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  1. Hi all, i discovered Demonland over the weekend and immediately signed up. I live in South West France, near the beautiful Dordogne River. I've been a Melbourne supporter for more than 60 years. I attended the '64 Grand Final and still vividly remember the Gabelich and Crompton goals. I have been an overseas member for four years and watch every game on watchafl.
    16 points
  2. I don't care about AFLX, but doing it as State of Origin could have been quite good and with only seven players per side even the smaller states like New South Wales and Queensland could have been competitive.
    5 points
  3. A new one: And an old one, but history keeps repeating itself:
    4 points
  4. Exactly. 2/3 of Demonland have this whacko on ignore and only see his posts when quoted. Thanks Dazzle ?
    3 points
  5. Strictly forbidden from playing frisbee or basketball with dogs.
    3 points
  6. Note to Gil & fellow nuffies: if I didn't have any interest in watching my own team play (and win) AFLX last year, why would I have any more interest in watching this ugly, red-headed bastard stepson of a concept? Wow, even more publicity for the already dangerously over-exposed Dangerfield and Betts! Broadly speaking I understand the idea behind having a version of the game that requires less space, less players and less physicality, but the execution of the idea has been so bad it has no chance of ever gaining acceptance. And only the AFL (and perhaps Cricket Australia) would cannibalise their own product by running it at the same time as they are trying to get publicity and sponsors for AFLW.
    3 points
  7. A weekend on the puss. I admire your stamina.
    3 points
  8. No one else has mentioned but I thought I would... Lever, Brayshaw and Stretch were really good with the kids today. Signing autographs, taking photos and the like and just being polite, while the kids were nagging them through training. The club has come along way since I was a Redleg which was good to see.
    3 points
  9. The first year players were back at Etihad today. Saw a couple of young Demons this morning.
    2 points
  10. Not even watching Daicos could get me to attend any Collingwood games unless we were playing them. My detest of Collingwood was so strong from the 1960s through to approximately 15 January 2019, that I just couldn't watch them. However, your comment about Daicos is understood. It's hard to believe that the bouncing "round the corner" kicks at goal we now see performed regularly just didn't exist until Daicos showed how it could be done.
    2 points
  11. Two groups of Roo supporters at different gatherings - both down on Preuss going.
    2 points
  12. This might of been brought up in another thread, Was thinking the other day, one way teams have been trying to stop max is smash into him early. You see them run into Max hard for the first 1-2 center ball ups of the match (and after half time). Do you think it is worth sending big Pruess into the center for the first bounce of the quarter and then let him drift forward and max to follow the ball? or let him take the first 5 min and let Maxy run out the quarter? Max will always be the number 1 but protecting him against a Nankervis who just wants to put some "hurt" onto Max might be a big upside of the man monster Pruess in the side. sorry if this has been covered, just bored at work.
    2 points
  13. If he makes it can we call him “Luke”? :)
    2 points
  14. Thanks for the training reports- much appreciated! Any observations on how Jeff Garlett has been training?
    2 points
  15. Flower is the greatest goal-kicking wingman of all time. Flower is the most brilliant Melbourne player I've ever seen. I have a feeling Oliver will be the most effective Melbourne player I'll see.
    2 points
  16. We all do, they're compulsory in-car equipment. But like most of the locals, I only wear it in emergencies. Right-wing populism isn't really my thing.
    2 points
  17. 2019 will be a big development year for de Weide.
    2 points
  18. WOW! Weeds is a big boy now. He's not a fast guy or a manic endurance athlete so he needs to rely on his excellent pack marking and strength in 1-on-1 contests. We saw a glimpse of that in September, with an extra few KGs and newfound confidence, and no Hogan, look out! Makes a mockery of those who wrote him off early. ME INCLUDED!
    2 points
  19. R Flower was consistently the best footballer i saw for 14 years. Just sublime. That said Oliver is a full tilt jet who could go down as one of our club greats
    2 points
  20. The Chief and family are sponsoring Tom in 2019 and very pleased to hear the chance of him cracking a game are looking good.
    2 points
  21. Being a crap kick has not stopped Dangerfield from being a jet.
    2 points
  22. Dunno bout the rest of you, but i cant wait to see the clash strips.
    2 points
  23. Oh my, I do like that first one. ?
    1 point
  24. Couple of Listed races at Gosford coming up on Thursday ... both good betting races too if you can sort out the form. There are numerous chances in either race. As for the weekend, there's a dearth of quality races although the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington sees 'Champagne Cuddles' making a return to racing in the 1000m dash. Gosford Gold Cup - Thursday Takeover Target Stakes - Gosford (Thursday) Kensington Stakes - Flemington (Saturday)
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  25. Saty - which group has Fritsch been training with? Given he played initially as a forward last year, then went on to the wing, and then to half back, I'm interested in any indication as to where the coaching staff believe he will play this year.
    1 point
  26. Now that almost 4 months have passed and the Rose colored glasses are off, it would be complacent to think we didn't get lucky against WCE with injuries to Darling and Kennedy and the scheduling of a r23 Brisbane match to solidify 2nd. As well as the missed shots on goal from Hawthorn all night that came as a result of the smothering Clarko press that Goody still has a few issues with. We still have a lot of work to do to improve on last years issues and the "r22 was a turning point" idea has not reached fruition until it's sustained for the full season this year (obviously) The positives of the year go without saying
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  27. Saty, do the players also have strict "rules" about how much they can do when they are not officially training? For example, if one of the players felt like going for a run, swim or gym session on their day off or early in the day before turning up for work, can they do so?
    1 point
  28. Petracca also needed further work on his knee throughout the session telling the Physio "It hurts when I stop moving." Simples .... Keep moving then!
    1 point
  29. I take it that you got great satisfaction from Sheed's goal then LDVC!
    1 point
  30. that's good to know. he'd want to pull his finger out, he's out of contract at years end and since Goody has taken over, he has shown he's not afraid to make guys 'walk the plank' for giving suspect effort at times. Watts, Hogan and Tyson all gone. I reckon Jeffy has the first half of the season to win and then hold a spot in the team, otherwise he'll go on the scrap heap for good and we move on to some of the young kids we drafted instead.
    1 point
  31. The entire point of the Cat B rookie is to take a couple of years to work with them and teach them how to play. A slow start right now isn't really an issue. We'll see in time. About all we'll get this pre-season is how much of an athlete he is.
    1 point
  32. If I were Bernie I’d rather stitch my head to the carpet.
    1 point
  33. Robbie was the best Demon I have ever seen. He was poetry in motion. He would do a blind turn take a specks and run bounce left handed then kick with his right. He was a ball player and a true champion.
    1 point
  34. Lever is making great strides in his rehab, was up and about today, very vocal Keilty is definitely being set to play as a forward this year Preuss has shaved his head, as if he needed to, to look more imposing, only needs the beard now I have to go to work this arvo so will post the pics on Insta and here tonight
    1 point
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  36. little bit of difference. Flower was like a fast twig. Oliver is like a fast log. I never worried about Ollie like i used to worry about Flower. In fact with Flower for three years i had to cover my eyes. I don't blink in case i miss stuff with Oliver and if you do blink, you will. Your sentiments are great, isn't it sweet............
    1 point
  37. IMAGINE by Whispering Jack The Demons made their official return to the training track for 2019 on a sunny Saturday morning at Goschs Paddock with most of the interest initially centred on a small patch of ground in one of the pockets where the rehab group was going through the paces. Some good pieces of news on that score. The rehab group is considerably smaller than it was prior to the Christmas break with Christian Petracca (knee), James Harmes (shoulder), Jayden Hunt (shoulder), Neville Jetta (shoulder), Oscar McDonald (hip) and Tim Smith (foot) all having fully recovered and training with the main group. More good news. The remaining rehabbers were all training at a reasonable level leaving one to think that they all should be right for the opening of the season, with the exception of Jake Lever (knee) who might not be that far away by the end of March. Key midfielders Jack Viney (foot), Angus Brayshaw (back) and Clayton Oliver (shoulders) have been on modified training programmes but appear on target to return to full training in the next month along with Oskar Baker (hamstring, Mitch Hannan (knee), Billy Stretch (toe) and Aaron vandenBerg (shoulder). Nathan Jones was apparently troubled by hamstring tightness and took it easy with a bit of sparring practice and Jake Melksham was the only player missing (possibly because his wife is expecting a child any day now). And after Friday’s shocking news of Tom Mitchell’s broken leg at Hawthorn’s training, the really good news was that nobody ended the session on crutches or in a moon boot. The story going round during the break of a renewal of Tom McDonald’s toe woes was just that - a tale with no substance. There’s a blister on a big toe but mine’s worse than his and it’s not going to stop me from being at the MCG on Saturday 23 March when the season starts with a game against Port Adelaide. So with that game in mind, the attention turned to the blokes who were training their butts off in the warm-up to what promises a tough month or two heading up to the 2019 season. I’ve tried to steer away from all of the media speculation about Melbourne being one of the top three in line for the premiership but the inescapable take away from the session is the observation that the maturing list now runs strong and deep in quality and the club’s recruiting appears to have added icing to the cake. We are light years away from the position we occupied when Dave Misson arrived to find that the club’s fitness and training regime was well below the standards of most AFL clubs. We no longer need to go into raptures about young draftees stepping up to the plate for round one because that simply isn’t going to happen. The younger recruits will all be given plenty of time. However, there are three (perhaps four if you add former Collingwood VFL player Marty Hore) ready-made potential additions to the team who have arrived from other clubs to add strength to Melbourne’s 2019 campaign. The added depth will certainly put pressure on the veterans like Jones and Jordan Lewis - that sort of pressure being another plus for teams that want to go places in this tough competition. The addition of another club’s captain to your list is something that doesn’t happen often so my first observation is that Steven May from the Suns looms as a significant addition to the ranks. That was made clear from my first sighting of him on the track - he cuts a very imposing figure out on the ground and one can’t escape the feeling that his move to Melbourne is one that will be a great one for his career and for the club. Imagine him and Jake Lever as additions to the defensive structure of the side that took part in last year’s finals. Imagine another revitalised former Sun in Kade Kolodjashnij and a fit and re-energised Jayden Hunt and/or Billy Stretch added to that mix tearing down the flanks or the wings. At 206 cm and 109 kg Braydon Preuss is a big man and it’s hard to reconcile why North Melbourne let him go. True, Todd Goldstein had a good season last year and Ben Brown and Majak Daw (before his tragic issues) were considered adequate pinch hitters in the ruck but Preuss is a monster who promises to provide major headaches to opposing clubs that struggle now to counter Max Gawn. With the new rules coming in this season, pity their ruck divisions at centre bounces and pity the defences having to counter resting talls. Speaking of pity, I want to go back to the rehab group for a moment and talk Jack Viney who set the tone for the rest of the players in this group with his steely determination and toughness. Back in the day, it was generally considered that being on the injured list gave players the opportunity to slack off a bit at training. Pity anyone with that view when Jack Viney’s around! Late in the session, he was doing repetitions around the boundary with Brayshaw and Lever and he attacked them with brutality. It was understandable that he was able to beat off the latter but, by the end, he had Angus gasping in his wake. Viney was restricted to only 10 of a possible 25 games due to those nagging foot injuries and was rarely able to play at his best when he was on the field. On that basis, you could almost consider a fully recovered Viney as a “recruit” in 2019. The other players who impressed at training were 2018’s big improver James Harmes and the youngster who could take that improver’s mantle, Bayley Fritsch who seems to be relishing his first full AFL pre season. Then there’s Christian Petracca. I’m looking for him to really break out this year. Imagine that!
    1 point
  38. Reminds you of Andy Lovell with darker hair? Hard to tell.
    1 point
  39. Well, based on what Bernie said, sounds like Tony Bamford was spot on with the second part of his prophecy re standing out at training in his first Month. Let's hope he's also right about making it as a long term AFL player!
    1 point
  40. He reminds me of Andy Lovell with darker hair. Hope he is just as good.
    1 point
  41. Terrible for the young bloke. On the other hand, Hawthorn can eat a .....
    1 point
  42. they are moving on from circus performing freaks to hollywood super hero wannabees - lol - what next, polo playing impresarios?
    1 point
  43. How do the AFL manage to take something that absolutely no one liked, then remodel it and produce something that absolutely no one liked..?
    1 point
  44. Gil weaving his magic yet again.
    1 point
  45. a bad idea that got even worse... one really has to wonder whether the AFL is up to running this sport. Take a lesson from T20.. expose the public via the lower leagues. If it takes off then bring in the higher leagues.
    1 point
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