Monday, August 1, 2011

AFL Review Round 19

Owing to the vagaries of mass transportation I am spending my holidays in the Philippines. Sometimes you find a bit of paradise in the strangest places. After landing In Surigao I was taken to a place called San Francisco which is a Barangay or suburb of Surigao. The family I am staying with here are friendly, hospitable and speak enough English for everybody to understand each other. The houses of two families have been crudely but firmly constructed about 20 metres from the ocean separated only by a concrete dyke affair. A recent typhoon has caused some unwelcome weather and the waves that hit the wall provide us with great scenes of sea spray being thrown into the air and then cascading down over the top of the wall and beyond. This family has untold number of relatives, I am being introduced to a new cousin, uncle, aunt and lola and lolo who are the grandparents every day. It's amazing. Desperate poverty abounds and I don't see a lot of people working a problem that exacerbates their situation. But it's a matter of living within your means here and I have been invited to share their lives on a daily basis and I guess when you are living in a kind of paradise it certainly helps acceptance. I have fantastic photos of the place and today being sunny the whole area takes on a new vista. The Aussie world of AFL is far removed, nay, impossibly removed from the lives of these people.

Internet access has been hard to find this weekend, so I'm afraid the review is short....

Carlton 11.14.80 defeated North Melbourne 9.8.62As Previewed the game was always going to be close and the Blues did not close this match out until the last quarter at the start of which the scores were level. North can recover if other games go their way. Carlton keeps their nose out front of West Coast.

West Coast 15.13.103 defeated Western Bulldogs 15.5.95The Eagles should have had this wrapped up by half time when they had what proved to be a match winning break of 6 goals. In fact West Coast held a 50 point lead at one stage but to the Doggies' credit they came back strongly and almost stole the game.

Geelong 37.11.233 annihilated Melbourne 7.5.47The score line in this game defies description. The Demons are supposed to be finals contenders but after this disgraceful performance they should be relegated to the same level as the Suns. Melbourne player Rivers stated they didn't care. Right. Geelong are not that good are they?

St Kilda 10.14.74 defeated Gold Coast 6.18.54An ordinary game played in ordinary conditions. The Suns kicked themselves out of the game and ultimately had the same scoring shots as the Saints who struggled up forward without Reiwoldt. St Kilda will be happy to walk away with the 4 premiership points and help them keep pressure on other teams in the 8 as well as those trying to get there.

Hawthorn 13.17.95 defeated Fremantle 6.8.44An improbable win was made impossible by Fremantle when they allowed Hawthorn to kick the first 8 goals of the game. It was a convincing win by the Hawks considering that Franklin was kept goalless by Silvagni at full back. Hawks consolidate and Freo has a real scramble now.

Collingwood 25.16.166 defeated Essendon 14.8.92Lots of gasps from Magpies supporters at the end of the 1st quarter during which the Bombers blitzed Collingwood with 8 goals to 4. All was well with the world after that however when the Pies kicked 21 goals to 6 for the next 3 quarters. More injuries to Essendon and more percentage for Collingwood.

Adelaide 16.15 111 defeated Port Adelaide 11.13 79The Crows won an uninspiring game but I guess it gives the new coach Bickley a taste of success and a welcome reprieve for his players as their season closes

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