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Favorite player: Trent Cotchen Best match Aus v Sth Africa 2nd test. Heals hits a 6 for us to win by 2 wickets

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Game plan?
See ball – get ball will need to change
May and Lever important if they are going to set up attacking from all over the ground. Love Frosty’s endeavour, but turnovers in your back half are death
Petraca becoming more like Dusty, De Goe, etc could be the couple of goals different required
Never as bad as it looks, or good!

Five reasons to watch Melbourne in 2020

Nice work Josh. Next one could be on kids drafted young or injured and how they have performed 3 years in? Richmond, Geelong etc seem to draft injured or young and get them to know their systems, even though when drafted they have no hope of playing that year

A new season offers second chances for 2019's recruiting flops

Scully is a running machine that loves to compete. As he understands the Hawthorn way, can only get better too unfortunately ????

A new season offers second chances for 2019's recruiting flops

Rugby union is dying due to lack of free to air telecast. Which over time dilutes what the pay tv is worth. Is the same genius in charge of the current cricket tv rights?
Why do so many “executives “ look so short term? Perhaps not enough real cricket or rugby etc people on the board. Executives paid big dollars on the back of grassroots volunteers doing their jobs for them.
Cricket should have had a boost from the Ashes, but feels like lost momentum

Mighty Pakistan await cruising Aussies

Pedro
The innovation of Friday night games was North. If they held the time slot like Anzac Day they would be a power club now.
Anzac Day has not always been Coll v Ess – the occasion is big enough. Play St v Nth for 5 years on Anzac Day

Opening round Dogs v GWS, Thursday; Friday double header Brisbane v Geelong starting at 6; followed by WC v Crows; Port v Freo (4.30 stat EST) North v Coll Saturday arvo; St v Carlton Syd v ESS Saturday night; Melbourne v Hawthorn; Suns v Tigers

If we don’t support the minnows with the draw, we cannot whinge about equalisation measures.

Tigers, Pies and Cats to hog the limelight as AFL unveils 2020 fixture

Freo and Brisbane have played a lot of Sunday games, but Freo are traditionally boring. Get the Lions on in prime time – they play good footy

Tigers, Pies and Cats to hog the limelight as AFL unveils 2020 fixture

Great idea. Especially if the Hobart & Canberra games are not played in the dead of winter!

Tigers, Pies and Cats to hog the limelight as AFL unveils 2020 fixture

Is Carlton better than before Trade period? Probably not this year, but Betts should help culture moving forward, without cost.
Tim Kelly – better than any No 1s (Walsh is obviously a jet!), so worth any group of picks.

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Eagles and Bulldogs definitely the winners, effectively drafting before anyone else: no trading/loss of players.
Hope Richmond can roll the second round picks into a high pick/gun to replace Martin, Edwards, Cotchin, Houli etc in a couple of years – Rozee type

AFL Trades 2019 report card: Every club graded

Why would Jenkins not be a good fit at the Dogs?

AFL trade news: Brad Hill, Paddy Ryder, Jonathon Patton, Sam Jacobs and more

Apparently Adrian Dodoro is a good fella. But really since there has been a trade period Essendon have not done well. Hawthorn, by comparison are seen to pay “overs”, but get their man. Essendon seen as hardarses, so few will cry if they lose him for bugger all next year. Get the trade done like Geelong did!

AFL Trade News: Eddie Betts, Ollie Wines, James Aish, Brad Hill and more

Festival of Lies ????????????
I think the lack of genuine trades reflects well on the clubs.
The media on the other hand ????

AFL Trade News: Eddie Betts, Ollie Wines, James Aish, Brad Hill and more

Clubs that are attracting players recently seem to pay “overs” early in the trade period and value the incoming player. Kelly would not be happy with a ruthless approach that puts him in the draft and recruited to Gold Coast.

AFL Trade News: Demons get their wings

Right hand /left hand now if Warner can hang in for a bit!

Australia can still win the fifth Test

I would have opened with Paine and Harris. Warner cooked at the moment.

Australia can still win the fifth Test

Richmond should start planning for a Dangerfield /Ratagulia forward line. Although Geelong played faster than their usual pace, it will be interesting to see the clash of game style. Will no Hawkins force Geelong to play faster, with one less option down the line. Unless Stanley plays forward?

Geelong's fast start and strong finish eliminates Eagles

I will concede – Timothy Paine, why bowl first?!

History is not a predictor of future performance. Since when did we rotate fast bowlers? No need for Marsh if Starc, Pattinson etc play

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Mumford bullied Dogs. Martin won’t allow similar.
Brisbane never stopped and will win in front of a parochial crowd, ground announcer etc
Can the Giants win if they are bullied back?

The AFL stock market: Finals Week 2

Just a side bar of Paine captaincy – Lyon generally excellent fielder. He holds the throw and we are 3-0

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Marsh….. ???? poor bugger is on a hiding to nothing. Being selected does not make it right (like the other 35 times!) – although I would have picked him for Stoinis in WC

Paine has been capt whilst ushering back in 3 convicted felons – 2 of whom have scored less than Glenn McGrath and kept everyone happy and focused. Mark Taylor had a dry spell that lasted 12 months and was still considered a great capt – having the cattle helps!
Poms have over-bowled Stokes and Archer. I genuinely hope M Marsh smashes Leach all over the place to force Root to bowl Archer further into the ground.
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How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

If Lyon is injured, play 4 quicks and rest Cummins.
Cannot see a scenario to play M Marsh. Roy, Buttler etc would certainly prefer he plays
Kwahaja was stiff to miss last match – better bat than, Harris, Head and Wade; better form than Warner and the aforementioned.
At least the mob is off Paine’s back!

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Ussi is stiff – it has been much easier to bat down the order, than at the top. Does anyone believe Wade is a better bat, or in better form than Kwahaja?
6 bats and 4 bowlers – they have to choose between choking the middle order, or blasting through the tail.
Pity you can’t pick the team after the toss ????

The final dilemma for Manchester: Peter Siddle or Matt Wade?

Lyon would have an impact at GWS next year. Brad Scott then to Freo

The AFL coaching massacre isn't done yet

Watch the last 5 minutes of each quarter and the last 10 of the fourth quarter. Tell me how many stoppages then? And be fair dinkum, 40 max interchange.
The more people try to make things safe, the more extreme the behaviour. Look at Gridiron – compare the injuries to when no helmets, padding etc.

Why the 2019 AFL season seems so unsatisfying

The coaches have changed the way the game is played, not the skill of the players. The bottom 4 players at Gold Coast would be amongst the most skilled in teams of 20 years ago.
The health of the lists proves further that reducing the interchange – reducing the explosive nature of the play – would not only reduce congestion as players tire and stay in their positions; but prevent injury from less collisions.
The best teams are still the attacking teams – although things may open up a bit more in a few years when Clarko puts the cue in the rack!

Why the 2019 AFL season seems so unsatisfying