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So true. I am disappointed to say that slipped my mind… it seems so long ago now.
I was gutted for Freo, so close.

Four burning questions for Fremantle ahead of the AFL restart

Omg, could you imagine your team has unexpectedly made top 4 at end of season, and suddenly covid cruels your chances at premiership glory. That would be brutal.

Four burning questions for Fremantle ahead of the AFL restart

I agree it is a development/learning season, you can’t argue otherwise with such youth, recent player losses, and a new coach. And, throw in the isolation hub on the other side of the country situation, it is also a uniquely challenging experience (unique to 4 clubs at least). Given our situation, youth and new coach, I am hoping this is an accelerated bonding/growth experience that we can hopefully benefit from in coming seasons.
Yeah, I don’t think Longmuir will be “Boltonesque”. But, given the shortened season, and our forced relocation, it is possible we finish 17th… it is also possible we finish 12th. I am leaning towards Freo finishing closer to 12th, than 17th. Also, Freo is in a better position than what Carlton were in Bolton’s first year, except for the isolation hub situation – which is impossible to determine the impact of as the season progresses.
Like a lot of Freo supporters, and yourself, I am excited by all the changes and what the future holds. But, disagree anyone would be ok with ‘happily writing this off as a development year’, as suggested by Paul D. Freo are better than that, and we want to see some good scalps.

Four burning questions for Fremantle ahead of the AFL restart

If Geelong get to play all their home games at Kardinia Park, especially against Rich/Ess/Haw/Coll, that could really help their chances. In a regular/normal H&A season, i probably wouldn’t of had Geelong in top 4, but now I am not sure. Will be interesting.

AFL unveils fixtures up to Round 5

A significant difference between soccer leagues and the AFL, is the variation in ground dimensions from venue to venue. Some extreme examples are the SCG and Kardinia Park are very different to the Craypot and MCG. Subiaco oval was also unique, very long and narrowish.

AFL unveils fixtures up to Round 5

very nice! Glad to hear you can enjoy an outing to the local pub. I do prefer red to whites, but reds hurt more… not sure if it is the tannins or the volume 😂
The storm front seems to be easing in Perth, hope it is not causing much grief down Denmark way.

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

I was surprised to see Richmond get the season opener again. Just kidding 😂

AFL unveils fixtures up to Round 5

Can’t wait for the SoO articles later this year.

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

Was going to give this article a wide birth, based on the heading.
As mentioned by other posters, with half the teams in one city, of course they will travel less… this isn’t bias or discrmination. Consolidation in the Melbourne market is the only way to increase travel load of Melbourne teams. This can be achieved either through merger, relocation, or “relegation” to the vfl. Filling this vacant slot with a team from Tassie, an ARF heartland state, would, hopefully, ensure this state’s love of the game, and continue to be a valuable player nursery – and increase travel for Melbourne teams.

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

Sydney could build a 120k seater stadium, but would probably knock it down 20 years later 😂

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

Not sold on Collingwood, Richmond are probably the only team you could say will be there in GF imo. Rich v Coll prelim would be very entertaining… don’t think tigers would want to be pantsed again so soon.

Footy is back, but do we care?

FTA primetime broadcasts start at 5.30pm AWST during winter months. This overlaps with ch7 6pm news, so it will remain on 7mate out west.

It's the AFL's duty to share the TV love

Brian, just an fyi, it is now compulsory for children to attend school in WA… but exemption can be sought. Also, FIFO workers have been working the whole time.
There is a valid argument that the 1st round, already completed, has already disadvantaged some teams because there are now significantly less games, ie no double ups. WCE probably banked on beating Freo twice, but will only get 1 win now. Melbourne had to play WCE in Perth, which is more difficult than a Vic team travelling to Brisbane to play them.
But, I agree with you that this 17rd fixture is fairer, and shouldn’t be regarded as an asterisk premiership… unless it is won by ‘ insert team here ‘ 😛

Footy is back, but do we care?

That’s a rather strong view of player’s family watching Paul.
Perhaps they can fill the first couple of rows with mannequins dressed in themed outfits… and the outer rows with second hand blowup sex dolls. Maybe cover the seats with a screen printed image on a large tarp of kids kicking the footy on a gassy hill of suburban grounds. I am looking forward to how broadcasters might try fill the void of a quiet stadium… will it be a faux roar when a goal is kicked, or canned laughter when someone cops a falcon?

Footy is back, but do we care?

Agreed. This year’s draft will have more uncertainty than the afl season itself. I wouldn’t want my team ‘contesting’ for the number 1 draft pick, the draftees haven’t had chance to shine this season, and so no telling who is improving or falling behind.

Footy is back, but do we care?

Not convinced of the Pies tbh.
The extra recuperation time for Tigers and GWS puts them in the box seat… WCE will be up there, but have to see how relocation affects them imo. Clarko might have already figured out some impressive strategy to take it all.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Did you watch the 2019 GF? 😛

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Spot on.
This “clear air” the AFL has to flog the product overseas can setup future broadcast deals… and maybe grow the small expat leagues into something a bit more embraced by the local communities. From little things, big things grow 👍

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Absolutely thinking out loud, and out of the box.
7.30pm AWST is primetime, this would be a first for WA viewers… the AFL can also do double headers. AEST (esp AEDST) games start at 5.30pm over here, 4.30pm during EDST. A later start time for east coast, but shorter games this season.
9.30am AWST games frees up the rest of the day. WA teams have games that start at 11am AWST when playing over east… games taking up the middle part of the day are a pain.
I understand east coast viewers will think in AEST, fair enough, but we get the rough end of the stick for broadcast times.
This unconventional season is an opportunity to explore some options, it is just one season after all. Whilst not every market will embrace the code in terms of participation, doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy watching it… NFL, soccer, rugby, basketball all enjoy support from people who have never played. I am thinking demand will be high if not many sports are operating.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Emu1nz, you forgot the ‘capital of humility’

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Let us know if you stumble across any new, or impressive, breweries/wineries/distilleries on your mentioned getaway down albany/Walpole way. Admittedly I mostly only stay down Dunsborough and Yallingup, but, every couple of years we do the inland road and head to south coast. Just booked, half price, accom for late September in Dunsborough, a short walk from the Pour House. 👍

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

It will be interesting to see who will be the unexpected ladder climbers, or giant killers. No double ups, so you have to earn your stripes. (Note the 2 subtle 2019 GF participant puns… it’s the quality that earns the likes 😁 )
I am not setting my sights specifically at a GF appearance, just a team that can show it is heading in the right direction… and hopefully take a couple of sweet scalps.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Freo are in a “getting to know you, getting to know all about you” stage at the moment with our new coach… everything will be new and bizarre I think, and who knows what they will learn for next season.
I might be a bit delusional, but I am excited for my team this season… could also be giddy because a start date has been announced.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

Coles have the Portuguese Chickens in WA, but I suspect they might have a presence in other states.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub

So much chaos in this season, absolutely.
If lists are going to be cut, internal friction may occur, possibly inspired onfield performances… a lot of unknown.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub