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Title: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 01, 2021, 02:34:23 AM
G'day !  8)

As I discussed with Madiel last year, hidden into the French thread posts of all places, I got hooked on this sport during the end of last season's finals and it has now carried over into this season.

Watching a great game between Collingwood and Brisbane right now.

Having read the AFL page and rules on wiki has helped to some understanding and appreciation of the game but I will have some questions and comments to post soon.

I have decided to support Geelong Cats this season because :

- I like white and navy, like my French football/soccer team
- They seem to be regular enough in the top of the ladder but not winning that often, losing in last year's finals
- Hawkins is the only player I seem to have registered so far  (also Dustin Martin but he is too good and winning too much of late with Richmond, not fun to support  :P )
- Their song is based on Carmen's Toreador by Bizet. A French composer. Took it as a sign  :laugh:

Any fans/followers of AFL here ?

PS: sign of the times, but god it also feels really good to watch a sport with a real crowd again.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 01, 2021, 02:39:24 AM
Goodness me, what did I start?  ;D

How are you managing to watch it?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 01, 2021, 02:57:02 AM
Goodness me, what did I start?  ;D

How are you managing to watch it?

I know  ;D

BT Sport in the UK broadcast about 3 or 4 games of each round and repeats some again in the following days. so I can catch some quarters here and there or more.  Even if Geelong is not shwon, I'll still enjoy some other teams and games.

One of the other reasons I got into it last year is because I randomly came across a documentary on BBC about Adam Goodes. Even if the documentary was covering an uglier side of the sport, it triggered enough interest for me to look at the games themselves.

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RAzAHYyPc48/maxresdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 01, 2021, 03:22:13 AM
Hold on a second !!

Why has no-one told me that the Brisbane Lions song was based on the French Anthem !! This changes everything ???  :o Is it too late to change allegiance again ?  :laugh: Very gritty team they are, they gave Geelong a serious run for their money to the end in the last round and this time, they did manage to overtake Collingwood at the siren. Great stuff.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 01, 2021, 03:28:34 AM
LOL! I heard the song and immediately wondered what reaction there would be.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Honestly I can't keep track of most of the team songs, and the whole phenomenon of team songs is really quite strange.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_Football_League_team_songs

As for the game, that's the first time this year I've actually remembered to watch something. I switched it on when I saw the score was close near the end of the 3rd quarter. The classic cliffhanger finish every player dreams about, although the reaction wasn't as wild as it would be in a match between 2 Melbourne teams.

A big part of why I love AFL is the way the momentum can shift.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 01, 2021, 03:37:22 AM
Had to look it up. It's because of...Casablanca  :laugh:

https://www.lions.com.au/news/388921/origins-of-our-club-song (https://www.lions.com.au/news/388921/origins-of-our-club-song)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 01, 2021, 03:45:52 AM
See, you're even teaching me about Australian culture (though it depends considerably on which part of Australia you're in or from).
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: OrchestralNut on April 01, 2021, 03:55:32 AM
What would the significance or popularity of the three "footballs" in Australia? In order of popularity?

Australian Rules
Rugby
Football (soccer)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 01, 2021, 04:27:53 AM
What would the significance or popularity of the three "footballs" in Australia? In order of popularity?

Australian Rules
Rugby
Football (soccer)

You have to split "Rugby" into "Rugby League" and "Rugby Union", for starters...

Culturally, Australia can be pretty sport-obsessed. The variety of football you're obsessed with has historically indicated things about your origins or class, although I'd say that's broken down a bit in recent decades.

Essentially, New South Wales and Queensland are rugby country - rugby league being more working class and rugby union more upper class (union is rather struggling with its profile at the moment). The other states traditionally focus on Aussie Rules, with Melbourne (Victoria's capital) being completely obsessed. A Melbourne newspaper isn't complete without AFL coverage across the sports pages. That is if you remember newspapers.

And AFL definitely gets the bigger crowds (in normal times without any sorts of restrictions).

As for football, well that used to basically indicate that your origins were foreign (ie European). Once upon a time most of the clubs had a strong ethnic basis. Around the 1990s there was push to make clubs focus on geography rather than ethnicity, which I think has worked over time at least in the highest level competition. There's still often more interest in what's happening in Europe than here though.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 03, 2021, 02:28:26 AM
Right, here are a few questions on things that are unclear to me so far :

Q1 - There are 18 teams in the league and they play 22 games over 23 rounds in the regular season. After a bit of looking around, it seems each team has a bye and also plays 5 teams twice over that season. How are those 5 teams determined ? Is it a random draw every year ? For instance, Geelong will play Richmond twice this year. Could that still be the case next year, or do those 5 teams rotate from a year to the next ? how important is this particular doubling of those games on the overall season ?

Q2 - Looking at the table/ladder over the last few years, there always seems to be some very drastic changes from one year to the next. e.g. one team can very well finish 16th one year, 4the next and back to the bottom again after. Why such a disparity from year to year ? Recruitment/transfers, drafts ?

Q3 - I am in general clear on the goals and behinds from foot kicks. If the ball is pushed between goal posts by hand or hits the goal post, the goal is reduced to a behind. What happens is the ball is kicked for a behind but hits one of the post on the way in ? Is the behind cancelled or remains as is ?
 
Q4 - I am not not clear on the referee's decision making when the ball is contested in bundles on the ground after a tackle or kerfuffle of that type ? any guidance please ? Sometimes it goes to one of the teams, sometimes it is a vertical throw by the referee. I gathered there were case of "holding the ball" (like not releasing it in the ruck in rugby union) but beyond it is very muddled.

Q5 - Likewise, I am not clear on the decision making when the ball gets out of boundary. I have not sussed out why in some instances it goes to one of the teams or it goes to the referee to throw. Any guidance please ?

Q6 - When a mark is granted to a player, why is the onus to move back on the player that did the mark and not on the "loser" of the mark, thereby losing some territory to the team that won the mark ?

Q7 - In which case is the onus to move back on the defender, i.e. I saw an example of a (50m?) penalty against a player that hadn't moved back (10 or 15m minimum ?) quickly enough but I don't remember the instance ?

Q8 - Has a referee ever knocked himself in the face after a bounce up ? have to ask :laugh:

Q9 - I read it is illegal to push a player in the back. Is that only the case if that player doesn't hold the ball? If a player holds the ball, can you push him, under the assumption you are attempting a tackle or just to destabilise him? There seems to be cases where the referee let some go.

Q10 - Like in rugby, You are not allowed, rightly, to do a high tackle (above the shoulders) but it seems you are allowed to "climb" up the back and up on the shoulders of an opponent to win a mark ?

Q11 - Is there a system of yellow/red cards for violent conducts/tackles. I watched a video on YT of such violent conducts and there were mentions of reporting the player (I assume like citing the player in rugby union?). Does the player committing such infringement leave the game immediately or is that dealt with after the game?

I think that's it for now. Thank you for any clarifications coming.

I am off to the AFL glossary to sort out my bumps, my shepherds and my grubbers  :laugh:

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 03, 2021, 03:57:46 AM
Oh boy, so many questions! Some easier to answer than others but I'll do my best.

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Q1 - There are 18 teams in the league and they play 22 games over 23 rounds in the regular season. After a bit of looking around, it seems each team has a bye and also plays 5 teams twice over that season. How are those 5 teams determined ? Is it a random draw every year ? For instance, Geelong will play Richmond twice this year. Could that still be the case next year, or do those 5 teams rotate from a year to the next ? how important is this particular doubling of those games on the overall season ?

This has been a problem since the league grew too big for everyone to play twice, yes. It's not fully random, I know that they split the teams into 'top 6', 'middle 6' and 'bottom 6' from the results in the previous year, and somehow there are rules to make sure that the 5 teams are drawn fairly evenly from those groups. But I still don't know exactly how it works, and I suspect it's not completely random because there are some rivalries that the AFL really likes to have 2 games in a year for.

I know that each year there will be articles assessing who got a good or bad draw. Though that might be partly because, say, a team that was 'middle 6' is actually considered to be improving and likely to do better the following year.

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Q2 - Looking at the table/ladder over the last few years, there always seems to be some very drastic changes from one year to the next. e.g. one team can very well finish 16th one year, 4the next and back to the bottom again after. Why such a disparity from year to year ? Recruitment/transfers, drafts ?

Yes to both. Australian competitions (not just AFL) have policies like drafts and salary caps that are very much designed to prevent what happens in European football competitions, where the same wealthy clubs constantly take all the best players. Drafts are a big thing in the AFL, with the clubs doing a lot of negotiation to swap draft picks as part of deals to transfer players. It's not that common to see such a big change in a single year, but I know that has happened a little bit recently. Overall the competition is kept close by these systems, which is a good thing in my view.

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Q3 - I am in general clear on the goals and behinds from foot kicks. If the ball is pushed between goal posts by hand or hits the goal post, the goal is reduced to a behind. What happens is the ball is kicked for a behind but hits one of the post on the way in ? Is the behind cancelled or remains as is ?

If the ball hits the outer posts, it's out of bounds, a complete miss. So same principle of 'reducing' really.

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Q4 - I am not not clear on the referee's decision making when the ball is contested in bundles on the ground after a tackle or kerfuffle of that type ? any guidance please ? Sometimes it goes to one of the teams, sometimes it is a vertical throw by the referee. I gathered there were case of "holding the ball" (like not releasing it in the ruck in rugby union) but beyond it is very muddled.

Yes, 'holding the ball' means you had a chance to release it and didn't. You must try to release it when tackled. However, the referee will do a throw if the person with the ball never got a decent chance to release it, or if no particular player had control of the ball and it's not coming out of the mass of players.

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Q5 - Likewise, I am not clear on the decision making when the ball gets out of boundary. I have not sussed out why in some instances it goes to one of the teams or it goes to the referee to throw. Any guidance please ?

You're not allowed to deliberately put the ball out of bounds (rather different to most sports!). Whereas if it goes out of bounds just because it's bouncing all over the place, the referee throws it in. It can be a matter of considerable debate as to whether someone was deliberately putting the ball out or it just 'happened' to go out while they were trying to do something else. Defenders in particular are likely to develop skills in the art of getting the ball to go out without making it obvious that's what they wanted.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 03, 2021, 04:08:30 AM
Part 2..

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Q6 - When a mark is granted to a player, why is the onus to move back on the player that did the mark and not on the "loser" of the mark, thereby losing some territory to the team that won the mark ?

I really don't know. It's just always been that way. The defender gets to stand on the spot.

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Q7 - In which case is the onus to move back on the defender, i.e. I saw an example of a (50m?) penalty against a player that hadn't moved back (10 or 15m minimum ?) quickly enough but I don't remember the instance ?

If the defender runs forward to the spot or fails to go back to the right spot then yes, they'll be penalised. Referees can often be heard yelling at players to get back to what the referee considers the right spot, and failing to obey is pretty much guaranteed to lead to a 50m penalty. Fun fact: yesrs ago the penalty used to only be 15 metres. It sure made a difference when it became 50.

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Q8 - Has a referee ever knocked himself in the face after a bounce up ? have to ask :laugh:

Oh yes.  :laugh:

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Q9 - I read it is illegal to push a player in the back. Is that only the case if that player doesn't hold the ball? If a player holds the ball, can you push him, under the assumption you are attempting a tackle or just to destabilise him? There seems to be cases where the referee let some go.

It's always illegal, but again it's one of those things where you can have considerable debate about whether it was a proper tackle or a push in the back.

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Q10 - Like in rugby, You are not allowed, rightly, to do a high tackle (above the shoulders) but it seems you are allowed to "climb" up the back and up on the shoulders of an opponent to win a mark ?

Yes, but I think you'll find most of that climbing is a leap and then using your legs, not your arms.

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Q11 - Is there a system of yellow/red cards for violent conducts/tackles. I watched a video on YT of such violent conducts and there were mentions of reporting the player (I assume like citing the player in rugby union?). Does the player committing such infringement leave the game immediately or is that dealt with after the game?

No cards. Only being placed on report which is dealt with after the game, and the tribunal might ban the player for any number of games (the record is 9 games). For low level offences it might only be a warning that will affect the chances of being banned on the next offence. I often think it's a good thing because it means that a referee can't send someone off by mistake. Occasionally you will see situations where a player has done something really bad and you wish they could be sent off, or where winning that game is more important than missing the next one. But not very often.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 03, 2021, 04:30:44 AM
PS Regarding the closeness of the competition, I don't know if we will ever see a season as good as 2016. Just take a look at the ladder from the end of the year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_AFL_season

The top 7 teams finished within 2 wins of each other.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 03, 2021, 10:11:32 AM
Oh boy, so many questions! Some easier to answer than others but I'll do my best.

Thank you very much for taking the time, much appreciated. It puts a bit more structure to it all. I am sure Q4 & Q5 will make more sense as along the way as I watch more games. I start to really appreciate the tactical element & movement to it, players finding or creating the space, getting away from their marking opponent. I was wondering often why they don't kick to goals from the 50m line or thereabouts when they have some space to do so, but finding the gaps or creating the marks for a better position inside the 50m line make sense.

I just found out that all the matches' full replays (all rounds) are actually put up on the AFL official website and I can access them! I can watch them on catch up there the next day if I don't want to risk waking up my partner at 6am to watch Geelong live :laugh: I for sure will have to catch up today's Swans/Tigers game when it is put up. That sounded like a cracker. AFL.TV also works for me !

I need to find a video of Q8 now too  8)

PS Regarding the closeness of the competition, I don't know if we will ever see a season as good as 2016. Just take a look at the ladder from the end of the year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_AFL_season

The top 7 teams finished within 2 wins of each other.
   

Looked like a really exciting one. the AFL website also has a page with the injury list. Given the number per clubs, that must explain such topsy-turvy results throughout the season.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 04, 2021, 01:31:16 AM
GWS (Greater Western Sydney) play a few games a year in Canberra. The first one for this year is on right now.

Still watching on television instead...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 04, 2021, 02:38:56 AM
I just realised I should add to my answer about the ball going out of bounds.

If you kick it out on the full (no bounce), then it automatically goes to the other team. It doesn't matter if it was deliberate or not.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 04, 2021, 02:56:27 AM
GWS (Greater Western Sydney) play a few games a year in Canberra. The first one for this year is on right now.

Still watching on television instead...

Is that the team you "barrack" for ? (I knew that glossary would be handy at some point  ;D )


I just realised I should add to my answer about the ball going out of bounds.

If you kick it out on the full (no bounce), then it automatically goes to the other team. It doesn't matter if it was deliberate or not.

noted, thank you.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 04, 2021, 02:30:50 AM
Is that the team you "barrack" for ? (I knew that glossary would be handy at some point  ;D )

 :laugh: :laugh: He's got the lingo (language) already.

Actually no. I don't really go for a specific team these days. Just whoever's play I enjoy and/or whoever has the sexiest players. :D

I know in theory I'm meant to support GWS but I really cannot stand one of their star players.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 06, 2021, 12:22:58 PM
:laugh: :laugh: He's got the lingo (language) already.

Actually no. I don't really go for a specific team these days. Just whoever's play I enjoy and/or whoever has the sexiest players. :D

I know in theory I'm meant to support GWS but I really cannot stand one of their star players.

All reasons are valid  ;D

I caught the last 10 minutes live of Cats v Hawks Q4 yesterday morning UK time. That was another one where Geelong hung in there just about, it was tense and I really got into it. Must admit, I did have a supporter's moment when Clark scored this one.

https://www.afl.com.au/video/578672/jordan-clark-turns-into-usain-bolt-in-stunning-cat-surge?videoId=578672&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1617609206001 (https://www.afl.com.au/video/578672/jordan-clark-turns-into-usain-bolt-in-stunning-cat-surge?videoId=578672&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1617609206001)

And then Hawthorn scored straight afterwards with a round the corner kick, just to keep "us" on our toes. I think I am converted now and sticking with the Cats.

I re-watched the full game on the AFL replay today. Great game throughout and I was still nervous throughout Q4 even though I knew the result  :laugh: I did pay closer attention to the contests and the referees decisions during the game. Still some grey areas here and there but in the main, the explanations you provided were of great help, thank you again.

Oh and I found the AFL StatsPro page on the AFL site. Lots of stats everywhere !!!!!!  Happy as a pig in the proverbial... 8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 06, 2021, 07:26:18 PM
That was a pretty good goal!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 08, 2021, 02:25:51 AM
Watching Sydney v Essendon right now, and it's a potential thriller. I might have to put the sound on and stop listening to Dvorak.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 08, 2021, 12:14:01 PM
Watching Sydney v Essendon right now, and it's a potential thriller. I might have to put the sound on and stop listening to Dvorak.  :laugh:

I had the game in the background this morning. Based on the final score, I'll probably catch it up again with full attention when it is up on the AFL website. I have Port Adelaide - Richmond live in the morning. Could be a good'un too.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 10, 2021, 11:51:13 PM
I hate this !!?$&??@#!!  sport...Useless !!?$&??@#!! Cats  >:( >:(   :laugh:

Only saw the last 15 minutes to be fair but that was enough... 0:)

Need to catch up Q4 of Port Adelaide - Richmond. I enjoyed the first 3 quarters live.



Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 11, 2021, 01:37:41 AM
Fairweather fan. That's not how they do it in Victoria...

I tipped Geelong to win, but so did almost everyone else in the office tipping competition and I've still won the week.  ;D  One of my colleagues is a Melbourne supporter so he'll very happy with their current progress.

EDIT: I just looked at the next round... you'll want to keep with Geelong, definitely.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 11, 2021, 01:52:45 AM
Fairweather fan. That's not how they do it in Victoria...

I tipped Geelong to win, but so did almost everyone else in the office tipping competition and I've still won the week.  ;D  One of my colleagues is a Melbourne supporter so he'll very happy with their current progress.

EDIT: I just looked at the next round... you'll want to keep with Geelong, definitely.

Congrats on winning the pools !

oh I am sticking with Geelong, I just didn't particularly feel like waking up at 6am on a Sunday morning just for a round game  :blank: I'll wait for the catch up to see it in full (that might be different once (if) we get to the preliminary finals etc...)
 
Now an AFL question : Are the hairdressers still shut in Australia ?.... or is this abundance of mullets an entirely voluntary choice on the part of the players ?  ???  >:D  (I am half sarcastic and, as a balding guy, of course possibly half jealous  :laugh: )

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 11, 2021, 02:43:42 AM
Look, the mullet on the new Port Adelaide player was amazing/appalling.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 11, 2021, 02:53:20 AM
Lachie Jones I presume ?  :laugh:

Commentators seemed impressed by his game in what I saw against Richmond, particularly for a rookie's first game.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 15, 2021, 02:23:30 AM
I caught up Q4 of Port Adelaide - Richmond yesterday and that's probably one of the best quarters I have seen so far this season, really gritty and intense in terms of defending. I'd recommend it.

On the downside, that game must have ruffled Richmond because they are absolutely ruthless against St Kilda right now. It doesn't look like St Kilda will claw that one back like in the last round.

I haven't had the courage to sit through the Geelong catch up  ;D

Question of the day: What is the tactical advantage of kicking the ball from the pocket most of time towards the boundary lines on the sides, instead of going straight ahead with as a long a shot as possible? If that shot is long enough and way beyond the 50m, that cancels any risk of conceding a goal straight back if an opponent wins the ball and kicks straight back ?
 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 15, 2021, 02:39:10 AM
I haven't been watching Richmond-St Kilda but good to know my tip is safe...

Question of the day: What is the tactical advantage of kicking the ball from the pocket most of time towards the boundary lines on the sides, instead of going straight ahead with as a long a shot as possible? If that shot is long enough and way beyond the 50m, that cancels any risk of conceding a goal straight back if an opponent wins the ball and kicks straight back ?

Well it might prevent a goal with a single kick, but you've seen just how rapidly the ball can move and if the opponent can send the ball for a forward to mark, you might only be delaying a goal by the amount of time it takes that forward to remove his mouthguard and adjust his socks...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 15, 2021, 03:00:53 AM
..but you would get that same threat wherever you kick it, wouldn't you ?

is it mostly a matter then of closing the angle towards the goal posts as much as possible for a kicking threat ?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 15, 2021, 03:01:54 AM
48-134...ouch  ??? Nope, no comeback  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 15, 2021, 03:10:53 AM
..but you would get that same threat wherever you kick it, wouldn't you ?

is it mostly a matter then of closing the angle towards the goal posts as much as possible for a kicking threat ?

That's part of it. But if it's out to the sides, it's also easier to guard against a return kick (coming into a forward) because there's less option of the direction of that kick. If you kick down the centre and an opponent gets it, they might have options left, right and middle as to where they kick to a forward, making it harder to defend all the possibilities.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 15, 2021, 03:12:27 AM
The tipping website our office competition uses shows the betting odds for matches.

I feel I should tell you: for Geelong vs North Melbourne, a $1 bet on Geelong pays $1.02, whereas a $1 bet on North Melbourne pays $14.  That's amongst the most lopsided odds I've ever seen.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 15, 2021, 03:30:59 AM
That's part of it. But if it's out to the sides, it's also easier to guard against a return kick (coming into a forward) because there's less option of the direction of that kick. If you kick down the centre and an opponent gets it, they might have options left, right and middle as to where they kick to a forward, making it harder to defend all the possibilities.

that makes sense, thank you.

The tipping website our office competition uses shows the betting odds for matches.

I feel I should tell you: for Geelong vs North Melbourne, a $1 bet on Geelong pays $1.02, whereas a $1 bet on North Melbourne pays $14.  That's amongst the most lopsided odds I've ever seen.

This one won't be broadcast in the UK, so it will be catch up only. Given how topsy-turvy that game can be, you never know  :blank:

(my French soccer team has the irritating and regular habit of "helping" teams that are on a losing streak to bounce back, starting against us. I know it is early in the season but it would be my luck that Geelong falls into this category too now that I have picked them  ;D ) 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 17, 2021, 10:53:14 PM
Cats up by only 6 at half-time...

hmm...not entirely reassuring, is it...  :blank:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 17, 2021, 11:05:18 PM
Cats up by only 6 at half-time...

hmm...not entirely reassuring, is it...  :blank:

Very low score. Is it raining?

EDIT: No, it just seems that Geelong is refusing to kick goals in order to keep the game interesting.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 17, 2021, 11:18:46 PM
Very low score. Is it raining?

EDIT: No, it just seems that Geelong is refusing to kick goals in order to keep the game interesting.

Not broadcast here, I have to make do with the AFL website timeline  :-X

edit: I sense some sarcasm, in the way that you picked Geelong in your office pools and start to regret it ?  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 17, 2021, 11:28:40 PM
Not broadcast here, I have to make do with the AFL website timeline  :-X

edit: I sense some sarcasm, in the way that you picked Geelong in your office pools and start to regret it ?  :laugh:

No, they're doing a bit better now and it's always a hopeful sign when one side has so many more scoring shots. But really, I'd regard par to be when you score about as many goals as behinds, or slightly more goals. So a half-time score of 3.9 was just failing to convert chances. They're up to 6.11 now so that's an improvement.

EDIT: Can you listen to the radio stations available on the AFL website?

SECOND EDIT: It's not on television here either (only subscription service), but I just looked at weather radar to check the weather part.  ;D But in the Match Centre there's a "listen live" link and various options for radio stations, at least for me there is.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 17, 2021, 11:46:36 PM
Oh I never noticed that Listen Live button, thank you. Yes, I can access that. I am getting all the ads now  :laugh: Some accents are (to me) broader than Neighbours and Home and Away  :-[  ;D

I haven't found anything that is blocked so far. I can get all the match highlights, replays, AFL TV, also the podcasts and documentaries in the On Demand page.  Anything worth a watch or recommendations, I'd welcome, particularly older legendary matches etc...

Up by 20 after Q3, that's better.

One article I found of interest yesterday: statistically, even after round Five, 6 of the 8 teams for the finals are usually established by that stage. Full article here :

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-2021-when-is-the-top-eight-locked-afl-ladder-stats-teams-who-will-make-finals-history-analysis-latest-news/news-story/ce894fdfb1b3175c6a8a5ad304512824 (https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-2021-when-is-the-top-eight-locked-afl-ladder-stats-teams-who-will-make-finals-history-analysis-latest-news/news-story/ce894fdfb1b3175c6a8a5ad304512824)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 17, 2021, 11:59:59 PM
There is indeed a variety in our accents, and yes you will definitely hear some broad ones on something like a radio sports broadcast.

I'm not really familiar with all of the material available on the website, like podcasts or documentaries. Maybe my brother-in-law would know, but he'll just want you to watch anything that says Richmond is wonderful.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 18, 2021, 12:15:38 AM
Fun fact regarding the radio broadcast: When I, so far, have only registered the Geelong names of Miers, Hawkins, Selwood and Tuohy, that leaves around 32 names on the pitch for whom I have absolutely no idea which side actually has the footy at that time  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 18, 2021, 12:38:50 AM
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 18, 2021, 02:39:16 AM
Oh well, got to start somewhere  ;D

I have started to register just a handful of other players' faces in other teams along the way (Dustin Martin since the final last year, now Josh Bruce, Jack Riewoldt, Tom Lynch, Eddie Betts, Lance Franklin come to mind) but not many more yet  :-[
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 18, 2021, 02:52:40 AM
Oh look, it's not as if I know every player. And you might know more players than anyone else in a radius of 100 miles.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 20, 2021, 05:15:51 AM
It was my turn last night to set questions for our weekly online zoom quiz. I threw in an AFL question (just because I could  :laugh: ), asking how many points were scored for a goal in Aussie Rules. I saw some very perplexed looks in some of the webcam screens  >:D That was my revenge for getting flipping Harry Potter questions thrown at us every other week 0:)

In other news, I sat through the Geelong v North Melbourne replay yesterday. Man, that was an absolute grind  :-X

When I then moved on to Q1 of Swans v Giants, It was a shock to see some proper footy and realise how poor Geelong was at the moment  ;D

   
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 20, 2021, 11:59:29 AM
He’s already at the point where he makes comments about whether his team plays “proper footy”...

 :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 20, 2021, 01:29:33 PM
All from the comfort of my sofa... Just a bunch of slow moving barges... And they couldn't even manage an accurate daisy cutter to save their lives  :laugh:  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 23, 2021, 01:13:08 PM
New expression learnt this morning while glancing at Giants v Bulldogs : "how did he miss that... It's a soda" when a GWS player missed a sitter of a goal.

Looking forward to Melbourne v Richmond in the morning now  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 23, 2021, 02:20:25 PM
I have never ever heard of a soda. I have however heard of a thick accent.

As well as a Canberra game occurring on the coldest night of the year thus far, enabling the commentators to complain about the weather as they always ALWAYS do.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 23, 2021, 10:25:14 PM
I have never ever heard of a soda. I have however heard of a thick accent.

 >:D

Definitely the right expression, had to google yesterday just to make sure of what I had heard !

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/a-soda (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/a-soda)

As well as a Canberra game occurring on the coldest night of the year thus far, enabling the commentators to complain about the weather as they always ALWAYS do.

Oh yes ! if i had been given a dollar every time they said it was one degree, going to minus one degree towards the end of the game, i could have retired  :laugh:

PS: Nice to wake up to such a winning result by Geelong !! Definitely one to catch up tomorrow  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 23, 2021, 10:58:14 PM
Australians will readily complain about how cold Canberra is, but if Europeans or North Americans ask for specifics...

When winter comes, I’ll regularly face maximum daily temperatures of 12 or 13 degrees C. And -4 at night!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 24, 2021, 12:33:14 AM
Pleasant winter that  ;D

Simple and touching Anzac ceremony before the Melbourne Richmond game by the way.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 24, 2021, 03:59:51 AM
The crowd at the MCG just sounded insanely loud, after a long time of not really hearing that.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 24, 2021, 05:42:46 AM
The crowd at the MCG just sounded insanely loud, after a long time of not really hearing that.

It is great to see such a crowd again, especially when the UK is only just doing some crowd trials of 1-4,000 in stadiums since Sunday only. Some long way to go here yet.

Also a bit unnerving to imagine oneself in the middle of such a crowd again. 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on April 24, 2021, 12:53:38 PM
My team, the Gold Coast Suns had a very good win against the Swans at home.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 28, 2021, 01:48:20 AM
My team, the Gold Coast Suns had a very good win against the Swans at home.

Welcome to the AFL thread and thank you for beating the Swans  ;D 8)

Caught up with the Cats v Eagles game yesterday, sketchy to start with but then the Cats were rampant with 10 unanswered goals in a row in Q2. Nice one !
It seems that Jeremy Cameron is quite a good addition  ;D 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 30, 2021, 03:26:32 AM
Great display by Richmond in the game just now against the Western Bulldogs.

Really looking forward to Swans v Cats, I have it broadcast on TV tomorrow morning  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 30, 2021, 03:37:25 AM
The tipping for this round is fiendishly hard.

Apart from Melbourne v North Melbourne, where the quoted odds are $1.01 versus $17.00.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 30, 2021, 03:43:57 AM
The tipping for this round is fiendishly hard.

Apart from Melbourne v North Melbourne, where the quoted odds are $1.01 versus $17.00.

I can imagine. I was looking at the ladder a moment ago, quite a few games with teams right next to one another.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 01:42:43 AM
One element that still takes some adjusting (both ways): sometimes a 30-point lead means nothing...

Like now  >:(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 01, 2021, 01:45:06 AM
One element that still takes some adjusting (both ways): sometimes a 30-point lead means nothing...

Like now  >:(

And this is precisely why I love AFL (and what makes it different from a lot of sports). A shift in momentum can have a huge impact on the scoreline. In a really good game you can see the momentum shifts, and the key thing is whether a team can convert its momentum into points.

No-one is doing very well in the office tipping competition this weekend, so far.  I'm on 1 out of 4. The leader is on 2.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 01:54:28 AM
And this is precisely why I love AFL (and what makes it different from a lot of sports). A shift in momentum can have a huge impact on the scoreline. In a really good game you can see the momentum shifts, and the key thing is whether a team can convert its momentum into points.

I see that point now. Nicely poised game now and some good phases so far on both sides. Quite a nice Saturday morning  8)

No-one is doing very well in the office tipping competition this weekend, so far.  I'm on 1 out of 4. The leader is on 2.

Did you tip Geelong or Sydney ?  $:)  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 01, 2021, 01:59:25 AM
Did you tip Geelong or Sydney ?  $:)  :laugh:

I tipped Sydney, given it was in Sydney... I also tipped Port Adelaide against Brisbane and Brisbane is currently winning handsomely.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 02:06:54 AM
I tipped Sydney, given it was in Sydney... I also tipped Port Adelaide against Brisbane and Brisbane is currently winning handsomely.

I am NOT going to say "1 out 6 then" because that will come back and bite me in an hour's time  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 02:12:38 AM
oh well, it's biting me anyway  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on May 01, 2021, 02:17:48 AM
Gold Coast had another win.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 02:28:35 AM
Gold Coast had another win.

Everybody beats Collingwood though  :P

(I am teasing, I know nothing, I just looked at the ladder  ;D Congrats on the win  8) )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 01, 2021, 03:11:29 AM
Gold Coast is winning more than expected, Collingwood is losing more than expected.

Meanwhile, back in Sydney...

... that WAS tense.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 03:12:43 AM
oh well....great game to watch still...  :(

Richmond next  :blank:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 03:14:27 AM
Gold Coast is winning more than expected, Collingwood is losing more than expected.

Meanwhile, back in Sydney...

... that WAS tense.  :laugh:

edge of seat stuff...why wasn't it a mark by Cameron right at the end by the way ? No a proper kick or out of bounds ?

I think I am properly converted now   8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 01, 2021, 03:22:14 AM
edge of seat stuff...why wasn't it a mark by Cameron right at the end by the way ? No a proper kick or out of bounds ?

The umpire said the kick wasn't 15 metres (which is the minimum distance). The commentators seem to think it was.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 01, 2021, 03:29:43 AM
The umpire said the kick wasn't 15 metres (which is the minimum distance). The commentators seem to think it was.

OK, must have missed that while I was swearing/shouting at the TV  0:)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 04, 2021, 01:08:28 AM
They are all there, in all their glory   8)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0iRqpwUUAAhBpm?format=jpg&name=large)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0iRsTeVIAIsQaH?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 04, 2021, 04:39:00 AM
Oh dear. Give me short hair any day.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 04, 2021, 04:51:00 AM
Quite.

I'd take a good pair of clippers to them with a No.1 or No.2 on...if I could catch them, that is  :laugh:

That will teach me to follow the AFL tweeter account  ???
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 07, 2021, 01:13:22 AM
One element that still takes some adjusting (both ways): sometimes a 30-point lead means nothing...

I am just quoting myself to convince myself of this when we'll be in that position after Q1....  >:(  :laugh:

(great footy from Richmond though  :-X )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 07, 2021, 01:52:38 AM
*checks the scoreboard*

See, now I wonder what you were complaining about.  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 07, 2021, 01:55:44 AM
*checks the scoreboard*

See, now I wonder what you were complaining about.  ;)

the fast counter-attacking of Richmond... that's what  :laugh:

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 07, 2021, 01:58:50 AM
Geelong is definitely improving compared to the first games though, that's good.

Oh Cameron yeeees !!! you beauty...

god I need that half time...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 07, 2021, 02:41:55 AM
A minute ago, after the most recent goal, I thought "oh boy, Olivier is really going to be hooked on this sport now".  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 07, 2021, 02:50:57 AM
A minute ago, after the most recent goal, I thought "oh boy, Olivier is really going to be hooked on this sport now".  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

leading by 33 means nothing
leading by 33 means nothing
leading by 33 means nothing
leading by 33 means nothing
leading by 33 means nothing

leading by 34 means nothing

It feels effin' good though...

*breathes*

Am I too old to have a Cameron and an Hawkins poster in the bedroom ? Not sure how my beloved would take it  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on May 07, 2021, 03:39:48 PM
Last week was double points round in my local pub's tipping competition. Not a good time to only pick four games. The one plus is that very few others picked the upset results either but I have dropped a bit further behind the leader.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 08, 2021, 01:20:26 AM
The uncertainty of it all is just mind boggling.

The timeline of GWS v Essendon earlier on is a case in point. They were up +30 in Q1, back down to +4 or 5 in Q2, up +30 in Q3 and only eventually won with +2  :o

yep, 30 points means nothing...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 14, 2021, 12:13:11 AM
Guess whose idea it was to book one's 2nd vaccine jab slap bang in the middle of Q2 of Saints v Cats later this morning ??? get your priorities right, man...  ;D

Go Cats !!  0:)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 14, 2021, 02:04:42 AM
Good grief. And I haven't even been bothering watching, I've been catching up on last night's Premier League instead...

The sporting grass is always greener somewhere else.

But the halftime score, hmmm.... St Kilda by 3 points.  But as it's 3.11(29) to 4.2(26), it appears that St Kilda is generously avoiding kicking goals. That may return to bite them.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 14, 2021, 03:39:24 AM
Good grief. And I haven't even been bothering watching, I've been catching up on last night's Premier League instead...

The sporting grass is always greener somewhere else.

But the halftime score, hmmm.... St Kilda by 3 points.  But as it's 3.11(29) to 4.2(26), it appears that St Kilda is generously avoiding kicking goals. That may return to bite them.


They were 0.7(7) after Q1, we were let off the hook really. And biting them in the end it did, thankfully.

Back home in time for Q3, a scrappy game but a good 4 pts in the bag.

Holden's team for us next weekend  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 22, 2021, 12:57:28 AM
Looks like a fairly steady win for the Cats against the Suns earlier today, based on the timeline. I'll catch this one up tomorrow once the AFL Website has uploaded it.

Melbourne and Richmond losing are good surprises  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 22, 2021, 02:50:06 AM
I wasn't surprised by Richmond losing. Melbourne, on the other hand... well no-one in my office competition picked it.

I've not being paying much attention. With Eurovision I have my hands full.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 22, 2021, 03:29:31 AM
1. I tipped Fremantle.

2. Phew!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 29, 2021, 12:09:31 AM
Aaah waking up to a Geelong victory result.

Good times (Even if Brisbane overtook us in the ladder)  8)

and G'day !  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 04, 2021, 03:40:56 AM
I now know that I don't like a weekend with a "Bye"  >:(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 04, 2021, 02:23:55 PM
I now know that I don't like a weekend with a "Bye"  >:(

Lol. But it gives players a rest, and injured players more time to get back.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 09, 2021, 01:42:30 PM
Yay it's game day !!!

(https://imageresizer.static9.net.au/G0WsqFDJ-cHpW0kY3-RYZVjUIEQ=/1396x0/https%3A%2F%2Fprod.static9.net.au%2Ffs%2F3c1a83b5-dc82-4380-8350-f74e3f6e1ceb)


For you at least  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 10, 2021, 01:54:39 AM
Pretty good, very close game so far.

Good recovery from -21 to + 3 at half time for Geelong. That made the crowd quiet at least.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 10, 2021, 03:46:31 AM
Yay it's game day !!!

(https://imageresizer.static9.net.au/G0WsqFDJ-cHpW0kY3-RYZVjUIEQ=/1396x0/https%3A%2F%2Fprod.static9.net.au%2Ffs%2F3c1a83b5-dc82-4380-8350-f74e3f6e1ceb)


For you at least  :P

Frankly you knew before I did. I trust you enjoyed.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 10, 2021, 03:59:18 AM
Very good game, got it on BT broadcast up here.

Geelong stepped it up gradually after going 21 behind to take it over the line, but I was still very nervous at +15 with only 3 minutes to go  :laugh:

Bulldogs in our next game, it's going to be a tough one again.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 10, 2021, 04:06:02 AM
I note in passing that my sister is thoroughly unimpressed by your decision to select Geelong as the team you identify with.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 10, 2021, 04:21:12 AM
I could be smug but that will come back and bite me, so I'll keep shtum   0:)

(PS: I am sorry if her neck strains, looking us up the ladder though...   :laugh: )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 14, 2021, 07:16:18 AM
Dare I ask about the weekly tipping/pools competition ? A few "red L" in the top half of the ladder in this last round ???

A certainly tasty Cats v Bulldogs to come later this week... we have a green streak to defend  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 14, 2021, 12:47:57 PM
You may dare to ask, so long as I may burst into tears.  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 15, 2021, 05:13:40 AM
Oh, there always this weekend...or the next  :-X  ;D

Found out from the fixtures that the last byes are this weekend and then it is all equal again in the ladder...at last!!

Also had a quick look ahead at how the finals work with the top 8. Could be tasty if Richmond stays in 5-8 and one of the 1-4 drops a bit.

is there a stat somewhere on how often a team finishing top of the ladder actually ended up winning the Grand Final ? Just wondered.   
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 17, 2021, 03:01:58 AM
is there a stat somewhere on how often a team finishing top of the ladder actually ended up winning the Grand Final ? Just wondered.   

Not that I'm aware of. It's probably out there somewhere.

They changed the finals system in 2000. Before that for a few years they used the mathematically more appropriate McIntyre system: starting with 1v8, 2v7, 3v6 and 4v5.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFL_final_eight_system
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McIntyre_Final_Eight_System

And for many years when the competition was smaller it was only the top 5 teams, not the top 8. Apparently it was top 6 for a little while in between.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 17, 2021, 03:14:14 AM
Not that I'm aware of. It's probably out there somewhere.

They changed the finals system in 2000. Before that for a few years they used the mathematically more appropriate McIntyre system: starting with 1v8, 2v7, 3v6 and 4v5.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFL_final_eight_system
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McIntyre_Final_Eight_System

And for many years when the competition was smaller it was only the top 5 teams, not the top 8. Apparently it was top 6 for a little while in between.

Why make it simple when we can make it complicated, in both cases really ! A straight shoot-out playoff would have been too easy  :laugh:




(one sleep !!!!  8) )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 17, 2021, 03:18:14 AM
Why make it simple when we can make it complicated, in both cases really ! A straight shoot-out playoff would have been too easy  :laugh:

(one sleep !!!!  8) )

You're European. You're not used to finals series...

I think it was the rugby league rather than the AFL that got rid of the McIntyre system partially because of the year that 5th defeated 4th, 6th defeated 3rd, 7th defeated 2nd and 8th defeated 1st. The fact that this was only a 1 in 16 random chance, and even less likely if teams played according to form, didn't stop the howls of outrage when 3rd and 4th were abruptly eliminated.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 17, 2021, 03:47:10 AM
You're European. You're not used to finals series...

I think it was the rugby league rather than the AFL that got rid of the McIntyre system partially because of the year that 5th defeated 4th, 6th defeated 3rd, 7th defeated 2nd and 8th defeated 1st. The fact that this was only a 1 in 16 random chance, and even less likely if teams played according to form, didn't stop the howls of outrage when 3rd and 4th were abruptly eliminated.

I am sure I'll be fine with it and will get behind it if Geelong goes all the way  0:)

That imbalance still happens in England's Football Championship in some way.

1st (who gets a trophy) and 2nd are automatically promoted to the Premiership after the regular season of 46 (!!) games , then you get 2-leg semi-finals of 3rd v 6th an 4th v 5th, then the winners meet in a playoff final at Wembley, the winner of which gets promoted (and gets a trophy  :laugh:). Therefore, on end of season form, the 6th could be promoted even though for argument's sake, they could have finished the regular season 15 pts behind the 3rd.

I enjoyed seeing my English team benefiting of this at Wembley 2 decades ago ( agreat day out !!) but in the mains, it still feels skewed, particularly after such a long season already.

It would make better sense of having a 2-leg play-off between the Championship's 3rd and the Premiership's 18th (the French league used to do that in up to the mid 80's, scrapped it then and brought it back last year).   
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 17, 2021, 04:06:09 AM
Yeah, but why have "sense" when you can have drama and excitement? And more ticket sales?

I do, on the whole, like finals series myself, but then on the whole I don't have teams that I support in a one-eyed fashion such that I can't enjoy the outcomes.

I think I've mentioned before the sensational season where the top 7 teams on the ladder were very evenly matched, and Western Bulldogs won from 7th place. Truly a year to convince you of the potential of finals.

As for the whole Geelong thing, I don't want to get to the end of the season and discover that you've abandoned the sport because you didn't get your fairytale. Traditionally you're supposed to keep coming back year after year hoping that THIS time it's going to finally work out. Like the work colleague who comes from a Melbourne-supporting family. He's not old enough to have ever seen a premiership...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 17, 2021, 04:22:02 AM
Yeah, but why have "sense" when you can have drama and excitement? And more ticket sales?

I do, on the whole, like finals series myself, but then on the whole I don't have teams that I support in a one-eyed fashion such that I can't enjoy the outcomes.

I think I've mentioned before the sensational season where the top 7 teams on the ladder were very evenly matched, and Western Bulldogs won from 7th place. Truly a year to convince you of the potential of finals.

As for the whole Geelong thing, I don't want to get to the end of the season and discover that you've abandoned the sport because you didn't get your fairytale. Traditionally you're supposed to keep coming back year after year hoping that THIS time it's going to finally work out. Like the work colleague who comes from a Melbourne-supporting family. He's not old enough to have ever seen a premiership...

Oh, I am fully used to seasons for nothing in football as it is. It is just nice to "have" a team in AFL that is currently in the upper half, playing for something, it is a refreshing change  :laugh: I don't see myself giving up at the end of the season either, whatever the result.

My BT sport subscription gets more viewing return on investment thanks to even Saint Kilda or Port Adelaide (let alone Geelong) than it does by the Champions League or even the French League  8) In neutral games, football can suffer the comparison quite heavily at times in terms of sporting "entertainment" (can't think of a better word right now). Even rugby union I can find dull at times now... and that's not something I'd have expected to write some months ago.

Also, why should I give up a game where "30 pts mean nothing"  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 18, 2021, 12:54:48 AM
Stat seen on the screen display just before kick off :

"Cats have won 31 out of their last 23 home games"  :laugh:

I mean, come on, how flipping good is that !!  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 18, 2021, 03:48:20 AM
Guess that makes it 32 out of 24  :laugh:

Never in doubt...   :P

What a game, what a sport !!

I am convinced I would have still said that even with a 1-point defeat on the buzzer and a missed final kick. Thrilling stuff !


Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 18, 2021, 07:34:47 PM
I confess I stopped watching, just wasn't in the right mood.

Judging by that scoreline, though, it would have been worth watching.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 19, 2021, 11:48:16 PM
I confess I stopped watching, just wasn't in the right mood.

Judging by that scoreline, though, it would have been worth watching.

Fair point, it was a scrappy wobbly nervy affair, probably too much for a neutral though.

You only need to see that bit really  0:) :

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkKF6tPZsdg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkKF6tPZsdg)

The start of the music timed exactly with Chris Scott's celebration really cracks me up !!!  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 20, 2021, 01:25:15 AM
It wasn't anything about the game (although the general lack of a crowd was less fun), it was more to do with my week.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 24, 2021, 01:13:17 AM
31-1 down after Q1 v Brisbane...I'd normally convince myself it means nothing but so far Geelong has not turned up...  :blank:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 24, 2021, 02:13:34 AM
I confess to tipping against them. Partly because, after what happened in the last Brisbane v Geelong game, I thought Brisbane was likely to be in a bad mood.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 24, 2021, 02:22:38 AM
I confess to tipping against them. Partly because, after what happened in the last Brisbane v Geelong game, I thought Brisbane was likely to be in a bad mood.  :laugh:

Fair point, we nicked it by a whisker last time I think. Our winning streak is due to end at some point too...

After last week, I'll allow them a bye this week... looks like they're taking it too  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 28, 2021, 02:25:09 AM
I assume Richmond threw a spanner in the betting works ?  :o

Any thoughts on the ladder ? it looks...interesting. 12 pts clear from 8th doesn't really feel like that much right now   :-X
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 28, 2021, 02:47:20 AM
I assume Richmond threw a spanner in the betting works ?  :o

Yes, but I was quite bad enough without them. It's my brother-in-law who is suffering the greater trauma. We were actually at the game where Richmond had set the previous record low in our lifetime, so now we don't even have that...  :laugh:

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Any thoughts on the ladder ? it looks...interesting. 12 pts clear from 8th doesn't really feel like that much right now   :-X

3 wins is a fair margin at this stage. To be honest what strikes me is the clear gap between the top 5 and the rest. It's of course possible for someone to have a surge in form, but you'd expect the premier to come from that pack of 5.  Sportsbet still apparently believes that Richmond and West Coast have potential, but they don't have good odds for anyone outside the top 8 and I don't think you'd find many commentators who would have a different opinion.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 29, 2021, 03:02:30 AM
Yes, but I was quite bad enough without them. It's my brother-in-law who is suffering the greater trauma. We were actually at the game where Richmond had set the previous record low in our lifetime, so now we don't even have that...  :laugh:

A memorable evening taken away, how harsh  :laugh:


3 wins is a fair margin at this stage. To be honest what strikes me is the clear gap between the top 5 and the rest. It's of course possible for someone to have a surge in form, but you'd expect the premier to come from that pack of 5.  Sportsbet still apparently believes that Richmond and West Coast have potential, but they don't have good odds for anyone outside the top 8 and I don't think you'd find many commentators who would have a different opinion.

I was going to say Geelong's fixtures don't look that bad for the remaining 8 games (Only Richmond in 3 games time then Melbourne for the last game) and the rest looks accessible but you never know really. Looking more closely, 5 of those teams coming up are currently 9th-13th, so they'll be up to a good fight anyway. Good stuff !!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 01, 2021, 03:03:32 AM
Gold Coast had another win.

And a great gritty one just now vs Richmond, Holden. Nice one !

one downside, Essendon will be fired up against Geelong tomorrow as a win means they could be in 8th spot instead of Richmond   :-X
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 01, 2021, 03:16:45 AM
And a great gritty one just now vs Richmond, Holden. Nice one !

Whaaaat??!!

Hell's bells. What has happened to Richmond?

And no, no-one in the office tipping picked Gold Coast.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 01, 2021, 03:35:17 AM
Whaaaat??!!

Hell's bells. What has happened to Richmond?

And no, no-one in the office tipping picked Gold Coast.

It opens it all up doesn't it...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on July 01, 2021, 09:00:16 AM
Whaaaat??!!

Hell's bells. What has happened to Richmond?

And no, no-one in the office tipping picked Gold Coast.

Even I didn’t tip them
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 10, 2021, 01:12:11 AM
Ugly win for Geelong at Carlton tonight, made only comfortable in late Q3 & Q4. That will do.

Listened to the second half on one of the radios on the AFL website (a local Geelong one, based on the commercial ads. I need to go on Princess way for expert advice on furniture apparently  :laugh: ). It does make more sense now than a few weeks ago, now I know most of the Cat's names  ;D

One downside, Rohan got injured. With Cameron already missing, it could be a tough one with Fremantle and Richmond coming next.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 10, 2021, 01:14:42 AM
Even the Geelong commentators couldn't stop laughing about this one :

https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1413773124986818561 (https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1413773124986818561)

 :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 10, 2021, 03:25:56 AM
Even the Geelong commentators couldn't stop laughing about this one :

https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1413773124986818561 (https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1413773124986818561)

 :laugh:

Oh dear.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 11, 2021, 12:11:47 AM
I officially do not understand this year's competition.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 11, 2021, 01:50:29 AM
wow, another defeat by Richmond  ???

oh that timeline in Q4 !! it's nearly worthy of an English batting collapse  :laugh:

Quick count: 16 defeats in the last 40 games by the top 8 teams. Lack of consistency indeed.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 12, 2021, 03:20:19 AM
I officially do not understand this year's competition.

you were saying ?  :laugh:

North Melbourne has scored 6 more points than Richmond in their last 5 games...  :-X
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 12, 2021, 05:33:15 AM
Oh good grief!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 15, 2021, 03:51:29 AM
I know this won't last but hey-ho...

TOP OF THE LADDER !!!  8)

A strong good win today.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 15, 2021, 04:05:22 AM
I know this won't last but hey-ho...

TOP OF THE LADDER !!!  8)

A strong good win today.

I wasn't following, busy listening to Shostakovich instead.  ;D  But yes, that win gives Geelong a percentage boost.

The scheduling of the rest of the round is in a bit of chaos as Victoria is going into lockdown again. Not nearly as many COVID cases as New South Wales but the Victorian government is considerably less keen to take a chance.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 15, 2021, 04:18:28 AM
I wasn't following, busy listening to Shostakovich instead.  ;D  But yes, that win gives Geelong a percentage boost.

The scheduling of the rest of the round is in a bit of chaos as Victoria is going into lockdown again. Not nearly as many COVID cases as New South Wales but the Victorian government is considerably less keen to take a chance.

indeed, we'll take it. Now for an early Christmas, I just would kindly ask Holden's team to do an upset against the Bulldogs. That'd be nice  0:)

I obviously don't look at all the details of the fixtures or news on this matter but from what I have glimpsed on the AFL site, they sure don't mess about in changing to empty stadiums or shifting the games and chartering teams around. 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 15, 2021, 04:25:51 AM
No, they do it very quickly, but I would think it's still quite disruptive to preparations. Geelong already went through one of the more spectacular versions where they ended up spending hours at the ground and sleeping under tables etc.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 18, 2021, 02:50:03 AM
Well I won this week's tipping!  ;D

Though the results didn't stop being bizarre. A draw between Melbourne and Hawthorn?? And the GWS v Sydney game might have a final scoreline you expect, but GWS lost after establishing a 5-goal lead in the first quarter.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 18, 2021, 04:28:25 AM
Well I won this week's tipping!  ;D

Though the results didn't stop being bizarre. A draw between Melbourne and Hawthorn?? And the GWS v Sydney game might have a final scoreline you expect, but GWS lost after establishing a 5-goal lead in the first quarter.

Congrats  ;D 

It's just all over the shop. Essendon in 8th now after their diabolical start of season, and 6 teams in contention for that last spot.

Exciting stuff ahead  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 22, 2021, 02:45:00 AM
Can they make another smidgen of an effort on the timing on Geelong-Richmond Sunday at all please ?

6.20am is better than 4.30am but it is a Sunday morning...another hour would be acceptable :P

(this is obviously tongue in cheek, glad at least there is a game given the circumstances  :) )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on July 22, 2021, 12:44:46 PM
This weekends round is actually a combination of some of the games from rounds 19 & 20 with the others from those two rounds to hopefully be played next week. All this is covid related of course with parts of Melbourne in lockdown.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 24, 2021, 09:30:43 PM
guess who got up at 6.20am to watch a game of AFL on a Sunday...  :blank:

Nevermind that Olympics stuff...

I'd rather watch the face of the Richmond coach gets increasingly irate as the score ticks along...  >:D

Note to self: 41 pts at H-T means nothing  0:)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 14, 2021, 01:30:12 AM
That ladder looks sweet...  8)

Woke up at half time so I missed the Cats being at -31...they like to make it hard for themselves  :-X

Next week's final game against Melbourne could be interesting. It seems Port Adelaide is the team to avoid right in week one of the play offs...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 14, 2021, 02:49:08 AM
That ladder looks sweet...  8)

Woke up at half time so I missed the Cats being at -31...they like to make it hard for themselves  :-X

Next week's final game against Melbourne could be interesting. It seems Port Adelaide is the team to avoid right in week one of the play offs...

Port Adelaide has failed to beat any of the other contenders. It beats all the lower teams, but in the big matches it falls over.

My tipping last week was completely chaotic. This week is looking marginally better, but it would really help if someone could explain what happened to the Western Bulldogs lately.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 14, 2021, 03:51:32 AM
Port Adelaide has failed to beat any of the other contenders. It beats all the lower teams, but in the big matches it falls over.

My tipping last week was completely chaotic. This week is looking marginally better, but it would really help if someone could explain what happened to the Western Bulldogs lately.

Bad timing to have a slump...and they have lost Josh Bruce as well.

Just 1 behind in Q4 today, it's incredible.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 20, 2021, 03:54:43 AM
it would really help if someone could explain what happened to the Western Bulldogs lately.

I guess you could say that again today !! What the hell... What a timing for PA to beat a top 4 team...

So if I have got this right, we are guaranteed a second chance game in any case. If we lose tomorrow against Melbourne, we stay third we play at Port Adelaide in the 2nd Qualifying final. If we win, we finish top and we play at home against either Bulldogs or Lions in the 1st Qualifying Final. If we draw, we play Melbourne again in the 2nd Qualifying Final. Does that sound right ? I assume the Swans need to big a difference swing to reach 4th, with needing Brisbane to lose as well. Not even sure which option is good or bad anymore, just happy to be there  ;D

ps: I am here for absolutely anybody tomorrow between 10am and 1pm  8)

pps: If, by sheer accident, luck or simply talented timing, Geelong finishes top tomorrow, please send my best regards to your sister  :laugh:  >:D

ppps: I love this sport  :)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2021, 04:27:03 AM
Yes, you're right that Geelong is guaranteed a top 4 spot. You already were. The question is whether they can get a home ground advantage for the finals (subject of course to all the wild things happening with Covid, though really it's only Sydney that is in truly uncharted territory).

As for tonight... I tipped Port Adelaide to win, with a margin of 5 points. I was absolutely on tenterhooks towards the end, and I was panicking in the last 10 seconds!!

I haven't watched many games this year truth be told, but when I saw the draw for this week I knew I'd be watching the top 4 four teams playing each other. It's kind of amazing that's how the year has panned out. Melbourne didn't even make the finals last year.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 20, 2021, 05:45:49 AM
As for tonight... I tipped Port Adelaide to win, with a margin of 5 points. I was absolutely on tenterhooks towards the end, and I was panicking in the last 10 seconds!!

I can imagine the relief seeing that last kick being handed behind !

Great tipping shout.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2021, 05:49:39 AM
And yet... I've just found out I wasn't closest on the margin!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 20, 2021, 06:09:04 AM
And yet... I've just found out I wasn't closest on the margin!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

oh this changes everything...

I'll downgrade you from Great Tipping Shout to Good Effort then   :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 20, 2021, 02:34:37 PM
It looks like Geelong v Melbourne isn’t on TV here. Subscription only.

Bugger that. Unless streaming from the AFL website is a possibility.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on August 20, 2021, 09:35:44 PM
It looks like Geelong v Melbourne isn’t on TV here. Subscription only.

Bugger that. Unless streaming from the AFL website is a possibility.

I think you can do it via the AFL app.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2021, 12:25:50 AM
I think you can do it via the AFL app.

Looks like it's the same as the website - radio access, not video. The website has plenty of little clips judging by the Brisbane/West Coast match, but not full broadcast. For the matches not on the 7 network, it's all about watching on Kayo. I hated Kayo when I tried it and I'm not signing up again for one match.

The biggest problem is that, if you're in NSW/ACT, the deal is they show you matches involving Sydney or GWS every week no matter what. So guess what? Instead of 1st vs 2nd I can watch GWS play Carlton. Yay.  :-X
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 12:43:50 AM
Looks like the AFL website scrapped the live pass options at the start of this season.

On the website now, you only get highlights videos of 5-7 minutes on the day of the game itself. Then, at some point on the next day, they then upload the four full quarters of each game under Matches > Match videos > Match replays. This is how I have caught up whatever game that wasn't on BT sport over here.

A search for Aussie rules free streaming might give you alternatives  0:)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2021, 01:12:50 AM
Oh well.  By tomorrow I'll be watching premier league highlights instead...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 01:15:48 AM
Brisbane pipped the Bulldogs to fourth spot then...

The % difference between them is only made up by 7 points more or so scored over the season  :o
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 01:42:50 AM
8 unanswered goals in Q2...

I won't get carried away... nope...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2021, 01:59:36 AM
8 unanswered goals in Q2...

I won't get carried away... nope...

Oh go on, get carried away.

I love how quickly you've learned the way that leads can evaporate, but now I feel like you think they evaporate in every game.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 02:20:16 AM
Oh go on, get carried away.

I love how quickly you've learned the way that leads can evaporate, but now I feel like you think they evaporate in every game.  :laugh:

oh I am buzzing right now but you are actually right on your last point  ;D

I still find it "difficult" to work out when Geelong is actually in control (more or less) of a game, even with a +20 or a +30. A couple of missed kicks or marks and the game can turn on its head quickly. On average, it's what, one goal every minute and a half or two minutes in a game ? So, I only relax when there is only 5-6 minutes to go  :laugh:   
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 02:48:25 AM
6 in a row for Melbourne...

case in point...  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2021, 02:58:25 AM
6 in a row for Melbourne...

case in point...  :laugh:

Oh goodness. Just looked at the score (after finishing Dvorak's 1st symphony). Very tight.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 03:09:18 AM
oh my days....

Geelong just crumbled...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2021, 03:09:45 AM
Oh. My. God.

I was listening to the radio feed for the last few minutes.

The entire season coming down to a kick after the siren. Incredible.

Sorry, Olivier, but that's just amazing even though it didn't go your way.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 03:19:42 AM
There's no room for complaint really. We saw Rohan score one after the siren some weeks ago in a reverse situation. One has to accept it can go the other way sometime.

Also I would have bitten your hand off for that third spot a few months ago to be fair.

My new motto: 44 points means nothing  :laugh:

I'll console myself by thinking that it might be slightly better to face Port A instead of the Lions, but it'll be a tough one to bounce back mentally from today. Maybe the second chance will come in handy. 

What a sport, mate. What a sport.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2021, 03:31:14 AM
My Melbourne-supporting friend/colleague claims that's the first time Melbourne have won with a kick after the siren in 124 years, ie since the start of the competition.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2021, 03:34:15 AM
My Melbourne-supporting friend/colleague claims that's the first time Melbourne have won with a kick after the siren in 124 years, ie since the start of the competition.

Ok we'll let him/her have that one  ;)

It's not as if they have won the flag anyway >:D  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 27, 2021, 12:31:55 AM
and so starts the business end today...  8)

Not going to lie...

i'm a bit nervous  ???
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 27, 2021, 02:02:19 AM
29 pts down means nothing...

until it does  :blank:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 27, 2021, 02:50:29 AM
Somehow I knew you'd be here...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 27, 2021, 03:03:04 AM
We are being outplayed, outclassed, outpaced, annihilated (to put it mildly).
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 04, 2021, 03:53:33 AM
Well, Brisbane v Western Bulldogs was completely gripping.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 04, 2021, 05:03:05 AM
Sitting on a beach in Brittany France has had me side-tracked AFL-wise  0:) with no access to BT sport, I nearly missed following the Cats timeline yesterday. Proper service will resume next weekend for the preliminary finals  8)

Might stream this weekends games later if it rains  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 10, 2021, 06:45:20 AM
Minus 80 pts means nothing something...

it means that the season is over in my biased format  ;D

There was no contest really.

Now I can enjoy the 2 remaining games in a neutral way.

Very happy of my maiden AFL viewing season in any case  :)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 10, 2021, 01:39:09 PM
Immediately the debates have started about whether the Geelong team are too old, why do they keep getting this far yet no further, etc.

Meanwhile they’re not the only team that Melbourne has overpowered. But it was pretty comprehensive. And heck, Melbourne haven’t actually won a premiership in my lifetime.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 11, 2021, 01:56:58 AM
Immediately the debates have started about whether the Geelong team are too old, why do they keep getting this far yet no further, etc.

Meanwhile they’re not the only team that Melbourne has overpowered. But it was pretty comprehensive.

I understood over the season that Geelong's style was slower paced anyway and based on gradually building the phases but we too often got outplayed by full speed passing and not just yesterday.

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And heck, Melbourne haven’t actually won a premiership in my lifetime.

Well that's long.  :P

Looks like the Bulldogs are back all guns blazing (based on the 1st half). That should be a cracker of a final. Is it next week or in a fortnight ?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 11, 2021, 02:44:31 AM
A fortnight, it’s scheduled for the 25th.

EDIT: And it looks like it’s going to be the match-up a lot of neutrals wanted... only it’ll be in Perth!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 11, 2021, 03:45:55 AM
A fortnight, it’s scheduled for the 25th.

EDIT: And it looks like it’s going to be the match-up a lot of neutrals wanted... only it’ll be in Perth!

ok thank you.

That's one I'll get up for, whatever time it will be up here  :)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 25, 2021, 12:14:52 AM
1 minute to the siren  8)

Enjoy the final, guys !
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 25, 2021, 04:10:11 AM
It was kind of amazing. You know all about momentum swings in AFL. That was a big one!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 25, 2021, 04:41:40 AM
It was kind of amazing. You know all about momentum swings in AFL. That was a big one!

Quite !

An awesome game to wrap up the season, with a very worthy winner indeed.

I have had a cracking maiden season as a "supporter", I think I just might be back in March  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on November 08, 2021, 02:39:22 AM
How many sleeps left to go now !??!

Do they need that much rest ??!!

It's getting a bit of a long wait now  :blank:

 ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on November 08, 2021, 03:08:02 AM
Oh shush. It's Premier League season.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on November 08, 2021, 04:16:42 AM
Oh shush. It's Premier League season.  :laugh:

It's boring though...





(Come on you Gunners!  0:) )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on December 17, 2021, 02:40:53 AM
19th March *sigh*  :(


Tangentially, I am finding that watching men in whites, down under, hitting a pink ball around with a stick is not, of late, the entirely satisfying alternative it should be or I was hoping it would be  :blank:  :P   
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 15, 2022, 01:04:35 PM
Bumpity bump !

It's back ! At last.

Can't wait for that siren tomorrow morning (tonight for the locals)  :laugh:

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 15, 2022, 03:50:04 PM
Aargh. I have to put my tips in. I have no clue.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 15, 2022, 10:18:42 PM
Oh good grief, and the first match I have to tip is the grand final replay??? Too much.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on March 16, 2022, 12:08:25 AM
Did my tips an hour ago and basically went with the status with the Demons to beat the Doggies. my other picks are

Richmond
St Kilda (the Pies always manage to bite me on the ass if I don't pick them then don't win when I do - no wonder I hate them
Geelong
Sydney (that might be close)
Brisbane
Hawthorn
Freeo (even though they are playing away)
Gold Coast - with my heart not my head

The number of times I've had a crap first round and it's really hard to make it up.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 16, 2022, 01:51:47 AM
First game of the season and it is already high paced, topsy-turvy scoring and full of mullets.

Welcome back indeed!  8)

How are my geriatric Cats supposed to cope with such a pace already ???
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 16, 2022, 03:57:08 AM
Well my tipping record for the season is currently 100%, so that's nice.

I think the really big question for this season is... will Olivier succeed in increasing the AFL supporter base in his local area?  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on March 16, 2022, 05:24:40 PM
One for one so far but at 22 points down it wasn't looking promising.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 17, 2022, 03:21:14 AM
As of tonight I am top of my office tipping competition.

If it just lasts until the end of the weekend…

I’m actually known for winning either the first or the last week of the season. Just not many in between!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 17, 2022, 06:08:34 AM
I think the really big question for this season is... will Olivier succeed in increasing the AFL supporter base in his local area?  ;D

Not really sure about that  :laugh:

My partner walked in the living room first thing this morning when I already had Carlton-Richmond on. First reaction: "Has the Aussie Rules already restarted ?!? You'll be happy like a pig in the proverbial every weekend, won't you, now that the Six Nations are nearly over !!"

She hasn't realised yet she will now hear me humming the Geelong song every week until September as well...again ! :laugh:

PS: Quite a result for Carlton this morning/evening btw.   
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 17, 2022, 06:12:18 AM
One for one so far but at 22 points down it wasn't looking promising.

Did you get the Carlton one as well, Holden?


As of tonight I am top of my office tipping competition.
If it just lasts until the end of the weekend…
I’m actually known for winning either the first or the last week of the season. Just not many in between!

Quick, print and frame that office tipping table! That will be a lovely personal decoration in your new home!  :laugh:  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on March 17, 2022, 01:05:15 PM
I'm now one from two and hoping for better results this weekend.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 19, 2022, 12:10:52 AM
Geelong had quite a solid start to the season earlier on, with a nice % to boot. 4 for Hawkins and Stengle. We'll take that!

Half of the Essendon goals were scored by a rookie, who wasn't in the AFL at Christmas ! He is so rookie, the AFL hasn't got a picture for him yet  ;D



Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 19, 2022, 12:34:17 AM
Didn't follow that game, but after 4 games... still on top of the office tipping! The consequences of having faith in St Kilda have not been severe. Because both of the people who correctly tipped Collingwood then went on to wrongly tip Essendon.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 19, 2022, 12:58:29 AM
Didn't follow that game, but after 4 games... still on top of the office tipping! The consequences of having faith in St Kilda have not been severe. Because both of the people who correctly tipped Collingwood then went on to wrongly tip Essendon.

That will teach them  >:D  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 19, 2022, 01:55:07 AM
Yup.

And I'm guaranteed to stay on top after Brisbane/Port Adelaide because every single person tipped Brisbane. Either we're all correct or all incorrect.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 19, 2022, 04:34:08 AM
All correct, it is then  8)



that wouldn't be you celebrating on the baby grand, would it ?  :laugh:

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51N5uSaTVxL._AC_.jpg)

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 19, 2022, 04:51:54 AM
Given that I'm only ahead from pick-the-margin on the first match, no...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 25, 2022, 01:01:12 AM
Geelong have a bigger focus than that "1000" Buddy Franklin business  :laugh:

Go Cats!  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on March 25, 2022, 05:51:19 AM
Not our day. It never felt like we ever were really in the game. Collingwood next week.

The aerial view of the pitch invasion on Franklin's 1,000th goal is quite a sight !!  8)

https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1507320300068765696 (https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1507320300068765696)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on March 25, 2022, 02:00:05 PM
1 from 2 after last night - sorry Papy, I backed the Swans. One mistake I might have made was assuming that the Eagles would be back closer to full strength only to read that they want the game postponed. I mean, Norths will be the easybeats this year but 14 players missing???? Even North Melbourne can take advantage of that.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on March 25, 2022, 06:17:20 PM
Not our day. It never felt like we ever were really in the game. Collingwood next week.

The aerial view of the pitch invasion on Franklin's 1,000th goal is quite a sight !!  8)

https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1507320300068765696 (https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1507320300068765696)

It was pretty insane, but then again he’s only the 6th player in over a century so I guess it’s a big occasion.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 01:41:25 AM
40-35 at halftime for Geelong after trailing from 39 minutes... What a dire messy half, jeez...

It looks like the Adelaide derby game yesterday was a cracker with a winning goal at the siren !
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 02:13:37 AM
If you really feel like punching a "Pie", at least do it in their 50...not 15 meters from your own flippin' posts...  >:(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 02, 2022, 02:44:18 AM
It looks like the Adelaide derby game yesterday was a cracker with a winning goal at the siren !

I didn't watch it. I just discovered that my tipping had unexpectedly gone awry at the last minute.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 02:49:46 AM
90-60 for Collingwood at Q3 (7 goals unanswered)

Cats now back at 90-78.

I am fuming and excited at the same time...

It's the hope that kills you...  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 02:50:53 AM
90-84....
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 02, 2022, 02:53:12 AM
90-84....

This is what I've just seen and decided to turn the TV on!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 02:54:46 AM
90-90

this sport will be the early death of me...

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 02, 2022, 03:09:35 AM
90-90

this sport will be the early death of me...



You have to love a sport where the score can go from 53-90 to 91-90.  :laugh:

And from when Collingwood has their biggest lead... they scored 1 point and Geelong scored 51. Impressive.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 03:17:14 AM
I love this sport  8) :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 02, 2022, 03:20:36 AM
They're saying that Geelong has only managed that big a final-quarter comeback 4 times in their entire history. Given they've been in the competition from the beginning in 1897, that's pretty darn memorable.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 02, 2022, 04:05:26 AM
Wow, that is quite a stat indeed...and here I was thinking it was a completely rubbish first half...  :-[



Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 03, 2022, 01:13:29 AM
Another loss for Richmond against Saint Kilda... 10 unanswered goals, 64 consecutives point. Ouch.  :o
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 08, 2022, 02:01:27 AM
Geelong - Brisbane 48-39 at HT. Nicely poised.

A real tit for tat goal scoring, a very good game to watch.

Some really good phases for the Cats.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 08, 2022, 02:38:15 AM
I better put it on (underneath Szymanowski for now). Shouldn't entirely miss the battle of the French Feline teams.  ;D

EDIT: And currently 54-57 is another reason to tune in.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 08, 2022, 02:51:28 AM
Les Chatons de Geelong  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 08, 2022, 02:52:00 AM
Well, it's going to be a heck of a last quarter.  8)

*makes cup of tea*
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 08, 2022, 02:52:08 AM
62-63 QT3  :-X
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 08, 2022, 03:34:07 AM
That will do very nicely, thank you  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 08, 2022, 03:42:03 AM
That will do very nicely, thank you  8)

*checks tips*

Aargh. No it won't. And I agonised over this match.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 08, 2022, 03:50:05 AM
it was a tough one to call, to be fair. I wasn't expecting the Cats to restrain them in that way for the whole game.

I was really impressed by the composure they showed to get the ball out, very cleanly via handballs. 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 17, 2022, 11:08:28 PM
...and this week it was utter rubbish  >:( Apologies to the tippers  :-[

"Good" job I couldn't sleep otherwise I would have been miffed to wake up at 6.20 on Easter Monday for this rubbish.

Back to a St John's passion...  0:)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 17, 2022, 11:39:55 PM
I had several games in the tipping where I paused and thought... and got all of them wrong.

Happily, most other people in the tipping competition got most of the same ones wrong, but someone managed 9 out of 9!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on April 25, 2022, 07:45:37 AM
Not watched any games this weekend, only got a glimpse of Geelong's highlights at North Melbourne. Anything to report ?

Is it me or does the top 5 seem to be really running early with it compared to last year, with St Kilda the surprise package this year?

Richmond, Western Bulldogs (and Port Adelaide) have really lost their regularity of last year. is it all down to Dustin Martin and Josh Bruce that have been missed?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on April 27, 2022, 02:52:46 AM
I wasn’t paying a huge amount of attention for various reasons.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 07, 2022, 12:20:38 AM
A comfy win against GWS, hanging on just about on the right side of the ladder.

Stengle turns out to be a very valuable signing. Quite a few new faces coming through as well.

St Kilda next week, should be interesting.

Thank you Holden for beating the Swans earlier  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 07, 2022, 01:16:40 AM
The GWS game was in Canberra of course.

There was a point in time where GWS would win all their Canberra games. Now the opposite is happening.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 07, 2022, 01:33:25 AM
Even sweeter then  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 13, 2022, 10:12:35 PM
Q1 14-27 at St Kilda.

Fast quarter, going to be a tight game, this!!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 13, 2022, 11:25:35 PM
54-57...

Chris Scott is not amused, not that he looks that different when he is...  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 13, 2022, 11:28:16 PM
66-57

Chris Scott is upgraded to "miffed"....
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 14, 2022, 12:12:11 AM
I hate this sport....  >:(



 ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 14, 2022, 01:44:06 AM
LOL at that last one.

I had no opportunity to watch at all today. But I had decided to tip St Kilda and the new leader of the office competition had decided to tip Geelong, so big game for me.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 21, 2022, 01:53:42 AM
Thoughts of the day:

- Waking up to a Geelong victory is always a nice way to start a weekend (particularly when my French football club will be relegated to their 2nd division tonight)

- That ladder from 5th onwards starts to look very tasty.  ???

- Some of those special shirts with the Aboriginal decorations are flipping gorgeous!  :)

- I must try to go and vote at my next local election in a budgy smuggler, like they've just done in Bondi, see how that goes  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 21, 2022, 03:44:01 AM
I've got zero clue what's been going on in AFL today. We've been busy changing government.

EDIT: Okay, I'm 6 from 6 for the round, but to be honest that wasn't especially difficult in a lot of games.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on May 21, 2022, 06:41:59 PM
I'm also 6 for 6 and am hoping that the Giants, Lions and Dockers win this afternoon. I need the double points but I suspect that other have the same picks as me.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 28, 2022, 12:13:14 AM
Another Cats' win to wake up to, that'll do!  8)

On the other hand, that Freo timeline right now!!  ??? Anyone tipped them?

Also lots of seagulls flying about inside the stadium. If the ball hits a seagull on the way to the goal, is it a behind ? just asking :blank:

More serious question please: what was the kerfuffle about right at the end of the Richmond game last night ? A Sydney player kicked the ball on purpose into the terraces, right on the siren and and it apparently should have been a 50m penalty for Richmond (and a clear possibility for them to level the score at the death). Why didn't the referee award that 50m penalty and only a free-kick from where the Sydney player kicked it out ? Was it deemed to be after the siren ?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on May 28, 2022, 01:08:56 AM
More serious question please: what was the kerfuffle about right at the end of the Richmond game last night ? A Sydney player kicked the ball on purpose into the terraces, right on the siren and and it apparently should have been a 50m penalty for Richmond (and a clear possibility for them to level the score at the death). Why didn't the referee award that 50m penalty and only a free-kick from where the Sydney player kicked it out ? Was it deemed to be after the siren ?

If a free kick has been awarded, you're required to hand the ball over directly to the person awarded a free kick. If not, there's a 50 metre penalty.

However, the referee ruled that the player didn't know that a free kick had been awarded, because it happened right at the same time as the siren going and the crowd cheering wildly. So therefore he wasn't penalised for non-compliance with handing the ball over.

EDIT: As for Fremantle, everyone knew they were good this year, but I don't think anyone believed they were THAT good. Quite the turnaround in kicking accuracy as well. First half, Melbourne scored 6.8 and Fremantles scored 2.7.  Second half, Melbourne scored 1.6 and Fremantle 12.3!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on May 28, 2022, 03:14:39 AM
If a free kick has been awarded, you're required to hand the ball over directly to the person awarded a free kick. If not, there's a 50 metre penalty.

However, the referee ruled that the player didn't know that a free kick had been awarded, because it happened right at the same time as the siren going and the crowd cheering wildly. So therefore he wasn't penalised for non-compliance with handing the ball over.

EDIT: As for Fremantle, everyone knew they were good this year, but I don't think anyone believed they were THAT good. Quite the turnaround in kicking accuracy as well. First half, Melbourne scored 6.8 and Fremantles scored 2.7.  Second half, Melbourne scored 1.6 and Fremantle 12.3!

Thank you for the explanation, appreciate it.

That Fremantle spell was unreal. I think it was something like 37+ minutes without a Melbourne goal.

On a tangent, having NAA instead of MEL in the scoring banner threw me as well. I ended up googling Naarm and reading about Sir Doug Nicholls as well. That sport is entertaining AND educational !  ;D

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 03, 2022, 01:35:59 AM
G'day !!


(while we're 40 pts up that is!  8))

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 03, 2022, 01:58:52 AM
Oh good because I tipped you.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 03, 2022, 03:38:58 AM
Oh good because I tipped you.

it got much closer, as expected, but Cats holding out for a key win. Nice one!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 03, 2022, 03:50:24 AM
Even nicer because we have to pick the margin on the first game each week, and  I said 15.

Edit: but someone else said 13 so I will lose to her in a tiebreaker, but not anyone else.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on June 03, 2022, 02:08:17 PM
Because I couldn't decide I followed my usual habit of picking the home team so the bulldogs got the nod.

Yes, I've picked Freo!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 11, 2022, 12:30:38 AM
The guy who invented byes has a lot to answer for...  >:(

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 11, 2022, 05:18:01 AM
The guy who invented byes has a lot to answer for...  >:(

Would you rather your team was all exhausted and injured?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 15, 2022, 03:54:00 AM
Would you rather your team was all exhausted and injured?

Of course not. I should have infused my post with more irony  ;)
Not having any AFL game is like waiting for an international break to be over and done with! 

Quite a turn in results for Melbourne, isn't it...and with the Lions to play next!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 15, 2022, 04:30:11 AM
Of course not. I should have infused my post with more irony  ;)
Not having any AFL game is like waiting for an international break to be over and done with! 

Quite a turn in results for Melbourne, isn't it...and with the Lions to play next!

Yes. In hindsight Melbourne might have had a relatively easy draw in the first part of the season, but it’s been pretty startling to see them lose 3 in a row. Reminds me of Liverpool in the premier league season before last…

And yes, I did a little gasp when I saw that Melbourne’s next opponent is Brisbane.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 19, 2022, 12:38:50 AM
Another win under our belt yesterday at the Eagles, albeit much scrappier than it could have been.

Hawkins going past the 700 mark is another achievement. I have often heard he is one of the most unselfish kickers (they mentioned it again last night, I noticed it in past games too), always looking for better positioned team-mates. It'd be interesting to look at the number of his goal assists so to speak, how much higher he could be in the scoring ranks.

With us talking of byes, they gave a frightening stat in the game build-up. Geelong (and the Eagles) are two of the worst-performing teams after a bye. Before yesterday's game, Geelong had only won 3 out of the last 17 post-bye games. I rest my case about byes  :laugh:  :P

The features for this coming weekend are beyond tasty :

1st v 2nd (Lions / Dees)
3rd v 5th (Freo / Carlton)
4th v 6th (Cats / Tigers)
7th v 8th (Swans / Saints)

 :o


 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 19, 2022, 12:45:33 AM
Also had a proper jolt when I watched Weightman dislocating his elbow during the Bulldogs game!! 

The Aussie broadcaster certainly didn't shy away from showing it...and again... then Weightman carried on as if nothing had happened a few minutes later  ???
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 19, 2022, 12:57:56 AM
The features for this coming weekend are beyond tasty :

1st v 2nd (Lions / Dees)
3rd v 5th (Freo / Carlton)
4th v 6th (Cats / Tigers)
7th v 8th (Swans / Saints)

 :o

Oh goodness I might have to commit to watching whichever ones are broadcast here. Sydney will be, but then they always insist on giving us GWS as well…

EDIT: Melbourne v Brisbane is broadcast so that’s good. But not the other top 6 matches.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 19, 2022, 01:15:59 AM
Oh goodness I might have to commit to watching whichever ones are broadcast here. Sydney will be, but then they always insist on giving us GWS as well…

EDIT: Melbourne v Brisbane is broadcast so that’s good. But not the other top 6 matches.

BT Sport follows whatever Channel 7 (I think) does (Melbourne Thursday & Swans on Sunday both a 10 am build-up. I am not getting up at 4.30am for Freo  :blank:)

I'll have to settle for Geelong on catch up on the AFL website the day after the game.

Good luck to you and Holden for the pool/tipping. Rather you both than me !!  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 19, 2022, 03:33:56 AM
Channel 7 does different things in different parts of the country. It believes we want to see the “local” teams (in my case, the 2 in Sydney).
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on June 19, 2022, 01:14:10 PM
Channel 7 does different things in different parts of the country. It believes we want to see the “local” teams (in my case, the 2 in Sydney).

Bad weekend as I only got two right but then again, the others in the comp did just as poorly.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Peter Power Pop on June 19, 2022, 06:36:09 PM
Hold on a second !!

Why has no-one told me that the Brisbane Lions song was based on the French Anthem !! This changes everything ???  :o Is it too late to change allegiance again ?  :laugh: Very gritty team they are, they gave Geelong a serious run for their money to the end in the last round and this time, they did manage to overtake Collingwood at the siren. Great stuff.

The Adelaide Crows song is based on a tune by Offenbach. It was also used for the US "Marines' Hymn", which is probably where the Crows first heard it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marines%27_Hymn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marines%27_Hymn)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 19, 2022, 07:12:58 PM
Another win under our belt yesterday at the Eagles, albeit much scrappier than it could have been.

Hawkins going past the 700 mark is another achievement. I have often heard he is one of the most unselfish kickers (they mentioned it again last night, I noticed it in past games too), always looking for better positioned team-mates. It'd be interesting to look at the number of his goal assists so to speak, how much higher he could be in the scoring ranks.

With us talking of byes, they gave a frightening stat in the game build-up. Geelong (and the Eagles) are two of the worst-performing teams after a bye. Before yesterday's game, Geelong had only won 3 out of the last 17 post-bye games. I rest my case about byes  :laugh:  :P

The features for this coming weekend are beyond tasty :

1st v 2nd (Lions / Dees)
3rd v 5th (Freo / Carlton)
4th v 6th (Cats / Tigers)
7th v 8th (Swans / Saints)

 :o

I need to come back to this to note that you have learned terms like "Dees" and "Freo".  The Australian art of shortening words is being transmitted :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 20, 2022, 12:47:41 AM
I need to come back to this to note that you have learned terms like "Dees" and "Freo".  The Australian art of shortening words is being transmitted :laugh:

That's the only way for me to try and keep up with JB, BT or Abbs ( 8) ) and their punditry gibberish :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on June 20, 2022, 02:41:45 PM
Bad weekend as I only got two right but then again, the others in the comp did just as poorly.

Actually I got three as did most others. Stevie, who leads the comp got 10/12 - bastard!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 25, 2022, 12:14:31 AM
OH

MY

DAYS

 ??? 8) ;D 8) ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 25, 2022, 12:25:22 AM
Listening to the last few minutes on the Aussie radio was excruciating..

Definitely one Cats game to watch on catch up tomorrow!!!    8)


(Edit: That Tom Stewart late high hit on the Richmond player is a disgrace though. If the shoe was on the other foot, we'd want him to be suspended for a while).
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on June 25, 2022, 01:20:17 AM
I couldn't see that one, but did see a brief end-of-game sequence (they showed it at quarter time during the Sydney v St Kilda game).

Unfortunately, correctly tipping Geelong wasn't that important for the office competition. All the leading people also tipped Geelong. The bigger issue is that I tipped Brisbane on Thursday...

EDIT: Also, Geelong is now 2nd on the ladder.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on June 25, 2022, 04:18:42 AM
EDIT: Also, Geelong is now 2nd on the ladder.

All good as long as we don't collapse early in the finals.

(We need to bring Granny home, I've waited long enough  :P  8) )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 03, 2022, 04:55:29 AM
Wow, annihilated the Roos this morning. Nice one. Let's make it 7? wins in a row against the Dees next week  >:D

I'll leave the tipping to both of you on this one  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on July 03, 2022, 02:28:53 PM
The weekend before was a poor one for me and I really needed to get all nine correct to earn double points in a double points round - 72 points. Didn't happen.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 07, 2022, 12:09:35 PM
I completely forgot Geelong played today...and we beat Melbourne. I know what I'll be watching tomorrow !!

Top of the ladder !  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 07, 2022, 12:57:12 PM
And I completely forgot to watch it. Darn.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 23, 2022, 02:04:30 AM
What a tense game this morning  :o

+34 at HT, - 6 at Q3, winning by two Hawkins goals at the end. Port Adelaide really bullied us around the ground in Q3, Charlie Dixon looked like a man possessed !!

Geelong showed great composure and resilience in Q4 to see this one out. 9 wins in a row and still top of the ladder. That'll do  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 23, 2022, 03:00:19 AM
Yeah. I tipped Port Adelaide.

None of the other leaders of the office tipping did.

I am no longer the leader of the office tipping...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 23, 2022, 03:18:05 AM
Yeah. I tipped Port Adelaide.

None of the other leaders of the office tipping did.

I am no longer the leader of the office tipping...

I find your lack of trust in Geelong somewhat disappointing...


 >:D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 23, 2022, 03:50:17 AM
I find your lack of trust in Geelong somewhat disappointing...


 >:D

Hehe. It was in Adelaide and pretty much a must win game for Port. I thought they would be supercharged.

And now Melbourne has lost.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 30, 2022, 03:24:23 AM
Another job well done this weekend  8)

10th win a row for Geelong and Collingwood too. The Swans are bouncing back up as well. Quite a nice feeling to remain top of a tight ladder like that.

What's the view in the Aussie media about the Cats' current general performance level ? Just waiting to see if they don't disappoint again in the finals ?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 30, 2022, 04:29:45 AM
Another job well done this weekend  8)

10th win a row for Geelong and Collingwood too. The Swans are bouncing back up as well. Quite a nice feeling to remain top of a tight ladder like that.

What's the view in the Aussie media about the Cats' current general performance level ? Just waiting to see if they don't disappoint again in the finals ?

Guess who was the only person in the office tipping to get BOTH of the first 2 games wrong. Collingwood still didn't crack. Sigh.

To be honest I don't pay enough attention to the AFL-obsessed parts of the media (read: Melbourne). The snippets I've heard certainly seem impressed with Geelong. How could you not be? Yes, some of those games have been against lesser teams but there's also some good solid victories there.

EDIT: Gee, you massacred them in the 3rd quarter! I'd seen that Geelong were behind, but I didn't realise most of the turnaround happened in one quarter.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on July 31, 2022, 02:03:22 AM
Did Brisbane throw a spanner in your tipping works as well ?  :blank:  ;D

Geelong couldn't cope with the dogs' pace and constant pressure in Q1 & some of Q2 but they never seemed to panic and suddenly they turned the tables around and just crushed them at their own game. Quite a display.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on July 31, 2022, 03:13:19 AM
Did Brisbane throw a spanner in your tipping works as well ?  :blank:  ;D

Yes. Did the other top contenders all tip Richmond? YES.

It's been a disaster of a round for me.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 06, 2022, 03:02:39 AM
17.8 (110) to 10.5 (65) against St Kilda.

That'll do.

Ruthless.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 13, 2022, 03:10:02 AM
I just watched Melbourne v Carlton.

The drama of this sport is amazing. 15 seconds left in a match that's been close for the whole 2 hours, in front of a packed screaming stadium, and...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 13, 2022, 04:08:29 AM
I just watched Melbourne v Carlton.

The drama of this sport is amazing. 15 seconds left in a match that's been close for the whole 2 hours, in front of a packed screaming stadium, and...

And... The Dees salvage the remnants of your disastrous tipping ?  :P  :laugh:

Sorry to Holden for this morning's result. Only saw the first half, another Cats' confident display.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 13, 2022, 05:39:51 AM
The tipping didn’t matter because everyone tipped Melbourne. I could just be excited.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 13, 2022, 05:58:40 AM
So you can !

I'll have to check out the highlights of this one tonight or tomorrow.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on August 13, 2022, 12:36:15 PM
And... The Dees salvage the remnants of your disastrous tipping ?  :P  :laugh:

Sorry to Holden for this morning's result. Only saw the first half, another Cats' confident display.

Metricon Stadium is about a three minute drive from my local watering hole and there were some die hard Suns supporters in the bar yesterday arvo before heading off to the match plus a family all wearing Cats gear except for their little five year old girl.

So who did I back in the tipping? The head ruled the heart in this instance
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 20, 2022, 12:40:17 AM
Nice to have a relaxing end to the regular season  :P

8 pts clear Minor Premiers, 13 wins in a row. onwards and upwards...hopefully

Had a further search online to my question of last year: How often does a minor premiership team actually wins the flag ?

That's much lower than I thought in recent times.
After a running spell from 84 to 89, where the team at the top of the ladder ended up winning the flag, only 10 teams have done it from 1990 to 2021 (Geelong x 1). 13 teams have finished runners-up (Geelong x 2). 8 teams have finished third (Geelong x 1).

Only 3 teams have won the flag since 2010 after being minor premiers

Tough one ahead.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2022, 12:38:21 AM
 :blank: :blank:  8)

(https://resources.afl.com.au/photo-resources/2022/08/21/7b6c9aa5-bb75-46b1-bf7b-c05dd3f5b7f7/2022_finals_pathway_W1_MelbvSyd?width=952)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2022, 03:37:37 AM
I won the week's tipping.

Which will drive everyone at work crazy because... I regularly win the last round of the year. Seriously, it's crazy. First round and last round. This year I won both of them.

And also it got me in a 3-way tie for 2nd place for the year. Which is a bit disappointing as I was leading by 3 points at one stage, and ended up losing by 4 points. But I was in 5th place a week ago so I'll take it.

EDIT: I feel very sorry for Carlton. A couple of agonisingly close losses and they're out.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2022, 03:51:03 AM
I won the week's tipping.

Which will drive everyone at work crazy because... I regularly win the last round of the year. Seriously, it's crazy. First round and last round. This year I won both of them.

And also it got me in a 3-way tie for 2nd place for the year. Which is a bit disappointing as I was leading by 3 points at one stage, and ended up losing by 4 points. But I was in 5th place a week ago so I'll take it.

EDIT: I feel very sorry for Carlton. A couple of agonisingly close losses and they're out.

Congrats on the overall second place. Do you continue the tipping through the Finals as well?

Only saw the last 4 minutes of Carlton-Collingwood. That sport is an absolute killer, emotion-wise.

I am not sure how I feel about meeting Collingwood right from the off. A second chance might be handy. Still, in it to win it anyway  8) 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2022, 03:59:21 AM
Congrats on the overall second place. Do you continue the tipping through the Finals as well?

The office sometimes does this weird thing for finals where the AFL and rugby league get combined. But it's not part of our regular competition.

So I think I win some money... and actually come out ahead for the first time ever when you combine it with my weekly wins (5 this year??)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2022, 04:12:35 AM
The office sometimes does this weird thing for finals where the AFL and rugby league get combined. But it's not part of our regular competition.

So I think I win some money... and actually come out ahead for the first time ever when you combine it with my weekly wins (5 this year??)

Even better!

Now if you invest the winnings, you could almost double or treble them by the time you decide on which composer, then which opus and then which recording you'd like to spend them on  :laugh:   ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on August 21, 2022, 12:39:29 PM
Even better!

Now if you invest the winnings, you could almost double or treble them by the time you decide on which composer, then which opus and then which recording you'd like to spend them on  :laugh:   ;)

HEY!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 21, 2022, 12:59:04 PM
HEY!

 ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on August 24, 2022, 03:58:30 AM
Ô Captain, my Captain...  8)  :P

(https://resources.afl.com.au/photo-resources/2022/08/24/144fbaf9-2bef-4386-b0fe-90d63a777910/OF240822DP982121029.JPG?width=1064&height=600)

Nice to see Stengle being recognised as well among those 5 Cats in the All-Australian team.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 01, 2022, 03:41:52 AM
Is it me or is the Richmond coach the angry type? I don't think he is sending a Christmas card to Lynch this year.. :blank:

What a game though !
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 02, 2022, 01:47:54 PM
I couldn’t watch it until hours later, and was very tired, but yes, it was a fantastic game.

The next semifinal wasn’t bad either!

Meanwhile, as my brother-in-law supports Richmond and my sister supports Sydney, the household mood is variable.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 09:36:47 PM
Here's to another good one.

Cameron is in the team.

Go Cats. Bounce !!!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 09:59:56 PM
I turned up at 7.20 am...

Geelong haven't the decency to yet...  >:(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:02:40 PM
I miss Kardinia park...  ;D

Why aren't we in Kardinia park...  >:(

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:04:34 PM
Thank fudge for Jezza...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:05:15 PM
(yes I am a bit uptight...)  :blank:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:09:14 PM
Q1 9-23...

Not happy...

Can't be much worse a display though...

Can it ?

 :(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:14:06 PM
Come on Chris Scott, give them a telling off...

(Oh, hello Abbey  0:)  ;D )

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:14:55 PM
Meanwhile, as my brother-in-law supports Richmond and my sister supports Sydney, the household mood is variable.

At this rate we'll join Richmond after losing to the Dockers as well. 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:24:30 PM
Thank you Thomas....at last...

Have we actually made a mark yet ?

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:31:08 PM
It's crisis time...  :o

I have ran out of cookies...

I am going to have to hit the weetabix...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:32:00 PM
Oh Rohan...

Thank you for showing up...

Makes a change...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:33:45 PM
How do you expect to win a bounce against a 10 ft 3 bespectacled giant ?!?!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:41:43 PM
As seen on twitter:

"Death, Taxes...and Geelong bottling it in the Finals.."

That's my Geelong life now...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 10:45:01 PM
HT 31-32

pfftt....

Off for a power nap and some weetabix.

(Oh...Hello Abbey...  8) )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:08:26 PM
And here we go...again...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:09:09 PM
Chris Scott looks how I feel...   :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:14:02 PM
This is rubbish...

and tense...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:15:07 PM
Thought of the day:

My life would be less stressful supporting North Melbourne...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:20:35 PM
Still hanging by, 39-41...

how ?


Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:22:23 PM
45-41

let's savour this tiny moment of sunshine...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:25:18 PM
Brad Close....

open goaaaal....

behind...  ::)

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:26:40 PM
46-47

Ain't no sunshine when Pies score...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:31:12 PM
46-53...

52-23...

i am running out of nails...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:32:21 PM
2 great kicks in a row to be fair, one each side... 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:41:11 PM
Q3 52-59....

(https://i.imgflip.com/57h2fn.jpg)

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:44:30 PM
(just in case you came here by accident through the recent post page, yes , it is still a classical music forum...  :P )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:48:07 PM
53-65

hmmm...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:49:08 PM
why...

why do I put myself through this...

I am not even remotely Australian...

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:50:06 PM
59-65

Thank you Jezza... Again!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:57:05 PM
giving too many marks away for chrissakes...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 02, 2022, 11:59:49 PM
60-65

This game will be the death of me...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:01:16 AM
66-65...

Jesus wept...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:02:52 AM
I hope my cardiologist works on Saturdays...

I'll hunt him down the golf course if I have to...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:05:12 AM
Nice to have a relaxing end to the regular season  :P

Those were the days...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:07:38 AM
66-71...

it means nothing...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:09:29 AM
72-71...

under 4 minutes to go...

mother of god....
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:11:10 AM
Attendance 91,525

key stat.

you're welcome.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:12:13 AM
72-72

2'31 left
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:14:03 AM
78-72

1'20

 :blank:

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:17:40 AM
They haven't, have they...

Oh yess they bl@@dy have !!!!!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

78-72 final score

I'm dead.

 8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:20:40 AM
(https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/a92464c2a4a11aa031af536d3c1dd39c?width=768)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:21:08 AM
never in doubt really  :P :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:22:21 AM
Dees or Lions next...

(hello Abbey  ;D )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 12:29:17 AM
I love footy...

but good lord, I do need that fortnight to recover...  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 01:06:17 AM
(https://resources.afl.com.au/photo-resources/2022/09/03/3eb19eee-99f7-4e3e-87de-afdbd0c41857/Cats-win-.png?width=952)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 01:07:55 AM
I note in passing that my sister is thoroughly unimpressed by your decision to select Geelong as the team you identify with.  :laugh:

well, that could get interesting in the final weekend...  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 03, 2022, 06:47:47 AM
Thought of the day:

My life would be less stressful supporting North Melbourne...

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 03, 2022, 06:49:28 AM
why...

why do I put myself through this...

I am not even remotely Australian...

Because you are one of the rare non-Australians who has discovered how UTTERLY GRIPPING this sport is.

Honestly, the weekend has been astounding. Every one of the 4 matches.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 03, 2022, 06:50:25 AM
never in doubt really  :P :P

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 03, 2022, 06:52:11 AM
Now I feel I have to apologise for not being here in real time to interact with the monologue. But it was still highly entertaining some hours later.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 03, 2022, 07:10:45 AM
Because you are one of the rare non-Australians who has discovered how UTTERLY GRIPPING this sport is.

Honestly, the weekend has been astounding. Every one of the 4 matches.

Oh man, that was just bonkers!

Now I feel I have to apologise for not being here in real time to interact with the monologue. But it was still highly entertaining some hours later.

That's ok  :laugh:

My partner was having a sleep & lie-in so I had to vent out and externalise somewhere. It had to be here. Swearing silently for over 2 hours is a tough ask.  :laugh:

She actually watched the end of Q4 Dockers-Bulldogs. Now she understand why I get up early for this this sport.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 03, 2022, 02:01:09 PM
Giving your opponent a 40-point head start always makes the fans more excited.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 16, 2022, 12:28:08 AM
20 minutes to bounce... The nerves are kicking in  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 16, 2022, 01:26:05 AM
Preliminary final Q1

26-12 to Geelong.

I'll take another 3 of those thank you.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 16, 2022, 02:00:59 AM
HT 49-19 to the good but long way to go.



Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 16, 2022, 03:04:16 AM
75 pts means nothing

 0:)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 16, 2022, 04:05:29 AM
Well, we're there  8) 8)

Please tell me it's not a 6am start next Saturday  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 16, 2022, 01:28:29 PM
75 pts means nothing

 0:)

75 points was past the point I kept watching.

Not only because of the margin. I was watching a recording well after midnight after coming home from a performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. But once the margin was over 50 points I started skipping and the margin never reduced.

Sometimes boring games have their benefits.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 17, 2022, 12:59:14 AM
75 points was past the point I kept watching.

Not only because of the margin. I was watching a recording well after midnight after coming home from a performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. But once the margin was over 50 points I started skipping and the margin never reduced.

Sometimes boring games have their benefits.

I have to say I enjoyed it  :laugh:  I was so chilled out I spent the second half prepping and cooking a boeuf bourguignon for the weekend, with the game on the phone by the stove  8)

Caught the second half of Swans v Pies this morning, that sure did get tense at the end! It should give us a good final hopefully.

How was the Barber ? 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 17, 2022, 12:44:56 PM
The Barber was pretty enjoyable. It’s the kind of thing where the utter silliness of an opera plot is not a bug, it’s a feature.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 18, 2022, 01:24:02 PM
The Barber was pretty enjoyable. It’s the kind of thing where the utter silliness of an opera plot is not a bug, it’s a feature.

Good stuff!

Not so good: 5.30 am kick off on Sat... Gotta be kidding me  :o  :laugh: I'll be up...but still...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:36:24 PM
well this is tense...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:40:26 PM
It's silly o'clock here but, on the plus side, I missed Robbie Williams pre-GF show...

Hawkins 7 on the board.

G'day !  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:47:32 PM
Hawkins 13-0

Nervy but slight Cats domination.

And the swans score 13-6
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:49:33 PM
Blicavs 19-6.

Atta boy!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:51:39 PM
isaac Smith 25-6.

Good.

Good.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:53:40 PM
Isaac Smith 31-6.

Am I awake ?  :o
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:57:10 PM
Miers 32-6

they all count.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:58:43 PM
Close 38-6

Unreal.

keep'em coming boys.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 07:59:38 PM
Jezza 39-6.

Need some adjustment fella.  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:00:56 PM
Zach Guthrie 40-6.

Ticking along.

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:05:09 PM
They're scoring for us now.

QT 41-6.

Couldn't have dreamt a better start really.

Long way to go.

The Swans will wake up surely.


 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:09:26 PM
(Hello Abbey  ;D )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:10:01 PM
Here we go, Q2. More of the same please.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:10:56 PM
Buddy 41-7...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 08:11:49 PM
I’m about half an hour behind real time so I won’t be able to participate in this rolling narrative. But hi.

Edit: I might catch up a bit.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:17:14 PM
I’m about half an hour behind real time so I won’t be able to participate in this rolling narrative. But hi.

Edit: I might catch up a bit.

And good afternoon mate !  8)

Stengle 47-7
Rohan 48-7

At least they are making the unholy hour worthwhile, for now.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:19:23 PM
bloke in red. 49-13.

Lettiing the pessimism kick in  >:(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:27:08 PM
Yes Thomas !  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:29:41 PM
Swans are hanging in there...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:31:17 PM
is there a big game or something ?
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:34:35 PM
Stengle 6
Hawkins 1

unreal.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:36:54 PM
Bit weird for me to see a game in full sunshine  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 08:42:22 PM
I would have bitten many hands off for that HT score.

but...

I know better now...

it means nothing  :(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:00:58 PM
Ha. It doesn’t mean nothing. Though the Swans definitely recovered in the 2nd quarter.

I think Geelong got the benefit of 2 or 3 rather interesting umpire decisions, though I’m not claiming that’s the only reason they’re a long way in front.

I just reached halftime.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:04:06 PM
Halftime gives me a chance to catch up my time delay a fair bit. Though I do quite enjoy G Flip. She’s a fine drummer.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:07:17 PM
Ha. It doesn’t mean nothing. Though the Swans definitely recovered in the 2nd quarter.

I think Geelong got the benefit of 2 or 3 rather interesting umpire decisions, though I’m not claiming that’s the only reason they’re a long way in front.

I just reached halftime.

That seems to be a general beef on twitter against Geelong in all the games  :laugh: There was an iffy 50 against Buddy I think and a a push on Hawkins that was bit soft maybe  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:07:47 PM
Halftime gives me a chance to catch up my time delay a fair bit. Though I do quite enjoy G Flip. She’s a fine drummer.

That wasn't bad indeed.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:08:06 PM
Right, HT banana ingested.

Game on.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:09:37 PM
That seems to be a general beef on twitter against Geelong in all the games  :laugh: There was an iffy 50 against Buddy I think and a a push on Hawkins that was bit soft maybe  :P


The 50 yes. Also a holding the ball in 1st quarter where the Swans player kicked it as he was falling.

I am now less than 3 minutes behind reality.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:10:01 PM
As we were.  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:11:52 PM
The 50 yes. Also a holding the ball in 1st quarter where the Swans player kicked it as he was falling.

I am now less than 3 minutes behind reality.

Reality feels nice today  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:13:27 PM
Reality feels nice today  ;)

It’s getting a little awful to watch for people who haven’t randomly adopted Cats from the other side of the planet.

I just wanted an exciting game. Plus the Swans have sexier players.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:13:57 PM
sweet baby jesus...
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:16:31 PM
I am now live. *waves*
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:16:51 PM
It’s getting a little awful to watch for people who haven’t randomly adopted Cats from the other side of the planet.

I just wanted an exciting game. Plus the Swans have sexier players.

Not the best game for the neutrals, I concede.

And it wasn't random, it was a wise choice (so far)  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:17:52 PM
I am now live. *waves*

Welcome home

 *hi from the Northern bit*

 8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:20:34 PM
Plus the Swans have sexier players.

 ;D

I'll take your word for it.

Abbey looked really lovely in pink  0:)

Oh, we've scored again  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:29:11 PM
For balance, we did let Buddy score his 1,000th goal against us way back when and they stopped the game for ages.

They owed us  :P

one more for Stengle  ;D
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:30:13 PM
It’s becoming a massacre. I’m only half watching while catching up on the forum.

Tempted to message condolences to my sister.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:31:55 PM
Something's wrong, Chris Scott looks absolutely chilled out  :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:34:10 PM
It’s becoming a massacre. I’m only half watching while catching up on the forum.

It's an absolute annihilation. I expected the Cats to be strong and composed, on the back of those 15 wins, but not to see Sydney crumble like that.

Tempted to message condolences to my sister.

i'll wait FT to be sure.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:38:25 PM
Apparently the most points ever scores in a quarter is 106.

I’m not seeing it.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:38:47 PM
6.3 to 0.1 in Q3.

Good Lord  :-[
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:41:54 PM
The biggest ever deficit recovery from this point is 45 points. Just so you know. In over 120 years…
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:43:18 PM
The biggest ever deficit recovery from this point is 45 points. Just so you know. In over 120 years…

I remain ultra cautious till a minute to go  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 09:53:24 PM
The only remaining tension is who will win the Norm Smith Medal for best player.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:57:12 PM
Geelong fans cheering Buddy when he touches the ball  :laugh:

( I am starting to enjoy this now  :P  )
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 09:58:33 PM
The only remaining tension is who will win the Norm Smith Medal for best player.

The jury is spoiled for choice
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:08:17 PM
Selwoooooood !!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:09:20 PM
man, Hawkins is welling up already...  :'(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 10:14:34 PM
Well I hope you planned to go have a nice breakfast.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:15:07 PM
I am not crying, you're crying...  :'(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 10:15:50 PM
Selwoooooood !!

I think people forget there are actually 4 Selwood brothers who played, because this one has set truly astonishing records.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:18:28 PM
oh man, this is special.

i went back and dug up an old post of yours that stuck:

As for the whole Geelong thing, I don't want to get to the end of the season and discover that you've abandoned the sport because you didn't get your fairytale. Traditionally you're supposed to keep coming back year after year hoping that THIS time it's going to finally work out. Like the work colleague who comes from a Melbourne-supporting family. He's not old enough to have ever seen a premiership...


I know my luck this year  ;)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:24:41 PM
I have found the perfect birthday/Christmas card for your sister  :P

(My commiserations to her  :-[)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 10:27:15 PM
You made me go back and look at posts from last season.

Ah yes. Geelong. Too old, too slow etc.

…turns out to be completely false.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 10:27:54 PM
The first Smith to win the Smith!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:29:42 PM
You made me go back and look at posts from last season.

Ah yes. Geelong. Too old, too slow etc.

…turns out to be completely false.

they've turned it around nicely, haven't they.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:30:32 PM
The first Smith to win the Smith!

spoiler  :laugh: I stream about a minute behind.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:33:00 PM
I genuinely love the fact, again, that they get kids to hand out the medals. What a memory for them.  :)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 10:34:51 PM
I genuinely love the fact, again, that they get kids to hand out the medals. What a memory for them.  :)

Yes, it’s an adorable tradition. The AFL really do seem very committed to juniors.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:42:58 PM
Chris Scott looks and feels vindicated. 
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:45:40 PM
You made me go back and look at posts from last season.

Ah yes. Geelong. Too old, too slow etc.

…turns out to be completely false.

Going back to this, bringing in Cameron last year and Stengle this year has made a huge difference but a lot of the existing players stepped up as well compared to last year.

This year was much more fast hand game based compared to last year's slow build ups by foot.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 23, 2022, 10:58:42 PM
Well, that was fun and emotional.

On to next year.

Now do I stick with Geelong or move on to another team that hasn't won in a while ?  :P
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 23, 2022, 11:23:33 PM
Well, that was fun and emotional.

On to next year.

Now do I stick with Geelong or move on to another team that hasn't won in a while ?  :P

Brisbane’s team song could tempt you.

But, go have that celebratory breakfast first!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 24, 2022, 01:52:36 AM
But, go have that celebratory breakfast first!

I had an extra weetabix!  :laugh: the breakfast of Premiers  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 24, 2022, 07:26:47 AM
From the Geelong twitter account:

"Too old, too slow, too good 👴🏻🏆 The cup will look great down at the retirement home #Untameable"

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FdZwdoGaAAIFZxM?format=jpg&name=large)

 :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 25, 2022, 12:01:45 AM
Well, isn't this a thing of beauty...  8)

(https://resources.afl.com.au/photo-resources/2022/09/25/2e73148f-4ea3-45f0-9926-7e7f412d2995/Z5RSr9oW.jpg?width=1064&height=600)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 25, 2022, 12:43:00 AM
From the Geelong twitter account:

"Too old, too slow, too good 👴🏻🏆 The cup will look great down at the retirement home #Untameable"

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FdZwdoGaAAIFZxM?format=jpg&name=large)

 :laugh:

Lol. That’s funny!
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 25, 2022, 12:55:39 AM
Twitter was trolling me earlier in the week.

In the Explore/For You area where you select some topics of choice (viral tweets, funny tweets, etc), Geelong came up as an option, which I selected. It worked for a day or two, appearing in that page as expected....then it disappeared.

Twitter always throws in a couple of suggested topics and when I got to the bottom of my selected topics, what did they decide to throw in ??


@%$@$@$ COLLINGWOOD !!!  >:D

 :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 26, 2022, 12:39:37 AM
Lol. That’s funny!

They've taken the mickey-taking to a whole other level now:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FdjWbguaEAAJ-yY?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)

and this:

https://www.geelongcats.com.au/video/1229210/-too-old-too-slow-too-good-celebration-day-2022?videoId=1229210&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1664170084001 (https://www.geelongcats.com.au/video/1229210/-too-old-too-slow-too-good-celebration-day-2022?videoId=1229210&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1664170084001)

 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Holden on September 26, 2022, 12:45:14 AM
Twitter was trolling me earlier in the week.

In the Explore/For You area where you select some topics of choice (viral tweets, funny tweets, etc), Geelong came up as an option, which I selected. It worked for a day or two, appearing in that page as expected....then it disappeared.

Twitter always throws in a couple of suggested topics and when I got to the bottom of my selected topics, what did they decide to throw in ??


@%$@$@$ COLLINGWOOD !!!  >:D

 :laugh:

Couldn’t agree more about Collingwood
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 26, 2022, 03:56:10 AM
Couldn’t agree more about Collingwood

That Collingwood thing has popped up again despite hiding it. I am now officially with the rest of Australia disliking them (I am keeping it polite)  >:(
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 28, 2022, 08:08:41 PM
I missed it yesterday, but Joel Selwood has announced his retirement.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 29, 2022, 02:29:39 AM
I saw glimpses of it on twitter, what impressive stats he has ! Chris Scott was really struggling to hold back the tears during the press conference.

When asked if Selwood's retirement would release a large chunk of the salary cap, the Geelong press officer I assume said "we are not going there".

Scott interjected and said "I want to go there actually, I'm going rogue if you don't mind. Joel's departure will actually not release that much of a salary cap to be honest. With his experience and calibre, he could have taken the club to the cleaners salary-wise for many years and he never did. That's testament to the man and his attachment to the club." And Scott got a bit emotional again  :)

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 29, 2022, 02:40:36 AM
Apparently Selwood got a standing ovation from all journalists at the end of the press conference, that's a nice touch.

Another nice story is his celebration with a Geelong water boy he spotted in the crowd after the grand final, brought him on the pitch, let him go wild with his medal. He even called the kid's mum from the kid's mobile to let her know he was fine, on the pitch and the team would take him back to the club safe and well themselves.

https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1574191938479091712?t=3lazoyp1l_Ty_y28WHegdw&s=19 (https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1574191938479091712?t=3lazoyp1l_Ty_y28WHegdw&s=19)

Beyond that, he took that same kid as his guest to a medal ceremony yesterday or the day before as well.

Nice stories. Nice guy indeed.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 29, 2022, 02:50:42 AM
Indeed, his reputation is pretty impeccable all around. He’s achieved a remarkable amount in his career and he’s been thought of highly as a person at the same time.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 29, 2022, 03:02:22 AM
Indeed, his reputation is pretty impeccable all around. He’s achieved a remarkable amount in his career and he’s been thought of highly as a person at the same time.

Looks like I haven't picked a bad footy club after all  8)
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 29, 2022, 10:23:23 PM
(https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/00117fb8bf778fd1ccb2b558e7623359)


Essendon have appointed a new coach that doesn't half look like Chris Scott...

Wait.. He's called Brad...Scott...

Oh they're brothers... That explains it...

and also Twins... well, it makes sense. The more you know...  :laugh:

(And double premiers with the Lions, nice one!)

Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Madiel on September 29, 2022, 11:47:16 PM
(https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/00117fb8bf778fd1ccb2b558e7623359)


Essendon have appointed a new coach that doesn't half look like Chris Scott...

Wait.. He's called Brad...Scott...

Oh they're brothers... That explains it...

and also Twins... well, it makes sense. The more you know...  :laugh:

(And double premiers with the Lions, nice one!)

Ha. Yeah. He’s been away for a few years so you’ve missed the double act.
Title: Re: The AFL / Aussie Rules Thread
Post by: Papy Oli on September 29, 2022, 11:58:56 PM
Apparently nicknamed the Kray Brothers at the time. I guess they were the caring and affectionate kind of players  :laugh: