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Five reasons to watch the footy in a dud round


Martin Blake

St.Kilda's Ahmed Saad

St.Kilda's Ahmed Saad Photo: Sebastian Costanzo


OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night. But don't dismiss Adelaide versus St Kilda tonight! Adelaide is seriously good, and any game that includes Patrick Dangerfield has to be worth a look.

Dangerfield is the reincarnation of a young Chris Judd; he can win it inside, then extract himself from the congestion. He also has a leg that roosts the Sherrin from centre to full-forward. Regularly.

Giants debutant Jonathon Patton

Giants debutant Jonathon Patton Photo: Wolter Peeters

And if you hate the Crows (a common affliction in Melbourne), take a look at Ahmed Saad and Terry Milera, St Kilda's two mature-age recruits. They are excitement machines, to use the vernacular.


It's Saturday afternoon and it's cold and dreary outside. The fire's on and Jon Patton's about to make his AFL debut for Greater Western Sydney against Richmond.

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The game renews itself constantly. And just maybe Patton, 19 and 197 centimetres, the No. 1 draft pick from last year, could be another Wayne Carey?

That's a big call but Patton is a monster. So what have the Tigers got in store for him? Perhaps a little in the spirit of Collingwood's four-man attack on another No. 1 pick, Jack Watts, on his debut for Melbourne? It's surely worth a look.


Cyril Rioli and Lance Franklin

Cyril Rioli and Lance Franklin Photo: Getty Images

OK, so you've done very well. But this is where it gets difficult.

It's Saturday night and all you have is Gold Coast v North Melbourne. Granted, it's a tough sell.

I recommend a good bottle of red wine for this. Make sure it's not too cold coming out of the cupboard. Stick it in hot water in the sink if you have to. Grab the Saturday paper and have it nearby as back-up entertainment.

Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus

Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

But you just never know in footy. Maybe Little Gazza breaks the disposal record. Maybe you have him in your Dream Team?

And if you nod off, at least it's not far to bed when you wake up and your neck is hurting.


Never to be missed, this one. Quite Frank-ly (pardon the pun) Buddy could be on for another dozen or so against the Brisbane Lions. That's if he brings his best kicking boots, which is the whole point. It's his human failings that help make him the most watchable guy in the game.

Meanwhile, Cyril Rioli turned himself into a tackling machine last week. It's probably true that he doesn't do enough. We always want more, because what we see is so damned good. But in all the history of footy, has there been a player who could have so much influence with so few touches of the football?

There's your debate for a Sunday afternoon.


Not an easy sell, I will grant you, but the Bulldogs are devoting the late game against Port Adelaide to the memory of the late Charlie Sutton, who was much loved at the kennel.

I can see them getting up and doing it for Charlie, their only premiership captain-coach.

So as darkness tiptoes up to the window, remember that you get to see Bob Murphy's quick step and his spearing passes, an artist with the footy as well as the pen. There's Ryan Griffen's raw power through the hips, and Lukey Dahlhaus' floppy dreads. It's enough to … it's … Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  • Yeah, certainly not the best round. It's just a good week to have a rest and to prepare for the remainder of the season

    Julius Seizure
    Date and time
    June 15, 2012, 1:21AM
    • There is never a reason to watch football.

      Dud round ? ... Aren't they all

      Date and time
      June 15, 2012, 6:27AM
      • If you think football is dud then you must really loathe the most boring sport in the world, soccer. A game so dull the crowd has to sing and fight to keep themselves occupied. This dud round of football will probably have more excitement than an entire decade of the EPL.

        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 8:44AM
      • Thankyou Peter,

        Yes, In no particular order I find the following TV sport a waste of time.

        Soccer, Golf, all AFL, Thugby (That's the game they play in Sydney ) Thugby Union, Tennis, the bike racing thing from France .

        And I am just dreading the London Olympics and the nightly over hyped telecast of the exploint of a few little swimmer types.

        What about Art, Music, Literature, Science..... ? Far more intesting

        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 10:29AM
      • Ahh, Sven. I have read enough of your comments on football articles to have made my diagnosis. You are a closet footy fan that loves reading footy articles but you can't bring yourself to admit it. Come out and join us Sven. You don't have to hide it.

        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 1:18PM
      • Hey Sven
        How does that lemon taste? After all the sucking you've done it must have lost all its flavour by now. Let's see here - looking at paintings in an art gallery or reading books - now that'll get your heart beating fast with excitement. Without sports in your life, you must drink gallons of coffee to stay awake

        Julius Seizure
        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 1:22PM
    • Sven, pretty normal to read an article about footy, then comment on said article, if you don't like footy.

      Date and time
      June 15, 2012, 9:13AM
      • Did I see correctly, after Fri nights game there is no more FTA football for the round? Looks like I wont be watching much football at all this weekend since my team is playing interstate and I don't have foxtel. I cant justify $100 per month when aside from sport I don't like or watch TV

        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 9:14AM
        • It's actually $61 for basic +

          I've been waiting a while to get EVERY game live in I have it I'm happy to pay for it...

          The wife, on the other hand, isn't so happy about the increased couch time...

          Date and time
          June 15, 2012, 1:55PM
      • Of course, nothing can be exciting without those media darlings at Collingwood can it?

        Date and time
        June 15, 2012, 9:19AM

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