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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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Hopefully Merrett ends up at Collingwood; we definitely need him!

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Collingwood, Essendon and Fremantle

Docherty is a quality leader, but has been extremely injury prone, in previous Seasons, prior to 2020, as he missed 2018 and 2019. Also, he has just undergone cancer surgery, for which I wish him well.

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Adelaide, Brisbane and Carlton

Docherty is an exceptional leader, but has been extremely injury prone; in previous Seasons, prior to 2020, as he missed 2018 and 2019. Also, he has just undergone cancer surgery, for which I wish him well.

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Adelaide, Brisbane and Carlton

It’s only a prediction, we’ll see in 2021!

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Adelaide, Brisbane and Carlton

My Team:
B: M.McGovern, Weitering, Saad
HB: Z.Williams, Casboult, Docherty
C: Newman, Kennedy, Cunningham
HF: Gibbons, L.Jones (2nd ruck), Cripps
FF: Setterfield, McKay, Fisher
R: Pittonet, Walsh, SPS
I/C: J.Martin, Newnes, M.Murphy, Jack Silvagni

Is the new Carlton line-up really all that improved?

Informative article. I have always been a big fan of Oliver Bozanic, but, unfortunately, I haven’t seen him play in a while. Nevertheless, he brings much needed leadership to the Central Coast Mariners.

Which A-League signing will make the biggest impact at your club?

That’s a good observation!

Season 2020 AFL combined team: Two of six (Magpies, Bombers, Dockers)

I appreciate the feedback. The pecking order is based on the performance of a team during a specific game, in this case it was Round 18. I felt that Hawthorn performed the best out of all of the teams as the game was effectively over in the first quarter.
I think you are mixing up the pecking order with the AFL Power Rankings, which ranks every team’s performance up until the given Round; in this case, Round 18, the final Round of the AFL Season. The AFL Power Rankings for Round 18 ranks the teams for the entire Home and Away Season as opposed to the pecking order that is based solely on that particular Round. The link to the AFL Power Rankings for Round 18 is; https://www.theroar.com.au/2020/09/22/afl-power-rankings-the-home-and-away-season-wrap-up/
Thanks again for your contribution; look forward to hearing more of your opinion in the future!

The AFL pecking order in Round 18

I’m a Collingwood supporter! Objectively speaking, I agree with everything you say. The most important thing for a young star is to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground and stay humble, which I believe that Daicos can do!

The all-AFL starting 18 of 2020

Taberner doesn’t get the credit he deserves; he makes Fyfe even more effective when Fyfe rests up forward and takes the pressure off Lobb.
You make some good and viable ideas; ie Merrett on the wing. I wouldn’t replace Menegola or Sam Walsh though. Although, I did consider Tom Stewart on a half back flank and Daicos on a wing or Treloar in the middle of the ground and also De Goey in the forward pocket.
With regards to Andrews or Neale, you could mount a case for either and I know that Neale will most probably win the Brownlow Medal barring a miracle, which made it a tough decision; it’s mostly won by midfielders! When Andrews was at his best in Season 2020, he was the player that the Brisbane Lions could least afford to lose.
The different “permutations” are never ending, literally!

The all-AFL starting 18 of 2020

Thanks for your input.
“Permutations” is the right word; there were 100’s of combinations to experiment with, but I tried my best to make it as close to the positions that the players usually play in.
Since when does Boak play on the wing? I considered picking him in Merrett’s position in the centre of the ground, but the only other Essendon player that could be considered was Jordan Ridley in Andrews position. Dixon has been one of the reasons why Port Adelaide are placed; he always makes a contest.
Sorry, I can’t get rid of Menegola; he is a Co-Captain!
The only reason I didn’t select Neale was due to how big an impact Andrews had, however, had I selected Jordan Ridley instead of Andrews it may have changed everything.
I considered Fyfe to play in Merrett’s position, but there were no Essendon key forwards who warranted selection. Seeing Fremantle played without Taberner against the Western Bulldogs, with a weakness that is arguably their key defenders and the fact that Fremantle only kicked six goals was vindication for selecting Taberner in the team over Fyfe, but it was a long deliberation!
The team that I settled on took a while to formulate, because if you change one team’s player then the whole team gets effected; it’s like the domino effect or a jigsaw puzzle to be exact!

The all-AFL starting 18 of 2020

Thanks for that; I submitted the article prior to the game in which Harris Andrews getting injured.

I would replace him in the team with Nick Haynes from the Giants.

Predicting Round 16's team of the week

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