Frankly I'm not all that concerned at having missed out on the last two MCG games. I'd have been there anyway if I was in town, self-loathing through every minute of it but to have an excuse for missing like being on the other side of the country is too good to miss out on after only missing one match in Victoria over the last three years (Kardinia Park 2012 when I was still too scarred by 186, but I am going back this year if it kills me).
Ironically enough while I was temporarily relocated to various parts of Western Australia, Twitter's @maesy5 was doing the reverse and visiting Melbourne. While there she took her turn on the Progressive Insurance Demonblog Counselling Couch and took out all the frustration of watching us nearly kick one goal in three quarters out on her keyboard. She appears to have made it home afterwards without hijacking the plane to Cuba so it must have worked at least a bit...
2013 Allen Jakovich Medal Votes
29 - Nathan Jones
19 - Matt Jones (LEADER: Jeff Hilton Rising Star Award)
14 - Jeremy Howe
12 - Colin Garland (LEADER: Marcus Seecamp Medal for Defender of the Year), Colin Sylvia
11 - Jack Viney
9 - Shannon Byrnes
8 - Dean Terlich
6 - Michael Evans
5 - Aaron Davey, Chris Dawes, Lynden Dunn, Max Gawn (LEADER: Jim Stynes Medal for Ruckman of the Year), Jack Grimes, James Magner, Jack Trengove
4 - James Frawley
2 - Rohan Bail, Mark Jamar
1 - Mitch Clark, Jordie McKenzie, Luke Tapscott
Bring in (or keep in) the likes of Couch, Gawn, Tynan, Davis, Kent, Watts, Fitzy, Blease and Toumpas. I'd rather keep losing by 100 points while getting games into our kids than keep losing by 100 points while not getting games into our kids. Also, some consistency in the team might be useful. Stop the 3-4 unforced changes every single week. Yes we need to reward those playing well at Casey, but we also need this young group to play together as a team as often as possible this year. Eventually they might gain some confidence out of this (refer to Gold Coast for what a young inexperienced list playing with a bit of confidence can do, minus the Gazza factor of course as we haven't got one of him, although Jonesy does look a bit like him and carries then entire team a bit like Gazza does...).
Hopefully we have the return of the likes of Frawley, Viney, The Perfect Man (TM) and Grimesy to look forward to as soon as possible after the bye. Adding those four players to any AFL team list would make it a better team - so they can only do our team a world of wonder. And looking forward to 2014, add Hogan and a midfielder purchased with pick 2 (or pick 1, who knows how low we go), get a few more games into Viney, Misson's fitness plan starts to work after another pre-season, we finally learn to do some of the basics like kick and handball and tackle - and just maybe we stop losing by 100 points every single week. A girl can dream.
Thanks for having me. Back to normal transmission from Demonblog Towers for the Saints next game.