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If WBBL and AFLW generates more TV revenue and bigger gate takings than the men’s leagues I’d be quite happy for WBBL and AFLW players to be paid MORE than men.

About time we spoke about equal pay for elite female athletes

Japan’s economy has been flat for a quarter of a century, they have huge social problems where young people become hermits, very insular culture (some would call it a racist culture but I won’t because the mods might not like it), declining population, people literally working themselves to death. These are things I would not want to see in Australia.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

The Japanese probably don’t have their best athletes picked over by Aussie Rules and League.

You can only imagine how strong the Socceroos would be with the Abletts, Betts, Riolis all dedicating themselves to soccer at a young age rather than our national game.

I reckon you could teach an Eddie Betts to kick a soccer ball better than a Tom Rogic or a Robbie Kruse in 6 months.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

You’re not thinking outside the box.

Old mate Gill has ambitions of conquering China

Why there is an X in AFLX

Dangerfield is a good company boy. Trying to ingratiate himself with Gill. Sickening

Star players see future for maligned AFLX

They’ve lost one of the biggest possession getters in the leafs and replaced him with Conca.

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

They should have AFLXXY for the transgenders like Hannah Mouncey

In defence of AFLX

Agreed mate

In defence of AFLX

Dawson played in 2016?

Yes or no.

Rossy pumped games into Dawson over youth. Criminal.

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

The last 67 games are irrelevant right?

The midfield is worse than last year is it not?

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

Fremantle were the 3rd worst side in the league for inside 50s last year.

They don’t score because they don’t get the ball down to their forward line.

Their defence is similarly putrid. 5th worst in the league.

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

The lady doth protest too much

'You're a liar': Peter Everitt and Grant Thomas clash over drug claims

Wasn’t Bud out for mental illness for the finals games of 2015?

AFL reviewing contentious drugs policy

As I wrote in the Fremantle season preview for 2016:

AFL preview series: Fremantle Dockers

Note that Cameron predicted the Dockers to finish 2nd.

anon said | March 22nd 2016 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

Depending on on how you view things, either the unskilled Dawson or the undersized Ibbotson are Fremantle’s second best defender now. It’s a poor back line, but Freo have only their selves to blame. For several seasons now they have failed to trade for a key position player.

It will be interesting to see how the risk averse, conservative, negative Ross Lyon will respond. The mentally and physically exhausting game plan simply doesn’t hold up against better teams. He’s trying to play a 2005 game plan in 2016. Lyon acknowledges that by bringing in two guys from the Hawthorn system who have no relevant coaching experience. Freo lost Kirk – who helped the midfield become number 1 for clearances – and replaced him with two guys with no experience and only claim to fame having been part of the Hawthorn system as players at some point. That smacks of desperation to me. Smacks of not wanting to be challenged by your assistants too. (I couldn’t have been more correct)

Freo has been annihilated by Hawthorn every time they have played them in the last two seasons.

Last season Freo coughed up an 8 goal half time lead against the Swans early in the season. Swans got within 4 points before Freo did just enough to get a lucky win at home. Then in the QF, despite Freo resting the week before, despite Freo not travelling, despite the Swans having injuries to key players, the Swans outplayed Fremantle having 6 more scoring shots. Another lucky win.

Eagles who are traditionally Freo’s bunnies even gave them a pasting late in the season.

Richmond beat Freo at Subiaco last season, then outplayed them at the MCG having 6 more scoring shots (many easy shots too).

So last season proved Freo don’t really have it, and since then they’ve lost McPharlin.

Having such a stacked midfield, most coaches would probably utilise the attacking potential of those players, but given how thin they are in defence this season, Lyon will probably revert further into his shell and become more dependant on his structures. (So true)

Lyon’s decision making is becoming increasingly bizarre. Bringing in two complete novice coaches to replace Kirk, wanting to move the best midfielder in the game out of the midfield, and wanting to move the best small forward in the game out of the forward line. (It’s like I predicted the future)

All this seems desperate to me. Like he has no real plan. Lyon will never coach a team with a better midfield at his disposal. If he can’t win every midfield battle against premiership contenders with this all star midfield line up then he’s never going to beat them with is game plan.

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

Haha 16th. That will upset a few on here.

I suppose it’s a valid prediction given that they had 23 consecutive goals scored on them by a midtable team back in round 22 (just two games ago).

Obviously a lot of this has been to do with Ross Lyon’s defensive game style, but also a lack of talent and consistency forward of centre. To that end, the inclusions of Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb would be making mouths water among the fan base.

I disagree. 2012 and 2013 Lyon had a forward line with Pavlich (still playing at a high level kicking 69 goals in 2012, Walters has a top 5 small forward in the league, Fyfe floating forward.

Fremantle were 4th worst team in the league for inside 50s in their Grand Final year of 2013. How do you expect a team to be top 4 for scoring when they are bottom 4 for supply to their forwards?

2019 AFL Season Preview: Fremantle Dockers

It’s pathetic. He loses credibility.

Dangerfield 'bemused' by AFLX criticism

Good company men

Dangerfield 'bemused' by AFLX criticism

As I said yesterday

anon
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February 20th 2019 @ 10:34am

If character/culture means his papers are stamped, then surely we will never see Smith, Warner, Bancroft ever play for Australia again.

What they’ve done is far worse than anything Wade has ever done.

Are selectors prepared to go with their double standards?

Pot meet kettle.

Why Matthew Wade is better off not playing for Australia

Far more men are involved in junior footy, country footy on a voluntary basis than women. Are those men subsidising the game too?

It’s hardly mean spirited to think a nationally televised sports league should charge admission fees. It makes me wonder what they are scared of. It would show confidence in the product to charge a nominal entrance fee rather than passing the costs onto spectators of the men’s game. Why am I paying extra for a league I don’t even watch? This 8% increase in general admission tickets is an AFLW tax.

Some of your have a flimsy notion of what an investment is. The second teams in QLD and NSW, AFLX, AFLW, China games, are vanity projects, not sound investments. By any metric the lose money — some projects A LOT of money.

AFLW Evolution: Who's top of the food chain, and who's going extinct

So did Smith telling everyone Maxwell was lazy.

Why Matthew Wade is better off not playing for Australia

If character/culture means his papers are stamped, then surely we will never see Smith, Warner, Bancroft ever play for Australia again.

What they’ve done is far worse than anything Wade has ever done.

Why Matthew Wade is better off not playing for Australia

I would like to see an element of self-sufficiency to the comp. It will only help it in the long term.

I don’t find it fair that the cheapest ticket to a men’s AFL match has just risen 8% to $27, while entry to an women’s AFL match is still $0. I’d hate to think that the price rise is going towards subsidising a different competition.

AFLW Evolution: Who's top of the food chain, and who's going extinct

Hobart might pull 15-20k with their own team. It’s far better than what the Suns ad GWS do after close to a decade.

The Suns figures are pathetic and the AFL would have got the same or better numbers having North Melbourne play 4 games there per year.

Suns numbers are pumped up from promotions, comped tickets and tourists from Victoria, expats from Victoria.

18/08/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v Brisbane Lions 11,907
11/08/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v Richmond 18,102
28/07/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v Carlton 10,776
14/07/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v Essendon 13,061
30/06/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v Collingwood 13,637
16/06/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v St Kilda 10,181
02/06/18 AFL: Gold Coast Suns v Geelong Cats 17,490

Seems there are far less than 10k rusted on Suns supporters. The Suns had 6 matches against Victorian teams with 4 of them being against the “big four” plus Geelong. That’s the AFL trying to pump up crowd numbers.

What has me scratching my head is the 11k that turned up to the QLD derby. Where are all these Suns and Lions fans all of a sudden?

2019 AFL season preview: Gold Coast Suns

Thankfully I can think for myself.

If the A-League subsidised the Central Coast Mariners to the tune of $200 million that would be a smart investment right? Because that’s what the Suns are the equivalent of in terms of crowd figures.

2019 AFL season preview: Gold Coast Suns