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  1. Demon skipper Max Gawn is one big unit at 208cm and lately he’s been standing even taller. We already know that he’s unstoppable in the air when going for a mark but with three consecutive victories to open the season, you might say that he has his head in the clouds. And that is literally true thanks to a fan at Demonland.com who recently arranged for our big ruckman to go even further than the clouds but way beyond to the edge of space and into the stratosphere. And this photograph of Max at 35km above the Earth with the curve of the planet visible behind him is the proof of the new he
    22 points
  2. WOW! 3 rounds, 3 wins and 12 premiership points in the bank. It is so long since we have experienced such a high position on the ladder this early in the season it is giving me nose bleeds. As a matter of fact, I have experienced some Demon seasons where we have not realised 12 points for the whole 22 rounds. We played GWS last round and, it has to be said that they suffered three critical game ending injuries to leading players. This, of course, made it very difficult for them. So what? It happens. I will take the points and celebrate the win and I do not see anywhere an aste
    11 points
  3. It must be a bit sad for you 'Dr'...all the talk of Goodwin's position being in jeopardy if we go 0 & 4, 0 & 5... It was almost like you and some of the others were hoping for us to start poorly. Getting rid of Goodwin seemed to be the narrative when we inevitably failed. Now it's the old we've had an easy draw story...preseason Freo were picked as big improvers, the Saints top 4 and GWS a solid final 8 aspirant after a disappointing 2020. It's still too early to say where any team sits this season, probably North are the only one that appear to be headed for the sp
    11 points
  4. Like this a lot. Melbourne and Richmond will pay tribute to Australian Football Hall of Famer Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes on Anzac Day Eve. Foxfooty.com.au can reveal an annual best on ground medal will be awarded in his honour, starting with this year’s game on April 24 at the MCG. Hughes was a dual premiership player and one-time premiership coach for the Tigers before leading Melbourne to the 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1948 flags. Exclusive: New Anzac Eve medal to honour Hall of Famer Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes
    10 points
  5. Thought this was worth sharing, we have noticed how sound we are defensively, our set up is going really well and we are only conceding scores 31% of the time when teams enter there 50, a CD record (albeit only after 3 rounds) but its a great start. Check out the below for context. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/purefooty/pure-footy-david-king-and-daniel-hoyne-crunch-the-numbers-on-the-games-biggest-trends/news-story/9c70972651c6b56d2870be29f204af2b
    10 points
  6. What a debacle the VFL still doing pre-season pratice matches when we are up to round 4. Amateur hour
    9 points
  7. What is noticeable is that we are winning matches with our structure. Not with class of certain players. The beauty (and the evidence on exposed form) is that Oliver, or Petracca, or others, can have a quieter game, errors can (and will) be made by all players, yet the system holds up. We don't even have our 2 best available forwards...and the system still holds up. We are winning due to a system... and we have multiple plans A, B and C if you will... which the game day coaching staff switch on the fly, and the players respond... actually - word of mouth is, the players are ena
    9 points
  8. If anyone is talking us up then they aren’t true rusted on Melbourne fans. I’ve been happy with our wins, but they’ve been far from polished wins and they’ve been against average to decent opposition. Sydney beating the tigers at the G was a much bigger win to put a team in the frame than us beating an ego-bruised but wounded Giants in Canberra. I wouldn’t say we’ve beaten nobody, if our three wins were Kangaroos, Essendon, and Hawthorn then I’d be saying we haven’t beaten anyone of note. But Freo gave us trouble last year, Saints have always had something over us and played finals last
    9 points
  9. This won't please members of The Flat Earth Society. They have members all around the globe, you know.
    7 points
  10. I met the man on several occasion while watching the MFC preseason training he was the Chairman of selectors had a wonderful football brain
    7 points
  11. Always be wary of people with two first names.
    7 points
  12. Three rounds in is too early to be making definitive calls on any teams form or finals chances But ..... FFS ...... I’ll celebrate a three zip start anytime!
    7 points
  13. This year a lot of goals are being scored by end-to-end ball movement from kick-ins after a point. One of the rule changes that hasn't had much attention is that the defender must 'stand' (ie not move) 10 mtrs from the top of the goal square; previously it was 5. This plus the 'stand' rule gives the kicker a lot more space and time to attack and he can get the ball to the center (the 'fat' part) where the width makes it harder for the opps to defend. If the ball is marked the 'stand' rule again makes it easier to attack. If it comes to ground there is less chance of a stoppage as
    6 points
  14. Absolutely. Max is next level marking threat up forward. If we play two talls and Jackson, they have the option of giving Tmac, Brown or Weed a rest when Max goes forward if they are worried about being too tall. The other thing have so many mobile talls in the teams is their ability to push up the ground and provide down the line marking options from long kicks out of defence or kicks from the half back to high half forward. West coast use their three tall forwards (Darling, Allen and Kennedy) for this all the time, and it is a huge weapon, particularly late in quarters and
    6 points
  15. The Jackson 6 wrote that in response to the idea of three talls - Weid, BBB, and Jacko - in the forward line. Responses to the response might be interesting... Its a fair question. I think part of the answer is that Jackson would almost directly replace the small/medium (eg sparrow), both up forward and for midfield rotations. For context (thanks AOB) Jackson led Melbourne for ground ball gets on the weekend, along with Jack Viney (9 each), had a career high 15 possessions, 11 contested possessions (behind only Viney, Oliver and Gawn) and ran close to 15 odd ks in the game
    6 points
  16. In Trac's situation, unless he's made the decision or is about to re-sign, it would be remiss to declare his never leaving. Clubs winning, strong relationship with Goody, getting marquee opportunities (Afl360), in our unofficial leadership group, best mates with Clarry & Salem and now mentoring Kozzy & Spargo. The signs are great.
    6 points
  17. From AFL Draft Central - Scouting Notes: 2021 NAB League – Round 1 “Dandenong Stingrays #22 Mac Andrew Another NGA prospect for Melbourne, he showed some really good signs as a forward that rotated through the ruck, where he displayed a good understanding of the role, timing his leaps and placing his taps well to the advantage of teammates around the ground, leading to Dandenong’s scoreboard pressure. He also positioned well in marking contests, being in spots just outside the forward 50 that he’d create a contest for Dandenong to get it back in. #27 Kobi George The Me
    6 points
  18. Dare I say it ........ The first of quite a few "Season Defining" Games coming up this week. Geez I hope we seize the day! Went down to Casey twice today to check out training but No one there!! However, I will bring a comprehensive P.F report of the Casey/ Williamstown praccy Saturday. If anyone notices me, Please say Gday! Cheers PF
    6 points
  19. Not many people would know that, apart from his football achievements, Checker also inspired Johnny Rotten to write that famous chorus "No fuchsias, no fuchsias, no fuchsias for me".
    5 points
  20. I clicked on this thread and expected to see a video of Dangerfield and Selwood staging for frees.
    5 points
  21. You can vote for Kozzy this week too. https://www.afl.com.au/goal-of-the-year
    5 points
  22. not sure whats going on with all the Jetta hate, he did not lose a contest against Freo, lost 1 against the saints and then had that absolute pest kick a few on him which he would have done on anyone
    5 points
  23. The AFL have inadvertantly solved the kick in problem we have had for a decade or more...
    5 points
  24. Good post. Kick ins seem to have been a weakness of ours for decades. One aspect of the rule changes that has been underappreciated is the premium it has placed on having a gun key defender like Steven May. All the talk has been around the return of key forwards kicking bags, but obviously teams with a big, strong 1v1 defender (and there aren't many going around) are much better placed to curb their influence. The fact that he's also such a good ball user coming out of defense makes him close to our most important player. Brown and May at opposite ends of the ground makes for excitin
    5 points
  25. SEN has really dropped the ball lately. The young girl who reads the news sounds like a 16 year old work experience student with a bad cold and braces.
    5 points
  26. I've watched St Kilda in two games - against us and against Essendon. In both games the Saints persisted with short kick-ins (ie, 15-20 metres, usually to the pocket) as teams used to do regularly before this rule change. It seems that they haven't modified this part of their gameplan to suit the new rules. Conversely, we appear to have done so. It helps that Steven May is such a good kick. We appear to have been lucky with two recent rule changes which have matched with our recruiting: Steven May to full back with the aforesaid change to kick-ins; and Ben Brown just when the rules have m
    5 points
  27. from 3-0 we're pretty unlikely to miss finals, but the thing i can't work out is, have we just been not that great, and beaten bad opposition, or have we beaten okay opposition, pretty comortably without getting out of first gear. i have a feeling this team hasn't really had to dig deep yet this year, will be interested how we go against the Cats. I've got a feeling we might come out and smack them.
    5 points
  28. At the beginning of the season, I thought to myself, if we can just hang in their until BB and or Weid get back, claim back a decent fwd line. To have both our first choice keys out and be notching up wins has been beyond my expectation. We have though, had luck going our way with all three teams we've played having a fair injury list and previous week travel adversity. And this looks to continue with Geelongs key outs and I note Hawthorn are playing in the West next week ahead of our game. So I reckon we've had some fortune align our way. Not withstanding the umpiring was terrible
    5 points
  29. The 3 teams we have beaten aren't contenders but we still won all 3 And that's a big positive because previously we could have been expected to drop 1 or maybe 2 of the games We're definitely a better team in terms of how many players are being questioned on whether they should stay in the side... many here are saying no change (again) Sparrow is a good example ... from all accounts he's doing a lot of the team aspects (1%ers) but is not racking up the possessions. Previously, many would be calling for his absolute omission And we kicked 15 goals against GWS despite not ha
    5 points
  30. No one is buying Finals Tickets yet. I think we all know it’s early days. but we have been challenged seriously and have responded. Sunday is a big game. I expect to win But it won’t be easy.
    5 points
  31. Many on here will say we're getting ahead of ourselves. It's not like Max is on the moon or anything yet. Goody under real pressure
    4 points
  32. In addition, and perhaps Jackson’s biggest asset, is he frees up Max to rest forward... loved Jack Vineys low hard kick into the forward pack and Max. It was considered and I suspect practiced by the forward (plus Max) group.
    4 points
  33. Geelongs game plan is well known. Chip chip. We have to be patient, structured down back and pressure the ball carrier. It looks as though we have improved our maturity this year along with pressure acts and team efforts. we should be right. But we need to take our chances when we get a shot on goal...
    4 points
  34. Garry Lyon and Tim Watson are the only ones radio show worth listening to on SEN. The rest is a shambles. When they took Ox and Marko off I completely switched off.
    4 points
  35. Has Jetts ever been fast, evasive, explosive? A tough lock down defender who negates the smalls well. Just as he did in Rnds 1 & 2. Hibberd would of been the right match up for T.Greene but Jetta still has a role for mine.
    4 points
  36. I've stopped listening to SEN. Plenty of great footy podcasts out there. Demonland and Deebrief are all I need. The rest of my footy news I get from simply watching the games.
    4 points
  37. I watched him live on AFL360 and 2 things occurred to me: 1. Pettacca seems happy. 2. Mark Robinson is the least intelligent person to ever be on Television in Australia. It’s impossible for him to get through a sentence without saying 2 words incorrectly. He’s oafish, rude and unbearable. I can’t stand that show, and haven’t watched it in years because of him. We have some very smart, articulate people in the football community, and it’s mind boggling that he somehow ends up getting so much work. He offers nothing.
    4 points
  38. I think Port missed what Chris Scott called the 'paradigm shift'. "I think if you miss the paradigm shift, you can be left behind very, very quickly... we have got to find a way through and when we find our way through this little patch at the moment we have got to find a way to be a whole lot better." I believe he is referring to the impact of the new rules. And it looks to me that last year's Prelim finalists (Port, Lions, Cats and Tigers) have missed that impact. Perhaps believing their system/game plan was so good it didn't need much change. They are now playing 'catch-up'. Hardw
    4 points
  39. Definitely not locking in anything, we're looking good but if we've learned anything from the first few rounds it's that being off your game by a little bit can catch you out big time. I live in the UK so let me say this to any Dees fan that can make it to the G, GET THERE AND MAKE SOME NOISE!!!! When I watch it this week I want to hear a noise level like what we had in the elimination final against the cats in 2018, be that extra element that gets the boys over the line like the cats have at KP.
    4 points
  40. "That's calculus, big boy!"
    3 points
  41. Smokey, I have done these previews the last few weeks and will try to continue to knock them out each week. I do them because I am a Demon tragic and I enjoy it. I find that it also makes me think a bit more about the game. All good really.
    3 points
  42. A bunch of great ideas here and in the previous posts. Yeah, I'm totally onboard with three talls + Max ... as long as one of them is Jackson. My only caveat is that he is young, and though he ran a lot of K's and got a fair number of possessions he hasn't been an overwhelming presence, yet. But that is a big 'yet.' He's young, obviously, and bursting with potential, for sure; I just hope the footy gods allow it come to fruition. The though of Jacko ruck-roving to Max in the middle has me salivating. Next season, I reckon, once the young fella has another preseason in the gym.
    3 points
  43. Re; Clarrie's treatment. Arms around the waist in the goal square is paid as a free kick even when there is no interference or impedence. What a laugh. Arms around the waist that do impede Clarrie from running to a ball up of throw in is not considered to be worthy of a free kick. With three umpires on the field it surely must be visible to one at least. Time for S Hocking to fix this up.
    3 points
  44. No this is “Coach Nick” Some dodgy bastard who claims he can make your business far more productive the ads crack me up every time
    3 points
  45. He's similar to Andy Maher. Loves the sound of his own voice and thinks his opinion is more relevant than anyone else's.
    3 points
  46. Trac has been very good this season without exploding. Hes received coaches votes in all 3 matches. Sunday , MCG vs Geelong..... the stage is yours Christian.
    3 points
  47. I do not expect too many changes to the team this week. After all, it is a winning team. I would like to see Jetta replaced in defence. 66% game time for 9 possessions and zero tackles is not what I want to see from him. I might be tempted to bring in Bowey. Give him a taste and see how he goes. There has also been talk about possibly Melksham for Sparrow. Not for me. Sparrow made more tackles and defensive efforts last week than Melky did the whole of last season.
    3 points
  48. I reckon the next 3 weeks will tell us a lot. Geelong are a streetwise outfit and are well coached. Can we out smart them? We have the talent to do it and i think we will Clarko is still the master. Will he ambush us and take advantage of our complacency. Richmond on Ansac eve. They have been the benchmark for a few years now. Can we withstand their pressure and impose ourselves on the game. It would be an upset if we pulled it off. We will need to kick straight. That is both finalists from last year plus Clarko's Hawk so should provide a real litmus test in terms of wher
    3 points
  49. who's getting ahead of ourselves? the media? Caro? clearly not us fans. we are happy with 3-0 and know we have only beaten decent opposition. When we play Port/Tigers/Lions/WC/Dogs we will see how good we are
    3 points
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