Sep 03, 2021
A highly unhelpful guide to Finals Week Two
It’s your unhelpful guide to Finals Week Two.
Geelong vs Greater Western Sydney (OS) 7:50pm Seven/Fox
Geelong’s finals campaign started about as well as Mal Meninga’s political campaign for the electorate of Molonglo. There’s a danger it won’t last much longer.
With so many Cats players barely touching the ball against Port, Chris Scott’s hardest decision was how many players he could drop and still field a side.
In the end, Luke Dahlhaus and Sam Simpson got the chop, while Shaun Higgins was ‘managed’.
There were more than a few who got lucky not to be dropped, or perhaps like in the Power game, Scott couldn’t find them to tell them they were dropped.
The Giants got across the line against the Swans, thanks partially to the Swans kicking for goal being about as accurate as my tipping.
It was a costly victory, however, with Sam Reid and Tom Greene injured and of course, Toby Greene being suspended for the rest of the season.
Toby Greene has been fined or suspended twice in 2012, once in 2013, twice in 2014, twice in 2015, once in 2016, five times in 2017, twice in 2018, three times in 2019, once in 2020 and twice in 2021.
Now that to me appears to be a pattern. But still, Toby’s just unlucky and/or there’s a vendetta against him.
In the end, it’s his teammates who suffer having to go up against a Geelong side that looked old and tired last week but has some form with bouncing back.
I’m tipping the Cats.
Brisbane vs Western Bulldogs (G) 7:20pm Seven/Fox
There’s nothing like meeting Essendon in a final to turn your season around, and after three straight losses, the Bulldogs welcomed it like a kid allowed to legally go to the playground again.
Yet despite the win, there are still question marks around the Dogs, such as ‘can the umpires lift for them again?’
Brisbane have questions surrounding them too, like ‘can you win a final with just Charlie Cameron and Lachie Neale playing?
Last week they seemed truly confused about how to go forward against Melbourne and the loss of Daniel McStay doesn’t really help things up forward.
At least they now get a home final, an event rarer than sensible debate in this country.
Imagine being able to go and see your own team? To think that was something we all used to take for granted. Why, some of us used to even not go, or leave early.
You could even decide to go at the last minute. Life was good and we didn’t even know it.
Such fools we all were. We were living in paradise and didn’t even know it.
When this is all over, I’ll never take for granted being able to go outside and see other people, something that used to fill me with dread in the past.
I’m tipping the Lions
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