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Live blog with Rohan Connolly, noon

James Hird leaves home on Monday morning.

James Hird leaves home on Monday morning. Photo: Penny Stephens

We'll have to leave it there for today, people. Thanks for all the questions and comments, still quite a few I haven't got around to, will attempt to do so later today or tomorrow. Whatever happens with Essendon saga today, let's hope it allows us a bit of fresh air and chance to concentrate on what's shaping as a great finals series. See you back here same time next week.

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

Leave a comment or return at midday to join the dicussion.

Potential topics this week:

How will Essendon bounce back from its expected heavy sanctions for its supplements program?

Which team will finish ninth, and which of the candidates would present the best opposition in the finals?

Can injury-hit Sydney still win the flag?

Will Brisbane emerge stronger from its board challenge?

 

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  • Not sure the Pies can win it from outside the 4, Tigers will be happy to win a final. Swans look gone. Seems to be a race in three with the Cats the main problem for the Hawks. If the Hawks don't play the Cats, then I pick a Hawks v Dockers final. All these three teams have had sensational seasons and deserve to make the final. The sooner the Bombers saga ends and we can enjoy the finals the better - they were never likely to contend.

    Commenter
    MApB
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    August 26, 2013, 9:30AM
    • Hi MApB, Agree, don't think anyone can win from outside top 4 and that Tigers could win one but not much more. Not sure about Swans being gone, but going to be lot harder for them than last year. As for Freo, really rate them, have all year, but would still have my money on another Hawthorn-Geelong GF.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 26, 2013, 12:09PM
  • Another comment if I may. Ross Lyon seems to be a cracker coach at the Dockers. The position of the Saints does appear to be the legacy of many years of intense "now" focus. I think they will take a while to recover from the Lyon era.

    The way the Cats, Swans and Pies have stayed up while getting minimal top end draft picks is pretty impressive - the opposite to the Thomas/Lyon era at the Saints where they have used many top picks and given up on the future. Look out Dockers in 3-4 years.

    Commenter
    MApB
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    August 26, 2013, 9:34AM
    • Lyon is definitely a coach for the here and now rather than the future, but can't blame him as far as St Kilda goes. A bounce of the ball and another couple of goals and we'd be talking about one of the great sides of the modern era with two flags under its belt. Balancing list between current and future objectives probably the single hardest thing to do in footy now.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 26, 2013, 12:12PM
  • Hoping north Melbourne manage to finishin in 9th! Their effort against the hawks show they have the ability to challenge any team in the top 8. However, go hawks!!

    Commenter
    Bamtalk
    Date and time
    August 26, 2013, 9:46AM
    • Hi Bamtalk, Think they'd certainly more competitive than the other contenders right now. Have lost 10 games by 16 points or less, no one else come that close as many times!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 26, 2013, 12:14PM
  • Rohan, what of John Worsfold's very odd comments post-game on Friday night? He seemed to be almost inviting the Eagles to not renew his contract, to save him from having to do so himself.

    Commenter
    janeygotagun
    Date and time
    August 26, 2013, 10:35AM
    • Hi Janey, Agree, he's said a few strange things this season. Have had the sense for a while that the fire isn't in the belly for him, but the favourite son factor looms large with the club powerbrokers.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 26, 2013, 12:18PM
  • Hi Rohan,

    If the governance problems at Essendon were really so bad, and people were being injected with unknown drugs, why isn't this a criminal matter?

    Also, why has there been so little talk of Hirds amazing post game presser? It was the single most significant insight we've had from him all year, and the analysis has been almost non-existent. (Malthouses was equally astounding, although I guess you could argue it was Vintage Malthouse)

    Finally, how good was the last few minutes Saturday night? Carlton fans seem to be up in arms about their boys performance at the end, but what I saw was both teams really playing for the win in the last few minutes and it was just the roll of the ball that put Essendon a goal up. They can be up in arms about many, many other facets of their game on Saturday, but not the last 2 minutes IMO. In my opinion, there are three regular season games where the points don't matter - Anzac day, and the two games against Carlton :-) (Dreamtime @ the G comes close, but not quite there yet).

    Man crush is still strong,
    Zebba

    Commenter
    Zebba
    Date and time
    August 26, 2013, 10:41AM
    • Hi Zebba, Think Hird's presser had fair bit of coverage. Was full transcript in couple of forums and was talked about a lot on radio yesterday. Mick, meanwhile was just being Mick! And yes, thrilling finale to what had been a pretty ordinary game. Couldn't knock the Essendon players' spirit this week, that's for sure.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 26, 2013, 12:21PM

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