Sep 09, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble Two: Day Fourteen
A column every day, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
Adelaide (59) v Greater Western Sydney (47)
It seems the most excitement in the AFL season at the moment is seeing which team on the edges of the top eight can stuff up their finals run the most.
Melbourne have set the standard in this area, but the Giants last night decided the Demons performances weren’t a cautionary tale, but a blueprint to follow.
Adelaide, now have a two-game win streak, a phrase I didn’t think I’d write this year and possibly in 2021 either.
Yet against the Giants, the Crows looked tough, and I wouldn’t say this if I hadn’t seen it, composed.
They were defensively organised and maintained that focus for the entire four quarters.
They even looked like a real AFL team.
It helped that they were against a club that seems to only be doing an impression of an AFL team at the moment.
The Giants are often likened to a Ferrari, and like a Ferrari, they can’t keep going when the terrain gets rough.
The Ferrari idea has always been a bit of a myth. They’re more like a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer that someone stuck a Ferrari badge on.
Leon Cameron said after the game their midfield had let them down, which was true, but isn’t he effectively in charge of that midfield?
Coaches these days seem to take about as much accountability as government ministers do.
The result sets up the Melbourne-Giants game as a battle of the teams who shouldn’t really play finals but may sneak in by the complete ineptitude of those around them.
This is how many top CEOs build a career.
Carlton (57) v Sydney (52)
Carlton seemed to be entering the ‘let’s embarrass our club’ sweepstakes in this one, only to do something the Giants and Melbourne won’t do, put up a fight.
Sydney kicked the first seven goals of the game, as the Blues looked like they were simply there as a garnish.
What was the difference between the Blues and their fellow inept wannabee finalists?
The answer is Patrick Cripps, who refused to lie down, willing himself and his team back into the game.
His second-quarter was something else, taking his team from being non-existent, to in touch by half time.
The second half was far closer, but the Blues kept chipping away and with effort, the Swans easy scoring dried up.
With two minutes left to play, Matthew Cottrell nailed a set shot and celebrated with the wild eyes of an ice addict.
Not that I’m saying he was on ice; this isn’t country football.
In the end, John Longmire said his team’s loss was due to them just not working hard enough.
That’s usually Carlton’s problem, but in 2020, we are through the looking glass, normal rules don’t always apply, all though sometimes they do, which is why it’s all so confusing.
Brisbane v Gold Coast (G) 7:10 pm Foxtel
The Q-Clash! The pinnacle of the football year.
It used to be two of the worst teams in the league going at it, but Brisbane are now a premiership contender (sometimes) and the Suns are still not very good but have some players who might be good one day.
The Lions are without Harris Andrews but in good news, he’s extended his contract by five years in what’s been describes as a ‘mega’ contract.
I believe the contract regime goes:
· Pocket change
· Junior meal deal
· Upsized meal deal
· Buddy Franklin
The Suns finally got a win in their last game, but it was against a Kangaroos side that might snatch the wooden spoon off Adelaide.
Playing North then Brisbane is a big step up. It’s like going from the Sega Master system to a PlayStation 5. Mind-blowing.
Unlike North, Lions players can tackle, kick (not for goal) and catch a ball.
With this type of wizardry, the Suns will struggle.
Lions to win.
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