Pain’s Talking Points – Round 6
1. North Melbourne fans
This isn’t relating to every single North fan, as like any club there are the good and the bad. But for those at the club’s game on Saturday night against Gold Coast, my question to you is why. Why would you boo an AFL legend in Gary Ablett? There was no big hit off the ball or a comment during the week to the media to spark such a reaction, so what reason could there be to boo a legend of our great game. Hopefully the booing is an outlier and not the norm, as ‘Gaz’ deserves much better.
2. Jump off the bandwagon, the Tigers have crashed back down to Earth
After a 5-0 start that had some Tigers fans dreaming of a top four finish, the 76-point beatdown it took at the hands of the Adelaide Crows should quell such fantasies. The Crows at Adelaide Oval is tough for any side (they have a 66-point winning margin average at home this season), but given the club’s bright start, this performance was the Richmond of old. Coach Damien Hardwick said the Tigers had “a lot of passengers” in the loss. A Round 7 battle against reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs should give everyone a clear indication as to who the real Richmond are.
3. Pick on someone your own size
Toby Greene’s much publicised hit on the Bulldogs’ Caleb Daniel earnt the Giant a two-game ban and should hopefully help him curtail his, at times, appalling on-field behaviour. Most AFL fans like when players are aggressive and toe the proverbial line, but Greene’s actions in the last two weeks have gone too far. To punch a player taking a mark well after he’d taken control of the ball in Daniel was cowardly, and anyone arguing in Greene’s defence is defending an indefensible action. Let’s hope for the sake of the game that we don’t see this type of the behaviour on the field for a very long time.
4. From champs to chumps
No one can argue the success that Hawthorn and Sydney have had in the past decade plus, but you could be forgiven for forgetting it when you look at how both clubs have performed in 2017. They have one win between them and sit 17th and 18th on the ladder respectively. A combination of injuries, loss of players and just general poor play has left many questioning if this is the end of tremendously successful eras for both clubs. The Swans should get their first win in Round 7 against Brisbane, which if the Hawks lose to Melbourne, could leave them bottom after seven games.
5. Chewy on ya boot!
No one can argue that Joe Daniher possesses the potential to be one of the game’s best forwards, but if he is to become a complete player and reach his prime, his kicking will need to drastically improve. His 1.6 with one out of bounds against Melbourne in Round 6 was dreadful, given most shots were within range and not at a terrible angle. Daniher’s kicking and inaccuracy doing so has almost become like a broken record among the media, but it is an issue that needs to be corrected. If he can reach at least a 50 per cent set shot accuracy then he will become a superstar of the game.