There is nothing worse than seeing your side play terrible footy, especially when you have a nagging thought in your head that they are not going to play any better: so it is for Crows’ fans this week – who are also thinking why did we pick this year to be useless and injury prone, a year when Gold Coast will get most of the draft picks.
But that’s the negative, on the positive side was a truly great game of footy between Fremantle and Geelong – a game that showed two of the greats of the game, Pavlich and Ablett, play a few rounds of “anything you can do I can do better”. Pavlich came out the winner, as did the Dockers, whose fans must be feeling like this is some amazing dream.
I’ve still got the Cats above the Dockers, because I believe in a neutral venue the Cats would be ahead; similarly I rate Carlton just above the Bombers because I’m not all that sold on Essendon and they just seem to have the wood on the Blues – also Carlton are playing without Judd, so you know they’re going to get better.
The big question is the Saints: they’ll be without Riewoldt till maybe Round 13, a huge gap to fill (and let’s be honest, they can’t fill it). It makes Jonathon Brown a short odds chance for the Coleman Medal – and you’d have to figure his odds of winning the MVP would also be pretty short (forget the Brownlow – it’s a midfielders only award).