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Luv'd aussie rules for over 50 years. Luv the gradual emergence of a truly national and balanced competition.

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Well, on Sydney’s part, your view about quality has been the prevailing view from Victoria for 20 years. Probably fairly so when comparing to some of the more media favoured news stories over that time. Historically, we know what the facts show. For the future, it is a new ball game for the Swans, which is exciting. Maybe two years before they are “lock in” top 8 standard, a bit longer to get back to top 4. I hope I am being pessimistic.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Bummer. Though another chance to play and win without him.

Franklin out for up to a month with leg injury

Where do you reckon they will finish?

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

I agree with your basic point, but which finals do they play there? All of them or the ones they earn the right to play there?

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Hopefully movement eventually. There is nothing impossible about the necessary changes, but yes they are hypothetical. If the broadcast rights collapse or fall in to international controlled hands, this comp is history.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

There is merit to your view for all to see, but these young people take the opportunities their abilities present to them and then get told how to play. Based on his story above, I reckon Grand Dag can attest to the fact that you can get pretty close to AFL or state league level, but if you just a tiny % away, you simply won’t make it. Getting to play one game at those levels is a serious achievement, let alone 50, 100 and so on. I try to respect the all the players for that reason alone.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Gee, cutting response there Cat. Just pointing out the facts of this flawed comp. Does it feel hollow to watch the Cats and a few other teams apparently invincible at home but as soon as they have to compete on similar terms to those outside Victoria, well they are brought back to the pack? Rhetorical, I’m confident in your case the answer is no, ‘cos other than the Cats, well we know how you feel.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Possibly an overstatement about their prospects at that ground, but your reasoning is on the money. Put another way also, the local clubs get to play there 10x as much after a leisurely stroll and a giggle with family and friends from a local cafe. Win or lose, it’s home to bed that night, cosy. A pretty cool way of getting into the top 8; eight or nine games there before the bye rounds, losing one or two on the road in the meantime is forgiven and of little adverse impact.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Good commentary Marnie. It’s occurred to me many times about Franklin…..
hère is a guy that could nowadays go at half speed, avoid bruises and coast the final years of his career, as others have before him. No, this guy goes 100% at the footy contest every time no matter whether the Swans are looking at victory or defeat. His footy capability is plain to see, but it runs deeper than that for me.

Buddy, Roughy, still valuable as ever

You have just described the Swans, unwittingly perhaps.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Imply does not qualify for that category.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

You would know this how?

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Yeah, the dogs. You didn’t think they would win or could win?

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Don’t be concerned with in season form. They are a great team regardless of this loss. To state the obvious, finals are an “on the day” proposition.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

PS, bitters goes with gin I think. Any thoughts of a swill or two? Maybe tomorrow morning hey, Vaucluse is a great place to celebrate the sun rise.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

You could have said that without assigning any credit or anything at all really to anon the coward.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Tune in to 3aw or whatever it is tomorrow. Eddie the chorus will be in full tune.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

But you tipped against them?

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

I think the phrase used was “suck on this”. Say hi to mr sekta for me. Bye.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Predictable win for the pies against a sub standard fairy tail.

Four talking points from AFL Round 14

Yeah, good one :-). It has to be both a copy and a sporting body, both are essential on many levels.

How to make the AFL accountable to fans

Good call cappy.

Sydney vs Hawthorn: Friday night forecast

Geez Lroy, I’m worried if you are serious. There is no need for comparison if you have any understanding of strategic growth priority. Do you really think the AFL Admin is in the “fairness” industry?

It's time for new leadership at the AFL: Why Gil's gotta go

The People’s Republic of China AFL and the China Melb AFL media Daily. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, too cosy that the AFL is run from Melb, substantially by Melbournians or worse by (some very smart) individuals who have been seduced and cossetted by the local footy blue bloods. Gilligan’s predecessor made a fist of resisting their influence, but Gilligan is now so far up their backsides I think he should be remembered by the nickname “toenails”. Diversity would go a long way to solve a lot of this. The need for reform has reached surgical levels.

It's time for new leadership at the AFL: Why Gil's gotta go

Winnable for the Swans, as always they will have to switch on from the first minute. Should be a good game between these two teams.

Sydney vs Hawthorn: Friday night forecast