AFL 2017



  • AFL 2017 is a couple of weeks away, but already fucking Essendon are the talking point.

    Couple of their employees that were made scapegoats for the "supplements" program have made some fairly serious allegations around meetings with gangsters; removing evidence of the program; and covering up drug use, fraud and sexual harassment. Of course, Essendon officials have written these off as the baseless accusations made by disgruntled ex-employees. At least this should squash any fucking narrative around "redemption" and "comebacks". 5 fucking years the preseason has been overshadowed by this shit club.

    For the actual footy, bookies of course have the Giants as favourites, followed by both last year's grand finalists, and then the Crows. West Coast, Geelong, Hawthorn all favoured to make the 8 as well.

    Following them the usual suspects on the cusp in Freo (surely not), Collingwood, and Port, as well as the steady improvers in St Kilda and Melbourne.

    The Lions will get the spoon.

    Given how wildly wrong i got last years, i'll still have a crack at the 8:
    GWS
    Crows
    Sydney
    Bulldogs
    Geelong
    West Coast
    Melbourne
    Port



  • @mariner4life

    1. Crows ... I'll believe it when I see it.
    2. So what did the Giants do right that the Suns didn't?

    Not an expert and don't follow that closely but do enjoy watching (more so than league). Especially afternoon games if the sun is shining.

    Hadn't caught the Essendon news.



  • Good chat around the Crows mate. Maybe a bit light in the midfield, especially if injuries strike, but any team who can score like they do are in with a shout. hard to beat in Adelaide too. If they had managed to pry Bryce Gibbes from Carlton they would have been damn near favourites.

    What did GWS do better than the Suns? Not be based on the Gold Coast. Not spend a massive wedge on the best player in the game, and then surround him with complete kids. Have that academy that just churns out talent, giving them players and trade material. They also got 2 dominant drafts rather than 1. And for some reason, the best players at the Suns keep getting long-term injuries.



  • Carlton are appallingly bad and are getting dusted by Richmond, who are also shit.



  • I went to the game ,

    two sides who were ordinary last year and more than likely wont feature at the pointy end of the season , Thursday night , and there was 73,000 there , crazy mad sports city this one ,

    Richmond unveiled a new attacking game plan , playing on and attacking from everywhere at speed , which will probably come unstuck against the better teams , but it was a bit of fun ,and the supporters had smiles on their faces , which makes a change

    Dusty Martin the best player on the field , put on a clinic



  • @kiwiinmelb you would have missed the Ch7 commentators trying to put him in the same bracket as Dangerfield and Fyfe because he racked up good numbers against the 2nd worst team in the comp....

    The crowd was unreal wasn't it? AFL is king in this country. 73,000 for the first game of the season containing two teams who won't play finals.



  • @mariner4life Rebels Tahs tonight will be lucky to pull 10% of that crowd. There's another 2 AFL games at MCG and two at Etihad Stadium this weekend alone - and the Formula 1 going on.



  • Collingwood against the Dogs tonight will get a huge crowd i reckon



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2017:

    Collingwood against the Dogs tonight will get a huge crowd i reckon

    And Saints v Dees will draw a crowd because expectations are very high for both teams.

    Speaking of which, @mariner4life where are my Saints in your top 8? They'll be there bro, put the house on it.



  • @ACT-Crusader just out. Actually i fucked it up, because i actually think Hawthorn will make it obviously.

    I reckon the Saints, Melbourne, and Port are all playing for that 8th spot.

    Saints v Dees is probably game of the round given the expectation (okay that's over-egging it, it's obviously GWS in Adelaide).



  • Richmond. Top of the ladder!



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2017:

    @kiwiinmelb you would have missed the Ch7 commentators trying to put him in the same bracket as Dangerfield and Fyfe because he racked up good numbers against the 2nd worst team in the comp....

    The crowd was unreal wasn't it? AFL is king in this country. 73,000 for the first game of the season containing two teams who won't play finals.

    Dustin is probably a bit different to them , they are more genuine midfielders ,

    He is more a midfielder/ Forward ,

    if he was at a club with a stronger midfield he would spend a lot more time forward where he is nightmare to play on



  • Saints looking good so far.

    Good to have Roosie back in commentary, great insights.



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2017:

    Saints looking good so far.

    Good to have Roosie back in commentary, great insights.

    Massive kiss of death, they've scored 2 points since I posted this!



  • Lions carving up!



  • Did i miss where Essendon didn't play last year? How can they have a "comeback"?

    Oh, you mean you got your suspended players back. The ones suspended for your suss supplements program. Righto

    Some of the comments by bombers supporters on line are complete bullshit. Re-write history much?



  • @mariner4life it was hilarious listening to talkback sports radio this morning. One Bombers supporter rings up and asked why Jobe Watson had to give back his Brownlow. I kid you not.

    It was pleasing to her Greg Denham, the journo rip into this supporter.



  • @ACT-Crusader they're fucking delusional. I read one where some silly bint was arguing the AFL should have had James Hird there as a special guest. WTF?



  • The strange part of their penalty as it turns out ,

    Because they finished last, they were eligible to pick up the number 1 draft pick ,

    Draft picks are like gold in the AFL, and they pick up the best kid in the country to add to their list as part of their punishment



  • @kiwiinmelb that was weak as piss by the AFL, who just didn't want to cop the heat from the supporters, and could hold their hands up and say "we had nothing to do with this decision"

    Didn't really affect the Lions as we got the kid we probably would have taken at 1 anyway.



  • Just going to mention the Crows in passing ...



  • @booboo they looked great



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2017:

    @kiwiinmelb that was weak as piss by the AFL, who just didn't want to cop the heat from the supporters, and could hold their hands up and say "we had nothing to do with this decision"

    Didn't really affect the Lions as we got the kid we probably would have taken at 1 anyway.

    it was a bit like sentencing someone to a jail term , then supplying some hookers



  • Women's AFL season officially ended last night with the awards evening.

    Now, I don't watch women's sport, at all. But, you can't call this initiative by the AFL anything but a massive win. Big crowds, TV & media coverage, big public reach, and a non-Victorian GF.

    Sure, not all of the play was top draw, but there were enough moments of athletic excellence in each game to create a buzz. And it deserved a stand-alone GF, not as a curtain raiser to the Q-clash (Adele and the 'gabba turf had something to do with that).

    Well done AFL, looks like it has a genuine future.



  • @mariner4life Having a competent governing body and a massive tv deal helps. Not even soccer would be able to pull that off.

    Add to that Cricket Australia's big pay offer to women cricketers and every other sporting body is starting to look very shoddy.



  • @antipodean the womens big bash is fucking shit though, and played in front of 14 people in shit time slots



  • @mariner4life They don't have the strength. But they'll get better skills with the cash.



  • Walked past the oval where Melbourne s ladies AFL team were training a few weeks ago ,
    Never really put any thought into it , but was surprised how little they are , and how young they looked when you see them in person , looked like a bunch of little School girls running around .



  • @kiwiinmelb said in AFL 2017:

    Walked past the oval where Melbourne s ladies AFL team were training a few weeks ago ,
    Never really put any thought into it , but was surprised how little they are , and how young they looked when you see them in person , looked like a bunch of little School girls running around .

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  • Never been a fan of that defensive style crap that Sydney have played, but Buddy is putting on a show in this second half.

    Swans down by 5 goals and now up by 3 points.



  • Buddy is a deadset superstar. But Dogs too good. Great game

    Those 2 goals in a minute from Buddy were fucking rippers



  • Richmond. Still top of the ladder.



  • @antipodean book the Parade for October



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2017:

    @antipodean book the Parade for October

    There used to be a joke about Richmond supporters safely booking their holidays for September , can't remember exactly how it went



  • Hawks look done , Robbo made a big statement on afl 360 the other night ,

    Said you can almost sense panic within the club , they know they are sliding and they are desperately trying to hang on .



  • The Hawks will be worried i think. Their ball movement was all done by Mitchell and Lewis, and they haven't been replaced. And they gambled everything on O'Meara and Mitchell working out, because they have traded away their draft picks. If this goes tits up, they could be the next Lions, rather than the next Sydney/Geelong.

    Speaking of the Lions, considering we have beaten the Suns, and put in a good fight against the Bombers, i don't think we are the worst team in the comp. Surely the Suns would take that mantle, although Carlton and Freo are pushing them hard for the spoon (surely Fyfe will leave Freo now).



  • Almost every year there are surprises ,

    thats why I only read so much into the form from the year before ,

    Brisbane and Carlton are both capable of winning more games than last year,

    Freo to be the big slider IMO , the talk is Ross Lyon has lost the players and their fans are getting restless , the knives are out



  • Swans go 0-3 , no one saw that coming ,

    I'm off to the G today to watch the tiges play the eagles , can the tigers go 3-0 , and then the hype starts to build prematurely as it only can at Richmond , or will they come crashing back down ...... fun and games



  • Last night was the best "shit" game i have seen in a while. Terrible skills and execution, but tight with a great finish



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2017:

    Last night was the best "shit" game i have seen in a while. Terrible skills and execution, but tight with a great finish

    You sound like a fucking Victorian. Or Gus Gould talking about NRL.


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