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How many games did you “kind of know the result” before the ball was bounced this week only to be surprised?

And do you think you will “kinda know the result” next year? Or the year after?

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Hawks Cats have Easter Monday. Showdowns are showdowns and not going to be wasted on round 1 and the last time the Eagels played Melbourne it was a blood bath.

But as Charlie says if you want the opening game to be rotated then we should rotate all “traditional” fixtures.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Completely agree Slane, I thought Weitering Pantsed Lynch but Lynch kicked 3 goals (1 from a mark after Riewoldt gave away a not paid free kick and 2 cheapies) so he gets the praise. Walsh ran his ar$e off and did some nice things but was going at 44% efficiency at half time. As you say call it as you see it.
The other thing that frustrated me was they brought Razor Ray in to simply say what a great job the umpires were doing and BT was blathering on about the Tigers having a percentage of 4000% just after quarter time but at no point could we get a graphic or any footage of how the teams were setting up at the centre bounce and where the players were running once the ball was bounced.
Richo tried a couple of times to explain but he was largely ignored so we could get back to BT talking about teams can’t win if they don’t kick 100 points these days.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Mt Doom is a pretty good name for the Westgate at peak hour, the sun glare can even resemble the Great Eye. 😉

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Yeah why not give the Pies yet another marquee game.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Why? There has rarely been a Carlton Richmond round 1 game that was a blow out and the blues side had 6 new players, 9 players different from the corresponding game in 2018 and 13 different from round 23 2018.

And no one knows which games are going to be good ones, people wold have been salivating over the bombers GWS clash had it been the opener but it was terribly one sided, Brisbane V the Eagles was first V 15th from 2018 and look what happened.

I think Tradition is a good thing (just like Anzac day and Queens BDay) and it isn’t hard to think that from 2020 to 2025 these two sides will be both playing finals.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Col – I think people are getting a bit confused with Ed’s role simply because he is starting forward. You don’t get 25 possessions and take 12 marks playing in the forward 50, he is basically playing a midfield role.
Dow is the future and will develop much quicker with the extra responsibility and the fact is he had a career hig 21 touches last week while Ed still managed to get pretty much his career high average from 2018, just triple his highest average for marks.
As for Garlett I agree he will be pushed out soon by the players returning from injury but I think he is worth persevering with down back in the VFL, I think he has looked much better behind the ball than in front of it.
Newman was fantastic, hopefully he continues that form. His disposal by foot could really hurt opponents, as could his attack on the ball.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

If you look at the clearance Stats I posted above Col it paints a pretty clear picture of how Bolton has handed the midfield over to the young brigade this year.

There has been a lot of criticism of Ed being payed forward but he had 25 touches, 12 marks and 8 score involvements. 6 Turnovers is a lot and he could work on the speed of his decision making but there is a lot to work on in that new role.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

It looks the best bunch in a long time all be it early days.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I not a big fan of making the statement given what happened last time we released such a “blue print” but if you look at what our side will look like in the 2021-2023 type time frame we should be really in the mix.
A midfield that comprises, Cripps, Dow, Fisher, Setterfield, SPS & Walsh (and I am not including first round picks like Cuningham, O’Brien, Kennedy & Stocker) is going to be dangerous and in McKay and Curnow we could have two of the best forwards of their generation.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

In a lot of ways Brendon that was one of his poorer performances, you don’t usually see him fumble or double grab as many as he did the other night in slippery conditions.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

” Something like say Essendon vs Melbourne” Based on what those teams dished up this weekend I doubt you would have improved the quality of the game.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

In the first half his DE was something like 44% but he ended up bringing it up to 54% by the games end, which is still low but indicates he started to find the tempo of the game as it went along.

The Tigers pressure was very good and combined with it simply being his first game in front of 85k the game would have felt like it was going at light speed which I think will make things easier for him in weeks to come. He seems a kid who absorbs everything and learns from it.

I am still on Setterfield for the rising star though.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Yeah I am hoping the blues performance will be viewed as better than originally thought in coming weeks

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

The Tigers for me Pete, tipping Collingwood is hard at the best of times but I thought the Tigers looked pretty good on Thursday and the fact the blues were able to restrict some of their big names but the still posted a good win and a solid score impressed.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I tend to agree although their height and the penalties for hitting the head make it harder to go real old school.

I was happy with the way McKay attacked the ball in the air on the weekend on a couple of occasions and his chase down on Broad in the third was great to see but someone like Casboult would really destroy a pack, McKay seems to simply want to take the mark.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

“Crows to be the big underachievers this year.” After 1 round SOS looks like a genius on the Stocker trade. 😉

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

“Also much respect to Josh for getting this article up so quickly on what must have been a really disappointing evening for North fans.” I think that just meant he had an extra hour and a half to get it done in.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

The blues really need to get 4 wins from the Saints and Suns going on the weekends form.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Quality work as usual.
On the turf – my immediate question what concert was held at the stadium in the last month? Has the AFL continued the tradition of over using the ground for short term gain at the risk of damaging its primary function?
The answer it seems is AFLX, the prawn heads in the air conditioning unit of the AFL.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Nice work

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

I still remember talk from a certain editor after the 2015 draft that the blues would have been better to take Schache and Collins over Weitering and McKay. I am pretty comfortable that he blues got it right.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Will Setterfield for mine, 24 touches in just 66% game time was a nice way to come back off a knee injury

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

No doubt. The point is 1 game is a very small sample size.

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1

Walsh may or may not win the rising star (it looks a tough comp) but one thing I will confidently say is that he will play far better games than this week’s game this year

Eight talking points from AFL Round 1