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  1. I sat down to a nice lunch next to a table full of marketing types and I'm positive they were from the AFL. Weren't sure who was playing who, had to get it straight. Some went to bed before the finish. Surprised it was close. Couldn't pronounce that forward guys name from Melbourne, starts with F No talk about the fans, all about protecting financial partners interests. Trying to project their plans based on who is going to win this weekend. Definitely Brisbane by the sounds of it. We are invested deep in a corporate entertainment industry. If I lived in Melbourne, I'd seriously spend my time at aflw games. Where it's laid back and uncrowded. Last night's game soured it for me. It's not relaxing or enjoyable like watching footy should be. Watching pies fans get abusive at us after they win and watching a kid in tears with his dad because of it is not what this "product" should be about. One of the branding experts said they had just three bits of feedback from last night's game. One of them was about Gawn wrestling someone to the ground. They thought it was funny. Maynard will get off I reckon. It's good to have a villain / hero on the field. Makes for great media and theatre.
  2. End of the game. Why create more work for yourself I guess.
  3. We've had a plan for 7 years! Left hand flank to Gawn
  4. Loved the replays at the ground of Maynard driving his shoulder into Gus's head. They'd show the lead up to the collision and then cut to a Collingwood FC ad to hide the vision of it. It's a sad day today. Blew a golden opportunity for a flag and we may have lost one of our bravest players. Thoughts with him and his family today.
  5. Yeah, watched a pies supporter just screaming at demons supporters around him at the end of the game. Continually screaming f off C**TS. Really aggressive. The cops nearby just rolled their eyes. Such humility and grace in victory. Club culture.
  6. It's weird because we've all been having this conversation for years. The pressure backs off a little and we get cleaner and Fritta etc get decent opportunities. But then, pressure comes on and we revert to dumping and bombing again. It's been so plain to see for a number of years now
  7. Yep, another kpf for sure but it's the shambolic nature of how we deliver it. Made the trip south to watch the game and generally speaking, we turn to water when under pressure and just hack it forward. Props to Collingwood for their pressure early. You could see us trying to take on the corridor later in the game but we've got to fix the offensive nature and process of the game coming off halfback. Remember the days when we had great dashing runs from Langdon etc? Our forward system and delivery is Pus. Also, who posted that analysis last week about Melbourne winning just through the pure volume of forward entries?
  8. I think kicking in very blustery conditions could decide the game. Who can get them in close where the shots will be more accurate?
  9. I haven't taken them off! They smell like the Collingwood cheer squad. 😜
  10. It's held in the entertainment precinct through fortitude valley. About 15 venues running simultaneously. 150 bands over 3 nights. It's Disneyland with bands! Like a smaller version of South by Southwest Enjoy those beers
  11. Just got home with the wife from Bigsound in Brisbane. Great night out as always. Best festival in Australia On to a plane tomorrow and down to the G. Our first 90+ crowd. Can't wait. Go Dees
  12. I'm a big fan of Abbe May and she did the opening riff to thunderstruck while standing on the stadium roof in Perth for the 2021 Granny. She's terrified of heights and reiterated how she had to nail that opening riff live with the band in the centre circle. Gutsy stuff and she nailed it.
  13. My wife and I flying 8n from Brisbane Thursday arvo. Can't wait
  14. It's amazing the perception still out there on sookbook with nuffies banging on about the poor standard of play. I think the AFL will have to keep pushing highlight packages showing the great passages of play that are a lot more common now with the women's game. If the crowds keep growing like they are, eventually it's got to convert to more people following the league and tuning in. I guess nuffies will always be nuffies.
  15. Thanks @Palace Dees I reckon this is the first time in 50 odd years of supporting the Dees, that we have a team that would be truly feared by all teams in the comp. Not one player left for another club. They are such a cohesive unit now. I think they're going to smash the competition this year.
  16. So good to hear @binman The girl's enthusiasm and sense of enjoyment playing footy is really quite infectious. I'm sure your daughter will get hooked on our team.
  17. Yeah I completely agree Lucifer's. 3 months in that joint relieving in the role is not long. I really hope she can drive pragmatic change while not turning the game upside down. You could argue she's probably got the most important role in our game now. It's great if she's got the support of the clubs in her appointment too
  18. I'd be more worried about the machines Bitter 😜
  19. I saw this article and started reading it with some sort of hope. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2023/aug/30/laura-kanes-rapid-afl-rise-heralds-changing-times-for-women-in-sport A woman outside of the boys club appointed as exec GM of football operations reporting directly to Andrew Dillon. But the more I read, the more it looked like a fluff piece and her main points of focus seem deluded. She's been in the role since May. She's got a strong focus on the fans she says. Yet we still have Thursday night finals, a very poor aflw fixture, all finals tickets released at the same time on Ticketek (everyone enjoy stressing out with the spinning circles yesterday?) If the AFL cared about the fans, they could have staggered the release of tickets with one game per day and scheduled the release outside of work hours. Maybe 7pm each night this week. She has direct responsibility for umpiring and the rules of the game. She seems to have a big focus on technology to fix some of the poor decisions made this year. But tech doesn't fix things in isolation. You need to look at the process of review and the quality of umpiring staff for instance and the consistency with which the rules are applied. Who enjoyed that 50m penalty for our player losing their balance and moving their feet on the mark on the weekend? Another focus on the women's game being faster with more goal scoring. Well it's already happening as the skills and capabilities increase year by year with the quality of players. She's only been in the role 3 months and I'm sure driving change in that joint would not be easy. This article really didn't give me confidence that the things that are busted in our game will be pragmatically addressed.
  20. Viney (he'll win the Bluey too) And Rivers, he just keeps getting better and better. Loving his runs off half back.
  21. I've worked in IT for decades and from a demand / infrastructure management perspective it's insane. You'd stagger the releases (tickets for games) at least a few hours apart to spread the load Crazy
  22. Flights from Brissie booked now. Please oh please Ticketek don't fail me now you cobbled together chain of pentium 386's. Never been to a MFC final in my life adfter 56 years of supporting and over 15 years as a member. Any tips for seating and getting tickets smoothly? Make sure I'm logged in at 09:45am with our 2 bar codes ready to go I assume.
  23. I'd agree. I love Salem but Gee he's been horrible late this year. He's a seasoned finals player and may stand up but right now he looks so far off the pace, I'd bring someone harder and faster in. Hibbo has been going extremely hard and stands up in the pressure.
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