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Ten Things I Learnt After Round Three


1 - Adelaide are very beatable at home.

The Crows have lost their two opening home games this season, albeit against good opposition. It does seem the resurgence we all expected isn't going to happen, and the Crows will probably languish outside the 8 once more. It's strange to me. Boy, their side looks amazing on paper. I am wondering where big Tex is at. And has bringing Bryce Gibbs on board added anything?

2 - After a year off, Dees fans might be able to dust off their ski equipment. (Some jokes never get old).

Just when you thought the club had injected a winning culture into the place, all of a sudden we see a Melbourne team winless after 3 rounds. It seems the big loss in Perth from the Preliminary Final knocked the wind out of their sails and they have not been able to recover. That or they just put in the shittiest pre-season ever!!

3 - The only coach under more pressure than Brendon Bolton is the umpires' coach, Hayden Kennedy.

The umpiring has been baffling at times and just downright crap at others. Is it the fault of the umpires' coach? Who knows? It seems to be the coach's fault when players are under-performing. I mean, when was the last time a player was sacked mid-season? If someone's head has to roll, it might as well be Hayden's.

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4 - I'm guessing even GWS were surprised how easy Richmond were to beat.

The Tigers went with them early, but couldn't contain the Jeremy Cameron onslaught and were pretty much blown away. Dusty might have a forced break. It's turning out to be an annis horribilis for the Richmond Football Club. Let's see how patient their fan base remains.

5 - I'm almost ready to concede that Brisbane should make the eight... almost.

Gee, they look good. And they have winners on every line. They have to lose eventually. And it'll be interesting to see how they respond when they do put in a performance they're not happy with. So far, so good, but let's not do a Melbourne and Essendon and talk them up too much just yet.

6 - It seems as though Collingwood is West Coast's bitch.

It seems it was another Dom Sheed goal that put the game beyond the Pies last night. I sensed a bit of deja vu. The Eagles were very impressive. Despite their poor showing in Round One, they're still the team to beat for mine. And how good was Gaff??

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7 - Any sides who take Gold Coast lightly will do so at their own peril.

I wish somebody had told my beloved Carlton team that they weren't going to win a game this year. It seems to have done the trick for the Suns. They're actually playing like a football team again, and I don't think it's a coincidence that they're doing so without any million dollar players.

8 - I think if Carlton and North Melbourne swapped coaches, they'd still be winless.

Both Bolton and Scott must be under the pump. Both sides have been competitive for periods of the game, but never for the full four quarters. Perhaps when Carlton and North line up against each other, it might be the first time the two teams play four quarters of football. Two each, that is!!

9 - The Dockers have reverted back to their defensive gameplan after the "hiccup" in Round One when they scored 140.

I guess you only need to score more than your opposition, but I was pretty sure that Ross Lyon would stamp his imprimatur on the game style at some point and turn the screws. They're always ugly affairs when you win with a low score. I wouldn't think it'll work much on the road for the Dockers, so they'll most likely be an also-ran this year.

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10 - Footy tipping isn't getting any easier....

Usually by the third round, you can start to work sides out. That's true for some, but I still don't know how to pick at least 12 out of the 18 teams in terms of their form-line. And I will never be seduced by flashes of good football from my rabble of a team either. At the start of the year I would've pencilled in next week's game of Gold Coast v Carlton as the first Blues win since July last year.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

 

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