Opinion Commentary & Media III

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Kangaroo Cat

Debutant
Jun 2, 2019
95
313
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I've made no secret of the fact that im a new to afl and being to an Aussie resident but for me my fantasy ideal scenario is this:

Step one: Give shaw and his gallery of rogues a few months to properly develop and expand on the individual strengths of the team , get the fitness and skills training up. I don't know how many people follow our boys on Instagram but its been a lot of gym sessions and hanging out together - i feel like we have a very motivated group of guys who genuinely care about and enjoy each other . that sort of team first attitude will go far next year

Step 2: make finals and do it with style. Our young guys have a lot of personality and if they keep going up in skills and ability the media will love them - eg- zurhaar, larkey and Thomas.

step 3 Develop the drafts we pick up from 2019 that we refused to let go of
Step 4 take advantage of a lot of player contracts from other clubs expiring and tight cap spaces on 2020 trade,
use our growing currency to lure established players in where needed -after a thorough and honest assessment of where the playing group is- i also understand this is a multi year prospect, leveling up takes time .

Our list manager and others will be fully entreched by end of next year - i am happy for the club to take time to pick the best they can to fill the vacant roles

I understand this is a simple view and that factors like our 4 home tassie games and historically shitty fixtures will make for a tough season - however if we are truly a shinboner club and if we have a bit of luck i think the guys can handle it and be one of the last "hard" clubs of this era
 
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Caracas

Premiership Player
Apr 3, 2008
3,447
6,551
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
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Gasometer

Hall of Famer
Mar 14, 2002
48,304
55,587
Gasometer Wing
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Kangaroos
I've made no secret of the fact that im a new to afl and being to an Aussie resident but for me my fantasy ideal scenario is this:

Step one: Give shaw and his gallery of rogues a few months to properly develop and expand on the individual strengths of the team , get the fitness and skills training up. I don't know how many people follow our boys on Instagram but its been a lot of gym sessions and hanging out together - i feel like we have a very motivated group of guys who genuinely care about and enjoy each other . that sort of team first attitude will go far next year

Step 2: make finals and do it with style. Our young guys have a lot of personality and if they keep going up in skills and ability the media will love them - eg- zurhaar, larkey and Thomas.

step 3 Develop the drafts we pick up from 2019 that we refused to let go of
Step 4 take advantage of a lot of player contracts from other clubs expiring and tight cap spaces on 2020 trade,
use our growing currency to lure established players in where needed -after a thorough and honest assessment of where the playing group is- i also understand this is a multi year prospect, leveling up takes time .

Our list manager and others will be fully entreched by end of next year - i am happy for the club to take time to pick the best they can to fill the vacant roles

I understand this is a simple view and that factors like our 4 home tassie games and historically shitty fixtures will make for a tough season - however if we are truly a shinboner club and if we have a bit of luck i think the guys can handle it and be one of the last "hard" clubs of this era
For a newbie you are doing well!
 

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koshari

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 24, 2011
10,122
12,046
AFL Club
North Melbourne
i dont know that we dodged one but if reports of half a mill a year is true it definately would have been overs. another KPP backman would have been nice but its just a distraction from the requirement some more midfield pace.
 

tazaa

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 11, 2007
21,432
27,304
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Liverpool
"The collective slumping of shoulders from Roos fans needs to stop." - Marc McGowan in a comment on Twitter re trade week and missing D Howard.

Spot on Marc
I like Marc but his headline in the same tweet said ‘North miss out on Howard’

He garners the attention and reaction just like all journos and he’s not any different.


Giving Pick 27 and a future 2nd plus a 500k contract to defender playing SANFL isn’t missing out.
 

Harris 10

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 8, 2004
9,554
15,125
hgfhkagk
AFL Club
North Melbourne
My search skills aren't up to scratch, but it would be interesting if someone could produce the full list of his Sliding Doors for the last couple of years and demonstrate that 100% of the North ones have been negative.

Damo is a pathetic little bitch.
I was actually thinking the same last week and now he's gone again.
 

kangatime

Premium Gold
Mar 29, 2009
9,454
12,910
kangaplace
AFL Club
North Melbourne
My search skills aren't up to scratch, but it would be interesting if someone could produce the full list of his Sliding Doors for the last couple of years and demonstrate that 100% of the North ones have been negative.

Damo is a pathetic little bitch.
From a quick glance he hasn't been that close to 100% this year. Talked up Thomo, Brown, Grieg and TT in the last 4 months.

He'd be tracking at about 75% negativity this year, so yep, he's a pathetic little bitch.
 

LuvtheKangas

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 11, 2006
15,017
30,200
Bottom of the ladder
AFL Club
North Melbourne
From a quick glance he hasn't been that close to 100% this year. Talked up Thomo, Brown, Grieg and TT in the last 4 months.

He'd be tracking at about 75% negativity this year, so yep, he's a pathetic little bitch.
Cheers. I was blinded by my confirmation bias.

We can all still agree on the undeniable fact that he's a pathetic little bitch.
 

SonofSamsquanch

Member of Bushwood Golf Club
Mar 31, 2016
4,853
9,401
Deep South
AFL Club
North Melbourne
From a quick glance he hasn't been that close to 100% this year. Talked up Thomo, Brown, Grieg and TT in the last 4 months.

He'd be tracking at about 75% negativity this year, so yep, he's a pathetic little bitch.
IF Thomo, Brown and TT played in a better team...

THEN they would have made finals.
 

northbergs

Senior List
Dec 24, 2010
160
324
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I’m not concerned about Damo’s or the media’s view on our success in trading this year. It is not clear how ‘into’ we were really with Papley and Howard. I know Rhyce mentioned Howard but I get the feeling that Shaw will back the list we have at the moment and focus on galvanising the group.

Except for top end talent, most players on AFL lists are equally talented. Success comes down to having a well balanced list, a well drilled team and a hunger for success. Only the list can be solved through the draft. Despite missing on Howard, if EVW and Daw are right, we have defensive talls covered, and if they don’t, Shaw will back himself to get more out of Durdin and or McKay, either of whom could still turn out to be 150 game players.

The other notable gap is a crafty small forward. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many Camerons, Betts or Tipungwutis around. But we have as dynamic a forward mix in the comp as anyone with Brown, Larkey, Wood, Zurhaar, Garner, Thomas so I think we can still thrive up forward.

The big fish and trade tactics of the last few years whilst not so subtlety disrespecting his own list, were a mask for Brad Scott to cover his own deficiencies as a coach and/or an act of desperation.

Time will tell with Rhyce, but as with Scott when he first started, his focus should be on his method and get the most out of the 30 or so players he has at his disposal.

Finally, people can get upset about St Kilda’s potential trade bounty - their list needs more work than ours. The only player they are potentially getting that walks straight into our side is Brad Hill.


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LuvtheKangas

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 11, 2006
15,017
30,200
Bottom of the ladder
AFL Club
North Melbourne
IF we had continued to feed Damo all the information the club wanted private...

THEN he wouldn't be such a whiny f***er nowadays.
IF JB could have (1) chosen his friends better and (2) kept his big mouth shut when he was president

THEN the little bitch wouldn't have felt so entitled in the first place
 

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