AFL 2018



  • Two rounds in to the new season. Easter Monday's traditional Hawks v Cats was one of the best regular season games you could hope for 117-116, right to the wire. It appears we may have written off Hawthorn a little prematurely. Clarkson is a fucking genius. These two teams have been providing blockbusters for more than a decade now.

    For the clubs that people care about:
    Yes Richmond lost on the weekend, but they will be top 4 again this year. The game is all about forward pressure now, and they do it very well. Which means we all have to put up with floggy Tigers fans all year.
    I reckon the Saints are fucked, and their coach is going to get the ass. They beat the shit Lions (more on them in a sec), and then lost to the god awful North. Actually, copped a flogging from North.
    Shark's Demons are hard to read. Lost to Geelong when they should have won. Then beat the Lions, but somehow let them back in to the game when it should have been all over with a quarter to play.
    For the Lions, i am actually disappointed in the start. I thought 6-8 wins would be a realistic target for the year, but despite a pretty soft start (two teams aiming for the bottom of the eight) we haven't really been in either of them. 2nd season syndrome might get a couple of the youngsters, which would absolutely kill us. It's fucking cool having Hodge though.

    Biggest losers so far the Dogs, who have had two thumpings, despite everyone claiming they would come back after a poor year.
    Winners probably GWS, and Port.

    We can all rejoice in the fact that Collingwood will be shit this year again. They can keep extending Buckley's contract for all eternity as far as i am concerned.



  • @mariner4life
    two from three for the good guys.

    Didn't watch last night as was nana napping on the couch so decided it was bed time. But did catch a bit of the half time chat and had forgotten just how Melbourne centric the AFL media are. St Kilda down by 10 and it was all about how Saints could win, Saints this, Saints that.

    I suppose it was close ... less than 50 points.

    Was picking Giants to beat Squidney. Was that an upset?

    I see the BLions pushed Port. Margin a surprise for you Mariner?



  • I think the AFL is a good example of a salary cap and draft at work ,

    there is a big group of teams who can all beat each other on their day ,

    injuries , momentum , confidence will play its part I think in who will get there , Tigers last year probably werent the best team on paper ,or the best team through the season , but were thereabouts , but they got on a roll of confidence in the last 6 weeks , much like the dogs the year before ,

    im off to see the tigers and the hawks today , I think we will lose , see above ,

    no Caddy, prestia , Rioli , Broad , they lose a lot of contested ball ability , and pace , and the hawks themselves are on a roll right now ,

    30 degres and sunny , and my fist day at the footy as an MCC member , I put my name down in 1996 and its just come through , thats how long the waiting list is ,

    I can go to any event at the mcg , its like gold here in melbourne , good times



  • What a shit Friday night of sports results.



  • I was thinking of going to richmond v Brisbane today ,

    but its a shitty day outside , blowing a gale and rain expected ,

    So not sure ATM



  • Fuck this weekend. Chiefs shit, warriors shit, Lions disgraceful.

    Nothing excuses that score. Nothing. Everyone should be ashamed



  • When one of your midfielders score three times as many goals as the opposition:
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  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2018:

    Fuck this weekend. Chiefs shit, warriors shit, Lions disgraceful.

    Nothing excuses that score. Nothing. Everyone should be ashamed

    Yeah but we lost to Collingwood



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2018:

    Fuck this weekend. Chiefs shit, warriors shit, Lions disgraceful.

    Nothing excuses that score. Nothing. Everyone should be ashamed

    I was there , they looked like deer in the headlights, lowest score kicked at the mcg since 1962



  • Disgraceful. I've seen a bit excusing a young side having an off day. No. 17 is below what i would expect a seconds to kick.

    Last week was great, this week undid all the work. I'm starting to lose faith



  • if its any consolation,

    if someone told you this richmond side ( same group of players ) would be premiers a few years ago you wouldve pissed yourself laughing ,

    it can turn around with the right coaching staff who stick to their development plan



  • Some absolute beltings this weekend



  • @kiwiinmelb said in AFL 2018:

    if its any consolation,
    if someone told you this richmond side ( same group of players ) would be premiers a few years ago you wouldve pissed yourself laughing ,

    Well... A few years ago I was having that very discussion with Tigers, Saints and Hawks supporters. Their list should have them in the eight and with a bit of luck the top four, where anything is possible.

    @mariner4life said in AFL 2018:

    Some absolute beltings this weekend

    Time for the AFL to stop giving anything to the Suns. the GC is a black hole when it comes to footy teams.



  • Bit rough to pick on the Suns. They haven't had a home game yet, but at least have two wins.

    What about Carlton, who are dogshit, but keep getting primetime games?



  • Woo hoo

    Good guys beat the Evil Swannies from Squidney.

    Have to ask "what the fuck were you doing back there Tex?". Good work putting the big fella at full back for that last mark.



  • So, the AFL seems a pretty "even" comp this year, but not in a good way.

    Very extended round thanks to ANZAC day took nearly a week. And a bunch of shiiiit games.

    Only 3 teams kicked 100 (North got 98).
    Three games finished with a margin in excess of 8-goals
    Two teams won still kicking less than 80 points
    There was a low scoring draw.

    Season is now starting to take shape

    Richmond are clearly the best side.
    Adelaide are good, but mentally fragile
    Geelong, Sydney and GWS will probably be the best of the rest, but are a way behind the top two. This effectively gives us the same top sides as last year

    Teams that considered themselves right in the mix of the top 8 in Melbourne and Essendon are, in actual fact, quite shit.
    North and Collingwood are far better than anyone expected. Probably same to be said for Both Perth sides.

    Port look top 4 one week, and 12th the next week. Hawthorn kinda similar.

    Carlton, St Kilda and Brisbane are utter shit, and will remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder for years to come. Gold Coast and the Bulldogs only marginally better.



  • I'm looking forward to seeing how well Collingwood are playing next week. The next test for the Tigers after that is going to Perth.



  • Early days ,

    Im probably a little conservative , tigers getting a lot of love but we havent actually beaten anyone of great note yet ,

    So im keeping a lid on it for now ,

    Went to the anzac ever clash ,

    Melbourne disappointing again ,another year where the media talk them up pre season , got talent there , but a soft underbelly , no ticker



  • @kiwiinmelb not sure there is "anyone of great note" this year.

    The entire game appears to be forward pressure, and Richmond are still the best at it. It makes the games shit to watch, but Richmond fans pretty freaking happy with the world.



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2018:

    @kiwiinmelb not sure there is "anyone of great note" this year.

    The entire game appears to be forward pressure, and Richmond are still the best at it. It makes the games shit to watch, but Richmond fans pretty freaking happy with the world.

    Yeah they seem to have an edge in fitness too over most sides , at the wide open spaces of the G they do anyhow , their running power is part of the process of breaking them down ,

    on the smaller grounds such as Sydney or Adelaide they lose that advantage , taller sides can beat them in the air , all of a sudden they can get found out



  • I guess that is one thing that makes AFL a bit unique for us guys from rugby backgrounds , probably compared to all other football codes as well ,

    All the fields are different dimensions , like Cricket ,quite odd really

    Western Australia have done the smart thing with their new stadium and replicated the dimensions of the MCG



  • A one match ban for this tackle.

    AFL advocate Jeff Gleeson QC argued that Naitanui, a much-bigger player than Amon, had a duty of care when he laid the tackle.



  • @antipodean thought it was crap. Monstered him chest high. What are you meant to do?



  • @booboo Apparently ask him to step on some scales first.



  • Worst decision ever. And on the back of a guy the other week electing to bump, knocking a bloke out, and getting off. Farcical.

    So in the eyes of the MRP we have done a complete 180, the bump is back, and tackling is out. And don't be the bigger bloke.

    Everything in the initial report is wrong, to then get a suspension is just astounding



  • Silly fucking game no one is interested in...

    Flicked on to this occasionally. Saw we were 20 points up. Then fucking 20 points down. With 4mins to go. Gave up. Flicked on to Fox news and we lost by 1.

    May as well have lost by 20.

    Fuck.



  • @booboo Port's first win in that fixture for a long time. That one hurts aye?

    2nd week in a row, Lions play in a thriller, kick a score. And lose.

    What hurts more is Carlton, who are shitter than us, got a win. Fucking Bombers.

    Getting a little sick of hearing about our "future" and how we have a lot to look forward to. My very real fear is our guns will get poached home to Victoria before we ever get to properly climb the ladder. It's hard to maintain hope sometimes.



  • @mariner4life said in AFL 2018:

    2nd week in a row, Lions play in a thriller, kick a score. And lose.

    That was a good comeback by the Lions. For a while in the fourth quarter I thought their momentum would carry them through. Thankfully others in the squad are stepping up so our stars don't have to play brilliant games week in, week out.



  • Good guys get the points in a low scorer.



  • Lions!!!

    Hodgey gets to sing the song! Fucken bewdie!



  • Two huge wins to the Dees the last two weeks, and 5 or 6 on the bounce now. They're fantastic to watch and could be genuine contenders but need to atone yet for a couple of bad losses earlier in the season before I get really excited. Might sound odd given they're in third spot but they've still been inconsistent in quality of performance and I'd love to see them knock over West Coast, Richmond or Sydney but we don't get Richmond again in the regular season and the others are back to back in August. Pity we don't get a revenge shot at Hawthorn either.



  • This time of year is mostly about trying to bank the points ,

    It appears to be between west coast , Richmond , Melbourne at this point in time , but September is still along way away , think we will see a few more twists and turns yet .



  • @shark fucking Adelaide. Fucking Mrlboutne.



  • Nat Fyfe suspended for a week. By all accounts was leading the Brownlow. Watch him poll less votes for the rest of the year to avoid embarrassment on Brownlow night.

    Lions with a tough loss on the weekend, well beaten in the first half by North, and lost 3 of our best players. 2nd half fight back was actually pretty impressive for a very young team facing those circumstances. We now have the drug cheats, and i would have had us a chance if Christensen, McLuggage, and Cameron were available. Now? not so much



  • So much chat around the Gold Coast being a complete failure, how the AFL should cut their losses and move the team to Tasmania.

    A few points:

    They are not last, they have won 3 games;
    They lost to St Kilda basically after the siren on the weekend;
    They have only played at home twice all season.

    How do absolute basket cases like Carlton and St Kilda get overlooked for movement? They are shit. Have been shit for a very long time. Don't have anywhere near the excuses that the Suns have. And yet there is no talk of winding them up and moving them on.

    People were talking the Saints to challenge for the 8 this year, but they are just terrible. Carlton were supposed to push on for 6 wins, and yet they have gone backwards.

    Because they are old clubs in melbourne, they are guaranteed their future. They will continue to ruin the careers of high draft picks, and be a destination for players wanting to "return home" getting high salaries and also destroy their careers.

    Oh, and no one is beating the Tigers at the MCG this year, the season is basically over.



  • What. The. Fucking. Fuck?

    14 mins left in the 1st half.

    Essendon 50

    West Coast Eagles ...



  • ... 1



  • i watched it. It was unreal. Essendon are shit. The Eagles are good. But last night? The bombers went through the corridor like they expected to win by 10 goals, and just fucked West Coast. I am loath to admit it, but it was good to watch.

    Not a great week to be associated with optus



  • Essendon are capable of playing free flowing football if you allow them .

    They tried that with us early in the Dreamtime game and we strangled them ,then they folded .

    Could be just an off night for wc , most teams will have a few of those per season



  • I want Jeremy Cameron banned for life. I want his kids banned for their lives. I want GWS de-registered and sent to Tasmania. I am also not ruling out a tactical drone strike.

    Filthy fluffybunny.


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