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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 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?

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