"North have built this side really well. They have been able to build this list on the back of some genuine bargains."
The graphic (there's always the graphic):
Michael Firrito - Rookie Draft
Scott McMahon - Rookie Draft
Leigh Adams - Rookie Draft
Matt Campbell - Rookie Draft
Nathan Grima - Rookie Draft
Cruize Garlett - Rookie Draft
Cam Pedersen - Rookie Draft
Aaron Mullett - Rookie Draft
Aaron Edwards - Pick 82 - 2006
Lindsay Thomas - Pick 53 - 2006
Brent Harvey - Pick 47 - 1995
Andrew Swallow - Pick 43 - 2005
Excuse my skepticism. The inclusion of Brent Harvey smacks of padding. "Look! Boomer was drafted at 47 - that will bolster our point." North built its 1990s list with Harvey. North already had Harvey when Dean Laidley re-built the list in the Noughties. Now, under Brad Scott, "this side" and "this list" merely inherited Harvey.
Someone is going to have to crack open a can of #FootyMaths to assist in the AFL's on-going struggle with unintended consequences.
Since the introduction of the current substitute rule, footy fans have been party to the following justification:
"The substitute rule works brilliantly. Late in games players are tiring dramatically, allowing the games to open right up."
Of late, conspiratorially as a distraction from GWS shenanigans and other inspired AFL hi-jinx, it has been mooted that the game is too long:
"At 30+ minutes, quarters are too long. Late in games players are tiring dramatically, putting their well-being and careers at risk."
In a nutshell: We can make the game better by making the players more tired; by making the players less tired, we can make the game better.
The AFL, through its rules committee, introduces a new rule or rule modification - "tweak", to employ the prevailing user-friendly vernacular. Mind you, Kevin Bartlett remains dogged (tiger-like, even) in his defence: "there are next to NO new rules." This change, in turn, precipitates another change, and another, etc, et al, and so on. Which is great for KB, who gets to oversee another tweak. See how it works?
I could not bring myself to hate Judd because he went to Carlton instead of Melbourne; he's just too bloody good. And anyway, recent events appear to illustrate why he might have chosen Royal Parade. That, and his cushy deal at Visy. I also wanted to mention that both Judd and Buddy barracked for Melbourne before they played AFL. And also that I had, coincidentally, had a multi on Collingwood for the flag, Judd for the Brownlow and Buddy for the Coleman.
THAT'S, or rather THIS! is what I am talking about!
Austrian's wouldn't give a XXXX for "automated programming systems":
ABC pulls plug on VFL game
It was lights, cameras and suddenly no action for ABC viewers of Saturday's AFL match of the round between Port Melbourne and Williamstown.
With only a couple of minutes to go, at 4pm, Williamstown was five points down and storming home when the ABC pulled the plug on the live coverage.
It turned out there were only two minutes still to go in an extraordinarily long game, when the ABC announced that, unfortunately, it was ending its coverage and that the game could be seen later on the station's iView.
The station went to its next program - Treks in the Wild World: Trekking in Austria.