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I think Gawn would be good for another 5 years.

'One minute to end 57 years of pain': Talking points from Melbourne's extraordinary premiership win

Perhaps brilliant coaching took them as far as they got.

'One minute to end 57 years of pain': Talking points from Melbourne's extraordinary premiership win

Can Collingwood get going in time to protect their 4 premierships in a row record from Melbourne?

'One minute to end 57 years of pain': Talking points from Melbourne's extraordinary premiership win

I don’t think Hibberd and McDonald would have much left.

'One minute to end 57 years of pain': Talking points from Melbourne's extraordinary premiership win

Will Melbourne have trouble keeping all their elite talent under the salary cap? Several would be on much lower money than they could get elsewhere. Gawn, Petracca, Oliver, May, Lever would add up to a fair amount without Fritsch, Jackson, Salem. Players should be prepared to play for 20% under market value but several would be well under that.

'One minute to end 57 years of pain': Talking points from Melbourne's extraordinary premiership win

It was like watching two different games, Melbourne unable to counter the Bulldogs in the second quarter and part of the third and the Bulldogs unable to counter Melbourne in the rest of the game. The Bulldogs winning the second quarter by 29 points, Melbourne winning the first, third and last quarters by 21, 32, and 50 points but the third quarter was a game in itself. This is the modern strategy, the teams play different games and whoever succeeds in getting their opponent to play their game wins. Brown played better than I thought he would, especially when it mattered. It lifts a team when they know their prime forward can be relied on to accurately kick for goal.

GRAND FINAL RESULT: Second-half avalanche sees Demons smash Dogs, end premiership drought

Let us hope he has his goal kicking boots on. Never mind where the ball is going to go, focus on getting your technique right!

‘Big-game’ Naughton primed for AFL decider

Good read Mason, good luck with your endeavours to continue your career, I am sure you would be a valuable player at a number of clubs. I will always remember your first game on the Anzac Day match against Essendon. You kicked the first goal with your family from America present. I explained to another supporter that you were 211cm, they asked how tall is that? — 6’11” was my reply. Your opponent, poor Michael Hartley, was only 6’6”. I agree with the man on the mark rule, coaches have made contested marking difficult in our game and to me the rule effectively allows players to kick from the distance where they took the mark.

MASON COX: ‘He works his arse off’: Why I’m all in on Gawn

Trading out McGovern and Darling would give WC draft picks that could be used to draft players who would be in the team the next time they are in their premiership window, it would also give other players opportunities. There would still be enough experienced players to guide the young. There is no doubt McGovern and Darling are good players but would they still be around when WC are challenging again?

The five players your team can least afford to lose: West Coast Eagles

The problem is that Naitanui is 31, Redden 30, Sheed 26, McGovern 29, Darling 29, and Huron is 34. Unless there is a very quick rebuild then only Sheed will be part of future success. West Coast couldn’t trade out Naitanui but McGovern and Darling would have some currency.

The five players your team can least afford to lose: West Coast Eagles

$10 for 19+ Q1?

Voss closing in on Carlton job: reports

I am not convinced by Melbourne’s tall forwards, and their forward line looked weak only a few weeks ago. Gawn won’t kick 5 goals this week but will be a handful around the ground. I believe centre bounce battles by the ruckmen will be indecisive. Should be a good game, hopefully not marred by early injuries. The two byes for Melbourne during the finals may turn out to be a problem.

'A sense of destiny': Demons to finally deliver a flag after 57 years

Older Melbourne supporters will remember the 1955 to 1960 grand finals being spoilt by Collingwood in 1958 which would otherwise have been 6 premierships in a row instead of 3 and 2. This was a barren period for supporters of other clubs. By winning in 1958 Collingwood defended their record of being the only team to have won 4 in a row, the record still stands. Will it take another 100 years for the record to be equaled, never mind broken? Five out of six is superior to 4 in a row in my opinion, and don’t forget the Bulldogs defeated Melbourne in 1954.

Five questions ahead of the 2021 AFL grand final

I don’t think Kieth will be wasted on Brown and I am confident that Martin assisted by English will be competitive against Gawn at centre bounces. Gawn is more of a danger around the ground but his goal kicking efforts from the last game won’t be repeated. Will the Bulldogs get off to a flyer after Melbourne’s two byes during the finals. It should be a terrific game.

Five questions ahead of the 2021 AFL grand final

Don’t be afraid of what you know. I think Gawn will be more important around the ground, I don’t believe the centre bounces will be decisive. Melbourne’s forward line looked pretty weak not too long ago.

The three ways the Demons or the Bulldogs can win the flag

May won’t beat Naughton in the air, but Naughton is not a natural forward — Bulldogs supporters will be hoping he has his goal kicking boots on. English has been competitive against Gawn previously in the ruck but hopefully Martin will carry the main load, English is important on the forward line. A problem for Melbourne is the rest before the Preliminary final combined with the bye before the Grand Final — this is unchartered territory, the Bulldogs will be more finals hardened and the bye was essential for them. Will the Bulldogs get off to another flyer? This should be a good game after some disappointing finals.

The three ways the Demons or the Bulldogs can win the flag

I have been critical of English being used frequently as the prime ruckman, but I am confident he could be competitive against Gawn for a one off game if that is required. If the Bulldogs can afford it, English should be restricted to 30% maximum time in the ruck, he will be more value in the forward line.

Scary reality facing Dogs fans as Gawn prepares to unleash carnage

The hard tags on Parish later in the season certainly found him out. Pity about my bets at average odds of 144/1 taken after his Anzac Day medal.

Brownlow medal night preview: Who's taking home Charlie on Sunday?

Congratulations, I am sure Chol will be a good pickup. Essendon are well blessed with mobile ruckmen in Drper and Bryan — mobile at 205cm and 203cm! We shall see much of Bryan in 2022, he is still short of his 20th birthday.

Another Tiger becomes a Sun

That is very mild.

Hawthorn season review: A remarkable reverse tank

I think Mitchell will have clear air at Hawthorn, questions may be aimed more at the board.

Hawthorn season review: A remarkable reverse tank

There is a big difference between Sam Mitchell and fellow favourite sons Nathan Buckley and James Hird. Mitchell played his final year at West Coast and then continued there as an assistant coach for a further two years. Hird’s total playing and coaching career was at Essendon, apart from his first year with Brisbane, Buckley’s entire footy career was with Collingwood. Those three years at West Coast make Mitchell an entirely different proposition. Chuck has coined a new term with “reverse tank”, clubs that tank for a number of games in a season or seasons don’t do themselves any favours. Perhaps if it just came down to the final game it might make sense, particularly if they are focussed on a particular player in the draft. I am sure Clarkson has more to give, the ending at Hawthorn was always likely to be messy — there is always a maximum life for a coach at a particular club, I am reminded of King Richard (Reynolds) at Essendon. I am not sure there is a coaching position available at present that Clarkson would be interested in, the board would be just as important as the list to work with. Were there favourite sons in the past apart from Reynolds who were successful — Jack Dyer, Norm Smith? I am not sure that works any more.

Hawthorn season review: A remarkable reverse tank

Let us hope for a high quality grand final, I am not sure who I will be barracking for.

'Another Cinderella story about to happen': History says Melbourne are due to deliver

The sacking of Teague was premature and handled badly. The succession of sacked coaches means that Carlton probably feel they have to be cautious with the next one rather than choose a potential next generation coach along the lines of Beveridge or Goodwin. I hope Carlton get away from paying top market price for players traded in. Carlton needs to become a destination club and to do that they must give confidence to others that they are headed in the right direction. Patience is still required and I wish them well.

Carlton isn't a club in crisis, they're actually making progress

A pity that Ryder was banned with most of Essendon for one season otherwise he could have achieved 300 games this season.

Saints duo turn back on free agency, re-sign with St Kilda

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