We really need more beards in footy – great work Frase!
With all the great unveilings this week, the most impressive debut of round one must surely go the Fraser Gehrig’s new beard. Is it eligible for a Rising Star nomination? Just goes to show that even in the twilight of your career, beaten up old footy players can try new things and still have growth in them.
Let’s pray the beard stays when the big fella runs out for the Saints again…hopefully, accompanied by a nice Bruce Doull-style head band. Celebrating 150 years of football in style…
Anyway, three more opening round matches were played yesterday. Just in case you spent the whole day trying to catch a glimpse of Nicole Kidman’s underwear (and what self-respecting Australian wouldn’t be up for that!), here’s what happened:
- Collingwood look similar to last season – committed, team-oriented, promising group of kids. Fremantle also look similar to last season – flashes of brilliance amongst numerous brain explosions, Pavlich racking up the stats, Tarrant looking pretty but playing awfully. No surprise in the result then…
- Currently, St Kilda is two points up at half time over Sydney with the score 51 to 49 at the main break. But this third quarter is taking a long time to get underway. Wait a minute…that’s a full time score? Oh. I guess that means when Ross Lyon was saying “It was ugly”, he was actually talking about the match and not Fraser’s beard!
- The West Coast Eagles win without Cousins and Judd, celebrate with nice fizzy drink. Jono Brown kicks six for Brisbane but he really needs some help from a goalsneak or two. But there is an even bigger problem for Browny…it sounds like both sides will be hitting the fizzy drink this week!
THE KURT TIPPETT MATCH
Telstra Dome, Melbourne – 1:10pm (local): Western Bulldogs v Adelaide (FOX)
- But if they are looking for inspiration, they should look no further than 300 gamer Brad Johnson. The guy ranks right up there with football people in the know…and he scores highly with the ladies as well.
Kicking goals has been the issue for Adelaide, especially since Trent Hentschel twisted his knee all manner of sideways in 2006. But after standing out in the NAP Cup, former basketballer Kurt Tippett will debut today…is he the answer to Neil Craig’s prayers?
Would Neil Craig even pray? He strikes us as favouring science over religion. He’s probably more of a materialist, for whom everything is matter and energy interacting within space and time…anyway, we digress…
Former Crows Ben Hudson and Scott Welsh must have fallen asleep during Neil Craig’s team meetings because he is not too concerned about any insider knowledge being passed on. We suspect they weren’t the only ones…
THE CYRIL RIOLI MATCH
MCG, Melbourne – 4:40pm (local): Hawthorn v Melbourne (FOX)
Hawthorn emerged last season as a team on the rise so there are great expectations for this club in 2008. The lead-in to this season has been far from ideal and discipline has been identified as a key factor in how far they will go. It shouldn’t matter today though…
Today marks the Great Unveiling of Cyril Rioli, who was touted as an exciting talent well before he was drafted. He, along with Cameron Stokes, caught the eye in the preseason and if they can fire next to football stud Buddy Franklin, look out!
Stuart Dew is another debutant for the Hawks today, returning to football after leaving the game to pursue another passion – eating. To his credit, even his club are surprised how well his fitness has improved so there will be even less of Stuart to unveil today.
Hawthorn may be optimism city…the Dees are far from it. They might have a new coach and are blooding some new players but the club itself is in an awful state. The auditors are telling them to raise some money or it could be curtains – they really need to sell a shitload of 150th anniversary collectables!
So, do they have anything going for them? Well, they have a new CEO who was good at tennis once upon a time and Cameron Bruce kicked two goals against Williamstown last week…well, it’s something!