Hands off fellas – all these balls are mine! (Source: Getty Images – Quinn Rooney)
Ah, the hatred – so therapeutic! Hate Ya Guts round is done for another year and apart from a few exceptions, the weekend delivered quite a few top games with plenty of argy-bargy. That Essendon-Carlton game, even though it was entertaining and high-scoring, really lacked the intense hatred that traditional and bitter rivals should feel for each other. No punches, no reports…what in the world is wrong with these guys?
Thank goodness for the Western Derby and the Showdown! Those games were brutal, compelling and the hatred was always evident – great games!
But it seems there may have been an unsavoury incident during Friday night’s Bulldogs-Saints match where Hate Ya Guts round turned into Grab Ya Nuts round! There may be trouble for Robert Harvey (the last person you’d expect to be grabbing people there!) after the umpire received a complaint from Jason Akermanis (the last person you’d expect that anyone would want to grab there!)
Good luck to the League officials who would have to investigate this one…bags not inspecting Exhibit A! And for those of you who were wondering, the television footage of the incident was inconclusive…meaning that they couldn’t find anything. Obvious joke, yes – but it needed to be said.
In other results yesterday:
- The Showdown in Adelaide had everything – injuries, reports and a nerve-wracking finish before the Crows went on to win by a goal. Yet to win this year, Port coach Mark Williams wants to take a glass half full approach…but that all depends on what substance he uses to fill the glass!
- Collingwood smash Richmond in the first half and then cruise to victory – but, yet again, Malthouse is unhappy about something or other;
- Melbourne shock the football world, lose by only five goals to the Cats down at Geelong. The loss was as good as a grand final win for the struggling Demons – so much so that they are now on Mad Monday!
A few stories floating around today:
- Which former Demon is here to save the day? It’s Jim Stynes! He’ll need more than the luck of the Irish…
- Tom Harley hopes that Nathan Ablett might consider returning to football after watching the flag being unfurled on the weekend. Yep, nothing like a good unfurling to make you want to pull on the footy boots!
- Dean Laidley apologises for complaining about inappropriate umpire behaviour after Jeff Gieschen stayed up until two in the morning to review the match. He found that the umps were just as inconsistent and annoying as any other week!
- If you are a footy-geek and play Super Coach or Dream Team, you are probably sweating on the fitness of big Dean Cox!