FEARLESS 2020 Round 3 (incomplete): Positive test for Covid 19 postpones a game…

Hi all, good to have the footy back. It’s like an old friend that’s returned from overseas.

 

I don’t know what it would be like to be called a chimp or have a banana thrown at me. To whom it happens, you have every right to call it out and say that I and my community expect better. I’ve just seen Eddie Betts on AFL360. Like Syd Jackson, Graham Farmer, the Krakouer Brothers, Nicky Winmar, Michael Long and Adam Goodes before him, Eddie has had enough. Fair enough too. We live in a society of 140 different nationalities in Australia. All call Australia home and why shouldn’t they? Don’t get me wrong, not everything goes perfectly all the time and so the racial tensions simmer away. I’m sure we were all shocked when the quiet and religious 15 year old boy died from a stab wound in Melbourne’s western suburbs, resulting from a gang attack. Why does that happen? Nobody I know wants that to happen to their child nor, worse, wants their child to be the perpetrator of the crime.

 

I found this on social media this week.
This was a facebook repost C/- media agency Al Jazeera.
Journalist – Kyarisiima Gibs Jr asks the question: Why do we hate?
The 1-minute response made me stand up and take notice.

 

Unidentified Respondent: We hate because we are taught to hate. We hate because we are ignorant. We are the product of ignorant people who have been taught an ignorant thing which is that there are four or five different races. There are not four or five different races. There is only one race and we’re all members of that race. The human race, but we have separated people into races, so that some of us can see ourselves as superior to the others. We thought it would work I guess, but it hasn’t worked. It has been bad for everyone. But it’s time to get over this business. There is no gene for racism. There is no gene for bigotry. You are not born a bigot. You have to learn to be a bigot. Anything you learn you can unlearn. It’s time to unlearn our bigotry. It’s time to get over this thing. And we best get over it pretty soon. I’m an educator, it’s my business as an educator to lead people out of ignorance. The ignorance of thinking that you believe you are better or worse than someone else because of the amount of a pigment in your skin. Pigmentation in your skin has nothing to do with intelligence or with your worth as a human being. It’s time to get over that.

 

AFL football has the potential to lever change throughout society. This, in turn, becomes a measure of progress and society must continue to progress. If not, we fall behind and things stay the same.

In the footy, No Dusty No Tigers as Dad’s Army rolled into the MCG and did a number on the Reigning Premiers by 32 points. Old Chicken Legs Smith turned back the clock to the Hawks’ threepeat, ably assisted by Coach Clarko’s tall backline, led by the Big Boy McEvoy. The Jaegarbomber returned well to the Hawks’ midfield and Wingard was the most productive forward with 3. Well done Hawks, Tigers left searching for clues…

 

Friday night footy saw AFL’s newest and fiercest rivalry take centre stage with the Dogs hosting the Giants. It’s fair to say this is officially a grudge match for all sorts of reasons. Nick Haynes tossed the coin for the GWS and that was where the misplaced aggression had any impact. In fact, no impact. So what if the Dogs had been winless, this game fires them up and off to a 4 goal win. The Ferrari stutters…

 

Old heads guided the Swans to a win over an erratic Roos combination. Parker and Kennedy were helped by Heeney, Papley, Lloyd and Florent as the Swans’ cygnets gel into a tight team. North lost underrated star Cunnington before game, hardness factor swung across to Swans who continued to repel and force the disposal errors. If North is to progress, improvements need to be on display for four quarters not one.

 

St. Kilda’s momentum came to a shuddering halt as the Magpies turned the Saints into sinners, much to Coach Ratten’s disgust. All the good from last week vaporised as the Saints were just no match for their seasoned opponents. Bucks’ Pies might yet be a flag fave but it’s too early to call. Saints lost lead midway through the first quarter and never looked like getting it back. Steele Sidearse led the Pies to solid 44 point win.

 

The winless Blues trekked to the Cattery to challenge the Cats on their home dungheap…and challenge they did! The Cats never held the lead and at times were seven goals behind their less fancied rivals. A sign of disrespect? To turn up and just think it’ll happen…Eddie Betts and co had different ideas. Carlton’s full ground pressure and attack managed to withstand a blistering Cat comeback. Blues 2 point win.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number Three: Brisbane hosted the Eagle Heights Eagles. Life hub worries on the Gold Coast were temporarily cast aside by Simmo’s Eagles in the first half arm wrestle, as they led at half-time by 4 points over the Lions. Brisbane kicked 5.3 to 2.0 in the third to open up the game and the lack of Gov in the defence didn’t help the visitors. Lachie Neale (32)and J Berry led the Lions to a 5 goal win.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number Four: It was a murder of Crows at Metricon as the Gold Coast Suns recorded their first win over Ashmore. It wasn’t just a win either, it was a 53 point belting 82 to 29. Harry High Pants Rowell in only his 3rd game amassed another 20 stats, 2 goals, amid retro fashion statement. Things are looking up for the Suns. Can’t say the same about Ashmore Crows..some soul searching due.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number Five: The Forest Lake Dockers hosted the Palm Beach Power for local stevedoring rights at Metricon and there was more dew than normal. And that’s saying something!! Chuck in local showers and both teams had a fight on their hands. The cream rose to the top ultimately with the Power chasing down/beating the Dockers. Wines starred, fresh from isovac, as did Dixon.

 

*** Essendon were due to play Melbourne at 11.59pm MCG on Sunday night according to the Footy Live app. Unfortunately, the Conor McKenna COVID-19 witchhunt prevented the game from being played. Positive testing, negative testing, false negatives, breaches of player code…you name it…this case has got it. Meanwhile, hopefully, Conor and James Stewart are doing OK…

 

Cheers, PT

 

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