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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 2 2023 Pre Game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
I read on Monday 20th Hewett had a problem, possible breaks and was in doubt. The fact he's missing probably means it's a little more serious than a sprain. He could have played with strapping. The club would have known well before yesterday how serious it was. If he plays next week there's no drama, it would have been touch and go if he played or not. If he is out for a couple of weeks they've probably kept the severity under wraps. It'll be interesting to see how he comes up.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 2 2023 Pre Game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong

I thought Vossy was very open about Hewett’s chances of playing.   No ducks or drakes were within cooee.
He was...but where and when did you first hear that Hewett had a hand injury that might force him out.
I'm not being critical of the club. I'm one who doesn't care if they're a bit vague about injuries. But there was a time when the media broke the injury news. The point I was making is that while BF and Facebook are often (rightly) rubbished for some of the drivel. They often have the breaking stories first. Such information though should always be treated with a bit of caution until it's confirmed.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: Defence procurement bungles and wins
Fortunately, the USS Missouri was able to dodge and weave around the Taliban’s fleet of cruise and anti-ship missiles.

PS: It was decommissioned before the invasion of Afghanistan. It was involved in the 1st Gulf War. It hasn’t moved under its own power since 1992.

But even in the Gulf War, the ability of the Iraqis to target US ships was pretty much eliminated soon after hostilities began. The USS Missouri would be good to have if we want to declare war on Tonga but it would provoke hilarity rather than shock and awe if it were deployed against a country with a decent military.

We can still use it for surrenders. 😉
Ladies Lounge / Re: AFLW - Contracted or uncontracted?
It looks like it's as it says....two years, until the end of 2024

Carlton has secured the signature of star forward Darcy Vescio for another two years in a major relief for fans following the departures of important senior players.

The first to reach 50 goals in AFLW history and the competition’s second all-time leading goalkicker, Vescio inked a new deal to remain at Carlton until the end of 2024.
Ladies Lounge / Re: AFLW - Contracted or uncontracted?
I'll have a crack at it.
Surely there's no need to "beat around the bush" in this day and age and we should be able to discuss any or all issues that may impact on player movement.
I've no idea about some of the individual relationships but...

While we hear very little about same-sex relationships in the men's game though, (I'm sure there have been some) there seems to be a number of players in the women's competition involved in same sex relationships and those folks are quite happy to share that information.
That's a positive thing and probably demonstrates that there is a more accepting attitude amongst the women.
(Strange we still have to say that)

Not all partners are playing for the same team, some partners aren't even footballers but may have careers that have them moving around.
Is it a factor in some of the movements, especially in these early days of a full number of sides?
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 1 2023 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Richmond
If Jack is fine with it then what's the big deal? It's a game of footy not a wedding.

We sacked him because our CEO said he was going to sabotage the club. Who here would go back to their workplace after that?

If the CEO is no longer there you'd be back in a heartbeat....
If you wanted to.

But SOS was always planning to leave.
His departure was just fast-tracked.
...and that was probably a reasonable thing.
If a bloke is going to leave you may as well cut the ties and get the new structure established.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 1 2023 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Richmond
Sounds like we found out Ben is very supportive of his old man, and we might have just found out why he got delisted. Sounds like the Silvagnis arent happy with the Carlton Football club to me. 

I can understand SOS being upset with certain prominent figures at the club when he left.
I struggle to understand his ill feeling to the entity that is the club.
Those he had issues with have pretty much departed.

There must be a couple there he continues to harbour some pretty intense problems with.
I doubt we'll here him speak.
Ben's thoughts probably reflect his anyway.
But it certainly hasn't gone down well with Carlton folk.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 1 2023 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Richmond
Not sure if he was acting or genuinely saw things he liked, but Voss seemed rather upbeat in the post match.

I reckon he may have been a bit apprehensive coming into the game.
He probably hoped for a good showing, maybe even a win, but in the back of his mind he would probably have been thinking the worst thing that could happen to start the season would be a five or six goal loss.
It would kill expectations and have us on the back foot to start the year.

Richmond went in as favourites, despite the hype around us, they're a good side who will likely be there at the end of the year.
There may even have been an element of relief from Voss in the post match.
"That's out of the way, there's a few things to work on, but lots of positives and improvement to come as well. We didn't play to our best but we still didn't lose the game."
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 1 2023 Post Game Prognostications Carlton vs Richmond
In a way I can kind of relate to what Jack may be experiencing.
My Dad was on the board of an RSL club and good friends with the secretary-manager.
It was my first job, working as a barman.
After a year or two they had a falling out.
Life suddenly became a bit uncomfortable.
One duty manager in particular went out of his way to give us a bit of a hard time. I spent some time cleaning ashtrays, and taking the reserved sign off poker machines if the patron had stayed away too long.... (world's worst job for abuse)
I kept working and eventually this bloke came to me and said he was sorry for some of the issues we'd had and that he admired the way I'd stuck with it.
Dad and the boss also patched up their quarrel, but I'd left by then.

I believed SOS's issues were more with individuals and not the club, but it seems that even with their departure some problems still remain.
Are these issues with a few folk still involved at the club at a higher level....who knows?

Perhaps the Silvagni situation highlights something we've argued about in the past.
Is it a good idea for a father to be in a position of responsibility such as coach or list manager at a team where his son plays?
It can work while everything is travelling well (e.g. the Cleary's at Penrith in the NRL).
But when it goes pear-shaped and there is an acrimonious split it causes a bit of grief...especially for the player.
Jack doesn't need that distraction.