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Not sure Hawthorn and Essendon are worthy of primetime fta slots, there doesn’t need to be a Melbourne team in every primetime fta slot… something something something national competition.

What Round 1 of the 2021 AFL season should look like, plus other fixture proposals

Freo v Bulldogs will be a cracker, have tipped Freo… will be very close whoever wins.
I agree with the other 2 predictions… 21 point margin for Melbourne over Essendon probably a bit high, I would go 12pts.

Who will win the AFL’s do or die clashes?

Port losing to Pies is not the worst thing to happen for Port at this part of the season, it would sharpen the senses and resolve for the QF… or, possibly, it could undermine their confidence. Hard to predict sometimes, but we’ll find out soon enough. Collingwood effectively start finals this round, will be a good game.

The AFL finals equation: Every contender's best and worst case scenarios

The irony, and the projection… kicking goals today spruce 👍

Which of this year's quirks and oddities should the AFL keep?

Twilight or night GF is a brilliant change that should stay… although late October in Brissy will make it a slippery affair.
Regional games should be a staple, but no club is going to sacrifice gate receipts when it comes to playing one of the big Melbourne clubs… so not sure how that will happen. Fyi, Darwin and Alice Springs seem to get yearly games recently.
The big omission from the list, which many people would like to see, is the GF played in different states. Every second year the GF should be played outside Victoria… can’t get fairer than that.

Which of this year's quirks and oddities should the AFL keep?

Next week will be interesting. Bulldogs playing for a spot in the 8, Freo know they have 2 weeks of quarantine to ‘look forward to’ regardless of result. If we win, Freo will probably have it’s biggest membership ever next year. 👍

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

West Coast have secured 5th place, it is unlikely anyone in the top 4 will lose to make way. Assuming top 4 stays as is, Port v Gee is QF1, and the loser plays winner of 5th v 8th (EF1). Who finishes 8th? Could be any of 5 teams atm.
Potentially WCE meet Geelong in first semi, assuming Geelong lose to Port after their week off, and could possibly win. But, then they would meet winner of QF2, likely Richmond beats Brisbane, in PF2. WCE v Richmond in a PF at night at the Gabba? Well, it would be an achievement to get that far, but Richmond certainly the favourites.

The Eagles are flying under the finals radar

I agree with the Essendon contributions, but I thought it was a savvy decision to get Woosha on board. Although… i always felt he was there firstly to guide the team/club from the dark and toward prosperity, which he has done imo, and future tenure would be based on anticipated onfield success.
At the Eagles, Woosha was lacking in experience, and support, in how to handle the individual(s) during the ‘troubles’. But, and this is where his quality as a leader again shines from his playing days, he doggedly set about improving the culture, by understanding the failings, and also oversaw the list changes and player development, which is the bedrock Simpson inherited to make his mark. Adelaide also identified Woosha as a person who could calm and guide the team, and football dept, after the loss of their much loved coach… and the fact Woosha had worked with Phil Walsh at West Coast meant their was a shared grief and understanding between all.
Woosha is incredibly valuable to any club going through some transition. I am curious to see if he plays some role at Freo next season… i think the football dept could benefit from his wisdom as we head back to Perth and hopefully prepare for a normal season in 2021.

With the end in sight, what will Worsfold's Essendon legacy be?

Not excusing, nor condoning.

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

Young people, men in particular, are still mentally developing at that age, and can be susceptible to poor risk assessment. There is a genuine maturity difference between older and younger players, and that doesn’t mean every young player will do something stupid, but some will learn the hard way.

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

83 YTD
The 3 experts agree on every game except one. And like Marnie, I think Freo can beat Melbourne. I agree with the rest of the tips atm, will look at ins/outs as they become available. WB v WCE is a tough one because of fatigue. And are Hawks capable of an upset over Saints after being pantsed by Adelaide? …. probably not. I did momentarily consider Geelong losing to Essendon, but is a 9 day break really coming back after a “bye”. Carlton v Sydney could see an upset by Sydney.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Rounds 15 and 16

Loving the evening timeslot 👍 👍 👍
It will be a 3.30pm or 4.30pm bouncedown on the western seaboard. I can visualise it now, do Saturday morning run around, head out for lunch/bbq about 1pm-ish, go to pub for the game. Nice 😁

Confirmed: AFL locks in night grand final at The Gabba

Lol

Gift of the Gabba: How AFL's grand final decision will shape the 2020 premiership

Just an fyi…
The WA govt paid $4m and $5m to host a Bledisloe game and SoO game last year, both sold out in a couple of hours. I went to the Bledisloe, life long dream, and it was amazing atmosphere. I was to slow to get SoO tickets… would have liked to have gone. The stadium availability issue in NSW made this a possibility.
There are sufficient expats, and sports mad locals, to fill any stadium in the country for any football code BIG EVENT in my opinion.

Gift of the Gabba: How AFL's grand final decision will shape the 2020 premiership

All the ARF heartland expats in SEQ should be jumping on board of their local teams, Lions and Suns, with what they have achieved this year… and in the future 👍

Gift of the Gabba: How AFL's grand final decision will shape the 2020 premiership

Agreed. The ROAR does some ordinary baiting at times… just stick to marks, kicks, and falcons – everbody loves falcons, and nut busters

Were the Eagles dudded by the Gabba's shoddy goal-line cameras?

Yeah, that is a harsh call in those chase down tackles and your momentum takes you forward and it is bloody hard to turn the player sideways before they hit the ground.
From a back safety perspective, hitting a stationary player in the back should be penalised… but I see how this may cause officiating issues.

Umpiring is broken in the AFL. Why can't we talk about it?

Spruce, no one is saying Tassie has the same population as SEQ or WS.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

So the AFL has to manipulate the fixture even more so every non-vic club, because they are low drawing in Melbourne, goes to Tassie every year, and the big Melbourne clubs prop up North by agreeing North takes the gate for their 4 home games in Melbourne?
Yeah, i see what North get out of it… but everyone else? I honestly think the AFL would consider this a step too far… you can’t have a single vic team playing 7 of their 11 home games in Tassie, and still say Tassie isn’t worthy of a home team. It is just unconscionable.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

I mentioned finals because that is what I thought you were leading to… a hypothetical situation next year is also not relevant.
‘Just stick to the rules’… These would be?
Geelong have some of there home games played at the MCG, North and Hawks sell games to Tassie… your argument doesn’t hold. Gold Coast sold a game to Freo when there home ground was unavailable, a precedent is not being set here… denying the request actually looks hypocritical of the AFL.
I suspect the Western Bulldogs would be reluctant to do the same against Freo in the last round because they are still with a chance of playing finals… and Freo could actually win.

AFL set to reject West Coast and North's Perth proposal

Hmmm… I don’t think WCE would get much more of an advantage, they would win regardless given Norths form, it is only advantageous if they host a final. But how is that different to any team hosting a final any other year? What about GFs every year?
The season is being run to reduce financial losses, and North need the money. WCE hubbing at home reduces financial burden on the AFL… about 2weeks worth given there is a bye round b4 finals.
It might actually be better to stay in QLD for conditioning reasons, and likelihood of having to play finals there anyway. Fairness is not the strongest argument, but, the 17 round season is pretty cool, and the fact there has been a season is a good accomplishment by the AFL.

AFL set to reject West Coast and North's Perth proposal

The spoon is a one horse race now Rowdy… teams have left it too late in the season to try and sink to the bottom with an end of season losing streak 😛

AFL set to reject West Coast and North's Perth proposal

“The struggling small Melbourne club still makes the AFL more money than a Tassie club”… ??? There is no Tas club for you to make this comparison, and you do realise struggling Melbourne clubs receive additional funding from the AFL, and 2 Melbourne clubs are propped up with Tas govt sponsorship?

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

Tassie is a small market, yes, but it wouldn’t require the same financial support as the expansion clubs. It also wouldn’t require any more additional funds than a struggling small Melbourne club, and it helps maintain an existing market and player nursery.
I certainly don’t advocate increasing the number of teams, only expanding to Tassie coupled with consolidation in Melbourne.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19

Merging, as hard as it may be at first, I think would be the more palatable option as well. Times of chaos, like now, can be opportunities to make tough decisions a bit more easy to accept.

AFL mergers or relocations could resurface due to COVID-19