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Sliding Doors: preliminary finals

With Roos, Goodwin and Peter Jackson in place, surely the Demons have been compensated enough? Picture: Getty Images

  IF
 
THEN
 
Adelaide
 
you were worried about being upstaged by the little brother – which we highlighted last week...
...not many better ways to one-up his preliminary final appearance than by sacking your coach.
Brisbane Lions
 
this club keeps talking about doing things with lions and Ryder and Beams... ...walking the walk at some stage wouldn't be a bad idea too.
Carlton
 
you’ve promised your supporters for two seasons that you’re going to play more games at the 'G... ...this week’s announcement might have fallen a touch flat.
Collingwood
 
there's one aspect of its operations in which Collingwood is confident right now... ...it is, despite all the talk, that Beams will stay.
Essendon
 
Ryder does indeed decide to activate the “clause” in his contract, and he again this week reiterated his intention to do just that... ...the Bombers have to take it to the highest court possible.
Fremantle
 
you’re a Fremantle supporter... ...you’d be almost willing to pay yourself for the club to hire a goalkicking coach. GF last year, semi this year. Bad kicking, bad football.
Geelong
 
North fans ever boo Joel Selwood again... ...they should be ashamed of themselves.
Gold Coast
 
you've got a contract to coach in 2015 and your board this week tells you that you're under review...
...you're in a touch of bother.
Greater Western Sydney

 
the Giants package up three young players, say Jaksch, O'Rourke and one other in the one transaction...
...they're going to want a big name in return. Watch this space.
Hawthorn
 
the Hawks were playing the Swans this week... ...Brad Sewell would've been playing. Fell victim to the Hawks match committee watching the Power run riot last week.
Melbourne
 
Melbourne hadn't received money from the AFL (after being fined)...
...would they have Peter Jackson, Paul Roos and Simon Goodwin? Nope. Therefore, they've been compensated sufficiently and should not be given a compo draft pick.
North Melbourne North somehow wins this week and Brent Harvey gets reported again... ...he's kidding himself.
Port Adelaide
 
anyone outside of diehard Port fans claims to have foreseen the 2014 elevation of Robbie Gray into superstardom... ...they would be lying.
Richmond
 
there's been a better dress-up at an AFL club's post-season celebrations than Jake King's role in Joel Selwood's skit this year...
...it was only Matty Scarlett going with the Kevin Bartlett hairstyle six years ago.
St Kilda
 
your body is shot, you can hardly train and are on the wrong side of 30... ...most see your career reaching an end. Riewoldt is an All-Australian and a B&F winner this year.
Sydney Swans
 
this indeed is Adam Goodes' last season and possibly even his last match this weekend... ...can everyone - everyone!! - please realise we've been extremely fortunate to watch one of the truest champions in the history of the game.
West Coast
 
this week you're assessing the qualities of the two Perth teams and wondering which is better placed for a solid 2015... ...it is tempting to make a case for the Eagles.
Western Bulldogs the Crows and the Suns have acted this week when made aware of significant player unrest against the coach... ...the Bulldogs will be thinking about doing the same.

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The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs