Dragon Boat Racing Day in China on Monday(Duanwu Jie). It means that you have to rise very early and make your way to special fields or areas where a certain plant grows. You pour water over the plant and pick some to take home. The plant wards off evil spirits and guarantees you good health. You keep the plant at home and the fragrance works to keep you healthy. You are encouraged to walk as much as possible which also assists your well being. The ying and yang of China. Fascinating. Means an early night tonight and a 3am rise tomorrow. Sun is up about 4.15am anyway and we pedal for about an hour to reach the destination. Should be knackered by about 8am just in time to join in on the FO (Foreigner Olympics) we hold here every year. They don’t play footy as part of the games. If I introduce it next year I will win gold!!
Oh yeah. 6 from 8 in the tipping.
Melbourne 15.11.101 defeated Essendon 10.8.68
It’s results like this that defy reason and logic and give AFL footy tipping a bad name. I guess we will have to put some credence in this playing poorly after a bye statistic that has been circulating in footy columns. Some people might refer to this as an upset but to me it’s an insult to form.
Geelong 23.10.148 defeated the Western Bulldogs 13.9.87
The game was well and truly over by half time when Geelong held a 50 point lead. Somehow the Bulldogs, who had kicked only 6 goals to three quarter time, booted 7 goals in the last quarter. Providing the goal umpires at both ends with a bit of work the Cats kicked 6 themselves in a last quarter avalanche of 13 goals.
West Coast Eagles 13.7.85 defeated the Gold Coast Suns 10.7.67
Half way through the opening quarter the scoreboard was looking ugly for the Suns as the Eagles piled on 6 quick goals. But Gold Coast, celebrating Ablett’s 200th game, relentlessly kept at West Coast and in a tight last quarter the Eagles held the Suns at bay by only 3 goals.
Collingwood 16.12.108 defeated St Kilda 7.9.51
As previewed the game was a repeat of the 2nd Grand Final from last year and while the game was pretty tight in the first half once the Pies stepped up that extra gear they were far too good for the Saints.
Sydney Swans 17.14.116 defeated Brisbane 7.9.51
The game had an almost identical score line to the Collingwood versus St Kilda game except the Swans did all their scoring in the first half and led by 12 goals at that stage extinguishing any hope that Brisbane might make a close game of it.
Hawthorn 17.9.111 defeated Fremantle 13.11.89
Rioli kept the Hawks in the game in the first half as he substituted for the missing Buddy. At the start of the last quarter the Dockers had a 4 goal break kicking the first of that quarter. From that point it was all Hawthorn as they finally found their A game and kicked 8 unanswered goals to win by a comfortable margin albeit a little flattering.
North Melbourne 18.7.115 defeated Adelaide 10.8.68
The Roos maintained a healthy 4 goal margin in the first half then kicked away again in the second half doubling that margin. North led all day and any thoughts about this game being close were snuffed out in the first quarter. North looked better, played better, finished better. No finals for Adelaide this year.
Carlton 16.15.111 defeated Port Adelaide 7.7.49
How is that Port can start games like this consistently? Then they fall in a hole. At half time they were ahead. In a game of football the ball moves quickly from end to end but we still have a situation where a team actually doesn’t score in a whole quarter of footy? Carlton completely dominated this game after half time kicking 11 goals to the Power’s 2 and keeping the Port scoreless in the final quarter.