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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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It was a difficult decision to leave them out.

The best of the rest (A-League Olyroos edition)

Great article, but my six would’ve been: Rory Laird, Callum Mills, Jordan Dawson, Sean Darcy, Jordan Ridley and Ben Keays.

'Historically spectacular': The AFL's most improved players this season

Thanks Channon, your feedback is interesting as I’m a big fan of Caleb Daniel, but there were players that I had to select instead of him; Daniel Rioli and Lachie Whitfield were standouts for their respective teams on a half back flank and Bontempelli was the match winner.
Be interested to see who you would select instead of Bontempelli and remove to fit Caleb Daniel into the team.

The AFL team of the week Round 19: 'Chris Scott will definitely have to find a spot for him'

Thanks Gordon, your comment is refreshing.
There are certain players I feel obligated to choose, despite there being so many permutations; I even considered Caleb Daniel, even though Bontempelli was an automatic selection as captain.
Surprisingly, Harris Andrews was probably the second most obvious player to choose as Round 19 was a good Round for key forwards and therefore not for key defenders!
Thanks again.

The AFL team of the week Round 19: 'Chris Scott will definitely have to find a spot for him'

Sharp got a NAB rising star nomination in Round 18 after the Western Bulldogs game.

The AFL team of the week Round 19: 'Chris Scott will definitely have to find a spot for him'

The reply was meant for James H.

The AFL team of the week Round 18: Buddy and The Bont lead the way

I strongly considered the Breust and Oliver combination, but in the end I couldn’t leave out Tom Mitchell as he was outstanding.

The AFL team of the week Round 18: Buddy and The Bont lead the way

Walsh’s leadership was there for everyone to see; he played for two players, with no Cripps. Despite Weitering being acting captain in Round 18, Walsh got the Blues over the line.
I felt obligated to pick Bont as co-captain as he also helped his team win a game when it was in the balance.
I strongly considered three co-captains as Heppell was strongly considered given his mark and goal in the 2nd quarter, but there were other Bombers players that also showed leadership.

The AFL team of the week Round 18: Buddy and The Bont lead the way

Jack was named in the forward pocket as I use that as a guide.

I strongly considered picking Papley in the forward pocket and not picking Frankin; it was an extremely tough decision, but in the end went with Buddy.

The AFL team of the week Round 18: Buddy and The Bont lead the way

Sorry I left out the word (‘nearly’) “lost a game.” I wasn’t negative at all. I praised Larkey, Zurhaar and Tarrant. There’s some slight improvement and as stated “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Each AFL team's burning question after Round 15

You hit the nail on the head; I wanted to include Liberatore and Macrae, but it was difficult to pick three players from St Kilda that I thought warranted a spot in the combined team.

AFL combined team (Part 3)

I thought the same when he was at the Sydney Swans, but I think he has improved tremendously at Port Adelaide.

AFL combined team (Part 3)

They have had seven players on the bench including the goalkeeper. I know that you are only allowed five subs, but it gives you options.
Hopefully, Wenzel-Halls can improve as he is playing at Western United for the next three seasons; https://www.a-league.com.au/news/striker-dylan-wenzel-halls-joins-western-united

Who are the Socceroos' best of the rest?

That’s a very good idea, to have Australia Over 23’s vs Australia Under 23’s.

Who are the Socceroos' best of the rest?

I think that’s a fantastic idea.

Who are the Socceroos' best of the rest?

It was difficult to leave Laird out of the team, but I had to pick Darcy Parish.

AFL combined team (Part 1)

Thanks Daniel, for giving me an opportunity to write on The Roar. Good luck with your future endeavours.

The Roar bids farewell to Managing Editor, Daniel Jeffrey

That’s a good idea. An added bonus is that Membrey is a good leader.

The AFL all-MVP starting 18

That’s a fair enough explanation.

The AFL all-MVP starting 18

Who would you have selected from Hawthorn?

The AFL all-MVP starting 18

Thanks for your input. Who would you have had in your team in the positions that you mentioned?

The AFL all-MVP starting 18

Thanks for that Dingo. Took a lot of effort; if you change one player then it impacts the entire team structure!

The AFL all-MVP starting 18

The Bulldogs still need to bolster their defence.

The one player each AFL club should poach after Round 11

As a Collingwood supporter, I wouldn’t mind trading Braden Sier for Zach Merrett, what do you think of that trade?

The one player each AFL club should poach after Round 11

Who would you take out of the team?

Is a change as good as a holiday?

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