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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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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?

I’m sorry?

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

Rance led the league in one on one contests by so far it’s a joke, taking the best forward of the opposition most of the time, and lost fewer than almost all of them. Add to that his spoiling, intercept work and ability to set up the play and he is the first man picked in the team. It’s trendy to say he’s not that good; don’t fall for it.

Here's who should be in the 2018 All Australian Team

And the fans are heading for the exits.

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 28m – And that’s probably the game. Melbourne finds Jake Melksham unmarked deep inside 50. He takes his full 30 seconds and kicks the goal. Melbourne by 17 points.

West Coast: 14.7 (91)
Melbourne: 16.12 (108)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 27m – Dean Kent takes a mark just inside 50 from some good work from Christian Salem, and he kicks the goal. Melbourne’s up by 11 points, with two minutes on the game clock. Tough ask for West Coast from here.

West Coast: 14.7 (91)
Melbourne: 15.12 (102)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Max Gawn has gone behind the ball at this stoppage.

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 24m – Elliot Yeo takes a huge mark to help West Coast exit Melbourne’s half of the ground, but they can’t capitalise with a poor entry kick. Melbourne by five, and they’ve started to slow the game down.

West Coast: 14.7 (91)
Melbourne: 14.12 (96)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 21m – It’s getting tense out there as the ball is camped on the West Coast forward 50. Melbourne gets a break and Mitch Hannan finds an unmarked Jake Melksham in the goal square. They’re back in front, by five points.

West Coast: 14.7 (91)
Melbourne: 14.12 (96)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 18m – Mark LeCras puts West Coast in front! The Eagles break from a D50 exit and despite a poor Jack Redden kick which is smothered find Mark LeCras leading about 40 metres out. They’re in front. Huge. Seven minutes on the game clock.

West Coast: 14.7 (91)
Melbourne: 13.12 (90)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Mark LeCras has a shot at goal. This could be for a West Coast lead for the first time today

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Gee it’d be a deflating one. They’ve had so much of hte play on their terms

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 15m – And West Coast finds the answer! A free kick off the back of the square results in a West Coast forward thrust, and Willie Rioli snaps true roving a pack inside 50. Three points. Great game this.

West Coast: 13.7 (85)
Melbourne: 13.10 (88)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 14m – Melbourne gets the centre break again – as they’ve done for much of the day – but Jake Melksham can’t find the big posts. The kick out heads out of bounds but West Coast manage to snuff the re-entry. They break to the open side but can’t find a shot at goal. That was a huge opportunity to close within a goal.

West Coast: 12.7 (79)
Melbourne: 13.10 (88)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 12m – A sparkling run through the middle from Brad Sheppard, who finds Jamie Cripps inside 50. Cripps keeps the ball in front of him and hangs it to a wide open Mark Hutchings, who marks 40 metres out dead in front and goals. Eight points again.

West Coast: 12.7 (79)
Melbourne: 13.9 (87)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 10m – We’ve definitely entered a different phase of play here, with the ball spending time going back and forth around the West Coast forward 50 arc. There’s skill errors and fumbles galore, and all we get out of it is a West Coast behind. On the ensuing kick in another incisive Melbourne kick opens up the fat side of the ground, and Jake Melksham finds Mitch Hannan inside 50. He misses, and we start it all again.

West Coast: 11.7 (73)
Melbourne: 13.9 (87)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Melbourne wouldn’t want to be getting too conservative though, they have given up bursts of goals to the Eagles on a couple of occasions today.

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 5m – The ball spends some time on the broadcast wing, and the Eagles get a clean look inside 50 on the back of some great work in the clinches. However the entry kick is shanked, and Melbourne exit with ease switching to the outer side. The game certainly looks a bit less skilful to start the last, perhaps the effects of the warm temperature are kicking in.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 13.8 (86)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 3m – Melbourne gets the first of the quarter with some strong pressure locking the ball in from a centre clearance. Jake Melksham continues a very good day for Melbourne’s half forward line, and the Dees are out by 14 points again.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 13.8 (86)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Three quarter time – An eight point Melbourne lead at the last change. Still anyone’s game. West Coast will be happy with everything but the scoreline in that quarter.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 12.8 (80)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 32m – With a minute to go West Coast strikes back through Dan Venables, after a rare clean centre break. We’re going to head to the three quarter time break with the game well and truly up in the air. The Eagles get a free kick for high contact that should’ve been converted to 50 for a poor return. The siren sounds, and the crowd expresses its feelings in the usual way.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 12.8 (80)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog