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  1. This is a first time post. I visited from Adelaide today. I don’t read Demonland a lot other than at this time of the season, and really appreciate those who do training reports. But knowing people involved in the club, this is not the place to spend too much time in season! I thought I would add my bit to preseason, although it’s 3 hours later so I have probably already forgotten half of it and Kev above covered some of it. I arrived at 9.15 and the players were already warming up. I stayed till the very end, which was just after 1pm with the last 3 off the track being Steven May, Jac
    56 points
  2. It is the 9 to 12 schedule. A beautiful morning to train in. Marty, one of the support staff says they are different team this season. I agree with him, seems a change in the vibe out there. Hoping it can translate out on the field when it counts. In rehab was Aaron VandenBerg, Austin Bradtke and Harrison Petty. Their work load seems to have increased, harder running and ball work. Walking laps was Oskar Baker, Adam Tomlinson and Mitch Hannan. The main group had about 33 (?) players in it. Warm-ups were again inventive and different from the previous morning. They
    40 points
  3. Oliver and May both training and both appear to be fine. Oliver has his left shoulder strapped.
    31 points
  4. Dropped past for about 35 minutes. Nice day to be out there. All players are looking in very good nick. Not sure if they’ve all been in the gym this morning but they’re all looking very toned and ‘jacked’, even the newbies from last year. They were running a 3 quarter ground drill for the whole time I was there. Lots of shifts in direction and switching and always finding a man on a lead with a break on his opponent. Purposeful kicking into the forward 50, no long bombs into the forward line. Tom McDonald v May was pretty willing. May definitely doesn’t hold back at trainin
    26 points
  5. So basically don’t tune into SEN between 12 and 3?
    22 points
  6. Another note to add: Was chatting to someone today that sees Joel Smith on a regular basis and in fact he saw him this morning. Direct quote: "He's absolutely flying, he's in great nick – completely 100%". Based on that we have to assume they're just loading him up really slowly hence why he's in rehab.
    21 points
  7. I would hate to be someone from the MFC reading this forum and what has been spoken about since the end of the season. For far too long we have been accused of being a club that sits on it's hands, does nothing aggressive during trade time and gets bent over at the trade table. Yet since the end of the 2019 '[censored]' season, the club has brought in Richardson, Burgess, Brukner, the dude from the Dolphins, outside run in Tomlinson and Langdon, took a risk on Bennell, invited a semi-proven forward in Mitch Brown to the club, shifted their position in this years' draft considerably
    18 points
  8. Can already see Marty Hore's plan to get a regular game, he was responsible for taking Spargo out as well
    16 points
  9. Jake Melksham is doing fine. Looks like hs is working a lot with Tom Mcdonald. They are often blocking and helping each other create separation and overlaps. In simulations they were often getting repeat entries, so they were kept busy.
    13 points
  10. Take 3, 10, 28 all to draft. At 10, take whoever is leftover out of Kemp, Stephens, Serong, Ash. Young is now off the cards for us it seems unfortunately. I’d be disappointed if we split pick 10 again into more lower picks, as I think we need elite talent and the pool generally thins out quickly heading into the teens.
    11 points
  11. This is a real worry. ANB really disappointed me with his conversion last year (7 goals 9 points). Winning time trials means naught if you can't get the ball and then butcher it when you do. Apologises for the veil of negativity in this post.
    10 points
  12. Gawn is about to turn 28. Jackson will play from ages 22-32 with Gawn aged 32 and either retired or right near the end. Dean Cox was 27 when Nic Nat was drafted. Only the rarest of draftees make meaningful impact in year 1. Walsh, Rozee, Rioli. Even guys like Oliver play good and bad games and limited minutes. They aren't as good as you think, often they are playing just to satisfy fans and so coaches can say they play the kids. From year 2 Jackson will be supporting a 29 year old Gawn. From year 3 Jackson will be supporting a 30 year old Gawn.
    10 points
  13. Do you think Richmond had a no tackling program. They won't do the back off thing easily, sometimes players are coming in in numbers and they are competitive beast. Win at all cost and all believe they will win the ball. Contact can be done in a safe way I think. That is bracing for it and taking the hit. Halfway and you will be hurt. We also want a players to get front and center balls from the pack, if the defender pulls out, then how do they develop that part which is very instinctual and one of the higher skill sets. It is a tough game and durability is one of the crit
    8 points
  14. A problem with Demonland (and society) is that often people think down binary lines. The OP is a classic example. You are either a sycophant or as the OP puts it a "backstabber". It is possible that by applying critical thinking to matters of the MFC you can appreciate some of the good things about the club and recognise the not so.
    8 points
  15. not thilled with this constant trying to split the picks and take us further down the pecking order. we only have a very limited number of slots available. we should be taking the best players we can. Quality not quantity.
    7 points
  16. Jesus the combination of the @Duke and @kev martin of training reports are quite a lethal combo. Some of your best work you two.
    7 points
  17. They are being ultra cautious given his injury history You will find him in and out of the main group over next few weeks, just has to stay away from Marty Hore
    7 points
  18. Every recruiting manager always says “We were really surprised X slid to our pick, we are thrilled” which is part PR, but also illustrative that different clubs genuinely rate players differently. Moving down two spots is likely of limited consequence. If Melbourne KNEW for sure that 8 would bring a bonafide superstar, they would not risk moving down two spots. Pick 1 is not a guaranteed superstar, so of course pick 8 is not a guaranteed superstar. Melbourne will have players they rank between 6 and 12 in the draft (12 to include Green and Henry) and all this trade does is
    7 points
  19. I think you are now leading the most pessimistic poster on DL award. Have not seen one positive optimistic post yet.
    6 points
  20. Anyone have a close look at those red hats? Is it possible they have the words “Make America Great Again” on them?
    6 points
  21. I second that. The major point I took from his post was that VDB could’ve played the back end of the season if we were in contention. Hopeful signs that he’s a chance for rd 1.
    6 points
  22. After watching a few games of the u18s champs, the first bloke i took notice of was jackson, stood out like a becon , has so much upside, the next bloke i liked was weightman, classy and skillful, easily kicked the most goals through the champs. Others that stood out through my eyes were gould, green, kemp, henry, ash,al and roberton Seen a clip of Jackson playing basketball on you tube , wow, so much agility, skill and aggression, i get a sence he wants to be the best, and has that i f...ing hate losing mindset Big yes for me
    5 points
  23. I was talking to Brian an old footy type support staffer for MFC. He reckons they don't go hard enough at training. A real old schooler. I interpreted this to mean, without the high pressure that is reserved for games then how do you know how you will handle it. Those who perform under pressure are the gems. He also said that they don't play with enough instincts and instincts come from pressure situations. Can see both points of view, Brian's and DeeSpencer's (wrapping in cotton wool in early preseason). Last year we did a lot of turnovers when the pressure was on u
    5 points
  24. I don't really see how you are practising this properly without having contact, sure your kick or handball might make the target in training with token pressure but it's probably going to be shut down in a game.
    5 points
  25. Just my view but most of the 'potential' guns (that we can genuinly nab ie; where a bid is unable to be easily matched like Henry) will be gone by 10 unless they slide for some reason. Don't get me wrong there will still be plenty of talent about but i think an extra gun left our clutches with the pick swap of 8. Who knows though we might get lucky and find a gold nugget in the mix (assuming we keep 10).
    5 points
  26. Bring back Finey’s final siren. Now that was must listen radio!
    5 points
  27. Not a bad idea. He's never settled well into a position. Always played his junior footy and at Casey through the midfield as he's actually quite strong at contested ball. He would be one of the better tackling players as well, could really do a number on opposition midfielders his size.
    5 points
  28. The interesting part is why they have put him in the daylight hours graveyard shift of 12-3 when the slot crying out for attention is drive. Maher -- a natural for 12-3 where he doesn't need any content at all to gob off for 3 hours straight (some of his questions have been known to go for 2 hours) -- and Bob "Garrulous" Murphy are a dull listen. They have no chemistry and bugger all content except for that homicide basketball guy. I think Bob must be so laid back he's actually lying on the studio floor out of mic range and that's why you never hear him say anything. Dwayne won't be
    5 points
  29. KK seems ok, doesn’t seem to be favouring his arm, but he’s now walking back to AAMI. I missed the incident - hopefully wasn’t any head knock involved.
    5 points
  30. The Casey Demons are also chasing the signature of former Gold Coast Sun Jack Leslie who was surprisingly delisted at the end of the season. Leslie played some impressive games in defence and I wouldn’t rule out a future return to AFL. Post script: More on Mutimer here - VFL: Casey makes key signings Dandenong Stingrays players Jarryd Barker and Corey Ellison are also training at Casey.
    5 points
  31. Why are so sure we will go for Jackson? His draw backs for me are he is from WA so a better than average chance he will want to go home, If he is solely a Ruckman then he will probably take 4-5 years to be ready to Play seniors. I don't value Ruckman all that highly , the vast majority of GF winning teams in the last decade or so have been won by teams with average ruckman. How many times have we seen Gawn get a large number of hit outs to have 50+% of them sharked by the other team. If he is a genuine Ruckman / Forward who can score 20-30 goals PA then that may be a differen
    4 points
  32. Bloody good work Kev and greatly appreciated.
    4 points
  33. I can finally go back to listening to Gerard on 3aw Stopped listening after Hooksey died because Der Wayne is such a plonker
    4 points
  34. Here is a really unusual suggestion for pick 10. Seems to have been overlooked. Why don't we just pick a [censored] gun player
    4 points
  35. Hope we hold it, speaking to a few in recruiting and development in WA word is top 6 to 10 in this draft are rated a lot higher than the next 20-25 who they still feel are ahead of next seasons batch. I think the needs basis of the clubs in front of us will see one of Ash/Young (i expect GWS to take either at 4), Kemp, Serong or Stephens to be there at 10. I'm happy to take a Jeremy Sharp or Elijah Taylor with 28
    4 points
  36. Love it Kev. The training variation is a great idea. Anything can be thrown at you on gameday, so why train as a set routine. Mix it up, test the mind and prepare for the unexpected. Really like this.
    4 points
  37. Bear with me. The two later picks could equal pick 4. Any set worth more points than pick 4 would become more valuable to GWS, if we clarified we would be bidding on Green and assuming they planned to match...
    4 points
  38. Sarcasm aside I would assume the red hat is reserved for players as a precautionary measure. If the "injury" was more serious then he (clarry) would not be training. Hammy soreness would obviously not require a hat. If May was seriously hamstrung he also wouldn't be training.
    4 points
  39. If he is going to cross the psychological barrier re concussion he needs to be helmet free, talked to him about this Gus wears his because his Mum wants him to, but doesn't at training
    4 points
  40. Vanders was running laps with Petty and Bradtke. He is in pretty imposing shape, hopefully can get his body right. Smith was just on the sidelines - not sure if running or walking laps bit didn’t participate in the main drills.
    4 points
  41. This all feels like the club is trying to be too clever for its own good. Trading away future picks, splitting picks and then splitting them again, etc. We can't afford to take risks in this draft. Just pick the best player/s with the picks we have and move on. Stop trying to outsmart everyone else for minimal gains.
    4 points
  42. I've had a good hard look at myself.......................................and i like what i see. I'm a pretty good looking rooster.
    4 points
  43. I don’t get why we would do 10 & 28 for the cats 2 picks. Why wouldn’t we have just done 8 for those 2 picks? Same result...
    4 points
  44. 4 points
  45. I've been told by a few people that the player we have in mind for pick 10 is Dylan Stephens. we apparently are concerned with Ash's disposal under pressure? maybe some of the draft watches can confirm this. Caleb Serong is in the mix as well but Stephens is the one we really like. i don't see us splitting the pick again.
    4 points
  46. Not yet, I will see what I can find out. I do like the idea of it though! I just know they believe Jackson could be an absolute star, And while they rate Young highly, they see Jackson has a bigger ceiling. They also love Pickett and weightman and would love to get them both if possible, so I guess that could see the Geelong trade happen. If it doesn’t, we get someone at 10 who could be any of stephens, serong, ash possibly.
    4 points
  47. Indeed. On draft night, if we bid on Green at 3 and GWS wish to match, they have 5 minutes to trade away 4 or have it consumed. At this point the pick number becomes less relevant than the attached points. It would be more valuable to GWS to have 12 and 18 than 4, for example.
    3 points
  48. There aren't 100 brilliant kicks in the draft. Some very good ones with short passing and to a lessor degree medium. Some just as skilled at one or the other or in front of goal. There's so many 50/50 kicks in this draft in terms of hitting a target one minute and turning it straight over with the next. There's probably only 20 or so with elite kicking skills (that's a stab in the dark i haven't taken notes) that will likely transition that to AFL level and even that's a lottery. Young is the best at this skill over short to long distances which is what makes him a stand out p
    3 points
  49. Or maybe the proof of the pudding will be in the eating as the saying really goes.
    3 points
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