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Marcus Bontempelli can marry my daughter
She is 18 and never seen a game of Football as She lives in Switzerland.
But l'm still sure she would love the Bont.
I hope Bonts not the marrying kind. Hope he's having lots of unprotected sex and there's many little Bonts on the way even as we speak. To hell with social niceties when there's the prospect of many many f/s Bonts possible.
 

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I hope Bonts not the marrying kind. Hope he's having lots of unprotected sex and there's many little Bonts on the way even as we speak. To hell with social niceties when there's the prospect of many many f/s Bonts possible.
Regardless of what Bont’s up to in his spare time it makes me wonder how many little bastards with single mums are running around out there because their footballing superstar dads couldn’t keep their pants zipped up.

Will the AFL recognise one-night stand paternity? What if the dad wants it kept hush hush but the offspring is desperate to get to his dad’s club? Will the AFL accept a DNA test? Or will they broker a secret deal (with some plausible public rationale) that satisfies the wishes of both parties?
 

Snarls Barkley

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Interestingly, on the topic of AFLCA awards, Tim Kelly took out the AFLCA 'Best Young Player' award despite being 1 year older than Bont - an award the great man won all the way back in 2015.

Odd that an award with 'young' in the title carries no age limit.
Tom Stewart won last year as well, also older than Bont. Very odd. Would’ve been funny if Podsiadly won the award in his first two seasons.

Still probably better than EPLs version of best young player. James Milner won the award in 2009/10 after making his debut over 7 years earlier in 2002. Raheem Sterling won last year, after playing 226 PL games and made his debut in 2011
 
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giblj

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Tom Stewart won last year as well, also older than Bont. Very odd. Would’ve been funny if Podsiadly won the award in his first two seasons.

Still probably better than EPLs version of best young player. James Milner won the award in 2009/10 after making his debut over 7 years earlier in 2002. Raheem Sterling won last year, after playing 226 PL games and made his debut in 2011
At least Milner and Sterling were under 25! Bizarre awards both.

Is that the first time that the AFLCA best 'young' player was older than the winner of the big prize?
 

House_of_Dahl

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If he manages to get his goal kicking back to where it should be, the afl may start him with a 3 game handicap in all awards just to make it fair to the rest of the league
I still think Bont is an accurate kick regardless of his goal kicking stats this year. So many of his shots are from 50 and a stack hit the post or just missed. Passes perfectly more often than not too.
 

dogspur

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I don't think Bont wins the MVP tonight. Not judged on a game-by-game basis, so the bigger names from more popular clubs will always hold an advantage.
 

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bresker

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If he manages to get his goal kicking back to where it should be, the afl may start him with a 3 game handicap in all awards just to make it fair to the rest of the league
15 - 25 this season with the odd out on the full. He's had the semi-yips for at least a season.

He's capable of kicking 35 goals a year, maybe more
 
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Doggy Dan

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15 - 25 this season with the odd out on the full. He's had the semi-yips for at least a season.

He's capable of kicking 35 goals a season, maybe more
Not to mention taking marks 10m out and playing on not registering scores at all. Truly bizarre the tricks the mind can play.

Best he’s looked kicking for goal this year was last week when he baulked a Crows player and kicked it straight through on his right peg.
 

Smiley Boy

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It feels Bont is seriously undervalued by the AFL not polling in the top 5 for the AFLPA MVP? Seriously?

Tim Kelly played a good first half and did sweet fck all after but he comes second?

Baffling!

1. Patrick Cripps (832)
2. Tim Kelly (519)
3. Lachie Neale (481)
4. Brodie Grundy (355)
5. Nat Fyfe (303)
 

mcgleereturns

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No arguments with Cripps winning.......absolute star!
Was always going to win. So many players in awe of him and so loved. I’ve always been fascinated by this award though. Most of the MVP have been the very best and many have gone on to win Brownlow as well but it’s never quite sat well with me. It’ll sound like sour grapes - it’s not because I’ve thought this well before now - but I was always hoping Bont would win the Coaches award over the MVP and even the Brownlow because I feel like it’s the one awarded by the group most in tune with what players are doing in the actual game. Players MVP always has come across as a popularity contest. I mean Cripps won by over 300 votes! ( at least 500 more than Bont!!)Mitchell over 200 last year. Doesn’t seem to be a very analytical voting process based on actual week by week performance when the gap is that much. 800 players, 100 of them teenagers who are still young enough to be hero worshipping their peers, vote after the season finish with very little time or interest to think and just go Cripps love him, Kelly what a first half, like they’re rushing through the Senate paper on Election Day. Cripps deserves the win just like Bont deserved the win and whoever wins the Brownlow deserves the win but I would love to hear what the thought process was for the players as they vote. Hey I’m sure Bont voted for Cripps!


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Sentinel

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Was always going to win. So many players in awe of him and so loved. I’ve always been fascinated by this award though. Most of the MVP have been the very best and many have gone on to win Brownlow as well but it’s never quite sat well with me. It’ll sound like sour grapes - it’s not because I’ve thought this well before now - but I was always hoping Bont would win the Coaches award over the MVP and even the Brownlow because I feel like it’s the one awarded by the group most in tune with what players are doing in the actual game. Players MVP always has come across as a popularity contest. I mean Cripps won by over 300 votes! ( at least 500 more than Bont!!)Mitchell over 200 last year. Doesn’t seem to be a very analytical voting process based on actual week by week performance when the gap is that much. 800 players, 100 of them teenagers who are still young enough to be hero worshipping their peers, vote after the season finish with very little time or interest to think and just go Cripps love him, Kelly what a first half, like they’re rushing through the Senate paper on Election Day. Cripps deserves the win just like Bont deserved the win and whoever wins the Brownlow deserves the win but I would love to hear what the thought process was for the players as they vote. Hey I’m sure Bont voted for Cripps!


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For comparison I'd love to see a coaches awaed based on an end of season vote, like AFLPA, rather than a cumulative vote based on individual games. Would be interesting to see if Cripps, Bont or someone entirely different took that out - obviously with only 18 coaches the vote is limited though.
 

Doggy Dan

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It feels Bont is seriously undervalued by the AFL not polling in the top 5 for the AFLPA MVP? Seriously?

Tim Kelly played a good first half and did sweet fck all after but he comes second?

Baffling!

1. Patrick Cripps (832)
2. Tim Kelly (519)
3. Lachie Neale (481)
4. Brodie Grundy (355)
5. Nat Fyfe (303)
At least Bont’s teammates like him. Man I laughed and laughed when I found out the Clangerfield’s teammates don’t rate him top 3 in their team.
 

dogspur

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It feels Bont is seriously undervalued by the AFL not polling in the top 5 for the AFLPA MVP? Seriously?

Tim Kelly played a good first half and did sweet fck all after but he comes second?

Baffling!

1. Patrick Cripps (832)
2. Tim Kelly (519)
3. Lachie Neale (481)
4. Brodie Grundy (355)
5. Nat Fyfe (303)
Again, this award is not voted on a game by game basis. Players only vote once at the end of the year.

As far as the best performing players for the year go, it's a very even lineup. Bont is right up there, but because he plays for the Bulldogs, he doesn't get anywhere near the same volume of hype and media attention as say, Cripps or Tim Kelly.

Kelly got so much hype in the first half of the year that a lot of it got carried over to now. The ongoing discussions about his future keep him in the headlines too.
 

mcgleereturns

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For comparison I'd love to see a coaches awaed based on an end of season vote, like AFLPA, rather than a cumulative vote based on individual games. Would be interesting to see if Cripps, Bont or someone entirely different took that out - obviously with only 18 coaches the vote is limited though.
Throw in all the assistant coaches and you have a bigger pool. Would be interesting to see how the voting changes from really watching the actual season performance of the player - current coaches award - and the “who would you want in your side if you could have him” award, which is what your suggestion could turn into. But I prefer one based on actual performance for the year, although the MVP can still be considered that. Cripps can easily be considered better this year than Bont in the eyes of others. It’s just the margin that inflates the difference in performance beyond reality.


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mcgleereturns

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Again, this award is not voted on a game by game basis. Players only vote once at the end of the year.

As far as the best performing players for the year go, it's a very even lineup. Bont is right up there, but because he plays for the Bulldogs, he doesn't get anywhere near the same volume of hype and media attention as say, Cripps or Tim Kelly.

Kelly got so much hype in the first half of the year that a lot of it got carried over to now. The ongoing discussions about his future keep him in the headlines too.
Agree. A lot of the players are so focused on preparing themselves for playing they would be no different to the average BF poster and just reacting to the weeks coverage. We whinge consistently about the lack of coverage our best performances got this year while the players in that top five were either part of the weekly drama cycle or the feel good story. Bont’s performance in the Coaches award was just a scrolling newsfeed at the bottom of the screen while Robbo and Gerard, the Couch Boys and the rest waffled on about the latest news out of the higher profile clubs.


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Dancing Dougy

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Agree. A lot of the players are so focused on preparing themselves for playing they would be no different to the average BF poster and just reacting to the weeks coverage. We whinge consistently about the lack of coverage our best performances got this year while the players in that top five were either part of the weekly drama cycle or the feel good story. Bont’s performance in the Coaches award was just a scrolling newsfeed at the bottom of the screen while Robbo and Gerard, the Couch Boys and the rest waffled on about the latest news out of the higher profile clubs.


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Can I please like this twice!!
 

giblj

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Agree. A lot of the players are so focused on preparing themselves for playing they would be no different to the average BF poster and just reacting to the weeks coverage. We whinge consistently about the lack of coverage our best performances got this year while the players in that top five were either part of the weekly drama cycle or the feel good story. Bont’s performance in the Coaches award was just a scrolling newsfeed at the bottom of the screen while Robbo and Gerard, the Couch Boys and the rest waffled on about the latest news out of the higher profile clubs.


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One of the questions in the record profiles this year was how many games a week do you watch. Was one or two for a lot of them, that says it all regarding the value of this award really.
 

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Each award has its quirks.

Coaches may rate player games according to different standards.

Players might not watch games enough but still have a vote.

At the end of the day though they are both prestigious in themselves.

Bont has won something Cripps would trade everything else for however, and been the club’s bnf doing it which is the big gold standard.
 
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