Saturday, April 06, 2013

Poor, poor Ririchiyo-sama

"I can't believe what I'm seeing. 
My team sucks!"

Melbourne are under pressure again after another uncompetitive performance in a 148-point hammering by Essendon at the MCG.
And Melbourne AFL supporters thought they were bad last week.
For a second successive match, the Demons were uncompetitive and simply appalling in a 148-point hammering by Essendon at the MCG on Saturday night.
Essendon forward Stewart Crameri booted six goals, ruckman Tom Bellchambers four and midfielders Dyson Heppell and Jobe Watson were outstanding in the 28.16 (184) to 5.6 (36) rout.
As they did in their 79-point season-opening loss to Port Adelaide the previous week, the Demons fell apart completely in the second half.
But this time they were not competitive at any stage, trailing by 55 points at halftime and beaten in every key aspect of the game - especially deficient in their tackling and clearance work.
Coach Mark Neeld is certain to be under further pressure this week as the Demons attempt to make sense of a season in which they believed they would improve, but clearly haven't.
In fact, they may well have regressed.
Any hope Melbourne would fire up after their humiliation the previous week was laid to rest 15 minutes into the match.
The Demons had no answers as Heppell, Watson and David Zaharakis tore them apart in midfield - Heppell having 23 touches to halftime and doing what he liked.
But it was 14 unanswered goals from early in the third term to game's end which showed the depths the Dees are plumbing - the Bombers able to move the ball to goal with embarrassing ease.
Melbourne managed just 1.1 for the second half, and Essendon had 50 more inside-50s for the match.
Masked by the Dees' shambolic efforts was an excellent performance from Essendon - starting the year with a second successive victory to show they have put aside their tumultuous off-season.
They had winners all over the field, nine multiple goalkickers, and their tackle count nearly doubled that of the Demons.
Watson finished with 39 possessions and three goals, while Heppell had 36 touches and two goals.
Defender James Frawley was easily Melbourne's best.
Jack Watts, Melbourne's No.1 draft pick a few seasons ago, was subbed off midway through the third quarter after another ineffective performance.
Essendon took an injury concern away from the match, with Crameri barely playing in the final quarter because of what appeared a knee injury.

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