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Rodney (Balls) Grinter

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  1. On 12/8/2016 at 9:23 PM, 1964nowMORE said:

    Max has become an icon, cult hero. My young boy made yesterday's Herald Sun picture running with Max with the beard on from an Auskick setup this week. 20 young bearded kids in Demons #11, sensational for the kids. Max was wonderful with them, he has 20 new fantastic fans, even the couple who weren't Dee's fans, plus parents!

    And how much did the MFC need a character like this to lift our profile and humanize the club?!

    Has been interesting listen to 'expert' commentators waking up to Max in past weeks.  One (I forget who) stated that they "hope that the Melbourne football club doesn't try to curtail his public persona" (or words to that effect).  Again how disengaged these experts can be from all but the top clubs at the time.  From what I've observed, the MFC has encouraged and fostered big Maxy's entertainment value and unique character from the start and perhaps even improved his media skills through things like "Gawn in sixty seconds".

    Max is a victory for what it means to follow footy in an increasing corporatised world of professionalised sport.  His interview at half time of the Fox Footy coverage was insightful, in which he stated that during his years of injury he saw a different side to the club and became a more of a supporter.  Great to see that loyalty, passion and personal connection in footy has not been lost (incidentally, I think that's why the MFC also needs to treat Trengrove, Grimes and Dunn with the respect and loyalty they deserve).

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  2. Love his evasive skills and how rarely gets caught.  Even when he comes close to getting caught he manages to squeeze out a pass somewhere up field and usually without just coughing it up straight back to the opposition.

    Re the Rising Star, asides from his occasionally ordinary foot skills passing into the forwardline or shooting for goal, I actually think Hunt looks more like a seasoned player rather than a first year one.  Perhaps that's why he hasn't been nominated yet - doesn't look enough like a first year player to the judges.

    Different sort of player, but Hunt impacts games just as much as Patracca, who incidently also just keeps improving and going from strength to strength at the elite level.  Can't wait to see what these guys can produce for us over the next few seasons!

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  3. 53 minutes ago, Pates said:

    I know his next milestone game isn't for a couple of seasons but they should definitely have a guard of honour with kids all boarding big beards!

    2 things from this year above all else has given me so much enjoyment from football (didn't think I'd be saying those words 3 years ago). First is Jack Watts having a sensational year, the second is Maxy Gawn fulfilling his own prophecy and becoming the number 1 ruckman in the game. Great to have a fantastic player and great character at our club!

    Agree with all your other points, but you know, one of the things I love about Maxy is that he is so real, down to earth and is such a funny guy.

    Maxy and also Bernie Vince are like the typical top blokes at your local footy club that every loves playing with because they are so loyal and so much fun.  How both these guys manage to walk the tight rope of being a bit edgey and blokey whilst being under the public microscope of the AFL is really a credit to them.

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  4. On 13/7/2016 at 4:01 PM, Dante said:

    The club should push Max's cult status, he will ba a fan favourite with the kids and not just Melbourne supporters.

    Maybe they should think of handing out "Max Beards" that the kids can attach to their faces during the games.

    Great player, great guy and loves the club, what more could you ask for?

    And I love how much he prides wearing the number 11 for big Jimmy.

    Gawn is a player of such fitting character to follow in Jimmy's footsteps. ...not like the hoax of a bloke who wore it before big Maxy.

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  5. 5 hours ago, Rusty Nails said:




    Harmes to me is more of an inside player than Matty.  disposal a bit dirty/ugly at times but can be effective with some clearances. Matty def a better receiver/runner on the outside. Would need to review recent matches to see if Matty is hitting targets inside and pulling trigger a fair bit instead of taking safer up line or lateral/backward options too often. My hazey recollection is that Matty Also tends to panick dispose of ball at times with occasional hospital handballs that probably count as effective but place his mates under huge pressure where they get immediataly tackled.

    Along with that corageous mark, Harmes also won the contested footy at 50 in the last quarter and handed off to Hunt for the kick to Watts for the winning goal. Also cost us a goal earlier in the match with an insane lateral 'squeeze' kick straight to a Sons player inside 50 . Could argue the other clearance chain he was involved in for the Watts goal was the square off.

    Harmes also bangs in pretty hard at times which Roosy probably likes.  Harmes is no lock in vs Matty though and wouod need to keep improving to maintain his place.

    I don't like Harmes so much in the back half though, he looks a little like a fish out of water there and I think I've seen him cough it up way too many times (not that that would make him different from a few others down there though).  Perhaps it's a development thing, where the coaches are prepared to cop some of the turn overs in the interim in order to add versatility to his and the teams game for the future?

  6. 28 minutes ago, beelzebub said:

    He's a really good vfl player Pet. Nothing more nothing less.

    His window at Dees is closing.

    Yes, but if Gawn gets an injury, I think Pencil is the most likely back-up we have on hand at the moment - I don't think Dawes, Peddo or Watts could ever ruck out whole games.

  7. 1 hour ago, Satyriconhome said:

    Our mostly stagnant ball movement in the last two games does Garlett no favours whatsoever, he creates space which is then blocked up when we have slow entries into the 50, he is at his best when we get it to him out in the open or crumbing off decent entries into the tall forwards

    I think your right.  Jeffy looked like our most dangerous forward any many games earlier in the year when we achieved fast ball movement and played a very open forward line - that sling shot ball movement where he can exploit his pace suits him to a tea.

    I've also noticed that since the St Kilda game (at least) we have become much more defensive.  Particularly our score (not sure about the oppositions) the last two weeks have been well down on our average this season.  I'm thinking that there has been a correction/balance that the coaches/players have tried to implement that may have overshot the mark a bit.  This is perhaps when the much need maturity in the side will come to the fore, in good time and we will be able to acheive this within games, rather than a week to week basis.

    As for Jeff, he probably needs to learn to develop a few more strings to his bow - you don't see players like Cyril out of the game because their sides not playing the way that best suits them - they find a way to stamp themselves on the game and change it's direction.  In this respect, I wish that the brains trust would give Gartlett a license to through himself into the middle of the ground from time to time like he did last season, which could be quite useful.

  8. 1 hour ago, Nasher said:

    Or Pedersen's (despite being emergency).  Ballsy call I reckon to pick Weideman over both.  We already knew they were both warming the spot for the Weid or Hulett, but this suggests it could happen sooner than we all thought.

    Really happy with the changes.  I'm oddly excited for a game we have zero chance of winning.

    I've noticed a fair pattern of the debutants getting announced ahead of selection all year - probably quite a good policy really when you think about it.  I think it also makes sence to get Weeds debut game out of the way before we play in a few winnable games he could be a part of and build confidence from.

    Really do think and hope that Peddo is in over Jessy this week.  Mostly on the basis that it doesn't make sense to smash a lame Hogan in a game we are outright underdogs and also thay Peddo will certainly give a good presence to take the heat off Weed.  Also give Peddo a chance to make a meaningful contributions and build some form.  I think there are actually some players that play to the level of the game they are playing in and Peddison is one of them.

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  9. 7 hours ago, Clint Bizkit said:

    I had honestly forgotten about Newton until I saw him in the Casey game last week. As I said in that thread, he is the type of player that we need (outside player with decent skills), just need him to put it all together.


    8 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

    Those numbers seem fine for the role played. Viv mopped up across half back. If he played on ball he would've had 15 contested touches, he's as good as any VFL midfielder at that role. Newton's pretty solid at the contest as well, and would've played wing and half back as well. I watched a bit of the replay at Coburg did ok at contested footy, they have a few solid body VFL types. It was the weight of numbers and overwhelming possessions that really undid them.

    I agree with the points underlined above.  However,  Mitchie is an absolute spud at AFL level.  How Mitchie seems to get games ahead of Grimes astounds me.

    Newton could be worth preserving with.  At AFL level he positions himself in good positions, finishes well and  has a good knack of bobbing up and kicking valuable goals (somethings we could have done with in the last couple of games). 

    Though they don't always provide the complete picture, Champion Data points are a reasonable gauge of a players value in a game - they certainly tell a true story for the above players as far as I'm concerned.

  10. 1 hour ago, Rodney (Balls) Grinter said:

    Before seening your post, I suggested that we should play Spencer for Dawes against Hawthorn for these reasons.  I also don't think it's good for Max's longevity for him to [censored] himself every week, usually against two opposition talls/rucks.

    Gee the moderators are being a bit touchy today!


    1. 1.
      beat (someone) with a whip or stick as a punishment.
      "the men had been flogged and branded on the forehead"
      synonyms: whipscourgeflagellatelashbirch,switchtanstrapbeltcanethrash,beatleathertan/whip someone's hide, give someone a hiding, beat the living daylights out of
      "the Romans used to [censored] their victims"
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      sell or offer for sale.
      "he made a fortune flogging beads to hippies"
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      an arduous climb or struggle.
      "a long [censored] up the mountainside"
       I would certainly not use the word in the other crude context, regarding our champion, legend and allround top bloke Gawn Dog.
      I know the moderators have an important job to do and apprciate their good work, but it's not communist Russia and please think about the context of the word being used with regards to it's meaning in the English language.
  11. 9 hours ago, Adzman said:

    Would rather try and pluck a skinny 18yo kid in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft and see if they can cut it 3 years later.

    Which is pretty much what we have done the past several drafts with the two Kings and perhaps Hullet to a small extent.

  12. 59 minutes ago, monoccular said:

    Trump or Clinton?

    Our ruck problem is that Spencer is languishing at Casey despite being in pretty consistently  good form and could be justified in seeking greener pastures.......whilst we continue to put games into a tall KPP forward who can't mark, kicks few goals, won't or can't ruck ..... oh but does bring the ball to ground.  

    Before seening your post, I suggested that we should play Spencer for Dawes against Hawthorn for these reasons.  I also don't think it's good for Max's longevity for him to [censored] himself every week, usually against two opposition talls/rucks.

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  13. 9 hours ago, Bombay Airconditioning said:

    The majority of people who are quick to knock Daw are the same people who have gone into bat for Grimes, Garland and Dawes over the years. 


    Yes, but it's one thing to love your own problem children and another altogether to adopt someone else's.

    Of all the recycled players we have recruited recently, pretty much the only ones we have got any value out of were already of established pedigree, with perhaps the only exception being Ben Ken.  I'm sure I'll get hounded down for this, but I'd actually include Chris Dawes in the group of hand me downs that 'has' been useful for us.

  14. 11 hours ago, Mickey said:

    Clarry Choo Choo!!

    The thing I like most about what his numbers showed about his performance, was that in a game where Casey clearly dominated and he could have stood back and collected lots of easy ball (like a few other seguls for us did), he was still in and under winning and effectly distributing the hard ball.  Don't think anything else is in his DNA.

  15. 8 hours ago, mdemon said:

    Given the accepted inevitability regarding the result, is this a good week to decisively 'rest' the younger guys who have started to look a bit fatigued (Hunt, Harmes, Hogan, Wagner, OMac, Brayshaw, Pettacca, Stretch) regardless of current form and replace them with the 'old hands' (Trengove, BKen, Grimes, Michie, Newton, Pedersen, Garland, Dunn) so that they can have one last crack at defeating Goliath?

    Sure, they will predictably fail but then we can replace them with the younger, freshened up, guys to have a red hot go against Port at Adelaide Oval (where, for some inexplicable reason, we seem to go OK).

    I like some your thinking, but don't think we can go quite so wholesale on those you are proposing to leave out, as we should still be trying to win this game.  Still need to select on form, fittness and team ballance.  We need Hunt too much for his line breaking ability and Harmes is exactly the sort of player we need against Hawthorn (did you see his effort running back against the flight in the second quarter last week?).  Wagner's form has been well down over the past month at least I recon and he'd be one I would look to relegate.

    Do rest Hogan (no point in flogging him injured) and bring in one of Pedison or Dunn (does No.14 proud) to play as a human wrecking ball at full forward.  I'd also consider playing Spencer to play CHF changing in the ruck to give big Max a bit more of a break (if anyone needs a rest it's him) and he's genuinely dangerous up forward as can be Spencer at times.  Dawes could be chopped, or if he's not, he at least needs to find some moungrle - has been playing like a proverbial 'big girl' for someone of his physical stature (no slight on or women's team intended).

    I've already mentioned Grimes and Clarry as ins previous posts, but Ben Ken is another angry little man I think we should seriously consider.  Gus and Track must remain in the side.  I'd use Gus to tag team with Bernie and hassle the crap out of Hodge all day.  Garlett is another one that could be in the firing line based on form, though I'd still have some reluctantance in dropping him.

    Beyond all that, I think the side in general should be given the instruction to be hard, physical, hunt and hurt Hawthorn.  For a side that's pushed us and many others around over the years, they really didn't like it when we gave them a bit of niggle in our first game against them this year.  Ture Demons supporter should show up and be vocal too, showing the likes of J.Dunstall that we are not all snow bunny yuppies!!

  16. If there was one thing about last week's agonising win, was that we didn't lack effort and intensity.  We just made a lot of stupid decisions and skill errors with the ball, a lack of confidence from successive losses perhaps?

    I'm hoping that if we can cut that crap out of our game, then perhaps we can put in a competitive effort and then, you never know.  I don't have as much confidence in beating Hawthorn this time as I did earlier in the season, but would love to be surprised.

    Wonder if it could be worth playing Jack Grimes in a negating role on Mitchell?  I do think we need a few bigger battle hardened bodies and some desperation against this mob.

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  17. 23 minutes ago, godees said:

    Geelong didn't take Danger as a FA as he was a restricted free agent and Adelaide would have matched the deal and forced them to trade anyway (to get a better deal than one 1st round draft pick as compensation)

    OK, thanks.  Forgot he was restricted.

    I do recall Danger wasn't just chasing big bucks that Adelaide couldn't have matched, so that one makes more sense now.

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