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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Tuesday

The Bulldogs leave the field after another loss.

The Bulldogs leave the field after another loss. Photo: Pat Scala

We'll call it a day there folks, thanks for all the questions and comments. No doubt the highlight this weekend will be Saturday's Sydney-Port Adelaide game, both sides good to watch. Should be a beauty. Enjoy your footy, and see you here back at the regular slot of 12pm on Monday.

 

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  • Franklin cleared. Please explain.

    You might have to speak slowly, because I've obviously missed something here.

    Commenter
    bornagirl
    Location
    Cats fan
    Date and time
    June 09, 2014, 8:53PM
    • because. he. now. plays. for .Sydney.
      Same bump when he played for Hawthorn against Syndey and he was given a suspension.
      Sydney is THE most important team in the AFL - let's be clear about this. And the AFL will do everything possible to ensure that Syndey is always successful, from compliant umpiring in the early days, to COLA, inconsistent tribunal interpretatiosn, favourable draws etc.
      And 5 years from now, when Franklin doesn't want to play, or can't play anymore, the AFL will bail the Swans out of their $10M deal. Sydney will NEVER be allowed to fail. They will never be like Richmond or StKilda bumping along the bottom of the ladder. This is inconceivable in the eyes of the AFL.

      Commenter
      la vérité
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 8:20AM
    • Yes, Sydney is the AFL's love child and must be protected at all costs. Wonder what Ross Lyon thinks about Buddy getting off but Ballantyne being directly referred. From what I saw, it should be the other way round.

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 9:36AM
    • The MRP needs refurbishment, after letting Viney off the inconsistency is beyond explanation. Sydney are a protected species as well, separate issue. Fraser has to go; for an ex-player and umpire to be in charge of such a mess is a joke.

      Commenter
      Jack
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 11:33AM
    • Hi Bornagirl, He's lucky, no doubt. Bump was high and late. Nothing shocking, but in context of other decisions think he can think himself a little fortunate.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 12:09PM
  • Hi Rohan
    regarding buddys bump, I think he was very lucky that the bump was not forceful enough to warrant a suspension and the MRP got it 100 per cent correct. the swans game against Port Adelaide on Saturday should be a cracking game with two even midfields I'm tipping it will be very tight and very close.

    Commenter
    matthew
    Location
    georges Hall
    Date and time
    June 09, 2014, 9:37PM
    • Hi Matthew. The AFL is very concerned about its expansion program. Tens of, no- hundreds of millions of dollars of TV rights are on the line and on a cold afternoon at the McG, seeing Melbourne score an entire 2 goals for a match in THE midseason showpiece game (yes the Dees scored one in the first 30 seconds we know), and ratings down there with I love Lucy re-runs for the day, we are decidedly worried about the state of the game. It is im[perative that we have the champions of the game like Goodes, and Franklin, and Tippett, all playing, and inside our generous salary cap concession, COL allowances and "ambassador" payments.
      Please do not look behind the curtain

      Commenter
      Vlad
      Location
      Big office
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 9:12AM
    • Hi Matthew, Agreed not that forecful, think there have been others similarly inconsequential which have been punished, though. Really looking forward to Port-Swans game, two great midfields both in terrific form, winner of that contest more than likely wins the game.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 12:11PM
  • Rohan, I think you underestimated the effect of a coach in your article. You need look no further than Roos and Hinkley to know the immediate impact of changing from a bad coach (remember Neeld and Primus?). And just as importantly everyone is keen (certainly from the Macartney camp) that Eade underdeveloped the list but seems to forget the list he inherited from Rohde and that he took them to 4 finals in 5 years. Wallis and Libba and Dahlhaus were also drafted under Eade's watch. A missing piece of analysis is that every single coach of a grand final side in the last 25 years - all - had at least one thing in common. They coached a side to the finals within 3 years of their first appointment as a senior coach. The fact is if a coach doesnt have an immediate impact they never will. Statistically Macartney is horrible on almost every measure - points for are down and points against are up on the average and wins speaks for itself - on the weekend a side averaging 65 points a game was able to kick 7 goals in a quarter against us. Rohan - you can't tell me if we had a dream team of Lethal Leigh as senior with Ling as senior assistant to take over in 2 years we wouldn't be higher on the ladder (and yes i know its a dream but what else do dogs supporters have?). Macartney is a nice guy but we all know where they - and the sides they coach - finish.

    Commenter
    Its time to go
    Date and time
    June 10, 2014, 8:15AM
    • Dimma needs to go too. The weekend was the third time the tiges have faded badly after getting into winning positions. Why didn't he flood; do you think Paul Roos would have allowed such a good lead to be frittered away?

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Date and time
      June 10, 2014, 11:02AM

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