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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Geelong after their 110-point loss to Sydney, Thursday 29th May, 2014.

Geelong after their 110-point loss to Sydney, Thursday 29th May, 2014. Photo: Anthony Johnson

That's it for today folks. Busy session! As usual, thanks for all the questions and comments. Just one thing to note. If you want a response from me, please enter a new comment (even if it's responding to another reader comment) rather than hit reply, as it helps this blog flow more smoothly and my responses don't get thrown out of whack. Anyway, only four games this week but a couple of biggies among them. Enjoy, and see you back here next Monday at 12pm.

 

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  • Great to see some of the lower teams do well. Particularly enjoyed watching the Doggies play. Macrae and Bontempelli look first class. They need a big guy too - is Redpath a long term chance?

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    MApB
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    July 21, 2014, 8:25AM
    • Hi MApB, It's funny how often the rounds which look the least appealing end up throwing up the biggest surprises. Bulldogs have come good in a big way, their form's been really solid ever since they beat Collingwood in round 13. Redpath has good raps on him, hasn't been too conspicuous so far at senior level but it a hard worker.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 12:08PM
  • Rohan, it seemed obvious that right from the start of the match on Saturday, Fremantle were just not remotely interested. To the outside observer it almost seemed as though they had given the match away before it began (e.g., the 'resting' of Sandliands) and were content to drop the game in the run home. Fremantle of course have form in this regard (against St Kilda last year and also against Hawthorn before that). Maybe it's actually a deliberate tactic?

    Commenter
    janeygotagun
    Date and time
    July 21, 2014, 8:29AM
    • Janey, Given the gambling involved in footy these days, this game should be investigated. Lie down with dogs wake up with fleas.

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 10:58AM
    • No way was that a deliberate tactic but you're right Freo just weren't interested. Some of us supporters were jumping up & down last week yelling "danger game" as it seemed the club had already pencilled the game in as a win and was looking at the game after. Regardless of the Hayes retirement announcement we saw from GWS & Melbourne over the weekend that the bottom clubs are not far off being a top 8 side which means our competition is in very good health. Freo just received a massive wake up call and if they want to make a serious run for the flag this year NOTHING can be taken for granted. And if they don't field their (next to) best side their chances of going all the way are slim.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 11:18AM
    • Fremantle had the opportunity to take top spot, only because Sydney has played one less game, and could have gone out of the top four altogether if Port had won by a bigger margin. The game against St Kilda last year was totally different. Freo were into the finals and left half of their team at home to rest. Don't think there were any deliberate tactics, more likely complacency and I doubt if Sandilands would have made that much of a difference anyway. The Saints were on and Freo had no answers. This could be a damaging loss for Fremantle. No team should take any other team for granted, regardless of position on the ladder.

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 11:38AM
    • Hi Janey, Don't think so this time, as the consequences of the loss might end up proving pretty dramatic. They've gone from being in position to host two home finals to perhaps missing the top four altogether. Pretty hard to think Lyon would be rolling the dice to that extent just to give his players a short spell at this stage.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 12:11PM
  • Rohan, you are spot on in your assessment of the Cats, they look very weak for the 2nd placed team. Do you think that, based on this weekends capitulation by the top teams that Sydney are now clear cut flag favourites or is it still too far out to tell (and with revealing '8 point' games coming up with Freo v Geelong, Port v Freo, Syd v Haw etc etc). And just quickly, your Brownlow, Coleman and Rising Star predictions.

    Commenter
    Friendship
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    July 21, 2014, 9:12AM
    • The fact that Geelong is in second place despite such a relatively low percentage seems to point to that wonderful, intangible characteristic called "culture". They have developed a culture of winning that seems to carry them forward. I hope that one day soon the mighty Bombers might re-establish that culture, which they haven't really had since we welcomed in the new millennium. Having Mark Thompson back at the club is a big plus and I sure hope we can keep him there.

      Commenter
      Doug
      Location
      Hobart
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 11:58AM
    • Hi Friendship, Swans would have to be clear favourite just now, but what's interesting about this season is the amount of decisive games still to come in last few weeks, eg. Hawthorn v Sydney this Saturday. I still think Hawks a very big chance indeed, and I suspect that Freo shocker was a one-off. Predictions? Right off the top, perhaps Pendlebury Brownlow, Franklin for Coleman and Dunstan or Bontompelli for Rising Star.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 21, 2014, 12:16PM

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