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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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Over the years I think it’s been common for teams travelling interstate to underperform in Round 1, though there were obviously a few to buck the trend this week. Hard to say why but from my POV it’s a mitigating factor.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Thanks Tom. Writing the article actually meant I didn’t watch a whole lot of the game, which is probably for the best.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Between you and me James, I think we can quietly agree that absolutely no footy of any kind occured between roughly 3 and 9pm yesterday.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I’m actually now wondering what the highest scores by a Ross Lyon team are.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Wouldn’t be much of a column in that… 😉

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Watts has been thrown to halfback and looked good there for a few weeks before falling apart many times in his career, I’m not buying it just yet.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

“GWS no depth and have a millennial culture
Hawks stuffed without Mitchell
Geelong not that good away from Kardinia Park”

Not sure how those three are strengthening your case Anon…

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I had half an idea to write about Naughton but just ran out of time PD, sorry. Expect to hear about him in a later week.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I’d prefer not the grand final replay personally – the way I see it, the replay is in itself a pretty interesting match worthy of attention, as is the season opener, so why have one game of interest when you could have two? Instead I’d like to see the AFL just pick out an interesting matchup of some kind for the season opener and keep this on rotation. Something like say Essendon vs Melbourne would’ve been a great season opener this year I think and would’ve been just as big if not bigger in terms of crowd and metrics.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I think Walsh will win the Rising Star through sheer consistency if nothing else. He had 24 touches and five scoring involvements without really seeming to fully exert himself on the game, I reckon we can expect performances of a similar quality most weeks which will be hard to beat.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Off topic Macca but how do you feel about the flag-by-2023 proclamation? Been thinking of writing more detail analysis on it if I can find the time.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Yeah fair point Dean, the Hawks probably deserve more attention than I gave them here. Round 1 is always hard because every result is interesting but there’s simply neither time nor space to discuss the implications for every club. That said your comment did make me think – why not finish this piece with a quick spin for every club? If you look at the bottom of the article now, you’ll see I’ve updated with that, including some complimentary (and of course somewhat jealous) things said about Hawthorn.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I’ve been on that ride before and I’d prefer not to go again.

My 23 crazy, fearless predictions for the 2019 AFL season

Oooh Ryan. Should we have a reverse of our wager from years past? I’m willing to say that the number of coaches to move on before the end of the season will be less than two.

I’d bet against you on the North thing too, but that’ll just give me another thing to be sad about at the end of the season.

My 23 crazy, fearless predictions for the 2019 AFL season

That’s a pretty big shoe.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 1

Nice picks. Coniglio and Fantasia in particular I reckon could have big years. List needs more Ben Brown though

STEVIE J: My top four players to watch this AFL season

It’s probably wishful thinking moreso than a prediction of any confidence.

The Roar's 2019 AFL ladder prediction - as voted by you!

So basically like being a North Melbourne fan, but from a slightly different angle.

Seven AFL talking points from the JLT Series week two

Yeah that’s a fair point Paul, I can see how it would be a bit of a different dynamic there.

Seven AFL talking points from the JLT Series week two

Plenty of people go to the Suns, I think they actually traded in more players than anyone last year? They’re just all quite bad.

AFL trades: The top ten out-of-contract players to watch in 2019

Most players of consequence prefer to return to their home state if they move – there’s exceptions but not many of them, and most of the players being discussed are Victorians.

Major exceptions would be Jack Martin linked to Essendon and Coniglio to Hawthorn/Carlton, but in neither case am I pulling those out of thin air.

If there’s a specific one you think is unreasonable, let me know.

AFL trades: The top ten out-of-contract players to watch in 2019

Doesn’t take long looking at a map to see that Loxton is noticeably closer to Adelaide than Melbourne.

AFL trades: The top ten out-of-contract players to watch in 2019

I think J Martin, Billings, Wright and Hopper could all have a big impact in the right situation.

AFL trades: The top ten out-of-contract players to watch in 2019

I was conscious of trying to limit this as much as possible, but it’s tricky to do – it’s not as if that assumption isn’t to some degree grounded in reality. Peter Wright is probably the only one fitting the bill here who is fairly speculative, the others all have at least some history of having explored their options.

AFL trades: The top ten out-of-contract players to watch in 2019

Honestly if they land him it’s hard to imagine what else they could possibly want for on the playing list.

AFL trades: The top ten out-of-contract players to watch in 2019