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I love cricket so much I once had a dream I was timed out. It was the worst nightmare I've ever had. I also support the Western Bulldogs, which, much like dressing like clowns on the street and scaring people, was weird and depressing for a very long time, briefly became amazing in late 2016 and then swiftly went back to being weird and depressing. I also occasionally tweet about things at @timejmiller.

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Was a great win and deserved an honourable mention in the list – but remember that game being an absolute scrap, sort of like their wins over Sydney. Can’t ever remember the Suns looking as slick as they did Saturday night.

Footy Fix: This simple, U10s gameplan sparked the Suns' greatest ever performance

I’m just happy tipping them in a 50/50 didn’t blow up in my face like it usually does…

Footy Fix: This simple, U10s gameplan sparked the Suns' greatest ever performance

I find this criticism very weird because this is the second-shortest of these pieces I’ve done all year!

Footy Fix: This simple, U10s gameplan sparked the Suns' greatest ever performance

Yeah this piece sort of took on a life of its own! Lot of things I wanted to unpack but yeah, future Footy Fixes won’t be anywhere near this long. 😂

Footy Fix: Mitchell's masterpiece! How 2023's finest coaching performance set up famous Hawthorn win

This is a very late response in every sense of the word, but thanks so much for this kind message. Do always try to provide stuff with my AFL writing other media doesn’t really touch on, so it’s really meaningful when it gets appreciated by people who take the time and effort to read it. 😊

Footy Fix: 278 seconds and six moments to turn nine years of Dreamtime despair into Don delirium

Your best player has done a hamstring. Your coach has taken indefinite leave during the week. You’re on the verge of a famous, upset win for the first time in eight weeks – and then that happens.

I’d call that heartbreaking… wouldn’t you?

EXPLAINED: Incredibly rare interchange breach breaks North Melbourne hearts - here's why it was paid

I think that tradition is countered by the fact that 14th on the ladder at the start of a round is on a six-match winning streak this year – and Sydney are 14th at the moment!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions Round 10: Sir Doug Nicholls Round is here

Good on you for putting your hand up Kev. Dockers have done a great job with the Starlight Foundation for years and it was awesome again on Saturday night.

Six Points: Don't write off Carlton just yet, 2023's dumbest act, and why Dee's ban is an utter disgrace

Usually love your work Cam but can’t stand this idea that some clubs are more ‘worthy’ than others of their spots in the AFL because of the number of supporters they have, which has little if anything to do with on-field success or off-field competence.

Also find it telling how the people calling for clubs to be culled are all for it… so long as it’s someone else’s team getting shafted.

Welcome Tasmania, but the AFL should be a 16-team competition so three clubs must go

Only Showdown final was 2005 SF IIRC. Port got absolutely smoked which kind of ruined the atmosphere of the whole thing.

Footy Fix: Horne-Francis was incredible... but it was Hinkley's finest coaching hour that unlocked the Saints at last

Agree Freo’s best years are ahead of them, but it’s been a sizeable drop – especially with Serong on absolute fire. Sydney had a similarly inexperienced list at the end of 2021 after making finals ‘before their time’ and backed it up by making the grand final.

The aim pre-season would surely have been at least a prelim, otherwise why bother bringing in O’Meara, and they’re almost certainly going to fall well short of that.

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

Why don’t the Eagles make a play for Tim English?

Please don’t give West Coast’s list manager ideas, DTM.

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

Sadly I think ‘a fit Fyfe’ is an oxymoron now.

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

Even if he’d played forward, I reckon Logue would have prevented Liam Jones having the aerial influence he had. Did some really good jobs as a decoy key forward last year.

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

The very best coaches adjust their playing style year on year, both to get new personnel in and to keep ahead of the competition. Look at Clarkson at Hawthorn or even Craig McRae at Collingwood this year.

Longmuir just seems to be trying the exact same style as last year, but teams are ready for it and know how to beat it. And it doesn’t suit a team without Acres and Mundy, who played vital roles.

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

I think other teams are doing more with less. No one thought St Kilda could do much with their list yet they’re 4-1 after five games, Essendon have a similar lack of high-quality key forwards with Peter Wright out, even North have mustered the same amount of wins as Freo with a far less impressive playing group.

The Dockers have an outstanding ruckman, two of the best 15 midfielders in the game in Serong and Brayshaw (I’d definitely say he’s an A-grader too, by the way), and had the best backline in the game last year. That should be enough to be better than they are.

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

I mean, I enjoyed it… 😊

Footy Fix: Boring, brainless and utterly broken - it's time for Freo to find Plan B

Was thinking about this the other day. Voss might come in if Harrison Jones is injured for Anzac Day, but it’d be harsh to have to debut under that spotlight. Tsatas is a gun but might benefit from 12 months in the VFL (and it’s not like the Bombers have to put him in), while Hobbs will probably have to slot in as a pressure forward to get a game unless injuries strike.

Cox I think has a role to play if he can get fit – maybe as a defensive winger in that Mason Wood mould, folding back from stoppages to give his backs aerial support and a tall marking presence on the end of rebound 50s.

Footy Fix: Brilliant Bombers didn't just outplay the Dees... they totally outsmarted them

Am I the only one that thought it was fine? Yeah it got a bit dark in the second half but it wasn’t as if the players were cannoning into each other in pitch dark, and I’m a sucker for that suburban footy feel.

Also, substandard ground? I thought the oval looked in great nick (certainly better than I expect Adelaide Oval to look in 48 hours’ time!)

Footy Fix: Don't let the comeback fool you, Freo have been worked out

I really like Sturt and also can’t fathom why Jye Amiss was ever out of the side. Was also impressed with Luke Jackson’s game – looked a legitimate forward target and I think an 80-20 ruck split with Darcy is a good balance.

Footy Fix: Don't let the comeback fool you, Freo have been worked out

I wish I could like this comment twice.

Footy Fix: Don't let the comeback fool you, Freo have been worked out

If anything it’s a good sign for Carlton that they’re winning games while playing below their best – but surely no one thinks they can’t get better than their last two games?

Footy Fix: This record stat shows how Blues butchered the Roos - but why did it take a half to try it?

Fair enough – this is a fascinating philosophical discussion on at what distance ‘fast’ is measured!

Footy Fix: Lethal Lions unlock the Pies... but it was easier said than done

One thing Chris Fagan talked about post-game was his defenders in particular pressing up hard to try and cut off the Magpies’ midfield handball chains rather than retreat into defensive 50.

I reckon that caused a lot of the turnovers you speak of – the Pies haven’t come across a team this year prepared to try and make them pay for their aggressive kicking and ball use.

Footy Fix: Lethal Lions unlock the Pies... but it was easier said than done

Charlie Cameron isn’t faster than Quaynor, Charlie Cameron is faster over 10-20 metres on the burst.

I completely get what you’re saying, but… isn’t that basically what faster means?

Footy Fix: Lethal Lions unlock the Pies... but it was easier said than done

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