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Wes P

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Joined August 2018







+50yo Carlton and hack of essendon district



Maybe you’re right. I certainly don’t want to overlook a gift. Which Martin is. However, consider the Buckley/Collingwood/Brisbane trade. He wanted to be a success and nothing wrong with that. His departure galvanised Brisbane and a triffecta bestowed them. Whilst can finish the sentence. I don’t wish to be cruel. PS. Do Google not know the word triffecta? Annoys me.

Carlton missing Tom Papley is a blessing in disguise

Maybe the time for helmets has come. These brain issues are complex. I recall Rod Ashman (was he the first to helmet?) saying it helped him.

AFL great Danny Frawley suffered CTE: report

Pleased for Saints but especially Rats. I hope they reek havoc.

Saints set for finals return

At the risk of death threats! I don’t think we, Carlton, need to do anything drastic. The big three retirements have like type in the wings. TDK for Kruse, Fish for Eddie and perhaps SPS can make his mark in Simmos role. The natural improvement from Philips, Stoker and others will come. Silvagni is still young, versatile and skilled. I’d love to see some unity and solidarity down there and back them in.

Carlton missing Tom Papley is a blessing in disguise

Spot on. Crikey, you play a bad shot or fall to a good ball and the folk here want to execute them. No change and the selectors know best.

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

The players know. The umps don’t. Why, the umps are protected. Who attends footy to watch a well umpired game. Aside from a cuck lawyer like Humphrey-Smith. Miked umps, so tedious. I don’t like the modern’s a contest, protect yourself, the ball. Playing for frees is a blight.

The holding the ball rule is not footy

Spot on. “You’re hot”! So. Push, tao, kick off the ground. Only the real astute like M. Blight get this. There is no entitlement to take possession. Look at old guns like Baldock. Another skill umpired out of the game.

The holding the ball rule is not footy

Agree. They seem to be right in the hunt. The best team Carlton’s played this year. Well coached too! Ouch! Don’t go there.

The Saints are truly marching in

Excellent article with good points. Except I disagree. It’s difficult to accept and impossible to prove. Old timers like Neil Harvey are dismissed as fogeys. As great as Warner was, look at the 1938 team. Spinners abound, O’Reilly, Fleetwood-Smith et al. As tempting as it is to imagine these contests. It’s futile. A tweak to the new ball rule, a war, the 1948 squad was pace. Bradman’s observations on these themes deserve consideration. After all he’d seen it all, like Harvey, like you.

Clash of the greats: The 1984 West Indians versus the 2001 Aussies

Does anyone know why the AFL is reducing list sizes. Seems like a crazy idea. I think the more guys get a chance the better. Strangely the rookie draft has been a boon to my Blues. Eddie betts, Levi Casboult, Ed Curnow all spent rookie time. As did Andrew Carazzo, Jeff Garlett, Michael Gibbons, Zach Toohey, Michael Jamison, Mark Porter, Simon Fletcher, Setanta, & the infamous Laurence Angwin. It’s a handy list and more productive than Nat draft. I hope it stays.

What does the future hold for a rookie listed player?

Gilligan, though more for the media work. Esp. considering how new broadcasting was.

The most popular English captain in Australia

Sutcliffe, Hobbs are all time greats and a partnership. Bradman, Hammond, Border, AB mite surprise but his record is extraordinary, longevity and a leftie. Miller my all rounder but was tempted by Both or Stokes who I rate. Gilly keeps what a package. Then to bowl McGrath, Allan Davison, Warne and Laker.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Mate, he’s a good coach and a top man. His removal at Carlton was that clubs nightmare. He and Hardwick had a similar profile, experience, that time. The blues board were stupid. Extremely. Peggy and co held their nerve with Hardwick and they reaped benefits, through patience, perseverance and supporting the man they appointed. Faith! Not saying you’ll get immediate benefits but that guy knows footy backwards and back again. I’m a little sad Carlton didn’t restore him. He’ll sort the players out. Just let him.

Who's set to rise and fall in the AFL next season?

I don’t want a national competition. The insular, semi pro days were better. For everyone except Gil & co. You could have state of origin program if u want national. I’d love to know why it’s seen as better? Semi pro, the players had a better life balance, there was actually more diversity then. The only white guys at AFL now are private school kids.

What the AFL must sort out by the end of the next decade

True. But to win it, you have to still defeat what’s in front of you. I can’t think of an unworthy premier. The commission needs to be redrafted. Too much power in hands of people living outside our experience. Kinda like the ALP, rank n file vs caucus. Who do they represent?

What the AFL must sort out by the end of the next decade

Elvis, you haven’t left the building. If the national comp fell over. I’d be rapt. Why cos it was better. Princess park, Western oval, Waverley. Standing room, decent beer in a can, reserves….heaven. Stuff the AFL, no one barracks for Gil and parasites,they can fall. Clubs with culture are gold.

What the AFL must sort out by the end of the next decade

Shooting from the hip and gathering the vibe of comments (I haven’t heard the pod yet). AFL needs to be careful. I think the commission and head honcho model (Demitriou, Gil) are not good. Gold Coast is a disaster, for all reasons. Can’t attract players, fans, staff…and never will. It amazes me that people like McGuire, Costa, all signed off. It’s sucking life, players, money, joy out of the comp. Ditto GWS, their success helps but in 10 years. We’ll see. Should’ve gone with gas and Hobart. Soccer so nearly could’ve, should’ve stole Tassie thru A league expansion. A mistake for sure as the enmity Tss has for AFL poor treatment should off chilled Gil, as Muslim conversions hurt Father Bob. You sell your base out, people will defect. Forever. There are some dodgy crowd numbers furnished. EVERYWHERE, ALL TIMES. It is such a sterile experience. Lawyers, h and s,some massive errors. How to alienate your fanbase. Be arrogant

What the AFL must sort out by the end of the next decade

Good work. I perused the BBL9 lists recently. The team, on paper, most threatening, I believe is Hurricanes. You sum them up nicely. Imagine how potent they’d be with one J. Archer in. Strikers seem to be on a good thing. I fancy those two this year. An aside Sydney thunder I rate too. Chris Green is a talent that’s not obvious to spot, but I’ve noticed his handy all round performances over the years. Someone in IPL did too. He’s one of not many Australian picked. At minimum chips but he’s in the door. Smart move.

BBL power rankings: Week 2

I have to comment. For me, Bolts had to go. Young guys can’t bust a gut and lose, lose, lose. It’s crushing. Your point on the hawks game is spot on. But it wasn’t to be. I agree with the assessment of strategy by him and SOS. There’s been an investment. But the circuit had to be cut and the wins came. As for sons of SOS, it’s difficult. But other list decisions like Pat Kerr need mention. I haven’t seen Ben.
The error was sacking Rats. We were similar to Tigers then. They held their nerve and Malthouse was a disaster. The prez is the other exit I’d like to see.

Sacked SOS will watch the success he set up at Carlton from afar

That’s a bit harsh. Yet I noticed comments “he’s got another bouncer yet in that left arm’, Fleming. I think he’s been heroic. Don’t forget all their plans with the ball went up in smoke when Ferguson went down on day 2?

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

It’s a VERY fair point you make. I read a comment only yesterday from Langer, regarding stability etc…but what’s the saying about change being constant!! Something will happen. Of the outsiders Harris was stiff, lucky perhaps to be selected initially, but I thought he showed an application, a resolve and he did OK. Patterson is the another who I’m sure we’ll see again. His youth and ability ensure it. Nonetheless I agree with you. The all deserve their spots and have earnt them. I suspect the captaincy will make something happen. Paine’s done OK, but they love Smith. Warner may yet pay a bigger price for SA. He won’t deputise for Smith again and many begrudge him. Burns and Labausagne are solid types,so the dearth of leadership that led to SA won’t occur. You don’t wish misfortune on any of em, but sh$t happens.

Joe Burns, Matthew Wade and Travis Head are here to stay

Fyffe is a super player, as is Cripps. We all should know that. I thought Grundy was the most influential player I witnessed this season. As a Blue’s man, that’s objective. Another midfielder sort of hohum. Strange to think there was a time when ruckman dominated. Thompson, Moss, Moore… I’d like to see that again.

Nat Fyfe wins second Brownlow Medal

Do people like you know. Anything. Are you aware of the ‘domestic violence’, substance abuse and sexual violence that occurs in indigenous communities? Don’t trust me or take my word. But don’t take an exploitive doco as Gospel. Find out for yourself. I and my friends have lived and worked among these people. Don’t be shamed by a scam. This country is good, it used to better. That’s why illegals want to be here. Kinda obvious. But mainstream media humiliate and ridicule the same culture that has afforded them a reasonable life. I don’t know why, you need to ask them. But just because it was on TV doesn’t validate it’s assumptions. F@ck the Vietnam war was live for a generation. Didn’t make that valid either now. Did it.

The Final Quarter reaction – I lost faith in Australia

Mate, don’t let it bring you down. But if you insist you will. Goode’s a top footballer chose to make a spectacle. No one is guaranteed a response, nor should they. Let’s face it and I’m NEARLY certain of this. If those boos where all cheers, the same people would be writing how brainwashed we all are. For me, it’s a crap doco on a vague topic that’ll be forgotten soon.

The Final Quarter reaction – I lost faith in Australia

Stoinis has been run out twice as well, that stat deserves considering

Maxwell, Stoinis handed no guarantees to play semi-final