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Don’t you just love the humbleness of the Richmond fans. Haha. Looking forward to it I have a feeling win lose or draw it will be a positive for the Eagles somehow.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 21

I hope you are wrong.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 21

Yep Geelong belted Richmond more than us just. Round 1 Brisbane loss was a blowout too don’t forget.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 21

Of course I love the Eagles and it’s flattering for us to be ranked number one. However I have this worrying niggle that will not go away. When we are off even a little we suddenly get belted even by teams as low on the ladder as Sydney. We switched off against Collingwood and allowed them to pip us by a point at home. These are worrying fades. I like the fact we have won tough games the hard way but any hint of a fade against Richmond and they will demolish us in a blowout like Geelong, Brisbane, Port and Sydney. Despite that we have performed pretty well at the G. Somehow though I think Richmond are going to pull out all stops and want to prove their premiership favourite tag. My hope is for a tight game win lose or draw with little or no injury concerns. However it could be a blowout if Eagles not switched on. Hardwick is a very astute coach as is Simmo. Both teams playing at their best are pretty even so expect a very close result. If one team switches off and I think Eagles have been guilty of that more than Richmond then expect a blowout thumping.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 21

Richmond at full strength playing like 2017 are a scare for any team. I am not so convinced on their travelling though. Hence why the AFL slyly put them at home (MCG) for the last six or so games of the season. Nobody is writing them off but in my opinion they are still overhyped by some of their fans and the Victorian media as being this super power invincible team. On what evidence? One flag in god knows how many years. OK they have the biggest membership in the AFL and a huge club with a terrific coach and talent all over the field. Dam Stack for eluding our recruiters. haha. That being said they are beatable. Geelong playing at their best will knock them off. Eagles playing at their best will knock any team off. Let’s not forget Brisbane either who are just playing fantastic football at present. They are indeed capable of humbling the ‘mighty’ Tigers. I predict Tigers will win Rnd 22 against Eagles but we will secure 2nd spot and if we meet in the finals then it will be payback. Personally would love to see a Richmond v Eagles GF. However the Pies are due to bounce back to form with a lot of returning stars, so we need to put them in the mix. To come back and beat us by a point on our home ground was certainly an amazing feat. I would love us back to back but I know its ridiculous and call me superstitious.. its an odd year and for some reason we just don’t get the prem in an odd year 1991, 1993, 2005, 2015 are prime examples of this. Please for the love of god let me be wrong and put this weird curse to bed. Hate to be favourites so lets put the Tigers or Geelong up there and even a resurging Collingwood even, yes that feels better already. Go Eagles.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 19

Round 22 definitely going to be cracker.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 19

Looking back at results so far and taking injuries to key players for both sides into account. It’s fairly even given the quality of sides played. Although Geelong beat you by 67 points at your home and they beat us by 57 pts at their home. Granted Port best us by 42 pts at our home and the pies by 1 point at home. But they beat you by 44 points at your home and we beat them at MCG. Yes you got it over them recently by 22 points. Still I would not equate Richmond playing better than Eagles at present. The season as a whole so far you have lost one more game than us and you have two more home games than us. Both teams still have injuries to key players too. So Eagles so far just ahead.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 19

Richmond are a good football team at full strength no doubt. Minor premiers last year although they had a fairly easy draw. OK but at the moment they are playing no better than the Cats or Brisbane or even the Eagles. Also having all their remaining games at the MCG smacks of favouritism by the scheduling of the AFL. How did that even happen? Never mind give them the fact at full strength and playing their best football they are capable of beating anyone. They are also not unbeatable and can slip up. Talk of winning the flag now is arrogant and premature. Even Geelong and Eagles are not talking of that, are they? Victorian media is desperate for a saviour team from Melbourne. I guess they fit that role at present taking the place of Collingwood. Let’s see how they go. Eagles and Brisbane games will be an indicator but even then if they succeed how will they go in the finals? Not a certain bet as Richmond fans would have you believe after one flag in how many years ???? They think they are Hawthorn in their three peat years but not as good I am afraid not as good at all.

AFL Power Rankings 2019: Round 19

Worst nightmare would be to see Richmond get it. No vic teams but Collingwood after last years near miss would be best. Otherwise Eagles Brissy or Giants please. Can Essendon do a Bulldogs 2016?

Five weeks 'til finals: Who are the flag favourites?

I have got it. Move Gold Coast to Tas to be called Tas Devils. Relocate GWS to Canberra to be Canberra Colossus or keep Giants doesn’t matter too much. Then incorporate a NT team and a NZ team within 10 years. Sorted. NSW and QLD are rugby states so one team is enough I reckon for them each. That will make the 20 team comp. Fabulous and everyone represented in the nation and to our cousins in NZ No Vic teams need to go anywhere and hopefully everyone happy. All those who say NT too hot to play AFL they are already playing it and have been for ages in the NEAFL so that’s rubbish to poopoo that.

AFL expansion - time to make it fully national

It isn’t just a different view it is just what you are saying is factually incorrect. Put your brain on will you?

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

You are unbelievable

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

So gracious Peter you bring tears to my eyes. I am absolutely sickened by it. I know I am a brown person born and raised in the U.K from Anglo Indian background. Emigrated to Australia ???????? in 1981. I have experienced racism first hand but I have also witnessed racism against white people and it is just as sickening. It’s a disease that exists all over the world not just Australia. There are many many of my white friends who are just as sickened by racism and will defend and distance themselves with anyone who displays any sort of racist behaviour. Again you have displayed your true gentlemanly human behaviour and I have the upmost respect for that. Good on you mate.

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

I can’t believe you would say that or are you just baiting? Your ignorance is just unbelievable. Geez. Like many of those like you who should be treated as leper’s.

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

Only because it was England benefitting salty Aussie’s. If it were you or any other team you would not give a rats.

Odds and ends from World Cup 2019 final

So many it’s and buts about wrong decisions. Even if awarded only 5 runs. It was not the last ball and Rashid could have hit a four or a two etc. So it’s just speculation. NZ played magnificently but could not provide the killer punch so to speak. They should have been good enough to restrict England to below 15 off the super over and then hit more themselves. They did not do either and so gave England the upper hand and the trophy. Fabulous match. Crazy rules but at the end of the day I think the best team certainly in the whole tournament won.

Cricket World Cup 2019: Reflections - Part 1

No not a way to decide as team that loses all its wickets is doing everything to get more runs. So you could say NZ did not go out enough to do this. So number of wickets is not a good decider in ties. However if you used this as a decider in the super over perhaps there could be a case and as you know England would have won in that one.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

I would have liked more praise and acknowledgement from England players to NZ without of course being patronising. You have to credit NZ for such a magnificent performance against the overwhelming favourites on their home turf. The rules certainly need to be amended now we have witnessed such a game. It would be nice to share the WC in the name of true sportsmanship. But I am not sure either country would be too pleased. Surely playing on super overs to get a result or a golden ball. So many other ways to decide a winner. You cannot fault the entertainment of it all though. It will be remembered as one if not the all time great finals in cricket just sheer amazing.

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

I can’t believe my predictions came true. Super tight game which Collingwood pip us to win and worse for us injuries to key players NicNat and Cripper. I think I should take up being a psychic. Haha.

West Coast vs Collingwood: Friday night forecast

I have to say as an England supporter it is fabulous to see them win this WC. Yet what an inspiration NZ were. They have rocketed my feelings for them after that incredibly brilliant performance. I actually felt at times that I wanted them to win it. Their fielding and bowling magnificent. England batting was terrible apart from Stokes and Butler. Butlers shot to get out reckless. NZ batting let them down otherwise they would have walked to victory. I think the rules will be changed to decide ties in future. Pretty much everyone agrees the super over should have kept going until one team has more runs than overs. Commiserations to NZ what a match though. Incredible.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

Sorry 5 I thought someone else said 4 so just assumed it was. 5 it is to England’s 1. So yep s bit of catching up to do. But hey am sure they are up for the challenge. I propose a World cup of Test cricket played over three months or 90 days to be precise. Made up of two groups of six of the best teams in the world including perhaps some of the smaller nations like Kenya Ireland Scotland and Zimbabwe or Canada if they have to battle it out for one of the 12 spots of course. This to replace the one day format World Cup. Each team play each other in a 5 day test match and the two top teams from each group go through to the semis and then the final. Six venues so the nations can all be playing at the same time. To be hosted in the northern hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere on alternate 4 year cycled . So after the football season has finished in both hemispheres. Maybe the back end of May for the northern hemisphere through to first part of August and the back end of September in Southern Hemisphere through to first part of December. That would be the longest World Cup format has in any sport but what a spectacle and this would be real cricket. 15 tests lasting 5 days and 2 semis and the final. 18 in total. Come on ICC make it happen would be so much better than one day format.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Apparently we should not have won it due to the 6 awarded instead of 5. Or could it be that England would have scored another couple of runs to secure victory after that decision was corrected? Not a WUM but so amused at all salty Aussies. Your team just not good enough at the present. They will climb for sure but you will just have to suffer the knowledge that England are champs for 4 years just like we were in the Rugby in 2003 and you complained about points for a kicking goal. Bring on the Ashes. Let’s see where Australia is at then in the REAL game of cricket.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

No just voicing my opinion which is what this forum is for. I agree another super over should have been played and I can confidently say England would have won. To be honest though England put themselves into that position. The total should have been chased down with relative ease. This is a WC final though so form and logic go out of the window. NZ were just incredible especially as the press and English fans wrote the off.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Listen people I am the first to congratulate and give credit to NZ in their absolutely amazing performance. They had England on the ropes and were as cool as ice. Fantastic bowling and fielding. Their batting not so much. So yes there should have been another super over bowled. I would have backed the English batsman to have got more runs in the second super over for sure. England were too reckless in their batting and paid the price. It seriously should have been a fairly meek total to chase down. England always seem to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but luckily this time it wasn’t. In the overall tournament prior to the final England were definitely the better team. So in that way it seems justified. Australian fans in this forum just cannot stand the English winning anything. Yes they beat us convincingly in a group match but we smashed Australia in the semi the game that mattered. Australia have won 4 so they are a champion team normally but not this year. So I agree the rules need to be changed. Cricket is decided on runs scored and not wickets taken so that is s ridiculous suggestion. So if runs are tied play on until one teams gets more. Simple really. Bear in mind this has not happened before and I have a strong feeling the rules will be amended after this match. Another over with perhaps different batsmen and bowlers to give it an all round fairness. If that is drawn keep going until one team has more runs.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Good. Go away and enjoy your saltiness disguised as sarcasm

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand