Shining a light on Aussie Rules footy
THE AFL RUBDOWN | The spotlight. Whether it’s for the right or wrong reasons, if you’re an AFL player or coach you don’t want it focusing upon you.
By Will Denton
THE SPOTLIGHT. Whether it’s for the right or wrong reasons, if you’re an AFL player or coach you don’t want it focusing upon you. Obviously if you’ve just lost the unlosable to Port Adelaide, as the Kangaroos did, then a fair whack of negative candlepower has to be thrust upon you. IT WAS PORT ADELAIDE. Fair play to the Power though who have had been suffering from third degree sunburn from the said spotlight, had simply had enough death threats from angry family members and remembered how to play footy for five minutes. Spotlight 1 though, is now firmly on NMFC.
Spotlight 2 goes to Carlton. Last Monday they got towelled up by the Saints and got a lesson in working class football. This week it was the Crows who belted them left, right and centre. Blues coach Brett Ratten was unsure what to next, as his usual threat of ‘no hot stone massages for a week’ wasn’t doing the trick. Marc Murphy’s gilded shoulder went bung, Jarrod Waite lost his keys and Blues fans had strangely disappeared from the ground. The Crows however shone like a beacon and are now the team to have Spotlight 3 in their sights.
Flying under the radar of Essendon, West Coast and Hawthorn, Adelaide (for this week at least) are the team to beat. With all this energy being used, there isn’t much left for poor old Melbourne as they got humiliated further, this time by the Swans by about a million points. Yep they’re still rubbish.
Brisbane had a rare win at home, although the Giants after one win have decided to ‘tank’ the rest of the season. Saints star Lenny Hayes forgot to pack the charger for his bionic legs and had limited effect in their loss to the Eagles.
Freo forgot to pack anything including a game plan in their drubbing by the Hawks down in Launceston. Ross Lyon could only offer ‘it looked nice in the brochure’ as an excuse. Finally, the Pies got a win over Geelong although the Cats certainly are on the slide. I’m sure the toothless army will take that one though!
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