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Forever riding the sporting rollercoaster of emotions. Write for the AFL Record and share some thoughts on 91.3 SportFM. Twitter: @dempanopoulos

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Thank you for taking the time to read, wishing you and your beloved Sainters nothing but the best. Hopefully success is around the corner!

How the Saints dismantled the Tigers

Really good call with Ted Richards and ironically, slipped through the cracks of this article 😂

His Premiership year was well worth the ups and downs he had during his career, and goes down as a hero in Swans folklore.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Appreciate the feedback Birdman.

The reason I have JPK topping the list is that him becoming a star at Sydney was based on the fact he received immediate opportunities, where the Hawks didn’t really see him as someone worthy of being in the best 22 consistently at the point of when he was traded.

As stated, of course the Hawks are happy with how it all played out in the end with the three flags and the historical significance of that period, but Kennedy has a resume that matches the absolute elite of the competition and simply because the midfield depth was good at the time doesn’t sweep aside the fact they clearly didn’t see a whole heap in him, when in hindsight, he would’ve been better than all midfielders bar Sam Mitchell, who was a different type anyway.

That’s my reasoning, it has all worked out well in the end for both parties, but in terms of ones who slipped through the cracks through voluntary movement by the initial club, JPK is the biggest and best one.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

From memory at the time, Jenkins was keen on getting to a different club locally before the Bombers gave in and traded him to the Crows. Not sure why he gets an unfair wrap across fan bases, Jenkins’ numbers are better than what most key forwards can pull off!

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Bachar actually quit Essendon rather than the club getting rid of him, was keen to get to Richmond in the end.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Yeah the Suns would be kicking themselves that they never actually listed Zorko when he was right there for them. Hasn’t had a bad career, has he!

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Hugely underrated player in my opinion and the Saints certainly could’ve done more with the talent they had. He was one that initiated the trade to go back home, rather than being discarded by the Saints as Lynch was. It’s amazing to sheer quantity and overall quality of players that couldn’t deliver at one club and enjoyed great success elsewhere, but even moreso when the players are dumped by their initial clubs.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Nank has been great for the Tigers, particularly that 2017 season with his hunger and attack on the ball. One of the better modern day steals definitely, but he requested the trade from the Swans rather than Sydney looking to move him on, so he wasn’t included as a result.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Jacobs was definitely a steal and clearly made himself one of the league’s top rucks. He didn’t make the article as he requested going home to South Australia, so while the Blues had a clearly talented player they could’ve used in the future and lost, their hands were tied and were forced into making the move.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

Absolutely, Hamling’s definitely found his niche and hopefully puts together a solid career.

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

My opinion is that the club can do with more leadership coming from a successful setup, particularly in the midfield and back half. Edwards isn’t a forward so the Dockers would be fine with Mundy in his final stanza and Walters being the star he is, but added grunt and class between the back 50 and centre would make the team look a lot more solid and potentially gel quicker.

As stated by a couple below though, Lachie Neale’s return certainly wouldn’t be hated either though!

Your AFL club's ideal recruit

Thanks Peter, you’d know better than most just how good a fit Mihocek has been for the Pies. Absolute gem.

The undrafted team of the decade

Thanks for reading! Pickett certainly is the romantic type of story that perhaps makes this sort of team, but don’t think his overall impact will be enormous on the Tigers. That unique place in history certainly doesn’t go unnoticed though!

The undrafted team of the decade

Hi mate, thanks for reading!

Tom Stewart was taken in the National Draft. Therefore, he hasn’t met the one criteria required to make the team.

And I do enjoy SuperCoach, thanks. Tend to avoid Lloyd though.

The undrafted team of the decade

Many thanks, we’ve seen so many examples of how when one door closes, another opens and the Cats have had a few of those!

The 'what could have been' team of the century

Definitely some quality players in there but most of them weren’t playing any form of domestic cricket after the first men’s international T20. Think many had established themselves anyway, but O’Donnell is definitely one who could’ve been a face of the format.

Australia's born-too-early T20 XII

Thanks for reading!

Harvey certainly was one of the original trailblazers but it all came in the backend of a career that could’ve been enormously successful if he had been able to play more of the format.

Bevan, an all-time great is under appreciated by an entire generation that would’ve had a greater love for his game in this more accessible format.

And MacGill could’ve been one of the early spinners to travel the world and make a lot of money, which may have afforded him more international opportunities in a different format.

Ultimately, I think the overall legacies of these players could’ve been boosted in the T20 format. Harvey is personally one of my all-time favourites!

Australia's born-too-early T20 XII

For what it’s worth, I’m in a constant state of feeling bullish about the Dockers and I see strong potential, but those key absences that have become apparent recently, particularly in defence has made me temper my expectations. Very much like a lot of the kids, Hayden Young is a star of the future and hopefully we can see McCarthy work well on the wing and an actual, full season from Mr Taberner.

Beware the sleeping Swans

I tend to agree with the overall sentiment regarding a potentially stagnance in the growth of the league with more list spots in more teams occurring too quickly while young players develop quicker, but ultimately, that has nothing to do with the opinion Bowers. The fact there is a large difference between the best players and the below average players doesn’t detract from the ability, determination and football smarts of a player like Bowers.

Bowers and Cripps aren’t comparable for me – Bowers is a key part in building a league and contributing heavily to the Dockers’ brand with her on-field game potentially having a societal impact.

These sorts of players are vital throughout history, assisting in the creation of a league’s and club’s legacy and it’s not being positive for the sake of being positive – Bowers is that good.

Kiara Bowers is a Dockers great

If an opinion piece about a player that is already having an incredible impact on the formative stages of a club and competition is turning people off AFLW, I’d argue that they’re searching for reasons to be negative and they certainly aren’t the target market.

Kiara Bowers is a Dockers great

Hi Francis, thanks for giving the piece a read!

I actually think the better and far more competitive conference is Conference B, and we’ll see some quality teams miss out as a result. North Melbourne is the tip many have and it’s completely justifiable, but I think the internal improvement is capped there, whereas a team like Carlton or Fremantle has a lot of room to move.

I place great value on a coach who can have the players playing for them, all committed to the cause. There are varying levels of buy-in, but Harford and Searle are the two coaches who are the best at that for mine. Don’t see any glaring issues with the Blues this season and that goes a long way.

Complete AFLW 2020 season preview

The young talent coming through the ranks is incredible, and the fact the likes of Parker, Prespakis, Huntington etc can act as inspirations is brilliant. Agree on her chances this season for the highest honours too!

The AFLW's breakout stars of 2020

Plenty of opportunities have opened up at the Dockers, and it’ll be exciting to see the swift development of some talented younger players, particularly draftees. Despite the loss of personnel, I’m still bullish on Fremantle’s chances this season, think the team is a genuine chance at being successful.

The AFLW's breakout stars of 2020

This is the downfall of any team in any sport. The moment the mindset is more about holding on or being competitive, the quicker the inevitable negative outcome arrives. Biting the bullet and going for it is the best way to approach this test, and Ferguson over Southee is exactly the right move.

Lockie Ferguson is New Zealand’s only chance to win the first Test

Thanks for reading Paul. NZ’s deep bowling attack means Ferguson can be used in short, sharp bursts and be more effective, as mentioned. His average of overs per innings is perfectly reasonable in first class cricket, although it has certainly increased in recent years.

Regarding the World Cup, Ferguson was the most impressive bowler. People expected Starc to rip through the opposition, particularly lesser nations, and if he didn’t, there’d have been more headlines questioning him.

Ferguson put his nation on his back, with many opposition fanbases not knowing much about him, and he nearly pulled them over the line. I think his ability is easily transferrable to this first Test and the rest of his career.

Lockie Ferguson is New Zealand’s only chance to win the first Test