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Two boys running across a field racing together. Laughing and bursting with energy. One goes ahead faster. The second boy finds more speed within him to match the first. Then the first finds more speed. Again the second boy matches him and then goes ahead. The first boy rises again and on they go. The purpose of sport is to bring out the best in each other. The athletic culture is to compete and improve.

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The moment it turned season defining for GWS was the Perth game against Sydney.
The new Swannies rose to this occasion taking flight for the first time.
I like to think such energy was based on an inter city rivalry albeit a long way from Homebush.
Our beloved win/loss obsessed media missed the story here and were loud and unanimous in what a disgraceful exhibition it had been by the Giants.
Derby games are right up there with all the best but this view hardly cracked a mention either in the lead up or the reports.
It was all about GWS and how bad they were.
A broader viewpoint if not a more accurate one may help with promotions of the prodigious child in the Emerald city.

From grand finalists to flag favourites to also-rans: the sad story behind the Giant downfall in 2020

In 2019 for an extended time right up until the GF (if memory serves) the GWS went to every contest with two intentions…. Number one was physical harm and two was to get the ball or vice versa. It worked a treat and took them all the way to the granny when they changed game plan. In that match the intention was to compete but there was no intent to hurt Richmond, they just went to a softer style of play. Being the National Showcase for the code it may have been just as well as with stakes that high the spectacle could have been super ugly. I admire the hard physical presence but it’s unsustainable as Hawks discovered in 2009 when their “unsociable” footy turned to the longest injury list since Vietnam. For those who play to hurt their form will always fluctuate as they step over and back from the impossible line.

From grand finalists to flag favourites to also-rans: the sad story behind the Giant downfall in 2020

or they might win big.
eg mark thompson

Majak Daw among 11 AFL delistings at Kangaroos

Is Kelly now the best player in the West Coast?

Eagle eyes on finals ramifications

Personal choice
Rating Them
Roach Richo Riewoldt
Mark 10 10 10
Kick 10 5 8
Run 8 9 8
Energy 9 7 9
Rise to Occasion 9 7 8
Poster Man 10 10 10

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

David Rhys-Jones (born 16 June 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club and the Sydney Swans in the VFL/AFL. The highlight of his 182-game career was winning the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in Carlton’s 1987 Grand Final victory.
But his career was not without controversy; he stood out with his blond locks and aggressive nature and, at the time of his retirement, held the record for the most tribunal appearances with 42. Rhys-Jones was charged 25 times and suspended for a total of 22 matches as well as appearing 17 times as the victim.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

Michael Terrence Roach (born 9 October 1958) is a former Australian rules football player who represented Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) from 1977 to 1989.
Roach’s average of 3.03 goals per game rates with the best.
In 1980Roach was a premiership player and set a still unbeaten club record of 112 goals for the year.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

Probably Worth A mention …..
When the Saints…..
Neil Roberts played with St Kilda on the forward line initially but later excelled as a centre half back, winning the Brownlow Medal in 1958. He captained the side from 1959 to 1962 before retiring at 29 years of age.
His son played for Victoria.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

Yeah some players shove and shove and really they are sitting ducks. It’s only a matter of time till someone takes advantage. Usually just when you don’t want it.
And are not expecting it.

Roo concedes crucial free kick, then 50m penalty for needlessly taking down Eagle

Keep getting poleaxed by Macervaney.
And strutting his stuff in the brilliant roaming.

Patrick Dangerfield commentates and critiques Tom Browne's footy skills

Bold from Shaw.
He seems true to his own vision so no one should take it personal.
Shaw has entered the executive world and is calling his own shots.
There is no other way.
If he can’t see it there’s no point pretending.
Watching Chris Scott make his calls has not been without some pain but I came to realize how he’s just playing his hand the way he sees it.
There’s no right and wrong in this.
And it’s what you do after you make a decision that makes it the right decision.

Majak Daw among 11 AFL delistings at Kangaroos

Legally you are allowed to exaggerate for a free kick.
As long as it’s not excessive and even then it’s far from definite you’ll be called out.
So if you shove and he flops and he wins the call don’t get mad.
People hate it because they think it’s cheating but it’s not.
If you shove to gain some precious seconds then what do you call that?
It’s the only play the one who is shoved has without falling victim that shove.
These ugly little dramas can spoil a good game when they influence the result.
That’s because the stakes are so high with four points on the line.
It’s war.
You can spend months and years administering an effective defensive game plan only to have it all come undone with a couple of clever bluffs by smarter players that can read your moves.

Roo concedes crucial free kick, then 50m penalty for needlessly taking down Eagle

Hot topic and it’s not going away.
Legally you can exaggerate for a free.
If it’s excessive you might get called out but that’s far from definite.
If you shove and he flops and you lose don’t blame him and don’t lose your sh%$# and make it worse.
It’s called gamesmanship and it’s pretty clever.
People hate it because they think it’s cheating.
So shoving to gain precious seconds is not cheating? Come on…..
As long as win/loss is the barometer of success these petty dramas will get overblown because the stakes are so high.
You labour for months and years to administer an effective defensive game plan.
You succeed to a point and are in the fight of your life.
It comes undone by one or two smart bluffs from the opposition and it all goes down the drain.
That’s the gamble of the four point system.
High drama that can turn on a whim despite all your expertise.
Don’t get me wrong I love the drama of the close finishes and the high stakes.
But more and more I am barracking for the stronger team because it’s the best chance for open play and lots of goals.

Roo concedes crucial free kick, then 50m penalty for needlessly taking down Eagle

The culture clash playing out before our eyes is the change of priorities of the younger generation of players. The warrior culture that was the ultimate in the days gone by is being replaced more by a mateship culture. Mateship was born in the Aussie Bush as are many of our top players and media performers. Kane Cornes sees the game as a war of attrition and views the other team as enemies. He believes this is the only way to get the best out of a team. Caroline Wilson uses the carrying off as a cheap shot at Adelaide. The Crows are doing okay now but she’s still about a month behind and looking for that same old story. She’s the MCC’s girl so anyone else is fair game.

The backlash to Gibbs' send-off is laughable

The Saints success has been a big story at times this year.
So already they have lifted their own bar so to speak.
Recent losses against unrated teams have put them in a weird judgement limbo.
But it’s funny how things play out and now we have this early final.
It may not be the GF the Saints have dared to dream of but it’s a start.
Friday night free to air against a man made star cluster of a club with no less of an agenda than pioneering the game in the toughest market place in the country.
The stakes are high.
Lose and whatever they have accomplished is all but wiped out.
Win and they may be singing their way to some finals glory.
Not so for GWS they have already lost their GF this year an only a miracle can save their season.
The only story for them is quick redemption having flown so high in recent years.
Tuning this Ferrari has been a tinkerers obsession. To date it has run best when playing very hard and very fast.
They have their new driver back in the seat after a keen pit stop.
The question is will all the parts rally to his style.
If so it could be the (re)making of the team if not the club.
It’s solstice time. More light than dark. Who will see the sunshine in October.

Friday night forecast: St Kilda vs GWS

I wonder if Danger is practicing calling or will he just do the special comments.

Patrick Dangerfield commentates and critiques Tom Browne's footy skills

Game and Abstract Thought
North V Eagles .. Eagles …. Lambs to the slaughter with their lost shepherd (Keep studying Reece it’s not a job it’s an education)
GWS Vs StKilda …. Saints but …. Will GWS return to their winning ways and play Like Ferrari tanks
Essendon V Melbourne Melbourne ….. Bomber officers have poor intel. and the bombardier has dropped the load.
Crows V Tigers ….. Tigers …… Crow(munch)ching Tiger has unleashed the hidden Footy Fire breathing Dragon with Emotional Chaos
Lions V Blues ….. Lions … Massacre at the home (away from home) of footy
Hawks and Suns …. Suns …. Hawks on a downward spiral.
Freo V Bullies …. Doggies …. do or die
Pies V Port …. Pies …. Back in the game

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

Well this year might be different from what you imagine.

The AFL finals equation: Every contender's best and worst case scenarios

Same thing happened to Big Bash’
Coached to withing an inch of it’s life.
Outsmarted itself.
Run those singles….
Chip that back pass.
Stop and think.
Take the heat out of the game.
Win/Loss inspires only low scoring and high thinking.
Footy should be a fever not a puzzle.
Richmond knows this.
What an advantage.

How an old NBA rule could boost AFL scoring rates

Lions
Power
Tigers
Cats
Eagles
Pies
Saints
Doggies

The AFL finals equation: Every contender's best and worst case scenarios

Any chance it’s not too late for the AFL to organize a game to watch tonight.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

There is a touch of dial a comment about shorter quarters.
They haven’t been protested at any depth.
This maybe out of respect for the year that is but some top commentators are not too fussed.
If it means the possibility of less injuries and a longer season and no byes then maybe it is better for the players.
The war of attrition is one point of agreement for those opposed and i get that.
The players still get a good workout if my eyes tell me anything.
I hate to sit on any fence so I’ll go with shorter quarters if it means more footy.

Which of this year's quirks and oddities should the AFL keep?

Players might adapt to the pressure and tight predicaments keeping the scoring ratio similar. It would be a sought after skill set. Currently one of the toughest shots is the set shot slight angle slight breeze from 25 to 35 m out.
I am imagining I am a full back kicking the ball in and know my team has 30 seconds to get a shot off. The short dunk to the pocket ceases to be an option.

How an old NBA rule could boost AFL scoring rates

Are you telling me that the amount of players are proportional to the size of the playing area? Yes they are. I agree.
A shot clock is not dependent on how many are fitted into what area.
Is that what you are trying to say?

How an old NBA rule could boost AFL scoring rates

So the end to end thing is your main point about the difference in the games?
Number of players and size of field are irrelevant.
Also there is the contact element which is part of our game that we love.
That would be reduced but not eliminated.
I think what is interesting in this is where on the field would the real contesting start?
As of now it can be anywher right up to the full back lined depending on the energy of the team without the ball.
It could be similar being more dependent on emotion than tactic.
The fact that it worked in B Ball to the same issue is, you have to admit, compelling even if the games are different in some ways.
Time is what ends all games one way or the other and it’s worth looking at how we implement it to best suit the contest.

How an old NBA rule could boost AFL scoring rates