TEN THINGS I LEARNT AFTER ROUND FIVE
1 – Is it going to be called a “reality check” every time Brisbane lose?
You have to love a footy cliché, and the reality check is one of those. It seems, as is the case with young and developing teams, they’ve hit a road bump. Talk of the Lions playing finals was premature. A win against the Suns will make them 4-2, Their draw is favourable early, so if they get to Round 10 and are 6-4 or better, then finals may be possible. But I guess that depends on how many “reality checks” they get along the way.
2 – The Kangaroos seriously got their recruiting wrong.
Winning 12 games and just missing out on finals action last year allowed the club to think they were going to be a contender this year. So they brought in a few “top-up” players to the club like Jared Polec, Jasper Pittard and Aaron Hall comprising 1.3 million in their salary cap for what are essentially three outside players. Polec’s been OK, but the club will now have to go into rebuild mode. And their top draft picks from the last few drafts have been hit and miss.
Brad Scott all of a sudden hits favouritism as the coach most under fire. It’s all unravelling, and a trip to Adelaide to face Port next week looks ominous. Coming off that, they face a resurgent Blues, and if they lose both games, we may be down a coach…
3 – I’m beginning to wonder if the Eagles aren’t all that great in wet conditions!
Port were great. The Eagles were flat. Both of the Eagles losses so far this year were considerable losses in greasy conditions. It seems they prefer dry conditions. If teams wise up to this, when they travel, it might be a good idea to turn the sprinklers on all week long to almost ensure a victory!!
4 – The Dockers run more hot and cold than a Katy Perry song.
This would have to be the upset of the year. GWS had never lost at Manuka before this game. The Dockers are the Jeckyll & Hyde of the comp. You never what you’re going to get. They play a struggling Dogs at home next week. They’re just as likely to go in hot favourites and lose.
5 – It was fitting that the Saints defeated the Demons on Easter Saturday!
This is for all the Christians out there celebrating Easter. I wonder if the scheduling was intentional?? Either way, it seems the Saints have resurrected themselves, while the Demons seem to be in need of an exorcism to get their season back on track. Things need to improve before the fans call for the coach to be crucified…
6 – I think we can finally write the Swans off for this year.
We say this every year when they start slowly and they prove us wrong time and time again. But surely this time we can bank on a September minus the Swans? But even as I type this, I’m getting nervous. And so is Buddy’s accountant.
7 – After 1051 days, the Blues finally break the ton for a win.
Carlton supporters were on the edge of their seats in the last 30 seconds even though they were 38 points ahead. As ridiculous as it seems, after all these weeks without a win, the supporters’ focus seemed to be on whether the Blues would score a goal that would put them in the 100’s for the first time in almost three years. You would’ve thought a win was more than adequate, but it seems many would’ve bemoaned the fact we failed to reach three figures. So it went to script as young star Sam Walsh snapped truly with 3 seconds on the clock. Don’t book your finals tickets yet though Bluebaggers…
8 – Eddie Betts should’ve been a one-club player no thanks to the Malthouse years.
What a superstar!! I wonder how many players kick six goals in their 300th game? It wouldn’t be many, and some were even saying Eddie was on the way down. Well, that’s been shot to pieces. And he may well have kicked goal of the year with his 6th goal too. Any wonder why Mick Malthouse is not on my Christmas list.
9 – Gary Ablett looks set to play in the forward pocket at Geelong well into his 40’s.
Gary Ablett turns 35 on May 14. And he seems to be relishing his role as a small forward. He’s on track for 30-40 goals for the year. He appears to be as fit as ever, so I think he’ll give playing at 40 a real shake. We can only hope.
10 – There are no certainties when it comes to footy tips with less than half the favourites winning.
Check out these stats: Of the 45 games played so far, only 21 favourites have won. And also, just 20 home teams have won. If I was to pick a certainty next week, it would probably be Freo over the Dogs at home, or maybe Tigers over Melbourne, but we all know that anything could happen. I mean, Kiss of Death, the tipster who more or less backs the underdogs, is leading the Herald-Sun footy tips. In the comp I’m in, the girl who comes last every year is seven ahead of everybody else!!! It’s insanity. I’m losing my freakin’ mind!!
Anyway, I need to calm down. One relieved Blues fan here. Hawthorn next week. Dare to dream.
And hey… if you’d like to support us, you could head over to our Mongrel Shop and purchase one of our hideously overpriced hoodies or notebooks. We even have a place for donations now. ORRRRRR, get one of the more moderately priced stubby holders or bumper stickers. Click the links below. Keep The Mongrel alive in 2019.