Aug 14, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble: Day Seventeen
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.
Sydney (66) v Greater Western Sydney (25)
A loss to the Swans would have been a disaster for the Giants, so I’m not sure what to call a 41-point drumming.
It wasn’t all the Giants of course; the Swans were simply magnificent. They were desperate, poised and relentless, and showed that their young players are growing, despite going through some tough times to get there.
Yet even the Swans would have been surprised at how easy this was.
Greater Western Sydney seemed to think they could win on skill alone, leaving difficult things like tackling well alone.
Captain Stephen Coniglio described their first half as "hopeless" in a halftime interview, and he could be accused of putting a positive spin on things, Giants fans had a few harsher words than that to describe it.
It made you think that the Giants would respond in the second, which makes this performance even more disappointing. Instead, it was the Swans who lifted, growing in confidence as the match went on, as they realised the Giants were just simply not up for the fight.
It’s an astounding result considering the talent on the Giants team. The idea they’re a Ferrari is laughable, they looked more like a tricycle missing a wheel and sitting on the nature strip waiting for the hard rubbish collection.
And they were lucky they had the umpires playing up forward they could have been goalless.
It’s such a waste of talent, a subject I’m very familiar with, it shows that talent is nothing without effort.
The whole match left you thinking that of the two Sydney teams, one has a bright future, and one does not.
Geelong v Port Adelaide (Metricon) 7:50pm Seven
This has the potential to be a great match and I really hope it is, we all need the distraction.
Take me back to 2019, where the worst thing to happen to us was the Cats movie. That only seemed like the low point of society.
Geelong made St Kilda’s premiership credentials look more fake than the drivers licence I used as a teenager to get into pubs, and they have a chance to do similar to the Port Adelaide here.
That said, Port’s credentials seem more authentic than St Kilda’s do.
The problem is, Geelong do this every year, they look bad, they then look really good, they do well and all of a sudden, they are in the finals and get knocked out in an incredibly disappointing display.
For this, they are again well on track.
Port really do look good; they’ve been more consistent this year than Victoria’s daily coronavirus tally.
If Port win the premiership this year, it will unleash the Hardwick Effect on the AFL all over again.
That’s when clubs suddenly think, ‘hey, sticking with a coach for a long time despite how bad the results are works out in the end’.
It’s true, it sometimes works, but the problem is, the Hardwick Effect means clubs with bad coaches end up stuck with them for longer.
I now not everything is Damien Hardwick’s fault, but he did inflict two Richmond Premierships on us.
I’m tipping Port here, but that all depends on what Geelong outfit shows up, and the excitement of not knowing is all that’s making me feel alive at the moment.
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