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  1. I thought our midfield really lacked cohesion. As an elite player, Max has next to no influence in clearances anymore, except for the occasional flash (see the Langdon goal). Oliver constantly flies under the radar though. Thought his kicking was strong, two beautiful piercing 50m passes that I recall resulted in scores. 35 possessions, most contested possessions on the ground, at 80% efficiency. He completely runs our midfield. Without him we're stuffed. Lever, May and Tomlinson, against pretty ordinary opposition, were excellent in tandem. I think it was the best 3 KPD effort I've
    32 points
  2. Just checking out some of the less well-used stats. Steven May 578m gained, 5 intercept marks, 2 score involvements and won seven defensive 1-1 contests. Lever 6 Intercept marks, 2 score involvements Oliver 9 score involvements. That's nuts. TMac topped our forward 50 tackles with four, then Pickett with 3. Spargo had 3 direct goal assists and 5 score involvements.
    15 points
  3. *UPDATE* The girls are now jumping up and down on their bed singing Beastie Boys’ ‘Fight For Your Right’ at the top of their lungs. But I don’t give a [censored]! God I love footy.
    12 points
  4. For what? 2 goals 1, 2nd most score involvements, 6 marks, his pressure and contest work was all improved if not decent, nailed a couple of tackles. All against a very strong Freo backline. The breeze at the city end made set shots incredible difficult too. If Luke Ryan dominated the game like Lever and May did then you might have a case but that didn’t happen.
    12 points
  5. [censored] HELL YEAAAHHHH GO YOU DEE GRRRRLS! been refreshing the AFLW app following score , cooking dinner, feeding showering and bed timing kids . Said a dispassionate goodnight to the kids when Freo got up by 1 point, refreshed again and had to go back in for an extra kiss and cuddle, whispering them the final score. They smiled, said ‘go Dees’ and went straight to sleep! WINNING
    11 points
  6. This confuses me. Langdon played well. Ran hard all day. Is a lone wingman out there but provided good linkage and tackled well. Not the most dazzling performance of his career, but certainly a good game.
    11 points
  7. The biggest concern is still the clearances, we have the best ruckman in the game with some of the best clearance players yet opposition teams still walk the ball out. All of our players seem to just go for the ball, no one is blocking or providing cover. Thank god for Steven May.
    10 points
  8. Watching the replay this morning the performance was nowhere near as bad as many here are making out. Our touch was off which made things look worse than they actually were and the clearances were poor. Other than that we controlled the game, May, Lever, Jetta and Tomlinson controlled the backline and were a brick wall stopping the exits from our forward 50. They can keep winning clearances but if we're intercepting and rebounding it doesn't really matter. Plenty to like in the games of Pickett, Jackson, Jordon, Rivers etc We really missed plenty of easy shots at goal, convert even h
    9 points
  9. I'll go along with the "Mental" part of your post.
    8 points
  10. Was out for the day, watched it on delay so avoided Demonland - and boy I’m glad I did; the response to a win on here, and the first game of the season is genuinely sad. We were like 1-10 on clearances after the first, so won clearances for the rest of the game. Out defence was fantastic, and the transition out of it for most of the game was also great to watch - Rivers, Hunt, Langdon; even Spargo and Kozzie having decent runs. The link up will only getting better as the season goes. Yes there were fumbles, so did both teams - and so has every game so far. Yes we dropped marks a
    8 points
  11. 33 degrees, headed in the 4th quarter and facing the normai %hitstoem reception of Deliverance town. One of the better wins in recent times by the Melbourne Football Club.
    7 points
  12. Not alone Petracca won't. Oliver is our Scott West, except better. He'll be among our best players week in week out and that is priceless - especially when we have so many inconsisent players in our midfield. He's the stable rock of of stoppages when everyone else is being mixed and matched and experimented with because none of them are proving reliable enough. I mean, seriously, Oliver's closest rival for clearances on the weekend was Alex Neal-Bullen who is simply not an inside midfielder.
    7 points
  13. My heart isn't able for this. superb win. What a joy to watch these girls play
    7 points
  14. I’m sick of Fritsch making people post dumb things. There you go, consider him scrutinised.
    7 points
  15. Because he played a Casey game on the wing and was bloody ordinary. You can’t convert a school footy athlete to an AFL player overnight just because you want to.
    7 points
  16. OMG this is amazing. And to think they used to be the most arrogant supporter base off the back of their 80s and 90s (and 2000) flags. Their spirit has well and truly been broken and I bloody love it.
    7 points
  17. Couldn't agree more. Any win is good. Doesn't matter how you get it done as long as you get it done. We bank the 4 points and agree Saints are there for the taking. We also need to realise you can't play perfect footy all the time so this win is vital. Ask Lions and Cats if they would have preferred to play like us and win.
    7 points
  18. People complain that we're a one trick pony and then complain when we win easily without using the trick. It's not same-old same-old in the midfield, Yze is trying some very different mixes which is great to see. Freo has a strong midfield with two time Brownlow, reigning Rising Star, Cerra and Brayshaw. It's worth noting that the maligned Goodwin-Mahoney team brought Lever, May and Tomlinson to the club. TMac and Spargo were pretty good too, eh? Lighten up and enjoy a solid win by more than a third of Freo's score going away in the last 20 minutes which we dominated.
    7 points
  19. It’s alarming that we didn’t address our lack of outside run and pace in the off season.
    7 points
  20. This post aged exceptionally well.
    7 points
  21. I counted at least 3 kicks inside 50 today by Spargo that hit a target, leading to a set shot goal. That is why he's in the team. I like him.
    7 points
  22. Wtf? Jetta was actually good today. He won a number of critical one on ones.
    7 points
  23. This thread is reaching new lows of Demonland pessmism. What's with the "it's only an injury ravaged Fremantle" stuff? It's not like we went in with a fresh first choice 22. AFAIK they were missing Walters, Lobb, Darcy, Acres and Hill (if he's best 22?). We were missing Viney, Brown, Weideman, Hibberd (plus Melksham and Lockhart, if you think they're best 22). They lost a player mid-game but the injury sub mitigates that impact. And it's not like Fremantle are a widely-tipped bottom 4 side. They're actually widely-tipped to be right around where we're likely finish. As to the ma
    7 points
  24. I’m feeling somewhat responsible for the close result as I started watching halfway through the 3rd quarter when Freo started their run. Apologies to all. Super effort to hang on in the heat and away from home. The umpires were TERRIBLE. There’s no explanation for that free to Freo in their i50 in the last 30 seconds, and the with 11secs to go the umpire doesn’t call time back on for the ball up in the Freo attacking goal square. It’s a hard game to umpire for all the interpretation, but that was a joke. And lastly the Melbourne runner that gave away 50 metres for interference should
    6 points
  25. Great last ten minutes by Paxman. Gay, what a beauty, Great mark, after smart play by Daisy when she was awarded a 50. Finished with a much needed goal (last score for the game) to put us back infront. Back-line was good in that quarter, Tarrant, Birch and Colvin. Mcnamara all day, running in the heat. L. Peace, great endeavour all game. Also, took control of a stoppage with one minute go in the freo forward area.
    6 points
  26. Quite a lot. We didn't dominate time in forward half. We didn't dominate inside 50s. We didn't rely on clearances to generate momentum. We didn't bomb the ball as much as previously. We kicked far more than we handballed. We had a solid defensive half that was reliable. We generated scores from our defensive half, not relying solely on forward half turnovers. We won despite Gawn having a poor game overall. Neither passion nor desperation were lacking yesterday (55 tackles to 49, 15 inside 50 tackles to 7, 49 one percenters to 45) either.
    6 points
  27. I am struggling to understand all this Viney in and Sparrow out. Yes viney in the side but replacing Jones is a far better option.
    6 points
  28. Anyone who questions my loyalty to the MFC because I didn't attend the match yesterday - and in 15 posts states that this was a "disgusting performance", that I was "pathetic", "disgraceful", an "embarrassment" to the Club, full of "pissweak excuses", and that I should "take my head out of my [censored]" - needs to get down off his high horse, take a few chill pills and perhaps consider why so many members did not turn up. The 20K members who didn't attend the game certainly do not deserve to be labelled in such an appalling manner no matter what our reason for non attendance may have be
    6 points
  29. Yesterday’s attendance of 21365 was the 4th highest out of a total of 15 occasions that Melbourne have met Freo at the MCG (3rd highest on a Sat aft). Here is the complete list. Year Result Attendance Day / Time 1996 W 15494 Fr (n) 1997 W 15036 Sat (aft) 1998
    6 points
  30. There’s something genuinely good about winning despite our woeful stoppage work yesterday. I haven’t seen the stats but I’d suggest we generated a fair few scores from the back half of the ground. For too long Goodwin has tried to make us a forward half only side, and we’ve struggled to turn intercepts into scoring chains. Yesterday we did that. There’s a defensive set up and system there that we were able to rely on when our clearance game was being blown apart yesterday that should, if maintained this year, keep us in good stead.
    6 points
  31. So do you review a 2nd year key talls draft standing on output or attributes? He has shown the attributes that validate why he was and should have been taken as a top 3 pick. The last quarter is an example of that. Other than Serong who I reckon has the lowest ceiling for the quality player he already shows he is who would you out of the below be more sure will be an elite player in 3-5 years time? Note that we took Pickett next who I will back over McHenry and Rivers who I would suggest has shown more than Ash or Young at this time. Ash, Stephens, McCasey, Young, McHenry, Flanders.
    6 points
  32. I think he's being told to take more time and break into space...so many on here have criticised him for being too quick to handball in the past. I just don't think he has the balance right yet but will do and be a better player for it. Agree with 'A F' that he's key to our midfield. Tracc gets the glory but Oliver is every bit as important if not more so.
    6 points
  33. Gee what a draft that was for us. Jackson with real superstar potential Kozzie just electrifying Rivers tough as nails solid and super reliable
    6 points
  34. Did we not draft for run and polish? We by all reports tried to trade for Hinds but he chose elsewhere. It was pretty well reported we met with Philips (unsure who opted out) and wanted Smith but missed to the Cats. My view is we attempted to address it. We need to be fast tracking those that can like Bowey, Laurie, Bedford, Chandler as soon as we are confident they can play out a senior game.
    6 points
  35. If they see him fit enough to play then it's a very simple change, Viney for Sparrow. I'm really not sure what Sparrow adds to our side other then grunt. Hunt was simply poor. St Kilda have some quick forwards so he'll likely play again. Jones and Jetta I thought were great contributors. Jetta I was pretty hard on pre game but it was Neville of 2018 performance.
    6 points
  36. wait...he spells it with a capitol O? random...
    6 points
  37. An unbelievable result with only 22 rounds to go.
    6 points
  38. I don;t understand why people give Spargo such a hard time. No one better with ball in hand inside 50. He nailed a tackle on the wing that was a thing of beauty. This is his year. Lay off him folks.
    6 points
  39. Great debut. James McDonald presented him his jumper. So lovely to have him back at the club. A real Melbourne champion.
    6 points
  40. Steven May and Jake Lever were incredible really. As good as I've ever seen from a defensive duo in our colours.
    6 points
  41. he'll either stay and be one of our highest paid players or he'll go and net us two first round picks, minimum, cos he'll be signing for upwards of $900k a year to go elsewhere he's a gun and i'd rather keep him, but he needs to do the 'team things' a lot more
    5 points
  42. Spargo played very well.
    5 points
  43. Were you watching the much-maligned Charlie Spargo at all yesterday? Directly responsible for 3 goals hitting targets inside 50 and kicked one himself - that's more than 1/3rd of our goals scored. And we specifically picked up Bowey and Laurie because they have this trait.
    5 points
  44. What questions would these be? FMD. On a more serious note, I know for me as I have had a family, my commitments to AFL are no longer the priority - as it may be for some... and that's ok. Not every person lives their entire life fully committed to attending games, or can justify it to themselves or their family members. The options of how we spend our lives on weekends is not so myopic as it may have been 20 years ago (in my 20's). You're merely putting your own expectations on how a life should be lived, onto others, and I'd argue it's far too inflexible.
    5 points
  45. If people cant see the value of Charlie Spargo by now they never will. Imagine our forward 50 entries if he wasn't in the team.
    5 points
  46. We have an incredible retention rate of members. We've played finals once in over a decade and still putting up consistent membership numbers. Peter Jackson's aim for the club was to be a bespoke club that got a whole lot better at footy but didn't try to be bigger than it was. Pert's plan so far is to try to mcfranchise it like he and Eddie did at Collingwood. It's disappointing to get such a low crowd but for many Melbourne supporters the MCG and the way they go to the MCG is a decades old tradition. It is after all our home ground and always has been, we aren't tenants.
    5 points
  47. JOnes and Jetta will not and should not be dropped. Jetta won a lot of 1:1s today and was very solid down Back
    5 points
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