Fearless 2018 Round 7: Jayden Laverde should have played with Rob Shirley


 The Cats bought the axe on Friday night and down came the beanstalk. GWS came down with it, all 22 of them including the biggest giant Lachie Keeffe who returned from AFL exile. The problems for coach Leon Cameron didn’t concern only tripe, moreso 4.8 for 4 qtrs. Cats home by 10 goals. Hawkins 4 and some umpire shoving!


Gold Coast sightseeing tour down under continued to Ballarat to play the Dogs in their quasi home at the boutique Mars Stadium. The Dogs kept the Sunshine to a minimum, leading for most of the game. Swinging JaJo forward a Bevo genius move helping Pups Gowers and Lipinski, as did Macrae, continuing his stellar year. Dogs home by 9pts.


The Dons started well against the Hawks, but after the half, the 3rdqtr yips kicked in! Woosha’s lament in 2018, poor 3rdqtrs and a rather pressure-less forwardline. Hawks kicked 6.3 to 0.1 and wrapped up the 4pts. Dons regained respectability in last, but lost by 23pts. Joey D, did the all-knowing seers in the media scrum know he had OP? No!


Port travelled far west to Optus Stadium to tackle the high flying Eagles. When coach Ken uses the word listless to describe the showing of his charges, you generally get the picture. The Eagles forward pressure worked well with the scoreboard pressure to give the Eagles a 42pt win. NicNatNoo bodyslammed Port’s Amon into next week. Gaff 35.


The SCG hadn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Roos. A Buddy and Hannebery-less Swans was a chance, despite media forecasts of a Roos’ spoon. Waite managed, so Mason Wood opens 2018 games tally. Sam Wright back for 1sttime in 701days, in Gary Rohan’s 100th. Wood 4, last the winner, in a 2pt thriller. Roos just. Higgins with 31.


Carlton went to Adelaide as the Navy Greys, a disguise to maybe offset the Crows. It worked for a half. The Grey Army trailed only by 17pts, an indication of a fair effort. Adelaide went up a cog in the 2ndhalf in the Bryce Gibbs Cup with McGovern leading the charge with 5. Casboult added to the Carlton injury list. Crows home by 55pts.


Ross Lyon had more on his plate than compensation payments as his Freo side capitulated by 77pts to the reigning Premiers Richmond at the G on Sunday. Despite clearly winning clearances thru a dominant Fyfe-Neale-Sandilands combo, the Tigers led their Docker opponents a merry dance. Riewoldt 3, Townsend 2, Tiger Army happy.


Barassi’s Demons returned to Etihad for a 2ndweek. Royal Blue and Red to offset the jumper clash with the Saints. Dees fans be proud,a win by 39pts AND a 4 quarter effort of winning each qtr. A step forward in search for consistency? For the Saints, a forward arc needing some magic. Hogan 3, T. McDonald 2. Oliver 36. Dog fingers 15 and 1.2.


For a few minutes, Collingwood might have been singing the praises of Chris Mayne, matchwinner, after he trickled a late point through against the Lions at the Gabba. That was shortlived after Stephenson kicked the winner with 90 seconds left. A cruel twist for Brisbane after a lionhearted effort. Pies by 7pts. De Goey, de Good 5. Zorko B.I.T.




  1. george smith says

    Rob Shirley – you can’t be serious!

    I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!

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