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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Geelong's Steve Johnson makes contact with his leg to Fremante's Lachie Neale.

Geelong's Steve Johnson makes contact with his leg to Fremante's Lachie Neale. Photo: Channel Seven

We'll have to wrap it up there for today, folks. Sorry about questions haven't answered yet, will do what I can to get back to them later on today or this evening. Another big round coming up in lead-in to finals, catch us back here to break it down next Monday at 12pm.

 

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

Leave a comment now and/or return at midday to join the conversation.

Topics you may like to discuss:

  • Top four improvement
  • The push of the Eagles and Crows towards finals berths
  • Carlton's improved form
  • Collingwood's woes and whether Ben Reid should play forward or back
  • Steve Johnson's continued issues with taggers
  • Brownlow Medal chances

 

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  • The Lions's effort yesterday Rohan I think proved that all of the goodwill and praise showered on them this last week was entirely premature (and I say this as a Lions supporter). They are a long, long way from being a force and indeed, given their final 3 matches this season, the wooden spoon looms as a distinct possibility. Which then opens up interesting possibilities during trade period, as it is clear they really need a quality midfielder to support Rockliff (and Rich, when he returns), yet their recent record in luring established players is poor to say the least. I'd say Leppitsch has to work really hard in the remainder of the season to sell a message that the Lions are a team worth coming to.

    Commenter
    janeygotagun
    Date and time
    August 11, 2014, 8:30AM
    • Hi Janey, I think you're a little overly pessimistic to be honest. I reckon their last six weeks prior to yesterday was pretty solid, and I think there's been good signs from most of the younger brigade at some stage. Midfield is a little thin, true, but there's decent prospects in defence and attack. Maybe another key forward would be handy, but for me the ups outweigh the downs this year.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:13PM
  • Do you agree with Danny Green's take on the tribunal's penalty on Vickery?

    Commenter
    Phil
    Date and time
    August 11, 2014, 8:40AM
    • Hi Phil, I saw Green's comments on the Conca incident, not sure if he made them about Vickery, but I tend to agree, the Conca one was pretty inexcusable in terms of where it was, how long after the initial provocation and the message sent. Two weeks was a very lucky penalty for him on reflection.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:18PM
  • Dear Rider of Rohann - can you please check this theory?

    Bucks was a relentless professional athlete who came into moderately effective leadership powers after ~ a decade of his (brilliant) playing career.

    Fast forward.

    Bucks is a relentless professional coach who may come into moderately effective leadership powers after a decade of coaching.

    I really admire him and his strengths, but, aside from his match day management which isn't elite, is it fair to say bluntly that if McGuire wasn't Prez, Bucks wouldn't be coaching at Collingwood after 2014?

    Have a good one.

    Commenter
    reaching at least for the start of the atmosphere
    Location
    carrinbushes
    Date and time
    August 11, 2014, 8:56AM
    • Hi Reaching, It's an interesting one. Most would agree that in terms of knowledge and a decent apprenticeship, few would have inherited the job more qualified. Certainly hasn't had the results they anticipated, but as we've written about, the list has changed substantially in only a couple of years. I'm prepared to give him a little more leeway yet. I think 2015 is probably crunch time in terms of an assessment of his coaching ability.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:21PM
  • Hi Rohan,

    This season has ended up being pretty exciting after a mediocre start (spectacle wise at least), with the top 8 far from decided and several clubs in the hunt, as well as open races in the Coleman, Brownlow and Rising Star. And what an effort it would be if the Tigers could make it. Anyway, was wondering your thoughts on the Roughead trip - surely even with carryover points he shouldn't get a week for that. I'm not a Hawks supporter but I suspect that will be the sort of incident that would only incur a fine next year.

    Commenter
    Rhino
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    August 11, 2014, 9:02AM
    • If Roughy gets a week (and he shouldn't) its going to be an interesting Hawthorn forward set up. Hale, Schoenmaker, and Ceglar as the tall forwards....Its a long way from 2013 when it was Roughy, Buddy and Gunston.

      With McPharlin for Freo it should be fascinating to watch

      Commenter
      Mangroves
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 11:29AM
    • Hi Rhino, I fear he might go based on the precedent of six players charged on same offence this season, all have gone from 80 points down to 60 except for Dale Morris, and with carryover points that's going to tip him over the edge for a week. The silver lining might be getting rid of the bulk of his carryovers heading into the finals, though.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 11, 2014, 12:26PM
  • G'day Rohan,
    It was good to see the umpires put the whistle away in the second half of the cats game, that first half was not great viewing. The umps were letting those tiggy touchwood ones go earlier in the year. Do you think the umpires willingness to pay free kicks to blokes ducking to get high contact is becoming dangerous? Lynch nearly broke his neck and Bartel broke his nose for the forth time in 30 games. He was given the free and kicked the goal but that bloke is going to be a mumbling mess in ten years. It's a high price to pay for a sausage roll.

    Commenter
    Pip the lip
    Date and time
    August 11, 2014, 9:03AM

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