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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 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

Very interesting and informative article. I thought that Anthony Miles was going to make a success of his time at the Suns, sad to hear he had recently retired.

I have high hopes for Rory Atkins, while I haven’t seen Oleg Markov play so I can’t comment on the decision to recruit him by the Suns. Meanwhile, I am extremely optimistic about the recruitment of Jacob Townsend.

Have Gold Coast's concessions actually been a hindrance?

Dixon finished ninth in the 2020 Port Adelaide best and fairest.

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Port Adelaide, Richmond and St Kilda

If Naughton plays, he gets the best defender defending him, which should free up Bruce and perhaps English can sneak forward, with Stefan Martin in the ruck, which will be a positive for the team.
The first three players from the Western Bulldogs were all in the All Australian final 22 in Season 2020. English is still the number one ruckman for the Western Bulldogs. Lachie Hunter is a star and Treloar averaged the most disposals of anyone in the competition.
Sorry I couldn’t fit Naughton in, but you made a valid point.

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Sydney, West Coast and Western Bulldogs

Thanks for your feedback. Sorry I wouldn’t have a clue about the Treloar situation, just think he is a big loss, but the Western Bulldogs are my second favourite team anyway!

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Sydney, West Coast and Western Bulldogs

Would be good if Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott get an opportunity to play for their country, as they have plenty of talent.

Five key questions ahead of Australia’s ODI and T20 series against India

What would be your order of players that GWS could least afford to lose?

The five players your team can't afford to lose: Geelong, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney

That’s exactly why they were recruited to the team, as that’s what they need to improve in 2021. Sam Docherty has also had health/injury concerns. Sam Petrevski-Seton is a talented player, but should be in the midfield, not in the back six as with Nic Newman who’s coming back from injury and should be on the wing when fit and available. While, Charlie Curnow being injury prone is a concern. Mitch McGovern has struggled to find his niche and Levi Casboult needs to change position from a forward as he doesn’t kick enough goals. This would be my team for Round 1 of 2021, presuming Charlie Curnow is unavailable:

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

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

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