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Live blog with Rohan Connolly, noon

We'll leave it there for today, folks, thanks for all the questions and comments. Should be a terrific round coming up, with three games on Saturday all crucial to the top eight. Enjoy the drama, and we'll see you back here at noon next Monday.

 

Discuss the footy issues that matter to with The Age's live blog guru, at noon Monday.

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Potential topics this week:

Is Geelong the best-performed of the top-four teams?

Are the Western Bulldogs on their way to becoming a genuine AFL force?

Should Richmond be resting players after its worst performance in weeks against Carlton?

Will Sydney make the top four?

 

 

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  • I really like the Doggies and how they have shown recent improvement. There seems to be a plan and some of their lads can play.

    What will happen in 2 years when Murph, Cooney, Cross, Gia, Morris, Boyd etc are all gone? Are the kids ready to take over these key positions.

    Roughie, Jones, Will look good for their key roles and Libba, Wallis and a couple of kids might be good in the middle. Not sure they won't have another dip.

    Commenter
    MApB
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    August 19, 2013, 8:50AM
    • Hi MApB, They're certainly finishing the year a lot better than they started it! Kids have come along in leaps and bounds, and that generational hole they had has been filled. They'd have to be really encouraged by fact not nearly so dependent anymore on Boyd and Cross, and Murphy, Griffen and Cooney look to have at least several more good years left in them. Side to watch over next couple of years, I think.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 12:10PM
  • Who the hell was on Brock McLean? That's two years in a row this bloke has stitched us up. Not as if he is a gazelle and running opponents off their feet either. As for the Tiges resting players, if they are not 100% then why wouldn't you, especially the blokes with hamstring niggles? Having missed whatever slim chance for a top 4 spot existed thanks to Saturdays loss, there doesn't seem to be much upside in playing unfit players against an inexperienced GWS and a mentally shot Essendon. My main question:

    Several times this year it has looked like the Tiges get very easily pleased with themselves and it has bitten them hard. Maybe the ongoing contract issues are symptomatic of a playing list way ahead of themselves? As a supporter they shouldn't be pleased until Cotchin is holding the premiership cup.

    Commenter
    Yellow & Black
    Date and time
    August 19, 2013, 9:11AM
    • Hi Y & B, Not sure about way ahead of themselves, but thought it was interesting on Saturday that as soon as Blues kicked a couple quickly, they attempted to slow the game down rather than stick with what had got them an eight-goal first quarter. Not sure they have sufficient skill of experience at this stage to be doing that, and paid the price. Their attacking best is really damaging, think they should stick with it. Have made finals now, what do they have to lose?

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 12:13PM
    • Reece Conca not signed a contract. When was the last time he actually found a team mate with a kick? I like the kids hard ball winning attitude but if you win the hard ball and then give it to the opposition you may as well be playing for them. Martins disposal efficiency is not much better. Great when kicking long but very dodgy when trying to finesse.

      Commenter
      Yellow & Black
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 12:21PM
  • Will we have another week of Rohan Connolly telling us Essendon ,James Hird and the playing group are not guilty of anything

    Commenter
    WERZELCUMICH
    Location
    melbourne
    Date and time
    August 19, 2013, 9:17AM
    • Werzel, this is a boring question.

      Commenter
      Rita Hayworth
      Location
      Hollywoodland
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 10:50AM
    • Rohan would be right. When we are told Hirdy stood next to the hyperbaric chamber and injected his players with Mexican muscular dystrophy as they walked in you should just pass that on to the Supreme Court judge and let them work it out.

      Commenter
      morgio
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 11:39AM
    • Do you have proof to suggest they are guilty of anything? Please post it? I find it funny you would have proof when ASADA doesnt.

      Commenter
      JordanS88
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 11:51AM
    • No we won't, because I've never said they're not guilty of anything. The lack of corporate governance and for player welfare is obvious and has been conceded. What I AM saying, as opposed to what you conveniently would like to think I've said, is that on its own, those failures don't deserve a competition-based penalty.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 19, 2013, 12:15PM

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