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    Prediction Lay it on the Line: Best of the 22 and Unders

    ^ this; don't matter about the votes
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    Preview AFL Returns - Round 2: North Melbourne vs GWS @ Giants Stadium - changes/prematch discussion

    pretty much, but with their three talls, Daw for Murphy. Curtis certainly a lock
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    Player Watch #34: Jamie Macmillan -

    Sam Gibson says, Hi! You too?
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    Player Watch #20: Nick 'Souva' Larkey - re-signed until 2021

    Good spot, great ear, well done
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    Player Watch #20: Nick 'Souva' Larkey - re-signed until 2021

    I'm glad big Will didn't play the oboe or the tuba, then we'd really be struggling for contemporary reference points
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    Player Watch #20: Nick 'Souva' Larkey - re-signed until 2021

    pretty good, can't see what the neighbours had to complain about...... Did I read somewhere once that Will Minson plays the clarinet at a pretty high level? Get the band back together, Souvlarkey and The Arden Street Boners has a ring to it
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    Player Watch #21: Dom Tyson aka 'Tom Dyson'

    Agreed; premiership teams don't have 22 to pick from, they have 28-30 - if Cunnington went down, Tyson would be the first picked
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    News Whaaaa (Dean Laidley arrested in St. Kilda - charged with stalking "and other charges" - remanded in custody until 11 May)

    Correct, especially in the armoured spearheads; worked ok in France because there was a viable endpoint (the English Channel), didn't work so well in Russia.....
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    News Whaaaa (Dean Laidley arrested in St. Kilda - charged with stalking "and other charges" - remanded in custody until 11 May)

    revealing restricted information - it's what Stuart Bateson, the Purana force detective, has been charged with
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    News Whaaaa (Dean Laidley arrested in St. Kilda - charged with stalking "and other charges" - remanded in custody until 11 May)

    Overall, I think this is a pretty good summary; my take is that Dean was a good match day tactician (I saw him win games by changing match-ups) but without a professional player development system, the club's list decisions (which he must partly own) were really poor-to-awful (and not just Hay -...
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    Preview AFL Reboot 2020 - football to resume June 11

    Well, I think the flaw in the argument is that it's not actually those of us who are asking the industry to do what's necessary to get things started again who are at the forefront of the debate; as you point out, there is a lack of detail, but that has not stopped all manner of senior figures -...
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    Preview AFL Reboot 2020 - football to resume June 11

    Of course, fair enough, people with family who are chronically ill or about to give birth shouldn't be going to hubs - but for the other 90-95% they can't fly in/fly out for 8 weeks? On 6 figure contracts?
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    Preview AFL Reboot 2020 - football to resume June 11

    Ok, so I'll leave Jed to one side, not having heard any comment from him, but as I understand it (and I might be wrong, happy to be corrected) but Todd has expressed some concerns about the hubs, on account of his family life? That's the same Todd who needed a three year contract to secure the...
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    Preview AFL Reboot 2020 - football to resume June 11

    We don't agree on lots of things, but we're in sync on this; I grew up in Sydney in the 60s and 70s - rugby league and union teams would do their international tours for months at time, no partners or families, no complaints (same with cricket I guess). Ok, so it's not 1975 any more, but really...
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    List Mgmt. 2020 Trade Thread.....

    This stuff is just so completely off the scale, it's like Hitler in Berlin in 1945 sticking pins in the map claiming he's about to take Stalingrad.
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    List Mgmt. 2020 Trade Thread.....

    Umm, you've been Arden street recently? Like to the state of the art football facility that only got built because a corporate sponsor insisted that it have a community facility in it?
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    List Mgmt. 2020 Trade Thread.....

    I'm not sure what you mean here, but if it's community outreach-type activities, shutting them down would be the quickest way to cripple the game in general and NMFC in particular. If we take NMFC's community-based business model as a starting point, that has delivered profits in 11 of the last...
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    List Mgmt. 2020 Trade Thread.....

    Maybe, but I would have thought the opposite; AFL has borrowed $500m, essentially to bail out the clubs. When you borrow, you have to cut costs and in a labour intensive industry, that's the wages bill. Cut list sizes by 9, and assume the fringe players bear the brunt (ie, the lowest paid) -...
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    List Mgmt. 2020 Trade Thread.....

    and if there's still a draft, presumably you'd have to go below whatever the final cap number is, whether it's 35 or 37 or whatever, to fit in draftees. As you say, will be tough; you'd think there'd be some reasonable players being offered VFL contracts
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    List Mgmt. 2020 Trade Thread.....

    never, really?

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