, we can try to expose that weakness. Melbourne are beatable. Put pressure on and get good ball to our forwards. Big game to show we are not just a top contender but we are here for the main course. Yep. That round 23 defeat imo gave them the belief to win the flag. Massive sliding doors moment. My favourites: I knew i shouldnt have tried to have a proper discussion with you. Because honestly it is like dancing with a Cobra snake Memo to players and coaches: if the game is close in the final minute and we have possession of the ball, DO NOT : Kick out on the full Punch the ball into the stand giving away a 50m penalty Fail to man up on Max Gawn at the top of the goal square
    28 points
  20. I would have loved for him to play just one game for MFC. His raw emotion when we won the G.F last year was a lovely thing to behold. Good luck Warrior, you have done yourself proud with your achievements, I hope the next chapters of your life are fantastic. Cheers P.F
    28 points
  21. Harmes. Was thrown into the middle early in the game to mind Neale and did a terrific job, but what I love most about him is his ability to keep getting back up after he gets smashed in contest after contest. Numerous times last night he got to the ball first only to be crunched heavily, it didn’t worry him. You just have to keep your eye on him at the ground to see the amount of work he puts in and he hits the scoreboard. His first goal City End with the left foot was an absolute gem and should have him in the running for Goal of the week was at a crucial time too.
    28 points
  22. I have a degree in Exercise Science and 22 years experience in elite sport and agree roughly with Binman. Peak performance readiness only lasts so long. Teams in premiership contention try one of two (with variations) approaches: - Continue preseason for many weeks into regular season sacrificing peak performance in the interim, banking enough wins along the way (60%/40% is a good result depending on who they play) to keep them in and around top 8, then lightning the load and hitting their straps a few weeks later. This can be followed by a shorter block later in the season (around round 18), with final peaking occurring in finals. This all depends on list/age profile of course. - Train for a double peak which means they prepare to hit the season running and bank early wins (exactly as we seem to have done), before building load prior to and out the other side of the bye rounds (again sacrificing best performance and looking for a 60/40% win loss record) before hitting a second peak in the later half of the year. (Pre finals bye and pre Prelim bye for those top 4 who win first week allow reduction in game fatigue and increased uptake of train stimulus without negative effect (normally in the form of high intensity work like match simulation activities). Don't forget there's different forms of loading which have different outcomes. Aerobic Endurance, Aerobic power, Anaerobic endurance and anaerobic power are all types of prescription which have different outcomes. You can't do all at the same time, but tend to focus on them at different phases throughout the season. Not all have a negative effect on game day performance but all come together in the end (in theory) at the right time. Remember also, not every athlete is the same. Petracca (power athlete) will respond to increases in volume (running and gym reps) different to Langdon (endurance athlete). Hence each will be prescribed different stimulus to suit body type and training background and are monitored via gps for all metrics of volume, intensity and duration. During this time Petracca will likely get slow and heavy (and thus kick poorly), while Langdon is unlikely to suffer the same way and may in fact get better. If you add to that the influence of injury and illness, it can become quite a balancing act to make sure all athletes are doing what they need for their best performance. Sometime an athlete may need to extend their period of increased loading because they were sick or injured for a period during that time and actually dropped load whilst sick/injured. Having worked closely with a S+C coach involved in AFL for 8 years , I can assure you that teams do go through periods of increased training load throughout the season depending on where they sit on the table. Watching our boys in person the past few weeks they sure do look like they have changed training stimulus. In any event it's all speculation really as the club isn't about to come and hand out their IP to everyone by telling them what they are doing, so time and on field performance will reveal all!
    28 points
  23. From this point on we went to a level not seen for a long time. Picture Kozzie playing along with Byron in that era. He hurts.
    27 points
  24. Exceptional football. Clearly the best we've played since the Grand Final. Should have won by 80+ points against the top side. Yes they were missing Bailey and Zorko, but it's not like Gawn and TMac are bit players either. The clear stand out IMO was the intensity. CP dominance, clearance dominance, forward half pressure, tackle pressure everywhere. We haven't played with that level of ferocity much in 2022 but when we bring it, we really [censored] bring it. Led superbly by Viney, who played one of his all time best career games. Forward half worked so much better as a unit tonight. Small things like Weideman blocking for Brown and crumbers in the right spots in front of the marking forwards. Don't know if it's a coincidence, it probably isn't, but Lever's game was phenomenal, against the highest-scoring side in the competition to boot. Petracca also lifted so our A-grade core was largely on song tonight (Langdon still has room to improve). Weidemand deserves credit. He wasn't dominant but he put his body on the line in the ruck and in marking contests and I thought really applied himself well. Let's see if this is a corner turned. Big games coming up on the road but when we play like this, we are scintillating.
    27 points
  25. Viney's performance was one of his best in a Dees jumper, knocked himself out and went straight back into the middle, couldn't get tackled and reorganised someone's spine with that pile driver of a hit in the last. and what about James Jordon, he is owning the members side wing, not only looking comfortable but in career best form I'd argue.
    26 points
  26. Fantastic, emphatic return to form by the Dees. That could easily have been a 15 goal win against the "former... (hehe)" ladder leader. I tipped us to win by 3-4 goals so this is much more than i expected. Viney = immense Jackson = Pay him what he wants. Kids gonna be a champion. Lever = a totally different player with May in the team. Harmes = Smashed Neale... get around him. Bedford = dynamic Oliver = Brownlow Hibbo = blanketed Cameron Jordan early was also very good. Lots of others i could, and probably should praise. Fantastic win Dees. Should be an enjoyable weekend 'Landers.......
    26 points
  27. Bailey is a massive out for them. Second leading goal kicker this year and kicked 4 against us in that Giants Stadium game last year. Special shout to Sam McClure on 3AW tonight who went with the selection bombshell “Ben Brown dropped” Only to discover he got the wrong Brown.
    26 points
  28. James Jordon, amongst all this hurt and devastation, you can hold your head up high young fella.
    26 points
  29. If you want to see how blessed this football club is to have a Max Gawn there as a leader, watch his presser. All class, doesn’t bite at the journalists (not sure how he controls himself, frankly), manages to put a positive spin on it and all whilst being at turns completely authentic, seriously considerate of the incident, yet wholly Maxy. He is simply unique in football, a playing statesman of the highest order.
    26 points
  30. That's what a Melbourne game looks like.
    25 points
  31. There's a lot of talk in the media about our supposedly struggling forward line and ability to score, one of the latest examples is this discussion between Tim Watson and Garry Lyon (https://www.sen.com.au/news/2022/07/04/the-only-major-concern-lingering-for-melbourne-ahead-of-finals/). And I, as much as the next MFC supoorter, would love to see us kick more goals from more traditional methods (lead and mark or contested marks by big key forwards), but I also suspected that this was just more of the media having selective memory about what we did in 2021. The numbers speak for themselves.
    24 points
  32. Pretty sure he’s going to stay after he gets this picture I drew him and also the 50 cent sealer I put in with it.
    24 points
  33. “They’ve gone May and Lever as part of their big spend, who are very good players, but what influence can they really have on winning games of football?” David King. 🙉
    24 points
  34. He looks so happy at the Dees - I can’t see him leaving “Asked after Thursday night’s win over Brisbane — in which Brayshaw starred in with 29 disposals — whether he’d remain at the Demons next year, Brayshaw told CODE: “I bet you’d like to know. I’m conscious of not giving everyone the headline. But I love the club, I love my teammates. That’s something that will take care of itself.” https://apple.news/AJfX49D1MR7WLh5__yhVQEQ
    24 points
  35. 21 disposals 10 led to scores one goal 18 hit-outs a team-best nine tackles 89 per cent efficiency by foot 10 contested possessions six inside 50s. He is only 20! Take a minute to absorb that performance. On any other day that is a BOG performance. That honour goes to Viney.
    24 points
  36. Might be the best game I've seen Jack Viney play. Take a bow captain.
    24 points
  37. For Thursday night game against an interstate team, that crowd was a brilliant result. We pulled in more than Richmond vs Port on Thurs night, despite nearly 50,000 less members across teams playing. Brilliant effort Dees fans. Ignore the noise about our crowds for dopey pelicans like Caro. We’re third highest average home attendance in the league. Were more loyal than anyone. Hats off!
    24 points
  38. Melbourne Football Club Board Statement posted just now on Facebook: "The following statement has been issued to Melbourne members and supporters on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club Board: The Melbourne Football Club Board would like to address the statement from Glen Bartlett which was published on the Herald Sun website on Thursday June 16. Primarily, we would like to address the club’s change of Presidency in April 2021. It was the unanimous decision of the Board to request Glen resign as President. We acknowledge that a change of leadership at a club is a difficult time for all involved and out of respect for Glen and his service to the club, when the time came for him to hand over the presidency, we endeavoured to respectfully acknowledge his achievements and contribution. Separately, the Board would also like to reiterate its support of the club’s people, particularly Simon Goodwin, who have been unfairly targeted as part of inaccurate and unsubstantiated media reports. As the Board has previously stated, Simon is an exceptional and inclusive leader, who is loved by players, coaches, and staff, and is a key driver of our high-performance culture, standards, and disciplines. We see no utility in engaging in an ongoing commentary on these matters, and the club will therefore not be making any further comment at this time. Instead, the efforts of the Board, together with players and staff, are absolutely focussed on the seasons ahead. We ask that the privacy and health and well-being of all involved be respected at this time."
    24 points
  39. Barring the GF victory, This was the happiest moment of my supporting life. Unexpected, unbelievable, after the siren, Geelong at Geelong and for top spot! Will never forget this...and I imagine neither will they.
    23 points
  40. That blocking free against Brown was the worst decision of the year.
    23 points
  41. Gutsy performance from him to shoulder that load tonight. Pathetic effort from fans to jump on here and bag him out straight away.
    23 points
  42. The demons are definitely in turmoil! Trac, Clarry, Vines, Sales etc signed up for life Coaches stable and happy. Top of the ladder after our first flag in 57 years find another BS story Herald Sun!!
    23 points
  43. Played some very sexy football tonight. Was worried in that first quarter but we were up for the fight and just kept working until the tide turned our way. The relentless attack on the ball was back. When it was on the ground they just did not stop fighting for it until they won it, much more numbers around the contest too. Ripped them a new one with 170 to 132 contested possesions. Burnt them on the outside as well. Dobbed them at stoppage clearances, loved the way we spread and setup. Steven May was not great but just having him out there helps so much. Rick was able to just play his game and this was his best game of the season no doubt. Toby Bedford, I definitely think we've got another mosquito fleet member on our hands here. Brought so much pressure and those two goals he kicked had my heart racing. The candy he sold on the second was seriously criminal! It reminded me of an amazing blues guitarist that holds that note just a tiny bit longer. It's so hard to explain but it was so beautiful. Loved the times when we sped the ball movement up, it was like flowing water at times how we kept it moving unlike past weeks where it has been stagnant. The forwards moved a lot better this week and Benny Brown really should have had art least 3 on the board. Hopefully he is working his way back into form. Luke Jackson came to play tonight, I get a little tired of his ruck output being judged by some in terms of winning hitouts and monstering ruckman. He played a great game tonight and we saw a bit more of that midfield play that we remember from the granny. I thought Weideman competed hard, gee I'd love him to clunk some of those marks though. How about Jack Viney though? His performance was out of this world! He kept just getting in there and coming out with the footy and ready to accelerate out of the contest, like Clarry! He looked like he was never going to lose balance or waste a possession, seriously the man could have won contested footy in a bloody pinball machine! Thought Gus was Mr reliable again, we really can't understate his importance to the team enough right now he's playing out of his skin. Some of his kicks were mint. A magnificent team effort , everyone knew what was required and what needed to be done. I don't believe we're out of the woods yet, the reality is that it's one game and we've won 1 game in the last month. It's going to take a solid performance over Adelaide and possibly a scalp over Geelong to do that, but we live to fight another day, we aint going out like that! Anyway I'm tired, have to start at 8am tomorrow and Thurs night footy is shiezen. I'll be back tomorrow! Oh and glad we could do it for the BCNA. So proud to be part of something like this.
    23 points
  44. Jack Viney fully fit is a scary sight The media talks about our pillar mids of Clarry and Trac, but a 100% fit Viney is arguably on the same level He has been massive for the past month, long may it continue
    23 points
  45. Toby Bedford is quite good at playing football
    23 points
  46. I might be on my own here but I actually think Caro is one of the best Journo's going around...
    23 points
  47. Meanwhile… the Weid was probably at home drinking hot chocolate and reading comic books in his room
    23 points
  48. BBB was good particularly in the first quarter, when the game was hot and needed to be won.
    22 points
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