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  1. Attended training. Haven't been to many so hard to compare but here goes ... There was a lot of match sim as stated by previous posters. I must say, I was wondering where the Demons were training and who the team was on Gosch's paddock, the training intensity has lifted that much. One thing I disagree with from another poster is that competition will be fierce for spots, including for the first time in years in the midfield. Interestingly, I don't think there were as many standout players as in previous years as the gap between our best trainers and worst is no where near as large as before. J
    37 points
  2. I went to my 5th session today. Notes (apologies for any repetition) - 8 or 9 blokes in the rehab, Vince wasn't at the ground. Watts and Howe look pretty fit despite not participating. - Frost looks great, a true athlete with size, speed and strength. You can see his usefulness streaming out of defense. I think he is a lock for R1 - Jones is as prolific in intra-club match sims as he is in the real thing, the bloke is just a gem - Gawny looked good playing key forward, a very imposing figure.. it seems very likely he will be spending lots of time down there in 2015 and for mine he could be on
    31 points
  3. Competitive match practice was short and sweet, sweet to see come footy again, even at this level. It wasn't a full match practice as only about 14 per side but it was full contact without the players trying to hurt each other. "Quarters" were only about 5 or 7 minutes and at times the ball would just be given to the opposition. Conditions were warm but perfect otherwise. The one that impressed me was Petracca. He looked absolutely comfortable in this company, winning contested possession and seemed to make good decisions. Kicking a little iffy but not bad. Others to do well were, apart f
    27 points
  4. Attended my first training session for the year. There were very few bystanders so I thought I'd give my observations. I must have been on the other side of the ground to Baghdad Bob, cause I hardly noticed Petracca but noticed others not mentioned. The match simulation involved 1 player with a white vest who played for both teams. Those players were Tyson, Viney and N.Jones alternatively. Tyson copped a spray from Roos for not giving off a handball which resulted in a turnover. Standouts - Despite his earlier error, Tyson is our classiest player and makes the game look easy. - N. Jones just
    22 points
  5. Just to add to the concept of everyone seeing things differently, I also thought Matt Jones was excellent today. He got plenty of footy and also used his run to create space for others all game. On the other hand, I thought Brayshaw was the standout of the kids. Got plenty of it and made some big tackles. Is very neat by foot and I suspect he's going to be one of those players who you thought was quiet but ends up with 25+ touches. Petracca did some good things but looked to lack the required fitness and his field kicking was average. Dean Kent and Max Gawn were the 2 that impressed me most in
    13 points
  6. I don't agree with this at all and -not having a go - i am surprised there seems to be a number of posters who think he might drop to the magoos. Leaving aside the issues of being picked number 1 and his lack of intensity last year he was one of our most consistent players. He is also without question our most skillful player by foot and i would argue also by hand. He has also has exceptional vision and creates scoring opportunities. Given we are not blessed with a team full of great kicks who have great vision and set up goals i think he is safe in the side. Barring injury i would be very su
    11 points
  7. Yes. It's called having different opinions.Interesting nonetheless that one supporter will pick up on mis-kicks, mis-handballs, wrong options etc from certain players, whilst another supporter will see something completely different.
    10 points
  8. I assume you must have been watching a different training from me then this morning Vince, Watts, White, Hunt, Howe, Neal Bullen, Fitzpatrick, Garland all did some sort of rehab wo Missing Trengove, King and Riley Standouts for me today were Jones x 2, Michie, Cross, Garlett Frost, Brayshaw and Petracca who had an even better session today than last week, complimented him after and he said "that's what I am aiming for, to improve every session" The one on one work that we keep seeing Salem do is at his request, feels it is an area of his game that needs work, has no idea where he will be p
    9 points
  9. ...she says in February... Time will tell. There is too much attention on a bloke who is now no longer the impetus for our brighter future. We have other players to ruin, s&sd...
    8 points
  10. This should not be forgotten. "MELBOURNE chief executive Peter Jackson has announced his immediate resignation from his role as AFL Victoria chairman. Jackson's energies have been increasingly dedicated to the Demons and he recently extended his contract with the club until the end of next season. Although he was at AFL Victoria in an advisory role, Jackson felt he could no longer continue in his adjoining capacities."
    6 points
  11. I think the poster was talking about Spencer's dropped marks which can be a feature of his game. There's a difference between hanging [censored] on players at training VS being honest about how they perform in areas of their game that they are both good and bad at. For example, I imagine Matt Jones gut running and ability to break lines and get to many contests is indeed a standout to you. Which is because it's one of his strengths and it's one of the reasons he is playing at this level. However, more interesting is that a different poster chose to see the other side of the coin which is to do
    6 points
  12. I kept a bit of an eye on him throughout the morning, he spent the opening drills and warm ups running laps etc with the rehab boys. Once the main group broke up into their 3 teams for a bit of round robin match sim set up, Hogan joined the main session and just looked the part. He just seemed to play the part of a regular up the ground full forward... and I don't mean 'regular' as a negative... consistent, solid and great awareness for someone yet to play his first senior game. He also just has this demanding presence on the field, making every opportunity to be a usable option. Also makes s
    6 points
  13. That makes at least two of us. it seems to me that 2015 was a write off four months ago. If he was to start pre season training in November I would be happy.
    4 points
  14. I agree with you they will (or at least should) want to keep WADA out. The problem is that both the AFL and Essendon seem to have zero understanding of what WADA regards as internationally accepted norms. You have to remember that WADA people neither know nor care about our interesting little sub-culture in southern Australia called the AFL. We care hugely about it, no one more so than me, particularly about the MFC, but they neither care nor understand it. What they do do though is look at the facts about drug taking in sport and they are incredibly thorough and care not a jot about local se
    4 points
  15. It was widely reported at the time and a comparison was made with Matthew Richardson who had the same injury. There is a wide range of severity of the Lisfranc some heal OK but others can be career ending. It seems Clark has recovered from his. The problem with Trengoves navicular is that it had to be bone grafted and that takes a long time to reach full strength. The immobility required causes dramatic muscle wasting which will take a lot of rehab once weight bearing is possible. They are now using bone morphogenetic protein which is like a natural superglue to aid the strength of the graft
    4 points
  16. And if we want dangerous kicks then Matt Jones isn't in our best 22. If he looks to be improving then that's fine, but if you go by his past few seasons then we all know that he is prone to big mistakes and missing simple targets. The modern game demands that players are good kicks of the footy, and he is not one of them. No doubt he breaks the lines and he can run to position, but Cale Morton could do that too. Jones is a handy depth player, but he isn't best 22 in a side that wants to play finals football by the end of 2016.
    3 points
  17. Is it true that the west coast of New Zealand is now on tsunami alert after this?
    3 points
  18. i agree, he is our best user of the football when he gets it in his hands, he has come of 22 games and a top ten finish in the b&f and definitely his best season yet, but still people feel like he is going to struggle. He is and will again this year be one of the first picked when fit and his influence will be felt more and more throughout the game as we develop a better midfield. He constantly presents and gets to the right spots but the skill level that we have is not always able to use him, but as the team gets better so will Watts. May play VFL in order to come back from injury but it
    3 points
  19. Is Watts part of our future? I've had a feeling for a while now he is just filling a gap until an elite distributer becomes AFL hardened then he's on his way out- feel he's a liability up forward, and down back, didn't want to start a new thread on this and don't want to turn it into a character assassination, just feel unless he finds the want to compete and get the ball, he is on borrowed time..
    3 points
  20. As I understand it, if the Tribunal found the players guilty, the counsels for both ASADA and the players would make submissions with regard to the punishment appropriate. I am sure that the players counsel would want to minimize the punishments and that ASADA would be looking to make sure the punishment was correct. The last thing they want to do is to have WADA come in with a big stick and appeal the punishments. I would suggest that at the time of the submissions on punishments there would also be arguments presented as to when the punishments should run from. This could be from the last c
    3 points
  21. from Titus O'Reily Colin Sylvia and Ross Lyon have a little chatRoss Lyon: Come in Colin, have a seat. Colin Sylvia: You want a chicken nugget boss? Lyon: It’s 11.00. Sylvia: I know, breakfast menu was over. Lyon: Colin, I’m sending you down to the Peel Thunder. Sylvia: Is that a night club? Lyon: No, it’s in the WAFL. Your lack of professionalism is something I simply can’t accept here at Freo. Sylvia (chicken nugget spraying from his mouth): What are you talking about? Name one time I haven’t been professional, not counting last year. Lyon: Yesterday you didn’t finish the time trial. I fou
    3 points
  22. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”― Adolf Hitler
    2 points
  23. Reading that article makes me think that "Essendon" is synonymous with "talk a lot of crap" ... They are certainly good at wasting other people's time, OD.
    2 points
  24. Agree but I want 22 'dangerous' kicks, so does Roos
    2 points
  25. Let's hope they replicate that sort of thing on match day!
    2 points
  26. Baill got a fair bit of the ball, and JKH was ok without doing alot.Toumpas' technique doesn't cause direct turnovers, but how a player weights his kicks can be the difference between your teammate having an 80% advantage in a marking contest or a 55% advantage. An incident that occured on the HFF, where Toumpas stopped, surveyed the field, and kicked the ball leaning back which resulted in the ball lobbing high into the forward pocket. It gave the forward no chance.
    2 points
  27. That's what they have him practicing Daisy, Roos has got him doing that, it is good to see, only saw him take the wrong option once today and yes that is when he stopped to think about it, think it was McCartney who had a word in the next break. One pleasing thing today which I didn't mention was to see Hogan and Petracca in a break taling, pointing etc, obviously discussing running patterns, Hogan did it with JKH as well They do have the bail out ball to the goal square, they call it, so the forwards know to get there. A sweet move today, Garlett was on the left side of the 50, Nev Jetta was
    2 points
  28. the last two years i've noticed toumpas in the open. like you said, he tends to slow down and take excessive time to choose his options and because he is then flat-footed tends to lean back on his kicks and lose penetration. i's prefer him to put in a burst of speed while choosing his options and kick thru the ball more
    2 points
  29. One of the groups I've been working with is doing exactly that, Crompton. They've signed a partnership with Rio Tinto to establish a mine training centre in northeast Arnhem Land, as they look to provide the locals with the skills to work in mines in the NT and elsewhere. They're also setting up a bauxite mining operation on their land which would, ultimately, see mining profits go directly back into their community, as well as providing a jobs / career path. I heard a number of people - all of them non-Indigenous - have a real go at Pearson over his promotion of such ventures and partnerships
    2 points
  30. Due to the late start to pre-season games, the Asia Cup, AFL hasn't had much coverage. It is only really this week we are starting to see the media ramp up. Most years we are at least into the pre-season matches by now, we are still 2 weeks away, once this starts you will have that spike in membership.
    2 points
  31. How much pressure there is for spots will be revealed in the first few games. I am not certain there will be as much pressure as you suggest. I am confident our list has improved by I doubt it will have made a quantum leap which your comment suggests.
    2 points
  32. Then our list has some ways to go yet before we are a top eight chance.
    2 points
  33. Not a lot of sweet and plenty of sour...
    2 points
  34. Was that taken at the Collingwood cheer squads end of year picnic?
    2 points
  35. Slightly off topic (something that rarely happens on Demonland, so I apologise in advance), but can someone explain this to me; WHY THE FCUK DO YOU PRE-BUY NAB CHALLENGE TICKETS??? Back on topic; I hate Essendon. That is all. Thank you.
    2 points
  36. Nah, we all see different things, if you can debate them in a civilised way it makes for excellent reading...9 is Vandenberg by the way, Tyson wears a bloody cap and is hard to pick out, orange laces in white boots is him and in 12
    1 point
  37. In the Hun there is an article confirming use of top up players and games going ahead. Article is by Mick Warner (nuff said). Loved the final line: 'And classy onballer Brendon Goddard ran two laps and then a series of sprints along the boundary line during the final workout that reiterated the Bombers are ready to go when the issues are resolved.'
    1 point
  38. Well yes binman not certain about every game but I will be surprised if does play in most.
    1 point
  39. Sounds like Mat Jones, Gawn, Petracca and Kent in recent weeks are throwing there hands up for a chance to make the round 1 team. Can't wait to see the debate on Demonland when the first side is announced for week 1
    1 point
  40. don't think watts would approve that
    1 point
  41. My colleague Dr Dank has a little time on his hands currently and may by able to help. Not sure about the wit part, though. Steve hasn't mentioned any PEDs for that.
    1 point
  42. 'Machsy' has good contacts at Geelong, I wouldn't write off what he says so quickly. His info in the past has been very reliable. I also understand why parts of the post were probably a bit too hot to leave up.
    1 point
  43. I have been living up here in Rockhampton for the past 3 years and still maintain my full membership. I just donate my membership to the Reach foundation. I feel sorry for the poor souls during the MN years, the pain I bestowed on them on accepting my gift. Go Dees
    1 point
  44. Anyone else find it blatantly transparent that Essendon's 3 NAB challenge competitors are the bottom three teams from the 2014 ladder? Saints, GWS and us. The AFL don't even pretend to hide how manipulative they are in an unfavourable situation.
    1 point
  45. Anyone keeping tabs on McClure's success rate with breaking news?I'm not so sure it's all that impressive. Anyway, I already have my tickets and look forward to a good game.
    1 point
  46. So the number of players left at Essendon from the 2012 doping saga is down to 17: Essendon 34 won't play in NAB Challenge The funny thing is that a number of those players have already been named publicly by Mark Robinson in the Herald Sun so why the big deal about protecting the anonymity of the players? Essendonsupplements saga: Ironies abound as Bombers resist pre season solutions
    1 point
  47. He's actually in really good nick, the upper body is mature now and he has been doing a lot of work in the pool, the footy smarts won't have gone away, he just needs the fitness base I have had a couple of chats with him, didn't have an issue with the club looking at a trade, understood it, he also knows he will have to prove himself all over again, justs wants to get back on the park and take it from there
    1 point
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