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  1. Bloody hell we are going to win the Grand Final.
  2. I moved to California over a year ago which means the bounce will be at 02:15 on Saturday morning! But our family will be getting up for it and I will ensure that an appropriate cheese board is ordered through Amazon Whole Foods to go with a nice bottle of red from the Napa Valley I picked up in March! I'm nervous but mostly I am just happy that we made it to a Grand Final. I shed enough tears at the end of the Geelong game from 20+ years of sticking by this club, so come what may I'm just grateful that we made it to the big dance. Hopefully we can make it again in future years and I will be able to fly back for the game
  3. I have a $400 bottle of red that I picked up in the Napa Valley in March. I don't care if the bounce is at 03:00 in the morning over here for me in California, it's going to go down with a bloody nice cheese board to boot
  4. This is the best team I have seen in 45 years. Easily.
  5. Be prepared for either the Eagles or the Dockers to throw the absolute kitchen sink of all kitchen sinks at him. Mark my words, it's going to happen
  6. Yep the AFL is a business, it doesn't run on sentiment alone. There is no money in Tasmania, relative to SE QLD.
  7. 1) Open an Incognito window in Chrome 2) Search for the title of the article in double quotes "Max Gawn credits Demons MCG fortress to outer-Melbourne training base" 3) Right click on the links and select open in new tab It doesn't always work but sometimes it will. This is because the web server assumes this request is from Google directly, trying to index the site so it lets you thorough. It's also worth setting up a browser VPN like SurfShark or Bullet and hopping around different countries when you do this - I think by default it will not work if it detects the request originates in Australia. Those are paid VPN's by the way but they are dirt cheap and worth it so Scummo, via his corporate and business masters, can't watch everything you do
  8. Yep still around. I joined Ology in 2003 I think. Was very active on there as I loved the discussion and banter for about 5 or so years. Conversation was definitely better than here back then, but DL is a great site now Looking back I probably went a bit too far at times, put it down to maturity and the petulance of youth, but it was fun and there were some great posters Like a lot of things life got in the way, had kids, moved house, got better jobs that were more demanding etc... something had to give and our beloved team was hardly something to enjoy taking about for a long time so I faded away. Always kept my membership though even if I hardly ever went to a game. I moved to California last year, got an amazing job opportunity that I couldn't say no to. The irony that the moment I moved away our team is doing better than it ever has in my lifetime doesn't escape me but I haven't missed a game and don't plan to!
  9. Non-MFC: Luke Breust - beautiful action and usually very accurate MFC: Fritsch - same reason
  10. Me either, I think she is the best football journalist by the length of the Nullabor Plain and has been for decades. The hatred stems from lingering misogynist tendencies by the consuming public and because she doesn't pull any punches, it tends to ruffle some fragile egos. I've heard her speak several times at private functions and I have all the time in the world for her, highly intelligent, sharp-witted and not afraid to call anything out.
  11. I remember that season well, and Sheahans comments in the paper that we were "flaky". He wasn't wrong. I think we have been through enough of the proverbial to not get ahead of ourselves, I am still expecting the wheels to fall off at some point
  12. I would take him back. Great player, still has a couple of years left to run and I think it's reasonable to think that if we end up in the situation with Lever and May out at the same time we would be struggling with Tomlinson. Tomlinson is doing well right now but I'd argue so would Oscar McDonald or Sam Frost with the way the team is playing. Knowing we had Howe down there would give me more comfort. He would be good for depth and would increase the competitiveness for players to get a spot, and keep it. Very nice problem to have Really don't care about the past, he was younger, more arrogant and could see way more upside with the Pies. Thought his comments for Jones' 300th were very nice and says a lot about him as a person.
  13. He gets the job because he has been a loyal News Ltd man for a long time and is well protected by the power brokers upstairs. I know people that have been in and out of News Ltd and he’s largely considered to be an 80's misogynist relic that trades on his “blokey, bloke” image, and [censored] kissing to make up for his lazy journalism and poor presentation skills. Basically he is widely despised by those below him while those upstairs keep him around because he is still seen as having broad appeal to the Herald-Sun/Fox Footy demographics - most of which are white males Journalism is not an equitable or equal trade and never has been.
  14. So if we were light on forwards due to injuries, but we have this rookie guy called Majak Daw running around in the magoos who apparently is quite tall and strong why wasn't he playing?????
  15. He always was a good cash cow in a trading sense. Get him mentored by the best ruckman in the competition (NicNat AA again that is a joke) and trade him up when his currency increases No doubt there will be a trade with someone like a Ben Brown
  16. I met his Dad at a port game at the G a couple of years ago. He was sitting behind me the whole game. Lovely bloke as was his family that were with him. Before leaving I said to his Dad, that I would never wish any harm on Jack, he's copped way more than he ever should have in terms of criticism and was badly managed earlier on and that I hope he does well. And I meant every word of it. I hope he gets on the park again
  17. Harmes looks exhausted. Has turned it over a lot in the last couple of games and could be rested. Lots of calls for Jones to be dropped... I must have watched a different game thought he played pretty well. Can't work out who else to part ways for Max, although someone will have to.
  18. May is playing a blinder. Best on ground for me at the moment
  19. I hate Murdoch and wouldn't [censored] on him if he was on fire, but I am rationalising my current subscription to Kayo purely based on the fact that it is costing me less per month than it would if my boy and I went to the MCG to sit in the outer, get rained on and watch our team almost always lose before we commiserate with a couple of kebabs in Oakleigh on the way home!
  20. Yep ? Everytime they do this idiotic hot potato hand passing or throw it on the boot we lose it GC goals so far have been a bit flakey though
  21. Says it all really, can't fault what Derm is saying. Everyone here is mentioning it about the poor kicking and it is patently obvious that is the problem - but it is not the only one. I am of the view that our backline is actually pretty good and the problem is not there. The problem is that we just don't have a forward line that works well enough. It's bad enough that we still have players just blasting kicks into the forward line, not putting them out the front of leading forwards and not putting him in a place of advantage so a player can run goal side. The other is that we have an immature forward line that does not work together well, nor set up structures that enable lead-up forwards to get a good run at the ball and likewise have small forwards get into position and space such that they can capitalise on the loose ball or provide the great defensive pressure when they don't. Richmond are so good at this. If you watch closely you can see how the other players clear runways for people like Riewoldt and Lynch to get a good run at the ball and their smaller players always work into space and position. My footy experience is limited just to local footy, but I've played and watched enough games to know I would love coming up against a team like Melbourne that simply just does not kick to advantage at all into the forward line and likewise, does not have a league elite-level full forward or group of forwards that know how to work forward structures to advantage. You can third man up every time and run the ball out because the forwards don't work together as one - they just run all over the place Our one saving grace is that we have Pickett. He is not a great forward line strategist yet, but he is fast and runs to position well. Opposition players are not game to take him on so they take a bit longer to get the ball out when he is around to enable our midfield to get back into position but they will waltz way from pretty much everyone else. If Jones does not come into the forward line this week and ideally Smith moves forward for Jetta then it tells me Goodwin has put the cue in the rack for this season. Much like the club did one week before the bye last year when they knew we were not good enough to challenge in finals and we decided to play younger players to give them experience to set them up for this year. In other words he is going to persist with getting as much games as possible into what a future team would look like, not one for now. Given the unique circumstances of this year there is some depressing logic to this because whoever the premiers are they will be premiers in a compromised season and there is no way the experiences of this season will translate all that well into 2021. I actually think the club may well be taking this approach despite what is getting said in the media, so get used to us playing like this for the rest of the year, at least we don't have to sit out in the cold at the MCG shivering watching it!
  22. Probably both really. I think in the last quarter when the scores levelled the reality set in. Maturity is a good call too, there was some idiotic disposals and players trying to palm the ball like NBA players way too much as well.
  23. Carlton did the same thing in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters that teams did all last year to beat us. Put a ring on the outside of the contested ball and never over-match our players on the contest on the inside. This works in two ways. If we win it (which we mostly do) the players run into a wall of opposition players and in a panic just throw it on the boot (Brayshaw is the worst offender), which is at best a 50:50 cough up. If we lose it then the opposition knows if they get it out they'll have players to get it to and they can run off with it The solution is what Viney said at half-time. Take half a second when you win it on the inside and compose yourself and look for a target. We only started doing that about halfway through the last quarter. In the first quarter Carlton didn't do that and just tried to match us at our game with predictable consequences as they are not that good and we blew them away. Basically we were out-coached in the 2nd and 3rd. Again. All it takes is more composure when we win the contested ball, if the players can do that we'll be set
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