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MadAsHell last won the day on April 23 2016

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  1. I expect both Sam Grey & Allen Christensen to stay at their clubs given Port missed out on Fantasia and Brisbane Elliott. Would love Sam Skinner despite the fact Brisbane will likely try to keep him. Think we should offer him a decent contract and get him in the PSD. Can play at either end and is really aggressive. Would also take a punt on Tim Broomhead assuming he gets delisted as a DFA. Was just starting to establish himself in the Collingwood team until he broke his leg early 2018. Has pace, is a good kick and would help provide some forward pressure and crumbing ability.
  2. Now that it's official I'd probably be happy enough to take a punt on him.
  3. Doesn't excite me. Think we have enough options on our list for midfield depth and will likely draft a few more anyway. When it comes to a DFA, personally I think we should focus on an area we could use some cover in, which for me is either a small defender (eg Nathan Wright or Aaron Mullett) or a tall forward (haven't seen many options yet). So for me, I don't see Sheridan fitting a need.
  4. Wouldn't put a line through him, but he needs a good summer. Was very disapointing in the 2017/18 summer.
  5. Hey LH. Nope haven't seen anything official myself. Just heard it from them on the Casey B&F Night.
  6. Agree WJ, and it's even more odd given no comments have been made since the tests themselves have been played. Langer lost me the moment that squad was named. I can't remember an Australian Squad being named with so many bizzare selections. Siddle ahead of Tremain, Doggett ahead of a wrist spinner like Swepson, Nesser over Stoinis, Labuschange over Maxwell and Finch over who would have been my left field selection to captain for the next 2 years and bat at 5, Cameron White. The Aussies showed some fight in the first test, and the performances of Finch & Labuschange exceeded my extremely low expectations (how two guys with first class batting averages in the mid 30's have made our XI I don't know??). But we had to much of the same. Marsh's fail, batting collapses, bowling left to too few. To make atters matters worse, with the way our summer is structured this year with the ODI's being mixed amongst the tests, some players like Maxwell will only be able to play one Shield match for e entire summer, even f he were to miss test selection (round of Shield matches starting 27 Nov). Lets not even get into the fact Khawaja's now likely to miss the summer. For me, this is the summer/time to finally say enough is enough. We already did it with Smith/Warner with what happened in South Africa, well now is the time to also do it with the wishy washy Marsh bro's despite the absences of Smith, Warner, Khawaja & Bancroft. For mine, I'd like to see our XI for the First Test against India to look something like; Aaron Finch (did enough in the UAE) Matt Renshaw Kurtis Patterson (may as well play him. NSW never shut up about him) Travis Head Glenn Maxwell Marcus Stoinis +Tim Paine* Pat Cummins Mitchell Starc Nathan Lyon Josh Hazlewood I don't expect Langer to drop his WA love children Marsh bros. But lets use this summer to stop the rot. Hope to win one test v India, series v Sri Lanka and hopefully set ourselves up for the Ashes. Keep an eye out for Will Pucovski from Victoria also. Only 20, averaging 52 after 7 First Class games and made a double ton in the opening round of the Shield. Finally just for formalities sake, think our ODI XI should look something like. Aaron Finch D'Arcy Short +Tim Paine Travis Head Chris Lynn Glenn Maxwell Marcus Stoinis Ashton Agar Mitchell Starc Kane Richardson Josh Hazlewood
  7. Agree re Lamb/Bugg. It also doesn't make sense given Bugg is better then Lamb. According to the two men themselves, Keilty and Smith are both staying on the rookie list.
  8. I thought it was a broken leg and he was available for selection again late in the season? But I could be wrong.
  9. Nathan Wright (St Kilda) or Aaron Mullett (Nth Melb/Carlton) as potential cover as small defender in case Jetta were to get injured. Or if we were more interested in cover for key forwards then Aaron Black (Nth Melb/Geelong) or Ryan Schoenmakers (Hawthorn) who I believe hasn't signed are our best options IMO.
  10. Agree re Port. I had them 12th and think they are likely to be out of the 8 for awhile. Get where you're coming from with Hawthorn also. I think they've topped up just enough for one more finals run (hence my prediction for 8th). But with retirements likely to come for Roughead, Burgoyne, Birchall, Puopolo, Frawley, Stratton & McEvoy by the end of 2020, I think a significant cliff is coming fast for Hawthorn!
  11. 1. Melbourne (this is the year!) 2. Collingwood 3. West Coast 4. Richmond 5. Essendon 6. Adelaide 7. Geelong 8. Hawthorn 9. GWS (the era is over) 10. North Melbourne 11. Sydney 12. Port Adelaide 13. Brisbane 14. Fremantle 15. Carlton 16. Western Bulldogs 17. St Kilda 18. Gold Coast
  12. 1. VACANT 12. Draftee (Potentially Sam Sturt) 16. Steven May (1 better then his 17 at GC) 21. Draftee (Potentially Jay Lockhart. Think we've had a Tassie HBF in 21 before....) 23. VACANT 27. Kade Kolodjashnij (1 better then his 28 he initially wore at the Suns) 32. Draftee (Potentially Toby Bedford) 34. DFA recruit (Potentially Nathan Wright, wore this no at St Kilda) 37. Braydon Preuss (like our 2 main rucks in 11 & 37) 40. Draftee (Potentially Mason Shaw) 41. Rookie Draftee (Potentially Corey Wagner, wore this no at Nth Melb) 43. VACANT 46. Guy Walker (Max Walker debuted in this no) 47. VACANT 48. VACANT 49. VACANT 50. Austin Bradtke (same no Mark wore)
  13. We're essentially in agreement then, as that too is also my point. While some clubs/people may rate a certain player (Lockhart for example) around Pick 60, us and some other clubs may see him around Pick 25. What I do know is that Rawlings rates him very highly. You're thinking of Hutchins.
  14. You may well be right. Time will tell I guess.
  15. Please feel free to list all the experts who had Fritsch in the top 40. I mean you're welcome to shoot from the hip like that, but it works better if you have something to back it up.
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