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Doran Smith

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Doran Smith is a passionate sports fan. He predominantly follows AFL, football and cricket. He has a Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting and Business Law. He also does some freelance writing.

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Thanks for the constructive criticism, as this is a hypothetical team it’s extremely subjective. I think Mcevoy is past his best; he finished 8th in the best and fairest. I think that Gunston, Wingard and Breust are also past their best. I think Mitch Lewis will do well in Season 2020 as he has plenty of ability, that’s why I picked him ahead of Gunston. Mitch Lewis kicked 20 goals in 12 games in 2019, while Gunston kicked 26 goals in 20 games.

Joining forces: What a Geelong-Hawthorn merge would look like

Strongly considered Impey, but I couldn’t fit him in the half back line. Who would have you taken out of the team in order to include Impey?

Joining forces: What a Geelong-Hawthorn merge would look like

Thanks for the constructive criticism. It’s a combined team for Season 2020, so bear in mind that a lot of the selections are gut feel and it’s a fun exercise, but stats can help substantiate selections at times.

Imagining a 2020 Richmond-Essendon merger

Not a case of picking Short over Houli; I believe Houli would be suited to playing less game time so I have named him on the bench, as he is nearing the end of his career. I chose every player on their merits and it’s an extremely subjective exercise.

Imagining a 2020 Richmond-Essendon merger

Thanks for your feedback.

Imagining a 2020 Richmond-Essendon merger

Great to get someone else’s opinion. I didn’t choose Cotchin or Heppell as Captain as I believe that they should concentrate on their footy as neither played every game last Season and it would take the pressure off them. Hardwick spoke highly of Edwards as a person in his one press conference referring to how he makes people around him better, while Zach Merrett is a standout for Essendon as a player and deserves the opportunity to be a Captain.

I strongly considered Nankervis, but I am worried about him getting injured. Phillips averaged the most hit-outs of the four ruckmen and I expect him to break into the team with some strong VFL form; I know it’s a contentious selection and wasn’t meant to cause controversy, because I believe in Phillips’s ability as a player. Stringer and Mcdonald-Tipungwuti are inconsistent in my opinion, Mckenna and Saad aren’t as good as Short. Also, Broad was unlucky to miss out and considered Francis and Langford as I rate them highly as players.

I didn’t include Rance as I haven’t seen him play in a long time; therefore, I made the rule that you must have played a minimum of 5 games. Joe Daniher also missed out as he played 4 games in 2019. Unfortunately, for some reason Mitch Brown got delisted, as I believe he still has the talent to have played in Season 2020; https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/07/25/mitch-brown-is-the-most-underrated-player-in-the-afl-right-now/.

Imagining a 2020 Richmond-Essendon merger

It doesn’t mean that De Goey isn’t a valuable player, on the contrary, he can have a big impact as it’s more difficult for the opposition to find a matchup for him and also, he missed some games through injury in 2019, so less game time may help him play more games, because of his susceptibility to being injured.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

Thanks, I’ll try and substantiate my rankings in more detail going forward!

What happened? Premier League Matchday 11, 2019-20

I think Leicester can do it again!

Leicester have done it before and they can do it again

Good question; in ranking the managers, I take into account the tactics implemented by the managers, including their substitutions and also their opposition and also consider the game their team played from a statistical perspective.

What happened? Premier League Matchday 11, 2019-20

Thanks for the feedback. I believe that Silvagni will improve is Season 2020 and has the ability to play different roles for the team; https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-2020-jack-silvagni-carlton-afl-offseason-2019-jack-silvagni-midfield/news-story/d64ffc64ad8ae91c7206ac41f94c3c89.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

Good idea, I am thinking of some other combinations.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

It’s merely a fun exercise.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

Cripps would still play midfield time, but I believe he could be a dangerous forward as he would be hard to match up on.
Phillips would grow if he was given a leadership role, while Pendlebury is coming towards the end of his career and doesn’t need a leadership title to improve.
Mckay would be a second ruckman as mentioned and is still an important player, despite starting on the interchange bench.
I didn’t include Docherty as he has been injured, otherwise he would have definitely been selected in this team.
Walsh is an outstanding character, despite his age.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

My main concern was Darcy Moore’s injuries and I think Casboult would be more suited than Weitering to playing CHB.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

It’s a fun exercise.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

Good to see your input. It was merely a coincidence that I picked 11 from each team.

What if Carlton and Collingwood joined forces?

Outstanding article; you make some good points.
Success of a new coach can also be a bit of luck; club recruiting, whether the same football manager is retained and assistants and whether the change of coach was an amicable decision.

Is replacing a successful coach the hardest job in sport?

When it’s a foul then the VAR decision is still human error as it’s ultimately decided by a human and not technology, unlike the goal line technology and to some extent offsides.
The VAR has still been good on the whole.

What happened? Premier League match day 9, 2019-20

A bit early to make a judgement on Chelsea, but you make some good points.

What happened? Premier League match day 9, 2019-20

That’s another way of looking at that game.

What happened? Premier League match day 9, 2019-20

Thanks Melange for your in depth feedback!
Daniel Wilmering looks like he could have a good future; good point.
Agree about Talay; be interesting to see how he goes as coach of Wellington.
I agree about the Mariners as they played quite well; the result doesn’t always reflect the balance of play and who controls the tempo of the game.

What happened? A-League Round 1

I rated the coaches out of 10 for each five games and there were 2 coaches in equal 4th; Clarkson and Simpson. Thanks for the feedback.

AFL coaching ladder: Rounds 19-23, 2019

There may be another Leicester, who knows!

What happened? Premier League match day 1, 2019-20

That’s why I suggested relegation, so there is no debate regarding tanking.

What happened? AFL Round 21, 2019