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Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29.

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Thanks Ruth 😊

Melbourne Cup Fashion Ratings (from a bloke who knows nothing about fashion)

Whoops. Nobody saw that.

AFL releases 2020 pre-season fixtures

They had a chance to win my favour by getting Ben Brown over the line for a Coleman in Round 23… and they failed miserably.

Do we even want the Gold Coast Suns to succeed?

Can’t see Jackson at Freo unless they reckon they can play him & Darcy in the same side. Robertson definitely a chance.

AFL Phantom Draft 2019: An early top 30

Robertson a chance, can’t see Jackson with Darcy already on the list. You can have more than one sub 180 player on a list!

AFL Phantom Draft 2019: An early top 30

Maginness was top 10 for 20m sprint, so he’s not slow.

AFL Phantom Draft 2019: An early top 30

Weightman a very strong chance to be there I think. There’s a lot of speculation the Dees have traded in to get him, but could just as easily be looking for someone like Dylan Stephens.

AFL Phantom Draft 2019: An early top 30

A bid coming for him that early is definitely one of my more unlikely tips, but I reckon it will be in the conversation by the time the draft comes around. Just a hunch though.

AFL Phantom Draft 2019: An early top 30

200 comments and not one of them about how sexy the table summaries look, smh

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Last year’s strategy made a kind of sense in a needlessly convoluted kind of way… I think you could call it qualified success in that Polec/Pittard have been solidly good, but haven’t elevated the team’s overall standing.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Pretty much everything I do write is irrelevant and/or subjective, as is the nature of a sports opinion website. I’ve never claimed otherwise nor expected anyone to agree with me – if I did, I’d still be waiting for it 😉

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

At least Conca won Fyfe another Brownlow

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

The first three I’m happy to put my hand up and say yep, that was a bad take. The last is a bit of revisionist history, I’ve not been without my criticisms but was mildly positive at the time (albeit again banging on about the Menzel thing), see: https://www.theroar.com.au/2015/10/23/the-roars-afl-trade-wrap-every-club-rated/

If you want a real clanger from me, how about tipping WCE and Collingwood to finish bottom four last year? You put opinions out on a regular basis and you’ll get many things wrong about every club, given enough time. Hopefully get something right every now and then too.

I’m still devo Menzel didn’t work out at either club, had so much talent.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Fair enough, that was probably more of a stretch on my part than it needed to be.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Sok it to me.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Blues finished 16th this year Macca, wouldn’t say I’ve gotten it wrong more often on them than I have most other clubs over the length of the journey.

Good chance to come out of it reasonably well, but there’s no argument that where they wanted to be and where they’ve gotten to are two places very far apart.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

I think the way Freo fans view the quality of Acres and Aish vs how the fans of their former clubs would see it is a pretty significant distance apart at the moment.

Both are high-ceiling low-floor players for mine, they could be great gets if they put it all together but just as likely if not moreso to provide endless frustration.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Can’t see it happening, they have no currency. Having already traded out their 2020 first, they can’t trade out any of their other 2020 picks.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

191cm and 91kgs isn’t too skinny. I reckon the Dons will look to play him in the middle.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Given how stuffed they are with picks, they’ve got more license than others to take the risk.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Should have been an A for Aiden.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

It’s hardly a zero-sum game. The same item has different values in the eyes of different clubs, if this wasn’t the case you wouldn’t see trading happen at all. Plus, it’s largely the Steven+Jenkins acquisitions that get Geelong to an A, which aren’t related to the Kelly trade.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

I basically look at it as a) did a club’s objectives match what I think is the right strategy for them, and b) how effectively did they achieve those objectives?

For the Blues, I’m not totally aligned on their strategy, but would have given them a B for getting the job done or even an A if they did it in a clever way, but they didn’t.

For North, I feel what the club’s objectives lined up well with what I think they should be looking to do, and they were reasonably effective in achieving that.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Never

The decade that was: Adelaide Crows

On one hand, really excited to see your reaction to hiring Chris Scott for 2021. On the other hand, if the pattern holds true he must win you a flag – not so keen on that.

Geelong and Richmond set the standard for excellence, precisely a decade apart