Melbourne Intra-Club Match

By Steve Healy

The intra club game, in my opinion symbolises the end of the unknown, and brings forth the hype and happiness of a new season.

It seemed too that the weather had been in conjunction with it all. It had been uncomfortably hot for the past few days, but light rain drizzled and clouds covered the sky for the first look at the Dees for the new year- Footy weather.

Having the game held at Gosch’s paddock was not only much more convenient for me, but it also provided the bonus of having the picturesque MCG emerging from the fog in front of me at the same time. And that was probably more exciting than the actual game. I arrived at the ground, expecting just a handful of supporters, but in actual fact it was more like a communal gathering, with supporters of all ages lining the outskirts of the field. With the ground not having actual barriers, striped tape was in place, giving the illusion that it was a game to be played between prison occupants.

The actual match wasn’t much of a spectacle. It consisted of 20-minute quarters. Hardly anything eventuated as the players fumbled the ball around. The white team was much better; the teams were unfairly matched. Also, Melbourne’s red on its jumper looked more pink than usual. It became apparent that Tom Scully is even better; Jack Watts is going to dominate this season (he kicked a fantastic snap goal where he spun around an opponent), Jared Rivers is at his courageous best and Rookie Michael Evans looks like a handy roving-type. Sam Blease also contributed in the back line. The score didn’t matter, although I did keep track of it (But that all came undone in the second half when many of the players swapped teams). With plenty of players sitting out, such as recently-appointed Captain Green, Frawley, Jones and Jurrah (who is playing the in the All-Stars game), it meant that VFL-affiliate players filled the gaps. Cameron Johnston, our nuggety red-headed No.52, provided some novelty value, as well as some hard run. 208cm Max Gawn kicked a goal early and won some free kicks in the ruck. Kelvin Lawrence looked a little while off playing in the seniors but did a fantastic dashing run through the middle. Sylvia and Moloney were hard to contain in the middle, as usual.

The real highlight was after the game, however. It’s so great to be up close with all the players. James Frawley had his arm in a sling and I wished him well on his recovery. Jack Fitzpatrick hobbled around on crutches. Michael Newton nursed his broken wrist. I wasn’t too upset about him being retained; I’ve learnt to admire him in a non-serious way.  Brad Green was there too, I strangely felt like rushing up to him and thanking him for everything but I held back due to him being occupied by other supporters. It was a great decision to make him captain. He looks shorter in real life.  I observed Dean Bailey doing his press conference and saw a lively-but-thin looking Jim Stynes with Garry Lyon in tow, a bit like a lost puppy.

I left for home, feeling tired, but morely happy to have just been there and having seen a footy being kicked around. And it’s much, much sweeter when you haven’t witnessed it first hand for a very long time.

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Comments

  1. Well this answers my twitter question :)
    good work Steve.
    Must feel good to have seen a bit of footy and i agree with you, there is NOTHING better then being able to get up close with the players…although its a big hard to do so at Collingwood without getting your arm torn off by the attacking girls… *annoyed face*

    Danni

  2. Peter Flynn says

    Steve,

    Nice one.

    Looking forward to Jurrah’s work in 2011.

  3. #1. Danni, not much chance of that happening if you switch to the Bulldogs.

  4. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Well done Steve,

    I have the Dees in the 8 this year and am considering adding a number of them in my Dream Team. Scully and Watts for sure. Lots of pressure on Watts to perform this year along with Beetle Bailey.

  5. Steve Healy says

    Thanks for all the comments. Watts is certainly a great dream team pick, I think he will grow this year to be a lead-up half forward who gets plenty of the ball, whereas in the past two seasons we have tried to get him isolated inside the forward fifty too often, and that isn’t good for Jack.

  6. Steve Healy says

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  7. Steve Healy says

    Thanks for all the comments. Watts is certainly a great dream team pick, I think he will grow this year to be a lead-up half forward who gets plenty of the ball, whereas in the past two seasons we have tried to get him isolated inside the forward fifty too often, and that isn’t good for Jack.

  8. #6. Very succinctly put, Steve.

  9. Jake 'Cobba' Stevens says

    Nice one Steve,
    Sounds like a good day out
    I’ll bet that you are pumped up for the footy to start now!

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