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  1. They say that herding cats is an impossible task but not for the Melbourne Demons who through relentless pressure, scored a commanding 25 point victory in Round 4 over Geelong at the MCG. The team that missed the AFL finals only once in the past dozen years were shown up by the new Demons of 2021 who have recorded their first 4-0 opening to the season in 21 years! Melbourne knew what was coming, and it was Geelong who were shown up for their inability to adapt to the 2021 style of football. Time and time again they tried to revert to the “rope a dope” method which has served them so
  2. The story goes that there’s a certain player from Geelong who has been seen in Moorabool Street crooning the old Sinatra classic, “I’ve got you under my skin.” His name is O’Connor and he’s been tasked to achieve one thing on Sunday by his coach, Chris Scott: to get under the skin of a Demon midfielder on Sunday and thereby tag him out of the big contest at the G. The idea behind the tactic is to not only blunt one of the team’s most destructive weapons but to distract them all from producing their best in the game. Based on how Scott had his team playing on Easter Monday, this is ho
  3. This game was one of our turning points last season. We were good enough to win had we kept our composure and thought our way through the Cats’ negative tactics (and had Adam Tomlinson’s shot from 50 been a metre closer to target). The 4 points would have come in handy at the end of the year. THE TEAMS MELBOURNE FB Trent Rivers, Steven May, Christian Salem HB Joel Smith, Jake Lever, James Harmes C Ed Langdon, Clayton Oliver, Adam Tomlinson HF Mitch Hannan, Jake Melksham, Aaron vandenBerg FF Bayley Fritsch, Jayden Hunt, Tom McDonald FOL Max Gawn, Christian Petracca, Jac
  4. No wonder nobody turns up to games any more.
  5. Welcome to our first home game in 10½ months. Can we continue our post lockdown winning spree?
  6. At a little after 4.00pm last Saturday, the MCG ceased to be the centre of the AFL universe. That was when the AFL’s el supremo Gil McLaughlin announced that the Bombers’ Conor McKenna had returned a COVID-19 positive result and declared that the game set for the following day between Essendon and Melbourne was postponed. What followed was truly the stuff of a pulp fiction novel. We witnessed a suitcase load of mental gymnastics and spin calculated to let McKenna (and the Essendon Football Club) off the hook for breaching the pandemic rules. Never mind that he reportedly attended at leas
  7. The game played in Round 2 last year is best forgotten. GEELONG B Jack Henry, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart HB Jake Kolodjashnij Harry Taylor Mitch Duncan C Joel Selwood Patrick Dangerfield Jordan Clark HF Luke Dahlhaus Esava Ratugolea Brandan Parfitt F Gary Ablett Tom Hawkins Gary Rohan FOL Rhys Stanley Tim Kelly Tom Atkins I/C Charlie Constanble Sam Menagola Gryan Miers Mark O’Connor EM Ryan Abbott Zach Gurthrie Lachie Henderson Jermaine Jones MELBOURNE B Jay Lockhart Oscar McDonald Neville Jetta HB Jayden Hunt Steven May Nathan Jones C Bayley Fritsch C
  8. DEEVENGE IS SWEET by George On The Outer After suffering the humiliation of two defeats by barely a kick at the hands of Geelong during the regular season, the Demons were out for revenge in the Elimination Final. Facing a finals hardened Geelong, the coach and the players had set out on a mantra of “Our Game style” of an uncompromising hard at ball and player attitude. The Cats were hoping for some sort of saver in the vein of those earlier games with Taylor and Guthrie barely able to get up more than a hobble even before the game started and a list of players beyond their past
  9. After suffering the humiliation of two defeats by barely a kick at the hands of Geelong during the regular season, the Demons were out for revenge in the Elimination Final. Facing a finals hardened Geelong, the coach and the players had set out on a mantra of “Our Game style” of an uncompromising hard at ball and player attitude. The Cats were hoping for some sort of saver in the vein of those earlier games with Taylor and Guthrie barely able to get up more than a hobble even before the game started and a list of players beyond their past glories filling spots all over the ground,
  10. The biggest game of the last dozen years, calls for an early thread... I see us winning and comfortably, but can’t help but feel that accuracy will be the difference between setting up a meeting with Hawthorn or ending our season early.
  11. This year’s games against the Cats will haunt us unless we get it right on Friday night. THE TEAMS GEELONG B: Tom Stewart, Jake Kolodjashnij, Zach Tuohy HB: Cameron Guthrie, Lachie Henderson, Jack Henry 😄 Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood HF: Sam Menegola, Gary Ablett, Brandan Parfitt F: Quinton Narkle, Tom Hawkins, Daniel Menzel Foll: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan I/C: Jed Bews, Jordan Cunico, Jamaine Jones, Tim Kelly Emg: Ryan Abbott, Jordan Murdoch, Sam Simpson, Jackson Thurlow In: Jordan Cunico, Lachie Henderson Out:
  12. Geelong is the ideal opponent for Melbourne to confront in its long-awaited return to finals football. The history of these teams goes back to the game’s very formative years. They were the first two clubs and the rivalry was fierce in the early days; inaugural members of the VFA and then the VFL, they developed rich histories in the last century and together, they took the game overseas in 1963. The Cats won the flag in that year, the Demons prevailed in the next and then it stopped for both of them. It was Geelong that recovered the first - they’ve won three flags and enjoyed regular f
  13. We still have a lot to learn ... and a long way to go.
  14. AND IT STARTS AGAIN ... by The Oracle Melbourne goes into the 2018 season full of the usual hope that fills up an coming teams that are starting to show maturity and it comes up against the perfect opponent to show its wares against in Sunday afternoon’s blockbuster at the MCG. Aside from Richmond which by far exceeded everyone’s expectations in 2017 including its own, Geelong is a club that certainly surprised many with its third placed finish and a home and away record of 16 wins and 6 defeats that paved the way for a Preliminary Final appearance after beating the Swans in a Semi F
  15. After the 2017 finale to the season, where the Demons were denied a finals spot by ½ a percent, surely the message about those little efforts in a game which affect the final outcome should have been learned. Yet again, the Demons failed at the final hurdle, and it wasn’t that a Max Gawn shot on goal cost the game, but when those chances are given to a player, it can mean the difference between winning and losing ... or missing the finals by ½ a per cent. And there were others in the game who stuffed up opportunities that would have broken Geelong’s back and they too fluffed those c
  16. ½ PER CENT DEMONS by George on the Outer After the 2017 finale to the season, where the Demons were denied a finals spot by ½ a percent, surely the message about those little efforts in a game which affect the final outcome should have been learned. Yet again, the Demons failed at the final hurdle, and it wasn’t that a Max Gawn shot on goal cost the game, but when those chances are given to a player, it can mean the difference between winning and losing ... or missing the finals by ½ a per cent. And there were others in the game who stuffed up opportunities that would have bro
  17. The two oldest clubs in the game do battle today but Geelong has regularly held the upper hand for well over a decade in our own heartland. Time to take the MCG back.
  18. The game was at Etihad and it was a disaster ... THE TEAMS GEELONG B: Zach Touhy, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie HB: Tom Stewart, Lachie Henderson, Jackson Thurlow C: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola HF: James Parsons, Harry Taylor, Brandan Parfitt F: Steven Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Daniel Menzel FOLL: Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, Cameron Guthrie I/C: Mitch Duncan, Lincoln McCarthy, Jordan Murdoch, Tom Ruggles EMG: Jed Bews, Darcy Lang, Rhys Stanley IN: Cameron Guthrie, Sam Menegola, James Parsons, Zac Smith OUT: Josh Cowan (managed), George
  19. Melbourne goes into the 2018 season full of the usual hope that fills up an coming teams that are starting to show maturity and it comes up against the perfect opponent to show its wares against in Sunday afternoon’s blockbuster at the MCG. Aside from Richmond which by far exceeded everyone’s expectations in 2017 including its own, Geelong is a club that certainly surprised many with its third placed finish and a home and away record of 16 wins and 6 defeats that paved the way for a Preliminary Final appearance after beating the Swans in a Semi Final. They weren’t supposed to go that far
  20. One of the worst performances from a Melbourne team on the MCG. Yes - we had some debacles in the past few years but we're supposed to have a good coach and some players now and we surely have gone backwards in the last two weeks.
  21. I just figured out that we give more votes every week than we kick goals but please go ahead anyway.
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