When I first grabbed a 2010 Fixture back in March it is fair to say that the Freo v Melb Subi twilighter in Round 16 escaped my focus. Yet, as the Demons launched an improbable fightback in the third quarter, I found myself riding their wave of momentum. And not for the romance. NO – this would then become a victory for my Dogs, an unexpected bonus in our push for a top four finish.
Doubtless, many Swannies, Crows, Blues and Roos fans have experienced the same this weekend whilst eyeing off each others’ score updates.
Similar scenarios will be repeated throughout the remainder of the season as fans factor in various results and then the implications on their own team’s destiny – for the double chance, the final eight or even the wooden spoon.
What games can you foresee – and recall- for their extra importance for third parties?