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A Western Bulldog tragic who lives in Italy, I sometimes watch football, hockey, competitive knitting and marble races but nothing will ever beat a good game of AFL.

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They can, I hope they don’t but they have the talent and the discipline to do it. I never rated Goodwin as a coach but he’s easily proven me wrong, he also surrounded himself with really good assistants, few of which have left so that’s a good sign, and they had no off field movement, noone left that’s important, so they’ll go into round 1 relatively unchanged something that’s rarely happens, and Luke Jackson being able to shift the momentum of the granny and dominate like he did will give him belief as well. What will be difficult is the opposition, we saw it this year just how close the top 6 were, in the finals series the Demons were the stand out no question, but during the season it was pretty even. We can easily say they’ll be up there again anyway, Port will be there or there abouts, the Dogs will have something to prove has well, there’ll be one side jumping into the top 4 from outside of the 8 if history is anything to go by, maybe Richmond, I can’t wait for next season.

The drought is over - so what's next for the Demons?

I’ve enjoyed your reviews thus far Charlie and this one is no different, bonus points for not mentioning your dislike of Weightman (or burning hatred? I’m never sure). It seems that the powers that be believe that Jordan Sweet is the eventual answer to the ruck problem while English will just play as a forward doing a little ruck pinch hitting, they need to give English time but I think he’s not too far away from a break out ruck season. Darcy won’t slot right in I don’t think and if he does they might start him as a defender. Ugle Hagan will be a lot more flexible not restricted to the forward line, they could even shift him to the wing? the biggest issue which as you mentioned still hasn’t been solved is another key defender. Keith is underrated, but he plays a lone hand at times and needs another tall back there. I’m not sure O’brien is it, time will tell I guess but hopefully they can bounce back and not meet Melbourne in finals again.

Western Bulldogs season 2021 review: Who let the Dogs out?

The dumb thing about the Ugle Hagan situation is he wasn’t trying to break into a bottom 4 squad rebuilding, but a premiership contender that at that time had the best(or second best I can’t remember) forward line in the league, why would they play him? I was surprised when they did considering his indifferent form in the VFL. The risk of blooding new players before they’re ready is real and the commentators and media really don’t help the conversation with AFL ready when drafted comments, noone wants another Jack Watts and although Tom Boyd on the Dogs a flag his career was ruined mostly by the unreal expectation that the AFL (and club) put on him.

Why we should all be holding our horses on Horne-Francis

The police haven’t spoken to Smith, the Dogs are fine with it (and they get very anxious about poor exposure) why is this news? The Dogs will send someone to tell Smith to pull his head in a little and that’s all that’s needed.

Bulldogs dismiss Smith police complaint

If the cats make top 4 they’d be odds on for another prelim final at least why would you tell Scott this is his last year and get Clarko in? it would be their 6th prelim in 7 years, I don’t see how you could justify getting rid of Scott even if he’s only won one flag. Their towards the flag has also met some really really strong teams, Tigers in the qualifying in 17, prelim 19 and granny in 20 then the new tigers in Melbourne this year. in 2019 they and Collingwood were probably the only two teams likely to get close to Richmond, and they got within 22 points (or something like that) anyone can rip on their finals failure but any other team would’ve lost to those teams (RIchmond and Melbourne) The Dogs kept with Melbourne for nearly 3 quarters and got destroyed sometimes it’s just bad luck. I don’t know if the current list can keep doing what they have been doing due to the age demographic, They haven’t really addressed the problem of youth or lack of. But their culture has so far stood the test of time and CHris Scott has been a big part of that.

Emptying the kitty litter: What does the future hold for Geelong?

Yeah he does need this year to prove his worth abit more. He’s come on abit for mine, playing as a third tall and pinch hit ruckman suits him buy he’ll need to improve a few things to get a better contract which will be his thinking. I don’t know if he’ll stay but I’ll expect if he does it’ll be done mid next year. Another reason is right now clubs don’t know what the Cap will look like in a year’s time so they might want to hold off on the big contracts etc.

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

Big difference between English and Lobb is English is 4 years younger than Lobb and already better.

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

sure although North needs Horne Francis more than Diacos or Darcy but my point wasn’t about that, I was commenting on your asking why gift an opponent more than you have to. In terms of list building the teams seem to be pretty civil towards each other, Father son draftingis an older AFL tradition and most clubs respect it unless they really need that player.

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

unless you actually need the talent why bid on them? most clubs respect the father sons and avoid bidding on them unless they actually want them. Dunkey and Blakey are prime examples. it’s a little bid different to NGAs. as for a top 5 player for third round picks, that’s not completely true is it? both teams have wiped their draft hand to get the picks that make up the points needed they may be third round picks but they were accumluated from early picks being traded away.

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

Someone also probably needs to have a quiet chat with Bobby Hill and tell him his form over the trade period isn’t up to scratch. To not ask for a trade until late and demand only Essendon was unlikely at best (I’ve changed my tune a little bit on this) and for Hill to get his family involved and have his manager discuss it publicly as he has is just poor.

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

B- for the Dogs is about right, getting the picks needed for Sam Darcy was important although losing Lipinski in the long run will hurt, he was apart of our next wave of midfielders that will hurt their prime when Bont, Macrae, and Libba get into their thirties and aren’t as damaging

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

His last two years haven’t been that great to be honest, he started well at the Cats but has slipped, He’s lost a bit of his speed and grunt and he doesn’t have much else.

Geelong Cats season 2021 review: Old heads fail to prevail again

jesus that’s a brutal grade, I know you ask alot of them because of what they’ve traded but in reality they made a prelim final after being one Gawn free kick away from the minor premiership, they’re very good at getting close and it highlights how difficult it is to play off in grand finals, Jeremy Cameron is 28 and had the 4th best average in the league, of course they want to win a flag with him now but he’ll be just as good in 5 years maybe longer. you’re right though, their lack of youth particularly in the midfield is eventually going to smack them in the face unless they start getting elite talent in again. I would add Dahlhaus to the list of needed trades although it’s too late now, he isn’t in their best 22 and has had so little influence in his last few games he almost hurts them. They could make the top 4, even win the minor premiership but the problem with Geelong is even before the season has started we already know they won’t be premiers, despite what some may think, their best is not up their with the best in the league.

Geelong Cats season 2021 review: Old heads fail to prevail again

It’s not thr first time the Bulldogs have gotten academy players but it is the first time they’ve got a first round pick from their NGA so they invested a whole heap of time and money in the academy for one top pick. I wouldn’t consider it rorting but I guess I’m just being defensive, the Swans have more of a rort going on considering the talent they’ve picked up but both teams have given hundreds of players an opportunity they may not have had. In terms of the price, I agree the 20% discount is unnecessary. What do you think of not being able to challenge bids in the first round? Is that fair?

Brisbane Lions season review: Lions lethargic

I’m not getting into a “Bulldogs duck for frees” argument with you because I know it’ll be like talking to a dolphin, but break it down for me, how has the Bulldogs rorted the draft?

Brisbane Lions season review: Lions lethargic

Haha Chuck I don’t go for a good footy team I go for a great footy team 😀 :D. Yeah 70 % isn’t enough, here in Italy we’ve reached 80 percent (still wearing masks) but we’re completely open and almost certainly staying that way. Australia has to follow suit hit 80% at least and open up to the world.

Vax mandate for pro athletes in Victoria

This argument isn’t even worth having, for the country to open and go forward it needs at minimum 80 percent vaccination. Make it happen.

Vax mandate for pro athletes in Victoria

I heard you as well, talking about Ben King calling his brother down in miserable Melbourne, I had a laugh at that and actually kinda hope Max heads North, he’s gunna do less at the Saints than he would at the Suns.

The Roar's AFL trade period crystal ball: Who ends up where and how the deals get done

Lipinski and a late pick for Ladhams, would love that. I think he wants to stay in Melbourne though. It’s a real shame the Lipinski situation because they planned to use him the way they’re now using Dunkley, and because he hasn’t seen much football they’ll struggle to get a pick anywhere near what he’s really worth (late second to early third I think will do it, either this year or future)

The Roar's AFL trade period crystal ball: Who ends up where and how the deals get done

the Dogs will be in his ear for sure, he’s exactly what they need and he fits their age profile, the only thing is they can’t afford the draft capital to get it done I don’t think, they need all their picks this year and more for the Darcy pick up, I imagine they’ll be on trading picks from next years draft.

The Roar's AFL trade period crystal ball: Who ends up where and how the deals get done

SOS said on trade radio pick 6 is enough, dunno but they ight need a sweetner to get it over the line, a third round pick? I imagine Carlton will start with their future first and Freo will demand their current and future firsts and it’ll go from there. this one should be entertaining.

Cerra officially nominates preferred trade destination

Without 6-6-6 the Dogs probably wouldn’t have got to the granny in all honesty and maybe not the Dee’s either both have powerful tall mids who run it out of the middle almost unchecked, the Dogs have 3 in the top 10 for centre clearances but they can get scored on quickly if they face a midfield that’s ad good as theirs because they don’t do defensive accountability (which we all saw in 15 bloody minutes on Saturday night). The Gold Coast game earlier in the year is another example, the game between the Dogs and Suns was pretty much over at half time but the Suns came out firing and the Dogs didn’t handle it defensivly, Gd coast got a run on and pulled themselves back into it until Bont scores a settler. All this is why the Saints won’t challenge for top 4 unless they get bigger better mids (Steele alone isn’t enough) and why Essendon wanted Dunkley so bad (although they would be happy with how that played out) bigger bodied midfielders who can tear through a stoppage are the way to go

The rule that could have changed the AFL grand final

he was second in contested marks and top 5 for scoring, I think they need to keep him as a forward and get another ruck or put some time into Jordan Sweet and see what he can do, Ladhams will be on their radar although I hear he’s in talks with the Saints or Bombers.

'They've done us proud': Grand final thoughts from a Bulldogs fan

yeah like I wrote, those last couple of minutes when the Demons were on top they just had to slow it down, momentum is a funny thing I think they thought they were still playing better and would work themselves back into it but just like that Melbourne kicked away. It would have been upto Dunkley, and Libba as well to make their opponents accountable so they’ll look at that in the off season and hopefully adjust. what I don’t want to happen is an overreaction because of the margin, the dogs are there or there abouts they just need some minor tinkering and they’ll be at the pointy end again.

'They've done us proud': Grand final thoughts from a Bulldogs fan

English is an interesting situation, played a pretty poor grand final but what do they do with him, he’s a half decent forward who can ruck around the ground a little but has no mongrel and gets belted to often. there are trade conversations with him but what is he worth?

'They've done us proud': Grand final thoughts from a Bulldogs fan

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