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Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
« on: February 23, 2012, 00:43 »
Might as well have a thread for this.  ;D

My predictions:

Top 4 (those in with a chance for the premiership):
Collingwood
Hawthorn
Geelong
Carlton

Finals Football Contenders:
West Coast
Sydney
Essendon
Richmond
North Melbourne
Fremantle
St.Kilda

Year of 'Consolidation':
Adelaide
Brisbane
Footscray
Melbourne
Pt.Adelaide

Year of Misery (Cellar dwellars):
Gold Coast
Generally Worse Sydney
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012, 00:58 »
    cannot wait to how the season starts, but still all about Geelong and Collingwood for me

    interested to see how West Coast go this year

    think this year will be similar to last for the Swans. Close to the top at times, mediocre at times.

    and hoping this is the year that North Melbourne crash and burn. for personal reasons love to see them lose.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #2 on: February 23, 2012, 00:59 »
    Onto my own team's (Hawthorn) chances.

    I think we now have to be considered second favourite to Collingwood. Last year we only lost to 2 teams: the eventual Grand Finalists and we were out of the GF by one kick (+dodgey umpiring decision and Shoenmakers).

    ChampionData says we have the best list and I can't disagree, we have unbelievable depth at the moment, our only weak point is in the Rucks with Bailey our only designated ruckman with support from Hale/Roughead.

    My Best 22:

    B: Gilham,Sratton,Guerra
    HB: Birchall,Gibson,Suckling
    C: Lewis, Hodge, Shiels
    HF: Roughead, Franklin, Burgoyne
    F: Rioli, Hale, Gunston
    R: Bailey, Mitchell, Sewell
    Int: Osborne, Puopolo, Savage, Smith
    Emg: Ellis, Breust, Murphy, Whitecross

    Standby: Bruce, Young, Bateman, Shoenmakers, Cheney


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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012, 01:00 »
    cannot wait to how the season starts, but still all about Geelong and Collingwood for me

    interested to see how West Coast go this year

    think this year will be similar to last for the Swans. Close tot he top at times, mediocre at times.

    and hoping this is the year that North Melbourne crash and burn. for personal reasons love to see them lose.

    Oi! I like North. They have a good young side, lots of potential and class in their ranks. Not really a big club either so it'd be nice to see them have some success.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012, 01:12 »
    Oi! I like North. They have a good young side, lots of potential and class in their ranks. Not really a big club either so it'd be nice to see them have some success.

    Just had a friend of a friend that was a complete ar5e and a north supporter. Looked like John Howard but with a less pleasant personality

    Mistook outright abuse for humour and as a result fostered in me an extreme dislike for his team.

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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #5 on: February 23, 2012, 01:33 »
    I predict geelong to fall behind a bit. 4th or 5th at season's end. I'm interested to see how Orren Stephenson goes.
    While I like hawks, and other then west coast would like to see them win, I think carlton have just as good prospects for the season. They lack a few big guys in the forward line tho. J. Kennedy would have been a welcome man for them.

    As for west coast, I'm not sure how we will go.

    Collectively we should be stronger, I think like hawks a few years ago we overachieved last season. Was just a rapid rise.
    We got a lot of good youngsters, and a few old heads. I think we'll be somewhere between 5-8.

    Glass ageing, he will be missed when he reties. But we have a decent backline. Hurn, butler, schofield, Mackenzie, waters... Sheppard is improving a lot also, decent runner also.
    Selwoods are good players. Scoot especially has devolped into a great player.
    The midfield looks decent, maybe a little inexperienced still. Kerr and Embley also getting to the latter parts of thier career. I really rate sheuy, and he has more or less said he'd like to spend his entire career at west coast. Gaf is pretty promising also. Priddis is very consistant. Masten, swift and stevens all decent up and coming players also, should be in the mix. And Rosa was having a great season till he got injured last year.
    Rucks should be fine this year, cox is cox. And natinui is a freak, who knows how good he can become. But cox is pretty old, he may have a couple years yet, hopefully we can get Lycett involved a little in the next couple years, I think he has some promise.
    As for the forwards, we will miss lecras, but gives some of the up and comers an oppurtunity; weedon, hams etc. Hopefully nicoski and Q stick can maintain thier 2011 form. J Kennedy seemspretty solid, J Darling had a really great debut year, I only see improvement. Maybe Hill can break into the team also.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #6 on: February 23, 2012, 13:16 »
    Why do you have oval pitch god damn, first time I saw it I was thinking that something is wrong with lcd screen ::)
    This is kinda acward!
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #7 on: February 23, 2012, 13:36 »
    Hawthorn
    Collingwood
    Carlton
    Geelong
    Fremantle
    Sydney
    West Coast
    St Kilda
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    Essendon
    Bulldogs
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #8 on: February 23, 2012, 13:47 »
    Why do you have oval pitch god damn, first time I saw it I was thinking that something is wrong with lcd screen ::)
    This is kinda acward!

    because the game was invented to keep Cricketers fit in the winter and they started playing on the cricket grounds which are oval

    as for why they are oval ask Ram I have no idea
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #9 on: February 23, 2012, 14:22 »
    because the game was invented to keep Cricketers fit in the winter and they started playing on the cricket grounds which are oval

    as for why they are oval ask Ram I have no idea

    It was decided to make it oval to mimic the Earth's orbit of the Sun.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #10 on: February 23, 2012, 14:27 »
    Carlton this year for me , Hopefully the Swans can make the eight and win at least one final again and I predict GWS will win 2 games, one against Port or the Crows and one against GC
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #11 on: February 23, 2012, 18:06 »
    because the game was invented to keep Cricketers fit in the winter and they started playing on the cricket grounds which are oval

    as for why they are oval ask Ram I have no idea
    So it is kinda cyclocross for Cricketers, thanks!
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #12 on: February 23, 2012, 23:04 »
    While I technically have always been a Collingwood supporter - one of the things I love most about cycling is that it ISN'T football.  Cannot stand what happens to Australian tv from around now till end of September...   In reality, I dont mind the game but I hate what it does to a lot of people.  Turns them into muppets.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #13 on: February 23, 2012, 23:29 »
    Carlton for me.

    I like football, and will watch ..... if there is no cycling on  ;D
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #14 on: February 24, 2012, 01:32 »
    Why isn't this sport a global phenomenon?

    Yeah, now that is a real problem. Rest of the world needs to catch up. :D
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #15 on: February 24, 2012, 01:36 »
    Why isn't this sport a global phenomenon?

    what are you talking about?

    we are the centre of the world you know  ;)
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #16 on: February 24, 2012, 01:40 »
    So does anyone actually like the NAB cup format?  I personally cant stand it.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #17 on: February 24, 2012, 01:47 »
    So does anyone actually like the NAB cup format?  I personally cant stand it.

    I can't stand an organised pre-season competition regardless of the format. I'm usually pretty good ignoring all football until Round 1, but I seem to be getting caught out a little bit at the moment.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #18 on: February 24, 2012, 01:53 »
    I can't stand an organised pre-season competition regardless of the format. I'm usually pretty good ignoring all football until Round 1, but I seem to be getting caught out a little bit at the moment.

    I agree with you but I will still normally watch it anyway, some of these rules they are experimenting with nowadays though is making it painfully difficult to watch
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #19 on: February 24, 2012, 02:14 »
    I can't stand an organised pre-season competition regardless of the format. I'm usually pretty good ignoring all football until Round 1, but I seem to be getting caught out a little bit at the moment.

    Same usually ignore it but found myself at home last weekend with nothing on so watched the Collingwood, Bulldogs, GWS triple header.
    Games just seemed to lack intensity.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #20 on: February 24, 2012, 02:15 »
    Why isn't this sport a global phenomenon?

    Have no idea. it is a fantastic sport. I got into very soon after arriving in Aus and reckon it is my second favourite sport now
    Also helps that my son loves it and has been playing for 3 years now, so we can go to games together.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #21 on: February 24, 2012, 02:39 »
    Footy is a good sport, love they physical nature and hard hits.

    So does anyone actually like the NAB cup format?  I personally cant stand it.

    meh, other then west coast I cannot get interested in these matches.

    look forward to round 1.
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    « Reply #22 on: February 24, 2012, 02:45 »
    Footy is a good sport, love they physical nature and hard hits.

    meh, other then west coast I cannot get interested in these matches.

    look forward to round 1.

    Do you think they can cover the loss of Lecras and continue the form of last year.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #23 on: February 24, 2012, 02:54 »
    start of the year we were going ok without him (last year I mean). But forsure a big loss.
    Apparently he was going to see a lot more of the midfield this year, so there is that.
    I think were ok in the mid; sheuy, priddis, gaf, kerr, stevens, selwoods etc.

    Up front we stil got a couple good talls, and I suppose it allows some of the younger guys like weedon a chance to prove themselves. Maybe hill can do better at the eagles also.

    Hopefully it goes ok, I don't think we will replicate top 4 tho. In the 8 i suspect. We over achieved last year imo.
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #24 on: February 24, 2012, 13:31 »
    Timmy, all of them won tonight :D

    Sydney def St.Kilda
    Geelong def Sydney
    St.Kilda def Geelong
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #25 on: February 25, 2012, 03:08 »
    Timmy, all of them won tonight :D

    Sydney def St.Kilda
    Geelong def Sydney
    St.Kilda def Geelong

    The Swans looked great against the Saints , Sam Reid is going to be a superstar in a couple of years
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    « Reply #26 on: February 25, 2012, 03:13 »
    Yeah I really like the look of Reid, had him earmarked as a bolter for this year since the end of last year. His marking is amazing, just needs to learn how to kick straight...
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #27 on: February 25, 2012, 04:31 »
    Just spent 2 hours with my son being taught AFL skills by swans players

    One thing i have to say is AFL is very accessible. cannot imaging premiership players going to local schools to promote their sport. although maybe because they do not need to
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    Re: Australian Rules Football (AFL etc)
    « Reply #28 on: February 25, 2012, 11:01 »
    Tough luck for Andrew Krakouer who after just coming back to the club has done his ACL. :(

    Magpies having a tough run with injuries already.
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    « Reply #29 on: March 06, 2012, 22:25 »
    What the hell was going on with Essendon on the weekend?  Ridiculous situation and even more ridiculous excuses afterwards
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