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  1. The Tackle Nick Vlastuin, Alan Richardson and Carlton among Mark Robinson’s likes and dislikes from Round 13 ROUND 13 produced two of the best games of the season as finals contenders Sydney and West and Geelong and Richmond did battle in cracking contests. Senior players like Nick Vlastuin stood up and young players like Oliver Florent starred in finals-like games. But while we saw the best of some teams, the depth of issues at other clubs were laid bare. Western Bulldogs and Adelaide have been left searching for answers, again, after their dramatic falls from grace were underlined by heavy losses. And what about Carlton? At least their dismal half of football against Fremantle wasn’t the only poor showing of the round. WHAT I LIKE 1. Speed always kills Immense game at the MCG and the Tigers won again with speed and pressure. In the last quarter, Jason Castagna kicked the penultimate goal after winning a sprint from centre half-forward. Daniel Rioli then chased Mitch Duncan and pinned him in a tackle before kicking the final goal. They were huge moments in a high-pressure game. It was typical Tigers — Alex Rance dominated at the back, the leaders stood up in the final term, the smalls tackled ferociously (Jack Graham 13, Rioli eight) and Jack Riewoldt competed in the air, which brought the crumbers into the contest. It’s a game plan ideal for the MCG. 2. Not everyone has to be fast Nick Vlastuin is a player of heart and substance and when he is allowed to play loose at the back, as he did at times on Sunday, he imposed himself in manner similar to Luke Hodge. We’re not suggesting he’s a better player than Hodge, but his influence at halfback cannot be denied. Took a game-high 11 marks and had 21 disposals and is tough. Won’t be surprised if he tops the coaches’ votes. 3. Seb Ross Ross was one of St Kilda’s leaders under scrutiny and his response had to come on the field. His final quarter was a masterclass in determination. As the spirit was sucked from Gold Coast, Ross and Jack Steven grabbed the moment for the Saints. Ross had eight touches plus five contested possessions, three clearances and two inside-50s in the final quarter. 4. Alan Richardson The criticism of Richo was scathing at three-quarter time because his team was five goals behind and, if there was a blowout in the final quarter, Saints officials would have burned the midnight oil this week. But while he coached his team into trouble, Richardson also coached his team out of it, which was brilliant. He needed it. The win might cover some cracks, but it also shows Richo and his team have the spirit to compete. Now they have to fix the attack, where too many times Paddy McCartin and Tim Membrey were competing against each other in the air. 5. Chad Wingard Like it when players don’t make excuses for their poor form. “I’ve been struggling,” Wingard said on June 6. “You can have a lot of excuses, but I’m not going to chuck any up there. It’s really on myself, I’ve got to play at a better level.’’ In the two weeks since, against Richmond and last Thursday against the Western Bulldogs, Wingard has moved full-time into the midfield and improved Port Adelaide. He has averaged 30.5 disposals, 582m gained and almost seven clearances. Not coincidentally, Port has announced itself as a flag contender. 6. Jack Gunston Alastair Clarkson never stops searching for answers and on the weekend it was moving Taylor Duryea forward and, for the second week in a row, anchoring Jack Gunston in defence. The Gunston move has been intriguing. In Rounds 8 and 9, he booted nine goals before a quiet game against West Coast in Round 10. In the past two weeks he has spent 83 per cent of match time in defence and has averaged 26 disposals, 20 uncontested possessions, 411m gained, nine marks and four intercept possessions. With Gunston and James Sicily in defence, the Hawks have two smart, athletic rebounders who can deliver the ball. 7. Oliver Florent Before the weekend, Brisbane’s Alex Witherden, Adelaide’s Tom Doedee and Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson were the equal favourites for the AFL Rising Star award. Swan Florent was fourth in betting. He might be favourite soon. On Friday night he had a career-high 29 disposals and a career-high 23 uncontested possessions, which is evidence of his hard-running in a tightly-contested game. In his past six matches, Florent has averaged 24 disposals, 16 uncontested possessions, 376m gained and five score involvements and, if that form continues, he will give Rising Star selectors something to consider. 8. The mini-mes Fremantle has its two midfield stars, Lachie Neale (177cm) and Nathan Fyfe (190cm), who will share the three and two votes awarded on Saturday afternoon. Underneath them are two up-and-coming players — Adam Cerra (186cm) and Andrew Brayshaw (184cm) — who one day will join them in the engine room to form one of the best midfields in the competition. Brayshaw is calm and Cerra looks to have freakish talent. The raw fruit at Fremantle — Cerra, Brayshaw, Connor Blakeley, Luke Ryan, Brennan Cox, Stefan Giro, Ed Langdon, Alex Pearce and Michael Apeness — is ripening before our eyes. 9. Tony Shaw No playing favourites for the Collingwood premiership skipper when it comes to spectator violence. “C’mon Pies fans dob in the coward who broke the fans jaw after Freeze game. We don’t want him as part of our club!’’ Shaw tweeted at the weekend. Hopefully, this helps find the coward. WHAT I DON’T LIKE 1. Defensive Carlton The move to attack this season has weakened the defence and, on Saturday, it led to an appalling first half. Carlton was smashed around the ball (-13 contested possessions, -5 clearances); beaten on the outside (-40 uncontested possessions) and munched by Fremantle’s pressure (194-178). The Blues gave up 58 points from turnovers in a half of footy. Questions can be asked of the players — “I’ve watched a lot of games in my life and that’s probably the worst half of footy I’ve ever seen from Carlton,’’ former captain Mark Maclure said — but also of the coaches. Who was looking after Lachie Neale? He had 22 disposals and kicked three goals in the opening half. 2. Adelaide A shameful second half from the Crows. It was as pathetic as Carlton’s first half at Etihad earlier in the day. The Blues kicked 0.7 and the Crows 1.3. One club has injuries and is at the bottom of a rebuild, the other club has injuries and was in a Grand Final 14 games ago. The Crows are in disarray. At the 20-minute mark of the second quarter the margin was four points and the Crows lost the next 70 minutes by 52 points. In that time, a heap of them went missing. Rory Atkins had three disposals, Richard Douglas four, Taylor Walker four, Eddie Betts five, Kyle Cheney seven, Sam Jacobs seven, Paul Seedsman seven, Myles Poholke seven and Josh Jenkins seven. The review will be brutal. 3. Inexperience caught out the Cats Not much to be critical of in a cracking game, but when it had to be won, it was the younger Tigers who were steady and the younger Cats who couldn’t get involved. Jordan Murdoch is not young and needed a better performance, Lincoln McCarthy was hurt, while Zach Guthrie, Cory Gregson, Jack Henry and Lachie Fogarty were among the low possession winners. The Cats will get better with the return of more senior players, but on Sunday they ran out of soldiers when the battle heated up in the final quarter. 4. Gold Coast Didn’t give a yelp in the final quarter, prompting questions, again, about why Tommy Lynch should stay at the Suns. It’s probably fair after yet another capitulation. But it’s also fair to ask what did the captain do in the final term. His midfield was annihilated and must take the majority of blame, but maybe Lynch should have put himself back as the loose man in defence earlier than the coach instructed. Compare Lynch to his St Kilda opponent Jake Carlisle. Lynch’s last quarter read 13 ranking points, two disposals, two intercept possessions and one tackle. Carlisle had 55 ranking points, eight disposals, three intercept possessions and three score involvements. The finger can be pointed at all Suns players. 5. What happened, Aaron? Billy Longer won the important and long hitout, Saints players were on the move, Jack Steven put on a block and Jade Gresham gathered the ball and kicked the matchwinner. Plenty of Suns have to take responsibility and Aaron Young was one of them. Young was standing with Gresham at the bounce and allowed him to run around/through the top of the stoppage, where Seb Ross put on another block, and the rest is history. Young will be sick knowing it was his man who won the game. 6. It wasn’t all Young’s fault The review will be horrid for many Suns players who didn’t offer anything after a solid first three quarters. Here’s a list of those who went missing in the final term: Callum Ah Chee (0 disposals, 1 tackle) Alex Sexton (0 and 1), Sam Day (1 and 0), Rory Thompson (1 and 0), Michael Rischitelli (2 and 0), Sean Lemmens (2 and 1), Lynch (2 and 1) and Jesse Joyce (2 and 1). His team didn’t score in the last 37 minutes which raises questions about whether it’s mental or fitness? Little wonder coach Stuart Dew was shattered after the game. 7. Harrowing for the Bulldogs An already shot season took more bullets on Thursday night, leaving coach Luke Beveridge with little choice but to expose his young players to senior football for the rest of the season. It’s pointless asking what has happened to the Bulldogs because everyone asks that question every week and no real answer is forthcoming, outside of injuries. Have lost their past four matches by 37, 35, 49 and 57 points and have lost Easton Wood, Jack Macrae, Lukas Webb and Tom Boyd for extended periods. It’s a nightmare season. 8. Diving witch hunt The question about Buddy Franklin’s so-called diving on Friday night came about because of the hysterical reaction to Alex Rance’s incident the week before. Rance was rightly fined for diving against Essendon in the Dreamtime game, but was unfairly targeted for the incident against Port. Then Buddy felt the click bait wrath. He was bumped off the line, momentum carried him forward, he kept his feet and won the free kick. Why the character assassination? 9. Fake media The AFLPA boss Paul Marsh does a podcast interview with Nat Fyfe and Fyfe spoke about considering retirement after the 2013 Grand Final loss. “I was in a van, surfing with a mate, and my mind was basically made up that I’d had enough,’’ he said. “I’d played to a high level of footy, I’d been paid well, I’d enj­oyed it, but I was pretty keen to get back to the simple life.’’ It was reported as said in the Herald Sun, but Fyfe said he was taken out of context. He called it fake news. It’s fake media if you don’t stand by what was said.
  2. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    Well I'd think about knocking your relationship on it's head if she ain't will to compromise.
  3. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    I don't where you're getting your information from. CSA assessments are based on your previous years tax assessment, not your current earnings. It's very easy to change your child support payments if you have a drop in income. All of this stuff about lawyers and court is nonsense. You can submit what's called an estimate form and your payments will be based on your current income. Obviously, if you under estimate your income, it will be reassessed when you lodge your tax assessment and you will be hit with back payments as well as penalties.
  4. Well gang, that's it for another round. This week we had 4 who picked all 6 with Ripstanley and myself closest to the margin on 18. The ladder has tightened up a bit. Grannyapples still leads on 81 but Ripstanley has made inroads and is 2nd with 80 and Ron19 is 3rd on 79. Makes it a bit more interesting. Kicks off again this Thursday with West Coast and Essendon and a huge game on Friday with Port hosting Melbourne. The end
  5. Mick Malthouse rates every premiership contender with 10 rounds to go MICK MALTHOUSE, Herald Sun June 16, 2018 3:00pm THERE are three sides in the top eight who would consider themselves a genuine chance of winning the premiership this year — West Coast, Richmond and Collingwood. There are another three teams who need to be consistently at their best to be put in the same bracket — Geelong, Melbourne and Port Adelaide. FEUD: MALTHOUSE LAUNCHES PERT ATTACK ROBBO: WHY SAINTS SHOULD CONSIDER BILLINGS TRADE Round 13 is when you start thinking about finals. About who you still need to play to secure your spot. About areas in your game you need to fine-tune. About keeping your players fit and healthy and out on the ground performing. WEST COAST Despite Friday night’s loss, I still see West Coast as the complete team. It has speed through the middle and in-form key forwards — though Jack Darling is sidelined with an ankle injury. Mark LeCras has added a new dimension to his game to become another classy forward and Josh Kennedy is a beacon. The Eagles have a solid backline, a firing Nic Naitanui in the ruck and Willie Rioli is a revelation in his pursuit to tackle and put pressure on the opposition. Tom Cole is another standout youngster among many. The team looks rejuvenated. It has lost its slow tag and instead looks young, enthusiastic and quick. With its remaining draw I have no doubt West Coast will finish in the top two and its biggest test will be against Collingwood in Round 17 at the MCG, where it played its worst game for the year when it beat Carlton by 10 points in Round 5. The Eagles need to be better than good in this match, and if they triumph, their premiership odds will shorten significantly. RICHMOND Richmond has dropped just three games this year. Its losses have, interestingly, all been interstate games — against Adelaide, West Coast and Port Adelaide. I’m not sure travel was the problem though, I think the quality of the opposition was. I wonder if it’s time for the Tigers to look at their forward line structure and introduce two main targets instead of just one. Jack Riewoldt has had to carry that load for one-and-a-half years now and it can become overbearing. He certainly hasn’t let the side down, but he needs help. Richmond plays four teams currently in the top eight in the remaining home-and-away rounds. If it can keep its list relatively healthy it should continue to occupy a top-two position, or at least finish top four, thereby earning a double chance. It will be buoyed by the return of Daniel Rioli, who could have a major impact on its fate. The Tigers know how to win a premiership, so look out. SYDNEY As good as Sydney has been, it has the toughest draw of the top-eight sides, with five of the top sides still to play. I admire the way they play — and picked them to win with a significant home-ground advantage on Friday night — but I can’t see West Coast having to travel to the SCG for a final. And I have some serious doubts that the Swans can have any impact on the finals — if they make the eight. They are very reliant on a fit and firing Lance Franklin. Beyond him they rely heavily on Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery and Luke Parker to deliver the goods from the stoppages, but all three have been inconsistent this year. Callum Sinclair has stood up and added to his game by becoming a goalscorer. Jarrad McVeigh is outstanding, always, for Sydney. And Heath Grundy holds the talls together in the backline. But there are too many inconsistencies throughout the team as a whole. The clubs that will bother the Swans in September are those with enough pace to out-spread them. Callum Mills is a massive out. Isaac Heeney has been good, but not as terrific as he should be because of his yips in front of goal (he’s kicked 12.11 this year). The Swans will be hoping Sam Reid can return from injury to back up Franklin, but even that impact won’t be enough for another shot at the cup. GEELONG Sunday afternoon’s game will tell us more about Geelong than its previous four games, which delivered three wins and a loss. The Cats seem to have it all. A solid backline with Harry Taylor and Lachie Henderson to return soon. A midfield that is reputed to be the greatest of all time. And a forward line that can kick a big score. But something has gone awry in the middle of the ground this year. The Cats can’t settle on a ruckman — Rhys Stanley and Zac Smith have both been disappointing for too long. Dangerfield has been robbed of midfield time and it’s telling. No one can question the endeavour or courage of captain Joel Selwood, but I have a suspicion that years of punishment are taking its toll on his body. And Gary Ablett is good when Geelong is good, but he’s not as good when the ball is turned over, which happens often against quality sides. For the Cats to go places this season, they need to bring in Scott Selwood to take out one of the opposition’s better ball getters (like Trent Cotchin or Dustin Martin today). They also need Daniel Menzel. His return from injury will be interesting, but Geelong will be better with him in the team. The Cats have a kind draw, with only three of the top teams still to play, so they should finish just inside or just outside the top four. Regardless, the Cats will need a lot going right to win the premiership, because their loss to Essendon in Round 9 exposed a lack of intensity, which sometimes haunts them. MELBOURNE What are the Demons going to do? They’ll have a long answer if we ask them, because no one can pump themselves up the way the Demons can. Melbourne dropped its first game against Geelong, but it’s the three other losses which have been the most damning. Three big games, one a stand-alone match. I wonder whether not going on the pre-season training camp is coming back to haunt the Demons? It was going to test them physically and mentally, but right now they are being comprehensively beaten mentally and physically by good opposition. Raw talent alone will keep the Demons in the eight, but the “sometimes handpass at all cost, anywhere and everywhere approach” will be their undoing. Very few sides that handpass more than kick win games in September, because quality opposition will intercept and take the ball off them. Simon Goodwin has done a marvellous job of introducing camaraderie and belief among the group, but only Tom McDonald stood up for him against Collingwood. Jesse Hogan, Bernie Vince and Jordan Lewis didn’t. They were simply bullied last week and there was no resistance. Unless this changes, I can’t see them progressing through the finals. COLLINGWOOD I’ve already said a lot about Collingwood. The Magpies have a dream run home with six games at the MCG, so they’ll be knocking on the door of the top four by then. If not the top two. The Magpies’ biggest tests will be in Rounds 17 and 19 against West Coast and Richmond. They lost to the Tigers in Round 6 and are yet to play the Eagles. Collingwood won last week without the likes of Ben Reid, Alex Fasolo, Jamie Elliott and Darcy Moore — each of whom would boost any team. The Magpies have the game structure to go all the way, with the best midfield/ruck combination in the competition. That’s where it starts and finishes. NORTH MELBOURNE North Melbourne is an example of what a coach and a hardworking team can do together. Ben Brown is a star, but he’s not the only reason the Kangaroos are in the eight, to the surprise of most. They are tough, unrelenting and have good outside spread. Brad Scott would be proud of his players. A berth in the finals is theirs to take or lose, and their biggest challenges are ahead of them in Rounds 17, 18 and 19 against Sydney, Collingwood and West Coast respectively. While they has the game structure to go deep into September, I don’t think the Kangaroos have the class and depth of numbers found among some of their top opponents to go all the way. PORT ADELAIDE Port Adelaide is an enigma. It’s hard to get a handle on a team which promises so much, delivers the unexpected and then loses by a kick to Hawthorn. In a reversal of last year, in which it couldn’t beat a team in the eight, this season Port has already taken the scalps of Richmond, Adelaide and Sydney. Paddy Ryder has made a spectacular contribution but they still need a lot more from Charlie Dixon and Jack Watts, who have been too inconsistent. Chad Wingard’s return to form could be the catalyst to push for a top-four finish. They have only three of the top eight sides still to play, and if they can beat them, they could finish with a double chance. After that, with Port, anything can happen. THE REST Pushing to play finals still are Greater Western Sydney, Adelaide and Hawthorn. Injuries have smashed the Giants and the Crows this season, with too many good players watching on from the sidelines. When those players return it can take weeks to find form and by then it might be too late. Both clubs have a horrific run home, too, with games against five and six of the top eight sides respectively. I think it will be too much for them. Hawthorn, conversely, has only Geelong and Sydney from the top eight still to face. As the old saying goes in football — you have to win the games you should win (which generally means the teams below you.) So with that in mind, they should have enough wriggle room to push for the eight. The Hawks have lost predictably to very good teams, but the loss to the Brisbane Lions, while not mortal, has left their season teetering. They have a good side, but not a great side any more. They need more consistency and multiple goalkickers, so Luke Breust, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo and Jack Gunston need to be contributors every week. Cyril Rioli’s absence won’t help, but the good news is the impending return of Grant Birchall. And Jonathon Ceglar will provide much needed support for Ben McEvoy. It’ll be a race. A very tight race in the end. And while there’s still half a season left to play, we can be assured that only the best teams will be left standing at the end of August.
  6. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    That's not entirely correct. The OP said he bought his ex-wife a car as he was being nice. Sounds like a gift to me. If the ex-wife didn't accept it as child support and hasn't signed documentation wanting to accept it in lieu of child support payments, he's pretty much screwed.
  7. Tv Series - Dead North Really enjoyed this one. Note that I couldn't find episodes 3 & 4 for download and had to stream them. The first episode for download is actually 1 and 2. Summary: In the cold, isolated world of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Police Chief Laura Frizzo launches an investigation into the disappearance of Chris Regan, never expecting to come face to face with a possible serial killer.
  8. All 8 episodes of the excellent Goliath, series 2 have been released today.
  9. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    I think Surin13 and a few others have already said it would be unlikely to succeed on humanitarian grounds, so you can only try and see what happens. TBH, meeting the future in-laws would be pretty much standard procedure in most countries. Saying it's for humanitarian reasons is a stretch IMO.
  10. November 13: Attack on Paris. Another excellent documentary by Netflix. A 3 part series.
  11. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    His partner is in Australia on a student visa. She doesn't have to return to Thailand as they can apply onshore.
  12. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    Another way your ex-wife and CSA may be looking at it is, why should you go on an overseas jaunt when you still owe her $45 000? Also, you said in an earlier post that you "were being nice"and brought your wife a car for $25 000. That sounds like a gift/present to me, so it's no wonder the CSA wouldn't accept it lieu of child support payments. Not having a go at you, just letting you know an alternative opinion.
  13. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    Unless I've interpreted this wrongly, that quite doesn't make sense to me. Child support payments usually stop when thy child turns 18, unless there is a court order in place. Are you saying your kids are 26 and 35?
  14. Will27

    Australia - Departure Prohibition Order

    If Thailand had a decent child support system, perhaps we wouldn't have so many desperate single mums.
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