Last week saw the start of the AFL season and The Great Unveiling. Now, with Richmond and North Melbourne launching the Eureka Match on Sunday- a tribute to the Australian workers – let’s take this opportunity to celebrate some other significant events in our nation’s history. Welcome to ‘Australia You Bloody Beauty’ round!
From milestone moments to amazing sporting victories, every match this weekend will be played in honour of the achievements and endeavours that makes our friendly little island the envy of the world! Sure, we like to wee in public a bit…but we really are a great nation! And is there a better way to celebrate than with eight games of footy?
- No luck of the Irish for Collingwood tonight;
- Casualties at Melbourne, as you would expect after last week’s debacle, and veteran Adem Yze is one of them;
- Fraser Gehrig is back, ladies and gentlemen…please please please keep the beard!
- Essendon try to replace Scott Lucas while the mighty Cats find room for a first-gamer;
- After all the flak for playing a bunch of old age pensioners last Saturday, the Dockers find some kids while West Coast have a couple of rookies of their own.
TIPS FOR AUSTRALIA YOU BLOODY BEAUTY ROUND
LIONS by 18: Brisbane in a close one…provided Jono Brown is fully hydrated after last week’s game. That’s no guarantee though – we doubt that water would be Browny’s drink of choice.
DOGS by 8: Those fans who bother to turn up will be treated to a better contest than most are expecting…though it’s hard to see Melbourne actually winning.
CROWS by 25: Andrew McLeod reckons they will go on the attack this week…for our tips sake, let’s hope the wayward Nathan Bock is in defence!
DOCKERS by 26: Well…if Hawthorn win, the local media will be asking some tough questions and Mark Harvey will end up stabbing a journo in the eye with a pen! And we don’t want that to happen now, do we? Do we?
SWANS by 5: The Swans are still planning to use that grind-it-out style of play…yep, that’ll bring the crowds in!
TIGERS by 11: If this was the reaction to last week’s victory, imagine what’s going to happen if they win two in a row? Potentially, that’s a lot of wee!
THE ‘SCOTT AND CHARLENE’ MATCH
GABBA, Brisbane – 7:40pm (local): Brisbane v Collingwood (SEVEN)
Just as Scott and Charlene Robinson left the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough behind to start a new life in Brisbane, many Lions have made the same journey north; including the likes of Daniel Bradshaw, Nigel Lappin, Luke Power, Jed Adcock and the biggest name (the ‘Kylie Minogue’ if you will) of the current crop, Jonathan Brown!
Eddie McGuire has thrown his considerable weight behind the ‘Scott and Charlene’ concept by looking to turn the Gold Coast into Collingwood’s personal honeymoon suite! Yep, an Eddie idea that is good for football, great for his club and not so great for every other club…what a surprise!
Michael Voss has added his two cents worth today, claiming that the Magpies still bear some psychological scars from Brisbane’s crushing win in the 2003 grand final. We doubt that, after five years, this is a factor any more…besides – even Scott managed to get over the fact that Charlene kissed her driving instructor!
But if the Lions do have a psychological edge over Collingwood, it is probably more to do with that 93-point hiding the last time they met…