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Passionate Victory, Tottenham Hotspur, Geelong and Socceroos fan. Would rather lose than win by being boring.

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The reason the bid changed from a Geelong based one to the west of Melbourne is the FFA strongly suggested they should change because they wanted to create more derbies. It was nothing to do with the Victorian government.

Melbourne derby to provide early glimpse of title credentials

Agreed. Even the English have belatedly realised the importance of good coaching and are starting to invest more money into this area. A huge factor that helped Iceland qualify for the last two major tournaments was they made it free to obtain UEFA coaching licences.

The newly independent A-League failed its first test

Great news for women’s football in particular. Now if only we actually knew WHEN and WHERE w-league games were being played, but hey no rush it’s only been 8 months since the last season ended.

A-League locks in free-to-air TV deal with ABC

When to comes to the other codes being rivals it’s really to do with playing talent, signing the best ‘athletes’ so to speak. There had always been a battle between cricket and Australian rules in the southern states when it came to sigging talent in the mens game, with footy often winning by dent of more opportunities to play at the eltie level. Then people woke up and realised that women were also capable of playing sport and so again the battle for talent ramped up. That was why the AFL rushed into bringing the creation of AFLW forward as cricket had just made their elite players full time and The Matildas popularity was going through the roof so they were worried about losing ground. I reckon for at least 90% of fans there’s no rivalry between the codes as fans support teams in more than one code. And in the media it’s more a case of old white men that are scared the world is changing and they are in danger of no longer being the majority lashing out against football because it symbolizes the changing world and they don’t like it.

The newly independent A-League failed its first test

Geelong has a history of trading fairly with other clubs which is why they usually don’t have any problems getting players they want (provided the player wants to come to Geelong). Asking for two first round picks is fair given the quality of Kelly so if WCE don’t offer that then how is Geelong being unfair? WCE know what Geelong want, have had 12 months to figure out how to do it, so if they don’t come in with a fair offer then Geelong are within their rights to talk to Fremantle. I am a Geelong supporter and am sympathetic to Kelly’s situation and have complete admiration for the season he turned in after being refused a trade. However there are two clubs in WA so Geelong are perfectly within their rights to talk to Freo IF WCE don’t offer a deal acceptable to Geelong. If WCE want Kelly then they should pay what Geelong ask. If they don’t then fine.

It's official: Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast

Foxtel have said in the past that they are driven by subscriptions and not ratings which makes perfect business sense. One of the primary objectives FOX Sports had when buying the rights to football was the hope it would stop fans of AFL & NRL cancelling their subscriptions over summer as both sports have a long season this was a common occurrence. Football didn’t deliver the boost in subscriber numbers they hoped for hence their massive investment in cricket, AFL & NRL. So far this too has failed to give them the boost in subscribers they hoped for (because enough games in the AFL are available on ch 7, test cricket and BBL are available on Ch 7 and ODI’s aren’t that popular anymore and NRL fans by and large seem content with amount of games on ch 9). Foxtel has struggled since day one in Australia to attract massive subscriber numbers as Australians are reluctant to pay to watch live sport on TV when for so many years it was free. So whilst football hasn’t been the goldmine Fox hoped for, neither has any other sport.

The newly independent A-League failed its first test

Geelong will end up with pick 2 after making the bold move to trade Rhys Stanley and Zac Smith to GC in return for pick 2. To sweeten the deal Geelong supporters will enter a bidding war to be the one who gets to personally deliver both players to the GC and the money raised from the sale will be given to the GC to keep Stuart Dew supplied with pies.

Think Clarko's a draft genius? Think again

” I have a feeling this lack of advertising wont hurt us as much as people think it will. At least not in terms of cost benefit.” Spot on. I really don’t understand how people think that all these thousands of people are going to flood through the gates just because they saw an ad on TV or a fancy poster. I know it’s been said before but i’ll say it again, we need proper football stadia and that will help increase crowds. Melbourne Victory’s average non-derby crowd at docklands stadium isn’t much different to the average crowd when playing at AAMI and even if they move the seats in atmosphere is still rubbish. So why not just play all games at AAMI and concentrate on selling it out every week. A huge part of the WSW early success in terms of crowds was because the atmosphere was so good and people wanted to be part of that.

A-League owners have taken two significant missteps

Alternately have everyone play each other once and then have an extra round that is basically the AFL’s cash cow round – you’d have WC v Freo, Crows v Port, Swans v GWS, Lions v Suns, Cats v Hawks, Tigers v Blues, Dons v Pies, and then any combo out of Saints, Dogs, Dees and North. Unfortunately neither my idea or yours will ever come to fruition as the AFL is not a sporting competition. It’s a business operating in the entertainment market and the key objective for any business is maximum profit.

Geelong and Richmond set the standard for excellence, precisely a decade apart

Yes other clubs also had that benefit and didn’t draft as wisely as Richmond, hence why I said I wasn’t downplaying what a great job their recruiters did. What I was referring to is that clubs who found themselves down the bottom around 2010 and 2011 had to deal with compromised drafts (and yes I take your point about Tigers but they had their elite talent by then that they could build their list around) and since then clubs down the bottom have been most impacted by shrinking of the talent pool. The point I was trying to make is that it’s all well and good to criticise clubs for not going to the draft armed with early picks and focusing more on trades but that the arrival of GWS and Gold Coast (combined with free agency) has changed the landscape. I believe we’re entering a period where teams will rise and fall rapidly and it’s unlikely any one team will dominate for prolonged periods.

Win flags, not trades: What Richmond's rivals need to learn before the 2019 AFL trade period

Your overall point is valid Josh but you can’t use Richmond as the proof of this IMO. The reason being is Richmond had the benefit of having uncompromised drafts to build the core of their list and as there were two less clubs the talent pool in the draft was greater. I agree that early draft picks are where you build the core of your team (the likes of Dusty, Rance, Cotchin etc.) The arrival of Gold Coast and GWS severely disrupted the ability for clubs down the bottom to access elite talent via the draft, and the effects of this are still being felt now. Don’t forget that without Tom Lynch Richmond would’ve been lucky to have finished 8th and wouldn’t have got anywhere near a GF as he held the forward line together when Jack was injured. And he came via free agency and not the draft. None of this is to downplay what an excellent side Tigers are and what a great job their recruiters did, more that their side was primarily built prior to the arrival of GWS and Gold Coast and thus they had access to uncompromised drafts. The arrival of two extra clubs has meant an already thin talent pool has gotten even thinner (Australia’s population is only around 25 million and then factor in how many sports are available for boys and girls to choose from) so i’m not convinced you can use Richmond as the justification for your argument. Be interesting to see how Brisbane go in the next few years as they have been building their list during the era of compromised drafts. If they have the level of success Richmond have then they are the team that supports your argument. My suspicion is that we’re going to see teams win by having built almost entirely via the draft and others emerge having used a combination of draft, trade and free agency with no one method dominate over the other.

Win flags, not trades: What Richmond's rivals need to learn before the 2019 AFL trade period

I’d love to see an old fashioned shootout between Lynch at one end and Cameron at the other with both teams scoring over 100 points.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Grand final winner, margin, Norm Smith and more

For my money this is the discussion we need to have – why are the clubs pushing to sign more foreign players? Are they doing so because they don’t believe the quality of Australian players is good enough? If so, why not? Are they even bothering to scout NPL level? Whether you increase the number of foreign players or not, unless you actually invest in youth development then the league has no chance of increasing in quality (unless all of a sudden every club is brought by a billionaire and the salary cap is removed and the number of foreign players is unlimited). We also need to determine what the point of the a-league and w-league is. Is it to produce players capable of playing for the Socceroos/Matildas? Is it to make money for the club owners? Is it to provide entertainment? Is it a vehicle for clubs to represent their communities? IMHO the question of whether to increase the number of foreign players is too nuanced to be boiled down to a simple yes or no answer.

Why Bosnich and Slater are both right about foreign players in the A-League

“What has to be figured out is whether the club is likely to give youth players an opportunity and just how good the coaching is”. This will be fascinating to watch over the next decade or so – how many academy players will get a chance at senior level (even if at a different club)? Will the clubs recognise the need to invest in quality coaching at that level to give themselves the best chance of developing players?

Why Bosnich and Slater are both right about foreign players in the A-League

Any discussion about Chris Scott’s future is pointless as he’s contracted until end of 2022. I am not a huge fan of his however I don’t apportion much blame for Friday night on him, Richmond were too good and we missed some very easy chances in 2nd quarter. I thought he set them up to try and player quicker like against West Coast and we did that at times but had nothing to kick to. His decision to play Henderson worked exactly as I thought it would – it achieved nothing. Agree 100% with the author, time to promote some young talent from VFLM team. For next season I want to see a more attacking game plan and some more young talent in the side and what happens from there happens. I would be very surprised if Kelly stays given that he has a child on the autism spectrum which is why he wants to return to WA but he needs to be prepared to play for Freo if they offer Geelong a better deal. Taylor can stay f he wants but he may have to spend some time in the VFL which if he accepted would be of great value. Gazza if he stays then only as a small forward. Henderson and Touhy thanks for your time. Selwood to move to half-back same as how Bartel was used for last few years. Avoid free agency unless someone like Jeremy Cameron becomes available who would significantly improve our team immediately.

Answering Geelong’s burning off season questions

“need a ruckman” – that has been the case every year since Ottens retired. Selwood I think will continue to spend more time as a half back flanker same as Bartel did in his later years which will make room for Jack Stevens. Your statement on Kelly is ill-informed as it implies he’s leaving for money when the reality is he has an autistic child so understandably wants the family framework around to help. Our VFLM team did well so time to give some of those players a chance, rather see some young kids develop than signing bit part players from other clubs. Even though I advocated playing Rohan this week I wouldn’t re-sign him if he’s out of contract, just doesn’t perform to a high enough level consistently. Ablett I am happy to keep but he has to accept basic salary and that he’ll play as a forward pocket. Agree re Harry, love him to bits but time for fresh blood. Touhy also I would move on and 100% Henderson has to go. And for the love of God accept that Stanley is rubbish and stop being seduced by his one good game a season.

Geelong’s season in review: Pain now, lots of promise ahead

A lot of experts in women’s footy were very surprised Carlton got a licence for the inaugural season as many felt Geelong, North Melbourne and St Kilda all had stronger cases. The suspicion was the AFL got seduced by the prospect of Pies v Blues matches and thus awarded Carlton a licence when they perhaps weren’t ready. For women’s sport it seems it can be a tricky balancing act between trying to create their own organic rivalries vs tapping into rivalries in the mens game to try and grow their audience.

What Round 1 of the 2020 AFL Women's season should look like

Mark Mclure made good case on Fox the other night for bringing in Gary Rohan and play him out of the goal square – get him to constantly lead as he can kick goals. His point being we don’t have like for like replacement with Hawkins so give Tigers something different to look at. For my money if the 2nd tall is Taylor or Henderson then Grimes will still be able to zone off and mark the ball as neither of those two are good enough to play forward (and robs the backline of Taylor’s marking). The idea behind saying play Rohan is not a bad one as he’s a very capable forward and if he starts marking the ball early then that splits the Richmond defence, and unlike Charlie Cameron would be on the move constantly. A big part of Richmond’s success in 2017 was really only Reiwoldt being a permanent forward and having a rotating cast of smalls (and Dusty) to support him so I would take a leaf out of their book. It may not work but more chance of it working than Taylor or Henderson based on a large body of evidence. It’s selections like Henderson’s this week that see so many Geelong fans fed up with Chris Scott – all available evidence says playing him or Taylor forward doesn’t work yet rather than trust in youth he persists with something that doesn’t work. Sure Ratugolea may not work either but there’s more upside to playing him there than Taylor or Henderson.

Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats: AFL preliminary final forecast

I really don’t understand bringing in Henderson. Neither he nor Taylor have ever worked as a forward so just put trust in Ratugolea, at some point we’re going to have to trust him. Play through him and surround him with smalls so grimes can’t zone off. Play Danger majority midfield but throw into the forward line for a rest instead of taking him off. I’d be inclined to also play Gazza close to goal and trust his smarts to create some opportunities. We can’t win playing a controlled, possession based game as Richmond are too good at stopping that and will do what Collingwood did – clog up the centre and force kicks long down the line to a pack where they control the numbers. Fight chaos with chaos and move the ball forward as quick as possible by whatever means possible. To me that’s our best chance of winning.

Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats: AFL preliminary final forecast

The ABC would have to pay some of Fox’s production costs but it would still work out cheaper for them that doing a standalone broadcast, which i’m not sure they could do anyway as pretty sure they sold off all their outside broadcasting equipment a few years ago.

The proposed ABC free-to-air deal and the new A-League teaser are right on the money

I would hazard a guess that it’ll be a simulcast of Fox Sports coverage same as ch 10 did. ABC did this for a time with the w-league before the FTA component switched to SBS.

The proposed ABC free-to-air deal and the new A-League teaser are right on the money

Mike, if you think the a-league off-season is too long then try being a w-league fan. The off-season starts around mid February and runs until whenever the FFA decide to get around to deciding that they’ve nothing better to do so they might as well start the season (usually with only a few weeks notice).

Is it time to start the A-League season in September?

Having a longer season might even force the game to pull its finger out and build football only stadiums.

Is it time to start the A-League season in September?

Summer break is an excellent idea as the quality of football suffers due to the heat and a lot of people go away as well. Also stadiums that don’t have much under cover seating understandably fans don’t go as they don’t want to sit in the blazing sun.

Is it time to start the A-League season in September?

The great unknown for me is whether we can or will even try to move the ball like that next week. My worry is that we played like that last night as West Coast aren’t ones to apply the same levels of frantic pressure the likes of the Pies and Tigers apply and also aren’t ones to clog up the centre of the ground. I worry that Scott will revert back to the slow, controlled ball movement against the Tigers because of their pressure (especially if Hawkins misses) which won’t work. Very interesting match awaits.

Geelong's fast start and strong finish eliminates Eagles