Well cricket over... for the time being anyway.Circus play starts this weekend I think.But Ashes returned after a 2/2 drawn series.Not much more to say.
MMMMM where to from here.Always gets harder this time of the year to write stuff.O/S cricket finishing,generally and footy finals have arrived.Not as many games to chat about.
But Basketball was on I opened up about lat week.As I said then not a real fan of the game, but the Aussies were up and running back then.But sadly they came to a screeching halt come finals.Beaten by the Spaniards, I think it was, to force them into play off for the bronze medal with France.Again the wheels fell off.Some say biased refereeing.Some say they choked at crucial times.I am no expert so will leave it to others to make their own mind up,.
Women's cricket, has been in play as well. The Aussie girls are belting the living day lights out of all and sundry at the moment. Well done girls. Keep it up.
The WAFL big dance this Sunday.Game is being played at Optus.I hope they can get a good crowd to help it look like there are people there.Subi will be defending their flag against South Fremantle.Souths are the only team to beat Subi this year,so hopefully it can be a good hard close game.But I have fears that Subi will successfully defend their crown.
Of course the main footy story, other than the finals, has been the Willie Rioli saga.Will he or wont he be banned.But all that aside, just how silly was he to tamper with the sample.Regardless of whether he panicked or not.It seems pretty ominous that ASADA have said that tampering with a sample, is worse than returning a positive sample.
But It will be a shame if his talent is lost to the game for four years.Though no doubt he will cop some form of penalty.
But here we are a week and bit from the big dance at the G.First there were eight, now at prelim finals time and down to four.After Saturday,two.
It should be a good set of finals this weekend. Tonights game should be a clinker.And Saturdays game is a must win for the Neeshies.
Friday night.PF one.MCG.
Tigers V Cats.
The Tigers have struck finals form at the right time of the year.They have beaten the Lions twice in recent weeks.Had the bye last week so should be well refreshed for this one.They have battled for a long time during the season with injury, but have covered themselves very well with bit players.But now, at the pointy end , they have recovered some of their better players.It seems that all are in good form. but Dusty Martin has been superb over the last few weeks.Back to his Brownlow best.Always a hard player to stop, even when not playing well.But so many good players, playing well, it is hard to just point the finger at just one player.
The Cats had a goood win against the side that a few weeks back, were the flag favourites, the Eagles. They may struggle with the big out of Tom Hawkins after a stupid act 100 metres off the all.He copped a one week ban.So he and the Cats will be hoping for a victory in this one.Joel Selwood and Patty Dangerfield played very well for the Cats last week and the club will expect the same this week.
I have a feeling that the Cats would have to play out of their skin to win this one.I have a feeling that the Tigers will run all over the Cats in the final term, winning by 37 points.
Saturday evening.PF two.MCG.
Pies V Giants.
The Pies have won their last four, including a smashing of the Crows.They appear to be in very good form and have players in good form.Sadly they will miss Gordon DeGoey due to hamstring injury.He has returned from Germany where he under went surgery to fix, or hopefully fix the problem. He will be missed for sure, but the return of big man, Ben Reid, could just add the different way they go forward.Giving them a big target up front.Elliot and Stephenson could benefit from that move.
The Giants, have been ferocious the last few weeks.Brutal in their attack on the ball and the man with the ball. Sadly they, and the game in general will miss the presence of Toby Greene, suspended for........... well who knows.But the decision was made.
If they bring the same ferocity to the game, then the Pies may struggle.I am not sure they appreciate the tight tough hard stuff.
Cameron and Finlayson , could be the key to the Giants success.But having said that, how good was their defence last week against the Lions!!They had the game in their back half for 905 of the time.Yet time after time the Giant backs, repelled the Lions.An amazing defence.But can they keep playing with that intensity!!
I have a feeling that the Giants may just strangle the Pies with the rough and tough play.Keep it in close and tight .A lot of body on body.
I am sticking my head in the noose here and going for the smokey of the finals.Giants by 21 points.
Well all over for another week.Only one more, maybe two to go for me on footy.
Have a great weekend and may your tips go well.Also may your team win as long as it isn't the other mob.