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Stirling Coates


Joined March 2012







Stirling Coates started out as an AFL crowd contributor, and now is in charge of The Roar's esports section.



Certainly one of the wildest (and worst) moments I’ve witnessed in competitive Overwatch.

The worst part is it proves in the mind of certain folk that women are treated too nicely in esports when, in fact, it proves the direct opposite.

A dark day for women in esports

They’ve finished in the top four at some Asia-Pacific tournaments – an achievement that can’t be understated – but they’re as much of a victim of Australia’s lack of esports investment as anyone else when it comes to global tournaments.

They have had players poached by top US teams, however.

"Like the All Blacks, Man City and Patriots combined"; The Aussie esports team that can't stop winning

My tip has always been to tell your opponent what you’re going to play in advance, you’d be surprised how often they outthink themselves and your honesty pays off!

English referee suspended after using scissor-paper-rock instead of coin toss

At this stage I think the Swans have their eye on making a big splash next year.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 8: Tom Scully, Steven May, Tim Kelly and more

100% Wayne.

As someone else in the office just suggested, what’s to stop a superior ruckman just grabbing the ball and holding onto it when their team is up by less than a goal with a minute to go?

Flies in the face of the concept of prior opportunity, as well as the third spirit of the law (in that the ball shall be kept in motion).

AFL unveils rule changes for 2019

Going to respectfully disagree with you on this one.

The 6-6-6 set-up is going to see lesser teams get flogged more regularly, the removal of the requirement to kick the ball is totally unnecessary (although I am in favour of the mark being moved to ten metres), the 50-metre penalty and set shot after the siren changes are a complete mess, and the ruck rule change will add to congestion and totally distorts the definition of prior opportunity.

Relaxing hands in the back, and the nine-metres-from-the-boundary mark laws, however, are pretty good.

AFL unveils rule changes for 2019

Thanks for the correction Greg – we’ll amend accordingly.

Billy Slater shoulder charge FAQs: Your complete guide to tonight's judiciary hearing

Aubusson at halfback?! Surely that’s a big ole’ typo Scotty!

NRL team list Tuesday live blog: grand final, State Challenge, NRLW - all teams named

Don’t worry mate, we’ll have a piece up soon helping you all make sense of this. I appreciate your ongoing interest.

World of Warcraft's Jeramy McIntyre explains how the esport has grown

Too true Onside. The lengths to which our players have to go to just to get practice in is outrageous.

How can we use our Overwatch World Cup success to push esports forward in Australia?

It almost defies belief doesn’t it! I can run rings around AI opponents and… that’s about it.

Find esports confusing? Rocket League could be your ticket in

Hope you’re right Alister!

Who will progress to the semi-finals at the FACEIT CS:GO London Major?

Hi Onside,

If this is something at interests you, I’m more than happy to pen a piece like that.

Just promise me you’ll give that one a read too!

The greatest achievement by an Australian national team this year has been in esports - and it happened yesterday

Hi Wayne,

That’s fair enough. I suppose my angle is more in the sense of performance versus expectations.

The Kookaburras are a consistently dominant force in field hockey (although I’m not suggesting that takes any gloss away from Comm games gold) whereas nobody really gave our guys a chance at this world cup and we played out of our skin.

It’d be like if Brazil’s cricket team beat us in a Test match in the same year as winning the FIFA world cup – the world cup is obviously the more prestigious competition, but the theoretical cricket upset would be something else.

The greatest achievement by an Australian national team this year has been in esports - and it happened yesterday

This is such an underexplored topic. There are so many characters, decks, moves, powers etc in games that need nerfing because they’re not fun to play against.

Glad to see someone else writing about it.

Balancing games for fun and profit

The ‘fourth umpire who doesn’t do anything’ is an emergency field umpire and is almost always a vastly lesser experienced umpire than the ones the field. Most emergency field umpires have actually never ‘started’ a match as an umpire.

Not sure that’s the best person to be handing reporting and send-off duties too.

Andrew Gaff: How many weeks, and where will he be next year?

My argument has nothing to do with being scared of change.

My argument is that, given so many reports and suspensions are issued after the match, by officials other than the match day umpires, bringing in a send-off rule would do little to alleviate the injustice we feel when someone is injured by an opponent and, in fact, would create another set of injustices whereby only players who had their reportable offences picked up by the umpires would be marched off.

Nobody has been able to counter my point that, even if the send-off rule existed, Gaff still wouldn’t have been sent off – because none of the umpires saw it – and we’d be sitting here just as outraged that he was allowed to play on.

The send off rule would fix little and create more problems.

The idea that we’d be making decisions post the results of a concussion test seems exceptionally clunky. How would it work exactly? Would the match just stop abruptly when the concussion test concludes and the score review official combs over the footage?

What if the potentially reported player kicked two goals while the test was being completed? A player’s actions should warrant punishment (be it send off or suspension) based on the action itself – not the resultant impact.

While I agree that striking is an abhorrent act and the game isn’t doing enough to wipe it out, lengthier suspensions are the answer – especially for strikes that don’t hit high or cause injury.

The AFL doesn't need a send-off rule

There absolutely should be more consequences for hitting others in the head – my argument is that longer suspensions are the answer.

You cannot tie send-offs to failed concussion tests, because the power to order off is then no longer solely rests with the match officials. Acts should warrant a send-off based on their illegality alone, not the impact they had.

The AFL doesn't need a send-off rule

The premiership has been won by one non-Victorian side in the last 11 years.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

Hopefully not too much. We already have one injury-prone key position swingman in Sam Reid.

Maybe a straight swap?

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

Oliver Florent is getting better with every game – he could be an absolute gun in the near future.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

I didn’t say the Swans needed all that in one player, nor did I say there is a player out there who provides both. They already have bullocking inside mids in Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker – Tom Mitchell doesn’t provide what Sydney’s missing.

They need a player who provides class on the outside. Dan Hannebery has been that man in the past, but he’s having a career-worst season.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

Tom Mitchell was a bitterly disappointing departure, but is a bullocking inside mid who wins the hard ball but doesn’t have a great deal of class on the outside the kind of player Sydney are missing at the moment? I’d say not.

What Sydney are really missing is a classy outside mid – the role Dan Hannebery is currently struggling to fill.

You raise some good points about the defenders being overworked, and the side not generating enough score – but let’s not forget the Swans were very close to taking the lead in the last quarter of both losses in the last fortnight.

If they’d pulled it off we’d all be lauding their ability to win when the chips are down.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

I do think his Adaptive Shield ability will need a nerf before it goes live. The idea he can go up to 1000 HP at the drop of a hat seems pretty powerful.

Overwatch's newest Hero explained

I think he’ll be an absolute menace on Control maps with smaller points – especially Ilios and Nepal – as well as defending on Assault maps.

His survivability and mobility are pretty insane, but I think his primary fire is definitely on the weaker side.

Overwatch's newest Hero explained