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  1. One of the options is "AFL Finals", so it's an accepted reason to enter WA.
  2. Got my tickets - so happy! Thanks very much @Grapeviney and @Burnie Demon, as well as several other Demonlanders who offered to help me out! We promise to cheer our hearts out for all of you stuck in Melbourne
  3. Hi all, I'm still looking for one Priority 1 barcode. Will be eternally grateful if someone can help me out and am happy to refund you or donate to the club or a charity of your choice
  4. Hi all, I am a long-time daily reader but very infrequent poster. I just arrived from Germany into Darwin yesterday and will be in quarantine in Howard Springs until September 21st. I am a huge Dees fan. Before moving to Germany two years ago, I attended every game in Melbourne and sat in the MCC (I am a joint MCC/MFC Premium member) with my brother and father. (@Fat Tony is my brother.) I can't remember when I started following the Dees, but it would have been when I was around 3 or 4 years old. I used to watch "Demon Attack" repeatedly after school, which was a video of our 1994 season (Brett Lovett was my favourite player back then). I am looking to get 2 grand final tickets should we make it - one for me and one for my wife, who is with me in quarantine. I managed to convert her to the Dees about four years ago, and now she watches every game, but she is not a member yet because we were living overseas. I believe my MFC membership means that I am Priority 2 for the Grand Final. What would Demonlanders advise, given that I need two tickets? If people are looking to offload a Grand Final guarantee, I would be happy to buy them at cost price if we beat Geelong on Friday.
  5. From the website: "Going out of the side is key forward Christ Dawes and utility Tomas Bugg. Midfielder Viv Michie, second-year player Alex Neal-Bullen and ruckman Jake Spencer have been named emergencies." Hard to believe he can't play with a name like that!
  6. What a ridiculous post. If you actually read his comments it is evident that his intention is to stay at the club.
  7. I think this post would have been received a lot better on here if the title of the thread was chosen more effectively, and one that did not elicit such emotional responses from posters. It raises some interesting points about the strength of our key position forwards on our list, particularly relative to our complete dearth of midfield talent. Premiership sides are always founded on very strong midfield groups - which we are a long way off at the moment. We need to be creative in our search for midfield talent and the opening post does this. Sometimes you have to give up something good to get something good in return. For example, consider the Chris Judd trade. While West Coast were desperate to keep Judd, they also did very well out of the trade - essentially getting Masten and Kennedy and pick 20 in return for pick 46. Certainly for the next 6-8 years West Coast will get more from that trade than if they had kept Judd (and are getting significantly more out of Masten and Kennedy this year than Carlton are out of Judd). Furthermore, by bottoming out they managed to snare Nic Naitanui, who has the potential to be a dominant player more consistently. The point I am making is that even with very good players (or in Dawes' case - good players) trades can have positive outcomes. In terms of trading away one of our key position forwards - as the opening post discusses - I agree that Dawes is the only one that we could receive anywhere near what they are really worth (given Clark's injury and Fitzy's lack of games - although if his form continues he may be in high demand come the end of the season). However, there are a few key reasons why I think trading Dawes is not advisable - unless the offer is exceptional. Firstly, as a footballer Dawes provides a lot. He is excellent at being the 'lead-up' type forward as he always provides a contest and importantly, he delivers the ball very well into the forward line. He also provides excellent defensive pressure which is very important, especially with how many tall options we have in the forward line. Secondly, Dawes is clearly a strong leader. By all reports, Dawes is an excellent trainer and it looks like he has a very positive impact working with our young players. Clearly this is the type of player, and character, that we need to dig ourselves out of our current hole. Thirdly, Dawes is a big bodied, strong, experienced footballer. Again this is something we are short on. Fourthly, I do not think it is a good precedent that you set by trading away a player that you have just traded in - even if you have, as we will, a new coach. Dawes is only one year into a four-year deal (and has clearly had a positive impact thus far) and trading him would send the wrong message, both to players from rival clubs that we are seeking to attract but also to our own players. Under both Neeld and Bailey we have alienated senior players through disgraceful mismanagement and the consequences have quite clearly been disastrous. In summary, I think it is unlikely to be a good idea to trade Dawes unless the offer is exceptional. But with several clubs such as the Bulldogs and Carlton crying out for a key forward, and undoubtedly looking at our key position stocks with envy, it is not completely out of the question. I think the standard of the debate on this thread is disappointing given the amount of thought that has gone into the opening post, as well as the importance of looking at ways to improve our deplorable midfield.
  8. Looking at those statistics, while his disposal numbers are down about 10% from last year or 2 possessions a game, he is kicking 0.2 goals more a game (around 20% more than last ) and getting 1.2 more tackles per game (around 20% more than last year). This indicates he has had in many ways a similar season to last year. In my opinion Sylvia is one of few must keeps on our list. As our side improves, Sylvia will become an elite player of the competition. I think he actually plays his best football when he spends more time across half forward, as evident in his games against Richmond and Collingwood this year. The fact that people on this site would entertain the thought of trading him is ludicrous. He is clearly worth the $500,000 if that is what we are prepared to offer Scully, who at this stage has far more weaknesses as a footballer than Sylvia.
  9. You're kidding aren't you? Newton plays one decent quarter and he's 'giving us more' than Bate and Dunn. Dunn is clearly the new Cameron Bruce on this forum.
  10. Have you? He came second in the 2008 Grand Final sprint...can't be that slow
  11. Is this YzeMagic in disguise? This kind of player bashing is ridiculous, he was in our best 3 or 4 today, it's diabolical how bad your post is.
  12. Fantastic post. 100% agree. His defensive game is very underrated. His kicking is average, not "terrible". However he did have a terrible kicking year a few years ago when he had ankle problems. His handballing can at times be poor... however I don't think you can blame him for the turnover with McKenzie as he had his back turned and was attempting to keep the ball moving quickly after a fantastic kick out from Strauss. Thus I think it was primarily McKenzie's fault, as the caller, as he had a clearer view of the play. The other handball to Bate was ordinary and slowed us down but it didn't cause the turnover, the next handball from Bate, (and the dropped ball?) did. Bruce is still one of our most consistent performers and will be top 5 in the best and fairest this year if he remains injury free. What more do we expect from a senior player other than consistently high performance? If Bruce is so terrible why does he consistently figure highly in our best and fairest count? Sorry but I think I'll side with those in the inner sanctum, who rate Bruce as one of our best players and leaders and not the Bruce bashers on this site.
  13. Yeh don't pick our best player - one of about 5 on our list who actually has class?
  14. B: Bennell Warnock Rivers HB: Bruce Frawley MacDonald C: Grimes Moloney Davey HF: Bate Miller Garland F: Green Jamar Petterd R: Martin, Jones, McDonald Int: Dunn, Trengove, Scully, Maric/Jetta If Garland doesn't get up then I'd play Maric or Jetta, whoever misses out. I'd play Jamar in the goal square like against Carlton last year for 60% of the game, the rest in the ruck when Martin needs a break. Green will also run through the midfield for parts of the game.
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