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Adrian has been a subeditor for a decade and has been watching footy for as long as he can remember. You can follow Adrian on Twitter at @Adrian_Poly

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Low-quality shots are certainly somewhat to blame for the Dogs’ inaccuracy, but Robert’s numbers account for the expected outcome of each shot and the Dogs are still grossly underperforming.

Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

Jesus. No. I’m talking about the 22 players from each side that played last week. The teams and their experience are at the link below if you care to educate yourself. I’m done trying.
https://www.afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2018/070820180421.html

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

I know I should move on from this, but the Bulldogs had almost 500 games less experience than Fremantle in the game between the sides in round five and were on average more than a year younger. What point has been made?

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

Come on mate, you literally said to me, “You are talking about the Freo squad. I am talking about the team named this week.”

Anyway, I didn’t come on here to argue about Freo’s list. I just wanted to clarify that the stats in the article were correct. Have a good one.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

Don, I’m not saying the Dockers aren’t young. I don’t think anyone is saying that. But the numbers you’re presenting aren’t true. Fair enough you’re counting 49-gamer Hamling as under 50 games, that makes 12 players with less than 50 games experience in the named team to face West Coast.

Hamling 49
McCarthy 45
Blakely 38
Tucker 34
Langdon 29
Pearce 26
Ryan 16
Brayshaw 5
Banfield 5
Cerra 4
Crowden 4
Duman 1

That’s 12 named players under 50 games before the bounce, eight under 30 and five under 10.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

The concerning part is that most of the guys in the 26-29 range – Jones, Lamb, Phillips, O’Shea, Mullett – aren’t much good. Ideally players at that age are in their prime and doing the heavy lifting.

I think the Blues are on the right path, but there’s still a lot of work to do to get the balance right.

Unfortunately, you can’t really rush development, those guys in the 18-21 range need games and time together.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

Don Freo, I’m talking about the teams named this week and as Freo are playing Sunday they have named a squad of 26, not yet their 22.

An average age of 22 would be incredibly young and very rare, you’d have to go back to the Giants in their second season to find a team that young.

Where are you getting your information from? The Dockers have 13 players in their 26 for Sunday with fewer than 50 games and that’s before they cut four players: https://www.footywire.com/afl/footy/afl_team_selections#9567

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

I assume you’re looking at the entire list, I’m talking about the team being put on the park.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

Fremantle an average age of 24 years and eight months and average games of 81.5, but that’s a squad of 26 so it’s likely to end up a little older and more experienced once it’s cut to 22. They were a little more than a year older on average than the Dogs in round 5 with 12 players with fewer than 50 games compared with the Dogs’ 11; Freo had four 150-gamers, the Dogs none.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton: Friday Night Forecast

Unfortunately this was written before I knew Lynch was out. I wasn’t confident in my tip then and am even less so now. Crows are great at plugging holes but there comes a tipping point and Lynch might be it.

Essendon vs Adelaide: Friday night forecast

Can we get the complete list thus far at the bottom of the piece?

The Roar's 2018 AFL Top 50: 40-31

Oops! Thanks dan.

AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 12

Ellen, it wasn’t intended to be. My response to Franko below accidentally posted here. I tried to have it removed but for some reason it’s just left blank. Nothing more to it than that.

AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 2

Brett Ratten, Matthew Pavlich, Luke Hodge, Steve Johnson twice.

AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 2

AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 2

Yesterday’s piece was great fun and an excellent piece of writing. But Ken is an alleged expert on this site and to not have Scott Pendlbury is worse than ridiculous. If that’s what he truly believes, it hurts Ken’s credibility as a football analyst; If he’s taking the piss, then by collaborating with you guys (who do take it seriously) it’s potentially doing damage to yours. Either way, it damages the trust of the readers.

The Roar’s 2017 AFL top 50 players: 10-1

He was average (at best) week one and good but not great in the prelim. But he was best on in one and one of the best players in the grand final. And he was 20. He also won the B&F at the premiership team. He’s already extremely good.

The Roar’s 2017 AFL top 50 players: 20-11

Bontempelli played a so-so finals campaign? He took the Hawks apart in the semi-final.

The Roar’s 2017 AFL top 50 players: 20-11

*Says Cam through gritted teeth at the Lynch ranking.

The Roar's 2017 AFL top 50 players: 30-21

Respectfully disagree about Taylor. He was terrific last season.

The Roar's 2017 AFL top 50 players: 40-31

With Tom Scully in the 30s, I can’t wait to see how high you guys have Stephen Hill.

The Roar's 2017 AFL top 50 players: 40-31

Ken broke your list.

The Roar's 2017 AFL top 50 players: 40-31

Unfortunately the McCluggage news came out after I’d submitted the story. But I would have put him and Christensen in anyway as they should be available most of the season (barring further mishaps, which are impossible to predict).

For the Brisbane Lions, the only way is up

Thanks Keagan. Who do you think Bewick and Lester would replace in the 22 I’ve named?

For the Brisbane Lions, the only way is up

We’re in agreement there. I would have preferred they just stopped protecting the third man. But I’m not really fussed by the change.

Marcus Bontempelli will end the year as the AFL's best player