Monday, July 9, 2012

AFl Review Round 15 Stinking hot in China and apparently even worse in the USA. And speaking of heat the real interest this year in the AFL is in which teams will finish top 4!!? To be honest the team that scrapes into 8th position is only in the finals for a week usually and at the moment it’s an intense battle at the top of the ladder. West Coast, Hawthorn and Collingwood look to be the stand out teams but Adelaide, Sydney and Essendon are all in the mix. It will make for an absorbing last few weeks of home and away fixtures.

Carlton 12.13.85 defeated Collingwood 8.14.62

The result in this game is far too painful for me to write about….my creative juices seem to be getting choked up. I have a very close friend who went to the game and he ‘kindly’ sent me a match report which I asked to use for this Review. His name is Rog and he is, unfortunately, a Carlton supporter. I retained some of the personal comments to maintain the flow. Enjoy!

How are things in China?
I have a few things to report regarding our three man Great Wall Footy Tipping Competition and last night's game.
First of all I should tell you that I went last night. Marto took me into the members.
Secondly, as I have done since 1955, I purchased a FootyRrecord and marked all the goal kickers as well as the quarter by quarter scores. Of interest to me is the fact that in 1955 a Footy Record cost 6d (5c) and, at $5, is now priced at exactly 100 times what it was 57 years ago. Would you like me to post this outrageously expensive item on to you?

Thirdly - A report on last night’s game. Under the MCG lights before a crowd of 75,778 black and white and increasingly raucous navy blue hordes, play commenced in cold conditions as a light mist settled over the stadium. From the outset The Magpies demonstrate that mist (missed) might be the word for the night as they raced to 1.5.11 by quarter time and rattled on a further three behinds (to 1.8.14) as play continued into the second quarter.
Carlton was steadier in front of goal and remained on target until half time. In the third quarter Carlton rattled on a lazy 1.7.13 and let the Magpies back in. Given the two sides differing fortunes over the past two months, at three quarter time I truly believed that Collingwood would make it twelve in a row but The Blues steadied. Yes - we steadied and Steady Eddie kicked two confident goals from centre-half-forward whilst, half-back come forward for the night, Nick Duigan kicked his third and Andrew Walker gave us an elusively magical moment as he ran around two defenders when trapped on the boundary line and potted what was the sealer. It was a famous Carlton victory. Lily of Laguna has never sounded so good.
A post-match highlight was bumping into cousin Ian at the Greensborough Railway Station. He lives in Eltham so I assumed he was lost. I suspect that quite a few Collingwood supporters felt a bit lost last night. We had a quick chat about the game and he offered his congratulations. He's always a good sport and a very nice human being.
Finally our tipping leader Cassius, who insists on that name because he is the greatest, has requested I refrain from calling him Mohamed in future. To that end, I am changing my tipping name from Duffer to Einstein because, by last night tipping Carlton, I have proved I am a genius.
Given all of these name changes, do you still wish to stick with your soubriquet - The Skunk? The colours are right but it's a bit of a stinker really.

Your Humble Correspondent (YHC)

There you have it Tipsters. I could not have written anything complimentary about Carlton’s win and the subsequent Collingwood loss anywhere as well as that. The Pies replay the replay of the Grand Final next week against Geelong and Carlton will have to play well 2 weeks in a row to beat North.

West Coast 12.14.86 defeated North Melbourne 13.6.84

This game would have had half the WA population on the edge of their seats as the Eagles hauled in a 35 point deficit to pip North by 2 points in a thriller. Predicted to be a danger game and a close game and it certainly went that way. It was an important win for the WA team and likewise an important loss for North who were on a roll. The Eagles face the old enemy next week in Perth when they play the Sydney Swans for top position. It should be an enthralling game.

Richmond 13.23.101 defeated Melbourne 11.12.78

The scoreboard shows just a 4 goal win for the Tigers but inside 50’s and shots on goal were all Richmond’s way and inaccuracy certainly kept Melbourne in with a chance giving them enough motivation to kick 6 goals in the final quarter. The Tigers will be happy to have won that one to keep them in touch with the 8. Melbourne stayed anchored in 16th place. Richmond can chalk up another win next week when they play the Gold Coast and the Demons take on Fremantle at Etihad.

Sydney 16.14.110 defeated Brisbane 9.9.63

The match was virtually over at three quarter time when the Swans held a 47 point lead which was also the final margin. The win elevates Sydney to the top of the ladder courtesy of a Collingwood loss so the Swans are well placed for a top 4 finish. The Lions are still a rough chance of making the finals but losses like that don’t help percentage or confidence. Can Sydney beat West Coast in Perth? That’s a tough ask for next week. The Lions get a look at a Saints team that murdered Essendon by 13 goals and who will want to keep the momentum and retain 8th place.

Adelaide 17.14.116 defeated Port Adelaide 8.10.58

Adelaide won the showdown as expected doubling the Power score resulting in a margin of almost 10 goals. As well as losing Walker to suspension the Crows lost Tippett with concussion but some guy called Henderson chipped in with 6 goals. Port was never in the race even after kicking the first goal of the game and Adelaide led at every change and buried Port in the last quarter. Another possible percentage booster for the Crows next week against the Giants and Port might fancy their chances against an Essendon team that might be down on confidence.

St Kilda 21.7.133 defeated Essendon 8.14.62

After a fairly even first quarter the Saints then played irresistible footy and absolutely thrashed the Bombers by a huge margin. Would the real Essendon please stand up? Would the real St Kilda also please stand up? The Saints crept back into the 8 with that win and were a totally different team to the one beaten by North last week. The Bombers won last week by 80 plus points and went down by almost a similar margin this week. Go figure!!? The Saints travel to the Gabba to take on Brisbane and Essendon take the drive along the Great Ocean Road to play Port Adelaide.

Hawthorn 28.25.193 defeated GWS Giants 4.7.31

Not a lot you can say about the game when a team wins by so much. The Hawks were almost 10 goals ahead at the main break and added another 17 goals in the 2nd half. Buddy kicked only 4 before coming from the field with an injury and Roughead kicked 6. Stats say this was the biggest winning margin of the season. Nice percentage boost for Hawthorn. Not a lot of joy for the Giants. The Hawks meet the Bulldogs next week and it’s hoped their opposition to Hawthorn does not allow a blowout on the scoreboard.

Geelong 15.20.110 defeated Gold Coast 13.18.96

This was a darn fine effort by the Suns who led the Cats at half time. A 7 goal 3rd quarter got Geelong back in front and again the Suns lost a game in one quarter of football. No doubt that part of their game will improve as the players gain more experience. The win keeps the 7th position safe for Geelong and the Suns remain winless. If Collingwood needed a loss to Carlton for motivation again then the Cats might struggle to win at the Gee against the Pies next week. Gold Coast and Richmond play at Cazalys stadium – neutral territory.

Fremantle 14.11.95 defeated Western Bulldogs 8.9.57

I imagine there was some nervous shuffling of the purple haze at half time as the Dockers led by just 3 points. Freo picked up the pace in the 2nd half and added 10 goals to the Bulldogs’ 4, certainly enough to give them a comfortable win. Some winnable games ahead for the Dockers can keep them well in touch with the final 8. The Bulldogs are down and out for this season and will need some major changes next year to get competitive. Fremantle’s game against Melbourne next week is one of 3 that they can win and push for a finals berth. The Western Bulldogs need this week to brace themselves for Hawthorn

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