FEARLESS 2023: Double header Rounds 3 and 4… and there will be someone come out sooner rather than later


Hi all, I believe the statistic is that 10% of the population is gay. As per the current definition…

So I read with interest Scott Gullan’s article in the Saturday Herald Sun that AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan’s comments might not have helped the process of the coming out of the first AFL player to say that he was gay. McLachlan said that the process was never going to be easy, or words to that effect.

Yep. True. But I ask what year this is? Correct. 2023. We have gone past that as an issue in society. It should be no-one’s business. And yet I suppose I look at the racial comments made recently against Indigenous Players and I am reminded that social media and computer keyboards hide many cowards. So maybe the ‘hatred’ is out there which sets back the cause. I look at the USA and other parts of the world too and see much hatred appearing in many forms. Maybe this complicates the issue to the point where no-one wants to come out voluntarily. The process has already occurred in the NBL and the A-League. I’m totally convinced that the first player would be applauded by most of society as it’s a truly courageous act. The names Isaac Humphries and Josh Cavallo have been etched into the public domain for showing such courage in their sports of choice. I remember back to the days of diver Greg Louganis. He was definitely a pioneer.

Whether they do or they don’t, I guess is an entirely personal choice. I look at  the AFLW then and assume that maybe it’s not such an issue as there are strong numbers within the AFLW…again does any of this matter in this day and age?

Does speculation help or hinder the cause? Several subsequent players will definitely benefit from the courage to be shown. Any club would offer enormous assistance to the player(s) concerned. However, time will tell how this unfolds. If there is a ‘hidden’ community of gay AFL players, then does it worth mentioning as an idea that several come out at the same time? That would definitely be a watershed moment for the game.

Having watched the ugly media incident involving Fox Sports last year, then it is certainly no-one’s right to out anyone else!

I, for one, don’t know how this plays out. Maybe it’s just a matter of time… and maybe the speculation pushes the matter back into the background again.

I felt equally obliged to write this and not write this for the reasons stated. Personally, I just hope people are happy and content doing what they love. The rest will take care of itself whenever…wherever…

Cheers PT


Round 3 – Still a bit too early to write off teams I’d be thinking…

After a week of race-filled social media and crowd interaction, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan kicked 5 and emulated the famous Nicky Winmar pose. Inspiring teammates to destroy ex-teammate Dunkley’s return as a Lion, the Bulldogs opened account with a 14pt win. Dogs skipper The Bont led from the front with 28stats. 67:53 under the roof, a tight contest or too defensive?

From 2.6 at qtr time to 8.15 at the end, it appears that Collingwood’s inaccurate kicking kept Richmond alive at the ‘G’ on Friday night. Ex-Power/Crow Frampton came alive on Tiger Lynch keeping him quiet and getting in the 321 votes in media. I guess he showed them the way! Tigers 1 goal in the 1st 1/2 not good enough. Pies by 14pts. 4th qtr better. JDeG 35, 0.3

Clarko v Mitchell, Hawks v Roos, Master v Apprentice, Launceston v Hobart…it was all on until it wasn’t. And it was pretty apparent early, the Roos were off and the Hawks were on and keen to atone for their first fortnight. Will Day, Dylan Moore and young Tyler Brockman led the Hawks charge as the Roos got close late but lost by 19pts. It would’ve been a steal…

GWS hosted Carlton at the wonderfully titled Giants Stadium somewhere near Rooty Hill. Whilst the Giants started well, the Blues forward inaccuracy soon prevented them from taking a bigger lead, 15pts was the greatest margin. GWS even managed to take back the lead in the last. Blues steadied, home by 10pts. Dissent! Indeed…8 minutes to go…composure!!

A big night for the Saints at the ‘G’ to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary. Ross the Boss had the Saints working well in 2023, not having lost. The Bombers likewise…despite the Saints leading all night in front of ex-stars and others, the Dons drew level in the last thanks largely to Jye Caldwell. However, the Saints night it was for all, home by 18pts. Butler, Higgins 4.

Meanwhile stop the clocks in SA, the showdown was on. Was Port the real deal? Or could the Crows get their ‘A into G’ to kick in 2023. Port played better for the most part of the game until the tide began to turn late in the 3rd… A 7 goals to 2 last qtr by the Crows, led by new skipper Dawson, saw Port powerless to stop stop stop it. Crows 31pts. Thilthorpe 5,Rankine 4

The Suns became the latest to inflict woes on the reigning Premiers at the Heritage Bank Stadium (aka Club Metricon). Coach Dew’s red army led by Lukosius with 5 goals led the Cats a merry dance after qtr time. Maybe the local climate had an effect. Weller, Macpherson and Rowell had the Cats on the ropes but inaccuracy hindered both clubs. Tom Stewart 29.

Clinical Demons. Yet again, despite the Swans having a liking for the MCG, they found the going tough. A Demon win by 50pts inspired by two lesser lights in newbie Jacob van Rooyen with 3 and Kyle Chandler 3, aided by Fritsch 3. Petracca, 33 brought his own ball, but the trademark Swans’ physicality was off. Dees led from the start with no Ben Brown.

The Derby over in the West saw the injuries stack up for West Coast to the point where they almost had no bench and Flyin’ Ryan had to go back on! That the Eagles drew level was almost meritorious. However, the Dockers rallied and charged away to a 41pt win. Walters 4, 4 teammates 2 each and Michael Frederick’s goal celebration worthy of the highlights video!


Round 4 – social media video killed the football star…or did it?

After two poor away games, Lions returned to the Gabbatoir to face the undefeated Magpies. The Pies went cold as the Lions’ familiar surroundings took its toll. Younger Daicos still starred, but the lack of Pies rucks might’ve helped the Lions assert dominance through ‘Big O’. Cameron 6, Rayner 4. Daniher, Hipwood 2 each in Beams-McStay-Crisp Cup. Lions 33pts.

Good Friday a sellout – exactly what the Roos, Blues, AFL and RCH wanted to hear!!! A good quality game for the big occasion…and it was. A glaring lack of height in North’s defence saw the twin Carlton forwards take control with Curnow 6 and McKay 4 guiding the Blues to a 23pt win. Clarko’s Roos solid for 3.5 qtrs but a 15min patch let the game slip by.

Freo might need to recruit Chrissie Hynde as they are fast becoming ‘The Pretenders’ of the AFL. Not to underplay the significance of the Crows win at home by 39pts. The Crows would give their fans and coaches something to Crow about. For Justin Longmuir and the Freo coaches, it’s back on the chain gang. They need more than brass in their pockets!

Richmond are the intriguing team of 2023. Equally, the Bulldogs could be viewed as such but whilst both were 2022 finalists, the laws of gravity are working more in favour of the Dogs, who raced out to a 4 goal lead at the 1st break, before the Tigers slammed on 8 goals in the 2nd to reply. 2nd half was a see-saw, Dogs’ inaccuracy in 4th didn’t help…but 5pt Dogs win did.

Meanwhile at the SCG, the spectre of free kicks and their location/timing in the game loomed large in the last. Unfortunately for the Swans, a last kick on goal by Florent just fell short thanks to an Aliir volleyball double palm to prevent a score. An even contest saw the Power come away with a 2pt win. A fitting tribute to Jeremy Finalyson’s wife and her cancer battle.

The Saints resurgence continued against the Gold Coast Clouds at Marvel on Saturday night. A 53pt win is a good sign for the Saints, but not for the Clouds who reverted to their erroneous ways much to Coach Dew’s displeasure. ‘Snags’ Higgins kicked 5 for the Saints and young Saint Owens 27stats, 2 goals on the rise! Noah Anderson 38stats, a Sun battled hard.

A genuine 50:50 contest according to the punters, but more likely 60:40 in favour of the Bombers as they hosted the GWS on Sunday. Jake Stringer kicked 4.6, indicative of a Dons’ side that kicked 11.22 – 33 scoring shots to 20. Giants led for much of first three qtrs. Tom Green 34 stats, Himmelberg 3. The Package delivered a massive torp! Dons home by 10pts.

Melbourne headed to their favourite city on the WA coast, the scene of the 2021 flag. The Eagles had been bashed up the week before and so the Demons had little trouble, a win by 63pts. Kelly 36, Clarry 34, Petracca 29, 3 goals. T-Mac kicked 4 for the Dees and their mids were given silver service by ‘Reg’ Grundy. It was a tale of two teams with fluctuating fortunes.

It was indeed the resurrection of JC at the MCG on Easter Monday. Not the original but Jeremy Cameron as he led the Cats with 7 goals to knock off the Hawks by 82pts. The Hawks were controlling the 1st half nicely before the Premiership Cats 3rd qtr saw them kick 10.5 to 0.0…Bang! End of Story. Mojo rediscovered. Meek kneeing baffled…he didn’t even jump.


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