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Marnie Cohen

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Just here to share AFL opinions. Passionate North Melbourne supporter with a lot of love for Nat Fyfe. Talk footy to me via twitter @marniecohen

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Very kind words, thanks mate. Love what the Lions are building.

Thriving culture the key to clubs’ success

Don’t see the point in rushing into any decision. I’m really enjoying what Shaw has done with the side both on and off field – playing a hard and unforgiving brand of football and there is a great buzz and feel about the club generally speaking.. everyone seems to be really enjoying themselves. But IMO Shaw still needs the final seven games to prove he is the right fit for the next coach – why make the decision this second and have it backfire. Love what we’ve seen from the last five weeks but there’s still a way to go.

Shaw deserves the chance to coach North permanently

The article wasn’t actually about Richmond being contenders for the premiership, even though that isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. It’s about how injuries have forced them to find depth through fast-tracking kids development and their middle tier players stepping up will better place them for longer term success – rather than winning one flag (2017) and falling off the agenda for the next 20 odd years.

Richmond's 2019 season may be their best yet

Club had a very attacking game style in 2018 and it worked well for them.. don’t know why they reverted to a keepings off style at the start of this year. It has returned again in the previous 3-4 weeks, though. Had they kicked straight against Geelong, they probably would’ve won. As for identity, it’s not in Tasmania – a team in Tasmania will only succeed if it has it’s own identity that locals can resonate. Simply “rebranding” NM (or any team for that matter) as a Tasmanian team isn’t going to work because it won’t give Tasmanian’s a sense of ownership. Club do have a rediscover its identity.

Dear North Melbourne

Thanks so much. Wasn’t suggesting they would win all remaining games in Tassie, was stating that as they’ve lost the first one, they can only win a maximum of three (which is the same amount they played in 2018 and won all three down there last year) and therefore the decision has already backfired, for 2019 anyway. Apologies if I didn’t make that clear enough and thank you for reading!

Dear North Melbourne

Dislike the talk but not alarmed. I think Thompson will be looking at retirement at the end of the year, otherwise I can’t see any of the others leaving. The backline is the biggest issue and we desperately need to develop his replacement. Yes, Majak will hopefully return but his athleticism and ruck ability gives him an extra dimension as opposed to the other two talls. If poor EVW could get his body right, he’d be my first pick. Durdin looked superb a fortnight ago. Unsure where we go with McKay, still needs development imo.

Brown, Higgins (which I think was the most ridiculous suggestion of the lot, btw) and Cunnington best three players so club wouldn’t want to see them go.

Also lots of high draft picks doesn’t necessarily equal success. As you mentioned, Carlton and Essendon and further to that, Suns and GWS (who, while a good side are yet to win a flag). The real solution is play the quality kids we have. Can’t play them all at once but give them a run.

Dear North Melbourne

Hey Michael, really appreciate the feedback and the time taken to comment. The thing with North Melbourne (and potentially St Kilda and Western Bulldogs in the Vic market) is that they have never been and will never be a club fulled by money simply because they have very little of it in comparison to a Collingwood, Richmond, Essendon etc. So, as both Kingy and I pointed out, it’s often driven the club where money can’t. 2007 is the perfect example of that, with the club in incredibly poor form off the field but a booming success on field (finished 4th, made a prelim). Club was lead by the likes of Glenn Archer, Adam Simpson, Shannon Grant, Boomer and so on. While the off field position is now very strong, it’s still nothing compared to the likes of those mentioned previously so they still need that strong identity as a driving factor despite a changing AFL landscape.

Dear North Melbourne

Very kind, thank you

Outrage is ruining our game

There are many levels to the “issues” at North Melbourne and the finger can’t really be blamed at one person (ie. Brad Scott) because everyone loves the coach when they’re winning !

Outrage is ruining our game

I am not part of any North supporter groups on Facebook and try to churn out positive tweets about North as much as possible (and barely respond to the replies) because of the way these things are discussed and expressed. How can you engage with people who only express a view or opinion through abuse and foul language? Gets us no where

Outrage is ruining our game

Kind words, thanks Andrew!

Outrage is ruining our game

Thank you 🙂 The real issue is our approach because no one thinks there is a correct opinion but their own. Social media exposes us to so many opinions and people think it’s ok to fling abuse off to someone who may hold an opinion that differs from their own. There are logical and respectful ways to break it down, yet we don’t take the right road and then refuse to take responsibility when it comes back to bite us.

I mean take “the one journalist in particular” who Luke Bevo claimed was partially responsible for Tom Boyd’s take down. He refused to put his hands up, take the blame and apologise, instead launching an attack on Bevo that his comments came from a place of personal dislike. It’s childish and weird and things like this are simply fueling the fire!

Outrage is ruining our game

A win would be SO BLOODY NICE

Five talking points from AFL Round 9

People are approaching disagreement the wrong way. Maybe it comes from a place of entitlement or sheer anger.. I’m not sure. But if someone doesn’t like something or someone, they think it’s okay to abuse and complete rip shreds into someone than approach the situation tactfully and respectfully. You can learn so much from having a discussion with someone who doesn’t agree with you. As someone who receives abuse constantly from other twitter users I often find myself taking extended breaks from the platform at a time… it’s sad that I’m not alone in that!

Outrage is ruining our game

Thank you for the kind words, George. Footy was one a safe space for everyone to go and enjoy… if we can take responsibility for our own actions, both in person and online, we are a step closer to making the country a better place! Shouldn’t underestimate the power of AFL in our country and the power of an individual’s actions to make it a better or worse experience

Outrage is ruining our game

Yeah, it’s a tough one AM. I think they’re good enough to make a big impact in finals this year but we say that pretty much every year, don’t we. If they are good enough, which I think they are, the penny will drop for them at the right time but I guess it’s just a waiting game really. Biggest worry for me re: Giants is they rock up to the MCG playing in front of 75k-80k opposition fans. That’d really stump them

The attitude problem AFL clubs need to shake

Thanks so much for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the article. I agree with Collingwood, Geelong (even though you have discounted them hehe) and GWS are the standouts for me at this point. Every team is going to have a blunder here and there (as GWS, for example, displayed on the weekend) but they have been the most consistent performers. West Coast, too is flying under the radar. They are 5-3 without really playing their best, strongest football. They played 5 and a half good quarters our of eight in the last fortnight and neither St Kilda or Gold Coast looked a chance. You don’t want to peak too early; keep your eyes on them post bye.

The attitude problem AFL clubs need to shake

I really like what Carlton is building and what they’ve shown so far this year but I think they’re getting slightly ahead of themselves. They’ve put in 7/8 very good, solid performances but all for one win. Rewarding ‘almost victories’ allowed them to get ahead of themselves against North and it totally backfired. The wins will come if the effort is consistent but the inner sanctum must do a better job and managing expectations

The attitude problem AFL clubs need to shake

He is a very good coach. You don’t accidentally make three (4) grand finals – you are slightly out coached and overall unlucky to lose them. Whether he is a great coach, and will ever win one, I’m not so sure. But I will enjoy his dry humour at press conferences as long as he is in the game.

The Freo trio flying under the radar

He is going to be star. I’m scared for Ben Brown’s future encounters w Freo yet cannot wait at the same time

The Freo trio flying under the radar

I’m chuffed, thank you very much. I spend a lot of time in the West so attempt to bring it back to Melbourne and bring it up where I can.

After watching Liam Jones before he went off in unfortunate circumstances yesterday, I don’t see how he can be ahead of Pearce in 2019. He’s the one that has been touted as a replacement for Rance in the AA side. Still 2/3 of the season to go but for a guy (Pearce) that is only playing game 50 this weekend, he has to be on a lot of radars now and in seasons to come.

The Freo trio flying under the radar

Not hard to get excited about the three mentioned above, though.
As for yesterday, it was a slog in the midfield and not pretty but it doesn’t take away from what those three men have done all season.

The Freo trio flying under the radar

I hope it wasn’t a one off.

It's time to make a call on Good Friday Football

They have been a liability for my entire life, AD. Hope next season’s membership comes with health insurance

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 5

Thanks! Had it fixed 🙂

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