Well, let me tell a story about a man names Jed! In doubt before the match, the young Lion kicked the winning goal in Brisbane’s narrow win over Collingwood in the opening match of Australia You Bloody Beauty round last night. The win clearly delighted coach Leigh Matthews, who treated us all with a post-siren double fist-pump in the coaches box, which is always nice. Meanwhile Mick Malthouse, believe it or not, is unhappy with a group of League officials. Is this man ever happy?
But Jed Adcock was the hero of the night. Clearly, he was drawing on the awesome psychological power of a match played five years ago which he had nothing to do with…well, that’s what he will tell Michael Voss anyway.
AYBB Round continues today with four matches:
THE ‘STEVEN BRADBURY’ MATCH
MCG, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): Melbourne v Western Bulldogs (TEN)
- Bradbury was the rank outsider in the final of that event and given no hope of winning…much like the Demons after they were absolutely crushed by Hawthorn last week. Can they ‘do a Bradbury’ today?
The Bulldogs came up with their own Bradbury-style fairytale finish last week against the Adelaide Crows, relying on their opponents (well, Nathan Bock) to fall over with the line in sight. Interesting to note that even if the Doggies pull off a miracle again, the trademark celebration of one particular Dog has been put ‘on ice’!
- Just like this winter Olympian, the stereotypical Demons supporter loves heading off to the snow…usually preferring to spend their weekends on the slopes rather than watching their under-performing club in action. Another big loss today and their supporters may as well just move to Mt. Buller for good!
Bradbury was also well known for his distinctive hair style…a tradition being upheld in spectacular fashion by Demons fullback Nathan Carroll. In the fashion stakes, both boys are gold medal performers!
THE ‘INDIAN PACIFIC’ MATCH
AAMI Stadium, Adelaide- 2:40pm (local): Adelaide v West Coast (FOX)
The pride of South Australia will host the powerhouse from Perth in a tribute to the completion of the Trans-Australian Railway in 1917, providing an important transport link between Western Australia and the eastern states.
- The railway includes the world’s longest stretch of dead-straight track (478 km, if you don’t mind!) and the Indian Pacific rail service makes the 4352km journey from one end of the country to the other. 4352 km…that probably about as far as the Magpies have travelled for away games in the past fifteen years!
- In a gesture of goodwill for AYBB Round, the Eagles elected to take the rail journey from Perth to Adelaide for the match against the Crows. They left on Tuesday and managed to squeeze in training sessions during stops at Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta.
The connection between the two states is strong, particularly with their disdain at the arrogance of Victoria, but it was only enhanced in 1994 when the Crows traded with Fremantle for a young Andrew McLeod. It started a chain of questionable player deals from the Dockers but both the Crows and Eagles loved it!
- West Coast have another link to Adelaide – electing to hand an AFL debut to draftee Brad Ebert. The Ebert name is massive in South Australia and the Crows were questioned when they overlooked the kid in last year’s draft. The locals will be quite unimpressed if the kid looks the goods today.
A cultural movement in this country during the first half of the twentieth century, the six o’clock swill was the result of legislation that bars would close at 6pm so the men would get back home to their wives.
As a result, the workers who finished at 5pm had one hour in which to consume as much beer as they could before closing. Kevin Rudd would have been horrified!
- The Saints were selected to play in this tribute match due to their long-time party club reputation, particularly during the heady days of the St Kilda social club. But the modern day Sainters are also well represented in the swilling stakes.
- Carlton’s link to alcohol is very strong and the Blues were the obvious choice for this contest. The name alone is probably enough but also consider that businessman John Elloitt had control over the brewery and the footy club at various stages. But, of course, he’s lost control of both entities and his mind…but who doesn’t love listening to his carry-on!
- Then, of course, there is this guy…
THE ‘AMERICA’S CUP’ MATCH
Subiaco, Perth – 5:40pm (local): Fremantle v Hawthorn (FOX)
- The challenge of winning the cup was famously bankrolled by entrepreneur Alan Bond, who went on to have a few legal problems. The guy was also, briefly, president of Richmond…establishing a tradition of corporate crime and football club presidency that is still alive and well today.
Because of the Alan Bond link, Richmond would have been the preferred option to take on the Dockers but were already committed to the Eureka match…plus Kane Johnson’s effort would have guaranteed a spot in the Six o’clock Swill match!
So, why the Hawks? Well, it’s all thanks to Prime Minister Bob Hawke – who famously announced that “Any boss who sacks a worker for not coming to work today is a bum!” straight after we claimed victory in the early hours of the morning.
- And, in the tradition of the winged keel, we have some controversy with Fremantle expecting some negative, perhaps even illegal, tactics against the human sailing mast, ruckman Aaron Sandilands. Here’s hoping the tactic is Campbell Brown and his sharp fists contesting the ruck by standing on the shoulders of Luke Hodge!