FEARLESS 2020 Round 9: After 700+ days, the time comes around for some Majak magic….


Hi all, hope you are all enduring if you are in lockdown, hopefully you’re all in good health.


**Good to see Mitch Cleary get his job back at AFLMedia – he had been sacked for doing his job – bringing public the story of Brooke Cotchin’s trip to a day spa (which he took from her instagram feed)…apparently because she had no time to take it down…go figure! Isn’t that the whole purpose of Instagram  to publicise the here and now…?


Anyway, I bet you’ve heard of Dermott Brereton, Hawthorn 5x Day and 5 x Night Premiership player.


Majak Daw
Image: Wiki Commons

Dermott’s quote from Saturday read simply: “That man, he could’ve been a memory. He could’ve been a plaque in a funeral parlour somewhere. He is living proof people can reclaim their lives…It’s heroic what he’s done.”


Dermott was referring to North Melbourne’s Sudanese-Australian AFL pioneer Majak Daw. Dermott was also referencing his own family tragedies, where his father and brother had both committed suicide. The emotion in Dermott’s voice was raw to say the least. Normally you don’t hear such emotion in a football commentator’s voice. It all added poignancy to the day.


Majak has played 51 AFL games. For a 29 year old, that’s actually not much.  He’s got a great highlights package though. Maybe by his career’s end, he’ll get to 100 games. Who knows there? But what he hopefully has done has shone a large light for others to follow. That light highlights the road back and it’s available to anyone. Into the future, whatever Majak achieves as a player, person, father, partner, family man will be because of the will to regain health and strength. You can argue that maybe he shouldn’t have put himself there in the first place. You may be right. However, whatever the reasons and whatever the outcomes, the future looks brighter for Majak and his family and friends.


Well done to all the support cast. Saturday was a tribute to all your dedication and hard work. It was a privilege to watch.


It was a reminder to keep yourself physically and mentally well.


Cheers PT


2020 FEARLESS RD9: After 700 days +, the time comes around for some Majak magic….


Queensland Hub Game Number 24: Worongary Bulldogs hosted the Red Hill Tigers at Metricon Wed Night and like the Tigers of old, they were strong and bold. Dusty turned up and put on a clinic…geez he’s generous with his time! The Tigers twin towers of Lynch and Riewoldt served up 3 goals to complement Dusty and Aarts with 3. The Dogs were off, adding to Bevo’s receding hairline of late. Tigers easy by 41pts.


Queensland Hub Game Number 25: Maroochydore Demon hosted Palm Beach Power at the Gabba on Thursday Night and by the 10 minute mark of the 2nd qtr it was done. Too Powerful was the power and that’s why they’re top top top, they never stop stop stop. The only interest after that was how similar Dees recruit Luke Jackson looks like a younger version of Weird Al Jankovic. Dees poor, inconsistent continues.


Perth Hub Game Number 5: Crawley Blues hosted the Hamilton Hill Hawks at Optus Stadium Friday evening with the Blues off to a flyer…five goals on the board before the Hawks arrived! Slowly but surely the Hawks reeled in the Blues and the now apparent Roos curse had struck. Clarko must’ve been wondering where this had been..the old Hawk magic, Gunston 3, Breust 2, Shiels 2, Smith 2…Hawks home by 31pts.


Queensland Hub Game Number 26: Eagleby Bombers must not be too accustomed to Queensland as the Brisbane Lions tore them apart at Metricon on Friday night. A 63pt rout wasn’t what the Worsfold-Rutten coaching panel would’ve expected. Charlie C kicked 4, Lachie Neale had the ball on a string, as did returning Lion Witherden. Bomber McGrath flew the flag, but a final scoreline of 3.10 doesn’t read well!


Queensland Hub Game Number 27: Nerang Roos hosted the Ashmore Crows at Metricon on Saturday before a stellar crowd of 522. The game continues to grow up North as the battle between 17th and 18th became all about one man with the Majak touch. After 700-odd days out, Roos backman Daw returned and the Roos took inspiration! McDonald 35, Anderson 28, Hall 20 and 2 goals…Crows poor. Roos by 69pts.


Queensland Hub Game Number 28: Sunshine Coast Saints took on the St.Lucia Swans at the Gabba  on Saturday evening. It wasn’t too long before the disparity between the two teams became apparent. A 53pt win a great night for Ratten’s Saints and the Swans showing the effects of many injuries. The only blot was the slapping Saint Carlisle, giving Swan Rampe’s injured hand a few games of knuckles..ouch! Just ugly!


Perth Hub Game Number 6: West Coast Eagles confirmed their good form but only in the last were able to overcome the Gnangara Cats in the Tim Kelly Cup at Optus Stadium on Saturday Night. Special agent NNN was licensed to kill and what a show he put on, giving his Eagle midfielders silver service. JK rose to the occasion in the last qtr. Cats actually very good all night but overpowered in the last. Eagles by 9pts.


Queensland Hub Game Number 23: Gold Coast Suns hosted the Gilston Giants at Metricon on Sunday and the Giants took the lead and never relented, a great sign for Coach Leon’s Getting Larger. The Ferrari looked smooth, despite racking up injuries to stars Greene and De Boer. The Suns kicked 4.11 and frittered away any chances. No doubts the Suns are better in 2020, but the top 7 possession winners were Giants!


Perth Hub Game Number 7: Fremantle hosted Cottesloe Magpies at Optus Stadium on Sunday Night, welcoming back inspirational skipper Fyfe, whilst losing brilliant playmaker Walters. The Pies seemed distracted from the coaches’ tennis game. Freo came to play from the start and young star Serong led the charge, along with maturing forward Taberner with 4. Pies had their chances, but Dockers reigned by 12pts.


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