TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNT AFTER ROUND SEVEN.
1 – The Carlton curse is real.
Nobody has won after playing Carlton the following week so far this year. Every side who’ve played Carlton have lost their next game. And that even includes Adelaide who played Carlton in Round 23 last year and lost their first round clash against the Hawks when they were expected to win. Nobody is scared to play the Blues, but they all should fear their next opponent.
2 – Port Adelaide were playing on Adelaide time and showed up 30 minutes late against the Pies.
At quarter-time, it was 7.6 (48) to 0.3 (3). And from that point the Power outscored the Pies by 9 points. I’m guessing the players and coaching staff forgot the change their watches over.
3 – Melbourne is actually only 2 games out of the 8.
I still don’t think Melbourne will play finals, but the reality is they’re still alive. I reckon they’ll beat the Suns next week. You’ll be hearing the term “crunch game” pretty much every week for the rest of the year leading in to Melbourne’s remaining games.
4 – Jeremy Cameron is on track to kick 100 goals.
It has been 11 years since we’ve had someone kick 100 goals. Jeremy has 30 in seven. He’s averaging 4.3 goals a game. If he stays healthy, and you can bet the Giants will play finals, he is on fire and may get there.
5 – Daniel Rich is the only player at Brisbane who was there in 2009 when Brisbane last beat the Swans.
The Swans woes worsen, and the Lions are rolling again. It’s funny how within ten years the list at an AFL club is unrecognisable – unless you’re talking Carlton and then it’s unrecognisable within three years…
6 – If you can’t stop Bontempelli, the Dogs will get you.
The Bont is coming back to career-best form, while Martin seems to be somewhere else. One player doesn’t make a team, but it’s funny how one player can have a massive say in wins and losses.
7 – When the Suns got to within 11 points of the Eagles in the final term, Adam Simpson was filling out his resume.
I thought the Eagles might go back to back. I can see now that this idea might be fanciful. They’re still pretty good, but when the Suns came at them, I could start to hear the Eagles’ faithful baying for Simpson blood. It’s early I know, and they could turn it around, but there does seem to be a bit of a hangover. Maybe coming back later for preseason isn’t working.
8 – A new saying was heard at Marvel stadium: Don’t mess with the Zurhaar!
Using yet another cliché, Cameron Zurhaar had a “breakout” game kicking 5 goals and giving the Carlton backline a splitting headache. It was only his 13th game, and prior to this had kicked seven goals in his short career so far. By the end of his career, if he keeps this up, we’ll be hearing “Don’t Mess With the Zurhaar” a lot! If you don’t get the reference, it’s after one of many crappy Adam Sandler movies. Look it up!
9 – Which Dangerfield delivered that errant handball to Jordan Clark? Patrick or Rodney?
Patrick didn’t have one of his best days. But that handball over the top from 15 metres out for what would’ve been a certain goal was comical at best, although I’m guessing Chris Scott wouldn’t have been impressed. In fact, I’m sure after the game Patty got NO RESPECT.
10 – I’m so glad the rule changes are making scores higher.
Wait! What?? Adelaide v Fremantle was the lowest scoring game of the year. In fact, there was no goals kicked in the 2nd term, Fremantle kicked just one straight goal in two quarters of football, and midway through the 3rd term the score was just 20 apiece. More rule changes?? Who knows, but I wonder if the clubs will get a please explain.
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