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  1. 1 minute ago, Demonland said:

    A note about the match sim; every time a player takes a mark they have about 3 seconds to dispose of it.

    Looking forward to less "kick it long down the wing and into the pocket" and more "hard running and switching with precision kicks into an open forward line"

    The pressure on the players outside of the core group to fight to get selected must be immense now.

    I'm struggling to think of a time in the last fifty years where we've got so much potential depth to our list.

    (Feel free to throw this back in my face in a mid season selection thread) 😊

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  2. 1 hour ago, Sideshow Bob said:

    Any chance of her returning to head up our women's program after a couple of seasons learning at the cattery?

    I think she should be straight into the men's senior coaching team as soon as we can possibly get her back.

    Listened to this wonderful podcast from her on the way up to watch the AFLW grand final win last year.

    A true highlight for me in over 50 years supporting this club was being there to witness the victory and watch a truly wonderful Melbourne team playing for each other.


    An amazing leader and human being.

    I love the way she's been outspoken on a number of issues in footy over the last couple of years.

    A great football brain and commentator.

    She is just all class.

    Please don't stay at the cats for too long Dais.


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  3. 22 hours ago, binman said:

    It's like a cold sore. Hard to get rid off

    On this thread topic, as i noted in the Jackosn is leaving thread, after being anguished about Gerard Healy's defection to the Swans i vowed not to get too caught up in players leaving. If they leave they leave.

    I couldn't be any more ambivalent now about the young ruck who went to Freo last season. 

    I have been pretty successful in not getting upset about players leaving over the subsequent years, but a couple of players have got under my guard.

    The one that immediately comes to mind is the Wiz.

    Totally understood why went home and didn't begrudge him one little bit for doing so, but I just loved watching him play so, so much that it was a real wrench when he left. In my top 10 favorite dees players of all time.

    I fear i'd feel much the same if Kozzie chose to leave. I just love watching him play footy and hope i get to do so week i week out for the rest of his career.

    I'm with you @binman. He gets your heart pumping even as he approaches the contest.

    I've been wanting to cancel my Foxtel sub and roll to kayo for a while now. The fact he looks like doing more midfield time this year in there with Clarry will have me reaching for the rewind button even more. The way those two navigate through traffic is a thing of beauty.

    My wife is likely to cop even more of "Hey babe did you see what Kozzie did just then? here watch this"

    He's the kind of player that brings new kids and supporters to our club.

    On the derailing part of this thread, I remember reading post season that we had about 11 players in the finals playing with injuries.

    Yeah nuh.

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  4. Thanks for all the reports.

    Great to see TMAC and BBB getting back into fitness. We really missed these two last year (even though BBB played, he wasn't fit)

    I think general fitness for the whole playing group killed us at the pointy end of the season. Fingers crossed for a team that can run out games haaaaaard! This year.

    Choccos goal kicking drills sound pretty cool too. The cats dominated last year with fast switching and accurate field kicking. Hope we can do the same but harder and faster this year.

    Happy 2023 everyone. Let's break this god forsaken premiership drought.

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  5. 3 hours ago, fr_ap said:

    If that was the case no one would be looking to leave us. We've won more games than any other team over the last couple of years. 

    This won't be about success but geography, family and crowds. If he prefers the town of Adelaide, having family around, and big adoring one-eyed crowds, you couldn't blame him for leaving for port. We love him but he spends a lot of the year doing ridiculous stuff in front of a sparse or quiet MCG. 

    But more than any other player we've had leave the club, he's the one I really want to stay. Whereas I was somewhat resigned with Jesse and Jackson, I'll be utterly heartbroken if kossie leaves. 

    An extremely rare player, a rare endurance-speed combo, supreme skill off either foot, significant power (kicking 55 with his frame is not easy), disciplined and defensive without the ball, spunk flash brilliance and marketable all round. One of my favourite ever MFC players and he really is just scratching the surface at 21....he's well on track to be far better than any of the modern day small forwards (including Cyril and Eddie at the same age). There are very few small forwards that have kicked 40+ in consecutive years around period, let alone at the age of 21. 

    I wanted us to pick him and was thrilled when we made the reach in the first round.

    Wouldn't be fair for someone else to benefit from the risk we took and investment we've made - I want to be watching him at the G for the next 10 years. We will be a significantly worse team without him and he was a very large part of the flag year. 

    Unfortunately if he does leave, it won't be for two first rounders. Even the best small forwards don't have that kind of currency - Rankine's recent value is about the best we could hope for. 

    I really hate that there is a thread for this. Saddening.

    Totally agree. At 21 he has the potential to be better than  Cyril or Eddie.

    His offensive game is just nuts but his running defensive game will set him at a higher level than those two above.

    By the time he hits 24 / 25 he'll go from a match winner for us to turning big games and winning finals for us I reckon.

    I hope he gets to watch Jacko play in a mediocre side at Freo and we continue to find success and bigger crowds as well as  maintaining a strong positive environment at the club.

    Can't wait to see more midfield time for him. I think it's a great move for the team and a great challenge for him to keep developing his game.

    I love watching him play and he's the kind of player that will bring more and more supporters to our club.

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  6. It's an interesting thread.

    I've never really enjoyed the game. Offside in soccer and NRL use to drive me crazy when playing it as a kid.

    Get rid of offside and Widen the goals and it would be a great game but still couldn't beat AFL. But that's just my opinion.

    Anyways, that's not the point of this thread. All sport can be enjoyed if it's skillful and two teams are giving it their all.

    There's a cultural problem with soccer at the moment but I wonder if part of the fuel for the problem is money.

    Money just compromises sports in so many ways. 

    Selling off grand finals.

    Umpires and players betting.

    One long series of blaring ads at AFL games.

    Sport being sold off to pay tv rather than free to air.

    It's not an excuse for the behaviour on the weekend but the corporatisation of sport does nothing for growing the sport at grass roots level and looking after it's passionate supporters. If it feels like most major sporting organisations are just out to been their fans dry.

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  7. 6 hours ago, WalkingCivilWar said:

    Some feedback for @Brownieand everyone else who attended the GF…


    And this is interesting…


    Should’ve piped up BEFORE the game, Craig. 🤣

    Love it. Lots of years growing up at suburban footy grounds. You gotta let em know we're with them when they're dead on their feet in the last QTR of the granny Hey!

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  8. Just finished watching a replay after being there on the day. My first premiership to see live for our club in my 50 odd years of supporting them.
    We sat with the demon army and it was great to sit with such passionate supporters when we were outnumbered but not out-voiced! Thanks to the DA for welcoming us in.

    The surface - yeah it was both pretty soft and also pretty lumpy. Kate Roffey is spot on, passionate supporters missed out on tickets and it's not good enough to host a granny in such a small stadium. We really were up against it in a number of aspects and it was great the way we just ground out the win.

    After all my bagging of it, Springfield was a pretty good facility and it reminded me of a good local footy ground when I was a kid in Brisbane. We used to get 7 to 10,000 people and grand finals back then which creates a great atmosphere. But for a national final, it's just not big enough and shouldn;t have been held there.

    Anyway's the game.
    The umpiring, summed up for me when one called a free kick and another play on and Banno ran in and tackled the lions player. Can't wait for 4 umps to be on the field next year hey.

    The best:

    This game was all about defense.
    Taylor Harris getting her cheek split open, getting up and then hitting the next contest even harder. She's so tough and competetive.

    Shelly Heath, knocked sideways in a bump on the far wing, stuck her hand out for a one handed tackle on her oponent. Tackle of the day.

    Kate Hore, didn't get many attacking opportunities but she laid some brilliant tackles and Mick's move to put her behind the ball in the last quarter paid off in spades.

    West and Hanks were just fantastic, but I don't think Purcell was far behind them.

    Paxy - She was off for a fair bit of the game towards the end but she was a great steadier for us too. Really hope she sticks with us next year.

    Banno - She also made some fantastic defensive efforts but even though she wasn't rewarded with a goal, she had some great fantastic offensive runs and set Mackin up for that first goal. She also had a certain goal if that run down tackle (with a correct disposal / kick) from Fitsimons wasn't paid against us. 
    She actually had three chances for a goal in the last 60 seconds of play, the last being as the siren sounded. She was loose in front of goals and would have certainly got the goal if it hadn't sounded. Watching her screaming at us as the Demon army screamed back at her when the siren sounded is a moment I'll never forget.

    Eden Zanker - She really was cooked by the last quarter. She had the staggers. Harris was playing further up the ground and she became the key forward. I watched her just keep willing herself into lead after lead. The way she just kept leading and presenting for her team mates was just brilliant and summed up the way all of our players were not going to relent.

    My Bog - I know I know, midfielders right? but for me it was our defenders.
    Maddy Gay had an absolute cracker of a game. But it was watching an 18 year old Tahlia Gillard absolutely stich up the leading goal kicker in Jessie Wardlaw that blew me away.
    It was great to watch her live, her closing speed, her body work and the way she just kept getting those long arms through to spoil with impeccable timing. I think she was our most valuable player on the ground on the day in the way she shut down their most dangerous player.

    If Gabby Colvin is back into the defensive line next year, we could potentially have Gillard and Harris creating chaos through the ruck and into our forward line. I love the way Stinnear just swings the moves with freedom and we've got an incredible array of talent to do this with now.

    Go Dees


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  9. 6 hours ago, McQueen said:

    Oh ffs. 

    A harmless play on a name rhyming. 

    If this is the crux of his account content being deleted I’ll bare my bum in Myers. 
    One day we’ll all be banned from speaking. 

    It's just a bit of fun Shaun.

    Maybe someone from news corp is helping with our social media?


  10. 5 hours ago, Jumping Jack Clennett said:

    Brisbane were given a dream start by the umps, with repeated mysterious frees bringing the ball to their forward line.

     Later, I felt that the rundown tackle on (?) Fitzsimmons in the goal square was either a trip or a push in the back. She managed to get a foot to the ball before it bounced, but the ump couldn't see  that so paid holding the ball.

    Also the pass by West to (?) Fitzy again which was called not  15 metres was a bit rough.It would have been a fairly easy shot for goal.

    We could have beaten 'em 4 goals to nil!

    Someone must have alerted the umps  at three quarter time that t hey were giving the Dees a rough trot, and they gave us an armchair ride in Q4!

    Yep, watched the replay today, definitely came off her shin as she was driven forward. A dead set certain goal.

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  11. 13 minutes ago, daisycutter said:

    see above. brownie at the game and behind the goals said the ball didn't make it and veered off towards the boundary.

    If it's any consolation Banno was well and truly loose and going to eat that ball up. Would have been a certain goal if there was another 10 seconds in the game I reckon.

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  12. 3 hours ago, Webber said:

    I reckon it’s because this team is easy to invest in. They are so openly engaged with playing solely for the joy of the game and each other that it’s impossible not to find it meaningful. Add to that how meaningful is the rise of the women’s game in the past 7 years after 157 years of being unwanted at the highest level, and now a premiership for the ORIGINAL club - of both the men’s and women’s game, and there it is. Just great stuff! 

    Such a great post Webber. It's been fantastic watching them all season.

    Even before the game and in a grand final, they kinda had a crazy moshpit going amongst themselves firing each other up, fists in the fair yelling and laughing together.

    Such a tight passionate team.

    It shone through in the last ten minutes of the game. 

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  13. 4 hours ago, daisycutter said:

    i still want to know what happened to the last kick just before the siren.

    it looked to be heading for the goals, but they cut the video of the ball before we could see

    anyone who was there see where the ball ended up?

    Just got home from the game an hour ago.

    What an amazing day. My first Melbourne premiership witnessed live.

    We were right in the with Demon Army (they are wonderful) behind the goals and nah, it rolled away towards the boundary.

    It was pretty funny because we were screaming our lungs out at Banno as she charged after the ball and then she just stopped in her tracks and started screaming back at us. I didn't know what the hell happened as I didn't hear the siren.


    So proud of our club. A day I'll never forget. They looked dead on their feet in the first few minutes of the last quarter. Lions players seemed to be getting loose. Then the girls just seemed to dig deep. Zanker in particular looked absolutely shot but she just kept presenting with lead after lead to make those contests.

    Our team are just defensive beasts.

    Gotta say Tahlia Gillard absolutely slaughtered Wardlaw today. I think Wardlaw might have taken one mark?

    She was amazing to watch her just blanket her and she's an 18 year old kid!

    So incredibly happy for them all. A true gritty underdog win that reminded me of local footy grannies when I was a kid. It doesn't have to be pretty to be absolutely riveting.

    I gotta ask if there's any other AFL presidents that would spend a whole half of footy sitting with the fans week in week out. Kate Roffey has so much time for the supporters and seems genuinely appreciative of us. It was great to meet her for the first time today.

    I love this club. After so many years of disappointment, these chapters of success are so sweet.

    Oh, and we listened to The age podcast with Daisy on the way to the game. If you haven't listened to it yet, you just have to.

    A true leader.


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  14. 17 minutes ago, BDA said:

    We're facing a very good team, on their turf in tough conditions. It'll be a win for the ages if we can pull it off.

    Gotta match the Lions on the inside. And we need a big game from Tayla.

    My heart says Dees in a nailbiter

    Me too BDA. Gobbing my heart medications before heading off to the game shortly.

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  15. 7 hours ago, Bates Mate said:

    The FAQs include "can I bring my dog to the Grand final" haha

    Probably fits in with the age old Ipswich tradition of betting on dog fights.

    We're pumped for tomorrow. Just been to Logan and bought a tricked up twin turbo Hyundai excel. We've fitted a brand new set of retreads to the rear. We'll be lighting her up with some victory donughts in the Springfield shopping centre car park after we win.

    Booked in for a southern cross neck tatt this arvo.

    Go Dees

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  16. 2 hours ago, Dees2014 said:

    I’m tipping Demon by 20+ points going away in the Grannie  with Bannon and Harris both playing blinders. The perfect introduction for the men’s 2023 season where they will be unstoppable with their elite All Australian ruck combination……..

    After watching Paxy last week, I'm tipping her for BOG. She's looking so fierce. I hope she rocks the friendly fire head gear one more time.

    Dees by 3 points.

    I assume considering they didn't have goal posts a week or two ago the penultimate showcase AFLW game of the season will not have VTR goal line review technology in place.

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