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  1. JVR looks to have pretty good skills as a ruck, particularly his tap work. He did a fait bit of relief ruck at Casey in 2022 and was an important back up at times during the 20223 season. It is easy to forget how young JVR is. He's 21 next April, so still 3-4 years away from being at his peak physically. By then he could well be exactly what we were hoping Jackson to be - a good second ruck and excellent key forward.
  2. How old? Some of our players from 1973 are very Koltish
  3. The thought of Tmac trying to bite of yet another high risk kick from defence and giving straight back to the oppo gives me cold sweats. For anyone thinking he would be a good option down back please remember the reason he went forward in the first place - it was last chance saloon for him because he was such a turnover merchant down back. Tmac was gonski if he couldn't make it as a forward. Also Tmac has never been quick or super agile. Lack of pace and agility for a key defender is a killer and he ain't got any quicker or agile since 2018. That said a good swing man option.
  4. That's funny The bloke on the left looks like a photo of me from 1989 has been photoshopped in!
  5. You picked a good time to start listening. The preview of the blues game was the first time Andy (@Demonland) was confident going into a big game. There was even hope his MFCSS was at the very least in remission. Alas, it's all over now baby blue. I fear any confidence I might have about our chances in any future game will wash up on the rocks of Andy's well earned pessimism.
  6. Indeed. And on Clarry, sure the club has said he has some off field issues to sort out, and there might have been some issues in terms of how he rehabbed his hammy, but on field and on the track he has never been accused of being anything less than 100% committed and full throttle (his numbers were nuts after missing nearly 4 months of footy). So why does he need to come back a week early? To prove what to whom? Ooh Clarry has been a bad boy, he should send a message he is a good boy by coming back a week early. There's every chance he has been advised by people providing support that to get his head in a good place and get on top of his demons (metaphorically speaking - literally, he could just go to training) he is better away from the club as long a possible in terms of maximizing his break.
  7. Do we have to give our double chance back? But seriously, the final ladder order is the positions at the end of the home and away season, hence this: https://www.afl.com.au/ladder?Competition=1&Season=52&Round=781 And this: https://www.afl.com.au/ladder?Competition=1&Season=43&Round=610 So we absolutely finished top 4 in 2022 and 2023. You might be confusing the ladder with the draft order. Weirdly, i did quick google but couldn't find much detail on this, but i think I'm right in saying the draft order for the teams that made finals is set post finals.
  8. I do. But only because the club's comms has been woeful for the last 12 months.
  9. Fantastic to see Tmac up and and about. It's worth remembering that this time last year Tmac was still rehabbing his foot injury. In hindsight they made an error, albeit a very understandable one given a premiership was on the table, trying to rush him back at the end of the 2022 home and away season. But that decision stuffed Tmac's 2023 preseason as he struggled with complications for months. It's accepted fact that players who have interrupted preseasons struggle to get back to their best that season. I suspect that was particularly true for Tmac, one because he had a foot injury which would have negatively impacted his aerobic conditioning. And two Tmac has said he needs to a mountain of work to get into peak shape. Tmac ended up having surgery last season (2023). I cant recall the specifics, but given it was foot surgery i assume it was likely related to his 2022 injury. He never got back his full mobility and speed over the ground when he came back in but at least it appears his foot was ok. A full preseason and no further injuries and Tmac still has a big role to play. Similarly, great to see Salo on deck. From memory he had a great pre xmas period last year (and maybe Jan too?) training wise but it all went pear shaped in Feb with his thyroid issue. Another season impacted by an interrupted preseason. A full preseason and no further injuries and salo will be a critical piece of the puzzle next season. We desperately need him to get back to his 2021 form in terms of his ability to make high risk kicks. If he can get back to that level it will massively help our transition game, but perhaps more importantly our ability to retain the ball in our back half and on transition. Turnovers in our opponent's half of the ground back cost us dearly in our home and away and finals losses to the blues and our QF loss to the Pies. An in form Salo also takes some pressure of McVee and Bowey. Ideally both can be get more offensive and take on some high risks kicks too but that's harder if Salo is not at his best.
  10. Whilst i would agree Nibbla is not a natural goal kicking forward it's bit of a stretch to say he has 'little forward craft or nous' and is 'just not dangerous in advanced positions'. After all, Nibbla: kicked 19.11 for the season had 14 goal assists - the fifth most behind Tracc, Kozzie, Chandler and Viney (of the permanent forwards only Koz and chandler had more more with 23 and 15) had 112 score involvements - the fourth most behind Tracc, Kozzie and Viney (of the permanent forwards only Koz had more more with 135) It's worth noting that as a high half forward he gets less opportunities to score goals than players like Chandler and Koz who operate closer to goal, so they are pretty good offensive numbers. #nibbla myths
  11. This reads like some weird MFC themed haiku. And like many haikus it is nigh on impossible to work out what the hell it is supposed to mean. Take this famous haiku by Kobayashi Issa about Stuart Dew for example: This world of dew is a world of dew, and yet, and yet.
  12. Another comms fail I suspect. The board and pert have to sort the comms stuff out pronto.
  13. Question: what's your obsession with country boys from WA all about?
  14. 100% Agree. Bailey from the Lions is the perfect example of the sort of player and role that the Colt could fill for us. High half forward who can get up and down the ground, hits targets, wins his own ball, can kick goals and when required can also go into the middle. The alternative is players like Sparrow and Jordon who can play as pure mids when required (eg to give our starting mids a chop out) but don't look natural forwards when resting at half forward flank.
  15. I won't tell the Colt about the Demonland player sponsor curse if you don't!
  16. Point being? His coaches, full time professionals working at the elite level, judged him to be our 6th best player. He finished 9th in the bluey in 2022 and 6th this season. Back to back top 10s in the b&f of an AFL club that finished top 4 is an objective measure of excellence. It's plain silly to think he finished 6th only because of his pressure acts, 1%ers, effort and gut running. I mean c'mon, it's elite level sport, not the local footy club handing out votes to the bloke who is a real trier and always does the barbie. And without being facetious, the assessment of an AFL coaching staff holds more water than the vibe based assessment of random footy forum posters. Mad if I think he shows composure with footy in hand? Did you miss the part when I said he was our best kick inside 50 in terms of kick to score ratio? Sure that probably says something about his teammates, but nonetheless hard to top that stat without showing composure with ball in hand.
  17. All good points. One thing that I didn't factor in is if Reid is as good as expected but does want to leave at some point the Eagles will get a bunch of good draft picks and/or players in the trade period. They did pretty well out of the Judd deal with Kennedy becoming a legend of the club.
  18. I very much doubt that is the case (that they see him as a mid). And his time trial is more relevant for the high half forward role as it is the most aerobically challenging role.
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