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Yes, I am AdelaideDocker (AD), just no longer masked. I'm an intern at The Roar. Based in Adelaide. Live blogger, 2018/2019/2020 AFL Power Rankings columnist and Freo fan.

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2019 AFL grand final: GWS Giants player ratings

The Giants endured a tough loss, and that’s reflected in the performance of their selected 22. All will be better for the humbling experience, but it’s a rough day for the Giants. Here’s some out-of-ten rankings for the inaugural GWS Giants premiership side. More from the AFL Grand Final » Match Report: Riewoldt, Martin propel […]

Yeah, I was imagining it’s Luke but you never know!

West Coast’s Ryan is almost Rioli like in terms of hype, but that’s a whole other can of worms.

Top five underrated players in the AFL right now

Absolutely. He’s been sensational.

Top five underrated players in the AFL right now

Which Ryan?

Top five underrated players in the AFL right now

Really?

I think I’d pass tbh, great player but lots of baggage. Plus I don’t think he’d add much to us that we don’t already have covered or have in development.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

Putting a line through your own team, WASS. Other than that I’m with you.

Buuuut are you forgetting the original hubs where the WA/SA teams were the first to put their hands up and move to QLD. Granted only Port and WC have benefited – really, only Port – but it’s disingenuous to say Vic teams are impressive when they got a long period at home before moving into the hubs .

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

Genuine question, has Dev debuted yet?

But yeah. I’d never heard of Serong until the night we drafted him. Shaping up to be among Freo’s greatest draftees, though that may be a very early call.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

I know it’s strange; was just repeating what I heard the Fox Footy team discussing during tonight’s game.

I think Bucks would’ve preferred to be suspended than coach tonight 😛

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

I reckon that’s absolutely insane, but it’s a tough one. Journalistically he wasn’t invading any privacy because she had identified herself publically.

Found this quote: “The Herald Sun understands the AFL viewed him as an AFL employee ahead of his obligations as a journalist.”

Eeeek. It’s a little worrying, given AFL Media is ostensibly separate from the AFL.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

It’s pretty imperative (for me, at least) that we back it up against Hawks and Carlton in the next fortnight.

No guarantees, but I’d say we’re chances in both.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

Fox Footy mentioned that point too; think it’s because the Crows’ coach was doing something (leading a training session from memory) that could’ve led to a competitive advantage, whereas Buckley wasn’t.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

You won a close game in Round 22, 2017.

But before that your last victory over them was …. Round 6, 2005.

Carlton vs Hawthorn and Essendon vs Brisbane: Friday night forecast

I feel like we all just went in a circle with this little chat 😛

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

And that’ll be Victorians experiencing what the rest of Australia experiences every time they travel to the MCG, WASS.

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

Been there three times. There’s definitely some magic to it.

Expensive though – couldn’t say longer than 3 days when I was there with a mate last year, onwards to Vietnam and Bali we went.

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

Even more reason to like the ABC, at least they’re (partly) showcasing our game overseas.

On a not at all related topic, Singapore is an incredible city. I’m kinda jealous of you, Spruce.

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

The AFL is absolutely NOT being broadcast in primetime in the US, and has NEVER been broadcast in prime time in the US.

That is wrong, Spruce.

You’re right in many respects – a lot of games are at absolutely terrible times for much of the US audience.

But there has definitely been some games played at better times. See this link:

Round 4 US TV Schedule (Two on FS1, Two on ESPN2, Two on FS2) from AFL

Several games this year have been held in primetime for the West Coast, so there have absolutely been opportunities for select games to be viewed by big, primetime audiences in the US.

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

Yeah, I get that – the three cases I pointed out today though were from a traveller returning from the US (in quarantine) and a couple coming from Sydney (already in self-isolation).

I definitely understand the worry though.

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

Eh, just three new QLD cases today (all in quarantine).

Seeing plenty of rumours Victoria is having a day of unprecedented numbers though

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

The bigger thing here is the fact is all it took was a global pandemic and unprecedented border closures for the AFL to even begin to contemplate moving it out of Victoria.

Very simple, in hindsight.

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

North to beat Geelong? Intriguing tip, Nico.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9 and (some of) Round 10

I’m far from having experience with in-laws, but boy, if he’s rattling your confidence in a footy team he must really be something!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9 and (some of) Round 10

(Wooden)Spoonbowl!

The only thing that stopped me tipping Adelaide in that one is the fact they ain’t in South Aus.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9 and (some of) Round 10

I’ve already effusively praised Serong, Ryan and the others who performed well for us. And Serong absolutely deserves his nomination, stoked for him.

I’m just unhappy that after weeks of promising, consistent form (that didn’t always result in wins), Freo largely showed little effort in a desperately poor performance.

We were the Serong goal away from kicking our second-lowest score ever. Hell, if Serong didn’t kick our second goal there would have been some 95 players who kicked equal or more goals than our entire team in R8.

It’s impossible to pin that entirely on mitigating factors. Yes, umpires and injuries and weather all contributed, but the Cats were also dealing with the latter two, and rectifying the former would not have helped us win the game. The effort of the majority of our team was poor, that’s what I’m frustrated about.

So yes, as a whole, Freo did stink.

Freo must drink from the fountain of youth in the midst of its injury crisis

😔

I dislike the way you’ve portrayed me here.

Winning is quite literally the aim of footy, so of course, I put a lot of stake into winning.

But please don’t misrepresent me. I also love the form we’ve shown this year, our younger players flourishing, the sense that Freo is finally becoming a much more cohesive team. But, if we’re consistently not winning, or if we slip into a trend we have in terms of long periods of non-competitiveness – at the end of the day all that matters for naught.

Fortunately for us, we’re not the uncompetitive side that we’ve seen on plenty of occasions in 2016/17/18/19. Unfortunately, 2-6 is not how we wanted to be headed into Round 9.

We clearly still have substantial issues as a club, but I’m not going out of my way to be negative or to blindly miss “the point”. In fact, Monday night was the first time this season I’ve felt genuine frustration with the club.

(Also, don’t kid yourself: apart from Serong’s goal, there was nothing at all aesthetically engaging about Monday night’s game.).

Freo must drink from the fountain of youth in the midst of its injury crisis

I think revamping our medical staff is currently close to our number one priority.

It’s evident that our injury woes are becoming untenable.

Freo must drink from the fountain of youth in the midst of its injury crisis