The Roar
The Roar


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Joined March 2020







I care too much about the teams I support to actually watch them play. It's easy to watch with no investment but if Carlton, Sydney Thunder or Arizona Cardinals are on it's too stressful...! Fond of sporting history - there's a lot of that already so I struggle to keep up with new history every year.



Roach, Richo, Riewoldt… the Tigers have been spoiled for choice the last 40 years. Each of them could have been FF here.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

Oh and Langford for the 80s.

And Hodge, Lake, Franklin, Lewis… Roughead/Rioli are literally in this team.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

For Brisbane the likes of Brown, Lynch, Lappin, Black, Leppitsch, Akermanis, Voss (kind of a spoiler but come on), and Power are all in their respective teams.

Hawthorn has Ayers, Dipper, Moore, Mew, Matthews, Dunstall, and Pritchard.

Melbourne’s era has Barassi, Cordner, Johnson x 2, and Adams at least.

Notice how none of those surnames start with R? Yeah.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

The Australian episode is so over the top ocker that it’s impossible to take seriously.

The knifey-spooney scene alone is worth the price of admission.

The backlash to Gibbs' send-off is laughable

Respect and camaraderie between former teammates now foes? Not on my watch!

Things like this and the excoriation of Essendon for having a lighthearted moment at half time against Geelong show just how much some people will make mountains out of sandgrains. They’re not even molehills.

I’m reminded of the ice hockey episode of the Simpsons where the crowd riots because Bart and Lisa remember they love each other instead of being mortal enemies. At least that had the excuse of being an over the top cartoon scene.

The backlash to Gibbs' send-off is laughable

Simmo has been a champ for so long it’s hard to remember a Carlton without him. Just keeps doing his thing.

An ode to Kade Simpson

But then we could also have gone Beau Dowler, Mitch Thorp, and Cale Morton instead… I’m pretty content with what we got there. Could it have been better? Sure. Could it have been worse? Defnitely.

Kreuzer set to announce AFL retirement

Alex Witherden for Cameron Polson? I mean I’ve got a soft spot for Polson but he has precisely zero currency in a trade.

Gibbons can move into the midfield more rather than sticking up forward. Considering all he went through to get onto a list, shopping him out would be counterintuitive.

Having seven wins being “five more than expected” for 2020 is pretty insulting – most expectations were to have around 8-10 wins in a full season and we’re still on track for that. These aren’t the Pagan years.

What Carlton needs to win a premiership

I have no idea how I got that wrong, my apologies. I think he was the first player who was from the rookie draft to win a Brownlow, maybe that’s what I was going for.

Appreciate the feedback too 🙂

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter P

And the Australian cricket team in 1984 when Chappell, Lillee, and Marsh all bowed out.

Carlton shouldn't rush their veterans out the door

Would have been nice to kick a bit straighter but I’ll take the win. Nice not to feel nervous when checking score updates for a change.

Carlton win sets new benchmark for Blues

The first article was submitted as V/AFL teams but got formatted to what we have now. So be it.

I’m kind of amused that it’s South Australians having such issues. No calls for Stephen Michael, Frosty Miller, Horrie Gorringe, or Phil Matson out there…

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter O

Ooh tough one. I love Sticks as a Carlton man, but Carey would have to get the nod. Maybe I would put Kernahan at FF instead of Kennedy 🙂

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter O

Well yeah if it was the best AFL list only I’d have just 30 years to look at and that’s no fun at all.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter O

I refer you to the disclaimer that was at the start of the A article, somehow this has attracted more criticism than the selections themselves (Modra aside)

“Some notes before I begin. I am basing my decisions on a player’s VFL/AFL career. Someone such as Russell Ebert, having played the majority of his career in the SANFL, may well make the E team were I to expand the scope but it was already tricky enough to narrow down lists of names from the past and present.”

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter O

Ross Gregory played two tests in that series and was overlooked for the 1938 tour because the selectors thought he had the future ahead of him. Sadly WWII intervened and he died in 1942.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Adelaide 1936-37’s 212 would be up there – not the great 270 that Wisden nominated as the best innings of the 20th Century, nor the 169 that paved the way for Badcock and Gregory in the final test, but an exhibition of discipline that was needed in order to set a target good enough for England to struggle chasing to tie the series.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Tell that to Peter Siddle.

There are these things called supplements that can provide whatever animal-based nutrients a vegan diet happens to be missing.

I’d say injury cutting out North’s best midfielder has more of an impact than Brown cutting out meat.

North Melbourne can rebuild without trading Ben Brown

The article and series have from the start been labelled as V/AFL teams when submitted.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M

Peter I’m curious about whether you would have Darren Millane in over Thorold Merrett here. I went for Merrett because it’s a deeper dive into history and two flags as against one, but they’re the two wingmen in Collingwood’s Team of the Century so it was a close run thing.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M

So the F team with 8 Essendon players meant nothing to you? 😛

Yes, I’m a Carlton fan, but I’m doing my damndest to be as unbiased as possible.

McKenna – 4.57 gpg
Mohr – 3.77 gpg while playing as a defender for a few seasons

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M

I didn’t say Modra would be in the 3rds, just saying there are a lot of great players that are worthy of being in the team. Being behind two all time goalkickers in this side isn’t anything to sniff at.

And in his other 10 games against Carlton Modra only kicked 23 goals…

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M

The century goalkickers like Modra you’re telling me played in a more defensive era? Maybe towards the end of his career at Freo things started to get more defensive (thanks Terry Wallace) but at his height there were still centuries every season except 1997.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M

Merrett could swap with Maclure but he was more noted as an FF late in his career. Certainly a case to be made.

Mainwaring was close but in instances like this I like to talk about great names from the past as this is an all-time team and not just all-colour TV one. Mercuri maybe, I remember him most for 1999 more than anything else 🙂

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M

I debated about both of them at FB, but only Moore was at FB in the Team of the Century (Micky being BP next to Dench). Could have stepped in over Mansfield but the defence needed more flash than just McLeod.

And Martyn getting a charity 13 games from Pagan at Carlton’s expense sours me a little 😛

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter M