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I think Melbourne is the only side with a game style to beat Collingwood. It should be a close game but Melbourne should get over the Eagles home ground advantage to face the pies in the GF.

West Coast vs Melbourne: Preliminary final forecast

Adelaide want pick 1 for Lukosius and GWS will want a lot more than picks 24 and 25, possibly Carlton’s next years first round pick as well.

Carlton's rebuild stems on this trade period

In the end Collingwood had more contributors. Grundy won the Ruck. Sidebottom IMO was B.O.G. I thought Chris Maine played well and did a lot of the little things that count. Pendles did what Pendles always does as one of the best players in the comp. Dusty had a poor night but I dont believe Richmond had an off night. I thought that Collingwood were just better and beat them at their own game. They harassed and pressured the tigers and it showed in a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes from Richmond. I believe they will play Melbourne in the GF and if they bring this same pressure that they applied to Richmond they will be premiers. I cant see Melbourne holding up to that pressure providing the pies can maintain it and that remains to be seen. It will be a cracker. Sorry Weagles if by some miracle you beat Melbourne, you will be humiliated in a GF against the pies.

Ta-ta, Tigers! Collingwood in grand final after flipping flag favourites

Am I the only one expecting a Collingwood v Melbourne Grand final?

The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Richmond’s style of pressure on the opposition and getting the ball forward at any cost seems to be a winning formula. Contrary to others I didn’t think Hawthorn were really in the game at any time. One can argue that Richmond’s style doesn’t necessarily make pretty football but it has proven not only to be successful but hard to combat. The idea that Hawthorn’s position on the ladder was due to a soft draw, was only reinforced by the ease in which the tigers dispatched them.

Eat my Dust: Martin magic helps Richmond humble Hawthorn

Just out of left field. If players were all rated, say A,B,C,D grade. An A or B grade rated out of contract player could only be picked up by teams ranked 12 to 18th in lowest combined number of A and B grade players. The figures and way of rating players could be modified without altering the basic concept.

AFL free agency is totally unfair

Some fair comment from PeteB returns to the discussion. Cats comment that players “must know there is no guarantee they will be playing in their own backyard” completely ignores the fact that they are human with hope and I am sure most of them hope they are drafted by their favourite club or a club in their state and preferably a team with a successful culture.
Tim Kelly is a case in point. After being ignored for years by Freo and WCE, he jumped at a chance to play AFL with Geelong. His success has finally woken up the sleeping recruiters in WA who are now circling like vultures over road kill. Constant talk of homesickness may see him return to WA. His plan may have been to get to play for the Cats, hopefully get noticed by the teams that ignored him and return to WA, ASAP on a lucrative contract with no intention of playing long term with GFC. I wouldn’t blame him for that. I would think though, that Geelong would want to extract a high price and justifiably so.

Homesick? Suck it up, be a man, and blame someone else instead

If you are in the top end of the draft you would know you are a shoe in to get drafted. It’s then which team you go to that counts. Jeez Cat I doubt a top draftee says, “yippee I’m going to an interstate team thats on the bottom of the ladder”. Do you really think Jack Lukosius is champing at the bit to leave his home state and go to Carlton, G.C.Suns or St Kilda, where they are ATM? I doubt it. (sorry blues, GCS and saints supporters).

Homesick? Suck it up, be a man, and blame someone else instead

Maybe Koche needs to go.

No one off the table at Port Adelaide, says Koch

Rather a hypocritical article. After winging about players going home and his boarding school days, the author proudly acknowledges he is now back home in the city he was taken from. Apparently no one else is entitled to this privilege. This is a well worn topic with people comparing how they moved interstate with their job etc.
There is a difference where a young man is told he must work for a company he has never worked for and go to a city where he may have no friends or relatives and has no choice if he wants to be an AFL player.
Most “job seekers” who work and study hard to get good grades do so in the hope of a job offer from a very successful company in their profession of choice. In contrast these players that have risen to the top of the draft through talent and hard work, are destined to be picked up by the most unsuccessful teams in the competition some of which are there due to poor administration, team culture etc, in fact to be regarded in the top 3 is almost a poisoned chalice.
“Homesickness” in some cases, may just be an excuse. Imagine the player saying, “I want to return to my home state because this city sucks and I hate living here”. He would be pilloried by the press the club and every feral in that city for his honesty.
We have seen club poor reactions in the past to players who have been honest enough to tell clubs of their intention to leave before the end of the season As a result we now live with the endless speculation of players leaving until the season’s end.

Homesick? Suck it up, be a man, and blame someone else instead

Of course the MCG teams have a home advantage. It hasn’t been as glaring obvious and to some degree could be overlooked in the past, until all the MCG based teams improved to the point of a flag challenge as is the case this year. As an ex Victorian (if there is such a thing), I believe the fairest system would be in the home town of the minor premier if they make the Grand final. This will not happen in the short term so the only alternative is no home MCG teams. All teams play an equal (or close to) number of games at the MCG. All teams travel interstate and play each other twice home and away.
Unfortunately teams would need to be culled and the most logical place for that is Victoria (2 teams) and the traditional Rugby states (1 team each). Leaving two teams in WA and SA and 1 in Sydney and 1 in Brisbane and a maximum of eight in Victoria, although that wont happen any time soon.

Grand Finals at the MCG are unfair? That's rubbish

AFLW is not and will not be a professional sport for some time to come if ever. Male footballers get paid a good deal of money and some will earn earn in 10 years what an average worker will earn in a lifetime. Is it fair ? No.They are paid these huge amounts of money purely because sponsors are prepared to pay huge amounts of advertising to reach as many punters as possible.Why? Because a significant number of people watch/follow/support/are interested in mens AFL football and this money helps to attract the best of the best.
Until significant numbers of people who are prepared to pay/watch/support the AFLW the sponsors will not put enough money in to support it.
Many men around the country play AFL football for the love of it and get paid significantly less than women in the AFLW if at all.
This PC correct vanilla world you yearn for does not and will never exist. Life isn’t fair and never will be.The unfairness and inequality in this world is one reason we strive to do better to improve ourselves and our lives. Football is a microcosm of that. Some of your comments just defy any sort of reality. “She rightly shut me down because I couldn’t understand” She also apparently understands your feelings as a Male but you cannot understand hers as a female. Jeezus wept if that not patronising I dont know what is.There is a difference between being objective or just a simpering male apologist.

A letter to Mark Robinson from a male AFLW fan

I agree. Most premierships involve luck. Be they a home ground advantage, lack of injuries or avoiding the “bogey”team in the final series.The fact is the best team does not always win.
In sport we only remember the winner.We remember who one the Melbourne cup but who remembers the second placed horse or the bronze medalist of the 1500 metre swim in the Olympics.

Deconstructing Chris Scott's bizarre post-match comments

Thought Lion did a good job. It obviously affected him emotionally and I thought he showed good control under the circumstances. Obviously the mothers’ very obvious distress affected him quite deeply. I sometimes think Lions’ character is judged by his press conferences which is unfair.

Nine hot takes from AFL Round 20

I would say that if it is thrown in the direction of the foot it should be legal. Throwing it virtually sideways around the post isn’t. My opinion only.

With four AFL rounds to go, every spot in the eight is up for grabs

For some reason I was unable to edit my previous comment to add.
I think the writer is getting a little precious and has read the comments with little or no objectivity.In short you have deconstructed a Ferrari and built a Lada.
Scott is right..Richmond are a good team but not a great team. As a motorcycle rider of many years and a lover of Moto GP, It use to be said that a moto GP world champion was only legitimate if he had won the Isle Of Man T.T., probably the toughest road race on the planet.
When Richmond can beat Geelong 3 games in a row at Geelong’s home ground they can then surely say they have bested Geelong.
Great teams stay at the top without huge advantage and battle against AFL equalisation such as high draft picks extra picks priority draft picks, more home games etc to stay there. That takes a club from President down and a well built team culture that defies the test of time. In the end that will determine whether Richmond is a great team or an also ran.

Deconstructing Chris Scott's bizarre post-match comments

It would be interesting, being a given Richmond has the home ground advantage, how they would fair if both Richmond and Geelong had their best 22 available and played one game at MCG and the other at GMHBA.

Deconstructing Chris Scott's bizarre post-match comments

White noise Cat. The Cats do not fear the Tigers. Bunnies? Realpissed Can you remind me how many times the tigers have won at Kardinia Park? I think with the late inclusion of AFL first gamer Ruckman Abbott, Geelong now holds the record for the most players played in a season and Stanley, Stewart, Narkle, Taylor, McCarthy to come back. Whats not to like. My cunning plan of winning from 5th is coming together nicely.

Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats: AFL live scores, blog

Pyke to me is an assistant coach. Its easy to coach a team full of champions and everything is going along splendidly. Its a lot different when the team starts getting major injuries and the coach has to improvise. AKA Chris Scott and to a lesser extent Buckley. I don’t think Pyke is a bad coach but certainly not a top coach.

Memo St Kilda: Give Sam Mitchell the top job

Some of you need to lighten up. Its a game of football played by professional sportsmen for God sake. Australia hasn’t lost to an invading army. People deal with disappointment differently, some preferring to not show it outwardly, some react later. To intimate he couldn’t have been trying because he wasn’t about to slash his wrists or “I would have preferred he showed a little more remorse”. Who made some of you the arbiter of how he should handle his emotions. Maybe some of you detractors should put out guidelines on how players should react, depending whether they won or lost. Jeezus wept.

Stop laughing, this is football

Geelongs’ problems are many. They need a decent tap ruckman to play to the talent in the midfield. The difference between the top 9 players and the bottom 9 is too great. The forward line is a shambles and Geelongs achilles heal is not biting the bullet and cutting injury prone players aka McCarthy and Cockatoo. We persisted with Vardy and Menzell for years only to trade Vardy to WC. The result has given Geelong an almost VFL quality forward line for much of the season other than Hawkins. I’m not sure how many seasons you give a coach but Scott will need to show some light at the end of the tunnel to Geelong fans fairly quickly.

Concerns continue at the Cattery

He needs something to replace his obsession with Cyrille.

Fear of a yellow and black planet: Richmond can be AFL's next glamour club

I predict Adelaide will surprise the tigers in the first half but Richmond will come from behind to steal it in the last quarter.
Tiges by 5 points.

Richmond vs Adelaide: Friday night forecast

It would be interesting to see how many teams have never had a priority pick. Hawthorn were certainly a beneficiary of AFL largesse which helped its premiership chase.

Exclusive unpublished material: How priority picks made tanking, rebuilding and improving AFL lists a whole lot murkier

The problem is not the 5 million, it is spread out over a vast state compared to Victoria.
It is a shorter trip to the gold coast suns ground from Melbourne than it is from Cairns. We are talking about GCS being in an NRL state and with a population of less than 600,000 people on the Gold Coast. The sums just do not add up.
Even Brisbane with a population under 2.5 million with a successful NRL club in a one club city like the Broncos can not get anywhere near the members of a decent Melbourne,Adelaide or Perth AFL club.The AFL was far to premature with GCS.
Sydney at least has a population to support 2 clubs in an NRL centric state.The GCS is destined to be the Fitzroy/Sth Melbourne of the AFL without massive help which will be to the detriment of most other clubs, including Brisbane. GCS in my mind was a massive Blunder and the pity is Brisbane Lions will become or already are collateral damage.

Can the Suns shine between a rock and a hard place?