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Today in the AFL - 02/04/2008

April 2nd 2008 01:20
Kreuzer set to make AFL debut for Carlton in Round 3

Matt Kreuzer Carlton Blues

Matthew Kreuzer, aka. the player Carlton got through tanking, is set to make his AFL debut on Saturday night against the Bombers at the MCG.

It'll be interesting to see how he performs, especially considering the fairly mediocre performances of the Blues in the first 2 rounds. The kid has definite potential, potential that can only be magnified when you're starting your career next to a future Hall-of-Fame'r in Chris Judd. Whether he'll get the starting ruck job or not is unknown, but I expect him to have a considerable amount of time on the field and up forward.

I'm looking forward to this match for a number of reasons:

1. I'm curious to see how Essendon perform after a great first round and terrible second round, in which they got belted by over 90 points by the Cats. I think both Carlton and Essendon will be down the bottom of the table this year, but games between two lesser-teams are ironically more entertaining then a game between two top-tier teams.

2. I'm very interested to see how Kreuzer plays, if not because he is in my Super Coach team, but because Carlton almost gave up getting Chris Judd to land the kid. Granted, it'll only be one match, but if he's as good as everyone says he is, he should make a good impression.

Goodes gets off again

Adam Goodes Sydney Swans AFL

Goodes had his 1-week suspension for charging on Port Adelaide onballer Matt Thomas overturned after he successfully argued that Thomas was knocked unconscious by hitting his head on the rock-hard SCG surface and not by the hit by Goodes.

But, the banging of the head on the ground was directly influenced by the knock by Goodes, was it not? Doesn't this ruling set a precedent that, unless a player is knocked out, if a player performs an illegal charge they shouldn't be suspended/punished?

New Melbourne CEO heading to...Wimbledon?

If the start to Melbourne's 150th year wasn't already bad enough, word has just been released that the clubs new CEO, the well-touted and highly successful Paul McNamee, will jet-set to London to play the veterans double event in the second week of the famous Wimbledon tennis championships.

McNamee will be only 3 or so months into his job, and he'll leave, half-way through Melbourne's most important year, for a personal vendetta. That can't be right...or good.

Paul Gardner did a similar thing at the start of the 2004 season, his first year as Melbourne President, when he chose to walk for charity instead of attend Melbourne's opening game of the season. That could very well have been accepted, but McNamee's absense, half-way through the season can't be.

It may only be two weeks, but the first two weeks of the season must have felt like 2 years for Melbourne fans, as they've seen their team put in two of the worst on-field performances by the club in a long time.

I can't personally understand how a new CEO, who has been hired to help a dying club and help it celebrate its 150th year, can leave for two weeks, half-way through a season, to play tennis.

If that doesn't prove a typical Melbourne Demons stereotype, I don't know what does.


The dud of the day would have to go to the tribunal for letting Goodes get off on a seemingly bad charge on Power player Matt Thomas.

Initially slapped with a one-week ban, Goodes' suspension has been over-turned and the blame put on the hard surface.


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Comment by theadora

April 2nd 2008 03:41
I'm curious to see how the youngster fairs too.

Comment by Harry

April 2nd 2008 23:27
Can you imagine the pressure that Kreuzer must be under to perform. Good luck to him.

Though it must frustrate the top draft picks who always get sent to the dud teams. I guess the dud team of one year usually do better a few years on but still..

Why did they not play him for the first few rounds?

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