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AFL finals fact checker (part II)

Drawing inspiration from the Federal Election and the various “fact-checkers”, several well-established claims regarding the AFL premiership will be tested. The Claim: “Premierships are built on defence” Ask any AFL traditionalist and they will bemoan the fact that footy ain’t what it used to be. Carlton great Alex Jessaluenko admitted last week he doesn’t watch […]

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Referees have too much influence

A heap of talk has been generated over the controversy surrounding Harry Kewell’s sending off in the World Cup match against Ghana. It doesn’t matter whether it was the right call or not, this incident highlights the fact referees can have too much influence on a football match.

What the tip this is the final round for a while? Two more matches moving to the Gold Coast the merry go round continues.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 18

Similarly if you accidently bumped into someone on the street turning a corner and broke their nose, you would receive a life sentence!

AFL full of hypocrisy and mixed messages on concussion

Let’s just turn AFL into a non-contact sport and put everyone out of their misery….

AFL full of hypocrisy and mixed messages on concussion

Sanity prevails though it should never have even gone to the tribunal.

Match Review Panel needs to remember that AFL is still (for now at least) a contact sport and these sorts of injuries and knocks will occur.

Intent of the player’s actions need to be given far more weight when they are making assessments.

Crows' Mackay cleared in landmark AFL case

I guess that’s why they call them the Blues….

Carlton are this century's saddest football club and it's not even close

Part of being professional athlete is that you have to front up when things are going against you. Only interviewing winners would make things incredibly boring.

Too often these days public figures are way too selective on when they want media exposure.

Quite happy to appear in front of the camera when it is to their benefit (promotional campaigns to flog their latest brand) but then squeal and complain when their privacy is ‘invaded’.

You can’t pick and choose when you want to turn the media tap on and off. It’s all or nothing in my book.

Osaka withdraws from French Open

A sensible compromise should be to put time limits on press conferences. 15 minutes max

Osaka withdraws from French Open

If attending press conferences is detrimental to one’s mental health then I would argue the life of a professional tennis player (months living out of suitcase away from family and friends, playing in front of crowds live and on tv, training and rehab) is equally detrimental.

Being a professional tennis player comes with great privilege and yes a few responsibilities.

If you can’t handle it, then perhaps it is time to step away for a period. This is what Osaka has done.

Osaka withdraws from French Open

It’s the only way Arsenal can get back to top flight football.

A European Super League is elitist, arrogant and criminal

The Suns issues are systemic and long-term I’m afraid. This is reflected they have never made finals in their 10 years in the competition.

The constant churn of players looking for more success, turn over of key administrative personnel such as strength and conditioning coaches and having to pay overs to keep and retain fringe players from other clubs.

It does not bode well for any type of success.

Campbell Brown has been scathing of the Suns based on what he saw inside the tent and has compared the Suns to what clubs such as Hawthorn were doing over the same period.

Is it time to stick a fork in the Suns?

My general rule of thumb is that if you can’t win a home preliminary final, you won’t win a flag with your current squad. This particularly applies to Non-Victorian sides.

Think Adelaide and St Kilda (2005), Freo (2015) and Giants (2016). The only side that springs to mind that bucks this trend is Sydney who lost a home prelim in 2003 and won in 2005.

That for me rules out Port and Bris given their home losses last year.

Richmond and Geelong look to be the frontrunners once again. West Coast could emerge for one last decent crack at a flag with their current list. Dogs could be a bit of a smoky if a bit of luck goes their way.

Which top-four side is most under threat this year?

While the article correctly identifies the AFL’s reasons for not wanting to seriously consider a Tassie bid, it is a sad reflection of modern sporting bodies that there only real consideration is about dollars and growth. It seems tradition and football heritage only count if you are a struggling Victorian team that needs propping up.

In regards to expansion sides, while GWS and Gold Coast may have added “12 seconds of news coverage” in QLD and NSW nightly bulletins (if you are lucky) it has come at enormous cost to the AFL with no end in sight.

The Giants are bleeding money, losing over $4 million last year. Even before COVID they were losing money, against a backdrop of rising membership and fairly strong on field performances.

They are likely to struggle on the field for the next couple of years which does not bode well for future financial stability. I’d imagine Gold Coat would be in a similar position.

Stop dreaming - Tasmania won't get its own AFL team

The fact there is only one serious entry tells you everything you need to know about the ‘desirability’ of hosting the games.

It is widely considered a poisoned chalice and this is becoming increasingly evident.

Brisbane Olympics as good as a done deal: Coates

A reasonable question to ask but we need to careful we don’t go too far in the other direction.
The complete banning of runners in cricket is overkill in my view. It has led to scenes where a batsman has clearly blown their hamstring and been forced to hobble on and risk further injury or have to retire hurt.
A time limit on medical attention is reasonable but 3 minutes is too short. It may take medical staff that long to properly assess the injury.
Ultimately tennis is not a team sport and if an individual can’t continue, then the match is over. Would fans who have forked out an arm and a leg to watch slam final want to see the match forfeited because a player has rolled their ankle and it can’t be strapped within 3 minutes? I think not.

It's time for tennis to call timeout on medical breaks

Don’t let the door hit you on the arse Eddie

Eddie McGuire quits as Collingwood president

Given Eddie’s brother is a State Labor MP he will be standing with Dan…

Eddie McGuire's trainwreck of a spin job only reinforces damning Collingwood report

Eddie truly is the Donald Trump of the AFL land. Everything is tremendous and outstanding when the facts state otherwise. Given his own ‘colourful’ past in this area, he would be the last person who should be doing pressers on addressing racism.

Eddie McGuire's trainwreck of a spin job only reinforces damning Collingwood report

Congratulations to India. Incredible performance capping off an enthralling series. Lowest score ever and record run chase in the one series!

The victory in Aus a couple of years ago perhaps came with an Asterix given the absence of Smith and Warner, but this series victory comes with an explanation mark given they won with the absence of their captain and decimated by injury.

Rishabh Pant masterclass guides India to incredible fourth Test win at the Gabba

2012 was definitely missed opportunity but they would have lost to the Cats in 2011 if they made the GF.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

Other sides may be stronger in a hypothetical match up, but for me the Brisbane Lions three peat represents the greatest achievement owing to the fact they are a non-Victorian side having to travel interstate every second week.
The comparison table should include the amount of kilometres travelled during the season and the number of matches played at the MCG in premiership years.
The Lions would have travelled the by far the most amount of kms and played by far the fewest matches at the GF venue (MCG), with 2020 being an anomaly of course.
As the article mentions, the Lions were also denied a prelim at the Gabba in 2004 due to the disgraceful and outdated rules the AFL had with the MCG at the time. Who knows if that would have impacted the 2004 GF result.
The Lions were also the first side to achieve the three peat in the modern AFL era, hence you could argue they were the trailblazers that set the new blueprint for success that the other sides have followed.

Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn or Richmond: Which dynasty has been the best?

Point 2 is what I have often thought about the Cats. Their bottom 6 exposes a soft underbelly that too often has been found out in big matches.
To win big finals, you need at least cameo contributions from your bottom 5, preferably with 1 or 2 playing out of their skin.

The Geelong Cats are at a crossroads – again

That would be small consolation for many Victorians who still see the competition as the VFL with 8 gatecrashes.

The first time ever the GF has been played outside the ‘home’ of AFL. That will sting, particularly for MCC members. The announcement has been coming, but it wouldn’t numb the pain.

Confirmed: AFL locks in night grand final at The Gabba

So who will be saltier? Victorians or Western Australians?

Confirmed: AFL locks in night grand final at The Gabba

Seems a bit harsh to single this out as an example.

The pandemic has decimated most aspects of society including sport.

Not matter how cashed up a club/sporting code is they can’t spend money as if everything is hunky dory. Clubs and the AFL will be under massive financial pressure for at least the 2 years (likely many more).

Before the sexism argument gets thrown about, I would note the AFL has recently announced massive job lay offs and killed the ENTIRE NEAFL competition to merge with the VFL with one of the existing NEAFL clubs (the Canberra Demons) told their aren’t invited.

I would say many of those people would be feeling expendable right about now.

Everyone in AFL land is hurting at the moment. Men, women, girls and boys.

Do the Richmond Tigers really care about women's footy? I'm not so sure

Interesting concept but has some flaws. One is difference is weather/ground conditions which has already been raised and other other is would probably lead to more score blow outs and tanking.

A 100 point flogging is proportionally likely to be far more damaging to a team’s percentage as opposed to a “Points For” system. This could encourage coaches to bench the top players when the game is lost or rest them entirely from matches if they remain in front of clubs on the same number of wins but ahead on “Point For”.

Percentage keeps teams more honest.

People understandably loath low scoring matches, but remember when alot of goals are kicked it is often only one team that is kicking them.

Why it's time to ditch percentage from the AFL ladder