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  • As part of some maths challenges for the kids we did some sums on Buddy's floated GWS income per possession or per minute of game time.

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    Rocky
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    Docklands
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    June 24, 2013, 12:51PM
  • Hi Rohan,
    I think having the Pies, Essendon and the Tigers in the finals will be awesome enough. Sorry, but Carlton are not good enough - why can't you media types do your homework ;-)? Waite is the great white hope but is 30, undisciplined and injury prone. And they don't have the big key defenders to hold the monster forwards in finals time.

    akc1973

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    akc1973
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    June 24, 2013, 12:50PM
  • With the Crowley/Harvey skirmish, there are several players that regularly play the game on the edge of fairness. Dermie mentioned Goodes sliding. Certainly Ziebell & Thomas have "collided" improperly with other players. Hodge has done similar as has Andrew Walker & Campbell Brown. It's a minority - are these players on thin ice?

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    MApB
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    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:45PM
  • The speculation about Johnno's bump is getting to the depths of that handed out by Pommy sportswriters, whose only requirements are to find a salacious headline without having the facts to back it up. If the critics had watched the game, they would have overheard the umpire in control say at the time that it was a fair bump. End of story.

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    Laurie Mills
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    fnq
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    June 24, 2013, 12:39PM
  • Congratulations to St Kilda's two 250-game champs. Is there anything they can't do? The NICKS, RIEWOLDT AND DAL SANTO are an anagram of TWO KINDRED SAINTS CAN DO ALL.

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    Gigs
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    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:39PM
  • How many weeks do you think Andrew Emberley will get? it was one of the lowest acts i've seen in footy for years and I would think at least a minimum of six!

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    hawkeye71
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    Docklands
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:33PM
    • Didn't look great, did it. Don't know about six, but certainly worth at least a couple I would have thought.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:19PM
  • Hi Rohan, what an incredible weekend of upsets. As a Hawks fan, pretty happy about it actually. Hawks must be the most consistent side in the comp - particularly at being able to ride out 'down patches' during games. Best thing about us at the moment is we are very even - no big possession winners (aside from Mitch) but we make them count. So many high impact players, damaging opponents with 15-20 touches e.g. Bruest, Roughy, Hodgey, Burger, Gunston and Hill. Could Brian Lake make AA this year? Would be an amazing turn around...

    Also, has a team ever had a bigger turn around from the depths of where an entire club has been than Port? Adelaide and WC in the past few seasons have gone from average to top 4 but both those teams had a better platform of greater talent, better coaching, financial strength and a 'winning culture'.

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    AG
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    Camberwell
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:32PM
    • Hi AG, No doubt Hawks have been most consistent side of the season, and like you, I think the single biggest improvement is in the spread of contributors, guess they learned a few lessons from how Sydney did it last year. Lake playing great footy now, but missing few games at the start might hurt his chances. And on Port, been massive effort, was interesting how many people seemed to be cheering them home last Saturday.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:17PM
  • G'Day Rohan!
    Has Michael Voss saved his job after the amazing come from behind win by the Lions on Sunday?
    Do you think he's the man to take the Lions forward?

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    BangerK
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    Ballarat
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:27PM
    • Hi BangerK, I don't think coaching tenures are determined by one result. But it's going to be a tough call on Voss if they continue to win. Their form but for a couple of weeks earlier in the season hasn't been awful, and there's clearly talent coming through. I think a lot will depend on how much the coaching tree is shaken out with the Melbourne job.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:12PM
  • Good win by the Lions, but Paul Roos is on the other line waiting. They need to win at least 3 of the next 6 games or make the call.

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    Craig
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    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:25PM
    • Hi Craig, Is Roosy really that keen? And can the Lions match what Melbourne might (with a little help) throw at him?

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:10PM
  • Hi Rohan, what are your thoughts on Melbourne obtaining a priority pick....? as an opposition supporter i can't say i agree... they have had constant early draft picks and have yet to develop anything from the assistance they have obtained... is it fair that one team constantly is helped out due to their own ineptitude?

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    Wigmus
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    June 24, 2013, 12:15PM
    • To be fair though their last priority pick was taken away to GWS by AFL dollars and the main compo they received for that is still running around in the VFL as he is too young to play... can't really blame Melbourne for Scully leaving and too early to judge compo pick in Hogan.

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      KG
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      June 24, 2013, 12:45PM
    • I don't agree, either, not as though they haven't been gifted enough chances to get their act together. I also don't like the way the criteria and rulings on priority picks now have been taken in-house, which will lead to as many questions about integrity as the old system.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:09PM
  • When does the cricket start?

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    bornagirl
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    Cats fan
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    June 24, 2013, 12:12PM
    • I should add I don't actually follow the cricket, but last night's performance by Geelong was enough to make me think perhaps I should give it a go.

      Mind you, as Chris Scott himself has said, and we've all been aware, Geelong have not actually played four good quarters of football most weeks this year. I'm surprised it hasn't been talked about more. Seems to have been obscured by the fact that they've generally got through.

      Perhaps this loss isn't such a bad thing.

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      bornagirl
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      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 24, 2013, 12:28PM
    • Has sort of gone largely without notice, I guess because they've kept winning. You could be right, too, to adapt Paul Keating, could well be the loss they had to have!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:07PM
  • What are your thoughts on the NAB Cup format and should the AFL scrap it. For starters we hear every year that teams don't field full strength teams play reserves teams and possibly tank.Examples include Freo taking a reserves team to play Carlton and got belted by 70 points Lyon doing a TV interview in the third quarter Collingwood getting belted by Brisbane with a reserves team too to possibly avoid playing Carlton and its former coach Mick Malthouse in a semi final Richmond resting three stars on the bench in a tense last quarter against North Melbourne Hawthorn getting beaten by both Brisbane and Gold Coast when in season proper neither team could not beat Hawks Sydney getting belted by GWS and Carlton gee that tells us how seriously the Swans as they do every year like they did under Roos and now Longmire not take it seriously and Brisbane the NAB Cup winner languishing down near the bottom.So with saying that I heard the want to continue with the comp but should they scrap it return to knockout finals or do you like its current format?

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    Nesse McDonald
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:09PM
    • Hi Nesse, Don't think there's much doubt if the season is extended to 24 rounds, the NAB Cup will come back a week. I'd keep it a knockout format, personally.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:05PM
    • Hi Nesse, Don't think there's much doubt if the season is extended to 24 rounds, the NAB Cup will come back a week. I'd keep it a knockout format, personally.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:05PM
  • Hi Rohan,

    To round out a round of big yesterday arvo we saw an incredible comeback capped with a goal after the siren. How do you see the Megahertz's chances of pushing to be included as the AFL's newest expansion club?

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    PG
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    Richmond
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 12:08PM
    • Hi PG, Was very impressed with the standard down at Elsternwick Park, though two draws in two years does seem a little dubious to me! Megahertz would be a solid addition to AFL ranks, though suspect the Rockdogs would probably attract more fans due to the star factor.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:04PM
  • Hi Rohan, mate the big upset wins have thrown the top Four wide open now, both for your Dons and my beloved Pies. Mate, im glad we are under the radar, rapt in fact. I reckon if the Pies can finally get our act together, start playing four qtrs., and get back stars like Beams, Daisy, Johnno, a fit Didak,, Goldsack, and Keefe and a very handy Young, we could cause massive grief if we finish top four. The flag is wide open now, IMHO, and if my Woods can hit peak form late august, anything can yet happen.!

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    Piesnchess
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    Mt EvelynIMHO
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    June 24, 2013, 11:58AM
    • Hi Piesnchess, Can't disagree. I still think both the Pies and Dons will end up missing out on the top four, but you're right, the Swans and Cats losses have certainly thrown the cat (pardon the pun) amongst the pigeons! Long way to go yet!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 1:01PM
  • There's an even money chance Fremantle is going to move into second spot this weekend. We are getting ahead of ourselves if we are talking no Perth or Sydney finals this early.

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    Bill
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    Perth
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:57AM
    • Hi Bill, Fair call, just thought it was worth a bit of speculation! Geelong at Geelong is certainly close to the ultimate test for the Dockers, though, you'd agree?

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:56PM
  • Just wondering what your thoughts are on Fremantle amd how far can they go can they go all the way this season and how good is Ross Lyon is he as good a coach as Malthouse Clarkson Longmire Worsfold or Chris Scott where do you rate him in comparison to those five.Secondly why did Freo underachieve under Connolly and Harvey for about a decade under those two coaches they were hyped up to win a maiden flag and never got close and it has taken 19 years in Freo history to possibly achieve the ultimate?

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    Amber McDonald
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:55AM
    • Lyon has the game plan to stay close in games and then a pretty good midfield to win their share of them. As a Cat fan I would rate him well ahead of Scott. How did Worsfold get into your list? Lyon gets all the players following his rules. Throw in Pavlich and Sandilands and a top two finish and they can make the GF.

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      willco
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      June 24, 2013, 12:38PM
    • I believe he is a better coach than all of the aforementioned and will have much success.

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      Catherine
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      June 24, 2013, 12:45PM
    • Hi Amber, Yes, I do, though if you were asking me my flag tip now it wouldn't be the Dockers. Ross Lyon has in my opinion been the best coach in the AFL for at least the last five years, able to instill a level of discipline on-field that the others (as good as they are) don't get as consistently from their players. I don't think Freo had nearly as good a list in the Connolly/Harvey days as now, certainly not as balanced.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:55PM
  • Hi Rohan, in the event that the final eight is comprised of all the big clubs you have previously mentioned it has become apparent that Hawthorn may be forced to play an interstate side at Etihad in the first week of the finals (along way to go I know). The fact that we are not surprised with this possibility speaks volumes about how we have accepted the AFL's priority for the bottom line (and the exec's bonuses) over the integrity of the comp. What are your thoughts on this notion in a general sense.

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    pocka
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    willy
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:41AM
    • Hi Pocka, Yes, I agree. If integrity was the No.1 factor, they'd ensure the No.1 team got the venue it wanted. But I think Hawthorn's lesser preparation time than the Swans in GF week last year proved it's not necessarily the first consideration. In my view, competition integrity should always be above revenue or any other consideration.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:52PM
  • From a journalist's point of view, who do you want to get the gig at Melbourne? I would have thought Mark Williams provides some great material for the scribes to work with and seems very media friendly. Or would the return of Knights/Ayres to the top level make a better story?

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    Edgar
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    Zanzibar
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:37AM
    • Haven't really thought about it that way. I find them all OK to work with (though there's been the odd recent tiff!). Reckon it's a good story regardless of who gets it, certainly the biggest challenge in football right now!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:48PM
  • Can't see Carlton making the 8 ahead of West Coast to be honest. They have had a dysfuctional forward line for years and have done nothing about it. They still pin their hopes that Waite will play a full season and kick 60 goals, which hasn't happened yet and will never happen. West Coast are a better side and it will show at years end.

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    Carlton meh
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    9th
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    June 24, 2013, 11:34AM
    • Hi Meh, I think West Coast probably are a better side, but I also think Carlton's draw is a fraction easier. Fair point about Waite, though, he really needs to be there for them to have a chance.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:46PM
  • Given that there is a good chance of there being 4 finals in Melbourne for Week 1, and a very strong possibility that the 'Big 4' will occupy spots 5-8, do you think it's fair for Hawthorn or Geelong, finishing in spot 1-2, to be relegated to Etihad?

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    Alex
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    June 24, 2013, 11:33AM
    • Assuming Geelong finish 2nd which is very doubtful. Freo have gift draw could now take 2nd.

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      willco
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      June 24, 2013, 12:31PM
    • Hi Alex, No, I don't, but I'm not sure they'd have much choice than to play the final involving an interstate team at Etihad, regardless of where the local side finished, given the amounts of supporters they all have. Think if it were the Hawks particularly, given what happened in grand final week last year, they'd have every reason to blow up about it.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:43PM
  • Very tantilsing prospect Rohan, but I honestly cant see Carlton making the 8, which, as an Essendon member, suits me just fine!
    Off topic, but I really appreciated your music work on SEN over the weekend, it's always nice to find another Helmet fan!!

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    Barney
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    The Real World
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:31AM
    • Hi Barney, Fair enough, they don't have the easiest draw either, but I think on balance you'd prefer their run home to either Port Adelaide's or West Coast's. Re SEN, love getting the chance to play some decent music! Helmet have always been one of my favourites, have seen them live three times, and probab ly my favourite film clip of all time is Wilma's Rainbow. Here, check it out!

       

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:41PM
  • Rohan, if Buddy does go the for big dollars on offer, what do HFC do, keep topping up with possibly pick 20 & 21 for a final tilt at 2014 or start thinking about life after the current midfield and kick off a mini rebuild?

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    Elissa
    Location
    Bentleigh
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:22AM
    • Hi Elissa, I'd be going the former route, whilst there's some older midfielders there, it's hardly as though their performance levels have fallen away. Reckon the flag window is open for at least a couple more years yet.

       

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:37PM
  • Hi Rohan, I have been asking you this every week since Buddy annouced he is putting off contracts talks, since last monday on your blog seems to be overwhelming opinion in the print/online/tv media across the board its more or a question of when not if buddy stays, do you still standby your opinion of him staying or is it now basically a conclusion?

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    nick-33
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:20AM
    • meh, who cares really at this stage?

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      Tim
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      June 24, 2013, 12:09PM
    • Hi Nick, Clearly the money is going to be hard to knock back, but can anyone except Buddy himself really answer to what extent it's a factor. And how much is enough? Perhaps he'd be happy enough to stay here for less if it's still a healthy amount, which clearly it would be. Not saying I know something others don't, just don't see why it's necessarily inevitable.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:35PM
  • Hi Rohan,
    If we are going to have bye rounds next year, do you think teams that have the bye should play each other the following week? It seems a recurring theme that teams that have had the bye (Sydney, Geelong) struggle to run out the game against teams that have played the week before (Port, Brisbane) leaving them disadvantaged unfairly.
    The chances of the Bombers running out a full game this week against West Coast on the expansive Subiaco arena are next to nil, which may cost Carlton that 8th spot.

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    Pip
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    Perth
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    June 24, 2013, 11:15AM
    • Except both the dons and the wc had the bye i.e. they're both fresh

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      kepler 22b
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      June 24, 2013, 11:59AM
    • Interesting point about teams not performing well after the bye. Would be interesting to know what the stats were since it was introduced, because the idea that it's not beneficial is counter to the way we think about the 'week off' during the finals.

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      bornagirl
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      Cats fan
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      June 24, 2013, 12:19PM
    • Hi Pip, Good point. I wrote about this in the Sunday Age and it really does often depend on when you have the bye. Obviously it's preferrable to have two sides coming off byes playing each other, but just not always possible, though in 2011, when there were six weeks where three teams had a bye, they did manage to have two of them play each other on several occasions.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:31PM
    • I'd like to see a bye week where everyone has a week off. That way it's fair for everyone in the draw, and the FTA broadcasting and fantasy leagues :) are not compromised

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      Mick
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      June 24, 2013, 12:38PM
  • If Luke Hodge sneaks into the AA team (and that's a big 'if', maybe on the bench) would he get the captains role? Such strong on field leadership shown this year and looks like the Hodge of old.

    And who plays Ash McGrath in the inevitable movie adaptation of yesterday's game?

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    Edgar
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    Incorporal
    Date and time
    June 24, 2013, 11:14AM
    • Hi Edgar, Hodge and Ablett as captaincy candidates would be really hard to split. I sat next to Hawthorn bench last two Friday nights (for SEN) and saw first-hand just how good a leader he is in terms of encouragement of teammates and liasing with the coach's box etc. And his form has been right back to its best, too. I reckon McGrath should play himself (you know, reality TV and all that)!

       

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:26PM
  • good chance it will be hawks v dockers that would be an ideal etihad game :)

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    Wigmus
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    June 24, 2013, 11:13AM
    • Don't think Hawks would be too happy about it, they definitely prefer the MCG, and did get the rough end of the stick last year in terms of grand final preparation compared to Sydney.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:18PM
  • you've hit the nail on the head though regarding Nick riewoldt... i mean i really don't like the saints but ST Nick is a champion and everyone should recognise what a supreme player he has been for a very long time... it reminded me of Chris Judd's 250th... same thing happened.... what sort of low lifes boo any player at such an ocassion....??? i don't get the lack of mentality of these people....

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    Wigmus
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    June 24, 2013, 11:10AM
    • Melbourne fans booed Nick Riewoldt? Classy.

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      bornagirl
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      Cats fan
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      June 24, 2013, 12:15PM
    • Don't think I'm overly moralistic about these things, but I reckon it was pretty poor form, simply because he got a soft free kick! It's not like Riewoldt has ever been a controversial player, just a star who works his bum off week after week. Deserved better.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:16PM
    • Were they booing Nick or were they booing the decision? I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt...

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      Render
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      June 24, 2013, 12:43PM
  • sounds feasible... carlton are the only ones that aren't a certainty but their best has been pretty good this year and i think if they can snag a win against a top team it will be the making of them and they'll have a winning run and sow up a spot in top 8... how good would be a carlton v collingwood final.... has been awhile :)

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    Wigmus
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    June 24, 2013, 11:07AM
    • Hi Wigmus, Like earlier reply said, their draw certainly isn't cruisy, but do think there's scope for improvement and you wouldn't rule them out of any of those games against sides higher on the ladder, even this week in Sydney. Carlton v Collingwood final would be a ripper, first since 1988!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:12PM
  • Rohan, Do you think Brad Scott has kept the faith in under performing players a little too long this season? It seems as if he is picking them on what they are capable of and not what they are putting up. Im thinking of Firrito (has been poor and given away countless 50m penalties) and Adams (has not had a single game worthy of a place in the team this year). Lets face it, finals are gone in 2013, Brad should start picking players such as Gysberts and Jacobs to see what they can show, rather than keep blind faith in the current below par performers.

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    Tom711
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    June 24, 2013, 10:29AM
    • Now they are wigmus but they wont at the time.

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      JC
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      Doreen
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      June 24, 2013, 12:01PM
    • You would think that Scott would have to shoulder at least some of the blame for the disaster of this season. They haven't really played like a well drilled unit especially all the big leads they have lost.

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      Tim
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      June 24, 2013, 12:06PM
    • Hi Tom, Very good point. Some of the younger types who the Roos would have been banking on to improve further just haven't gone on with it, and I've been surprised by the lack of games for both Jacobs and Gysberts, who seem to have at least been relatively consistent at VFL level. At 4-8, finals are gone, so don't see what they have to lose by giving them a crack now.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:08PM
  • I have one problem with your story Rohan, with Carltons inability to beat one side above it on the ladder all year and it's very tough run home, i have them finishing just outside the eight at the end of the year, exactly where they sit right now.

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    JC
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    Doreen
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    June 24, 2013, 10:06AM
    • i'm guessing that the win over port adelaide was by a different team then as they are above the blues???

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      Wigmus
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      June 24, 2013, 11:08AM
    • Hi JC, It's a fair observation, they have got six against sides above them. I guess I think a lot of those games though are at least 50/50, eg. v Coll, Rich and Ess, and I do think they've still got a fair scope for improvement. They also don't get blown away (biggest lost 17 points) so they've been right in every game they've played. It's a punt, but this is a prediction business!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      June 24, 2013, 12:03PM
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