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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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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?

Great to see such a positive title pertaining to the A-League this season. The football has been played at a high standard thus far.

Is the A-League about to become what we've always wanted it to be?

The title of the article says it all.

Solskjaer deserves more credit than he gets

Frost was a B- player is Season 2020. He has the potential to up his game and go up to a B+ player.
Jon Patton shouldn’t even be in the Hawks best 22. Mitch Lewis has so much more talent than him and should replace Patton as I don’t believe Patton is up to standard.
I also think Tom Scully needs to prove he warrants a spot in the best 22 in Season 2021.

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

I know that Shuey is a good player but in Season 2020 he was probably a B player at most. Whereas in Season 2021 he has the potential to improve and be in the All Australian squad of 40. I know he leads from the front, as he did in previous Season’s, prior to Season 2020 and his appointment as captain.

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

The point is Gibbons can go from a C- player to a B- if he can kick more goals and lift his game.

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

Crozier can get even better; I believe in him as a footballer that’s why I selected him; he can go from a B- player to an A grade player.

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

Mitch McGovern isn’t even in Carlton’s predicted team for Round 1: https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-2021-best-22-line-ups-round-1-teams-jamarra-uglehagan-lachlan-jones-braeden-campbell-will-phillips/news-story/44c824db366f4cbd0ddfcd360dd6d61a

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

I believe that Crozier can be an elite player. I have always thought he is a reasonable player, but he can become a great player in Season 2021.
I was extremely disappointed with Bruce’s performance in Season 2020. Perhaps a change of position to defence would help Bruce?
As for Schache; he wasn’t eligible as he only featured in two games in Season 2020, less than the minimum five to be selected. I can’t understand why he doesn’t get more game time.

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

I think Shuey could improve slightly on his performance in Season 2020. For example, he only had 14 disposals in the final’s loss to Collingwood, which West Coast may have won had he been up to his usual standard, as the margin they lost by was just one point. It’s actually a complement; I believe he could get back to his best.

Who needs to up their game in 2021?

Do you think James Stewart has potential to develop into a good player?

The big improvers in 2021

Very informative comment; Langford was strongly considered for selection.

What do you think of McGrath as a potential Captain of Essendon?

The big improvers in 2021