AFL Round 18: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- The St Kilda small forwards – Milne and Schneider had a night out with Milne slotting 8 through the big sticks while the former Swan (Schneider) added 5 to the tally.
- Adam Goodes – dominated and again showed why he is a Brownlow Medallist with a career-high 34 touches of the Sherrin, including 10 marks and kicking 2 goals. Goodes was instrumental in the third and deciding quarter, lifting the Swans over the challenge from the Western Bulldogs.
- The Navy Blues – More than 74,000 people saw Carlton annihilate Essendon on Saturday night. The crowd were witness to possibly the mark of the year which resembled former Melbourneforward Shawn Smith;Walker rose to great heights when he leapt onto Bomber, Jake Carlisle’s shoulders – there was a sit, a twist and a ever-lasting memory for those with their cameras. That wasn’t the only highlight in the 153 to 79 victory – step on up Eddie Betts. The small forward with the biggest shorts in AFL booted 8 goals with a potential goal of the year.
- Juddy – The two time Brownlow medallist was best afield and ‘should’ be awarded the three votes. The great man finished with 33 possessions, 12 tackles and 1 goal. Further and more importantly, he again demonstrated his ability to bring his teammates into the game – Judd was involved in 7 other goals throughout the night.
- Geelong & Allen Christensen – The Cats started well in the first quarter against Richmond but really turned it on in the second period and continued to tame the Tigers. A key player was young gun Allen Christensen had the ball 26 times, 6 tackles, 2 goals, 2 clearances, and 6 insider-50s – Rising Star nomination coming up!
- The WA Derby– Thrilling game…1 point the difference at the final siren…Dean Cox 42 hit-outs and 22 disposals and in doing so was awarded the Ross Glendinning Medal.
The bad, the ugly:
- Adelaide Crows – ugly! 3 goals in a game of top grade football…come on that is pathetic. It was Adelaide’s lowest score in its history. Although the players must take a large chunk of the blame, Neil Craig now must be getting his CV ready for next year as his team slumped to their 8th loss from the last 9 weeks.
- Fighting fury we’re from Tigerland –Richmondhad 1.4 on the scoreboard when the half-time siren sounded in very good conditions. Hardwick let go many when he joined the club and several players will be a little nervous at the end of the year.
- More Scully talk – If the CEO says he hasn’t signed, report that, take him on his word and see how it unfolds…stop bring this up Journos! If you want to write gossip, apply for New Idea magazine.
- Melbourne’s ability not to get the ball – Hawthorn dominated the Demons on Sunday at the G; they finished with 113 more disposals thanMelbourne(408 to 295) with 63 per cent of their possessions uncontested.