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General Sports buff with a particular interest in AFL, English Premier League and Cricket but love all sports. Avid Hawthorn fan in the AFL and Liverpool in EPL.

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No problems Josh. If I was being lazy then I would have just made the stats analysis as looking at their first 25 test matches but wanted to use Marsh’s whole career. Was just making the point that it was this series in England which took him to 31 tests, that announced Steve Waugh who before that series was averaging little better than Marsh. Anyway your opinion was very very very useful and I respect it.

Are we being too harsh on Marsh?

The intra country stats were left out as I couldn’t find them anywhere but if my memory serves me correctly Marsh was one of the better performed batsmen during that match. Lazy is a little strong. Don’t profess to be a professional just a hobby. At least I got you to read it. Have a go at it yourself one day. I look forward to reading your work.

Are we being too harsh on Marsh?

Absolutely

Hodge retires after epic AFL final

What an outstanding player and leader. I remember the question marks over the Hawks selecting Hodge ahead of Chris Judd particularly over the first part of his career but I know which player I would want in my team. Also a decent bloke to go with it. True legend of the game

Hodge retires after epic AFL final

Thanks Josh. I look forward to reading your first article

Are we being too harsh on Marsh?

Quote from your comment “I’ve seen and hear some disgraceful abuse directed at females playing footy but not one instance from a male player”. Have I misunderstood

The Tayla Harris statue transcends sport

hahahaha, sounds like a Shane Warne excuse. There was actually no suggestion the sample had any trace of drugs but tampering with a sample in any way is seen as cheating the system and should rightly be dealt with harshly. There is also talk of why would he do it noting a positive sample would only act as a strike with no real implications….except of course unless this was going to be strike number 3!!

The Eagles will soar without Rioli

Come on Jack, please spare me the conspiracy theories. If your views are right then the experts clearly dont think the Eagles will progress past this week which is why they have decided to bring it out now. The more interesting point is why is it always the Eagles that have these things come out??

The Eagles will soar without Rioli

Sorry Penster are you suggesting that male players dont get abused or trolled on social media??

The Tayla Harris statue transcends sport

The only reason I did that is because that was his “Break Out” series and just happened to take him up to test 31 in comparison to Marsh.

Are we being too harsh on Marsh?

Thanks Paul. You could also argue that Steve Waugh had a better team around him but its just my opinion of course. I think the times you are talking about where he helped his side win was later in his career. The point I was making is that early on Steve Waugh was afforded plenty of opportunities and well done to the selectors for giving him that opportunity.

Are we being too harsh on Marsh?

The popular thought most years is that the QF losers will go out in straight sets but rarely does it happen. I think the West Coast had a “Soft” draw first up with Essendon well outside their depth. Looking at the Cats record since the mid-season bye they are win-loss all the way through to last week so they are due a win aren’t they? Funnily enough Brisbane were pretty good last week except for their accuracy in front of goals which could be put down to their lack of finals experience. I think they’ll be better for the experience and will account for GWS.

It's do or die for AFL’s top-two finishers

The Qualifying Final is just that. The top 4 teams play each other for the right to qualify for the Preliminary Finals and hosting rights. When you lose the qualifying final you give up the Prelim hosting rights and in essence you give up your “seed”. There still needs to be reward for the top 4 teams if they happen to lose in week one which is the benefit of getting a double chance and hosting the next final. The AFL already rewards mediocrity by having a top 8 noting, with the exception of the Bulldogs in 2016, rarely does 7th or 8th progress. That was especially the case this year with Essendon and Bulldogs just making up the numbers. So teams 5 – 8 dont really deserve any more hand-outs come finals.

To the losers go the spoils

Interesting article and some good points. Whilst I get why Geelong are making such a big deal about this, I’m not so sure it would really provide them with a major advantage. They have played (1) final at Kardinya Park which they lost to Fremantle. Yes they had an 8-1 win/loss record there this year but lets have a look at who they beat. Six of their wins were against teams that finished outside the 8. The 2 finalists they beat were West Coast and Bulldogs which was early in the season when neither of those teams were playing at their best. Their one loss was against GWS. I think they need to just get on with it and play the game. It’s not like they are travelling interstate and besides, they need to be able to win at the “G” if they want to win the premiership.

Why Geelong deserve proper home finals

I would probably go with Aaron Naughton instead of Josh Kennedy. I know its a speculative choice but I think he provides more versatility particularly with a forward line including Franklin and Darling. Kennedy well past his best. Bench looks purely midfield/forward. I would drop Liam Ryan out and bring in someone like Nathan Broad or even a Sydney Stack as another speculative. Otherwise cant argue and although I still think the Vics have it (just), this would be a match up I would go and see.

Who would play State of Origin in 2019? Part 3: Western Australia

Good call Chris. I remember when Damian Martyn was in an out of the test side as injury replacements. As soon as the injured player was ready he would go straight out. Had a pretty good record too if my memory serves me correct. Eventually he got the chance and had a pretty good career. Exposure to the top level is good for these guys even if it is only 1 or 2 matches here and there.

Aussies need a reshuffle but only one change for fourth Ashes Test

Agree the differences are not major but it does provide an insight into where the club is at with the profile of the list. Probably a more meaningful analysis is how many players in each of the age groups i.e. < 20 (7 players), 21-25 (22), 26-29 (10), 30+ (9).

Will the ageing Hawks finally hit the draft?

I don’t mind that suggestion Tony. Could be the change to kick-start Warner. At least if he comes in at 6 hopefully Stuart Broad will be tired.

Aussies need a reshuffle but only one change for fourth Ashes Test

Agree that Harris should go out and move Khawaja to open where he has his best test record. Harris also made a couple of blunders in the field so although harsh I think its warranted. Given the week rest, I would also stick with the bowling unit from Headingly that dismantled England in the first innings. Do we know if Steve Smith is a definite starter due to the concussion protocols?

Aussies need a reshuffle but only one change for fourth Ashes Test

What if Ablett Snr had stayed at Hawthorn

What if Lance Franklin had signed with GWS?

Good article Josh. Promises to be one of the more interesting vote counts for as long as I can remember. Would have been great for them to hold it during this weekend’s bye rather than waiting for GF week. Interestingly although Tom Mitchell was the raging favourite last year there was only 4 votes in it at the end. I think it could be a tie with two or three equal at the end of the count. Lachie Neale and the Bont for me. Dangerfield and Kelly will share votes and I dont think Cripps will get enough 3 votes given Carlton’s win/loss record. Dont be surprised if Dusty makes a big run towards the back end.

Why this year’s Brownlow Medal count will be one for the ages

I think very ordinary is a little harsh anon. Agree they dont posses the superstars of some of the other teams but they have some good honest footballers. I can see some similarities with the build in 2008 where Clarko taught them how to defend the ground and then the scoring ability came after that. Scoring has been an issue this year and is definitely an area needing to address.

Will the ageing Hawks finally hit the draft?

Patton is a big risk in my opinion but if they can get him for similar terms that they got Scully then its worth the risk. I really like Mitch Lewis who is still a little way off his best but lets not forget that he was picked up at #76 in the 2016 draft so a lot of upside and finally Tim O’Brien is starting to string together some solid games too.

Will the ageing Hawks finally hit the draft?

Interesting thought Roger of Sydney. Not sure if it’s possible to play above your ability as you play the way you play. Of course Clarkson is a huge part of it as I mentioned in the article. The next Gen is there now time to move forward.

Will the ageing Hawks finally hit the draft?

I hear what you’re saying PeteB but I think the club identified that they had cover in the position that Burton was playing i.e. half back intercept player, so made the bold decision to trade to get Wingard. Although Chad had a slow start his last month was more of what is expected. I suppose as I said, time will tell.

Will the ageing Hawks finally hit the draft?