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  1. In lieu of any real training reports at this time of year I can provide a little eye-witness report from this morning. Jack Viney and Jake Lever completed at least an hour of solid and intense running at an oval where I was also doing some group fitness training – so I was able to watch them pretty closely for the 60 mins while I was there (in breaks between my own intense workout of course!). 100m sprints, 50m sprints, shorter and more dynamic agility work, then some kicking of the footy. Was very impressed with the sprinting they were both doing given their recent issues of th
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  2. In more recent times Travis Johnstone was a great kick on his day. He possessed incredible vision and made some of those low percentage passes look easy. One of my favourite ever Dees to watch when on song.
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  3. Well knock me over with a feather. Who would have guessed. Same story that we've had from every assistant since about 1968.
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  4. hopefully the new game plan referred to is dealing with the weaknesses that st Kilda under Richo found so easy to exploit and therefore us so easy to beat. Happy to have him on board
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  5. Lets face it they are all click bait puff pieces to keep us engaged over the break. I just look for the little bits that spark my thought. In this case it was “ They’ve embraced the changes we are going to make to the way we play.” I have not been down to training yet but plan to on Friday and will have this in mind when watching. For those that have though does anything stand out as significantly different in the likely style of play or structure? This feels like more than just a slight adjustment to the 2018 model.
    3 points
  6. People must have run out of things to complain about.
    3 points
  7. Peter Weekes (Number 25) came up in another post where his interesting kicking style was mentioned. It fired up my memories of players over the years who were either superb kickers or were remembered for having unusual styles of kicking. Being an older member of Demonland, my greatest memories were of Don Williams with his wonderful attacking drop kicks as he ran to the centre line from half back. And those exceptional drop kicks of Tassie Johnson from the goal square to the centre line-incredibly long and precise drop kicks that so often ended in the arms of Terry Gleeson, our ruckman at the
    2 points
  8. I wear mine every indigenous round, still get lots of comments.
    2 points
  9. He also played with Number 7 Graeme Osborne who couldn’t hit the side of a barn.
    2 points
  10. Beautiful! Should be enough room for the new training oval and social club!
    2 points
  11. Phil Rhoden, stalwart reserves player and Gardiner Medal winner who only played a few senior games but arguably one of the best booming drop kicker in the games history. Was a joy to watch him kick out from the goal square 65-70 metres every time. Always worth getting in early to watch our reserves games to watch him. He was a master of such a difficult and rare skill.
    2 points
  12. Great article. I am very interested to see what the changes are to the game plan that he alludes to. It does seem significant that they are working on drilling the game plan even before Christmas. This is so much more advanced than we were last year. Hopefully this highly drilled game plan and significantly increased fitness leads to some better outcomes in games this year.
    2 points
  13. To any Demonlanders caught in these horrific bush fires. My thoughts and prayers are with you, I hope you all come out of it safe and sound. A house can be rebuilt, a life can't
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  14. Good kicks include Flower, Stretch, Grinter, Lyon, Bennett, Jakovich, Davey, Yze, Watts, Salem, Johnstone, Schwarz, Robbo (latter years), Charles, Farmer and Warren Dean.
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  15. While having the training reports all reporting wonderful times when they must have been some doubts somewhere, is not good. It aint their fault. Apart from causing demonland hopes to fail dramatically ! Any fault lies in the inability of the Football Department and the Coaching staff to understand or take into account the extent of the problems caused by the Pre season medical issues and the interrupted preseason physical fitness regime. In my view, the coaches and FD should have known this would cause problems (because it was their job) and they did Bugger All to fix or mitigate it
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  16. Yep one more shovel and you'll see China.
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  17. As a consistently long and reliable kick I would go for Bryan Kenneally .Surprising no one mentioned Magnificent Ron whose kicking was as good as the rest of his game ..
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  18. THE YEAR THE SKY FELL After a number of years of linear movement up the ladder, the Melbourne Football Club unexpectedly went into serious decline in 2019, slumping from fourth to 17th in a season that coach Simon Goodwin described “a complete wipe-out”. Those around the club who tried to analyse the apocalyptic events that unfolded during the year were hard pressed to find a single reason for the debacle but the most plausible explanation was that the club’s troubles stemmed from a lack of fitness and injuries that derailed the season before it began. There was a significant amount
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  19. Defending myself from what, the experts on Demonland, please An opinion is neither right or wrong, some on here could do with learning that Nobody will change my opinion that the issue was 99.9% mental in a majority of players, theb other 0.1% the ongoing injuries affecting the consistency of team and effort
    1 point
  20. Exactly, that last game against the saints was like watching under 12s. They knew our glaring weakness and just ran it around the boundary at every opportunity, and we had no answer for it. It was that simple and Goodwin had zero ability to counter it. It was embarrassing as it gets and as easy a win for the saints without actually needing to play well.
    1 point
  21. Probably right but we really sunk ourselves imo when Richmond and then others became co mcg tenants. Our point of difference was lost and combined with abysmal on field performance we have continued downwards ever since. It'll take more than a change of captain to turn around 50 odd years of comparative failure. I'd start with trialling free entry for our matches against the lesser interstate sides.. Suns etc when played at the MCG. Most of the attendees at present are members anyway so the revenue loss may not be that great compared to the awareness boost.
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  22. Jack Watts deserves a mention.
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  23. Rodney the Grinter was the best, overall; all weather, all opponents, all distances, all spots on the ground. Cannot remember Rod fluffing a kick - ever - even when in the Reserves team. Footballer and sacrificial lamb with intent. Great man for the Club in those long, mean and lean years.
    1 point
  24. From 90’s onwards as memory not the best prior I would take Johnstone, Yze, Davey from a general field kick view. Davey’s skill by foot was heavily undersold.
    1 point
  25. I remember him kicking some absolute monster goals from the centre square. He was better from the longer distances than the shorter ones I reckon! David Schwarz was an excellent kick for goal too. Adem Yze the best user of the football that I've seen in Demon colors (never saw robbie)
    1 point
  26. I’m not convinced Seattle is travelling well enough but Philli has so many injuries it’s nigh on their practice squad out there.
    1 point
  27. Donny Williams off the half back flank used to hit his target every time. Hassa was also a great user. Brian Dixon, not so much. Darren Kowal was a great kick on the run.
    1 point
  28. I remember seeing Tilbrook play in the reserves at Kardinia Park one day, when the crowd was very small in the early stages of the game and the stadium was pretty quiet. The smack of his boot hitting ball reverberated around the ground like a rifle shot. Biggest kick I can recall at MFC.
    1 point
  29. Kevin Dyson, Ted Fidge, Darren Bennett.
    1 point
  30. I think what is happening is you are trying in vain to defend your total misreading of where we were at the start of 2019. You're digging a deeper hole, just let it go and admit you were wrong, everyone who has an opinion is sometimes, you'll feel better and be free.
    1 point
  31. Surely it was obvious it was going to be a fluff piece by the title. Why read it if it’s not your cup of tea?
    1 point
  32. Spot on Hemingway - we needed players with bulk, strength and marking ability..we seemed light on in this department compared to opposition players. I do remember a great game he played at Victoria Park which we nearly (and should have won)
    1 point
  33. It seems only 1 was a deliberate, the rest are dry lighting strikes.
    1 point
  34. We'll have to agree to disagree. You're forgetting Jones and Viney didn't train in the main group at all and only played in one Casey practice game before playing round 1. Clarry from memory didn't join main group training until March. It was pretty clear he was missing Goody's keyword for 2020, "connection" which was to be expected. Coming in the top 5 B & F when you're in the engine room of a decimated team isn't that relevant. To suggest all you have to do is run laps and you are ready to go is to suggest that missing all the pre season training doesn't make any difference. Clearly
    1 point
  35. So we've got Richardson saying this and Nathan Jones saying mid year that Craig Jennings is (was) one of the best footy minds he's ever seen plus a compliment for his work with AFL X - I'm beginning to think we might need to appoint Jason Dunstall to give us an actual non-mfc appraisal of our coaches abilities. 😂 If we're down the bottom mid year, i hope he has a clear schedule.
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  36. Boring fluff piece, but hopefully Richo brings more stability and success to our inexperienced coaching group.
    1 point
  37. “They’re a good group, they’re quite an experienced group of coaches” Interesting.... I thought we’d be on the lower end of experience.
    1 point
  38. Well here is a post you wouldn't have anticipated. I believe the Oracle has a spiritual connection to the heavenly one and if he would be so good as to scribble a little note to the almighty one, asking for a Dees flag and then leaving it at the spiritual place, it might help us on our way to that long awaited Premiership. Can't hurt.
    1 point
  39. For those who don’t know or can’t remember I originally created the “Air Jurrah” image after his debut against Essendon. I decided to then get the t-shirts made and 100% of profits went to the Mt Theo Program in Yuendumu. From memory we raised about $550. A Demonland member got a tour of the club once and saw the Air Jurrah image in Brent Moloney’s locker:
    1 point
  40. How in hell are we having this discussion again?
    1 point
  41. Saty they weren't ready physically. If what you're suggesting is right nobody would consider practicing. Tennis players, golfers, cricketers and the list goes on. They'd do a few running and gym sessions and not lift a bat, racket or club. We all know that's not the case. They practice what they do before a game. They hit ball after ball after ball This is important in an individual sport but doubly so in a team sport because not only do you have the individual skills that need honing you have a game plan to mesh with 21 other players that needs hours of practice. In 2019 we
    1 point
  42. If we’ve spent pick 3 on a bloke who won’t play in the seniors for at least two years then I’d be thoroughly amazed. If you can’t see what Jackson has in terms of capabilities and then mesh it with an AFL program and deduce a set of possible outcomes that couldn’t see him play earlier rather than later, then well, we have plucked a guy that should’ve been a third rounder and we know that’s not the case.
    1 point
  43. Thankfully that was last year. Let’s leave it there
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  44. Based on last year we need about 21 players to undergo very serious [censored] development
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  46. Wait until you get to 40 years membership. They send you a nice letter and a small badge showing you have been a loyal member for forty years. It is a great help if you need authentification for phsyciatric hospital care whih is hard to obtain these days.
    1 point
  47. Had your prostate checked recently?
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  48. While we are on memberships, has anyone noticed that the standard 'benefits' are being slowly whittled away, without notice? Until a few yeas ago we would receive a yearbook, a calendar and as an option 2 free game passes. Last year, the yearbook was replaced with an on-line version. Last year the calendar was made conditional on agreeing to automatic renewal. Having agreed to auto renewal the calendar has totally disappeared! And the 2 free passes are now only an option if you agree to a digital membership 'card' on a phone rather than a plastic cared. Like
    1 point
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