Round 18 Preview – Not a Goodes Week

Greetings All,

 

This is a very sad week for football, but it also has demonstrated the power that its supporter base has.  That supporter base has been magnificent in supporting the Riewoldt and Walsh families in their grief, but it has been a mean and mangy mob that has progressively taunted Adam Goodes and delivering a crescendo with the lemmings in Perth last week.  Whilst it may only be a minority involved, it is a faceless and vocal one that is shaming the broader AFL supporter base.

It is a disgrace that a man who has played 365 games, has twice won the highest accolades as an individual and in a team environment has to take leave of absence and consider his career as a result of this treatment.  In the words of Derryn Hinch – Shame, Shame, Shame!  Personally I reckon Adam is overrated as a player, but occasionally has left me awestruck with some of his play.  No matter what I think, I don’t think there are any duds with 365 games on their CV.  I certainly have no reason to boo him, his on field indiscretions are no worse than those of other habitual offenders who do not get the same treatment.

Much has been written and discussed on this topic and this one from Francis Leach sums it up pretty well for mine http://www.francisleach.com/speaking-frankly-blog/2015/7/28/who-do-we-want-to-be-footys-fight-for-its-soul.  My great fear is that all the discussion and commentary this week has strengthened the resolve of that minority and solving congestion around the footy will become a minor problem.

The discussion also has me thinking on who we can and can’t, should or shouldn’t boo.  Up front I am not a boo-er, but there are certain players or clubs that are on the end of my acerbic wit and sparkling repartee!  The Essendon Football Club are the obvious target, but is it fair that Jobe Watson was singled out for the sins of the regime.  The other question is what will it take for it to be “enough” – can’t see myself ever taking to Hird and Dank.

What about the traitors?  Players moving clubs is pretty regular now and often outside of their control.  The circumstances of the departure is the real basis.  Eddie Betts chose to take the Adelaide silver and the Blues didn’t match it – he gave great service – I don’t begrudge him.  Jarrad Waite is a different beast – instead of playing his 200th for the Blues where he was indulged through injury and suspension and then decided to abandon them when his experience was most needed.  He will be a worthy recipient of all the barbs from Blues fans on Saturday night.

 

Hopefully the footy this weekend will sparkle.  This tipster finally found form not only picking the bag but also predicting a record breaking margin for the Hawks.  Let’s see how this week goes.

 

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The next challenger lines up the flag favourites, the Tigers just failed against Freo but based on the numbers they can’t get close to Hawthorn.  Complacency could be an issue for the Hawks, but I doubt that will be a factor given that they will really want lock in a top two finish.

 

Curfew Time ($1.12) vs Priority Time ($8.00)

Local governments want Cat curfews, but these one want to be out in September.  They host Brisbane who are requesting a priority selection, not sure it is completely appropriate however with impending exodus of players the league will have to address the ramifications of their “fix” of the Sydney COLA problem.    The Lions do need some carrots to attract and maintain players  from interstate.  They get Beams and Hanley back, but the Cats are on the prowl hunting another finals berth and this should be another four points to assist.

 

Moore Please ($1.32) vs Parking the Bus ($3.95)

Collingwood are looking to end their horror stretch taking on Melbourne.  They will have their work cut out getting through the Melbourne 18 man defence, but I suspect with the inclusion of Jamie Elliott and work of Darcy Moore they will manage the 6 goals required to breakdown the Demons.

 

Not Goodes ($1.41) vs No, No, Nanette ($3.10)

Sydney lose Adam Goodes and Mike Pyke, but a few handy ins with Richards, McGlynn, Tippett and Franklin.  They have been exposed lately and have not played well for a few weeks now.  Adelaide got through the game against the Suns and might be getting closer to normality.  But they do have to deal with the dilemma of Mighty Mick throwing his hat in the ring for the coaching job.  A really tough one to pick,  home ground advantage has me going with the Swans but Adelaide are capable and $3 is good value.

 

Barking Mad ($6.00) vs Worth the Waite? ($1.17)

The Blues put in their case for a mercy rule last week and despite a few changes prospects are not much better this week no matter what spin the club puts on it.  Too many players getting games without the level of skill and/or intensity for AFL footy.  Barker got the effort level up for a while but that has fallen away and needs to return.  North have corrected themselves after the Gold Coast faux pas and I suspect Waite in his 200th will go well given the low standing of the opposition.  North to win.

 

Didn’t Kneed That ($8.80) vs The Corporation ($1.10)

Gary Ablett’s knee injury doesn’t help the Suns as they come up against the almost all-conquering Eagles.  West Coast dealt with the Swans while their mob dealt with Adam Goodes – I expect them to deal with Suns this week.

 

Still Kicking ($1.25) vs Nicked Off ($4.80)

The super Saint has finally succumbed to calf injury as Richo has to contemplate how his charges will fare without him.  Not made any easier having to play Port in Adelaide, their chances for finals stay alive provided they keep winning.  Suspect they will still be going after this one.

 

Thanks Bachar ($1.25) vs Rodney Dangerfield ($4.70)

Wins on the board give Freo a bit of licence and they have taken it this week showing “No respect I tell ya” to the Giants – giving Nat Fyfe the week off and also naming three first gamers.  Mind you Fyfe looks like he could use the rest and I doubt all three will make the 22.  But at home no matter what they will be too good for the Giants.

 

Hird about Giles ($2.98) vs The F Word?  ($1.48)

Hird finally gives Giles a run, time will tell whether the tough love was the right choice but McKernan has been thrown a tough challenge in the last couple of weeks.  Carlisle back also helps the Dons structure.  Footscray looking for a finals berth come off a solid win over the Pies and on form should have Essendon’s measure.  But the Bombers do have some depth, can be feisty and have beaten Footscray in their last 6 encounters!  They present great value at $2.80 and gutfeel has me selecting them.

 

Friar Time

3 wins for the Friars was a great fillip for the club, the Under 19 recorded strong victory over Old Ivanhoe.  The Seniors played a hard fought encounter against NOBSP coming away with strong last term to record a 7 goal win.  This week the Under 19s head to Bulleen to face Marcellin.  The senior teams will host local rivals Yarra Valley who are now consigned to Division 2 for 2016.

 

Go Goodesy, Go Blues, Go Friars

Cheers, Sal

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