AFL Round 22 good, bad and the ugly
Young guns come out blazing
A game within a game between two of the league’s newest. Jason Tutt from the Western Bulldogs and John Butcher (Port Adelaide) provided fans from both clubs something to look forward to in 2012. The pool cue was put into the rack after quarter time as a result of a Bulldogs 10.3 to 1.0 romp. ‘King Tutt’ as he is now known as, became the 7th player in history to kick three goals from his first three kicks. He finished with 26 disposals and four majors.
Up the other end Butcher was keeping Power supporter’s somewhat content with six goals. Butcher was an exciting factor up forward after going off the ground with a knock to the head early on forcing him off the ground.
Rising Star Award…Shuey or Heppell?
Young gun Luke Shuey showed off his awesome talent in the premiership quarter. Shuey racked up four clearances, five inside 50s and kicked a goal in a brilliant burst. His ability to get the ball and effective use it was the reason for the Eagles kicking clear of Essendon. On the other hand, Heppell played with poise and put his case forward for the award with 26 intelligent possessions.
The mighty flying Hawks
There was much to play for in the game of the round on Friday night. More than 52,000 at Etihad Stadium were front row to a tenacious Hawthorn outfit that were hungrier and more efficient with the Sherrin. The Hawks dominant midfield was extremely effective in stopping Brownlow favourite Chris Judd who played well below his best. The navy Blues increased the intensity in the final period and kept coming hard at the Hawks who were able to hold on by 12 points when the siren sounded.
Leather poisoning at Metricon
No matter who your competitor is, getting 51 touches demands some attention. While this article and no doubted an abundance of other new sources will pay that attention to Scott Thompson, I can’t say the same about the Gold Coast on Saturday. In the 61 point victory, the Crow midfielder who is in All-Australian form had the ball on a string – he had 18 disposals in the first quarter, 10 in the second and 14 and nine in the third and fourth. Thompson was two touches shy of Diesel Williams’ record. My question is why Bluey McKenna didn’t put a young player on to quell Thompson; it would have been valuable to do so in allowing a midfielder to learn and test themselves.
The Baz and Boyd show
Barry should’ve announced his retirement in round one, the Dogs would that way won a few more games. Hall is in outstanding form and continued on where he left off last week with six goals. Captain Matthew Boyd is another who is able to hold his head high this year. Boyd kicked a career-best three goals to add to his 39 touches.
When the game was up for grabs on Sunday afternoon it was Tiger midfielder Trent Cotchin who put his hand up. He led from the front and put through an important major which started the run for Richmond.
The Kangaroos midfielder put on a show again Fremantle, picking up 30 touches and laying 8 tackles.
The Bad & the Ugly
Although they got the four points, Sydney was atrocious in front of the big sticks kicking 23 behinds for the match. At one stage the Swans kicked 10 straight behinds.
A Blue day
Carlton let slip a top four finish and double-chance opportunity with the loss to Hawthorn. As mentioned earlier, the Hawks wanted the ball more when it counted and in the end Carlton left their run too late.
I listened to Dockers Captain Matthew Pavlich on channel 7’s football show on Sunday morning and all I heard was excuse after excuse after excuse, although he said those aren’t excuses for their performance…huh? Fremantle were taken to school by the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium and flew back not with a win, but a 98 point thrashing. Their effort was extremely poor they will most certainly feel the wrath of Mark Harvey on the training paddock this week. The loss takes Fremantle’s record at Etihad to 14 losses from the past 16 games at the stadium.
It was a bad weekend for several players who in a weak effort took their eyes of the ball instead targeted their opponents illegally including using the elbow. Come on, that isn’t tough, that’s weak and uncalled for.