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They like their backmen as captain at the Eagles – Hurn, and Glass before him so I daresay you’re right

Luke Shuey confirmed as new West Coast captain

Standout candidate for the role, I doubt anyone else was even considered.

Luke Shuey confirmed as new West Coast captain

Could have just posted a picture of a toilet being flushed.

The decade that was: Gold Coast Suns

He’s going to have a tough road ahead, that whomping the Giants got dealt out on grand final isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon. At least he didn’t have to play in it.

Coniglio unveiled as new GWS skipper for 2020

If the Eagles can keep JK and NicNat on the park for most of 2020 they should walk into a top 2 finish and a home QF without any dramas. Kelly will be a massive upside for them. He was the only reason Geelong even made that PF against Richmond a close contest.

That eagles side is looking scary good for 2020. Hopefully we can actually see Richmond challenged come finals.

Eagles to put Kennedy to work

I can see the statue in years to come. One hand clutching a fistful of norm smiths, the other holding a couple of chopsticks, whilst looking wistfully back across as the tasman at the father who fell afoul of Peter Dutton and can never return

Martin is verging on immortality

I’d pick Andrew Gaff over Hanneberry on the wing.

Hell I’d pick Dayne Zorko over Hanneberry as well. Bontempelli over Hanneberry for that matter.

Revealing The Roar's AFL team of the decade for the 2010s

Well, look at that. After all the huffing and puffing, Martin winds up at Carlton – as virtually everyone whose opinion I respect on this place said he would.

No way known the Suns were going to waste their time redrafting a guy who didn’t want to be there and pay him a million bucks to play NEAFL

Martin and four others find new AFL homes in 2019 preseason and rookie drafts

No, because their contracts are still running. I think there’s a huge difference between a club holding a player to a contract they signed, and re-drafting an uncontracted player who wants out and doesn’t want to play for you.

Certainly the players, as professional employees would make the distinction, I can’t see how they wouldn’t.

Gold Coast must ruin everything and pick up Jack Martin

AFL crowds do well through memberships – the 3 game ones are great. Hard to do something similar for cricket where it’s one game a year. They’re pricing it on that basis too, but at those prices, as you say, even cricket buffs aren’t interested. In my eyes and mind, going to the Gabba is such an expensive mission it’s not worth the effort.

I can’t see myself ever bothering to get to the Gabba to watch a test match again unless it’s a day nighter.

Poor crowds means the Gabba wicket is under a cloud

Gabba will still host a test each year, it’ll just be on a drop-in wicket in future I feel. Cricket is losing its power to tell other codes and interests to keep off the grass

Poor crowds means the Gabba wicket is under a cloud

Gold Coast picking Martin at this point would be an emotional decision as opposed to an economic one – and one that doesn’t make sense. How would their players feel seeing a guy who doesn’t want to be there pocketing a million bucks that would otherwise be shared amongst them – honestly, it’s such a cancerous notion it doesn’t bear thinking about. I’ll be staggered if the Suns pick him

Gold Coast must ruin everything and pick up Jack Martin

Cornes reaching new heights of flogdom

Kane Cornes goes after young Sun for choosing to stay on the Gold Coast

The Dockers now a car crash off the field as well as on it

How the hell do you clip a parked car in a single vehicle accident and then flip it on its side. I remember Buddy Franklin hit a bunch of parked cars in Sydney years ago and everyone was screaming under the influence. What’s Hogan’s story? Is he inaccurate behind the wheel as in front of goal?

Docker Jesse Hogan escapes flipped car

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All you really need to know about the decade!

The decade that was: Essendon Bombers

North Melbourne are like the fairytale no-one wants to read. The Black Cauldron of Disney movies.

They continue to exist in Melbourne so the big 4 clubs don’t have to go to Tasmania, and to give them a break from having to play each other all the time. The biggest problem they have is one you mentioned Marnie – the seriously elite players who are looking to come back to Melbourne, or who are already in Melbourne and looking for another club won’t even consider them.

I would be comfortable in saying they are dead motherless last in the pecking order in Victoria when it comes to attracting players.

And I am not sure how they are ever going to fix it. Not when the clubs above them have such entrenched positions of dominance through membership numbers and historic success and geographical spread.

North Melbourne, your time is now

Nothing wrong with a bit of short-termism, provided it doesn’t keep going on for too long. Small forwards often are ready to go too – agility and ball sense and keenness in abundance at that age, Daniel Rioli played 18 matches in his first season. Hopefully they can land one.

Trade period and draft analysis: Port Adelaide Power

The truth of the matter is that Steve Smith will also have a say, simply by weight of influence and experience. He’s going to be the captain again soon enough anyway.

"Keep it simple": Aussies' new umpire review approach

25,000 to adelaide and 30,000 to Perth in 2017. International test cricket would be quite happy with those crowds.

International Rules back on the calendar in 2020

Dees took Max Gawn at 34. You don’t take ruckmen at pick 3 – Lions drafted Leunberger at 4 and Longer at 8, both ruckmen, and both crap decisions. Even if Jackson winds up being the next Brodie Grundy he’s someone an astute club can swoop on and trade for after his initial 2 year stint is up.

I think they’re going to have Harley Bennell on their list next year as well. Hopefully running around on the field as opposed to just being on the list.

Trade period and draft analysis: Melbourne Demons

2014 Hawthorn was the best side. At the height of their powers.

Which AFL premiership side was the best this decade?

Archer the latest of a long line of visiting quicks who think the Kookaburra ball is trash.

Why can’t they put a bigger seam on it? This has been a perennial complaint for close to a decade now.

Archer no fan of Kookaburra ball

Alistair Clarkson by all odds. And that’s before you get to the fact that about half a dozen of assistants are all head coaches at other clubs now.

The AFL's coach of the decade: Clarkson vs Hardwick

You mean like Clarkson’s system was unbeatable for 3 years from 2013-2015?

The AFL's coach of the decade: Clarkson vs Hardwick

Good stuff. Cops a lot of stick from rival codes but it’s what we have. Last time around was fairly entertaining, particularly when they have the best players in the AFL all on the same field.

International Rules back on the calendar in 2020