Round 10 – Sal’s preview: Stop the assault

Greetings All,


Plenty of discussion through the week regarding the reduced attendances.  No doubt ticketing challenges and the ease of watching on TV is some influence.  Neither of those has deterred me from attending, in fact I would suggest some of the TV commentary makes me go to the game.  What hasn’t been covered is about what the experience is once you are at the game.


Up front I can only speak of the MCG this year as I am yet to head into the loungeroom and highly unlikely to travel interstate.  Yes there are issues with queues and the fact that there is a COVID limit in all the bars but no restrictions for the folks waiting to get in.  My biggest bug bear though is the assault on the senses we get at the intervals – the volume of the scoreboard is turned up and we are bombarded with all sorts of advertising and mindless drivel in the form of club promotion.  I can accept the commercial requirements to keep the game, clubs and venues alive but just let us speak the person next to us without having to shout.


One more thing – get rid of the noise and flashing lights after a goal is kicked!  We are all there and we saw the two calicos and celebrated accordingly, sure show the replay but get rid of the fake atmosphere.


The game generates its own atmosphere and  there are a few that might have a bit more.


The Great Dayne ($1.41) vs Escape Artists ($3.35)


We kick off with a ripper!  Dayne Zorko getting an extra year hardly ground breaking news but good for the Lions.  They are in great form to take on Richmond and should be confident after claiming the scalp of Port a couple of weeks ago.  Losing Darcy Gardiner does remove some flexibility which can be important against the champs.  The Tigers are still without much of their midfield, they got out of jail last week against the Giants.  Again raising the bar and the opposition unable to match them.  They are still solid at either end of the ground.  Form, home ground and selections say Brisbane.  History says Richmond and Dusty love playing the Lions.  Going with Brisbane but the satchel slingers have it all wrong and reckon this is almost 50-50.


No Parking ($1.36) vs A Tall Story ($3.70)


The Hawks became the first victim of the Roos while the Blues became Melbourne’s ninth!  The perfect scenario for the Blues to play another team into form!  Two important inclusions for the Blues, Tom De Koning might take a few games to reach the level but has to become the club’s key ruckman.  Jack Silvagni might not have height or speed, he does though play at an intensity above most of his teammates.  Parks made a few errors last week and has paid the price, reckon there are a couple of other Carlton defenders that have been making those errors for much longer that seem untouchable!  While the Hawks are bringing on young players they still have nucleus of experience in the team to make life difficult for the Blues.  A good opportunity to debut the tallest Hawk in history, Ned Reeves.  Going with my team but can’t bear to look!


Well Taylored ($4.60) vs Browned Off ($1.26)


A tale of two forwards with Taylor Walker returning from his rest, while the Dees embarrassment of riches has cost Ben Brown his spot in the 22.  The Crows need to regain their spark from early in the year to challenge the Demons.  Not sure they can and will find the organisation and system of the Demon defense to hard to get through.


Bombed Out ($2.02) vs The Bell Tolled ($1.96)


Great that we have the team selections back, but they just might need to sort out some of the work around the concussion sub.  James Bell never got on the ground for the Swans last week and has been listed as ‘dropped’.  His mates travel west to take on the Dockers who put in a great effort against the Bombers but were the second travelling team to just fall short in the Loungeroom.  They are a different and better team at home.  Sydney will be tough to crack but just think the home team will come out ahead.


Didn’t Give a Zac ($1.09) vs The Prodigal Sun ($11.50)


Zac Smith finally gets back on the park for the Suns and up against his old club.  Reckon this might be ugly for him!


Life is Sweet ($1.33) vs A Bit of a Battle ($3.95)


Josh Battle has been Mr Fixit for the Saints playing whatever role suits the team, gets to play his 50th this week.  Hopefully his team can find the target better than they did last week.  They will need to against the Bulldogs who have recovered beautifully from the second half mauling by the Tigers, a solid win over Port in Adelaide stamping their credentials.  With their two prime rucks in Martin and English injured Jordon Sweet has done a great job working with the deepest midfield in the competition.  The Saints best makes it close, they just don’t produce it often enough to have me select them.


Joffa’s Boys ($2.92) vs Dog Bitten ($1.49)


The Pies get a couple of important players back with Roughead to assist in defense and more importantly their grunt in the middle Taylor Adams returning.  He sets the tone for the Pies and will need to ready against a smarting Port Adelaide who need to get back on the winners list.  Contenders in the Dogs and Lions have beaten them raising the question as to whether they are the real deal.  Beating the Pies won’t answer that question but losing to them would raise even more.  Reckon Port win.


A Win with Merrett ($1.33) vs A Noble Cause ($3.75)


Great scenes from Launceston with the Roos opening their account and delivering David Noble’s first coaching victory!  They take on the Bombers who also won a tight one with their prime mover Zach Merrett targeted by the opposition.  Much better balance in the Essendon midfield now with the emergence of Darcy Parish.  Two in a row for the Roos would not shock, but reckon more chances that it will be the Bombers with successive victories.


Not so Verdant ($2.10) vs  Oh My! Darling ($1.86)


Jack Darling’s handful in the second quarter was enough to put the Crows away, his Eagles travel this week and face the Giants.  They were terrific against the Tigers but have lost their talisman in Toby Greene.  They do get their other spiritual leader in Mumford back.  McGovern is a big out for the Eagles though Hurn in is close to like for like.  The decision really comes to trusting West Coast on the road – their last three have not been pretty.  Just not sure how the Giants will fare without Greene so sticking with the Eagles.

Friar Time


A couple of wins on road for the seniors and reserves over Oakleigh in pretty tough conditions.  The girls went down in another close game against Old Haileybury while the thirds could not keep up with the Jackas.  This week the seniors host a familiar foe in Peninsula with the girls facing Old Brighton in the early game.  Thirds head to Monash.


Go Blues, Go Friars,


Cheers, Sal


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  1. I couldn’t agree more about all the aural crap delivered at top volume at all times whenever play isn’t in progress at the MCG. Who actually wants and enjoys all of this tacky, banal nonsense? I’m yet to meet anyone that does. Sadly, this aspect of the ‘game-day experience’ is an incentive for me to stay home and watch the game from the couch, with TV audio muted.

  2. Daryl Schramm says

    No different in Adelaide. The stars have to align to get me there now. Even if I have prepaid.

  3. Anne Dillon says

    I consistently address this issue whenever I am asked for feedback about my “match day experience”. I’ve told them over and over again I don’t need to be “entertained” between quarters, especially since it is a good opportunity to catch up with my closest friend of 40 years, her son in law and grandson, along with other members of her extended family. The fact that we can’t have a conversation without shouting is very frustrating. Fortunately we sometimes have time for a catch up after the game. The issue is not limited to the MCG. It’s the same at Kardinia Park, sorry GMHBA stadium. I doubt they take much notice of my feedback once they see the age group I fall into which they insist on asking at the end of each survey. The computer probably decides I’m a whinging old crone and ignores me! I’ll persist though, as I too have referred to it as an assault on the senses.

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