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A New South Welshman, supporting a West Australian team, living in South Australia, formerly studying in Germany. Unashamedly a Freo fan (and member!). Budding writer, and do a bit of live-blogging.

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If that’s true – they were barracking too loudly whilst a properly offensive person got away with his misdeeds – than that’s a proper blight on the weekend’s security.

Utterly insane.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Disappointing, great, disappointing, great and finished disappointed.

Not gonna lie, that’s how I was feeling during the blog, too. I mean, not that I could’ve been explicitly supporting Carlton, but hot damn I wanted to see them clinch that clash.

Should’ve seen me during the Blues’ rally in the final six or so minutes; I’d practically started tuning out thinking it was going to be a long-decided conclusion before they just exploded with goals! Typing faster than I have in a while, hah.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Eh, who knows.

Did you head along, Dalgety? Would’ve been a good one to see live.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

I’m still wondering what the two young lads supporting the Blues did to deserve being publicly booted from Saturday’s clash. Given Seven pretty publicly broadcast it, you’d assume there would be an explanation, but maybe not.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

I mean, they fined Stratton for giving the bird to Bombers supporters, but Liberatore’s actions probably don’t fall under the offensive category.

Unfortunately, because they’re just not very sportsmanlike, particularly coming from a man who’s team had given up a 30-odd point lead twice in one game.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Yeah, security heading onto the ground at the ends of games is normal procedure; happens everywhere. What I was meaning is I didn’t really notice security around the stands, unlike Adelaide where they’re fairly obvious.

No biggie anyway, ’twas just an observation of mine.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

That is a good point, actually. This seems to be a very Melbourne-centric issue; security everywhere else seems to be pretty regular this weekend.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

I went to that same game, Joe, and I barely noticed security (police or stadium security) that much either. I struggled to find Optus Stadium staff members, either, although that’s another matter.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Oh, Jordan, he wasn’t escorted out, either.

He threatened to boycott the footy … in a week Collingwood had the bye.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Adelaide Oval does, too, from memory. I’d assume most grounds have them.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

I absolutely agree that there is way too much aggression in the stands at ground, and I absolutely agree that anyone spewing vitriol at those in attendance (umpires/players/other fans) needs to face consequences.

But having security staff roam up and down the aisles intensively motoring the entire ground is unnecessarily heavy handed. I don’t like the look of it. And if the reports that people are getting booted for “cheering too loudly” etc are true, then the security at games is getting far too ridiculous.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

I prefer the term Gilstapo, heh.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Adelaide Oval has had police doing walk up-and-downs of the crowds for yonks, usually a couple of times a game. Don’t know about anywhere else, though.

Five talking points from AFL Round 13

Darcy and Logue are back, as expected, but Stephen Hill is also back in! Poor Cerra is out, though, with illness I think.

Super excited to see Hill back in action though!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 13

Yeah, just had a niggling feeling that we’d drop one soon, and this seems like a game we’d drop; particularly if it takes us a little bit of time to get readjust without Pearce and Lobb.

Trust me, though, Scott – this is one tip I’m very much hoping I get wrong.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 13

I think it means ‘limited’, Matti is likely writing on a phone.

The Eagles are a false flag contender

“Fremantle love creating anxiety so this game could go anywhere”

Heh, that wouldn’t be a bad motto for the club. Goddamn.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 13

Agreed, Ryan’s done sensational work. There’s times where all the math confuses me, but it’s thorough and authentic analysis.

The Eagles are a false flag contender

Yikes, a bit of an overreaction here, Raimond.

Yes, Geelong is well and truly at the front of the pack, but I wouldn’t discount a bunch of other teams from contending. And we don’t even know who’ll sneak into finals, meaning they’ll be a bunch of intense, must-win rounds coming up.

There’s still plenty to enjoy this year.

The AFL's wasted year

Ah, I still maintain that a World Cup is Qatar is still a massively bizarre choice, and will remain that way.

Bit presumptuous, too, to write an article when the Socceroos are a long way off even qualifying!

Who should the Socceroos take to Qatar?

Why does it matter if the umpires don’t hear it? Guess what, if you’re determined enough to go out of your way to abuse an umpire, 40 people around you just heard it. You’ve just displayed that you’re the type of guy that would brazenly abuse an umpire, and I don’t get why anybody doing that should be allowed to sit and watch the rest of a clash!

If I mug someone but they’ve got no cash on them, I’ve still mugged ’em. If I abuse someone but they don’t hear it, guess what, I’ve still abused them.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

I’ve had people abuse me “out of frustration” at work; and guess what, doesn’t matter what the reasoning was – they’re getting kicked out!

I kinda get what you’re saying about, Col, about being frustrated – lord knows I’ve done it and immediately felt bad, but it doesn’t change that fact that I’ve just insulted or sworn at someone. I’d expect ramifications to be the same as whether I’d just intentionally set out to hurt them.

I will admit it’s a reasonable idea for the AFL to provide some guidance on what they’re looking to avoid, but Slane’s right in saying that most reasonable people have a barometer of what is acceptable and what crosses the line.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

Oh come on Pete, making a large amount of noise in a train carriage is one of those things that you would think people would know not to do, but still happens. If you went to a cinema and other patrons were yelling into a phone, or talking loudly, or being a nuisance would you just “deal with it” or would you take action? Going to the footy and hearing abusive rubbish constantly isn’t something you should have to “deal with”; it’s something you shouldn’t have to experience at all!

It’s no wonder experiences on trains, going to the footy or even attending a cinema can be so painfully frustrating when people use the “you should deal with it” card instead of making an effort to rectify the troublesome behaviour

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

Didn’t even realise the term “the bush” could be seen as condescending! It’s said so often throughout an Australian childhood that it seems to be one of those linguistic cues that has no negative connotation.

I’m presuming you live out in an area that a helluva lot of people denote as “the bush”, and are sick of it?

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

I don’t understand professing to support a sport when you

a) reveal you don’t attend games
b) don’t appear to have a particular allegiance to any team and
c) admitted you prefer to get drunk when you do attend live matches

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators