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Live blog with Rohan Connolly at noon

Will have to wrap it up there today, folks, thanks for all the questions and comments again, still a few I haven't got around to yet but will do my best to answer either tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for your continued support of this blog, we'll see you back here 12pm next Monday.

Have your say on the footy issues that matter to you. Leave a comment of return at noon to blog live with Rohan Connolly.

Here's some issues on the agenda this morning:

Rohan believes neither Geelong nor Hawthorn are the complete product. How open is the premiership race?

The long-term future for North Melbourne remains bright, but could they yet be a big player in 2013?

Carlton is 6-8 and has failed to claim a top four scalp this season. After a year of gallant losses, they put in a shocker in a defining game against their arch-rival Collingwood. Given the level of expectation upon the team after Brett Ratten was sacked as copach, how do you rate the performance of the Blues this year?

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  • I think the Blues problems are psychological - in my opinion they have the necessary talent but don't believe in themselves. That's what Mick has to work on. I don't support Carlton but I didn't like the way Ratts, a favourite son, was treated. He was very unlucky with injuries.

    Commenter
    Lock
    Date and time
    July 08, 2013, 9:41AM
    • Hi Lock, Tend to agree, though they've been blown away less this season, there were some disturbing signs of players finding it all a bit hard once Collingwood got on top last Friday night. That fragility has been apparent for some time now. And yes, Ratts was very unlucky with injuries, they've had a lot fewer this season than last.

       

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 08, 2013, 12:04PM
  • Hi Rohan

    I think Carlton is a loooonnnggg way off being contenders, and that guys like Judd, Waite, Carrazzo and Scotland (all top quality) won't play in the next premiership team. The window is very much closed. So does Carlton need a complete rebuild, and trade aggressively even if it means losing mature quality players (thinking the likes of Yarran, Gibbs, Warnock) who would be ideal for clubs close to contention? I think, as a supporter, this is necessary as we need at least 2 more good key position players we can build a quality team around.

    Commenter
    A2B
    Date and time
    July 08, 2013, 10:04AM
    • Hi A2B, It's a really good question, I can't see those veterans you mentioned playing long enough to be part of a flag, and I do think they're going to have to be prepared to give up some quality to get some. Doesn't need to be a complete rebuild, but key forwards are an obvious priority, but reckon a more attacking midfielder or two wouldn't go astray, either.

       

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 08, 2013, 12:07PM
  • Hi Rohan,
    This is some of what i have been saying on here in the last few weeks.
    Carlton are not good enough and wont make the 8..Tick
    Collingwood are the sleeping giant in the 8 and as they get more senior players back week by week, Beams this week, are going to very dangerous and are the last team Geelong want to play in the finals as Collingwood keeps beating them. Collingwood play great finals football
    They will win at least their next 3 games and push for top 4, do you agree Rohan?

    Commenter
    JC
    Location
    Doreen
    Date and time
    July 08, 2013, 10:16AM
    • Hi JC, Against the odds, but wouldn't write Blues finals chances off completely just yet, their draw is a little better than most of those around them on the ladder. Agree Collingwood very capable, my doubt would be do they have enough time to get all the injured players back and gelling well enough to give the flag a tilt. Top four obviously a real chance, though, only a game-and-half out now, and agree they should win three of Adel, GC, GWS and Ess.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 08, 2013, 12:13PM
    • So Collingwood beat another insipid Carlton team and now they are sleeping giants and premiership favs!! haha top 4 would be very lucky, how are they going to dislodge ess/syd/freo?? i dont think so but keep building the unfounded hype, i mean come on, they got pumped by Port only what a week ago!! now pushing for the top, ok dream on JC, see u here next week after they go down to lowly crows

      Commenter
      Hornberger
      Date and time
      July 08, 2013, 1:06PM
    • Collingwood have some Easy games coming up which they should win, but the only way they will beat Essendon is of Jobe is still out, which is likely

      Commenter
      JordanS88
      Date and time
      July 08, 2013, 1:16PM
  • Hi Rohan. What the hell happened with the Tigers? I went and it appeared they didn't turn up to play. It was also one of those days where everything seemed to go against us. Do the Tigers just take it as a kick up the behind and move on? We need to come out breathing fire against GC. A must win game now (they all are). Do you see us still making the finals?

    Commenter
    Yokamo
    Location
    Tigerland
    Date and time
    July 08, 2013, 10:22AM
    • Hi Yokamo, Yep, was a stinker all right. Having said that, I'd be inclined to write it off as more an aberration. Interesting that they hadn't won five in a row since 2000, think one of the issues for emerging teams is being able to stay consistently on top of their game both physically and mentally for as long as the top dogs. Tiges have some tough games coming up, but can see them grabbing another four wins, and I think 13 will be enough to make it.

       

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 08, 2013, 12:17PM

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