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Twenty-one. A New South Welshman, supporting a West Australian team, living in South Australia, formerly studying in Germany. Live blogger, 2018 + 2019 AFL Power Rankings columnist and Freo fan.

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AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 21

What a weird weekend of football. I could be sad that Fremantle’s season is effectively over, I could be amused by the impressive efforts of Essendon, North or GWS put into losing, or I could be enthused at the prospect of continued uncertainty around finals positioning. A fortnight of 2019 footy remains for ten teams.

Yeah, but this isn’t a trade period rankings. It’s a prospect-for-2020 rankings list, and Gold Coast, as much as I want them to do well, don’t have the world’s greatest prospects for next season.

AFL Power Rankings: 2019 Trade Period

I guess any semblance of plausible deniability – “it was our fans, not representative of Bulgarian football” – kinda went out the window with the managerial blame-game comments. Major probs to the Bulgarian captain for trying to intervene, though.

I think staying on the field was the right thing to do. It sends a message of non deterrence, and alleviates the effect the racist fans were trying to have.

Apart from the racist fans and an ignorant manager, I think football persevered through the saga today. What UEFA does from now will put a final exclamation point on this whole rubbish saga.

UEFA must send a message after Bulgarian racism storm

To be fair, Josh does suggest Saints sending through two first rounders; albeit one is next year’s pick. Not too certain that Freo have to send a pick back in return, though.

Five go to St Kilda: How the Saints win an up-Hill battle in six trades

Ah, good read! Think I’ve pieced it all out.

Fremantle: Pick 12, St Kilda’s 2020 first round selection (in), B. Hill, Melbourne’s 2020 second round pick (out)

St Kilda: B. Hill, Z. Jones, D. Howard, P. Ryder, J. Steven, J. Bruce, D. Butler, Western Bulldogs 2020 first rounder, (in); Pick 12, Pick 18, 2020 first round selection,

Port Adelaide: Pick 18 (in), D. Howard, P. Ryder, 2020 third round selection (out)

Geelong: J. Steven, Port Adelaide’s 2020 third round pick (in), 2020 second round pick (out)

Western Bulldogs: J. Bruce, Geelong’s 2020 second round pick, St Kilda’s 2020 second round pick (in) Pick 53, 2020 second round pick (out)

Richmond: Pick 53 (in), D. Butler (out)

Five go to St Kilda: How the Saints win an up-Hill battle in six trades

Part of me is hoping they’ll find it tough doing deals aplenty that they’ll be unable to come up with a satisfactory deal with us for Hill and we can keep him.

Not gonna happen, but, ya know, I have my aspirations…

AFL trade news: Tim Kelly, Eddie Betts, Mason Cox and more

Oooh yes. Not looking forward to it.

I recommend Joker is you’re inclined to see a movie anytime soon btw – it’s frighteningly good.

AFL trade news: Tim Kelly, Eddie Betts, Mason Cox and more

On Birchall – last I checked the Lions said they were interested, the Hawks were like “we haven’t heard” and the Suns have been silent.

So it’s anyone’s guess, really.

AFL trade news: Tim Kelly, Eddie Betts, Mason Cox and more

I’m planning to try and head back to Perth to catch one of next year’s derbies. Chances are you’ll win, so you could shout me a beer as a consolation prize. Or I could be shouting you a beer if you ever venture over here to SA.

No where in the middle for us to meet unless we sit at some middle-of-nowhere settlement on the Nullarbor 😛

AFL trade news: Tim Kelly, Eddie Betts, Mason Cox and more

Duuuuude, Frozen 2 is coming. Prepare yourself!

AFL trade news: Tim Kelly, Eddie Betts, Mason Cox and more

😢

AFL Trade News: Tim Kelly, Joe Daniher, Jamie Elliott, Ben King and more

It would not work at all in Adelaide, and you’d struggle in Perth. Auckland’s intriguing, but surely, surely rugby would drown it out with ease.

An NT team, perhaps? Might be wishful thinking, though.

Where should the 20th AFL team be based?

As usual, brilliant piece, Jay (and Dan, in editing). Arguably the biggest honour on The Roar for the eighteen teams is getting one of these pieces written about them, and Richmond are deserved two-time features. Just such a sublime team.

It's Richmond's league now: The unstoppable Tigers confirm their place in history

He hasn’t said that though, Jonboy. He has no problem with Freo, but he’s never said he would want to play for them.

And, again – I don’t want out club spending far, far too much on a player who’s publicly desired to play for the Eagles.

AFL Trade News: Tim Kelly, Joe Daniher, Jamie Elliott, Ben King and more

I saw a video of him this morning in which he said he had “no problems at all with Freo, he just prefers West Coast”.

Also … seeing JK dressed as Elsa would likely scare me away from the club, not lure me in… 😛

AFL Trade News: Tim Kelly, Joe Daniher, Jamie Elliott, Ben King and more

Not any more?

Who will lead the Crows to the light?

Nein!

AFL Trade News: Jamie Elliott, Tom Papley, Tim Kelly, Zak Jones and more

I’ve googled ‘listiq’ and can’t seem to find anything? But it does sound like an intriguing podcast.

I’m also partial to Wil Anderson’s footy podcast ‘2 Guys, 1 Cup’ which is really funny.

AFL Trade News: Jamie Elliott, Tom Papley, Tim Kelly, Zak Jones and more

Gotta say, we do well in this year’s draft and my excitement for the next few years with the club increases aplenty.

It’s not too bad a time to be a Freo fan – much the same as it isn’t too bad a time to be an Eagles fan, either.

AFL Trade News: Jamie Elliott, Tom Papley, Tim Kelly, Zak Jones and more

Yeah, I’m with you here, Matti. I wouldn’t wanna be sacrificing our draft hand to get Kelly – who evidently doesn’t wanna come to Freo.

AFL Trade News: Jamie Elliott, Tom Papley, Tim Kelly, Zak Jones and more

“Wow, a man poured Gatorade into a jar and had some weed”

Jack, he messed with an ASADA test and then took an illicit drug a week or two after being caught with the fluffed urine test; don’t try and deliberately sugarcoat his dumb actions.

Not that I’m linking that to the Eagles; one man’s stupidity doesn’t equate to a flawed club.

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast

Just on the tangentially related note of boarding schools – I didn’t realise how successful Aquinas has been re: footy legends. Cripps, Simon Black, Fyfe, Yeo, Kerr, Peter Bell … damn, that’s a lot of prestige. Just out of a random spurt of curiosity, a quick google of my two schools in Perth and my school here in SA showcase no notable footy alumni. Dang.

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast

Apparently I follow him on Instagram. I don’t remember when or why I started following him, so, yes, I too am surprised anybody outside this city knows his name.

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast

I think the main gripe, that anon was insinuating, was that Kelly claimed a desire to return home to WA for home sickness and the like, but is overtly specific about a club he wants to land at.

As for me, whilst I do wonder about his Eagles specificity, I don’t wanna begrudge the bloke. He’s gotta do what’s best for himself and the family – sometimes the industry takes a back step, eh?

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast

Nah, that’s fair.

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast

Oh yeah, the Blakey rumours I’ve seen floated online scream “soap opera”, but I’m hoping they’re just that: rumours.

He’s such a talent, losing him too would be super frustrating.

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast