by John Mosig
FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN
What short week it’s been in Footy Eddie. We’ve hardly had time to get the duffle coat back from the dry cleaners and sow on the new badges before we’re out on the terraces again. This time it’s The Anzac Day Blockbuster.
And while we’re talking about heroes, there’s an annual event that deserves a mention: the Oxfam Trailwalker. It’s a 100km slog through the Blue Dandenongs. You’ll find the route using your search engine of choice. We did a couple of support checkpoints for the BBRG – Big Boys Running Club. A bunch of forty year olds bravely hanging on to their dream of eternal youth. There were hundreds of them out there in the drizzling conditions. All ages, both genders. In fact the winner of the 60+ category clocked off in 17 hours 13 minutes. Some camped on the track overnight – or convenient lodgings. The Sweet Eastern Sirens Back On Track team took a leisurely 42 hours 50 minutes. Our lads finished in 17 hours 36 minutes; 43rd overall and in the top 6%. They had blood oozing out of their Dunlop Volleys by the time they hit the last 7km pinch to the finish. The fastest time was 9 hours 51 minutes. That’s a smidge under a kilometre every six minutes. Those who put their bodies on the line for their Footy team at the Elite Level each week are heroes, sure; but they get paid handsomely for it. Anyone who has been on the Oxfam Trailwalker pays to enter and raises funds for those in need overseas. (They raised $2,311,486 BTW) Oxfam Trailwalkers – you’re The Wrap Heroes of The Week.
Did anyone notice, as the Northern Hemisphere Summer gets under way, that Slammin’ Sammy Stosur is building some form again? She’s already help lift The Aussies into the Group 1 of the Fed Cup and has her sights set on Roland Garros & Wimbledon.
But enough of my gabbin, let’s see who’s going to be left alive after Round V.
The Collingwood Magpies v The Whingy Hill Bombers. What a game this is going to be. The Bombers keep finding ways to win under all circumstances. This is the sign of a good side. The Maggies have had a mixed start under Coach Fig Jam. Despite this, and a shocking run with injuries and retirements, they’ve managed to win as many as they’ve lost. The Dons have also sustained a high number of casualties, and at this rate, they must be at some stage, wondering how they’re going to field a team. The Pies, arguably, have the better list, but this seems to count for little when playing Essendon. The consensus here in The Wraproom is that it will come down to who had the hardest workout on the Saturday. The Tealers gave The Maggies a fair run for their money. And a chance to see how their structure works without some walk-up starters, such as Daisy Thomas & Luke Ball, Chris Tarrant & Ben Reid, to name but a few. The Gliders hardly broke into a sweat debunking The Carlton Myth. Injuries favour Collingwood. Freshness favours The Dons. There’s an injury cloud over the Brownlow Medallist, but he’d never let on. Look, it’s Carringbush for ours. I know we keep tipping against The Marshmallows, and they keep winning. But, like Wile E Coyote, they can only defy gravity for so long. The Kiss of Death this week goes to Arch Bishop Mannix ’s old team – Carringbush
Good tipping and even better punting.
And remember, if you read it in the Wrap you’ll know it’s not crap.