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Just Australian Rules supporters commenting that this was a fantastic photo which is likely to be iconic is sufficient to make the tro11s appear as small as they are.

Grateful Blues star praised for AFLW stand

Bob Davis (the Geelong flyer):
https://goo.gl/images/ARbbp3
Jack Dyer:
https://goo.gl/images/HZQtqQ
Iconic images as well as the one of EJ.

Tayla Harris: 1, trolls: 0

That image of Harris is classic, reminds me of an image of E.J. Whitten in full flight:
https://goo.gl/images/7bVthF
(australianfootball.com)

AFLW semi-finals match previews and predictions

Comment from Justin Crowe of Essendon:
“In a training drill last week Joe got a cork in his calf at the start of the drill. Soon after he tightened up so we stopped him training. When we scanned it that showed a tear to his soleus so that’s why we expect him to miss five games or the equivalent of five weeks of football. We don’t see it that often but it can happen where you get a bleed from a cork that then creates an environment with a muscle for it to be a consequent strain.”
Perhaps former players and media commentators should leave medical opinions to the experts.
https://www.essendonfc.com.au/video/2019-03-19/btv-skins-injury-update-march-19

'It just doesn't sound right': Nick Riewoldt questions Joe Daniher's calf injury

Thanks

2019 ELO-FF men’s ratings

The order of the teams in terms of rankings will be unaltered after applying your 20% correction?

2019 ELO-FF men’s ratings

Play Khawaja at 3, he tires late in big innings so batting later will help address the problem.

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

The knock on Essendon always seems to be the lack of top talent in the midfield compared with other teams and Collingwood comes to mind in this regard. Essendon is very strong with their key position players — are these less important in the modern game than they used to be? I always think of the Hurley/Sidebottom draft, Essendon could have taken Sidebottom but took Hurley, possibly with the hope that he would develop into a forward. Both are very good players, what would have been the best choice?

2019 AFL season preview: Essendon Bombers

Jakarta, I think Ridley is a huge talent but the hope is that he will develop into a utility/midfielder.

2019 AFL season preview: Essendon Bombers

I thought the Essendon forward line was too tall when Daniher was playing early in the season and of course he was out of form as well. Stringer will never make a midfielder but with occasional visits to centre bounces he is very effective with clearances.

2019 AFL season preview: Essendon Bombers

Pope, you won’t score 334no unless you are very fit, he also had a double century as well. There were certainly at least times in his career when he was ultra fit.

Ashton Turner stuns India

It isn’t good if any player feels that the team’s fortunes rests heavily on their shoulders, every player has a role to play.

Ashton Turner stuns India

Khawaja’s form has been outstanding, a small criticism is that he seems to tire late in a long innings. Perhaps he could gain by talking to Mark Taylor and Michael Clarke about improving his fitness.

Ashton Turner stuns India

Ventura Storm was gelded after the November 2017 Melbourne Cup and had an operation on his throat after the April 2018 Sydney Cup, I believe he is now ready to show his best in the Australian Cup at odds although Avilius will be hard to beat.

The Mounting Yard: Australian Cup day at Flemington preview

Batting at first drop was the perfect situation for Maxwell last night but more usually that sort of innings is best later in the order for him and Australia. He went out to a ridiculous shot in the previous match and Australia would have been better served by reversing the batting order of Maxwell and Stoinis in that match.

Finch stars as Australia beat India

I was wondering whether it was related to Kashmir — better to have left that alone.

Finch stars as Australia beat India

Cat, I guess I wasn’t clear about what I mean by managing, I wasn’t referring to the game itself but the pre-season leading up to it. Daniher is the most obvious case but players like Heppell, McKenna, Bellchambers, Smith and no doubt others have been on modified programs — they have the fitness base but not the touch just yet. I wasn’t trying to knock Geelong, they played well.

Cats beat Bombers in last pre-season hit-out

The Cats are more forward in their preparation for the season, important given their difficult early games. Several of the Essendon players have been “managed”, players with a number of preseasons behind them already have a fitness base — they need to develop their touch and there is enough time left for that.

Cats beat Bombers in last pre-season hit-out

“Lara’s match-winning performance of 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1999 has been rated by Wisden as the second best batting performance in the history of Test cricket, next only to the 270 runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman in The Ashes Test match of 1937.”:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Lara

Highest score in first class cricket with 501n.o., highest test score of 400n.o. after his previous record of 375 had been broken by Mathew Hayden’s 380 against Bangladesh.

Did you see Lara’s 277 against Australia in Sydney, January 1993?

Aussies suffer last-over loss in ODI thriller against India

Stoinis nearly won the match for Australia but his earlier slow scoring led to Handscomb’s run out. He should be able to learn how to score more runs earlier in his innings just through rotating the strike. I am confident he can improve this aspect of his game.

Aussies suffer last-over loss in ODI thriller against India

If either Coulter-Nile or Cummins had been able to stay with Stoinis then Australia would have won, so that was an important over.

Aussies suffer last-over loss in ODI thriller against India

I rate Tendulkar in my top 5 along with Brian Lara.

Aussies suffer last-over loss in ODI thriller against India

The other point about Stoinis is that with his slow starts he needs to stay in to get his strike rate up. If he goes out before he starts scoring at a reasonable rate then his strike rate falls and his team mates have to make up the difference. Stoinis is obviously very strong mentally and with his talent he should be able to further develop his game. A future captain?

Aussies suffer last-over loss in ODI thriller against India

Clayton Oliver was taken immediately before Parish and I am sure Essendon were hoping for more from Parish and Aaron Francis taken with picks 5 and 6 in the McKay, Curnow draft. I think Parish will develop into a similar quality player to Zaharakis, just short of A grade whereas Oliver and Curnow will turn out to be elite.

Ten AFL talking points from JLT week one

I agree that McGrath will become the number one midfielder at Essendon. I don’t believe Stringer will ever be a pure midfielder but he is an excellent clearance player when he occasionally goes into the middle. Teams have so many midfielders these days — half forward flankers, half back flankers are hybrid midfielders and the modern centre half forward is a hybrid midfielder along the lines of Fyfe, Bontempelli, Charlie Curnow.

You may be underestimating Walsh in terms of flair, it is early days yet but he will clearly be a top player.

Ten AFL talking points from JLT week one