FEARLESS 2022: Round 11 – Midway … season 2022 – Time for some to get a wriggle on.


Hi all, I was endeavouring to work out a analogy to describe the effects of the media in the AFL world that includes all clubs, all players and fans …


and then I came up with the analogy of the snowball …


part 1) snow lies at the top of the mountain and events take place that create snowballs.. (the AFL is often spotted on top of the mountain handing out sticks of dynamite)


part 2) the snowball starts small and gains momentum


part 3) the snowball gets larger in size as it comes down the mountain


part 4) the snowball causes a trail of destruction in its path


part 5) the snowball comes to a crashing halt as it stops.


part 6) Once stopped the snowball falls apart. Then sooner or later the sun comes out and it melts to water, an exhausted end …


and then the process repeats itself. However and whenever, the repetition continues through the season and tapers slightly as we proceed into the warmer months.


Now any and every footy story could fit into this context. The media covering footy is larger than the media covering politics and we’ve just had a federal election, with a state one due before the year’s out.


The snowball analogy has basically how I’ve seen the media report the footy this year. They don’t realise the destruction they cause and in the end…was it all really worthwhile? When journalists have agendas that are well documented, then my opinion is they think they’re bigger than the game. They never will be…END of story!


The excess coverage of the game has made livings for many ex-players and journalists. The constant need for stories though is what causes the trail of destruction and the AFL run with the attitude that any publicity is good publicity…


Oh well..I guess it just continues until further notice. Never mind the cost/effect of mental health on players and fans especially…





2022 FEARLESS Rd 11.


Again, the AFL scheduled a Friday night blockbuster! Sydney hosted Richmond and didn’t it have it all, including a grandstand finish with an umpire controversy on top! The Tigers started better but the Swans galvanised the SCG theatregoers and gained some momentum. A 25pt Tiger lead at the half snowballed the other way to a goal win by Sydney…what a cracker and yes…common sense prevailed at the final siren.


McVeigh’s garage had done a great service on the GWS Ferrari and it was now ready for one of the tougher trips…the Lions at the Gabba. A cracking start saw GWS kick 8 goals to 6 in the 1st qtr. Rookie Giant Peatling kicked 3 again ably assisted by star GWS gun Toby Greene with 4. The Lions rallied as expected and managed to defy the Giants defence to score a solid 14pt win. McCarthy 4. Neale 39, J.Berry 33.


In year’s gone past, these were the sort of games that gave Geelong a 32pt headstart on the rest of the comp before the season had started. Geelong hosted Adelaide at the Cattery and were only seriously challenged for half of the 1st qtr and the midway patch of the 3rd. And so it goes…Geelong home by 42pts with Tom Stewart putting on a defensive masterclass with 40stats. Cameron 4, the improving Fogerty 3 for Crows.


At half time at the G on Saturday twilight, the Demons were in control. A 25pt lead over Fremantle and it seemed like business as usual. Rain had dented Freo’s ability over the past fortnight. 1.6 to Melbourne was not what you would expect to see. Less, 12.3 by the opposition. Purple Haze reigned supreme thru Frederick and Schulz up forward with Taberner and Lobb to feed off. Dockers give Dees the heave ho by 38pts.


Last year’s Grand Finalist away to this year’s current 18th team. A 101pt win by the Bulldogs over the Eagles was the result. Jimmy McElroy Naughton 4 enjoyed his trip home, assisted by a varied goalkicking spread. Jack Darling kicked 4 for West Coast out of 9 in total. A 7.2 last qtr put the icing and % on the cake for the Dogs. Tim Kelly showed his worth with 38 for the Eagles, but the season continues to haunt them.


Gold Cost Suns are looking to make Darwin their other fortress and emphatically acted as such with a 67pt thumping of the Hawks on Saturday Night. Club Marrara at TIO Stadium saw the carnage as the red and gold tore the brown and gold a new one. Rosas and Chol kicked 3 each for the Suns. Mitchell had 29 for the Hawks and Weller 27 almost matched that. Gold Coast’s most consistent year to date continues..


Prolific ball winners and more of them and a more effective forwards setup could probably have been the difference between the Saints and the Roos at Marvel on Sunday. The chance of an upset eliminated early, the Saints controlled the game from GO TO WHOA! Sinclair, Hill Gresham 30+ bettered Simpkin 29 but rucks broke even. King 3.1, Zurhaar 1.3 reflective of the day for both! Roos – groundhog day. Saints by 53.


It’s been a while since the footy public could’ve regarded Carlton v Collingwood as a potential finals game. However the Fly’s Pies and Voss’ Blues had taken bold steps forward in season 2022. Even to the last kick, the result could’ve gone either way when a wayward Jack Silvagni kick over the head went through for a point..a goal and a different winner. Pies by 4pts in front of 80000+ screaming nutbags! Awesome game.


How easily it can turn in the other direction is the question facing Port and Eseendon? Both 2021 finalists staring down the barrel of September holidays. In the wet at Adelaide Oval, the Red Dons tried to short circuit the Power to no avail. The Bomber natives are restless and yet the effort was better. Truth is, a start of 0.6 doesn’t help. Power by 16pts. Parish v Heppell talks at qtr time good..the coach can only do so much.



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