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Cameron Rose

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I've never heard a conversation about footy or cricket that I haven't wanted to join in immediately. If you disagree with me, you'll be made to work very hard to change my mind!

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I am interested to see how that plays out once we have a player test positive, and what the flow on effects are. I would suggest all club players and officials get tested immediately, and any that return negative are still free to play.

The AFL show must go on

Thanks 6×6, and lovely word use.

The AFL show must go on

Correct.

The AFL show must go on

No tackling at your local supermarket??? You haven’t been down the toilet paper aisle recently…

The AFL show must go on

Yep, very much so.

The AFL show must go on

Adrian, Jay and I are in Melbourne. Stirling in Sydney. Josh recently moved to Melbourne, but has gone between Albury and Sydney in recent years.

I’m pretty confident in saying team allegiances play very little part, and in fact in my experience doing these Top 50’s over a numbers of years with various people, they are usually harsher on their own team’s players.

The Roar’s AFL top 50 wrap: The full list, who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best clubs

Honestly, the teams I’ve got from 9-17 could all finish somewhere between 6 and 17. Who knows who it will click for, and who will fall apart. There are surprises every year.

AFL preview series: Richmond Tigers vs Collingwood Magpies

Change everything, and I might be close? Lol. No doubt right though. An impossible task we set ourselves with these pre-season predictions.

AFL preview series: Richmond Tigers vs Collingwood Magpies

Good commentary Paul, and I can only really speak for myself.

We’re picking players in order for this year, so it doesn’t matter how good someone has been over their career, other than weight of evidence to suggest what they can or can not back up, or are they a flash in the pan.

With last year being the most recent season, it’s not unusual that form carries most weight. I guess we mostly assume they will carry that on or regress, but it’s a good point.

A player like Laird is interesting, and I think we do let a team’s performance sometimes sway us. Laird can do something in a good side and be damaging because of what happens next, or less damaging if he is under more pressure in a poor side. And sometimes players or teams are on the nose for whatever reason.

Also, a different panel voting this year too. All I can tell you is that we take it seriously, and it’s bloody hard to do. We all feel guilty about leaving out really good players.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 10-1

His 2018 was outstanding in my mind, similar to Gunston actually, but they both dropped away last year as individuals.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

Nope.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

Consistently brilliant is a stretch. Consistent, yes.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

The ratings and CD overrate ruckmen ridiculously. He was on the fringes though.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

I believe so, yes.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

I can tell you one of those names isn’t in there…

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

He’s a bloody good player Jamie Cripps.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 20-11

I think the individual rankings of each of us will be published later in the week. I will say that Merrett did make the top 50 of Adrian and I , but the others left him out. Some pretty good points there though, he’s a fine player.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 30-21

Looking at goals and goal assists combined, Hawkins has Brown covered pretty comfortably over the last couple of years. Hawkins has contested marking over him as a strength too.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 30-21

Reasonable guesses Gordon, but I think you’ll find a couple of your names there don’t make it…

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 30-21

You’ve been a hard marker of Houli ever since you’ve been commenting Slane. Very consistent over many years!

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 40-31

I agree, I don’t like that I’ve only got one change to the eight. And Essendon due to the Caracella effect could even rise. I’m very wary of them.

AFL preview series: Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks

Brad Scott was an ordinary coach that produced ordinary teams playing ordinary football, to finish in ordinary finishing positions. If his twin brother hadn’t coached a flag in 2011, he’d have been gone long ago.

The other AFL coaches call Chris Scott the hardest to coach against, which I believe to be true. Very technically proficient at removing others strengths during the regular season. But that doesn’t stand up in finals when everyone goes up a gear (as Ross Lyon also found out over time), apart from when he had Bomber Thompson’s team for one year. I think you’ll find there are plenty of current and former Cats players who don’t love him. I think he over-coaches, pure and simple, and he has had more talent on his list in the last eight years than any other coach besides Leon Cameron, and the Cats have greatly underachieved.

AFL preview series: Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks

I think Steven is overrated if anything. Four B&F’s during a basketcase period. Has rarely been a four quarter player. Too inconsistent to be called a champ.

AFL preview series: Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks

Ross Lyon did some really good things in his first 4-5 years at Freo, but I don’t think he’ll be remembered for them. I sense he’ll be remembered for the failings towards the end.

AFL preview series: West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers

Hogan is best 22, but we may never see him again. I don’t think he can be considered for now.

It’s unlikely Matera would go from 20 games and being comfortably the second highest goalkicker to outside the best 22, let alone outside the best 35.

AFL preview series: West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle Dockers