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Stirling Coates started out as an AFL crowd contributor, and is now the producer of the Game of Codes podcast.

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Unsure of his match fitness returning from a broken leg, so he missed. Similar story with Sam Docherty.

What the one-off AFL State of Origin teams could look like

Every social media post the AFL has made over the last five years while NRL State of Origin has been played.

What the one-off AFL State of Origin teams could look like

Jacob Hopper’s return from injury is, in my books, the reason the Giants reached the grand final after a spluttering finish to the home-and-away season. Sorely underrated.

What the one-off AFL State of Origin teams could look like

Franklin won’t play because of his knee injury. Josh Kennedy was obviously close but I was more concerned with locking in Jack Riewoldt and then finding the best key tall partner to work with him and Hawkins was the best fit.

What the one-off AFL State of Origin teams could look like

Hawkins ahead of Franklin because he’s had knee surgery and will almost certainly not be fit to play.

Zorko was very, very close.

What the one-off AFL State of Origin teams could look like

Knew you’d complain about that. I’m sure we can get Jack Ziebell or Ben Cunnington to run water.

What the one-off AFL State of Origin teams could look like

Pattinson had already been warned recently for a similar incident, hence his suspension.

Marcus Stoinis cops fine for abusing opponent

Adam Goodes and Nicky Winmar would like a word with you on that.

"A sick joke": Serie A called out for using paintings of monkeys in anti-racism campaign

You’ve already moved the goalposts from there being “no connection” to African people to there now being a connection, but they’re not being implicitly targeted.

The fact of the matter is that negative comparisons between black people and primates have been a common form of racist behaviour in sport and, this season, it’s come to a head in Italian football. As such, any campaign attempting to eradicate racism by yet again comparing black people to primates is clearly going to be counter-intuitive and therefore deserves criticism for its clumsy insensitivity.

"A sick joke": Serie A called out for using paintings of monkeys in anti-racism campaign

What? African players have been derogatorily referred to as monkeys by Italian fans all season, leading to the need for a campaign. If you don’t understand the ‘connection’ you simply haven’t been paying attention.

"A sick joke": Serie A called out for using paintings of monkeys in anti-racism campaign

Very fair comment johnb. Article has been amended accordingly.

Peter Siddle in line for shock Test recall in latest Australian squad news

I think it’s a weakness. Colorado have only really broken through this season because Cale Makar is having a rookie season for the ages and they’ve finally put together a decent second scoring line with Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri.

Take a look at the Devils, teams know if you put all your attention into Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri, they just can’t score.

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Walker, the reckoning and throat punches

I don’t want a Victorian side to fold, I just think that over the next ten years, the financial commitment required to be a competitive AFL side will continue to increase. Couple this with a likely decline or stagnation in TV dollars and it’s likely one of the less popular Melbourne sides gets squeezed out.

My prediction was that, in that scenario, the Suns will step in and try to get their tarnished brand replaced by one with actual history and a connection to the heartland.

Also, I’m from New South Wales.

What the AFL must sort out by the end of the next decade

Edmonton were always going to get it together if they could put some depth scoring around McDavid and Draisaitl, and they’ve got it with James Neal’s surprise renaissance and a good start to the season from Zack Kassian.

They’ll still need to to make some trades to put them in a position where McDavid and Draisaitl don’t have to play on the same line, but I think they can keep it up.

NHL Weekly Wednesdays: Walker, the reckoning and throat punches

I can’t give it to the 2015 Hawks because the rest of the top four that year was remarkably weak. Freo were playing so defensively – everyone knew it wouldn’t stand up in September. West Coast were a surprise packet still finding their feet under Adam Simpson and Sydney got destroyed by injury at finals time.

Winning three in a row is incredible and I am in no way implying they Bradbury’d the flag, but I think their dominance over the rest of the competition in that particular season is somewhat misleading.

Which AFL premiership side was the best this decade?

If I was going to pick a Hawks team I’d have to go there too. 2014 Swans were far and away the best opposition they faced in a grand final and they tore them to shreds.

Which AFL premiership side was the best this decade?

We’ve got two Tests against Pakistan and then three against New Zealand.

Australia's Test attack looks ominous

No draws anymore, they go to a shootout for every game. But, when they still had them, the teams just kept the point they both earned for reaching overtime.

Golden-point bonus points are unfair

Should do what ice hockey does. Two points for a win (of any kind), zero for a regulation loss and one for an overtime loss.

Golden-point bonus points are unfair

To be fair, this would more be down to all the smaller Vic clubs begging the AFL to let them ‘host’ the Pies rather than the AFL electing to exempt them from the trip.

Tigers, Pies and Cats to hog the limelight as AFL unveils 2020 fixture

Interesting point. Makes you wonder whether the AFL should consider putting more of the out-of-market matches (Tasmania, NT etc.) on Thursday nights.

Tigers, Pies and Cats to hog the limelight as AFL unveils 2020 fixture

I’m with Paul on this one. A lot of people have forgotten that, by the time of the merger, the Brisbane Bears were actually very much on their own two feet and really only did it to get themselves a presence in Melbourne.

The reason their deal got over the line with the clubs instead of North Melbourne’s merger was they rejected some of the AFL’s proposed concessions.

Tigers, Pies and Cats to hog the limelight as AFL unveils 2020 fixture

I think Pickett’s the more like-for-like replacement for Graham. I would’ve picked McIntosh if Broad didn’t recover in time.

CONFIRMED: Pickett in line for shock grand final debut

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Grand final winner, margin, Norm Smith and more

I’d be interested to know how much of Sydney’s average hit-out stat fell away given they had no fit ruckmen on the list for their last seven games of the season. As other commenters have noticed, I do think you’ve forgotten about Sam Naismith in this assessment.

Adding Joe Daniher won't solve Sydney's biggest issues, but it may be a turning point