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2021 AFL Season Review Pt.2 & Grand Final Week | Australian Rules Football

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It's that time of year for AFL fans. We preview the upcoming AFL Grand Final between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs with expert analysis and predictions. We also react to the Brownlow and review the seasons of the 8 AFL teams who made finals. 

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Welcome back to the Honble podcastanother episode of the best potty going around and we're back for. What's not the final, I don't thinkit's going to be the final episode, but the final episode where we look forwardto a game of Val in two thousand and twenty one. Any future footy contentwill be either reviewing stuff or looking ahead at the trade period andstuff like that which I'm sure ro is very came for, but today we've bet abig episode lined up, obviously a huge grand final preview. We're also goingto just give our thoughts on the Brown load that happened on Sunday night. Wehaven't convened since then so interesting, your takes and then we'realso going to run through the top eight season reviews. Obviously Melbourne andthe dogs season, maybe will like our views, will change on the weekend. Butfor the most part will say the same, so yeah we'll run through those given thatwe did the other ten the other week, so yeah blockbuster episode, you'd have tosay, but before we get into the season,reviews thoughts on the Brownlow pilch personally very happy with the resultof the Brown loat, obviously for a first port rep to get it done. I wassurprised at how many votes you pulled but started yeah. I think everyone was surprised.The fact that he tired the record when no one even knew who was going to win.It doesn't quite out love to me, but ye fair player. I was looking before andhe's odds to her next year is like six bucks like I know you just won this year's,but surely is not even the favorite going into next year like to me thatjust doesn't does or always so elated as soon as they win it's ridiculous,but yeah and also yeah like six dollars for anyone for next year. I'm onebetter odds than that Jeez like who knows what could happen? You could doan ACL first round. I am leaning on my wooden desk, so I don't war pitch theJinks laws, wint come for or but Robigo your thoughts on the Brown low. That was good. It was close like why Iwanted, but I think I got to the end and once we saw wines was level withbond, we new bond sort of tied it out. So that's when e new ones was home, butI ended up putting far biter money on it. The thing was uppard five hundred bucks,but came out with about four hundred, so I lost. I lost it about one hundred and fifty so I mean it'snot the worst result, and I was. It was a good night, a few here there's that was not too happyabout with some of the voting that how will take it as a good night? Hopefullythis way Ken will be in better yeah in terms of the team like most votes,purteen Multis, so we addressed last week who were the ones that let most people's multis down.I haven't really checked to one each clubs, I think Josh Kelly was a big onefor the golant. He boasted pal like five or six more thanthe others, but Taranto and hopper caught him and beat him prettycomfortably. So I was annoying calling with a lots of people jump on to go,but I think Crispo that I mean Calamis, one sidneys few people had Parker. So apart from that off the top of my head,I can't really remember too much. I'm in my prediction of Benny Key's trumps,pilt of text, Walker, fair and square. So my man B, ks took the cake there, butyeah part on that is ARCO, wanted and get up lines took the chocolates there.Harry mackays well for calm was a good prediction by a few of us as well, be apart from that yeah. Nothing elseto extreme took Miller was a shocking one of Tule pulled so much better thanhe did, but- and I just guess the Amston Really Radhim. I know they lost a lot of games by a lot of points but thought I was goinbe a bit more recognized but yeah. Those are the main ones that screwed meout. Did he I I got to point something...

...out. I was actually the only one thatsaid Chris for Calling Wood O. While, yes an now, you are right. Who Do yousaid made me an outsider, but he didn't actually back him in so yeah the playto you. There did did Miller, win goal cost considerably or like with it yeahstill comfortably. But I like lots of lie. I don't Nepo Twenty votes and Ithink most people lots of people would have had it for that, including me soyeah that was pretty knowing, but I guess less than learn for playing in abad team. Betting on the Blake plays in a bar team. Yeah, obviously like someof my calls were disgraceful like Han winning, but some of the winter right.In the five vote thing I actually had torento above Kelly, but then, when I, when I changed it down to three roads,Kelly went above him, which is interesting. So obviously they didn'tsee it that way. But yes, Chris, that's a bit of it yeahI didn't really back to guy and I also backed in mills. So I'm happy with thatone, because I thought he was on real this year, but anyways that's enough,tribble about that s into the top eight sides, as we did the last time we didthese season reviews we're going to be giving out an MV, a best young player,a most improved and a rating out of ten versus the expectation we had cominginto the year, five being basically bang on our expectation, so we'll goeight to one based on their recule season order, a just quickly. The best young playerslike anyone, who's born in, like one thousand nine hundred and ninety eightor younger, so yeah we'll do this to then we've got the grand final previewto bring us home. So, first of all the bombers, I get rod to chat about them,as I know he's like a big fan of all their youngsters. How do you think thebombers went this year, obviously surpassed their expectationsof bottom, for I think most people cement to the bottom for to be them theHawks and is North and the crows, but obviously to play finals as a hugeassult for them. They obviously came up against a dog who now on the granny, soin Hind sight it's obviously yeah it's no bigger than they obviously lost tothem. They did put up a good fight for about half a foot, but yeah is over all the really goodsays and really promising all their youngsters really took a part of the competition,especially early on with Nikko. Apparently he's two hundred centimeters.I don't know if anyone knows but yeah the NBA probably goes to Zack meritthey're, just pipping Darcy parishing, obviously justa bit more consistent throughout the entirety of the season parish obviouslyhad his really strong in a form in the middle of that period, but I thinkmerit was just a bit more liable best young player, probably Artie Perkinswant. I have to give it to like the with the I was probably between him andNicor, and in the same I go with Marin parish, prose a bit more consistent andmost improved. I think parish is the obvious one. Themost people can go for, but she it's to. I will snelling holiname third in theirbest and Ferris the other night, I'm not mistaken in his hammers man, sohe's obviously had a really strong season for them and you really welldeserve considering a thing he as taken in the mid season, rookie draft on eventhe same year as Milan picket, so obviously revitalized his career. Sothat's really good to say from him, but you I'm expecting just sort of the samestuff in the bomb as this our next saison expecting to be about to round atop eight or maybe just missing out, but we'll wait and see. Yeah well,sellings an e lead story. If I'm not mistaken pill to the it was just twittling his sums in the Port Magusand then, as you mention record a chance, I think in the two thousand andnineteen mid season, and ever since then yeah he's been a pretty solid piece of that Essen midfield. My wardsI'll give my vipart parish just ahead of Marrit, obviously using my votingsystem here, so he whipped out a lot of five voters: Most improved Paris aswell. Now it's a bit boring buddy was a weapon and best young player. People-probably don't think of this. Guy Is Young, but he was born. One thousandnine hundred and ninety eight all Australians squads snubbing and that'sthe Jordan redly supercoach God man.

While he supercoach, got man for like amonth, then sort of became arage but yeah bit of a weapon in the back halfof the bombers, one of them more consistent players and then rating out of ten I'll, behonest, probably going to go close to attend here. Considering like for a tento go from bottom three bottom to bottom, four: expectations to thenmaking finals and like people thought there were maybe a chance of upsettingthe dogs. I maybe gives them a nine voter, but they did also resign merit,which is a pretty big positive for them. Yeh'll give them aTim. Why not back him in huge season? There were like no one really knew whatto expect from their coach, and he looks like he's going to be a prettygood one, so yeah, what he's doing getting out of that squad is a lotbetter than what some coaches are getting out of there. This okay Carlton,so Yeah Sets Well, I'M gonna go well yeah, yeah, O good stuff pitch. What doyou reckon about? The bombon yeah hit the nail on the head. I think I hadthem, maybe even bottom to in my preseason prediction and they've pulledout a top out finished with a lot of young talent, very deep midfield. So alot to be excited about, and I'm going to have to give merit the BP RidleyYoung Player and parish most improve yeah yeah kill season really like I feel,like the expectations almost updated to where they were in the ladder likehalfway through the year. But if you look at as a whole, the fact that theymade finances outrageous but yeah they're, probably still say ou- thatthey haven't one the finals yet but finals game, but that'll come can't seewhy they can't improve. Next year, all right, the giants, pilch giants are upthere. Actually do you like the giants, all the swans. I always get confused. Ilike them both, but the giants had you think they went this year yeah I likethem both, but the swans are my second favorite, but yeah giants were anotherinteresting one. They kind of had an up and down year,but they just kind of grinded out winds and ended up seventh, which was higherthan I had them higher than most people had them, so definitely not a badseason. I think next year, again they're goingto be kind of fifty fifty tough to predict side from my from my views, butwe'll see what happens. BP Josh Kelly. Think as we went overbefore snubbed at the Brown low young player Taranto and most improved SantaLou down back Torento still considered young yeah, one thousand nine hundredand ninety eight okay, farnel yeah he's one of those blokes that Karen who waslike, I think Jason, can I said last time wherever ones like. Are theyreally one thousand nine hundred and ninety eight B yeah he's just prettymuch as soon as he came into the big field, it was just played like areliable veteran but yeah I've actually given Tranto my BP and Best YoungPlayer and then a grieve. The sand, Taylor call hugely for Leon camen. Ithink I was one of the people who was sort of saying he was in the hot seatcoming into this year. I think if they finish like tent or lower, I think hisjob could have been in trouble, but because of sort of like not as hecticas Collingwood but they's, so they sort of fell out of it premised windowpretty fast but yeah what they did this year. They hada lot of big scalps and yeah good season. I'd have to say: they've gotsome issues to sort out. This self season mainly golf scores, really theydon't and I think Jerome Finlayson might be leaving whatever but yeahthey've got to sort that out, because I don't think you can just back inHarrison Himberg as you number one k forward in a finals match, but I'm surethey'll figure something out there rating out of ten, probably even theseven. I think it was not too much better than what we were expecting, butyeah wouldn't have predicted them to...

...make finals and win a finals gameeither. So Yeah Fair play a Laon Cameron and the Orange Sanam robit.What do you think about the giants? Yeah, obviously giving the talent I goton the list? I think I was half expecting them to make finals again. Ican't recall if I had them in my top a prediction or not. I feel like I'mwhite of, but I didn't expect them to bottom out or you know, fall down aladder like lots of people. Did. I just think you like, I said the Tollas wasso I was just too good for that to happen. I obviously yead o get into the finals,but also win that match as well was huge, and I also took her to Jolonribute the last quarter. I don't know if that was the impact of thecommentators still trying to make a game out of it or not. It was like afive goal margin in the last, but anyways good efforts from them but,like you said, hammers, definitely need to address that Tall Ford Lie. I thinkHogan was a good inclusion. I think it was a bit risky, but I didn't give thatmuch for him, so it didn't really matter, but it's obviously played hisrole there, but I was ovist out in that semi final, which was a bit of a bombbecause that was going to be a really strong attack and definitely would havemade the game a lot more difficult to predict. So whether they continue withthe hogen, Himmeleh combination will wait and see, but yeah my mv P, justgoing to go to toby green on he's, probably their most valuable player. Ifyou want to stretch out the definition, you know you just be absolutely match.Winnin for them and these the only play in the comp really that does that Imean they can go forward, kick five goals or play a medfield and have anincredible impact. There's, obviously, a lots of players at can do that, buttoby that does it does it in his own way best young player, I'm short disclaimer.I actually didn't realize that that the age was one thousand nine hundred andninety eight on so I'm sort of more just going to go for the genuine cansof like twoad and two thousand and beyond. So I let these boys tackle thesilly better ones, because I would have gone for readily. Obviously, but I'llgo lucky ash. I think lucky ash provided the dash of half back a lot ofthe Times that you tore apart, calling with early in the year, which was a bitof a bread cat game for him. So I think it's be really exciting and he used tocome. I think next, you might be another just break out year for him,hopefully most improved for Jacob Papa, not many Sarus. Also, not many wouldhave predicted hopper coming in the AU, Australian top forty, I would haveprobably thought Josh Pelly was going to be in there over him, but superconsistent and just an absolute inside bull for them. If they didn't haveenough already this force cineria that midfield and yeah, it's just going tobe really solid player for them over all the rating. We give them an eight,and I think lots of people obviously saw them falling down the ladder andthey were probably there was a decent chance of it happening, but now thefact that they're able to stick in the top of the competition make the finalswinner final as well, was huge and also in going to be factoring in the factthat Josh Kelly re sign for seven years so yeah with the giants. If, wheneverthey get someone signed for that long, it's obviously a huge huge deal so yeah I'm going to give them an a and,depending on off season stuff. What happens? I'm probably going to expectthem to finish top eight next year, as well, yeah very exciting times for the giants.Yeah big resigning that I have to say a freaking hate, long contracts likeanything longer than four years. I can't stand because yeah, I just think it's shit, butanyway, fair Pine Tellia the bag, and he will definitely be good for likeanother, three or four five years, but not sure what it would be like whenhe's about forty two in his final year, yeah lucky ash. The Fan of him is myfavorite kind of player that dreaming and kick off the half back. He gotdropped like through the middle of the year, but standin on Cameron, behaviorjust dropping good players, but yeah. Hopefully he keeps his progressiongoing because he'll be a player in the future. All right the Schwann go back to pitch, given the as numbertwo didger, the swans thing, a horse along my portmantle miracles, reallyfastest rebill. Ever. How did you see...

...that season that yeah just an incredible season, prettymuch? The only way you can sum it up long? My is clearly one of the best inthe business and all their young talent just looksunreal as well, especially these new draft draft picks gold and lookslike he's going to be an absolute beast, pretty hard not to give them a ten outof ten. To be honest, I think they're going to be right up there next seasonaround the top floor, pushing for a flag again, so I went on to them. NBthink cale mills was slightly better than park in this season, so I'm going to give that to him best young player mccartin, just arocket fall back and most improved just in macannon yeah actually be fan and mackinon, I'mprobably not going to give them a ten. To be honest, I think the fact that they didn't winthat finals game as a bit of a downe but yeah. I probably got a nine apparentlyhorse, long marvels and even like nominated for the coaches award, like he wasn't, even in the list likethe top four or whatever, which I thought was outrageous, but that's her.I reckon he like. I genuinely make a case that he deserves in over the wholething, not just a nomination but yeah NB. I've got mills young play in cantand in Prude I've actually got meals as well, because I think this is the firstyear. We've always seen how good he can be, but whether it be true, maybe notutilizing him correctly else, there was just better players standing in the way.I think this is the first year I've really seeing that he can be aAustralian type mid field a just week and week out absolute beast, ro twenties. Yes, so lots of US obviously didn't seeit's coming. I mean even round one when they flog Brisbon at the Gabe wasobviously a huge stamen and they actually stuck with it. So huge cutoffsto them obviously didn't get the job done in this final star. I think it wasall building up for them to really take it to the top teams and the finals.They obviously challenge and bating a lot of them throughout the year, so tofall in their first game, I'm abbe by a point, and they should have definitelywanton especially that last quarter, but still obviously hurts the way thatwe're going to see it in season, but all and all obviously got a reallyyoung list, and you know I can't see them falling, but down because of thatthing. You're only just going to get belt, so envy paid for me think pillChit on the head, Calmias, probably just edges out parker best young playI'll, give it to eric golden absolutely rating with foot. Obviously already oneof the best kicks in the competition and is going to be setting up whichevertall for is going to be kicking the goals with the years to come, withbuddy, probably going to be finishing up soon. Most improve, probably TomHickey, with Garnon grandy and big Shan Darcy.Taking the the spotlight for much of the competition, so am Tom Hike wasobviously played. A huge part of the swans obviously had a huge rightproblem, but you know bearing him in for next to nothing and then playingthe role he did was absolutely huge for them, so give them the most improvedand given they were obviously had a reallystrong season, given their expectations, but toFulshaw n just the first game of the finals. When we all thought they may godeep, I mean so I'm gonna not rate them as highly as you guys will give him aneight point. Five out of ten, though yeah they're enough very good scoresacross the board, going to be an interesting off season for Sydney. Ithink because, like Dawson's leaving, he was probably leaving dill Stevensmight be leaving so they've got some things to answer, but you don't standrace on by the way. Oh Real, that's that's good. I use for them, but thelikes of like Braden, Campbell n log McDonald. We didn't even really seemuch of them and definitely not the best of them this year. So, there's alot more progression to come for the Swanns, also good, to see buddy backand just playing a lot more this year. That was one of the high arts of theseason. I reckon R doggies. Obviously...

...the first grand final participant willbe coming here to make the grand final from fifth on the ladders a pretty goodachievement, but not really the biggest surprise, given how great they wereduring the regular year, a Roy. What d you make of the doge season yeah it was given. Last year, they ll see had ahuge amount of talent, spicion that bid field but to fall short to the mighty.Saints was disappointing, but you know we knew that they were going to be morehungry this year, give them more games in Melbourne and just given the heartbreak of losing in the finals, especially in close game that alwayshurts. So it was no surprise that they came out and you really took thecompetition by storm and obviously there were surges of Josh Bros upforward, helped for the majority of the year and just yeah their midfield. Weall thought is just you know: they got too many players where's ever on toplay, but no, I think good just it showed to be as vest till as it neededto be, and then players coming out and improving like they did like BaileyDale, for example, of half back. Who would have thought that you know twelvemonths ago you'd be saying Bale, Dales and all strain half back, obviously those little factors, allcombined chipped in obviously finished fifth, which a given their slow intothe season. But the fact that they're making another grand final from outsidethe top fall is huge for them. So for that reason, I'm going to give them anine point, five rating- and I was pretty harsh- not to give them a ten,but I just think given I think most was predicted them to be top eight it's andthey actually did finish fifth, probably roughly, where lots of US hadthem and they didn't like come out of the top aid or anything I'll give himan outside of the top at sorry. I'll give the nine point five mb pay to thebond. Obviously just finished second in the Brown at other night, we'll see ifhe's got arguably about a better metal around his neck. Don't tomorrow, NightBest Young player go to Carty Weightman. Obviously, he's got his fair share offans and haters, but now I love movies, ly a bloods boy, I'm sure all of us dobut yeah obviously can't wait to see and play tomorrow. Night, hopefully siton a few heads and there's a huge tag of them up forward and most improvedgot to be Bailey Dale, like I mentioned before after a half back, has got oneof the best kicks in the competition so yeah. I can of wait to watch themtomorrow in and see what happens. Yeah definitely a huge year, I'm actually going to give them a non,probably half for ten. That could potentially be the premiers, but I justthink I feel like they've actually under performed the last few seasons,so yeah they're the fact that they like, where premiership contender wasn'treally like. It was a very good effort to bounce back from where they were,but I don't think it was like outrageous. Well, I think the fact thatMelcon, my promish contents was out more outrageous, so yeah I give them aNin, regardless of if they win a very good year, though yet n BP, the BondFeshun player. Obviously, we've gone a bit older, so the bad lin car and mostimproved I've actually given it to Liba, obviously very high and my voting thingmost clearances in the whole, a FL and cross. The regular season, if you toldme about at the start of the year, would have been your hand off, becausethat would have just been outrageous call and also the fact that he getstagged in the midfield with Bont mccray Trala Dunkle, all those blokes to showshow much of an impact he has. When he's you know allowed to do his own thing,so yeah, I think he is sort of like I think he was genuinely stiff not tomake the Australian team to show. I think he was that good, but sort ofjust got unfairly treated you to the fact thathe is seen as a bit of a third wee altina bon, which is fair enoughbecause they are elite players. So yes, huge from Liba and you, as I mentionednine out of ten Yeah Love Code. You might talk abouthim later for one of my predictions for the final pilch. What d you make it?The dogs yeah very good. As you said, they'veunderperformed, like the last five years. I've had this insane lists,particularly midfield and they've, just...

...hovered around that seven to ten mark,and then I think this year they just finally started out their consistency,because they've always had the ability to beat the good teams, but they'vethey've also lost some pretty pretty average games and they saw that out this year gotthemselves into a granny. So for that I am going to give them a ten,our tent, because I don't think you could have asked for much more as adogs fan and then Bonton, pelly m VP. Clearly,Aaron Norton, clearly young player for me over Smith, think he's one of theirmost vogl players. If you take him out of the equation, I think their for linegoes to shit and most improved Bailey Dale Yep Dale had an absolute blind going tobe interesting to see what happens because you know, they've got quite afew talents and players and there Ma goose that surely get ripped apart bythe other team scouts who come packing, but we'll see what happens there on tothe top four sides the Brizilian been of an interesting season from Brisbane.I have to say, I think if you split it up into quarters, there's like tworeally good quarters and then two, maybe not so I think it was aboutaround seven or eight. They were like my number one see in the wholecompetition and then they sort of went off the boil throughout the middle andthen by the end we were saying there were a smoky for final, so yeah, it's abit of a weird one, not really progression, but I don't know if that'swhat we're really expecting im in terms of my ward, Winnis, MB, Dana Rich.Obviously, the albrittons daddy rich biggest kicker in the COM, which is anunderrated traits, so he's man, BP and then on that one. But Oh, my God, yeahwe get it. Port have apparently four of the top five biggest kickers. Maybeit's just because you watch port week in week out, but humor claies youngplayer, absolute dog, acting quote en in including him in that, but anywayand then most improved, I've actually gone Zorka. I know he was in the lateplay before this year, but for me he was genuinely their best midfield ofthis year and probably was the third or fourth wheellast year. So I think that's a pretty huge progression in itself. Writingactually have no idea where I predicted them to come to be honest, but I'll give them A. I don't know. I don't actually toughI'll, probably give them this six out of ten, it's probably a bit half butlike pretty sure that was top for last year,so I don't think they really over performed or anything like that. Soyeah poach thoughts. Are you don't like brisband sorry about that? But he? Whatare your thoughts and the lines yeah? I May I mention demics. No, I won't mention Damity he's hadenough mentions on this podcast but yeah. For me, the lines actually had avery disappointing season. They showed their glimpses of being the best teamin the camp, but overall they fell from equal first to what should have beenfifth out in straight sets. Well, one one one of the finals was atthe gate adding straet again, so I don't think the fans have much tobe happy about this season, considering how good their team is meant to be soI'm going to give them a five out of ten M B P jared lines was started to seehim actually pol well on the Brown loat showing that he's finally getting somecredit and then start a witch for both the other two awards. For me, yeahthey're enough huge year for him, yeah, I'm actually tempted to downgradeby rating from five, because now I think about it, is probably exactlywhere we expected them, but now, okay, but it six also shot up to Camerano.That was a bit of a Downer on the year that Ud have been exciting to see himrun through the guts roly. They were stiff with injuries or yeah yeah.That's true ray thoughts on the lines yeah. You guys summed up pretty well. Ithink we all expect them to be sort of...

...top for top six and they just like intofourth but yeah, like you said amias. Obviously, in periods of the year wherethere are the premiership, favorites or smokes to miss so yeah I mean for a top team. Like we saynow of the last few years, we really do at to start saying some success and hejust not seeing it when I come when it so went it matters. So the MBA, as he said, piled great tosee Jad lines, getting some recognition on brow and in so he'll claim my mvbest young player. Just for the bit of variety, I think Kadan Coleman was huge,for them obviously offers a bit of dash a bit of speed and some really niceball use and yeah. Most improved Brandis Starovij as well, obviouslyflies under the radar a lot at the moment, but fully expecting to be in aAustralian, lockdown defender. I think he's that good. Just no one can kickgoals off him. If you look at the steps and yeah giving another year going outin straight sets, even when having home finals, obviously not ideal but yeah, I gonnagive them Justifie. I was tending to give him a four point: five or or four,but you know they still finished top for R and all that so cansei excited expectations, but to betoo hard to go last so they're going to take a fire for me. Yeah. I didn't givehim my best song, a ward, obviously but chat out to Devon Robinson long time, member the huge JANAsupercoach decide. But, more importantly, I reckon he looks likehe's going to be a really really good player and I think in a couple yearshe'll be one of the one of the big three lines. Players just go on everycent about, so I can. It will be a beast but yeah looking forward to camerain and they've got some exciting talents. Ack Bailey as well had areally really good year. So she it's she in all right top three Jalon I'll, let pitch! Actually I let Roi gothrough July. I don't know what to say. If it a long yeah I mean coming into this year. Iexpected them to be the premisis favorite. I think thatlist was incredible, especially given their offceres and acquisitions, butyeah or no obviously, if they finished, did and all that made the Prelim Godheavily defended, but year on paper, making it for and tothe prelim suggest. You know they had a very strong season, but you know if youread deeper into it: they just collapse the themselves later in the year theirgame plan was floored. It was too slows. We all saw Melbourne just completelymonster them in that Prale. So yeah it was an ideal for the cat at all. Theiraging list didn't help them when they obviously thought experience was gonna,be the way to go this, and I thought it was going to be the way to go given,especially in this final series. So when there's so much uncertainty, Ithought was going to be the cats that come away with it, but I was clearlywrong and was happy to rely wrong because I hate to long so yeah pretty. It was obviously ye allexpected them to finish that top form they did. We expect them to make thePrale they did, but obviously fell short to a much better team. So m BPfor me, goes to CAM GA three, obviously one of the players that played a hugerole for them this year and could always rely on best young player that literally no one,so I'm for once, I'm actually on wine back, one thousand nine hundred andninety nine to Jack Henry. I see a huge player for them really verse at Ile andall that most improved, I'm going to give it toBrad Clot. So I think of the latter half of the year. He became prettyimportant play for them, especially the last few games, with all the starsrunning out there and disappointing for fans. I think lots of fans wereactually you know showing their loving to Brad close. His boys was exceptionaland really good hands on him as well, so a bit of an unsung hero in thoselast few games, which they obviously felt short, but I think it was reallyimproved player and cemented a spot in that best. Twenty two but yeah Goin. Togive him a rating of five out of ten didn't exceed any expectations but,like I said, probably bit too harsh, gimbling s pretty harsh to give atenant pincio on the top aid and played fine below or five but...

...yeah, unfortunately, only their timesnearly appeles play. Everyone says that, oh, that they've done it before thatit's happened before, but all these players going to run out at the exactsame time so y a h, it's an interesting to see what happens with them, becauseit's not like you can go and recruit ten mid ture age players in an offseason. It's just wanting realistically why it happen. So yeah it'll beinteresting to see what happens Neis to come for them, but firs says I'm goingto give him a five yeah, I'm actually going to be a bitharsh. I just think if you told me, Richmond didn't make finals and westcoast. I would have probably predicted thatgelongs odds would be about a doll. Twenty, like I just thinking. As youmentioned, roll in a year of uncertainty, the other teams in the topfive who are really the only premorse contenders, none of them really haveshown themselves to be like proven weapons and finals. I don't a long,have it really either but they've had the experience have been there enoughout of thought. They was one of the previse ship of rich and the West Coast,weren't there so yeah. For me, it's probably a three. That's a bad injury luck, but that'sactually just going to happen. If you have an old team, obviously olderplayers more, I could get injured. So I don't if you can, let them off the hookfor that one, but in saying I know, like Cameron, was into a lot danger, don't know if it was healthy at all,and Tom Shew obviously went down late. Speaking of Tommy Stewart he's my vpjust reckon. I know a lot of people bag him out. Maybe saying that, like hissuper coach is just a lot better, a better reflection of him as a playerthan what he actually does in the game, andI think that's not true. I think he's actually really really good defender,Brandon Parfitts, my best young player. I know no one really gives a shit aboutBrandon PAFFORD with the greatest respect, but thing is a pretty handyplayer and most improved Jack Henry Ors fenceth. If you look on he's with Ipedi,not sure what that is about, but I tell you what there's some strange things onsome of the lesser non players: a FL players Wikipedias like I was on LiamDuggins the other day and he is currently a member of Man de Clar in FC, which I can only assume his pro clubs team name. Otherwise, I'm veryconfuses to what that is a lucky. You mentioned, maybe indoor soccer, whichwould also be true but yeah, and then she added to brag clothes, red Hatonfor some reason, but yeah you started picking up vorks in a star style ofline off towards the end of the year, which is not an easy thing to do. Pilchanother had of Jalon, not sure I kep introducing you likethat. But what do you think of the cat season? Yeah you boys, painted the picture and,as you alluded to, I think it's going to take a lot for them to maintain itnext year, just extremely old list and as we've seen in the past, when like anold when an old team just gets absolutely slaughtered in finals. Iknow it wasn't a grand final but the qualifyingfinal. They got smashedprelim smashed by even more we're saying it with port in o seven thegiants in two thousand and nineteen the following year. They just that's it, soI think there's a genuine chance that it happens to Jolon in terms of awards. I had Guffey, butI'm actually going to change it to Stewart copy cork out, think he's moreintegral to their team, as we saw when he got injured just that kind of felt ashit best young player. I avoided the twenty three olds forthis and there was absolutely no one so I've given it to Max homes and whenyou're, giving your teams young player of the year award to Max homes. I thinkthat paints, the picture, nothing else needs to be said there and mostimproved Jack. Henry he is a gun. Yahi can't live Jack. AMERES turned outto be good. I like we use as we love to his rookie year, because he was astrange faces out there, but like fill Jones of men, united fame, but Yeesactly, pretty good player yeah. I was...

...just forgotten to mention like anotherreason why I've raided them so poor. He is, they didn't just lose in a Prelim,they got absolutely annihilated and I don't know they're. Just such afrustrating team like Quinton Knuchell, is an absolute beast and they likesomeone like that, should be playing every game like I don't care if there'ssomeone like short higgins or something under squared markles, a better playthan I'm just picking but anyways, that's yeah. I mean, as you guysmentioned, very interested to see what they do in the next couple of years,because this strategy definitely has an expiry date. Second, last team: We Will Cover PortAdelaide. Obviously, pilch got the Pot Benny on big port, a lad fan. So we'lljust go straight to him. I weren't talking in DOL. First, what D you make?The power season Mat yeah. I think I'm just going to keep itbrief, very good season and underrated season until the last game, which wasjust a huge disappointment. That's about it that last game that results pretty muchtaken by writing from a nine or ten all the way down to a five or six givenexpectations. I think grand final to make the grand finder was a must and wefailed miserably in the end. So many O er five out of ten M BP, has to be only once brownlowmedal, we're not young player between Rosie and drew. I will give it to Conajust because he's younger and yeah probably deserves it anyway, andthe most improved another, tough one between Amon and Elia, but going togive the edge to Carl Im on yeah very good year from those threeguys, I'm actually going to be a bit of usher in my rating, I'm going to givethem afore. As you mentioned, I think PA was probably a grand finalperformance there. Well, I think the two hurdles had to overcome was winninga prelim and also learning how to beat the big teams inthe regular season, which they just didn't show that they can do it all. Sothat was really disappointing. One thing that I did like, though, is I wasa bit concerned at the start of the season. With the likes of you know,Jonas bote gray their seasons coming to an end. I thought that was a pretty bigcore of and Dixon as well. I thought that was a big core of Porto laid sidethat would be taken out, but they there was a lot of players who took a lot ofsteps forward. Lakes of Bergman Frederick when he played he lookedreally really good burden also seemed to take a few steps forward. So I'm nottoo worried about that now so yeah for maybe a five but yeah give them forjust because they got pumped in the Prelim n BP Oly Wines, just ahead of Borkiyoung play. I've given it to drew, is like we saw evenus for in his rookieseas and had a couple blinders and yeah they just sort of seemed to be one forone, either him or rocky in the team. They obviously went with rock liff, butthis year pretty happy that they finally decided to give true. We canweek out games and he sort of repaid the faith I think and the most improved.I know this is road because he's the BP but and giving it to wane as well. Idon't even know if he was put out of late top five best player last year andnow he's their best. So, yes, they played olly ones, Ro yeah, so I think most of us had themfinishing what they did, and for that reason my rating isn't gotta be too dissimilar from you guys, obviously, to get blight away in. Thatfinal was pretty disappointing for all fans ex except the dogs. So I get the only difference between thatand I guess the cat season is the fact that port you know only tripped up inone game right, whereas the cats, you know tripped up and back half of theseason. So for that reason, given a six out of ten, so one rating point higherso yeah, slowly excepted my expectations, because I think the wholeform throughout the whole year...

...suggested they were definitely a grandfinal chance and they definitely were going into that preliminary finals.Well, after smashing the cats in the qualifying, but yeah obviously trippedup in that one game, NB paid. Obviously alewine Brown, I winna huge ear forumbest young player is obviously a few, which is what great about port just to recognize the slightly youngerplayers and like to give it to Mars Bergman to play as many games as he didin that Portola lie is really impressive for him, so good on him mostimproved yeah. It's really just a flip of the coin, between a Leer and am on,but Mike you to a lie. Given he made the all Australian team, which isobviously huge feet, so yeah yeah, I heard sit ye happy with theirdecision to back in to macan, no really really but yeah, exciting excite ofimportant next year. To be honest, there's like there's reports of therein for another big free agent, which would be impressive for salary capreasons, but yeah the likes of Bergman and stuff, and even butters and dos. Mylike. I think they can still make a few big steps forward next year, which isgoing to be really exciting to watch and then finally Melbourne the minorpremiers and the favorite for the grand final huge year from them. I don'tthink anyone expected this. Obviously we saw it in, I believe, two thousandand eighteen, where they came top four and then since then, they've beenpretty underwells. So it's sort of hard to know. What's the Real Melbourne,whether we should have been expecting two thousand and eighteen or thousand,and nineteen and twenty, but you do have to say they've performed wellabove expectations, I'll just come out with it straight away. For me, it's probably a ten, regardlessof the grand final outcome, I was tempted to say a nine and then if theywere to ten, but I think either way it's a ten they've just got such anexciting list and yeah. I can't see why they're not going to be good for a fewlike a long time to come really and we pay avging it to Calivada to head aPetrak. Obviously, they've got a really good five or six like senior players,but I think call bar like trumps, the Latin the fact that he's only born inone thousand nine hundred and ninety seven is just crazy best. An play. I'llbe honest. I did not know who to give it to. I know: Luke Jackson on therising star, but I gave it to James Jordan- is not evenpicked for the grand final but yeah. He looks like he'll, be a good player inthe future, most improved of actually given it to Jake Lever. He was obviously a weapon when he cameover from Adelaide, and I think his first couple years at Melbourne werevery underwells. I think last year he was a lot better, but yeah. I thinkthis. She is like right back, if not even better than what he has ever beenhis a FL career and he's tending with Steven Mayes and the third talldefender, whether it be petty or Tom, Lanson is quite comfortably. The bestdefense like to all the fence in the competition so yeah, I think, he'simproved of what but yeah yeah. So I mentioned writing ten. We Aleady thoughts on the day season, so I was just on you. Obviously not. Ireally saw this gone coming, but yeah, it's great to see is obviously MelwinFan ave had a tough for a lot. What so for a long period of time, so you hadto come from. You know predictions of outside top eight to finish top of theladder to hit their form in final series, and you know make the grandfarmer be the favorites, obviously huge for them. I, though, predict them to be like the you know how, when Richmondduring their genast every single year, I mean it's onny just happened and asit was only for about four or five years, but we go in thinking, yeahrichmonds me fiery years with him in favorite Baba. I think I I thinkmelon's going to have that same impact of just that next elate level and noone else can trot me. I think they'll obviously be up there. You know top forfavorites for the flag and all that, but I just give them the fact that youknow there's still like slight wakness es in their team, whichobviously still in to say, given the...

...last few weeks that they've had, butyou know, like their Ford Line, isn't packed full of stars. I know Frith, Istill don't set Radam as highly as other play as other people. Do I meanyou? Ben Brown isn't like the player used to be, but so for that reason Idon't expect them to have these huge. Like you know, this, favorite year inyear, out, like Richmond, did and Hawton did obviously back in the day,but still expect them to be really strong for the next few years and itsseeming really exciting to see but yeah for this season. I'm going togive the M P to Clinton. Oliver, obviously huge here in that midfieldjust took his game to just yet another level. I think it was really he wastaught to negatively for a few years about like he is ball use, and all thatand he's just made everyone that said that looks silly. This year isobviously an absolute weapon. Can just do everything is just about thecomplete midfielder and to have the games like he has against. I think wesaw it against Adelaide this year, where you know collected like thirtyfive touches kick three doles just was one of the most dominant performancesat midfield has had in in Haf owever. It's absolutely huge best young player.Obviously a lot of the feed candidates to this while get to cozy pigger, justbecause I love them in that Ford Line is in me so exciting. An the din rosehe's kicked to many goals, as he deal he's kid forty this year, which is hisyeah, which is huge for him, is just like a pressure forward and like hisfirst genuine proper full year of football, was unreal for him and yeah.It's just. I think there was a few doubts when I drafted him. You know, but he's obviously absolutely exceptedthose expectations, so that was huge and most improved ill share, be lit andlook Jackson here as well. Obviously, the rising star award and yeah the fact that the free asked forhim in return for charity shows how good years so yeah it'd be silly not togive him a writing out of ten. So that's what I'm going to be giving themyeah I'll, be honest when they took a Ruckman that high in the draft. I waslike well, the fuck like gay, but yeah they've, obviously proven me wrong.That's fore to be a very good draft, pick yeah! I agree with your call aboutthe density, like I think, for the next few years. Every time some wins apremier ship we're going to be very quick to jump and say like this is thenext. You know big team, but I think we've got to accept that Richmond andHawthorn and having them in such a close vicinity. I think, is pretty free,kissing and anomaly, so I'll be so shocked if another team for the nextdecade wins like another three in a row or three in four, because that's prettyrare pilch around a soft made thoughts on the d season yeah they literally just did a richmondtwo thousand and seventeen just absurd season, like I don't know how they'vedone it as a fan, you literally cannot ask for any more. In my opinion, it'sjust like it's prime example of quality of list is not everything I think.They've just had a insane precise and everyone's just come in played theirrole to the best of their abilities, and youwouldn't want to be a fan of any other club, so congrats and yeah very interested tosay what happens next season, but in terms of awards well, firstly,rating certainly a ten out of ten awards. PETRARCA MV controversial butthink he's the arguably the number one player in the camp for Impact YoungPlayer, picket and most improved Jackson. That's, I can't believe, pick a kid for.Yes, that's that's cooked and hasn't Fritchie like like fifty or somethinglike they just yeah seem to rack up the girls when you don't really realize allright time for our grand final preview, obviously going to put a bit moreattention on this in the average game, but really excited for this one. To behonest, I haven't actually watched that much of Melbourne this year watch quitea bit of the dogs, but yeah really excited to see. Like I don't know, ifit's going to be close on, I was...

...looking through the history of theGrand Finals in the twenty first century and there's not been many closeones, the lines seven and a half Melbourne. Other favorites there's onlybeen four since one thousand nine hundred and ninety four grand finalshave been decided by seven and a half points or less so probably, as Roy has mentioned the past,whoever you go head to head like if you're back in the Melbourne head tohead back them to the line as well, because I that's pretty small marginjust before we get into our predictions. Just a couple discussion points. RodReckon I go to Pilchu. Do you think that harms will go to liber after whathappened in the Prelim? Even though you guys tagged live bar, or do you reckonthey will change it up and let him run free I'd have to check what happened when the bull dogs beat them toward theend of the regular season. With I'm going to say he doesn't live in thatone. So yeah it's going to be like. I actuallyhave no idea what they're going to do because normally, I would say,definitely tag a liver but, as you mentioned, they beat them last timewhile taking with by and they've just beaten the team. By like about ahundred points with liver being tags, so maybe maybe they don't go with it. Idon't know well harms is the perfect play to do with, but yeah it's a bigone and then Roy. I think another big question mark for me about this isprobably the one week this ID San Melbourne well next to their forwardline, but in this match up especially Michan and cody, waitman to verydangerous players, hand kick to last time that this play and he was likepretty high and super coach assume he had a good game and then against forty,keep three and had two behind, so I could easily kick four or five. Who Ho do you think of the match hops?For this? I think last time will actually do of cody o I'm prettysure. Last time hibit went to waitman but yeah. What do you reckon they doabout Helen and Whitman Yeah Ma I've never really heard ow on describe hadit is dangerous, but it's good to shed some one and, like that yeah, I think they've brought in habit.For this reason, they've obviously got the three tolls of petty main lead andwe go into shaky English and Norton. I think rivers has been playing alockdown role a lot this year, so I think it'll be a commodation of riversand hiber will be taking care of those two and then they'll. Let Salemobviously use his boot up. The ground of I think it'll play out sort of halfroll and whoever else plays in that Ford Line and yeah. I think, harms,might even play a role in that back line there as well, but yeah. I thinkit's Goin be mainly between heaved and rivers. I think those are there toprimary lock down defenders for the guys, obviously aren't tall forwardssay I is gonna, be both of those two and we stick on those other two for themost of the match. Yeah, definitely interest to see how that plays outthink wait. Man's are really like hard play to match up on so reckon he mightkick a few, but yeah definitely interested to seethat one. I think I would if the dog US do get up. I think those two will havea big say in it or at score predictions boys pishe going with and by how much Melbourne N Eighty Nine D D. Fifty sixthirty three point margin, I think, fairly close game up until the last, with like the Baldos like hanging ontype thing and then Melbourne just run them out in the last quarter. Yeah,that's like soy close to Monendo I've got I've Got Melvin N. ninety one D,sixty four paying a dull sixty four had to head,but yeah look at the moment. If we're breakingmy favorite like who, I think is going to win into a into a percentage. Idon't want to Jinkson, but I'd probably have to be about eighty to twenty. Atthis point, I'm back in Bell Melbourne, Havelet ve to go the same as pilch. Ithink melon ll be tight and then they'll, just maybe Melbourne up by twogoals, heading into three quarter. Time...

...can picture the commentators sayinglike the comebacks coming and then Melbun just shut it out so roy. I knowyou got similar Margie Watch, our score, O yeah, I'm very similar, but I've gotthe same score as picked for Mel Bar for the dogs. If I'm getting fifty setyeah I've got Melbourne, winning nine or a D, a D. fifty six and I've got thesame mind set as you was. I've got it relatively close throughout a lot likeespecially the first half of the game. You know maybe like a D three to fourgoal: margin with the dogs can still hang on, but the des definitely havethe upper hand and then it gets to you know the last quarter and I think youknow the days kick like six goals to one or something. So I think that's howwell that's his Sinai. I've got playing out in my head, but I can see everyscenario I can see. Being close, I can't even see the dogs you knowrunning away with it and thinking are you know it was too bad to be true forthe days, but now I think this one might just be the most likely one ofthe days raging home with it. In the end and making the game a Pang on us,close as it actually was, but yeah I've got it. What at Mazement thirty eight pointswhich is actually pretty sizable but yeah, I think most of the dumb is goingto be done with the latter half of the game, because, as we've seen, these bigbig games, if ten gets rolling in the last quarter, it's hard to stop becausea the other team is just giving up. You know they depleted. They play a wholeseason and they know they're going to lose the grand final and there's notmuch motivation to come back once you know, you've lost and you the days willjust be running with it and usually in those moments it's harder to not kickgoals and kick them so yeah. I've got that Senio playing out for me yeah. So pretty much all the same thingthere norm Smith, boys I'll, be honest. I I'm actuallysurprised how large the odds are for this. I know there's what forty fourcandidates for it or forty six. If the medical sub gets on and plays a blinderbut yeah, I think Clayton all it is thefavorite at N. fifty I'll be honest, I'm going to be boring, and back of mein, I can see it like he just narrowly, while he was predicted as one of thebrownly favorites and he's missed out on that one. So I can picture Balbonithe experts reward over for a great season and what will be a pretty goodperformance with a nom Smith. My back up would probably have to be Garny. Myonly hesitancy with Ganey is a that's, obviously a huge mismatch on paper. Sosurely the dogs are preparing heavily for that one and also rockmen, like I, don't know who's one in the past, but I waslooking at the last twenty winters and a Roman has at one it. So that puts meoff Gorny a little bit. This will actually be the first Melbourne Norm,Smith, metalist, fun fact. So they've devil one one po Chu you on with forthe norm, Christian Petrarca, yeah south. I think I think petrarch islike seven bucks. Corn he's like eight fifty in bonds, like eight, it's allvery close in there with those for Roy who you gone was here. Yeah. I've alsogot the tracker in the Melbourne: Win Trike, O being a goal, kicking man, youknow if he has twenty five and kick to. I think I was going to stick in theminds of the UMPS. Not so I'm this this one, the the e norms Smith decided, whoever they are,they a stick in the minds of them, pretty heavily so yeah I'm going tohave a TRAF. I don't mind if there's a few rogue ones. You know like JakeLever at twenty six dollars, actually don't mind that given he can, I candefinitely see him like breaking the record remose in this set marks andstuff like that. You know is not only he'd. If the dogsup and ki he kicks a bag, I actually don't see because I've contrade myselfthet I've said that elbon defense is impenetrable, but yeah there's a few ones in there, whichyou know you don't don't mind, but yeah L, I think it'll be Patrika. Yeah. I'dlove to see like Christian sale get up. He like, I don't think they would giveit to that kind of player personally, but you never know, yeah also wouldlove to see, may or leave it get it because they've had unbelievableseasons and not really the kind of bloke who were going to pick up manyour wars in their life first golf score.

Obviously pretty random prediction here,but it's one of the favorites on Game Day of the granny. I know my familysometimes doesn't we all the rest of us? Well, I don't know much either. We knowin about Foy I'm back in in the boy cody here he's paying. Thirteen bucks,which is not the greatest ods I'll be on test, but just can see, im is comeback into, the team is going to be full fire seems like someone who's not goingto like shy away from the cage occasion, and I can see them. You know. Maybe afew shocks go through the stadium, as dogs hit the first goal and codes justgoing off off his nut, so yeah, I can see that happening. Pulters Gol Scoremet, I'm gonna go with Christian. BITRAKE is back in it, the clean slitthat must be paying quite a bit to be fair yeah. I think it'll be paying alot, and I can I can just envision it like thirty seconds into the game. Itgets forward at a stopage bangs one in and it's just like Absolute Sans canalready say it happening so yeah May. If the track kicks on thirtyseconds, it would be hard for Melbourne. Fans to body comes selves down becauseright, the writing would be on the wall. That would be a great way to start itRoy who you going here yeah. I always have a lot of these envisions beforethe game. One of I can see it playing out for about five minutes of a bit ofscrappy footy, but I can see in the dry because in Le a dry game which is goodso hopefully a decent scoring affair, which is what we all love. So I've gotBen Brown Compton Line and having a set shot from about thirty meters out andobviously the most exciting player to kick one, but because of that reasonit's almost more exciting and now everyone gets around him. He gives amassive fist. Pam Come on, not the type of play. You expect to do that, andhence everyone gets a random from the Melbourne line up. So I can. I can seeBenny Brann yeah, taking a big mark and then you'regoing to be thinking or bell be going to run over the top of them. So I thinkit got going to take it away from them like similar to what we've seen in pastyears. You know like come West coasting is an example of that. Where pies keeplike the first five, you know, I think we're going to be. Maybe thinking isthis going to happen because they're going to be they're going to look onfite days, but yeah I've got Ben Brown yeah, I'm actually scared from Frisco.I was just thinking about them. First Golf score about on grand fate that Ithink it was sidney dogs and it was either. I can't remember that someoneeither kicked it behind that. I have money on like the first behind or he had like a set shot and like buddy,ran around even asked for the ball. Something like that. There was somebullshit thing and I thought I was home, but he he cooked. I can't remember whowas either. I might have to do some research after this, but and finally,most touches pretty weird one. I'm not sure why I included it, but I know somepeople will have this same game. Alte's gone, I'm gone rode. He had the mosttouches for Melbourne in the Prelim and I can just see the dogs putting a lotof work into trying to match up on Colma and Patrice and the stoppageswho's that leave free. Mr Jack Vine, he paying twenty one bucks Orcan you'llhave, I don't think anyone will have huge touches back and in for, likethirty three, I think you had thirty two on the Prelim, so we're round up tothirty three pilch most touches Christian bitrake. Once again, I justthink he. I can just see him having an absolute blinder May, like a Domicianodoors, is first to Corethra and two: That's that's cruising to it. That'sthat's one of the old time greatest grand final performances, but I can'tsay it I can say it for sure. Rali most touches, I was tempted to say someone likeChristian Salem here, because I can have a I can envision him. A newfavorite word on here. You know racking up like thirty five plus off the halfback line, hey just you know going...

...under the radar. You know I think, in asimilar game. I think Basha Halle played in the year. I should have won anon me if I could see him playing that sort of a game but went safe with JackMcRae's. I think got in at both time to see your or equaled it. So I think whenall those I think macray is going to rack up very plas, so is as safe to go.Agin yeah, I think you had like thirty six in the Prelim or something so yeah,pretty much a lock for thirty plus yeah, I'm feeling Christian Salon on sweet.I've got a feel but anyways not sure why I'm not sure what that is about,but that'll do us for the final episode of in Season Action. Obviously, as Imention will be either doing some review episodes awesome trade periodfree, adance stuff, as we do have a professional dismago on our O ow wishto talent. So yeah, that's been it for another episode, huge episode today. Ican't think back to we haven't done our ratings for a while. Give us a give us an eight point: seven out often, they were pretty good today, good feeling, suns out it's Nice Day. I be ahuge, I won. I forgot it's a public holiday but massive days, sporttomorrow, man, City Chelsea, as well so I'll, be changing over at three quartertime. If that's the way, yeah looking forward to that and yeahgo. Actually, I wouldn't say: Go the team. Just good luck to both teams gocody, hopefully, as a blind. The kicks three and yeah thanks boys. I.

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