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Dem Panopoulos

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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 appreciate the feedback from a supporter and share the same analytical sentiments you’ve shared. The run home is where the attention will be directed, if Chris Scott has played this the right way, we’ll see how dangerous the tactically-rounded Cats may well be. Cause for optimism, as the piece would indicate 😁

Don't be fooled, this is the best Geelong team we've seen in years

You’re right, statistics can be used in many ways – they were used to indicate the positives and negatives of how Geelong are playing this season in this piece. And I’ve covered and predicted many things for Sydney and Fremantle already in pieces this season, so you won’t get disputes from me.

A new style from Geelong and for these veterans is intriguing and can be damaging in the second half of the season if Scott blends tactics together well. It’s a slightly longer-term play than we’re used to from Geelong, but some sort of change was necessary, we can all agree on that – I’ve held the same “drop-off” sentiment for a few years too due to the same tactics being deployed.

Don't be fooled, this is the best Geelong team we've seen in years

My feeling is that they’ll be on the fringes of the top eight at their bye, whether that 6-6, 7-5, I don’t know. The second half of the season is when everything is hypothetically meant to click with the blending of game styles, so we’re a while off final judgement yet despite the consensus opinions here!

Don't be fooled, this is the best Geelong team we've seen in years

Absolutely appreciate such feedback, thank you!

And truthfully, I absolutely love Wilkie’s efforts and extracted the 2021 season data for his efforts – a matter of wrong column on my part. He’s defending less contests than last year and while he continues to rotate through talls and small a, his percentage is so far improved.

One of the great finds in modern recruitment!

Cool the flag talk, the Saints aren't even guaranteed finalists just yet

Thank you!! 😊

The best player in the AFL might not be who you think

Just wanted to outline that this piece at no stage wrote the team off, but merely highlighted what was going wrong in the first three games and suggesting change was needed, otherwise the team would be in strife.

Noble had the group playing a different style against the Swans and they looked far more competitive, which should be the very least of the expectations expected of North in 2022. I look forward to seeing them back it up on Good Friday!

Why we should be concerned about North Melbourne

Having watched the games, they’ve been really bad in all of them, it’s just a scale of bad-to-horrible with only a few good moments. Some absences, yes, but the style is a big step backwards.

Results don’t bother me for young teams, but the way they play certainly does.

Why we should be concerned about North Melbourne

Top 8 would be a stellar effort! If it done through playing the kids and developing the youth, I’ll have front-row seats to the bandwagon and love every second of it!

Why Collingwood will claim the 2022 wooden spoon

I assume your search into the last 5 results would’ve shown that 2 of those wooden spooners lost by 3 points or less in Round 1, and the Lions won their first game in 2017, just so we’re not factually horrendous again!
Winning against a St Kilda team that is mediocre at best is an interesting point in the season to call it a fait accompli, and despite entering Round 2 likely favourites against the Crows, I’m just going to wait a little longer personally – especially given one of Hawthorn and North Melbourne will have a win after the first round too 😊
Hopefully the Pies come out and have the kids playing prominent positions and it leads to plenty of wins, that’s certainly my hope given my positive thoughts on the youth of this team!

Why Collingwood will claim the 2022 wooden spoon

Hi Colin, thanks for the feedback and certainly reading the piece!

I do love analytical debate and responses, although perhaps I feel as though our definitions of “gutter journalism” are a little off.

Highlighting the young talent on the list and the fact McRae is definitely the right man to take charge of a group that can be dangerous and flexible going forward certainly seemed positive when I was writing it!

It’s possible to outline the reality of what happened at the club and an opinion that they’ll struggle without it being “Collingwood bashing”, but that’s what’s great about writing and I very much enjoy these spirited, analytical debates 😊

Why Collingwood will claim the 2022 wooden spoon

Last Feb when I wrote the Dees we’re a flag contender, you thought it far-fetched too, Pete. At least give me a few weeks this time! 😂

I do hope the young players get given an opportunity and deliver handsomely, so you won’t have me barracking against it at all if it works out that way

Why Collingwood will claim the 2022 wooden spoon

And I’ll tell you what, I’m certainly a fan of the appointment! 😁

How a hot start will anchor the Dockers' September hopes

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

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