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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

I do genuinely appreciate this feedback James, so thank you for that.

I don’t necessarily think it’s hyperbolic to look at it and see that Gulden has been the most influential player from last year’s crop and his overall talent and well-rounded skillset, as a completely objective observer, has been super impressive, moreso than the other draftees so far.

I haven’t seen much praise given to the young Swan personally and I do genuinely believe that he is the most complete player in the crop, being talented in multiple areas, but these traits were sort of known heading into the season.

So yes, I agree that comments regarding re-drafting and that he was a steal are potentially more salient, but I’d also like to think that the piece, thoughts and reasonings provide a justification to my current stance on Gulden, rather than just making a singular comment to grab a reaction.

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

I like the recognition that can come from the Rising Star, shines the light on young players that one-eyed supporters haven’t really looked into but I tend to agree overall.

There’s just something about Gulden that screams high-level, natural footballer isn’t there? Every club has a couple of players, it’s certainly how I’ve always felt about Ridley from your mob. They just get “it”.

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

Probably owe a piece or two on the City/South Melbourne fixture or breaking down the Navas/Donnarumma situation at PSG to make up for it 😂

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

Gulden’s the more talented player but even so, was just referring to last year’s draft crop. GWS would do well to keep playing him in important roles, you just know teams are going to know on his door.

You’re very right about the big boy, looks the goods. This year seems a lost opportunity for your team Don, spoke about those inaccurate games being super costly during the week on SportFM but I’ll maintain being a strong proponent for a finals appearance from the Eastern border – just a matter of time!

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

I suppose we should refrain on writing any positive pieces about young players deserving credit they haven’t yet received?

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

Then the flow on would be, do Parish and Langford get these full-time opportunities that they’ve clearly been waiting for? Let’s not forget that for all intents and purposes, Rutten was in charge last year and the positioning of these guys in particular remained relatively peripheral.

Caldwell likely would’ve played a lot of midfield, Shiel and McGrath obviously in there, I think that this is a significant silver lining for the Bombers which turned them from a team with long-term projections to one that is performing well right now.

Laverde and Stewart are doing their best at the moment but the latter in particular won’t have much business being there when the Bombers really start to fire up. I’m excited by the young talent as many are, thrilled for the fans that the club took a punt on Baldwin who is supremely talented and Reid was my favourite of the three picks at draft time.

Just need to see more cohesion to go with the excitement. My personal opinion is that it should be super comfortable for Geelong this evening and it will show the gap that exists. If the Bombers are really competitive though, then we’ll see the mental strength here is off the charts, an intangible that is incredibly important.

Are we overhyping the Bombers in 2021?

I’m going to need to stop tipping Richmond and calling them certainties.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 16

100%, too much emphasis is placed on these amounts that tend to be irrelevant as time goes on. I’d argue that contract length rather than dollar value, is a bigger factor. It doesn’t bother me that Hannebery is on $800k at the Saints for example, but the risk with the length of contract, that’s what can tie a club up more going forward.

Adam Cerra and the issues with AFL trade rumours

I think when it entered a fifth season of being played out of position, there was an underlying consensus of a failed pick, that’s certainly what I was reading a lot of from some Bomber fans and the general football fraternity. Reality dictates patience can be afforded, overreactions tend to ensue.

Adam Cerra and the issues with AFL trade rumours

Here I was thinking I’d gone slightly against the grain 😂

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 15

I love it Stirling, could be quite the turnaround this week to rise up the tipping ladder!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 15

As the author, it wasn’t thoughtless. Happy for people to disagree if they’re satisfied with the incident – it seems likely that it will be a suspension next season when the wording is tightened up to not use the ball being close as an excuse to blatantly charge into others that you know are in the vicinity, particularly if it results in hospitalisation.

How the Saints crashed down to earth

I’m not a Saints fan myself but having been bullish on the Dockers for the last couple of years, I tend to agree that they’re closer than St Kilda!

How the Saints crashed down to earth

Don! Saints fans are going through enough pain as it is, we can’t all cover absences as decently as your mob have 😂

How the Saints crashed down to earth

It’s a great point Stirling and one that is very much on the coaching staff to drive for the playing group.

The thing that caught me about Melbourne before the 2020 season was a clear idea of how they wanted to build their team, and the shortened season wasn’t going to suit them, but 2021 would see them rise with their defence and fitness level superior to the rest.

Right now, the Saints need to clearly define what it is they’re trying to do. My big fear is that this stagnance is so self-inflicted and locked in contractually with some players that an immediate turnaround to Premiership contention is unlikely without us being shown signs. Not sure this is the coaching group to inspire significant change.

How the Saints crashed down to earth

I wouldn’t label it as negatively as that, but I certainly agree that these were different circumstances that weren’t explored by the greater media upon the start of this year’s preseason.
Certainly didn’t think Carlton would play finals and my Saints thoughts of being fringe top eight were admittedly related to the intent of the recruiting predominately, but we’ve seen 2021 play out and 2020 form simply hasn’t been transferrable for half the competition.

How the Saints crashed down to earth

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