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Stirling Coates


Joined March 2012







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



Hey Flexis,

That’s not stupid at all mate. If it looks iffy on the default font size that’s still an issue.

I’ll see what can be done going forward to make it easier for everyone to read.

NRL Round 13 teams: Most Origin reps set to back up as coaches roll the dice

Thanks for letting us know. Happy to play around with things and see what works for our audience.

What specifically is making it harder to read?

NRL Round 13 teams: Most Origin reps set to back up as coaches roll the dice

Certainly looks that way. We’ve all been burned before this year though ):

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Right you are! Thanks for the note.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

It’s just a bit of banter between myself and AdelaideDocker my good man. I have a few other club parodies stashed away if you’d like me to post one? Make your request!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

That was a typographical error on his part (unfortunately – I wanted to catch up!) and has been amended.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Brisbane did a number on the Dockers a season ago, it only stands to reason that, with an improved side, they can do the same again.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 10

No, calling an umpire that would likely result in a suspension too.

Lloyd wishes Blues had Mumford's aggro

As someone who used to umpire, the word ‘cheat’ is especially frowned upon in terms of umpire abuse as it questions their integrity. Clubs and players are well aware that term in particular will attract a sanction.

Lloyd wishes Blues had Mumford's aggro

If I’m on Sydney’s board, I’m taking notes right now…

Tom Boyd announces immediate retirement from AFL at 23

I can’t live with myself if I ignore a hunch that turns out to be correct. I’d much rather go with my gut and get it wrong than just play it safe all the time.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9

Just the reporting the news mate. I’ve gone on record on several comment threads throughout the site claiming the umpires got it right in not calling the free kick.

Rampe issued two fines for Friday night incidents

The very fact that the person who suggested AFLX wasn’t laughed out of the room is an indictment in itself. The fact that it got discussed, analysed, reviewed, implemented and then persisted with is already off the cliff.

The AFL’s administration has failed and it must be changed

His intent does matter because, unlike the majority of the laws, the rulebook implicitly specifies intentionally shaking the goal post is illegal.

LISTEN: Did the umpires get it right with Rampe?

Therein lies the problem though. The Dogs’ form last week was indeed irresistible, but they’ve exhibited utterly diabolical form elsewhere.

Remember in 2017 when St Kilda obliterated Richmond by 67 points after leading 92-10 at half-time, only to lose to Essendon by 61 points the next week and their next three matches overall?

The Dogs look very much in the same boat for me. They’ve also only won in Ballarat once (over Gold Coast by just nine points last year) against two losses. Hardly an imposing home ground advantage.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 8

Definitely agree with your last line. The guy won two Brownlow medals, three years apart, playing two different positions! Insane!

Even if we don’t see completely eye to eye, thanks for engaging in a very civil and measured discussion with me on what is a potentially volatile topic.

Boo-merang: Why booing will always return

The argument about other indigenous players not getting booed gets tossed around a lot, but it’s pretty poor.

Nobody is saying Goodes was booed purely for being an Indigenous Australian, the argument has been he was being booed for speaking up on Indigenous issues (Collingwood game) or celebrating his Indigenous heritage in a manner the crowd didn’t like (Carlton game onwards).

You have to admit that, if that was the undeniable reason for Goodes being booed (which I’m aware you disagree with), the booing would be racist regardless of how many Indigenous players actually copped it.

In the end, it comes down to when and why you think the booing started. I’ve watched a lot of Swans games in my time and I am quite certain – apart from a game against Essendon in either 2011 or 2012 – systematic and widespread booing didn’t take off until after the Australian of the Year speech between 2013 and 2014 and the war dance in 2015’s Indigenous Round. As such, I find it hard to argue against the point that a lot of the booing had racial undertones.

If you’re adamant the booing began beforehand and in response to sliding reports, that’s fair enough and I respect your line of thinking, but I think a lot of things just don’t add up if that version of events is correct. Why has no other serially reported player been booed to the extent Goodes was? Why is Leigh Matthews – one of the most suspended players of his era – celebrated as one of the greats? Why did it take three years after Goodes’ last report for sliding for the booing to really take off?

Boo-merang: Why booing will always return

Plenty of players play for free kicks or ‘constantly whinge’ for free kicks and aren’t booed to the extent Goodes was. His last report for sliding in studs up was in Round 3, 2012, almost three full years before the booing became systematic, while the only crowd antagonisation I can recall was pointing a fan who made a racist remark to security in 2013 and performing an indigenous war dance in 2015 – both of which occurred in Indigenous Round.

People can say all they like that the booing was because ‘he was a jerk’, but the increases in booing undeniably coincided with the latter two incidents. If one’s definition of a being a jerk (and I don’t mean to imply that this is your definition) is influenced by those incidents, that definition, as well as a decision to boo based on that definition, is racially motivated.

As far as not being able to react to Goodes based on his character, I think we as a society have a responsibility to exclude ourselves from certain behaviours if it has clearly been hijacked by others for unsavoury reasons. You said it yourself that you were sure racist jerks were booing him and so I’d argue, in that circumstance, joining in on the booing – no matter your attentions – doesn’t make you racist, but is still somewhat irresponsible.

Boo-merang: Why booing will always return

That’s some serious revisionist history you’ve got going on there anon…

Boo-merang: Why booing will always return

The old ‘other countries treat your minority much worse so you should just accept how things are here’ argument. Would you accept it if someone told Folau to be thankful he’s in Australia because of how Christians are treated in some Middle Eastern countries? Of course not.

No one person is bigger than the game

Fair comments. I think you need to look at it from the other side of the coin in that Rafaam allows hyper-aggressive Zoolock decks to stay in the game a lot longer than they otherwise would be able to.

In a sense, the complete randomness showcases the necessary skill of a Hearthstone pro to adapt and think critically across each turn, rather than just who brought the superior decks to the tournament.

HCT's grand final was the best and the worst of Hearthstone in a single game

We need to have a word over that GOAT-busters quip.

It was the week of the underdog in the Overwatch League

He’s not excluding Folau from playing rugby. Folau is more than welcome to pick up a ball at any park in the country.

He’s excluding him from being offered a lucrative contract by his specific private organisation to be paid handsomely by playing the sport in front of paying spectators. Massive difference.

If bigotry and intolerance of the beliefs of minority cultures is upsetting to you, I trust you took exception to Israel’s anti-gay comments as well?

Where will Israel Folau play next?

Stop being such a snowflake. Daniel is simply stating his opinions. This used to be a free country.

Rugby union would be a more inclusive, kinder place without Israel Folau and his backwards views

Thanks for picking that one up Macca. The piece has been amended.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 4