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  1. If it does become a mfc v port GF then Mark Williams can’t lose. Pride in a job well done for a mfc victory alternatively some family sentimental satisfaction in a port win.
  2. Is the young Sparrow closer to the young RDB mould. Similar career would be a joy to follow.
  3. We got a puncture in Adelaide. A wheel fell off on Queen’s Birthday The front end fell off last Saturday All repairable Get back to early season skills, get the up and under loopy kicks and handballs out of the system. Bring back the aggressive team first, forward movement of the ball Be switched on and play for 100 plus minutes. The team showed they have the personnel, skill and fitness to play this way earlier in the year, bring it back and turn it on at the business end of the season.
  4. LJ 5 before half time. Carrying a few kgs, still got some of his skills.
  5. “we are lucky to have him“ Not luck, shrewd drafting accolades where and when they are due.
  6. Now I am not disappointed the AFL has been suspended, actually I am thankful
  7. It seems one part of the football dept. have got 90% of the list in good preseason shape. Now over to the brains trust part to introduce and implement a game plan that can be executed by the list. A plan that is not one dimensional and can be shut down by a studious and committed opposition. And a plan that can withstand the rigours of the marathon that is the AFL season so therefore one that is not all crash and bash and sees the talent on the list able to best display football skills to advantage the team. I hope to see a team that has matured to the point where it can change gears in a game and or switch to plan B, C or whatever number of alternative plans good coaching devises on the run to get and stay on top within the game. A slice of Northey years toughness and commitment from this list would be great to watch. I can dream.
  8. “An insane record” put together by some well credentialed football people: From the top, Bert Chadwick, president Jim Cardwell, secretary (ceo) Ivor Warne-Smith, chairman of selectors Norm Smith, coach Captains variously, Noel McMahen, John Beckwith, Ron Barassi The first four mentioned are the greats of the club that assembled and managed an extraordinary range of football talent and the changing guard of captains through that period shows the talent that was coming through. Sustained success requires a well oiled group of above average talent off-field as well a great blend of on-field talent. I wonder how far off the right mix is together with a dose of good luck on a player injury front.
  9. I agree with your points LT, particularly in reference to Oliver. With some structure around him and some confident footballers working to a game plan we could be seeing a very different game with perhaps better outcomes. This I think can be coached and I do believe this list contains the talent to build a team around Oliver’s unique skills. i do hope we see a refinement of the crash and bash game, one that allows our talent to be utilised to team advantage.
  10. I have been watching a recording of the last game against the Lions in the cool and calm a few days after the disappointment. This year I have only seen the Bombers game live, in round 3 I think, and that too was a disappointment but I have watched most of our games on tv, so perhaps I am not ideally qualified to offer a valid critique. However without being inside the playing/coaching group can any of us really know what the instructions and expectations are from within. There are a number here calling for more talent on the list if not a rebuild. After rewatching a few games I think there is sufficient talent to be a lot better than we are. It goes without saying that we should continue to build and prune our talent and so will every other team, with varying degrees of success. I was taught to add value to your possessions not waste them. This is what stood out for me in this game, so many turnovers from our players not adding any value to the team effort from their possessions. Is this crash and bash style, mostly lacking in any football skill, being played under instruction or have we recruited collectively the dumbest group of athletes ever to call themselves a football team. I am hoping it is the former not the latter because the former is a relatively easy fix. I also hope we don’t have to witness a coaching upheaval to achieve the fix. I also think the chaos brand of football is responsible to some degree for a lot of our players missing through injury and not getting time on the ground together to gell as a team. This one tempo chaos football is taking its toll in many ways. The team lacks cohesion in all parts of the ground and the various skills of our players are not being utilised, ie, Too many players contesting the one possession instead of working together to win the ball, Kicking at teammates instead of allowing them to run onto the ball, Same thing, bombing the ball on SamW and Toms heads, Short handballs and kicks not clearing the contest, simply transferring the pressure to a teammate, Brayshaw giving more than half his possessions back to the opposition. I could go on, what we are seeing week after week is dumb football. Put value on your possessions mfc.
  11. He should also take a good look at Isaac Smith. I did a compare the two on Telstra app, both career averages and this season. No surprise Isaac has him covered this year in most departments but Hunt career average metres gained pips Isaac. But Isaac is 4 kicks, 2 handballs, 4 defensive acts uncontested possessions ahead of Hunt on career averages. I feel if Hunt can learn to get into space the way Smith does all aspects of his game will improve. When I look at Smith he most times has that fraction of time to deliver a good kick to teammate or goal.
  12. I am not often moved to comment on this site but this contribution of your’s big red fire engine(had to type your name in full because auto spell insisted you were Brie), but I think you have perfectly described the dynamics of both footballer and football team. Very well written.
  13. It seemed to me that GWS went man on man in the second quarter, our coaching box didn't respond, nor did our 'on field leaders'. In the third GWS stayed with what was working and again we didn't respond. I haven't checked the stats but it seemed to me goals against us were scored on the rebound from our turnovers. I would much prefer to see us making attacking mistakes than possession/defensive mistakes when we have the ball. I hope our slow response to the change in the game that GWS brought to the second quarter is more about a young team still jelling together than a problem in the coaching box.
  14. I too have been horrified by some of TMac's apparent brain fades over the years but today's game showed that when Tom has some good options in front of him he can deliver the ball beautifully and did so on many occasions in this game particularly in the last quarter when our forward line was open and on the move. I don't think he missed a target in the last half and his kicks were low and hard. Keep it up Tom.
  15. Chip's old man said words to the same effect to me as we dined under the stars at Uluru a few nights after the Port game this year.
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