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  1. A MATTER OF INCHES by George on the Outer Melbourne, the 4th placed team v Port Adelaide, the 6th placed side. Both with the same number of wins. Both with a contested approach to the way football should be played. It was certain that the final result would come down to a matter of inches, and so it was to be. The Demons got off to a flying start, simply overpowering (appropriate word) Port with a three goal first term, but with what proved critical to the final result, they simply failed to make best use of their opportunities in front of goal. Numerous misses from easy
  2. Melbourne, the 4th placed team v Port Adelaide, the 6th placed side. Both with the same number of wins. Both with a contested approach to the way football should be played. It was certain that the final result would come down to a matter of inches, and so it was to be. The Demons got off to a flying start, simply overpowering (appropriate word) Port with a three goal first term, but with what proved critical to the final result, they simply failed to make best use of their opportunities in front of goal. Numerous misses from easy positions saw eight shots at goal to four yield a le
  3. GRAVITAS by Mel Rundle Understandably, this Friday night's game between Melbourne and Port Adelaide will not carry the same gravitas or have the capacity to draw the attention of the masses as would a clash involving perennial AFL power houses of the ilk of Carlton or the Western Bulldogs which have dominated that blockbuster fixture so far this year, I dare say that, despite the misgivings of those at AFL House or the media gurus at the Seven Network, I believe it might still turn out to be a contest worthy of being played out on a big stage. In the first place, it’s one of those mu
  4. Understandably, this Friday night's game between Melbourne and Port Adelaide will not carry the same gravitas or have the capacity to draw the attention of the masses as would a clash involving perennial AFL power houses of the ilk of Carlton or the Western Bulldogs which have dominated that blockbuster fixture so far this year, I dare say that, despite the misgivings of those at AFL House or the media gurus at the Seven Network, I believe it might still turn out to be a contest worthy of being played out on a big stage. In the first place, it’s one of those much-vaunted eight point games
  5. Great start, poor finish but we still got the points. MELBOURNE B: Michael Hibberd, Oscar McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Jordan Lewis, Sam Frost, Jayden Hunt C: Alex Neal-Bullen, Dom Tyson, Clayton Oliver HF: Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, James Harmes F: Jeff Garlett, Jack Watts, Tom McDonald FOLL: Max Gawn, Jack Viney, Jake Melksham I/C: Mitch Hannan, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Christian Salem, Jack Trengove EMG: Cameron Pedersen Joel Smith, Billy Stretch IN: Christian Salem, Jack Trengove, Dom Tyson, Jack Viney, Jack Watts OUT: Kent (shoulder), P
  6. First win against Port Adelaide in yonks ... three in a row ... plenty of things to discuss.
  7. A STORM IN THE PORT by George on the Outer It is a wind that is building around the Demons as season 2016 draws to a close and this time it was Port Adelaide that bore the brunt of the whirlwind that blew through their slim finals hopes. An eight goal unanswered streak by Melbourne in the first and second quarters put paid to any hope that Port had of a win, especially when one of their golden lights in Chad Wingard, left the ground with a hamstring injury. That only served to highlight the fragility of Port who for too long have depended on a couple of individual performances
  8. It is a wind that is building around the Demons as season 2016 draws to a close and this time it was Port Adelaide that bore the brunt of the whirlwind that blew through their slim finals hopes. An eight goal unanswered streak by Melbourne in the first and second quarters put paid to any hope that Port had of a win, especially when one of their golden lights in Chad Wingard, left the ground with a hamstring injury. That only served to highlight the fragility of Port who for too long have depended on a couple of individual performances to get them over the line. It was in sharp
  9. It's deja vu all over again. You wake up on the morning of a game the week after a ground-breaking win and you think - "we're on our way, we're going to win this one." We finished off so well against the Hawks last week while Port Adelaide was so insipid against the Swans. There's no way we can lose this one. Welcome to three wins in a row and another week of talking about mathematical possibilities. And then ... it's Groundhog Day.
  10. SHINING by The Oracle I was watching the discussion on Foxtel's AFL360 programme on Monday night in which Nathan Buckley and Chris Scott were discussing Melbourne's win over defending premiers Hawthorn. They were both in heated agreement that the result should not have shocked anyone: that the Demons are a much better team than is perceived by the football world and they have been that way for some time. Scott pointed to the fact that they were unlucky against the Eagles in Perth, had stretched Adelaide a few weeks before that and earlier in the year came close to beating North Melb
  11. I was watching the discussion on Foxtel's AFL360 programme on Monday night in which Nathan Buckley and Chris Scott were discussing Melbourne's win over defending premiers Hawthorn. They were both in heated agreement that the result should not have shocked anyone: that the Demons are a much better team than is perceived by the football world and they have been that way for some time. Scott pointed to the fact that they were unlucky against the Eagles in Perth, had stretched Adelaide a few weeks before that and earlier in the year came close to beating North Melbourne in Hobart. Buckley no
  12. We started the game played in Alice Springs well but kicked poorly for goal. Jack Viney was a little too aggressive and got reported (and was injured). The team blew up. MELBOURNE B: Josh Wagner, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta HB: Tomas Bugg, Oscar McDonald, Colin Garland C: Billy Stretch, Dom Tyson, Bernie Vince HF: Dean Kent, Jack Watts, Jeff Garlett F: Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Ben Kennedy FOLL: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney I/C: James Harmes, Jayden Hunt, Alex Neal-Bullen, Ben Newton EMG: Chris Dawes, Jack Grimes, Viv Michie IN
  13. SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL by Whispering Jack Since time immemorial, pre season practice matches, be they the intraclub variety or contests between clubs played for trophies or otherwise, have always needed to be looked at with a dose of skepticism. Coaches and clubs use these games for different purposes, teams are often of different strength and there's plenty of experimentation. I will not therefore allow myself to get too carried away with Melbourne's big second half effort to defeat Port Adelaide 0.15.5.95 to 1.10.7.76 in its opening NAB Challenge match of 2016. By the same t
  14. What else on a day that we've been waiting for almost five months? The first NAB Challenge match against Port Adelaide at Playford Alive Oval today at 2:00 PM A 29 man squad announced earlier in the week will be trimmed to 26 players ahead of the match. Melbourne squad v Port Adelaide 1. Jesse Hogan 3. Christian Salem 4. Jack Watts 7. Jack Viney 10. Angus Brayshaw 11. Max Gawn 12. Dom Tyson 13. Clayton Oliver * 14. Lynden Dunn 15. Billy Stretch 16. Dean Kent 17.
  15. We have a bye next week so we can talk about this game for two weeks.
  16. Please cast your votes 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, No Jones rule today.
  17. It was the second time this year that Melbourne held the lead half way through the final quarter against Port Adelaide and yet it lost the game. Earlier in the year, it was a case of a young club simply running out of legs against fitter opposition but this time, it was a case of running out of composure when the time came to hold strong when a game was in the balance. The other comparison with their earlier encounter at Alice Springs was the fact that the Demons leaked goals in conceding an early run on and then had to work hard to rein in the Power. It was hard enough doing that in Alice Spr
  18. We've added some pace today in the form of JKH and Sammy Blease. Will it make a difference?
  19. TIRED by Whispering Jack The story this week is that the young Melbourne side is now suffering from fatigue. Strangely enough, this came from a young player who was one of the very few at the club who showed no signs of weariness last week against Geelong - Jack Viney. Viney, who was one of his team's best in the 66-point defeat last Saturday at the MCG, told the club's website this week, "We started the season really well and were starting to play some real top quality teams now, and its starting to show that the boys are getting a bit fatigued." He added that "They (Geelong) were beating us
  20. The story this week is that the young Melbourne side is now suffering from fatigue. Strangely enough, this came from a young player who was one of the very few at the club who showed no signs of weariness last week against Geelong - Jack Viney. Viney, who was one of his team's best in the 66-point defeat last Saturday at the MCG, told the club's website this week, "We started the season really well and were starting to play some real top quality teams now, and its starting to show that the boys are getting a bit fatigued." He added that "They (Geelong) were beating us in contested footy and al
  21. Not that long ago ... MELBOURNE B: Colin Garland, Tom McDonald, Dean Terlich HB: Neville Jetta, Lynden Dunn, Jack Grimes C: Daniel Cross, Dom Tyson, Bernie Vince HF: Rohan Bail, James Frawley, Jack Watts F: Cameron Pedersen, Max Gawn, Jeremy Howe FOLL: Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney I/C: Matt Jones, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Aidan Riley, Christian Salem EMG: Jordie McKenzie, Daniel Nicholson, Jimmy Toumpas IN: James Frawley, Neville Jetta OUT: Chris Dawes (suspended), Jimmy Toumpas (omitted) PORT ADELAIDE B: J Hombsch, A Carlile, J Impey HB: M Broadbent, J Trengove, J Pittard C: J Polec, T Bo
  22. The teams last met in July 2012 at TIO Stadium in Darwin and I'm expecting a few changes to the team lineups when selections are revealed later in the day. MELBOURNE Backs Daniel Nicholson James Frawley Colin Garland Half backs Joel Macdonald Tom McDonald Jack Grimes Centreline Rohan Bail Colin Sylvia Sam Blease Half forwards Ricky Petterd Stefan Martin Jeremy Howe Forwards James Magner Jared Rivers Brad Green Followers Jake Spencer Jack Trengove Nathan Jones Interchange Thomas Couch Lynden Dunn Neville Jetta James Strauss Emergencies Matthew Bate Jordan Gysberts James Sellar In Lynden Dunn N
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