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Thank you for your quality writing and good luck with the new. It’s a tough gig, predicting the AFL and you did very well.

Revisiting my AFL predictions for 2021 - and a farewell to The Roar

I think a C for outcomes but maybe that goes higher due to the circumstances.

I suspect Ladhams and Hickey will both play. Both are capable forward. The interesting question then is when Buddy plays, what happens to Reid, McDonald, Amartey and McLean – who gets a game?

I think Amartey has played down back in the reserves? Reid definitely capable there too.

The Roar's AFL trade period report card: Every club's performance rated

Good summary. Good year to be a Swans fan with the unexpected improvement. There were significant injuries in 2019 and a number of close loses that contributed to the only 5 wins but there’s a tendency to discount those things. Hoping there’s not too much second year drop off and they can continue onward.

Unexpected delights: Sydney Swans season review

Buddy’s contract runs out next year. It will be interesting to see if he plays beyond which was not looking good last year but does this so we will wait and see.

Swans have always had a problem with losing players to the go home factor. Dawson, unfortunately the latest. If he had stayed (which I would have preferred), we probably would have lost Stephens.

AFL free agency state of play: Who's available and where they'll end up

Lots of Swans’ fans sad to see him go. The salary cap in action.

AFL free agency state of play: Who's available and where they'll end up

He’s about to turn 30 so I’d expect any offer would be a pay cut and probably a substantial one. If they can keep him fit would be a great fit.

AFL free agency state of play: Who's available and where they'll end up

“… no-one predicted an averaging winning margin of 63 points in the finals — 33 (Lions), 83 (Cats), 74 (Bulldogs)” – this reminded me of Richmond in 2017. Richmond went on (as noted) to have a very good run with injuries. If that happens and they keep the team together then dynasty here we come.

‘This is just the start’: Can the Demons be the next dynasty team?

Great team, great result.

GRAND FINAL RESULT: Second-half avalanche sees Demons smash Dogs, end premiership drought

You may not want to look at:
https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/umpiring-comes-under-fire-despite-epic-afl-grand-final-between-sydney-swans-v-western-bulldogs/news-story/6ae1d1e03b172c6e321cf2ce8a27d2dc ;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=331aWvUaAmc ;
In the 2016 finals the Bulldogs got the rub of the green against the Hawks, Giants and Swans. This year against the Lions. Unfortunately Stevic is one of the main culprits. Surprising how after reviewing performance in 2016 the AFL said the umpiring was poor, that he keeps getting Grand Final spots (or maybe not).

Five questions ahead of the 2021 AFL grand final

What could be very interesting is if the Cats got a new coach now.

'How long can this go on?': Talking points from yet another Geelong finals failure

It used to be that the top 4 and Grand Final winner were the oldest and most experienced sides. A common problem with young players is the tendency to be inconsistent and you really don’t want a couple of young players going missing in a final. The other factor is having a team that have played together a lot work better. I think Richmond smashed those ideas, just not for Chris Scott.

'How long can this go on?': Talking points from yet another Geelong finals failure

Go and ask ten non Bulldogs and non Lions supporters who got the ‘rub of the green’. Get back to me if 9 or 10 don’t say Bulldogs.

'A sweet victory, but at what cost?': Talking points from the Bulldogs-Lions epic

Freekicks 28 to 19 tells the story. NB Freekicks do not have to be equal but the dubious were awarded much more to one team and the missed free kicks would have been for the other. *The Bulldogs got the rub of the green again.

'A sweet victory, but at what cost?': Talking points from the Bulldogs-Lions epic

An interesting parallel is Lions lose Hipwood and McStay, while Dogs lose Bruce. Lions also lost Rayner early in the year. A healthy list is very important this time of year so that suggests the Dogs get this one.

It’s a big game for the whole Lions forward line: Brisbane versus Bulldogs preview

I was not optimistic going into Saturday without Kennedy or Mills. A few years ago if Kennedy had a bad game the Swans would lose. There is not that reliance any more, thankfully. Kennedy has played a lot better in the second half of the year. Some of the close loses last year and playing without Franklin, Hewett, Reid and Rampe were great opportunities for others to learn. With the return of those that were injured last year and that added experience, the Swans were always going to improve. Add in Hickey and Guilden, and the Swans went to a level I did not expect.

'Swans and Bombers fans can be satisfied': Elimination final losers pave the way to a brighter future

4th plays 5th when there was a slither of percentage in it makes it very interesting. Dogs just played a slog in the wet, six day recovery and travel all in your favour. Hope the umpiring is not horribly biased but expect your guys to have to play three or four goals better than them to win.

'Made a mockery of the doubters': How every team fared in a mixed weekend of AFL finals

Every year, people project based one the previous year. Every year, there’s changes in the top 8 and 4.

'Made a mockery of the doubters': How every team fared in a mixed weekend of AFL finals

Unfortunately when you start any conversation here, you’ll get the conspiracy theory label and trolling. Hard to explain the 2016 Grand Final two and half quarters where one team gets one free kick while the other gets fifteen. That is not random. If it’s not random then it’s deliberate. Also if the 2016 Bulldogs were so good then how do explain their performance in 2017 and 2018.

'Only one team played to the conditions': Talking points from the Bulldogs' wild win in the wet

I find the throwing of the ball and ducking to draw frees pretty annoying. After 2016 when they probably shouldn’t have made the finals let alone win three of the four finals with biased umpiring, I’ve got only one explanation, money. In 2016 the Bulldogs had over $5million in debt. Win a flag, all gone. Then the AFL don’t need to subsidize them as much, bigger profits means more bonuses for the executives. The bookmakers made a bundle. Advertising for gambling one of the biggest sources of revenue.

Most games in Perth, Adelaide and Geelong sell out so there’s little extra money to be made there. Bulldogs probably the best opportunity to grow crowds and make more money.

'Only one team played to the conditions': Talking points from the Bulldogs' wild win in the wet

The umpiring bias was blatant. I hope we don’t see a repeat of 2016.

'Finals pressure's different:' Four talking points as Hinkley masterstroke cuts down Cats

Port (home ground advantage), Swans, Dees, Dogs. Simply based on higher ladder positions and with low confidence.
Have tickets for the Swans game so will actually get to a live game for the year.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Finals Week 1

There’s that idea that if you can hope your team can win on any day then more people will remain interested. At the beginning of the year North were being called the worst list in memory but then became competitive. They will have the spoon but probably end the year with 5 wins and a percentage in the 70s. This is a big improvement from having teams at the bottom of the ladder with percentages in the 50s.

Is 2021 the best AFL season in recent memory?

My impression is Carlton have consistently been poor in applying pressure. Is that the players they have recruited or a failure of coaching staff (not just David Teague)? If the hierachy think it’s the later then David Teague will go (two years being long enough to fix that?) and Ross Lyon will probably be in the prime seat (assuming Clarkson goes for the year off).

'I wouldn't entertain that': Ross Lyon reveals all on Carlton, Collingwood links

Loved the work. Watch the highlights, shake your head and laugh at the impossible.

‘Phenomenal player, forever loved’: Eddie Betts was more than just an AFL entertainer

The Swans pressure in the first half was phenomenal. They stood up to it really well with an extended period of the ball staying in their defense. The tables turned and they dominated. Swans also good defensively.

They have played good football since the bye and will be a team to watch next year.

Sydney hand North first spoon since '72 with 14-point win

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