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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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Hard to argue with you there Larrikin. Yeo, Sheed and Barrass – three big ins.

The 2013 trade period revisited: The full fallout from Brisbane's 'go-home five'

That’s certainly something I can look at when the series is over, it’d be a good summary piece.

Thanks for the suggestion.

The 2012 trade period revisited: Who actually won each trade?

In hindsight, the teardown is probably what has elevated Collingwood to contender status the last few seasons as opposed to a decade of being ordinary.

The 2012 trade period revisited: Who actually won each trade?

Glad you’re enjoying it.

The 2012 trade period revisited: Who actually won each trade?

Dean Towers was probably the worst of those five if you ask me.

You make some fair points otherwise though!

The 2012 trade period revisited: Who actually won each trade?

Glad you liked it CJ.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

Definitely tossed from Adelaide win to win-win in those trades, so I can absolutely see your point.

The 2011 trade period revisited: How the Hawks whiffed on Lachie Neale

It is interesting to note that, despite all this, the Suns did actually draft quite well in 2010 and their contracted player signings were pretty smart.

It really does seem to come down to woeful trading, especially involving picks and young talent.

The 2011 trade period revisited: How the Hawks whiffed on Lachie Neale

Seems very odd in retrospect. If I was an interstate club, I reckon I’d always err towards the local boy in that situation so I could be a lot more confident I wouldn’t have to deal with a homesickness issue later on.

The 2011 trade period revisited: How the Hawks whiffed on Lachie Neale

I’m currently a few pieces ahead on the writing side and let me tell you, it is extraordinary.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

2012 had an absolute boatload, I can tell you that.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

Hi matt,

The go-home five was undoubtedly a bad thing, but Brisbane will certainly get their due credit in the later pieces in this series when we go over their compensation in those deals.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

That’s a fair point Paul. I’ve tried to avoid using subsequent trades of the same player in calculations too much as that’s never something either party is considering when negotiating a deal – unlike draft picks where a subsequent deal happens quite often.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

He absolutely was. I remember watching him kick four of West Coast’s five goals in a game against the Swans back in ’08 and thinking he was really something.

You can’t kick 42 in one season and not be bloody good, so it’d be interesting to find out if there’s actually a story there.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

Thanks for the comment Matches. This series will take us right through to the end of April so, if we’re no closer to footy’s return by then, I’d be happy to delve deeper into the archives.

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

Correct. The compensation pick could be activated at any draft up until 2015 so, given the Giants already had 11 of the first 20 picks, they decided they’d be better off using it later.

The Suns and Giants did this relatively frequently in their first few seasons. The difference was, as PaulD pointed out, Gold Coast racked up spuds and lemons whereas GWS actually (mostly) drafted well.

The 2011 trade period revisited: How the Hawks whiffed on Lachie Neale

Don’t know if you can quite blame Paul Roos for the first three quarters of the ’05 Semi, I remember there being controversy at the time over the SCG sprinklers being activated something like two hours before bounce – essentially making it a wet weather game despite the clear conditions.

Great list.

Ten gut-wrenching moments in Australian sport

It’s quite extraordinary. I’d always thought Guy McKenna got treated pretty poorly and it all went downhill when Rocket joined, but geez Louise they were stuffing things up left and right before even playing a game!

The 2010 trade period revisited: How Gold Coast lost four trades before playing a single AFL game

I’m not sure if I’m as confident as you about a new dynastical chapter being written, but I certainly agree there’s far more cause for optimism in 2020 than most people seem to think there is.

The Swans were right in the thick of the finals race before a six-game losing streak that started as soon as they lost all of their ruckmen – four of those losses were by ten points or fewer.

Beware the sleeping Swans

We’ll have a full breakdown on Saturday with where each expert individually ranked each player.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players: 50-41

It’s a bit funny seeing the usual doom and gloom around the Swans in the comments. Everyone predicts a Sydney slide before the start of just about every season.

I think they were a hell of a lot closer to a finals spot last year than people give them credit for and, given their four retirees played 15 games between them, haven’t really lost anyone outside of Zak Jones – who runs hard and breaks lines, but butchers the ball.

Eighth isn’t the craziest prediction I’ve seen, but I’d be satisfied with anywhere from there to 12th.

Sydney Swans 2020 preview: Finals on the agenda again

Machooka is right. Just click on the collection of squares next to ‘Video’ on the top-right near your picture, and Roar Tipping will be one of the options.

Super Rugby Round 2: second round syndrome

Abomination is bang on the money. How on earth are the players supposed to sing that in the rooms?

Essendon concedes Daniher may miss first half of season

Thanks for the pick up. Article has been amended.

Super Rugby Round 2 teams: Reds drop Lucas in selection bombshell

The name of both the state and city come from the Kansas river.

Kansas state is named as such because the majority of the river flows through it, while the city situated around where the river ends (in Missouri) is called Kansas City.

Mahomes and hosed! Chiefs end 50-year drought with Super Bowl win