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    Is Steven Wells seriously past it?

    Clark walked straight in to the Cats best team aged 18 in 2019 and looked like Enright re-imagined. Then just hasn't been the same since getting injured late in that year. Played out of position. Played as the sub. It's interesting to know if there's anything the recruiters saw that could've...
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    Is Steven Wells seriously past it?

    Stewart, Blicavs, Menegola, Tim Kelly, Henry etc. There's enough evidence to show Wells is still a very good talent spotter. The draft is just working against them as it's meant to. Combined with their desire to use list spots on as many mature age options that keep coming their way. Hindsight...
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    Is Steven Wells seriously past it?

    Except only 1 top 10 pick went straight up for Cameron, and they otherwise downgraded the late firsts in perhaps the most compromised draft of all time to get a pair of 2nd rounders. Essendon and GWS' strong performance against expectations this year has taken the shine off those second rounders...
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    Scott v Hinkley: Who would you rather?

    Tier 1:Hardwick, Clarko Tier 1a: Bevo Tier 2: Simpson, Longmire, Scott, Hinkley, Fagan? Goodwin has a chance to move up. Anyone from any other club back their coach over Scott or Kenny? Rutten had a great first year. Ratten's clearly solid. Longmuir has promise as does Noble. Kenny: great...
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    Opinion Why are the interstate teams so bad? How do we fix them?

    Classic Robbo. If you take him and Eddie McGuire out I think the vast majority of Victorian footy fans are hoping for their own side to win it or an interstate side. The Eagles winning in 2018 was wonderful.
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    Opinion Why are the interstate teams so bad? How do we fix them?

    West Coast - won a flag, got older Richmond Freo - have simply never been a strong club (little brother? finances? facilities?), still rebuilding from their one tilt at it. Promising signs that they could get going soon St Kilda Adel - had a good run of finals, made a grand final, rebuilding...
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    Chris Scott's legacy if he gags in another finals series?

    Harry Taylor was in that group until he retired last year, and the Cats reshuffled with Blicavs down back but they didn't really properly replace Taylor. Selwood and Hawkins kind of have to be on their last legs based on age alone. If Selwood can't impact finals is he on his last legs? Hawkins...
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    Geelong - Too old, too slow?

    Their backline tonight: Blicavs, Henderson, Henry, Kolodjashnij, Bews, Z Guthrie, Atkins. 7 defensive backmen. Not 1 guy who challenges the forward to mind them. Where's the run and carry and foot skills? How are they meant to counter attack with that group? Obviously Touhy and Duncan can drop...
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    Recommitted Lachie Neale [OOC 2023 - Will honour his contract]

    Apart from Neale going full scorched earth - which would be a tough sell as well given the only angle is unexpected border closures - this one was always going to be tricky. But I still think there's a really small middle ground if: 1. Freo get paid every bit of what Cerra is worth AND 2...
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    Mandatory Vaccinations And Medical Exemptions

    If your backyard is overrun with grass and tree branches and so on I can call the council and they can come issue you a Fire Prevention notice to clean it up, fine you or have someone clean it up for you and stick you with the bill. That's the cost of living in proximity to neighbours. If you...
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    Mandatory Vaccinations And Medical Exemptions

    A) Unvaccinated people spread covid a lot - especially delta. Vaccinated spread covid a little. B) The vaccine isn't perfect. It's mostly but not absolutely effective at preventing severe disease. When you put A + B together you end up in a scenario where the best way to protect everyone is...
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    Gil and AFL time to part ways

    Richmond sure seem to have struggled under McLachlan. They were definitely much better under Demetriou, Jackson or Oakley. I for one remember all those premierships Richmond won in the Demetriou era. So many premierships. Then Gillon took over and they've been hopeless. That's the case right...
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    Gil and AFL time to part ways

    Brendon Gale ticks pretty much all the boxes but otherwise it's really hard to find someone competent, particularly as sports like to hire from within the sporting bubble rather than open it up to other industries who really have similar challenges. Still, look around the various sporting codes...
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    Brisbane's recent finals record - are they now chokers?

    There's probably a limit to how far Neale, Zorko and Lyons can take a side, but McCluggage and Bailey might get even better, Rayner's the clearest missing piece on potential and Berry and Dev Robertson should add something with continuity. They were so far ahead of the curve a few years ago by...
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    Brisbane's recent finals record - are they now chokers?

    Their effort against Geelong last year will still be the one that hurts most IMO. The Cats were a great side but the Lions had the chance to energize a home crowd. Although tonight has to be right up there too for disappointment despite a valiant effort. Get the talls at both end back to full...