AFL 2016



  • Kicks off Thursday night with the annual Tigers v Carlton clash. Interesting first weekend building up to Geelong v Hawthorn on Monday, that should be massive.
     
    You would imagine the 2 Perth teams and the Hawks will all feature at the pointy end. From the rest, will Geelong's free agency pick ups put them straight back to the top? Can the Tigers actually progress? Can North's old list do enough for them to be relevant?
     
    Who will be the first team to lose to Essendon? Who will be the least-worst out of the Saints, Lions, Gold Coast and Carlton. Can the GWS make the 8?
     
    My crack at the 8
     
    West Coast
    Freo
    Geelong
    Hawthorn
    Tigers
    Port Adelaide
    Collingwood
    Western Bulldogs



  • I think im going next Thursday , 
     
    Going to be an interesting year .  At this stage a lot of teams look quite evenly matched 
     
    As a richmond supporter I would nt be surprised if we finished anywhere between 5 - 12



  • Essendon doping scandal on 4 Corners tonight.
    Have set the My Star.



  • Essendon doping scandal on 4 Corners tonight.
    Have set the My Star.

    Or available here http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2016/03/21/4426753.htm



  • Kicks off Thursday night with the annual Tigers v Carlton clash. Interesting first weekend building up to Geelong v Hawthorn on Monday, that should be massive.
    You would imagine the 2 Perth teams and the Hawks will all feature at the pointy end. From the rest, will Geelong's free agency pick ups put them straight back to the top? Can the Tigers actually progress? Can North's old list do enough for them to be relevant?
    Who will be the first team to lose to Essendon? Who will be the least-worst out of the Saints, Lions, Gold Coast and Carlton. Can the GWS make the 8?
    My crack at the 8
    West Coast
    Freo
    Geelong
    Hawthorn
    Tigers
    Port Adelaide
    Collingwood
    Western Bulldogs

    Adelaide?



  • I think im going next Thursday ,
    Going to be an interesting year . At this stage a lot of teams look quite evenly matched
    As a richmond supporter I would nt be surprised if we finished anywhere between 5 - 12

    Suspect my Crows will be battling for a position alongside you.



  • No Danger, first year coach? Good luck.



  • That Four Corners show was pretty emotive wasn't it? Not a great look for Essendon as a club, not that they needed more evidence there. Everyone involved over the past 4 years should walk, and it should all start again.
     
     
    Interesting to contrast with Dyson Heppel on AFL360 last night. It's obvious he has a future at the club, and probably as captain. He seems very sure about what he took, and stated there was written evidence. That seems to to against everything that has been heard. Not sure Gerard bought it. What i found interesting was he stated he knew what he was given, and was comfortable with it, but still said he felt let down by the club and certain individuals. Those two statements don't seem to marry up. 
     
    It's an issue that is going to stick around all year isn't it?



  • I have been given season passes to the Suns. Im going to attempt to give this AFL stuff a fully fledged go. 
     
    I will of course, in true Gold Coaster fashion,  be supporting who ever is playing against the Suns until they get a team together that can win a few games.



  • Just go and watch Ablett. He's easy to spot, and his movement is pretty impressive. Also, listen to opposition supporters going at him for being a cat, and not getting "stuck in" as he racks up 40 disposals and at least 2 Brownlow votes. 
     
    The Suns will struggle this year, Gaz or no Gaz.



  • I have been given season passes to the Suns. Im going to attempt to give this AFL stuff a fully fledged go.
    I will of course, in true Gold Coaster fashion, be supporting who ever is playing against the Suns until they get a team together that can win a few games.
    Go this weekend, they should get the win against the hapless Bombers. That Metricon Stadium is one of the best AFL grounds I've been too.



  • That Four Corners show was pretty emotive wasn't it? Not a great look for Essendon as a club, not that they needed more evidence there. Everyone involved over the past 4 years should walk, and it should all start again.
    Interesting to contrast with Dyson Heppel on AFL360 last night. It's obvious he has a future at the club, and probably as captain. He seems very sure about what he took, and stated there was written evidence. That seems to to against everything that has been heard. Not sure Gerard bought it. What i found interesting was he stated he knew what he was given, and was comfortable with it, but still said he felt let down by the club and certain individuals. Those two statements don't seem to marry up.
    It's an issue that is going to stick around all year isn't it?

    My recording stuffed up (Mrs Boo recording other stuff) so have just watched the video on the net.
    Still so many unknowns for me. Like why they went to Dank in the first place. Who instigated it within the club especially given their club Doctor quit over the programme.
    Would have liked more of an investigation into the programme but I suppose they had to have an angle. This case it was focus on an individual and tell his story.
    Pretty shit by the club to sting him for legal costs.
    They can of course paint him as the disgruntled delisted player.
    I agree with that dude with the weird glasses that the players aren't the villains here. It's the people who instigated and ran the programme and have tried desparately to hide from responsibility since. Unfortunate that at the end of the day the players are responsible for what they partake of. But it's hardly fair when the club is assuring them it's all ok ... and the club sails on unaffected (essentially ... given a year or two of poor results with a rookie team).
    I just don't suppose the AFL could effectively ban Essendon. Far far too much money.
    Don't tend to watch AFL360 - have enough issues keeping up with rugby - but I'm guessing the implication is that dude wasn't bad mouthing the club too much as he's still on their radar.



  • For those at a loose end tonight the season opening Richmond v Carlton match is on channel 23 for  Sky NZ subscribers and may also be on one of TVNZ pop up sports channels, try freeview channel 13. Nine minutes left in the first quarter and Richmond are ahead 13 - 09 for what it is worth.
     
    The ground looks to be pretty full and at the MCG that equates to something like eighty to ninety odd thousand - a remarkable attendance for a first round club fixture.



  • Pretty competitive first half. Blues gameplan looks good. Tigers gifted a couple of goals from 50m penalties.



  • Not a great performance, but the important part is coming away with the win.



  • The surprising stat for that game with carlton supposedly in a rebuild, 
     
    , carlton average games per player 84.5,richmond 73.7



  • Swans fisted the Pies last night. Eat smoking hot knob, Eddie.



  • See that story about how many collingwood players have failed illicit drug tests? Half the squad apparently. Filthy bogan druggos



  • Nah i try to avoid the AFL media. They're so busy chockablock up each other, like the NRL media. The difference is AFL will at least criticise the game.
     
     
    But the drug thing doesn't surprise me. It appears to be rife. I saw some post on twitter about AFL players having a 6-week period of riding pingers or something last night, which made me chuckle.



  • Not Collingwood's issue according to Eddie. Err really?
    Bloody Crows blew a lead last night. Watched tbe last qtr waiting for the Bangles match to come on (didn't realise i could have pushed the red button ... not a biggie as only missed the nz batting and that would have frustrated the life out of me) and got to watch the Roos just out efficient them. 😞


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