September 07, 2003


Fatal magpie attacks are happening all over the place. Last night’s Collingwood-Brisbane match was one of the great finals, although AAP’s Mike Hedge doesn’t get defensive strategies:

In perfect, calm conditions, the 60,000-plus crowd didn't get a lot for its money.

Man, what game was he watching? Most people at the ground would’ve paid double the ticket price just to see Alan Didak’s final-quarter goals. By comparison, the two matches that accounted for the West Coast Iggles and the Fremantle Shockers didn’t look like finals at all. Neither does today’s Swans-Port Adelaide mismatch, with the former Premiership favourites currently 40 points down at half time.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 7, 2003 05:24 PM

I remember being tormented by a solo maggie on my daily morning walks to the bus-stop. Used to miss the bus sometimes because of the darn thing.

Good to see young Alan relishing the moment. Slavs have always made excellent atheletes.
Guess I'm barracking for the Pies now since the 2 WA teams are out.

Posted by: Clarke Kent at September 7, 2003 at 05:56 PM

Didn't get a lot for their money? This sounds like a guy who wasn't there commenting on the final scores. Last night was one of the best games this season without doubt. It was a hard-fought battle with neither side giving so much as an inch to the other. At various times Lynch (Bris) and Buckley (pies) were brilliant not to mention Tarrant, Voss and as Tim mentioned, Didak's skillful last quater.

Given I'm a Bombers supporter this is *really* saying something about the quality of the game and how enjoyable it was.

Miss Noosa on the other hand wants to hand Buckley and McEverywhere their heads on a plate but you get that from Queenslanders.

Sydney just kicked Pt Adelaide's arse so it's Essendon vs Sydney next week at the G.

God, I love Finals Footy.

Go the Bombers!

Posted by: Jake D at September 7, 2003 at 06:43 PM

Swans to defeat Magpies in the Grand Final. I'd like to see that!

Posted by: The Mongrel at September 7, 2003 at 07:14 PM

Hey Mongrel,

May your testicles expand like a pair of Sherrins and explode.

Go Bombers!

Posted by: Jake D at September 7, 2003 at 07:31 PM

Not that I'm a one-eyed bomber fanatic or anything. I'm just suggesting a Essendon-led Fatwa on all non-Victorian clubs. I'll see you driven into the sea yet you bloody lions!

Posted by: Jake D at September 7, 2003 at 07:34 PM

Jake D, it's the Mighty Bombers vs Port Adelaide in Adelaide next week. Lets hope history doesn't repeat itself as I seem to remember Port losing their first final last year and then knocking the Bombers out the following week :(

Go Bombers!!

Posted by: Sil at September 7, 2003 at 08:54 PM

Yeah had myself arse-about Sil. Got too excited. Bloody Miss Noosa has those dogs as her "second" team. I'll never hear the end of it if it's a Lions vs Port Grand Final. Hang on, I'm so very lazy this week, can port and the lions get in for the GF?

Go Bombers!!!

Posted by: Jake D at September 7, 2003 at 09:24 PM

i dunno, the swans v port turned out to be a pretty tense game toward the end. it would've been great value, had i been able to make it to that half-filled stadium.

Posted by: adam at September 8, 2003 at 12:08 AM

Loved the comment from Hudson during the game: "The crowd is turning ugly." Turning?

Posted by: tim at September 8, 2003 at 12:10 AM

Am I the only one who watches Port matches hoping to see Pickett or Wanganeen shirt-fronted?

Posted by: ZsaZsa at September 8, 2003 at 12:54 AM

The Pies rock and will crush any opponent in the Grand Final this year. Mike Hedge, who finds no joy in a Pies win in a close match could probably find nirvana in a nil nil soccer match.

Posted by: swassociates at September 8, 2003 at 01:14 AM


Posted by: Patrick at September 8, 2003 at 02:40 AM

You Aussies need to hear from an Amurrican about Footy like I need to hear about ... well, about something but your dang Footy has become my second favorite sport (college basketball is still #1 in my world).
I've become a Pies fan after learning of Tim's affiliation (affliction?) and watching the whole season as it was broadcast on my local independent public TV. Heck, I even donated to them just because they're the only ones who carry Footy.
But the thing that strikes me about Collingwood is how the players don't dither. They take their mark, turn around and move the ball. I watched a Hawks game where it seemed every time they had a mark they couldn't figure which way to kick for agonizing periods.
Didak, Rocca, the lot of 'em are great to watch.
I need to buy some black and white gear!

Posted by: Ric at September 8, 2003 at 11:41 AM

It's pretty fucking simple Timmy, it wasn't a game of great skill ... you can tell that by reading the whole story...

But in perfect, calm conditions, the 60,000-plus crowd didn't get a lot for its money.

By three-quarter time only 13 goals had been kicked, there had been extraordinary periods when neither team came within shouting distance of the posts.

Player after player ran into open goals and missed, and rarely have players whose teams finished first and second on the ladder fumbled and stumbled as frequently.

The lack of basic skills was emphasised in the final term when, within a minute of each other, Magpie pair Richard Cole and then Scott Burns missed simple shots in front of goal, either of which would have put Collingwood in front.

Posted by: Merkin at September 8, 2003 at 02:50 PM

Fatal magpie attacks are happening all over the place.

I wonder what Alfred Hitchcock would think?

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson at September 8, 2003 at 03:10 PM

He'd think I'm glad PETA doesn't exist yet.

Posted by: pooh at September 8, 2003 at 05:57 PM