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  1. "the AFL haven't learnt from their previous mistakes" - shock! Yeah, just imagine an eight team competition right now! That would be a great standard! Interestingly, there's a good percentage of AFLW fans who aren't "traditional" footy fans who follow the men's league. I saw some stats on this that were surprising! The fanbase also comprises a fair percentage of former fans returning to the game after becoming disillusioned or losing interest in the AFL for whatever reason. Getting the game out of summer might draw back some fans who've melted out at Casey along the way. I know for me that's been a major stumbling block in my attempts to recruit fans who are otherwise keen but don't want to stand around in 35 degree heat with no shade at the height of summer. Obviously the AFL will also be after the big numbers, being those who already follow men's footy. Club loyalty is the biggest driver there and (for the four new teams) that initial novelty factor. But you're right, the quality has to hold up or they'll lose interest. Notably, one of the obstacles to quality that players speak about constantly is how the standard reached so far has in part occurred on a voluntary basis during the off-season and outside of the 15 contracted hours per week in season. Hopefully the new pay deal will help with that. The AFL is also clearly banking on the quality of the draftees coming through...not sure what's happening for the Year 12s and the early draft and August season start, which again, a foreseeable problem! I guess the question is, would a longer season drive quality faster than better pay that allows a higher and more prolonged standard of training? I have no idea. Both and fewer teams would be the absolute ideal, but clearly that's not possible.
  2. The AFL is going for the option that opens up the most pathways for as many players as possible, with the flow-on effect from the community-level up = more fans, more money. That's the idea anyway. If they wanted to prioritise quality at the top tier there are about a million things they'd have done differently starting seven years ago, so that ship has long sailed. They can't plead ignorance about about players wanting more games if there were more teams though. The exact same thing was the main sticking point in the last CBA, that caused that process to stall. The group of players who stood up in 2019 managed to force a 10 game H&A season plus finals series for the 2022 season just gone (the AFL were wanting 8, for a 14-team comp). Those players in 2019 were looking ahead as well, managing to get an agreement that 13 H&A games wouldn't be off the table for the current round of negotiations (this was before the final expansion was announced). Obviously that hasn't come to much, but at least it wasn't a foregone conclusion! The AFL put the negotiations under massive pressure by (unilaterally) bringing the next season forward, which at least seems to have worked in the players' favour re: pay. Without that pay increase, there would have been big player numbers lost after the tumult of this season. That would have put the AFL in a difficult position due to expansion. Additionally, the AFL has long held that working towards professionalisation/full-time hours in-season etc. was off the table until all clubs were in the comp. That's now, so that's another reason for the pay changes being pushed through. So, in prioritising expansion while simultaneously experimenting with the season timing, they've been forced into higher pay, but at the expense of a reasonable season length. Something had to give. May the fixturing gods be in our favour. On the bright side, to be the best you've got to beat the best...
  3. Yeah, for these players it's often a choice being made in order to continue to play AFLW in the long term or even short term. I think Petrevski's got plenty to contribute, we just didn't get to see her best at the Dees due to injury and lack of opportunity. She's made some major sacrifices from a young age to follow her footy and I'm sure she'll get another go. The departures so far (Tarrant, Parry and Petrevski) have basically been those right on the fringe last season, which stands to reason. There are only a couple yet to debut on the list at this stage. Despite the strong season the coaches have managed, assisted by Covid, to have a look at what we've got. Interestingly, with those departures, apart from the Irish players and Harris, we now have a completely Victorian list. Age breakdown for the current list of 27 is: 18-21 = 8 players 22-25 = 12 26-29 = 3 30-33 = 2 34+ = 2
  4. Round 12 This week I had a look at the replay and even managed to navigate to the video without seeing the score, a feat in itself! After an arm wrestle for the first several minutes, with the ball stuck between the arcs, Casey took control and were never challenged, though they'd have liked to take more of their chances around goal. Port hit the scoreboard with a point seven minutes into the third. PORT MELBOURNE 0.0.0 0.0.0 0.1.1 1.4.10 CASEY 3.2.20 5.7.37 7.9.51 9.12.66 Casey goalkickers: Harasimiuk, Mitchell 2, Borchard, Clarke, Fellows, Simmons, Horne Casey disposal leaders: Johnson 24, O'Connor 20, Chaplin, Hogg 19, Harasimiuk, Clarke 15, Kirkwood 15 Stand-outs: Fellows – 1 goal, 14 disposals. A highlight was the first major of the game, a three-bounce running goal in which she covered about 40m before steadying perfectly. One for the draft highlights video; she's the only Casey player to be invited to the draft combine and looks a likely prospect. Has been a train-on players with Dees AFLW. Johnson – 24 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles. So strong around the footy, capped off by effective forward entries. O'Connor – 20 disposals, 4 marks. Really solid down back. Harasimiuk – 2 goals, 14 disposals. Worked hard, was super involved and took her chances in front of goal. Hogg – 19 disposals, 4 clearances. A player to rely on, always makes an impact, loves to shrug a tackle and usually succeeds. Clarke – 15 disposals, 3 marks. A 17-year-old from the Dandenong Stingrays on debut, kicked a nice snap in close quarters to take Casey to a 56-point lead late in the game. Horne – 1 goal, 11 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles. Clean around the stoppages, good positioning. Kicked a somewhat flukey goal that was reward for effort, in which she shrugged a tackle to find space on the boundary, 40m out, and mongrelled a centring ball forward, which bounced through. Borchard – 1 goal, 10 disposals. Neat kicker and quick hands to set up teammates and was rewarded for her hard work with a goal. AFLW-listed Campbell – 12 disposals, 4 marks, 9 hit outs, 3 clearances. Took some strong marks, crashed some packs, found some good positioning and is working on her goal kicking. Chaplin – 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles. Read the ball well to cut off many Port forward attempts. Simmons – 1 goal, 13 disposals, 3 marks. She's working her way back from injury but definitely got more involved on the wing as the game went on, attempting two running goals on the left and finding success with the second. Another of those tall, athletic wing and midfield types with surprising agility for her size. The run home… Keeping an eye on the ladder, I hoped that first- and second-placed Essendon and Hawthorn would have a draw in their Sunday match-up…and they did! That means Casey is in striking distance of a top-two finish (for the double chance), but it will be a tough ask, with Hawthorn having two likely wins to round out the season and Casey facing top-placed Essendon in the final round. NEXT: 9th-placed Carlton at 11AM on Saturday May 21 at Ikon Park.
  5. All the focus on Tayla should have helped out players like Scott and Parry, but it clearly didn't. Hopefully Scott can be re-energised for one last crack.
  6. Yeah, I don't think anyone here will be surprised or overly concerned by this. Of course, just watch her start clunking everything and kicking bags wherever she ends up.
  7. They've lost a couple more (Mules and Foley) but neither would be considered key players at this stage.
  8. Brenna Tarrant (15 games, pick 72 in the 2019 draft) has requested and received a trade to Sydney after failing to hold her spot in 2022. No surprises here - she's too talented for VFLW and will get plenty of opportunities at Sydney, plus a move home to NSW. Other trade and signing news is slow due to everything waiting on the CBA and broadcasting negotiations. I guess the only player 100% confirmed so far is Daisy!
  9. Round 11 Based on my viewing of the second half - in time to see the comeback that just fell short, though certainly not through lack of trying in slippery conditions. Worth it for Mitchell's goal of the year contender - left foot, from the pocket, awesome. CASEY DEMONS 0.1.1 0.1.1 3.2.20 3.3.21 COLLINGWOOD 2.1.13 3.2.20 4.3.27 4.7.31 Casey goalkickers: Conroy, Mitchell, S.Wales Casey disposal leaders: Johnson 20 Grant 19 Hogg 17 Gillard 15 Horne 14 VFLW stand-outs: Johnson - 22 disposals, 10 tackles, 5 clearances Grant - 19 disposals Hogg - 17 disposals, 6 clearances Horne - 14 disposals, 9 tackles, 3 clearances L.Wales - 8 tackles, 22 hit outs Mitchell - Goal of the year contender! AFLW-listed players: Gillard - 15 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 17 hit-outs Simmons - 5 disposals, 1 mark, 5 tackles Still impressed with Gillard; she does a bit of everything and most of all, top-notch second efforts at a really consistent level for a young player. Hopefully will see her get some more games in the AFLW team later this year. Casey have slipped to 3rd place, notably behind the two Victorian teams building towards their AFLW debut: Essendon and Hawthorn, who match up next week. Next: 11th-placed Port Melbourne at 1.10PM on Saturday May 14 at Port Melbourne
  10. Speaking of Fugazi, the lyrics of this one are also weirdly appropriate to this topic. I am a patient boy I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait My time, water down a drain Everybody's moving Everybody's moving Everybody's moving, moving, moving, moving Please don't leave me to remain In the waiting room I don't want the news I cannot use it I don't want the news I won't live by it Sitting outside of town Everybody's always down Tell me why? Because, they can't get up Come on and get up Come on and get up But I don't sit idly by I'm planning a big surprise I'm gonna fight for what I wanna be And I won't make the same mistakes ('cause I know) Because I know how much time that wastes (and function) Function is the key
  11. Easiest switch from our standard would surely be: "Naa-arrm clap clap clap" I can't always hear the cheer squad from where I sit, but I'll be listening carefully and will follow their lead. (Does anyone else remember the weird era where it became a two-clap chant?)
  12. Maybe put some more on sale too. I missed out last year and thought it was the best ever. In fact, the 2021 one was such a popular design I wish the club would consider a year-round indigenous range using that design - not just jumpers, other stuff too, maybe even with the "Narrm" branding on it (with the artist's agreement, of course). I bet they'd sell like hotcakes. And then a new jumper design each year.
  13. Round 10 Phoning it in this week, as the streak ends, with another stats-based summary. HAWTHORN 2.2.14 3.5.23 6.10.46 7.11.53 CASEY DEMONS 2.1.13 2.1.13 2.1.13 2.2.14 Casey goalkickers: Conroy, Harasimiuk Casey disposal leaders: Grant 22 Wales 19 Hogg Johnson 17 Chaplin 15 VFLW stand-outs: Grant - 22 disposals, 5 marks Wales - 19 disposals, 15 hit outs, 4 marks, 4 tackles Hogg - 17 disposals, 5 clearances Johnson - 17 disposals, 6 tackles Chaplin - 15 disposals, 4 tackles Mitchell - 8 disposals, 8 tackles AFLW-listed players: Campbell - 0 disposals, 2 tackles, 2 hit outs Gillard - 8 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles Simmons (returning from injury) - 13 disposals, 6 tackles With a run of 9 wins coming to an end, Casey now sits 3rd on the ladder, behind Essendon and Hawthorn - two teams keen to build towards their impending AFLW debuts. Next: 7th-placed Collingwood at 10AM on Sunday May 8 at Casey Fields
  14. I'm not 9 years old by any means, but I think I had a similar reaction. Bit of a fist pump too!
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