AFL 2015 Season

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well we are off and running with Carlton and Richmond and I am not happy.  Not over just yet but not looking good for the Blues.

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
My elder son and I will be in the Hawthorn Members' reserve on Monday to enjoy the sight of Hawthorn giving Geelong a hiding.
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
My team playing on monday maybe i will boo Valvegear Very Happy
  SAR520SMBH Junior Train Controller

My team is playing on Monday too.....Up the Catters. Big crowd, big stage, going to be a great game, may best team win
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
What a great win by the mighty Hawks. Sloppy in the first quarter, and thereafter didn't give the Cats a sniff.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
For me the team of the round who look like they may cause some issues for other teams (other than the Hawks) was Adelaide.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
For me the team of the round who look like they may cause some issues for other teams (other than the Hawks) was Adelaide.
bevans

I don't wanna sound overconfident but the Hawks are looking like they'll be there in September already, barring any major injury woes! Very Happy
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I don't wanna sound overconfident but the Hawks are looking like they'll be there in September already, barring any major injury woes! Very Happy
Spiritman
Which will likely make the 2015 AFL season rather boring to be honest.

And why aren't Channel Seven broadcasting games in HD yet?  It's 2015 for goodness sake!
  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
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  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
What was your tweet?

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Carlton a rabble. The season is looking very very poor for cRlton and their supporters.

Mick malt house in trouble. When will he go ?
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
The results this weekend are now starting to firm up who will not be in the finals.  The BIG deal is Collingwood (my team) cannot now make the finals.  

I am also starting to think Buckley is never going to coach us to a win.  Should he go?

Carlton and Essendon also gone.

Hird as coach may also be in doubt?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The results this weekend are now starting to firm up who will not be in the finals.  The BIG deal is Collingwood (my team) cannot now make the finals.  
I am also starting to think Buckley is never going to coach us to a win.  Should he go?
"JoppaJunction"
I'm not a Collingwood supporter ( Go Hawks!), but my younger son is. He is not unhappy with Buckley because he reckons that Collingwood has a team of kids (apart from Cloke, Pendlebury and Swan). Give them another season or two and  Collingwood should have a really good side. The same can't be said of Carlton, Brisbane or Melbourne since all of them appear to believe in a recruiting policy of old has-beens rather than developing youth.

Hird as coach may also be in doubt?
"JoppaJunction"
There should not be any doubt whatsoever about Hird. He should have been sacked at least a year ago. He has, virtually single-handedly, destroyed a once great club. To this day, his players don't know what they were injected with, and Hird still refuses to take responsibility. Have you seen him recently, coaching from the boundary line without headphones? Hird has one view of the play, and his assistants are up in the box with a different view, yet they can't communicate with him. Why bother with your assistant coaches et al if you're not going to listen to them? The hubris of the man defies belief.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey

Hird as coach may also be in doubt?
There should not be any doubt whatsoever about Hird. He should have been sacked at least a year ago. He has, virtually single-handedly, destroyed a once great club. To this day, his players don't know what they were injected with, and Hird still refuses to take responsibility. Have you seen him recently, coaching from the boundary line without headphones? Hird has one view of the play, and his assistants are up in the box with a different view, yet they can't communicate with him. Why bother with your assistant coaches et al if you're not going to listen to them? The hubris of the man defies belief.
Valvegear

Hird has taken a once proud club and placed the club on its knees.  Anyone thought about the losses and perhaps it is the players who are deliberately losing to send the Essendon Management a message about Hird?

In other words do the players now also want the last connection to the doping scandal gone and who many probably believe was the architect of the scandal?
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Hooray, the Lions, who were firmly welded to the bottom rung of the ladder have finally moved up one to make room for Carlton.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Hooray, the Lions, who were firmly welded to the bottom rung of the ladder have finally moved up one to make room for Carlton.
TheBlacksmith

  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Hird has taken a once proud club and placed the club on its knees.  Anyone thought about the losses and perhaps it is the players who are deliberately losing to send the Essendon Management a message about Hird?

In other words do the players now also want the last connection to the doping scandal gone and who many probably believe was the architect of the scandal?
x31
To be fair to them, it's understandable that players staring down the barrel at a doping suspension of between two and four years wouldn't be too motivated to play well.

They should have pleaded guilty and thrown Hird under the bus while they had a chance to take a six month suspension (mostly during the off-season) which would have had less impact on their career than doing an ACL. The pro-doping culture of the AFL would have ensured that most of them would have walked straight back in once their suspensions were over (as the Clenbuterol dopers at Collingwood will do) but that will be a bit harder if they've been out for four years.

James Hird deserves the same sanction as Lance Armstrong, who got a life ban from all sport for being the kingpin in a much smaller case of institutional doping.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey

James Hird deserves the same sanction as Lance Armstrong, who got a life ban from all sport for being the kingpin in a much smaller case of institutional doping.
justapassenger

Absolutely he does.  He has caused years of turmoil at Essendon and caused issues across many players who would undoubtedly be feeling aggrieved and they should.

Just the idea of undertaking a programme of drug taking on such a scale should have lead to Hird being immediately sacked.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Absolutely he does.  He has caused years of turmoil at Essendon and caused issues across many players who would undoubtedly be feeling aggrieved and they should.
x31
It's probably bad enough that he should take certain precautions to ensure his personal security once the AFL decision gets overturned by the CAS.

With 34 football players facing total suspensions of 68-136 years between them, there's certainly more than enough motive for somebody to do him some physical harm as retribution. He should be thankful he did this at Essendon rather than at Collingwood where there are much closer connections with the sort of people who do that for a living.

Just the idea of undertaking a programme of drug taking on such a scale should have lead to Hird being immediately sacked.
x31
The institutional doping (i.e. a team-wide program) is what deserves a life ban for Hird, Dank and Little. To put it into perspective, the Essendon doping program was (pretty sure it's was rather than is, there certainly weren't any PEDs involved with their performance on Saturday night) larger than all the known cases of team-led doping in the history of cycling put together!

With it now having been confirmed that Geelong was also a Stephen Dank client, the AFL is at a crossroads - do they want to be a clean sport or not? Can the AFL survive without the massive government handouts and concessions they stand to lose (on pain of Australia's disqualification from the Olympics) if they do nothing and the sport is officially deemed non-compliant with the WADA code?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Essendon are expected to announce they have parted company with senior coach James Hird, effective immediately.

The resignation of Hird follows discussions by the Essendon board after the club's massive 112-point loss to Adelaide. But the move has been in the wind for some time, with the board increasingly of the view that Hird should move on.

The Essendon players were told of Hird's fate at about lunchtime on Tuesday. The club will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Hird, who had a year to run on his contract, will be replaced by an interim coach, who will be one of the current assistants, such as Matthew Egan or Hayden Skipworth. Club great and ex-Fremantle coach Mark Harvey will not be the replacement.



Gone from Essendon: James Hird. Photo: Scott Barbour

Hird's exit involves a negotiated settlement on the remainder of his contract - speculation is that he was due to be paid close to $750,000 for 2016.

Fairfax Media believes the Essendon board held discussions on Monday evening.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/the-essendon-crisis-club-and-senior-coach-james-hird-part-ways-20150818-gj1noe.html#ixzz3j8QM3qdN
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Too little; too late.
Paul Little and Dr Reid should both fall on their swords as well for failing to haul Hird over the coals.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
$750,000 plus a year in France.
Who said cheating doesn't pay?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
"The Bombers inject up, up,
To win the premiership flag..."
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
"The Bombers inject up, up,
To win the premiership flag..."
Donald

The bombers are toast!  Windy Hill should be renamed the Peptide Palace!
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Essendon is a former power of the AFL competition right now reduced to little more than a laughing stock both on and off the field.

Essendon's administrators might as well have spent the past few years standing outside their new high performance centre at Tullamarine throwing wads of cash into the breeze.
If a series of on-field humiliations haven't been bad enough, those running the club continue to make decisions bordering on farcical. James Hird's departure as coach is just another.

'Just what do the Bombers stand for now?' Photo: AFL Media/Getty Images



On Tuesday, they terminated a coach still with a year left on his contract, after effectively paying him not to coach in 2014. A coach who replaced a predecessor in Matthew Knights also paid out for not completing the final two years on his contract. This follows millions of dollars spent on the legal ramifications of the drawn-out supplements saga.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/essendon-and-james-hird-club-reduced-to-laughing-stock-20150818-gj1sd4.html

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