Which team has the easiest run in the white-hot race for September?

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    Six rounds to go, and it’s time to put up or shut up.

    This round sees eight of the top nine teams on the ladder squaring off against each other.

    Geelong have the inside running on top spot at the moment, given three more games at Simonds Stadium, albeit against quality opposition, plus two matches against teams in the bottom six, and a trip this week to Adelaide against a Crows side they’ve had the wood on.

    Four wins on the run home may well be enough for top spot to be theirs, and five should do it.

    With three non-Victorian sides currently in the top four, the question for the AFL will be whether the Cats get a home final at Geelong if they earn one. My projections have them playing Port, and the answer should be yes.

    The Power have home games to come against St Kilda, Collingwood and Gold Coast, and will travel to face Melbourne and the Bulldogs. There is also a Showdown in there as well. They’ve quietly won four of their last five, but there is still a flakiness to them that we’d like to see put to bed.

    Still, they’d be disappointed not to tie up a top-four spot from this position with that draw.

    Adelaide has made the running for most of the year, and we know how potent their forward-line can be. They’ve got arguably the hardest run home of any contender this year, and might have to settle for a 3-3 split from here.

    Apart from the aforementioned Showdown, home games against Geelong and Sydney will not be easy, and away games against Collingwood, Essendon and West Coast will also demand much.

    The Crows’ high percentage won’t help them in their battle with the Cats for top spot, but it should keep them on top of Greater Western Sydney for a home qualifying final

    The Giants are faltering with only one win from their last five matches, and that against Brisbane, the clear worst team in the competition (but, it must be said, a decent ‘worst’ side to have).

    GWS have a number of matches against teams fighting for positions in the eight – hosting Melbourne and West Coast, while travelling to play Richmond and the Western Bulldogs. None of these games could be considered much outside the 50-50 range. They should beat Fremantle in the midst of those, but then have the Cats in Geelong to round out the season.

    Sydney are charging to the line in the best tradition of horses like Chautauqua and Makybe Diva, after standing in the gates once the barriers opened.

    Home games against St Kilda, Fremantle and Carlton look easy pickings for a Swans team that has found their mojo, a point underlined with a good win over GWS, who previously had them under the thumb.

    Sydney’s away games look difficult though, against Hawthorn, Geelong and Adelaide, and should put a top-four finish out of reach. Even one loss in the remaining six matches might prevent a fourth placed finish, given Port’s superior percentage.

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    The fortunes of Richmond and Melbourne have long been tied together as cellar-dwellers, and supporters of each club have almost obsessively kept an eye on the other, hoping the best for themselves while wishing the worst upon their counterparts.

    It’s a rivalry that’s one of the best kept secrets in the AFL, but only now is starting to have any relevance.

    The Tigers are shaping as a 13 or 14-win team, but still have to pick their way through a run home that will give them nothing. GWS and Geelong are the only top-eight sides they have to face, but interstate trips to play Gold Coast and Fremantle are tricky, while Hawthorn and St Kilda will cause problems too.

    The Demons have some softer opposition in North, Brisbane and Collingwood, but also host Port and St Kilda at the MCG, along with a road trip to Canberra to take on the Giants. If they can win three of their next four, finishing with the Lions and Pies gives them a real chance to take some momentum into September.

    West Coast are shaping as the likely eight-placed team, even with 13 wins when 12 would often do the trick.

    Home games against Brisbane and Carlton give them a chance to build percentage, while games against Collingwood and St Kilda at Etihad, where they play well, will be seen as opportunities. This four-week block gives them a chance to still push for home final in Week 1.

    Round 22 sees the Eagles head to Spotless for GWS and Round 23 has them hosting Adelaide in Perth, and both games will have plenty at stake for all sides. West Coast will be finals-ready after those matches.

    St Kilda, Essendon and the Western Bulldogs all have every chance of finishing on 12 wins and not making the eight. If that comes true, they can all consider themselves unlucky, but it also means we will be in for a hectic close to the season.

    Given the amount of close games we’ve seen this year, it’s almost assured that a spot in the finals and positions within the eight will come down to a single goal, a single kick, a single moment in that last round.

    The race to September, which has been cooking all year, has now reached the point where it is white-hot. The premiership race is at least as open as it was last year, and I’d argue even more so.

    Cameron Rose
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    Cameron Rose is a born and bred Melbournian, raised on a regime of AFL, cricket and horse racing. He likes people who agree with him but loves those that don't, for there's nothing better than a roaring debate. He tweets from @camtherose.

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    • July 18th 2017 @ 8:06am
      Don Freo said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      Freo has 6 very winable games. Looks like finishing 7th.

      • July 18th 2017 @ 9:22am
        George said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        Yep, remember your claim 13 wins in a row after round 9. So far 1 win – lucky escape vs North.

      • July 18th 2017 @ 9:45am
        rusty said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

        lol.

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        July 18th 2017 @ 10:13am
        anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        Freo have the second worst defence in the league only marginally head of a Lions franchise that can’t retain anyone and has lumbered from one crisis to the next.

        I think Freo have the 4th of 5th worst defence in the league despite playing a negative, defence orientated game style from the mid-2000s.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 10:17am
          Milo said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report

          Bit harsh on the Lions anon. From where they’ve come from, this year is starting to become a positive.

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            July 18th 2017 @ 11:09am
            anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

            No doubt. They certainly play a more appealing style than Freo despite no Brownlow Medalist, no Walters (equal of Betts), first year coach, etc.

            Well done to them but they are a bad team.

            • Roar Guru

              July 18th 2017 @ 1:00pm
              Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

              Relative to a dozen other teams with more resources, vastly more experienced lists, better leaders, coaches, facilities – yes, we are a ‘bad’ side. At present.

              What are you saying we should do? Just give up? Not even bother? My club is finally making progress relative to other clubs around them and I’m very, very confident that we are on the right path towards improvement.

              • Roar Pro

                July 18th 2017 @ 1:42pm
                anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

                Not much Brisbane can do because most players are recruited from the footy states, and generally after a few years they demand to be traded back to Victoria so they can enjoy mummy’s cooking.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 3:03pm
                Peter the Scribe said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

                still paying the price for the Voss years as coach?

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 3:24pm
                Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

                Paying the price for the AFL shifting from protectionism to free markets, and being the least appealing of 18 clubs to go to at a time when the AFL relaxed all the restraints on player & off-field staff movement. Voss and Leppa were just the two inexperienced bods, but if it wasn’t them it would have been someone else supping from the poisoned chalice

              • July 18th 2017 @ 6:55pm
                rusty said | July 18th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

                Paying the price for an afl terrified of the players’ union. I’m not seeing much from Mclachlin to suggest he has a backbone. Sooner or later the tv rights will need to be renewed at a similar price to the one before and the union won’t like it. What will you do then Gillon?

              • July 18th 2017 @ 9:02pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:02pm | ! Report

                Brian Cook should of got the job, took over eagles and turned them from a basket case to premiers in 3 seasons and we’ve all seen him pretty much do same thing at Geelong.
                A brilliant administrator who gets the job done unlike yes man gil.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 9:26pm
                Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

                Gillon is a fixer, he’s a Christopher Pyne type operator. I think he’s doing a pretty good job to be honest, but also agree he has not yet really been tested.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 10:32pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

                Took over a well oiled machine and is maintaining it, proof in his leadership us going to be measured over next 18 months imo. I don’t find Gil to be a visionary by any stretch and would like to see some bold moves to take the game forward than just continue to maintain.

        • Roar Guru

          July 18th 2017 @ 10:36am
          Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

          I think you need to update your invective. You clearly haven’t paid any attention to what has gone on at the Lions since end of 2016. We have been retaining players left right and centre since the AFL finally agreed with what Lions fans had been saying for years, that the Lions needed expert help off the field, not just draft picks on it.

          There are no further crises at the Lions now that has been put into place.

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        July 18th 2017 @ 10:15am
        Lamby said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

        Freo has 6 very winable games. For the opposition?

        I am pretty sure you are trying to be funny as you are favourite in maybe one of those game!

        • Roar Guru

          July 18th 2017 @ 11:24am
          AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

          Ha.

          We’d be favourite against Gold Coast at home, and we’d perhaps break even with Hawthorn this weekend. GWS and Sydney, in Sydney, we’d be comfortable underdogs for. That leaves Richmond, at home, which will depend on which Richmond shows up, and Essendon in Melbourne, which will also depend on which Dons outfit shows up.

          We’re just too inconsistent, and difficult to predict. I’m not even trying to be harsh, because this is all true. I’d be a very happy fan if we get a very comfortable win against the Gold Coast, and take home four points against Hawthorn and one of the Tigers/Dons. If we’re very very lucky, maybe we’ll poach a win against one of the Sydney sides.

          But winning all six? Nah, I wouldn’t bet on it.

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            July 18th 2017 @ 11:39am
            anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:39am | ! Report

            You lost to Gold Coast at home last year with a full strength team.

            • Roar Guru

              July 18th 2017 @ 12:37pm
              AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

              Come on mate, you’re making this too easy. Last year’s results are always reflective of this season’s results, aren’t they? Pffft.

              Besides, on the basis of my quick look at the teams from the encounter you mention, I’d anticipate that there’s at least 9 players from that side that won’t be playing in three weeks time. Six of them definitely won’t be playing.

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                July 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm
                anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

                No, but we can see a trend.

                Losing to bad teams, inability to score (going back to 2014).

              • July 18th 2017 @ 7:03pm
                rusty said | July 18th 2017 @ 7:03pm | ! Report

                Comfortably beat Essendon earlier in the year. Just got home against Richmond but were clearly the better team. Ditto against Melbourne. Choked against Geelong despite dominating most the day. Fluked our first win against north but deserved the second one, just. Humiliating losses against Port, Adelaide and Brisbane. Were better than Carlton when it mattered.

                I have no idea if we’re any good or not. I actually suspect we might only be 2-3 years away but by God we are schizophrenic.

            • Roar Guru

              July 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm
              Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

              Gold Coast always do well at the start of the season before they realize other teams care about doing well a lot more than they do. Their intrinsic lack of professionalism and care factor relative to other sides always lets them down.

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                July 18th 2017 @ 2:59pm
                anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

                Doing better than the Lions though.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 3:20pm
                Peter the Scribe said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

                I wonder if Gold Coast suffer from the anachronism that is the actual Gold Coast? It has no identity that place, no heart, no soul…caught in a 70’s time warp. At least when the National AFL competition started teams such as West Coast or Adelaide essentially were representing their state. Then the working class versions such as Dockers and Power still had something to play for, a rich history indeed with Port Adelaide. Non AFL states like Sydney and Brisbane were at least still representing their state but it has taken Sydney decades to develop what is now an envied culture and enough longevity to have some history to fall back on. Historic AFL moments like Nick Davis 4 goals in the last qtr of 2nd Semi 2005 against the cats, Leo Barry you’re a star, Adam Goodes winning the flag for the Swans on one leg in 2012, etc….Brisbane still trying to get this essence of culture and history even after an amazing trio of flags not that long ago. What does Eade say when trying to inspire his troops? Play for the Jumper? Play for all the people of Surfers Paradise? I don’t think so. It may also be an issue for GWS…despite their amazing list they don’t have any history or culture as yet. Perhaps GWS will kick off the history this year with a flag but Gold Coast still seem eons away and their losses never seem to hurt.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 4:20pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

                Never would say Fremantle is working class, if south freo and east freo had been able to settle their differences a Fremantle representative would’ve been in the vfl before west coast, a moot point I know

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 3:27pm
                Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

                I have said for years that the Gold Coast will never have successful sporting teams because the care factor just isn’t there, players can always get away with being less professional than rival teams in high profile areas and therefore will always be less committed.

                How do you inspire a team on the gold coast to bust a gut to the extent required to hoist a flag? Just doesn’t happen. Will always be a critical mass of players that treat it as a retirement home, being a footy player on big money on the coast and virtually invisible practically guarantees it.

                @Anon – don’t care about the Suns, the Lions are better than they were last year and that’s all that matters to me. We are running our own race for the next few years till we start approaching contention again. If you want to make dumb comments about teams you don’t know anything about I suggest sticking to Freo

              • July 18th 2017 @ 3:45pm
                George said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

                What a load of crap. Stick with Lions, Paul.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 3:50pm
                Paul D said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:50pm | ! Report

                The butthurt is strong with this one. Apparently 25 years of evidence isn’t enough George?

                Giants, Seagulls, Chargers, Rollers, Blaze, GC United.

                No GC team has ever even made it to a grand final in any sport, let alone won a flag.

                Gold Coast is a great place, modern city, but it’s a graveyard for sports, every pro sporting team that has gone there has either underperformed or folded.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 9:22pm
                Col in paradise said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:22pm | ! Report

                Exactly – they are mainly playing to tourists and ex pats seeing their old team or hungry for a live games – long term locals to busy making bucks or surfing and don’t care !!!

              • July 18th 2017 @ 6:01pm
                George said | July 18th 2017 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

                Paul, this is the part I found amusing and could not resist to respond

                “Gold Coast always do well at the start of the season before they realize other teams care about doing well a lot more than they do. Their intrinsic lack of professionalism and care factor relative to other sides always lets them down”

                It does not surprise me when people from Victoria don’t care or have no idea what’s happening with Suns. But from you I would expect better. As with Lions it’s who runs the club. I bet you feel better about Lions with Noble and Fagan in charge now. Don’t want to go into discussion about Suns where they are but I am glad you got great inside view into Suns culture.

    • July 18th 2017 @ 8:13am
      Milo said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:13am | ! Report

      Certainly an interesting season and the AFL must be pleased with what is presented now. For mine the one consistency in a very up and down season has actually been Sydney. You take the best players out of any side at the start of a season when everyone else is up and firing and see what happens. Their losses have been understandable and so have their wins. Not many sides can say the same.

      Now that they have their mojo back as you say Cam, I expect them to make top four. Six wins is not beyond their reach. Apart from the home games which should be percentage boosters, I expect they will beat Hawthorn and at least one of Geelong or Adelaide away. They play ok at AO and have had success at KP when it counts including last year by six or seven goals. They will go in to both those games with nothing to lose.

      Fans forget this team has a burning desire to right what they feel is an injustice from last year. Not only are they the best team going around at the minute but they are the first real genuine premiership favorite I think to emerge this year in my view. The Dogs look gone and false dawns seem to surround StK, Richmond, Melb & Port. Geelong & Adelaide appear vulnerable when their best are shut down and GWS just hasn’t been able to get its best on the park yet.

      Sydney has the talent, is brilliantly coached and certainly has the desire. Look out the Bloods.

      • July 18th 2017 @ 9:21am
        Birdman said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        I think Hawks might have the Syds covered at the ‘G.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 9:41am
          Milo said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:41am | ! Report

          The last three have been really close games so we’re prob in for the same. Funny though that the Swans won the game at the G while the Hawks won the two in Sydney.

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            July 18th 2017 @ 11:10am
            Cameron Rose said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

            Fair wrap on the Swans, and they are now looking very threatening. Their consistency is hard to shake, now they’ve got into the season. I still think they’ll slip up unexpectedly at some stage, and then they’ll be right back in the ruck. That 0-6 start gave them no margin for error.

            • July 18th 2017 @ 11:26am
              Peter the Scribe said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

              I agree Cameron. The Swans will have spent every last penny in this huge run from 0-6. It simply can’t be sustainable and the fall will be swift at some stage between now and the finals.

            • July 18th 2017 @ 11:54am
              Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

              I can see the Swans continuing their run right up until the finals and then blowing up again in either the prelim or the GF if they get that far.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 3:26pm
                Peter the Scribe said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

                Geoff, you would fancy any team against the Swans if their run went all the way to the GF….it would be ripe for a young team to run them off their legs and could end up in a blow out GF.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 3:39pm
                Christo the Daddyo said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

                Is there still going to be a week off in between the end of the regular season and the start of the finals? If so, I think (as the Bulldogs proved last year) that all bets are off in regards to where a successful GF campaign can be run from.

    • Roar Guru

      July 18th 2017 @ 8:32am
      Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Dons.

      I have no doubt they’ll finish in the eight and do some serious damage come finals.

      • July 18th 2017 @ 8:51am
        Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

        Agree there rick but only if they get games at MCG or etihad, but with their pace, a big fwd capable of winning games, best chb in comp atm and the most experienced coaching panel they could possibly assemble the dons will be in thick of it over coming seasons.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 9:26pm
          Col in paradise said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

          The Bulldogs have no hope – they have the albatross back on the paddock – Cloke !!!

          Outside of Swans and the Cats I like the look of Port – and the Bombers are looking dangerous.

          For some reason although I like watching them a lot n love them when they get flying something tells me the Crows n Tigers n GWS won’t for far in the finals – gut feeling…..the rest can take a step towards looking at next year.

          • July 18th 2017 @ 10:31pm
            Rex said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:31pm | ! Report

            Like the look of a side who hasn’t beaten even one side in the top eight all year????
            Ok?!?!??

            • July 18th 2017 @ 10:49pm
              Brendon the 1st said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

              Swans and West Coast are top eight sides, WC got knocked out of the eight because Port beat them.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 7:01pm
                Rex said | July 19th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

                Both sides were not in the 8 when the puff played them – sorry, but a fact!

            • July 19th 2017 @ 9:12pm
              Col in paradise said | July 19th 2017 @ 9:12pm | ! Report

              In sense your right but it has allowed them to play themselves back into form and find a structure and stronger game plan then 2015 – and the last two weeks or three I feel they have clicked it all back and maybe more – confidence and fitness also looking good. Not a Port man at all.

              Sometimes looking at the past gets you nowhere it’s the now and the future….they look solid

      • Columnist

        July 18th 2017 @ 11:07am
        Cameron Rose said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        Just to clarify, this is the same Essendon that has lost to Brisbane, Carlton and Freo? People look at the damage they can do, which is fair, but forget how inconsistent they are. I think they can get to 12 wins, but that won’t be enough to make finals. 13 is on the cards, but they’d to be very consistent from here. You’d be committing sight unseen.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 12:21pm
          Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

          Cam when put like that yeah brings clarity. Would prefer west coast to pinch 5th or sixth bring nic nat back against Carlton and charge to unexpected premiership glory.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 12:30pm
          jutsie said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

          the freo / carlton losses were early in the season when the banned players were still gelling with the new guys.
          Since then Brisbane has been the only blip and all the other losses have been tight affairs against quality opposition.

          the dons are a different beast to the early part of the season, the midfield looks much better with bellchambers finally repaying the faith and they finally providing the potent forward line with good opportunities. They still have more upside too if heppell and watson find some form.
          The brisbane loss does hurt and it does make it very hard for them to make the 8 from here but I think they have a better spread of talent and more dangerous game plan than a few of the other teams in similar position on ladder.

          • July 18th 2017 @ 12:38pm
            Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

            Great game plan is what happens when you have two wce legends in the box.

        • Roar Guru

          July 18th 2017 @ 12:43pm
          Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

          Geelong lost to the Pies, Suns, Dons and nearly Freo. What’s your point Cam?

          • July 18th 2017 @ 12:47pm
            Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

            Don’t forget nearly lost to port and Hawks as well.

          • Columnist

            July 18th 2017 @ 12:53pm
            Cameron Rose said | July 18th 2017 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

            If you swap the Essendon and Geelong win-loss records, then yes, I’d think Essendon would make the finals. If they can get to 13 wins, the resulting percentage could put them in 6th.

            • Roar Guru

              July 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm
              Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

              Dons have 4 soft games, 4 at home, 5 in Melbourne, with the only away fixture being Rodney’s penultimate farewell match.

              They’re only 1 game out of the 8, have superior percentage to the Saints, WCE, Melbourne and are playing superior footy in my opinion.

              Not much to not like about the Dons.

              Consistency is an issue, but I could say that about every single team.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 1:19pm
                AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

                I’m with you, Rick. I’m really liking the Dons at the moment.

                I’d like to see the Saints in finals contention as well. They are, but they have a much tougher run home than the Dons. What are your thoughts on the Saints, dude?

                Your last sentence couldn’t be more true, as well.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 2:38pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

                When up and running essendon play the most exciting footy of any team in the comp, how many of their last games are at etihad? That is the key to their finals hope.

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 1:28pm
                Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

                I was hoping for a double or nothing bet from you AD. 🙂

                Saints….I don’t like them. They’ll make up the numbers come finals if they make it. The Dons can really shake things up — like the Bulldogs last year I suspect.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 9:38pm
                Col in paradise said | July 18th 2017 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

                I am a Saints man and like where they are going but not there yet , hate to say it can get soft. But agree the Bombers are looking very good . If they can maintain it – be consistent – they going to give it a shake.

                Now how would it go down if Hird has to give the Norm Smith to Jobe !!!!

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 3:16pm
                AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

                Hahaha, what kind of double or nothing bet?

                You really that eager to immediately launch into another bet so soon after disastrously losing the last one? 😉

              • July 18th 2017 @ 4:42pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

                Balic granted indefinite leave by freo

              • Roar Guru

                July 18th 2017 @ 5:56pm
                AdelaideDocker said | July 18th 2017 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

                Ah damn. I really wish the best for Balic, and clearly something serious is going on.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 6:22pm
                Don Freo said | July 18th 2017 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

                I’ve indicated what it is a few times. His mum is struggling with “issues” and Harley is basically holding it all together for them.

                Because he has done his hammy, the club has let him do his rehab under pros in Melbourne while he tends to the family issues.

                The issue is ongoing and Harley might have to give mum some tough love if he is going to continue in the west.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 10:38pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

                Were did you get this info don? freo is being quite careful with what they are saying as it is obviously a deeply personal family issue.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 7:09pm
                rusty said | July 18th 2017 @ 7:09pm | ! Report

                Essendon want to play bruise free footy. Won’t go far come finals time.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 8:14pm
                Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:14pm | ! Report

                For sure, dockers are doing right thing by the guy so hopefully he stays once it all pans out. I remember when we drafted shuey his sister passed away not long after the draft and we gave him year to stay with his parents and hr has definitely relayed us as I’m sure Victorian teams would off tried toake a play.

              • Roar Pro

                July 18th 2017 @ 11:25pm
                anon said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:25pm | ! Report

                I’ve indicated what it is a few times. His mum is struggling with “issues” and Harley is basically holding it all together for them.

                Because he has done his hammy, the club has let him do his rehab under pros in Melbourne while he tends to the family issues.

                The issue is ongoing and Harley might have to give mum some tough love if he is going to continue in the west.

                That’s out of line spreading rumours about his mother.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 8:12am
                Don Freo said | July 19th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

                Finally a comment from you that makes sense…all but the last sentence.

              • July 18th 2017 @ 11:27pm
                Don Freo said | July 18th 2017 @ 11:27pm | ! Report

                Matti6…No club will ever give such information. This was in a series of conversations about issues confronting young adults who are expected to be the adults in their families when their parents default.

                It is desperately sad…but inspiring…to hear about those navigating Year 11 and 12 who walk with such issues. Perhaps harder still when one has a public persona and social media is waiting to pounce with “mummy’s boys” kinds of put downs.

              • July 19th 2017 @ 10:03am
                Mattician6x6 said | July 19th 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

                So it’s a situation in likeness to what Jaymie Graham faced, obviously not exactly the same but similar.

        • Roar Guru

          July 18th 2017 @ 1:22pm
          Redb said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

          Agree Cameron, the Brisbane loss was very bad and will probably cost us a finals place. “best team outside the 8” the story for Essendon in 2017?

          Need to bank wins against North, Carlton & GC. But will struggle to beat the Bulldogs and will likely do down to Adelaide. Thats 11 wins, with a need to beat Freo at Etihad to get 12 wins. Obviously will depend on the outcome of other matches. If we manage to beat the Bullies we deserve to make the 8.

          • Roar Guru

            July 18th 2017 @ 1:25pm
            Rick Disnick said | July 18th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

            You will. Trust me, I’m always right…except with Fyfe’s contract.

      • July 18th 2017 @ 4:10pm
        Scott said | July 18th 2017 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

        I agree the dons could make it. Good draw and playing well. So many are still a chance. I’m hanging out hope for my Eagles still. They’ve been playing some very average footy lately but are coming up to a winnable block of games. If they can beat St Kilda away and win the others then they’ll bring back Nic Nat for the last 2 games. They are a completely different side with Naitanui and still have a punchers shot. Lose any of the next 4 though and they’re prob screwed.

        • July 18th 2017 @ 4:30pm
          Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

          Fingers crossed Scott. Our line up is so unsettled this year hoping we can get our team settled by finals.

    • July 18th 2017 @ 8:34am
      Mattician6x6 said | July 18th 2017 @ 8:34am | ! Report

      Looking forward to this final series, the projected 8 all have the players to beat each other at any venue so should be a cracker.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 18th 2017 @ 10:11am
      Lord Dunsborough of the MCC said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

      Well spotted young Cameron – while there has traditionally been a sort of shared fraternity of disappointment between The Fuchsias and the Punt Road rabble, you are correct in saying that neither of us wants to see the other enjoy success before ourselves.

      I am in fine fettle despite our defeat to the Crows in Adelaide – will be heading back to Melbourne in a few days once Lady Dunsborough has had her fill of bird watching up here in Kakadu, I saw plenty of Crows on the weekend and that was enough for me. Only bird I’m getting into at the lodge is the Famous Grouse in the minibar.

      The difference between our two sides is that the Fuchsias have stepped away from overreliance on one man – we have an army of graduates from the Paul Roos “Let me teach you not to be terrible footballers program”.

      Richmond is a one man band, and speaking of that one man Dusty can count himself lucky he was only up against that thug Nick Robertson on the weekend – had he come up against our enforcer Tomas Bugg he’d have been whacked harder than Peter Dutton whacked his old man.

      We have our last 3 games at the MCG and will be rolling into September for our first final in far too long. It will be closely followed by the second. I have already contacted the MCG to lay on extra valet parking for week one of the finals. Hopefully Richmond extends the same consideration to its members and requests extra Punt Rd bound trains at 3 quarter time for the expected exodus from the Richmond supporters bay.

      • July 20th 2017 @ 12:40pm
        pioneer said | July 20th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

        Oh how droll Dunsborough, my good man! Likewise Fotherington-Thomas.

    • July 18th 2017 @ 10:30am
      Sydneygirl said | July 18th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

      Given the season it has been there are no easy, lock to win games. Upsets happen every week. A lot will also depend on injuries. Sydney have been going well and fans are thrilled. But we need to keep going. Still too many variables to make calls on who ends up where, for mine. Six exciting weeks to go. Come on Sydney.

      • July 18th 2017 @ 3:34pm
        Peter the Scribe said | July 18th 2017 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

        Sydneygirl, the Swans effort to get back from 0-6 has been enormous. I personally don’t think it can continue though all the way so there has to be a vent of the pressure at some stage. I personally think Longmire won’t be filthy on a honorable loss in these last few rounds….then there is the bye for them to regroup as well…for them to get top 4 from 0-6 would be almost ridiculous….there is a loss coming for them I feel soon but it need not be disastrous.

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