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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Fed-up fans are voting with their feet in Melbourne.

Fed-up fans are voting with their feet in Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images

And we'll leave it there for today footy fans. Thanks for all the questions and comments again, hope you continue to enjoy the chance to have your say here. See you back here next Monday at 12pm.

 

Vote: Sunday bloody Sunday

Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

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  • Hi Rohan,

    Just wondering your thoughts on the way the 'holding the ball' rule is being interpreted this year - players are seemingly allowed to rotate 360 degrees or hold onto the ball for as long as they like (as long as they dispose of it eventually) and not be penalised, yet if you happen to be first to the footy and have 5 players stack on top of you immediately, you will be pinged. The AFL's obsession with the game continually flowing has meant that good tackles are not being rewarded. Your thoughts?

    Also interested in your views on the rising star award this year - like the premiership race, it looks to be the most open in years, with Kolodjadjni (spelling?), Dunstan, Aish, McDonald, Billings and now Bontempelli all having claims. Who is your tip at this stage?

    Commenter
    Rhino
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 30, 2014, 8:51AM
    • Hi Rhino, Couldn't agree more. I raised it an umpiring briefing a couple of weeks ago and I think they see it as an issue as well. Good tackles of free-standing players who have had an opportunity deserve to be rewarded. Stark contrast with player pinned on the ground who can't get rid of it who is penalised. Need to pay more of the former, less of the latter. Rising Star pretty tough call at this stage. Right now, I'd probably go with Aish.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:03PM
    • They can give the rising star to Aish now.

      Commenter
      Craig
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:37PM
    • Think you might be forgetting a certain Tom Langdon who has one hand on the award and should he not have lasting ill effects of last weeks concussion i dare say it will end up in both his hands.

      Commenter
      JAS
      Location
      MELBOURNE
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 1:09PM
  • Rohan,
    What is it with the media adulation of Gary Ablett and how many possessions he wins? Your profession was in a right soapy lather after he got more than 40 against hawthorn and yet, having watched the game, he had virtually no influence. He racks up possessions every match against Hawthorn because they don't bother tagging him - they don't need to. They know his one/twos and dinky little kicks and handballs are good for the record books, but don't hurt the scoreboard.
    Ceglar deserved votes ahead of Ablett, but it was not to be according to the Age.

    Commenter
    tedx
    Date and time
    June 30, 2014, 9:26AM
    • Speaking of the other end of the spectrum, ergo "underrated" Im an Eagles fan and I have to say, its been a long time since I saw a player tear a side apart the way Nate Fyfe did on the weekend.

      The guy is as big as an old fashioned CHB, he runs like the wind, can out jump Natinanui, and kicks it as far as Shannon Hurn. The guy is a freak.

      Im really surprised he didnt win the Ross Glendening medal, he had the ball on a string. He took more contested marks than the whole Eagles side combined.

      If he played for Carlton he would have won a Brownlow already methinks. Super player this guy.

      Commenter
      Lroy
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 11:21AM
    • He racks up so many possessions because the young kids in the side constantly give it to him.

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 11:33AM
    • Lroy

      Carlton have only won one Brownlow since the AFL started whereas WC have won two. I know Fremantle haven't bagged one yet, with Pavlich the stand out. Non-Victorian clubs have won 10 of the 26 available since 1987 which is pretty good.

      I follow the tiges and we haven't won the thing since 1971 so its not easy to win.

      Bottom line, Carlton are not favoured in the Brownlow race.

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:00PM
    • Hi Ted, Can't say a lot about Haw-GC game as I was at Rich-StK. Yes, there are some games when his touches don't count for as much, but I reckon they're in the minority. Votes are a very subjective thing, obviously.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:05PM
    • Tedx. I think some get a man crush. I recall watching North play games, Carey get a few touches one or two Goals and people, especially Bruce MCAveny gush and praised him as best on ground. I'm not saying Carey doesn't deserve the accolades he gets as a great, just some wear blinkers when watching games.

      Commenter
      Go Blues
      Date and time
      June 30, 2014, 12:29PM

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