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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: 2020 SEASON SUSPENDED
Last post by LP -
You watch what happens to this Mickey Mouse season when the stars wake up to the idea of playing for 1/2 or 1/3rd pay!

Any odds on a trivial but nagging injury "ending the season" for Dangerfield?
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rnd 2 2020 (Rev2) Carlton V Melbourne Marvel Stadium (Sat 13/6 4.35)
Last post by Gointocarlton -
Yes, perhaps it seems entertainment and revenue take priority over the sport.

It is a sport isn't it?

I feel it's lost it's way, I suspect someone like McGuire or Gloch would answer that question very differently to someone who actually loves the sport.

Now, it's about theatrics, glitz and glamour, the sporting aspect is barely included in the considerations. The tell is in when they start playing laugh tracks over the spectacle!
Blame the US of A boosters and followers for that crap.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rnd 2 2020 (Rev2) Carlton V Melbourne Marvel Stadium (Sat 13/6 4.35)
Last post by kruddler -
Round 3: Geelong Cats, GMHBA (away), Saturday June 20 at 7:40pm


Cons... While the Cats are going to host plenty of games in Geelong this year, the Blues are still slightly unlucky to be one of the teams selected to head down the highway... no Thursday or Friday night lights.


Initially, i agreed with you.

On reflection, going down to GMHBA when there is no crowd involved is a blessing in disguise.

It gives us a chance to get used to the ground, without having to deal with the ferals that usually come along with it.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: Next Flag: Carlton or St Kilda?
Last post by Gointocarlton -
Essendon won by percentage, as both Richmond and Essendon had 2 wins apiece.
Essendon then played a game against the VFA premiers, Footscray. Footscray obliterated them, and no, not all of Essendon's team was drunk. One of the reasons Hawthorn and the Dogs got an invite to the VFL.
That one, more than any other, is the dodgiest premiership ever. Even dodgier than the 1916 flag in WWI. There were 4 teams playing only. Carlton lost 2 games for the season. Fitzroy won 2 and drew one. We met in the GF and were beaten. The availability of players, especially during the finals, was very dodgy. Very dodgy, as well as the fact as there were no bench players at all.
Fitzroy finished last winning the wooden spoon then won the flag!
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: Next Flag: Carlton or St Kilda?
Last post by crashlander -
1897 and 1924. In the former, the top four teams played each other once, and the team with the best record after those 3 games was the premier. Some time after this, the VFL adopted something resembling our current finals and GF system. For whatever reason, in 1924 they decided to experiment with the setup, and reverted to the pre 1897 system of the top 4 teams playing each other once. Richmond beat Essendon in the last scheduled final, but still won the flag, owing to a superior record in those final 3 matches.

Notwithstanding all of that, opposition supporters will always try to discredit flags of other teams, no matter what system is in place. They should all stand and be left as they are.
Essendon won by percentage, as both Richmond and Essendon had 2 wins apiece.
Essendon then played a game against the VFA premiers, Footscray. Footscray obliterated them, and no, not all of Essendon's team was drunk. One of the reasons Hawthorn and the Dogs got an invite to the VFL.
That one, more than any other, is the dodgiest premiership ever. Even dodgier than the 1916 flag in WWI. There were 4 teams playing only. Carlton lost 2 games for the season. Fitzroy won 2 and drew one. We met in the GF and were beaten. The availability of players, especially during the finals, was very dodgy. Very dodgy, as well as the fact as there were no bench players at all.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rnd 2 2020 (Rev2) Carlton V Melbourne Marvel Stadium (Sat 13/6 4.35)
Last post by crashlander -
I seem to be with quite a number on here, thinking that most, if not all, of the games to come are a preparation for 2021.

Nor am I overly worried about this: the injuries we got out of Round 1 and the ongoing lowlight of Charlie Curnow's injury have not left us in the shape we would like to be. As it is, a number of guys are getting close, but the ruck is a gaping wound in our side. The last time Kreuzer got injured in round one, we struggled when he came back and we were very ordinary for the season. I can hope that Pittonet and de Koning can show enough, but...

One of the downsides of this season, such as it is, is that it is going to be a real struggle for the recruiting people to make their choices. Not so good being near the bottom when you can't tell who the top selections should be.
However, it should mean that our potential F/S candidates come very cheap: they don't have the opportunity to shine either.

The fact that we have not been given games at Carlton when Geelong get games at their ordinary ground is a negative. Mind you, the Bulldogs wanted games at Ballarat and that hasn't happened either. It is not like the AFl is unaware of the status of our ground.

I do look at the Melbourne game as possible win: I am hard to dent. But it will be difficult. Particularly if Melbourne get first use of the ball constantly. Hopefully, we can show something, Hope springs eternal.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rnd 2 2020 (Rev2) Carlton V Melbourne Marvel Stadium (Sat 13/6 4.35)
Last post by LP -
Couldnt agree more, we now have a lightening premiership series so we get the TV money....I'd see how it goes for a few games and if we look like getting nowhere and no hope for finals then just play our kids.
I'd run with a rotation policy, so that almost all the list gets a day off every 2nd or 3rd week.

Plus, you might win a few games by surprise because the opposition are not familiar with your setup, and we get to see the kids tried in a scenario that is as close to AFL without being AFL.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rnd 2 2020 (Rev2) Carlton V Melbourne Marvel Stadium (Sat 13/6 4.35)
Last post by blueboys_1 -
Will be interesting to see how the injury rate is at the end of the round after last weeks total of 14 injures in the German Bundesliga league, 12  and two in the Bundesliga 2. An increase of about 250% plus from the last round post coronavirus. Touch wood that our boys are well managed and that we can avoid these type of injuries.

https://www.afl.com.au/news/435743/injury-spike-bundesliga-report-reveals-big-threat-afl-footballers-face

https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2020/05/20/5ec5100be2704e1e318b457b.html