AFL 2024

Gotta hand it to the draft system and the recruitment policies… 10-15 years ago the Blues and the Demons were in the bottom 5 or 6 of the ladder…

Geelong being beaten up a stick at home by Port Adelaide. 36-77 at the half.

Oisin Mullin on the pitch for Geelong. He set up one goal early in Q3.

The Cats got three goals in the last two minutes of Q3 and have closed to 18 points down with 16 minutes left.

Cats have it down to 7 now but there’s only 2:48 left and it’s still a two score game.

Port Adelaide lock it down for the last two minutes after Geelong had got back to 6 down. 101-95. Port Adelaide’s first win in Geelong since a few weeks before the Cats smashed them by 119 points in that year’s Grand Final.

That Melbourne v Geelong game last week must have rightly taken it out of both teams given how poor both teams were in the first halves of their games this week.

The Bombers are growing by the week. They’ve just gone 19 ahead of flag favourites GWS with 13 minutes left and the Telstra Dome is absolutely rocking.

Jesus that was a proper beat 'em up by the Bombers. They win 82-62 and it could have been much more. Their forward pressing is reminiscent of Mayo at their best.

People laughed at the start of this season when they heard about the “Essendon Edge” the coaching team wanted to develop. They aren’t laughing now.

Zach Merrett is doing some job as captain. He could be well in there with a shout for the Brownlow medal this year.

Shaping up to be some season. If Essendon, Carlton and Collingwood are all there at the business end the city of Melbourne will go into meltdown.

Could this change this year? Surely, surely they make the finals and win a game

Essendon made a good start last year before falling away badly but they look more durable this year and they have a very good fixture list to come and should be aiming for top 4 at this stage.

Next two games are gimmes against North Melbourne and Richmond and then a very winnable game away to Gold Coast before Carlton on June 9th.

It gets hard for them in July when they have Geelong, Collingwood and Melbourne in successive weeks but apart from that it’s an excellent draw. Could easily see them notching 10 wins from the remaining 14 games which should be enough for top 4. With the big Melbourne clubs the crowd factor really comes into things. Essendon and Carlton have been down for a long time and their supporters are ravenous for success. That makes their Melbourne games into very hostile atmospheres particularly for interstate opponents.

No guarantee of anything in finals though.

Hard to believe that GWS team beat them by 126 points last August.

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It’s a bad time for Cats. Kilkenny blew wins against Galway and Carlow (!) the last two weeks in a row. My cat had to be brought to the vet and put to sleep during extra time in the Ulster final on Sunday.

Now Geelong are being rumbled in the jungle by the Gold Coast Suns and heading to a third straight defeat after winning the first seven games.

Damien Hardwick’s men lead 158-80 in Darwin inside the last five minutes of a breakout performance.

It’s the first time the Suns have scored over 150 in the club’s history and the first time Chris Scott has ever conceded over 150 as a coach.

See the bombers go up up!

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Thats some win for Godl Coast. Major collapse by Gellong recently, but they have been a team like that for a while, either flying well, or on a big downer.

Carlton facing their acid test at the SCG and after a trademark fast start to lead by 26 points halfway through the first quarter, they’ve failed it big time.

64 point turnaround since then and the Swans are sailing away to lead 82-44 and there is a quarter and a half left. This could get very ugly especially without the freshly injured Jacob Weitering marshalling the defence.

The Footy Coriolis effect strikes again as GWS’s Callan Ward sets up a goal for his old team Footscray with a beautiful wrong way pass.

You can stick a fork in GWS as a contender, a pathetic performance in front of a pathetic crowd of just 7k to lose 43-70 to the Dogs,

Collingwood are steadily climbing the ladder but they made damn hard work of beating Adelaide 78-74 at the MCG.

Adelaide are a funny team. They’ve shown they can contend in Melbourne games so far this season and can beat good teams. One of those teams I wouldn’t rule out of making the eight.

The Richmond era is well and truly over, they’re getting completely annihilated in Brisbane and look set to be a gimme for anybody they play for the rest of the season. It’s a footnote of history that Richmond’s one win this season was also Sydney’s one defeat. The Swans are now clear front runners of the league.

The Eagles are in the box seat against Melbourne here @GMan. Would be a big victory for them. 74-52 up halfway through Q3.

Essendon fly up to SECOND on the ladder! Routine enough victory over winless North Melbourne.

Ridiculous finish between Port Adelaide and Hawthorn. Hawthorn were 41 points up at one stage and still 68-79 up with the ball in midfield with 40 seconds left and they somehow blew it to lose 80-79.

yeah watching it here, can Waalitj Marawar hold on against a flag contender Narrm at Whadjuk? 18 pints lead heading into the 4th. Harley Reid exceptional again. That goal just before quarter siren was so composed, just brushed off his opponent with his right arm, collected on the spin with his left and strolled through. I have previously never been convinced by Waterman, usually his name being called out would always come with a reference to his father, but he really is showing well this season and scoring better than Darling, so great to see him potentially filling that key forward role since JK retired.

Another goal to Waterman. His late father Dennis would be chuffed.

Bayley Fritsch has a left foot as good as Chippy Brady. Proper ball player.

Dreamtime for Waalitj Maramar. They’re going to win this comfortably. Harley Reid is the Greta Thunberg of footy.