Aug 30, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble Two: Day Five
A column every day, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
Carlton (48) v Collingwood (72)
If ever Carlton were going to show us something, it was against this depleted Collingwood side, and they did, they showed us they are still Carlton.
Blues fans have every right to be furious, their team didn’t even score a goal in the entire second half and the only thing that matched their poor execution was their effort.
Not kicking a goal for an entire half is not easy to do in modern football, but the Blues made it look easy.
Even the clash between Patrick Cripps and Chris Mayne, in which Mayne came off very much second best, just highlighted the Pies were willing to do anything to win.
Carlton, on the other hand, were willing to do not much to win.
You have to hand it to Collingwood, this was a win based on pure desire, they were willing to sacrifice a lot to get across the line, Jamie Elliott in the midfield was a clear example of this, carving up the Blues with an ease that had Blues fans screaming at the television.
The Teague train, like most public transport this year, now has fewer people on it than ever before.
Gold Coast (91) v North Melbourne (28)
I ended up watching all of this because as much as you’d like, you can’t avert your eyes from an unfolding disaster.
This wasn’t so much a game as a ritual sacrifice.
People talk about teams not turning up, but in this case, it would have been better if the Kangaroos just hadn’t.
Rhyce Shaw said there were no positives to take out of this performance, but there was an entire flotilla of negatives.
The Suns were great, and if they’d kicked straight, this would have been far, far worse.
But a lot of the Suns' success came from the fact that they were basically unopposed.
It was like they were participating in a charity match against a group of competition winners.
Obviously inspired by Carlton, North didn’t kick a goal in the second half, in fact they booted three behinds in the third quarter and didn’t even score in the last.
There wasn’t a football skill the Kangaroos didn’t butcher. They barely got the ball but when they did, they turned it over, and without the ball, they didn’t defend.
They had the look of parents at a school musical performance, you could just tell they didn’t want to be there.
Given the Suns hadn’t had a win since Round Seven, this was probably the worst performance for the season, even Crows fans who saw this would have come away with a realisation that things could be worse.
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