Round 10? WTF
Holy shit, can you believe it’s Round 10 already?
Saturday kicks off with what should be a cracker. Both Hawthorn and Port Adelaide are not where they’d like to be at this stage of the season but pretty close to where many thought they would end up. Port have their nose in the eight while Hawthorn sits at eleven one game behind.
Scott Lycett is a big out for Port but it does me we get to have a look at Peter Ladhams who from all reports has been killing it for the Magpies in the SANFL. Ladhams’ debut game will be made a bit easier by Ben McEvoy’s absence from the Hawthorn line up, although John Ceglar will be no pushover.
This game also marks the first contest between these sides since Chad Wingard crossed to the Hawks. Wingard can be abrasive at the best of times so expect him to give it to Port with and without the ball, while his former teammates will be keen to ensure they travel back from chilly Launceston with the four points.
6-6-6 – Satan’s Rule
Brad Scott says the 6-6-6 rule is a good rule but it’s ruining his team, that’s despite being part of the rules of the game committee. Clearly before he helped put the rule in, he didn’t ask if any of his players can count to six.
AFL is a funny thing for new recruits – they get every thing done for them and counting to six appears to be one. This is all compounded by removing the runner from the ground as previously the runner was the only person at the club who could count to eighteen.
Anyway, Tim English is back for the Doggies, love this kid. It might be just because he’s blond but – Scotty Wynd anyone? LDU is back for North but Taylor Garner is out which is probably a good thing as you should never trust someone with two surnames.
If you’re looking for some upside for the Roos, have a look at Nick Larkey – a 20 year old 198cm key forward. Just finding his way but looks the goods and a bargain at 73 in the 2016 draft.
Saturday Twilight at the Adelaide Oval
This shapes as one of the games of the season. The Eagles sit sixth and Adelaide seventh one game behind. Neither side has performed to expectation so far this year but the Eagles despite a couple of terrible efforts still have only three losses and have managed to get their percentage back to level pegging.
Adelaide fell by only one point to Brisbane last week – a loss that cost them a spot in the top four and broke a run of four consecutive wins. These sides match up really well and it shapes as the proverbial eight point game with both sides looking to cement themselves in the eight.
The worst from both sides this year has been pretty bad so this just could be a blowout – either way. Any given Saturday twilight, just how we want it, any result could be a surprise.
Ablett returns to his old stamping ground
Geelong head up to Carrara in what marks Gary Ablett’s return to this first second home. Gold Coast have got some good kids, worth the watch just so you can see who your club will poach in next year’s draft.
That’s about as excited as I can get about this one. It will be interesting to see how the 73 passionate Suns fans will welcome back their former captain. No doubt there will be booing but it won’t be very loud.
I heard someone say today that the good thing about being at North Melbourne games is there are never enough fans there to slow down the wifi at Marvel Stadium.
Well if you’re looking for some rapid wifi, head to Cararra – it will be like having your own FTTC NBN connection, although Karen Andrews (Liberal minister for Science and technology) might reroute your connection to the nearest node, just because she loves copper.
Cats for me.
Dreamtime at the G
Always a big thing on the AFL calendar. Indigenous players are such a big part of our game and it’s good that we are going some way to recognising this and the part played not just in our favourite sport but in society as a whole.
While often it doesn’t seem enough because of the random meat head in the crowd who drags us all back twenty years with some mindless racial bullshit, the steps the AFL and Australia as a society are making are significant. We still have a long way to go but sometimes we can look back twenty years to see where we have come from to give us the impetus to keep going.
The loss of Joe Daniher for the season is just another setback for the Bombers who just can’t keep it together. Rated by many (including yours truly) to be knocking on the door or the four – if it’s not Dane Rampe climbing poles, it’s umpires vs Collingwood and now too many injuries. They won’t recover from this and Richmond, teetering with their own injury worries only a few weeks back, will be too strong.