A glitch in the bizarro AFL footy Matrix?
THE AFL RUBDOWN | If you’ve come here looking for answers to the weekend’s results, think again because there are none. Either the whole world has been sucked into an alternate dimension or the footy gods are having a bit of fun up there.
IF you’ve come here looking for answers to the weekend’s results, think again because there are none. Either the whole world has been sucked into an alternate dimension or the AFL footy gods are having a bit of fun up there.
Ok, let’s try and work with the facts:
1. Richmond ground out a superb win over the Saints. Maybe a bit of a shock but hey, the Tigers are on the up and are sick of being rubbish. Fair enough.
2. Swans destroy the Dogs by 92. Sydneywere back at home and remembered how to play footy. Plus, the Dogs are rubbish.
3. Geelong eventually dispatched the Giants. After putting up a spirited first half the young bodies of GWS ran out of puff and lost by 10 goals. On the surface, about right, except for the fact that the Cats leading goal kicker was Harry Taylor – fullback extraordinaire! Just a lazy six for the bloke that usually shores up defence.
4. Gary Ablett notches up 53 possessions against the ‘Pies. That’s one more disposal than his team’s entire score and they lose the match by 97. Amazing stuff.
5. Freo not only found a way to come back, they found out where the goals were and somehow managed to score 12 of them. The Crows won as expected, although it felt like a win for the purple army as they witnessed a game plan that included an actual forward line this week.
6. Buddy boots 13 goals. Unlucky for some? No, the Kangaroos are still rubbish. Not since Jason Dunstall sported a rather luscious mullet have we seen a bag this big. His haul of 82 points was more than the entire NMFC score. Incredible.
7. Upsets. Now, usually there’s one, possibly two big surprises each week, but three in 12 hours? This where I think there has been a glitch in the Matrix. Port Adelaide totally dismantles Carlton. Although it was played on an ice rink and tarpaulins outnumbered spectators, the Power showed their fan that they can play. That and the Blues are softer than white chocolate mousse whipped by Angels. The Dees somehow figured out that they are, by definition a footy team and funnily enough got a win over the Bombers. Funny that. Finally, it seems Michael Voss’s experiment to clone himself has paid off as his team of ranga’s got a thrilling win over adder leaders, the Eagles.
Quite simply, and amazing weekend of bizarro footy.
Image - HE KNOWS KUNG-FU: The Eagles player Adam Selwood punches the ball clear during his team’s shock 16.6.102 – 15.10.100 lost to the resurgent Lion (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)