TEN THINGS I LEARNT AFTER ROUND 14

 

1 – It’s easier to get a taxi to a hospital in Perth as their ambulance may not be available.

Putting aside the notion Jeremy McGovern was reported for his bump on Guelfi which saw him sustain rib damage, it was interesting to see the footage of the injured Bomber getting into a cab bound for the hospital. Isn’t there normally an ambulance in attendance at AFL games? Is the Perth hospital system in crisis? Or did the Essendon Football Club simply forget to pay their ambulance subscription?

2 – West Coast have been very inaccurate in their last three games against the Bombers.

The aggregate scores from the Eagles in their last 3 encounters against Essendon has been 28 goals and 54 behinds. On the two previous occasions, the Eagles lost and it was due mostly to their inaccuracy. Thursday’s game was a total domination to the locals but they could only manage a 35-point win despite having 36 shots at goal to just 15. Good sides won’t let you get away with wastefulness like that.

3 – You have to go back ten years to when both Sydney and Hawthorn missed finals.

It seems pretty much a certainty that both the Hawks and Swans will miss out this year. The last time this happened was 2009. This just shows how great these two clubs have been over the journey, and how jealous I am as a long-suffering Carlton supporter.

4 – Buddy may be the first recipient of a hamstring transplant.

This latest injury setback is not just a disaster for Swans fans, but for all AFL supporters. Buddy’s last two games were just getting back to his best, and then this happens. I guess he’s not getting younger, but if a hamstring transplant was a possibility, I’m sure the Swans would spare no expense as it’s clear their fortunes rely pretty heavily on him being in full flight.

5 – Tom McDonald has finally come to play.

In what has arguably been the biggest drop-off in form for any player this year, it seems Tom has finally back to some of his best, amassing 28 disposals, seven marks and three goals in what was a match-winning performance. The Melbourne hierarchy would’ve thought losing Jesse Hogan was only going to be a minor hiccup with big Tom filling that void, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. And in an ironic twist, the Dockers losing Hogan in the first quarter diminished their chances of victory.

6 – One quarter of football may cost Alan Richardson his job.

St Kilda found themselves 20 points down at the main break, but there were signs the Lions were gaining the ascendancy. But I’m guessing no-one saw the onslaught that was the 3rd term coming. Brisbane booted 9.3 to just 1.1, blowing any slim chance of the Saints featuring in September. Apparently, playing finals was what was required to keep the coach on for another year. The question now, is whether he sees out the year, or whether a caretaker coach is appointed. Either way, he won’t see 2020.

7 – Allen Christensen would look equally at home in a Spaghetti Western movie or doing porn.

I’m really not sure what look he’s going for, but I’m not sure whether he looks more like a gun-toting Mexican in a low-budget Clint Eastwood western movie with terrible dubbing, or whether he could be Manuel, the pool boy in a pornographic scene from the 70’s. Either way, it’s good to see him back and playing well.

8 – The jury is well and truly in – Geelong can’t win after a bye!

On the last eight occasions, the Cats have come up short following a week off. Is this something to be concerned about for the first week of finals? That said, a loss was due, and Port had to take a scalp at some point. This has done the Power’s finals chances no harm at all, and with Freo dropping a game most expected they’d win, Port could well be a part of September action.

9 – Brodie Grundy is the reason Collingwood won.

The Dogs won every stat except clearances and hit outs. (And the scoreboard of course) Check these stats out: 25 possessions, eight marks, 50 hit outs (if you don’t mind) and two goals. Considering the Bulldogs had six more scoring shots and 15 more inside 50s, it’s fair to say that Grundy’s presence on the ground was the difference. The question now is do they rely on him too heavily, and if he goes down, will they cope?

10 – Thank God we are back to nine games next week.

Aside from the obvious problem of not enough footy to watch, trying to come up with 10 interesting things I learnt these last three weeks has proven difficult. Hence why I decided to focus on things like Allen Christensen’s ridiculous hairdo or the fact that the last three Sundays I’ve had to actually spend time with my wife and kids! Anyway, I’m not a fan of these weeks, nor do I like the break pre-finals. Come to think of it, Summer months kind of suck too…

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