The Wrap: Round 1 Pipe Opener


For the Philosophical Marngrook Follower

So it’s the Blues v The Tigers to set the season going again Wrappers.  O’Brien’s have loaded up the pie warmers at The G and have promised the $10 pots of light ale will be icy cold for the Punters.  The last two Pipe Openers between these two Blood Rivals have been full of Tigerland expectation that resulted in humiliating defeats.  Here’s this season’s big statement – RICHMOND will beat Carlton tonight in a shock result.

Why?  Because they have had enough crap from the rest of the Competition and they aren’t going to take it any longer.  And because Jackson will worry the Dual Brownlow Medallist off his oats.  And because Richmond have more midfield grunt in Cotchin & Martin, more midfield pace in Edwards, White and Foley, more backline run in Doledio & Newman and more forward power through Jumping Jack Riewoldt, Morton and Vickery.

Sure The Miseries are considered contenders but they don’t look convincing to me down back and the much bulkier Astbury will take Waite out of the game leaving Garlett & Betts to do the bulk of the scoring.

Both sides are blooding new players – two from Carlton and five from Punt Road – three of whom have had experience at senior level.  One, Shaun Grigg, will be keen to show his old side they were unwise to let him go.

The bench looks pretty even and if The Young Tiges hold their nerve they’ll start to season off with The Boilover.  Don’t come around whinging if you’re not on it.

Good tipping and even better punting.

And remember, if you read it in the Wrap you’ll know it’s not crap.

About John Mosig

I'm an Aussie Rules tragic who can remember, as a four year old, shaking the hand of Captain Blood in the rooms just before he ran out onto the ground after half time, as my Old Man slipped him a packet of under-the-counter Craven A cork tipped. Now it's my turn to take my grandson Ben through the ritual of character building that is the journey through PUNT ROAD to the outside world.


  1. John Butler says

    Somebody tell him he’s dreaming. The rain will be mixed with more Tiger tears tonight.

    Signed, Carlton Stalwart.

  2. John Mosig says

    The Beast is BIT JB. Time for The Tiger to roar again, and who better for an entree to this 2011 Recovery Banquet than our old friends from Royal Parade – The Silvertails.

  3. lee donovan says

    Neither side will make the eight so who cares

  4. John Mosig says

    Making it is one thing, shaping it is another. A new season = fresh deck. Anything can happen over 22 rounds.

  5. Andrew Fithall says

    Brownlow update. Half time Game 1. C Judd 6 votes.

  6. Hate to state the bleeding obvious, but Jarrad Waite is injury-prone…

  7. John Butler says

    Somebody tell him he was almost bloody right! Close JM.

    That would have been a mortifying loss. The Tiges just made too many mistakes at the end and let us escape.

  8. John Mosig says

    Be on notice all ye who Aspire to Glory. The Tigers are BIT.

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