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Hi, I'm Liam. I'm 21, 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.

Ahh I would’ve agreed with you back when I lived in WA, but I reckon my current state can lay claim to that honour right now 😛

The AFL to apologise for Perth being far away

I’m sure we’d just stay out of it. We’re a bit peeved at the Victorians right now anyway, the Vics negligently imported a COVID case into Adelaide without properly informing us. Broke our streak 😢

The AFL to apologise for Perth being far away

Ahh 6×6, it was a pretty good satire I reckon, nothing too derogatory.

The AFL to apologise for Perth being far away

Not gonna lie, this was really funny. Surprised you didn’t apologise for Ross Lyon, Spruce 😛

I’ll give it to you, good job Spruce

The AFL to apologise for Perth being far away

“ Freo could make top 4, but they could also finish bottom 2.”

Adding to that, we’re a beat-a-top-four-team and lose-to-a-bottom-four-team kinda side.

Hopefully this years’ convoluted season throws a lot of the traditional convention around wins and losses outta the window.

Four burning questions for Fremantle ahead of the AFL restart

I’d were 17th and the Suns are presumably 18th, who else is around our range in the bottom four?

I reckon the distinction between ‘development year‘ and ‘legitimate competitive year’ will be availability of players, and how we handle our Queensland exodus. I like to think we’ll surprise a few teams, but that’s just my overtly optimistic nature.

Also also, I do appreciate the logic around “development year” but I’m wary about seeing this season classed as a development year purely because we’ve had a crappy start to the season. It’ll feel a little cheap if we slam the word “development” over 2020 if things don’t go our way early on, like a quick exit strategy.

I’d rather us take advantage of the hellish circumstances of this year and just go all out, as I said, try and surprise some people. Screw development year – it’s a “make the most of whatever this season actually and succeed” type of year.

Four burning questions for Fremantle ahead of the AFL restart

Not too bad. I’ll echo others thoughts in wishing Brisbane v Eagles could’ve been on a Friday.

I also notice Freo’s customary Sunday arvo timeslot makes an appearance, somethings never change 😛

AFL unveils fixtures up to Round 5

Sounds amazing! Albany’s an awesome spot.

You lived vicariously through me when I was in Europe, I’m living vicariously through you now 😛

Five reasons to watch Fremantle in 2020

Ah you’re a legend for supporting all the clubs my man. Is West Coast doing anything similar to Freo in terms of pledges or a raffle, etc etc?

Five reasons to watch Fremantle in 2020

Yeah, very impressed with the way Freo’s handled this. Pledged 100% of my membership to the club buuuut I’m not eligible for the raffle because I’m not an WA resident 😢

Five reasons to watch Fremantle in 2020

No, club doctors and medicos would definitely be allowed through 6×6. I do get the rest of your points though, it’s definitely going to be tough.

Good oppuruntity for learning through adversity though!

Footy is back, but do we care?

I mean, I’m no draft connoisseur but wouldn’t there be a bunch of questions about this years draft crop? Like they’ll be headed into a draft with a limited amount of footy you’d think, and surely a lot of them won’t have had a good season.

I dunno, I’m sure there’s contingencies, I just feel like the draft is a can of worms that hasn’t been opened yet.

Footy is back, but do we care?

There isn’t a doubt that it’s definitely weird to watch whilst being playing in deadly quiet, empty stadiums, but I genuinely can live with that. Footy is a really good thing to distract from all the stuff in the world and a pretty decent anecdote right about now

Even if the eventual premiers are gonna have a asterisk next to them, I’m puzzled why so many fans don’t seem to care about the sport that they follow returning. Seems a little disingenuous.

Ahh regardless of all that, I’m very happy it’s coming back, and I’ll be watching. Even if I now support the Gold Coast Dockers

Footy is back, but do we care?

Very true, and he’s definitely not deserving of some of the vitriol he gets flung towards him.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

That tourism point is a good one 6×6, but people know it’s at the MCG and they know where the MCG is. Do the Victorians really need to showcase Melbourne when literally everyone watching understands Melbourne’s appeal in a sporting sense.

I guess to be fair, there isn’t much else for the Vics to showcase tourism wise. Melbourne, a rather nice road near the ocean, uh, some skiing in the country? Not a lot 😛

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

In fairness, it’s Freo .. second leading goal kicker isn’t a high bar.

But I do get you 13th, I quite like Matera, I just think he’ll won’t be as prominent once our fully fledged forward line miracle recovers from all past and future injury crises.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

“… just a team that can show it is heading in the right direction… and hopefully take a couple of sweet scalps.”

This has been my wish for Freo the past 4 seasons tbh

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

I’m really unsure how much that first week of games is going to matter in terms of form etc etc. On the ladder, of course they will (I presume?), but form wise they’ll mean naught.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Been a Tigers supporter? Since when, Jonboy?

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

I think it’s because WA is allowing teams to train in big groups, allowing them to stay in Perth for a bit longer.

SA clubs are banned from training as a whole group, so that’s why they’d wanna head off to Queensland soon than later.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

@Richie

So goddamn dumb, a tiny minority but not good representatives of your city, eh?

@Pete

Oh, Pete, that’s the single most idiotic thing he’s every said, and that’s a very high bar to reach. Hard to believe I’ve met people my age that support him… Not hard to believe the US is suffering so much, I know a lot of good people there and its’ hard to watch.

SA government deals major blow to AFL restart plans

Freo + West Coast might become kinda allies during this whole saga, hey. We’re sorta in this together (until we play)..

Ahh, south west WA will always be beautiful. Phobia of The Gap, time to face your fears! Not super keen on masters tbh, got a few applications in for grad programs which are progressing slowly, so might get lucky. How’s your kiddo, he finished school last year from memory?

SA government deals major blow to AFL restart plans

Huh? McGowan did exactly what SA has done, and for good reasons. SA + WA are essentially the best in the country at mitigating the virus so, although the risk is low, why take the risk?

No need to harp on the bloke, there’s a reason he’s literally the most popular premier in the country.

SA government deals major blow to AFL restart plans

Perhaps the reason the Greens seem so vocal on the ABC is because the ABC is essentially the only broadcaster to listen to ’em. They’re marginalised virtually everywhere else, it doesn’t surprise that a public broadcaster is the one to spread their voice.

Just the ABC doing what the ABC was created to do.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism

I just had a quick peruse of the ABC facebook page, and I’m confused as to what you consider “extraneous”. Nothing strikes me as out of the ordinary tbh.

I dunno, I broadly agree with you on those points. The ABC should be politically independent (in fact it’s literally supposed to be, per an act of parliament), but I think given the partisanship present throughout Australia’s media you’re never ever going to have a perfect system. And that sucks, I know. I’m just saying that from my perspective the ABC have some of the best journalistic platforms in the nation – irregardless of politics, they’re a leader in journalism, and for me that’s why I like them so much.

And nah, looking back over roughly five years of study, I’ve never discussed explicitly discussed public broadcasters, unless my memory has betrayed me.

Why I’m worried about the quality of NRL journalism