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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 your input; it’s probably inevitable that clubs have to merge, unfortunately.

What should the AFL look like in 2021 and beyond?

Thanks for your constructive criticism.

What should the AFL look like in 2021 and beyond?

When the Newcastle Jets were struggling Steven Ugarkovic never stopped working and he carried the team. Then he was rewarded when they improved as he scored 4 goals, his last 2 were extremely good and world class!
Roy O’Donovan does plenty of work that goes unrewarded when he endeavors to cause turnovers by pressing high up the pitch and was a pivotal player to the Newcastle Jets structure.
Luke DeVere and Alex Grant were both outstanding.
Alessandro Diamanti nearly had the most assists in the A-League with 7, as Petratos had 8; Davilla had a total of 5 assists, but scored 11 goals, so I understand you picking Davilla. https://www.espn.com.au/football/stats/_/league/AUS.1/view/scoring
I have to disagree with you regarding Alessandro Diamanti as his passing was unbelievable; he makes it look so easy and is possibly the best import in the history of the A-League or at the very least in the discussion!
It was tough for me to overlook Andrew Redmayne and choose Jamie Young, but Young helped alter the season for the Brisbane Roar, helping them to be 4th on the ladder as it stands; he gave his teammates confidence and helped resurrect the Brisbane Roar season. I understand that it wasn’t only him as Jack Hingert, Aiden O’Neill and Scott McDonald along with Corey Brown also helped the Brisbane Roar improve, so I don’t have any issue with you picking Andrew Redmayne.
At the end of the day it’s a subjective exercise, which makes this an interesting topic, as long as everyone respects each other’s opinion.

My A-League team of the season

I chose 4 players that you had, or 5 as you stated that you meant to include Diego Castro.
I decided to go with a formation of 4-4-2:
Goalkeeper- Jamie Young, despite being a fan of Andrew Redmayne as a goalkeeper.
Right Back: Rhyan Grant- Picked himself.
Centre Back: Alex Grant- Doesn’t get enough credit.
Centre Back: Luke DeVere- Was one of Wellington Phoenix’s most important players.
Left Back: Liberato Cacace- Like Rhyan Grant was like an extra midfielder.
Centre Midfield: Steven Ugarkovic- Worked tirelessly and scored some fantastic goals.
Centre Midfield: Luke Brattan- Had a fantastic workrate.
Attacking Midfield: Alessandro Diamanti- Has 5 goals and 7 assists.
Attacking Midfield: Diego Castro- Currently has 4 goals and 7 assists.
Striker: Jamie Maclaren- Top scorer in the A-League.
Striker: Roy O’Donovan- Does so much work making unrewarded runs; pressing high up the pitch to try and cause a turnover. Was the Brisbane Roar’s top goal scorer and helped the Newcastle Jets resurgence, sitting just 3 points outside of the top 6. He scored a total of 9 goals for both teams combined.
Let me know what you think!

My A-League team of the season

I did mention Scott McDonald’s role in the 2nd Brisbane Roar goal under “Magic moment.”
Thanks for highlighting the Kitto handball.
I did mention Amadi Holloway missing a goal under “What went wrong.”

What happened? A-League Round 18

Was thinking of some players currently in the A-League that haven’t already been resigned; look at Western United’s recruiting.

Macarthur FC missed big fish Milos Ninkovic, so who should be their next target?

I would build a squad around Elvis Kamsoba of Melbourne Victory; Kamsoba has a great work ethic.

Macarthur FC missed big fish Milos Ninkovic, so who should be their next target?

I’ve got Marcus Rashford picked in my team, ahead of Tammy Abraham. What do you think?

Premier League 2019-20: The team of the season so far

Interesting topic; being a club legend can sometimes equate to it being difficult to sack a manager if they don’t turn out to be any good as a manager!

Does being a club legend make you a good manager?

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?