Round 21 AFL Preview
Last Week 3/9 Season Total 119/171
Every now and then the competition throws up a round of upsets. The important thing is to be on that train when it arrives. Sadly, I was not. But neither was anyone else in the competitions I am in so damage was limited. The most irritating thing about it all was that for the first time this season you could confidently sit down with the ladder predictor and feel like your machinations would be correct. Then all of a sudden you have to waste more time doing it all again!
This week was the start of retirement season in the AFL. It started with a bang when Buddy Franklin, injuring a calf, got the scans back that made him pull the pin on his career. Like Buddy, calf injuries ended my career early too. Yep, you read that correctly, I just compared myself to Buddy Franklin. I’d say that I was a lot like Buddy in my short career in country footy, the only real differences were a shit-tonne of ability and about 1040 goals (and perhaps about 8 inches in height)…otherwise absolutely identical.
Regular readers will note I have been urging you all to get along and see Lance in the flesh one more time. Those that were putting it off have now missed out. I’m reminded of a Douglas Adams book, “Last Chance to See” where he details the need to go and look at (and protect) some of Earth’s wildlife before they are become extinct. Which points me to this quote, “Humans are not an endangered species ourselves yet, but this is not for lack of trying.” Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with Buddy’s retirement but is an important bit of information to have. If you would like some evidence, spend 10 minutes on Tik Tok. Shannon Hurn also pulled the retirement ripcord this week and he is likely just the first in a number of departures we will see in the West this year. I’m sure there will be more retirements to come in the next few weeks, and all I can say is get out to the footy over the last few rounds of the season as this could be your last chance to see.
One of the other two major bits to come out
of the weekend was Touk’s tackle on Zorko’s tackle. Is this why they call it your tackle? There’s certainly no love lost between these
two players and the aftermath through the media has almost reached the same
heights as Johnny Bairstow versus…well…all of
Lastly, what in blazes are Port Adelaide doing down there when it comes to head clashes!? Anyone looking at the vision of the collision, in any time frame could tell that both those players needed a SCAT test. I think maybe the doctor was confused about the test. Spending all that time waiting for a player to do a poo and then analysing that sample isn’t really all that revealing for a head injury. But perhaps this is what integrated medicine is these days. Me, I prefer a more classically trained medical practitioner. Side note on this subject, if you have put off that bowel kit you get after age 50…take my advice and get it done. Now on one hand they don’t do the test on a guy who was clearly unconscious, albeit briefly, and send him back out again and the other guy they do the test on him and say he is fine, and just sub him out with a migraine. I’m not an expert in migraines but I’m thinking if you didn’t have one before you got your head knocked in and then had one after your skull was smashed, it’s probably related to the incident, and you shouldn’t play next week either. Anyway, expect the AFL to come down heavily, the fine to be rather large (the AFL will need the money for the upcoming court cases), the club Doctor to be seeking new employment opportunities next season and Kochie to be a man of ill-tempered disposition for a few weeks. Hinkley better watch out!
Speaking of knockouts, I see that the
Matildas made it through to the knockout rounds, Tayla Harris will be taking a
couple of weeks off pre-season training (presumably) and
What’s going on in the footy this week?
Footscray vs Richmond Marvel Stadium Friday
It would seem that the Bulldogs just can’t
take a trick. Leading by a reasonable
margin last week they had the rest of their defence go down with injuries and
this allowed GWS to roll over them. The
Tigers were well in the match with
Essendon vs West Coast Marvel Stadium Saturday Afternoon
Finally for West Coast a second win on the board. It looked like they were going to romp it in, but a good fightback made the final quarter compelling viewing. I saw the West Coast crowd rise as one at final siren in jubilation, but I didn’t see the club song. Maybe someone can enlighten me, but how to do you make a circle with 4 people and have 18 people in the middle to celebrate their first win? Where do you get enough Gatorade to shower 18 people with? West Coast needs to be careful now. One more victory like that and Harley Reed gets his non-public wish not to go West. That won’t be a problem this week with a game away from home against the Dons. Essendon will be keen for a win after three losses on the trot and they really need this win to stay in contention. Some percentage will help and I’m sure they’ll get it. Essendon by 49 points.
Boy oh boy didn’t The Crows dish out
another Showdown lesson to Port last week?
An evening stroll in the park for
Hawthorn vs Collingwood MCG Saturday
It’s hard to get a read on what The Pies
dished up last week. Take nothing away
What a tantalizing match up this will
Greater Western Sydney vs
Here we go, the 26th battle of
the bridge and one the Swans face for the first time without Buddy Franklin at
North Melbourne vs
This is going to be a bit unfair, but
Saint Kilda vs
Nothing is more infuriating than when your
team puts in such poor performances to rule them out of finals contention and
then play a game like Freo did against