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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?

Hey man, your five reasons to watch x team columns were really cool! 😁

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

Oh yeah you took the words right out of my mouth regarding Walls and Blight. The Ten commentary years didn’t do it for me at all.

My most memorable commentary moments in modern AFL finals

He was insanely good in his West Coast days in general as you said but after the first quarter I don’t personally believe he was that special in the 05 GF. Probably no one else was any better individually I guess.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

I almost added that in as a contrast to how good Cometti and McAvaney were, but didn’t.

Kenneth Wolstenholme: “Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over. It is now!”
Brian Taylor: “F-k.”

My most memorable commentary moments in modern AFL finals

I was never that big on “Leo Barry, you star.” Doesn’t have much gravitas. “NIck Davis! I see it, but I don’t believe it” is surely the one. Anthony Hudson was actually pretty good at those, he also did “Who would have thought the sequel would be as good as the original” in the 2006 GF, which I suspect he might have had up his sleeve in advance.

Five clutch grand final moments that have been unfairly forgotten

A lot of Judd’s stats were in the first quarter though, after that he played a regular game. West Coast didn’t even win.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

Just for argument’s sake he didn’t hugely stand out in the 2017 GF. But Richmond were more a collective and no one does for them really.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

Judd got a Norm Smith and an extra Brownlow on reputation.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

A lot to digest here, I had to think through all your points. Geelong stoppage wins –> Geelong ball control.
I had somewhat lazily assumed the opposite, that Richmond’s pure pressure is the perfect game style to disrupt Geelong, as Geelong conceivably don’t have the free players to pass to and things then break down.
Brave gameplan by Geelong this year, I gotta say. Very precise and a lot can go wrong.

Martin versus Dangerfield may decide the flag

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