Well, there was probably only one ugly incident out there last night…
Life after Barry Hall started well enough last night with some entertaining footy, freakish goals and nobody had their lights punched out when they weren’t expecting it! Admittedly, it was better if you were a St Kilda fan, as they scored a not-entirely convincing win over Essendon. But no Bomber appeared to rip his hamstring off the bone this week either, so it was probably a win-win!
The Bombers put in their mandatory single quarter surge of exciting footy to make life a little interesting in the final term before the Saints kicked clear again. Matthew Lloyd probably wishes that calf of his had been torn into tiny pieces a couple of weeks ago after putting in a shocker, including missing his only shot at goal at a pivotal time in the final quarter.
But, apart from Lloydy’s game and Steven Milne, there were no real ugliness in last night’s game. Will we see any today?
‘Life After Barry’ Round continues today with four matches:
THE “CAM MOONEY” MATCH
You wanna piece of me?
Skilled Stadium, Geelong – 2:10pm (local): Geelong v Sydney (TEN)
- After one of the more interesting weeks in club history, the Swans face the toughest road trip in football – down to Skilled Stadium in Geelong. What a huge challenge!
- Without Barry Hall, the man most capable of a mind explosion today will be Geelong’s Cam Mooney. He’s already a bit lucky to be playing today and his list of priors is extensive – his 2006 was particularly spectacular!
- Is it too early to wonder if the Cats can go undefeated in 2008? Well, they haven’t really looked like losing so far and if they impress against the hard-working Swans, they are almost a quarter of the way there!
- Everybody’s favourite mercurial but lazy forward Nick Davis is back to help fill the void up forward…he’s likely to either do the impossible or nothing at all! We are leaning towards nothing…
THE “JEFF FARMER” MATCH
AAMI Stadium, Adelaide – 2:10pm (local): Adelaide v Fremantle (FOX)
- Both these teams are coming off a loss so it will be interesting to see who responds the best…you would think Freo because they have had so much practice at it over the years!
- It’s not often that Josh Carr can be overlooked as the man most likely to do something stupid but if any player is likely to turn into a violent idiot, then it has to be Jeff Farmer.
- Farmer has not been smacking anyone recently but has not been playing well either – now there’s pressure on him to perform. Maybe he’ll snap…
- But it seems that Adelaide are angry about their performance last week and will aim to take it out on the Dockers. Some worked up Crows verses Farmer and Carr? Somebody is going to get whacked for sure!
- The Kangaroos can expect to face a fired-up Magpie outfit tonight…and so they should. If you just got thumped by Carlton, of all teams, you should be totally pissed off!
- Hold yourselves back ladies…Brodie’s back! And it sounds like we will see an older, wiser Brodie this time around…maybe his days of belting opponents and/or women are finally over.
- Look, everybody’s favourite recovering drug addict was spotted talking to Collingwood people again…he will definitely be the next vice-captain for the Magpies, with Jono Brown as captain (of course)!
- You can guarantee that North will play in front of a bigger crowd tonight compared to last week…even the President might show up! Not that missing last week’s game is that big a deal – if you had a choice of watching the Roos or the Cats, which would you choose?
THE “JONATHAN BROWN” MATCH
(Source: realfooty.com.au – Sebastian Costanzo)
GABBA, Brisbane – 7:10pm (local): Brisbane v Hawthorn (FOX)
- Brisbane pulled off a miracle last week while Buddy Franklin produces them on a weekly basis as the Hawks are still undefeated. All points to a great spectacle in BrisVegas!
As far as reputation goes, the only player who can really match Barry Hall for big, bad and bustling is Brisbane spearhead Jonathan Brown. He’s pretty much done it all and gotten away with it a few times too!
- Trent Croad is back for the Hawks and looms as a likely opponent for Brown. You suspect if there is any defender that Browny, a boy from the bush, would love to punch, it would be the metro-model Croad!
Sure, Browny and Daniel Bradshaw are playing well but the Lions really need some crumbers to get on the scoreboard. Particularly if Browny does end up clocking Croady in his pretty face…