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  1. Hi, Not one to normally start a new thread, and this could possibly have found it's way into an old Jack Viney thread maybe, but I just felt it's worth giving credit where credit is due. Jack had a solid year in 2021, but I believe he has lifted even more this year. With his history of foot injuries he has looked slow and his field kicking frustrated me in recent years. I always felt he was well behind Petracca and Oliver and I questioned whether his body had let him down and would he be able to hold down the midfield role for much longer. However I think in 2022 he's improved significantly, and dare I say it looks quicker and more comfortable running over the turf. Resulting in his output both in running lines and his disposal looking a heap better than I can recall from prior years. He hasn't lost his aggression and love of tackling hitting the player hard. Whilst his possession count isn't up at the possession rate of Oliver and Petracca, Viney just seems to be making the right decisions in games more often and not, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him right up there in the B&F count to this point of the season, just does the things that the coaches would love! He's becoming exciting to watch within out team, and that's something I never thought I'd say :)
    45 points
  2. That was an outstanding win for the club. We got through despite the enormously difficult circumstances of losing the coach and five players through Covid19. It’s not just the disruption in terms of coaching and player loss but the psychological difficulties of getting through the regime of testing, the uncertainty and all of the issues surrounding the situation over a period of more than 72 hours - we did it and overcame a very spirited opposition. Congratulations to all concerned at the club on scoring another famous win for the Demons!
    41 points
  3. Great win. Players fading in the last. 2 weakened by covid. 3- 4 hadn't played AFL tempo for a while. Bank the 4 points and move on.
    41 points
  4. Mrs. Fritta (Fritta’s mum) sat in the cheer squad with us!! How [censored] cool is that?! And Clarrie’s mum does most weeks, too. PS: my flag waving game’s not great. Not too bad though, only concussed a coupla ppl and took out one kid’s eye. That’s a solid 6 outta 10 for a noob.
    40 points
  5. Only seen the stats sheet that James Harmes kicked two goals today and was listed amoung the best players again. Continues his trend of solid, consistent good form this season. Really glad this bloke has been able to lift himself back to playing his best footy again and cement himself a position in the team at the moment, when he looked to be a bit on the margins a few years ago. Melbourne supporter who has had to battle work really hard to get where he is. Well done Harmsy, champion Demon through and through.
    36 points
  6. Given two absolutely unforgettable moments in the goalsquare that I will cherish forever. One being his lead-snatching goal while being slung in a tackle that sealed our magnificent win against West Coast in Perth back in 2017. The other being his vital brutish shove of the Dogs defender through the goals to secure Sparrow's goal in the dying moments of the GF 3rd quarter, without which we'd have gone into the last with far less momentum and scoreboard buffer. Absolutely fantastic work by TMac to have wrung 200 games out of his career to date - particularly given his early development occurring in the midst of our ****test years, and his latter-years reinvention as a forward.
    35 points
  7. It’s got a grand total of ZERO to do with misogyny!!!! She’s simply an annoying pain in the [censored]. Male OR female, it matters not.
    34 points
  8. No Mercy Demons. They deserve DECADES of Pain Foot on the Throat HARD
    33 points
  9. What world are we living in. Never thought I'd live to see the day.
    32 points
  10. Make no mistake, that was an annihilation. Unbelievably frustrating to watch though. Moving on.
    32 points
  11. Pretty pathetic for them to get stuck into Ben Brown who they treated like crap in the hub and while his poor wife lost a baby. Maybe if after 10 years of being a gun key forward for that joke of a club they didn't turn on him the minute he struggled with injury and personal issues, he would still be there kicking them goals and helping them lose by 50 points instead of 100 points each week. If they think he left for money, they obviously have no idea what was happening at their club. He gets paid a lot less at Melbourne than he would have at North. They chose to bottom out and dump good quality senior players. They are where they are because of poor management. Cry me a damn river.
    29 points
  12. Hear we are after nine rounds, won 9 with the highest percentage. Only one good player out injured. I remember not so long ago when at this point of the season our season was already over. ain’t it great now.
    29 points
  13. Worst 74 point win… ever! lol
    29 points
  14. You completely undersell Petty. He is as important and arguably in far better form than both Kosi and Jackson. He would be a perfect match up for Gunston who has a fun time destroying us. Petty is so firmly embedded in our starting 18, and we are a far better team with him playing, which is why he was rushed back from injury and pushed Tomlinson out of the team. I will go out on a limb and say that he will take over from May when May retires. He is that good!
    29 points
  15. With all the depth on our coaching panel, it's going to be hard for Goodwin to break back in to the senior post. It's exactly like Hunt/Bowey late last year.
    29 points
  16. Omfg shut up Underwood!
    28 points
  17. Cheer squad becomes the Narrm-y Army
    28 points
  18. How ironic BBB plays his 150th against his former club. But well done to him. I must admit when we used to p[lay aginst him it would bug me with his run up. How things change when he becomes part of your team. He helped us win a premiership and I hope the team win for him against his former club. Congrats on your milestone match.
    27 points
  19. I felt terrible for Kade Chandler. You’re frequently right on the very edge of the team. You come on with 15 to go and the result well beyond doubt, you have to make every chance to state your case count. He was trying to aggressively defend and he almost got it right, but ended up injuring the player. It was an accident and he seemed shaken.
    27 points
  20. One of the “symptoms” of how we’re travelling is that we have the best full back in the league and we’re barely talking about it. I’d say Steven May is in even better form than last year. He’s just an absolute monster. Obviously he’s fast, strong and tough, but he’s also smart and skilled. For the number of contests he gets in, he hardly ever gives away a free kick. I’m seriously in awe.
    27 points
  21. Thought Hunt had another very good game, he’s very steady back there.
    27 points
  22. Ed Langdon obviously felt the need to claw back the possessions lost from last week's tag.
    26 points
  23. Here is my hot take @Deedubs It's helpful to remember that our preseason started 6 weeks after most other clubs, fatigue management and our 'pre-season' is still occurring. It's occurring IN game, that we are 7-0 -> currently we're a bit more about absorbing pressure rather than having ours ramped up. Management and loading will change post mid season bye - in which case, barring injuries, we will have caught up so to speak with loading. Montagna would know this, King would know this, but it aint sexy for a narrative. It'd be great if they addressed it though... but then that feeds into the 'no excuses' mentality that perpetutated. It's not about bad habits... its about context. Further, the team had 5 athletes out from the premiership team against Hawthorn, this is also not spoken about in the media (see media this week in how 6 out will affect Fremantle). Pickett etc, as individuals bring a particular type of energy, in closing down space, it is their specific forte....again context is useful to make sense of numbers. David King might call it a 'mentality thing'... I'd call it deliberate, and systemic, and given the context of certain players being out last week in particular, and our defensive 6 in the first few rounds, again speaks volumes of our system and it's flexibility and how it allows certain features to be 'off' (at least from the outside looking in) yet the team can still perform at a high level and find ways to win, when these ratings are down. (how is the the other grand final team performing, with a delayed pre-season etc?),
    26 points
  24. I disagree with people potting Tom McDonald for taking that mark. If you watch the replay he never took his eyes off the ball, so wouldn't have known exactly where he was. If he let it go and it wasn't long enough there is every chance it bounces short of the line and goes left or right and hits the post. He then went and apologised to Harmesy and explained it straight after.
    26 points
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  26. I had a combined 3 mums/2 birthdays lunch on Sunday so was reduced to picking up scores from my phone. Finally watched the game last night. Also read the bigfooty gameday thread to see how it evolved. It's extremely gratifying to hear the commentators laud our team. It's gotten to the point where it's self-reinforcing. The commentators almost dare not imply that Melbourne aren't the best at defending/pressure/etc etc. But what really caught my ear/eye were the comments in the game day thread made by neutrals. I now bring you: what they said at Windy Hill/Vic Park/Alberton/Carrara/what have you. (You might want to pour a cognac and light a cigar before reading further.) Scary statement by Melbourne here. Hard to disagree with the sentiment that everyone else is playing for 2nd. Bucks right. Melbourne are playing sh** hot, faultless footy . No team would get anywhere near them today. This is so pure. Amazing to watch. Melbourne have to be the most unique dominant team I’ve seen. Teams like Geelong, Hawks, Tigers would smash you with glamouris ball movement. Melbourne thump you in a grind. It’s so impressive. They really are incredible to watch So organised around the footy, never look in trouble when the ball hits the turf This Melbourne side truly is playing some of the best football of the modern era. The scary thing is this doesn’t usually happen until the third quarter. Melbourne are beatable. You just have to play a different game. No one is going to catch Melbourne this year. Essendon 2000 vibes about them. Well played Melbourne. Legit scary good team. The top 4 is irrelevant, Melbourne is a 4 goal better team than everyone else.
    25 points
  27. West Coast looked like they were cruising to an easy victory when they scored that early goal. Thankfully our guys were able to dig deep, re-set, and get the game back on our terms 25 seconds later.
    25 points
  28. So surreal that they are talking about our football team. Ok. I just got to know. Which one of you sold your soul to the Devil? Thank you for your sacrifice.
    25 points
  29. This will be an enduring image for me of today's victory. ONYA Tom MacDonald. Persistence pays off! BORAT never had a chance...
    25 points
  30. Melbourne supporters who say that was the most “pathetic” football we have played in a long time and that we’re “not a proper team” don’t have a basic understanding of football. Melbourne are a system-based team. This means that our team is designed to play the same way week in, week out. We could be like Geelong and change tactics every week to smash bottom sides by 80+, but that’s what let’s you down in finals. That’s why teams like Geelong have done nothing in September. Some of our fans have no idea just how good we have it. We had the same type of performances against bottom teams last year and what happened? We won the [censored] premiership. So those people suggesting that we’re not gonna perform against the better teams as a result of how we played today are absolutely clueless about the game.
    24 points
  31. Finally Bedford gets dropped. Sick of this guy getting 0 touches a game week after week without consequences.
    24 points
  32. I don’t understand all the negativity tonight. The Rona has gone through the Club over 2 weeks, and we are still undefeated 5 Changes and Senior Coach not available Viney and Lever were cooked in the last Quarter, but we got the job done I am proud of the boys….
    24 points
  33. This is a sign of how cocky I’ve become: I get annoyed when other teams try against us. Just roll over and cop it please.
    24 points
  34. Out: Dunstan, Smith In: Viney, Lever
    24 points
  35. Underwood's pre-game preparation . . . make sure I: mention the 2021 grand final (200 times), remember that Jackson is from WA, note that Brayshaw's brother is at Freeo, remind everyone that Jackson once played basketball, always refer to Ben Brown as Big Ben Brown, say that Jackson used to love Nic Nat, declare that May and Lever are good footballers, mention that Jackson used to support Meth Coke (10 times), observe that Kosi is a good footballer, suggest that Jackson will be keen to drive his price up today (five times).
    23 points
  36. My thoughts are that I would be thrilled to watch Melbourne win a premiership at 11:32am on a Tuesday.
    23 points
  37. Hi, I think what has happened is that initially when H came out with these claims publicly in 2017 the club, Bucks, Eddy etc tried to play it down, said it wasn’t a big deal and denied several of his claims. The only footage of the first press conference with Bucks is here excuse the inflammatory title it’s the only version I could find: As you can see in the video Buck’s denies knowledge of the nickname, which he later admitted he had heard but thought H was ok with, smirks and consistently implies that H isn’t ok by saying he hopes he’s ok, attempting to play down H claim as implying he’s not well. He doesn’t engage on the “threw him under the bus” comment in this conference but in a subsequent one the same month of the year of this video he denied ever saying it/played down what it was even if he had said it. The point is clearly H showed the club that he had proof of the nickname, the conversation and other incidents including as part of the do better report. The issue is that every time the CFC has denied, then attempted to paint Lumumba as an antagonist, then admitted it but said it wasn’t a big deal, then said it was a big deal and apologised, then been upset that Lumumba didn’t see it as a genuine apology given they only did it when he dragged them to it through proof. The reason he’s leaking it now is because the do better process fell apart with him, Krakeour and Davis and the only way to make CFC admit what they need to get better is to once again prove he’s not lying. Theres a pattern here. Step one, deny racism: ”what that 13 yo girl said to Adam Goodes isn’t racist” “ they’re not booing him because of racism” “ the nickname wasn’t racist, he was cool with it” “Eddy was joking about a musical, not being racist” “Kennett wasn’t being racist he was making fun of her pants” “everyone’s mean on the internet it’s not unique to racism” Step two, admit racism but minimise it: ”yeah what the girl said was racist but he she’s 13 what does she know” “ some people are but not all of them are booing him cause they’re racist” “ yeah it was a racist nickname but they didn’t mean it like that” “it was a bad joke but Eddy’s not racist he made a mistake” “ it was a bad joke from Kennett buts it’s been blown out of all proportion” “I mean it’s gross but there’s far worse insults and language on the internet” Step 3 assassinate the victims character: ”yeah it was bad but what kind of man points out a 13 year old girl, Adam Goodes is arrogant” “ he did a war dance when they wouldn’t stop booing him, what did he expect, he should be grateful to the AFL” “ Lumumba is a lunatic on a crusade, he’s a terrible bloke and makes grandiose speeches, he’s just an attention seeker and probably just wants money, he should be grateful to CFC” “Cyril is clearly having a hard time, he’s on the outs with his family, he’s in a bad place and just lashing out” “Eddie’s an attention seeker, he does media and DJing, you put yourself in the spotlight you gotta take it” Step 4 paint the perpetrator as the victim: ”Adam Goodes ruined this girls life!” “Adam Goodes and Lumumba ruined Bucks and Eddie’s careers! They made mistakes but overall they’re good blokes, they didn’t deserve this” “Cyril is trying to bring down strong successful leaders of a great football club” “Eddie’s trying to guilt the fans for being passionate” Step 5 apologise, then immediately expect the victim to be cool with it, if they refuse or seek change, say they will never be happy with anything and are totally unreasonable then…. Step 6 restore the status quo until next time. You watch, the next indigenous player to have a hard time will go through this again. It happens every time and this is the exact culture and cycle that needs to be broken.
    23 points
  38. Ironically, my mental health improved dramatically when Neeld was given the boot.
    23 points
  39. - We won - We had a massively disrupted week - Hawthorn threw absolutely everything they had at us - We won Save the overanalysing it for the replay. This was a tough game, we still won and we’re 7-0.
    23 points
  40. Am a regular podcast listener, and while they do laugh a bit too hard at their own jokes, there are some real gems in there. It remains rough and the sponsorship segments make my skin crawl (I know they are a semi pi$$ take but still). But overall I love the roughness and relative honesty in a very cultured media landscape. Off the cuff points I got out of some recent episodes: 1, So Fraser Rosman is the 3rd biggest kick in the club after May (and (Hunt’s 70m torp), was definitely excited to hear this. 2, They do give very big hints about team selection, Dunstan seemed a monty after listening. 3, You get a sense of dynamics between the players, they scratch the surface beyond sound bites about how players get along and I find that super interesting. 4, Max’s ability (and it is an incredible asset in a leader) to admit ignorance and learn (his grammar and general knowledge is woeful) is extraordinary, demonstrates humility and confidence in equal measure, truly amazing individual and that honesty of his is a really good way to get a bunch of different individuals around the same cause, cannot go on about this enough. 5, Listening to stories involving other players / Sandy Dragons / I find super informative. 6, Gibby being the straight man, wish him every success seems a very decent human. Anyone else there that thinks it is a good insight into clubland?
    23 points
  41. Some bizarre discussions around selections going on here. We've proven time and time again over the past 18 months that we simply do NOT make big wholesome changes if we win or lose. Lever and Viney will be in. Dunstan (really stiff) and Smith out. There will be none of this crap of James Jordon, ANB or even Tom Sparrow of being dropped.
    23 points
  42. 26 touches at 96% efficiency
    22 points
  43. I though JJ played a great game.
    22 points
  44. Hard to hate the perf sides now, after the way they embraced us for the Grand Final. Actually, I lied. [censored] the eagles. Lets keep the bastards goalless all day.
    22 points
  45. Mate I’ve had a couple of cones tonight and even that didn’t make this thought enter my head. What you got bro?
    22 points
  46. Can we have more interviews with TMac, please. Courteous, intelligent, articulate and actually answers the question without the mind-numbing references to 4 points and "the boys". I really enjoyed his comments about his journey to 200 games, and the ways the team still want to improve.
    22 points
  47. Joel Smith / Tom Lynch (Melbourne/Richmond) 1 😜
    22 points
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