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Forever riding the sporting rollercoaster. Sucker for analysis and talking stats on 91.3 SportFM. @DemPanopoulos.

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I’ll study up Micko 😂

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

Appreciate it Billy and by the looks of your picture, a warm congratulations to you!

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

They lost in straight sets in 2019, so this is their second straight sets exit. 2020 was not.

What if the Lions suffer another straight sets exit?

Yeah that’s a fair point, already wrote this piece on the Cats a few weeks back though so couldn’t double down! https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/07/30/what-if-geelong-dont-win-the-2021-premiership/

What if the Lions suffer another straight sets exit?

No, it’s a straight sets exit when they lose two finals in a row, as they did in 2019. Ended up alright for the Tiges last year!

What if the Lions suffer another straight sets exit?

Yep! Great fun being able to do it, very lucky!

Is 2021 the best AFL season in recent memory?

I stood still while the play continued, helpless to my team

Is 2021 the best AFL season in recent memory?

A slip of the finger on the keyboard if you will, although the likelihood of it being 0 next season will be the main point of focus one would think!

Is 2021 the best AFL season in recent memory?

Accessibility definitely was an issue, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens once things settle down from a societal point of view, when the comfort levels are at a point where going to the footy seems a normal part of the process – will everyone flock back after missing it for so long, or will the economics get in the way again, particularly after a period of financial hardship?

Is 2021 the best AFL season in recent memory?

If WA is the new shortened version of Victoria, then indeed 😛

Is 2021 the best AFL season in recent memory?

As a massive NBA fan, I found it really informative that they had someone of that stature to cross to when refs were assessing flagrant fouls, or any type of foul worth discussing really, and offering that level of insight that the fans just don’t comprehend. I think Ray would be perfect in that role after his hangs up the boots.

Why Razor Ray continues to be a great asset for the AFL

Thanks DTM, always appreciate the feedback. I tend to agree, greater investments and a strong support structure would go a long way to ensuring the pathway is clear and the standards and confidence levels of budding umpires is at a high. They’re the ones that keep that game ticking along all over Australia and deserve to be treated as such.

It’s great to have a role model like Razor so accessible on and off the field.

Why Razor Ray continues to be a great asset for the AFL

Hear Hear!

Why Razor Ray continues to be a great asset for the AFL

He has a good understanding of the game, I’ve had the same thought for a few months now if Teague isn’t the man and think nailing the defensive structure will be the secret to unlocking quick and vast improvement overall!

Why Razor Ray continues to be a great asset for the AFL

Keeffe had done a pretty solid job, hadn’t he? Davis has unfortunately looked a little off the pace since returning, it’ll be interesting what 2022 holds for him.

In terms of the small forwards, I definitely expect Hill to progress pretty nicely next season, Daniels is that interesting one that is so well-loved and it’ll end up being that high half-forward rotating through the middle. He’s a better facilitator than finisher which is nice to have, just means another crumber would be ideal.

'Simply a coaching insight or two away': Creating a Giant problem

Definitely but I feel some of that inconsistency is self-inflicted. I know I mentioned it a couple of times but the ball movement really is stifling at times when the Giants hit the lead and it just lets the opposition into games. Occasionally there’s the inexplicable lack of confidence when all things point towards decent form or having momentum. Luckily, these things are fixable and far from fatal in a footballing sense.

'Simply a coaching insight or two away': Creating a Giant problem

Always appreciate your feedback mate, it’s always a good read, I think I remember a little resistance with the North Melbourne’s not winning the wooden spoon piece from Good Friday too, if I recall correctly 😁

Personally, I don’t think this is an overly negative piece, particularly not one that is dismissed as “time to get serious”, it’s a “what if”, exploring the positives and negatives of the situation that has presented itself for Geelong. A different style of piece if you will.

I think they should be seen as favourites for this year’s flag and have got players performing super well at this point in time, but the other side of the equation is very real and cannot be simply brushed aside because it doesn’t suit a narrative some are keen to read, or the perception of writing is seen as “negative”.

Also, I tend to agree that the Demons shouldn’t be written off, the current issues are minor and fully expect them to be there at the business end!

Gardiner needs to return in full health for the Lions and the coverage of Hipwood is vital to get right come September. Bulldogs and Melbourne are the main contenders with the Cats, the Swans have shown different gears and strong transitional play which I think can hold up in finals, and the Lions are where they are. The rest make up the numbers.

What if Geelong don't win the 2021 premiership?

You’re absolutely right!

What if Geelong don't win the 2021 premiership?

Hi Jake, thanks for having a read. This piece is just exploring the hypothetical of what would happen if the Cats weren’t to win the flag, I think both the positives and the potential negatives have been covered while thinking this is the year of Geelong.

I’m pretty comfortable in thinking that the club would be internally disappointed by the strike rate of one GF loss in six top-four appearances and would have hoped for more, that’s only a natural reaction to the fantastic positions the club has built itself into. No club has been better over a longer period of time than yours, it’s just that now is the time that the flag must come as it seems to have culminated in this 2021 barrage.

Also, I’m not sure the single biggest hurdle for Geelong is not playing Richmond in Geelong, that seems a little too micro. The Grand Final was in Brisbane last year, for example.

Right now there are only a few genuine contenders, and the Cats are the most mature of the lot with quality everywhere. There deserves to be genuine optimism and expectation from fans, because this year more than most, the ultimate glory seems most attainable.

What if Geelong don't win the 2021 premiership?

I definitely agree the Cats are even better this season and their form in recent times has been fantastic, really playing the best footy I think I’ve seen from them in a couple of years. Tom Hawkins is a marvel.

What if Geelong don't win the 2021 premiership?

I’m in a similar boat, I haven’t pivoted from my tip of Brisbane to win the flag for the entire season yet but we’ll definitely need to see something else in the run home, especially with the legitimate contendership of at least three others.

One of those days, or a real sign of worry for the Lions?

I refuse to accept “just a rookie” in any context!! My personal thoughts were that the recruitment wasn’t good from the Saints but clearly, now that they’ve settled players in more natural positions and look to be more positive with ball movement, they can definitely cause some damage! I’m not convinced yet necessarily, but they’re a definite danger team.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

After being horrified by the Saints in the first half of the season, the return to form has been good to see, credit to them!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

All the hype is justified, there are some good kids coming through, just need to address a couple of key issues and things should turn around quickly.

The best player from last year's draft is not who you'd think

and I reckon Reid might be the best of the Bomber lot, I was a huge fan last year. But Pete, does the top end touch next year’s? Don’t mind the look of, I think his name is Daicos? 😛

The best player from last year's draft is not who you'd think

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