Which list would you rather going forward - Hawthorn or Sydney?

Which list would you rather going forward?


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WWSD

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Meh, wouldn't call Burton a star. Had a promising first year, but I've liked what Scrimmers has done so far in 6 games. Scrimshaw will be just as good if not better imo.
Scrimshaw is basically Birchall MKII but a better contested marker. I’m really happy with that trade. Got him cheap.
 

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MrWoollie

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Do you even know how COLA worked?
Ummmm, yes. I also know how it was MEANT to work and how the Swans used/abused it.

It was called the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), NOT the Recruit Big Name Players Allowance (RBNPA). There may be a clue in the name, something that appears to have bypassed the Swans. The AFL had previously determined that it was more expensive to live in Sydney and more difficult to retain players in a rugby heartland. So they came up with an allowance to counter the extra expense. This was calculated to work out as ~9.8%. For ease the AFL applied this to the salary cap, trusting that clubs in receipt of this allowance would use it as it was meant I.e. to pay everyone a bit extra to counter the COL, not to get big name players. The Swans however (as the AFL darlings) thought they were above the intent, and even after being warned by the AFL over the Tippett affair, went and Buddied anyway. So the AFL got pissed off and replaced it.

The COLA was therefore replaced with a rental allowance. This is paid to the lower 50% of Swans players and is paid directly by the AFL, thus bypassing the Swans and the salary cap. This is what should have happened from the start.
 

brad cooper

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Ummmm, yes. I also know how it was MEANT to work and how the Swans used/abused it.

It was called the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), NOT the Recruit Big Name Players Allowance (RBNPA). There may be a clue in the name, something that appears to have bypassed the Swans. The AFL had previously determined that it was more expensive to live in Sydney and more difficult to retain players in a rugby heartland. So they came up with an allowance to counter the extra expense. This was calculated to work out as ~9.8%. For ease the AFL applied this to the salary cap, trusting that clubs in receipt of this allowance would use it as it was meant I.e. to pay everyone a bit extra to counter the COL, not to get big name players. The Swans however (as the AFL darlings) thought they were above the intent, and even after being warned by the AFL over the Tippett affair, went and Buddied anyway. So the AFL got pissed off and replaced it.

The COLA was therefore replaced with a rental allowance. This is paid to the lower 50% of Swans players and is paid directly by the AFL, thus bypassing the Swans and the salary cap. This is what should have happened from the start.
It was written into every swans players contract but I have as much proof of this as you do of it being abused in the way you suggest.
 

HairyO

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This is the angle Clarkson played I reckon. Shift Burton for Wingard but pick up the closest thing to Burton youth wise and that was a disillusioned Scrimshaw who had his knockers from Gold Coast.
Im positive this is exactly what happened. He knew Scrimshaw was coming and could replace Burton, so that made the trade for Wingard easier.

We picked up Scrimshaw and Scully for 2 dart board picks. That alone was a huge win. Getting Wingard comfortable is the key.
 

HairyO

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It was written into every swans players contract but I have as much proof of this as you do of it being abused in the way you suggest.
Sure. But a player worth $300k wasnt getting $330k. They were getting $273k plus $27k.

Sydney banked the money to go for big targets. And it has cost them massively.
 

Red Black and Blue

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Heeney, Hayward, Florent, Ronke, McCartin, Blakey, Papley, Mills, Lloyd, Jones vs Omeara, Worpel, Wingard, Mitchell, Moore, Lewis, O'Brien, Cousins.

Hawthorn has the top end talent but the balance gives Sydney the nod, plus further academy picks in the years to come.
 

MrWoollie

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It was written into every swans players contract but I have as much proof of this as you do of it being abused in the way you suggest.
The evidence is out there. You don't actually have to look too hard. One of which is an article by Swans fan and journalist Jake Niall, where he says...
'The combination of no COLA and the Tippett-Franklin deals (which prompted COLA’s removal) means the Swans can’t pick up many mid-range players from other clubs. '.

In other words even JN states that it was the purchase of big name players that got the COLA removed.
 

HurleyHepsHird

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Hawthorn has a boom/bust list.

A mature top end with real injury risk.

Sydney has the Buddy contract problem, but I feel like they have a very strong core group of midsize players that are either just worn out or are being under utilised.
 

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CheapCharlie

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I like who the Hawks have managed to bring in from other clubs, in that 23-29 brigade.

I like some of our under 23 brigade, more so than the Hawks under 23 , as a whole

Given the teams right now, id prefer Sydney's squad come 2021
 

brad cooper

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The evidence is out there. You don't actually have to look too hard. One of which is an article by Swans fan and journalist Jake Niall, where he says...
'The combination of no COLA and the Tippett-Franklin deals (which prompted COLA’s removal) means the Swans can’t pick up many mid-range players from other clubs. '.

In other words even JN states that it was the purchase of big name players that got the COLA removed.
So how does that show that is was being abused?

Anyway off topic there's at least 20 cola threads we could continue this conversation.

If Wingard and Scully return to their form of previous years and Mitchell makes a complete recovery Hawks have a better list at this stage moving forward.
 

4THAWN

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This is the angle Clarkson played I reckon. Shift Burton for Wingard but pick up the closest thing to Burton youth wise and that was a disillusioned Scrimshaw who had his knockers from Gold Coast.
yeah i think he was quietly confident in scrimshaw to put it together for the hawks, obviously paying dividends
 

4THAWN

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Well this is when I got sad.

A Hawthorn side with Burton (possibly playing forward since he was drafted as one), Scrimshaw down back and Duursma (taken with the pick we had) on a wing. All super young, great talents and could have been the real foundation of our side with the star power of Mitchell, Sicily and Jager at the top.
Instead we have Chad just adding a bit but not much and Scrimshaw doing what we hoped while Port are reaping the benefits of Burton and Duursma.
we dont get scrimshaw if we don't get rid of burton imo. Yes duursma looks a good player, but who knows if he'd even be playing in the 1s at hawthorn or playing as well as he is at port. I remember chad was pretty good in his first few years too yeah.
 

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This is the angle Clarkson played I reckon. Shift Burton for Wingard but pick up the closest thing to Burton youth wise and that was a disillusioned Scrimshaw who had his knockers from Gold Coast.
Burton had composure issues under pressure. He had some swagger, but he also felt the heat in close. I believe this ceiling on his in-close ability was a major reason for his name being put on the table.

Scrimshaw so far is really putting his hand up as an interceptor in comparison and has had a great start to the year.
 
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