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    #AFL Round 16 Weekly Discussion Thread

    Well, today's big news is the sudden retirement of Cyril Rioli from AFL football. A bit of a relief for all other teams and a bit of a shock.....even taking into consideration his taking of 'personal leave'. Who knows what the real reason's are (his fathers death has no doubt set the wheels in motion) but good luck to him and his family. No doubt a great player even if he was adorned in horrible colours of brown and gold.

    As for the weekends round of games.....some good games coming, tomorrow night of course, Friday night (Tigers V Crows), Saturday......potential in Port v Saints, Dogs v Hawks and on Sunday, Dons v Magpies and WC v Giants. A good round of footy.

    Have a great weekend everyone......Go Swans!!
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    Would have thought Ryoli maximizing his earning potential which only has a couple of years left in the game would be the best thing for his family, but I'm no where near the details of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    Would have thought Ryoli maximizing his earning potential which only has a couple of years left in the game would be the best thing for his family, but I'm no where near the details of course.
    Sometimes Barry, it is not always about MONEY......and you don't think he may have earned enough already? He wasn't on low coin.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    Would have thought Ryoli maximizing his earning potential which only has a couple of years left in the game would be the best thing for his family, but I'm no where near the details of course.
    If he ever needs some more cash, surely Bruce McAvaney would love to have him as his personal assistant, butler or some other associated role

    Hated him as a player as an opposition supporter for the damage he could do with very little of the ball. But a great career nonetheless, and always enjoyed the fantastic battles between him and Nick Smith over the years.
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    There's always a bad angle on things and with Cyril's retirement, it is this:

    Hawks clear cap space for Lynch and Sloane - AFL.com.au

    Both Lynch and Sloane maybe ending up at the Hawks? The thought of it makes me want to vomit......

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    Rioli was a great player, seemed like a nice guy and it's sad that personal issues have led to his early retirement.

    However, I can't help but feel that as an indigenous player at the club whose supporters were brutal in their treatment of Goodesy, he could have done something to help the situation.

    He and his indigenous teammates could have made a difference but chose not to. That's what I'll remember him for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandridge View Post
    Rioli was a great player, seemed like a nice guy and it's sad that personal issues have led to his early retirement.

    However, I can't help but feel that as an indigenous player at the club whose supporters were brutal in their treatment of Goodesy, he could have done something to help the situation.

    He and his indigenous teammates could have made a difference but chose not to. That's what I'll remember him for.
    mmm, I think that might be a little harsh an assessment of the guy. It's hard to imagine that he would have been OK with some
    Hawthorn supporters booing Goodsey, but not everybody is comfortable with "standing up" on certain issues.

    On a lighter note; who would you rather have in your team for a long time? Cyril or Tom Mitchell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandridge View Post
    Rioli was a great player, seemed like a nice guy and it's sad that personal issues have led to his early retirement.

    However, I can't help but feel that as an indigenous player at the club whose supporters were brutal in their treatment of Goodesy, he could have done something to help the situation.

    He and his indigenous teammates could have made a difference but chose not to. That's what I'll remember him for.
    Yep stood and watched his "brother" burn. Have no time for him because of it and because so many of his tackles were chicken wing tackles and he was never called on it.

    Never troubled us, Nick Smith kept him quiet every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandridge View Post
    Rioli was a great player, seemed like a nice guy and it's sad that personal issues have led to his early retirement.

    However, I can't help but feel that as an indigenous player at the club whose supporters were brutal in their treatment of Goodesy, he could have done something to help the situation.

    He and his indigenous teammates could have made a difference but chose not to. That's what I'll remember him for.
    I'm sure you meant this quite innocently, but there's no compelling reason that all indigenous people should be packaged together into a single personality. like some sort of fungible commodity. People of all cultures and races vary in how involved they choose to be in social and political matters. Above all, Cyril Rioli is an individual human being with every right to abstain from involvement in wider indigenous issues. He seems a shy person and I wouldn't expect him to throw himself into a public debate of any sort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludwig View Post
    I'm sure you meant this quite innocently, but there's no compelling reason that all indigenous people should be packaged together into a single personality. like some sort of fungible commodity. People of all cultures and races vary in how involved they choose to be in social and political matters. Above all, Cyril Rioli is an individual human being with every right to abstain from involvement in wider indigenous issues. He seems a shy person and I wouldn't expect him to throw himself into a public debate of any sort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevoswan View Post
    There's always a bad angle on things and with Cyril's retirement, it is this:

    Hawks clear cap space for Lynch and Sloane - AFL.com.au

    Both Lynch and Sloane maybe ending up at the Hawks? The thought of it makes me want to vomit......
    What peeves me off is that its all well and good that Cyril walks away from his contract at least 2, if not 3 years early (Cant remember if it was end of 2020 or 2021), and Hawks free to spend the saved money. We get 'punished' though if Buddy was to walk away in a year or two though with time left on his contract by having to carry it the whole way through.

    They will be very active again, and no doubt in my mind will land at least 1, if not both of them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcs View Post
    What peeves me off is that its all well and good that Cyril walks away from his contract at least 2, if not 3 years early (Cant remember if it was end of 2020 or 2021), and Hawks free to spend the saved money. We get 'punished' though if Buddy was to walk away in a year or two though with time left on his contract by having to carry it the whole way through.

    They will be very active again, and no doubt in my mind will land at least 1, if not both of them...
    Yes, but it was made very clear in our situation that Buddy’s salary would continue to be included in our cap should recruit him.

    I don’t think it’s either fair or right.

    But that was a stipulation and we recruited him.

    If he sees out his contract, no harm done.

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