Round 18 Blog

Several substantial flogging have been the feature of the weekend’s AFL action so far.

That, and a couple of goal sneaks bagging 8 apiece.

While Crows, Bombers and Bulldogs lament, the Saints have clawed their way back into the eight.

With the Western Derby the feature game today, what do you make of it all folks?

Comments

  1. John Butler says

    One for Gigs perhaps.

    When did two small forwards last kick 8 in the same round?

  2. John Butler says

    Crows fans, what of the Neil Craig question?

    The players profess loyalty, but they hardly seem to be playing for him at present.

  3. Richard Naco says

    More frighteningly John, they don’t seem to even be playing for themselves (let alone for each other).

    ‘Tis a deep deep malaise infecting SA footy at the moment (& as an SA ex-pat, I just blame the water).

  4. John Butler says

    Richard

    You have to wonder if the SANFL has been playing a positive role in recent years. The ground deal at West Lakes seems to have dragged everyone down.

  5. Rick Kane says

    At the Hawks vs Demons game this afternoon there was a goal kicking competition prior to the game. It was organized by Melbourne Football Club and featured Melbourne supporters attempting to kick goals from 10 metres out, then 20 metres and so on. The chap who won, when handed the $500 first prize was asked what he would do with the cash. The guy, who looked like a Commerce student or an Economics graduate, said’ “I’ll put it straight into the bank”. Of course a Melbourne supporter would be managing his windfall conservatively. And watching the Demons play that’s what comes to mind. They are a good solid unit but play a far too conservative game. There is hardly the flair or creativity or the necessary risk that teams need to force an edge on their competitors. Good win to the Hawks, who do have a bit of the mongrel and a bit of the artist and are playing themselves into Finals form.

  6. Geez Harmsy you’d be good on ‘pick the margin’. Bad luck you picked the wrong team.
    Tough, hard old fashioned game.
    Dockers under Harvey don’t ‘sook’ when things get tough. No votes for Fyfe – Waters did a job on him. But Barlow was very brave, third game back from a bad leg break. Thought he was out on his legs several times, but he has an enormous heart.
    Backmen dominated because noone could get clear in the midfield. Rugby mauls all day.
    Eagles need Kerr at his best to beat the top teams. Cox and Natanui dominated the hitouts, but we were beaten at the clearances again. Tackling pressure is our strength. Field kicking our weakness.
    LASTLY, I AM REALLY ANGRY ABOUT HOW UMPIRES AND ‘TECHNICAL’ 50 METRES ARE SPOILING THE GAME. MY DAD ALWAYS SAID THEY UMPIRE WELL WHEN YOU DON’T NOTICE THEM. THEY BROKE BRISBANE’S HEART WITH FREES ON GOAL TO NORTH YESTERDAY. DUNNO IF ITS AFL RULE CHANGES, GIESCHEN OR ‘CELEBRITY’ BIGHEADS LIKE RAZOR RAY AND MARGETTS. 2 PRINCIPLES – THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME AND REWARD THE PLAYER GOING FOR THE BALL. TECHNICAL 50’S AND THE HOLDING THE BALL INTERPRETATION DESTROYS BOTH.
    YOU CAN SEE HOW CONFUSED AND ANGRY ALL PLAYERS AND FANS ARE – WHICH SPOILS A GREAT CONTEST LIKE TODAY’S DERBY.

  7. Brad Carr says

    Yes Peter, agree with you, and will have my little vent on one particular 50m penalty today, being the 2ng 50m goal Freo got, in the 3rd quarter. The umpire awarded a ruck free-kick, and initially stuck his arm out in West Coast’s direction (ie. suggesting a free kick to Natanatui), before correcting himself to put his other arm out and show a kick to Freo. Selwood responded to what the umpire initially signalled (and gave the ball to Natanui) and you should not be punished for that.

    There was a similar shocker in Round 1 between Adelaide & Hawthorn. 50m out from Hawthorn’s goal, the ump blew his whistle and stuck his arm out Adelaide’s way, so Tambling (who had a good look at the umpire) played on and took the advantage. The ump then stuck his other arm out, decided it was Burgoyne’s kick, and added on a 50m to take it the goal-line. Eerily similar to today.

    There’s no shame in making a mistake, we all do, and the ump’s first task is to watch the play and assess the infringements correctly, so I’m not going to hang them for momentarily getting their directions mixed up. But don’t penalise the player who watches your signals and assumes that know what you’re doing.

  8. johnharms says

    PB, I thought the derby turned in to an exciting contest, but for a long time it was disappointing fro a neutral fan like myself.

    Disappointments included: both teams clinging to the boundary line; Pav’s terrible first half; poor skills, especially Freo’s kicking, and the marking generally.

    I should be careful what I say though as I only saw bits and pieces.

  9. Richard Naco says

    Something suitably positive to warm the cockles of the any football fan’s heart (regardless of hue):

    Al “Bundy” Christensen in The Age, on being asked after the Richmond game whether he thought that his string of outstanding performances should land him a Rising Star nomination:

    “I play for Geelong,” he said. “What more could you want? It’s only an award. I get to play for the Cats.”

  10. Andrew Fithall says

    I reckon Chris Judd should have called his child Oscar Oscar. The first name is worthy. The second undeserved.

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