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Rohan Connolly's live blog: midday Monday

Port Power's young gun, Chad Wingard.

Port Power's young gun, Chad Wingard. Photo: Getty Images

Will need to leave it there for today, everyone, thanks for your contributions. Haven't been able to respond to everyone yet, but will certainly attempt to do so over next day or two, so keep checking back on Realfooty site. Getting to the pointy end of the season now, and what should be a great finals series. Been a long season in many ways, but hopefully the wait will be worth it. See you back here at 12pm next Monday.

If ever you needed convincing that nothing in AFL football is certain, one bounce of the oval-shaped ball at AAMI Stadium with 90 seconds left on the clock on Sunday would have done the trick.

Port Adelaide was coming hard at Adelaide but was still eight points down when Angus Monfries latched on to a half-chance 50 metres from goal. His snap was barely scraping through for a behind when it bounced at right angles and rolled through for a goal.

Thirty seconds later, Monfries hooked a ball back to Chad Wingard and the Power had not only got out of jail, but having slipped two games clear of ninth-placed Carlton, had just about booked its finals spot.

There's some irony there for Blues coach Mick Malthouse. Another famous skewiff bounce in the last seconds of the 2010 grand final helped his old team win a flag. This one may just have sunk his new club's finals hopes.

But it was that sort of weekend. And only a week after one of the most predictable rounds seen for some time.

To discuss the latest moves in the premiership race and all the other hot footy issues from round 19, join a live blog with Age footy expert Rohan Connolly from midday Monday. You can even SEND in your questions early.


  • How exciting is Chad Wingard? Port Adelaide's resurgence in 2013 has been enhanced by this exciting young potential superstar to further draw the Port fans to the new Adelaide Oval next season.
    Chad Wingard has quickly become a star in the AFL and has been compared to Gavin Wanganeen in many quarters. He predicted last week that he lived for the big moments and he delivered just that in the closing minutes yesterday.

    Date and time
    August 05, 2013, 7:32AM
    • Yes - Port certainly have flown under the radar this year, especially to us Victorians. I saw them versus the Dons a month ago, and they impressed me. Their taller players were woeful that day, and that was the only difference between a Dons win and a Port win. On current form and odds for the remaining games, it could be a Port v Ess elim final at Etihad Stadium, and I would call that an even money game. Monfries has ended up being a great addition to the side, and despite the clubs and many fans denial of the fact - the Dons are really missing Monfries.

      Date and time
      August 05, 2013, 10:00AM
    • Hi Greg, He's a gun! Many seem to think he's now a lock for All-Australian, and probably fair enough. Only he and Patrick Dangerfield average 22-plus disposals AND at least 2 goals per game at the moment. Fantastic poise for a kid in second season and goes hard as well. Was just a super performance yesterday.

      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 05, 2013, 12:05PM
    • You mention that the Power "had just about booked its finals spot." However, if you look at the fixture, Port is likely to lose to Geelong (at Geelong), and Fremantle (at Fremantle) and beat Gold Coast. Assuming Carlton beats the dogs this week, this means that the blues only need to beat either Richmond or Essendon in rounds 21 and 22 to set up a virtual elimination final with Port in round 23. Chances of this happening? And who would win!?

      Date and time
      August 05, 2013, 12:47PM
  • Hi Rohan, any news on buddy & his contract talks with the hawks after they offered a new deal?

    Date and time
    August 05, 2013, 8:26AM
    • Hi Nick, No real news but there's certainly a growing tide of opinion that he'll stay. Guess that's based on a better offer from Hawks but also that GWS might be questioning a little more just how much they need him. Don't think they're short on key forward options, and I think his marketing value in that area isn't necessarily a given.

      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 05, 2013, 12:08PM
    • Ross on 3AW's rumour file last Friday said that GWS are telling people that Franklin will be playing with them next year. Of course it isn't called the 'rumour file' for nothing but for Ross to have announced it would seem to me to indicate something more than overhearing some bloke at the pub.

      Forest Hill
      Date and time
      August 05, 2013, 12:14PM
  • Hi Rohan,
    I first told youabout 6 weeks ago, and was scoffed at on here, mainly by Carlton supporters, how are they going by the way? That Collingwood are the sleeping giant and you would not want to play them in the finals.. They were always going to win yesterday as Essendon have been shot for a few weeks now..Also told you Carlton wouldn't make the 8 as they are s ordinary and that leaving Dane Swan out of your All Australian team was a huge mistake, he's now been best on or close to it in 7 out of the last 9 games so Ablett is far from over the line in the Brownlow, so the question is, can The Pies beat Sydney? i think they can as Sydney have been up for a long time and might just be due for a downer.

    Date and time
    August 05, 2013, 8:32AM
    • Hi JC, Fair enough, though on Swan the mid-year AA team was 7-8 weeks ago. Of course I'd have him in now. As for the Pies themselves, yesterday was clearly their most complete effort for just about the entire season. I can definitely see them causing grief in September, but would have to finish top four to win flag I think, and the odds still against that (50 of 52 prelim. finalists since 2000) have finished top four. They've got to be some sort of chance this week, but worth remembering that since those 11 straight wins, Sydney has dealt with them pretty well the last two meetings.

      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      August 05, 2013, 12:12PM
  • From the weekend

    Good: Apart from the Bumblers getting smashed, fantastic to see Nathan Bock's return on the weekend after 18 odd months out after breaking his leg.. At his age, thats a big feat, and he gets an extension to the contract. Well done.

    Bad: More proof there is such a distance between top 4 and the rest.. such an unbalanced competition. And it wont get any better over the next decade.. I don't know what the answer is, but it cant keep going like this - can it?

    Funny: the media - they are a funny lot... few weeks ago the Suns owned the magpies, and headlines were "magpies season is not looking great'.. this week the sun shines out of their... well you know what.

    Sad: The whole drugs investigation will be nothing but huff and puff and swept under the carpet. The AFL would love this to just go away...
    But what about the NRL's investigation> - havent heard much about that...

    Interesting: ... interesting to see how different a team plays once they dry out from their AWOL90210 injections

    Date and time
    August 05, 2013, 8:43AM

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