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Peter the Scribe

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Devour everything I can read, watch or go to in regard to the AFL, not interested in any other sports really. Have attended a dozen or so grand finals in my life, none of which I have had to pay to get in. (Work that out yourself). Collingwood tragic and member. Will never, ever get over losing the following Grand Finals - 77, 79, 81, 2002, 2011, 2018...1980 and 2003 we were never in it. Watching the Pies win 2010 with my boys was one of the greatest days in my life.

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Scharenberg’s three ACL’s were also innocuous and I worry for him that these will keep on happening.

Sam Docherty's season over after knee injury at training

Cat, has GAJ had any boys? It seems the footy genes run strong in the Ablett family. I’m hoping if Trav Varcoe has boys they choose the Pies. 🙂

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Ha Pedro, it’s just that it is topical in the threads of this article.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

I do have a crack at the Crows because I think they erred in making Tex captain. I also think he would be a better footballer without the burden of captaincy.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

According to Tom he wanted to learn from Jack Riewoldt, one of the best forwards of the modern era.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

True enough. I guess I didn’t pose the question for Cats fans because 2011 is a few years back from 2015. But yes all three clubs have had an amazing sustained run and give their fans great return on investment. Clarko might coach there another 20 years. A scary thought for the rest of us.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Speaking of the Eagles, you got a beauty in Josh Smith Matti. I didn’t want the Pies to let him go. Fearless half back that does all the team stuff. He will play a lot of seniors for you.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Becauxe we make more money for ourselves and opposition clubs elsewhere I suspect?

Fremantle Dockers 2019 season preview, best 22 and predicted finish

Adam reread my comment without your auto defence response. It was an observation not a crack and I’m a huge Malcolm Blight fan. I was going for the Crows in those Grand Finals and have nothing against the club. It may feel like people are lining up in here to have a crack but sometimes the way you read the words is the trigger.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

G’day Gordon…just wondering where you got this stat as it’s a really interesting one.

“The Pies had the worst defensive goal-to-behind percentage in the league. Imagine if they could haul that number down closer to 50 per cent!”

How about an encore? Comprehensive AFL season previews (Part 2)

Would have loved to see the great Pav in black and white carving up the G too Jonboy. He was a generation player that fellow and if Tex Walker looks for inspiration, check out some footage of Pav’s approach to footy.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

If it wasn’t for Malcolm Blight the Crows could be like Freo, still trying for that elusive first flag. Time is marching on isn’t it since 97-98.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Do you think the appeal of big crowds and playing the G, Anzac day etc does make a difference Adam? Your Port v Adelaide games are pretty epic and the new Perth stadium seems to have captured something special.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

I do envy you Birdman. The Hawks threepeat and 2008 still so fresh in your mind you Hawks fans must be able to just relax and watch your list take shape again. Does it make the new season seem pretty relaxed knowing you’ve already loaded up on cups past ten years? Do you lose that desperate want for success flag starved fans face? Does it all get a bit nonchalant or does each year still burn for more success? I’m genuinely interested as Pies fans never can take anything for granted let alone other clubs who haven’t reached the pinnacle in decades.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Missed out when Scharenberg, Broomhead and Grundy from the Pies came out of contract too, all S.A boys who chose not to go back.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

To be fair Macca, it’s not just about “drafting 9 first round players in the last 4 years”, it’s about drafting the right first round players. As you mention below, first rounders can be hit and miss.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

You back yourself in with the player you want. The Pies rated Tom Phillips up with Brayden Sier at around pick 25-30 and got him for their second pick at 58 after taking Sier at 32. Only time will tell if the Stocker move (or passing on Mosquito as well) was a good one.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Lots of players get offered more money to leave and yet stay. For the Pies I can think of De Goey, Moore and Cox for a start.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Pies don’t go to Tassie Jonboy.

Fremantle Dockers 2019 season preview, best 22 and predicted finish

I agree it is wrong Macca. We were able to secure Quaynor and Kelly through NGA and Father-son in a draft we couldn’t get into.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

8-12th for the Hawks and the Swans out of the eight too. Then again I predict the demise of the Hawks most years.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Unfortunately the Blues won’t be the only side who loses good players for 2019. It’s just the start of it.

Docherty injury a test for Carlton's new depth

I agree 100% with Paul. Tex needs to be replaced. Life needs to be simple for big Tex. catch it, kick it and don’t advise things like ridiculous wide stances and stare downs. In fact, don’t speak at all Tex. Just play footy.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

Birdman, a significant reason I believe the Hawks may be battling for eighth with a group of sides in 2019 is that Cyril can’t be replaced. He is a freak and you don’t replace them, you usually wait decades for the next one to arise.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics

It’s not just the Pies don’t want to lose Grundy, Brodie doesn’t want to go either. 2021 we will be going for our threepeat.

2018 AFL draft: Talking through all the big topics