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You named 2 out of thousands. Will’s health issues were probably exacerbated by the pressure placed on him following some terrific early performances. Let’s be careful before we throw these kids in the deep end is all I am saying.

Should we be alarmed by the second week of the Shield?

Stats are a crock and very misleading – one watches a game and makes an assessment on a player’s performance, without looking at a stat sheet.

My major midweek takeaways from the 2020 AFL grand final

You’ve nailed it Micko – some suit in marketing (probably a consultant) got paid for coming up with something, anything. Its an insult to cricket lovers – if a player catches your eye on the field, you’ll find out who he is.

Sheffield Shield: What's the purpose of the numbers again?

Will Pucovski anyone ? We need to be very careful with these young fellas. Not sure too many 21 year olds are ready to cope with this !

Should we be alarmed by the second week of the Shield?

You’re a goose, Jiggle

Waleed Aly's stinging sledge for anyone who liked the night AFL grand final

Amen

Patrick Dangerfield reflects on bittersweet grand final

Its a very, very special player who saves his absolute best for the big ones. Hard to name a better finals performer in my time – breathtaking !

HIGHLIGHTS: Tiger King! Richmond secure Dusty dynasty with third flag in four years

No moments in the big one at all and Martin brushed him aside each time they came together. Some karma for suffering Crows supporters like me who hope he never wins one !

Patrick Dangerfield reflects on bittersweet grand final

He won the game for em Wass – simple as that !

Five talking points from the 2020 AFL grand final

Amen Neil – you’re not a serious footy “expert” Josh – fish and chips !! Dont you have a barbecue and a wife ?? No one misses the start of a GF mate – its the best part by a mile.

Five talking points from the 2020 AFL grand final

Doug Heywood was the doyen, along with all the other Winners commentators, Bigelow, Leech and the enthusiastic young Drew Morphett. Any Roarers as old as me ?

My most memorable commentary moments in modern AFL finals

Bachar Houli was bog by a mile in ’17 GF , Martin would have got the medal if he went off at 1/4 time lol.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

Watch closely this Sat. night Cat and then let me know what you think ????.

AFL Trades: Jeremy Cameron to Geelong will be a history-maker

Let him go Donny, I like the boy ! Good onya Kramer – what a sham our “national comp” is with all umpires living in the one town – the same town every grand final is played in (covid seasons excepted, of course) Maintain the rage kid – “the only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing” ! nb – poor/biased umpiring has influenced the result of each final thus far, god knows what will happen on Sat. night !

AFL Trades: Jeremy Cameron to Geelong will be a history-maker

Great article Marty and you have also touched on one of footy’s tragedies to me. That being the fact none of us will know how great Lance Franklin would have been up the ground. Could Roarers imagine Buddy jetting downfield from CHB (think Rance) or dominating the air on a wing (a la Mathew Richardson), streaming from a back flank (Robbie Flower) ? What sights they could have been and I will be forever disappointed Longmire didnt have the vision or courage to let us see what the most naturally gifted athlete we have seen, could do with a whole oval to use as his canvas.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

He wouldn’t get me out boys – leggies are the only way to go but how to develop them is the quandary. No offence to offies but name another besides Lyon who was an automatic selection.

Four takeaways from Round 1 of the Sheffield Shield

Another dismal performance by the Redfaces – it’s heartbreaking for SA lovers facing another long season. Even more disappointing, we’ll probably go ok in the Big Bash beach cricket !

Eight early takes from the Sheffield Shield

Good call DJ – he was the greatest by a mile. The Don once said he was the best 3 cricketers in the world – the best batsman, fielder and all purpose bowler (pace and spin). What a cricketer !

Eight early takes from the Sheffield Shield

Isn’t it sad we even know this bloke’s name ? Seen and not heard has always been the best umpiring mantra.

Razor Ray again in the spotlight after his worst centre bounce yet

Haha – good try Marty – Covid is the only reason the umps have temporarily left their nest. The Victorian hype is ongoing and will be back to normal when the virus is controlled. A few weeks away from home doesn’t sway the Vic bias.

Collingwood's win was great, but don't call it 'gutsy'

“The only thing worse than people talking about you is people not talking about you”. He’s a media puppet and he’s not alone.

Kane Cornes' Collingwood prediction spectacularly backfires

They all live and train together in Melbourne, Marty and live with the Victorian hype. There is a bias mate and that is a “fact “.

Collingwood's win was great, but don't call it 'gutsy'

Sadly, they are facts, not cliches Marty. Could you imagine all the EPL referees and linesmen and coomentators all coming from Manchester ? Our comp is seriously compromised and can never be taken seriously until all states are treated equally. I dont follow West Coast,I’m just a realist !

Collingwood's win was great, but don't call it 'gutsy'

Perhaps you didnt read the whole response Pete, sorry if I misled you. Collingwood were fantastic – but the umpiring was the decider. Please have another look at the game. The deliberate out of bounds decision was as much against the spirit of the game as any you would see. This was a Final – end of the road for the loser. Btw I wasn’t barracking for either team, just loving an intense footy match that was, in the end, greatly influenced by the umpiring. That’s not fair !

Collingwood's win was great, but don't call it 'gutsy'

Thanks Rip – I was wondering when someone would address the elephant in the room. The umpires gave the game to Collingwood – simple as that. How could any person pay a deliberate out of bounds in a great contest such as that. The umpires affected the results of each final which is quite diabolical and prompts me to ask the question – are all umpires from Victoria ? As an aside, I thought the Ch.7 commemtators barracked for Collingwood (and umpire Chamberlain) harder than Eddie McGuire ! Overall – a disgraceful performance by all the VFL reps but still a terrific performance by Collingwood, albeit with outside help.

Collingwood's win was great, but don't call it 'gutsy'