Round 7 Preview – Living the Dream

Greetings to all,


Much discussion was generated in this household regarding the plight of Peta Searle in her ambition to become an AFL coach as described by Sam Lane in the The Sunday Age  The reality is that several readers of this diatribe have probably shared the dream, but Peta has invested a lot more resources to fulfil hers until reaching what seems an unsurpassable obstacle and be accepted by an AFL club.  The old man part of the discussion was that good on her for trying and a bit of a shame that the dream could not be fulfilled, but why should the AFL beat itself up about not having women in the top echelon of coaching ranks?  The league is only now just getting used to the idea that you do not have had to play at the highest level to coach at that level, adding women to the ranks seems an even bigger step!  What’s more he could not think of any other major male sporting code on the planet where women were seen in senior coaching positions.  What’s more any forcing of a clubs hand to include a woman in their coaching ranks would purely be a form of tokenism.


The fairer side of the household were still infuriated but worked out it was senseless speaking to a stupid old man!  Then he listened to Vlad’s successor discuss diversity in football and how he did want to see Peta in the coaching ranks and indigenous past players in the commentary booths of the leagues major media partners amongst other things.  The old man was wrong.  The AFL has taken the lead on a range of social issues in this country none more so than its position on racism.  Peta presents the possibility for the AFL to lead the planet not just Australia in giving women the opportunity to coach teams at the highest level.


Meanwhile later today at the ground where Peta currently plies her passion in the VAFA another group of girls start their footy dream playing for the school team.  One young lady doesn’t want her old man coming to watch, she doesn’t want to take it too seriously and doesn’t want the embarrassment.  This old man wouldn’t miss it for the world and reckons the lady can achieve anything she wants even become an AFL coach as long the road blocks are taken out of the way on the journey.


Now onto that big league!  The footy was better last week  with the umpires blowing the whistle and a number of attractive games to watch – with one glaring exception.  One hopes the Melbourne-Sydney match turns out to be the exception that proves the rule but Roos and his disciple really stunk it up, no matter about the spin that Melbourne at least kept it tight.


On the field one of the stars of the comp is under the pump.  The expectations of Nic Naitanui are very high – he has been pilloried for his game against the Blues last week.  Comparing his efforts with his main opponent in Warnock make for interesting reading – most Carlton fans were rapt with Warnock.  Big Bobbie had 8 disposals, 22 hit outs and did not take a mark – he did kick a goal.  Nic Nat did not hit the scoreboard, but took a mark, had more possessions and more hit outs.  He continually outreached his opponents and always looked dangerous , he might not be at his best but is still a very valuable player.  Maybe he will break out like Cyril this week!


Went for a few upsets last week but whilst Essendon and the Dogs looked good early they could not last, but Port Adelaide are clearly a team to be reckoned with.  We look forward to this week with wet weather on the radar and a Friday Night clash of traditional rivals.  This week’s games look a lot more clear cut – unfortunately.


Daisy Chains ($4.10) vs Marley and Me ($1.31)

With both teams coming off wins the first meeting of the Blues with Dale Thomas against his former club holds much promise.  The respective midfields are in form with the depth of the Pie midfield a great concern and if they get on top it will be tough for Carlton.  However it is at the defensive ends of the ground where both teams appear vulnerable at least in personnel, both teams have very dangerous forwards who if let off the leash could become decisive.  How do the Blues handle White, could it be a case of White on White?  How do the Pies keep Maxwell free?  Will make for an interesting battle and one that again I fall to loyalty with my selection, the Blues best can win and that’s where I hope they are.  But their worst could see a blowout.  A couple of Dinari at the $4 on the Blues for their supporters is reasonable value, but the crown jewels won’t be risked.


Cyril ($1.06) vs Wellington Booted ($15.00)

Hawks got the Tiger monkey off the back last week and the Saints should not present any bother this week.


It’s Not Easy ($11) vs The Contender ($1.09)

It’s not easy being Toby Greene who looks destined to take on Travis Boak who along with his team is in fine form.  Port have put themselves right in the frame for 2014 and while some doubts reamin, they have dealt with most challenges so far in the season.  Toby will stick at along with the rest of his mates, but Port will consolidate.


Charddy Sipper ($1.12) vs No Change? ($10.00)

Roos will make it ugly but Adelaide will just win.



Justin Time ($4.90) vs No Show ($1.25)

Fantastic for Leppa to register a win leaving only a four game spread on the ladder, his Lions take on the Buddy-less Swans at the Gabbatoir. The Bloods have lost their big show – but Sam Reid is not a bad replacement.  They will play ugly but they will win.


Oh My Goddard ($1.35) vs Puppies ($3.75)

Both Essendon and Footscray have struggled in the last couple of weeks, not sure who is worse.  But the Bombers with Goddard back would appear to have the greater scope for immediate improvement, whereas Brendan McArtney is trying to find a unit that will be competitive.  The Bombers to win, but not completely off to the dogs and at $3.50 or better is not bad up against struggling opponents.


I was ….. wrong? ($1.31) vs Lynch Pinned ($4.00)

On everything we have seen the Kangas do look like they are close to the upper echelon and they seem less prone to lapses in effort than previous seasons.  They take on Gazza’s Suns who are building a good forward line around Lynch.  But on the Loungeroom carpet, the Roos should hold sway.


Bewsdiful ($1.23) vs Keeping the Lidds on it ($5.00)

Another son of a gun at Geelong making his way up against a revamped Tiger lineup with Delidio, Rance and Vickery all named.  I doubt it is revamped enough and probably requires the addition of Hart, Bourke, Clay up against the Cats on the rebound.


The Corporation ($2.80) vs Purple Haze ($1.54)

The clash of the far west is now more important than just the bragging rights, neither West Coast or Fremantle have been convincing so far and well off the Top 4 prospects they both were.  Maybe Nic Nat could turn it on, but I think he will need to as the Eagles lack any other player that can take the game by the scruff of the neck.  They opponents on the hand are more than prepared to grab anyone by the scruff of the neck and in Fyfe, Barlow and Mundy a midfield that will.  Freo to win.


Derby Day


Only one “big” race for the day with the South Australian Derby (G1, 2400m, 3yo).  Order of the Sun (4)  won the St Leger by panels and looks the goods here, the filly Scratchy Bottom (16) closed well last start.  Honey Steel’s Gold (7) ran well but could not get close to Order of the Sun (4) and Bring Something (8) just might.

Selections Adelaide Race 8 – 4-16-7-8


Friar Time

Seniors fought hard against the leaders but Therry got the break and maintained it through the day.  The Under 19s were also up against the leaders and their efforts were rewarded kicking 6 goals into the wind in the last stanza for a great win.  A triple header out at Donvale testing out the potential new digs.  The Under 19s take Old Brighton with the Seniors hosting Old Mentone.


Go Blues, Go Friars, Go MGGS!

Cheers, Sal



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