The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (AFL Round 21 review)

The Good

The Buddy and Cyril show: On Saturday afternoon, fans at the MCG witnessed Hawthorn kick 31 goals to Port Adelaide’s 5; 14 of those slotted by the two dynamic Hawks forwards – 8 to Buddy and a career best 6 by Rioli. The match was over by quarter time, a period that saw Rioli kicked four;Franklin turned the lights out on Port in the second quarter with three through the big sticks. 

The Blues Brothers: Judd (34 disposals), Murphy (31) and Gibbs with 29 possessions were a formidable trio for Carlton against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium. The three top class midfielders including two leading condensers for the Brownlow were unstoppable around the packs with the Blues take away 18 more clearances from stoppages for the game.  Judd produced another 3 votes appearance with 17 contest disposals from the 34 gained include 8 clearances, and a goal. Eddie Betts and Chris Yarran were other standout notables.

Bicks’ stocks grow: We have seen a change in how the Crows are attacking the ball and competing overall. Interim Coach Mark Bickley must be getting greater support each game he sits in the box too. Although his beloved Adelaide outfit went down on the weekend, they went down fighting against Geelong by 11 points. Competitiveness and spirit seem to be back.

Big Bad Bustling: Since round 16, Hall has kicked 25 goals and 9 behinds; he has booted home 5 or more through the big sticks in his last four appearances.

On Saturday night against the Bombers that the Dogs went down 101-150, big bad bustling Barry notched up 15 disposals and 7 marks. On Sunday, Chrisso on Triple Ms ‘The Rub’ called for Barry to rethink his decision to hang up the boots after the 2011 season. Chrisso, my response which his on-air colleagues also said, he is in an individual purple patch and that Hall is getting out at the right time, it is his decision and he is throwing everything at each game he plays.

Magpie backs: One reason why Collingwood have a dominant record over St Kilda is due to the face that Nick Riewoldt doesn’t apply scoreboard pressure when he lines up against the black and white. On Friday night, Chris Tarrant and Ben Reid were very good and beat Riewoldt fair and square several times. Talk around the football circles is that the Saints got a fair blast from Ross Lyon about delivery to his key forward. Excuses, poor skills or just outplayed???

Special mention: The Melbourne Storm also for recording most wins ever in a season for the club. This week they take on St George; big clash.

The Bad

Mauling an un-energetic Swan outfit: What a difference a week makes;Sydney was poor in their sub-par effort against the Tigers, losing by 43 points. Swans Coach John Longmire told the media conference that his side lacked the energy from the first bounce;Sydney had 6 inside 50 tackles for the game – a sign that the pressure simply was not there compared to last week’s thrilling match against Essendon. As Longmire said, “you would have thought Richmond was playing for a spot in the finals, not us”.

ABC TV: Not the AFL but VFL in this rant. What a great game it was on Saturday between the unbeaten Port Melbourne and Williamstown. With two minutes to go and only 5 points separating the two clubs, the ABC decided to pull the plug on the game and informed viewers that if they want to continue watch, they should log onto iView…? What a joke! I don’t even expect this from Channel 7 – at least they let you watch the end of the game minus the winner’s singing the song.

Softness in the game…oh and umpires: Chris Tarrant reported for a fair and legal bump; Davey from Essendon pushed over after kicking a goal or more like taking a dive, resulting in another free shot at goal. Ben Hudson on Sunday shouted ‘WHAT’ at the umpire paid a free kick against him (although he was the man in front yet somehow was called for having his arm around the Essendon players neck)…come on AFL, umpires shouldn’t be noticed and the game is a tough sport…let the players play!

Soccer or AFL?: It seems like the Bombers are learning from each other and are taking acting classes. Alwyn Davey dropped like he had been knocked out by Iron Mike Tyson, but the punch wasn’t a punch, it was a little shove from Bulldog Easton Wood. The Bomber deserved it with the way he was acting but was smart enough however to con the umpire into a free kick. The questions should be asked to Essendon, “Do you want to play AFL or EPL?”

The Ugly

Lack of Power: It has been going on so long now that I can’t think of words to describe the situation.

ABC TV: Not the AFL but VFL in this rant. What a great game it was on Saturday between the unbeaten Port Melbourne and Williamstown. With two minutes to go and only 5 points separating the two clubs, the ABC decided to pull the plug on the game and informed viewers that if they want to continue watch, they should log onto iView…? What a joke! I don’t even expect this from Channel 7 – at least they let you watch the end of the game minus the winner’s singing the song.

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About Cameron Larkin

A passionate sports follower - AFL, Union and League, Football, NFL and NBA.

Posted on August 15, 2011, in AFL, Sport. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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