THE DROUGHT

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THE DROUGHT

Post by Windy_Hill » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:18 pm

Merry Christmas to all BT'ers and the families. Hoping you all have a wonderful Christmas and a safe a prosperous New Year

Importantly, I wish us all a successful Essendon 2019. It's do or die for the Dons in 2019. Failure to win the flag will result in us equalling the club's longest ever Premiership drought (1965 -1984). In that generation spanning Drought we went from The Beatles "Rubber Soul" to Michael Jackson's "Thriller". The Vietnam War came and went, Australia went from Menzies to Hawke and the NASA space program went from Gemini missions to Space Shuttle missions. Prince Charles was made Prince of Wales at Carnarvon Castle to wedding Diana Spencer in St Pauls Cathedral. We went from Woodstock to the precipice of the Live Aid era - we went from polio being cured to AIDS being discovered.

Nineteen Years is a bloody long time

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Post by grassy1 » Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:08 am

Tell me about it!

So is 42.Or 48 before that,when Rock and Roll started and one big drought ended,with the Red and Blacks in the WAFL winning by 2 points.

If you could make an Aussie version of America’s Game from that Triumph,when Big Mac referred to a Colossus,as opposed to a Hamburger,I’d love to see it.

32 if you followed the Red and Blacks in Adelaide’s State League.22 years before that one.

Lucky I didn’t have to endure the Cubs’ 108 year wait in it’s Entirety. :roll:

Still,droughts can be broken.Some quicker than others.Let’s hope Essendon Football Club breaks the drought real fast from here.

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Post by Windy Hille » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:41 pm

grassy1 wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:08 am
Tell me about it!

So is 42.Or 48 before that,when Rock and Roll started and one big drought ended,with the Red and Blacks in the WAFL winning by 2 points.

If you could make an Aussie version of America’s Game from that Triumph,when Big Mac referred to a Colossus,as opposed to a Hamburger,I’d love to see it.

32 if you followed the Red and Blacks in Adelaide’s State League.22 years before that one.

Lucky I didn’t have to endure the Cubs’ 108 year wait in it’s Entirety. :roll:

Still,droughts can be broken.Some quicker than others.Let’s hope Essendon Football Club breaks the drought real fast from here.
Channeling the 5th dimension?

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Post by grassy1 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:47 pm

Blind faith! :roll: :lol:

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Post by bpdons » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:48 pm

Need to make finals, need to win a final, and sometimes it's losing the biggest final. Winning a flag with no prior winning finals experience is the stuff of fairytales and has already been done by Richmond 2 years back.

I'll be stoked if we can win Anzac day, both Carlton & Collingwood games, and a final

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Post by grassy1 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:29 am

bpdons wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:48 pm
Need to make finals, need to win a final, and sometimes it's losing the biggest final. Winning a flag with no prior winning finals experience is the stuff of fairytales and has already been done by Richmond 2 years back.

I'll be stoked if we can win Anzac day, both Carlton & Collingwood games, and a final
If that Finals Win takes us to the 3rd Week of Finals bp,we may as well keep going for 2 more Finals Wins. :wink:

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Post by Windy Hille » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:49 pm

grassy1 wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:08 am

32 if you followed the Red and Blacks in Adelaide’s State League.22 years before that one.
Didn’t Lazza Watson play in that one? 1983 I think. Kantilaftas was killing it in the first half. Remember watching the game a week after our disaster on Grand Final day. It was the only bit of cheer I had for the year. There was a leaping Bruce Lindner who starred that day also. And good ‘ol Knuckles Kurley delivered the goods.

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Post by grassy1 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:49 am

Yep,Larry Watson and friends did deliver the Flag in style that year.

If memory serves,Rick Davies and Sturt seemed to be all the rage,thanks mainly to Davies kicking 150 that year.

Davies had already stamped himself as a Sturt Legend in a previous Grand Final,with a For the Ages Virtusoso performance,that delivered the Double Blues an unlikely Victory over Port and given his Club It’s Greatest Hour and Memorable Premiership!

But it wasn’t to be in ‘83(or ‘78,which was a story in itself),as Special K piloted the Bloods to an 18 - 4 Minor Premiership and a Straight Sets Finals Triumph!

It was definitively,The Year Of The Bloods.

They were to wait another 32 Years for their next Flag in 2015.

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Post by Windy_Hill » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:38 pm

Interesting article in The Age on the various Premiership Droughts

In case you missed it - https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/rec ... 50q56.html

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Post by Windy Hille » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:01 am

grassy1 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:49 am
Yep,Larry Watson and friends did deliver the Flag in style that year.

If memory serves,Rick Davies and Sturt seemed to be all the rage,thanks mainly to Davies kicking 150 that year.

Davies had already stamped himself as a Sturt Legend in a previous Grand Final,with a For the Ages Virtusoso performance,that delivered the Double Blues an unlikely Victory over Port and given his Club It’s Greatest Hour and Memorable Premiership!

But it wasn’t to be in ‘83(or ‘78,which was a story in itself),as Special K piloted the Bloods to an 18 - 4 Minor Premiership and a Straight Sets Finals Triumph!

It was definitively,The Year Of The Bloods.

They were to wait another 32 Years for their next Flag in 2015.
Yes, Davies was a legend. As you mentioned, was dominant in the ‘76 triumph over Port. He may have been BOG that day.

That West victory in ‘83 was excellent. I remember it well. They kicked against the breeze in the 1st quarter, but outplayed Sturt convincingly. That set up the win. Glad Larry has some success. He’s had a horrid time since. Very sad about his son Jake, and his daughter being ill 😔

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Post by Rover99 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:02 pm

Yeah, droughts are depressing stuff. Waiting for the cloudburst at Tullamarine. Can somebody please tell me if Joey turns up for the first open training day on January 11th. Thanks and Happy New year to all!

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Post by grassy1 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:45 pm

Very depressing thing,Droughts.

9ers are at 24 years,Knicks over 40.Hell,the Cubs went 107 years from 1909 - 2015.Very depressing for anyone who went close to it.Only 31 for me,which was hard enough,especially in 2003. #-o :-& :roll:

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Post by Windy Hille » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:54 am

grassy1 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:45 pm
Very depressing thing,Droughts.

9ers are at 24 years,Knicks over 40.Hell,the Cubs went 107 years from 1909 - 2015.Very depressing for anyone who went close to it.Only 31 for me,which was hard enough,especially in 2003. #-o :-& :roll:
Is that the turn when it happened in ‘03? It was sudden if I recall my uncle saying so. Dramatic.

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Post by grassy1 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:45 am

Dramatic is one way of putting it,Windy.Depressing also,given it happened against the NKOTB Marlins.I knew how worse it may have been for Indian supporters,in a real and fictitious sense. :-&

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Post by Rover99 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:22 pm

Training Jan 10:
Well at least Joey showed for practice on a very hot day and looks the part in his picture. Love to see him well for Round 1. Some determined and sweaty faces in the photoshoot. Guelfie says that overwhelming care for each other is the catchword of the group this year. I hope that this duty of care extends to the coaches and they get everyone safely to the starting line in March without a hammy, a broken thumb or a twisted ankle.

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Post by Windy_Hill » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:00 pm

Have read JD unlikely for Rnd 1

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Post by Rover99 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:24 pm

Yeah Windy, pretty well resigned to that :-s

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Post by Rover99 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:07 pm

Rover99 wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:22 pm
Training Jan 10:
Well at least Joey showed for practice on a very hot day and looks the part in his picture. Love to see him well for Round 1. Some determined and sweaty faces in the photoshoot. Guelfie says that overwhelming care for each other is the catchword of the group this year. I hope that this duty of care extends to the coaches and they get everyone safely to the starting line in March without a hammy, a broken thumb or a twisted ankle.
Holy faaaarkkk No!!! Hooks joins Merret with a hammy. One more major and were f***** till July!!!! :shock: :shock: :o

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Re: THE DROUGHT

Post by mdso » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:39 am

Too many people have got great expectations about us doing this and that this year. We are coming along nicely and I hope we make the 8, it would be great to play finals however it is by no means home and hosed. A lot of things have to click and synch just right. Looking forward to watching many of our youngsters find their feet this year. Here to a super 2019 for everyone.
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Post by F111 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:57 am

Similar hopes last year but new recruits needed to settle and expectations were tempered.

This year they should be more settled with just one big recruit to fit in.

The start of the season might be an important glimpse, but this team must learn to win when they expect to.

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