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Bombers tragic. Seen them win 4 flags with my own eyes even if I was a bit young for two of them. Favourite quote: "No-one ever says it's only a game when you win" - Dermott Brereton

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Every team except Melbourne get my hate, that’s what true support is 😛

You can’t hate the Panthers just because they’re good

Short answer: yes. If that was not holding the ball then the rule is not fit for purpose.

Were the Dons dudded by this last minute non-decision in thrilling loss?

Bulldogs and Warriors, you really are a glutton for punishment 👍 at least the bully’s win a few years ago gives hope for the likes of the Warriors (and the Wallabies) that miracles do sometimes happen in footy 😛

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

This week, I are mostly eating… peptides

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Great article, love it! Can’t really say the Storm have put me through anything similar yet, but for the past 20 years this has been my life following my AFL club, the once mighty Essendon Bombers. As you said, it’s the hope that really gets you!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Fair call, but the footy was free flowing, great match ups, high scoring, good skills. There are always good and bad games both then and now, but that period in time is seen by many as a high watermark for the game. Despite the Grand Finals, your mob played some incredible footy during that period! One of the best to watch for sure. I strongly recommend the podcast, “the greatest season that was: 1993”. Some great interviews and discussion. None of the hosts were Essendon supporters by the way – in fact one went for the Crows, and they had a crushing end to that year. The chat with the Geelong faction regarding Malcolm Blight’s mid season reversal of game plan was particularly interesting!

Remember when holding the ball made sense?

Very interesting and well-written article! You raise a lot of great points and I am sure that a large percentage of footy followers have a problem with holding the ball. The increasing speed of the game has left the AFL behind when it comes to this rule. At the moment the ball winner receives too much latitude, resulting in teams forcing the ball forward taking possession, inviting tackles, then forcing the ball forward beyond the contest. It’s ugly footy and the sort of play the rule was designed to prevent. I also agree with Brendon the 1st that “prior opportunity” being open to interpretation is an issue. The rule is difficult both to adjudicate and understand. However, I would like to see a cautious approach taken regarding wholesale changes. It is difficult to predict the effects of rule changes as coaches constantly look to maximise the advantages of the rules. Look at the dramatic effect the stand on the mark has caused for what seemed such a minor change. In short, I agree with the writer that there is a problem, but am wary of knee jerk attempts to fix it. It will need time, and a lot of thought from wise heads, rather than heat of the moment reaction. I just hope the rule does see serious improvement – two games so far this year have already been decided by last moment poor holding the ball non-decisions.

Remember when holding the ball made sense?

Agree, I follow AFL and NRL and both sports have their merits. Code War is a myth and neither game should be changing in reaction to the other.

Remember when holding the ball made sense?

Richmond have been even worse

Remember when holding the ball made sense?

Disagree, and it’s not just me. 90’s is generally held up as the “golden age” of skilled yet free-flowing footy. Great entertainment and great spectacle.

Remember when holding the ball made sense?

Full disclosure I am also backing Essendon to win the flag this year

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 4

Bombers to beat Sydney. I have complete confidence in this tip; absolute faith that the red and black will win. Get on it, you heard it here first 👍

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 4

Sorry but this is a bit of a rubbish article. There are always some clubs doing it tough, and as you pointed out, a compromised draw has made rebuilds tougher than ever. 5 years ago this would have been Carlton or Brisbane. 20 years ago it would have been Sydney. 30 years it would have been St Kilda. All of those clubs have rebuilt and recovered enough to be at least competitive. It might be a few years away but North will too. You can’t just dissolve clubs after a few bad years, or you won’t have a competition. Even if you did, it would be a soulless and pathetic entity, bereft of passionate supporters.

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That’s only due to the NRL’s dismal grass roots funding and organisation. Melbourne are well supported both in Victoria and interstate (I am in FNQ and often see the purple jumpers). The problem is the small number of isolated NRL junior clubs in Victoria; only a few small areas of Melbourne have a local club. Compare this to AFL, that has clubs everywhere, even in NRL heartland. The failure of the Storm to generate local players is an NRL failing, not a club failing. In the meantime, they will continue to get swags of players from their feeder clubs in QLD, and the fans will keep watching. Nothing like GWS or GCS at all.

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Mentioned Saints and injuries – bombers had more than their share too. Hurley, Shiel, Ambrose, Draper, Heppell, Stewart would all walk into that side. No excuse for the Sainters there.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

“It mightn’t be apparent right now, but with a strong leader in charge and an eager young group wanting to learn from its veterans and play well for their coach, the Kangaroos will be ready to bounce skip ahead of rivals in 2021.” Nek minnet 😂

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

Ridiculous article. The game is bigger than any one player, and great players come and go all the time.

The AFL needs Lance Franklin

I know some kid who kicked a couple of thousand across under 10’s and under 17’s, should we count that too? Probably helped that the opposition teams were regularly made up of 16 or less players, but it’s “the game”… Time for legend status obviously

The AFL needs Lance Franklin

Harry Grant and Ryan Papanhausen return = Storm win

Eight talking points from NRL Round 3

No-one cares as long as there is no clash with the other team. Everyone has a Home strip and Away strip, that should solve the problem and be the end of it

It's time for Port Adelaide to break out the prison bars again

Both games are good. “Code Wars” is lasy tribalist thinking, each game has its great points. I wrote an article on it previously, link below:

Time to end the code wars, AFL and NRL can live in harmony

War of codes as NRL Chairman rips into 'boring' AFL

Absoultely right Mary. Sometimes wonder why the NRL bother having rules at all, as they just ignore them when it suits. And what do the Roosters have over V’Landys and Abdo? Is there some secret s3x tape the Chooks have a copy of that they threaten to make public when the want something? Last year, V’landys did everything to ensure SBW got to Sydney except throw in some steak knives with the deal; it was frankly embarrassing. Now SBW taken the money for a few short runs and wandered back to boxing. This time, it’s the kid. You nailed it – why bother for the sake of a few months? We never want to see injuries, but gee wiz they better hope tat the kid doesn’t get hurt. And even if he doesn’t, what about all the other 17 year olds? What if clubs start paying for their own independent assessments too? Maybe the next big talent will be 16! Punch him in the ribs and ask if it hurts, and if he says he’s fine send the bugger out there and to hell with the long term consequences! Time for the NRL to grow up, it’s not 1970 any more.

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Don’t believe it! Hit The betting places while the odds are still good 😂

The order of merit: Essendon Bombers 2021 season

Agree great article

In the NRL, sorry seems to be the hardest word

I have no doubt at all that this group will have learned Truck’s coaching style over summer. They will gel as a group and win the 2021 premiership, defeating a gallant but luckless St Kilda. You heard it here first!

The order of merit: Essendon Bombers 2021 season