We let them kick six goals today, Bruce…I’m pretty pissed off right now!
What is it with these coaches who seem happier to win by one point rather than 100 points? Alastair Clarkson played down Hawthorn’s 104-point drubbing of Melbourne in round one, at pains to trot out the old “it’s only round one” line. Rodney Eade is similarly understated after the big win on Saturday…he seemed happier to rely on Nathan Bock missing a set shot to scrape through their opening round match!
Then yesterday, Geelong makes mincemeat out of Essendon in a frighteningly lopsided contest, prompting calls that the Cats are better than last year and everybody else should just give up now. Yet Geelong coach Mark ‘
Bomber Cat’ Thompson only wanted to focus on how much his side had to improve! Well, that other team did kick a couple of goals here and there…you can’t have that!
The Bombers actually thought they were half a show after running over the top of the Roos last week and Matthew Knights spoke about developing a ‘dare to win’ attitude with his side. Though when you ignore the best midfield in the business, you could be asking for trouble. In retrospect, he probably should have ‘double-dared’ them!
So having spanked the Bombers, what’s next for the mighty Cats? A home game at Skilled Stadium…against Melbourne. Forget the mere spanking, this could get pornographic! We are talking X-rated – if Demons Dean Bailey is looking to add some experience to his team, he should consider playing Paris Hilton!
In other results yesterday:
- Sydney kicked how many goals? 22…in just one game? You’ve gotta be shitting me! No wonder Mark Williams is lost for words. Maybe Paul Roos is right – that all those nasty people who said the Swans were boring can go to hell!
- In the Eureka match, North Melbourne, playing after a six day break, defeated Richmond, playing after a ten day break. Laidley says his break was too short, Wallace says his break was too long. Maybe they should have a chat to their union rep…
- Wayne Carey’s dad delivers the verdict on his son – he’s an idiot! Perhaps try checking out tonight’s interview on Enough Rope and draw your own conclusion.
Coming up this week…
Western Bulldogs v St Kilda: The Saints have yet to lose a match of any kind this year – can they get over the 2-0 Dogs and set up a blockbuster with Geelong next week?
North Melbourne v Hawthorn: Both clubs should be thankful this game is not being played in Launceston!
West Coast v Fremantle: Two surly coaches, one hungry media pack – the off-field battle this week could be more intense than the on-field stuff.
Brisbane v Sydney: The two northern state clubs may each have derby matches of their own in the future…but the locals aren’t that impressed with the way the AFL has gone about it.
Essendon v Carlton: The Blues haven’t won since June 9th 2007 but even during this period of ‘rebuilding’, they are usually good for one beating of Essendon per year…usually in dramatic circumstances!
Geelong v Melbourne: Can we just call this game off now? Seriously, there’s no need to play it – just give both teams the weekend off and spare us all the embarrassment.
Richmond v Collingwood: Last week, it was the League officials – this week it’s the umpiring department. Honestly, why the hell is Mick Malthouse so pissed off all the time? Rich club, competitive team…is that not enough?
Adelaide v Port Adelaide: So the Power could be 0-3 if the Crows beat them this weekend? Wow, the Showdown may have just got a little more feral…if that is even possible!
The best of the weekend reading:
- Given the choice, Queenslanders prefer rugby league to AFL…wow, what a big freakin’ revelation that is!
- An AFL game in India now? Do you think the League’s international push is determined solely by the type of restaurant Andy D visits?
- Stuart Dew out for a month with a hamstring tear…but he took the bad news very well – probably because he started drooling when the club doctor said ‘ham’…
- Awesome – who doesn’t love a good footballer-gastro story!
- Karl Langdon (remember him?) wants to see Adam Selwood and Des Headland go at it again in the upcoming derby match. After last year’s dramas, hopefully Troy has some new material…