The Roar
The Roar


Roar Rookie

Joined August 2018







Looking beyond the winner/loser four points system.



In the era of win loss being the be all and end all to sporting analysts the idea that sport is actually about individuals mastering skills and showing them off is buried in the dark ages. Now if goals were the way results were tabled …. Then there is no place to hide for those who covet personal glory on the back of sacrificing a beautiful game for a means to an end.

Is attacking football more important to the A-League than winning?

Start the AFL season a bit earlier.
Extend it a little longer and play each other twice.
Pre season comps and practice games are not necessary.
Drop the Hollywood prissy star system that rules out resting big name players.
Let other players shine in their brief absence.
Scrap the byes.
It’s almost Christmas and the free to air sporting alternatives cannot be presented as anything remotely approaching AFL.
They’d probably do just as well and maybe even better in the heightened emotional atmosphere of the great national code.
The MCC want to have a boys club getaway at the shield games but not really….
They are fast becoming an anachronistic institution.
The state cricket team should at least travel to regional centres that need events (especially ones all but ignored by Melbournians). Geelong Ballarat and Bendigo.
That’ll free up the Gee.
Um that about covers it.
The idea that just because AFL takes up a lot of media space means that there’s less happening with the other codes is not necessarily true.
It’s just not getting huge coverage.
AFL should be from late Feb to late October.
With the byes that’s about 10 extra games.
Bigger lists and more rests if necessary.
Why should we have to wait so long and have such a short season when it’s what people like to do?

The AFL fixture is biased towards Victorian clubs

It looks like you’ve picked great games and used them to prove a bigger point about the season.
Surely Geelong being undefeated so long against all expert opinion needs to be included to define the season at that point in time.
What game tells that story best?
Also just picking the last game for all those coaches is a little lazy and disrespectful but a point worth making.
I suppose the number of coaches is the story there so I see what you’ve done.
Maybe it’s good old public opinion that really decides the season and how each club supporters feel about their year is the mystery that need to be explored and work backward from there.
There is no ultimate defining as such but acknowledging what was done by all is important if just to realize it and move on.
If footy was just about flags we wouldn’t bother keeping stats on anything else after some time.

The games and moments that defined the 2019 AFL season

Align your favorite or unfavorite media performer with an agenda.
(Besides their own retirement plans or legacy enducements).
Keeping the game tough…Dermie Lingy Kingy King
Keeping the politics ethical…Caro Healy Whately
Celebrating Legends….Macervaney
Exploring the Mystery ….. Murphy McAdam Maher
Making the game more profitable …..
Making the game entertaining ……
Bringing out the best in the game itself …….

AFL media axe falls on diversity, individuality and quality

“Home state” is a new thing and it’s BS. It’s not in play in Sydney and it’s being used to treat Geelong unfairly (in the Footy Public Opinion or the Pub Test).
There’s no reason the Cats couldn’t have played the West Coast final at Kardinia this year.
Until the Sydney thing is fixed you shouldn’t be pushing this line.
There’s a smell about it.

Geelong is officially the best team of the decade

If you take the romance and fairy tales out of sport what is left?

Are AFL fairytales standing in the way of success?

It’s the Chris Scott era pre and post Dangerfield if you are into sub headings.
I am loving Cats V Tigers (even though it hurts sometimes) so its nice to see it means something to the Tigers Fans as well.
Maybe take over from the Cats V Hawks as the best show in town or thereabouts.
I know for a lot of you footy is war but not for everyone.
For some it’s magic.

Cats entering uncharted territory

Scotty goes alright don’t you worry about that.
He’s good enough for the cats to be up there next year contending again.

Chris Scott: Success or failure?

“Dec 11, 2018 9:30AM
Collingwood has formally exited the gaming industry, with the sale of the licences of two venues and its entire gaming operation to the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) completed last Friday.”

“Hawthorn generated the most revenue from pokies in the last financial year ($24.3 million) followed by Carlton ($18.4 million), Essendon ($11.6 million), Richmond ($5.3 million) and St Kilda ($2.09 million).”

“Collingwood, Geelong, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs will sell their pokies and with that surrender millions in guaranteed yearly revenue, while North Melbourne have long been pokies-free.”

Collingwood are the victims of their own hype

Thanks for good year Cats.
Good win over WC.
And nice to sit atop the ladder so long.
People do remember minor premiers for a while at least.
Anything over seven years is second hand anyway as every cell in your body reproduces every seven years.
Prelim first half and still in it with 5 min to go.
Not bad.
Most daring effort was WC.
Slow down the line is my only question?
Avoiding danger sounds like insurance and guarantees.
False security.
The only security you truly have is your ability to create.
Everything else can be taken away.
Now go have some fun.

Five alive! Lynch's finals bag wins prelim for Tigers

If today was not an endless highway
If tonight was not a crooked trail
If tomorrow wasn’t such a long time,
Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin’
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin’
Only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again
I can’t see my reflection in the waters
I can’t speak the sounds that show no pain
I can’t hear the echo of my footsteps
Or can’t remember the sound of my own name
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin’
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin’
Only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again
There’s beauty in the silver, singin’ river
There’s beauty in the sunrise in the sky
But none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love’s eyes
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin’
Yes, and if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin’
Only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again

I swear Bob Dylan knows footy better than anyone.

Geelong’s season in review: Pain now, lots of promise ahead

An AFL report did specify
How Young Toby was fond of an eye
But the mystery grows
When Lachie said no the nose
Opening the door for the lawyer to try

Why the AFL's case against Toby Greene is set to fall apart

There was culture of dirty
To play with the niggle so shirty
It appealed to the saps
We love all the scraps
But the fit list ends up around thirty

'An absolute witch hunt': Kane Cornes defends Toby Greene

There was an authority named Kane
Righteous indignation did feign
He pleaded for grace
But could not save face
With the man on the ground in such pain

'An absolute witch hunt': Kane Cornes defends Toby Greene

Sorry Son
I guess we’re just different you and I.
Are you still popping over for Tea on Sunday?

Willie Rioli facing four-year ban by ASADA over sample tampering

There was a young Eagle named Willy
Who did something probably silly
The protocol sus
Put him under the bus
So don’t hang the man willy nilly.

Willie Rioli facing four-year ban by ASADA over sample tampering

There once was this big group of cats
Big in wins and cool with the stats
But the thing in the end
To make Danger their friend.
Took them higher than where they was ats.

Cats’ leaders needed to lead – and did when it mattered

An AFL star named Tom Hawkins
For the prelim set eveyone talkin
Is a fine asking more
Than the other’s before?
If not there’s the chance he’ll be walkin

Hawkins cops one-game ban for Schofield hit

Reputation Assassin D King
At another Scott Bro had a swing
But his analysis
Though clever did miss
The backline was not the main thing

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

There was a serial face gouger
A darling of AFL dowager
But the look for the granny
Would offend way to many
So do the right thing now wouldja

Groundhog day? Toby Greene draws scrutiny for... pretty much the same thing as last time

The scribe plied his trade
Accused the ego selfish
Blinded by target
Reputation killer David King
The Scott bros he like targeting
He drew his long bow
Once too many and showed
It really was all about him.


There was a defence from Geelong
Versatile and always on song
With the pies kept to 60’s
Any conoissuer could see
But the beauty was blind to King Kong

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

Do no harm is the oath hippocratic
An attack literally not so erratic
To say it so easy
In a style not so cheesy
But your ideas appear too automatic

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

To argue the details of such
The narrowest straw that you clutch
One more thing to blame
If you’re not up for a game
It’s plain that you protest too much

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

The cats have the best defence
Ever seen that side of the fence
But like anyone
Sometimes come undone
So lets not go to far yet gents

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

How big is ground meant to be
round like cricket or so folks can see
The cigar shape
Means you don’t stretch your nape
For viewing the best it may be

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane