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Cricket nuffie (and nuffie in general)- Batsman for Melbourne Uni CC

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What a lovely piece. Joy to read.

Australia vs India, Adelaide 2014: When a terrific Test followed cricketing tragedy

Interesting point about Mitch’s output as an allrounder; there seems to a fascination with picking a seam-bowling allrounder, got to wonder why when the balance is so skewed…

Marsh brothers on thin ice

Take out the mentions of premiership success and it retains all validity. Gained a great deal of respect for the Pies this year; Buckley’s grace and humility are truly admirable and it has been echoed in the on-field performances. It’s amazing what culture and unity will do for a team’s output. Ostensibly far from the most talented list, but Collingwood have obviously put in place some excellent systems behind closed doors and are doing a lot of things right. Kudos and good luck to them next year.

The column you were never meant to read: what if Collingwood won?

For sure the first half was pretty scrappy in parts, but the very fact that it could turn around as much as it did on the whole and for a number of individuals does make it a pretty special game. That it was so close after the initial threat of a blowout in the first quarter; that it had so many twists and turns; controversy; a game-sealing goal from the boundary and that it kept 100,022 people enthralled at the game plus millions at home… if not a classic then pretty close to it.

A close grand final does not a classic make

Interesting that for the better part of the season, the Cats only seem to let loose when the game is on the line or seemingly gone. Perhaps we saw this shift in the last two weeks against Freo and GC; yes they are weak opponents, but often Geelong don’t put those sides away to the extent they did. Pulsating and uncompromising; if they can bring that from first bounce to final siren tonight, there is no question in my mind that they’ll get up.

Can the lacklustre Cats salvage their season with a finals run?

Nice piece, Adrian. Hoping your prediction is slightly off and the Cats can get the job done! Either way, I’m going to be distinctly unproductive for the rest of the day.

Elimination final forecast: Melbourne vs Geelong

Agreed, Tim.
If for no other reason, 100,000 fans can only fit into one ground in the country, and it happens to be in the middle of Melbourne…

Grand Finals at the MCG are unfair? That's rubbish

Easy draw? Thanks for a Monday morning LOL.

The AFL top eight is set, but the demon is in the detail

Agreed, Peter. As a Cats’ fan, I felt as though if we made the finals (looks all but assured now) that we’ll make a better fist of it than we have in recent years. We have beaten or come very close to all the teams above us, so it’s shaping up nicely. Either way, it’s been a terrific season all round and doesn’t look like slowing down in September.

The AFL top eight is set, but the demon is in the detail

I tend to agree; he adopts an aggressive and tunnel vision sort of mindset. Perhaps his is more visible as it manifests itself more in the form of body language and overt celebration as opposed to sledging and vocal support/ intimidation that the majority of us can’t perceive.

Kohli will bring controversy to Australia this summer

Well there you have it; an incredible turn around by the Western Bulldogs to overrun the Saints in a dominant second half. THough St Kilda were on top for the most part of the first and second quarters, the Dogs found their rhythm in the latter part of the first half, finding their run, pressure and intent.

The third quarter was where the game was won, however. As the Dogs piled on 8 unanswered goals, 4 of which came from their skipper Marcus Bontempelli. They were irresistible in the premiership quarter, producing a performance reminiscent of their 2016 form. The likes of Bontempelli and Johannisen were crucial, as JJ picked up 42 touches, and the Bont racked up 22 to go with his 4 goals.

For St Kilda, Seb Ross was impressive in the first half but didn’t have enough mates in the second, as he finished the match with 40 touches and 3 goals.

The Dogs were impressive tonight and owned the stoppages and were far more efficient going forward. This, combined with their often manic pressure and intent to go through the middle of the ground saw them too strong for the Saints.

Next week, St Kilda face Essendon on a Friday night fixture, and the Dogs will take on North Melbourne.

See you next week.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

FINAL SIREN The Bulldogs run out 35 point winners in a comprehensive performance. Match wrap up still to come…

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

JJ ticks over the big 40 touches

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

GOAL SCHACHE with a strong mark in the goal square and he makes no mistake.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

GOAL NEWNES runs into an open 50 and converts for the Saints’ 9th goal of the evening, pulling the margin back to 30 points.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

No quick ball movement possible for the Saints at this stage as the Bulldogs continue to implement an effective defensive structure

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

BEHIND Gresham had a number of options and ended up going himself and missing

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

BEHIND Billings’ snap is narrow and the Saints haven’t really made the most of their run of play early in the last

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

GOAL score review controversy sees the decision overturned and the Saints get their first since the second quarter. They needed the first of the last to have any chance…

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

3 Quarter Time Wow. 8 Unanswered goals in that term sees the Bulldogs enter the final break with a 45 point lead. Bont with 4 in that quarter and he had plenty of mates. The dogs were manic in their pressure and intent around the ball; it all proved to be too much for the Saints who looked impotent. JJ up to 32 touches; his run off half back has been crucial in creating scoring chances from rebound 50’s.

St Kilda 51 Bulldogs 96

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

GOAL MAKE THAT A 73 POINT TURN AROUND. Hayden Crozier roosts one from outside the arc on the run to complete an incredible 3rd quarter.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

GOAL WAS THAT AN ACTION REPLAY? BONTEMPELLI bursts clear of the pack and snaps again. A 67 point turn around as the Bulldogs lead by 41 points.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

GOAL THE BONT WITH ANOTHER; receives a handball from the pack and snaps truly. The Bulldogs have 9 of the last 10 goals and extend their lead to 33 points, and nothing looks like changing.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

JJ up to 31 touches. Unstoppable at the moment.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

St Kilda’s inefficiency going forward is what is hurting them at the moment; THough both teams have had 37 inside 50’s, the DOgs have 12 marks to 5 inside 50, and their entries have been more dangerous and effective.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog