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  1. "Do you know the difference between involvement and commitment? Think of ham and eggs. The chicken is involved but the pig is committed!" The Observer 1982 "There is just one thing I want to commend you on and thats the way most of you are going in very hard to get the ball.BUT, he added with an ominous tone in his voice , there are a few of you that are hanging back from intense contact and unless these players show more guts , I won't put you in against Hawthorn" Ron Barassi during intraclub match page 40 "The Coach" Ibid And so it was forseen that in any given game at a
    76 points
  2. So was watching the Knicks play the Grizzlies this morning on the NBA app and were getting soundly beaten so I took to Demonland and saw that today's match was on. So at half time in the NBA, I turned it off and took the drive from the Golden Mile in Frankston to a cold, wet and windy Casey to watch a winning team. Thankfully we got there in the end, despite a few concerns along the way with certain elements (skill errors were a killer!). But here is my break down of what I thought of our players. 12. Toby Bedford: Showed a bit today, especially in the 2nd half and was a factor in us
    53 points
  3. Jake Lever with the best defensive game by a Dee since Jake Lever in Round 1. What an absolute boss he was today.
    48 points
  4. Q 1 When is a stick not a stick?? (Answer at the end) Q Does a Picket Fence standing behind a Cyclone Fence constitute an oxymoron? "Try not to stay too static or cute, bananna's decay to brown, squashy fruit! Change is the seed to personal growth, a call to seek your directional oath. And submit to lifes challenges those on the field, results in success a valuable yield!" PF 2021 What a magnificent day to be at training. Reminded me of........ Thursday 4th September 1987 venue JUNCTION OVAL at 4.00 pm approx. 34 years ago. There were thousands there watching the John Northey c
    47 points
  5. Boy oh boy! Wowee! I almost spat out my cornflakes when I came across this news item in The Daily Bugle this morning. It's absolutely incredible! I can scarcely believe it... I hope it's OK by the mods if I reproduce the article in full. In what is believed to be a first in world sport, Melbourne Football Club is on the verge of sacking its entire coaching staff and replacing them with a group of fans from their website Demonland. This innovative and radical move would save Melbourne millions of dollars and shore up their financial position in perpetuity. An
    44 points
  6. My son is 4 weeks old tomorrow. He's seen 4 from 4. This run is all him.
    40 points
  7. Arriving at 11.05 in pouring rain at Casey Fields is never a great start but that is exactly what Casey got off to in the first quarter. The rain stopped a few minutes before the game started and it was dry for the duration but the wind howled and it was slippery. The ground was in great condition and the wind blew across to the outer side and favoured the northern end. That's where I headed. It's nice to win any match but it was the young kids and one old kid I wanted to see and I didn't have to wait long. BBB was dominant early holding two contested chest marks and kicking one goal
    40 points
  8. Nobody will talk about Jackson given Kosi's genius, but seriously how good is he? Some of his pickups were akin to Pendlebury in his prime not a ruckman in his second year. Going to be very very good and allows us to use Gawn as we please.
    35 points
  9. Ventured down to Casey along with a few others on here to observe a few players. Weather was pretty rainy when I got there for 1st quarter. Not too many spectators, I estimate around 400 max. Among them were Mark and Nicole Bradtke (Mark is huge), Choco Williams, Alan Richardson, Sean Smith. First observation I noticed was Ben Brown is BIG. Not overly solid, just very tall, towers above Majak and Weed. He had his left knee strapped. This bloke knows how and where to lead, he presents himself well and is a target. Nice mark and goal in first quarter, then a juggling one handed ma
    33 points
  10. I'm just going to contribute a quick observation on Tom McDonald. At the end of the game, with the camera lingering on him for what seemed like eternity, he looked seriously unhappy with his effort. That made perfect sense after the number of times he just didn't get it right tonight. BUT Many have cited that in the last couple of years we have been seriously deficient for tackles inside 50 and it was a key reason we we so keen on Pickett. Tom McDonald is the current AFL leader for tackles inside 50 after picking up 4 tonight. He made a contribution tonight even if he
    33 points
  11. I thought our midfield really lacked cohesion. As an elite player, Max has next to no influence in clearances anymore, except for the occasional flash (see the Langdon goal). Oliver constantly flies under the radar though. Thought his kicking was strong, two beautiful piercing 50m passes that I recall resulted in scores. 35 possessions, most contested possessions on the ground, at 80% efficiency. He completely runs our midfield. Without him we're stuffed. Lever, May and Tomlinson, against pretty ordinary opposition, were excellent in tandem. I think it was the best 3 KPD effort I've
    33 points
  12. After 21 years Demonland will be shutting it’s virtual doors. The toll that supporting this club has taken on me over the years has led me to this point and as a result this site will cease to exist from the end of today. Thank you to all the wonderful contributors and posters over the years and especially to those who have donated their time and money to helping this site remain online Hopefully one day this team will rise again and deliver us the premiership we all dream about Thank you and goodbye Go Dees 🔴🔵😈
    32 points
  13. Steven May and Jake Lever were incredible really. As good as I've ever seen from a defensive duo in our colours.
    32 points
  14. Wow. You are a sad individual.
    31 points
  15. Knowing Glen personally, I can say he’s worked very hard for the club and is a very passionate Melbourne man. He did a brilliant job stabilizing the club with Jackson and Roos years ago and also helped rebrand the club too. Some of his calls were outlandish, but you’ve got to aim big or you’ll never achieve anything (Tigers premiership and 100k membership as an example). My understanding is Glen will be spending more time with family in WA going forward. Also sounds as if instability is either being addressed or getting worse as a result of his departure. Time will tell, but the board
    29 points
  16. We’re coming off 2 terrible seasons & we win our first 3 games by double digits each time & you’ve got people on this forum complaining lol
    29 points
  17. Demon skipper Max Gawn is one big unit at 208cm and lately he’s been standing even taller. We already know that he’s unstoppable in the air when going for a mark but with three consecutive victories to open the season, you might say that he has his head in the clouds. And that is literally true thanks to a fan at Demonland.com who recently arranged for our big ruckman to go even further than the clouds but way beyond to the edge of space and into the stratosphere. And this photograph of Max at 35km above the Earth with the curve of the planet visible behind him is the proof of the new he
    28 points
  18. I'd just like to endorse all the other posters in their praise for Goodwin outcoaching Ratten.
    28 points
  19. Gotta give some love to Tmac. Nine marks on a wet day. Very nice. Hes back with 3 great games.
    27 points
  20. Some interesting discussion about stoppages, which has been a theme since we were dominant here in 2018. A few interesting things from the weekend: This is a typical stoppage from the weekend. Notice that we are playing one short in here, with the extra player being Sinclair on the far right. His counter, Salem, is sitting 30 metres defensive side of the contest (left of screen). We lose this clearance, but the the ball is just dumped straight to Salem who launches a counterattack. We leveled the clearances on the weekend but that only tells part of the story. We are comm
    26 points
  21. Only 3 clubs have clocked an average running speed quicker in defence than in attack for both games. Richmond WB and Melbounre. We are running harder defensively than we have previous seasons. So far.
    26 points
  22. A bag blew across the ground in the third quarter and it offered more than Dahlhaus did. 😂
    25 points
  23. "Lines join in faint discord as the Stormwatch brews a concert of kings as the white sea snaps at the heals of a soft prayer whispered" Welcome to Casey Fields, weather report as above, ohhh hang on just got a bit of crossed wires happening via transmission some static about, .......%$(*&^$$$#@[email protected]#$%t*()))))) As we take the cricket commentary from the legendary John Arlott "As we watch fer the ferst time Lileeeeeee Long tall lean Australian Gladiator as he goes back to his mark from the Kirstall Rd end and as he turns just meters from the fence we hear the familiar tooot of t
    25 points
  24. My biggest take out of the game, my 5 yr old watched the entire first half next to me, asked qs, said “wow that’s Max Gawn, he’s really big, we’re going to win for sure”, “it’s ok dad no need to tell yell, we’ll get one back... told You so” and “ok dad because o have to go to bed, but when we win you own me a chocolate Easter egg”... and was really engaged with it, hopefully he and his little bro get to see some fun times.
    25 points
  25. Geez, was I watching the same match as others? Playing away against a team which kicked unbelievably well for goal, got a good lead, and we buried them. This is a disappointing win?
    25 points
  26. I think we are much better this year. The balance of players is better at the foot of the ball. We’ve got some X factor in Kozzie and Trac, some in and under with Oliver and Viney, some outside pace with Hunt and Langdon, and Salem behind the ball with impeccable foot skills. It doesn’t have to be 100% manic anymore. It feels much more composed and controlled. I also think our back line has given us the confidence to maintain our shape around the ball more, even if we lose a few contests in a row. There’s more trust.
    25 points
  27. I went through a divorce recently that ripped my heart out. I was depressed. if it wasn’t for speaking to my mates I’m not sure how I would have coped. One of the first ones I spoke to suggested I get counselling which I did and helped tremendously. I disagree with you Hff. If I didn’t speak to my mates I doubt very much I would have sought help and who knows how things would have ended up. I reckon Spud would have loved it, as I’m sure his family in attendance would have too.
    25 points
  28. Noticed any positive traits yet? 😂
    25 points
  29. Looking at these photos no one can question whether Pickett trained in his time away. Looks really trimmed and fit. AFL 2021 Training Melbourne
    25 points
  30. Have been pleading with demon supporters for couple of years to stick fat with this kid. What you're watching now is exactly what he was showing at TAC level and why he was highly rated by our recruiting and coaching staff. Imo he is by far our best tackler in the team, and he sets the tone with his insane pressure and manic attack. Don't think I've seen anyone an opponent slip his tackles as of yet this year. While Kozzie might be getting all the Hollywood attention and rightly so, it's Spargo who the coaches would be just as wrapt with his defensive efforts and form. Worked
    24 points
  31. WOW! 3 rounds, 3 wins and 12 premiership points in the bank. It is so long since we have experienced such a high position on the ladder this early in the season it is giving me nose bleeds. As a matter of fact, I have experienced some Demon seasons where we have not realised 12 points for the whole 22 rounds. We played GWS last round and, it has to be said that they suffered three critical game ending injuries to leading players. This, of course, made it very difficult for them. So what? It happens. I will take the points and celebrate the win and I do not see anywhere an aste
    24 points
  32. A big thanks to the Melbourne Cheer squad for landing my daughter a flag to wave and gifting my 4 year old one. Made for a really enjoyable night.
    24 points
  33. My favourite moment also. To those who want to 'temper' celebrations and not get over-excited: You do you. I've spent enough weeks in past years being miserable only a few weeks into the season, I'm bloody well gonna enjoy the wins.
    24 points
  34. The idea that some are suggesting we shouldn’t be celebrating a 3-0 start, without any game being in doubt in the last half of the last quarter, considering we have our two first choice tall forwards out and 5 players who’ve played less than 10 games, is frankly mind-boggling. Or incredible, I dunno. What did you honestly expect?!!!!!
    24 points
  35. Yes I have seen it first hand, previously worked in the Sex Crime area. Whats seen can't be unseen and what's read sometimes has a bigger impact. I became immersed in an investigation that consumed my life more than it should have a few years ago. It impacted me and my family to a point I never thought it would. It was tragic the victims ranged in age from late 30s to late 40s when they came forward and to see the effect it had on their lives and the destruction had a big impact. The offender was a Catholic priest who in the 70s and 80s preyed on vulnerable children and destroy
    24 points
  36. That game could be the making of us where the players get what it means to play your role for the win and the rest will follow. - Rarely did our mids go for the same ball. Trac in particular once he saw it was closest to Oliver at times stepped out of the contest for the receive but maintained a defensive position just in case. - Our half backs were dominant I dont think I have seen Salem or Hunt play better games of balanced defence and attack. Rivers was al,so instrumental. - I can only recall one occasion where our defenders were all up in one contest. Generally they trusted
    24 points
  37. Honestly we arrested some serious momentum and changed the game. I can’t remember when we last did that and went on to win. We have some talent on the list. If we manage it well we are going places.
    24 points
  38. Think of him as a James McDonald type more then anything. Coaches love him, will do a discipline job when asked, and will go out and give 110%. Has worked incredibly hard to get to AFL level due to a few rejections at TAC cup level. Knowing his parents well in Daryl and Prue Jordon, they will be extremely proud this Saturday. On ya Jimmy.
    24 points
  39. Loved the moment in the last when Lever was by himself in the D50 with a wave of Geelong players on the way in. Had started chasing the player about to get out the back, but at the last second went towards the ball carrier instead. Got there just in the nick of time, with the help of dud bounce by the carrier, and held the ball up before the cavalry arrived. Saved an absolutely certain goal and got a massive cheer from the crowd, and me at home.
    23 points
  40. Great to wake up on a Sunday morning with a win. Though I'm fairly sore as we finally got round 1 underway up here in local footy. How good!! Said it last night that under the circumstances of the night with big occasion, many past Saint greats attending, and crowd noise that win will be pivotal. To not get flustered and rise to to the challange when the saints were 16 points up was simply brilliant by the boys. I think Goodwin deserves a lot of credit for this performance and this could be the making of our team. I'll mention a few individual performance. Rivers - I'm surprised
    23 points
  41. I thought Hunt was very good today.
    23 points
  42. You guys are a [censored] miserable bunch. I'll take the 4 points any day of the week doesn't matter how we get them.
    23 points
  43. Me just hanging around waiting for the Sunday evening game.
    22 points
  44. Just got home after a skin full with a hoarse voice. South Melbourne market dimmies on the steamer and replay on. I went tonight expecting a loss, expecting to be run ragged by the Saints. We rattled them, made them second guess themselves, forced them to kick hurriedly to nobody. It was a beautiful thing to watch. We didn’t rush ourselves and continued to hit targets with short kicks. Forward entries still need work, but it didn’t matter so much knowing we had dangerous smalls circling like hungry animals. Although the clearance stats were fairly even, we won the clearance
    22 points
  45. 22 points
  46. Apparently Hunt played on Butler and kept him to 8 disposals.
    22 points
  47. A mate got out there and I got the following at various times through the morning. It is raining cats & dogs out here Cannot sight Baker - he must be 23rd Man for tonight Qtr time: Casey 4.4:28 v North 3.1:19 Half time. Casey lead by 10 points. 42 to 32. 3QT: we hold a 11pt lead going into the last Qtr (62v 51) Seeing plenty from Hibbo, Rosman, Chandler, Bedford, Bradtke, Melks, Vanders & Daw Majak has taken some very strong marks and kicked about 3 goals FT score: 12.9:81 v 11.7:73- well done Casey The feature of the game was some strong marki
    22 points
  48. Wtf? Jetta was actually good today. He won a number of critical one on ones.
    22 points
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