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Stirling Coates started out as an AFL crowd contributor, and is now one of The Roar's editors.

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Same tips as me. Looking forward to toasting our 9/9s next week.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 5

Yes, due to copyright laws our videos can only play in Australia.

Cameron Green comes agonisingly close to pulling off the catch of the century

I thought Martin was on his last legs during last year’s finals series, but he’s found a new gear so far in 2021.

Ultimately, I think it was a move the Lions had to make to get Daniher in.

Belief in Ballarat can fix lazy Lions

Can’t agree with you on the Hickey one. No prior opportunity (now that taking the ball out of the ruck is no longer forfeiting prior), ball pinned to the body by the tackler – that can’t be holding the ball. I think it’s a stupid rule change, taking the ball out of the ruck should be prior, but they changed it ahead of 2019.

But saying the Swans got the rub isn’t unfair – the Heppell deliberate you mentioned below was definitely wrong and the high contact free Justin McInerney got was incredibly soft.

Nik Cox looks like an absolute bullet, very impressed with him.

Essendon's round 4 review

Pretty fair summation Chuckakhan. I didn’t see any issues with holding the ball, but I thought the umpires were really harsh on deliberate out of bounds and it definitely hurt Essendon more.

Quite the turnaround from the Dons after the first two rounds, what do you think’s been the big difference?

Essendon's round 4 review

No, it’s a Collingwood home game. They were due to play each other later in the year in Melbourne and that game has been given back to the Lions.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

There’s a known server issue that was accepting multiple tips in the first few rounds. You should’ve seen some of the people getting 15 out of 4 in Super Rugby!

A big fix will be incoming soon that will get everything back to normal again.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

I’m well aware of the history of the Crows joining the AFL. It doesn’t change the fact that the Magpies never played against the Crows and so the significance of wearing the jumper in that clash is tenuous.

It's time for Port Adelaide to break out the prison bars again

Geelong and Carlton have the same colours – but their jumper designs are drastically different an the Cats wear primarily white anyway. Comparing Adelaide to Brisbane is a huge stretch – navy, gold and red is not at all similar to maroon, blue and gold and Fitzroy’s actual heritage colours are maroon, navy and white.

Collingwood’s clash strip works fine too – who does it not work against?

It's time for Port Adelaide to break out the prison bars again

Navy and white. The last jumper they wore in the VFA was almost identical to Carlton’s – all dark blue with a NMFC monogram.

It's time for Port Adelaide to break out the prison bars again

Given the Crows were never part of the SANFL, I’m confused as to what the significance of wearing the prison bars in the Showdown is. Given the Magpies still exist as normal in the SANFL too, I actually don’t think Port have much of a leg to stand on here – their original history still exists in exactly the same form. It’s an unpopular opinion, but I also feel like if it was someone other than Eddie leading the charge, the debate would be more reasonable.

North Melbourne were forced to change their colours to join the VFL in 1925 too – it happens.

It's time for Port Adelaide to break out the prison bars again

That sounds about right. Adelaide are 13-7 at the SCG all-time and Sydney’s all-time winning percentage against Adelaide is their third-lowest against any current team.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 2

Yes, it’s unfortunately been a persistent server error. A big fix is incoming shortly that should fix all the errors from the first few weeks and ensure it doesn’t happen again going forward.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 1

Geelong and Brisbane were both guilty of turning up expecting to win, you’d have to say.

Like a warm hug

Hi Ray,

This was a data error that saw tips for some matches accepted more than once. We’re fixing it as we speak.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 1

Robert Walls had an extraordinary ability to get things completely wrong when he was on Ten’s commentary team.

If he publicly announced that my name was Stirling Coates, I’d be scrambling to find my birth certificate.

Who's in danger of falling out of the top eight in 2021?

The Pies look totally cooked. I would’ve had them missing even without the trade period catastrophe.

Who's in danger of falling out of the top eight in 2021?

I probably came off as a bit more negative on the Dogs than I meant to – I reckon they’ll be very good. You’re right about Naughton being able to play down back again and Bontempelli being freed to play up forward even more.

They’ll be thrilling to watch either way.

Who's in danger of falling out of the top eight in 2021?

I feel like Brisbane could be up by 94 points at three-quarter time in the grand final and you’d still be biting your nails Paul.

Rayner missing the season is an absolute crying shame, but who would’ve thought the Dogs without Murphy or the Eagles without Gaff and Naitanui would win the flag when they did? I’m confident Brisbane will be thereabouts again.

Who's in danger of falling out of the top eight in 2021?

I’m having a hard time accepting that my reasoning is shallow and cliched when, earlier in this thread, you’ve said ‘last year wasn’t a real season’ to excuse the fact that one of a handful of teams who actually got to play at their home venue missed the top four.

Who's in danger of falling out of the top eight in 2021?

It’s suspiciously quiet so far – although I suppose it isn’t yet 7am in the West.

Who's in danger of falling out of the top eight in 2021?

Why did Fremantle finish 16th in scoring last season then?

Which non-finalists will crack into the top eight this year?

Hawthorn’s lack of appealing young talent is particularly concerning. I think they’re North’s biggest spoon rival.

Which bottom four side can make the biggest leap in 2021?

I like Heeney as a forward as well, but I can’t see him kicking 30+ without a proper key forward causing trouble on their own.

I’ll believe it when I see it re: Mills finally getting a run in the middle, but your other points seem fair.

Which bottom four side can make the biggest leap in 2021?

Looks like a safe bet.

Which bottom four side can make the biggest leap in 2021?