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Episode · 9 months ago

2021 AFL Round 19 | Australian Rules Football

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The trio is in full swing in this episode of the On The Ball podcast. The boys chat all things AFL footy including the best free agents yet to sign a contract for 2022 and potential rule changes they would make if they were in charge. Those along with the usual discussion pieces mixed in with some utter dribble creates a fun episode for all to enjoy.

Welcome back to the other ball podcast, another episode of the boys talking crap about AFL footy. I feel like AFL footy is a weird thing to say because footy is in AFL like the word football, so you sort of just saying footy, footy. But anyway, I fell footy. It sounds good. Welcome back boys in the middle of a lockdown looking hairy pilch. I like it. How are you mate? Thanks, man. Good, good start to my confidence there, but now I'm going well, mate, yeah, good, good weekend. A footy footy wise, not super coach wise, but we'll get into a shortly. Yeah, Super Coaches Pretty Hectic. Obviously everyone that was hit in some way or another, whether it be Josh Kelly, dusty, the covid outs, Roley. How are you mate? All right, my A. I love that bit of drible you just talked to kick off the episode about fell and footy. That's quite nice. Na Gone Well. Obviously, shock and wait for footy for myself and fellow saints fans by it was good around the board. Super Coach was pretty shit, but yeah, it's gone all right. On a lovely Tuesday afternoon. It's just started hailing so I'm going to meet myself every time not talking, because only it's sort of tapping on the window. But yeah, I'm going right, yeah, play on. Who Cares? Well, yeah, it's fissing down outside of I've got a stump in my hand. I'll probably just be wandering it around all episode. So, yeah, who knows, but we'll just be talking dribble. We've all not probably taught too many people. Give them. We're in lockdown. But straight into the winners and losers. We've got some. We're not doing a redraft this week, but we're going to be talking about so maybe rule changes, suggestions and fredgents. But before we get into that we've got to get through the usual staff winners and loses from around eighteen. Yeah, Pilch, who are your big winners? I'm going to talk about my boys again this week. Look, it wasn't. It wasn't a flash game of footage. In fact, it was quite a poor, very shrappy had neutrals texting me this is the worst game I've ever seen. But after the game, the more I looked into the context of it as a from a port side of things, the ladder implications securing the top four position a saints team that didn't play well, but we're arguably the most informed team. undefeated after the by big wins against Brisbane and Richmond, a lot of injuries, depleted team on the road covid it was a great win and sometimes times you got to win ugly, and Port Adelaide have shown over the last two years that we're quite good at doing that and sometimes you just got to do it the hard way and we've done it and it's got good implications for the rest of the season. So, upon reflection, it was actually one of our better wins of the year. So I definitely have us probably as the biggest winners of the week. Interesting take for sure, but that fair. Roley, who would you say the biggest winners were? Yeah, the reason I didn't put port in was look, yeah, I completely agree with that. Being you said that peop which was Um, it was an ugly win, but you do need to win those games to get into to get into finals. No team is going to have a perfect sort of set of wins every year. So those are the type of games need to win, and the port do it. I'll highlight richmond quickly. Obviously got the job done over Brisbane finally sort of broke those few weeks of down football. You know, I think if you were smart enough you could see this coming. It was the richmond that you all kind of know. Brisbane obviously lost are Kip would the week before and suffered a bit of a structural setback, and Richmond it was ray waltz. Obviously big game and everything, and obviously you kick six child kids for and obviously got the job done. The big question now is how they're going to manage with that dusty. I think everyone's chucked him in their top haights now after a probably a week or two of not having them in there. I obviously didn't kick them out and this is exactly why I knew this was going to happen. Hence why I tipped them. So very happy with that. Want a bit of money that night as well on them, which is good. Another good I think for lots. So not another but a good week for Hawthorne as well. Obviously could have gotten the window over the day's but I think to get two points over the top of the ladder is top lot of teams. Obviously very promising. They've sort of unearthed locky bramble who seemed like an absolute weapon off half back, was given the kick out duties in the last few minutes, so I'm big responsibilities to him. But proven to be another good fine for hawthorn their...

...quest to blotting in some new boys west coast as well, to respond to the last few weeks to get the job done over at Adelaide, in front of Adelaide over, which is actually a tough ask. So congrats to them. One by thirty two points, so a good response from them. It's definitely the response they needed. So see how they go in the remaining matches of the year and Sydney as well. To come back from a slow start against the giants to just chalk up another one of those wins that we keep talking about with the swamps. Just keep on chipping away. They've locked themselves in for finals now, obviously, so just now about finishing as high as they can and going as foreign September as they can. Obviously quality side with lots of good young talent. So it's good to get the win over the giants and win that mental battle, which I think the giants definitely lost after a few injuries and being in front and potentially getting ahead of themselves. Yeah, agree about a hundred percent. Tell you what, the Hawthorn game, that was pretty spicy. Didn't actually know Luke Bruce was still alive. I think that's the first time I've seen them all seasonbody kick that Shtag, but when that ball fell to him you just knew it was a it was a goal in bounds by biggest winner. You guys actually haven't mentioned yet. I've got Geelong, who looked they ruined Thursday night footy. If we're going to be honest, that you. We could talk more about Freeo, because they were absolutely awful, but Geelong probably showed why I had them as the number one flag favorite last week. And Yeah, they just looked really, really dangerous and they look like a very scary oppos you shouldn't have had a few pretty impressive a way victories now in the last six or seven weeks. So yeah, it's starting to get a little bit scary for some of the other big contenders, and especially when sides like the lines and stuff, are maybe stumbling a little bit. So yeah, I thought Geelong were big winners. The losers, filch, anyone you want to mention here? I actually would have said Adelaide as my biggest loser. Playing at home. West Coast are in pretty there are better side than that a laid, but they're in horrid form and they just got whacked at home. So you can safely say that Adelaide are back down to being in the bottom three teams of the comp and then obviously sink Kilda on the flips out of port. They just played horribly. They honestly had a chance to win and then they just started pretty much just choking, just turning the ball over every time they got it. So yeah, they're probably the biggest two. Yeah, the amount of Inter set marks in the St Kilter port game was pretty silly, but it was like it got to a point where like neither team seemed like they wanted to win the game. There was just awful. But yeah, yeah, yeah, that's right. I'll tell you why there's so many flipping in just at marks I game is because we love we are the absolute kings of kicking to two on one contests. And I don't know if you remember Piach, but side and I was just basically every contest really the game. We would kick to a two on one. But even some of our inside s you know, the be absolute paddocks of space. It might be like a two on two or something spent around the whole inside fifty. We still managed to kick to a two on one. I think even in the instance when it was for on two to the saints, we ended up running into an open goal. I think was Brad Hill or something just strolled in. We still managed to kick to a two on one that contest and I think it was like leaner and someone else just spoiled each other. Yeah, yeah, it was. Yeah, exactly, so it was. I just obviously given an analogy to describe Saint Kilda this week and I came up with a perfect one. So I think. But I'll the last few weeks we've obviously been you know, we haven't. We've obviously lost that. They all that talk of finals and all those expectations so that we started focusing our structure. I think the last few weeks we obviously got right Marshal and rider together and we folks a lot more in like the ball movement and all that. So that was all great and well, happy when we weren't focusing finals, and then we got support and then obviously it all went to shit and I think a good way to describe it is, say your say you're a kid going into an AFL club and it's like your first training session and you know you're just kicking to a random trainer, no big name or anything, you just kicking to a random bloke. You know you're focusing on your ball drop and everything, and you know your execution, your penetration of the key. That's all great, and then you stick dusty Martin in front of you. You're not going to be. You're not going to be, you know, focusing to the same extent as were before. You're going to be thicking Shit, Shit, Shit's does yet I don't want to fuck this kick up. I think that's exactly what saying Kilda did. I think you got stage right. You know, we just completely as soon as we got the the word finals mentioned again, or at least whisper it into our ear, and we had a good side come up against in a must win game. I think that's exactly what happened. We sort of forgot how to play. We forgot, you know, our structure and everything how we've been winning the last few weeks. I think that analogy sums up basically what's happened this week compared to the last few weeks. You know, we raise the expectations, we got a good side put in front of us and because of that we forgot how to play and what's been...

...working over last few weeks. So, overall, Yep, it's now time to move one to two thousand and twenty two. The Gay us a bit of false sense of belief. Unless they can turn that around miraculous in the next two weeks. It's probably going to be focusing on next you, but I can't see us now. It's marshal out with the news in the last twenty minutes. I can't see US getting on top of West Coast this week. But wait and see. And Yeah, obviously free we're terrible. CRAMMER. He pointed out on that to only have the three goal kickers at home is absolutely wayful when Joel Long can kick over a hundred in the wet. Obviously, sewn Darcey was huge, but a half from that here on was shit, and J divers as well. To lose that mental battles, certainly so. Obviously another team vying for finals just weren't up to the challenge. So, overall, yeah, it was three teams that went up to the challenge. For me, they were all vying for finals and I think it's going to be well ess and I think it's just going to absolutely bradbury skate across them and maybe finish in the top eight or at least overtake them all. And I think west coast and Richmond of be vine those last few spots as well. But I think those three teams put a line and through each of them this week in terms of finals. Yeah, agree with that. Yeah, free just dogs. Actually forgot I was in the wet. Yeah, Geelong were. They were like holding the ball for like six minutes at a time. They were just chipping it around and free legic couldn't get near it. So yeah, Fred biggest looser for me. The other loser probably Melbourne, but we've talked about this before. They don't really do well against the small teams, but they win the big game, so if they keep that trended up, it doesn't really matter. That result pissed me off. So Mutch. Why? Why did that? Pi? Sure because because literally seven days before that game they went to Adelaide Oval and played the game their lives and then they the following week they drawed a Hawthorn. Just an absolute joke, but to me fair, I'll take the drop point, the drop points. Yeah, I thought you'd be happy. Yeah, Bonta Pelli broke the record for the most clangers in one game. Fourteen. Just sort of shout that out. You will love that. Have you ever seen you? Because I just saw I just looked on fair footy. was just a freak coincidence and I was like yeah, like eleven halfway through the third and I was like Shit, that's a lot and I just googled it and the record was like thirteen and then, yeah, next to it he broke it and I was like this is a monumental moment. Like I was looking at the records and all the people who had thirteen before those only like five and it was spread out across like a fe years or something. So I was like this is he might have had one. There were, there are a few men. I know buddy had one. I was like how does he get thirteen claimers like he when does he touch the ball enough to have thirteen clangers? I was confused by that one. But yeah, I can't remember who else is now. I think danger had a couple they might have been twelve, though, but he was up there a few times. And then Aaron Hall. This this is probably a bit stiffed having the losers, but he beat the record for the most kicks without a contested possession. So when a hardball mate but know whige exercise actually fortharn hall, a goodlooking bloke. And then my other loser, the Port Pilch. What do you think about this? I think the Port Jersey that they wore on on Saturday is like actually one of the worst jerseys of all time. It's just such an unappealing great gray one. Yeah, now unlikes it. Yeah, I likes it. I'm not. Yeah, I've seen it. Like I think the Teal and black is a nice color Combo, even the white and teal. I don't know why they need to get gray involved by yeah, anyway, I thought I was mentioned that. That was a low light of my week looking at that. But yeah, anyway, pot got up, so can't back them out too much. Time for the top eight boys. I might kick us off today. I did mind last week, so I might just do it for the rest of the year. And I'm sad to say my top eight is actually just back to the original topaid that we thought it was going to be. For like ten weeks. The orders change, but by on the change from last week is I've got Richmond in for the bombers in eight. Obviously I didn't predict Richmond to win last week. So now, factoring in that win, it's meant they've leaped from them. So yeah, I'll just read it out quickly. Dog Dogs, one cuts, two, line, three, demons for but that's all. I think four points or maybe six points in it very close power and at fifth, still just nudging out the swans at six, eagles and seventh and Richmond in an eight. So, unfortunately, peech, that would mean the dreaded power of v Richmond Elimination final, but I feel like that's a little bit less scary without dusty, even though dreaded. It's twenty two man team. That's easy claps by that much. I don't know. Maybe don't know, but yeah, anyway, Pilch, who have you got there? YEA, so in at number one.

They're back now. Jacks. I was going to put them at first, but I'm pretty sure even if we go on, pretty sure, even if we go undefeated, we won't have the percentage. So I've actually got to long first, I think them in Melbourne, in the best two teams in it. Melbourne. Second, Melbourne have a slightly harder fixture. So I've got you long, Pippenham bulldogs, third, port, fourth, Brisbane, fifth, Swan's, sixth, Richmond, seventh. I don't think dusty's are big out, but they'll make finals. And then I've actually got the dons in a eight. I'll snubbed the west coast. I still don't really back them in as a good team and I have just heard the real Marshal News, but I think the saints are actually very good chance to cause the upset, as long as they don't play like it again. But yeah, yeah, actually, I have the dot done right ones. I just cool. Yeah, I did my actual a lot of pretty it to the yesterday and I stupidly I took a screens out of it for today's episode and, I say deleted it. So I think I remember it. So I had the day's in at top and the dogs in a second, cats in at third and Brisbane come back up to four, unfortunately. So port forty out of five, Sydney in its six and I've got richmond finishing its seventh and west coast just pipping the bombers by game. Bombers had better percentage for me but just missed out in the four points. So that could genuinely change by the week. So I will wait and see what happens there. But I've got the bombers in at night at the moment. Yeah, fair enough. I've got the Swan's vehicles right now the elimination final. That would be spicy because they would be coming in off there freaking hundred point loss or whatever. It was abiece of mental demons. There any other matchups that spice you boys in the finals? Potentially? I just want to see Melbourne vers dogs game at one point. I reckon I'll be awesome. They play on this sap got crowds back they are, so that'll be interesting. But yeah, I'd love to see that match the gay. Yeah, I'll see Brisbane cats at the gather, but I don't think lines are got to finish high enough to get that anyway. Or moving into the talking points of the episode, I was going to do this one last week but we had a long episode anyway, so I decided not to. Chris Scott, the other week mentioned shortening the game by twenty minutes in general, which I thought was pretty outrageous for one of the head coaches to come out and say. But it got me thinking. In nrral and other sports in particular, and Ur Al, though there seems to be chats of rule changes quite often afl it's more just interpretations of rules. I hold the ball and stuff like that. I'd say that get altered. But if there were the chance for you boys to actually change a rule, you can change interpretations if you like. What would you change? I'm interested to hear some AFL people's opinions because I have no idea what you guys like and don't like about the game pilch. What would you change if you had the chance? Yeah, so I actually didn't mind the idea behind the new how you can't move on the mark rule to speed up the play. But instead of doing that, what I would have done was a lot of the time you see when players take a mark, the defender full like holds them for like three seconds, just completely shutting down the opportunity for them to play on quickly get the ball moving, and I think there should be a lot stricter on that. Bringing some fifteen meter penalties for like stopping a player from playing on like that rather than not being able to move on the mark. So that's what I do, which is kind of like soccer. Yeah, true, true, true, yet actually right that that happens a lot in the game. Row You. What would you change? Well, I'm a big I want to those people that really don't want to change the rules unless necessary. Like, I think a few of the rule chains I've liked over the last few years is, you know, the kicking out out of the back. I think that's really help. You don't have to actually kick to yourself, you can just run out. I think that's been it's sort of incentive, incentivized. People just run out, which is good. I like that one. I like the stand rule now as well. I'm glad that. You know, I'm sign paying it literally every game, because I think there are some instances where players accidentally like take one step, but the umpire gives and bit of leniency there, which is good. It's more so, you know, they just don't want to sort of running around and stopping them from actually going one way. So I like those. The one that I would change I would get a little bit more lenients on the sort of protected area when players sort of take a mark somewhere just around the ground.

I think it's pretty stupid when you get given a fifty minute penalty because someone five meters away from you runs a certain direction. That's one that I just can't fathom. But yeah, I I can obviously understand it. I would just sort of make that, you know, protected Area A lot smaller. I wouldn't have it so that someone literally five meters away from you can, you know, change the course of play just by running in, you know, certain direction. I'd changed that. I wouldn't touch the length of the game. If you if you are really really worry of plays, you know, running out of steam and increase in the like, gout of injuries, just increasing amount of inter changes you're allowed per game. I wouldn't touch the length of the game. It's been that way for a long time and the player seems like it. I always only ever hear about, you know, fans and more so just coaches, talking about shortening the length of the game. But stuff, then it's a better game when it's longer. I think we all hate it. Last year when it was sixteen minutes long, however long it was. So yeah, in terms of what changes, I only do that sort of restricting the protected area, because I just think it's stupid that it's that big. So yeah, yeah, fair enough. I've got some more drastic ones. I'm not changing the fabric of the game, but me and Brown they were having a chat at the over the other day and we think the the post should be in play. So if the ball hits the post, it's just like wherever the ball goes happens. So if the ball goes in off the post, it counts as a goal. If it goes in the behind off the post, it counts the behind. If it comes straight back into plays, play on, because I don't know. I've seen I'd make for some hectic moments. I don't really rate the reviews when they're like trying to work out if it's nick the post, like, who cares, let's just go posted in. It's in. If it comes back out, it's hectic. I think that would be spicy to see. And then this is a weird one, but I'd get rid of if the below the knee tackling, like I think you should be allowed to tackle below the knee because I don't see why not. I think if you lunge for them and tackle their ankles, I think fair play. You're risking your own life being kick in the face by doing it, so I think you should be allowed to do it. I can't see. They call it like tripping or something, but it's like you're using your hands, not your feet. Obviously can't trip with your legs like that's dog as. But yeah, I think if you go down for an ankle type or something, play on with your hand like. That's good defensive work my opinion. And then this is something for more as a player's point of view, that they need to do something. I don't write in a marking contest you can just do anything with your knees and legs and Shit like the fact that you can get need in the back of the head or kick to the face is I reckon. That's a bit outrageous. Like I don't want to play footy and get kneed in the back of the head and kicked in the face. So I don't know how you change it, because it would be hard to change marking contests and make it like you can't use your knees, because that's sort of the way it runs grown up marking. So would take a long time to get rid of. But yeah, I don't really want to copy knee in the kidney or something when I got from marking contest. I know all the players are very brave and they just do it anyway, but yeah, as a player myself, I'd never want to put myself in that situation. So if they could change the rules so I don't look like a coward, that would be greatly appreciate it. But yeah, I agree with you boys that the length that if you watch like three aims back to back, yeah, maybe that gets a bit long, but yeah, if it's worked for a hundred and twenty years or whatever it is, I agree with you. Really most of the rules shouldn't change. I do write that about a fell how they're pretty confident in the way their games run and they're just happy with it. I know the there's been a bit of talk about the holding the ball rule, but it's work for a long time, so I don't know. Feel like they should police the day. Me To kick a bit better as well. I feel like there's so many kicks that get through that a like ten meters. Yeah, so either just get rid of the rules a whole or just start actually policing it, because, yeah, it's ridiculous. How many times in like the back line, you see a ten meter kick just basically give the team a free possession and gives them like ten seconds to set up and stuff with a mark. All right, time for some free agent talk. I can't lie when I did this. I've got I've got another one actually, all right, yeah, ripping that was a that was a massive delay there. But I think the deliberate rule needs a bit of a toggle, especially when blokes get done holding the ball but they scamper to the boundary line and get out of bounds. I think if you've had prior and you get tackled over the boundary, then it should be holding the ball or a free kick to the other teams. And Yeah, the amount of times you just see blokes walking it over the line and you know, not that much pressure in like in their defensive fifty, they just walk it over the line get a throw in. I think they need to be stripped. Are On that...

...sort of thing as well, because the only time you ever see deliberates get paid is when they're clearing it out of their defensive fifty and it goes out, which sometimes I don't even think is deliberate. Yeah, do you would you think it would be too far a stretch to say they should just get rid of throwings in general and to say whoever it's last off gets the kick or I thought about that. I actually thought about that. I thought about whether if you kick it out no matter what, then it should be a free kick. But I'm not sure if it would work or not. But, like a lot of the skill errors, honestly should be free kicks to the other team, to be honest. Yeah, they're enough. Now I do write that there are a lot of times the player, just like you know, backs over the line. It's pretty obvious what they're doing. But yeah, right time for some free agents rally. I feel like you're the king of this topic, so we'll head to you. I don't know how many you're going to talk about, but I'm interested to see which free agents you rate the highest. Yeah, well, it's a bit. It's a bit of a weird one because there's a lot of obviously unrestricted and restricted free and who you sort of pull them all together. Lots of them are only free agents because they're just old and signing one year deal. So I just got a couple here sighing. Just Helly's the biggest one this year. Now he's obviously in Jos at the moment and he's restricted. So basically any club that wants them can offer a summer money and if if I wants to take it, he can. So I know he's definitely the biggest one. He's probably the best quality player at the right age as well. Obviously injuries the only problem at the moment, annoyingly, because he's such a quality player. So at the moment I think he's going to be the biggest talked about one this offseason. Can go three is one that's a free agent. Hasn't resigned but I think he will obviously having a probably career best year this year in the midfield. Matt Creach is another one for Adelaide. Obviously has been in all Australian but you know, it's really injury rabbish I whilst couple of years he's out of contract and he's being caught I think, by port as well at the moment. So that's an interesting one for your pillached and if you'd want him or not. But he's being looked up by you guys. And then there's just a lot of bunch of players like you know this plays, like George Hugh, who's a restricted free agent, Jack billings as well. Then there's a lot of Narshoot, the ones which obviously are less likely to be leaving, but in the likes of sort of Ed Kerno, Matt Kennedy, Chris Maine. Robbie Gray's actually one, but obviously he's gonna be resigning, David Assbury, Luke dumpson's been talked about a bit now, Luke Parker and all those guys. But yeah, the rest of the people on those lists are just sort of older boys just on those one year deals. So, yeah, there's not too many restrictive free ages this year, not as many as that has been in the past. By the main ones are going to be Kelly, probably Jack billings as well. Ain't another shocking performance on the weekend from him. He just went missing. I think might be right for saints to let him go and see what we can get for him. And Yeah, there's it's going to be more around just trading this year on and free agency moving. But yeah, were interesting to see what happens. But yeah, I'm definitely sort of just going to May in one, two, three and Kelly, Guthrie Crouch, expecting obviously Guthrie is the one that's most likely he'd be to be staying there. But yeah, be a watch your space for Kelly and Crouch. Kelly especially for Victorian fans, because don't know what he's tossing up. I've heard, you know, both sides and the story. You know he's more likely to come to Victorio's more like to this day. So we'll be interesting to see what happens at the end of the giant season. Yeah, I've I've only written seven down here. Actually think Josh Kelly is going to stay. Personally, I just think the deal he's got there is like too good to turn down. It's something like can't re what it is. Is it like seven years? It's like one point one million year or something ridiculous like that. I can't remember. And it's all his choice if he wants to. So I don't know why he would turn that down personally and I just can't picture him in another Jersey. But yeah, would be pretty spicy to see him go somewhere else. would be entertaining. So He's obviously the biggest fish for me. A lot of Victorian clubs would want him, while a lot of clubs around the league want him. But yeah, for me I reckon he will just stay. Number two, I've actually got lukey Parker. I know he's a bit older and he's probably just going to resign, as you mentioned Roley, on a shorter contract, but I do think he's a little bit overlook sometimes. I think he's a genuine weapon of the competition, even though chops it at times. All good extractors love to chop it and here's one of those boys. He just racks up, you know, six to ten clearances a game like no one's business and he's an absolute weapon. But yeah, I think you'll stay.

I don't know why you would be tempted to leave. That Sydney's one side at the moment. They're going to need a few experienced guys to lead around that young side and I think he's perfect for it. Can Gut three, as you mentioned Roy number three. Once again, can't picture him leaving. But yeah, the last two years he's gone to another level. He was always just like a solid role player for them, but in the last couple of years he's turned into one of their real stars. Another four, I've got maddy crouch. It's always been talked about how impactful he actually is, but he knows how to find the footy, he knows how to get a contested possession. I think you'll leave just because he hasn't played for the crows for so long. Pretty much. I wouldn't surprise like I feel like he'd be quite disconnected from the side at this point. So yeah, I wouldn't be surprice to see him go somewhere else and I think would be quite interesting to see him go somewhere else and we can maybe see if he can become a more impactful player elsewhere. See that's the one to watch out for. Another one, I think you still free agent, but Georgie Hewett still fairly young. I wouldn't be surprised if this one's let him go, to be honest, because they're just going to have a lot of issues in the next few years keeping some of those young guns. So I think someone like a George Switt is probably one of the more expendable players. I think he had a really good game of the weekend actually. But yeah, I reckon Georgie hewetts wouldn't be a bad pick up for any side in the competition. Would just be pretty solid role player. Not going to be like one of your top three players, but you know he'd be better than the average Joe on your side. You can count in him most weeks. Sean Lemons is someone who's had a bit of a breakout season. You'd have to say think he's been pretty mythical up to this point in his career, but he's turned into a lockdown defender and he's actually pretty good at it. There's not too many lockdown smalls going around. He's actually pretty decent at it. Here's a he's a free agent, so I reckon you'll stay. I think Gold Coast will realize the importance he brings to the side, so I reckon you'll stay there. But they'll be an interesting pick up if a big team would go get him, because I don't think he would demand much salary, to be honest. He doesn't really have a big name fact or anything like that. So that'd be interesting. And then, yeah, finally, I've when they got seven, so Jack billings. Would be interested to see if he left, if another club could unlock the potentially he's always held. So I would like to see him leave, to be honest, just to see if that actually happens, because I don't think it's, you know, really going great for him at the same as and yeah, hopefully sat kilda can get something worthwhile back in return. Yeah, Pilch, any other free agents or what fregents interest you the most? Yeah, I ranked my top five as Kelly, Guthrie, Parker, Crouch, Robbie Gray, in that order. Obviously, gray or resign. I actually would not mind the idea of crouch coming to port I actually write him and I think he could do a job on the wing or in the on the inside of the midfield, and he's at a very good age. We've got an aging midfield, so would not mind that at all. And I agree Luke Parker is underrated. I reckon he's a weapon, definitely in a greater and yeah, but he'll probably stay as well. Yeah, Po what do you think about Josh Kelly? I know you've talked about him coming to port as a bit of a joke, but do you think you actually I don't know. That's hard. I want to see him leave, actually just because it'll be. It'll spice things up. But yeah, whether I think he will or not, I don't even know. To be honest, it's hard to say. I mean the giants will try and try the hardest to keep him. So yeah, yeah, I can't want him to leave, but I just can't see it happening. I think. I know you'll get good offers elsewhere because he's a gun. But yeah, I just reckon is. I don't know. That offers too good to turn down for me. That's such a weird contract that he has that all in his favor. But anyway, fair play to him. Well than to his age, and I guess I must be a gun at his job or our time for some super coach. I know pilch has been treading this one for a while because he is out of trades, but I'll I'll go first. I had another pretty bad week. I got below two thousand. So looked at the teams on Thursday night and I knew my my fate was sealed for the weekend. M Tea's crap anyway. So I struggle to get two thousand at the best of times, but Li by and counors both got managed to were like my m four and m five maybe, and mark of strained his calf the week before and he set out for a week which just read to roll you before we came on. Apparently he probably would have been fine to play, but the suns have like a policy when they have a six...

...day turnaround, they just anyone with a niggle doesn't play. So yeah, that's always good to know. But so had to COP Murph's thirty five on the ground or whatever it was. But anyway that's my fault for having at borrow side. So yeah, I went down the rank somehow. I think the other like came like Eightyzero in the round rank, which just wasn't good footy. Also had dusty and Kelly, as a lot of people did. Had Bonds and grundy as my advice and captain duo, which neither thunder which was pretty good to see. Not sure what else whatever wrong for me, but yeah, just not much. We're right for me really, but anyway we move on. I'm not that bothered at this point out of all leagues and just hoping to get a top K finish. Rowy, how do you go? Well, this week I'll focus a lot on my league games because as I've said previously, I'm like top for and top too, and a couple of my leagues were point scored, but I'm actually outside the top eight. So I had to folks a lot on leagues this week, so I sort of got swept up in that a little bit. I got two, two hundred and thirty nine, which isn't ideal. I drop sort of six hundred forty eight spots to out just outside the top K. basically I had the better, roughly the same projected as one of my matchups and they had done the exact same captaincy decisions as me. So I was projected about sort of twenty or thirty more for basically the whole week and we both be seed mccrae A and then he had left his captain sy on Grundy and I had a feeling grundy was going to go big and I didn't want him to be the reason that I lost, so I also cut in Grundy, which obviously didn't go well. Long Story Short, brand will got ninety. Opponent had to him. Didn't really expect him to get ninety, so that didn't help and just everything sort of went against me. He ended up beating me by twelve points because led sort of just stopped in his last quarter. He was on track for a one hundred and twenty. Two got a hundred and four. Salem was on track four hundred and fifty. For my opponent. You Got Eighty six and then obviously Boonton Daniel failed to stun up. So that's what cost and me and I lost that game. But I want my other two, so that's all right. But basically for me the situation is I'm currently outside the top eight in those two leagues, but I'm probably going to be overtaking them as I like the teams ahead of me. I only one went ahead but like they're playing each other in both leagues and I've got a better percentage, so I should just get into finals four my leagues. But we'll be interesting to see. Obviously, with that role in Marshall News is kind of screwed on my trades. I was going to be getting him this week and then final upgrade next week, but I've got to just basically flip that. Bringing a for this week around the fourth thirty forty K market and Marshall next week go down to zero trades like pilch but I've got some good bench cover, but like bramble and Cody Whitman and Ik Waterman Bianco and all that on the bench, so should be all right. Obviously famous last words there. But yeah, it wasn't great this week but it wasn't disastrous. I'm sure the people have did worse. So I'll be looking onto next week. Hope you can rise back into that top three. K. Yeah, Pilch, how'd you go? Yeah, as we've said, ran out of trades last week. Langford, dusty Whitfield, mills, Kelly, crips, Jesus. So, Yeah, scored twenty one hundred. Went from rank eight hundred down one thousanix hundred. So the rankings out of the window. Now I think I'm actually still like top too in all my leagues, but got no trade. So not not winning any of my leagues either. So I think I might just might just have a look at my draft team actually this week. Haven't looked at that one since before round one, so I'm like might get some I've actually just seen that you went big Cork, so you've been looking at that one. I don't now, so I might just go. I'm about that. I'm a weapon that draft because I'm the only one who plays. Yeah, so, so I'll just go back win the draft leg and they are she'll be right. But not. I don't think I'm in the top eight for that. Last week, yeah, I played your angry only we only have ten players. So there's a solid changer in the top they like. I look, last we got to Josh Dunkley on the waivers and you picked it up in now. So yeah, so I've been. I've been dealing with a lot of cheese like that. So I'm a chance. I'm I'm not even first, though. I think like third.

I think rowy might be ahead of me. I think tyle. Just look at my trongth maked. I've had took Miller on the bench all year for Blake acres, James Robottom, exception and field. So that's not a deal. But yeah, if one person doesn't play, though, you like automatically get supped on. So you've probably been a been all right most weeks. But Yeah, fair enough. That does hurt in terms of trade to me this week, just quickly, I cannot believe not picking up lucky bramble has legit like hurt me as much as it has like. It was just a matter of I didn't have it do a downgrade the week he was on the bubble, otherwise I would have got him. But yeah, that hurts for me. I'm just going dusty to a sideways forward. Might do it second trade because him alls out this week and he's pretty expensive, so I might trade him, but then I'm down to one. So we'll see about that. But I don't really want to have Bianco and burphy on my field because that's at least one guaranteed, twenty maybe too, so that would be nice. So yeah, probably going to have to do the two trades and just be stuck with one. But it's a bit scary and covid times when anyone can go out at any minute for like two week period or something. So yeah, well, we'll see. We'll see. Yeah, it's all over for me. You guys sound a bit defeated yourselves. Row We still in the league's so it's Pilch, but peel trackings is done. But we'll check back in next week and see how we're all firing. Right time for a round nineteen preview. There's a couple games that we don't know where they are or if they've been going to happen, but we will still do our tips, but we don't have like a line for them so much. Just make one up and we can go from there. We'll also just go through the lines for the other games and tip according to that. We're dealing with a bit of a delay, so just bear with us, but we'll be patient here. So first up we have port Collingwood, as I mentioned. Not sure if it's going to be happening, but let's give it a line of port. Port, the favorites. Let's go. Let's say it's at the Adelaide Oval and let's say eighteen points. This is hard being a bookmaker. Eighteen points rare. Are you going? Port of Collingwood? Probably just port. Yeah, yeah, the venue matters way too much to even think about this. Yeah, Pilch, yeah. Yeah. If it was at the our laid over, then port. Yeah, yeah, fair enough. We'll just skip it because, yeah, it's too it's too big of a change. If it's a different venue, Carlton, North Carlton, the other favorites. The lines are only six and a half, which to me is quite interesting. I have no idea where this is being played. To be truthful, Rowley, who are you back moments? Okay, there you go. At the moment is marvel. I don't mind north here actually, but yeah, I guess it's a top game where I can at be going to show up. Bow can cold much get the job done and I'm like Harry, watch kick for again. Yeah, hear it up. This usual proceedings for Carlton, Pill Twenty, yeah, Carton. Yeah, I'm going to back Carl and. I do have to say, though, north looked so good in the first half. A incested and they which is moving the ball so fast, hidden so many targets. They're just like Taren Thomas Ourn Hall Zee. Will just lurk it around, hidden bombs, hidden block chess. But yeah, anyway, they're played in North Brittie, Gold Coast, the q class, I believe they're called. Last one was a blowout, wasn't it was like eighty points or something. But Gold Coast are better side now, we like to think. Anyway. However, the line is pretty large. Twenty seven and a half in favor of the lines. Rowley, who are you backing? I don't want the sons there for the line. Actually, I me saw brisbane sort of, sort of struggle to adjust to life after Erica put I know is obviously not a huge name, but I think he's obviously key pillar of that Ford Line and obviously to the sun's test of the dogs they're so I actually don't want the sun's down the line. I'd be tipping Brisbane, but our in the sons might make it close tilch yeah, I'm gonna go to the Sun just because I I'm going with the heart that. Yeah, I thought I was going ahead. If I was going head I'd actually say Brisbane. There it's not a data so they'll be I can picture brisbane putting on a statement victory, like snapping their run a bad form. I'm going to go to the sun's just because that's a pretty big margin. But yeah, I feel like Gold Coast back line will be suited to...

Brisbane, even like without hit put out, because they only really have columns and Ballard. So yeah, it shouldn't be too noticeable that they're one toll down. But yeah, we'll see. But I'll back the suns in the line. West Coast sank killed our this is ones in Perth. I actually do know that. So this is going to be an interesting game. West Coast, probably the most unpredictable will team the COMP right now. You could actually argue at St Kilda as well, the line is thirteen and a half. West Coast are the favorites. I, for one, will go west coast just because I don't know why it's in Perth rolly. What about you offer to will go with you. Move on now I'm going saints. Are you going saints for the win as well, or just the upset as well? And Bright? Oh, I like it bowl. I fold. Yeah, right, next time we won't bother the line because it didn't really work for poored out. They Game Adelaide Hawthorne. If they were to play, let's just say, let's say it gets moved to gold coasts. If they play match on. Who you tipping? Rosive? That's a very tough one actually. No huge clash. Sixteen or seventeen, but I see you look a couple weeks got satellaide, but they've been, yeah, obviously home a few poor weeks and Hawthorne just took it up to the days. So want actually back the hawks to get this one. I think they're in a you know, they playing all right, obviously all right against the DAS. But yeah, probably just back at hawks, pilch. Yeah, yeah, you have to say hawks at the moment on form. Yeah, yeah, I agree with that. I'll probably tip them at any venue. UN If it was in Adelaide, I'd maybe go audelaide on the head to Heead, but I'd say the line would be in favor of Adelaide anyway. So I'd go hawks to cover it. But yeah, back in the Hawks, and surely they have some means, because I know last week they were down some troops in the back line. Anyway. Well, I think scrims back this week. Just that's one of them. Anyway. Then the big game of the round, while I guess the grand final rematch is also pretty sizeable, but the d's versus the dogs once again. No idea where there's being played, Roi, do you know where it is? I don't know where it's all. Have a look for our I mean probably going to go the D's. I mean just they just have that and boy's getting over the good side. I think it's the G but yeah, I'm going to say the D's there. Yeah, Piach melds, number one, fanny, back in your boys and again. Yeah, hundred percent Melbourne. They beat all the good teams, PA trucker and the bond best two players in the COMP. Per Truck as the one inform at the moment. So definitely the day's spicy, spicy. There'll be a lot of talk about that match up. For sure. I'll go the doggies. Liver comes back in. Makes a huge difference. They and thee they looked faltering in the first half of that game on the weekend and it's because they didn't have liver. Liver comes back in, he has dirty clearances, gets gets, gets hugane. It's a hundred and a hundred and fifty thousand Super Cotch points. I'm back in the the dogs. Why not? Maybe they cover the spread and Melbourne went head to head. The old the old line of one and a half. Sydney Freyo Line is twenty two and a half. Quite sizeable. Sydney. Other favorites. Tough one. Tough one, roby. Who Are you going here? Sydney tilt? Yeah, you probably have to say Sydney. It's actually kind of hard one there. But did you keep full plus? Spicy, spicy free? I do not actually sewndots. Some Bobbie at Alex Piers. Yeah, that and FRI's defense is obviously under man on Sydney, you're going to kick a lot against them. Yeah, I'll tell you what, Alex Piers had a crack against you a long but he was struggling out there. You could tell it all. And still kicks like five or something. But you're no, it was really strung aboard. Mate. Now, I reckonly had a was stinker, though. Like there was one point where he legit gave away three free the three free kicks in the space of like four minutes. I was like, everything he was doing was just not gone right. But yeah, felt bad for him. Now I just feel bad for him because he's injury likes been so bad and I just I cling on to that year. He was like an Australian contention when he stopped his leg. But yeah, anyway, that was a long time ago. Yeah, I'll back in the SWANNE's, even though Frey are bit of a Yoyo team, so they could bounce back and have a contest. I think Sydney, you'll win and yeah, we'll back them into win by twenty two and a half Essen and gws,...

I don't think we know anything about this game. Actually I don't know. Don't think we know where it is, what time it is, what date is, if I'm not mistaken, but we'll just go head to head here. I'm going to back in the bombers. I just think they're in better form. Roy. Yeah, the bombs two only we saw, but without taby green, a giant, so obviously just a different team. It's like saints without the Right Combo. Sorry, young, going to go the bombers. Yeah, pilch giants these back. To be fair, they can up to that. They do. This was like, yeah, I was on the edge of my say it. To be fair, they do actually win when you least expected. But yeah, I don't know. I feel like north actually played really well on the weekend. I reckon they would have been most teams, but I didn't watch the second ass I can't really talk grand final rematch. Don't know where this is. I'd guess it's in Jee Long, but with covid could be anywhere. Geelong other favorites. The line is sixteen and a half. I'm not I don't know what to say. Roy, who are you going im it's tough because don't really know how times and respond here, dusty, so I might just go the carts pilch. I think this game is actually the g okay and as a result I'm going to go with the tigs because I saw on twitter Chris Scott email the AFL trying to get it changed to Simmons and he got knocked back. Just the old email from Chris Gott. Well, would you said like a dear Gillin, we get dogged every year and we Tuy it simuls at the Gee. It's not even called Simon brought. It's cool fucking cheer. When was it called the cattery, the calory? I'll back in Richmond. I'll stage long win by fourteen and that means Richmond with the line. So yeah, I feel like Richmond and bushes on because of the dusty emission, but I just think jelong and to secure. I trust them too much to lose the game. But I think it won't be a big margin. In sixteen a half pretty sizeable against tied to the g. But that's it for week nineteen. Another great episode for those who had money on fifty four minutes Ros. A few win. You win the bet. Well played. Could have been some match fixing in there. You've muted yourself but we'll just pretend you have. There could have been match fixing there. We don't know. That's that's shopping hold for me. But we were going to say. I was going to say on there. Yeah, a line for the arm length of the APP. Yeah, well, played to you. The expert. Better got a few multis up on the weekend it. Did you profit overall, or did the losses outweigh the profits? Oh No, I yeah, I think I chucked in ten. I sort of cashed in at once one and thirty. So I'd definitely take it. But it was at one sixty or seventy. One point I was sitting in the garage on Saturday night. I lost all my saint support ones and Hawks Melbourne one and I liked you know, I was at one and seventy. I was down to a hundred. Well, these are shit. So I put like a dollar on like five horses in one race in islands and the pounce of but Kura or so that it was race one of the day. It was five rough us in now I chuck one dollar on each of them and one of the fifty one dollar odds came storming homes. Thanked fifty one there. So got the account going again. But I yeah, withdrew hundred odd say I was handy paid for a bit of petrol, so definitely take that. I think what was his name? was a car race one. It was where's our lovely horse at storm time. It was John the Baptiste, the Baster Carr race one, so I got on him. I know John The baptist. Well, good bloke, peal to. Did you have any success in the multis on the weekend now? Mate, I haven't put a multi on in in in a short while so and hopefully it stays that way. Probably won't stay that way, but not there. To be fair, actually provided me with some entertainment. Rose I sending through his he slips. I got a cult calmed with but you see, you all the grain ticks. It's just great. It's great. It is our can arm good tactic. This year is Brown and I just deposit like a hundred, hundred and fifty and just chocolate, like fifteen different things. That's why did last year. Was Great Fun. Yeah, as you...

...actually likes. It's all happened. So it's a really good chance to get now. Yeah, you got. You guys always do the multi with every club's winner, though, and you always get too wrong. It's like no, no, it's impossive. Like last year I the you can literally do any player in the content to pole a vote. My ID, Nick Hine, was like best on against Sydney one game and for the whole year. Just to pole vote you was like two dollars fifty. So I shot like fifty bucks on it and obviously so. Yeah, definitely a good tactic. A Lot, a lot. I've got a future on at the moment, about to for Luke Park at a finished top twenty in the Brownlow got it for three twenty five. Earlier in the year it was looking bad, but he's actually started playing well again the last few weeks, so he might be a sniff. I don't even hate that because they've won a lot of games and I don't really know who would pick up their votes. Mills has been better, but the umpires through probably prefer Parker because he's the big name. Yeah, and the other side got care if you chop it. Yeah, I've also got Georgie artist. preseason put five dollars on him and the odds of already halved, so we'll be collecting that at the end of the year as well. It's beautiful, but a rising stuff. Are you going to cash out? Would you actually think he's going to win? Oh, it's got it in his back pocket. Why can't tell serious or not? So I saw your tweet, but or reckon, they actually should win. The only blokes ahead of you my Jordan, Jackson and Tom Green. Yeah, you've just named three. Blow give it to yeah, bit like. Do they deserve it? Tom Green's like twenty six hours. He eldible. Actually not convinced. Yeah, anyway, their play and I'll back in. James Jordan, say, player in the top. I think him and Mitch the top two. Yeah, fair enough, George Ardis is a good play. will be a gun. All right, that's enough dribble for today. I reckon, boys. We've been in our finest dribbling fashion. I I'm still just looking at the tips and just going through ahead. There's some absolutely stump me there, but it's throwing me for a real one. We're actually going right on an our row. I've match fixed it for you perfectly, but well done. Good luck support and St Kilda this weekend. Hopefully they both get up wherever port play, whoever they play, and say killed against the weigels. Everyone will be going for them because everyone hates west coast. Good luck. It's some coaches. Well, I hope you beat me, Roley. It's because you know there's no point of be winning really kind of eating. Yeah, well, with the greatest special. I think it's paying about a dollar or six. Maybe, maybe that's even generous, like no back, coming up against Alex Bolt or something in round one, breakast and not and not at the olds, open at the at the Belgrade. It's just not even a chance. But yeah, thanks for Johnny Boys. That's open all day, even no back. More Mat Nah, Mate Bolt. All these are beast in Australia. Tell me bolts that got a chair to Belgrade when he's being abused in Serbian. But yeah, absolutely, dribble boys. Will be back next week. Thanks for tuning in. Thanks join me, Lads. Enjoy, lockdown, stay safe, go team GB actually in the Olympics and Australia anyway, but.

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