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Mumford´s like those cockroaches that will still be around after the nuclear holocaust. We can´t ever just get rid of him.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Last year´s game was an awesome payback. Whitfield getting collected on a 100% innocent play was just cherry on the cake.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Yeah looking at Port-Rich this year, you´re probably right.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Yeah, if Johannisen was a split second faster/slower (I can’t remember which) they would have given 50 for sure.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Richmond v Port?? That’s a beat-up too!

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Bulldogs played three-fourths of that preliminary final without ruckman Jordan Roughead (falcon in the eye), which was even worse for our structure than Giants losing Ward. And Scully getting that 50 metre penalty would have been the most miserable, contextless umpiring decision of all time.
Any team that wins a close prelim or grand final is by definition lucky. Brian Lake should have been pinged holding the ball against Port in 14. Duursma dropped a sitter to forfeit a goal and Tigers got a fortunate deliberate free in 20 PF. Reckon Richmond were lucky it rained that night too, Port’s pace could have done them in normal circumstances.

Dogs vs Giants: A rivalry that keeps on giving

Just four more of these goals to go!! 😁

Realistic goals for the Western Bulldogs

Port are probably still good but wins against bottom teams are irrelevant.
They couldn´t “win” yesterday, if they won by less I´d call them lackluster, but I hope they can deliver against the big teams.

Port start 2021 campaign in style with ruthless win

My logic is that Geelong´s bottom 11 don´t contribute enough to win a premiership, and it´s been that way for at least half a decade. That´s the gist of the article I suppose, the rest is just dressing it up.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

Scott I understand him keeping his job, Buckley I don´t really. If anything Scott did more to keep his job than, say, Mark Thompson did to keep his between 2000-6.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

In my opinion Geelong were very on top in the first half against Port but never really looked very penetrative on goal. Hawkins may have missed one gimme but otherwise when Port got a roll after half-time they scored goals far more easily than Geelong.

I’ll concede that Geelong were vaguely on top all of quarters 1, 2, and 4, but their attack was never very functional that match.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

Pretty good idea and article and you got me thinking. It’s gotta be McLeod for Crows. With classic old clubs like Collingwood and Essendon, I don’t think Buckley and Hird quite cut it. Having said that I’m happy with N Riewoldt for the Saints and would take Dusty for the Tigers at this point.

Who is the all-time face of each AFL club?

I am never that sure if Geelong is fair dinkum or not. They were the best team of the first half of 2019. In 2020 they had some great wins as I said but also looked bang average against Richmond (R17), Sydney then arguably Port late in the season. So I dunno.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

Your last sentence is certainly true for all of us.
To judge Geelong’s 2021 on the 2020 Grand Final is definitely harsh as you say, having said that a team cannot simply flip their characteristics overnight.
Rowan is only one guy and doesn’t get a hell of a lot of the ball.
Cheers for comment.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

But Geelong´s topping up has not been a failure, except in terms of winning the premiership. They are still part of the conversation, while Hawthorn, who did the same thing, are not any more. Meanwhile Geelong’s keepings-off wins against Collingwood and Brisbane were very good, I myself didn’t know they had it in them.
I rate Cameron, Higgins is old so hard to tell, suspect Smith has nothing left. It´s not a given that Hawkins and Cameron (and Dangerfield?) learn to play together.
Cheers!

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

Geelong’s supposed “last chance” was years ago but they keep re-writing the rule book. I’ll never write them off the top 4 but for reasons above I suppose I just wrote an entire article writing off their prem chances. 😂

Richmond seem to be more dependent on guys like Baker, Balta, Short, Graham etc etc while Houli, Edwards and the older ones can potentially be phased out. I don’t think Geelong ever made that generational switch.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

In 2017 Richmond were only really hot in September, but they were hot nonetheless. Their ball skills were atrocious but all 22 did their assigned roles great, even though they were all unknowns back then.

Prestia, Caddy and Nankervis were fantastic pickups but didn’t win 2017 singlehandedly.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

I reckon the Cats waste Dangerfield as a forward, he can’t kick set shots. They definitely wasted him in the Grand Final.

I don’t reckon they’ll suffer from Ablett going, he was a luxury the last years, they didn’t depend on him. Taylor might be a different story.

Geelong will definitely not win the premiership

I´ll take Richmond over Hawthorn. Hawks are really pretentious when they´re on top. Who can take any more of Kennett lecturing people, endless talk about John Kennedy or the Kokoda Trail, Clarkson talking you know what to the media, and their banal marketing slogans, my God, the slogans!

Your club's burning question for 2021

Burning question for 2021 for every club except Richmond… “When are they gonna pull their effing finger out and finally get real?” etc 😂

Your club's burning question for 2021

Somehow I get the feeling Dusty´s goal inspired this whole series 😁

Ten most disrespectful goals from the 2020 AFL season (Part 2)

In reality Stack’s indiscretions all came from not being the type of personality that can stay still during a lockdown/quarantine.

Cotchin vows to help out troubled Stack

Once Selwood and Hawkins go the soul of the club is gone, it’s just mercenaries at that point.

Why 2021 is this Geelong side's last shot at premiership glory

My comment is not very scientific but Geelong always seem to rebound somehow. I thought they were done in both 2015 and the end of 2018 but they always reinvent (with money, but still).
They are far too star-dependent to win the flag but they can keep reaching the top 4 forever.
You’re right though, once Hawkins and Selwood go there is surely a reckoning. I don’t agree that they have the young players.

Why 2021 is this Geelong side's last shot at premiership glory

Minor premiers have been on a hiding to nothing since about 2015 on. A lot of less than comprehensive teams have finished top lately, also a lot who were way better at the start of the year than in August-September.
It probably shows how lopsided the draw can be, and/or how Vic-centric the competition.
Freo 15 – Peaked too early, also had holes (attack wasn’t good enough).
Adelaide 17 – Could fall apart with regularity.
Richmond 18 – Peaked too early
Geelong 19 – Peaked too early
Port 20 – Too inexperienced.

Minor premiers, major failures: Which ladder leaders have disappointed the most come finals time?