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Haven’t heard about Superyeo for a while…speaking of Superyeo, where’s all the West Coast supporters gone? Matty, where are you?

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

I feel for him, poor bloke. He seems like a nice family oriented person too. Once Pendelbury retires he will be Collingwood’s best midfielder too – he’s the only one with pace and explosiveness, I really don’t understand Collingwood’s logic.

Collingwood and Treloar - sorry for the three flags you missed Ads but we seem to have overspent

There’s ovals in NSW. Every school has a cricket oval for a starter.

Four talking points from the NRL grand final

Where did you read that Berrlins? Bont has to tow the company line but you’d have to presume he’s spoken to Dunkley.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

It is if Essendon are only willing to draft Kyle if Josh comes over.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

Thanks for the clarification…

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

The problem, as it has always been, is that we are undersized. Naughton is a good mark but I’m not sure he could handle the real big boys – 200cm + is our issue.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

I agree, and their key defenders are all old and not much chop anyway. Maybe there’s some funky draft pick deal that can be done that we can then move on to another club to get what we want. I’d be very surprised if Josh is actually unhappy at the Dogs – he’s besties with Bont and the coaches pet. This will make it easier to come to a compromise to retain him.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

It is if they say that they’ll draft Kyle if Josh comes over. What else would you call it? All of a sudden Josh has his brothers fate in his hands.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

One’s always broken down with a bad back and the other can kick a long way but can’t hit a target?

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

Settle down Juddy.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

No Dunkley for you! (say it in the soup nazi voice)

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

One of the whispers is that the Dogs are possibly going to draft Kyle – he’s was very good for Footscray and we only missed out on him because Melbourne got in first. That’s probably hearsay though.
You’re right about his role and Libba – Libba probably only has a couple more years left in him given his knees (he didn’t think he’d make it back at all) so we need him. I’d be disappointed if we let him leave, but we have to offer up something to correct our list.
I’m not as concerned about Tim as others are, and I don’t think the club is either – we still win most clearances while he develops. He’s become a bit of a whipping boy for others not doing their job properly. And Bruce can’t be as bad next year as he was this year. What we need is medium forwards (Hannan), we should go hard for Jack Higgins (although it looks like we will get Lonie), and another big backman to replace Gardner. Keath would be the second defender and Cordy the third. JUH will play round 1 (he’s put on 10kg this year and already weighs 95kgs), so that will add the top end talent our foward line needs; with him Bruce can swap with English in the ruck and forward pocket, Naughton can play high and JUH can play out of the square. Bruce/English provide the relief for the long bomb into the forward line.
Our list is actually almost there; I think the problem is actually our gameplan, not our cattle. I think they’re got the forwards we need covered – it’s just the big backman we need.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

yeah, nah

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

Yes they were very good. That’s a subjective argument I guess. West Coast were probably a bit more explosive but Brisbane a bit gruntier and deeper.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

Oops, so they did. I just remember them getting pumped by the Dogs in 2016!

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

I’ve said to a mate who’s a Blues supporter that the Dogs and Carlton should do a swap – Dunkley for Charlie Curnow, knee fitness pending.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

The bit about midfield time is pure speculation. Dunkley himself said earlier this year that he likes playing in different positions. And the reality is that they’ve been playing him in the ruck so that they can use him as an additional midifielder; while he’s been in the ruck he’s been getting to play where he wants.
The Dunkleys are a particularly tight family; Josh, Lara and Kyle all lived together before Lara moved to Queensland for netball; Josh and Kyle probably still live together. I suspect the cash and chance of playing with his brother is weighing more heavily on Josh’s mind than midfield minutes.
I think Essendon’s tactic of saying we’ll draft your brother if you come here is pretty much emotional blackmail and really puts him in a tough spot. It’s very poor form.
As far as the trade goes, it’s one we probably have to make (albeit not the player I would have chosen) – we have a raft of midfielders and holes elsewhere on our list. Dunkley can be replaced by West or Garcia. West has already shown he has the fortitude to play AFL footy. If he wants to go we are actually in the perfect position to maximise his value and should leverage that into a tall forward/ruck or defender.

How do the Dogs do the Josh Dunkley trade – or do they at all?

Richmond are a reflection of the time – they play this style of ugly boring footy better than anyone else. In any other era this team would be just ok.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

And Simon Black, Nigel Lappin, Shaun Hart, Alastair Lynch, the Scott brothers…they were phenomenal. Richmond are really good in an era of ordinary teams; Brisbane at their best would monster them. Voss would run right through Martin, Leppitsch would poleaxe Tom Lynch and Aker would kick them from 50 on his left. Everyone who’s so enamoured with Martin should go watch Aker’s highlight reel.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

Geelong was the only side that was a genuine premiership threat for 5 years? Brisbane was the only side that actually made the grand final 4 years in a row – that trumps being not quite good enough for 2 years.
The salary cap concessions are neither here nor there – it’s just conjecture that that’s what kept them together. They may have stayed together regardless, and that’s irrelevant to the conversation of who would beat who. The biggest benefit Brisbane got was the combination of Fitzroy and the Bears; that’s what build their team.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

Contextually, yes. As I explained. Only Westerners are so myopic that they would only watch teams that play on a certain side of an arbitrary line. The rest of us couldn’t give a rats, it’s still the grand final.

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

Geelong is not a “franchise” – they’re a club owned by members. Leave the Americanisms for America, they’re not cool.

My major midweek takeaways from the 2020 AFL grand final

So it’s the pretty flashing lights…you’re not a footy fan.

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

Different country, different culture. Sporting bodies all over the country get it wrong, particularly the AFL, by thinking that we will enjoy something because the yanks do. What they fail to understand is that we have a different culture to them; they don’t like the same things that we like.

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