Round 14 AFL Preview
Last Week 5/8 Season Total 77/114
The bye rounds continue this week as we come off another scintillating round of football exacerbating the twists and turns of season 2023. In the wash up from the round, there were the usual talking points around bumps and tackles which will all play themselves out over the week. Collingwood lost and everyone still loves them, which begs the question…when does the enemy become your friend? This is a question that has recently played out in a major way with LIV Golf and the PGA.
Let’s recap that one. LIV want to untangle the stranglehold the PGA has on golf, so they get money from a dubious source to lure players out of the PGA. Some players take up the money and, despite the advice from Donald Trump, other players do not and stand firm with the PGA, presenting the combined front that the source of the money is the issue and by making this stand our conscience is clean. In the end it turns out that money from a dubious source is still, in fact money, and the PGA and LIV (with DP World Tour) combine their efforts and the new holistic stance is that Golf is the real winner here. Enemies become friends. But the story doesn’t end there. On one hand you have a player that gets their conscience dirtied but gets $200M and on the other hand you have a player that has a nice pristine conscience…and that’s all. Each player is the same in the eyes of the new entity. How much is some soil on your conscience worth? That’s a question for each golfer individually I would expect as not all players are created equal (from a skill/potential standpoint). If you look at the prospectus of any company, they have a section on ‘mergers and acquisitions.’ These terms are lumped into the same bag as far as the company is concerned and if your company was part of a ‘merger,’ the truth is, somewhere in the company, it is being referred to as an acquisition…it’s just a matter of percentages. Let’s not be fooled, the PIF (Public Investment Fund) has a significant percentage and will only be publicly referring to this as a merger.
Where does this leave us? Golf will be full of disgruntled players who don’t want that mote of dust on their conscience, so I see only one thing for it. I shall start my own not-for-profit league, called the CCGA (Clean Conscience Golfers Association) and get all those players who are disgruntled and want clean consciences to come and join. We will get sponsored tournaments and play for prize money for the next two years all spearheaded by the illuminating brilliance of my clean conscience. Then, with any luck, the PIF will pay me $200M to sell it to them!
Perhaps off topic a bit there. What’s happening in the footy?
Port Adelaide vs Geelong Adelaide Oval Thursday Night
Are Port Adelaide becoming a force to be
reckoned with this season? 10 wins on
the trot and now a home game against a tired, old, lame cat. But have you ever been woken up at 3am by the
guttural yowling of cats about to have a fight.
You go out to check it out (and maybe lay off a few bets with some of
the other blokes in the street that came out to watch), and there is this one
cat which is old and gnarly, has chunks of fur missing and one cloudy or absent
eye. That’s the cat your money goes
on. The street hardened feline pugilist
that don’t take no crap from no one! But
todays footy is not a fight, it’s a 100m dash.
And the old pugilistic cat won’t make 10m before the arthritis in the
hip starts to impinge on the effort and this time it will be the strut of the
most virile of the young tabbies (Port) we’ll see in O’Malley’s Alley (Adelaide
Oval). I guess I’m thinking of (Matty)
Primus…see if you can get that reference.
GWS vs Fremantle GIANTS Stadium Saturday
GWS took a bit of time, but eventually
swept aside North Melbourne down in the always tropical
The Tigs are currently one and half games
out of the eight and have strung a couple of wins together as they have settled
into the new coaching style of McQualter.
St. Kilda pooped all over the Buddy party to take home the 4 points and
continue their recent WLWLW alternating record.
Does this put them in line for an L against
Just how low can
I have just felt like
The bye rounds continue. I’ll take this opportunity to do a quick mid-season review of the teams.
Tex Walker kicked a lazy bag of 10 goals
against West Coast as
A loss heading into the bye is never ideal,
but what better way to generate a positive energy than by signing McRae for
another few years and adding a year to Pendlebury’s contract to squeeze the
last bits of juice from his ever-giving fruit.
Collingwood have benefited from a pretty friendly draw which started
with some tough games but a soft run up to the
Hawthorn have been a bit of a surprise
packet this year. That’s probably a terrible
Indictment when you’re at 4-9 for the season.
But, while they’ve beaten the teams below them…and convincingly, they
have also beaten two teams in the 8 which is a glowing endorsement. Add to this all the happening around the club
in the off-field sense and I think there is a lot to like if you’re a Hawks
supporter. After this week’s bye, they
have a delicious little run with the next 5 games being all the teams that are
just above them on the ladder. This
should be the time that Mitchell tries to extract a bit extra from the
team. If they can do that, they would be
close to contesting the top 8, but the final push home is a challenging one
from there. Of course, they have to face
the next 3 without captain Mafioso (
It would seem that after years in nowhere man’s land, Essendon is finally getting somewhere. Well entrenched in the top 8 at the halfway mark of the season. And with an overall easier run home than their run up to the bye, this should be a season where the Bombers taste some finals footy. They have had a successful last few weeks, beating up on the poorer teams but have been a little shaky against other top 8 sides. Luckily there are few of those games left for them for the season. Their fate is in their own hands.
I expect the bye comes as a bit of a treat
for West Coast fans. This could be the
first weekend of the season that their fans can look forward to. Needless to say, it’s been a tough year and
things don’t look like they’re going to improve by any remarkable standards in
the run home. West Coasts run home is
about the same as their run into the bye, but luckily for West Coast
supporters, for the next 6 weeks, The Ashes will be on so their attention can
be distracted. In fact, there is plenty
of Golf on too with the US Open and the Open at