Dockers Sunk, Eddie Wishes He Was Drunk

The measure of a good season is usually told by the up-ended expectations left in its wake. There’s nothing worse than a predictable season. Though Fremantle, Richmond and Collingwood fans might beg to disagree, given their current predicaments. With seven rounds played, the 2016 season shapes as a potential cracker.

The measure of a good season is usually told by the up-ended expectations left in its wake. There’s nothing worse than a predictable season. Though Fremantle, Richmond and Collingwood fans might beg to disagree, given their current predicaments. With seven rounds played, the 2016 season shapes as a potential cracker.

Of course, the biggest surprise so far has been the sinking of the Dockers. The side that began last season 9-0 now sits 0-7, and if you fancy them to beat the Hawks down in Lonnie you’d get extremely good odds. That would be 0-8, then.

Theories abound about this unprecedented collapse: the wearing effect of Rossball on the players, new rule changes causing fewer stoppages, the opening up of play due to the reduced interchange cap, you can take your pick. Whatever the cause, Fremantle haven’t just hit the wall, they’ve head-butted it. And the whole club appears to have concussion.

Tiger and Magpie fans won’t be shedding too many tears over the Dockers. They have enough problems of their own. When these clubs over-promise and under-deliver, they can rest assured two of the most excitable supporter groups in the league will let them know. And boy, are they letting them know. Eddie McGuire sounds like he’s ready to deliver Hamlet’s soliloquy any minute now. Nathan Buckley will just be hoping he doesn’t end up like Yorick.

Things aren’t any happier at Tigerland. Should they lose, as expected, to Sydney this week, they’ll sit 1-7. A fourth finals series in a row would then look a forlorn hope. The microwaves of Melbourne might start filling with Richmond membership cards, once again.

On a happier note, long suffering Demon fans finally have something to smile about. At 4-3, they sit just outside the top 8. And they’re even kicking lots of goals! Not a thing said too often in the past about Paul Roos coached teams. In the next unlikely event, MCC members will be caught plotting socialist revolution.

But if you really want a dose of happy, just find yourself a North Melbourne supporter. With seven wins under their belt, and upcoming games against the Bombers and the Blues, the Kangaroos look good things for a 9-0 start of their own. This would break all club records. Can the oldest playing group in the league defy expectations? Is Boomer Harvey going to play until he retires on the age pension? Stay tuned, Roos fans.

However, to be the King, first you must kill the King. Yes folks, a little team called Hawthorn might still think they will have the final say in all of this. The younger, faster teams have been worrying them this season, but they still sit handily placed at 5-2, with the drowning Dockers to come. They haven’t given up hopes of matching Jock McHale’s four-in-a-row Machine just yet. Supporters of the Cats, Swans, Bulldogs and Roos won’t sleep soundly until the Hawks are slain.

And wouldn’t it be just like Hawthorn to spoil the surprise?

by Butler on the Ball

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