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Live blog: Noon Thursday with Rohan Connolly

Carlton walk off after losing to Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.

Carlton walk off after losing to Adelaide at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Thanks for having your say with Rohan today, the blog is now closed. Return at noon next Thursday to discuss the footy issues that matter to you.

Here's a few of the topics you discussed today.

Rohan says Carlton still hasn't got the mental resolve, a steely streak that ensures the results whatever the circumstances. Do you think Carlton have what it takes to regroup and contend for the premiership?

Refreshing frankness or unnecessary spite? What do you think about Darren Jolly's criticism of former coach Neale Daniher?

What was working beautifully for North Melbourne three weeks into the season has been all but unpicked two months in. What's gone wrong with the Roos, and do they have the right gameplan to progress?

The Demons don't look physically equipped to play the game they'd like, and their supposed senior players have largely been lamentable. An embarrassing number of Melbourne's experienced hands appear to be starting from scratch. What can the Demons do to improve in the short term?

 

44 comments

  • What do you think are the reasons for Adelaides transformation this season after terribly dissapointing seasons in 2010 12th 8 wins and 2011 14th six wins.It is a remarkable transformation from a team which won 14 of 44 the last two seasons could easily double that and have already won one more win than last year the Crows are 7-1 second on the ladder and remind me of West Coast last season who were wooden spooners 4 wins in 2010 to 4th in 2011 18 wins and the Eagles like the Crows have transformed themsleves into flag contenders after several seasons in the wilderness for both clubs.The Crows with the quartet of Sanderson the new massiah of Adelaide and assistants Milburn Bickley and Bailey have been instremental in ensuring the likes of Van Berlo Sloane Dangerfield Vince and Thompson have become elite in the midfield with bigger harder stronger bodies after the departure of Neil Craig Sanderson identified the need to be stronger and fitter and has done that and two forwards in Walker and Tippett could become a Modra and Jaraman combination and a steady backline once again becoming miselry and hard to score against.However what do you think of Dean Baileys impact at Adelaide he doesnt get the credit he deserves I dont think we always hear he was a bad coach at Melbourne but he was hard done by I thought look at how bad they are now but he was at premiership teams at Essendon and Port Adelaide and now is looking to be successful at Adelaide as Sandersons right hand man thoughts?

    Commenter
    Peter Griffen
    Location
    Quahog
    Date and time
    May 24, 2012, 9:28AM
    • Hi Peter,

      Think there's a couple of explanations for Crows' resurgence. They were the epitome of a stale list by the end of Craig's tenure, some real underperformed senior players was a bit of a giveaway. New coach freshens things up, they've done a heap of work on their strength and physical game, reflected in their contested ball ranking. As for Bailey, he had a great reputation as an assistant at Port, perhaps that's a better fit for him than a senior position. And no shame in that, either.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 24, 2012, 12:18PM
  • Where are Melbourne at right now they are irrelevant and quite frankly a basket case they lack leadership on and off the field there is too much in house fighting and the players arnt getting on with the coach and it is reflecting in on field performance.To me Mark Neeld is the wrong man to lead to club going forward as he came in with a hard stick and has whacked everyone with it stripping Green of the capaincy and the leadership group of Moloney Jamar Silvia Davey and Jones arnt in the leadership group and to make Trengove and Grimes as captains at 21 and 23 respectively is too young and they should be growing as leaders and not have the big c next to their name it is a big burden to carry.Also this club didnt do its due dillegence in appointing Neeld and hurried its decision which smacks of arrogance and integrity as the Dees also got Neil Craig from Adelaide on a big sum of money wow speak of pechilance! Also I think it is time to sack Neeld after just one year in the job remember Malcolm Blight lasted 15 games at St Kilda maybe its time to let Neeld go and have a look at the likes of Eade Pagan Malthouse and Ayres an experienced coach they need probably Ayres remember the McCartney experiment at the Bulldogs same age out of coaching AFL it could work they should try it.And also what are your thoughts on Connolly and Schwab ousting Bailey the so called boys club lost again what a joke those two are!

    Commenter
    Glen Quagmire
    Location
    Quahog
    Date and time
    May 24, 2012, 9:47AM
    • Take a breath Glen Quagmire, try some punctuation, perhaps even buy a dictionary, or use spell check. Your rantings are incoherent, what does " smacks of arrogance and integrity" mean? Melbourne are no doubt in a transitory stage and will only get better. The older players seem to lack the intensity of the past, it is hard to teach old dogs new tricks. If they cannot or will not learn then they need to move on. Give some of the kids at Casey a go, they couldn't do any worse.

      Commenter
      Deeman
      Location
      Mansfield
      Date and time
      May 24, 2012, 12:15PM
    • Hi Glen,

      Think the club has some real issues with its administration, but don't agree on the coach question at all. I think he's trying to implement long-term cultural change with the playing list, and their ordinary response says far more about them than him, I reckon.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 24, 2012, 12:20PM
  • Rohan,

    Was David King on the gas the other night when he suggested Neeld should be sacked? Eight games into his first season and not only has he taken over a complete basketcase of a club, but he has had to endure the off-season from hell. He needs at least 3 years to show what he can do, probably even longer. Deadwood like Sylvia, Green, Davey & co need to be cleared out of the club in the off-season, and Neeld needs to get the players he wants.

    David King is beyond a joke, calling for Neeld to be sacked after 8 rounds. Melbourne blamed the coach last time and if they sack the new coach after his first year, it will begin to smell like Richmond of the 80's & 90's all over again. From top to bottom there needs to be a cleanout of that place, but Neeld clearly must stay.

    Commenter
    David King
    Location
    Fickle, sensationalist and headline hunting
    Date and time
    May 24, 2012, 9:58AM
    • Hi Kingy,

      I've got a lot of respect for D King but I'm with you on this one, reckon he's missed the mark on Neeld and the Demons. If they're going to install him as coach, they have to give him a free hand to assemble the list he wants. Of course, you can't do that in one fell swoop, or even a couple of drafts. And the senior players have let him down badly, which to me only underlines just how much the entire playing culture needs a kick in the backside. If that means offloading the blokes you mention, so be it.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 24, 2012, 12:28PM
  • Carlton, Carlton, Carlton. Have they stagnated or is it just my imagination? Same problems as last year. Small bodied mids who don't like it in close, no KPF and no plan B. Once you shut downs Carltons outside game and run and spread, you shut down them. Pretenders.

    Commenter
    Rattens right hand man
    Location
    VISY
    Date and time
    May 24, 2012, 10:02AM
    • Hi Ratts,

      Sorry ... jusy responded then it vanished ... tad annoyed for the moment! Anyway, what I was saying was, like I wrote on Monday, I think the psyche of the playing group is as big a problem as structure or gameplan, evident in the fact they rarely turn around games in which they start poorly, and also that they haven't been able to ever win more than four games on end since 2000. I'm not prepared to dismiss their claims entirely at this stage, but boy do they have some work to do.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      May 24, 2012, 12:38PM
  • I was so dissapointed with Fremantle on the weeked it reminded me of the Freo of old when they were really bad it was discraceful embarrasing and insipid as they usually are on the road particulary in Launceston against the Hawks where they are now 0-6.They lacked heart disire and determination it was not what Ross Lyon deserved for a great and potentially great coach as I mean not even a spray at quarter time could help as they were slaughtered in the second quarter eight goals to two game over! I hate to be critical of Pavlich but he was poor he lined up for a goal in the second quarter to level the scores and missed it was game turning and coast the team badly and another in Ballyntyne has been shocking since returning from suspension no impact whatsoever is a big tease and Mundy and Barlow were down on form they need to lift.Earlier in the year you made a comparison of Freo to the Eagles of the early 90s with the side learning to win interstate which the Eagles did improve and the coaching of Malthouse who then brought a defensive mindset to the Eagles and won them flags in 92 and 94 and was successful at it for 10 years of finals right through the 90s and whether Freo can emulate it albeit with not the same roll call of stars but a team potentially of stars which Lyon has installed defence and the attack needs slight improvement can it still work and land the Dockers their first flag in 2014 in their 20th year in the AFL thoughts?

    Commenter
    Joe Swanston
    Location
    Quahog
    Date and time
    May 24, 2012, 10:02AM

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