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Justin Ahrns

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A lover of all things sport. Admittedly biased towards all Australian teams and players. Co-owner of the NBA Facebook page, NBA 360. Trying to make my way as a sports journalist.

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Has had a down year in comparison with some of the game’s elite mids in my opinion.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

You’re right, Jetta has had a terrific season. Worth a thought for sure, but I have him behind even teammate Michael Hibbard who I didn’t even have in my team. That’s why there was no mention of Jetta.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

For me, sure Mitchell is not as damaging as some of the other guys listed in the team. But the selectors won’t ignore what he has done statistically this season. Not only has he broken the disposal records, he has shattered them. That was my reasoning for labeling him as a certainty.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

And thanks True Tiger fan!

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

Yeah you’re right there about Jacobs. I thought he was unlucky a few years back to lose the spot to Nic Nat, but his form this year has been great. And you’re right about Oliver too, it wouldn’t be surprising to see maybe a Zac WIlliams or Elliot Yeo named on the bench instead of the usual four midfielders.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

For me, Grundy has been a level below the other key defenders in the game this season. Rampe was probably worth a mention, but I still have him behind the guys that I had in the team. And as Jim and I Hate Pies said, Rampe missed a fair few games this season.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

Yeah, Sydney’s Kennedy would be lucky to make the cut. West Coast’s is a near certainty.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

You’re right, I probably overlooked him. I would still have him behind Jacobs and Ryder, but yeah, definitely worth a mention.

Predicting the 2017 All Australian team

Not a bad choice – I like it, if he can remain healthy.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

The reason I dismissed him was:

– he has an injury history that the likes of Danger and Dusty don’t have

– Poor goal kicking accuracy – which is a shame because he can really take a grab.

– he hasn’t been moving like the old Fyfe, especially his defensive running. He doesn’t put in the multiple efforts like he did when he was at his best.

I’m a massive fan of Fyfe, and hope he can regain his best form. But until he does, I would be reluctant to put him in this conversation too heavily.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

Wines I would have considered at the start of this year – but his season has been below par and he will not even be in the AA Squad of 40.

Walker, if you are going for a true leader to build around, is a solid choice. But even as a Crows fan, I would have to take a lot of players ahead of him.

Zorko is up there, and was probably worth a mention. But he is older than Danger and Dusty if I’m not mistaken. That said, he does kick a lot of goals for a mid so he is absolutely worth considering.

Neale, similar to Wines, has had a down year (partly due to injury), and doesn’t possess the goal kicking ability or the leadership qualities in my opinion.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

You certainly make a strong case. It’s also important to build a strong leadership group around the captain, and then have a lower rung of players willing to buy in

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

Yeah that’s a good point – he has the leadership qualities. He’s also been unfairly criticized this year too – battling it out with hip problems and playing in a poor side.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

As Peter said, left field and interesting.

The only thing I would say to that is in his early years in GWS he was less effective because he wasn’t being used in the right ways because of the inexperienced team around him.

He was doing a power load of running offensively to get in good positions, but the ball was being turned over and he was getting caught out running back.

I love Tom Scully, and think he has a Norm Smith in him one day. But for a newer team, I’m not sure he’s quite the guy.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

You are right, key forwards are vital. But the game has also changed a lot since Carey’s days. Back then a marking key forward was no doubt the most important position. But nowadays the game is more focused on tackling pressure, locking the ball inside 50 and keeping the ball out of your defensive zone.

Don’t get me wrong, the key forward position is still a huge one. And when players such as Danger, Bont and Dusty can also play up forward as well as they can, it adds a whole new dimension to a team.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

All of what you said is correct, and the case for the Bont is compelling. The only concern I would have is that his level has dropped slightly in 2017.

But I would pick him second behind Danger still, which shows just how good he is.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

Interesting choice. You make a great point – building a culture at a club is crucial. Without it, you can’t win a premiership. But the balance, as far as this discussion is concerned, between finding a great leader and the best player available is tight. I’d be reluctant to build around Selwood because of not only his age, but his history of head knocks and knocks everywhere else too may shorten his career slightly.

The leadership aspect is partly why I was iffy about Dusty. Danger is a good leader I believe, nothing special. But his footy is special. I think he is the best mix available between leadership and production on the field.

What are your thoughts on this?

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

You make a great point. Value is everything in footy these days. Geelong and Hawthorn built dynasties on the philosophy of not overpaying anyone, and having several players take less than they could elsewhere.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

Yeah there’s no doubt that you can win premierships on the strength of your key forward.

Interesting going with Lynch over the likes of Kennedy, Buddy, Daniher etc too.

Which AFL star would you build your team around?

Thanks Schaefer. I guess the big question mark is about their recent finals losses. Those who watch closely know they are capable though

The Crows are primed to win – can they produce?

You’re spot on there. Port simply couldn’t get any sustained period of momentum – they’ve proven mentally weak when it comes to the showdowns under Hinkley.

Port rely on too few to do too much

So what I based the statement of them being tired on is:
1. The fact they had three days off after the St Kilda game, and whispers were that they were carefully managing their players.
2. Ryder struggled to jump like he usually does in ruck contests and was out run by Jacobs.
3. Wines has been not right of late, and they have been putting pain killers into his knee all season to enable him to play. I think it has finally caught up with him.
4. Robbie Gray, as mentioned, really struggles to run.
5. Powell Pepper has hit the rookie wall.

As you said, they have had few injuries – but the flipside of this is that their players haven’t had much rest season long, their bye week was the earliest of any team and coming off the China game also.

And as mentioned above, their defence ranked number 1 until this weekend.

Port rely on too few to do too much

From what I read they were never in play for Redick. Bogut would be a good fit for them if healthy, you are right.

As for the trade deadline, I’m not sure they have the assets to get a decent deal done.

Cautious or rightfully ambitious? A look at the Wizards offseason

The playoffs certainly have not failed to disappoint! A few surprise results as you say, and James Harden was incredible today against the Thunder

Things we learned from day one of the playoffs

It certainly was a great day for the Aussies yesterday! I was also a bit surprised about Exums DNP, it’s something that had happened a few times in the regular season, but I thought his length and athleticism could have been a real asset for the Jazz. Mack did play reasonably well though.

Ingles defence was great as you said, really set the tone for the entire game I thought

Things we learned from day one of the playoffs