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Round Two – Some Things Never Change

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The moment when the new rushed behind rule won me over…

Tough questions being asked of good teams after just two rounds, youngsters making the most of their opportunities, off-field indiscretions (not just by footballers either) and the Fremantle Dockers stinking up football grounds all across the nation. These are just some of the AFL footy norms that occur year after year…and 2009 appears to no exception.

One element of the game that does appear to change every season is the rules but even that creates the traditional argument about the laws of the game and whether all these damn changes are necessary and why don’t they just leave the game alone! But the evidence after two rounds is that the implementation of the rushed behind rule will be a big success.

After some dodgy decisions in the equally dodgy NAP Cup, the opening round saw a reduction of rushed behinds and produced some exciting passages of play in the defensive fifty…mainly because the players didn’t quite know what to do when under pressure close to goal! I thought that once the players and/or coaches figured out how to exploit the rule, it might not have much of an impact. But when Ed Lower swooped past a hesitant defender inches from the line to kick a goal early in the last quarter of yesterday’s Bulldogs-Kangaroos game, it absolutely won we over.

The fifty-metre penalty for dragging down running players after disposal…that’s a different story! But another of footy’s norms is that the League cannot get everything right…

The Games:

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Shall we call him Logan, Weapon X or Wolverine? Brendon Goddard and the Saints take out the Crows…X-Men style!

The St Kilda bandwagon was already starting to gain momentum but it might get out of control now after finishing all over the Crows in Adelaide on Friday night. Chuck in Trent Hentschel’s knee and the Nathan Bock affair…what a shit weekend for the Crows!

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The Prez looks at the scoreboard and then vomits a little bit in his own mouth…

President Eddie looks worried here but the Pies eventually recovered to win handily. But if they had lost, would Media Eddie have told President Eddie that he should bring Kevin Sheedy to Magpieland…just like he did with Richmond last week? Hopefully, we can look forward to just one week when we don’t hear a peep from any of the Eddies…fat chance, right?

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Don’t worry Terry…you will probably feel much, much, much flatter than this later on this season!

You just got flogged by Carlton, have rarely beaten Geelong and then gave the Cats one heck of a fright down at Kardinia Park. And you feel flatter now than this time last week? Does he mean flatter in the stomach because he punched out a shitload of abdominal crunches all week? No, apparently not. Who should be feeling flat right now…Brad Ottens, that’s who!

The Sydney Swans had a planmust have worked ok. The Hawks have now suffered their first loss on the “Morale Victory” competition ladder but, unfortunately, the reigning champs have yet to register a win on the real ladder…you know, the one that counts for something.

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Browny is spitting chips…and that was before he got reported!

According to the back page of the Herald Sun, The Mighty Blues crushed the Lions to remain unbeaten after two rounds. Apparently easy wins against Richmond and holding off a late fightback against Brisbane at home makes you a ‘mighty’ team…imagine all the adjectives they could use if they actually beat a team that finished in the top eight recently…

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Sure, it’s not a pint of Guinness but young Irishman Michael Quinn doesn’t seem to mind having a drink tipped on his head!

Speed Kills…and coaching Fremantle can’t be good for your health either! Essendon take care of the Dockers to win their first of the season, forcing Patrick Smith to make shit up about another team this week. But what was more amazing – that AFL novice Michael Quinn made such an impression on debut…or that Kevin Sheedy never actually recruited and played an Irishman in all his years at Windy Hill?

The Western Bulldogs eek out a close one against North Melbourne, though the Roos pressed them all the way – and kudos to Mark Robinson for not using the mythical Shinboner Spirit to describe the effort. Can’t have been easy…  Dean Laidley should be a little worried about the form of Brent Harvey though…as am I. He’s killing my fantasy teams!

Daylight savings time has just ended and looks like the Eagles may have wound back their clocks further than one hour…try about three years! West Coast win big against Port Adelaide but relax Power fans – you may have lost the football game but you are still the toughest talking team in the whole comp!

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Is It Over Yet? (AFL Trade Week)

Robbie Warnock is hoping that Freo and Carlton can shake hands on a deal this afternoon. Pffft! Yeah right…

Maybe today we will see some action! The AFL trade week winds up this afternoon at 2pm and after a week of prognostication, stalled negotiations and token mediation, a small number of uncontracted or unhappy or just plain unlucky players might have a new footballing home. Or they might not…

This traditional all-talk, little-to-no-action period has played out as expected. Many possibilities arise after all the clubs get together on Monday; including the obligatory name that nobody expected to be available…and that’s because he was never really available anyway but it will sure motivate the guy over preseason. Then it is three days of waiting, waiting, waiting…with a media throng bigger than you see at most post-match conferences waiting breathlessly for something, anything to happen.

But with next season’s AFL draft compromised in order to funnel promising young kids to the Gold Coast, all club want to hold onto their picks, especially the first-rounders…so we might have even less player movement than usual. Look out – here comes free agency!

Port Adelaide have provided the only real shock of trade week so far…they actually finalised a deal yesterday. That’s Thursday – a full day before the deadline. Talk about breaking ranks…they must have put their clocks forward one full day instead of one hour for daylight savings last weekend!

The time is right in Adelaide…but what day is it again?

Which leads us to today…and a few hours of frantic bargaining followed by a myriad of complaints from player managers that the whole trade scenario needs an overhaul – preferably to a system that allows them to score more commission money by closing more deals and with less stress. Oh, the poor things…

So, will Fremantle cave in to Carlton’s underwhelming demands for ruckman Robert Warnock? Is the kid really that good to warrant all this attention in the first place? And if we didn’t hear the funny story about Melbourne attempting to get him to join the Dees via the power of the Powerpoint back in August, would we even know the kid’s name?

And what about Ryan O’Keefe? Will the defending premier really be able to make room for the All Australian calibre forward to join Buddy, Roughy and Cyril? Or will he head to Carlton…or the preseason draft? Will the Swans get anybody in return? If they do, it won’t be Andrew Lovett and it won’t be Brad Green. Will Farren Ray escape from the Dog’s kennel? Will anybody be brave enough to go to Adelaide?

Guess we will have to wait until approximately 1:59pm today to find out…