AFL Round 22 – Review: AAMI Stadium…an era’s end pt 1. The Oval beckons!

So the drama finally draws to a close for now re Essendon and the drugs saga. Reminds me of the old legal adage that there is always three sides to the story. Somewhere in there the truth lies. The rest of the story will be played out in due course with sequels, more news stories, more litigation and a frantic search for restored reputations. Funny most remember Shane Warne as nearly the best cricketer the world has seen rather than a drug cheat.I feel sorry for Bruce Reid as he seems to have done the right thing, only to have been ignored and now he has to fight to protect his reputation of 40 years of good service.

However legal history is full of cases where the best resourced prevail.

Salute to AAMI Stadium – from that electric night when the Crows took on the Reigning Premier, Hawthorn and flogged them to last weekend for the Crows and this weekend for Port, the time has come for Adelaide Oval to take centre stage for footy in South Australia. Similarly in Perth when the new oval gets constructed, the more people that can attend the better. For clubs, for revenues and for players and mostly for the public. Having been to both ovals to watch footy, Adelaide Oval is definitely at a geographic advantage for the City of Adelaide. Getting stuck on the narrow roads leading to Footy Park wasn’t fun for the 2007 Preliminary Final. Neither was the sight of Warren Tredrea bowing to the  crowd and Chad Cornes doing an Irish jig early into the 2nd quarter. Port was clearly the better team on the day and this was a massive contrast to watching Johnny Platten running around for Central Districts playing Souths at the Adelaide Oval in 1985, the year before he became a Hawk.

Footy is for the fans and I look forward to being in attendance at the newly-minted Adelaide Oval sometime into the near future. Adelaide is a great city and worth a visit.
Rd 22 2013 FEARLESS: AAMI Stadium…an era’s end pt 1. The Oval beckons! 

An injury ravaged West Coast flew into Melbourne to take on Collingwood at the MCG as it headed for September. At qtr time, the Magpies were 8.3 to 2.2. So the Eagles were pushing up hill from the start. An injury to Luke Ball gave cult hero Didak a chance to audition for the finals. The Pies went on to a comfortable 62pt win.

As Adelaide took to AAMI Stadium for the last time, Crows captain Nathan VB had the choice to kick to the Romano Negri or John Klug end. Melbourne kept pace for much of the game under ex-Crow coach Craig but the home side powered away. Crouch 31.Crows by 68, ex-Swan Lewis Johnstone kicked 6.2 wearing 8. Kurt who?

Hawk skipper Luke Hodge could’ve played for North such was the ability of North players to find him in the third. Hodge inspired teammates to overcome sluggishness and a determined North opposition. Spud Firrito came back from 2 weeks in the 2s to play on Buddy. Tough gig! Spud did well.Buddy 5, Roughy 4, Hawks home by 14pts.

The Swans made the trek down the Melbourne Rd to Corio to continue Super Saturday against the Cats. Steve (Best Of The) Motlop took a specie and Stevie J put on a clinic as the Swans seemed to lose players. Shaw (ACL), Smith, Hannebery, Jack all sought Doctor’s help that harmed rotations. Cats shake down the thunder by 44pts.

Losing Kreuzer and Walker didn’t help Carlton as they hosted Essendon at the MCG in a manner that a doorman tends guests at the major hotels. The door was always open, the staff pleasant and accommodating. Essendon played through their yips and eroded confidence to punish the Blues’ waywardness. Zaharakis!! Bombers by a goal.

Fremantle, rumour suggests, has a faithful already contemplating Grand final tix! OK so the cart goes before the horse in the WA port town. While sufficient grounds for confidence exists, the lid should be kept on at present. Having easily unplugged the Power at Subi by 74pts, Freo might’ve earned a Qualifier against Geelong at the G.

By Bluey McKenna’s reckoning the Suns had a stinker. However that reads, the Saints returned to the winner’s list for the 4th time in a lean 2013. A fitiing tribute to where the Saints find themselves between eras. With many new faces getting game time, past stars such as Milney, Kosi and Blake are retiring. Saints by 46pts. Roo 4.5.

Neil Armstrong once said that’s one small step for man, one large step for mankind. Well in Sydney’s west on Sunday for AFL newbies, the GWS Giants, one game represented one giant backward step in Sheedy’s last game as coach at their home ground. The Tigers bared their claws and went bang, a 121pt win. Aaron Edwards 5.

Brisbane nearly got a taste of their own medicine at the Gabbatoir as the Bulldogs fought back from a 50pt deficit to narrowly go down by 7pts. The Doggies did have their chances in the dying minutes but 9.9 to 2.8 by the away team indicated that the Lions nearly blew it. Ironically the Lions may get a berth in September with no coach!

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