Aug 06, 2018

AFL

The Monday Knee Jerk Reaction: AFL Round Twenty

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Footy is a passion, not some cold hearted, spread sheet dominated rational exercise.

On a Monday, you want irrational reaction. You want emotion to trump reason.

What you really want is idiotic hysteria.

You’ve come to the right place.

Richmond (85) v Geelong (82)

As the AFL has spent the year carefully arguing that football is broken and only they can save our once great game, footy gives us one of the greatest rounds ever.

This had everything, great games, close finishes, controversy and a finals race that is coming down to the wire.

In fact, this year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting finishes to a season ever.

It’s almost like footy is not broken at all but AFL House is.

Friday night got us started with the Tigers at their beloved MCG taking on the Cats.

Geelong surprised many, especially the Richmond players, with their ability to apply pressure in their forward fifty. It was Richmond-like.

It seemed the Tigers were ahead most of the game and the Cats were just managing to hang in there.

At the start of the fourth quarter though, Richmond seemed to suddenly think, ‘gee, we better get moving’ and poured on the goals. It was like when you spend a day slacking and then suddenly fire off about fifty emails to give an impression of effort.

The general feeling at the ground was that it was over, but the Cats kept coming and by the 26thminute mark of the fourth quarter they were just four points down.

At this point, you could see the ghosts of Richmond past appearing before the Tigers fans’ eyes.

As Gary Ablett swooped in with a shot at goal from 35 meters out, it was tenser at the MCG than if you’d dropped a self-aware person amongst the contestants of Love Island.

But this is the new Richmond and not only are they very good, they are lucky, and Ablett missed.

It led to a scrambling last few minutes, but the Tigers hung on.

The loss leaves the Cats in ninth spot, in a season where they seem to be living and dying off close finishes.

Hawthorn (107) v Essendon (103)

As if Friday night had thrown down the gauntlet for exciting games, Hawthorn and Essendon picked it up and ran with it.

These two teams already have enough amazing games between them, but they decided to add one more anyway, as the lead changed constantly as one side would put on a brilliant display of football, only for the momentum to swing and the other would return serve.

This was heart in your mouth, what’s going to happen next, edge of your seat stuff.

Watching the free-flowing, high scoring, exciting footy at the MCG would have given the architects of proposed rule changes, Steve Hocking, David Rath and James Podsiadly second thoughts, except they were all at Piranha Park in Coburg watching bottom four sides VFL Werribee and Coburg try out their new rules.

Nothing sums up better the yawning gap between where the AFL hierarchy and the game itself.

Such a great game deserved a frenetic finish and the Bombers launch another counter attack, coming home fast, only for James Worpel to keep his feet against Michael Hurley and boot a clutch goal in the final minute.

It was a wonderful day of footy and Saturday was just getting started.

Brisbane (104) v North Melbourne (107)

Like a great album, the hits kept coming as the Lions hosted North at the Gabba.

Brisbane fans are currently in a position of knowing their team is going to be good but would like them to be good right now.

They’ve so far sat through five-point losses to the Suns, the Crows and the Power and lost by seven points to the Pies.

At first, this seemed like they were cruising to a serious loss, as the Kangaroos controlled the game, especially in the first half and had built a 24-point lead by the early fourth quarter.

It was at this point North’s players headed off to the airport to fly home, leaving the Lions to mount a fightback that resulted in them almost snatching the game.

With the Kangaroos absent, the Lions got to within less than a goal, only for Cam Rayner to miss a shot late. The Kangaroos had dodged a bullet and Brisbane fans looking forward to the day these become wins not close losses.

Adelaide (96) v Port Adelaide (93)

Twice this year the Showdown has delivered us everything you’d want in a footy match, so wouldn’t it be great if these were occasionally show in primetime and on free-to-air around the country?

I know it’s a radical thought, but I’ve done some research on this and there are actually eight teams located outside of Victoria! I’ve penned a short memo to the AFL to let them know about this exciting discovery.

The intensity of a Showdown is something to behold when you’re in Adelaide, it needs no more controversy to make get people fired up, but why not have some more anyway?

This Showdown’s controversy comes from the AFL’s cheap and ineffective goal review system, which gave Josh Jenkins a goal in the dying moments, despite appearing to hit the post.

The AFL’s score review system is like the Blair Witch Project, grainy footage, odd angles and ‘we’re doing this on a tiny budget’ feel.

It’s things like the goal review system that cause the fans to have little confidence in any potential further tweaking of the game.

It’s not that fans are all in the ‘no to everything’ camp, as the AFL and sections of the media try to paint them, like fans are backwards idiots that don’t understand the game.

It’s that most of us are in the ‘we don’t have a lot of faith you’ll get things right, even the good ideas’ camp.

It’s hardly a crazy position to hold.

We’ve seen in recent years the substitute rule come and go, the sliding rule badly implemented, the countdown clock and its weird interpretation of thirty seconds, the physics defying interpretation of the protected zone, the spellbindingly idiotic ruck nomination rule and the Gold Coast Suns.

So spare us the criticism of us all been unnecessarily negative about the latest ‘ideas salad’ to come out of the last consultant run workshop.

It was a disappointing incident in an otherwise terrific game and the Crows keep their slim finals chances alive, while the Power rue the AFL’s decision to only use two old VHS and a camera from 1974.

St Kilda (68) v Western Bulldogs (103)

A day of amazing footy was marred somewhat by this game but luckily, no one saw it.

I watched it on replay and only because I had to write this review. People often accuse me of not watching all the games and I love them for thinking I have something better to do.

The Bulldogs tried something different this week. Instead of not coming out for the third quarter, they decided to put their missing quarter up front, not kicking a goal in the first quarter and being 28 points down in the second quarter.

Against St Kilda, you can give up such a head start and still win comfortably, like letting a child run ahead of you in a race before overtaking them and crushing their spirit to remind them that they’re hopeless.

The Saints undid their early good work by appearing to develop an intolerance to scoring after quarter time, booting just three for the rest of the game.

In the third quarter, Marcus Bontempelli booted four goals, outscoring the Saints efforts over the final three quarters.

It was dismal stuff from the Saints.

Sydney (73) v Collingwood (71)

Meanwhile, over at the game everyone was watching, our fourth classic of the round was being played out.

These teams hate each other. Collingwood hate Sydney because they think they’ve had unfair advantages, while Sydney hate Collingwood because they have Eddie McGuire.

The intensity in this one was only magnified by the fact both are in finals contention and the Swans were desperate to turn around a month of mediocrity.

Enter the return of Alex Johnson for some inspiration and every Collingwood player being injured and the Swans were back in form.

Collingwood currently has 37 of their best 22 injured and as to be expected, added Darcy Moore to the list before the first half had finished.

The Pies had the upper hand early, but their major problem was Buddy Franklin, who put on one of his trademark performances, booting 6.4.

Collingwood though, after falling behind, launched a frenetic comeback, reeling in the Swans and overtaking them.

It took a goal from Tom McCartin, who was lying on the ground as he kicked it, to secure the Swans victory and even after that there was some white knuckle defending required.

While it was a disappointing end for Pies fans, Saturday had been a great day for footy.

Carlton (46) v Greater Western Sydney (151)

And then came Sunday.

While Saturday had given us everything we could have asked for and more, Carlton had to come along and ruin it for everyone.

Words can’t really convey how bad Carlton are, but I’ll give it a shot.

The Giants, it had to be said, gave the Blues a real chance, with Brett Deledio, Toby Greene, Dawson Simpson and Sam Taylor all going off injured.

It meant the Giants had no one on the bench at all for almost the entire second half.

So, what do you do? Have no interchanges? Not if you’re playing Carlton.

Just have two players come off for rests and play with sixteen players.

There has been no greater signal of how little an AFL side thinks of their opponent than this.

Despite this being the case for most of the fourth quarter, the Blues still only managed one goal. The Giants kicked seven.

There’s not much more you can say about Carlton than that.

Melbourne (143) v Gold Coast (47)

David Bowie and Queen sang all about what pressure on the footy field does to an opponent, but it’s a lesson the Gold Coast Suns seem to have forgotten.

The Demons pretty much did as they liked in this one, with a nine goal to one opening quarter in which the Suns players seemed to have forgotten to break from their warm up.

When you lead by 51 points at quarter time, it’s hard to stay focused and the Dees had moments in the second and third quarters when they seemed to muck around with the ball a bit too much, simply because they could.

Watching the Suns reminded me very much of Melbourne in the recent Dark Ages.

They have the urgency of sloths, rarely break out of a slow jog and seem to be confused about what to do if they do accidentally find themselves in possession of a football.

Melbourne will be thrilled they got this done. They now face Sydney, West Coast in Perth and the Giants.

This was their bye week; finals start now.

West Coast (142) v Fremantle (84)

I have no idea what he was thinking.

Andrew Gaff’s punch, which left Andrew Brayshaw with terrible injuries, really took the gloss off what was a terrific weekend of football.

The punch, way off the ball and to the head was the sort of thing that society has been struggling to eradicate in recent times, with the knowledge that it can kill someone.

It makes the claims of it being ‘out of character’ ring hollow. How about not doing it in the first place?

What was just downright strange was the fact Gaff’s teammates all rallied around him in later in the game after a goal like he was Alex Johnson coming back from injury. The crowd also gave him a standing ovation when he went to the bench.

I remember when Tom Bugg punched Callum Mills for no reason and there was no standing ovation in the crowd that day, just disgust from his own supporters.

Tribalism is understandable but surely, we as footy fans can agree this was a terrible act, and the colours a player is wearing is irrelevant?

It led to the rest of what was a one-sided contest becoming repeated attempts at square ups, with Michael Johnson looking like facing some sanction for crunching Gaff later on.

Unfortunately, after a weekend when all our thoughts should be on how great the game is and how exciting the run to finals will be, our thoughts are with Andrew Brayshaw, who needed surgery to repair a broken jaw and three displaced lower teeth.

He won’t be able to eat solid food for a month.

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COMMENTS

JU

Aug 06, 2018

“...gave Jenkins a goal...despite appearing to hit the post”. Do you have access to secret footage even the AFL don’t get to see?

Kylie

Aug 06, 2018

Yes, all the best to Andrew Brayshaw for a speedy recovery. If there was any justice, Andrew Gaff would be handed a life ban - but there isn't so no doubt he'll be out for a few weeks and then return to a heroes welcome from Channel 7 and Fox Footy commentators, and a multi-million dollar contract from some club or other and by next season it will all be forgotten. Except by the Brayshaw family - and the attending medical staff.

Mr B

Aug 06, 2018

Totally agree that Gaff's hit on Brayshaw was a dreadful thing. As a supporter at the ground, I think perhaps the Eagles' supporters can be given a little slack. Because the incident was so far off play, very few people were looking in that direction and, unlike TV viewers, we were pretty much unaware that it had happened. After that we saw Gaff being constantly harrassed by the Fremantle players (as you'd expect), but we didn't know why. If there was a replay on the scoreboard, I missed it and I'm guessing most others did too.

I think most of us Eagles supportes would be just as horrified at Gaff's action as the rest of the country, but spectators at the ground were largely unaware that it had happened.

Sharon

Aug 06, 2018

No one saw Josh Jenkin’s goal hit the post. Because it was a GOAL.

Claire

Aug 06, 2018

Jenkins said at the time it hit the post (you could see what he said in the footage) and they set up for the kick in, and apparently Jenkins also confirmed it hit the post in the press conference afterwards.

Tony

Aug 06, 2018

Thanks Titus and special thanks to Dr Trust.

Oak

Aug 06, 2018

There was no footage of the Gaff incident shown at the ground, so most Eagles supporters didn't know about it. Even the Eagles players didnt see/ know what happened. The fans - and players - got behind Gaff as he was being targetted by Freo (maybe justly).

AFL House

Aug 06, 2018

That's right Sharon. The Goal Review Department never ever makes mistakes. Sure Josh Jenkins claims the ball hit the post, but clearly he has some ulterior motive for saying so.

Holden Broke

Aug 06, 2018

Mr B, whoever you are, you must live in a very, very odd and strangely one-eyed world if you - and the other 50,00 ferals at the game - somehow "didn't see" the 18 year old Andrew Brayshaw lying on the ground, legs spasming and blood gushing onto the grass from his smashed teeth and jaw. The ABC radio broadcast picked up the crunch as fist broke jaw, yet you, self-confessed game attendee, somehow only saw the Dockers players "constantly harassing" Gaff. So that's why you cheered him. All is now explained now. Wow. I'll never criticise Collingwood supporters again. They're angels compared to Eagles fans.

pub watcher

Aug 06, 2018

watched the crows/port game at a pub in carlton. it was pumping. all neutral supporters loving a great game.

Mick

Aug 06, 2018

Frankly Regina Lee, this is what happens when you barrack for a rubbish club.

He didn't leave you for another woman, he just left. Next time, when you make major life decisions, including which footy club(s) to support try one with a chance of winning a flag this generation and one where the other supporters aren't a byword for the worst of humanity.

Petey

Aug 06, 2018

The Gaff incident wasn't shown at the game. Most of us didn't see it happen, and it was never replayed on the big screen. We had no idea what had happened and just saw Gaff being targeted.

Holden Broke

Aug 06, 2018

Oak, the TV commentators actually said that the "Freo players have just seen the reply on the big screen, and are reacting.." Strange, then, that you somehow can justify Feral Eagles fans cheering Gaff after booing and jeering the 18 year old Brayshaw kid as he was carted off the field. Deregistration would be too good for the West Coast Eagles.

Dr. Trust

Aug 06, 2018

Dear Mr Bolton
We appreciate your earnest enquiries although should point out that whilst the list of things we can cure include world famine, cancer, climate change, video reviews, congestion, collusion and carbuncles, unfortunately the plight of the Carlton Football Club is beyond us - good luck with the future (you really need it!)
Dr. Trust

Mick

Aug 06, 2018

Well my post now looks silly without the Dr Trust spam removed.

Nevertheless I stand by my advice in a general sense!

Auntie Lager

Aug 06, 2018

I thought the 37 of their best 22 line was hilarious, then I stumbled across Dr Trust in the comments.
This review really is the gift that keeps on giving.
Sort of like Justin Westhoff regularly supplying the ball to Crows players.
Enjoyable footy.

Holden Broke

Aug 06, 2018

Pete-y. Yes. The replay WAS shown, shortly after the incident. It's just that you and the other 50,000 ferals chose to ignore it. That's the true measure of a West Coast supporter.

MJ

Aug 06, 2018

Yes, the strike was inexcusable..... Horrified to see the consequences.
I was also at the ground, I can confirm there were NO replays on the big screens. We did not know what had happened till well after the game.

Dr Trust

Aug 06, 2018

Bring back Dr Trust!

Adam

Aug 06, 2018

The best punishment for Gaff is an ineligible brownlow win.

Raz

Aug 06, 2018

.....except for Josh Jenkins, the man that kicked the ball......who said it hit the post after the game,

Steve

Aug 06, 2018

Their was no replay at the ground

George Foreman

Aug 06, 2018

Titus - I've got a radical suggestion that the AFL could explore that would improve the game immensely. Why don't they tell the umpires to enforce the holding the ball rule in exactly the same way at the start of the year, in the middle of the year and at the end of the year. In fact, why don't the AFL tell the umpires coaches to stop telling the umpires to crack down on certain rules and then ease off on others. You know, like "50 metres", "deliberate out of bounds", "incorrect disposal", "protected zone" and so on. I know - it'd take the mystery out of tuning in to the Friday night game to see what this week's rules are but other sports have been doing it successfully for years.

OZsprinter

Aug 06, 2018

I loved coach Simpsons view on the Gaff hit that "I'm not quiet sure it was intentional"...what the?

Noboru Watanabe

Aug 06, 2018

The 'Knee-Jerk Reaction' is brilliant every week, but this week is really an incredible piece of writing, from start to finish. Thank you Titus - even in a round as good as Round 20, the footy is even better because of you!

Pieman

Aug 06, 2018

"the spellbindingly idiotic ruck nomination rule "
Brian Taylor telling you it's stupid does not make it so. This rule is in place because defenders need to know who they can block at a stoppage and who they can't. We all agree that it would be wrong to shepherd Max Gawn to prevent him contesting a boundary throw in, but - without a nomination - no one knows that he is unshepherdable.

And surely we ALL agree that the one v one ruck battles are a highlight of the current game. They have rejuvenated the position of first ruck. The ban of the third-man-up has been a major reason for this. And the nomination is a vital component of this rule.

Titus Oreillly

Aug 06, 2018

*there

Sam J

Aug 06, 2018

There was no replay at the ground mate. And Huddo said the Freo players "have either seen a replay or...", but there was no replay. Unless you checked social media during the game there was no way to know.

Leon

Aug 06, 2018

Jenkins said after that he THOUGHT that the ball might have hit the post,not that it hit the post.

Leon

Aug 06, 2018

Thought it hit the post.Big difference from saying that it actually did hit the bloody post.Get it right!.

Jeremy Jarvis

Aug 06, 2018

They're**

Steve

Aug 06, 2018

HB
Speaking of one eyed views you are not doing a bad job of it yourself.
No one is condoning what Gaff did and I think everyone has great sympathy for Brayshaw, but your view is so tainted with your hatred of the Eagles that it is frothing out the overflow.
Lets clarify (well at least try to, however unlikely) a few things that you have so vehemently decried.
Their was NO REPLAY at the ground, Dont care what you heard or what you base your determination on, its not correct.
Andy Brayshaw was in a hell of a state with blood and facial damage/teeth whatever but his legs were not "spasming."
While we are at it we may as well touch on a couple of other untruths about he incident, again I stress not to lessen the appalling act and the fallout of that, but Ross Lyon states the incident was 100m off the ball. Not even close Ross, the ball was in fact 25m away and kicked over gaff and Brayshaw - Gaff wanted to get to the fall of the contest and Brayshaw was impeding him.
I dont like what happened and I feel for all involved especially Brayshaw and his Family.
"Haters gunna Hate"

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 06, 2018

My pet peeve is the 'advantage' rule - you know the one where it's a complete lottery as to whether you'll get an advantage. And as a Richmond supporter I can thank our first goal in last year's GF to the absurdity of this rule.

You know the AFL is a shit show when rugby union can get this rule right.

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 06, 2018

Simpson made an absolute goose of himself. In the days of media blandness, he should have just trotted out the usual 'we'll wait for the tribunal' sort of tosh. Sure he may want to support his players but this is one time he needed to play a dead bat - he must have known Brayshaw was in hospital.

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 06, 2018

Nup. But as Titus regularly points out Carey and Matthews are 'legends' of the game' Bruns anybody. And Kate Neilsen was the girl Carey 'accidentally' glassed.

Gaff will sign up with one of the big Vic clubs, we'll be painted as a fallen angel and will be 'vindicated' with all his good charity works (oh and getting 30 kicks a game). And MMM is a lay down misere as a future employer - filling Hall's empty slot?

John Nicholls

Aug 06, 2018

You're right about the big contract next year. Which club will be paying huge for Gaff? Reminds me of that bloke from the Broncos who scored a huge contract this year despite breaking into an apartment in New York or wherever it was, violently terrorising the occupants, including a young child, and then tried to not pay the court ordered compo. Footy forgives all if you're a gun.

The game

Aug 06, 2018

I loved your summation of round 20. It had everything.
The good, close games never seen in a round before and a finals race to dream about.
The bad, the shit teams are really shit at the moment with no vision they can improve.... blues and suns.
The ugly, sorry Gaff but actions determine the man, and you'll wear this for the rest of your life.
And we the fans have been given a round to remember forever.
And before you bag me, yes I did play this great game at the highest level for a long time in far tougher ( and uglier) years.
Enjoy and celebrate a season to remember so far, with more to come..........

Mr B

Aug 06, 2018

Holden Broke, where is your seat? From Block 141 I couldn't see the replay of the incident.

The game

Aug 06, 2018

I loved your summation of round 20. It had everything.
The good, close games never seen in a round before and a finals race to dream about.
The bad, the shit teams are really shit at the moment with no vision they can improve.... blues and suns.
The ugly, sorry Gaff but actions determine the man, and you'll wear this for the rest of your life.
And we the fans have been given a round to remember forever.
And before you bag me, yes I did play this great game at the highest level for a long time in far tougher ( and uglier) years.
Enjoy and celebrate a season to remember so far, with more to come..........

Eagle Eye

Aug 06, 2018

At least he got the facts right, Titus

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 06, 2018

His name is Matt Lodge, Big Nic, and he's not even a gun.

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 06, 2018

Same in North Hobart at the Cascade Bar. Then off to the Titus show. Then home to watch the last quarter of the swans-pies game. Best night of footy ever!

Tough Times

Aug 06, 2018

Holden Broke, you are a deadset dropkick and a liar.
I was at the game in Block 523. No replay was shown. Not once.

Black Swamp Barracker

Aug 06, 2018

So a player is meant to have the last word on whether or not his shot for goal hits the post??? Is this just complete nonsense or is there something I'm not understanding properly?

Freo Fan

Aug 06, 2018

As a Freo Fan I actually thought Brayshaw got what he deserved after acting on Runner Up Ross's instructions to scrag, harass, push, bully and impede Gaff all day.

Lyon, the umpires and the AFL should take responsibility for allowing lesser players to unfairly and illegally target genuine ball players.

I applaud you Gaff and hope you are ok.

Mr B

Aug 06, 2018

Hi HB. Read this article. It explains why the replay was NOT shown at the ground. https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/andrew-gaff-hit-why-the-eagles-fans-didnt-see-a-replay-at-the-ground-ng-b88919265z

Ex-titus fan

Aug 06, 2018

Bad form Titus. Usually appreciate your unbias sarcasm and wit, but your comments regarding Gaff are shallow, ill-informed and decidedly akin to main stream media lynch mob reporting. Have now requested a refund to your show. I'm sure this won't even make you blink, but it makes me feel better.

Ms Dee

Aug 06, 2018

Sorry Sharon but it did hit the post. :( I was there with my partner, behind the goals and it was pretty obvious. **just for the record I am not a supporter of either team but my partner is a Crows supporter.

Wow

Aug 06, 2018

Simply wow. Thuggery is endorsed. Shame.

Anonymous

Aug 06, 2018

That would be "quite" sure I'm sure

Ubergoober

Aug 06, 2018

The third man up enabled the ball to be hit clear of ruck contests, clearing congestion.
All the ruck nomination does now is allow players more time to get to a stoppage while razor Ray preens for the cameras.
If you get the umpires to throw the ball up quicker, less congestion, faster play, everyone is happy.

Everyone on the Planet.

Aug 06, 2018

Good. You sound like a knob.

Danny

Aug 06, 2018

You've nailed it again re Gaff.

JoeTit

Aug 07, 2018

The List with Naked Womens from your City has been posted heree on : bit.Ly/CityWomens

Gareth Lewis

Aug 07, 2018

What the hell! There's been a lot of crazy stuff flying around but comparing Gaff with New York criminal violence, break ins and terrorising children...???

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 07, 2018

The comparison wasn't about Gaff and Lodge it was about the blind eye turned by clubs and the media to such behaviour. I agree the comparison is a poor example; there are way bigger thugs in the media than Gaff ever will be.

Jenny Manners

Aug 07, 2018

We cheered Gaff because someone said in our section "clap on because it's Gaff's final game". I was unaware of the incident because it takes forever trying to get a coffee at Optus stadium. So that's why I clapped and stood up to say farewell Gaff.

Jaws

Aug 07, 2018

Can't understand why Gaff had to fly to Melbourne for his Tribunal hearing, why not video link?
Stupid Melbourne media spitting the dummy that gaff was assisted by AFP. Yep, still the VFL.

Erkie

Aug 07, 2018

I was almost sick at the actions of Gaff but then I recalled a doubled over Buddy Franklin about 70 metres off the ball about 2 weeks ago. Wouldn't you love to walk up to Gillan Mac and Steve Hocking, who were watching that game, and just punch them in the guts to let them know what it's like. Perhaps then we might see not only better football but less bad habits passed down into the junior levels ?

Ex-titus fan

Aug 07, 2018

#Everoneontheplanet. And you are a fuckwit

Terry George

Aug 08, 2018

The way the media hypes the supposed enmity between Derby/Showdown etc teams I am sure that Crows or Power fans would react the same way if one of theirs almost killed an opposition player. WC Coach should not have kept playing the thug when the game was already sewn up; a red card in the most obvious and vicious instances is a no-brainer. As for the pathetic 4 day "community service" penalty (if you generously say that a game of footy equals a half a day) - if, in the real world this offence attracted such a non-penalty everyone would be on about the "slap on the wrist" Justice System. The Brayshaw family should at least be initiating criminal proceedings.

Pat

Aug 08, 2018

Definitely give eagles supporters some slack as they were totally unaware of what had happened. There was no replay and it just seemed that Fremantle players were sticking it to Gaff. I'm a Freo supporter and I was there and not aware of it either.

Bloke from the Outer

Aug 08, 2018

Ex-Tits You still here? Looking for validation?

greg-conno

Aug 09, 2018

west coast QC David Grace for gaff at the tribunal..i think we should start at the lower end for penalties
may i suggest three years..
oh ! i mean three weeks.
thats money well spent right there

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