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  1. No May? Laughable really. He - or Trac - will win our B&F.
  2. Good point - I didn’t think of it like that. But I guess rules are rules, and if you break them, even if no real damage was caused, you’re punished. Really sad listening to this. Sounds like Harley is not in a good place at all and I am glad the Melbourne FC is trying to reach out despite all that’s happened. Very, very sad.
  3. Precisely my point - we played with no heart the last two weeks which is why I was worried maybe Goodwin had lost the players. But last night showed the exact opposite and as previous posters have said, both teams played their hearts out in a very high pressure game. We got the win and worked hard for it, which shows there’s still a pulse at the club. Also, GWS have made finals for the last four years and were in the Grand Final last year. Admittedly, they have been hot and cold this year but when on, they sure can play. They are certainly no easy beat. Like I said, pressure isn’t off Goodwin and doesn’t excuse the last two games. But there were positive signs last night, which showed the players still have the heart to play for Goodwin. You have to take the positive where you can find them or this world would be a miserable place to live in!
  4. I said something like this in the post-game thread, but after last night’s game I saw one thing that impressed me - heart. The boys played with their hearts on their sleeves last night and May said post-match that they all felt for Goodwin this week. They knew the pressure was on and wanted to get the result for him. This shows they are still buying into the system and believe in it, which is hugely important. Goody also showed heart too. Watching his passion and desperation from the boundary line was brilliant and you could see in a pre-game interview how nervous he was. He cops a lot for his rehearsed, monotone speeches but you can see Goodwin really does care about the club and the boys. This doesn’t obviously mean all the pressure is off Goodwin, he certainly still needs to improve and learn how to be a more adaptable coach. But he got the boys to bounce back and this was a tick in my eyes. The first half of the game was very reminiscent of how we played in 2018 - yes we leaked easy goals, but we also scored from 16 of 19 entries. It was very exciting to watch. IMO, what saves Goodwin this year is the relationship he has with the players. Strong relationships are key and the way he checked in and praised Jetta after his bump in the last quarter; the way he celebrated Rivers goal with the boys on the bench; the way he hugged Jones after the siren finally sounded - this shows me that while he is still flawed, the boys believe in him and the culture he brings to the club. I still think next year will be make or break for Goodwin, but last night was promising and a really good response from the players.
  5. I noticed this too. Was very short with the journos and dismissive of their questions. But I liked it! Also loved seeing the passion from Goody on the boundary line in the dying seconds of the last quarter. Even though his normally rehearsed speeches don’t show it, the bloke does really care about the club and the players love him too. May said post-match that they all felt for Goody this week and wanted to perform for him tonight. A good sign as it shows the players are still buying the system and have belief in their coach. The pressure isn’t off Goodwin yet, but promising signs tonight. I don’t know if I’ll survive next week, but today’s win was great. After two really poor performances, it was really important we bounced back tonight - finals or not. Go Dees!
  6. Totally agree. People forget he is a first year player, but what he has already shown is super exciting. Yes he has had quiet games, but that’s expected. With a few more years under his belt, I can see this kid becoming a star of the competition. In my opinion, we nailed the draft. Jackson, Pickett and Rivers are all going to be guns.
  7. I read this article and it made a lot of sense. But also when you think about it, it was this ‘helter-skelter’ approach which Melbourne was criticised for earlier in the year. Football experts lamented our team’s tendency to play on quickly, which saw Goodwin change our game style - a style that at times has worked, but in others non-existent. In my opinion, this change is the cause of the confusion and lack of cohesion we are seeing in the group. In 2017/2018, Goodwin very much implemented this more attacking, contested, play on game style and with a backline led by Frost and OMac, it often cost us goals but we still managed to win games and play a really exciting brand of footy. Then we bring in May, Lever returns from injury and all is expected to go even better. But as the article states, after a successful 2018 and a poor start to our 2019 season, we were spooked when things no longer appeared to be working. Goodwin began to doubt what he had built. Why it didn’t work? Maybe it was the 6-6-6 rule that outdated the style or our lack of forward presence - I don’t know. Either way, the poison of doubt infiltrated our club. Since then, bar a few games, we haven’t shown the confidence we did in 2018. We are a shell of our former selves and look confused. And while this makes me sad, it also gives me hope. I think if Goodwin goes back to the basics he implemented in 2017/8 - refining them slightly so we aren’t playing at the frenetic level we were at the start of 2020, but still competing at a level that allows our contested footy to shine, then we really aren’t that far away. Trying my best to be optimistic because I don’t see the club sacking Goodwin this year. Hopefully he can rediscover the exciting footy he brought to our eyes in the season that saw us reach a preliminary final - a final which we might have won had we had Lever and May in the side.
  8. I also wouldn't dismiss the Hawks either... they are due for a win. Had a shocking loss to Adelaide, but nearly beat Saints, Essendon, and Port. Their last win was in Round 9 against Carlton. Could be another upset looming!
  9. For a long time I have played devil’s advocate for Goodwin, but tonight I cannot muster anything up. I am resigning to the fact that maybe he isn’t the right guy. Our season hasn’t been terrible. We aren’t a disaster or basket case. But we are mediocre and we are staying mediocre. This is the biggest issue for me. We have made no improvements over his four seasons coaching. My concerns with sacking Goodwin were always the what ifs. What if he does turn it around? What if it destabilises the playing group? What if we are overrating our list? But we can’t sit here and speculate anymore. The more time we speculate, the older and worse our list gets. My pick is Adem Yze. Bring some heart and soul back to the club because right now, there doesn’t seem to be any. Another year of disappointment - when will the tides change?
  10. I didn’t think it could get worse than the Sydney game. How wrong I was...
  11. Agree, and I think he will turn it around too. I always thought he would have a slow start at Freo given his circumstances. He is a supremely talented footballer, so I expect we will see him soon (at least I hope we do!).
  12. I agree with you that Jesse has been through more adversity than most in his life, but what is he to do if Freo aren't playing him? He is reportedly training and fit, but Freo are overlooking him at the selection table and apparently trialling him as a defender. If he doesn't get a game this week or the next couple of weeks, you have to wonder what Freo are doing... He is too good to be playing in the reserves. Obviously all rumour and speculation right now, but if there is disharmony between Hogan and Freo, and Peter Bell decides to trade him at season's end, not wholly implausible to suggest he may make a return to Melbourne FC. The only other possibility which would preclude Melbourne would be if he were to go to West Coast. Total speculation and all of the above probably won't happen. I don't see Freo trading Hogan at the end of the year, but if it were to eventuate, Melbourne surely has a chance.
  13. Plausible. If he doesn't get a game at Freo over the next few weeks, will be interesting to see what happens. https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/08/21/watch-this-space-does-hogan-have-a-future-at-fremantle/
  14. It’s odd they have split Rowell and Anderson - maybe we have made an agreement to give them pick 2 for King?
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