Round 21 – Essendon v Gold Coast: The Footy Gods are smiling

One of the great advantages of following a few teams in different competitions is there is always a chance that one or more will succeed on the weekend.  My interests incorporate AFL,VFL, VAFA and Championship football in England, and this weekend they all came home.


The Tykes (Barnsley) had their first win of the new season by beating Derby County 2-0. It was their second game in the Championship Division after being beaten by Ipswich Town 4-2 the week before. Barnsley is famous as the birthplace of Michael Parkinson and a lot of other sportspeople who love a drink at The Fitzwilliam Hotel. I was lucky enough to get to know quite a few of them whilst enjoying many a pint of John Smith Bitter some years ago.


Next game is against QPR, a contest that will test The Tykes and the lads at the Fitzwilliam.


Coburg had a twelve point over Frankston, their first win in a few weeks. The Burgers are a proud standalone club in the VFL and Saturdays win was their sixth of the season. Early in the year they had a succession of very narrow losses which was hard to swallow. They are in eleventh place but with a bit of luck could have been higher.


Next weekend it’s up against Richmond, once linked to The Burgers. We gave them a spanking earlier in the season lets hope we continue the punishment.


As a long suffering Don I was over the moon with Sundays win over the Gold Coast Meter Maids. I was there for the Don’s first win of the season against Melbourne way way back in round two and felt like we could probably win a few more during the season. How wrong I was.


I listened to the game being broadcast on the ABC coming back to Melbourne and found it hard to listen and drive at the same time (only joking).


Apparently The Meter Maids are spending this week in Melbourne. Maybe they are studying the new generation of parking meters in the city and enjoying our pre Spring weather.


This has been the worst season for The Dons since the 1930s.I don’t know why I had to suffer it. It must have been bad for my parents and grand parents as well. Thankfully only a couple of games to go and a new season next year, where hope will spring eternal.


In the VAFA, Fitzroy are really hitting their straps in Premier B Grade and handed out a good old fashioned thumping of ladder leaders Beaumaris by 20 points. The Roy Boys are third on the ladder and next Saturday play Old Scotch who are fourth, a game with a hell of a lot resting on it. A win will mean a finals appearance for Fitzroy and who knows what can happen from there.


Before the game on Saturday, a celebration pre game lunch will be held to commemorate the last game of VFL footy at the Brunswick Street Oval, fifty years ago. Quite a few of the Fitzroy players playing that day will be in attendance, so if that doesn’t stir the current players nothing will.


And last but by no means least Melbourne High School Old Boys ( MHSOB ) had a very good win over Yarra Valley OB in Division 2 of the VAFA by 29 points. MHSOB are currently fifth  and a win over West Brunswick  who are second, next weekend could see them in the finals.


MHSOB has a great history and it would be fantastic to see The Unicorns playing in higher divisions. How about MHSOB playing Fitzroy in the Premier Grand Final in a few years time?


Who would I barrack for?


So great results for my teams, unfortunately I didn’t see any of the games. The weather forecast was pretty good for the weekend  so the Good Wife and I and the dogs headed for the West Coast for a couple of days of sunshine.


Rod Oaten

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