Season 2016 - Melbourne

Melbourne

Coach – Paul Goodwin

2015
Points For – 16th
Points Against – 13th

Top 5 Best and Fairest

1. Bernie Vince
2. Jack Viney
3. Tom McDonald
4. Jesse Hogan
5. Nathan Jones

2015 Rising Star Noms

Jesse Hogan (Round 9)
Angus Brayshaw (Round 10)

Ins – Thomas Bugg, Ben Kennedy, Jake Melksham, Joel Smith, Josh Wagner (rk), Clayton Oliver, Sam Weideman, Mitch King

Outs – Rohan Bail, Daniel Cross, Jack Fitzpatrick, Jeremy Howe, Mark Jamar, Jordie McKenzie, Aiden Riley, Jimmy Toumpas

My Prediction

For those that read my last review of Melbourne before the server shredded it, one thing will be obvious. I make this crap up as I go. I type it and it is little more than a stream of consciousness. Hopefully though it is relatively similar.

Melbourne are the single most reliable side in the competition. They have been terrible for a long time and I expect whilst that is starting to change, it hasn’t yet. I would expect some improvement this year. They have built a formidable midfield, one that will eventually propel them into finals football. They have however generally neglected their KP stocks.

They have the best young player in the competition in their forward line. He is the single most desirable player in the competition. Hogan is the exact photo negative of Watts. He is arrogant, competitive and hungry. On top of that he is hungry for success. They should make the most of him whilst he is still there. They have put Garlett at his feet and between them they did well. Wont win enough games though until someone else enters the mix. They will be hoping that is Weideman but he is still years away.

The backline is also a bit of a one man band. McDonald was excellent last year, especially in the first half. Was surprising they didn’t try and get a little more support back there as well. They will continue to be undersized back there and unless someone steps up, it will hurt them.

All that being said. They have built a good midfield and they have the starts of a good forward line. They should improve this year. Not saying they will but they should. I would expect somewhere from 10-12 is about the mark.
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Comments

  • Houli DooliHouli Dooli Half Forward Flanker
    edited January 2016

    Unfortunately - Melksham is unavailable for selection in the 22.

    best 22
    B Bugg McDonald Terlich
    HB Lumumba Garland Grimes
    C Viney Jones Vandenberg
    HF Vince Dawes Salem
    F Garlett Hogan Kennedy-Harris
    R Gawn Tyson Brayshaw
    Int Petracca, Trengove, Watts, Dunn
    Emg Oliver, Weideman, Kennedy

    They Lack key a good forward to help out Hogan - Dawes is average, Dunn never lived up to hype.
    Watts probably just makes it into best 22 but he is still soft and protected on HBF.
    a lot of top picks but side doesn't really inspire me yet, They are still a few years off, maybe 2017 will see bigger improvement.

    predicted finish 11-17th
  • Silly BillySilly Billy I'm in the dirty white van outside your house
    They got a bargain in Liam Hulett.. bloke looks like he is 30 (only 18) and ready made.. out matched Weiderman in the 1 on 1 contest.

    Jayden Hunt looks like he has developed nicely and has some elite speed.
  • David J RichardsonDavid J Richardson Relevant Avatar King
    "Paul Goodwin"



    Roosy ain't here, man. Roosy's gone.

  • Key back are still a problem, I think they will rise a bit this year.
  • ZimmerZimmer Put the pointy pencil in the pepper-po.
  • RebootReboot If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
    Zimmer said:

    Nice paywall
  • wimmera1wimmera1 You know I'm right.
    You won't believe what happened next.
  • ZimmerZimmer Put the pointy pencil in the pepper-po.
    That's all he needs to do isn't it? Fuckin' genius that guy.
  • DellDell Formerly Peeto
    Anyone worked out what happened?
  • DeckhamDeckham Going down swinging
    Peeto87 said:

    Anyone worked out what happened?


    who gives a fark
  • hambohambo reserves
    Paywall lol

    Paul Roos rewards Max Gawn, Bomber Thompson quits radio to focus on Fox Footy
    February 16, 2016 7:00pm

    THIS is why Paul Roos is renowned as a genius coach.

    During the Demons pre-season camp last month in Mooloolaba, the coach stopped training and called every player into the huddle.

    The session had been humming so the players and other coaches were perplexed as to why Roos wanted a chitchat.

    When everyone gathered round, the coach called out ruckman Max Gawn.

    Given his laid-back nature, most thought a spray of some sort was coming but instead Roos shocked everyone.

    “That is the best training by a ruckman I have seen in 30 years of football,” Roos said.

    He then pulled out a $50 note from his pocket and motioned to give it to Gawn as a reward for his excellence.

    Melbourne do want it known that money didn’t actually change hands with a Ken Wood investigation not required.


  • DeckhamDeckham Going down swinging
    edited February 2016
    lo-ucin-ol
  • magicalcharliemagicalcharlie manager of a rent-by-the-hour hot tub business
    Farkn
  • DellDell Formerly Peeto
    G
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  • WOW. I'm in awe of his awesomeness.
  • DeckhamDeckham Going down swinging
    What's $50 worth these days?
  • DiggersDiggers Tank fly boss walk jam nitty-gritty
    How's Brayshaw's knee? Not rooted I hope?
  • David J RichardsonDavid J Richardson Relevant Avatar King
    Deckham said:

    What's $50 worth these days?

    Give it to Humbert and find out.
  • Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.
  • Rocky IVRocky IV ...............Ill get me coat...
    hambo said:

    Paywall lol

    Paul Roos rewards Max Gawn, Bomber Thompson quits radio to focus on Fox Footy
    February 16, 2016 7:00pm

    THIS is why Paul Roos is renowned as a genius coach.

    During the Demons pre-season camp last month in Mooloolaba, the coach stopped training and called every player into the huddle.

    The session had been humming so the players and other coaches were perplexed as to why Roos wanted a chitchat.

    When everyone gathered round, the coach called out ruckman Max Gawn.

    Given his laid-back nature, most thought a spray of some sort was coming but instead Roos shocked everyone.

    “That is the best training by a ruckman I have seen in 30 years of football,” Roos said.

    He then pulled out a $50 note from his pocket and motioned to give it to Gawn as a reward for his excellence.

    Melbourne do want it known that money didn’t actually change hands with a Ken Wood investigation not required.


    I heard he promised every Swans player in 2005, if they win the Grand Final they all get Ice cream after.

    The rest is history.
  • Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Jack Trengrove looked decent for a couple of years...
  • Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Jack Trengrove looked decent for a couple of years...
    I'm not sure you can count injuries as a bad pick. More luck imo (Selwood vs Gumbleton for example)
  • Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Way, way too early to tell. He'll be compared to the other top 10 picks and particularly Parish.

    It will take years to know one way or the other or even somewhere between.
  • Alan_Noonan_10Alan_Noonan_10 Iconoclast and blasphemer
    werewolf said:

    Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Way, way too early to tell. He'll be compared to the other top 10 picks and particularly Parish.

    It will take years to know one way or the other or even somewhere between.
    I kept thinking it was Jordie McKenzie...pallid, gingery hair, #13.
  • edited March 2016
    werewolf said:

    Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Way, way too early to tell. He'll be compared to the other top 10 picks and particularly Parish.

    It will take years to know one way or the other or even somewhere between.
    What you can tell about Oliver though, even on the small sample size of a couple of NAB matches, is that he plays with a real dynamic intensity around stoppages and he has that rare ability to accelerate away from congestion at a stoppage. Players who can do that are gold. I.e. Dangerfield, Judd pre-OP.
    The added dimension he has to his game is that he is a good size and is great overhead. This will make him valuable when drifting forward.

    The Demons made a point of trading with the Gold Coast up to pick 3(4 post academy- the one before ours) for a reason. I'd love to know whether they traded up at that time specifically to get Oliver or whether they were still undecided on Oliver or Parish and only officially sided with Oliver closer to the draft.

    Cos the word was that Gold Coast were going to draft Callum Ah Chee regardless, whom they drafted eventually at pick 8.

    If Oliver, Parish and Francis were still on the board at our picks I wonder which way we would have gone.
  • RebootReboot If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

    werewolf said:

    Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Way, way too early to tell. He'll be compared to the other top 10 picks and particularly Parish.

    It will take years to know one way or the other or even somewhere between.
    What you can tell about Oliver though, even on the small sample size of a couple of NAB matches, is that he plays with a real dynamic intensity around stoppages and he has that rare ability to accelerate away from congestion at a stoppage. Players who can do that are gold. I.e. Dangerfield, Judd pre-OP.
    The added dimension he has to his game is that he is a good size and is great overhead. This will make him valuable when drifting forward.

    The Demons made a point of trading with the Gold Coast up to pick 3(4 post academy- the one before ours) for a reason. I'd love to know whether they traded up at that time specifically to get Oliver or whether they were still undecided on Oliver or Parish and only officially sided with Oliver closer to the draft.

    Cos the word was that Gold Coast were going to draft Callum Ah Chee regardless, whom they drafted eventually at pick 8.

    If Oliver, Parish and Francis were still on the board at our picks I wonder which way we would have gone.

    Just the way we did.
    We wanted Parish and Francis since we got our juicy draft picks.
    Oliver was never really a serious consideration for us.
  • edited March 2016
    Reboot said:

    werewolf said:

    Nocturnal said:

    Looking like they got that Oliver pick right.

    Way, way too early to tell. He'll be compared to the other top 10 picks and particularly Parish.

    It will take years to know one way or the other or even somewhere between.
    What you can tell about Oliver though, even on the small sample size of a couple of NAB matches, is that he plays with a real dynamic intensity around stoppages and he has that rare ability to accelerate away from congestion at a stoppage. Players who can do that are gold. I.e. Dangerfield, Judd pre-OP.
    The added dimension he has to his game is that he is a good size and is great overhead. This will make him valuable when drifting forward.

    The Demons made a point of trading with the Gold Coast up to pick 3(4 post academy- the one before ours) for a reason. I'd love to know whether they traded up at that time specifically to get Oliver or whether they were still undecided on Oliver or Parish and only officially sided with Oliver closer to the draft.

    Cos the word was that Gold Coast were going to draft Callum Ah Chee regardless, whom they drafted eventually at pick 8.

    If Oliver, Parish and Francis were still on the board at our picks I wonder which way we would have gone.

    Just the way we did.
    We wanted Parish and Francis since we got our juicy draft picks.
    Oliver was never really a serious consideration for us.
    It will go down alongside the Dyson "dodgy groins" Heppell draft in Essendon folk law.
  • Interesting to know that boot, Cheers. Glad to hear that actually, that we didn't get gazumped by the Dees.
    Fwiw I think Oliver will be the better more impactful player but Parish looks like a very safe bet. Good decision maker, good user and pretty dependable.
  • alex.f.94alex.f.94 MODERN STALKING.
    roos comes off as so apathetic

    should be told to bugger off and let goodwin coach

  • They suck, but to be fair they were missing Melksham.
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