Happy Birthday Rocket! (Round Three – Hate Ya Guts!)

Happy Birthday Rocket

You remembered my birthday! Awww shucks, you boys are sooo nice…

At quarter time last night, it appeared that Hate Ya Guts round would start with a fizzer. With big names like Riewoldt, Koschitzke and Gehrig towering over their opponents, the highly-fancied Saints were firing and the Dogs couldn’t buy a goal or a free kick. 3AW caller Rex Hunt even pronounced the game as being over (via his ‘Fat-Lady’) after just fifteen minutes – for what its worth (um…not much).

But, as we all know, a lot can happen in four quarters of footy – which is why games are not played on paper, nor in the mind of delusional loud-mouthed fishermen! With Ryan Griffin running amok and Jason Akermanis packing more junk in his trunk, the Dogs went nuts for the next three quarters to remain unbeaten and celebrate another milestone in style – coach Rodney Eade’s 50th birthday.

Gee, the Dogs love a milestone game – Rocket Eade last night, Brad Johnson in round one…who’s turn is it next week? It must be Scott West’s 50th birthday soon!

Hate Ya Guts Round continues today with four matches:

THE “LIVING IN THE SEVENTIES” MATCH

Living In The Seventies

Telstra Dome, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): North Melbourne v Hawthorn (TEN)

THE “DALE KICKETT MEMORIAL” MATCH

Give Him One!

Subiaco, Perth – 2:10pm (local): West Coast v Fremantle (FOX)

THE “WE USED TO WIN STUFF” MATCH
EssendonCarlton
MCG, Melbourne – 7:10pm (local): Essendon v Carlton (TEN)
  • A true rivalry, Essendon and Carlton have been at it for over 100 years having played each other 226 times, the Blues holding a 117-105 edge with four draws. The Bombers have won 10 of the 19 meetings in finals, including the 1993 grand final by the ‘Baby Bombers’.
  • With sixteen flags each, Essendon and Carlton share the record for the most VFL/AFL premierships. Nowadays, wins are a lot harder to come by..and premierships? Maybe next decade!
  • But of all the Essendon-Carlton clashes, the one that every fan talks about (or runs away to quietly convulse in the corner) is the 1999 preliminary final! The Blues will no doubt draw on that for inspiration – well, there has been little else to celebrate since then.
  • Except for any time they beat Essendon, which usually occurs once per year despite Carlton’s recent woes. Last year’s meeting was no exception – the Blues recording the biggest comeback in their long history to win by under a goal. So you can bet something crazy will happen today!

THE “IT”LL DO UNTIL EXPANSION” MATCH

NSW v QLD

GABBA, Brisbane – 7:40pm (local): Brisbane v Sydney (FOX)

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