Round 9: Indigenous Round and Haven’t We Come a long Way…


In order to seek some levity into a crisis that doesn’t exist, Carlton appointed Arj Barker to be senior coach. An improved effort would’ve thrilled Blues supporters even if the team lost by 10 goals. Adam Goodes’ war dance routine certainly highlighted indigenous round as did Buddy’s 7 goals. Blues without stars outclassed.


Earth tones were captured in the Hawks jumper against the Sunnyboys in Launceston. Despite losing young gun Jack Martin at the 3 minute mark, Gold Coast were competitive for a half, despite windy conditions. A 14pt 1 /2 time Hawk lead became a 46pt 3 /4 time lead…Brad Hill had no adverse reaction to Old Man Crawf.


The Red Centre got its annual taste of AFL as Melbourne hosted(?) Port Adelaide. I think Burke and Wills might have navigated that one! A competitive first half by the Demons gave way to Port finding its touch in the 2nd half and cruising to a 61pt win. A crowd of nearly 5000 came to Alice Spings’ picturesque Traeger Park. Jay Schulz 4.


Such is the animosity between the Doggies and the Giants, it could almost have been a State of Origin. Ward, Griffen, Boyd, Giants Leon Cameron even Dylan Addison…you name it..if the Bulldogs were going to fire up and return to the winners list, this game couldn’t have come at a better time. Dogs home by 45pts, Dickson 4.


The Dreamtime game got hijacked to a degree by the newly minted 400 gamer in Dustin Fletcher. Not that DF would’ve intended this, the humble champ gets the right to hang out with Tucky and KB and have hot milos, each a testament to durability above and beyond the call. Tigers made it 3 from 3…consistency found.


Meanwhile away from the glare of the MCG, Freo’s travelling Fyfedom headed east to Adelaide and nearly stalled in the wake of extreme Adelaide pressure. The commentators called it a classic…Fyfe v Dangerfield. Fyfe 40 stats and 1 goal, Danger 38 and 1 goal. Freo wrestled the lead into the 3rd and managed to keep it.


Rather than being a young side that gets blown out of the water, the Saints endured a ferocious Lions’ onslaught in the 1st and then held its nerve before returning serve in the 2nd and leading at the 1 /2. Rooey replaced Bruce Almighty as the Saints focal point and the Lions had no answers. Richo’s Saints resilient away, home by 22pts.


In keeping with the indigenous theme, Roos coach Scott looked like he wanted to spear each of his players after letting slip a 39pt 1 /2 time lead against the Magpies to lose by 17pts. A small forward line brought the Pies back into the game aided by the wet conditions, but the Roos coughed it up big time. Few home truths please.


Geelong travelled far west to take on a vastly improved Eagles outfit. Nic Nat Noo interrupted air traffic control with a mark that towered above everyone. Talk about spring heels! 40 scoring shots to 14 could’ve been even uglier for the Cats had the Eagles found accuracy. A 56pt win at home by Eagles, highlighted by Kennedy’s 6.


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