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  1. 1 hour ago, Jontee said:

    Mcadam - doing my type of training, walking the boundary then finished up running the boundary with Reece Conca

    Better than if he was doing my sort of training, which would have been just the walking part above.

    And even then it would be more like strolling the boundary then finished up sitting under the shade of a linden tree.

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  2. 3 minutes ago, DistrACTION Jackson said:

    Do we think Schache is a genuine chance for round 1 as ruck/forward?

    I don't mind it personally if he's upped his physicality, as he is super mobile.

    Name change in in the offfing?






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  3. 2 hours ago, dazzledavey36 said:

    4 weeks of full training plus a practice match under his belt then stick him at a half forward come round 0 and let him work into the game.

    A 80% fit Oliver is still better then a fringe player on a half forward.

    Not a bad idea.

    It would have the added bonus of giving clarry the opportunity to develop his forward craft and goal sense.

    That's the one area he could improve on (well, maybe his kicking could be improved too), and if he did it would round out his game and make him the complete player - and perhaps the best player in the AFL.

    At his best, I have clarry only behind the bont (and maybe tracc?).

    Bont edges him because he hits the scoreboard and like tracc can be thrown forward and be a reall threat.

    He has the tools, particularly his ability to win one on one contests - and his marking is underrated. 

    Maybe that would also give McAdam some time to build his tank. 

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  4. On 28/01/2024 at 12:20, whatwhat say what said:

    spurious headline; if yr in the finals yr in flag contention


    'One of the key questions heading into 2024 is whether Melbourne can score more to get back to flag contention? 🤔 👉'

    As you say making finals is kinda key to winning a flag.

    And i'd add that that the only time we need to score more is in the Grand Final.

    I'll admit i had tuned out by then, but i thought the Pies won the flag.  By CODE sports' logic, I must be wrong because the Lions were the second highest scoring team in the AFL last season. 

    But i guess i see their point - over 24 rounds of home and away footy, the Pies scored a whopping 63 points more point than us (and we scored 91 points more than we did in our 2021 premiership season!). 

    And i wonder what they have to say about the Crows who were highest scoring team in the AFL last season - and missed the finals ('One of the key questions heading into 2024 is whether the crows' opponents can score less to get back to flag contention? 🤔 👉')

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  5. 2 hours ago, joeboy said:

    Not overly impressed by the fitness of McAdam who seems to be coming from a fair distance behind the others in fitness

    Petty likewise to McAdam seems a fair way off match fitness, understandably.

    I went to training last wed and had similar thoughts.

    Petty was limping quite noticeably near the end of training and McAdam looked pretty gassed.

    Which as you say is understandable for petts given he is coming off that foot injury.

    In fact even though they never really communicated anything other than a very loose rehab time frame he is ahead of the worst case scenario that was floated (ie lisfranc requiring 10-12 months rehab) 

    With Mcadam one thing i did notice is how skilled he was in the handball in tight area drill they did a few times. good hands and great evasive skills. Strong too, as evidenced by standing up in tackles. 

    And i was surprised how quick he is off the mark. In the match sims he also took a couple of strong marks - very sticky hands. I think Melk's defensive (but can still provide an offensive threat), medium forward role is his if he can get his tank up to scratch by round one.

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  6. 14 hours ago, Wylie D said:

    I thought Hunter actually had a good finals series - but was interested to see how low he finished in the B&F. 

    I had the same thought.

    Give he played almost every game, and i though was really good in the first half of the season i wonder if that points to him not always carrying out roles goody had given him?

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  7. On 26/01/2024 at 18:55, Whispering_Jack said:

    • A deft kick in traffic from ANB that hit Brayshaw streaming through the centre square, with the switch of play sparking a set shot and goal.

    Be still my beating heart. 

    I went to training last Wednesday, and a highlight was may running with the flight of the ball to brilliantly spoil an ANB mark - but Nibbla kept his feet (and May did not), scooped up the lose ball, ran 10 metres and weighted a beautiful, pinpoint kick to  Spargs (or Laurie?) who strolled into an open goal.

    Brilliant kicking and decision making skills, so no change there. 

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  8. 1 hour ago, stinga said:

    If he [KFW] has bulked up, he won't be pushed away and the possessions will come.

    A very good point. Most of the work rucks do is around the ground as opposed to the centre square (80%?) where relative strength is a huge factor (and height).

    KFW was getting pushed around at thrown in and around the ground stoppages at Casey last year. That will happen less and less, particularly because there's not that many mid twenty ruck behemoths running around in the VFL anymore with so few stand alone clubs.

    So he'll get more taps - and more contested marks too for that matter. 

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  9. 11 minutes ago, Roost it far said:

    I’m not sure the crash and bash is Schache’s strength. I’m no way am I saying he’s soft but rucking is a brutal game. 

    Yep, that's my sense too.

    And i also wonder if Schcahe is one of those athletes that finds hard to put muscle on as even with nearly 10 years in the AFL system his arms are still a bit noodly. 

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  10. 13 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

    Verrall does a few promising things, a tackle, a mark, a ground ball get, KFW is still a mile off. 

    I concur.

    Both have bulked up considerably - particularly KFW.

    I think it's harder to assess young rucks in training situations, particularly on a day when there weren't any ruck drills. 

    But Verell certainly looked the more natural footballer, which of course is not surprising given their backgrounds.

    But KFW had one big advantage over Verell - he is taller.

    And he will get bigger still too. Verell will too of course but nowhere as big (ie in terms of height and muscle) as KFW who will be a monster if he stays in the AFL system.

    A year at Casey will give us a clear idea if KFW will make it I think.

    On a semi related note, Schache was standing only 25 metres away from me at one point. He was next to Max and there wasn't much between them height or size wise.

    It made me wonder why they haven't tried him as a second ruck option - perhaps they have and it wasn't his go?

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  11. 13 hours ago, dazzledavey36 said:

    I do know that over the break he was training fairly hard back in Echuca, and by the looks of it, he's still maintaining that standards which is only a good thing for his own mental wellbeing.

    100% spot on.

    Reframing this situation, finding a path forward, with support of the club and his own supports sure, but mainly by dint of his own effort, might be a turning point for him - both in terms of his current battles, but more importantly his life.

    He's at a cross roads and if he takes the right path it could be the making of him.

    Leaving aside the salacious rubbish, at the heart of things this is a health issue.

    But unlike a physical one, if clarry, who as an AFL player has been an elite trainer, can get back to his level of fitness he won't have issues with his body players coming back from injury have to worry about. 

    So that's another positive.

    Another is the old chestnut of other players getting opportunities they otherwise wouldn't.

    And creates opportunities for a player like sparrow to step up and to try something like salo as a mid.

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  12. 1 hour ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

    I'd be very happy to hear other's opinions. I may be on my own, in a minority or part of an overwhelming majority. But I won't be swayed by others' opinions. I just don't like it. The fundamental reason for that view is that I'm not ready for a game of football on a Thursday night. I'm only 80% through my working week and I prefer my football once I'm 100% finished for the week. I accept others may have a different view.

    Happy to have other clubs on for something to watch, but i hate dees games on Thursday night - particularly ones in Melbourne (because I'll almost always go). 

    Friday night games are so much better.

    Still stand alone, the week is done so after a win you can waych the replay.

    And you get the benefit of the footy shows on radio on sat morning all discussing the game.

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  13. 1 hour ago, beelzebub said:

    No one questions Bullens efforts...  but kicking....meh

    A lot of good work on grounds/ courts can be laid waste by sloppiness.

    I for one agree with George....be good if he kicked it to our lot , not theres 😉


    George went fishing i suspect. I was happy to oblige.

    Bit of fun.

    But leaving that aside, I don't mind posters or fans knocking the skills of players, assuming it aint needlessly rude or insulting (eg the puerile use of spud).

    Hell, kicking skills is my thing and I'm happy to pot poor kicks.

    What really frustrates me is when the criticism is unfounded, or when it might have been fair at some point but is no longer accurate. 

    Even more frustrating when some players get held to some ridiculous standard (ALL players turn the ball over and make poor decisions) and others consistently get a free pass (tracc says hi).

    Some posters seemingly refuse to change their view, even when the evidence flatly contradicts it.

    Nibbla's supposedly poor kicking and decision making is the perfect example. 

    I've posted at length on the data at seasons end that completely contradicts that view (one being he was our best kick inside 50 last season). 

    So won't bother doing so again. 

    It won't matter for some anyway because they will poo poo the data and pick out specific examples to generalise from - the exception to prove the rule school of analysis.

    Perhaps the go is to use that same approach, but in reverse.

    I'll learn how to video edit and put together a package from last season of all nibblas brilliant kicks that set up goals and examples of elite decision making.

    And then claim it as evidence he is the best kick and decision maker in the AFL.

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