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On loop, as it should be played .

"I have no desperation in me": Buckley still uncommitted on Collingwood future

1st year Cameron was very good. OP derailed him. But if he can recapture that 2019 form, solves our small forward stock issues. (Hoping OP doesn’t do the same to Yeo).

Cripps just isn’t the same these days. Although he still does a lot of good things around the ground and we need him (no replacement for him), just seems to have lost his goal sense.

Five talking points from the AFL Round 5

Blasphemy to forget Hurn. Especially on his AA form so far this year.

Five talking points from the AFL Round 5

Sorry to sound one-eyed, but wouldn’t rule out the Eagles just yet. We are playing a fairly depleted team ATM.

We are missing (and likely to regain mid-end season):
– Liam Ryan
– Luke Shuey
– Jarrod Cameron
– Eliott Yeo ** (maybe)
– Willie Rioli**** (double maybe)

Add any in-form 3 of those 5 listed above and we’re genuine contenders. Just need to hold on and bank as many wins as possible till the cavalry arrives.

Our only bad game so far has been against Saints – when we inexcusably fell asleep at the wheel. Red hot Doggies beat us by 7 points, at Marvel.

Will be very curious to see how we go in Geelong, especially with J Cameron back. Will give us a better indication of where we are, given both teams are evenly matched currently – i.e. old, depleted.

Five talking points from the AFL Round 5

Bona fide superstar. Just wait till round 23….. 😛

The Pies were lost at sea against West Coast

Brisbane are most definitely in the top 8. Fantastic side. (if only they could kick straight). IMO the remaining spot is a toss-up between Sydney, Adelaide, St Kilda.

The Pies were lost at sea against West Coast

And no Liam Ryan for 2 months. 😢

The Pies were lost at sea against West Coast

Hate to say, but in the last 2 years, I trust Brarass way more than Guv. (Less injury prone too).

Your club's underrated performer: Round 4

We love Barass. Absolutely critical to Eagles going anywhere.

Midfield void will be/ is our greatest challenge. Somehow feels like turning Duggan into a midfielder is going too slow… not really slow, just that bad timing for him to learn with our with 2 best mids out, and we don’t really have an option…
especially when he’s a premiership defender.

No easy answers for Eagles. We have lots of elite talent, and also massive gaps.

Your club's underrated performer: Round 4

Eagles will need to play harder than against Bulldogs.
Go the Eagles!

Eagles can't be complacent with struggling Saints

Thank you for resurrecting this column Chucka! …where are the colourful team banners? (See Liam’s old columns for reference) 😛

I hope when you say … It’s not just because they have played what is the best game of the season… you mean the Doggies v Eagles game?

AFL Round 3 power rankings

No Shuey and no Yeo is just so so cruel. Brander should stay, and replace Petch with literally anyone. Ainsworth would be better.

Saints getting Marshall back. He’s an excellent ruck and handy for goals. Hate this timing, but at least Ryder not ready = small win for Eagles.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 4

– Nervous about all these West Coast Tips. St Kilda will be out to redeem themselves, especially after the media beat-up. Hope we can get it done.
– Glad I’m not the only one tipping Lions.
– Pies (but not convinced GWS will roll over. know they’re cooked and depleted, but an against-all-odds upset wouldn’t surprise)
– Freo (again, likely upset. Hawks go ok at Optus) – May re-think this one closer to the time, after team selection

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 4

Nah, was definitely deliberate, regardless of the opposition. Rude, but just harmless gloating, IMO.

I think use of the word “belittling” is a stretch from Derm, but I get his point.

Just don’t understand why he has to be “shamed” publicly. A quiet word would do.

Dermott Brereton blasts Dogs young gun for trying to 'humiliate' opponents

Agreed, rude and very noticeable what he did to Shep.

However, a bit harsh to call him out publicly. Radio and newspaper articles? Seriously?Couldn’t they just let the club/coach say something privately to him?

It’s Baz. Give him time to grow, as comes across as a fairly decent kid.

Dermott Brereton blasts Dogs young gun for trying to 'humiliate' opponents

Exactly what I’m dreading. Poor Eagles.

Nick Riewoldt joins list of critics to bag the Saints after woeful effort against Bombers

You’re right, although Brander has yet to prove himself (though showed good signs last weekend).

Waterman (when fit) would probably be the one at risk of being curtailed. Hope we get him back soon – we’re stronger with Waterman in – handy for goals and can help down back if required.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

Actually I tipped us. (Only because game was at Optus, and Port can choose not to show up, occasionally. So yes, it was unexpected to many (we weren’t even favourites in betting odds), but I can’t say I was surprised we won).

Wouldn’t tip us against them at AO, at this stage of the season.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

Lobb … he just hasn’t been quite right since arriving from GWS. Mostly rotten luck on his part.

With JK close to retiring, still amazed Eagles wouldn’t pick him up as a forward when he offered us that opportunity.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

Do … do we dare dream of Power rankings?

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

Not really pessimism, Freo young kids are going alright. They’re not going to challenge for the flag any time soon, but they’re going ok enough to not be automatic easybeats.

Obviously hope we get it done (and we should), but it’s not a foregone conclusion.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

Last rites? Far from it, in fact. This type of game just gives Richmond more ammo, going by the last few years.
Next step in your premiership winning formula is a hoard of injuries to key players, who miss a chunk of games in early-mid season rounds, and then are all fit when it matters towards the end/at the end.

Nevertheless, cannot wait for Tigers v Port. Tipping Port, but should be a fantastic tussle.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

IMO, the Western Derby will be much much closer. Freo’s young kids (+ Mundy + Fyfe) go alright on a good day, especially at Optus. Should be a great game, and I anticipate an upset – especially if Freo get some of their backline talls back.

Danger game for Eagles. Hopefully we’ve banked more unexpected wins by then for it not to be too pressurised.

Seven talking points from Round 3 in the AFL

😂

David Noble adamant improvement will come for North Melbourne

I couldn’t be a Lions supporter today and just “live with it”. To have 4 points stolen at the death… that one hurts.

Imagine if they miss out on the 8 based on percentage??. Repercussions of this could be huge.

COVID throws AFL clash into chaos