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Mike Sheahan finally gets it.

Mike Sheahan has had a change of heart.

AFL football reporter Mike Sheahan has always had a bee in his bonnet about the ANZAC DAY football match being exclusive to Essendon and Collingwood. Every year he gets on his high horse about the unfairness of the game being exclusive to these two clubs. In reply I monotonously  enter a post in this forum every year about the ridiculous notion that some people in football and other clubs think the game should be shared around to other teams.

These people including Mike Sheahan just don’t get it.

The day is so big because Essendon and Collingwood make it big. During the pre-match ceremony put on by the RSL and the armed forces, you could hear a pin drop amongst the 87,000 crowd, most with heads bent in respect of the men and women who gave their lives in defence of our country. The fans totally understand and respect the occassion. No other club could put on the show that these two clubs do with such class and distinction each year. How many other clubs could pull a crowd of 87,000 on a most miserably cold and wet Wednesday afternoon?

Of all of the other big clubs, Carlton supporters only show up when their team is doing well, Hawthorn would only pull a similar crowd if the game was against either Essendon or Collingwood, Melbourne supporters would be at the ski resorts and you couldn’t contemplate Richmond being involved. Fair dinkum, if Richmond supporters were in the trenches together they would end up shooting each other.

In the leadup to this years’ ANZAC DAY clash, Sheahan again commented on how he thinks the game should go out to other worthy clubs. My instant reaction was ‘Here we go again – Sheahan just doesn’t get it’.

After the match last night Mike Sheahan was scheduled to comment on radio 3AW and I listened intently to hear what dribble he would bleat about the unfairness of the match. Would he suggest Poor ol’ Footscray or North Melbourne should play the match? Would it be last years’ premiers to play off?

I was however pleasantly surprised to hear that after all this time Sheahan has finally changed his views. After yesterday’s fantastic occassion Mike Sheahan came on radio and admitted that he thinks the game should now be exclusive to Essendon and Collingwood since yet again both clubs put on an epic display of football and along with the RSL a top class event. It is a very refreshing change of heart from Sheahan who after 17 years of Ess/Coll ANZAC DAY clashes has finally realised that Collingwood and Essendon have earnt their right to keep this match exclusively theirs.

I don’t often agree with Mike Sheahan but I’m pleased he finally understands that the success of the day is totally attributed to Essendon and Collingwood in conjunction with the RSL and the Armed Forces.



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Welcome to my hobby horse.

Those of you who know me, will know that I justifiably indulge you with this one each year.

With the Essendon v Collingwood ANZAC DAY clash due in a couple of weeks, where the match is guaranteed to a receive gate of a conservative crowd of about 80,000, there is bound to be a club in the AFL who bleats about how unfair it is that they are not allowed to play on ANZAC DAY.

Every year, that poor ol’ bleating club is Poor ol’ Footscray.

Prepare yourselves in coming weeks for the outburst from P.O.F about how they are deprived from playing in block buster games and why they should be given the chance on the big stage.

Well let’s have a look at the last blockbuster Poor ol’ Footscray were in, as recently as one week ago, round 3 – 2010. (The year Poor ol’ Footscray are gunna win the premiership…again).

What more of a blockbuster game do Poor ol’ Footscray need than to play another “Premiers of 2010 team”, the Wee and Poo Hawthorn team? Both teams are up the business end of the ladder, yet this blockbuster game only attracted 35,600 spectators in a 51,000 capacity stadium.

Let’s look at this closely. 35,600 fans would fit in to Windy Hill in it’s heyday.

Why don’t we play the next Bulldogs blockbuster at Windy Hill for a capacity crowd?

What more incentive do Poor ol’ Footscray supporters need to gather a crowd? After all, the Wee and Poo Hawthorn team are Poor ol’ Footscray’s poor ol’ historic rivals.

Let’s look at more facts.

Poor ol’ Footscray lost to Hawthorn in their last (fair dinkum) grand final in 1961. Also Hawthorn/P.O. Footscray player Peter Welsh somehow featured in the footy cards of both teams in season 1978.

This is also the time of year when the North Melbourne (what the fark is a shinboner anyway) Kangaroos jump into the argument about how Friday night footy was taken off them. North Melbourne have just topped 18,000 members – just 17 short of Avondale Heights.

If you ask me, these mediocre clubs should put up or shut up and get their loud mouth supporters supporting their club, or they will be superceded by The Powerhouse Gold Coast and Western Sydney Clubs.


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Groundhog day at the AFL



It’s becoming boring.

Everytime there is a draw in the AFL, the reporters, press and talk back radio stations go beserk with the ‘Why do we have to have the draw’ syndrome.

As soon as the siren went in the Richmond v North drawn game, I knew we would be going into meltdown with the whinging and grissling of the AFL press who are desperate for a story…any story…

It’s the same each year for the ANZAC Day clash as well – GROUND HOG DAY. “Let’s have a phone in to see if your club deserves to host the ANZAC DAY clash” they cry.

Then they start on getting rid of the umpires bouncing the ball.

It’s boring and monotonous.

These are all fantastic parts of our unique game.

Let’s face it. I love the AFL draw. It’s tense and exciting in the last moments of the game. One team is the winner and one is the loser anyway because one of the teams has quite often blown the game (as in Richmond this year) and someone has saved their skin (North Melbourne this year).

The draw is a fantastic part of our game. I take you back to the first ANZAC DAY clash. Both sides, Essendon and Collingwood were fantastic that day. The result was a draw and we are all still talking about it.

How about my favorite. The “One more Kerna” day at the MCG where Carlton Bult, Steve Kernahan kicked for goal from Kernahan’s pocket after the siren when scores were level . He kicked out of bounds on the full! Carlton lost the draw that day, Essendon won the draw.

I’ve heard people say that it was terrible to see players so deflated after the Richmond/North game. They reckon Brent Harvey looked devastated and depressed…well stiff bikkies, I reckon. Scenes like these are part of our great game. They didn’t know whether to sing the song or not…get over it and sing the song next time you win. (In Richmond’s case, they’ve probably forgotten the words anyway).

How about caretaker Richmond Coach, Jade Rawlings  who says he would rather have lost than finished on a draw. What kind of a fool statement is that?

Receiving 2 match points for the draw has often put a new slant on the shaping of the final 8.

*I’ve heard arguments for extended time of 5 minutes for each team.

*I’ve heard of a goal kicking shootout (you might as well toss a coin or do the paper, scissors, rock thing)

*How about the bloke who suggested that the team who kicks the first goal of the match should be retrospectively awarded the win in a drawn game.

*Or the next goal wins if scores are level at siren time – I hope we’re kicking with the wind with that one…

*One idiot even phoned the radio station to suggest a replayed match after the Grand Final – the funds to go to charity…Well I’m sorry, but when I begin my AFL career, I will be on the end of season trip for that one…

Mike Sheahan’s article in Tuesday 21 July Herald Sun just about made me sick. Sheahan always goes against the grain of our game as he is just another reporter desperate to fill his press column with a controversial headline.

That idiot Craig Hutchison was at it again on Talking Footy, Monday night. “Why is ours the only sport who doesn’t deal with a drawn contest?” he bleated. Well I’ve just got one word to say to Hutchy “Soccer”. Does this bloke forget that soccer deals up a draw in most of its encounters. Soccer World Cup has a penalty shootout which rewards the team with the best full forward.

How about cricket? You can play 5 days for a draw and I’ve seen some fantastic, tense and exciting drawn contests which go down to the last ball of the 5th day.

Our game goes for about 100 minutes, if you can’t separate the combatants in that time, well so be it. Enjoy the novelty of the draw. Some of the best games in history have been draws and these are games we are still often talking about.

Fair dinkum, I’m on my soap box about this one but I’m sick of people always trying to change what is perfect.

I’ve had enough – LEAVE OUR GAME ALONE.


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