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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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Five of the 20 players from my Round 10 Predicted team of the week were awarded coaches’ votes; Maynard, Billings, Greenwood, Macrae and Dustin Martin; https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/08/03/predicting-round-10s-team-of-the-week/
Michael Hurley of Essendon and Lachie Whitfield of the Giants are playing tonight as Essendon play the Giants so hopefully they get coaches’ votes too; https://www.afl.com.au/news/480619/coaches-votes-r10-pies-mid-silver-service-saint-score-perfect-10

Predicting Round 11's team of the week

That’s interesting as I wrote an article relating one player from each club that deserves more game time and chose Zac Fisher from Carlton; https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/07/16/one-player-from-each-club-that-deserves-more-game-time/

Predicting Round 11's team of the week

It’s done on a Tuesday before the game based on the predicted team line ups on another website. As I endeavour to get the magnets in the right spot based on the predicted team line ups and from there have a look at the opposition. I then take the gamble of choosing the predicted team of the week for the given Round.

Predicting Round 8's team of the week

A coincidence. Probably would have picked Ryan Burton this week, but he is out injured.

Predicting Round 8's team of the week

I try and put players in their exact positions based on the predicted teams on a Tuesday through the foxsports website and based on their opposition matchup. For example I think that Sam Menegola to have a good game on the wing, up against Blake Acres, who has just returned from an injury.
Another example is Adam Treloar who should be matched up against Luke Shuey, who has just had an injury and I think Treloar is a quality player.
I also think Brodie Grundy could be too good for Nic Natianui in the ruck.
Thanks for the query; hopefully this helps you understand the process better.

Predicting Round 8's team of the week

Move the ball quickly when in possession of the ball and provide immense pressure on the opposition when they were in possession.

The AFL pecking order in Round 6

The pecking order is purely based on the performance of the teams in the specific Round; in this case its based on their display in Round 5. It’s Round by Round.

I think you are mixing it up with the Power Rankings which is based on the performance of a team based on every Round; https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/07/06/afl-power-rankings-2020-round-5/

The AFL pecking order in Round 5

Thanks for your insightful opinion!

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Sydney FC

D’Agostino has raw talent as he showed in the Olympic qualifiers.
I haven’t heard anything re Castro not returning.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Perth Glory

Thanks for informing me of the typing error as O’Donovan scored six of his nine goals at the Brisbane Roar in the A-League 2019-20 Season.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Newcastle Jets

What about Macrae?

Predicting Round 4's team of the week

I think Rojas and Kruse were talented in the past, but they didn’t show they belong at A-League level in Season 2019/20; give some youngsters a go!

Perhaps Rojas and Kruse may have more of an impact off the bench.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Melbourne Victory

Good point, that’s what I am selecting the team based on.

Predicting Round 4's team of the week

That sums it up!

Predicting Round 4's team of the week

Thanks for your input.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Melbourne City

Thanks for the information; in that case a change of formation from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 with Michael McGlinchey replacing Chris Harold on the right wing and Matt Simon playing as striker with Jordan Murray as his strike partner. Daniel De Silva would replace Kim Eun-Sun on the substitute bench.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Central Coast

Nothing wrong with putting any player on the bench occasionally, even Riley McGree.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Adelaide

I believe that if Halloran doesn’t do anything in the final third he doesn’t contribute, even though he may have scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Adelaide

That’s exactly what I mean about Blackwood.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Adelaide

I was choosing the players I believe are the most talented of all the players, whether Australian or foreign bares no relevance. It’s an extremely subjective exercise. I believe that although Jakobsen is past his best, he is an outstanding leader and Captain.

Each club's state of affairs before the A-League restart: Adelaide

It’s a fun exercise, that at the same time and extremely enjoyable as its very unpredictable as there’s plenty of luck involved to some extent.

The only player that was chosen in Round 2’s predicted team that was chosen on theroar in Josh Barnstable’s ‘AFL Team of the Week: Round 2’ was Zach Merrett!

It’s such a challenge and effectively a gamble ‘Predicting’ the team of the week as I select the team prior to the teams being announced to give the readers a chance to dissect it. So much so 3 players who were selected in the Predicted Team in Round 2 were omitted due to injury or illness; Nathan Wilson from Fremantle, Jack Silvagni from Carlton and Blake Acres from Fremantle.

I endeavour to pick the team taking into account all kinds of variables; ie, past performances, who they will probably be matched up against and the strengths and weaknesses of the team that a particular player is playing against. I try to be as objective as possible.

Predicting Round 3's team of the week

We clearly missed Treloar against Richmond, what did you think; Should have given him an honourable mention.

Each club's state of affairs before the AFL restart: Part 2

You are probably right about Soldo in the ruck, however, how did you think Lynch performed in the ruck in the Round 2 game against Collingwood?

Each club's state of affairs before the AFL restart: Part 5

What do you think of 15 minute quarters, with every team playing each other twice to make a 34 Round Season?

The game is too long. Shorter quarters are here to stay

I think Mauk was an astute signing and he has plenty of potential.

Bruce Djite: "The immediate future of Australian football is precarious"