532).Tuesday, 27 March 2012 04:03 PM -
POINTS!!! - We it's been coming - Reserves (Masters) will play for points in 2012.
Relevant Rules:
  • Age restrictions are O-35 before 31/12.
  • No limit on the bench in season. In finals it's max 6.
  • Opposition can supply one umpire if they want to.
  • FINALS ELIGIBILITY: 4 games (Resies or 47s) - but - Max 4 in Firsts to play in Resies final (unless Firsts playing same day)
    SO - we can go out a ACTIVELY recruit 35yos!
    Our firsts side, MARCELLIN, is travelling well, but not heaps overstocked in the 35s, and naturally will have more available for home games, so there might be room for a few of our blokes to help them out on away games when we play at the same venue.
    Note: if we have too many Masters on home games, we can play a game of 9s after our game to keep blokes interested, or ease them along fitness or hardness-wise to match it with the competition superstars like Willi, Diamond Valley, Beacy or the Evil Empire Essendon.

    ADAM:- GOOD. WE SHOULD AIM FOR GF.
    THERE'S ENOUGH TALENT IN THIS SIDE TO GIVE THE TOP TWO A SHAKE. AND WHILE THE NUMBERS ARE GOOD I'M NOT CONVINCED THEY'VE SWOLLEN QUITE TO SURPLUS.
    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:16 PM - Host: 114-198-113-142.dyn.iinet.net.au

    Ming:- No Surplus yet. However, we can recruit and not have to worry about too many on the bench like a couple of years ago, prior to the 47s. 9s can take some slack, as well as just be footy for fun.
    As far as playing for Silverware - Let's aim for turning up to games, and training, then some teamwork, system, flair...
    and so on up the scale...
    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:17 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    ADAM:- YET TO MEET ANYONE WHO ENJOYED THE BEACONSFIELD TOUR...
    WINNING IS THE ONLY #@*%! FOR FUN.
    SOUND OUT THE YOUTH MOVEMENT IN THE OVER 35'S AND YOU'LL FIND EVERY BLOKE ACTUALLY WANTS TO WIN. THEY LOVE A BIT OF SYSTEM, SOME PLANS.
    WE'RE NOT TALKING MALTHOUSE ROMAN LEGION SYSTEM, BUT THE FACT WILL DRILLS 'SWITCHING' IS ENOUGH OF A PLAN TO BEGIN WITH.
    THEY HATE 'GO OUT AND HAVE A KICK AND JUST HAVE SOME FUN'. THEY'VE GONE BEYOND THAT AND THE PLAYERS ARE BETTER THAN THAT
    TRUST ME, I AM THE EARS OF THE CLUB....DISSENTERS OUTSIDE THE COMMITTEE ARE FREE TO CONTACT ME ON MY CLUB LINE.
    Wednesday, 28 March 2012 06:57 PM - Host: 114-198-113-79.dyn.iinet.net.au

    Ming:- I did mean the 9s is where we do Play for Fun, Premier Masters is too serious the last couple of years to still fall under that description.
    Also, I should have said "As far as talking about playing for silverware..." meaning any talk about further up that scale might be presumptive.
    And now you have got me trying to nut out the word that the automatic censoring function clobbered, could it be one of those little blue pills? Um, The only viagra for fun? Er, The only #@*%! for fun?
    Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:58 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
  • 531).Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:09 PM -
    Bondy's in Ethiopia - If you have an ISP who doesn't register in each city, the fickle yellow blip registers the geographic mathematical middle of a country. So it looks like Bondy is in the outback, but he may equally be on the coast in Djibouti or on the Kenyan border.
    Give us wunderlustrians some photos please Bondy.

    Er, come to think of it:- Sometimes it might be a bit dodgy taking photos in some places.
    Scan a postcard??
    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:11 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au
    530).Monday, 26 March 2012 12:22 AM -
    More pics - Here are a few more

    529).Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:27 PM -
    MUDLARKS 2012 DATES - Bruny9s WILL CONTINUE ALTERNATE MONDAYS at GILLON OVAL, Cnr Victoria & Pearson St Bruns.
    * This Monday 26th Mar * 6pm at Fleming Park, Albert St, E.Bruns
    * This Wednesday 28th Mar * 6:30pm training returns to Gillon Oval - BBQ & Drinks.
    Will wants everybody to put in the 3 Weds in April before the first game (see below)
    * Next Sat 31st Mar * 11am at Gillon Oval. AusKick have their RegoDay, and they lent us the goalposts, so we are donating some footies, then have an AFL9s game (no age limit, touch tackling) and maybe snare a Dad or two.
    * South Coast Buccaneers Easter Mini-Carnival Sat 7 & Sun 8 Apr * Pambula Beach Sports Complex,
    South Coast NSW (between Eden and Merimbula). Free Camping, Lots of Activities

    Will:- Trying to keep the fitness up and it was made easier by running in Central Park which is a great fitness venue. I am hoping that all is going well at home and the Mudlarks are doing well, thanks to Adam for the updates on training and new faces.
    I want to try and contact everyone by email, Mud and text for the lead up into the start of the season. If we can insist that everyone who intends to play with us this year gets to training in the 3 April nights before the start of the season and makes themselves known to the coaches group. Last thing I want to do is go into the year like we did last year scratching for 17 players against Reservoir. Can we organize to contact the people missing who we would like to see back....trying to think without a list but guys like Naz (full back) and Damo (if he isn't coaching juniors), etc.
    Maybe we can do a proper type of team selection and "pie night" on the final training night before Game 1.
    I will be back on April 2nd and then have that week off before returning to work, so happy to get on the phone to everyone and get some commitments for the first 3 games at least. Will have better wifi for the next part of the trip, so let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas. All the best from Boston.
    Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:41 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
    528).Sunday, 25 March 2012 09:38 PM -
    jimmy - hurry up boys 5 more b4 the league is full.come and show rusty and the darebin boy what the mudlarks are good at......code: 139450
    527).Saturday, 24 March 2012 10:27 AM -
    chook - hope your enjoying your holiday commander.Training has been good and the skill level has improved heaps from last year.cheers
    526).Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:56 AM -
    Ratty - Great season i hear boys
    Back at the Home Ground (Gillon) from next Wens 28th March - Stay after for a sausage and a jar in the club rooms.We'll have a chat about the year committee wise and set up dates for happenings for the year.

    Ratty:- That was ment to be great SESSION .a bit preemptive to go great Season already
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:59 AM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au
    525).Saturday, 24 March 2012 01:45 AM -
    Pointy Place - Not in Brunswick anymore.

    Franco Cozzo:- Nah, used to have one, but some-a-one knocked it off
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:06 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    Travelling Salesman:- Franco, old Mate, I haven't seen your "pointy thing" but your Sphinx is now in Geelong.
    Bondy meant he isn't in Brunswick, though the driving is similar.
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:16 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
    524).Saturday, 24 March 2012 01:36 AM -
    Bondy - Greetings, Mudlarks, from North Africa. Writing from Cairo and the heart of the Arab Spring. Went for a walk after work yesterday and stumbled across this scene. Who knew?

    Onwards to Ethiopia this weekend and will check in from there so Ming gets another 'blip' on the global MUD Map. Only there for a week... Back in the training saddle for the first Wednesday in April.

    In the mean time may all your ball skills be tidier than mine and may all your soft tissue stay intact.

    CW:- Good work Bondy, I am joining in from Boston, will be in New Orleans later today when all the lazy bums in Melbourne wake up.
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:18 AM - IP: 209.117.47.251

    Ratty:- Keep it comming boys
    Isip coffee on my porch and travell via your words
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:51 AM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au

    Ming:- Cairo is up there, Bondy, cheers!
    It's damn hard to see the yellow dot for all the sand.
    We got Jamaica too, where Alfie Calvert is going to see the Test, but closer inspection shows Jamaica, NY - New York? Is that you going to the airport, Will?
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:04 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    Ming:- Ah memories, eh Ratty! It is fun following the lads around the globe.
    Coffee on the porch, hope you are rugged up up there.
    Yes travellers, Melbourne has had a touch of winter to keep us on our toes.
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:23 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    CW:- 28C here in New Orleans, need to head home for some cooler weather. Humid too...had a funny run this morning along the Mississippi River, found out where a lot of the drunks from Bourbon St sleep at night smile Got to do some hurdles along the way.

    Ming, not sure where Jamaica is. We got the train from New York to Boston last week, could be in any part of New York that we travelled through.
    Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:56 PM - Host: ip174-70-103-119.no.no.cox.net
    523).Friday, 23 March 2012 11:02 PM -
    JIMMY MUDLARKS SUPERCOACH LEAGUE - CODE 139450
    522).Friday, 23 March 2012 07:50 AM -
    najj - Adam hows your finger. Good turn out on wednesday ,everyone training very well,keep it up boys and well trained

    Jimmy:- Hope you finger get better soon !
    Friday, 23 March 2012 11:47 AM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au
    521).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:12 PM -
    Jimmy - Anyone who interesting in playing hearldsuns super coach pls join me in my leagues .
    Code: 1394501
    520).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:26 PM -
    The Big Fly - Yet Another "Way to Go"

    Choppa:- Looks like Brunsawick Penitentiary
    Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:34 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
    519).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:21 PM -
    Twinkle Toes - Up there Cazaly. Liv shows us how it's done

    Jimmy:- Liv.....you a gun !
    Look like Brunswick got lots of superstars this year !!!!!!!!!
    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:58 PM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au

    How it's done?:- That's a what? An Irish Jig he's doing?
    Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:38 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
    518).Monday, 19 March 2012 02:15 PM -
    BOURKEY'S BACK - Sublime half forward sporting a stylised mullet. Played last couple of games and goes very nicely. This is a top outfit we're assembling...
    517).Monday, 19 March 2012 02:07 PM -
    ADAM - I feel a lot safer knowing you're on our side Zac...Waz and I are glad you won't be out there at nine's to take my head off again.
    516).Monday, 19 March 2012 12:57 PM -
    Zac - Guys. felt very welcome at the club - thanks for that. Looking forward to a great season. Can't make Mondays but will be there every Wednesday. Are there lights at Fletcher Park? When do Wednesdays officially change over to Gillon Res?

    Will:- Zac, welcome to the club and the MUD. Hope to meet you in April when I return from this grand U.S adventure. The Travelling Coach.
    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 01:58 AM - IP: 70.42.157.5
    515).Monday, 19 March 2012 11:42 AM -
    EASTER MINI-CARNIVAL - It's ON AGAIN - for the tenth year
    The best little carnival there is. Pambula Beach Buccaneers Mini Carnival.
    Buccaneers use this to help their trip to AFL9s Masters Carnival in Bali on Queens Birthday Weekend - they sponsor an Orphanage over there, so it's for a good cause.
    Pambula is on the South Coast of NSW near Merimbula (6-7 hours from Melb)
    Beat the traffic out of town and it's a pleasant country drive, with a break in Bruthen and Genoa. Ming leaves before 6am on Good Friday and is up there by lunch to set the tent and have a few frothies.
    The games are played at Pambula Beach Sports Complex, about half way between Pambula and Pambula Beach (1km from Pambula, 8km from Merimbula, beware of the Merimbula Brunch traffic jam). See Map
    Don't even think about running the Booze Bus gauntlet near Merimbula.
    Don't forget to organise your accommodation early, or you'll be camping behind the ground (good spot it is too - power, firewood, ice for eskies and showers at the pavillion, BBQ and band...)
    Vic Metro send a team, usually those long in the tooth, mostly 45+, but a few young guys below 40 fill the need for speed and we have pretty good results.
    VIC METRO ITINERARY
    Friday Evening: 5ish - meet at the bottom pub Pambula
    Friday Night: 6ish - Team meeting and good nosh-up at Sapphire Club ie Merimbula Bowls Club for dinner, often a band on afterwards. Courtesy Bus back to Pambula.
    Saturday all day: Footy from 10am, Round Robin of 2 x 15min Halves
    All Day: Swimming Pool next door, Skateboard pit next to ground, plenty of food, refreshments.
    Sat Evening: BBQ dinner
    Team meeting and feed at 6:30 Merimbula Bowls Club, GoodFriday. - Be at ground at 10:15 for 11am start.
    Bring your BigV Jumper (if you have one, we'll have some to borrow or for sale) Navy or dark socks & White shorts.
    Costs: Registration $50 includes trainer/ice/medical/slabs/commemorative jumper.
    Presentation Sunday Night $45 Entertainment, Sportsman's Night, Meal.
    Apply online or 0403-587-979
    514).Friday, 16 March 2012 03:36 PM -
    2012 FIXTURE - Download a print-friendly PDF version here: VMFIXH.pdf
    Note: We play a Saturday game on June 16 at Werribee
    Note: No split venues this year - last year we had 3
    There's a rough version Ratty on the Masters website.
    Adam: Looks like Northern districts in round one.
    Jimmy: "Bring them on"
    513).Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:18 PM -
    30 MIN DRILLS. 30 MIN SCRATCH MATCH - Had an extraordinary with Naj at the Gillion street Laundry mat.
    It's his office away from work.
    After canvassing the views of the team, I fed back to Naj the boys love the scratch matches.
    He had a great idea to inject some system into it.
    The craftsman will reveal all on weds...

    Merciless:- These scratch matches aren't helping our game plan.
    They are OK for a bit of fun, but the lack of traffic means you can get away with things you never would in a match.
    BOUNCING THE BALL - In the 9s as soon as there is a turn over, blokes are clear, but properly in a match they'd settle, spot a teammate and deliver. This doesn't happen enough in the scratchies, blokes are clear and go for a dash, they get tunnel vision and don't use the leads. A defender knows that a runner while bouncing can only go straight*, and it takes some 8 paces to settle for a kick, by which time the pressure is back on and the kick almost always results in a TURNOVER. Just watch the quick kids on a Monday night fall for this trap!
    The plan should always be to break away, then steady and spot up a leading teammate.
    *Note: Exception to the rule - Adam takes off sideways for a bounce, (but I'm beginning to work out that it's always to his right to get onto that handball)
    LONG FORWARD HANDBALL - for player to run onto, works well in 9s. But in a real game there is another line of defence that cuts these off.
    OVER THE HEAD HANDBALL - thumping the ball back over your head is a 50/50 chance to get a forward break - good percentage in 9s. In a real pack situation it takes too long, maybe 3 seconds in the air then the receiver will be red-hot.
    Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:50 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    Contrarian:- I disagree. The other night I saw more switching of play then I have ever seen. Still not enough. Blokes still kick to contests too often, but Will has been going on since day one about holding possession and avoiding kicking to packs.
    The games are starting to inject some different habits. Habits that are hangovers from when we last played in the 90's.
    The games could do with a directive. Each side has to switch the play coming out of the backline, but aside from that, I can see the benefits.
    I played one praccy game last year. This year 20 odd. Even your brilliant 9's invention has helped blokes prepare for getting rid of the ball under pressure.
    There's also the fact it gets blokes down to training. A great drill will never beat a game of footy.
    Sunday, 18 March 2012 09:06 PM - Host: 114-198-110-247.dyn.iinet.net.au
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