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Today in the AFL - 03/04/2008

April 3rd 2008 00:59
Dockers have no respect for Eagles

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According to Peter Sumich, one of the West Coast Eagles assistant coaches, the Fremantle Dockers have no respect for, and don't rate, the Eagles. This comes up quite coincidently in the lead-up to the local derby at Subiaco this weekend. Both teams have struggled to open the season, the Dockers more-so with two fall-away loses.


There are a few ways to look at this allegation by Sumich. He could purely be basing this on personal opinion and the feeling he gets from Fremantle people. He lives in Freo and therefore probably has a decent understanding of the fanbase and club. As Eagles coach Chris Worsfold said in reply to the allegation from Sumich, it may have everything to do with personal opinion and perception. It may just be a feeling that Sumich has.

If that feeling is correct, who are the Dockers to say they have no respect for the Eagles, one of the most successful sporting clubs in Australian sporting history? The Dockers have achieved nothing since entering the league in 1995 and have already lost their two first games of the season. If there is any sense of cockyness towards the outcome of this game, it should come from the Eagles who have every right to demand respect.

If Sumich actually heard this from a Fremantle Dockers employee, well that only makes the matter worse for the Dockers. How can a club with no wins and no on-field success claim that they don't rate the Eagles? On what grounds do they base that lack of respect? The fact that the Eagles have won three premierships in just over 20 seasons and appeared in five Grand Finals? Or perhaps the fact that they've appeared in the finals in almost every year they've been in the league?


However, I might be blowing this whole thing out more then it's worth. Sumich could just be suggesting this based on the feeling generated within the Fremantle community. I personally hope that's true, because if Fremantle have somehow purposely insinuated that yes, they don't rate the Eagles, then they probably need to have a long hard look at themselves and start achieving things on the field.

Craig: Carey is welcome to come back to Adelaide

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It would have been pretty difficult to miss the sometimes cringe-worthy and fairly unattractive (anyone see Carey's white shoes?) interview between Andrew Denton and Wayne Carey on Enough Rope a few nights ago. Even if you missed it, you'd have to have been living in another galaxy to not know about Carey's recent troubles and admissions to alcohol and drug abuse as well as frequent law abuse.

Now, it seems, Adelaide Crows coach Neil Craig has offered Carey some conflicting advise for the fallen star: return to the roots that made you famous.

I can understand and respect that Carey needs help. Anyone who saw that interview should be able to comfortably admit that Carey looked like he was either lying his backside off throughout or has strongly convinced himself otherwise of the truth. If Carey wanted to somehow generate some public affection through that interview, he failed. All he did was increase the publics perception that he is a violent, arrogant and abusive man who needs some serious help.

Craig has stated that he would welcome Carey with open arms if he came to Adelaide for help. I don't think that would be a suitable and wise thing to do. Personally, I think it was the environment of playing at a professional football club that drove him to be the person he was today. Granted, he may have had a rough childhood, however, his celebrity status allowed him to become well-known, physically large and mentally confident. Celebrity status has a powerful way of making a person feel as though they are invincible. Would allowing Carey to return to a club that employees 17, 18 and 19 year old teenagers, who only just learning to adapt to a celebrity lifestyle, be of a positive or negative affect?

I'm not saying that the Crows should shut the door in his face should he never go back, but if he needs to do anything, it's not return to a club that housed his problems that he self-inflicted in Melbourne.

First thing's first, he needs to be a man and the "hero" he's meant to be and face court in the US. He claims that the police officer's report was a lie. Why would a police officer who had no idea who Carey was, make up a story like that? Either way, he has been charged and if he is ever going to fully recover from his problems, he needs to man-up to his disrespectful actions against the community and go to court in the US.

I could blabber on and on about what Carey needs to do to fix his life, but there's one thing he needs not to do, and that's have anything to do with the public eye, including an AFL club in any capacity. He needs to rest, face up to his actions and admit to his wrong doing.

Carey's performance on Denton clearly showed that he has strongly convinced himself that everyone is against him and that he never did anything wrong. In order to fix a problem, you need to be able to admit there is one.

DUD of the Day


The Dud of the Day goes to anyone who doesn't put money on the Demons paying $34 against the Cats. I mean, seriously, are that Cats that much of a shoe-in............

.......come to think of it, yes, yes they are.

Honestly though, if Geelong loses, it would be hard not to think about the possibility of Geelong players putting money on the Dees and rigging the match.

Question of the Day

From Paul M.

Who's a better player: Pavlich or Franklin?

The two player a similar yet different type of game. Still, I'd have to say Franklin. I'd pick him everyday of the week. Pavlich, like the Dockers, is too inconsistent. He can be a superstar but has never truly reached his potential. Still, he's a fantastic player.

As for Franklin, he'll have to be quietly thanking the Gods that Mark Williams was out most of last year. Had he not been out, Franklin wouldn't have gotten as much opportunity as he did. Franklin is a superstar of the highest caliber and will only continue to improve. He'll lead the Hawks to a flag, I'm sure of it.





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Comment by Tyronne

April 4th 2008 00:45
How can the Dockers possibly have no respect for the Eagles? Sumich must mean people joking (in the usual way they do about sport) on the streets of Fremantle.

Comment by Sefski

October 5th 2008 03:59
you reckon Freo have no respect for the eagles? Pfft, every second comment that comes from the eagles is something about their premierships won by drrug takers and players decades ago. and now this

"If that feeling is correct, who are the Dockers to say they have no respect for the Eagles, one of the most successful sporting clubs in Australian sporting history? The Dockers have achieved nothing since entering the league in 1995 and have already lost their two first games of the season. If there is any sense of cockyness towards the outcome of this game, it should come from the Eagles who have every right to demand respect. "

Sounds like no respect for the dockers to me...

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