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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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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"

You make some constructive points!

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

Actually I’m a Collingwood supporter!

The ten players your team can least afford to lose: West Coast Eagles

It was a written interview and Bruce was a thorough gentleman.

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

Due to the Coronavirus I was unsure when and whether AFL would start in Season 2020 as I felt like the whole AFL Season could be a write off. This concern was due to other sports events being cancelled, ie soccer, cricket, both rugby codes and even individual sports such as golf and tennis.

The possible cancellation of the AFL Season helped bring about ideas for future Seasons to have more revenue, ie shorter games, with every team playing each other twice, which would persevere the integrity of the competition.

I did back up my statements ie increasing the amount of games, shorter games and therefore Collingwood would travel more than 4 times in a Season; I happen to be a Collingwood supporter, but I am not biased.

Due to the game being shortened, it should be play on if the ball hits post and comes back into play, therefore the game be more free flowing, but I understand your concerns that the fabric of the game should not be lost.

What should the AFL look like in 2021 and beyond?

Maybe Talay was just the perfect manager to turn Devlin into a better player and improve.

Cameron Devlin on Ufuk Talay and playing for Australia

Shows what a Coach Carl Robinson is?

All that was missing from Ugarkovic’s game was goals.

A-League Round 23: Team of the week

Shows how subjective team selection is. They did win the A-League title though so I guess I’m wrong to think he could have been given a chance.

Could have kept Devlin instead of recruiting Baumjohann?

Cameron Devlin on Ufuk Talay and playing for Australia

Thanks for your astute assessment.

Would be great to see an exhibition game, between the different age groups, what do you think?

Picking the AFL's best players aged over 30

Josh Kelly is 1 of my favourite players; tried to take the emotion out of it.

Picking a team of AFL players aged 24 to 26

It’s subjective!

Picking a team of AFL players aged 24 to 26

Nothing against Moore, I rate Sicily extremely high as a player; trying to be honest as it’s an extremely subjective exercise!

Picking a team of AFL players aged 24 to 26

Burton will show he is a quality player; that’s why Port Adelaide recruited him?

The AFL all-star under-23s

Wouldn’t expect any less.
Remember Devlin’s 1st and only goal for Sydney FC; he was a substitute, then never featured again; at least that’s what I remembered, but can’t recall him being in the starting line up for Sydney FC.

Cameron Devlin on Ufuk Talay and playing for Australia