What's gone wrong with Melbourne in 2019?

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Elmer_Judd

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Jul 25, 2019
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Petracca not developing as expected hurts, ditto Weideman

Have to ask questions about their development program at Melbourne ? Is it the facilities at Casey/Coaching etc ?

I admit they overachieved last year, but they are still a lot better than the dross they have dished up this season.
 

Elmer_Judd

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Jul 25, 2019
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Maybe last year was the abnormality, and this year is the real Melb.
Probably a little from column A and a little from column B.

They can easily make the Eight again next season with some good drafting and injury. Had quite a lot of injuries this year too.

Think they need a clean out of assistant coaches and give Josh Mahoney the flick too, he had a woeful trade period last year (May deal etc)

They still have some valuable pieces to be a very good team, the depth and youth development program is a worry, but they are in much better shape than what they were in the past.
 

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JackFlash

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Melbourne will need to clear out a couple of their so called "stars" and start all over again....They could not possibly go into 2020 without making some radical changes?
 

btdg

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Melbourne have a younger team than people think - their team is still at - median age of 23 yrs and 75 games, which is close, but not quite peak performance.

They’ve got some positional deficiencies - particularly up forward, where losing Hogan has hurt. They got a great year last year from McDonald and guys like Fritsch, Mellsham on the back of heavy ball usage but those guys have regressed a bit in impact. Also lack a bit of outside run in the midfield imo. Slow plus low quality KP forwards is a bad recipe...

Combined with that they have had a tough run with injury. Right now missing Lever, May, McDonald, Weideman - that’s their best 22 spine. Plus a few other guys like Jetta who don’t have much to replace them.

In a very even league those things are enough to bump them from just above the middle pack to below it. Imo the worst thing they could do is panic. Still a very solid young core to build around, but it takes longer than expected. They desperately need to insert a bit of pizazz into the team this offseason if they can though. They’re tough and can get the ball, just need something to actually put scores on the board.
 

thedank

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Failure is engrained too deep to ever pull themselves out of it, it's hard to fathom the last success was in 64, 10 YEARS before colour tv.
 

nahnah

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Their midfield make up is all wrong and their forwards all have kicking yips. Both can be fixed in an offseason, especially when you have pick 2.
 

Headless

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Petracca not developing as expected hurts, ditto Weideman

Have to ask questions about their development program at Melbourne ? Is it the facilities at Casey/Coaching etc ?

I admit they overachieved last year, but they are still a lot better than the dross they have dished up this season.
Petracca has been one of our best players this season.
 

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