Learning to win

July 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Darren Spence – our correspondent in Jakarta

They say that good teams still win when they don’t play well and so it was on Saturday night against the Dockers. At times I thought the yellow sherrin was actually a bar of Palmolive Gold as the players fumbled their way to a comfortable 54 point win.

It should have been much more. The Dees had the ball inside their 50 for 44 minutes and 37 seconds longer than Freo. Just let that sink in for a minute. That is almost 1 and 1/2 quarters!! 50 more times it went inside 50 for a return of only 13.24. Don’t get me wrong I will take the ball inside our front end than an oppositions every day of the week however it is a little concerning about our lack of conversion and our kicking for goal?…Let’s just leave that there.

Garlett has been out of favour most of the year but his forward pressure would have pleased the coaching staff and surely gets him at least another game. I have always thought we look so much more dangerous when he is playing. In his 50th game Oliver was outstanding. Whilst every player was fumbling he basically embarrassed everyone with his clean hands and finished with 35 ‘clean’ touches and 2 goals. Gawn was dominate, Brayshaw not far behind him and it was a welcome back to form for Petracca and Hogan on a night we were expected to win and we did so easily.

This Saturday night we are up against the Doggies. We beat them earlier in the season and we will do so again and remain firmly in the 8.

LUKEY TAPSCOTT VOTES (Rnd 16)

OLIVER 5
GAWN 4
BRAYSHAW 3
PETRACCA 2
VINEY 1

LUKEY TAPSCOTT LEADERBOARD

Oliver 36
Hogan 27
Gawn 27
Brayshaw 23
Jones 17
Melksham 14
Petracca 14
T.MacDonald 11
Viney 11
Salem 7
Lever 6
Jetta 6
Fritsch 6
Garlett 5
Harmes 5
Hibberd 4
Hannan 3
Bugg 1
Neal Bullen 1
O.MacDonald 1

ANB RISING STAR VOTES (Rnd 16)

OLIVER 5
BRAYSHAW 4
PETRACCA 3
VINEY 2
HOGAN 1

ANB RISING STAR LEADERBOARD
Oliver 46
Hogan 34
Brayshaw 29
Fritsch 19
Petracca 18
Viney 16
Salem 15
Tyson 11
Lever 10
Harmes 10
Neal Bullen 7
Hannan 4
O.MacDonald 3
Bugg 2
Smith 2
Spargo 1

Oliver skips away in both awards whilst Gawn is now equal with Hogan in the “Lukey”. Still along way to go.

GO DEES!!

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Darwin Deliverance For Dees

July 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Round 16 – Melbourne Vs Freemantle – Darwin Deliverance For Dees

Liam Chambers – our correspondent in Coffs Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Northern Territory. Hot and a bit humid but always laid back. There was nothing laid back about the Dees performance though. We had to win this game otherwise we would slip out of the top eight and the prospect of finals would sink like a spectacular Darwin sunset. We won every quarter but overall Melbourne was not as convincingly as they needed to be. Twenty four behinds against an injury hit Fremantle was disappointing despite a very good last quarter from the Dees.

However, having said that, I think Melbourne played more as a team than they have all season. That sounds strange considering some of the winning margins they racked up against the likes of Adelaide and the Bulldogs. They defended and tackled decisively and there was a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the players. Eleven team members scored goals and that’s inspiring.

I may have been overly generous last week when I said Petracca played one of his best games of the season; he definitely performed well against the Dockers though. Once he starts scoring consistently he’s going to be unstoppable. Jeff Garlett came back and worried the Freemantle goal but unfortunately only scored once. Maxy Gawn did his party peace missing a sitter directly in front of goal but then scoring from 40 plus metres out and on an angle. Clayton Oliver prove his dexterity with the ball yet again and got 2 goals in his fiftieth game for Melbourne. Neville Jetta played his fiftieth consecutive game for the Dees and was integral as always, despite a few wayward kicks to the opposition.

Jesse Hogan was inconsistent again in front of goal. He has thirty six goals so far this season but he should have had more against Freo, missing some in the first quarter you would think were in the bag. I’m not sure if it’s a confidence issue with Jesse but he has yet to realise his true potential. Jones sent a spectacular shot through the goal posts to inspire the troops and Jack Viney ran himself into the ground. Brayshaw was again superb and even found time to have a punch up with his brother. Christian Salem was almost omnipotent, seemly appearing in several places at once.

With a wealth of talent, including young guns Spargo and Fritsch we shouldn’t be afraid of any team. Harmes, Neal-Bullen, Tom McDonald and Melksham can score a swathe of goals on a given day but we need to find that consistency. Sam Frost was a revelation. We need him to play like that week on week and our defence will be sound.

Next we play the Western Bulldogs again. They will want revenge for the 49 point win we secured in round eleven. They beat Geelong in round fifteen so they are still a dangerous side. If we played like we did in Darwin then we will be very hard to beat. Just how well we can win depends on how well we hone our accuracy in front of goal.

MELBOURNE 2.9 5.15 9.18 13.24 (102)
FREMANTLE 2.0 4.2 6.5 7.6 (48)
GOALS
Melbourne: Oliver 2, Hogan 2, Melksham, Jones, Garlett, T.McDonald, Salem, Gawn, Spargo, Harmes, Neal-Bullen
Fremantle: Cox 2, Sheridan 2, Walters 2, Mundy

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Saints Deny Demons At Death

July 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Saints Deny Demons At Death – Round 15 – St Kilda Vs Melbourne

Liam Chambers – our correspondent in Coffs Harbour

Two points! I’ve tried to be Zen about the game but that result would have had Bodhidharma himself putting his boot through the Telly. I wrote a few weeks ago that the difference this season was that we were winning the games we were expected to win. I can’t explain why we played the way we did today or why we were surprised that St Kilda fought so determinedly for the win. I’ve always had a niggling feeling that the Dees are guilty of underestimating some teams. We’ve lost six games this season and there were three games where we scrambled against opponents that on paper we had a very good chance of beating. We were flogged by Hawthorn and made to look very ordinary against Collingwood. Today we didn’t defend well enough and let St Kilda believe they could win.

There were definite positives about the way we played today though. Bayley Fritsch is going to be a star; Jesse Hogan has rediscovered how to score goals and I thought Christian Petracca arguably played one of his best game this year. Gawny again showed why he is the best ruckman in the league.

Having said that we face an uphill battle now to play finals in September. In the last eight games we play Geelong, Sydney and West Coast, as well as resurgent teams GWS and Adelaide, not to mention the Bulldogs. Realistically we need to win five of those eight games. Not a happy thought. This Melbourne team needs to experience finals no matter if they succeed or fail at the first hurdle. Either way it would set them up to really shine in 2019. I’m not writing off the Dees yet and if we can get a good result against Fremantle on Saturday and the Doggies the following week then the fans will start to really believe.

Our stats today were alright except for disposals, kicks and handballs. We had some good moments and the first and final quarters were impressive enough; especially when Jack Viney lifted his game. However, the Saints had more uncontested possessions in the third and dominated inside 50s in the second. I’m sure young Simon had a few choice words to impart at the end of those quarters; especially to Clayton Oliver over his inexplicable tackle giving away a penalty with seconds to go before half-time. That must have given the Saints a boost.

I wasn’t sure about Tom McDonald playing today either. When your best goal kicker is coughing up blood in the previous game then maybe a week’s rest is in order. Anyway, let’s go to the Top End next week and show the skeptics why they shouldn’t write us off just yet.

 

 

 

 

 

MELBOURNE              4.2       9.3       11.6     18.9 (117)
ST KILDA                     4.3       11.6     14.10   18.11 (119)

GOALS

Melbourne: Fritsch 4, Harmes 3, Hogan 3, Brayshaw 2, Petracca, Tyson, T.McDonald, Neal-Bullen, Melksham, Lewis
St Kilda: Gresham 4, Membrey 4, McCartin 2, Savage, Steele, Clark, Newnes, Armitage, Billings, Battle, Steven

 

 

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You will want to read about this!

July 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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I thought long and hard about what to write in this weeks’ review.

Darren Spence – our correspondent in Jakarta

I could write about how on early Sunday morning I had to turn the lights on at the pub as for some unknown reason Australia + didn’t show the game but you don’t want to read about that.

I could also write about how I turned up exuding extreme confidence which only grew after we shot out to a 19 to zero lead but I guess you also don’t want to read about that.

I might write about how alarming our defensive pressure was on Sunday or how easy of late it seems for opposition teams to score against us or how our turnovers are so very costly but I know you have read enough about that.

I thought about writing about some of the umpiring decisions and how our club has been slammed in the media post game across many facets from selection decisions to effort on game day but again you have read all about that all over social media.

I then could write about how there was daylight between Gawn and any other Dees player on Sunday but I know you already know that.

Finally I thought I could then just write about how once again we let a game we all know we should have won slip through our fingers and really only have ourselves to blame if we miss the 8 this year but I know you definitely don’t want to read about that.

So what I will write about is the game on Saturday night. We are back up north in our ‘home’ game this time against the Dockers. I can see this going very similar to the Crows game in Alice a few weeks ago. The Dockers have a few key injuries and the boys have a very strong point to prove and the Mighty Dees will win…..Now I know you all want to read about that!

LUKEY TAPSCOTT VOTES (Rnd 15)

Gawn 5
Viney 4
Fritsch 3
Brayshaw 2
Harmes 1

LUKEY TAPSCOTT LEADERBOARD

Oliver 31
Hogan 27
Gawn 23
Brayshaw 20
Jones 17
Melksham 14
Petracca 12
T.MacDonald 11
Viney 10
Salem 7
Lever 6
Jetta 6
Fritsch 6
Garlett 5
Harmes 4
Hibberd 4
Hannan 3
Bugg 1
Neal Bullen 1
O.MacDonald 1

ANB RISING STAR VOTES (Rnd 15)

Viney 5
Fritsch 4
Brayshaw 3
Harmes 2
Oliver 1

ANB RISING STAR LEADERBOARD

Oliver 41
Hogan 33
Brayshaw 25
Fritsch 19
Petracca 15
Salem 15
Viney 14
Tyson 11
Lever 10
Harmes 10
Neal Bullen 7
Hannan 4
O.MacDonald 3
Bugg 2
Smith 2
Spargo 1

Not much change in both awards as Oliver continues to hold his lead in both.

Keep the faith and Go Dees!!!

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How on earth did we lose that!?​

June 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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You could probably count on 1 finger how many teams have lost when they have 29 more inside 50s, 19 more contested possessions and 16 more clearances. Yet on the big stage on a Friday night the Dees were behind on the only stat that really matters as we went down to the Power by 10 points.

It was a major disappointment that still irks me! How on earth did we lose that!?

A couple of decisions that didn’t go our way and late injuries to MacDonald and Jetta certainly didn’t help our cause. The one positive that can be taken away is that I promise you if we bring that level of intensity each week we will not lose many games. Our ferocity at the contest was as high as I have seen all season and the boys certainly played like the had a point to prove after our last game performance.

Viney was fantastic and lead from the front all night with 20 hard earned contested possessions, not to be outdone his fellow co captain Jones was great as was Oliver, Brayshaw and Jetta. Finally MacDonald continued his great form with 3 goals but overall it really was a game that we let slip away and now see us at the bottom half of the 8.

We have the Saints again this Sunday in what really is a must win game. I can’t see us losing – especially if we continue with that level of intensity shown on Friday. The Dees will and will win easily.

LUKEY TAPSCOTT VOTES (Rnd 13)

Viney 5
Brayshaw 4
Oliver 3
Jones 2
Jetta 1

LUKEY TAPSCOTT LEADERBOARD

Oliver 31
Hogan 27
Gawn 18
Brayshaw 18
Jones 17
Melksham 14
Petracca 12
T.MacDonald 11
Salem 7
Lever 6
Jetta 6
Viney 6
Garlett 5
Hibberd 4
Harmes 4
Hannan 3
Fritsch 3
Bugg 1
Neal Bullen 1
O.MacDonald 1

ANB RISING STAR VOTES (Rnd 13)

Viney 5
Brayshaw 4
Oliver 3
Harmes 2
Tyson 1

ANB RISING STAR LEADERBOARD
Oliver 40
Hogan 33
Brayshaw 22
Petracca 15
Salem 15
Fritsch 15
Tyson 11
Lever 10
Viney 9
Harmes 8
Neal Bullen 7
Hannan 4
O.MacDonald 3
Bugg 2
Smith 2
Spargo 1

Oliver now is taking a strangehold on both awards and extends his leads.

Go Dees!!

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