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Episode 53 · 1 year ago

AFL Mid-Season Awards (All-Australian Team, Brownlow & Others) - Episode 52

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Pilch, Broady and Rowey join the show to discuss the first half of the 2020 AFL Season and award their Brownlow Medallist, Rising Star and All-Australian Team amongst other awards. 

Crowd cheers. He's settle. Welcomeback to the on the BAARD podcast. This is episode fifty two of theshow. Today I'm joined by a lot of people. Actually, I don'tknow if we've Peel to you your odes on the show. May Have weever been joined by three people actually call right, maybe, but anyway,so we're joined by three lads. As I introduced him. Today's topic isAFL so, as I introduced them, I'd like them to tell me what'sbeen their favorite what they think spend highest quality game of the year. So, Roy, welcome back, May. What are you thinking? Thanks,Homs, good to be here. Um, my favorite game was pretty recent.It was Richmond port. Don't go for either the teams, but Ijust thought it as an awesome game and almost awesome atmosphere in a bit ofa finals preview. Yeah, I think that might big common theme here.Broady, welcome back they thanks for having me again. Mates. I wasgoing to say the same Richmond and port, but I'll throw in another one.It was a few weeks ago a West Coast Played Geelong over in Perthand Joeng had him felt a much of the game, but west coast cameback there was a really good finals like atmosphere as well. Yeah, andPilch, as you talked before. Welcome back mate. As always. Whatgame? What game made it for you? Yeah, definitely the power of vRichmond game the other way. I'm still on a high from it.Still I've watched the highlights about three times a day still. So now Iheard that one. That was a popular one in our footy group chat.I think everyone was claiming that was game of the season. I'm actually goingI haven't watched too much footy this year. Bit of a disclaimer for this episode, but I'm going poured out of the leg, Carlson. I justthink it had everything in it. That was it was just end to end. What was there like? There was something ridiculous in the first quarter,like, I don't know, ten goals or something, and I think theykeep eight straight before there was a part behind, and then there was obviouslythe Robbie Gray after the siren goal from the pocket, well, from anangle. But yeah, that was pretty good game. Really enjoyed that one. So today, obviously this topics afl we're going to be doing. It'sa bit over the halfway in the season. I believe but we're doing a midseasonawards episode, so we've got a list of awards down here, someteam related, some player related, and we're just going to roll through themand you know, it's just going to be a bit of a v eCole of conversation for this what we've thought of the season so far. SoI can we start with the team ones. So broady, will start with you. Who which team, is impressed you the most, and which teamis disappointed you the most? The team that's impressed me the most is thecats. I didn't have him as being I thought it they might sneak intothe finals, but they're. Their last few weeks have been really impressive.I mean the big Tomahawk is firing on all cylinders. They got a deepmidfield and I reckon this could be their year. They've been very good inhome and away seasons, like the last eight nine years, without doing muchin finals. But this could be the year and I think they're their primingmagnificently for a run at the flag. Roy. What team have you enjoyedwatching so far? I was tennis, a port. Have a feeling oneof the other members on this group's going to say that so I might pumpup my own team here and say the saints. Obviously few blocks had somehigh hopes for him. I was and I was optimistic. I thought wouldfinish a bit outside the eight, but they have so far defied my beliefs. We obviously changed a lot of our lineup, change like game plan andobviously changed our coach. Have a lot of more youthful plays in the teamnow and just the hive. Just think the way we've adapted to the wholegame plan and just bring in a lot of speed and we've now like thefirst team to so number one ranked teams to play on from marks. Justthat whole new game plan for switching from slow and steady to fast paces reallybenefited us. We've adjusted a lot more quickly on thought and obviously results areshowing. So I think we've adapted to our changes really well. I thinkthat's why we're probably the most impressive pill to you getting around your own boyshere as expected. or well, my expectations for my own Tam always away too high, as you know. How if someone told me that wouldbe top of the ladder twelve or thirteen...

...rounds in season, I would havesaid they would dreaming. You carry that. You can't ask for much more andwe've played some great footy. But the too. I had written downwhere port and the saints be. I thought were I would say the saintsas well. So yeah, hundred pertain. Agree with all the shouts so far. Probably a rogue one I'll add into the mix. Melbourne. Ithink I predicted them to come like sixteen or something, and I know theywere really good in two thousand and eighteen, but and they will probably a lotbelow where they should have been last year. So you could argue thisis just where they should be, but I think everyone was predicting them tobe a lot worse this year than they are. They're right in the mixfor final. So I think Melbourne fans will be pleasantly happy with their performanceso far this year. In terms of disappointments, that actually quite a few, to be honest. I'm going to throw one up there. I thinkit's obvious one. Well, I don't know if it's the obvious one actually, but collingwood. I actually had them to win the minor premiership and Ithink I actually also had them to win the grand final and at this stageI can't see. Well, the minor premiership, that's obviously not happening,but I can't really see the premiership happening either. I think they sit justinside the eight at the moment. But yeah, it's not been great forthem. Lots of injuries, though, in their defense, but yeah,not ideal. Pilch, WHO's disappointed? You? Well, obviously Adelaide likeit. People had them near the bottom, but I'm not sure if anyone reallysaw this coming before the season started. After the first few games it wasobvious they weren't going to win any games. But outside of them Ialso had the pies and also Hawthorne. I would have I would have hadhawthorn around like pushing for the top eight before the year, and I thinkthey're four and eight or four and seven, so they've definitely been a big disappointmentas well. Yeah, Brody, I've gotten the giants. I thinkthey've still got the most talented list in the competition in my opinion. Madea granny last year and I thought that they would bounce back hard this yearwith the you know, the setback of last year, but they've been reallydisappointed. Disappointing again. They move the ball slightly. They're boring to watch, you know, and I think their players, I'm going to say it, a bit selfish. It's all about me and they've been a major disappointmentin this season. Enough rogue shower, but I write it all right,it rolly. Yeah, well, look, I had three, three selections downhere and that's all the three teams, so I'm a bit caught it here. But yeah, like forty touch shot on the first word I wrote. Next judos was selfish. Obviously don't really. They're not really played byinjuries, considering to have a really talented listen, can back it up andit's just the poor forms. As they put in a specially against Sydney,which we saw in the weekend, was just just not good, especially fora grand final team last year. And then Adelaide. Obviously we all sortof expected what was going to happen, but they're just not even up toscratch. This is, you know, obviously worse than a few of theGold Crew Seasons we've seen the past few years. And then obviously the hawks, not a fan of Clarks in, trying to go after another premiership.I just like, if you're going to go after the Premier Shit. Youcan't be sitting sixteen on the ladder. He's got a face facts and rebuilds. I think just the obviously Clarkson's a great coach on the Great Saul time, but it's inability to face facts and go for a rebuild is really backfiredhere and they seeing sixteen and now they've lost Sicily argue they're arguably their bestplayer. So yeah, pretty disappointing. Yeah, I'll throw another one intothe mixth Essen, I reckon. I think you guys actually tipped them tocome about where they're sitting right now, but I had them to come Ithink fifth. I thought this was going to be the year where it allclicked together. They have like a good mix of ages in their side andI think they've been pretty bad. I don't know where they sit exactly,either eleven or ten or something like that, but they've one a lot of closegames against average teams, especially in the first six weeks. They werewinning a lot of games within two goals, which they shouldn't have been, andI think never really only performed to their full ability like a couple timesthis year. One comes to mind. I think they beat Collingwood by twentypoints or something when Collingwood Warn't as injury affected. But yeah, I thinkit's been pretty disappointing from them and quite frankly, I'm sick of all lessonand fans just well, most fans do this, but every Essen and fanjust blaming the umpires every single game. Going to be sick at this.One bloke from my creer club just doesn't not shut up. So that's probablyanother reason why starting to grow a bit of disdain towards Essen and but yeah, and now that's actually all we've got for the teams. are kind ofacted like it was half team, half individual, but the rest of thisis individual wards. So now we're going...

...to talk about pick up. Sobest pickup and worst pick up? Broad he join US kick us off withWHO actually? Before I start this, I want to say a random fact. Will snelling and John Noble were both picked up in last year's mid seasondraft from West Adelaide. Just thought that was pretty impressive for a sample teamto be possessing those two players. But yeah, anyway, Brody, whodo you think has been the best pick up? That's a very fun fact. Thanks, Matt. I've got a little bit left field. For thebest pick up, I've Gone Hugh Green Wood, who moved from Adelaide tothe sun's. I wrote down here. They gave up nothing for him witha future third and feature fourth round pick. And I know he's not great withthese disposal use but he's a big body in a young son's side.I think he's leading the competition in tackles. I think that's right. And Yeah, I'sis think he's been really consistent, a big body and a really goodpig up for the gold coast row. What are you reckon? Well,the past men I've been trying to look around for a microfront. I'vegot but I was going to drop the mind. Obviously Dan Butler for absolutelydirt cheap from the Tigers. Apparently he's not as good as Stan Reoli.I beg to differ. He's currently seeing what is he third in the Coleman. He's just completely revitalized off forward line. He's the most consistent small forward we'vehad since MILNIE. You know, we've had the likes of Loni inGresham. Gress obviously tried to push him in up the ground a bit low. He's found herself in and out of the team. Dan Butler's been absolutelyawesome for us, just awesome pace, awesome tackling pressure. Well, obviouslyis one of the game a couple of times, most nobly against the sons, and you also think from the blues. Jack Martin's been pretty but obviously untilhe went down the injury, I think sould pick up. Obviously didn'thave to trade to get him as well, but unlucky fellow, he's sort ofcocked his salary because obviously it's always been top heavy this year for him. And then it's Covid, his reducer, so I'm lucky for him. Boding, he was also very good pick up. Yeah, pilch. Anyany others you want to mention? Well, actually the to the two names Iwrote down were Butler and Green Wood. So I think they've they've been thebest to Butler's been an absolute gun, and green woods. Greenwoods one ofthe main reasons why gold coast clearance work is now right up there withsome of the other good teams in the competition as opposed to last year.But they would dead last and I don't know how it shape as well asyeah, yeah, yeah, I don't know how ada led like green wouldgo. He always like he wasn't really a staple in their team, butwhenever I used to watch him for Adolays, thought he had something special. Butyeah, both good shouts might be mentioned later for me in another awardcategory. Who By? But two other guys I reckon worth the mention.Doogle Howard. I think he's been pretty elite. bulchers saints basically like there'sa lot of pics in there, but they basically got Howard and rider forpick eighteen, which I think is a pretty good deal, given the factthat I always think draft picks are a little bit overrated because it's really alottery of what you're going to get. So I think getting a quality defenderand Ruckman for pick eighteen is pretty handy. And then, yeah, sorry,I was that Georgia artist. YEA, yeah, that's a win, win. Yeah. And then Brandon Ellis. He's on nearly like a six hundredk year, well before the you know, pay cuts, but sothat's quite a lot of money. But I think he's been pretty handy forthe Gold Coast as well. And then in terms of on the other side, other side of the coin, worst pick up pretty harsh, but Ithink Lewis Taylor or Louis Taylor. They gave up pick forty eight for him. Pretty random. He hadn't played for like two years and he's only managedto scrape together six games, is she I don't think he's had more thanfifteen touches in any of them, so obviously they probably weren't expecting much fromhim. But pick forty eight, given the fact that the Saints Got Butlerfor pick fifty six, just shows what you can do with draft picks.I'm in terms of the trade table, so that's pretty average. Hopefully I'mnot stealing anyone's thunder here, but I also think see Roy. I haven'twatched much saints, so maybe you're better call on this and me. Butyou gave up a lot for Bradley Hill. Yeah, so maybe I don't know. What do you think? But also Tom cut love. That wasjust another random I'm just picking on myths, but Um, what do you thinkabout Bradley who? He'll Roy? Are you happy with what you paidfor him or do you think he's being an average pickup? Um, hewas very well, I have to say. I bread he was a very needsbased recruit. We lack a lot of outside run and just polished withthe ball. Obviously, Brad he hasn't done a massive amount of see yetto suggest his price tag was worth it, but when you look at the Timeshe does have the ball, he...

...has executed some of the best passesI've seen US execute, especially in our inside fifty. Obviously hasn't done thata lot, hasn't shown a lot of his running prowess so far this year, but he was a very needs based pickup and in the eyes of theSaints Fan, obviously at the moment he looks like looks like we spend abit too much, but I'm still obviously very optimistic. Is still in hisfirst year at a new club, new state, and I think he hashe has obviously soon. I knew game plan well, it's all going totake a bit of time to adjust, but I think he will come good. I he's obviously quality player. He's playing. Yeah, I remember.Yeah, not what his price tag suggested the moment, but I think hewill come good. Yeah, anyone else you want to mention for this category? Roy, I'll leave Josh Brewster, braudy. I'm just yeah, bitof imagine. Maybe Adam Tomlinson he's on a fair bit of money at thedays and during when they were struggling earlier in the season. I was omittedonce or twice, so I think that was a bit of a know.It was obviously played in judos is grand final line up last year and he'sbeen omitted from a what was a poor at Melbourne outfit earlier in the year. So He's on a fair bit of money. Thing is I'm like halfa mills, so maybe spend a bit too much there the day's time.They've abviously got Langdon on the wing and I'm who's on the other one.But yeah, he's been a bit in now the team. So maybe Thompson'sme. Yeah, Brody, I reckon, let's feed him to the wolves.Josh Bruce. Yeah, see, was none of the one of myhit list. I think he's been pretty future this year, don't he's gaveup picked thirty two and fifty one for him. I look through his stats. He's kicked twelve goals this year as a key forward. Six of themcame against North Melbourne, who have been pretty CRAPP all year. So theother ten games he's kick six goals. So He's been good pick up oneunbising killer to get rid of him. That was very well played. Yeah, I just think he's already twenty eight years old. He's going to probablyget worse from here and he's just been a real, real disappointment and justI just sort of it. Then can I put up for best pick upJack News, because he did win a game and kept our scouting season alive. So I'm going to put him up as a little bargain by so asa fair cool peelach. Any and we mentioned all your players. Or andyou want to, I've got I've got one more block down here. Mightbe a little bit stiff, but big Johnny Patton, the Hawks. Hawkspicked him up from G ws and I know he's gone down injured, whichhe had. He does have a big injury history. But he in thosethree, three or four games that he did play, did absolutely nothing.I think he kicked one or two goals, about five touches in each one.So He's definitely been a letdown because I know if you have fans thatwere pretty old on called it anyware this. Yeah, I don't think. Idon't think they paid too much for him, but yeah, I thinkhe was a very overhyped coming into the Hawthorn side. But you know,it's a bit stiff judging these pickups after like, what is it, tenor eleven games? So yeah, it's true. I'm sure Louis Taylor willcome out when the Brown Ley next year, but that's right. Or I don'tknow how you boys want to attack this next one. So you know, MVP Brown Lee. So you can think about it as in the votes, or you can just think who's been the best player in your eyes.Pilch, who would you like to offer up for this one? Well,I've got a few names written down, just because the obvious one is luckyneil and unless a miracle happens, he's got the Brownlow in his back pocketalready. But Um, I'm actually obviously both steal dangerfield. They're probably aroundthe mark. But one of my smokies is Clayton Oliver, who cork.You've been doing some stats and you've kind of uncovered that as well, buthe's been flying under the radar at the days. All the limelights on Petrarcaand I think Oliver or steal a lot of his votes. And I don'tthink the truck are should be the second favorite at the moment because of Oliverand gone stealing votes and they haven't really been winning too many games. Yeah, their point, Broady, I've just gone the obvious. It has tobe lucky near. He's had a super season. What's He's averaging? Likethirty touches and a goal a game? You'll you know Brisbane of one,plenty of games. So he's going to pull plenty of votes, a lotof three voters early in the season and it's going to be a pretty oneway affair on brownl night, wherever and where and whenever that is. Yeah, also, I think it also helps and they don't really have like they'reobviously a great team, but I don't think they have too many big nameswho are going to like attract the umpires attention or whatever. Yeah, Iagree. Yeah, like jared lions and maybe being their second best or likeHarris Andrews, but I don't think. I think Neil's going to be copand votes almost every every game, especially every win. Rowy. Yeah,I've obviously on the EEL at one.

Nothing else to say there. Ithink petruck. I think there there is obviously the factor of gone and allof us stealing votes. But I think what you notice when brashaw finished thirdor fourth, the Umpire's obviously noticed him a lot because of his helmet andthat's just distinguishing feature. I think petcock is just massive bollocking. Ability tojust bulge out of the packs is obviously easily noticed by the UMPS. He'sobviously a noticeable, noticeable player on the ground. I reckon now just bea factor by no other means than just visual ability by the UMPS. Ithink obviously bok he's a good conclusion. So I think there's not a massiveamount of place. Is still votes off from at the powerbviously the recois onthe top of a lot of I think folks you usually more site the sideof season being the standout player solely. I'm fired prediction. I reckon'll bethose three at the top. Yeah, no good shouts. As you alludedto, Pilch, I've been doing a bit of a statistical brownlow. Socompletely will not objective but like I picked the algorithm sort of and then sincethen I've just let it, let it go. So at currently it's Neil, all of the CRIPS, Luke Ryan from free O, strange, andthen brokey is in a fifth. So that's what I think it is anyway. But obviously there's game discrepan season. There some of played twelve and someof played eleven. I think so. But on an average vote per gamebasis it would be Oliver and then total votes it's Neil. So I thinkneils probably probably got in the back pocket, as you guys said, but thereare a few other guys who are likely to be there are thereabouts.And then in terms of the rising star, this is a tough one, obviouslybecause we are we have only had what twelve rounds or something. SoMaddie royl played pretty good in five rounds. So obviously that's not going to getthe job down in the total rising star like at the end of theseason. But if we look at it midseason, you know it's he's asniff. But I think it's a threehorse race for this one. It justdepends how heavily you rate roused opening season. But I think it's going to bebetween Max King and Rankin. But I would probably go king is justbecause he's played the whole season. But yeah, Rowley, who would yougo for this one? Yeah, Um, I think yeah, I've got rangingin there as well. Obviously I didn't. Calebs Arong's obviously had agood year. I mean he attended a set of bounces for free on theweekend. Obviously started a bit later, as did rankins. I'm going tomaybe say maxie king winks is, as he's called it, the Saints FootyClub. He's obviously just coming along great strides and links kicks another three onthe weekend. Should have been four or five. But yeah, definitely Maxifor me brought it. I've, I think, wrong. That's May.I've been really impressed with him on the weekend. He went head tohead withcrips a lot of the time in the middle and actually matched it with him, and we all know that crypts as a bull. Say, I doubtit. Probably win because often, you know, teams from, say,the West don't get the recognition from the Victorian crowd. But yeah, otherwisemaybe Noah Anderson could win it as well. He was really good last night andhe hasn't liked being a standout, but he's been consistent, so he'sa possible chance as well. I wouldn't count him completely out yet. Yeah, Pilch, yeah, I think it'll be Max king and I think he'sactually third or fourth favorite on on the on the sports bet, which isgreat value, I think. But I also I'm a big fan of Sarong. I think next year we'll see a Clayton olive our sq breakout from Sarongbecause he's just a stoppage beast. He'll rack up her rack up when hefive contested handles every week next year. Yeah, there's not too many optionsfor that award. I think we've said pretty much everyone who's a chance.When I was doing my brown low I was like working out who's eligible.There's so many guys who are like one or two games awful it eligibility whichis pretty stiff, like, I think coffee or just played just a coupletoo many bolter as well from the tags. Yeah, he's I think he playedtwelve and you need to play ten or less, so he would havebeen right up there if he was eligible. But Yeah, King is Sarrong rankand it's and they're probably the only guys who could win it. Irate all of them. James hasn't been nominated yet actually, so we thinkwe're lying on that. Yeah, have they announced this round yet? Ithink it will be him tonight. Yeah, don't announce it. Good chance andjust then played wells didn't either. Has He easily been nominated? Okay, yeah, well, there we go. Good, good from kings and we'vealready reached the final award. But it's, you know, a bitmore than award. We're going to be naming our Australian. So I'm gladwe've got some time in the bank because...

I was a bit worried about howlong this episode was going to be. So we probably can go into alittle bit more depth than I was expecting. The yeah, you, we're notgoing to read out a blurb for every single player while they're in theside because it'll go for hours. I reckon. We start in the backline. I reckon we just go line by line for this one. Sorowy join a kick us off. WHO's your to back pockets and your fullback? Well, back pockets are very tall. I've got Jordan Ridley in the firstback pocket. Loved his season Port Captain Tommy Jonas in the other one. Or he saw it calm and was it fullback? Actually, I reckon. We discovered the whole defense, but just in because I don't even mypositions are just out of whack. So if you got the second line ofDefense, who should half back line? Second Line of Defense? I've justbrought him in to this team because I did an Austrian team few weeks ago. Luke Rhyan one of the flanks. Yeah Right, and may not onthe other. Always gets the best small and semi colons. Center half backthe key. I really write that. Samy Collins is the man. broady. Who who should back six? I've got a few different now I've gotmaynard in a back pocket. Harris Andrews fullback as well. He's a lock. Nick Haynes from the giants my other backpocket. He's a start. Takeslots of intersect marks, very underrated. Then I've gone halfback. I've gonedocherty and then Darcy. More it's and a half back in Sicily on theother halfback flank. Docherty with my only but I needed that. He's myonly count and player. But I needed a running defender in my back line. I was going to have like Ridley or something. I'm like, who'sactually going to use the ball out of the back line? So yeah,he's got his name is Darcy Burne Jones, me, please, please, that'shis name. Does drown to my back six, docherty. I don'tmind it. To be honest. I live at home with Dockerty, mymild not my old man. My older brothers known to be a docherty lookalike. So I know I'm very well and I write my back six.It could varies a lot. Actually, a theoris have many differences we have. As I said before, I haven't watched too much for you. So, like ninety nine percent of my selection was based on stats. So I'vegone my tool defenders. Actually, I'll go position back pocket, lukey,Ryan, absolute star, and then the other back pocket. I've got threetools, so I just chuck one of my tools in there. I'll go. I'll go mark blitz arbs in the back pocket, probably not the mostnotable name. Well, everyone knows who is. But like, I don'tthink you'd be in many teams. But Geelong of had been the best defenseor year. So I think someone from their team, you know, deservesto represent them. So I've got him in the back pocket. And thenthe half back back line, I've gone dusty Burne Jones on one flank,Shane savage on the other flank. Bit of a strange call. Hang whateverhave I so known Tomas by the know? So just play one game, yousure of Sha wait, oh really, well, that makes sense, butthat's my bad. I was going off averages and I tried to gothrough to make sure everyone had played matches, like enough matches. But I haveto say I was going to say how is he so good at andhe's not been talked about, but I don't make sense. I'm actually kindof glad, because I was a bit worried that I had him in theteam. So I've got well, so I'd go through it. In mytools are blitzervs colons and then I've got Haynes as my third tool, absolutestaff and the giants, and then I've Got Ryan Burn Jones, and thenI've gotten Jake Lloyd, actually just a bit of usage off the back line. I think. I know he's roasted a lot through his five meter kicksand stuff like that, but I'll I'll back him him. Why not?Tilch? WHO's in your back six? Yep, so starting from fullback,Ridley in the back pocket, Tommy Jonas at fullback and Luke Ryan and theother back pocket halfback line, Braden, Maynard, Harris and Jus done ahalfback. And then for the final, for the final piece, I've gonewith Adams Sad, which is a huge smoky, but he's he's in mysuper coach and so I've been watching the bombers very closely and he's actually aweapon with the ball and he's averaging career best disposals by mile. Rarely,like like Maynard, really loses his one of my battles with the opposition smallforwards. I think he's criminally underrated. So Yep, Adam side for thelast last halfback, flanker. Do it.

Do we have any defenders on thebench? Lights? Nah, I do. I've got Nick Haynes onthe bench. Yeah, very was legend. Yeah, but peelache, do youhave any backman on the bench or not? Now I don't. Fairenough. So I reckon. We roll into the guts, then we'll getthe big boys out of the way. So who's in your middle? Sixwhile so, including a Ruckman, I guess. So. Yeah, who'sin your rucks? Your followers, and then the three in the middle?You know what I mean, pilch during the status off. Yep. Sothere's all there's always the dilemma here whether to pick wingers or not, becausemost of the time the selectors just put inside midfielders out in the wings.But I've tried to pick wingers. So I've Gone With Mitch Duncan on onewing, Josh Kelly on the other wing. I think he's as consistent as everthis year, going under the radar a bit and in the Middle Luckynew yeah, they're he fed picks. There they broady. What about you? Across that line? I thought of thought I'll try and pick at leastone definite winger and ones that half the winger. So I've gone gaff fromthe eagles. Then I've Gone Bokey in the middle and then McRae on theother wing. Wasn't sure about mccrae. I know it gets a lot oftouches and can get sort of some people say doesn't do enough with the ball, but I think just the way he accumulates the ball, he runs bothways all day. I just couldn't leave him out of my side. SoI've gone with a Crayon the other wing. Yes, for me, I've goneat Duncan as well on one wing, boky in the middle McRae as well. On the wing, I think Duncan's had a very underrated season.He hasn't actually made the Australian team for and hasn't won a journal Joeng bestand fairest. His highest accolade was being in the two thousand and eleven premiershipteam. I think this year's fall easier to get a Australian nomination. Ithink he's been superb for them in their push up the ladder. Fair enough. Across that Middle Line, I've got, yeah, I've kind of tried topick players who could play in the wing. I don't even know ifthey play in the wing, but I've got McRae on one side, ZackMerrit on the other, probably another guy as you were talking about in theCraig, you know, kind of just kicks it for the sake of kickingit. But we'll get him in there. Get gains a lot of meters,has a lot of inside S. and then the middle I'll go danger. Don't want hit. Got To other guys to sit around the Rockman,so I'll go danger in the middle and then in terms of the ruck andthe followers, I think I would go Gorney as my Ruckman. That wasa pretty tough one actually. That was tough to pick the there was quitea few in the similar sort of bracket. And then I've Gone Neil and allof our to follow him around the place. So, yeah, doyou have midfielders on your bench as well? I've like I think I have threeor something. So, yeah, I'm pretty much on me builders onthe bench. Yeah, yeah, I'll mine. Wait. So what Rockmandid everyone pick? USH? Yeah, we do. Don't think we setout. Okay, you go with your Ruckman and your followers and pilch.Yep, I've Gone Knick Knack. KNEWI it was. This was a toughthree way in my opinion, a three way race between him going and Goldie. But I think I'm taking the first use that Nick Nat gives his midfieldersover the other two, and then per truck or in both as the followers. Broady, what about you? I couldn't agree more with pilch on thatNewi. I know he doesn't get as much touches or marks around the ground, but the way he sets up his mood field, especially from the center, is like ridiculously good. They should have like another status. Should havelike clearances in like like clean clearances like he like. They just bolt intothe middle, kick it down to Kenny's throat and kick goals with him tenseconds. Say. He had to be in my side. And then Neilis an obvious one, and then petrarcas my other on Bawler in the midfield. Fore truck has been a bull or season and deserves to get his first. All Australian roight. Yeah, pretty stock standard as well. Nickname,I think, Mrs Hopefully Easier in the rock. That obviously comes down towhether he's plays most of the Games. I think West Coast have pretty condensedfixture late in the season with the next forty frenzy and they're going to beplaying final, so they made him a rest or two. Hope it doesn'timpact his selection because I think he's gonna be the first choice Rockman. Andthen neal obviously, are followed up by...

...alliver. Yeah, so pretty prettysimilar there. And then on the bench my midfielders are I've got PETRARCA andI've gone with broad bends man. I've got a few green would on thepine, just bit of size. You know, it's bit of a looseunit. Bring bring a bit of sauce to the side and he what midfielders? Do you have a new bench, pilch? I've gone with all ofour Jack, steel, Dangerfield is a bit of a mid resting full forward. And then final thought, human cluggage. What about you row eat? What? What mids on the bench? So I had Haynes on the bench. The other three spots are taken up by danger as well. I thinkI agree with pillage. There jared lines from Brisbane. I mean he's goneon the rail. It's Australia. I think you'll find its way in thereand obviously my boy Jack Steal, hoping he gets in there for his firstall. Strine broady, what about you man? Yeah, Mine's pretty similar. I've got danger, your mid forward, steel. I think he's deserved aspot in the side. And then Oliver and the bond is my finalbond. He hasn't been overly consistent, but he's played a handful of gamesthat have been awesome. I just think I think he'll I think he deservesto still make it because he uses the ball so well and has a bigimpact on game. Doesn't get as much touches as the other midfield is,but he is a genuine gun, so I've got to have him. Yeah, all right. So that brings us to the forward line. We're gettingthrough this pretty rapidly, but it mind. I don't mind it. I haveto say the key forwards, it's kind of half to choose. Therewas only like two or three that are doing well and then everyone else isjust absolute myths. So my forward line, across the half forward line, I'vegot butters in one half ward flank, exactly, but as if you watchstatistically, he's pretty handy but not the greatest. But if you watchport play, I think you'll see is one of their most pivotal players.Then I've got who my stick and Centaur forward will go big Charlie Dixon.Why not? And then I've got Butler on the other flank, as wementioned before in the best pickup. He's just been awesome. And then thefull forward line will stick Tommy pappy in one of the pockets just to kicka few snags for me get under some skin. Then the Tomahawk at fullforward, being electric in the last month or so. I think he's kickedeleven in his last two leads the common if I'm not mistaken. So basicallygot to have the Coleman in, don't you? And then this is avery big pod. Well, it might not be a pod, but it'sa very weird call. I've got Maddie taverner play one third tall contested markmarking beast. I think you second for contested marks behind Charlie Dixon, andI think he's fifth in the goals. This is in terms of AOL forward, so pretty handy player. But the main reason is in there, I'llbe honest, is there weren't too many other options. I was looking atand King. Obviously Josh Kennedy's up there for goals and stuff. Even BigLevi has bolt made an entrance into my final, my final can for thekey fords Vienna. I thought I'd back in Maddie TAB now. He's beenpretty handy in a very low scoring team. Rowy, who's in your forward six? Swell, starting on the flanks, but I've actually put in Potrarca therebecause I often find aims of the forward line, so I thought I'dsneak him in there. I've got dusty on the other flank. I thinkyou'll find his way in there. To be honest, he's a bit ofa love child for the AFL. Charlie sent a half forward. I'M gonnago in the pockets Tom Pap plee and Danny Butler, or man with theTomahawk up front. Tomahawks. I he's been underrated this year and he's alreadyhaving a pretty awesome year. Things leading might be afl and gold sister somewhere. That I'm he's been awesome. I was also going to try and workin ZAC BUDDIES, but one of my workmates, Tyler, has been talkingto that button nap Chinese a replier and just melt to brains. So,Tommy, sorry, not so Zac lift you game mate. Otherwise you're notgoing to find yourself into my Australian team. That brody. What about you?May for the tough, because I wasn't sure where they go. Threebig forwards, three small forwards, like I try to get the balance rightthat I've gone dusty as well, and a half forward flank. Think whenstill, when he goes forward, he's like one of the most dangerous oneon one players in the comp so he have to have him in there.Pap Lie on the other flank and big...

Charlie Dixon. It's and a halfforward. I went peeled talk about him, but he's been awesome this year.Is contested marking and really it's Dixon or Bust for Port Adelaide this yearif they want to win it. If he plays well, there are achance. If he gets taken over, there no chance in my opinion.And then I've got Butler in one Ford pocket. Tomahawk is the full forward. He has to be in there and I can't believe you guys have lefthim out. Charlie Cameron in the other Ford pocket. I think he's beenthe mighty still the nice dangerous small foot in the game. The last coupleweeks he's been injured or hasn't been that influential, but he's first like eightnine games were amazing and he generally sends fear into opposition small defenders. Sohe had to be in the Australian side. I don't know, Charlie Camera,I left it out. I just feel like in such a high scoringteam someone's got to kick the goals. So a lot of the time it'sjust down to him, and one thing with him is there's not many goodsmall defenders around anymore. So I reckon. He plays the kind of a luckyposition. I think Robbie Gray's someone who's kind of benefited from that aswell in the last like seven or eight years. But not to be fed. Charlie Cameron's very good. He was right up there in the Coleman Ithink in the first two months. I think it was leading at all.My argument would be that he's playing in a forward line with right hip wouldmixed a like no one that's really that good and he's still will tree ableto kick snags. Say That's true. I think exams a bit. I'dwill admit that if he keeps the last few weeks of format then he probablywouldn't make the end of year one. Yeah, pilch YEP, so dusty, dusty on one Ford Flank. Big Charlie, it's and a half forward. He's by far port's most important player as broad he said to along witha first team to completely nullify him and we lost by sixty points. Sothat's a telling story there. And then pape on the other half forward flank, and then full forward line, Butler walkins and Josh Kennedy. Yeah,they're very fair peaks. and to round US off, which Ford's. Ihave to say I'm saying mom first. Right, boys, don't roast me. Okay, they are weird choices. They are weird choices. I openlyadmit this, but I've Gone Robbie Gray's unreal just can't be honest. Thathim actually. Yeah, and then this is this is disgusting, but Iwant to be to tackle pressure. Out of all the small forwards in theCOMP, well, medium forwards, he has the most tackles, the mostpressure acts. So I've got my boy from West Adelaide, will snelling,getting in their lads. I want to be a good team where I oughtto be a good team. I don't see dusty Martin chasing down anyone,the Lazy Prick. So I've got will snelling racking in fifteen tackles a game. Gett him in your super coach teams. He'll do a job for you.So That's my bench cracking team. I've got their pilch which have yousee? All yours were midsway. Yep. Yeah, so anyone? Yeah,I'll just say they hammer. Glad you want to select their other Iseill be a few unlucky players you here now. Well, I'm looking atthis team for the Chitty international rules made Illo in the Kaylic footy game.That's care enough get caught. Get in then that I tried to pick itwith a team with like, I don't know, a bit of team balance. That's fair. There are a few players. Jack Martin was very closefor me. He basically just pick snelling just as a bit of a gagover Jack Martin. So Martin was one to miss out. Harris Andrews aswell. I would have had him in the team, but I didn't reallywant to have full for Torto tall defenders and I like Sam Collins, Haynesand blitz UBS over him. So he was another one who was pretty stiff. Any other guys who just missed down? On Your side? I'll just askquickly. What what stats got Robbie Gray int onto your bench? Clears, fishes, clearances, contested possessions, and where's the other one? Onepercent has brought up there for all three of those stats. Fair enough,you. Yeah, actually snelling is third in total clearances. For any forwardsyou know just find under the radar. They're big. Wait, did Isay Tom Stelling? Will selling, I think, but yeah, couldn't tellyou his name. I can hear that of the windows. May just getit. Yeah, just pick dusty or boys, pick the big names.I see how it is. Pick on the little guys. Yeah, justlike Australian selectors to be honest. Yeah. So anyone who was very close toyour teams you want to mention or not really? I'll start it off. Jack mccrae didn't make my team. I think that's a bit stiff.Looking back, I'd probably put him on...

...the pine over mccluggage, but Iwanted a winner on the bench, a true winger. Enough brought it,I thought. Million in the defense. There was a few unlucky ones.Yeah, I was missing like Ridley, and you guys all had Luke Ryan. I mean also, I've say weadings had a good year. It's beena lot of good defenders, so I thought that was probably they wore theunlucky ones, I mean midfielders. I think they actually hasn't been a lotof great midfielders, like even dusty danger five crips, like your big bignames, haven't had the best years. Yeah, I reckon it'd be interestingthis side compared to the end of the year, because I think some ofthese bigger names will start to rise up the last six weeks of the yearsand and they'll probably make their way in when the whips are cracking. Yeah, right, yeah, it is worth. My first bike I had in mystiff category with Charlie Cameron. He was very, very close. CICELYalso stiff for me, but I just it was more so the fact thathe's not. He's not going to make it because of his knee. Imet a goal was a decent shout as well. He's had a pretty goodseason for cats and has contributed weld to their rise. Obviously, gone andgold. You're pretty stiff as well. And Yeah, I've liked mccluggage season. I really read him as a player, but maybe just one or two yearsoff. He needs to bloody learn how to kick as well them aset shot, just kicking a goals because he's surrendered. Apart from that he'sgun. And Yeah, I think neario has also been good for giants,trying to lift them in certain patches of games. But Yeah, I'm prettyhappy with my team. Yeah, it's hard. It's hard to pick.I found issues with I didn't know how much to fake, like take intoaccount their team's performance because you know, you always hear people saying like thepremier, the minor premier should have like five or six players, stuff likethat. And then also, I wasn't sure I took this into account alittle bit, but if you're a defender, does your defense have to be goodfor you to be in there? Because, like, I think thebombers have one of the worst defenses. I think the whole looks are prettyaverage. The Blues are pretty average as well, so that kind of hurtwe during sisterly and release case for me. So yeah, I don't really knowhow much to take those things into account, because then you can arguelike should Dixon and Hawkins be handicapped because they're in good attacking teams? Soyeah, I don't know, it's hard, hard to take that one to count. But it's going to be interesting to see how many port players makethe team. I reckon, because if they're in the top two they wouldprobably normally have four or five players in there. But I'll be honest,I don't know. They don't have too many big names port that are automaticlocks. I think Dixon is probably the only guy that's a certainty at themoment. I think broke was in most your teams. But apart from that, it's going to be interesting to see who they pick. Could be theleast amount of selections for the minor premiers of all time if they do comefirst. I'll say two things there. There's there's no way we're finishing topto I'll put that one out. I've got no faith. But I meanwe're pretty even across the board, so I wouldn't be surprised if only oneor two make it. Yeah, well, realistically, like Butterles and gray aremaking so now I think, because we fix them, bicle make itand that'll probably like. Yeah, Jonas is a chance, but yeah,burn, burn, Jones, butters, great, none of them are makingit. So it's pretty stiff. But I'll well, I guess I onlyhad one bruce and player, so you know, can't really just looked atthat way. But as we sign off, boys, I reckon we get apremiership prediction. So who's going to win the grand final? From eachof you, Pilch, who are you backing in at the moment? Well, I think a lot of to do it. I'm definitely not say Imean it's going to depend on where the Games are played. For me,if West Coast get four games in Perth, then I'd say them, but allelse being equal, I'm going to say Richmond. Interesting broady. It'stough. I think it's one of west coast along or Richmond's. They arethe teams I trust that. I don't know about Brisbane important stuff. Ijust don't. I don't know if they've got the experience in the big nameplayers to get it done when it really matters, but I'm going to Ithink maybe glong. Maybe it'll be delong's. Yeah, rolly. What about you, Matt? Yeah, I think it's down to those three as well. I'm not completely sold on port and offense, but you've only been oneit was. It like one or two...

...teams I was when it was westcoast when I was up there. Absolute low, I think. Yeah,I don't have a massive amount of faith in Brisbane as well, considering theynearly got beaten by North on the weekend. I actually did a lot of predictionthis morning, so my predictions were fairly I don't have to think aboutit too much right now. I had you along and West Coast in thegrand final, which can just missing out. I don't like Richman. I've seenLynch and answer flogs from last night for whack. I'm going to sayit's a libel called change along the West Coast. I'M gonna have to saywhy she might stage along. Yeah, right, I would like to seetoo long win. I like the team for some reason. I don't knowwhy. Classy look with the white sox. I've always thought white just gives offelegance for some reason. That I'll go west coast because I reckon thegrand final be in Perth. So I'll go west coast over to along inthe final. But yeah, obviously a lot of IFS. They're but thanksfor joining me today. Boys. I've enjoyed this episode. Enjoyed the research, enjoyed including Shane savage based off one game. But yeah, thanks forjoining me, thanks for putting up with my lack of knowledge and enjoy therest of your week. Also, obviously she's not going to listen to this, but it's Rowe's girlfriend's birthday. So happy birthday to Ella. But notsure why she'd get to the fifty two minute of a AFL podcast. Butlers, see you boys, Sam Aye. Thanks, I sure gay the BluesThrow the Power.

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