AFL Round 12 – Preview: Are Carlton becoming good for football the way Richmond have been for years, and other speculations

John Harms looks at Round 12 and decides that Collingwood are getting back on track now that Heath is skinny again, Dane’s had another tatt coloured in and is back in the guts, and D. Didak is back in the side.

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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Andrew Starkie says

    Harmsy, I popped in and saw the second half on Monday. What I saw shocked me. Melb are possibly the worst AFL team I;ve ever seen. (Haven’t seen GWS in the flesh and when Fitzroy were on their last legs I was living in London.) No spirit, defence, skills, idea. Davey was the worst out there and indicative of Melb’s problems. He was ‘playing’ on Didak but didn’t go near him. He was totally unaccountable and selfish and lazy. Dids looks short of a run but had the time of his life.

    In Melb’s defence, they can’t get Clark and Dawes out there. The latter was subbed off wiht a knee at halftime. There’s their forward line gone.

    Sacking the coach isn’t the way to go. Keep him on until the end of the season while pursuing Mark Williams for 2014.

    I believe the rumours of a power struggle at Cwood. It’s the coach versus Swan, THomas, Heath, Dids, Cloke etc. Cloke was so undisciplined at times on Sunday. He blasted away a few times including flopping a torp into the forward line. He wouldn’t have done it under Mick.

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