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Ryan Buckland

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Ryan likes his sport played efficiently, effectively and elegantly, like a Nic Naitanui hit out to advantage. Always searching for an interesting angle, Ryan loves nothing more than digging deep into the play and searching for the signal others miss in the noise. You can follow Ryan here (@RyanBuckland7).

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Like I said, if you look hard enough you can work out who I have in my final eight, including (most) of the positions.

My 23 crazy, fearless predictions for the 2019 AFL season

Yeah I went back and had a look myself. Pretty happy all things considered, noting some of them were quite specific and a little bit out there.

My 23 crazy, fearless predictions for the 2019 AFL season

Yeah I’m already thinking that one needs to be revised. 110 goals between Riewoldt and Lynch.

My 23 crazy, fearless predictions for the 2019 AFL season

Adelaide!!

2019 AFL season preview: Collingwood Magpies

Paul I like to think you are a Roar reader who engages with the substantive portion of articles instead of the stuff at the periphery.
Where do I say Adelaide won the trade? Or that Geelong made a mistake?

Are the Adelaide Crows winning the Patrick Dangerfield trade?

It’s just a device to cover off two of the interesting teams in the league. The Dangerfield thing was more a realisation I had thinking about where Geelong and Adelaide are at, and then going back and looking at how the superstar acquisition circuit has performed in recent years. Headlines and lead lines are headlines and lead lines for a reason. I hope you and everyone else engages with the substance of what is in here because I write it for a reason. I could come up with wayyyy more interesting controversial and inflammatory opinions than this if that was my goal.

Are the Adelaide Crows winning the Patrick Dangerfield trade?

Josh Kennedy is great but he’s no Lance Franklin. He has dropped down the list this year too though.

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 20-11

You can blame me and my ranking method: pedigree + prediction. I’m worried we’re about to enter a phase of Josh Kennedy’s career where he plays every other week on average because of his age and the miles on his body.

That has to count against him: being available and able to perform at 100% is a skill.

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 20-11

You might be on to something there Don.

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 20-11

Too many Pies here for my liking. You’re only as good as your last game after all.

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 30-21

West Coast was 8-3 on the road last year, including 3-0 at the MCG, and they won the Grand Final there against a tenant club (which was supposed to be impossible).

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 40-31

Yes.

Drugs in football: Why am I supposed to care?

Also new rule: someone has to have two voters vote for them in their individual top 50s for them to make it into the overall top 50. Rioli would be out, James Sicily would be in at 50, and Breust would shuffle up to 49. Can we make that a retrospective change? I feel bad (oh wait no I don’t, it’s a list of names that means nothing, but still let’s make that a retrospective policy change).

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 50-41

I’m just here to say I have taken down all your names and when Dan Rioli kicks 50 goals and makes the All Australian team this year I’ll send you all a personal email.

The Roar's 2019 AFL Top 50: 50-41

There is nothing in what I said that implies or suggests that because a team has won X number of close games in A period that they will then lose Y close games in B period.

Numbers Game: Which teams will rise and fall in the AFL in 2019?

Y’all are overthinking the close game thing.

Numbers Game: Which teams will rise and fall in the AFL in 2019?

I think you do that, then look to add a team or two from New Zealand.

Unfortunately I think the toothpaste is out of the tube on the teams. There has been so much spent on branding I can’t see them ever going back to State-based teams for the BBL.

What Cricket Australia must do to fix the Big Bash for 2020

I’m not sure that there are more 12 win teams is a strong enough argument to expand the finals series to ten teams. But I am sure the AFL will use that as a key argument when it expands the finals series to ten teams as part of the next broadcast agreement.

The AFL is ready for a ten-team finals series

I reckon the Sydney Thunder line up of the first couple of years of the BBL has this one covered in terms of on-paper awfulness.

If there’s any consolation on-paper talent has meant very little in the BBL when it comes to finals spots. Hobart looked like it has put together a bad squad last year, and they made it to the final!

Big Bash power rankings: Week 1

Yeah I really think it comes down to their batting. There is enough there by way of both power and accumulation, but they’ll be fairly reliant on a middle order full of all rounders. Also not sure what Michael Klinger has been up to.

Big Bash power rankings: Week 1

You’re getting caught in the BS media narrative. Look at it objectively: Fremantle converted a player who was evidently going to leave next year plus pick six into 3-4 best 22 players plus a draft hand equivalent to if they’d have finished in the top six. It’s phenomenal work.

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

My top ten moments of the 2018 AFL season. Emphasis on the my. Of course it’s biased.

Best of the best: My top ten moments of the 2018 AFL season

Based on what I’ve heard over the weekend, I’m not celebrating until I see his signature on a piece of paper.

Best of the best: My top ten moments of the 2018 AFL season

They didn’t show up…

West Coast vs Melbourne: Preliminary final forecast

I don’t think it’s ranting. Collingwood/GWS will be the third team in 19 years or something like that to play a preliminary final off a six day break. It’s just not the done thing. The AFL has lost the plot when it comes to appeasing its main broadcaster this year and this is just another example of it.

What now for the Geelong Cats, the AFL's most interesting team?