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  1. Theres a lot of recency bias in your post Tony. Its unbelievably hard for a small fwd to kick 40 goals in a season. Elliot has never kicked 40 goals in a season His highest has been 35 (in 9 seasons) Papley has kicked 40 goals in a season once (in 7 seasons) Stengle has kicked 46 g this season. His highest previously has been 8 in a season (in 4 seasons) Cyril kicked 40 goals in a season twice (in 11 seasons) and is considered one of the greatest ever If Kozzie picket kicks 1 more goal this year he will have kicked 40 goals in a season twice. Kozzie is a ripper. He is 21 yo.
    54 points
  2. Have just got back from a social event where I got talking to a very well known footy journalist. He didn’t give much away, other than Jackson is gone, providing Freo can find two first rounders. He believes Grundy will be at Melbourne next year, for a first round pick and a significant amount of his wage picked up by the Pies - said that Goody really rates Grundy and we’ll have the best ruck combination for the next 4-5 years. He also said that they’ll work to get Kozzy signed up as a priority, but there’s no truth in the rumours that he wants to go to an SA club: he has no allegiance in SA - probably the only place he would move to would be country WA, if they had a team! Apparently v happy with the set up at Melbourne, so should be reasonably straightforward. He thought that the main reasons for the Dees falling short this year were injuries and perhaps the mental fatigue of trying to win a B2B. On a more general note, he thought that this years trade period will be epic, with lots of names being thrown up for movement. Nothing earth-shattering in what he said, but just thought I’d share it with my fellow Dees!
    47 points
  3. Since our ejection on Friday night I've been reflecting on our season and where it might have gone wrong. Or in particular, why this year never quite felt right. All teams have question marks on whether they have what it takes to get to the top. Supporters and the media focus largely on whether the playing group is talented enough, whether the coaching/gameplan can succeed and whether the off field administration is enabling success. These are no doubt important. For us though, none of these 3 elements have changed materially from last year. We know the team is good enough, we know the coaching group was good enough (notwithstanding tactics need to change) and we are stable off field. What has changed and I think why I felt 'uncomfortable' with a lot of the seasons successes - is the culture. This is what stitched it all together last year and in this sport in particular, with the largest ground and freeform positioning, is a crucial element to executing a defensive-minded gameplan. Bit by bit, week by week, I think our leaders (players and coaches) have let it slip, with a trail of markers going back to the end of last year: - Gawn declaring at our premiership celebration that we'd salute in 2022 - I'm sure this was designed to be bold, but it imbued from the start a disrespect to our opposition and to some degree, embedded some underlying complacency - the Carlton pre season game, conceding 8 50m penalties and clearly lacking some discipline and respect for our opponents and the umpires - consistent selection of players who were underdone, out of form or blatantly injured, reducing accountability, reducing trust in the FD to be impartial, and denying our youth and second stringers of chances to grow. Not very selfless or trusting from our FD decision makers. - May/Melksham incident, notable not for it's drunkenness or timing but for what was said by May to Melksham, implying a clique of 'premiership heroes' to the exclusion of all others, and again a sense of entitlement stemming from achieving success last year - coaching refusal to change structure or gameplan in the face of pretty compelling evidence that it was being dismantled - clear on field selfishness in front of goals - Fritsch the poster boy but it arguably most damaging from players like Trac who repeatedly attempts to kick goals with 3 oppo players on top of him rather than using his gifts to release someone to space as he did more often last year - clear drop off in accountability to team defense standards in guarding space appropriately or sitting at the defensive side of a contest. The selflessness that was such a hallmark is now difficult to see in this regard. - clear drop off in willingness to work hard at the little things off the ball - they spoke about being the best teammates they could be last year. Being 3rd last in pressure implies they weren't very good teammates to each other this year at all. - Continued poor discipline in both our finals, conceding 50m penalties to Sydney at crucial times and again against Brisbane, with the leadership group repeatedly at fault and a litany of downfield free kicks as we repeatedly dumped players after kicking -players openly arguing, pointing and expressing frustration with each other on field, including the leaders -Langdons poorly worded 'duck dinner' comment - I'm sure not wholly intended to be disrespectful but again a marker of an underlying arrogance in the teams evaluation of its opponents -Consistently going ahead early in all our losses - indicating again our pure footy ability was clearly good enough - only to be overrun. I think fitness wasn't the issue. I think it was the teams mindset to run for each other, trust their teammate to win a contest and a collective belief in the system and team defense. -Gawn spoke about last year how their cultural change started with the removal of the 'little quips' around the club - not bringing each other down for fun. I'm sure I'm not alone in noticing that from about a 1/3 of the way through the year, the Gus and Gawny episodes took a bit of a turn...the quips of teammates returned in subtle doses in exchange for a laugh. By the last few episodes of the year I no longer enjoyed the show - arrogant, backslapping banter often at the expense of their guest or the team's lesser lights. - Gawn has a guest spot on Nova's breakfast show once a week. The hosts questioned Max a number of times about our form during the 2nd half of the year. It's a breakfast show and I don't expect it to be serious, but near the end of the year Max kept referring to our ladder position as his defense. "Well, we're still second so we must be doing something right". There was a clear denial of the trends within our game (at least to the extent he would admit it externally), again implying a level of disrespect for the opposition. Jonathan Brown more than once accused Max of living in the past. Brown is hardly a beacon of morality or good judgement, but I think he was on the mark. I'll stop here to avoid making this any longer - I'm sure others can add their own observations to this list. I've no doubt some of you will say I'm being pedantic, particularly on the final two points on how Gawn has presented in the media - but I just can't shake the sense that the selflessness, humility, and team unity that we had in 2021 has been pretty significantly eroded. I think this is encapsulated by our two finals games. We were deers in headlights when both Sydney and Brisbane cranked up the pressure. We clearly weren't running for each other. Uninspired and selfish can look a lot like being gassed. It was pretty alarming to see this team, our amazing, contested, tough, 'built for finals' team start playing hot potato and putting teammates under pressure with errant or 30cm hospital handballs. I think this reflected that the playing group to some degree lost the trust & faith they once had in one another. If I am unfortunately right, it won't be an easy fix from here. Culture is the hardest and last thing to get right, and it's the easiest and first thing you get wrong. Looking forward to the offseason moves and all of that - but my eye will be watching for the return of some of the cultural markers we had in 2021. Or at least, the non recurrence of the markers of 2022.
    43 points
  4. As someone married to a person of colour, albeit Indian not First Nation. I have forever seen the sacrifice and hardship that she has faced due to her skin colour, religion and overall appearance. This is a current day problem, and not one “in the past”. People of colour go through daily racism and ignorance due to their appearance, culture and beliefs despite their education and intelligence. My partner is a well respected lawyer and an amazing wife and it pains me to see what she goes through on the daily. I cannot begin to understand what these people have been forced to go through. People saying these are alleged accusations, I ask what possible benefit these First Nation people would have gained from making false accusations. This is a part of Australian society, and something that is not new or different for people of colour to face. As Gerard said on AFL 360, it is the stolen generation repeated. People of colour have and will continue to be used for entertainment purposes only. It is time the world takes a stance, and that people of colour, or in reality, non-westernised people, are truly appreciated for the value they bring to society besides their entertainment capacity. I’m sorry if I’m emotional, this is just a topic that speaks so true to me through second hand experience. I have shed some serious tears today running through this topic and hearing the press releases. DO BETTER AUSTRALIA. With much love, Tom
    39 points
  5. As a woman, reading this article made me sick to my stomach. Men should NEVER be allowed to make decisions relating to a woman's body or fertility, and nobody has the right to ever tell someone else how to handle their private family matter.
    39 points
  6. We’re at the airport, early flight but we’ve allowed time in case a flight in canceled. Been to 3 games so far this year and they’ve all been wins. And we’ve boarded.
    39 points
  7. At least she got to see us break the drought
    38 points
  8. Aaron Sandilands played until he was 36. He was still playing good footy at 32, but injuries effected his final years. Dean Cox played until he was 33. Shane Mumford played until he was 35. Last good year 33. Paddy Ryder played until he was 34 and looked like he could go again. Todd Goldstein is playing good football at 34. And is going again. Ben McEvoy played until he was 33. Last good year 32. My point ? Not many ruckman are AA at 24 like Cox and Gawn. Most start playing their best footy from 25 onwards. And plenty can be important contributors well into their 30s. Grundy plays all of next year as a 29 year old. For me that doesn't put him near the back end of his career, it puts him smack bang in the middle for a ruckman. How many rucks reach their peak before the age of 26 ? More-so 28+. Our premiership window should be at least the next 4 years. At the end of this period Grundy will be 32 and should still have some years left. Subject to injury he should play at least 100 games. You may not think Grundy will work, or you may wonder how it will work, but if he's injury free his age for our list demographic is not only fine, it's perfect. The only proviso is his injury status. So dismiss Grundy as a good trade target all you want - no problem - but stop using his age as an issue. From an age perspective, he's in the "window" at the exact time we are.
    34 points
  9. You mean apart from Lever, May, Langdon, Hibberd, Melksham, Brown and Dunstan? That’s 6 out of our last match 22 and one of the next in line who have to come to us from other clubs. And 4 players (Oliver, Trac, Viney and Brayshaw) have signed ultra long deals in the face of serious bids from elsewhere in the last three years. Bit of a stretch to say nobody wants to play for us.
    32 points
  10. Greetings all, Long time reader, first time poster. I come in peace The Swans are a very good side but still beatable. There have been some positive signs of improvement up forward for the Dees so I am tipping a 16 point win for MFC. Pickett is in great form, Fritsch is getting there as well and I have a feeling Ben Brown will step up a notch like last year. Carn the Dees!
    31 points
  11. For me, this is not about being bitter or angry. I love this team. They will forever be my sporting heroes. This is just my own honest assessments and views on our 2022 season. I started to worry after the trade and draft period. We brought in a one player, a fringe player from St. Kilda who could potentially crack our 22. “Don’t worry. The improvement will come from within!” we were told. Teams don’t stand still. That Geelong side we beat in the prelim are an 8 goal better side this year due to changes in personnel and a tweak in their game plan. I believe that we just thought incremental improvement would happen. Into the season. We were winning, but there were worrying trends. Failure to bury teams. Drop offs in games. Lack of cohesion going inside 50. Scoring was labour intensive. “That’s okay. We’ll click when it matters” we all thought. Then we started to play the good teams. Teams that were ravenously hungry. Teams that had studied us intensively for 2 years and had worked us out. Teams that out-hunted us, and ran across the top of the ground a lot better than us. Teams that knew that if they stayed in games against us, they could run over the top of us. Did we have a Plan B for such occasions? I’m not sure. The football world could see the issues. Lack of skill execution under pressure. Lack of cohesion going forward. Lack of reliable focal points in attack. Drop off in our pressure game. What was done about it in the second half of the year to buck these trends? Nothing. Goodwin was stubborn. He backed in his game plan. He backed in his core group of players. And by the time it got to last night, we were forced to play banged up players and players in questionable form because it was too late to bring in options from Casey. I am glad the season is over. Truth be told, I didn’t enjoy the year at all. My heart was telling me we could win the thing, but my eyes and brain were telling me something different. The players said all the right things about being hungry, but Sydney showed us last week what it means to be truly hungry for 4 quarters. It is so hard to go back to back. Am I excited for next year? Bloody oath! We finished 5th in a year where our forward line was broken. We led in 7 of our 8 losses by 20 plus points. When it mattered, our important players were banged up and not at their best. I believe that with a few changes to 22 after an aggressive trade period and some adjustments to the game plan, we can challenge again in 2023.
    29 points
  12. The highlight of my day was when Gussy thanked me for coming. HE thanked ME! GUSSY THANKED ME FOR COMING!!!!!! edit: so excited I forgot to tell y’all my response: I said, “All good Gussy, I’ll see you here again next week”
    29 points
  13. Hairline fracture means the bone is still stable, thus can bear weight. If he can do everything he needs without being pain inhibited, he will play I’d say. One week off won’t make enough difference to the vulnerability of the bone to bother missing. It’s all about the pain. If he can’t play with the pain, then he won’t. The one risk in playing on a ‘vulnerable’ bone (it’s essentially a strut), is if he gets the wrong external contact, the bone is more likely to fracture completely. To be brutal, this would heal happily in the off-season (surgery if displaced) and be good to go in early pre-season. Tough decision, but I reckon we all know what he’d want to do.
    29 points
  14. Ben is 29 not 35 and has been made to play in a way that completely disadvantages him. He is a lead up FF, who has been made to go to the pocket and sit under a long bomb, while 3 opposition defenders hang off him, jump all over him, push him, grab him, chop his arms and spoil him, with his resting ruckman also coming into the contest and making an even bigger mess of it. This is all designed to create a contest, where the assumption is that our brilliant small forwards will crumb and goal in the chaos and if not, then apply enough pressure to maintain the ball in our F50. How could any key forward succeed in that predictable mess? Get him back to playing his game, have the other forwards also make space and create options and commit to relentless pressure. Oh and play a second key forward, so that not all the tall defenders are all over Ben and we have other marking options.
    28 points
  15. A wise coach once said that even a premiership side needs to turn over players from year to year. He suggested that you needed to bring in up to five new players to freshen up a side. We brought in two - Luke Dunstan for a handful of games and Daniel Turner who in the end played half a game. There wasn’t much inventiveness in dealing with our problem areas and, in fact, we kept repeating the same failed tactics that just about every decent coach in the competition had worked out and in the end, exploited. The time to bring youth into the side was in Rounds 9 and 10 - just one or two players of the likes of JVR and Bailey Laurie just to see how they fitted into AFL football. Our opposition in those games were West Coast and North Melbourne. Trying some new blood in those games would not have changed the result. Ironically, in the final quarter of our last game Harry Petty shows up on the forward line to be the only tall in the team to score a goal in such a vital game. Hoping the coach had some “learnings” out of this.
    28 points
  16. My disappointment will settle. The rage too. But to lose the same way, again, is just maddening. We lost 8 games this year. 6 of them all played out the same way - strong start, 20+ point lead, some point midway our opponent lifts and we absolutely fall apart and never look like righting the ship. Our fitness wasn’t good enough. Our hunger can’t have been strong enough. Our skills weren’t good enough. Our coaching wasn’t good enough. From 10-0, and after finishing 2nd, we should not be watching prelim finals from home. That is not good enough.
    28 points
  17. Obviously a lot of doom and gloom on the forum which I can understand as the season didn't hit all the 'Pass Marks'. Just trying to isolate that to those threads and have at least one thread of positives such as Another great year for Clarrie Continued improvement of Harry Petty Another AA year for May Another solid year of goals for Fritsch/Pickett Form/Development of certain players at Casey, yes a little disappointing we didn't see more debuts in 2022 but imagine a few will be putting their hands up during 2023 pre-season Off the field we had contract extensions for Oliver and Brayshaw, broke our membership record, renewed some sponsorships
    27 points
  18. Saying that Taylor has an awful record outside the top 2 rounds is like saying that Tony Lockett has an awful record outside of taking marks and kicking goals.
    27 points
  19. Tonight’s banner has a stunning pic of Lever, Maxy, Dogga and Tracc. It will look spectacular when raised. (I’m sure other teams’ cheer squads must be envious of our banners. We’re blessed to have in the DA a rusted-on Dees diehard who runs a printing company, and the quality of his work is next level.) And to the left of the pic there’s written in huge letters: WE’RE NOT DONE YET! I can’t remember exactly the wording on the flip side (even though I cut the letters out ) but I do know it includes the words ‘unbeatable’ and ‘repeatable’ so one gets the gist of it.
    27 points
  20. Goody gets us a flag, backs it up by finishing second and still gets little respect on here truly bizarre
    27 points
  21. Maybe because he's been out injured for half the season, has played one match at Casey where he didn't do much and pulled up sore, is clearly not match fit and takes a while to find his form. Otherwise, a baffling decision.
    27 points
  22. Oh please. All of those things were evident in mid season but we went into the finals with the same set up, the same tactics and strategies and the same game plan as were used in May and June. We had some work to do then to overcome the vulnerabilities. We have to do much better than this.
    26 points
  23. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. For all of our “learnings”, we’ve learnt nothing. The most disappointing part for me about this season is that we walk away without having unearthed a single young player who I think can really help us improve next year. Casey lost one game all year, yet we debuted one player all year despite wavering form and injuries. Our big move was bringing Melksham back in and throwing Petty forward with 3 minutes left in the season. It was clear that things haven’t been working well since the halfway mark of the year. Yes we finished second and that was a good result, but our form was very up and down, particularly against good sides. And yet week after week nothing changed. The same predicable ball movement. The same dysfunctional forwardline. Hell even our defense has been leaking goals left right and centre. To start 10-0 and go out in straight sets is an unacceptable result.
    26 points
  24. Hi All, We are currently courting a contracted and uncontracted player both "A Grade" Key Forwards. The uncontracted player is Jack Gunston. We are well and truly in the race despite some contrary media reports suggesting a move to Brisbane or retained by Hawthorn. I have been told we are odds on! (that's better than 50% chance snowflakes not a certainty). The contracted player has also been responsive with quiet discussions since July. I have no idea of the chance of success. If I say who it is this has the real chance of wrecking the good work our recruiters are doing and would undermine the chances of success. Snowflakes, please refrain from abusing me...........I quite enjoy your D-Grade dibble, it's just super boring reading for the rest of DL. If you don't want to hear what I have to say BLOCK ME.
    25 points
  25. Guess what, we found out going back to back is extremely hard and our players faded out. What an incredibly obnoxious, entitled topic to post. You support a team which won a premiership last season breaking a massive drought, and finished top 2, despite huge adversity. Cry me a river.
    25 points
  26. Does anyone else feel like we're just about to shift into another gear and steamroll through to the GF like last year?
    25 points
  27. 24 points
  28. Sadly, our second half of the year has to be seen as a massive capitulation, and that game was the perfect capper. A team we smacked twice this year, badly undermanned, and they made us look like utter amateurs in that second half. Can’t win at our home ground, get easily rolled in our second halves, and when oppositions come hard with the pressure, we go belly up, retreating into our slow methodical attacking strategy with a massive attack of the panics down back. None of the fast, rolling waves of possession, just fumbly, horrible rubbish that gets easily turned over. Dunno how it happened, but it’s absolutely there for all to see. Shattered for the boys, cos I reckon they’ve got no idea how it happened either. Here’s the other thing, and I’ll definitely sound like a smartarse saying it, but HARRY PETTY IS A FORWARD. I’ve been saying it for 4 years. You don’t waste great marking competitive beasts like him down back. Next year, peeps!
    24 points
  29. Failure of a season. Every single loss was the same where we get out to a lead of around 20 to 30 points and then get complacent and stop trying to win. No imagination with team selection or style. Half the team in on reputation while Casey had an all-time great saeason.
    24 points
  30. Is your sauce pages 170 through 186 of this thread!
    24 points
  31. I love how last year our flag was built off the coaching of our assistant coaches and now when we don't win it, it's all Goodwin's fault.
    23 points
  32. The AFLW attracted controversy last weekend when it ditched plans for a minute's silence to remember the Queen because of Indigenous round. Here's an articulate, intelligent and passionate explanation of why it matters from Daisy Pearce. For all those people who say Indigenous round is just a tokenistic, virtue-signalling concept, here's proof from our skipper that there's real substance behind the sentiment and a willingness to stand up for principles when it matters most. You might disagree with her stance, but there's no denying that she's taken the time to consider her position and has thought about these issues at length. If that's not the purpose of Indigenous round, then what is?
    22 points
  33. 2007: Nathan Jones 2008: Brad Green 2009: Aaron Davey 2010: James Frawley 2011: Jack Trengove 2012: Nathan Jones 2013: Nathan Jones 2014: Nathan Jones 2015: Jack Viney 2016: Max Gawn 2017: Clayton Oliver 2018: Clayton Oliver 2019: Max Gawn 2020: Christian Petracca 2021: Clayton Oliver 2022: Clayton Oliver Congratulations to Clayton Oliver on winning the 2022 Demonland Player of the Year Award. Clarry joins Nathan Jones as a 4 time recipient of this illustrious award.
    22 points
  34. Mate, if Jacko goes, which we’re hearing as of yesterday is still extremely likely, then Grundy will be a Demon. There are a couple of others that I’ll let you know about as soon as it’s appropriate.
    22 points
  35. Highlights of the captain’s run = firstly, the 7 year old kid next to us getting a signed ball over the fence from Clarrie. He could’ve popped with joy. Secondly, the ‘hearts’ in my wife’s eyes when Lingers jogged by smiling. I reminded her she was old enough to be his mum and then some. Zero care factor. GO DEES!
    22 points
  36. So after we wasted this year these are what I think we need to change. Game plan. It’s crap and was worked out early this year but Goodwin refused to tweak. Forward coach, not a bloody ruckman. Selection, actually reward Casey players. Game day coaching, try things. FFS try things. Major review of fitness staff, our last qtrs are only better than Nth and West coast is an absolute embarrassment. Not to be glossed over. Kick outs, if we go left and long next year I’ll burn the mcg down.
    21 points
  37. This is so much worse than the supplements saga, it is properly evil, having a baby, either as a young mum or dad is a profoundly vulnerable time that is also super stressful, to pressure someone one way or another, and not support their decision based upon a commercial interest is so sick. I found out about this from my Hawthorn mate who has good connections to the board. He believes the report and he said Cyril has been waiting for a long time to fully give his side of the story. He is passionately obsessive about the Hawks and about as conservative as you can get. He mentioned that Clarko was known for being brutal (his words) with young players. He didn’t connect Cyril directly but thinks it likely. He is bereft and was making no excuses, however I would note that Hawthorn commissioned the report, fair play to them for doing so, and everyone deserves their day in court. I would not make any assumptions about what other players knew or did not know. I like that the AFL appointed a KC to lead the inquiry, that is a fair way to proceed. I actually think the AFL is moving the ball on Race in the right direction for the country, not perfectly, but ever since Nicky Winmar things have been getting better for the conversations we have. When you look at the totality of what has happened in sport you can see that Racism has been a stain but at least some of the people involved have owned the problem ( maybe kicking and screaming but still). I love Australia, best country by far for so many reasons, and acknowledging that it has a dark history to resolve changes none of my love. I am a white Australian ex cop who has indigenous family members. My father who was my hero, was an utter racist(hard to acknowledge), and yet none of his five sons continued that hate, which gives me huge optimism for Australia. @Neitz the Great I have your back.
    21 points
  38. What a gruelling, gutsy hard fought win that was. Credit to all the boys who appeared to give it everything they had from the first bounce. Sharks are the real deal. Some real tough nutz and genuine footballers in the mix. Impressive switching and transition play in the first half. Really took the game on. A bit wayward at goal. Clarke, Woodcock & Kwaby stand outs in that first half. Kwaby in particular looked very dangerous at times but faded a little in the second half. So proud of the boys today. No doubt some sore bods after all that crash/bashing. Felt really sorry for Rosman missing this one. Stand outs for mine for Casey... Turner, Joel Smith (particularly the last quarter), Tomo, Dunstan, Melk, Munro, Bedford, Brown, Chandler (fantastic courage & second efforts all day) Baker, Woe & Laurie. Baker may have saved one of his best for last. He was very solid today in shizen conditions. Over ran the ball a few times but who didnt. Then straight back into it. His pressure / chasing without the ball was superb. Melk's goal from 50 & Mitch's goal in the teaming rain from about 40-45 near the boundary in the last quarter were crackers and sliced the Shark's fin for good. Mitch was also hitting packs hard as was JVR. JVR shows no mercy and i wouldn't want to be playing in front of him once he's put on an extra 5kg to 8kgs or so. His leap off a few steps is a tad Nic Natesqe. Melk's goal from the kick out of the scrum at HF also a highlight. His stint in the AFL appeared to result in him being in tip top shape for this hit out. He was running on top of the ground from the get go, albeit his opponent Kwaby was also finding a little too much time / space for my liking in that first quarter and a bit, offering plenty of rebounds for them. White a deserved Goss medalist. This bloke is everywhere at times and appears to have a huge tank. He's the epitome of the old school classic utility and a superb one at that. Reckon he would have fitted in beautifully into many good AFL teams in the 80s! He's at AFL level now IMV ... just not sure where you would play him though. Congrats to all the Casey boys on an amazing year. Great to see the Demon Army out in force behind the goals. Sat with them in the first quarter but the netting behind the goals was too much for this old timer to bare. Big thanks to KC, Werridee, NS and plenty of others on here for their coverage throughout the year ✌
    21 points
  39. Great win. Great season Congratulations to everyone at Casey Demons Tough conditions but the team had warriors all over the park. Chandler and Dunstan were in and under the packs all day. Melksham 4 goals was a match winning effort. JVR good in tough conditions for a key forward. Weid in the ruck was ok against a bigger bodied opponent (break even probably). Oskar Baker (in probably his last game at the Dees) was also in the best, with his kicking and running all day. White (BOG) and Munro are absolutely hard nuts. Munro 17 tackles and a goal. Wow the emotion. A special mention for Daniel Turner’s two smothers in the dying minutes (with the game already won) were excellent. His determination and aggression will be good for MFC next year. Casey - a great year. Reward for the stalwarts and development of the youngsters. Job done.
    21 points
  40. Best mates with Tracc and Clarry and hopefully it was just lingering effects of injury that affected his game. An in form Salem is one of our weapons.
    21 points
  41. The elephant in the room … we weren’t fit enough
    21 points
  42. JVR just ran out with a shirt that says “I am debuting in a final and will be the next Dermott Brereton”
    21 points
  43. Brayshaw - 11 turnovers Viney - 9 turnovers Gawn - 7 turnovers Petty - 7 turnovers Lever - 6 turnovers Hibberd - 6 turnovers Sparrow, ANB, Spargo and Melksham combined for 5 turnovers total. Sydney scored 70 points from turnovers. That's the game right there. Not saying those 4 played well by any stretch, but they're not the reason we lost.
    21 points
  44. Not to defend GNF, but if you hate his/her posts/think they're rubbish; why not just block him/her? Makes for a better site than the current personal attacks.
    21 points
  45. That's probably enough of the mini bar for now!!!
    20 points
  46. Gotta say, I really hate the umpire excuse. I hate it when all teams use it, but I especially hate it when we use it. Should have buried the game in the first quarter. Should have kicked another 5-6 goals easily throughout the game. We let them get easy goals at the ends of quarters. There’s the game right there. We absolutely choked and all ire should be directed at us for many reasons.
    20 points
  47. Just read someone suggest bringing in Schache. I’m tapping out, threads cooked.
    20 points
  48. We have Oliver, Petracca, Brayshaw and Salem all signed up for at least 5 years, with the first two signed up even longer. That's the period we need to be looking at for our success. Whilst Oliver and Petracca are on the list, we are a chance at winning the flag. With Max still around we would be near-favourites. We should be maximising our ability to win flags over the next 6 years or so, whilst we have our best players playing their best footy. If that means that we have a moderately bad team after Petracca and Oliver retire, then so be it. The difference between finishing 10th and 16th in 2030 is not really important.
    20 points
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