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  1. Just left Gosch's Paddock. Skipper was the only noticeable absentee. Started out watching the rehab group which included Petracca, Vince, JKH, Newton, Lumumba, and M.King. Petracca, Vince and Lumumba looked in great physical condition and didn't look too far off re-joining the main group. The main group were doing a bunch of drills which seemed to have an emphasis on ball movement through the corridor. Goodwin was in charge and seems a natural leader. McCartney was providing constant encouragement and tips to the players. Of the players that stood out to me, Vandenberg looks set for a huge se
    37 points
  2. Ahem... It’s been a while coming, but I’m finally back on the track. The last month and a bit I really apologise for not being able to make it down - firstly the Aus Open shifted training anyway, and then uni got really hectic. Summer school does that when you try to pack everything into a very short period of time. So yeah sorry for not being able to get a few reports down. Regardless, I’m finally at Gosch’s for the first time in a long time and the scene somewhat surprises, a couple of players are already into their rehab and there’s a few players her
    34 points
  3. Just got back from training too, got there from about 2.15pm when the warm up drills were finishing. The first part of training consisted of standard drills and not much to report, but a few things caught the eye. I noticed that a few of the younger key position talls (Wiedeman, King, Hulett etc) were doing some contest work and it was mostly about body positioning and jostling, but that the actual mark was pretty much left uncontested. I thought this was strange as surely it would be useful to practice marking with more pressure on the mark itself. But Tom McDonald came over and showed h
    30 points
  4. It was Redleg who noticed last week that the club site was listing the following in the upcoming open training sessions: "Monday 15 February - Gosch's Paddock - 1.45am" So we dutifully turned up to the Paddock at about 1.30am together with a torch in anticipation of a solid post midnight training session. There were half a dozen other like-minded die hards in attendance and we were soon locked in conversation about whether the Truck would be training, how Trenners was shaping up and what Dawsy would be doing over the next four to six weeks. The crowd built up to abou
    29 points
  5. There didn't seem to be too much trouble sighting the players at the training session that I went to this afternoon. Apparently the lights were on so it was all on display to see. Injured and missing first: Jones not there. Dawes neither (not unexpectedly). Rehab group: Vince, Lamumba, Max King, JKH?, Petracca, Newton. All the rest were training with the main group including Trengove. * Petracca bandage on knee, which I didn't see last week. * JKH ran a lot of laps but didn't seem to have anything wrong, maybe just a training load situat
    28 points
  6. Couldn't resist dropping into Gosch's this afternoon to see if the rumours about Trengove recently returning to full training were true. H, JKH, Newton, Max King and Vince were all in rehab although most looked unhindered by their respective aliments and should hopefully be back in full training soon. Newton seems to be moving pretty well at the moment. Still has strapping on his ankle but was running laps with no obvious discomfort. H was doing some 100m sprints. Ran at a good pace and looked sharp, it really looked like he was galloping across the ground.
    24 points
  7. There was an amazing moment at training today where, during a full team kick-in simulation, Trengrove, cleverly intercepted the ball and fired the ball back over the head of the defender for a goal. The boys all stopped, grinned at each other and gave a loud cheer. There was an electric excitement that shot across the group. Optimism felt high.
    19 points
  8. Derailed even before any training has happened.
    15 points
  9. I think its a bit rich derailing this thread with an actual training report....
    13 points
  10. Would be great if Nasher could turn this into an emoticon..
    9 points
  11. Bit harsh on Ronald Dale, I believe his work from 80 to 85 played a large part in setting up our relative success 87 and through the early90's.
    9 points
  12. 8 points
  13. http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/dean-kent-primed-for-breakout-2016-season-with-melbourne-demons/news-story/1ba2a9190fc0c637217e9412076b1849
    6 points
  14. Even as old and grump as I am I cant help but feel genuine excitement when Kent plays. Love how he take a game on. This guy has some real "X" factor about him. When he's up I reckon other players will lift in tune; not that some need to but he has a spring in his step this lad
    6 points
  15. Brilliant player who played through incredible pain and on occasions, dragged us over the line based on his leadership capabilities alone (1997 vs. Richmond, 1995 vs. Brisbane). Gave us one of the few genuine A graders we have had since 1980. Gaz also gave us a media profile and quite frankly is one of the best Melbourne players I have ever seen (see his performance vs. the Doggies in the 1994 qualifying final or his performance late in 1995 vs. North for more info). Shocking club power broker and king maker who set us back a good 2 years (we are only approaching or 2010/2011 win los
    6 points
  16. We hero worship our sports stars placing them on pedestals that have shaky foundations. Sometimes those stars maintain their high standards or distinguish themselves after retirement. Most simply and sensibly keep their faces out of the public spotlight. However, those that maintain a high public profile particularly those who remain in the football industry and football media are going to be watched, attract criticism and be judged. In some cases, their behaviour draws inevitable comment both from the public and the scandal obsessed media. The price of fame can be high for those who step out
    6 points
  17. Again... 'I dislike him him because he shouldn't have come in to help when he didn't have the requisite experience to do the job.' When speculation of him coaching the MFC and he didn't put his hand up because he didn't have the experience and raw passion to be a coach.... the Demonland response... 'Why doesn't he give something back to the club? He's just lazy and wants easy money in the media etc.' Damned if ya do, damned if ya don't. Hypocrisy.
    6 points
  18. so "comfortable satisfaction" now has to be "irrefutable proof". just where do these journos get their basic legal skills from? reading bomberbliz probably.
    6 points
  19. Not sure what you're on about. This has nothing to do with 'our culture' or 'us as supporters'. If you don't agree with WJ's decision to close the original thread, you can appeal to the same Swiss court that will consider the Essendon doping saga. Best of luck.
    6 points
  20. So Garry Lyon is claiming MH issues because he had sex while he was single with a female who is also single? I don't doubt people have used MH as a cover up for a drug habit or other issues but I just can't see this being one of them. Either way, to me it's a private issue, I wish Garry well in his recovery. i believe the issue should be left here. No one knows the full facts and no good will come from conjecture.
    6 points
  21. Depends. If they're covered in tattoos I'd prefer he wore long sleeves.
    6 points
  22. Jesse grew up in Scarborough and is a Marist/Claremont zone boy, certainly wouldn't be heading into Northbridge, with a long list of friends from the Western suburbs. He still keeps in regular contact with a lot of the Claremont and Marist boys and catches up with them whilst he is back in Perth. I know a few of the lads he knocks about with and families he grew up with. In case you hadn't heard they have coffee here, Freo is well known for it. A lot of what I hear does little to concern me as to wanting to return to Perth, but until he signs there is always that doubt, there are some circ
    6 points
  23. I'm not interested in his relationship dramas or mental health issues, so please don't go there. Can someone please tell me why Garry inspires such disdain, animosity, hatred, etc from members of this forum. I started seriously following the MFC in 1987 as an 8 year old, so only really saw Robbie Flower play his final year. I have seen the entire careers of Stynes, Viney, Neitz, Jones and other greats of the club, and rate Garry above all of those for his on-field contribution to the club. He is the best MFC player I have seen, and he was captain of the best MFC sides I have seen.
    5 points
  24. So in other words, he did his job as an unbiased media commentator? After 186 (when Demonland was skipping around saying how lovely the day was), we wanted Garry to comment 'yeh just a bit of bad luck, lets get around the boys and hopefully they'll improve next week'. He speaks his mind freely of what is/has been wrong with the club? Lucky no one does that on here..... Anyone who thinks we haven't deserved multiple slaps over the past 10 years is living on another planet. He loves the club just as much as we do and wants to see us where we should be. I'm not saying y
    5 points
  25. Mr Francis, I don't want to be too pedantic but you claim you have worked over 10,000 hours on this case. I have factored in that you have a life outside this issue sooo.... at 40 hours per week working on this equals 250 weeks. I have estimated that you work 48 weeks in the year. By my very dodgy math you started working on this issue one year before Essendon even started their supplement program. Well done sir...well done.
    5 points
  26. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-02-15/jack-trengove-takes-major-step-forward-but-two-dees-injured-at-training?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=RSS+feed%3A+AFL+Latest+News A few steps closer: "Trengove looked sharp in the full ground ball movement drills and received plenty of encouragement from teammates. He ran hard to receive the footy when going forward and on a number of occasions pushed back with purpose into defence...Match practice remains the only hurdle left in the luckless midfielder's bid to return to the football field via the NAB Challenge or t
    4 points
  27. I think it was actually Hulett in this drill tasman, but I can understand the confusion because he's a man child and almost as big as Pedersen already. It's worth noting that Hulett's competitiveness shone through. He doesn't like to get beaten
    4 points
  28. That was last year before his neck was fixed: he just needed to hold his head on with his hand.
    4 points
  29. This is a momentous statement that hasn't received the fanfare it deserves!!
    4 points
  30. Unfortunately I think he has become tainted by his association with the Footy show. So many people loathe that program and that is projected onto him.
    4 points
  31. theres a theme there....just cant put my finger on it though
    4 points
  32. Hawthorn did. Clarkson, Cam Bruce , Adem Yze, David Neitz & Chris Fagan
    4 points
  33. I'll give it a shot. He was involved in two coaching appointments - one that wrong and one that went horribly wrong. Rightly or wrongly he is closely associated with the perception of the old boys club that ruled at the MFC prior to the PJ administation. Lastly, he speaks his mind freely on what is/has been wrong with the club and that doesn't sit well with some. Because of his media profile he has not always been backwards in giving us a slap ( as opposed to Eddie who is so biased in everything that comes out his mouth that he would never be critical of his own club). I have little
    4 points
  34. As well as that ManDee and OD, you also have to wonder if so much of the infantile denial is because a good number of the 750 other players may not be all that innocent or even now if they are or not.
    4 points
  35. Now Mandee you know the answer to your last paragraph. There have been a few journalists who have run anti AFL stories but everyone of them is not beholding to the AFL for accreditation. The rest ( Sports writers ) fall into two camps - the sycophants who love the EFC e.g Robbo, Connelly etc - the others keep their heads down so as not to offend the AFL. For most of History the "Innocents" have not had a voice what makes you think this is any different? But you know this already.
    4 points
  36. It's a training thread! They all weird up sooner or later. This one's just getting in earlier than most.
    4 points
  37. Where do they get these imbeciles? One after another goes off half cocked, espousing their fantasy worlds, I suspect very few have read all the available documentation. Margaret Wenham " The CAS finding also arose from it accepting WADA’s evidentiary “cable”, with that cable comprising “strands” of evidence. But, as far as I can see, there is no irrefutable proof TB-4 was given to the players and no evidence the players thought or knew they may have been supplied with it". How does she reconcile the fact that on many occasions the 34 lied to ASADA investigators sayin
    4 points
  38. So... I really wasn't going to pipe in... but I feel the need to as someone who has had/still has depression. We're assuming that Garry is using "depression" as a cover for his relationship with Nicky Brownless. Let try and make this as black and white as possible...even though its a bloody grey. 1. If reports are true, Garry Lyon has been having a relationship with Nicky Brownless. Both Garry and Nicky were single when engaging in their relationship. 2. Where the "outrage" has come from is that its because its a "mates ex" that is involved. Does it suck? Absolutely.
    4 points
  39. Now that this thread is about to be replaced with a fresh one for today's training, I think it's worth mentioning that this one may be the best training thread in Demonland history. Well done to all posters for (almost always) staying on topic and not allowing the thread to degenerate into personal abuse. And many thanks to the track watchers who give the rest of us the benefit of their observations.
    4 points
  40. Jobe Watson admitted taking AOD9604 on TV. Did he lie when asked by ASADA if he was taking any supplements?
    4 points
  41. I'm looking forward to some good Kent in 2016.
    3 points
  42. Now these might be big ifs BUT, if Kent stays fit, if Petracca comes good, if Tyson and Brayshaw stay fit, if Gawn stays injury free, if Tommy Mac can hold the backline together, if Salem's injury problems cease, if Hogan plays 20 games, if Garlett kicks straight, you know what, we might win more games than we lose in 2016. I haven't even mentioned Vandenberg, Frost, Harmes, Stretch, Neal-Bullen, Vince, Jetta or any of the new lads. This could be good.
    3 points
  43. I think a lot are like me. They are holding their breath hoping it will keep going well. am too scared to think positive in case it is all dashed.
    3 points
  44. If I had an ex I would want permanent veto rights over all her future relationships unless it could be proved that her squeeze was mentally disturbed, which I would find comforting.
    3 points
  45. Another Journo to add to the list of journos with no real understanding of what is going on. The penalty imposed on Essendon is crap It would be funny if it wasn't so blatantly wrong and apologetic.
    3 points
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