No guarantee top 4
Have a tough last month
Our pressure has been horrid. Brown not marking it, Weidemann just not up to it. At least McDonald gave something. Lucky we Fritsch.It's not just that they're out of form, it's their record against top 8 teams. The next 4 rounds will tell a story.
We've all been banging on about their dysfunctional forward line. Does anyone have the I50 count from last night. Actually would be great to see I50 count for the full season and goals kicked per game. I think it will make for interesting reading.
He was good, his issue is urgency and I simply don’t think he goes hard enough or works very hard off the ball. Given he kicked three you can’t drop him but I hope he finds some more campaigner over the next few weeks.I thought Weideman was pretty good last night, best game he's played for at least 12 months
Stuff all, besides making the grand final last year? Yes, we got smashed by a much better side, but making the GF is still an achievement nonetheless.Don’t be evasive.
They didn’t even make the 8. Nobody is suggesting winning again in 17, but not making the 8 is pretty grim. They’ve also done stuff all since that flag.
Do you know how hard it is to go back to back? In the modern era?
Lol. These threads are so funny.
A team wins a flag, comes out the next season full of confidence and wins 10 straight and someone starts a silly thread saying 'how can they be stopped'.
Later in season they get beaten.
Wow.....who would have thought even a good team eventually loses a couple of games.l
Back-to-back for drought breaking premiership teams is rare. Brisbane did it in 2001-3, Adelaide in 1997-8, prior to that you have to go back to Essendon 1984-5. Plenty of teams have tried and failed since Brisbane did it most recently - Port, Sydney, Geelong, Hawthorn, Collingwood, The Dogs, Richmond. Melbourne will be defying recent history if we can do it.Richmond did it, Hawthorn did it twice in their premiership stint - that’s pretty recent history.
If you’re looking purely at ladder position then it’s quite possible the Dees fall a similar number of spots to the Doggies the year after their premiership win - 5th-9th, Dees could go 1st-5th.
The baseline and expectations were a lot higher for Melbourne. The general opinion for the Doggies was they’d jagged one before the list had properly come together and eventually they’d be challenging with a more mature squad - which did happen 5 years later.
Some teams just match up incredibly well on other sides. Pies are one of those teams for Melbourne. Would not be surprised to see Pies win this weekend. I'll be convinced about the Dees if we can get over the Pies Friday night. Great test for both clubs i reckon.