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Footy Fix - biggest round of the season?

Rohan Connolly puts the tribunal behind him to look ahead to a whopper of a round in the AFL.

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We'll leave it there today, folks. Thanks for all the questions and comments, this is a sensational weekend of football, and perhaps a welcome respite from all the MRP and tribunal dramas of the last few days. Let's hope for some great games, and no reports! Catch you back here at 12pm next Thursday.

The system for policing the AFL is again under fire after the controversies this week involving Chris Judd and Jack Ziebell. What do you think about the Match Review Panel, the points system and the Tribunal, and how could it be done better?

What do you think about Geelong's approach to Port Adelaide midfielder Travis Boak? Some clubs think it was beyond the pale.

On the field, we face a round of matches that could shape the top four and the top eight. Geelong v Essendon, Collingwood v Hawthorn, Sydney v St Kilda, Adelaide v West Coast, Richmond v North Melbourne. Which is the most important game this season, and do you think a team can win the flag if it loses this weekend?

Leave your comments and questions here now, or join the live blog with Rohan Connolly and discuss all things footy from noon today.

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  • 1.Just wondering on your thoughts on this weeks crunch game between the Bulldogs and Carlton.A lot of people have tipped Carlton for some unknown reaason and the Blues are starting red hot favourites but rembember the Bulldogs beat Carlton in Rd 16 last year almost this time 12 months ago and that was at a time where the Dogs were really struggling and the Blues were flying and the Dogs won by 27 points and that loss cost the Blues top four and if I were a betting man I would back the Dogs to upset the Blues again knowing the Dogs had the wood over the Blues recently and the Dogs havent lost four in a row since 2004 and with the Blues in a much worse position than last year and missing the likes of Judd Walker Hampson Simpson Laidler Waite Joseph and Tohey its a massive chance for struggling Dogs who could bring back Cooney and Giansaricusa.
    2.As for the Chris Judd decision do you think he was given his right whack of four weeks or should he have got more or less as I think four weeks is about right for that indeicresion anywhere between four and six is reasonable and also do you think the Blues can still make eight or is it season over with the bad losses and injuries playing a part thoughts.

    Commenter
    Cleveland Brown
    Location
    Virginia
    Date and time
    July 19, 2012, 9:56AM
    • just wondering if you could stop writing long&boring questions that clog up this blog like a hungry jacks veggie burger clogs me up downstairs? FFS short questions people!!

      Commenter
      blerg!
      Location
      windy hill
      Date and time
      July 19, 2012, 11:37AM
    • Hi Cleveland,

      1. I'm tipping Carlton, not with any great confidence, but the Dogs' form is even worse than theirs. As you say, though, they do have a decent record over the Blues.

      2. I thought three would have been spot on, but reckon four is OK, any more and the penalty would have been out of whack with the consequences in my view. They can still make the eight, but I don't think they will now, reckon they're going to be one or two wins short.

       

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 19, 2012, 12:14PM
    • Just wondering on your thoughts on banning some people from posting 5 plus banal and very lengthy 'questions'. Feel for @blerg! as can only imagine the gut pain this is causing...

      Commenter
      AG
      Location
      Camberwell
      Date and time
      July 19, 2012, 12:43PM
  • 1.Just wondering your thoughts on this weeks crunch game between Geelong and Essendon.I keep hearing from ex Geelong greats or commentaters such as Mooney Harley Ling Pickering Whately Russell continue to talk up the Cats chances of making an impact in the finals if they get there and how you wouldnt like to play them if they get there and I dont believe their optimism on this one as I believe they are more hopeful than optimistic about their belovered Cats as to me their era is over and even if they make the finals they will probably get Essendon or West Coast and get belted they will have to accept a great era is over and with an ageing list do you think the Cats will have to rebuild and spend significant time on the bottom half of the ladder or can they regenerate and stay up the top as they have done for five years.
    2.As for Friday nights contest what impact do you think Bomber Thompson will have on inside information on the Cats again as remembering that epic win in Rd 15 last year changed the course of the season for the Bombers last season when they were in a hole and the Cats were flying en route to a third flag in five years and can it work out again with the Cats in much worse postion than last year and also what are your thoughts on Matty Knights being in the opposite coaches box over his old team as their is not much publicity or hype about Knighta after what happened at Essendon thoughts.

    Commenter
    Donna Tubbs
    Location
    Virginia
    Date and time
    July 19, 2012, 10:13AM
    • Hi Donna,

      1. I think the golden era is pretty much done and dusted, power of that senior group is waning and asking a lot of nearly half a side who have played 50 games or less, 10 debutants this year as well indicates the coaching group is looking ahead, even if senior players and a few ex-players aren't. Having said that, still think they're capable of causing at least nuisance value in finals.

      2. I'm sure they will have tapped into Knights' knowledge, but remember structure of Essendon line-up and way lot of the Dons are used has changed significantly. I'm tipping Cats for what it's worth, think they might have one shot left in the locker, and Dons starting to struggle for manpower

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 19, 2012, 12:22PM
  • 1.Just wondering your thoughts on this weeks epic blocbuster between Collingwood and Hawthorn.To me I think we have got our grand final preview excactly 10 weeks out from September as to me they are also the best balanced structured and talented teams in the competition and most recent premiers aside from Geelong the Hawks in 08 and the Pies in 10.If Adelaide and West Coast is the entree to the flag mix for top spot this is the main course as this is very important that these two teams must win the flag this year of course only one can win it as both clubs have talked up their flag chances all pre season and with the hurt of the Hawks narrow Plelim loss to the Pies and the Pies loss to the Cats in the Grand Final their is a lot of motivation and do you think this weeks match will impact on September for the winner like the Cats three wins over the Pies last year had a big effect that many realised on Collingwood last year and if either club doesnt win the flag is the season considered a fail considering the likes of fellow contenders of Sydney Essendon Adelaide and West Coast would all be satisfied with their seasons if they finished top six or top four dont think Collingwood or Hawthorn would be happy though.
    2.Also do you think Buddy and Hodge will play as their is some talk they could be back and will it have a bearing on the result of this game and also do you think this game will resemble a shootout like Rd 1 or slog like 11 Prelim.

    Commenter
    Rallo Tubbs
    Location
    Virginia
    Date and time
    July 19, 2012, 10:29AM
    • Hi Rallo,

      1. Tend to agree this could be a GF preview, think both are capable of winning interstate finals to get there. Good point on the "failure" angle, other clubs would be less disappointed by not getting there, I think.

      2. My understanding was neither would be in the mix this week, Franklin obviously would be pretty handy, though. He's kicked 29 goals in his last six games against Collingwood.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 19, 2012, 12:27PM
  • With the Eagle's midfield beaten so convincingly last week against the Swans you only have to look back this year to their game against the Bombers to see a similar dominance situation. Do you think this is major concern for the Eagles going into the game against the Crows?

    Commenter
    Subby
    Date and time
    July 19, 2012, 10:35AM
    • Hi Subby,

      Good point, shapes as a real problem against the No.1 side for both clearances and contested ball. They don't rank highly for disposals, and on an individual level, only Priddis and Gaff are consistently ranked among the competition elite, so I do think midfield depth has become an issue, and not only this week.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Date and time
      July 19, 2012, 12:38PM

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