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if the weagles lose on saturday arvo the streets of Perth will resemble Sodom and Gomorrah, that’s for sure

Five ways Collingwood can topple the Tigers

How does he win Pete, by giving him a haircut and turning his locks into a brodie grundy manbun?

As gameofmarks hinted at, you have your wires crossed re: your bible mythology old son

Five ways Collingwood can topple the Tigers

Cox will absolutely ragdoll Astbury if he spends the whole game on him. Rance will be needed to make it 2 on 1.

Basically all you’re saying is that the back six of a side with a gun midfield and the best pressure forwards in the comp don’t concede a lot of points. Woop de doo. You tigers fans are the biggest bunch of insecure sooks going around. At least Hawthorn knew they were great and didn’t care about the knockers

Five ways Collingwood can topple the Tigers

This will be the biggest final in melbourne since the Richmond Carlton elim in 2013. The noise that day was incredible and I expect this to be right up there as well.

Hopefully it’s close. I’d add too that Mason Cox is a very important player for Collingwood – he has got to draw Rance’s attention for the majority of the time, and not allow Rance to do his usual bludging round as a spare man in defence, picking up freebie possessions and bailing Richmond out of trouble. If Rance is allowed to run free down back Richmond tend to not concede many points – their back 6 is not what you call stellar by any means, and a good forward line should be able to put a lot of pressure on them.

Five ways Collingwood can topple the Tigers

For which there are many well researched and excellent explanations in the articles I’ve written. I don’t care, we’re not expected to win or do well. The Broncos are.

And yet both the Lions and Broncos are 10+ years without a premiership.

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

A club in our position, you take what you can get

The Hawks and Giants will be better in 2019 for their 2018 performances

not enough for if the hawks make the 8 in 2019

The Hawks and Giants will be better in 2019 for their 2018 performances

broncos crowd was indeed 31K, not 24K – no idea where handles has pulled that from – but I assure you the lions crowd was an average of 18K throughout the season. Admittedly a lot of them were supporters of other clubs, given we hosted Essendon, Collingwood, Hawthorn and Carlton, but the crowds were there

leave us out of this bunfight. We are doing alright over at the Gabba, and it was a hell of a lot better experience to go there in 2018 then it was two years ago.

maybe you should be more concerned about how the aging philanderer at the helm of the broncs can’t even coach that lot to within 5 tries of the team he didn’t want run around the park by the half-back he didn’t want

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

They had a terrible run of injuries this year – a bit more luck on that front and I easily see them as being one of the best 4 sides in the comp still

Richmond, West Coast ahead of them for sure – not sure who else though. Collingwood I think I have played out of their skins this year, whereas GWS definitely underperformed.

Honestly though this is all just an intellectual exercise – I find it hard to even care the slightest about the orange frankenstein

The Hawks and Giants will be better in 2019 for their 2018 performances

The fixture next year will surely trip Hawthorn up, they’ll have a brutally hard draw. The advantage of getting two gimme games against an increasingly slow and boring Geelong will be more than offset by having to get towelled up by a host of other big Melbourne clubs – the Dees, Pies, Richmond and Essendon will probably all play them twice, and I can’t see them winning too many of those.

Not saying they’ll go off a cliff, but I’d be raising several eyebrows if they made the 8.

GWS have one more year before the exodus starts. A few people here have pointed out there’s a host of players who all signed two year extensions to the end of 2019 hoping to snag a flag before they take off, so next year is it. Send Jonathan Patton to Brisbane please.

The Hawks and Giants will be better in 2019 for their 2018 performances

Of course Cameron would say the Giants don’t need wholesale changes – mainly because if they did decide to make wholesale changes, they’d almost certainly start by firing him

Cameron believes the Giants don't need wholesale changes

Glorious retort there Donald

Pies fire in final quarter to book preliminary final

Agreed iap, it’s poor and unprofessional

Pies fire in final quarter to book preliminary final

Yes, yes, yes. Prior opportunity appears to be a rule that has crept in to try and allow for the ultra-fast pace of AFL football that just doesn’t exist in lower levels of australian football and the slower pace contained within.

AFL rule changes are coming: The good, the bad, the indifferent

The AFL will just do what they want anyway so why bother getting upset or even caring. Best way to register your protest is stop watching or showing up

AFL rule changes are coming: The good, the bad, the indifferent

Let’s go the Dees, seems to be a year where former titans are falling short so Hawks to join Sydney and Geelong on the sidelines

I want Collingwood to win but I think GWS will

The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals

McCarthy is 24 years old, Martin will be 32 – and like I said, they’ve been very helpful in the past with trades for Christensen, Walker, Trent West, and I’m sure there’s others

A deal will get done if both sides want it to happen. Maybe a second or third rounder next year or something. we always like picks in the 30-50 range because we can use them in a bundle to match academy bids. If it was Essendon I’d want us haggling like a gnarlish old shopkeeper, but Geelong are very good at the trade table so hopefully it gets done

Sydney are set to turn Dan Hannebery's departure into a big win

Great article

Footy: The gift that keeps on giving

I didn’t see that but if they are interested I can easily see that a deal gets done. We are very keen on Lincoln McCarthy and have had good rapport when trading with Geelong in the past.

Sydney are set to turn Dan Hannebery's departure into a big win

Sydney get tremendous amounts of early success from their youngsters traditionally – Heeney and Mills are examples of this and I don’t expect this to change

re: hanneberry not since Pearce hanley will a side have paid so much over for a clearly clapped out and broken player who’s not going to ever come close to what he demonstrated previously. St Kilda can talk all they like about doing due diligence but they didn’t know about Carlisle’s coke habit before they signed him so I doubt they will find anything hanneberry doesn’t want them to know

Sydney will make an absolute killing on this. Rohan and Hanneberry, whatever is agreed for, will surely be overs based on what their likely output is to be in the future

Sydney are set to turn Dan Hannebery's departure into a big win

In many respects the NRL is years ahead of the AFL in maturity towards behaviour on-field – Billy Slater was doing this sort of rot years ago with sticking his boot out while catching high balls, and had it stamped out. The AFL lets players get away with a lot more than its compatriot code

Toby Greene's dangerous kung-fu kicks must be given the boot

I was fortunate to get some very good advice from chatting with Matt Hall who lives up here in QLD now. He was the one who copped all the hysteria and paved the way for others

Hannah Mouncey withdraws from AFLW draft

it’s actually libel when it’s written

but never fear. anon’s stock in trade is making gutless unwarranted criticisms from the safety of the internet. 2 months ago he was trying to call buddy franklin fat, now he’s singing his praises. don’t take him seriously. no-one does.

What now for the Geelong Cats, the AFL's most interesting team?

I personally think Geelong and Sydney have done really well this decade. At least they’re playing finals each year. This obsession with branding the other teams who don’t win a flag each year flat failures is a cancer in football journalism. 18 teams, one premiership. It’s like people don’t understand the math

Losing elimination finalists Geelong and Sydney share many parallels

I saw this story a few days ago and I must admit I didn’t like her reaction.

if she really wanted to play football she’d just do the regime, accept she’s always going to be different to most of the people around her (most of the people she’d be playing against weren’t born with a penis, for starters) and just suck it up

I will say on a smaller scale to hers, and certainly less public, I do have some experience with a regime – I have HIV and had to take a blood test at the start of me playing masters and will have to at the start of each season to prove that the virus is at undetectable levels in my blood, and therefore untransmissible to anyone – now, the chances of me actually getting a blood injury playing masters footy is pretty small to begin with, and then my blood somehow making it’s way into another player’s bloodstream is almost impossible to conceive – and as I said, with the medication they issue you can’t even transmit the virus to someone anyway – but hey, that’s the rules

Hannah Mouncey withdraws from AFLW draft