Yes, in theory no player should receive any votes for the horror show that was performed at the MCG on Saturday 30th April. But follow protocol I shall. The reality of the performance is not in the number, but in the comments that follow.
5: Castagna. He looked up for the game. He looked like he wanted to make his mark for the team. He looked like a footballer. I remember him getting the ball on a number of occasions; just trying to do his bit.
4: Jack. Well, it has to be Jack. The shame is, it was probably his worst performance of the season. The thing is the 5,4,3,2,1 system is relative, so, votes go to the least-worst players. Jack deserves votes for willing himself into the team, into selection in the first place. In other circumstances the coaching panel could have said, ‘no, we have x,y,z to replace you. You, Jack, take a week off, get yourself right.’ He played well; not brilliantly. He played for the jumper and for the pride in his own work.
3: Now it gets really difficult. I’m going with Miles. He missed out on receiving a number of free-kicks and I think was penalised for something ridiculous. But maybe not. I haven’t looked at the replay and have no intention to check for details. I saw the number 26 running around and said number seemed to be industrious.
2: C.Ellis. Very light framed; he seems like a mild-tempered man. Seems like a guy who has a cup of tea when others are going for the harder option of an espresso. He had the ball occasionally and didn’t fluff it every time. I’m not the coach, but, I’d say to him: ‘run harder, impose yourself more. Then, you’ll be a player.’
1: I really don’t want to give a charity vote. I’m tempted for Bachar or Brett or Shedda. But the problem is these three players should be fighting over the 5-4 votes not squabbling over the crumbs. Okay: Bachar it is – even though he did a nasty turnover in the last quarter, kicking on his left when he should have kicked on his right. The game was lost by then, it was just that we still could have mounted a comeback to go down by 12 rather than 30 something.
I watched the game to the bitter end, but I was in the luxury of my own home. To those who went, it must have been awkward watching ‘our’ team play so poorly and have so many, many passengers throughout. We are the summertime specialists. The club boasted of its depth throughout the pre-season oh yes, we have ‘depth’ but it is not a depth of quality. It’s a depth of mediocrity.
*I dedicate this post to JR8; he is one player who is hurting as much as us supporters.
11: Cotchin, Rance, Houli
5: Lambert, Castagna, Miles
3: Townsend, Short
2: Rioli, C. Ellis
1: Hampson, B. Ellis
Blair Hartley Appreciation Award
Anthony Banik Best First Year Player
Joel Bowden's Golden Left Boot
Greg Tivendale Rookie List Medal
Next week’s votes will be calculated by an anonymous algorithm so no human has to go through what Andy just did Joe Crawford, Launceston-based long-suffering Tiges man and glutton for punishment.