Paul Medhurst receives a medal for getting the hell out of Fremantle!
Anzac Day celebration – great. Footy game – fizzer! Unless you are a Magpie fan, of course. That’s the wash-up of yesterday’s events as Collingwood destroyed Essendon at the MCG in the traditional Anzac Day game. Former Docker Paul Medhurst took a liking to the big occasion and the mostly unchallenged supply of ball to win the ‘James Hird’ medal for best-on-ground, in what must have been his proudest day since he boarded a plane and left the basket-case that is Fremantle behind for good!
Former Essendon golden boy James Hird spoke golden words to the Bombers before the match but the magic faded after about half an hour or so. Matthew Knights lamented his side’s poor showing during his post-match press conference, even throwing in the word ‘plethora’ at one point – going to show we are definitely in a post-Sheedy world.
But at least the news can only get better for Knights from here…or not!
The other match last night did not have the tradition of Collingwood-Essendon but it least they had a true contest. Actually, the Fremantle-Geelong game was a classic! Down 25 points at the last change, the Cats tore the hearts out of the locals to steal victory by one point. Freo skipper Matthew Pavlich had the chance to be the hero with a set shot at goal in the final minute but guess what happened…
It’s like Geelong couldn’t lose right now if they tried! Mark Thompson certainly felt that his side didn’t deserve to win…and that news would not have pleased a clearly bewildered Mark Harvey. Harvs wouldn’t have been in the best of moods before the game had he watched his old mob get towelled up by a guy who could still be playing for Fremantle. Instead, he has a team sitting on one win and instead of Medhurst, he has Chris Tarrant doing…whatever it is he is doing!
‘Medals For Everyone’ Round continues today with three matches:
THE BRENDAN FEVOLA MEDAL GAME
MCG, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): Carlton v Adelaide (FOX)
- Adelaide may have won seven of the past nine encounters with Carlton but the Fev shocked the locals in 2004 when he kicked seven goals, including that ridiculous match-winner (see video), to secure a famous upset win in Adelaide.
- Fev is kicking arse at the moment and will be out of contract at season’s end…but the Blues aren’t rushing out to sign him up again just yet…
- Carlton coach Brett Ratten hopes that playing at the MCG gives his side an advantage against Adelaide, having won there the past two weeks. Yes – but before that, the Blues lost games at the ‘G…a shitload of them too!
- This is no joke – the Crows have been practising half-time breaks at training…including running on and off the ground! Apparently, the coach is not happy with the way Nathan van Berlo cuts up the oranges…
- Brett Burton is a massive wrap for a trio of young forwards at the club…though only one of them can actually get a game and he’s on the interchange bench!
- Quinten Lynch has struggled for goals so far this year but after snagging five in the last meeting against the Dogs, and seven in a semi-final against them in 2006, it might be his time to shine.
- Problem is…Chris Judd and Ben Cousins are no longer there to create goal scoring opportunities and Daniel Kerr gets a little more attention these days!
- But it’s ok – the Eagles are not panicking about their bad start to the year…they are ‘re-evaluating’. So remember, the next time you get hit by a car…don’t panic, just re-evaluate your life status!
- A couple of Bulldog veterans are right to play again after Scott West and Brad Johnson missed a couple of weeks…the difference being that West sat in the stands while Johnson missed games but attempted to play at the same time!
- Aker’s latest rant calls for the end of the drawn result in footy because there should always be a winner and a loser in sport. But as long as Aker is around, there will always be a loser!
THE CHAD CORNES MEDAL GAME
Eyes on the prize, baby…eyes on the prize!
AAMI Stadium, Adelaide – 7:10pm (local): Port Adelaide v St Kilda (FOX)
- And you just know that Chad would love nothing more than having a medal named after him! But he’s earned that honour by averaging 27 touches a game in six outings against the Saints since 2004.
That figure includes a measly 12 possessions in the preliminary final of 2004…and we all know what happened there!
- Port Adelaide are ready for a verbal onslaught from the Saints and mouthy skipper Nick Riewoldt. And with the Power expecting Riewoldt to line up on a wing, those fans on the outer side might want to cover their ears!
Nobody should be surprised that the League’s new golden boy was not called into question regarding his verbal on Andrew Lovett last week…or that Michael Voss bagged him at the first opportunity!
- Steven Baker is straight back in after another lengthy suspension…how long until he is straight back out again?