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Passionate footy fan and commissioner of a unique fantasy football game I've been running for a bunch of mates for over a decade (hence the nickname Commish)

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Is this a watershed moment for the Richmond era?

The number of times we’ve all heard “teams just haven’t been able to cope with the Tigers”, and “the Tigers are head and shoulders above the rest of the competition”, and “the Tigers back their system and it stands up” has been in the hundreds in the last four seasons, maybe thousands.

Swans won in 2020, an abnormal season with the match in a hub, but GWS won the three previous games in 2018 and 2019 (recent means recent) and beat the Swans twice in pre-season as well. Only pre-season and GWS have some top players out but they still have a talented side after years of high draft picks and the SCG is no longer a fortress. As for the rest of it being trash, the Saints tip was but none of the rest of it so we can agree to disagree.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 5

I agree GWS will get up, their recent record against the Swans is excellent. Also agree with your comments on Brisbane and Richmond. As expected, Damien Hardwick has been in the media saying Premierships aren’t won in April and Richmond aren’t playing their best footy. True, Premierships aren’t won in April, but there’s been nothing wrong with their footy. His comments are good coaching psychology to make his players feel better about their losses but their game against Port was every bit as good as last year’s prelim. This time the best team actually won the match. As for their game against the Swans, they were clueless. Even their best players didn’t know what to do and Dusty was snuffed out. That’s not ‘not playing their best footy’. That’s being utterly out-coached, out-skilled, and outplayed.
St Kilda ran rings around the Tigers last year and beat them by 5 goals. Can they do it again? If they play like they did in the second half last week they certainly can but like many others I’m not sure they’ll bring that level of heat again. Hard to know. But go on, I’ll tip them in the hope that they will!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 5