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  1. I've gone completely 360 on Watts in the last 10 months. Mid last year i thought to myself - he's gonna be a star, will be close to our most important player in 2013, will push for AA selection in 2013 and by 2016 will be a AA regular. I still think that.
  2. Sign him up ASAP. Give him 5 years with incentives in his contract (eg makes AA, b&f position, brownlow votes etc). One one condition - he shaves his beard off.
  3. Without becoming involved in the back and forward it has to be said our sub standard kicking skills across the entire team (with some exceptions) are a real concern for us. Footy is such a a game of momentum and our poor disposal skills kills us so often. Unfortunately there are hundreds of examples but one that comes to mind is Morton's shank against the Maggies last year. Hard issue to address too i would have thought given that players come to the AFL with 15 years of developing their particular technique. Sets shots might be easier to improve (though still very hard - look at Franklin's struggles to improve his accuracy) but field kicking under pressure must be super hard to change in terms of technique. Not impossible though. Jones has improved both his kicking (distance, accuracy) and his choices (ie where to kick it) out of sight in the last 2 years or so.
  4. The eq levels on here is seriously funny. Too much shrill treble.
  5. Good call Oucher. When he first came across he said in an interview that one of the factors in him choosing the dees was that they planned to play him deep forward. I'm hoping he'll be much more than a player who brings the ball to ground and agree with Lloyd that 40 goals is 'round about a pass mark. I'd love to see him get his groove on and bag 50 plus. He has a bit to prove and would be smarting that the maggies didn't see him as part of their plans. With him close to goals and Clark pushing up to CHF we should bag our fair share of forward marks, an area we have been woeful at for most of the time i have supported the dees.
  6. Exactly. I happened to listen to Denham on on SEN yesterday and he was scathing about how much we were paying Dawes and banged on an on about it. I know its all part of a shctick to rile people up and get them to call etc but his ignorance of the facts, how the salary caps work and the dees current position is still staggering. In response to KB saying something like they had to pay someone he had no intelligent response and just repeated several times that no matter what we should not be paying Dawes so much. I've never called in to talk back but i was sorely tempted. Few dees fan would not agree we paid overs for Dawes however: 1. We would not have got him otherwise 2. He met a specific structural need 3. There were few players in that price range out there 4. GWS or Freo would have paid way way overs to get cloke as we would have - its the nature of the free agency (and trading) beast 5. We have to pay 92% of the cap FGS. Maloney, Green and Rivers all left the club last year - probably 3 of our top 6 highest paid players last year. 6. Given that, and the fact that we have a very young list, how on earth would we have met the 92% threshold without paying a new recruit overs. Of course we could have paid all players more but that has huge risks - who wants a bunch of over paid players running around, not great for culture. Also we have already front-loaded a lot of contracts so we are limited how much extra we can pay Again i know he is there to deliberately wind people up but Denham's lack of knowledge about footy given he is a footy writer is staggering.
  7. Proof that our player development program truly sucked.
  8. What ever floats your boat i suppose.
  9. The first step is recognising you have a problem.
  10. Flaming is the key word there Sue. BH is a terrific content generator. A few lines and of people go - particularly the usual suspects who seem completely unable to stop taking the bait (i'm not talking about you Sue btw - you can probably guess who i mean, you just have to read any thread where BH makes one of his chest beating egocentric pronouncements and look at who bites)
  11. It would be funny if that came about because of the ad!
  12. Nice to see things getting back to normal. CS sucks! Lets conveniently forget his professional handling of the various dramas that beset the club last year (including the loss of a major sponsor) and getting two new sponsors on board. Lets also forget the extremely well handled tanking palava and the fact he he came out of it with not a scratch and his reputation far from being tarnished as CW would have liked but rather, enhanced!
  13. Good call wj. Misson and his team have been terrific
  14. I thought Gawn had done his hammy and was out for 4-6?
  15. Interesting. Isn't that almost exactly what Kennet said on FC - except for the freo bit! He was banging on about Buddy staying at Hawthorn to shore up his post footy career, said the media wouldn't be his go but that he be would a leader in his community. Perhaps Freo have the same idea (it would be ironic if they got it from Jeff).
  16. I have all the footy records of finals Melbourne played in between 2007 and 2012
  17. I watched the game last night. Some random observations: Like others i loved the coverage and the high shot - commentary was surprisingly good Our tackling was the best i have seen ever seen it Whilst they had more possessions (which is a worry) lots of their possessions were rushed because of real and perceived pressure. Also we diid a good job of trapping Port in our forward line with them often forced to kick laterally across the ground several times. Players very focused on zoning and taking up space eg by furiously waving arms Some suggestions Davey on here was quiet - i though he was fantastic. !# goals form a small forward is a perfect return. Two of the goals were from close to the boundary and in really swirling conditions were super classy. His tackling and pressure was first class and directly resulted in at least 2 goals. Terrific. Kent has something. Being a left footer he has the ability to create a bit of space as he did with the goal he set up for Sellar Hogan did not have quite the same impact as the first 2 games but geez he is going to be a gun. He is big and has good hands but the best thing is that he is a pure footballer - knows where to go, reads the play well and uses his body super well (and not just his strength - sometimes he just knows when give a little bump to create some space in front of him). Will bring fan to Casey games Lots of bring strong bodies meant we did wel in the clearances but more pleasingly we broke heaps of tackles and at least 4 goals were possible because we are able to break free of tackles and congestion - this was aways a huge problem in previous years (ie just getting monstered)
  18. I hope you're right. Do you know if he played forward yesterday?
  19. I'll move on - by the by what position did Tappy play yesterday?
  20. Fair enough. And of course moderators have the right to an opinion. I just felt other posters were being unnecessarily harsh towards the big o and you provided support for this. The post i was referring to was: ''Slightly twisted, but just about on the money." which i read as you supporting another posters view that Osilisk was bagging Tappy. Pretty mild i guess so perhaps my criticism of you was unfair. Apologies. My point about Osilik being treated harshly remains though.
  21. No you're right. A better team would have beaten us with that disposal differential and it was a huge issue for us last year. As was inside 50 differential which we also lost against Port The high tackle count, contested possessions and center clearance stats (19-7 despite getting smashed in the ruck) give a good indication of where Neeld (and Misson for that matter ) is currently focusing his attention and perhaps is an indication we are heading in the right direction in terms of Neeld desire for us to be the hardest team to play against. When you consider our mid field was Couch, Magner and Sylvia you're looking at some pretty strong boys. Great to hear an opposition coach say were more fierce at the ball. I was interested in Jimmy72's comment about us getting 5-6 goals via long kicks that cleared their defensive line (one of Sellar's goal being a great example - see links on MFC). I wonder if that is a pointer to a game style that is less possession orientated?
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