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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...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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Just that bit of class added Macca and some light showing now. Hope you get those 7-9 wins and stay off the injury list a bit.

The Roar's 2018 AFL trade period report card - every club graded, as voted by you

IMO the Blues have done well and will rise in 2019. They have added a little experience, perhaps not enough yet but there’s enough upside with the injured players coming back to see a target of 7-9 wins in 2019 which would be a stepping stone. Would be good to see the Blues back, just not before the Pies nab another flag.

The Roar's 2018 AFL trade period report card - every club graded, as voted by you

The Pies last gramd final was 2011 and they made the 2018 GF with just three players from that side and lost by less than a kick. How can that not be called good drafting with those pick numbers above and yes, adding quality players from other sides like Treloar, Varcoe, Howe, Hoskin-Elliott, Adams…but only Treloar and now Beams have really cost a lot. With Beams, the priority was to secure Quaynor and Kelly which we will do. When you beat the reigning premier who had won 22 on the tro at the G in a cut throat final and lose a GF by a kick after an injury ravaged year, there’s not much wrong with the list you have assembled.

The Hawks might have won another offseason

Maybe Don, but we have the bigger Cox.

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

Josh, the Pies are backing themselves to get Darcy Moore’s body right to play CHB in 2019, allowing Howe to go back to standing on heads as an intercept defender. The Pies also managed to keep Langdon, a victory in itself over the Swans superior offer. We have Goldsack, Dunn will be back May-June and we have added Roughead who can play back. The Pies will recruit Quaynor, Kelly and essentially could add in 2019 further “recruits” who either hardly played or didn’t play at all this year in Broomhead, Moore, Jamie Elliott and Daniel Wells. The Pies have done the right thing, they had an elite goalkicking mid/forward who will probably play another 3-4 years who wanted to come to them and they got the deal done, May is no McGovern.

The Roar's 2018 AFL trade period report card - every club graded, as voted by you

Yes James, the “convincing Neale to stay as a feather in my cap” was a self indulgent statement about Bell’s own career motives and aspirations to upper AFL executive. It was shameless political grandstanding.

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

Interesting analysis Macca. I feel it’s only because of their enormous success that they can have an uncoventional crack at this strategy. If this was a side without such recent success would the fans stand for a Burton-Wingard scenario? I know a couple of Hawk fans who aren’t happy with it. Clarko and Wright hve such credits in the bank they can get away with anything right now but it remains to be seen how long this can last.

The Hawks might have won another offseason

AD, he has dropped a yard in pace and wasn’t up to his best in the finals this year. He did play with broken ribs since the Queens birthday game apparently though. He also sacrificed his own game at times in the Cotchin style role but Trent is 28, Pendles 30. He is not quick enough for a half back role but has a brilliant footy mind which would be handy up forward. I’m struggling to see a role for him going forward besides stints in the middle and forward/bench. We have Adams and Sier (and Grundy for that matter) as inside mids and will have Sidebottom, Phillips, Beams and Treloar powering outside so Pendles is a bit of a conundrum.

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

Tend to agree with you AD. Hawks got the absolute best out of their list in 2018 perhaps due to Clarko but they also disappeared predictably in straight sets. The Hawks don’t have a premiership list IMO. They will be behind the Tigers, Demons, Eagles, Pies, Cats, GWS, Bombers and maybe even North. There is still a place for astute drafting besides nabbing established players. Looking at the Pies grand final side as an example, De Goey (pick 5), Tom Phillips (58), Jack Crisp (the free steak knives from Brisbane), Maynard (30), Grundy (18), Tom Langdon (65), Sier (32), Josh Thomas (75), Mihocek (Port Melbourne VFL), Cox (USA). That’s half the side. Only De Goey was a top ten pick. The Hawks seem to believe they can pinch another flag but can’t see it myself. They’ve given great service to their fans but the flag run has ended.

The Hawks might have won another offseason

I agree Dalgety. The Hawks have given their fans more joy than anyone in the AFL era even though the Eagles are now closing on their 5 AFL era flags. Their top 4 placement this season, then predictable straight sets exit told us what exactly about their 2019? Their brutal handling of a really good player in Burton IMO says they are still trying to squeeze in another flag before they really hit the wall. I suspect their 2018 performance was all down to Clarkson and we will see them slide as even Clarko can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear in 2019. Wingard is no Burgoyne or Cyril and will be a showreel only without the consistency of either.

VOTE: Grade every club for our AFL trade period report card

Grundy, Adams, Sidebottom, Treloar, Pendlebury, Beams, Sier, De Goey….all rotating through mid, bench, forward…as Bruce would say that’s some delicious delivery to Cox and the swoop squad forward. Beams is a goal kicking tough inside/outside mid who may well win a Brownlow in 2019 being fed by Grundy, Sier and Adams. Pendlebury might spend a lot more time forward in 2019.

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

Shiel is way more consistent than Wingard.

AFL Trades Deadline Day Wrap: Dylan Shiel, Dayne Beams, Tim Kelly and more

Remains to be seen Dougie. Big query on Scully and Wingard may not become the new Burgoyne they want him to be.

AFL Trades Deadline Day Wrap: Dylan Shiel, Dayne Beams, Tim Kelly and more

Yeah thought the same thing, shot himself in the foot for not including the Dockers. Good on the Cats for sticking to their guns.

AFL Trades Deadline Day Wrap: Dylan Shiel, Dayne Beams, Tim Kelly and more

Three things, Ned Guy earned his money, Damien Barret I apologise, you may well be the new journo in the know and thirdly, Dayne Beams, with Grundy feeding him, may well win the 2019 Brownlow medal.

AFL Trades Deadline Day Wrap: Dylan Shiel, Dayne Beams, Tim Kelly and more

Bit of a steal but seems the Dogs didn’t rate him?

VOTE: Grade every club for our AFL trade period report card

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AFL Trade Wrap Day 8: Tom Scully, Steven May, Tim Kelly and more

If the Lions want that one Kanga, Pies should take it.

Lions knock back Pies offer for Beams

Yeah I agree with Birdman. Still got a query on the Dons after all the hype this time last year and a shocking start to the season. They should be right up there contending but we all thought that last year.

The Bombers are back, and it’s top four or bust in 2019

You never lead with your highest bid.

Lions knock back Pies offer for Beams

That was just the Pies starting point. They will offer pick 18 and the 2019 first rounder in exchange for a Brisbane second round pick next. The Pies have built an enviable culture and won’t risk that by doing a Hawthorn and off loading a happy player like they did with Burton.

AFL Trades Wrap Day 7: Dayne Beams, Dylan Shiel, Rory Lobb and more

Could well be the Bombers, Pies, Tigers, Demons, Eagles and Cats fighting for top 4.

The Bombers are back, and it’s top four or bust in 2019

With everyone writing off Freo as a badly managed joke of a club that no one wants to go to and supposedly carrying a coach past his use by date, one thing is near certain. Get on Freo for top 8 in 2019. Most media loudmouths are mostly wrong most of the time.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 6: Jesse Hogan, Tom Scully, Ryan Burton and more

GWS could potentially meet Hawthorn in a cut throat final in 2019. Why would they make them stronger for the measly pick 51 and not have sent Scully to Carlton who won’t be a threat?

AFL Trade Wrap Day 6: Jesse Hogan, Tom Scully, Ryan Burton and more

Just a bloke who defies modern sports science’s idea of a perfect footballers body. This is just a footballer who knows when to run, when to jump and is so big no one gets in his way. Top 5 player in the competition for me. A superstar.

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