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I said if they play Richmond and Collingwood. The played West Coast champ. They had to travel 4000km

AFL Tribunal upholds Hawkins ban

Tiges don’t have Rance, so evens it up a little.

AFL Tribunal upholds Hawkins ban

Wade was a breath of fresh air serving it up to the poms while they were batting. At least someone out in the field cares about winning. All Paine could do in the post-match interview was shrug his shoulders and offer a sheepish grin when he admitted he got the toss wrong.

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

Timmy Paine has to at some point bring more to the table than being a “good bloke”

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

Langer got his selections completely wrong again. Paine got the toss wrong, his use of the DRS was shambolic.

Burns and Khawaja open going forward.

Wade is our keeper. Timmy Paine goes back to Shield cricket. He only has one FC century in his long career. Let’s see if he can score a second one before we let him wear the baggy green again.

Siddle shouldn’t have been in the squad. Ends with a bowling average in the mid-40s for the series.

Mitch Marsh doesn’t deserve a spot until he can put together 2-3 big Shield seasons. So many more deserving people. Even Starc is a better all rounder than Marsh.

Warner goes back to Shield cricket this summer.

Head comes back in.

Langer needs to stop playing silly buggers with the bowling line up. Our core three are Cummins, Hazlewood, Starc. The 4th Test proved they are the best combination. Starc plays that 3rd Test we win a series on English soil.

Is you can’t get simple things like the selections right it makes it an uphill battle to win a series in England.

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

He’s a tiny bloke.

'An absolute witch hunt': Kane Cornes defends Toby Greene

Before the series I thought Cummins would finish up there equal with McGrath and Lillee, but if he’s stays healthy there’s a good chance he’ll surpass them.

Australian cricket would be in an awful mess without Cummins (and Smith’s batting).

Australia Ashes series player ratings: No surprises as Steve Smith and Pat Cummins take top honours

Sure did. 9 games at Kardinia Park.

AFL semi-finals rarely matter. Did these?

Langer got his selections completely wrong again. Paine got the toss wrong, his use of the DRS was shambolic.

Burns and Khawaja open going forward.

Wade is our keeper. Timmy Paine goes back to Shield cricket. He only has one FC century in his long career. Let’s see if he can score a second one before we let him wear the baggy green again.

Siddle shouldn’t have been in the squad. Ends with a bowling average in the mid-40s for the series.

Mitch Marsh doesn’t deserve a spot until he can put together 2-3 big Shield seasons. So many more deserving people. Even Starc is a better all rounder than Marsh.

Warner goes back to Shield cricket this summer.

Head comes back in.

Langer needs to stop playing silly buggers with the bowling line up. Our core three are Cummins, Hazlewood, Starc. The 4th Test proved they are the best combination. Starc plays that 3rd Test we win a series on English soil.

Is you can’t get simple things like the selections right it makes it an uphill battle to win a series in England.

Another innings, another failure by the openers in massive run chase

Champion of the game. A born winner. Elevated his standing with his final two years at Hawthorn which is almost unfathomable when you’ve already won 4 premierships.

Love him or hate him, Luke Hodge is an AFL great

Greene’s a dirty player. In an earlier era he would have smartened up after a couple of well executed shirt fronts, but unfortunately guys like Greene get away with their antics in today’s game.

'An absolute witch hunt': Kane Cornes defends Toby Greene

Out in straight sets at the end of the day. Lost two finals in a row on their home ground.

AFL semi-finals rarely matter. Did these?

You beat Geelong on your home ground champ. You’re supposed to win.

Geelong beat an interstate team at the MCG. Geelong are supposed to win.

AFL semi-finals rarely matter. Did these?

I like Brisbane, but was hoping GWS would win because they’ll give us (potentially) a better prelim against Collingwood at the ‘G.

Neither side can be trusted on the ‘G, but GWS did beat Collingwood there early last season.

Brisbane were as I said all year a midtable team that massively overachieved by having a soft fixture and falling over the line against mediocre teams at home. They would have been trounced by Collingwood.

Who knows what GWS will show up, but they have been to several prelims now and know what is required. The Collingwood faithful won’t faze them because they experienced the same cauldron atmosphere against Richmond two years ago.

I’ll still tip Collingwood of course, but at least GWS has the gear to take it to Collingwood and won’t be overawed by the occasion (in comparison to Brisbane).

AFL semi-finals rarely matter. Did these?

We lost this match plus chance of winning this series at the selection table and with Paine deciding to bat first.

Langer should get no credit for retaining the Ashes.

He’s done everything to get in the way of us winning with his selections.

Smith is the only reason we didn’t lose 5-0.

You either pick Wade or Paine as wicketkeeper. You don’t carry both. Paine is a liability at this point.

Siddle ahead of Starc is plain insulting.

I would have had Starc in for Marsh any way because Starc has similar batting numbers and far, far superior bowling figures.

Warner has look shot since the first ball of this Test and was scratchy throughout the World Cup. Clearly the year out hurt his skills. We shouldn’t have been using the Ashes to help him regain form. That’s what the tour matches and what Shield matches will be for.

Khawaja very unlucky to be dropped when Harris and Warner were in worse form. I would have given Khawaja at the very least one Test in his preferred position of opener.

Dropping Head was a disgrace.

Marsh has had the Test of his life with the ball, but doesn’t deserve to be in the side. You give someone enough bites at the cherry they’ll have a few good sessions eventually.

Burns and Patterson should have been in the 25 man Test squad. That was major oversight by Langer (again). What on Earth was he thinking leaving them out?

Flat Australia blunted by Denly and Stokes

I thought going to Brisbane was the desperate act of an old man who couldn’t quit, but he elevated his standing in the game with these two seasons at Brisbane.

Brisbane massively overachieved this year and Hodge was instrumental in this.

I think they’ll fall back to the middle of the table next year.

Hodge retires after epic AFL final

I’m sure he’s going through a lot right now because if ASADA and the AFL are serious about drug cheats then he’ll cop four years and that’s effectively the end of his career.

I’m sure he’s upset, but he hasn’t been given a cancer diagnosis.

He hasn’t lost his job and now doesn’t have enough money for rent.

He hasn’t been kicked out onto the streets with no money.

He’ll be looked after by the richest footy club in the country. He’ll be given all the support he needs to find a new career.

The guy is only 24. Plenty of time to hit the books again, go to university, become an apprentice, etc.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension

How come everyone else can do what they’re told and not tamper with a vial?

Testing has been going on in footy for decades.

If he’s that unintelligent that he thought nothing would come of tampering with a vial, then there’s no helping him.

He would have come unstuck at some point in life from something else.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension

That’s rubbish.

Petr Korda was busted for steroids. Shane Warne busted for using a steroid masking agent.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension

If you’re a drug user in an occupation where you have drug testing protocols drummed into your head and you know it’s an absolute no no to put an illicit drug or PED into your body, then you should probably find a job where they don’t care what you do in your own time.

No-one put a gun to his head and told him to take the illicit drug or PED. No-one put a gun to his head and told him he has to play AFL football.

His choices and he’s responsible for the outcome.

If the footy club offered him rehab and counselling that would be very generous of the club, but they’re not under any obligation. The club couldn’t have done more to outline the potential consequences of using drugs.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension

Not at all.

I wasn’t saying all week that Geelong would go out in straight sets.

I thought it was a 50/50 game with West Coast having to fly 4000 km even before the Rioli distraction.

1st against 5th.

Richmond will win next week.

'People want Chris Scott to fail': Robbo slams critics of embattled Cats coach

All the chickens came home to roost last night.

You can’t post a competitive score when you’re carrying Warner (who should have been dropped at the very least after the 3rd Test), Harris (Burns or Khawaja far better option), Paine (1 FC century in his life), Wade (you either play Wade or Paine as wicketkeeper Wade isn’t good enough red ball cricketer to be playing), Marsh (25 career average batsman failing with the bat shock horror).

Absolutely got what we deserved for picking such a weak batting line up.

Smith has been carrying our serial underperformers all series and last night was no different.

Smith (and Cummins) retained the Ashes for us. Langer did his best to get in the way of this happening with his utterly bizarre selections and tactics. He should in no way get any credit for Smith single-handedly posting competitive totals for us.

Without Smith we lose 5-0 and that’s no exaggeration.

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

It seems that Willie thought that he would fail the test for an illicit drug out of game. There is no penalty for that, a slap on the wrist at worst.

I don’t believe it. He would know that getting busted for illicit drugs is merely a slap on the wrist.

The person on the street knows that. Someone in the inner sanctum of an AFL club would know even more than us.

What if he wouldn’t provide a sample because he had used PEDs?

If we slap him on the wrist, then anyone using PEDs merely has to pour Gatorade into a vial in order to not be punished.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension

If you dabble in illicit drugs and get busted by ASADA you get what you deserve. If you can’t live without illicit drugs then find another occupation.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension

Sadly, it seems that Willie would have got no more than a slap on the wrist if he hadn’t panicked. That’s the shy, naive, Tiwi Islander coming out in him. Shame!

You paint him as a victim for not being cunning enough to game the system like other players that have a litany of strikes.

Stupid should hurt.

Willie Rioli speaks out after ASADA suspension