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Try listening to The Age’s Real Footy or Rohan Connolly’s Footyology podcast. Both very Melbourne, both which have the views I have stated.
I’ve never heard the injuries excuse being a West Coast thing.
Travel? Yes, there is a reason why there has been only one 300+ player from West Coast and Fremantle, but numerous from other clubs over the same period. The numbers don’t lie.

West Coast's moment of reckoning comes earlier than anticipated

Well yes, Dockers v Swans is the historical marquee matchup that deserves the prime time Saturday night spot.

West Coast's moment of reckoning comes earlier than anticipated

This is true, and the article was getting too long to go into it. Only Collingwood have lived up to expectations so far.

The thing with non-vic clubs though is that the payoff for a top two finish is huge.

Given the changing situation and that Perth may be an option for a GF, this is the time to start the march.

West Coast's moment of reckoning comes earlier than anticipated

The winning goal was a perfect summation of the match. Barrass, who’d had a horrid couple of weeks, could have run the ball through for a behind and should have kicked long for the boundary, but dallied, was half tackled and Riewoldt got on the end of the inevitable mopping up to wobble one through.

Awesome game.

In hindsight, not the best game to take my two sons for the first time. I should have chosen St Kilda v Gold Coast and they wouldn’t think their dad is crazy.

West Coast's moment of reckoning comes earlier than anticipated

Yeah, I think the dew has exposed that WC only have a plan a. That plan a is pretty damn good and beats most of the league, but Brisbane changed their stategy after half time on Saturday night and decided it was going back to being a skills game (ie playing through the centre, looking for free runners and hitting them, handball, handball, handball etc). WC we’re stuck playing a wet weather game and kicking long down the boundary.

It was odd to watch WC persevere for so long with a style that is foreign to them, when the opposition was showing what was possible.

West Coast's moment of reckoning comes earlier than anticipated

How about Green Bay taking Jordan Love yesterday? Reckon that will piss Aaron off much? I mean, I know Rodgers is 35, but I think he’s still got a few more years left yet.

Joe Burrow will be the best QB from this draft

Great first article!

Joe is certainly the safest bet, but I think Tua has the higher ceiling. It will be fascinating to watch. Here’s hoping we get a full, on time, 2020 season to watch.

Joe Burrow will be the best QB from this draft

I’m with you mate, and I despair at those who seem to be applying a ‘she’ll be right, mate’ approach.

I never intended to suggest that washing our hands will be enough, I simply think everyone, via every medium, should be reminded of this.

I have nothing to add to your comments as they match my concerns completely.

It's OK to be the most important of the least important things

But what price is tradition? The Preston Bullants (Northern Blues for younger readers) effectively went out of existence in the last 24 hours. That club has existed longer than half of the AFL clubs’!

History, legacy and tradition is important. Otherwise you’re a series of franchises with stakeholders – and you’re closer to a soulless business than a club with a beating heart.

Of course, the fact that a club might go out of existence shows how much of a business this all is, but the romance of sport is that those who put the money in merely custodians – we are the owners.

It's OK to be the most important of the least important things

I don’t think the government did officially shut them down, did they? I think they read the language of coming ‘draconian’ changes and made the reluctant decision. Closing the state borders did not help, but there was a caveat which said that major sports might be exempted.

Also, as we’re seeing across the world, few insurance companies are equipped to deal with these kinds of shutdowns. Only governments have balance sheets big enough to cover this.

It's OK to be the most important of the least important things

There seemed to be some exceptions made for first gamer’s across all the games.

It's OK to be the most important of the least important things

I think Australia is now ranked above England in test rankings. This after England beat India 4-1 (I know, it was a closer series than that) and SL 2-0 in SL (I know, it’s SL).

Hard to know what to think anymore.

Around the grounds: Signs of life from the West Indies?

I have to say, the first thing I did when it looked like the first test wasn’t a one-off was to check the long term series schedule. What a shame.

Around the grounds: Signs of life from the West Indies?

I don’t doubt that they will return to the team at some point, but we’ve got two guys here who haven’t played top tier cricket for (what will be) a year and it seems to be a consensus they’ll walk into the team. Now, I am being disingenuous there because I don’t honestly believe they are not part of our best 11 – even with dodgy elbows. My issue is the deep shame they’ve brought on yours and my (not their) team and I am looking for ways to keep them out of the side.

And I want them to pay for that in a way which says ‘here’s your mandatory ban for being caught and here’s your unspoken ban to show that even if you were guaranteed not to be caught, we need to know you would still never do that again because we – as a nation and as caretakers of the game – expect more of you than that’.

Hell, there’s an unspoken line through Maxwell’s name because of his character/personality and he’s done less to deserve that, so it’s not like it doesn’t happen today.

Do we reckon Bancroft, Smith & Warner are sorry they got caught or sorry they did it? Do they realise the years of ‘banter’ and embarrassment
they’ve caused us fans each time we interact with other international fans? Maybe I am being unfair given that we haven’t seen these guys prove they’ve changed.

Dunno mate, I think I am alone on this one but that’s where I’m at.

Quick singles: Australia back in the winner's circle

I’m with you, I think there is so much uncertainty around the rest of the team that Starc will be there for the first test. But he’s well and truly dipping in to the credits in the bank he had from past glories. The ODI WC couldn’t have come at a better time – hopefully he rediscovers his mojo.

Quick singles: Australia back in the winner's circle

Hi Paul,

For sure, having Cummins or Lyon go down would be a hell of a downside. However, we are pretty well stocked in that department (Richardson, Pattinson, Tremain etc) and we have 6 months until the next Test. The cupboard is bare when it comes to batsmen.

My opinion will be unpopular, but I don’t think Smith and Warner should walk back in to the team based on character grounds. I know they will and I am just here, shouting at the clouds, on my own with that opinion, but a man has to have principles.

Anyway, Smith and Warner have both had their injury scares and we need to know if we’ve got anything in that cupboard, in case Davie does a New Idea interview the week before the Ashes.

Agree with the rest.

Quick singles: Australia back in the winner's circle

Spot on.

What I was trying to say that – from my reading of his interviews at least – is that he knows he needs to ensure his technique minimises the risk of being hit again, but that he will not leave the game, or compromise his run scoring potential, for fear of being struck on the helmet again.

Sorry cricket media, Pucovski is not a 'bolter' - and he deserves to play