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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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Damn, I forgot to put in that comparison with the Tigers too, not precisely with Jones in regards to retirement/not best 22, but Deledio as the long-time stalwart and fan favourite watching on was a similar gut-punch for mine.

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

The question is, are the Dogs going to have the umps on their side again? Free kicks 25-11 v Melbourne in Rd 19. In fact, Dogs fans will riot if they don’t get that sort of favour, they’re so used to it. 😱

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

I barely trust Port to turn up 75 times out of 100, let alone 99.

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

I’ve been rapt with Brown’s performance, he’s been really strong the last 6-8 weeks, and McDonald bounced back in the prelim after a down couple of weeks. Then you’ve got Fritsch getting off the chain and Pickett swooping around. I think they’ll cause the Dogs backs some headaches given enough supply.

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

Again, some similarities with Richmond in 2017 there. Geelong beat the Tigers in Rd 21 that year, missing Hawkins, Duncan and Selwood. All three were there a few weeks later in the qualifying final, and Richmond reversed the result.

I don’t think the Dogs controlled the game as much as they kicked all those goals from stoppages. Was a wet game too, which it won’t be on Saturday.

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

Couldn’t agree more on the last point, but thei Dogs win over Port was powerful so they must be respected.

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

I agree, I would have preferred the Dogs lead-up. But the Dees hit Geelong like a coiled spring after a week off in the prelim, so can be trusted to do the same again. The Dogs will be more ready for it, of course.

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

Well, you could say that about any losing grand finalists if you’re going to list all of those! Might as well list losing preliminary finalists too.

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

Plenty of money in the Australian sprint races, why don’t they send a few?

George Main Stakes day: Group 1 preview and tips

Haha, your last line is a very good point PD!

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

The AFL love this idea of a two week build-up and generating momentum. They tried it with the pre-finals bye, and now are trying this. We didn’t face it this time, but the only positive from a week off before the GF is that the ridiculous 12 day concussion rule doesn’t prevent a concussed player from the prelim playing in a GF.

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

The Crows won a lot of games in 2005-06, finishing top two twice, but couldn’t convert it into a GF appearance. They had a ripe chance then.

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

Thanks Boo.

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

In terms of pure output, I guess it would have to be Carlton and Gold Coast.

In terms of who should have achieved more, I’m on record as saying West Coast has drastically under-achieved in this era by only making one prelim (which they at least turned into a flag). The Collingwood squad that won the 2010 flag probably should have won more but Eddie torpedoed that.

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

I agree with your last sentence. I think it’s possible to do all three of: admire and appreciate the Dogs performance and heart, that the Lions should have made more of their chances, while also thinking Brisbane were robbed.

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

😱

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

Well said Marty. How can you not admire the Dogs for their gumption, and they certainly know how to produce a lionheart performance. It won’t surprise at all if they beat Port, somehow finding a way even if Bont doesn’t play. And as you say, if you can stick fat away from home, and the home team gets the shakes late they can capitalize.

But I’ll go to my grave saying Brisbane were robbed last Saturday…

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

Breaking News! Dogs fan defends umpiring in a one point game!

The call against Caleb Daniel was poor, certainly. Fancy paying that ruck free, or the off-the-ball against McCarthy, and man in front was a rule for 100 years until Bont’s mark, let alone letting Bailey Dale go free after Lions players had been called for a fraction of holding the ball all quarter. Any one of which could have gone the other way, and if they had have more likely that Brisbane would have won.

I make the free kick count in finals 168-117 the Bulldogs way since the start of 2016. Most people would take that, in what should be something statistically random.

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

Dogs free kicks in 2016 finals:

20-8 v Sydney (I know Swans fans that haven’t had a good night’s sleep in five years due to the umpiring)
23-13 v GWS (not bad away from home in a game that never saw more than a two goal lead)
19-14 v Hawks
17-13 v WC (in Perth! Unheard of)

Five of the Dogs first seven goals against Essendon the other week were from free kicks, some of them questionable. In a game with only 12 goals to 3QT, it feels significant.

Not a bad run, it’s worth acknowledging. Easy enough to admit they’ve had the best of it. And anyone that says umpiring decisions don’t shape games is a simpleton.

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

I think you’ll find it was Melbourne that got the breeze for three quarters. It changed at quarter time, so they got the use of it for the entire first half. Phenomenal final round that year, as well as Melbourne’s surge through the finals.

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

Personally I think any bye can get in the bin, but we’ll see how this one plays out I guess. Feels like it’s tempting fate to not just play the game, given the COVID environment.

'Twice the ecstasy and twice the heartbreak': Preliminary finals have their own place in history

Thanks Nath, good to be back writing about the good ones again.

Yes, incredibly poor returns from the 3yo at WFA ranks last season, everyone and their dog writing them off, and yep, a 4yo wins the first G1 of 2021/22. Aegon needs to prove it at the level on firm ground, and Beau Rossa could win if he gets all the breaks and couple of others don’t. Always great if the 4yo’s fire a few shots in the early spring.

The Heatherlie is always a good race, and is often won by something leading or right on the pace from memory. Good shout (and good luck!).

Memsie Stakes Day: Group 1 tips and preview

I will be surprised to be honest. I do think the top four have the others covered with the Dogs horribly out of form.

Also, the bye being moved to later will help the top four.

'The best football weekend of the year': Four cracking games to start the AFL finals

I think a lot of years we think the four finals will be even, but it’s often not the case. We’d be spewing if we didn’t get a couple of classics this week though.

'The best football weekend of the year': Four cracking games to start the AFL finals

Plenty of games in the back half of the year where the Dees haven’t mounted much offensive force, and six goals to 3QT against Geelong last week. In my opinion, in the three areas of the ground, that’s the weakest for Melbourne, so of course it’s going to be called out. It may not cost them at all of course.

'The best football weekend of the year': Four cracking games to start the AFL finals

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