Finals Week 2 – Brisbane v GWS: Extraordinary footy I had never seen


Brisbane vs Greater Western Sydney
Saturday 14 September 2019
7:25 pm


My feelings have been down, unfortunately, since I had been in Thailand for AFL Asia Championship.


Despite having gained several possessions and assisted a goal at first two games, I was on the bench mostly in the last two games including the Grand Final of Division 3.


I was really upset and had difficulty in sleeping in Thailand after the tournament and a few days after having come back to Japan.


Then the loss of Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley is shocking.


Meeting up with new friends on Thursday was good and lifted me a bit.


But negative feelings came back on Saturday without any warning. Feeling lonely hit me. Cancelled team training for Sunday might have affected me.


I had set up the time for watching the Saturday night footy live, but was unable to because even I didn’t want to move at the park where I ran and kicked footy.


On Sunday I watched the replay including the video clip of a minute silence paying a tribute to Frawley.


Final footy played by the rising up Lions and the newest club of Giants was extraordinary from the beginning.


A flare-up in the centre of the field just after the first bounce was the tip of iceberg in this game.


Charlie Cameron was following Hopper, grabbing his back. Then Neale cut in between. Cameron fell down on the ground and injured his elbow.


Greene scored a goal after dropping footy in a marking contest and picking it up himself. Then a flare occurred in the goal square.


Finlayson was awarded a free kick and scored another goal without a centre bounce after Greene’s goal.


It was an extraordinary situation in the Australian Rules Football and indeed one I had never seen!


GWS shook the ground with four unanswered goals.


But Brisbane bounced back and kicked five goals in first quarter.


Charlie Cameron came back on the field and won a contested mark in the goal square. He dove outside the boundary line.


The Lion forward scored a goal. His spirits were high and encouraging.


Cameron was the only player I could sense honouring Spud on the field at the game.


It was a close and good game, but seeing too many flares was unimpressive. Where were their respects for the legend of the game?


I had to disconnect from the footy replay at the end of third quarter because I couldn’t stand seeing too many unnecessary physical conducts.


Now Bulldogs, Bombers and Lions are all out. I don’t care much who wins the flag as none of Collingwood, Geelong, Richmond and GWS fancies me.



BRISBANE 5.2 7.4 9.9 11.14 (80)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 4.2 9.4 10.10 12.11 (83)


Brisbane: Hipwood 3, Cameron 2, Berry, Zorko, Lyons, Rayner, McStay, Christensen
Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 3, Greene 2, Finlayson 2, Lloyd, Hopper, Williams, Kelly, Daniels


Official crowd: 30,034



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Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Hi Yoshi,

    I am extremely happy with St Kilda’s trade period.
    I honestly hope The Mighty Saints can wn their 2nd flag soon, possibly by 2023. If the Western Bulldogs and Richmond can, so can St Kilda. They have a very good Administration particularly with the new President, as well as Simon Lethlean and James Gallagher as the List Manager. They are all real go getters, which is what St Kilda have been waiting for many years.
    They need to have a much better game plan (like what Ross Lyon came up with to win 19 games in a row at the start of 2009), less turnovers, more accurate kicking for goal, better field kicking and better delivery to the forward line. They also need to get more quality midfielders, who are fast and can get centre clearances, having lost Jack Steven. Jade Gresham fits the bill but they need to find more players like him who can play in the midfield.
    Brett Ratten could be St Kilda’s next premiership coach. Hoping he and his Assistant Coaches will come up with a winning game plan.
    This could be St Kilda’s best team:

    B: Savage, Battle, Roberton (if available to play, otherwise Wilkie)
    HB: Geary, Carlisle, Z Jones
    C: H Clark, Ross, Hill
    HF: Billings, M King, McCartin (if available to play, otherwise Lonie)
    F: Gresham, Membrey, Ryder
    R: Marshall, Dunstan, Hannebery
    Int: Webster, Butler, Wilkie, Howard
    Emerg: Sinclair, Hind, Coffield

    From Gary

  2. Yoshi, September the 17th, the day you posted your article, was a sad day for me over here in SA. This was the day that ROBERT OATEY, brilliant and often controversial footballer, passed away. Robert was the son of JACK OATEY, one of the legends of football. Robert played just over 300 games, mainly for Norwood with the remainder for Sturt.

    I knew Robert reasonably well whilst we were both students at Norwood High in the fifties. Even then everyone could see he was destined to become a great player. For as long as I live I’ll always remember the way he played especially his outstanding look-away handballs that caught players off guard – sometimes even his own players.

    Anyway Yoshi, I wish you and your mighty Sainters well for next season. Paddy Rider should be a valuable inclusion – he can play. All the best

  3. Football Analyst says

    Gary, you make some good points. Speed in the midfield certainly helps but don’t forget that Hawthorn won 3 flags in a row from 2013-2015 and another one in 2008 without a lot of pace in the midfield with players like Sam Mitchell, Lewis and Hodge. Therefore if players like Ross, Dunstan, Hannebery, Steele and Gresham can get enough effective centre clearances from the tap work of Ryder and Marshall, then St Kilda are on their way to achieving the ultimate success.

    The game is often won in the midfield. St Kilda has also addressed their previous lack of outside speed with the recent additions of Zak Jones, Brad Hill and Dan Butler. Gresham, Savage, Geary and Nick Hnd, if the latter is in the 22, can also provide outside run.

    Yes, it helps to kick accurately for goal as St Kilda unfortunately were very inaccurate against Geelong in the 2009 Grand Final, which ultimately cost them the game. However, I am a firm believer that if you can get the ball into your forward line many more times than your opposition, hence the midfield importance, you can still win the game. For example, 8.15.63 beats the more accurate kicking of 8.3.51.

    I like your best 22, considering the likes of Kent, Long and Parker who are all capable of kicking goals were not even mentioned as interchange or emergencies. I agree as those 3 players are not consistent enough to be in St Kilda’s best team.

    There is certainly more quality depth now at St Kilda, which will hopefully make the team perform better. St Kilda will once again have a good draw in 2020, having finished 14th last year. It is not beyond St Kilda to do something similar or better next year to what the Brisbane Lions did this year. You are right about a winning game plan and I also think that belief, or believing you can win, is very important to St Kilda. Grant Thomas was very big on belief, and providing 100% effort 100% of the time. Ross Lyon took that to another level and Brett Ratten will have his own coaching style,.He will incorporate all the good traits that Hawthorn possessed during their premiership era of 2013-2015, while Ratten was an Assistant Coach at Hawthorn under Clarkson.

    Anyway, it’s time that St Kilda starts to deliver on the field and win their 2nd flag soon.

  4. Another St Kilda fan says

    I would also like to think that players such as Hunter Clark and Jack Billing’s can spend more time in that part of the ground. St Kilda now has a very good mix of inside and outside midfielders.

    St Kilda has the opportunity now to get 50,000 members and I have noticed that they are promoting their membership heavily in the media.

    It’s great for football that St Kilda can now attract class players to their club. If only free agency was around after the 2009 Grand Final. It was a tragedy for St Kilda that bad kicking cost them the 2009 flag and likewise when the ball bounced the wrong for Milney in the goal square in the dying minutes of the 2010 drawn Grand Final.

    St Kilda could have also won 4 Grand Finals in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010 had they picked Chris Judd at pick number 2 in the 2001 National Draft instead of Luke Ball.

    In more recent times, St Kilda’s top 10 draft picks in Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Paddy McCartin, Max King and Jack Billing’s are yet to play well consistently for various reasons. Hopefully, their fortunes can turn around for the better. Therefore, being active in the recent AFL trade period, will hopefully be the change to the list that was required, as the recent National Drafts are yet to yield the results. It would also help St Kilda if their best players were on the ground for the majority of the season. Even Richmond struggled on the field this year when they were missing the likes of Rance, Cotchin, Martin, Riewoldt and others all at once, for parts of the season.

    Very long suffering St Kilda supporters deserve to see their team compete well with and have a chance of beating the best teams in the AFL consistently. They will no longer accept mediocrity and are ashamed that the club has won only 1 flag in 122 years of the VFL/AFL, and 27 wooden spoons.

    Yet St Kilda has survived in its own right as a club and hopefully will only go from strength to strength in the years to come.
    Come on St Kilda, don’t think, do! Win another flag.

  5. Good morning guys,

    Thanks for your comments with good points of views and my apology for not having replied sooner. I had got ready to play footy last weekend and have had lazy days post match.

    It’s good Saints recruited great players and formed good combinations on footy field. I can’t wait the AFL 2020 season. Hope I will witness the win in Shanghai next year.



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