AFL Round 23: Fearless – Drama, theatre and ultimate joy of September

That’s great – the face of the AFL’s This is Greatness ad campaign for the finals gets to ply his proper trade at the G on the big day. Hope it sounds ok for all to hear as do the Temper trap and Paul Kelly. The Meatloaf got binned/consigned to history – hope he can take some of those D-grade overseas celebrities that get the tv jobs with him…do we really need them to be entertained?

Brett Ratten seems like a well mannered individual and spoke with great class and poise at his press conferences. Reality unfortunately that if, as expected, Mick Malthouse gets the Carlton coaching job, the Blues have simply picked a better coach because he was available. Mick wasn’t going interstate again and 3 premierships aside, he should be remembered that he got Collingwood to 4 Grand Finals in his 11 years. 59 years of age – should that matter to anyone? Good luck to Mick, good luck to Ratts and good luck to Choco at Tigerland…he might just be missing link at Tigerland….what? Some premiership guidance to all and sundry…

Away we go with September and all the drama, theatre and ultimate joy and despair that it contains. This is greatness and this is within your grasp if you’re good enough. The 8 teams are ready and the other 10 can only dream of bigger and better things to come in season 2013.

Good luck to you all and enjoy what is about to unfold as Australia heads into another September to remember…

Rd23 2012 FEARLESS:  Days of the final four long gone…now 10 teams miss!

The final round kicked off with the clash of Big Birds. The Hawks hosted the Eagles – guess the last time they played in Melbourne. It didn’t feature the batmobile! Buddy started the Hawks on a roll as they steamed to a 34pt lead at qtr time. From there, it was even-ish but the Hawks got home by 25pts. Guerra’s hammy a finals’ casualty.

The finals theme continued as the Swans took to Simonds Stadium to play the Cats. Having won there in 2011, the Swans had no reason to fear the ground and it showed as they led by 2pts at the 1st break. Slowly Geelon went up a cog in the 2nd on their way to an impressive 34pt win. Stevie J and Chappy in hot water with the judiciary.

The Gold Coast headed to the home of their first ever win, AAMI Stadium. This time it was to face the rampaging Adelaide Crows. The eclipse of the Suns was slow to start with the Crows starting a bit wayward before ending with 43 scoring shots to 17 and a 91pt win. A fine-tuning for September, Crow Coach Sando has done a great job.

North Melbourne headed to Skoda Stadium knowing that they controlled their destiny in their first finals appearance since 2008. Tackling the young Giants tipped the Roos into some apathy as GWS got off to a flyer. Scott Thompson set the Roos alight down back on his way to 39 stats. A distracted North by 28pts, GWS’ Toby Greene a gun.

Melbourne capped off a tough 2012 campaign with a trip far west to play Freo at Subi. The Dockers were finalists for 2012 and set about winning the game in the best manner, rather than opt to play out for a ‘home’ final against the Eagles. A 61pt Freo win consolidated this, but came at a cost with gun back McPharlin’s hammy tearing.

Anzac Day hype missing, the Pies finetuned their finals preparation against the Bombers in front of a smaller MCG crowd of 56000. An initial Bomber onslaught gave way to a vintage Travis Cloke 5-goal haul. The Pie forward was too hot for the Don defence and posed the Pie hierarchy a problem re Chris Dawes’ spot. Pies 32pts.

Having applied the Ratt-Sack to Visy Park during the week (sorry Marg!), Carlton took on the Saints at Etihad. The Saints were led by Stevie Milne at his argumentative best. Two sides played for more than pride – just as the Blues were in the box seat, the Saints banged on the last 4 goals to win by 15pts and seal up the ‘coveted’ 9th spot.

The Tigers run-of-outs in close ones continued to haunt their season 2012. Dom Cassisi’s point in the dying minutes consigned the Richmond-Port clash at the G to the year’s first draw. Jumping Jack booted 6 to win his 2nd Coleman Medal. Both sides tried hard, given that there was little more than some pride/careers on the line.

Bam-Bam he is and it showed on Sunday as Daniel Rich led the Lions to a commanding win over the Western Puppies on Sunday at the Gabba. Coach McCartney will be happy that his maiden year at the helm of the Dogs is over. Jonno Brown turned back the clock with 5 goals as the Lions finished season 2012 strongly.


  1. Andrew Starkie says

    Ok, I’ll say it………

    the gf is cutting into the ‘entertainment’ time more and more every year; move the game to Sunday, leaving Saty free for bands and onfield performers.

  2. Pamela Sherpa says

    Could not agree more Andrew. Get rid of the entertainment and just play the football

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