Aug 11, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble: Day Fourteen
A column every day for twenty days, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
St Kilda (34) v Geelong (93)
I want to begin with a sincere apology for tipping St Kilda.
As I watched this, I felt the Saints players really went out of their way to prove me wrong.
Coming into this as a team rapidly on the rise, the Saints were comprehensively smashed all over the park.
Under pressure from a Cats team out to prove they are not a spent force, St Kilda ended up playing more defence than a Dan Andrews press conference.
They barely went forward, with Dan Butler finishing with four disposals and no goals.
The Cats relied strongly up front on Tom Hawkins, who is having a late career renaissance. He’s back to kicking goals and hitting people and the year is now perfectly set up for him to miss some finals while suspended.
As for the Saints, they’ve been left feeling like me after a date. They’ll spend the next few days wondering why they performed so badly and why whenever things appear to be going really well, it’s just a trap that will make things even worse.
Fremantle (48) v Hawthorn (32)
What a wonderful game this was, well worth staying up for.
My main thought as I watched this game was ‘why am I watching this game?’
I still don’t know the answer to that.
It’s probably because I have nothing else to do at the moment, and I can therefore add ‘having to watch this’ to my lists of terrible things that have happened in 2020.
I’m not saying it’s the worst thing to happen to someone in 2020, but it’s right up there.
Fremantle fans would have enjoyed it though. Their young players showed there is a good future at the club and Justin Longmuir seems to know what he is doing.
Of course, playing Hawthorn helps, who looked like a group of people not that interested in being there.
I get it, not many of us were interested in watching this either, but the difference is they’re being paid to be there.
Hawthorn’s decline is nice and all and in a normal year it would bring me great joy, but it’s not the same.
I can’t see the pain on Hawthorn’s fans faces in person.
What I’d give to be able to see my Hawthorn supporting friends.
The conversation would go like this:
“You guys are terrible. It must be embarrassing supporting a team like yours.”
“I’ve seen more premierships in the last decade than you’ve seen in your lifetime.”
I then flee home in tears.
Adelaide v Collingwood (AO) 6:35pm Foxtel
Can Adelaide do it? Can they cheer up the majority of Victorians at the time they need it most?
The obvious answer is ‘no’ but if you think about the trouble Collingwood have been having recently both on and off the field, the answer is still ‘no’.
It would be great though and I’m tipping Collingwood to do my part to get the Crows across the line.
But Adelaide can only beat themselves at the moment and even that they’d do with great difficulty.
It’s hard to see when Adelaide will win again. It’s a bit like asking when the Melbourne lockdown will end. You think it might happen, but all the statistics suggest that’s just wishful thinking.
But if they are ever going to end their losing streak, tonight would be great.
Pies to win.
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