Getting a bit too big for their AFL boots
THE AFL RUBDOWN | It’s happened again. The golden cliché that all clubs are supposed to live and die by has claimed some major casualties, and they don’t get much bigger than Collingwood and Essendon – falling victim to the most ancient rule in competitive team sports – ‘ONE WEEK AT A TIME’.
With Will Denton
IT’S happened again. The golden cliché that all AFL clubs are supposed to live and die by has claimed some major casualties, and they don’t get much bigger than Collingwood and Essendon. These two armies got a wee bit ahead of themselves in Round 15, falling victim to the most ancient rule in competitive team sports – ‘ONE WEEK AT A TIME’.
The Pies arrived at the G on Friday not to discuss team structures but where exactly the best Taco’s are in Fitzroy. Bucks already had his most condescending speech prepared for his presser, with a final comment inquiring if a first year coach wins a flag, do they get automatic induction into the AFL Hall of Fame. Eddie was going to play the cruellest of practical jokes on Stephen Kernahan, by breaking into his house and wrapping a Carlton scarf on the toilet roll holder for when he arrived home. One thing Collingwood didn’t do though was play footy versus the Blues, who were about as switched on as a Russian guard dog and about as brutal. Oh and wasn’t it ugly for the 50000 or so Pie fans questioning ‘you’s blokes are supposed to be good at footy and that’. The Blues are now suddenly back on the radar and if they don’t get sucked into the vortex that Brett Ratten’s ears have created from the external pressure, they should be ok.
As for the Bombers? Well the idea to trial a clash strip that consisted of grey instead of black has resulted in a toxic cloud of burned polyester gases so big, some disorientated Essendon fans attempted to find a job. Again, the players fell victim to believing the hype and Hirdy’s decision to book a personal hair stylist for everyday in September, looks a tiny bit hasty. Credit must go to Saints though as they too look like seeing some finals action.
GWS on the other hand, will be having a bit of free time during finals as they got completely and utterly destroyed by the Hawks. It was almost unwatchable but like a car crash, you just simply couldn’t look away. Kevin Sheedy said he learned a valuable lesson after a 162-point loss, stating that it is possible to build a Lego Millennium Falcon during a football match.
The Suns gave Geelong a bit of a scare, although the Cats were super excited about the trip to Wet and Wild afterwards.
Swannies flogged the Lions, Crows won the derby and Freo – with the ugliest half of footy ever – somehow beat the Doggies. And so begins the race to September…
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