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Yes, I’ve written about it in the second XI lineup released today.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Just proves how good test cricket can be. Far from dead in the world of sport. If it can figure out how it can be run best it’ll be unreal. That’s a tough task for the long form game though. The test championships idea is a step in the right direction in my view.

The results are in! These are Roar readers’ bucket list sporting events

Obviously you are not going to compare the men and women’s game from 30 years ago because it wasn’t the same back then. Things have changed for the better now and there are more sporting opportunities opening up for females to play professionally. It is a nice thing now that both the men and women have 3 formats of domestic and international cricket to play each season. Both get the opportunity to partake in all three formats of the game. Any female can now achieve an award in any format of the game just like a male can. Achievements in the male and females games can fairly be compared. The tide is changing and we are heading in the right direction.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

That’s a different way of looking at it. In regards to achievement and experience in their careers, I’d choose Duffin. The better cricketer would probably be Keath. In saying that, I will make mention that the women’s and men’s games are at different stages of existence and development. To go off the better cricketer is not a fair way of looking at it.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

It’s up for debate. From looking at achievements and experiences, I’d pick Duffin just, over Keath. I would love to see a poll of who people think should be captain under the criteria of experience + achievement and out of current and recently retired AFL players.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

A few nice candidates being mentioned for the second or third XI, potentially. Great to hear of these AFL players having good careers in cricket as well.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

That’s a fair point. You got to find the balance. Duffin played over a hundred games for Australia while Keath played seven first-class games and five BBL games.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Jess Duffin has worn a baggy green and been apart of Ashes and World Cup victories. For that reason, I couldn’t go passed her for captaincy.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Thanks Roberto. Glad you enjoyed it and the little story at the end.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

What a sporting year! Thanks for the reminder David. Nice read.

2016: The year of the sporting miracle

No Chris Gayle!!! 🙁 I would of thought that he’d open the batting over McCullum

My all-time T20I XI

Quarantine hubs bring a good opportunity for the game to head over to the smaller footballing states but if they are going to be in three different hubs, I’m all for having a hub in Victoria. As mentioned in the article, the facilities are close to each other. The article didn’t mention Goschs Paddock, Melbourne’s training facility which is also close to the MCG and the Richmond and Collingwood training grounds. So in total, a hub in Victoria will have three training facilities plus the two stadiums in Marvel and the G. It will be an appealing option on paper. Plus, the cases of COVID-19 have dropped over the past two weeks but it’s better to leave that side of things to the health experts to decide whether it is safe or not in Victoria. If it is safe, I can’t see them not using Victoria for a hub.

Gillon McLachlan says Victoria is a quarantine hub option

Totally agree Les. Particularly in regards to what you mentioned about the holding the ball interpretation of the last five or so years. Players nowadays are able to drop the ball in a tackle and get away with it. This should never be the case. Players should either have to keep it with them or dispose of it correctly. Players also seem to be getting too much prior opportunity which is causing greater congestion with more stoppages and crowded passages of play. Go back to how the rule was years ago. If a player was caught, dropped it, and had prior opportunity, it was holding the ball.

Stop messing with the rules

Trade 4 between Gold Coast and Collingwood is extraordinary. It explains one of the reasons why the Suns have been such bad performers over the years… poor list management.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

I have always thought that sustaining success a few years after winning a premiership is a difficult task. it requires good list management to replace the legends of the club that may have retired such as Bob Murphy. In this case, however, it is interesting because the Dogs were a young side when they won the 2016 flag. You would’ve of thought they’d continue their success for a few years to come. It is interesting.

Another thought I’ll bring up is the way the Giants went about it in that first final last year. It brings back memories of what turned me away from playing local footy. The dirty actions that players would do on the field such as Toby Greene pulling Bontempali’s hair (not gently but terribly hard) like he was in the WWE but in real force and violence. https://twitter.com/MHatzoglou/status/1172028185342402560
Greene should have received a week. It would have been a good example of what the game does not want. Rough, dirty, coward like footy.

How the the Western Bulldogs premiership side has changed so dramatically

What a brilliant idea Peter. I’m all for it if the AFL can’t get over 15 games in.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

Agree, the AFL should be better in making sure that interstate teams get the same rest vic teams do or at least closer to. Money’s a big factor in this I’d say. The AFL would make sure they get a big game scheduled on a certain day over making sure teams get the same amount of rest. If that’s accurate, it shouldn’t be like that.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

So if it was a normal AFL premiership being awarded with the same fixture and everything, that would purely mean that there would be much more substance in it. I dont know about that. I would of thought that more would people would be annoyed that the shorter unique season was still an AFL premiership season rather than something else.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

You’re right Peter but as you are saying Richie Tiger, it won’t compare well to a 22 or 17 game season. I think if it gets to the point where the AFL can only fit in a shorter season of fewer than 12 or so games, I think they should introduce a special cup for the season that doesn’t fall under an official AFL premiership but something different for this unique season. If they were to award an official AFL premiership even with a 12 or so games season a team undeserving of winning it could and it could look bad on the competition.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

Wow, Tom Hafey must’ve done a wonderful job to get the Pies from last to a grand final in one season. Great for you to experience being around the team like that. One thing I wish as a young fan of the game is to know more about Collingwood teams of the past. Fox Footy’s initiative to have live commentary of games from the past is a step in the right direction for giving younger fans some good insights into the history of clubs and the league.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

You’re right WASS. With the World Cup on, majority of people would choose cricket over the footy I think. Therefore the MCG and other major stadiums might not be available for the AFL once the World Cup starts in October.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

I understand where you’re coming from Marty. With the way the competition is, I think it’s something that interstate clubs and supporters need to accept and be proud of. While it is vital to have a fair competition, interstate teams and supporters can’t be overly consumed by traveling or else it will be a long ride.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

If that’s what would happen, the season doesn’t go ahead as mentioned in the article. We would have wait till 2021 for our Collingwood premiership.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

You are spot-on Marty. I can see that panning out quite easily come finals time. The AFL will need to work something out. It will be tough with quarantine hubs and so forth but if conditions improve and players are able to fly domestically it will make things easier for the competition.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

Without a health crisis going on, I snuck into the MCG changerooms after Collingwood win a few years ago. That’s where my profile picture originated. Issues with supporters attending suburban grounds would certainly be an issue if the public gathering regulations are still in places later in the year.

The AFL has a duty to ensure the 2020 premiers are worthy winners

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