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I’d definitely like to see Williams at some stage, that rare talent would be great to see at senior level, I suspect he probably needs to turn that 0.3 last week to 3.0 to get a gig. For me, it’s Woodcock and that good start in the midfield this season that should be capitalised upon.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

Stats certainly aren’t everything, and that’s the beauty of football, we watch the games and can extract different things out of them. Right now is definitely the best period for a little while to have been a Port supporter, so I can understand your perspective. I’d personally like to see a great response over the next six weeks to prove the point that the Power are, in fact, one of the best teams in the competition.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

I certainly think it’ll be a closer game despite all the absences – four of the last five games between the two teams have been at a margin of a goal or less heading into the last quarter!

It’s also about expectation, Port’s missing duo are vital to how they play, and there has been a drop off for an expected contender.

Carlton has a heap of injuries to deal with, and certainly my expectation was that they wouldn’t quite get a finals spot yet, so this 2-2 start gives the Blues a bit of a buffer and doesn’t deserve to be over-criticised.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

Appreciate you reading through my pieces, they’re designed to look a bit beyond what’s in front of our eyes at this very moment, as we get too caught up in recency bias and specific results.

For accountability purposes to add to your list, we should mention the prediction of Melbourne being a premiership contender from the start of February, and St Kilda’s drop off, because as we know, things can change so quickly, Dees could miss finals and Saints may well surge into the top four on those trends you’ve highlighted!

This piece doesn’t say Port Adelaide won’t win the flag, but the current way the team is playing isn’t that of a contender. It’s only four games in so there’s time to fix what’s wrong, but no one has really acknowledged the drop off, which I find to be interesting and worth exploring. Not all doom and gloom.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

Appreciate you reading the piece and it’s good to hear from Port fans.

The team is clearly playing below its best capabilities right now, which means there’s great room for upside if the slight tweaks are made.

With key cogs ageing, I imagine we should see the key team stats improve thanks to the hunger these veterans have to succeed, it just hasn’t been at a high level over the first four games.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

Absolutely, this isn’t a doom and gloom piece, but we have seen often that too many teams rest on their laurels with results in the bag. I suspect Hinkley isn’t that type, and we get to see that response in the next little stretch of games, because if not, I’d have bigger concerns on the Power.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

Much appreciated and glad to hear it resonated. Results can be deceiving, but making the necessary changes will help recapture that form to go from a finals team, to a premiership contender in my opinion.

Why Port Adelaide are struggling more than you think

Given that Essendon matched up well against the Swans, especially after what we saw in the first round, could be great cause for concern if Brisbane aren’t switched on!

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

I meant to have written “without a zero” in the third line – a quick look to MyCricket would validate the barren season.

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

Swamp put up the statistic that over that past 15 years, other than ridiculous Easter Monday clashes, Syd/Ess has had the equal most matches decided by under a goal, with six times.

Should be a fun match, and I’m glad that we’ve got a couple of days before submitting tips for the Roar’s tipping piece 😂

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

It’s way too easy to kick a team while they’re down, back in Noble and see improvement this season, whatever the result. I’m keen to see Davies-Uniacke be able to perform well alongside Cunnington personally.

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

Appreciate the feedback Graeme, I’d personally argue quite heavily against the “barracking” over writing comment, particularly given I have no particular affinity for North Melbourne, but it’ll certainly be an interesting one to follow.

I’m going with the long-term prediction, and all we have is the short-term results, so I understand the reluctance!

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

Already wrote about Sydney’s bright future earlier last season as the future team to look out for to potentially string together somewhat of a dynasty, wouldn’t be great to rehash it!

Tipping Bulldogs by 100+ even within this article turned out alright, I won’t go too early with any Sydney/Essendon picks to just to save any pain either way 😂

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

Certainly some standout performances from the weekend, impressive performance by certain teams.

We tend to overreact at both ends of the extreme with great performances, and poor ones.

Adelaide, for instance, has banked two crucial wins, which is good for them because their current performances are led by veterans who have shown in the past that this is unsustainable. Still, opening up an early gap will mean they’re clear of the spoon.

Essendon were fantastic, need to see how they go backing up and if these players that loved having an opportunity in important roles actually perform well again.

For me, there’s upside in North that other teams are showing early in the season.

Everyone is looking to smash the club when they’re down, and I think it’s well worth unpacking as per the above piece, because there certainly will be improvement. I’m happy to stand by everything, won’t overreact on the weekend’s results, but I understand the popular opinion too!

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

Hello, and thanks for reading!
Certainly before, mentioned the expectation of a triple-figure loss in the second paragraph, and obviously the Good Friday performance was unacceptable.
Ultimately, this goes one of two ways from yesterday, which was anticipated anyway. I’m expecting the club won’t be as disgraceful.
So in summary, the article wouldn’t change.

Why North Melbourne will not win the 2021 wooden spoon

There’s definitely a lot of improvement expected with Carlton graduating to a finals contender, but settled on McKay as I think he emerges as one of the better key forwards in the league, rather than just an important player for Carlton. I’m hoping Dow takes those necessary steps forward, people tend to be way too critical of the early development of young players – this was always the year to start judging and preseason looks good.

Those other two are already best 22 and should enjoy nice seasons, with Setterfield needing to transition to a more outside role.

Your AFL club's breakout star in 2021

Great to hear from you again Peter and Quaynor is a star waiting to emerge, I agree. Have listed Sier due to the desperate need for that sort of player in the guts to assist with a smooth-running midfield machine that is no doubt necessary for Collingwood to stay in touch this season. Adams’ durability is also a concern which places even more emphasis on needing Sier to step up and protect the young talent around him.

Your AFL club's breakout star in 2021

Absolutely, I’ve been of the opinion that if Port want to go down that path, he could follow a similar trajectory to James Sicily. I know this preseason he has seen a lot more wing time and a bit in defence, I just think those aerial skills would be awesome for the Power at half-back, already having a skilful forward rotation

Your AFL club's breakout star in 2021

Absolutely and pardon the typo, Pugh’s a gun and I’ll credit it to autocorrect 😂

Until we get a full season with each team playing each other once, I think there’ll always be questions that arise.

The Lions themselves have been beneficiaries of a decent early-season run, and while it’s true that they can only beat who is in front of them, their Round 4 match against a prideful Crows team will tell us a lot.

Tend to agree, Bowers deserves the recognition and hopefully isn’t rubbed out!

Why Fremantle's style is built for AFLW success

“Macho” in the English language has always been an irrelevant word used only to demean those who don’t live up to obnoxious stereotypes.

Brown’s skillset doesn’t fit every team and while he mightn’t necessarily be an elite level key forward, 2020 was the first time his body failed him – in the previous three seasons, Brown kicked 188 goals in 66 games for a bang average team. For what Melbourne needs, he is perfect and hopefully can return to full fitness.

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

The general stance by many would be that unless they’re one of the top picks, they’re unlikely to have an impact immediately. I am really into the Bailey Laurie/Zak Butters comparison and think it’s the exact role and injection of smarts and use that the Demons need to become better going forward. He’s certainly the one that I’d keep my eye out for in 2021.

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

I can certainly understand that, particularly how early I’ve gone with this piece!

For what it’s worth, I had the Demons missing out on a finals spot to my bolter, St Kilda, but seeing Tegan Cunningham re-emerge as the dominant aerial presence she has been previously, alongside Eden Zanker who is ready to take this competition by storm, Melbourne only needs a convincing performance against one of the clear top-four sides to force a re-think of my predictions.

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

Thanks for the read!

I am certainly not a Melbourne supporter, and have been rather critical of them for a longer period of time from an analytical point of view. It just feels to me that there is something more decisive about this playing group, and it could help Goodwin enter a category of better-than-average coaches.

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

And I genuinely believe that the Preliminary Final performance helped instil the common notion that 2018 was an aberration, both externally and perhaps within the playing group – morale and belief must have been at an all time low.

The Oliver-Petracca one-two punch is young and already elite, not to ignore the impact the skipper Gawn can have around the park. I don’t necessarily believe Goodwin is a top-level coach, but I preached patience last year given the unique circumstances and think that this is the final straw, and it’s one where Melbourne can deliver.

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender

I do agree that their strike rate is not as good as it should be for a club as big as the Demons. But at the start of last year, I saw the beginnings of a new approach, a more definitive style that simply was rendered useless. With this year’s draft, they made some smart selections and the defensive unit is all the stronger for consistent footy from the star keys.

The news about Brown isn’t ideal, hopefully he’s fit for the start of the season. I think that much like the teams we know to be better these days, Richmond, Geelong, West Coast, Brisbane etc, the depth isn’t about star players or strong, experienced guys – the Dees have a few players without a reputation at all that can perform well in a role-first tactic, rather than hoping for personnel to do the job.

The Melbourne Demons are a genuine flag contender