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  1. Another gorilla keeper to replace May? Probably doesn't have May's pace but not many full backs do. Plenty of scope to improve as well being hit by injuries this year. Like!
  2. Well, according to the article we also have some interest in Jakob Ryan, a tall back who is pretty quick and is a good kick. 189cm, South Australian haircut!
  3. People with the surname Pell, buggering things up for everyone.
  4. Really? Was in the best four players for Country in three of the four games.
  5. That's the 64 dollar question of course. Decorated junior careers don't always translate to star performer in the AFL. For what its worth most pundits don't see him lasting after pick 30 but then again most pundits are like sheep and just follow what Twomey from AFL.com writes. We know Jason Taylor seems to like hardworking, competitive kids with good character. Plus we never go purely outside. Will be interesting to see if we want another mid who we target.
  6. His mate Mitch Szybkowski might be worth at look as well depending on the needs of other clubs. Elite runner, captain of Stingrays, good character, gets his hands dirty: https://pakenham.starcommunity.com.au/sport/2022-10-31/the-rise-of-mitch-szybkowski/
  7. As the underage equivalent of the Brownlow, I always keep an eye on the Morrish Medal winners, of which Clarry was one. Others include Hugh McCluggage, Lenny Hayes and Dyson Heppell. These are the exceptions though. Some Morrish Medal winners didn't even get to play an AFL game. Again this year the dual winners are nowhere near the top draft rankings despite being the best and most consistent players in the comp! Then there's BOG in the TAC Cup final. Surely ones ability to perform on the big stage must be a thing, right? There a much better strike rate for future stars here: Goodes, Viney, Rowell, Sidebottom. Dale Thomas even Jake Melksham! But also blokes that couldn't even make it on the rookie list! As supporters we're always looking for some justification as to why we think one player will be the one! It's a ridiculously inexact science! Maybe Clarry is just that, a miracle!
  8. Lyon was able to turn the likes of Robert Eddy, Zac Dawson, Brett Peake, James Gwilt, Andrew McQualter, Clint Jones, etc. into decent foot soldiers. No reason he can't do it again.
  9. Plenty of criticism here on Lyon. Understandable given the circumstances of Ratten going and Lyon's perhaps divisive personality. One thing he is criticised unfairly for is his coaching. His record is excellent and in many ways he is a pioneer of forward pressure and defensive midfield zoning. This is also a feature of Goodwin's coaching and most current coaches. Coaching the Saints to consecutive grand finals and Freo to their first is a remarkable effort. It's all well and good to be parochial in our dislike of everything that isnt Melbourne, but we shouldn't lose sight of the fact, that Lyon has been a very good coach for more than a decade.
  10. Argued with such authority! I like that. Something very appealing about a dual-sided 194cm kid that is quick and has a football pedigree. Missing so much football this season may be a good thing for whoever picks him up.
  11. Most Demonlanders have lamented our forward 50 entries. If Hunter plays wing or high half forward you'd expect those entries to improve. He's also a very good mark. He's been one of the best wingmen in the comp for a long time although since his drink driving incident and his broken hand he's been a bit on the outer at the Dogs. I think the comparison with Dunstan is a bit unfair. Far more highly credentialed footballer.
  12. Hunter has been a star of the competition. Best and fairest winner in front of Bont and McCrae. Regular 35 + possession winner. Racked up competition high uncontested possessions in 2016 but also notched up 10 tackles a game on occasion. Premiership player. Future third rounder! Good business.
  13. Once Chocco has finished with Schache, perhaps he could then turn his attention to the Russia -Ukraine conflict, hyperinflation, the worldwide cost of living crisis and the covid pandemic?
  14. Based on potential you'd reckon he would at least be in the first two rounds. Exciting prospect.
  15. There is the possibility that both could be right. Kozzie may have spoken to others to say he really dislikes the city, Melbourne and told the club something else. Wouldn't be the first time. Kid from the country not enamoured with travelling to Casey four times a week but has an overwhelming urge to be loyal? The concern is that Kozzie's household (Jackson, Bedford and Kozzie) have all got itchy feet. Can't imagine that's the best atmosphere.
  16. For someone who considers himself as an astute media performer, Barham is making a complete hash of it. The coach sacking, insisting on an experienced coach, Sheedy's obsession with Hird and now a CEO that lasts one day. The whole board has to go.
  17. Hooly dooly, this is unexpected! It's a bit of a cliche, but Harmes seems to be a heart and soul kind of player. Wonder what has happened for this to apparently occur?
  18. Is this a Jimmy Toumpas/Ollie Wines debate?
  19. Not sure Liam Henry is a Goodwin kind of player. Purely outside, poor stamina and not particularly skilful. Goodwin likes his small forwards and wingers to have elite endurance and crack in when it's their turn.
  20. Shame to lose a guy after four years of development but it is understandable that blokes just want to play. I don't know whether he'll make it. Shown glimpses but also invisible for long parts of the game.
  21. Bowes is an OK player but not in the top 150 players in the comp. He's maybe worth 350 to 400k a year? Taking on the GC salary your effectively paying a million dollars over two years for draft pick 7. That's far too much.
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