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  1. They were different kinds of problems but moving them on was key to our premiership. From a purely trade perspective watts gave us Fritsch and hogan gave us May, I don’t think anyone would argue how pivotal they both were to the outcome last year. More than that they both sucked oxygen from the team. I’m not blaming them as people, they both seemed like good guys from what I could tell from a distance, but everything was always about them and not the team. Every year there was a discussion about Jesse going back to WA. Every year we had to talk about how watts needed x or y to reach his full potential. They share that they were both talented footballers who’s leaving did so much more for the team than their presence ever did.
  2. How good is this guy at spin?! It takes a very special talent to say that illness is not an excuse and that the better team won while still leaving the clear impression that illness is why you lost. Hats off to you Chris Scott, chapeaux!
  3. Those front exit clearances coming from a left or right tap to either Clarrie or Trac on the burst look like a set play to me. I was watching the port game last night and we did exactly the same thing in the 3rd when they started to get a run on. Good luck stopping either of them when they take the ball at pace, with not only their natural strength but also a ton of momentum.
  4. I’m in the area Wiz, I’ll keep a close weather eye out for any smugness. Let it rip, God know we’ve earned it!
  5. I think this is the point that the Mongrel Punt are trying to make. If Oliver gets 10+ clearances then we are extremely likely to win. Meaning his clearances are more damaging than most. Certainly from the look of games in 2021 the same is true for Petracca.
  6. He, along with his team, have built this team and clearly have their trust. I think he has earned the right to coach this group through their premiership window. The duration is likely to be 3-5 years, I’m not fussed by the actual number, the important thing is that he is treated with the respect he has earned. We don’t need to rehash things that went wrong 3 years ago, they have been reviewed and the lessons learned are part of what made this team what it is. He is undeniably a very good coach. Not only did he coach us to a premiership, he won the award for the best coach, so his peers obviously rate him as well.
  7. Honestly, I thought we were done with all this tripe. It feels like before the gf, half the posts on this forum were complaining about or having a whack at Goody. Probably one coach in ten or one in twenty coaches a team to a grand final victory. Simon Goodwin is the one. Fifty seven years we waited for this, whatever contract terms he wants, if they don’t cripple the club, he should get. We just built an outstanding premiership team, they absolutely demolished everyone they faced in the finals and we could well be looking at a dynasty . You can’t build that over night or by snapping your fingers. You have to put it together piece by piece and develop those kids. You are going to lose games, your are going to backslide sometimes and have to relearn what you should have already learned. You have to build relationships and trust and a coaching panel that covers all the right areas. On top of that we were coming from an incredibly low base. To nitpick and complain about those development years, seeing what they built for us, is just the absolute height of ingaratitude. You could just delete this whole post and replace it with 2 words… thank you
  8. It seems to be the football media in general, certainly the bulk of TV football journalism. Look at the footy show on channel 9. Constantly spouting sexist or racist comments, thinly disguised as humour. People like Sam Newman and BT are encouraged to be ‘edgy’ so that the station can create controversy and if there is s backlash they throw their hands in the air ‘of course we don’t support these views’.
  9. I guess because we are deep in the off season and on a demons fan forum. Watching the GF replay and exploring hypotheticals around the draft is about all that we have for the next few weeks My post about Amiss was not intended to imply that we made some kind of mistake at the draft table, just looking at the only other comparable tall in the first round.
  10. Yeah, this should be interesting to watch and compare. I was very taken with Amiss based on his incredible accuracy. Knowing little about Van Rooyen I didn’t really have an opinion of him. If the mark I saw in the practice match footage is anything to go by though, he looks the real deal.
  11. Yeah, I feel like I have to post on this thread. I have been guilty in the past of thinking of JV as to one dimensional and of driving some of the behaviours that I thought were holding us back. Ball hunting, trying to take everyone on with brute strength rather than look for a block to get someone clear. This final series was a different Viney, he played a much more complete role, breaking the oppositions stoppage structures and either freeing trac or clarrie for the extraction or doing it himself. I’ve never posted in criticism of him, that’s not really my style but I apologise for some of the things that I was thinking. Thank God I’m not in charge of list management!
  12. I don’t mind your definition I was thinking of Hipwood and McStay as well as Rayner. In that prelim they pretty much had just Daniher as a tall, who was totally ineffectual.
  13. There is no one out there that we should be afraid of. There are a few we need to respect. The lions, with an intact forward line are significantly more potent than team we rolled over in the prelim. The Dogs are the other that I think are going to test us if they can get Jamar UH and/or Darcy on the field and firing. More than their forward line and their ruck, they need to fix up their defensive structure though. The third team I’m thinking of is Port. With Rozee, Butters and Dursma all back they will be a significantly better team than the one that rolled in their backs for a tummy rub from the Doggies.
  14. OMG is that a mullet coming out the back of Spargo’s cap?! Say it isn’t so!
  15. We have been opened up a few times by ground balls in our defensive 50. If I recall correctly goody referenced that in an interview as the reason why we brought Bowey into the team. We have a pretty damn good defensive system (stating the obvious) but again Cameron kept the lions in it all on his own and showed other teams that the way to open us up is to get the ball in there quickly and bring it to ground. I’m hoping that Bowey’s natural improvement with experience will help in this area. I think we risk too much by changing the height balance to have more coverage on the ground.
  16. I haven’t seen either of them live so I’m not completely sure. It did look a lot like the photo of Rosman on the club website. For my own piece of mind I’m going with your call of Bradtke.
  17. Interesting to see that 81% of respondents to the survey recognised that we are too good right now. God I’m loving being top dog for a change!
  18. I can’t get the image out of my head of Rosman running onto the ground after the GF win looking like a deranged puppy, arms flailing everywhere. I know it is completely unjustified but my first thought was ‘you can’t tell me that is an elite athlete’.
  19. I agree, he has all the skills and attributes. I just don’t think he has had enough game continuity. You can never know until it clicks and you can see it but I tend to think he could be an amazing defender. His closing speed is stunning and he can play both tall and short. I’m really interested to see him after a solid block of games
  20. In the 90s Chris Sullivan kicked a goal in the last quarter of ‘that game’ that gave us a 47 point lead, supposedly unassailable. Essendon piled on the goals and it turns out that 47 points in a final quarter is actually quite assailable… who’d a thought?
  21. I have never seen a player with cleaner hands and better decision making with less than 10 games under their belt. This kid is next level. Anyone can bomb it long, players like Bowey are so hard to find.
  22. Completely agree with this. Something was certainly going on with him at StKilda. We only need to look at how much better every player looked at Melbourne in 2021 when they started playing for each other. You can times that by ten when your team mates or coaching staff are against you. We’ll never know what happened there but it speaks highly of his talent that he still managed to do alright. I don’t think we need to worry about whether he is better than Viney or Sparrow or JJ. This next season is going to test our depth to the max. We are going to get a pretty good look at most players on our list. I’m really interested in how he develops under Goody, Yze and Williams with a team who actually wants him there.
  23. Yeah, I get the same problem on occasion on my iPhone app. I usually just note the time in the replay and restart the app and then fast forward back to where I was and things are fine. Since the app turned up natively on my LG TV I haven’t had the same problem. Not sure if that is just luck or indicates there is a bug in the iPhone version of the app.
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