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  1. Well, that was satisfying. Nothing to do for the rest of the weekend but sit back and gloat.
    45 points
  2. BBB has to stay in the side, our structure held up so much better.
    37 points
  3. I sat next a port supporter last night who commented after Kozzie kicked his goal from the 50, saying that he was soft and had only 2 kicks all night. I gently replied that he had 10 tackles and that was his 3rd goal but thanks for his analysis 😆😆😆
    36 points
  4. Haven’t been online much this week but I’m assuming this was the result everyone was predicting?
    36 points
  5. I have spoken with the club and have been assured that the Round 22 Adelaide match will be played in Melbourne at the MCG.
    35 points
  6. "We set out that night for the cold in the North I gave him my blanket, he gave me his word I said, where are we goin', he said we'd be back by the fourth I said, that's the best news that I've ever heard The wind it was howlin' and the snow was outrageous We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn" Selected Lyrics from ISIS BOB DYLAN So to start let me paint the scene for you, given I have prequeled the view upon arrival at Casey Fields today. I could be forgiven when I cast my mind back to the Dystopian rain and Apocolyptic scenes that were reminiscent of Sci Fi classic "Bladerunner" It was so dark the illuminations of the scoreboard lights added to the errie backdrop of an enveloping storm coming in from the West. Not only was it as cold as a mother in laws kiss, the scene of witches hats and cones set up and the stark contrast of about a dozen footballs spread randomly but without owners just added to the ridiculousness of the situation. Where the hell were the players?? Had they been zapped of by Kevin Sheedys "Martians" into an entirely new space and time continuum?? Further confusion was added when just before the storm struck the lights of the scoreboard suddenly went of. Rain , Sleet, Hail ensued for about half an hour and then, like the dawn of time the clouds lifted and the sun started to break through and as if waiting for a divine signal the players appeared and started warm ups! Notable absentees None that I could see although Mitch Brown and a few others Tomlinson I think and others were on modified duties ( Remembering that I was outside the ground) masked up) Skills, Drills and Views Wet ground footy was the order of the day and the players were split into two groups, It appeared random and mixed between ones and twos although the core group and forwards were practicing contested footy getting it out into the open overlap and sending the ball to an unmarked and leading T.Mac interesting ly BB was also alone and one out in the drill. The others were practicing contested close in footy and handballing to players in hotly contested match simulations. It appeared to me that close on contested ball then moving it out quickly to a target and creating overlap were the possible instructions. Another drill involved individual one on one contests and again emphasis was on quick , precise execution of skills and laying it of to best option. Other observations The session went for about an hour only and just as quickly as it started within a few minutes all players had disappeared back into the rooms. Player watch We seemed to have almost all at training I didnt see any notable exclusions, I would think Weeds might play again in the twos although watching Melksham, Bowey and Jones they all might be close, BOWEY Tantalisingly so, trained well he reminds me a lot of Caleb Daniel. After watching I could not get a line on selection and even though they would have the main team selected final inclusions might not be made until later. All in all it appeared to be an energetic session, no one appeared to be lethargic or just going through motions it was more like a "down to business" type session. I did not observe any goal kicking practice in the time I was there as an aside. Finally, as you know I have been adverse to taking the tracks outside the ground for fear of slitheras, but today was so gloomy at the start I was expecting to see this posted around the ground. Cheers PF
    34 points
  7. Didnt kick a goal but we had less inside fifties to most of our games and did very well Bb clealy made a difference. Even small things like running down the clock at times He could well be the missing link and help us win a flag. Its early days but he moved well and clunked more than weid. Watch this space I reckon.
    34 points
  8. That was a win for the ages. To hold out Port on their home deck, with the entire crowd yelling their guts out in support, was epic. They challenged several times and we responded each time. In the last we absolutely toweled them up. Grit and heart got us that win. We looked scrappy for the first ¾ but got the result against yet another likely finals team. [censored] that was good. Shout out to Petty who played his best game for the club. Dunno about you lot but I could use a drink.
    34 points
  9. Back in the day (I love that expression) some friends and I voteds to see who we thought were our most important players. This was after the 2018 season and before 2019 started. My number one was Tom McDonald. I voted for him because I thought if he went down we had nobody to replace him and we would struggle. He was never injured but in a sense he did go down, for the best part of two years. The first was a result of operations on two ankles and then that was compounded by the idea he needed to become a "beast" and so he put on weight. It didn't go well and we missed finals in the following two years. Like most I suspect, I thought he was finished and that Weid and Brown would fill the KPF spots in 2021. Not so. Tommy has largely flown under the radar this year, not that he hasn't been noticed, but he certainly hasn't been noticed enough. He's polled coaches votes (the only votes I take much notice of) in 10 of the 16 games we've played. I haven't compared that with the big 3 (Trac, Clarrie and Gawny) but I suspect he may well be at the top of the list for number of games where he's received votes. Often it's just one or two but regardless, one coach has considered him to be in the best (say) 8 players on the ground in 10 of 16 games. This should have him in AA territory but I suspect he's not even in the top 40, perhaps not even being considered. IMO this is wrong as he's been as good and as consistent as anyone that plays his role which is clearly not the say at home forward. I've always loved Tommy. I love his honesty and I love the way he presents off the field. I've always felt he's been judged against very high expectations and his clangers have been highlighted and his good stuff discounted. One of his great skills in 2018 was his clunk marking. I noticed, particularly in the 2020 PS, that this had disappeared to be replaced by the double grabber. But the clunk is back and he's now a very dangerous player for the opposition to manage. He was shot at the end of 2020 and on the trade table with no takers. He's now a vitally important player in our team. It's a credit to him but it's also a credit to the relationship that Simon Goodwin has with him that they could go through the process at the end of last year and get the result we now have. This of course is one of Goodwin's great strengths but that is a topic for another thread. Anyway I think he has been as important as any player on our list to our success this year and he deserves much more recognition than he's getting.
    32 points
  10. Oh [censored] off Scott, geelong games feel too long because your team is boring to watch. I don't think anyone was complaining that our game on Thursday went too long. Always sooking about something, oh waaaa we have a 5 day break - yes every team has one. I also loved the article mentioning geelongs tough road trips in the lead up to finals without mentioning their last 3 games are in Geelong and they always play in Geelong in the last round. Absolute sook, sick of him whinging all the time. Gerard Whateley is slways pushing this agends too and if Brad Scott takes over Hockings role, look out. No supporters have said they want shorter games, have they? How about listening to your constituents instead of sooking coaches.
    32 points
  11. We're never going to beat any of the top teams kicking 4 goals 10 in the second half of a game. (Just in case dr d and osilik can't bring himself to post after a win like that)
    30 points
  12. I flew to Adelaide today and Geeze it was worth it. What a great win!
    28 points
  13. Two things for me: - he was much better when the ball hit the ground then I gave him credit for. He isn’t Luke Jackson but he isn’t hopeless. Much better than anything Weid has showed this year once the ball hits the deck - he was fantastic with palms and touches when he felt he couldn’t mark the ball. I’m going to say at least 5 times when out of position he did either punch or deflect the ball to the crumbers to a dangerous spot. he did get out marked a few times but a number of times our mids simply put it on his head and he was nudged under it. If you’ve ever watched BBB his strength is running and jumping at the ball, not sitting under the high one. I thought he was much much better then his stats and so glad to see he made us a better side
    27 points
  14. Imagine if Goodwin played Lever down back for 4 minutes, then in the ruck, then tagging a defender then on the bench then in the ruck again for no reason at all.
    27 points
  15. Anyone putting blame on Hunt for trying a bit too hard to win us the game after everyone else did SFA all day needs to sit in a corner.
    27 points
  16. People will pick on Hunt but FMD there are 18 players out there who did SFA today. At least Hunt tried to do something.
    27 points
  17. Awsome to see. If his body had held up Trenners could have been a good captain. But gee Big Maxy is a great one. Loved hearing him respond to a question from the Eddy or someone on the Fox Footy panel, when he was interviewed post match. The conversation was about how Kossie had seemingly pulled himself out of a form slump and got himself up to put in a great game against the Power and the question asked of Max was "What did you say to him as captain to get him up for the game?". Taking absolutely no self credit, Max deflected the premise of the question and proceeded to talk with words to the effect of what an incredible contributor Kossie was to the MFC and how great his performances were and how he had been so amazingly reslilant in the context of the family tragedy that he had been through at the start of the year and how it would be great for him to hopefully get to spend a bit of time with them over the weekend as well. In the same interview, Max had a bit of a laugh at himself for getting his head sat on in that screemer the Port bloke took on his head, then had a rye dig at Jake Lever for pushing the Port player up there and a laugh about it with Steven May. His work ethic and commitment on the track are elite, his onfield performances are amazing, his work with the media helps elevate the marketability of the MFC and his social and emotional connection with his teammates is sensational and his leadership has us playing the best, most disiplined team first footy that I've ever seen from the MFC. He totally respects the MFC history and great players and personalities. Hard to think of a better MFC captain that we've had in a long time. Another diamond in the rough. Congratulations on 150 games big Gawn dog.
    26 points
  18. Random lowlight from the Channel 7 coverage of the Port game last night THAT DID MY HEAD IN #1: Fritter thinks he has touched a ball, because he did, that Alir is paid a mark for. So assuming it is play on Fritter tackles Alir. Much to fritters dismay, the umpire gives a 50. Which was fair enough as a mark was called. The commentators say as much. Play on. Nothing to see here. Later, Kossie takes a nice mark. It may have been touched. Jonas certainly thought so and tackled Kossie. Much to Jonas' dismay, the umpire gives a 50. Which was fair enough as a mark was called. The commentators express amazement and surprise. Watching THE REPLAY, which provided crystal clear evidence the 50 was there every day of the week, 'Hamish" opines Jonas was hard done by. WTF DOES MY HEAD IN!!!!
    25 points
  19. As usual, there are some wildly big statements in here. This game was so much more even than this thread or the 20-point margin suggest. But yet again we lose because we miss shots on goal. The impact of those misses cannot be understated. Doing all the hard work up the ground but failing to put any scoreboard pressure on our opponent keeps our opponent in the game and makes our job psychologically harder. Brown's two set shot misses plus a third out on the full, Pickett's missed snap in the first quarter, Viney missing from the goalsquare, Petracca failing to score from three different shots. Then after we'd kicked the two early goals in the third, Pickett gets the ball, has McDonald in a heap of space, but misses. Later, in the fourth, we're back to 4 points and a kick goes to the goalsquare but over Jordon's head. Small things but in a game that was largely even, those moments lost it for us. I'm sure ANB's pressure acts were up there but he is reverting to pre-2021 momentum-killing football. He fumbles and get smothered far too much. If Harmes isn't tagging someone out of a game he's useless right now. We can do better with his spot in the side. Jordon and Jackson both really struggled tonight too. A few headaches again at selection. May and Lever once again fantastic, Oliver's first half was incredible, Petraccca did a lot right outside of the missed shots, Pickett worked his way into it, and I thought Viney made a hell of a lot of Demonlanders look silly. A loss like this isn't anything to be too upset about. Our top 4 spot is in jeopardy not because of tonight, but because of the Adelaide, Collingwood, GWS and Hawthorn games. Still need two wins minimum from the last four to make the top 4, and possibly need a third. And a final note: the umpiring was unbelievably Dogs-biased. Tackles on the shoulder were called high for them but play on for us, they were throwing it out of tackles, and don't get me started on the HTB call on Brayshaw right before half time. Just could not get any momentum when 50/50 calls were going against us at every turn. Genuinely terrible and it's not sour grapes to note how bad it was.
    24 points
  20. Ok but totally biased against Viney. Hit up Brown for a goal. Hit up Kozzy for a goal. Kicked super goal in the third. Nine tackles. At the contest. 3 words. “Very good game”.
    24 points
  21. It's the Pink Lady match this week in support of the BCNA breast cancer cause, which the club has been involved with since 2005 iirc. The connection is personal for the Dees on a couple of levels. Oskar Baker's mum was a breast cancer survivor, who sadly lost her life to bone cancer a few years later. And the ambassador this year is Fraser Rosman's mum Trudy, who was diagnosed just before COVID hit, and whose past year has included 16 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, 15 rounds of radiation, Fraser finishing year 12 and then him being drafted by the MFC. From the HS article: As Covid hit Melbourne, Fraser waited until after 10pm – once everyone had gone home – to do his running training at a local football ground to keep his immune-compromised mum safe. They spent his 18th birthday together with a supermarket cake at the kitchen table, because Ms Rosman was so sick after chemo. “He was my absolute rock. I had times when I was certainly down, and days where I just didn’t want to go to treatment,” she said. “He would tell me, ‘you got it early, you can do it, you’ll be all right’.” For Fraser, knowing his mum had finished treatment when he fulfilled his football ambition as pick 32 in the AFL draft, helped atone for the tough year. “When my name got called out I was ecstatic. When mum was told she was cancer free, that was spectacular as well,” he said. Ms Rosman said while news of being cancer free didn’t instantly erase the lingering worries and treatment side effects, she was looking forward to turning her attention to Fraser’s football ­career. “I do feel some guilt over the last 12 months and what he’s had to go through. It’s not really fair. He was only 17. It was a lot on him,” she said. “I can’t wait to sit back and see where this footy journey takes him.” You can donate to BCNA here: Pink Lady Match
    24 points
  22. Prelim 87 GF 88 Merger game plus many more I am too traumatised to recall A severe mauling on Sat will only go a small way to redressing the balance BURY THEM DEMONS
    24 points
  23. Football commentary does my head in. I can't stand it any longer. So I've decided to start a thread so I have somewhere to vent my frustration about the standard of football commentary each week. The alternative is going crazy. Please feel free to use this as your football commentary does my head in safe space
    24 points
  24. Anyone who can’t see what Brown did for us tonight is not watching hard enough. He drew defenders in a contest, he brought ball to ground. He gave Tmac Fritta and Jacko opportunities to play one on one and on the lead. Opposition defenders worry about Brown. He’s a big unit. You don’t just forget he’s there. He command respect and a good solid opponent. It’s little wonder Tmac had one of his best games of the year tonight. He finally wasn’t being breathed on by 6 defenders! Our midfield was absolutely outstanding tonight. Gawn back to his best. Tonight proved to me that when we are switched on, and when we can bring our signature pressure, we can beat anyone. Edit: if anything ever happens to Steven May we are royally [censored].
    24 points
  25. He had 14 contested possessions (31 possessions in total) and 11 tackles. Go back and hide under your rock mate.
    23 points
  26. Lucky to get anything out of that game. We won one quarter tonight. One. Against the 17th ranked side missing something like 10 best 22 players. We have a clear, blatant problem of failing to play our best football against bad sides. We've played five games against the bottom 4 for two wins, and the two wins were average. We are going to cost ourselves ladder position from leaving 10 premiership points behind in these games. You could see it at half time: having conceded three goals in 10 minutes, Petracca and Oliver were laughing. I dare say you wouldn't see Joel Selwood laughing at half time of any game. But even despite our terrible play, we still had 5 more scoring shots. Again, our inaccuracy in front of goal costs us premiership points. They kicked something like 8 straight goals through the middle of the game whilst we missed shot after shot. Even at the end, in a game where we needed a point, Spargo, Pickett, Fritsch and Brayshaw all had set shots for a combined two points. This isn't a gameplan or talent problem. It's a psychological problem, coupled with goalkicking inaccuracy.
    23 points
  27. One of the worst teams Hawthorns has put on the ground, no way we lose this. Hawthorn by 17.
    23 points
  28. I have never gone so far as to actually start a topic before despite spending my 10+ years of membership wasting too much of my workday reading Demonland. I was so happy last night, i thought i would take a chance. I would have to say that they seem a bit upset at Port Adelaide over yesterdays game and if anyone thinks Simon Goodwin receives a pasting on this site, they should take note of the Port vitriol directed at Ken Hinkley. A few comments from Big Footy are repeated below and these are some of the gentler ones. Also, when did Alex Neal Bullen turn into an untackleable beast? fu** me dead, we couldn't stop him. I thought he was a spud. I think people really underestimated Melbourne coming into this. They have a very strong defence and an absolutely monstrous midfield. It is staggering that we are so poor in every area. Poorly skilled. Dumb decisions. Not strong enough. Not tall enough. Not fast enough. Unfit. No discernible game plan. sh*t leadership. What the f**k do we actually do at training? I refuse to believe that our players (well most of them anyway) are at the limit of their potential. So we need a clear out of the leadership at the club - chairman, coach and captain. We're just so poorly led at every level. Another club waltzes in with a SeAsOn-DeFiNiNg win. Now that the siren has gone I can safely say, insipid performance and a disgusting display of football. Forwards invisible, the only time I did see them was when they crashed into each other. Umps were no help, gave Melbourne a couple. Sure am thrilled to have played Melbourne into form. We ******* suck, sack ken, sack Bassett, fu** it sack Voss too. Gang sh*t we out. Melbourne are good, we aren’t. Can’t see Melbourne not winning the flag now tbh Who's going to want a 200cm third tall with no presence, can't kick and floats around the field like a fern frond with no impact. Edit: and yes I realise this also describes Ben brown, but he kicked 10 in an afl match. And to think we were out coached by Goodwin. That game exposed all of our weaknesses at once. Biggest of which is our gameplan which relies on the other team not being very good. Too many passengers and credit too melbourne who played the game I wanted us to play. actually looked like our mids and forwards were rubbish. deep defense kept the gap closer. the rest were sh*t. boak sh*t. drew sh*t. everyone forward of full back was dog sh*t. At least Ben Brown didn’t kick 10 goals. That’s a positive I guess. yeah, so you agree, rozzee is sh*t, has the contested ball awareness of a minature poodle. Players: What's the gameplan this week Ken? Ken: Oh, we'll chip it around giving Melbourne time to get everyone behind the ball. Players: So same as usual against the top teams then? We put the ken in Farken Average. I'm sick of crap teams going past us - if the trend continues, bloody Carlton will play in a grand final before we will LOL. Melb brought in the tallest slowest forward line I’ve seen in the past 20 years of football. It was set up for us to run off of them. Almost all of their good players had a night out too. Gawn, Patracca, Oliver, May, Salem, McDonald, you know the guys a good coach would have plans for. Hinkley is a bum.
    23 points
  29. Bit harsh on the calls to drop Hunt. When the game was in the balance he was trying to lift us. He got done holding the ball twice. One of them was a joke where he had no prior opportunity and the other he took 2 bounces but had no options because our forward line isn't functioning yet.
    23 points
  30. I'm more confident of beating the Doggies than the Suns
    22 points
  31. Me and my wife won an auction for my 2 sons (8 and 6) for their birthdays to meet and greet Petracca and we done it today. He was amazingly generous with his time and was genuinely interested to hear about their auskick and their school, friends and anything else they wanted to walk about. Heaps of photos and a couple of signed gurnseys. Absolute class act, can not speak highly enough.
    22 points
  32. Gawn - dominated centre again Viney - tackling was dynamic Hibberd - quiet but vital May - continued his dominance Petty - career best game Rivers - tight and attacking Salem - outstanding attacking defender Lever - wonderful defensive leader Langdon - was surprisingly inefficient Brayshaw - some important intercepts Harmes - better second half Oliver - dynamic and classy Petracca - classy and dynamic Fritsch - continued quiet phase McDonald - 4 consistent quarters Brown - was pleasingly impressive Pickett - excitement returned again Spargo - possessions were impressive Jackson - a quiet achiever Jordon - some important touches Hunt - run was vital Neal-Bullen- couldn’t stop fumbling
    22 points
  33. How good is the weekend when you win on a Thursday!
    22 points
  34. Disgraceful! Melbourne fans would never do that with Bradshaw, Jordan or Wiedermann.
    21 points
  35. 21 points
  36. Ben Brown was a success tonight and didn’t have to kick a single goal to help us win. Straightened us right up and provided a target. Brought it to ground, followed up at ground level, hit up targets inside 50. He must stay in the side. When TMac has an off week, Brown is the one that can step up and hit the scoreboard
    21 points
  37. Can't wait for Friday night footy tommorow night. Watching the dees play port. Again.
    21 points
  38. We're the real deal people. Just accept it.
    21 points
  39. Are Geelong who lost to Adelaide and Brisbane by 10 goals pretenders ? Are the Dogs, who lost to an undermanned Richmond as well as your ''pretenders'' ? Are Port, who've lost to Geelong, Brisbane, West Coast and the Dogs, i.e. nearly every top 8 team they've played ? This year is very close and there's no super team. Anyone who finishes top 4 can win it and anyone who finishes top 4 will have queries against them. Melbourne are no super team and there are queries. We have 6-7 weeks to start playing better football and finish top 4. If we finish 5th we're cooked.
    21 points
  40. Don’t get the hate for Petty. Played on Himmelberg who is a very good player and kept him to 1 goal. Sometimes supporters can’t see the forest from the trees. He is not an issue. He’s doing as well as can be expected for a kid who played 11 games going into this season. Eleven. He’s holding down CHB. I repeat. Eleven. Move on. Nothing to see here.
    21 points
  41. On the positive side Jayden Hunt has put together a great few weeks. Can't remember him losing a 1on1 and take the game on. Yes a few disposals are iffy but really liking what he is bringing
    20 points
  42. Whilst staring at the gathering grey gloom over Ballarat today I saw something that, at first, I thought was a little ray of sunshine. I was wrong, it was just some of last night's chicken and tomato soup on my glasses. As I wiped them clean with my wife-made mittens, I heard a vague rumble and looked back at the cloud filled sky. Had the rumble been a portent of things to come? Was this a message from on high? Was I being given a glimpse of the Dees fate on Saturday night? I waited for a clearer sign, something more definitive. Another rumble; and then I realised it was probably just another New South Wales removal truck thundering down the nearby Western Highway. As I turned to go back inside, a pair of beautiful crimson rosellas dressed in their red and blue finery flew in to partake of the free seed we provide to our feathered friends. I took a detour so not to disturb their pecking and as I turned my back I swear I heard one of them call out, "Go Dees, we've got this!" I went straight inside and said a little prayer.
    20 points
  43. The doom-mongering on this site is becoming unnecessary. I don't think anyone thought they were 'gone' after they outplayed PA at their home ground just a week ago.
    20 points
  44. He really is an insufferable whining sook. A big part of why Geelong is so unlikable. Just because your team is old enough to double dose on AZ doesn’t mean you get special concessions. This isn’t a pensioners club mate.
    20 points
  45. With fronds like that, who needs anemones?
    20 points
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