WITH the AFL season in the business end of the season, Sliding Doors is hitting its peak.

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So what's Damo saying about your club? What's he saying about the AFL? Check it out.

Adelaide Crows

IF ...

Crouch was staying at the Crows ...

THEN ...

the club would find a way to not suspend him after his recent early morning run-in with police. But he's not, so they probably will.

Brisbane Lions

IF ...

big Joe's headed to the Lions ...

THEN ...

that's going to create a crowded forward line. Daniel may McStay. But Daniel may want to McGo.

Carlton

IF ...

Williams and Saad are big fish already in the recruitment bag ... 

THEN ...

there needs to be room in that bag for a third. Still got money to burn, the Blues, and they want to spend it. 

 Collingwood

IF ...

Sidebottom left Melbourne today for Queensland ...

THEN ...

he'd be ready for a potential Collingwood captain's run on Friday October 23, the day before the Grand Final.

 

Essendon

IF ...

big Joe this week followed Adam out the door ...

THEN ...

Orazio should move quickly from here and also declare his long-desired need to leave. Wonder if Cale will attempt to follow them all.

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Stunning Orazio snap gets the 'G buzzing

Bombers livewire Orazio Fantasia produces a stunning goal from a tight angle

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Fremantle

IF ...

the Dockers part with Hogan after finally making genuine progress in 2020 ... 

THEN ...

I'd be very surprised. Despite another off-field mishap, I saw more than enough in the latter games to believe there's still a potentially outstanding footballer poised to break out.

Geelong Cats

IF ...

Saturday night's match at the Gabba is indeed the final one of Gaz's 355-game career ...

THEN ...

make sure you soak it up. Whenever that moment comes – Saturday night, post a preliminary final or after the Grand Final – footy just won't feel the same.

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Behind the scenes: Ablett's pre-match routine ahead of game 350

Geelong Cats shadowed the Little Master as he prepared for game 350. Presented by Ford.

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 Gold Coast Suns

IF ...

Two-Metre Peter is on the market, again ...

THEN ...

there are a few Melbourne clubs which should give him deep consideration. Can play. Might just need a fresh start.

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A big bomb from Peter Wright

Peter Wright kicks a superb set shot goal from outside 50m

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GWS Giants

IF ...

Jez Cameron hasn't yet committed ...

THEN ...

there's clearly an issue. But I still expect him to stay. Cats the only option.

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Cameron wows crowd with back-with-flight beauty

Jeremy Cameron sums up the ball drop perfectly and lands a courageous mark

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Hawthorn

IF ...

you go back to 2015, James Frawley's first as a Hawk ... 

THEN ...

that year's premiership winning team had a back six of Birchall, Gibson, Lake, Frawley, Stratton and Burgoyne. As good a back six as there's been in the modern era. Frawley, who retired on Thursday, was crucial to its workings.

Melbourne

IF ...

big Ben Brown ends up at the Dees ... 

THEN ...

I wouldn't be surprised. Can see him working nicely along Weideman.

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Toyota Fixture Throwback: Big Ben a storey above the rest

North Melbourne star Ben Brown clunks a great mark

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North Melbourne

IF ...

Robbie Tarrant wasn't contracted for 2021 ... 

THEN ...

he too would be out. There are even less happy North players right now than there are happy Essendon players, which actually takes some doing. The direction of this club's football department is out of control, has been for 18 months.

Port Adelaide

IF ...

you look up "courage" in the modern footy dictionary ...

THEN ...

the accompanying picture is of Xavier Duursma.

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Devastating Duursma blow after courageous act

Port young gun Xavier Duursma gets helped off the field after putting his body on the line in a marking contest

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Richmond

IF ...

he'd managed 14 of a possible 18 matches with the reigning premier and been praised throughout ... 

THEN ...

it came as a mild shock to see Jake given the Aarts for the Tigers' semi-final against St Kilda on Friday night.

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Aarts and crafty: Tiger's first goal a cracker

Richmond forward Jake Aarts mobbed by teammates after breaking through for the first major of his career

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St Kilda

IF ...

the 2020 season has been a very good one for the Saints, with a sixth place on the ladder and a finals win ...

THEN ...

it nevertheless will come to an end against Richmond. Would've loved to have seen what they might have been able to achieve with Ryder, Carlisle and Long.

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Is tough Saint in MRO trouble after high hit?

Ben Long and Jack Macrae both fall to the ground after colliding during play

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Sydney Swans

IF ...

Stevie J and now John Blakey have exited as Swans' assistant coaches ...

THEN ...

that's some serious footy nous that John Longmire needs to somehow replace.

West Coast Eagles

IF ...

you look up "waste" in the modern footy dictionary ... 

THEN ...

the definition is "Eagles of 2020" .

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Simpson: 'Three games where we didn't get our act together hurt us'

West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson reflects on some missed opportunities earlier this year

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Western Bulldogs

IF ...

I was head of Dogs' recruiting ... 

THEN ...

I'd be ringing Todd Goldstein and asking him two things – would he consider breaking his North Melbourne contract, and what would he need to head to Whitten Oval?

AND THIS ONE'S FOR THE AFL

IF ...

this was a normal season ...

THEN ...

there'd be 90,000 fans at the MCG on both Friday night and Saturday night for Tigers-Saints and Cats-Pies semi-finals. And yet in this extraordinary season, the respective 15,000 and 22,000 at Metricon and the Gabba will be a beautiful thing.