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  1. The long answer is that players have set rotations and are always aware when they need to leave the field. In some cases, a player will know that they are expected to go off the ground during the next break-in-play and that happens to coincide with the break that occurs immediately after they kick a goal. There is a myth that players leave the field quite often after they kick a goal, but this is just a cognitive bias. The cameras will always stay with the player who just kicked a goal. Most of the time they line up back in their normal positions and we don't notice, but occasionally they will go the bench and because this seems weird our brains light up and think "that's strange" and remember the occurence. With that said, coaches (especially coaches on the bench) should have the awareness that when a player is hot, then they're hot, and they shouldn't mess with momentum. With a player like Kozzie especially, I think it makes a lot of sense to keep them on for at least another inside 50 entry after they've scored. Just look at Cody Weightman's goal shortly after he took that screamer - he clearly had a lot of adrenaline running through him and managed to follow up his superb mark with an important goal. I saw Port Adelaide sense this a few weeks ago with Connor Rozee, when he kicked 4 goals in the first quarter. After the third, we ran to the bench as part of a normal rotation but the coaches sent him back immediately. They recognised that he was running hot and sure enough, he kicked another goal minutes later.
  2. Obviously a disappointing game today, but the 2 points was enough for us to lock in a finals spot. Given our percentage is similar to Brisbane and Port, today's result could be the difference between us finishing 4th and 5th if we drop 3 more games. If we drop 2 games, we should still finish top 4. If we only drop one game, we're likely to finish top 2. And obviously we stay where we are if we don't lose from here on in.
  3. I don't think the crowd was the difference (and there was definitely plenty of noise in the last quarter) but it was a bit disappointing that only 17,000 turned up. I understand that numbers are down due to COVID nerves and Ticketek inconvenience, but it's a sad sight when Melbourne can't pull a decent crowd when we're top of the ladder and fans have been deprived of a home game for a month.
  4. That was the Jones of old on show today. I know it's VFL, but he's still got the talent there and he's still a rung above a lot of our young players. Looking forward to him breaking the Melbourne games record on Grand Final day and coming in as the super sub in the final quarter to kick the matchwinning goal.
  5. Last year Weid was getting the best defender. This game, he could be getting the 4th or even 5th best defender. Speaking of which, if you're an opposition coach and you're trying to decide who Melbourne's most dangerous forward is, who on earth would you pick? On form, it's McDonald. On ability, it's Brown. On danger, it's Kozzie. On marking ability, it's Fritsch. And Weid has the potential to be the best of the lot...
  6. I reckon his game against the Giants was good without being great. He was mismatched against Greene for some of the night, who almost broke the game open. And even against the Tigers, he didn't dominate; he was lucky that Lynch missed a few easy goals. That's not to say he's not having a good season, but All Australian demands consistent excellence.
  7. Pretty funny that the reaction to this has been "Not enough Demons". I remember the days when even one Demon in a mock squad of 40 would get me excited! I've been following this column throughout the year and for what it's worth, I think the inclusions of Salem and Fritsch are a bit reactive based on their last 2 games. I'd also agree with their assessment that May is outside the team for the moment - he essentially missed 2 whole games with the injury and has had 1 or 2 quiet-ish games. Otherwise, it's hard to argue with the other selections. Let's see if we can keep this up...
  8. There was a stat going around a few weeks ago about Jones taking 298 games to finish a round in the top 2 of the ladder. He's still yet to finish 1st after a home and away round. Would be a cruel twist of fate if we finish this round in first position and he wasn't able to technically be part of it. It's a silly, meaningless record of course - one that Jones might not even be aware of - but it feels a little cruel nonetheless. Hope he gets named the medical sub and gets to be out there on the ground at the end of the day to celebrate the closest thing we've had to a premiership in about 20 years!
  9. Anything he can do in the forward line*, Fritsch can do better. Anything he can do in the back line*, Lever can do better. *Except of course take a speccy. I'll give him that.
  10. I just watched this highlights package which was in one of the threads Little Goffy posted and it's a joy to watch. I'm sure there are many other highlights packages on the internet but it's refreshing to watch this guy at his best. In his prime, he was not only our best inside player, but our best outside player as well (and for a while, he was our best leader, our best kick and one of our most reliable set shot for goal). Look at those booming handpasses, the classy sidesteps, and the one-step run-up drop punt goals. In the early-mid 2010s, Jones was doing this kind of stuff week in week out and he was a seriously underrated player because of the team he was playing in. One can only imagine what kind of player he would have been were he lining up in a half-decent team. We all know Jones doesn't have all the tricks that he used to, but what's just as important to remember is exactly how bad we were when Jones was at his best. Especially now that we're 5-0 and living in a momentary golden age (this is currently the best winning streak we've been in since 2000 if you include the 2 games at the end of 2020), it can be difficult to remember some of those awful weekends when getting thrashed by 100 points was the norm. Jones was there every week, trying his absolute guts out, and carrying the entire team on his shoulders. Thank god for Nathan Jones.
  11. Nice work. I might use this opportunity to show off my AFL Fantasy name this season: "Daw to Daw Salemsman", which had the edge over "UnbeLeverball", "Pickett Pocket", "Next Daw May-bours", "Gawn without a Trac", "Kickin' Brown the Daw", "Hunting and Traccing Sparrows" and "Hunt for the Weidepeople". It was a long night I spent working on these...
  12. Right now, we have about 7 players who would be in the conversation (plus Hibberd, of course, who didn't need the first few rounds of the season for his last AA jersey!), which says something about the evenness of our team this year: May and Lever down back would both be in the frame (although I'd say both are currently on the cusp); Langdon would be a lock for the wing if the selectors truly valued that role; Kozzie is looking very dangerous up forward and would have to be a chance for the FP; Gawn has been superb in his most recent 6 quarters but has probably done enough; and Oliver and Petracca have both started very well. Don't overlook Petracca just yet - he's got a high benchmark and is not playing 100% there at the moment but is currently posting career best stats (28 touches, 6 marks, 3 tackles and a goal a game). If he nailed a few more of his in-play shots on goal, we'd be talking about him and the Brownlow already.
  13. How about this for a stat, ay? (we're the ones in blue) Sure, we sprayed it a bit but we had 39 shots on goal tonight. I'd far prefer we get it inside 50 for a dodgy shot on goal than have the opposition's loose man rack up 10 uncontested marks against us. Turn those shots into goals and we can start erecting an Yze statue at the G...
  14. We had two guys on the wing so Petracca had to sprint back to the back line to make up numbers. We were fortunately only to get a warning because earlier on in the game, we only had 3 players in the centre square before Fritsch did some counting and sprinted in there for perhaps the only CBA of his career. Oh, to be back at the ground and to notice these details!
  15. That piece of play from him was exhilarating! Pity he gave away a free kick, a 50 and missed the goal. But it offered a glimpse of his game changer potential, even if it'll ultimately go down as a clanger.
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