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Great article. Measured and thoughtful. Thanks Cameron.
As a Sydneysider AFL follower, I have always believed it is important to get another team into Sydney. In general, despite the press hype there is not the hardcore rivalry between Giants and Swans as in, say, Crows and Port, Dockers and Eagles because AFL followers in Sydney generally want to see Giants do well. Obviously Swans followers want their team to win but failing that are keen to see Giants succeed and increase AFL devotees in the harbour city.
So, it is disappointing (depressing really) to see what is happening to the Giants and read comments, particularly from Vic team tragics banging on endlessly about ‘soul’ and ‘tradition’ and how no one wants to leave the golden state to play anywhere else.

The coach is a large part of keeping players, particularly in the non-AFL states. Note what’s happened in Brisbane. Chris Fagan has been a miracle worker. And Stewie Dew seems to be acquiring trust from his young players and building credibility for the Suns.

I hesitate to slam coaches as they know far more about the game than I do, however, there is something dull and listless about Cameron. No energy. I also note that he is also one of the few (maybe the only) coaches who publicly disses his players – ‘there’ll be changes and they’d better be ready for that etc’ sounds more like a beige high school principal than a high-end AFL coach. And dropping the captain was unconscionable but seems, sadly, typical of the strange coaching culture there.
Can’t imagine, for example, Clarko (who sticks to his players like glue no matter what), Fagin, Longmire, Dimma treating their players – publicly at least – in the same way.
I’m not a Giants supporter but will always barrack for them when the Swans are not in the mix.
They need a new energetic, enthusiastic, loyal coach.

GWS are broken in every way

‘(Besides the Dogs in 2016 of course but there were so many caveats that year)’
Umpires’ grand final, that one.

Rules to work out which AFL teams are truly legitimate

Papley staying with the Swans…an excellent result.
Note too his glowing endorsement of Swans’ coach.

Carlton missing Tom Papley is a blessing in disguise

Found it:
“he gave off that little buzz of glamour peculiar to the Australian tradie”.
Helen Garner.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

The Australian tradie is a recognised sex symbol 2dogs, beautifully described by Helen Garner in one of her books (forget which one).

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

I’m sure your basic education was sound 2dogs.
Unfortunately social media and texting has undone all the good work, not only for you, but for the world in general.
Never mind, I still enjoy seeing your efforts.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

Big Four Sticks:
I can tell when you’re on a computer rather than using the mindless text.
Full stops, commas and capital letters all in place.
Lovely.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

I don’t like dumping on coaches as can’t begin to imagine what a difficult job it is – I know, I know they get paid heaps and ‘if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen’ and so on. Nevertheless, in these times of rabid social media and every dopey expert under the sun putting in their two bob’s worth, who’d want to coach?
Re Leon Cameron, however, there is something about his body language and speech that is like a damp dishrag. He may show a different face to his players but his public persona is a long way from inspirational, indeed the reverse.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

‘Chol’s last couple of games weren’t great. I wonder if they will go with one ruckman.’
Probably still getting over his sexual harassment ordeal. Might be making him a bit wary on-field.

Giants' finals hopes all but gone

Thanks Mark, I stand corrected.
Nevertheless, it’s time the GF started moving around and we stopped treating the MCG as hallowed turf teams should be grateful to play on.
It’s just a stadium – bricks and mortar.

Lions great Scott scoffs at footy code war

And…?

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 15 and 16

‘This is the first time the grand final has been played outside Victoria in more than a hundred years of VFL/AFL competition and, for all we know, it could be another hundred years or more before it happens again.’
One wonders why this has been allowed to happen.
But change is in the air. The momentum is growing.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 15 and 16

“The NFL has no qualms holding the Super Bowl in stadiums of 60,000 and they’ve got many, many times the population we do.”
Love this. NFL shifts their GF around the country. Stadium size is not part of the equation. Rewarding finalists is.
Just because the bloody old G holds 100,000 is no reason for it to have the GF priority set in cement. GF should be moved around.
The momentum for change is growing.

Lions great Scott scoffs at footy code war

Indeed

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

‘Why would I hope the Pies are back in the headlines for the wrong reasons Angela? That’s a strange thing to hope for?’
Indeed and sincere apologies. I wrongly assumed you were a Tiger supporter wishing ill-will on other teams. That will teach me to pay attention and not jump to conclusions especially with regard to highly-esteemed Collingwood.
Angela AC (always courteous)

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

‘…and it could be your club tomorrow.’
You hope.
I’m sure Dimma will come up with an appropriate response to soften yet another blow to the image of the brotherly Tigers.

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

Yes, bite the bullet and do what the Swans have done.
Do they have the courage?

Clarko, it's time to go

Will Buddy get to 1000 goals?

Yes

Will Buddy get to 1000 goals?

Body language mate, body language plus the situation he was in was not one to encourage a negative response. Post-game, team song, jollity and back-slapping high-ho, hardly the time and place to make a scene.
Observe the clip closely.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 10-11

What else was Chol going to say publicly? That he found it confronting and embarrassing? And put his team mates in the sh…? No way.
He was over a barrel and had little choice but to give the reply that he did, however, as someone else here noted, he certainly didn’t look like he was having fun. Note the difference between his response and the wholehearted fun of first-timers in the middle of the circle having Gatorade (or whatever it is) thrown over them.
Also what was he going to do? He was forced to try and laugh it off. Ha, ha what a joke.
And the ‘it didn’t do me any harm’ argument is the same tired old argument trotted out to excuse smoking, belting kids, giving the wife a smack around the chops, bullying in boarding schools and the military, excessive childhood sun exposure and so on.
Thankfully, things change, mature people realise that some past behaviours are better put to bed.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 10-11

Well…while Josh declares North Melbourne as ‘his’ team I’ve never read anything he’s written unfairly biased in their favour. Nor anything sooky or whingy about umpires/umpiring, the AFL, the fixture, travel arrangements, Gil, the coaches, the commentators or the fans to excuse N.M’s performances.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 10-11

Thanks Josh
I really appreciate your calm voice and balanced views.
Long may you continue doing what you do.
A peaceful port in what’s so often a sea of noisy, angry, even petulant, voices

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 10-11

One day later:
An excellent result

My preview of Port versus Richmond

This and the change-room fiasco…how nice to know the lovey-dovey Tigers are actually human.
Also interesting to see how the pressure gets to them away from their secure base where they normally spend most of their time.

GF in Brisbane. How great that would be. Icing on the cake.

Damien Hardwick goes nuclear after 'dumb' Tigers concede 100m penalty

Oh, diddums
What self-pitying tripe
Send your tears to Beirut but before you do check out Nick Riewoldt’s measured response to this latest ‘grave injustice’ to the wealthiest team in the comp.
A nasty freak injury but latest is that Quaynor will be back much sooner than it originally appeared.
Metal studs will be gone – excellent – but as Nick pointed out, even though many, many players unthinkingly wear boots with these studs straight out of the box this type of injury is extremely rare. So rare, I’m not sure a similar injury has happened before.
It certainly was not premeditated or planned by the young Swans player playing his first match. I’m sure he is as horrified as you diddums.
Get a grip.

Collingwood again on the wrong side of the AFL and its minions