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Doran Smith

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My name is Doran Smith. I am a passionate sports fan. I predominantly follow AFL, soccer and cricket. I graduated from Curtin University with a degree in Commerce majoring in accounting and business law in 2011. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you.

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It’s all a matter of opinion, stats wise they are similar.

My best 22 if I was picking a team based on the 2018 season

Hipwood and Membrey would have kicked over fifty goals each for the season in better teams. Hipwood kicked thirty-seven, while Membrey kicked thirty-four. Masten had a solid season; he was a big reason why the Eagles finished in the top four, while Hunter had a good year averaging nearly thirty possessions a game and Webster played well in a defence that was under siege and won plenty of the ball, providing run out of the Saints back line.

Neville Jetta is underrated, Talia and Astbury always play their role and are important parts of their respective teams structure. Scharenberg was fantastic for the Magpies; they probably would have won if he was playing against the Eagles tonight.

Josh Caddy is a star, he showed that on Friday night against the Hawks with two pivotal goals.

My best 22 if I was picking a team based on the 2018 season

Not deliberate at all, Menegola for instance doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, Brayshaw is a star, he was outstanding last night in the final against the Cats.
Membrey and Hipwood would have kicked a lot more goals if they were playing in better teams.
I deliberately made sure that the team had a few players who are capable of kicking multiple goals.

My best 22 if I was picking a team based on the 2018 season

Players such as Macrae and Josh Kelly would have been All Australian if they had played a full season, as they were injured.
Jack Steven is elite in my opinion, but unfortunately, he wasn’t recognized as his team was low on the ladder, same with Lachie Hunter.

My best 22 if I was picking a team based on the 2018 season

I strongly considered Blicavs, but I thought Hurley was outstanding this Season in defence.

My best 22 utility players of the 2018 season

I wasn’t sure that Gunston was a utility as he I consider him to be a forward. I accept your point of view, re Burgoyne.

My best 22 utility players of the 2018 season

Thanks for pointing that out re Dangerfield. Couldn’t fit Dusty in the midfield, didn’t know who to take out of the midfield, it was my prediction not necessarily my team. he was named up forward in round 23 and managed to kick thirty goals for the season.

My predicted All Australian team

The Magpies have a lot of depth in their squad and good assistant coaches this year. I still feel that the Magpies should have finished higher last season as they had a good list then as well.

Simpson had Naitanui injured as well as Kennedy, Darling and Lecras and Gaff was suspended late in the season. Dimma kept the same system even when Cotchin, Lambert, Nankervis and Houli were out and it’s tough to back up from a premiership. Martin, Riewoldt and Edwards and others still played at a high level; 8 players in the All Australian squad is testament to Dimma as a coach. Clarkson had Mcevoy out along with Sicily, Roughead, Burgoyne and Rioli at different times and lets not forget Birchall.

My coaching ladder for 2018

I’m a Collingwood fan and I don’t think the injuries that we have suffered have been major, possibly Scharenberg and Treloar, but every team has injuries. Collingwood still have the best team on paper apart from the key tall back positions, without any bias at all attached to my opinion.

What happened? AFL Round 23, 2018

I didn’t expect more from Connor Glass, but I felt Stratton didn’t play to his capability.

Team of underperformers from Round 22

The GWS are a better side with Kelly in it and any side who recruited him would also be.

Splash the cash for Josh

I expected Adelaide to win the game.

Team of underperformers from Round 20

I do understand what a second ruckman is, but look at Mason Cox; he had eleven possessions and two goals. I still think Mcinerney can do slightly better, but I take your point.
I think those young players are capable of more than they showed in their performances in round 19.

Round 19's team of under-performers

They just had a bad game collectively.

Round 19's team of under-performers

Ed Richards is capable of more than he showed in round 19. I also think that Will Hayward has the ability to play better. Not picking on players who have played under 50 games.

Round 19's team of under-performers

I mean in round 18 not on!

Team of under-performers from Round 18

Good point about defenders, I still believe Crisp had little impact on the contest on round 18 in comparison to his output the week before.

Team of under-performers from Round 18

I would start Aspro, play a back 4 with Mcging at right back and Golec at left back. Mcglinchey, Hoole and Pain aren’t bad players. A bit harsh calling them the worst team ever, but that formation looks a bit disjointed and Clsiby in midfield isn’t his natural position.

Central Coast Mariners' best 11 so far

Good point Col, I don’t know who the best tagger playing at present is with Jacobs out injured.

Team of under-performers from Round 18

Young, Weller, Witts and Sexton were superb. There may be something to work with in 2019 for the Suns.

Team of under-performers from Round 18

Who do you think will replace him?

Will Hoskin-Elliott’s emergence from bit-player to key Collingwood pillar

Good point Peter.

Will Hoskin-Elliott’s emergence from bit-player to key Collingwood pillar

Aliir has been outstanding of late, you are right about that.

Team of under-performers from Round 18

Good point. I know he is a second ruckman, but he had nine hitouts and Witts had 56, so he didn’t do much from a ruck point of view.

Team of under-performers from Round 18

Point taken.

Team of under-performers from Round 18