It’s like Marilyn Monroe standing over the same manhole cover.
Now, here’s a few notes I picked up on, and a bunch of others about the ‘Granny’.
A Similarity in both of Nat Fyfe’s Brownlows
On the night of his first win back in 2015, a West Coast player was awarded Mark Of The Year for a mark in Round 9 (Nic Nat).
Last night, he won again, and a West Coast player was awarded Mark Of The Year for a mark in Round 9 (Liam Ryan).
Patrick Cripps polled more votes under Brendan Bolton than he did under David Teague.
He had 18 up to Round 11, then polled 8 after Round 12.
What I think this shows is that David Teague clearly has no idea how to use Crippa, and it’s making me question why Carlton decided to appoint him full-time.
Hawthorn had the most individual vote-getter(erer)s
You’d think teams like Geelong or Brisbane (Who had the most team votes with 90 apiece) would get this, but nope, it was Hawthorn, who had 14.
Their highest poller was Jaeger O’Meara with 11, followed by Ricky Henderson and James ‘Worpedo’ Worpel on 10.
They had 67 as a team, which was only the 10th most for teams.
Dawson Simpson polled a vote
Yes, Dawson Simpson polled a Brownlow vote.
You probbaly have no idea who Dawson Simpson is, so I’ll simply describe him as an injury riddled ruckman from GWS who sadly won’t feature on Saturday.
In the Giants’ 72 point win against the Bombers in Round 1, Lachie Whitfield polled 3 votes for his 30 disposals and 7 marks, Stephen Coniglio polled 2 for his 31 disposals and 2 goals…
And then Big ‘Dorse’ polled his first career vote for his mighty performance of…. 8 disposals, 32 hitouts, 3 tackles and no goals.
The Giants lost the hitouts… and the clearances.
Dean Margetts did umpire that game, showing his strange decisions aren’t confined to Eagles games.
If you ask me, this will sit on a par with Jon Dorotich getting 2 votes for a game where he finished with 3 disposals, or when Lou Richards gave Robbert Klomp the TV for best afield in a night series games at Waverley… for his 6 kicks and 1 mark.
3 West Aussies finished in the Top 5
Fyfe (From Lake Grace) obviously won, Patty Cripps (From Northampton) finished in Equal 3rd , and Tim Kelly (From Perth) in 5th.
Of course I should also point out needlessly that Fyfe and Cripps are Old Aquinians… like me.
This Sandgroper thing also happened in 2014, when Matt Priddis won, Fyfe finished 2nd, and Buddy Franklin finished 4th.
Other than that, it’s pretty rare.
Last Year’s Top 3 polled a grand total of 7 votes
Tom Mitchell didn’t play a game, Angus Brayshaw didn’t poll a vote… and Steele Sidebottom put them both on his shoulders.
Fyfey is the first player to win the Brownlow in the same year as his coach getting the chop since Robert Harvey in 1998
On that occasion, Stan Alves got sacked from St Kilda on the morning of the Brownlow.
And just a reminder that this is today’s West Australian front page
60% of the front page dedicated to an ‘Exclusive’ poll that was probably voted on by Kwinana residents, and barely 1/3 of it to some Fremantle spud who had the minor achievement of becoming the first Sandgroper to win 2 Brownlows.
And compare it to the Herald Sun, which is low-grade toilet paper at the best of times.
Fantastic stuff, and the Rioli news today has sprayed that stupid shitty poll back in The West’s faces, quite fittingly, like smoke from a bong pipe.
And here’s a few other AFL-related Tithbits for today.
My only thought on Willie Rioli testing positive for cannabis
Well, it’s a quote from the fabled American life coach and part time ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith:
STAY. OFF. THE. WEEEEEEEEEEDUH.
Grand Final umpires
Shaun Ryan, Matt Stevic….. and Razor ‘Raymond’ Chamberlain.
I imagine Razor will be visibly annoyed if Toby Greene eye gouges someone, because all the eyes won’t be on him blowing his whistle incessantly.
Premiership Cup presenters
GWS already confirmed Kevin Sheedy would be the individual to present the Cup if they were the team to win on Saturday, and instead of asking Sheeds to do the same thing if they won, Richmond have gone from the edge of left field with their choice.
Maureen Hafey, the wife of late master coach ‘T-Shirt Tommy’ Hafey, quite fittingly on the 50th anniversary of the Tiges’ 1969 Premiership, the 2nd of the 4 flags he coached the Tiges to in 7 years.
It wasn’t a call made purely on her association with Tom and his 4 Premierships with the Tigers- Maureen is a Richmond Life Member, and among other things, started up the first Richmond women’s supporters group ‘Hafey’s Ambush’ back in the ’60s.
Hopefully Saturday goes a bit better than the first game the Tigers played after Tommy passed on in 2014…
Paddy Ryder nominated St Kilda as his trade destination
If Paddy wants to experience finals heartbreak and frustration at a third club, then St Kilda is the perfect destination.