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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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The reason I chose Hardwick as one of the two coaches of the Round was that the Tigers managed to win the clearances by one, despite being without the two players who average the most clearances of all their players; First: Dion Prestia, who was concussed early in the game, with an average of 5.18 clearances per game, while second: Trent Cotchin, with an average of 5.08 clearances per game, didn’t play. Despite that, the Tigers had three of the top five players who had the most clearances; Liam Baker, Jack Ross and Toby Nankervis, had 18 of the Tigers 33 clearances.

They were also without Noah Balta who has been an important player who can play back or forward and Kane Lambert with whom they’ve won all five games that he has featured in. Along with that, they kept Tom Hawkins goalless and nearly won without Jack Riewoldt kicking a goal, who even did some ruck work, prior to Soldo being subbed on.

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 15

Thanks Woof, point taken!

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 15

Fair enough

The All-Australian candidates no-one is talking about

Brennan Cox has averaged the third most intercepts of any Dockers player with an average of 6.17 intercepts per game, which is 41st on average of any player in season 2022. My choice would be Sam Docherty or Dan Houston.

The All-Australian candidates no-one is talking about

Great article Dem; I am a big fan of all of the players you have chosen, but unsure if Brennan Cox should be in the conversation.
Would be interested in what you think of having Jai Newcombe and Nick Daicos being two of those players, as they’ve been really consistent.

The All-Australian candidates no-one is talking about

I can see what you mean about Lloyd from a statistical perspective, Chris M, but he is only averaging the fourth most metres gained of any Swans player. He was only in the Swans best players on the AFL website on three occasions so far this season. I would sooner have Nick Blakey as he takes the game on. The most difficult player to leave out of the top five was Errol Gulden as I am a big fan of his; in key moments he delivers, but I couldn’t fit him in, as I tried to take emotion out of it and be as objective as possible. There’s no disputing that Warner will be a star. I would be interested in what your top five would be.

The top five players in the best and fairest for each team (Part 2)

Jeremy Cameron has kicked no goals in two of his first 11 games in Round 2 and Round 7 when the Cats lost to the Swans and Dockers respectively. He has also only kicked one goal in Round 4 when the Cats beat the Lions by ten points, while in Round 9 when he kicked one goal when the Cats lost to the Saints by ten points. Therefore, in three of the four losses that the Cats have had in the opening 11 Rounds he has kicked one goal or less!

Despite that, he will probably be in the team by the end of the season as in Round 12 after this team was formulated, he was the reason why the Cats won against the Bulldogs and leads the Coleman Medal with 38 goals, having played one more game than Charlie Curnow who has kicked 37 goals.

I chose Hawkins to play as he can also play as a second ruck, which means that you don’t have to have a second ruck on the bench, mind you Cripps can also pinch hit in the ruck!

My All Australian team at the halfway mark

My AFL All Australian Team at the halfway mark

FB: Jacob Weitering, Sam Collins, Tom Stewart
HB: Daniel Rich, Steven May, Sam Docherty
C: Josh Kelly, Andrew Brayshaw, Sam Walsh
HF: Bailey Smith, Charlie Curnow, Christian Petracca
FF: Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Hawkins, Tom Lynch
Foll: Jarrod Witts, Clayton Oliver, Lachie Neale
Int: Patrick Cripps, Jack Crisp, Jack Sinclair, Jayden Short

My All Australian team at the halfway mark

Very interesting observations Chris.

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 10

Multiple Choice Answer:
The reason that the Sydney Swans lost to the Gold Coast at the SCG was because:
(i) Gold Coast was the better side on the day
(vii) The Swans are missing George Hewett and Jordan Dawson

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 8

Thanks Chris.

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 4

Re the Dockers, Andrew Brayshaw had 40 disposals.

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 2

Thanks for the feedback.

AFL takeaways: How your club fared in Round 2

Sorry I meant to say ‘in Perth.’

What your club can take away from Round 1

Difficult to argue with Dem, as he thought Nankervis should captain Richmond in 2022; https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/09/16/the-obvious-choice-for-richmonds-next-captain-and-no-it-isnt-dusty/

How a hot start will anchor the Dockers' September hopes

You are right berrlins; I am surprised Selwood is still captain, as Tom Stewart is the natural fit to take the club forward.

The four players who will make or break Geelong in 2022

Perhaps Jimmy Webster will feel the void left by Coffield.

The four players who could make or break St KIlda in 2022

It will be interesting to see how McGovern goes if he can stay injury free.

The four players who could make or break the Carlton Blues in 2022

I would select Boland before Starc.

How are Australian cricket's best of the rest performing this summer?

Hazlewood played all four games in the series against India when I selected the ‘best of the rest.’ I am revisiting those selections one year on; as stated in the introduction.

How are Australian cricket's best of the rest performing this summer?

Thanks for publishing some of my abstract ideas and for giving me constructive criticism. Lots of luck in your future endeavours.

Revisiting my AFL predictions for 2021 - and a farewell to The Roar

I am a big fan of Kyle Langford and Andrew McGrath so that means that Shiel is down the pecking order as far as midfield game time is concerned. I think that the Suns would be the perfect fit for Shiel, as he is adaptable; he can play in the midfield or on the wing and spend some time on a half forward flank and he could be used in a leadership capacity. Perhaps someone of the calibre of Sam Day would be a suitable deal as the Bombers could use a centre half forward and he would be a good fit to fill that void. Be interested in your views as a Suns supporter.

The five players your team can least afford to lose: Essendon Bombers

I agree with you about Hamling. He is a missing link for the Dockers defence.

The five players your team can least afford to lose: Fremantle Dockers

This is in reply to Jimmy Woods:
There are some good youngsters coming through; the likes of Callum and Tyler Brown as well as Josh Daicos have a good future. We need to get creative; perhaps a player like James Cousins from the Hawks, who has just been delisted would be a good fit; given our salary cap issues. Hopefully, Will Hoskin-Elliott can improve and get back to his best under a new coach, along with that I think Josh Thomas could improve under a new coach. Both Hoskin-Elliott and Thomas’s market value is too low to get anything decent in return from a trade.
I would definitely trade Mihocek and even Jamie Elliott as they both have some value if we choose to trade them. I would trade Grundy and pay part of his salary as he needs to be the player we could least afford to lose to warrant his contract; therefore, I only had him as the fifth player we could least afford to lose; that’s also due to Darcy Cameron being the only decent back up with Mason Cox out of form.

The five players your team can least afford to lose: Collingwood

For the purpose of this exercise, it was difficult to find players on the wing who had good games. Isaac Smith still played his role with the second most metres gained, despite not having his best game.

A bag for Buddy: AFL team of the week Round 23

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