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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 o
  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 l
  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
  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,
  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
  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
  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?
  15. was quoted as a sprained ankle i believe in the press conference
  16. I strongly agree with this, but that is not to say I think our game plan is perfect. Of course it can be improved, but I think if our players were fitter and we had some key personnel in the side we would not be sitting at 2 wins and 5 losses. It really is as simple as what Goodwin says in press conferences, the players aren't connecting due to lack of fitness and key personnel missing (May, Joel Smith, Hannan, Lewis, Lever, Jetta, Vandenberg, Viney). Obviously some of the injuries are new and some happened in preseason, but how can you get a strong and functional game plan when you are missin
  17. Unfortunately it seems that this season is done and dusted, but I still haven't lost hope in the club. We have a great list (though it still can be improved) and I believe in Goodwin. He is learning too through all of this, and there is a pattern with these new coaches. Look at Buckley's first couple of years and Hardwick's as well. Goodwin's first two seasons as coach have been great, and though the start to this season isn't fantastic, it is not a cause for panic. I know some people don't like looking on the bright side, but this season could be a blessing in disguise. It often happens
  18. While I understand the talk, trading Petracca would be a huge mistake in my opinion. We know he is hugely talented - we have seen glimpses of it. It is frustrating that his form isn't consistent but he is young and in a relatively young side. When he explodes, he will explode and seeing this happen at another club would be devastating. But above his talent, is his loyalty. Petracca has said on multiple occasions that he wants to be a one club player and loves what they are building at the dees (despite current form). I think trading him would be hugely consequential for the culture
  19. Think the dees might surprise us all tonight... not saying that means our season will turn around (though I hope it does), but I am more confident about tonight than I was about St Kilda. This is the type of game the Melbourne of old would win.
  20. Really interesting you commented on this. I really feel like there is something so different about the Melbourne team playing this year - it doesn’t feel like the Melbourne we have become accustomed to over the last three years. Obviously an aspect of that is we have new players, but I don’t know... something feels like it’s missing. There just doesn’t seem to be that cohesiveness in the group which we saw so much of last year. Everyone had each other’s back and they all spurred each other on to try harder and win. It was the cohesiveness of the team that translated into the cohesiveness
  21. I think structure, which eventually, once confidence is lost, leads to skill.
  22. Last night was disappointing, but the final margin certainly didn't reflect our efforts or performance on a whole. Geelong were the definite winner and we were by no means our best, but as many have already said, inefficiency inside our forward 50 paired with Geelong's efficiency inside theirs explains the final score. The first quarter cost us and then from there onwards, we were constantly playing catch up and putting in a great deal of effort to no avail. Our contested style of footy started to get better as the game progressed, but we just couldn't seem to score. Undoubtedly, w
  23. Always appreciate your posts as you don't take the typical, pessimistic MFC supporter approach and help put things into a bit more perspective. I was always a bit nervous going into this game and today's result justified that. But like you said, it is Round 1 and there is still a long season ahead. I think what we learnt from last year is that Goodwin is all about progress and looking at things from a holistic perspective. It is about bettering our game each round, and from that, the results will follow. This season is going to be tight and tough like last year so there are no guar
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