2021 football LEARNINGS™ | NOW: three things I learnt from... Round 4!

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Headless

My username is Headless. 🤗
May 27, 2006
22,184
39,381
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Melbourne
May or may not have missed Round 2 completely. :eyes:

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For me:
  1. I think the not-moving-off-the-mark rule is having a bigger impact than I thought it would. Footy is great to watch this year.
  2. Pickett is just about the most exciting player I have seen at Melbourne.
  3. It's a long season. With regular length matches back in 2021, it feels like much more of a marathon to me than 2020.

Over to you, Melbourne board!
 

A11dAtP0w3R

Enjoying my teams losses more than I should 😙
Oct 18, 2013
42,435
49,030
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Carolina Panthers. Zach Wilson.
1) I always seem to underrate and not notice Ed Langdon's contribution when watching a game. It annoys me me greatly.
2) The interchange cap rule is great. Less is better.
3) The stationary man on the mark is silly. Too much is determined by how quickly an ump reacts to the player with the ball playing on. The levels of inconsistency are ridiculous.
 

Dory_77

Premiership Player
Apr 2, 2012
4,965
4,375
AFL Club
Melbourne
I'll second ADP's #3. Umps are super jumpy to call play-on even when players haven't moved at all behind the mark to even up the stand rule. Frustrating how inconsistent it can be.

Kozzie is the most watchable player I've ever seen live (noting I never saw Jurrah or the Wiz live).

Rucks aren't dead and winning clearances is a big advantage with the way teams are setting up and moving the ball. GWS got quick goals from centre breaks, we were the same. Saints have been f’ed in clearances the past couple of weeks and were slaughtered. Gawn and Jackson gave us some great drive with their work with our mids.
 

jhong

Premiership Player
Apr 18, 2011
3,278
2,828
Wonthaggi
AFL Club
Melbourne
Stand on the mark and argue with the ump is so dumb . Can be certain bloke with the ball will just take off . Have never seen an ump change his mind because a player sooked over a decision.
 
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Headless

My username is Headless. 🤗
May 27, 2006
22,184
39,381
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For me:

  1. Was discussed in another thread, but I think Brayshaw is putting together some good, largely unnoticed form. He's keeping space a lot better, and I think he's sacrificing a lot of his potential numbers game for good of the team.
  2. Geelong could easily be 0-4 right now. Are they finally going to drop off?
  3. North is in a lot of trouble. I can't help but feel for their supporters, having been in a similar position pretty recently. I think it'll be a long re-build.

Over to you, Melbourne board!
 

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A11dAtP0w3R

Enjoying my teams losses more than I should 😙
Oct 18, 2013
42,435
49,030
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Carolina Panthers. Zach Wilson.
1. Geelong are truly a boring side to watch, maybe it's just personnel but if I was a supporter of them I'd be bored shitless over the first four weeks regardless and be asking serious questions of the game plan on what I've seen
2. Essendon aren't as bad as I thought/hoped they were, Rutten has them playing some attractive footy :(
3. Form means nothing. Had a mate collect $3500 from a $15 multi on the footy this week. Incredible.
 

Proper Gander

Owl whisperer and secret agent
Feb 15, 2015
23,627
48,517
South Yarra
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Mt Buller Demons
1. Christian Petracca is lovely
2. The G is a problematic place to sit in for 3 hours on a cold Melbourne day
3. I’m an idiot and probably quite unfit. I made a deal with the footy gods that I would go to the gym every day this week if they let Melbourne win. Day 1 and I’m already knackered
 

Topkent

Hall of Famer
Aug 29, 2010
43,138
55,144
Canada
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Winnipeg Jets
3- If the cats do hit a cliff, a club would be ******* moronic not to get Chris Scott into their football program. Has the greatest winning H/A record of all time.

2- we need to aim for top 4 now, Itll be a failure if we don't make it.

1- Toby Greene's so good.
 

Down the throat

Debutant
May 1, 2015
115
159
AFL Club
Melbourne
Actually I might have to eat some Jayden Hunt humble pie. His drive out of the backline has been very important.
But I dont think anyone would have disagreed with you based on his last two years. I thought he was cooked - but somehow theyve managed to dig up 2017 Jayden and get him on the field.

Fantastic turnaround for him and the team. Will likely get better this year too with more confidence.
 

Topkent

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But I dont think anyone would have disagreed with you based on his last two years. I thought he was cooked - but somehow theyve managed to dig up 2017 Jayden and get him on the field.

Fantastic turnaround for him and the team. Will likely get better this year too with more confidence.
I dunno there was a few here who said try him down back again, I thought he was more likely to make it there than as a forward but never actually thought he'd be looking ok again
 

LeverPuller

BigFooty Tanker
Jun 23, 2011
31,969
35,451
Q49, Olympic Stand
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1) If we are carrying passengers they are hard
Actually I might have to eat some Jayden Hunt humble pie. His drive out of the backline has been very important.
He plays like a crap Ed Langdon which is a pretty good outcome. If he can build into the current Ed Langdon it’ll be awesome.
 

Russian Demon

Premiership Player
Mar 26, 2015
3,775
4,958
AFL Club
Melbourne
At the game I noticed that Hunt was a bit more selective about when to hit the afterburners. Someone seems to have told him it isn't the answer to every push from hb, and he needs to stop ******* the team with a broom handle by choosing to go in the wrong scenario.

Kicks into f50 after a run are still bad though.
 

A11dAtP0w3R

Enjoying my teams losses more than I should 😙
Oct 18, 2013
42,435
49,030
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Carolina Panthers. Zach Wilson.
I dunno there was a few here who said try him down back again, I thought he was more likely to make it there than as a forward but never actually thought he'd be looking ok again
I should have stuck to my guns, then he played like dogshit in the first two rounds of the year and I said he was useless. Perfect timing. 😂
 

Dory_77

Premiership Player
Apr 2, 2012
4,965
4,375
AFL Club
Melbourne
1. Footy seems much more exciting this year. Maybe because we're winning, or the new rules, or the crowds and atmosphere after last year, but it's got that nice buzz back with plenty of good games most weeks.
2. Geelong are cooked this year. Yeah they've been a bit slow to start recent seasons but they wouldn't drop games to the Crows or us as easily as they have. Obviously some talent out for them but generally they've seemed slow and mediocre at best.
3. Kozzy is the most watchable player in the league. Has a bit of swagger about him and the performances are backing it up. Does plenty without the ball and when he does have it is magic.
 

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