AFL Round 15 – Essendon v Geelong: Time Travellin’

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

You can’t tell anyone OK? Because the government would probably want in in this.

Thing is, I’m kind of an adept time-traveller. A combination of Marty McFly and The Doctor if you like.

Why just last last night, I went six hours into the future on my way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Impressed much?

I know, it’s not quite as amazing as when I went from Melbourne to London and ended up eight hours in the past. That was quite a trip. But certainly a grander feat than the measly one hour I jumped forward heading from Tangier to Barcelona.

No TARDIS or DeLorean for me though. I travel via the not-quite-as-grand-looking Etihad Airways Airbus A330-200, hiding out amongst the mortals in economy class. What better cover is there?

Watching Essendon fall agonisingly short against Geelong at The Green Man in Changkat Bukit Bintang – pub central in KL – I saw a fair bit of time travel, naturally delivered via an illegal online stream beamed onto a big screen of course!

The first quarter took me back seven years, with Geelong simply dominant. All the hallmarks were there. Harry Taylor standing tall down back, starting a chain of seemingly unhurried, slick handpasses that finishes with Bartel finding Selwood in the middle with a precision kick. Without breaking stride he plays on and finds Hawkins inside 50. The power forward takes a strong grab, calmly goes back and converts.

Essendon had joined the Cats on their journey to 2007 and were back to Matty Knights’ days, showing small glimpses of our potential to outrun and outspread our opponents, but being let down by poor kicking and cut to shreds on the rebound.

A five goal margin at half-time didn’t bode well. Would we stay stuck in the past? A horrible period of time when Geelong routinely had their way with us and left us curled in a ball, crying in the corner?

Thankfully, in the third quarter the Bombers joined me on a voyage to a glorious time just a couple of years from now. Mark Thompson and James Hird the first co-coaches of an AFL team, the ASADA investigation nothing but a bad memory.

A rampant Essendon – clearly atop the ladder – toying with their opposition, the once-mighty Cats. Brownlow Medallist Dyson Heppell running riot in the midfiekd, ably supported by Zaharakis and Goddard. A lethal forward line led by Coleman Medallist Joe Daniher and Jake Carlisle, scoring at ease in sustained bursts of pressure football. The 17th flag well on its way to Windy Hill…

(The 12 year old boy in me can dream can’t he?)

However, the pressures of time travel mean you can’t stay in one place for long. We unfortunately had to jump back to 2011. Geelong, written off by many as past their prime displaying their tenacity and quality. Class and experience combining with young tyros and a never-say-die attitude. A recipe too potent for them to lose. So it was the Cats walked away with a nine-point win.

As for the fates of these two sides come the end of 2014?

I may be a time traveller, but I can’t deliver any spoilers. It’s against the rules see?

Geelong: 5.1.31, 8.4.52, 8.6.54, 13.11.89
Essendon: 1.3.9, 3.5.23, 8.10.58, 11.14.80


Geelong: Hawkins 3, Selwood 2, Kersten 2, Duncan 2, Motlop 2, Horlin-Smith, Enright
Essendon: Carlisle 2, Colyer 2, Daniher 2, Howlett, J. Merrett, Hibberd, Stanton, Dempsey


Geelong: Bartel, Selwood, Horlin-Smith, Hawkins, Motlop
Essendon: Heppell, Colyer, Goddard, Zaharakis


Bartel (3), Selwood (2), Heppell (1) 

About Sam Laffy

Thirty-something year-old Essendon supporter. Winning the flag in 2000 when I was 12 was supposed to kick off a dynasty I could boast about for years. Still waiting for that 17th flag.....

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