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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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Who would you take out of the team?

Is a change as good as a holiday?

Of course I rate Isaac Heeney highly, but I was just concerned due to him playing just six games in season 2020. The following substantiates that I rate him highly: https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/11/29/the-five-players-your-team-cant-afford-to-lose-sydney-west-coast-and-western-bulldogs/

The order of merit: Sydney Swans 2021 season

Thanks for your informative opinion.

The order of merit: Richmond Tigers 2021 season

Nathan Broad is a player that was strongly considered. Your opinion is valid.

Who would you take out of the Tigers order of merit in order to include Broad?

The order of merit: Richmond Tigers 2021 season

He finished 9th in the best and fairest in season 2020.

The order of merit: Carlton Blues 2021 season

You make a valid point

The order of merit: Hawthorn Hawks 2021 season

Nathan Broad was a player that was considered, however he only played 16 out of 21 games in season 2020 and just scrapes into the Tigers best 22 in season 2021.

Who would you take out of the Tigers order of merit?

The order of merit: Richmond Tigers 2021 season

Do you think the Kangaroos will get the wooden spoon in season 2021?

The order of merit: North Melbourne Kangaroos 2021 season

That’s an informative opinion. A player that certainly came under consideration to be a part of the 11 players chosen, was Nathan Broad.

Given that Broad only played 16 of 21 games in season 2020.

He was a player that I’m surprised doesn’t get talked about more, but he just scrapes into the Tigers best 22 in season 2021.

Who would you take out of the Tigers order of merit in order to include him?

The order of merit: Richmond Tigers 2021 season

That’s a fair comment, but I think Charlie Dixon is going to be past his best in season 2021.

The order of merit: Port Adelaide Power 2021 season

I would like Cunnington to be back to his best; https://www.afl.com.au/news/544926/back-in-business-roos-bullish-on-star-mid-after-horror-2020

I am still unsure whether he will back to his best as he had a serious back injury in season 2020; https://www.afl.com.au/news/485127/season-over-roos-finally-put-a-line-through-gun-midfielder

Tarryn Thomas did fit the criteria as he featured in six games in season 2020, kicking at least a goal in just two of the six games, so I didn’t select him.

Both Cunnington and Thomas are in the best 22: https://www.sen.com.au/news/2021/02/26/your-clubs-best-22-heading-into-the-2021-season/

I don’t know what to expect of Cunnington. I am big fan of him as a player, but am worried whether he can recapture his form. Hopefully he can prove me wrong, as at his best there is no one that works harder than him in the North Melbourne Kangaroos and with regards to Thomas; hopefully he can also prove me wrong, but it appears as if fit and available he is in the North Melbourne Kangaroos best 22.

The order of merit: North Melbourne Kangaroos 2021 season

Very informative. There will definitely be competition for spots!

The order of merit: Gold Coast Suns 2021 season

Conca didn’t even finish in the top 10 in the best and fairest in season 2020.

Taberner finished sixth in the best and fairest in season 2020 and I believe in his ability, but I’m merely concerned that his preseason injury will hinder him playing to his optimum level. Hopefully, you are right as I rate him highly as a player.

The order of merit: Fremantle Dockers 2021 season

Thanks for the informative comment.

The order of merit: Collingwood Magpies 2021 season

Collingwood definitely need Merrett. He can play either inside midfield or on the wing. He would be a good replacement for Treloar and Pendles, Sidebottom and Mayne are close to the end of their careers. He could also bring leadership.

The five clubs that should chase Zach Merrett

Jeremy Howe could replace Moore down back, if Howe could recapture the form he was in prior to his injury.

Darcy is Moore of a forward than you think

I think Ben King is the better of the two brothers. Be interesting to see how they perform in season 2021.

Ben vs Max: Which King is better?

I predicted Ramy Najjarine to win the Johnny Warren Medal before the A-League Season as I believed in his ability from the moment I saw him play.
You’re right Stuart about him being a Socceroo and hopefully he will play in the Premier League down the track.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

Another player that I have always believed from the minute I watched him play is Gannon. I didn’t chose him as he has 9 wickets at an average of 49.88; however, yet another coincidence and deserves an honourable mention, especially based on last years form!

Who are the 'best of the rest' in Australian cricket?

If Philippe can replicate his Big Bash form with the bat in the longer form of the game he could even play as a batsman for Western Australian if he can’t get in the team as a wicketkeeper and eventually play for Australia. I am a big fan of him as a cricketer as he is calm and composed.

Who are the 'best of the rest' in Australian cricket?

I chose the team based on the Sheffield Shield Season’s that they have this Season combined with players I believe can take the next step up and play for Australia at Test level at this point in time.
Interesting that you have chosen seven out of the 11 players that I had.
I am so pleased you brought up Kurtis Patterson; when I first saw him play I thought he would be a left handed Donald Bradman! I know that sounds far fetched, as he struggling for form up the moment; I tried to choose the team as objectively as possible, as he has only Kurtis Patterson has only averaged 20 runs in six innings this Sheffield Shield Season.

Who are the 'best of the rest' in Australian cricket?

That’s exactly why I selected Peirson as the wicketkeeper.
We are spoilt for choice with wicketkeepers in Australia.

Who are the 'best of the rest' in Australian cricket?

Thanks for your input.

Who are the 'best of the rest' in Australian cricket?

Thanks for that. It was a typo error by me.

Who are the 'best of the rest' in Australian cricket?