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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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The Dons do seem to fall into self-preservation mode very quickly. There’s a disconnect between them all at the moment, and no sense of unity.

Death-match at the MCG

I liked Death Race with the Stath. I only saw it once though, about a decade ago.

Death-match at the MCG

I always like watching two bottom teams play, for that reason.

Death-match at the MCG

I would think so Pete. If one team was going to blow the other away, it would be Melbourne. Fascinated to see it play out.

Death-match at the MCG

There’s some chance that it could happen again in Rd 5 too, with Ess v NM.

Death-match at the MCG

I can’t deny it.

Death-match at the MCG

Yes, my understanding is that Beams does take up quite a bit of off-field resources. Let’s just say it’s a good thing he’s a gun.

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

Yeah, I sense Collingwood/Buckley falls into the Richmond/Hardwick bracket, in that they will build off the unexpected rise and improve again off the back of chemistry and togetherness of the playing list / club. Both teams try to play a committed brand of football, with tactics second.

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

All good points Grand Dog. It’s the intangibles that change from season to season within each club, based on any number of factors that we aren’t privy to. Which is why there is almost always huge surprises with clubs flying up or falling down the ladder against general expectation.

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

Everything about the Dogs under Beveridge is strange.

The Pies did have a very favourable draw, but I think they showed enough quality to say they are a good side. They certainly have a sterner one this time around.

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

West Coast outplayed them over the course of the last three quarters, so deserved the win. The Pies were almost up too much too early. They should improve which will help them in their record against the better teams.

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

Thanks Peter. Plenty of good stuff in your comment there. I think Pendles is a clearance mid, just not a grunt one like the others, and we can’t forget Grundy there as well. I’m fascinated to see who gets spots at the Pies, because the depth is outstanding. Some good players are going to be playing VFL.

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

We’ll see…

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

It means, when not looking through the lens of a Roar writer.

I just don’t like them Floyd, and would prefer they stay in the basement.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

Well, we don’t disagree on that! I got my ratings out of the Prospectus, btw.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

Yeah, Saints too. I think they’ll go about things differently this year, which will help them, but the toll is rising. I thought they had a decent chance to get out of the bottom four this year, but that’s almost impossible now.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

Given the Melbounre list ranks 10th for age and 13th for games played heading into 2019, you’d have to say if the Dees have already peaked then Goodwin will have made a mess of it from here. They’ve ticked the making finals and winning them box in the same year too. I think they’ve got enough of a growing group of core players 25 and under to say they will improve as individuals, and we know how important cohesion is to remaining a top side. They have a big group that is going to play a lot of football together.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

I’m clearly bullish on Adelaide, and their write-up is coming.

Good points about the Pies, and that last line can be true. West Coast and the Dogs showed you can still win with good players missing though.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

Thanks Redbacks. Hard to argue with what you say, and you’re right, they really are missing that long striding fast wingman that can cover a lot of ground. If McDonald goes down they look vulnerable.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

As a pure football supporter, I have no love for Melbourne at all, and so desperately hope they don’t win a flag. But they are building the right way and reach their contending years now.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

It’s a good question Macca, given I start writing these in mid Feb.

I think I’d have Carlton a couple of spots higher, the Dogs a couple lower. Geelong above Essendon. Hawks and Port a bit higher. North and Brisbane a bit lower.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

People said the same about West Coast and Nic Nat, and looked what happened. A single midfield player is never that important, and ruckmen certainly never are. I wouldn’t change my tip for Melbourne or Collingwood a single iota if Gawn or Grundy went down.

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

Firstly, I’d like to think I would be at the ground if the Tiges make the prelim James.

As for your Pies Pete, you’ll get to read what I think about them tomorrow or Wednesday…

2019 AFL season preview: Melbourne Demons

Good commentary as always Tom. What you talk about was also a feature of the Bulldogs September in 2016, and to a lesser extent the rise of Richmond in 2017 which was then sustained through 2018 suggesting it was as much system as blend of individual players striking form. But yeah, for WC guys you mentioned outside the less experienced Sheed, to have career best form at that stage of their careers, credit to all involved.

2019 AFL season preview: West Coast Eagles

Yeah, I see five main premiership chances, and they could all finish anywhere in the top six without surprising me.

2019 AFL season preview: West Coast Eagles