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On top of JK’s last game, Adelaide are being slaughtered in the media over the 2018 camp. Can’t see them being able to galvanise in time for this clash… Eagles by 5+ goals.
Went to last Friday night’s game… can’t see us, Freo, getting up over the doggies. But, can definitely see Melbourne beating Magpies convincingly.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 21

Well done David Mundy 👍 Always wonderful to watch, and so cool and calm.
Will be interesting to see if he has a desire to continue in the game in some capacity… coaching, development, admin etc.

AFL News: Dockers stalwart calls time, Saad responds to racial slur

😢 😢 😢 😢 😢 😢 😢 😢 😢

'Significant mistake': Hasler apologises for rainbow jersey as seven players boycott Manly game

Tabs playing? I like that… thought i heard yesterday Tabs was going to do another week in the WAFL.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 15

It is rather ironic that “cilck biat” is a trigger word in ROAR articles.

Media bullying of Jordan De Goey has been a disgusting witch-hunt

Have I read correctly, that ADHD is now being used as an excuse for poor decision making? I think De Goey needs a new manager more than anything else right now.

AFL NEWS: De Goey cops fine after Bali incident, Pies issue statement on TikTok vid, Dangerfield, Dusty back

It does look pretty weak of Collingwood to say this is poor behaviour by DeGoey (again), and only if you do it again, before the end of season, will we penalise you.
The other Collingwood incident is 2 young guys doing an inappropriate tiktok trend, which, had it not been coupled with DeGoey, might have passed through the news cycle a lot quicker and quieter.

AFL NEWS: De Goey cops fine after Bali incident, Pies issue statement on TikTok vid, Dangerfield, Dusty back

Collingwood might want to wait until after the pre-finals bye… might be able to sign him for $100k over 2 seasons 😛

AFL NEWS: De Goey cops fine after Bali incident, Pies issue statement on TikTok vid, Dangerfield, Dusty back

You would think at some point gambling advertising would need to adhere to stricter controls (eg alcohol and cigarettes)… sporting bodies in Aus will go mental when this happens.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

Having this drawn out split round(s?) over 3 weeks enables the AFL to put in more Thursday night games. Thursday night games = more primetime gambling advertisements = more broadcast revenue.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

Sounds like you might save yourself some time, and tears, by calling it soccer every now and then, depending on your audience. Soccer is not the derogatory phrase you think it might be… it is just the name of a footy code, that millions of people use. Lecturing people on what you think they should call a sport is pretty sad.

It’s time to finally scrap the name ‘Socceroos’

It’s hard to know what to make of it all… mental health issues is quite a broad spectrum it seems. Given the confident, rational, and quick response to this public relations disaster it doesn’t strike me as being at the extreme end. When you’re young you tend to try things your mates are doing (eg. Riding electric scooter, taking drugs), when you break up with someone you get depressed for a while, lose an AFL GF you feel depressed for a while. Anxiety? Lots of people experience it to varying degrees… arguably harder if you choose to be a high profile footballer.
It’s probably just the frivolity of youth, a reasonable reaction to a stressful event, and a stage managed response to protect interests.
Providing Bailey keeps off the nose beers, cops his whack (2-4 wk suspension), and learns from the experience, he can play on.

AFL NEWS: Beveridge calls for drugs policy to be scrapped as Bailey Smith speaks, No.1 pick urged to 'pull his head in'

I think 50/50 was a fair assessment. Doggies are unreliable atm, and Suns starting to show solid and consistent performances.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

5/9 last week, 60 YTD. A lot of people burnt by the Sunday games, and Sydney also stuffed me. Suns was a 50/50 game that didn’t work out.
This week –
Hardest game to call is Syd v Rich imo… just checked my tips from Sunday night, and i have Tigers by 5pts.
Was initially thinking this could be 50/50, but, nah, Carlton will be too good for Magpies.
Suns v Hawks the other close game… Suns are playing well, and it is in Darwin… Suns, just.
All the others seem fait accompli.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Definitely an excitement machine… always thought when Tippa scores 2 goals, Essendon win.

AFL NEWS: Beloved Bomber calls time, AFL lock in 2:30pm grand final start time

It is a professional sports league, it literally exists to make money…. professional players need to be paid… and stakeholders (fans, broadcasters, sponsors) will have a say.
I agree with floating fixture being problematic for travelling fans, but the GF timeslot is not that big an issue.

Six Points: Lloyd's Bomber bake misses the point, Leon Cameron deserves more credit, and AFL flips fans the bird again

I don’t think many would bat an eyelid over a twilight (5-5.30pm?) start… thurs, fri, sat night (7.30pm) games don’t upset many fans. SoO and NRL GF is held at night… no problems.
Citing tradition as a reason is not a strong argument… culture and lifestyles evolve over time, and so do traditions.

Six Points: Lloyd's Bomber bake misses the point, Leon Cameron deserves more credit, and AFL flips fans the bird again

I was dumb enough to think GWS would put in an effort, and with the cattle they have, which could win a home game against a team that is improving but not top 4 quality.

Six Points: Lloyd's Bomber bake misses the point, Leon Cameron deserves more credit, and AFL flips fans the bird again

These next 2 games for west coast, v melb and bris, is an opportunity to cement a claim to first draft pick, which is essential for their rebuild. North are threatening to derail eagles claim here, so will be a tight finish come season’s end.

Mismatch of the season? Demons return to premiership Perth to take on grounded Eagles

Blues v GWS is a tough one –
Harry McKay out for carlton
GWS to play well for a) coach’s last game, or b) the new coach … ?
GWS at homebush, instead of canberra

Am leaning towards GWS… a 50/50 game.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9

I think the fta part of the broadcast rights says 4 games, average, per week… Easter and Anzac sees about 5 games fta’d, so 3 game weekends will happen to balance it out. Subscription broadcast/streaming providers, foxtel and kayo, who have been on-sold broadcast rights by the primary rights bidder, 7West media, have to protect their investment. Given how sports broacasting works in other countries, it is actually done quite well by the AFL (and govt anti-siphoning legislation). Unfortunately ch7 also has a strong say in who gets the primetime national fta slots.

Six Points: Don't be so quick to condemn partying Eagles, and smiling Bombers show up critics but must still improve

It is bizarre not having to scroll down the ladder to see where my team is… go Freo 👍
Back to back games against Melb and Brissy coming soon, so exciting times… and a top 4 finish is now genuinely achievable 😁

Six Points: Don't be so quick to condemn partying Eagles, and smiling Bombers show up critics but must still improve

GWS definitely the most difficult to beat if the good Giants front up… they can be almost as erratic as Bulldogs at times.

AFL Saturday Study: Prolific Stewart a problem for the Cats, and will the real GWS please stand up?

2 big marquee games are being played at the MCG this weekend, what are you talking about? North and Hawks play home games in Tassie, and Bulldogs play a game in Ballarat every year recently – so you should ask those clubs. Furthermore, it would have been Dan Andrews govt securing this ‘rugby festival weekend’, at the rectangular stadium, similar event to what league does in Brisbane, in order to encourage tourism to Melbourne… not sure how much coordination is required with AFL.

AFL Saturday Study: How fantastic Freo have surged into flag contention, and resurgent Rozee the key to Port's season

Obnoxious and ignorant statements directed at one group, and not applied equally to all groups, specifically your own group… is going to be called out. Hanging it on your mates, is not the same thing. The best judge of whether or not the comments were racist are Rioli and partner.
I deleted my comment above because i thought it didn’t post and repeated same comment below.

'We are sorry': Hawks respond to bombshell Cyril Rioli reveal on Jeff Kennett comment that saw him leave the club

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