1 – GWS ARE NO GOOD WHEN PLAYING IN THE SNOW.
What was it that allowed the Hawks to acclimatise better in freezing conditions? Was it the fact they play games in Tasmania? Was it Clarko’s topless run in the cold? Either way, the Giants were abysmal and got worse as the game progressed. It’s reminiscent of those cold Sunday mornings when I was playing Under 9’s football and needed Mum to give me two jumpers to wear or I wouldn’t play. Top 4 is all but shot for them. And it also seems the Hawks have the wood on the Giants as both games followed similar lines in 2019.
2 – IS MELBOURNE TANKING FOR A NUMBER 2 PICK?
I’m starting to think the lure of a high draft pick is too much for the Dees to resist. When was the last time someone who played in a preliminary finished second last the following year. And the Melbourne Football Club have a chequered past when it comes to this stuff. Well. it didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. Maybe they’re not tanking, and maybe they’re just no good. But I think the history proves to all and sundry that any form of tanking fails. I am fascinated to see the result of next week’s game against Sydney. If they lose that one, my eyebrows will be raised.
3 – ANY OTHER YEAR, CONNOR ROZEE WOULD’VE WON THE RISING STAR.
This kid is a star. And he’s a genuine matchwinner with silky skills and an amazing football brain. Were it not for a kid called Sam Walsh who plays midfield and averages 25 possessions a game, he’d be the standout. It’ll be interesting to see which of these two has the better career. I can’t separate them, but I just know Walsh has the edge due to his amazing consistency.
4 – WE’RE REALLY GOING TO FIND OUT JUST HOW GOOD BRISBANE ARE IN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS.
I’m already sold on the Lions as a genuine contender, but with games looming against the Cats and the Tigers, we’ll find out just how good they are. If they win both they’ll finish on top of the ladder and probable flag favourites. Special mention to Charlie Cameron. He’s such a great addition to their club and has made a huge difference to their scoring power.
5 – TWO WEEKS IS A LONG TIME IN FOOTBALL. JUST ASK JOHN WORSFOLD.
I failed to see the warning signs when the Dons almost lost to the Suns. The week before, they had a great win over the Crows in Adelaide. They seemed certain to play finals. Their last two losses are by a combined total of 163 points. I wonder at which point the alarm bells were ringing on Saturday? Was it the 20th or 21st consecutive goal kicked against them? Either way they seemed totally powerless to stop the onslaught, and now look unlikely to win another game. Strange times indeed. Who saw this coming?
6 – RHYCE SHAW MAY HAVE BEEN MISUNDERSTOOD WHEN HE SAID THEY WENT DOWN TO GEELONG WITH ONE GOAL IN MIND.
Wow is all I can say. The Roos have been doing so well under Shaw. The Cats defence was impenetrable, but it seems even if they decided to escort their hapless opponents into the goalface they would’ve found a way to waste the opportunity. North Melbourne still had 34 inside 50’s, which means their success rate was, um, 1 in 34…
7 – DOCKERS SEASON WENT DOWN THE TOILET IN 2 MINUTES.
With two minutes remaining, the Dockers seemed to have done everything right for a good win on the road at Marvel Stadium. The Saints were goalless for the term and looked destined to lose. Then a late goal to Jack Steven followed by another to Josh Bruce with just 45 seconds left gave them a 3-point lead. Ross Lyon wouldn’t have been hugging his players after that.
8 – TIGERS GIVE DUSTY THE WEEK OFF AND STILL WIN IN A CANTER.
As I said last week, the Tigers are doing things in cruise mode. They play with a confidence that allows them to toy with their opposition and rebound off every mistake they make. The Blues went forward enough times, but as soon as there was a turnover, the ball would be at the other end in seconds with a scoring opportunity. The first half opened up the game and then the Blues tried valiantly to stay in it, but the Tigers knew just when to step it up a gear to ensure a comfortable win in the end. I’ll be watching the Richmond v West Coast game with interest. Observers should see Richmond go up another gear against quality opposition. They have that ability to play as good as they feel like on any given day. The winner of next week’s games will have earned favouritism for the flag.
9 – THE CROWS PLAYED THEIR BEST FOOTBALL OF THE YEAR AND LOST.
We’ve been waiting all year for the Crows to show their best. We also saw the coming-of-age of Darcy Fogarty. They played fantastically well, and had winners all over the ground, but unfortunately, not on the scoreboard. It’s always hard to win in Perth, so it was no shock. They’ve slipped out of the eight for now, and two tough games are to come, but I have a feeling they might sneak in.
10 – THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR SCHEDULING A FRIDAY NIGHT GAME IN CANBERRA IN AUGUST IS SO SACKED!!
Who was the genius that decided this? Anyone whose butt points to the ground knows it’s bloody cold in Canberra. So, to schedule a game there on a Friday night in August was clearly nuts! I mean, it snowed ladies and gentlemen. SNOWED!! Football is a winter sport, but it’s not a Winter Olympic sport!! Hopefully someone has lost their job over this.