TEN THINGS I LEARNT AFTER ROUND EIGHT...
1 - Dane Rampe probably isn't the smartest bloke going around.
Aside from the fact that most of us are aware that it should've been awarded as a freekick and ultimately handing the game over to Essendon, considering the goalposts are 6.4m apart, how effective did Dayne think he would be at his new found height with absolutely no lateral movement available to him?
Back to school for you brother, and be sure to pay attention to your Physics teacher!
2 - Brisbane can't play well when the temperature is below 15C.
Temperatures in Brisbane are currently averaging in the low to mid-20s. When the Lions hit the field in Ballarat, it was a fresh 12 degrees with a cool wind blowing. It's any wonder they couldn't go the distance as it's highly likely that hypothermia set in by the third quarter.
3 - The Blues put up a good fight, but not as good as their fans did.
The Blues fought hard all the way up to the 20-minute mark of the final term. It's a shame the guys punching on after the game didn't jump the fence and help the team out before their onfield fight disappeared. The Blues can add this to the ever-growing list of honourable losses. And we can only hope those dickhead fans aren't around when and if the Blues finally come good.
4 - It is actually possible to lose a game after you kick a goal to go 6 points ahead with just 50 seconds left on the clock.
When Nick Holman kicked that goal in the last minute, the game should've been done and dusted. But alas, it wasn't to be. After Marty Hore kicked his first ever goal to level the scores with 18 seconds remaining, it still wasn't over. The Dees got it out of the centre and forced it forward, and despite Tom McDonald getting an attack of the fumbles and doing everything possible to mess it up, he managed to slam it into the post with 1 second left. Stuey Dew has already got enough stress on his heart. I'm sure this wasn't helpful...
5 - I'm not sure what's weirder? The Eagles players getting stuck in a lift, or that they had UNO cards with them for just such an occasion???
I did think it was interesting that 5 Eagles players got stuck in a lift. But who carries a pack of UNO cards with them for just such an emergency?? Pretty dorky if you ask me. Now we know what the Eagles players do when they travel. Apparently they also play I, Spy when they're on the aeroplane.
6 - The stupidest suggestion I've ever heard is the idea that the Adelaide showdown games should be held at the MCG!
Here's a good idea. Let's get the two teams from South Australia to play their derby clashes in Melbourne. What could go wrong? I mean, aside from the fact that 100,000 South Australians invade Melbourne, I'm pretty sure none of them will complain about having to spend over a grand to watch their teams play a home game. Idiots!!
7 - Ablett clearly believes he can elbow a guy's head every week now!
He's played 329 games and up until last week's incident he'd never been suspended. So, after initially being found guilty, he appealed and the penalty was reduced to a fine. And wouldn't you know it? He pretty much did the exact same thing!! It'll be interesting to see if they charge him again or if they just don't bother this time.
8 - GWS will never be a threat until they learn to play well at the MCG.
I expected the Giants to put up a good effort this week. Their record at the ‘G is average, but there were signs that this club are getting it together. Unfortunately, it seems they still can't play well at the home of football. Even Jeremy Cameron didn't know where the goals were, booting 4 behinds from relatively easy shots. They're going to have to fix that pretty quick if they ever want to be a force in September.
9 - The Tigers' best is still pretty good, but we just don't see it every week.
Injuries have made it very hard for the Tigers to be consistent week in, week out. And the list got bigger with Nankervis doing a groin. But they were awesome this week after what was a lacklustre effort last round. The Tigers on the spread is a sight to see. And Matty Lloyd really needs to lay off Tom Lynch. He wasn't outstanding this week, but you'd have him in any team. He'll kick 50-60 goals this year. I think we'd all take that!
10 - It seems bottom teams get no favours from the umpires...
In the last five weeks, the Blues have not won a free-kick count. On the weekend it was the biggest discrepancy with a count of 24-8 in favour of the Pies. The last five weeks has seen 97 free kicks against the Blues to just 57 awarded to them. And in those last ten minutes, there were quite a few instances where free kicks could've been awarded that weren't, and even a touched ball not reviewed. I look forward to hearing that the umpires got it right once again.
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