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Josh Elliott

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Josh Elliott is 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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Who’s this Liam Salter bloke? Bring back the original AdelaideDocker power rankings

AFL Power Rankings 2020: Round 6

Well, dedicating a whole talking point to the supposedly upcoming West Coast V Richmond game sure has stood the test of time.

Six talking points from AFL Round 4

Nah, the predominantly red guernsey is a horrible clash with his hair. Would look much better in something that contrasts a bit better, like a nice royal blue…

Investigated: Is Matt Rowell the AFL's GOAT second-gamer?

Only kicked 3 goals in his second game, but he did kick 12 on debut.

Investigated: Is Matt Rowell the AFL's GOAT second-gamer?

I have a hard time disagreeing with this.

Investigated: Is Matt Rowell the AFL's GOAT second-gamer?

Massive in fantasy footy circles.

Investigated: Is Matt Rowell the AFL's GOAT second-gamer?

What would you be doing with McGovern AKA Ned Kelly in that circumstance?

Seven talking points from AFL Round 2

Wow, no one game enough to back North in over GWS. I mean you’re all 100% correct but still.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 2

Agree – it reminds me of all the crazy and radical ideas that were thrown up during the rule changes saga as serious possibilities, only for the actual changes to be fairly mundane by comparison. Everyone has very imaginative ideas right now of what long-term impacts COVID-19 might have on the game, but realistically I don’t think season 2021 will be too different in format from what 2019 was.

On the last episode of 'Australian Football League'...

If it winds up meaning an extra win or two for each side, that might mean the difference between a home or away qualifying final for WCE – or it might not. As for Freo, I think it’s probably something like the difference between them being bottom four or bottom six, so not likely to be a big deal in the end.

On the last episode of 'Australian Football League'...

Definitely think the Blues could consider themselves a chance in all three of those matches, with Melbourne probably being the most likely. In retrospect I think North had a good turn of fate playing St Kilda first up – GWS this week, not so much.

On the last episode of 'Australian Football League'...

Every coach has their strengths and weaknesses I think, and the difference often lies in their ability to maximise the former and minimise the latter. For example with Brad Scott I felt like he had a lot of good qualities, but rarely seemed willing to ackowledge his own weaknesses (let alone find ways to minimise them), and as a result we found ourselves running into the same problems pretty regularly year after year.

Four burning questions for Port Adelaide ahead of the AFL restart

Stirlo, just look at the shape of Rhyce’s shiny head. He’s the realest deal.

Four burning questions for North Melbourne ahead of the AFL restart

If the club feels Fantasia is a player who could improve their list, are they really going to ignore him because he decided to stay at Essendon – where he was contracted – a year longer? I can understand being frustrated, but doesn’t seem like a great way to make decisions.

Four burning questions for Port Adelaide ahead of the AFL restart

Agree with what you’re saying Stirlo – if you look at the list they should be less focused on short-term success and more on long-term, but I think the fact they’ve had the same coach for a while and so much unfulfilled promise after his early years means expectations are high that they’ve been building to something and should be arriving at it now. And the club really keeps tying a noose knot for its own neck by saying they expect to play finals and go deep into September every year. I don’t know that I’d call Ken Hinkley a great coach but I’m not convinced he’s a bad one either.

Four burning questions for Port Adelaide ahead of the AFL restart

He would be the perfect recruit for them, but realistically I think the chances of him moving clubs is nil.

Why Essendon need Giant Jeremy Cameron: A history of tall forward failures

I remember we spent the lead up to that final thinking “Wow, Clarko has a whole two weeks to figure out how to dismantle Richmond – that’s dangerous”, but in the end the Hawks put out a limp effort and went out in straight sets. That was very demistifying performance for mine. Even the greatest potter can’t work without clay.

Four burning questions for Hawthorn ahead of the AFL restart

Pick 1 here we come baby

Four burning questions for Melbourne ahead of the AFL restart

Tbh, I think Clarko is the only reason many of us remain reluctant to write Hawthorn off as there’s just that enduring feeling that he could pull something out of the hat. Realistically though, he’s a brilliant coach, but he also had some brilliant talent under his command in the premiership years. That just isn’t the case anymore. I wouldn’t rule them out of making finals but sceptical they could win one.

Four burning questions for Hawthorn ahead of the AFL restart

He signed a two-year extension until the end of 2022 some time ago. Realisitcally, it would be a significant waste of time. I suspect a new deal for Jack Lukosius would be the higher priority.

Four burning questions for Gold Coast ahead of the AFL restart

I always scoff at suggestions that an AFL team could go a season without winning a game, GC are probably the best chance we’ve seen in recent times IMO (while still being very unlikely). Dew’s strength has been in getting the kids up for the start of the season but that just hasn’t been possible under the circumstances – combine a lot of inexperienced draftees with new mature additions, they really needed the chance to develop cohesion and won’t get it this year. Will get smacked around most weeks.

Four burning questions for Gold Coast ahead of the AFL restart

This is the perfect year for them to win a flag – they will get at least one in the next five years, might as well do it now while they don’t have to pretend that a large crowd would be there to celebrate it.

Four burning questions for GWS ahead of the AFL restart

Have to assume the other six years are ones where Collingwood blew significant leads in grand finals 😁

Four burning questions for Geelong ahead of the AFL restart

The real question here is: will Chris Scott’s decision to grow a beard magically fix his coaching & make him more likable? And if so, will every AFL coach decide to grow a beard next year and see how it works for them? Fingers crossed.

Four burning questions for Geelong ahead of the AFL restart

The difference between Neale & Hill and most of those guys is that the former were in their prime as mature players, the latter will take some time to get there, and the chance to win one alongside Fyfe may be gone or just about by the time they do.

I don’t think Freo had any better options available to them and broadly like what they’ve done, but it’s made the prospects of immediate success less likely – which is unfortunate given Fyfe is 28 and hasn’t always been the most durable player.

Four burning questions for Fremantle ahead of the AFL restart