Sep 02, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble Two: Day Seven
A column every day, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
Hawthorn (48) v Adelaide (83)
Adelaide wins a game and the Grand Final will be in Brisbane. Let’s just throw all the laws that govern the universe out the window, shall we?
Decades of holding Schoolies should prepare Queensland for holding the Grand Final.
The police will find AFL executives only slightly worse behaved but significantly bigger drinkers.
As for the Crows, finally, that Collective Mind training is starting to pay big dividends.
What a long-term play. Smart.
It’s was 394 days between wins for Adelaide, consisting of 16 morale-sapping losses, which contained some of the worst football you’ll ever see.
But last night, against a Hawthorn side that couldn’t clean the boots of their recent premiership sides, the Crows broke through.
It had a feel of the old Vitas Gerulaitis line, “Let that be a lesson to you all, nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row."
For Hawthorn, I thought they did just enough to be able to defend a charge of tanking.
Clarkson brought his angry self to bare, but instead of motivating his team, they reacted like sullen teenage children. Sullen teenage children who are bad at football.
Clarkson said after the game, ‘We looked flat and lethargic,’ which I can relate to, my family crest has ‘flat and lethargic’ as its motto.
As for the Crows, they have avoided a winless season, and no doubt now count 2020 as a big success, having overachieved.
West Coast (60) v Essendon (45)
This was a game that would have both sets of fans not exactly feeling great about things.
For West Coast, this was a tough win, against a side they would have felt they could have taken care of.
In reality, Essendon beat themselves. They again started too slowly, then at points they threatened to get well on top, but they missed easy chances.
Joe Daniher reminded everyone that as dynamic as he can be, his horrendous goalkicking is a liability. His 0.3 night did more damage to Essendon’s chances than anything the Eagles did.
Add to this frustrating night, the Bombers lost Andrew McGrath to an ankle injury.
The Eagles were of course without Josh Kennedy, but they started well, only to let the Bombers right back in it late in the second half.
The closeness of the second half may explain why Luke Shuey went back on despite having issues with his hamstring. He later went off. Whatever happened to ‘hamstring awareness’ the buzzword of 2019?
In the end, the Eagles got an important win, but they’d want to play a lot better if they’re going to go deep, as we traditionally say, in October.
Richmond v Fremantle (Metricon) 7:10pm
The big news for Fremantle is Jesse Hogan will finally play a game, in what feels like a very long time.
Although time moves slower in 2020. It’s now September but it feels more like Purgatory.
Fremantle have shown glimpses of their future this year but really struggled last week against the Giants.
Now they come up against a Richmond side that seems to be finding form on the field, although there still seems to be just as much happening off the field.
Today there was more media coverage of the Cotchins ‘threatening’ or ‘considering’ leaving the hub.
On everyone’s list of priorities in 2020, getting to the bottom of what went on between the Cotchins and Richmond is not high.
My lists of priorities in 2020 are:
· Get back to the pub
· See other humans face to face
· Not feel sad all the time
Imagine having the luxury of caring if Trent Cotchin canvassed leaving a hub months ago, an option he never took. That must be nice.
Richmond to win.
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