Trade Period Final Week: Day 2 Wrap – Hickey and Hombsch head home

Jack Hombsch is back in South Australian colours, albeit different ones, after being traded today.

After the tepid stalemate that was Monday, the trade rivers began to flow today – but the floodgates haven’t opened just yet.

Two trades were done today as the Saints got one of the two big men they were aiming for, and Port Adelaide pulled a surprise coup to snatch two players from the clutches of the Greater Western Sydney camp.

Although the documentation wasn’t officially lodged, the Tom Hickey to St Kilda deal was completed in all other manners this afternoon. The Saints had been chasing Hickey throughout the trade period, but were reluctant to give up the first round draft pick Gold Coast were asking for (having already given up their other first round pick to GWS). In the end, both sides got what they wanted – the Saints giving up pick 13, their Brendan Goddard compensation pick, as well as picks 37 and 57 for Hickey, pick 26 and pick 47.

St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen and Gold Coast equivalent Marcus Ashcroft both expressed their happiness at the deals. The Saints have a 201cm, 21 year old back-up for Ben McEvoy while the Suns have a pick back inside the top 15 after trading their pick 2 for 17 year old Jack Martin earlier in the trade period.

While that deal was expected to come to a conclusion at some point this week, there was one that wasn’t by most of the football community. Port Adelaide grabbed what appears on paper to be an absolute bargain, snagging 19 year old key defender Jack Hombsch and NT Zone selection Jake Neade from GWS for pick 29.

Hombsch, an SA native, wasn’t really talked about as a trade prospect, but it appears more has been going on behind the scenes than we realised. Ken Hinkley’s arrival at Alberton has been well welcomed, with two possible replacements for ex-players Troy Chaplin and Danyle Pearce coming shortly after they departed.

No news from the Giants camp as to why they seemed to let Hombsch go apparently cheaply, but expect more to be revealed in the coming days.

The Kurt Tippett and Cam Pedersen deals had another slow day, with the latter possibly even going backwards. After receiving a worse than expected compensation pick for losing Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers, Melbourne might not have enough to offer the Kangaroos to get the Pedersen deal across the line. If a deal can be done with the Lions for Stefan Martin then it might be back on, but currently it seems clubs are at an impasse as for how to proceed.

While on the Demons, it was reported that delisted Port Adelaide midfielder David Rodain was seen touring their facilities as Victorian clubs look to see if he is worth scooping up as a delisted player.

North Melbourne still have quite a few deals alongside the Pedersen trade that they are looking to get done also. As well as looking at homesick Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs, they have made inquiries about Gold Coast half-back Taylor Hine. Add to this departing players Matt Campbell and Cruize Garlett and it seems set to be a busy few days at Arden St.

No news on the West to East and vice versa crossings (Koby Stevens of the Eagles and Jamie Cripps of the Saints) came through today either.

Join Bigfooty News for the last three days of what will no doubt be a hectic race to the finish line in the 2012 trade period.


Trade Period Final Week: Day 1 Wrap – No progress for big men


Jesse White’s future is in limbo after Adelaide turned down a deal with the Swans as part of the Kurt Tippett trade.

The first day of what we expect to be a frenzied final week has concluded, but it was a case of all quiet on the trading front today as clubs assembled their decks.

The main news today was in fact a case of no news, in two cases. The first was that after rejecting Sydney’s offer of Jesse White and their first round pick late last week, Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett talks once again stagnated. It’s understood there is, of course, plenty going on behind the scenes, but White remains in limbo as the Crows picked up Angus Graham last Friday while White was in South Australia.

Tippett and the Swans will be desperate to get a deal done lest he slip to the pre-season draft and get snapped up by Greater Western Sydney, but as each day ticks over it becomes more and more intriguing as to how events will eventually unfold.

The other ‘news’ was the no-show of Gold Coast Suns players at their first pre-season training session today. Josh Toy, rumoured to be heading back to Victoria and Tom Hickey, rumoured to be going to the Saints were both not with the group as they took to the track on the Gold Coast. It adds credence to the rumours and we can expect deals to be done if parties can come to a deal. The Saints do not want to part with a first round pick for Hickey, but it seems that’s what the asking price from the Suns is as it stands.

Greg Broughton, the Fremantle defender, was another name bandied about in the rumour mill today. Broughton has had success in defence for the Dockers but suffered badly when shuffled around positionally during the 2012 season. Port Adelaide are believed to be the front runners after losing Troy Chaplin to free agency and delisting Jacob Surjan; the 26 year old Broughton would be a handy replacement to bolster their defensive stocks.

It’s also believed the Saints have expressed interest, but their sights remain firmly set on grabbing Hickey and luring West Coast defender Mitch Brown over.

On that front, there was no movement from the ‘will not be traded’ position by the Eagles today. If St Kilda can manage to get him over they will no doubt pay a hefty price, and it’s unlikely any deal involving Brown will also involve homesick young midfielder Jamie Cripps.

Finally, the fallout from the compensation picks awarded for free agency has not been a good look for the AFL, with Hawthorn and Adelaide fuming for receiving barely anything for what they believed to be quality players. Brian Cook of Geelong and many members of the football media are joining the chorus to abolish the picks, saying that rewarding teams goes against the player oriented movements of free agency.

As the week goes on heading to the final deadline of 2pm Friday, there will no doubt be scrambling to get deals done. Join BigFooty News each evening for the wrap-up.

Cats End Saints’ finals hopes

GEELONG    5.3    11.9   11.13    18.15  (123)
ST KILDA     3.2     6.5    9.12      11.15   (81)

Geelong have survived a third quarter slump and held of St Kilda to win by 42 points effectively ending the saints finals run.

The Cats came in as favourites and produced a first half that was worth of that title. However, after the half the came out as a different and far less impressive team.  They were unable to kick a goal in the third quarter as the Saints closed the gap.

After a poor start the Saints took it up to the Cats in the second half but terrible accuracy meant that they could never pass them. In the end Geelong were too good and pulled away.

Hawkins is becoming one of the premier forwards of the competition

Geelong were yet again led by Tom Hawkins who continued his brilliant form. He equalled his personal best of six goals and would have kicked more if not for a lack of supply in the third quarter.

He was accompanied by Corey Enright who was one of the few to put in a four quarter effort. His desperate defending helped keep the Saints at bay. In the midfield James Kelly was the best of the bunch with  his 27 disposals and 11 tackles.

As for the Saints Lenny Hayes continued to defy any sign of aging gathering 26 disposals, 15 contested. Steven Milne was also at his opportunistic best kicking four goals to make up for St Kilda’s struggling talls.

Geelong, true to their form of recent weeks started the game strong. Taylor Hunt started red hot kicking the first two goals. St Kilda pulled two back against the flow before the Cats asserted their authority with another three, two of which went to Hawkins.

In the second quarter Milne opened the scoring but it was Hawkins who took the game by the throat adding two more while monstering the St Kilda defence. Yet again the Saints kept in touch through their small forwards Milne and Saad but then the Cats stepped up. They kicked the last four of the half and victory looked certain.

The balance of the game changed after half time. Geelongs ascendency all but disappeared as their dominate defence turned to water and their forward line became impotent, unable to kick a goal.

The Saints pounced on the weakened Cats constantly sending the ball forward but their inaccuracy cost them. St Kilda kicked 3.7 for the quarter meaning that they were still behind at the final change.

The first goals of the last was all important and the Saints not only snatched that but the second as well putting them within a point.  Just as Geelong looked like they were to be overrun, they flicked the switch and piled on the last seven goals of the game showing that they have plenty left to say in 2012.


3) Tom Hawkins

2) Corey Enright

1) James Kelly

 Hawkins 6, T Hunt 2, West 2, Motlop 2, Podsiadly 2, Stokes, Murdoch, Mackie, Chapman
St Kilda: Milne 4, Saad 3, Geary, Armitage, Goddard, Schneider

Hawkins, Enright, Kelly, Duncan,  J Hunt, West

St Kilda: Hayes, Milne, Goddard Gram, Saad


Geelong: T. Hunt (broken nose)

St Kilda: Blake (ankle) replaced in the selected side by Stanley; McEvoy (broken nose), Stanley (ribs)

Jonathan Simpkin replaced Joel Corey at three-quarter time
St Kilda: Adam Schneider replaced Justin Koschitzke during the third quarter

Official crowd: 38,169 at Etihad Stadium


Doctor doctor, give me the news

WHERE and WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Friday, 17 August, 7:50pm

How the footy cycle turns, it was only 2009 when these two sides clashed in a memorable Grand Final, yet in 2012 sitting 7th and 10th, this is a must win clash for both teams just to make the eight.

All the interest in the lead up to this game will be on the fitness of each club’s spearhead forwards Tom Hawking and Nick Riewoldt. Both will no doubt be given until the very last moment to prove their fitness from their concussion/knee injuries respectively, although you think if they do play the lack of mental agility from Hawkins may be a lesser loss than the diminished running ability of Riewoldt.

The two clubs have played 207 times, with the current tally 124 to 83 in favour of the Cats. The Cats have won the past two meetings of the two sides (both in 2011); and the teams have split their twelve matches at Docklands six apiece.

The Cats had been ominously charging towards September with victories over Essendon, Adelaide and Hawthorn – in the game of the year, before their close loss to the Eagles after losing spearhead forward Hawkins early in the game.

Steve Johnson was near unstoppable in the first half, but faded in the third quarter, but was able to cover the loss of the rested Kelly and racked up 32 disposals and ten tackles. The emerging Allen Christensen also found plenty of the ball, and Motlop and Stokes proved handy up forward to cover the loss of Hawkins.

The Cats footy manager Neil Balme said he was confident the Cats would be boosted by the availability of Joel Corey, James Kelly and Trent West. The availability of West is particularly timely to come in to replace injured ruckman Orren Stephenson, who broke his hand against the Eagles on Friday night. Paul Chapman was restricted to light training early in the week and will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness, as will Hawkins who trained with the group on Tuesday.

Cats captain Joel Selwood will also play after having to plead guilty for an incident that was nothing more than sibling rivalry.

St Kilda will be sweating on the return of their skipper Nick Riewoldt, who sustained an injury to his right knee against the Demons. Riewoldt is the Saints leading goal kicker, and focal point – with 47 goals, and a marking target for 131 of his side’s forward entries this season. In the skipper’s absence, former Eagle Beau Wilkes was able to chime in with a career high five goals against the demons, and will be expected to provide similar scoreboard pressure alongside Justin Koschitzke on Friday night if the skipper doesn’t come up.

Nick Del Santo and Leigh Montagna have been busy of late, while Brendon Goddard and Lenny Hayes have been workman like, but yet to capture their previous stellar form and will have to lift if the Saints are any hope.

Clint Jones and Farren Ray were both late withdrawals before the demons game, but are expected to return after strong form in the VFL.

If both Hawkins and Riewoldt were to miss, the Cats have had Podsiadly, Motlop, Stokes, Chapman, Taylor, Johnson and Duncan all kick multiple goals in matches, while the Saints could welcome in promising forward Arryn Siposs who kicked four goals for Sandringham last week, Adam Schneider and Jason Blake to cover.


Two separate games could play out depending on prognoses, yet both teams will be equally desperate to win. The battle in the centre will be crucial not only in feeding the – potentially makeshift – forward lines, but also for pushing forward and scoring themselves. Geelong seem to have more answers up forward and more mids in form or fresh for what will be a tough and tight contest.

Geelong by 18

Geelong Cats

B: Matthew Scarlett, Tom Lonergan, Josh Hunt
HB: Andrew Mackie, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
C: Mitch Duncan, Steve Johnson, Joel Corey
HF: Paul Chapman, James Podsiadly, Steven Motlop
F: Mathew Stokes, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy Bartel
Foll: Trent West, Joel Selwood, James Kelly
I/C: Jonathan Simpkin, Taylor Hunt, Josh Walker, Jordan Murdoch
Emg: David Wojcinski, Jackson Sheringham, Cameron Guthrie

In: Paul Chapman, Joel Corey, Josh Hunt, James Kelly, Trent West
Out: David Wojcinski, Jackson Sheringham, Allen Christensen (Groin), Cameron Guthrie, Orren Stephenson (Hand)

St Kilda

B: Jarryn Geary, James Gwilt, Tom Simpkin
HB: Sean Dempster, Sam Fisher, Sam Gilbert
C: Jason Gram, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard
HF: Ahmed Saad, Beau Wilkes, Nick Dal Santo
F: Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke, Leigh Montagna
Foll: Ben McEvoy, David Armitage, Jack Steven
I/C: Jason Blake, Adam Schneider, Farren Ray, Jamie Cripps
Emg: Rhys Stanley, Arryn Siposs, Jack Newnes

In: Jason Blake, Adam Schneider, Farren Ray
Out: Nick Riewoldt (Knee), Tom Ledger, Sam Dunell

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Pies get out of jail after Saints comeback

Collingwood 3.3 8.11 9.14 12.19 (91)

St Kilda 4.1 5.2 11.6 13.7 (85)



Magpies defender Harry O’Brien was either the hero or the villain on Saturday night. (Source:


Collingwood has avoided another famous draw against St Kilda on Saturday night, triumphing in a ferocious last quarter marred with controversy.

After missing plenty of opportunities the Magpies held strong, but the game will most likely go down as a big umpiring blunder rather than focusing on the strong performances throughout.

St Kilda fans will have every right to be furious after the games completion. With 23 seconds on the clock the ball was pumped into the Saints’ forward 50, but Stephen Milne appeared to give away a free kick to Harry O’Brien as the ball sailed towards an open goal with Saints players streaming through.

On the replay, the free kick clearly wasn’t there, and commentators across the country expressed their disbelief.

On the channel 7 broadcast Matthew Richardson simply said “no” upon watching the replay, while Brian Taylor said “no free kick”.

After the umpires ‘put the whistle away’ during Friday nights clash between Hawthorn and Geelong in the dying stages, it creates an odd conundrum of consistency.But, to his credit, St Kilda coach Scott Watters refused to be drawn into the debate after the game. He was seen slamming the phone down in the box, but commented on the incident after the game.

“You’re assuming my reaction was to the free kick. It’s an emotional game and there are pivotal moments throughout a game”.

Nathan Buckley was equally frustrated. “There’s plenty of things going through your mind. Not a lot [is printable]”.

“A bit of Benny Hill music could have been playing in the background. We just seemed to make every little error we could to lose the game of footy”.

The Pies victory was spurred on by some outstanding individual performances and moments. Dayne Beams continued his electrifying form of the season (32 disposals and a goal) while Dane Swan (31 disposals, 2 goals), Steele Sidebottom (32 disposals, 6 marks) and Dale Thomas (26 disposals, 2 goals, including a brilliant effort in the final term) marshalled the midfield with authority.

Magpies ruckman Darren Jolly has been down on form for a lot of the year, but bounced back to have one of his best games of 2012, with 37 hit-outs, 6 tackles and 2 goals.

Livewire Saints small Ahmed Saad kicked 3, while Stephen Milne overcame a slow start to also finish with 3. Nick Dal Santo followed up from his brilliant game last weekend (25 disposals, 7 tackles, 2 goals) while Lenny Hayes put in yet another great performance (28 disposals, 7 marks).

Saad kicked the first two of the game and the Saints held a narrow quarter time lead, before the Magpies capitalised on Jolly’s tapwork to boot the first four of the second, taking a 27 point lead into half-time after a strong quarter.

In a see-sawing contest, the Saints kicked 6 goals to 1 in the third term, setting up the tantalising finale.

Harry O’Brien’s kick from the last minute free went out on the full, but it was just enough as the Saints simply did not have enough time to get the goal back.

Collingwood defender Ben Reid overcame a heavy knock from Justin Koschitzke to comfortably win their battle. It wasn’t a good night for big forwards overall, with Travis Cloke also very well held up the other end, kicking a solitary goal.


3. Darren Jolly (COLL)

2. Nick Dal Santo (STK)

1. Dayne Beams (COLL)


Collingwood: Jolly 2, Dawes 2, Swan 2, Thomas 2, Wellingham, Fasolo, Cloke, Beams

St Kilda: Saad 3, Milne 3, Dal Santo 2, Riewoldt 2, Armitage, McEvoy, Koschitzke


Collingwood: Jolly, Beams, Swan, Thomas, Pendlebury, Sidebottom

St Kilda: Goddard, McEvoy, Hayes, Saad, Montagna, Fisher, Dal Sa


Saints Push on for Finals

Captain Nick Riewoldt booted 4 in Brendan Goddard’s 200th game.

St Kilda have kept their finals hopes for 2012 alive with a commanding 76 point victory over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

In star player Brendan Goddard’s 200th game the Saints put on a clinic in the second half, building on a 24 point half-time lead and kicking 9 goals to 2 in the second half.

The margin could have been much bigger if not for some wayward kicking for goal.

Goddard starred in his milestone match, gathering 33 disposals and laying 9 tackles in his best game of the year. He was ably assisted through the midfield with strong performances from veteran Lenny Hayes (28 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 goals), Leigh Montagna (32 disposals, 1 goal) and a classy display from Nick Dal Santo (28 disposals, 2 goals).

The Dogs struggled for winners on the park, with captain Matthew Boyd not damaging the Saints at all in his head-to-head clash with Goddard and Ryan Griffen being well held by Clint Jones.

Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt set the tone for the game early, booting the opening 3 goals of the match. The Dogs tried to stay with them and were within 8 points at quarter time, but could only double their quarter time score for the remainder of the game.

Brendan McCartney lamented the Dogs poor form, saying that their inability to stop opposition teams blowing them away was “unacceptable”.

The Saints got their run on late in the second quarter, with a beautiful piece of play and a sublime finish from Dal Santo leading to a run of goals. They held the Dogs goal-less for almost an hour, not that they didn’t have their chances.

Tom Williams kicked consecutive shots out on the full and their inability to make the distance and take advantage of opportunities was worrying. With Roughead and Grant playing further up the ground and spending time in defense, there was very little for the Bulldogs’ players to kick to when they managed to escape the stranglehold of the Saints’ forward 50.

The loss was compounded by a season-ending injury to hardened midfielder Daniel Cross. His shoulder was damaged in a crunching tackle by Saint Beau Wilkes and he was visibly distressed as he came off the ground.

The frustration got the better of some players. Robert Murphy played a strong defensive game on Stephen Milne, restricting him to one late goal. Milne incited a melee with Bulldogs’ defender Brian Lake, and another melee erupted in the third, during which Riewoldt lost his jumper.

The Saints’ gained a much coveted percentage boost and are now one game outside the 8. They have an extremely tough fixture against Collingwood at the MCG next weekend, while the Bulldogs face a surging North Melbourne outfit at Etihad.


3. Lenny Hayes (STK)
2. Brendan Goddard (STK)
1. Nick Dal Santo (STK)


St Kilda: Riewoldt 4, Hayes 3, Dal Santo 2, Koschitzke 2, Schneider 2, Montagna, Steven, Milne
Western Bulldogs: Giansiracusa 2, Dickson 2, Tutt, Gilbee


St Kilda: Montagna, Hayes, Steven, Dal Santo, Goddard, Jones, Riewoldt
Bulldogs: Griffen, Boyd, Murphy, Wallis, Minson

Grinners and Moaners Round 18

Greek Tragedy MasksGrinners


The chase is on. It could be scoffed at earlier in the year when it was suggested that a side could win the flag from outside the top 4, but who’s laughing now? Geelong, clearly, can never be counted out. Their run home sees a mega-blockbuster against Hawthorn next Friday night, West Coast in Perth, St Kilda, the Bulldogs and Sydney in Geelong, which is tough, but their win has shown that tough simply may not be enough to stop the Cats as they amp up for September.

West Coast

The Eagles desperately needed that percentage recovery, as it will lead to West Coast jumping either Adelaide or Collingwood should either side slip up. Moreover, it was just the sort of stabiliser that the Eagles needed before one of the hottest derbies in a while, with Freo needing to win to keep their finals hopes alive while West Coast want to crack the top 4.


Oh boy. If Carlton make the finals, it will be a case of falling into the eight rather than making it on their own merit. The massive injection of luck that they received on Saturday night will surely have to be repeated in order for the Blues to get their, but there’s still life signs in the hope of September.

North Melbourne

10 wins now, coupled with Essendon’s loss, sees North looking at 7th spot at the end of Round 23. They have one guaranteed win against GWS in round 23, as well as a probable against the Bulldogs. The Roos have to take on Collingwood as well as Fremantle in Perth, but looming large is the clash with Essendon in two weeks’ time, a match which very well could be the sealer for finals one way or the other for both sides.

St Kilda

Somehow the Saints remain discounted from finals contention. Such an idea is strange, as they sit on 9 wins (equal with Carlton) and have an easier run home, with games against GWS and Melbourne. They continue to quietly chip away at their chances, and a slip or two elsewhere will see them into September action.


Hawthorn’s 23rd player

The Hawks have both Lance Franklin and David Hale to return. Max Bailey seems the obvious omission for Hale, but the Buddy question looms large. Hawthorn’s forward line is in fact performing damn well without him.  Someone has to go to fit the guy leading the Coleman chase… but who?


Another week, another ‘honourable’ loss. 8 of Richmond’s games have been decided by a margin of two goals or less, of which they’ve won two, against St Kilda or GWS. If they’d converted another two for a 50-50 win rate, they’d be 9-8 and well in the finals hunt. Instead, their chances are almost certainly over once again.


The wheels are quickly falling off the Bombers’ season. With their continuing injury list and the numerous other sides who are hunting finals that they play between now and the start of September action, there is still the risk that Essendon could miss the finals due to the realities of their run home.

Melbourne and the Bulldogs

The silence is deafening. The seasons are over already for both, and it’s without a care by most in the footy world.


The more this season goes on, the less impressive the Crows seem despite their ladder position. When Adelaide lose, it seems to be a whimper more than a tight contest, with a fifteen to twenty minute lapse in concentration leading to huge scoreboard damage.

Swans to find Saints Redemption

WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Sunday, June 22, 1.10pm
LAST TIME: St Kilda 16.15 (111) d Sydney Swans 12.11 (83), round nine, 2012 at Etihad Stadium

The last time these two played, the Swans were completely surprised by a determined Saints side which completely controlled proceedings right from the outset. They lost by 28 points, but the level of St Kilda’s dominance meant the margin could have been a lot bigger.

Now, the Swans find themselves on top of the ladder whilst the Saints are clinging to eighth position thanks to their superior percentage. A loss here could spell potential disaster for both teams, as the Swans are only a game clear from fifth –  and losing the double chance.

The Swans and Saints generally play tight contested footy, with a focus on winning the clearances around the ground. Jude Bolton, Josh Kennedy and Jarrad McVeigh excel in this area, but they were beaten convincingly by Lenny Hayes, Nick Dal Santo and Jack Steven in the previous meeting and it will obviously be an area they will have spoken about during the week.

The advantage of the SCG cannot be understated either. The Swans play the ground incredibly well, and it becomes a highly daunting task for any opponent. St Kilda has had recent success at the venue, but whether it will translate under new coach Scott Watters’ gameplan remains to be seen.

Importantly, the Saints will bring back two of their stars from suspensions. One was club imposed, the other through the Match Review Panel, but you can expect Steven and Brendon Goddard to be highly influential. Goddard is one the Swans will have to stop – you must not allow him to roam unopposed off the half back flank.

Final Say

On paper and based off recent form, it seems like a regulation victory for the Swans as they fight it out for top spot. However, the result in round nine proves that the Saints are capable, but it is likely that the Swans at their beloved SCG will be too much for them to handle.

Swans by 28

Sydney Swans

B: Rhyce Shaw, Heath Grundy, Alex Johnson

HB: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, Martin Mattner

C: Daniel Hannebery, Jude Bolton, Lewis Jetta

HF: Craig Bird, Sam Reid, Ben McGlynn

F: Jarrad McVeigh, Adam Goodes, Ryan O’Keefe

Foll: Shane Mumford, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack

I/C: Nick Malceski, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Mike Pyke, Andrejs Everitt

Emg: Trent Dennis-Lane, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Walsh

St Kilda

B: Jarryn Geary, Tom Simpkin, James Gwilt

HB: Sean Dempster, Sam Fisher, Sam Gilbert

C: Nick Dal Santo, David Armitage, Brendon Goddard

HF: Ahmed Saad, Nick Riewoldt, Jason Gram

F: Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke, Jack Steven

Foll: Ben McEvoy, Lenny Hayes, Leigh Montagna

I/C: Clinton Jones, Adam Schneider, Arryn Siposs, Sam Dunell

Emg: Farren Ray, Terry Milera, Beau Wilkes

In: Brendon Goddard, Jack Steven

Out: Farren Ray, Beau Wilkes



Grinners and Moaners Round 16

Greek Tragedy MasksGrinners

Gold Coast

Ultimately, despite all the vitriol targeted at Richmond for deciding to sell the game to Cairns, there are still two sides playing footy. The Suns exposed Richmond’s lack of depth and got themselves the chocolates and deservedly so after a season of near-wins against good sides.


Dominant out west and now top of the heap. Once again, the top four changes around but this movement is far more ominous.

North Melbourne

Now momentum is building. After Carlton’s win against Collingwood, many suggested that the Blues were back in the hunt; the dominant Roos win brought them back to earth. North seem more and more likely to be the side falling into the last spot in the eight.

St Kilda

Keeping their nose in it by knocking off Brisbane, despite the Lions challenging.


We saw Hawthorn shaft GWS by 160 points last week, but now Adelaide have followed it up with a comparable effort. The Crows’ percentage is now 138 with games against the Suns and Melbourne still to come, which will surely see them with a home final if they can defeat the likes of West Coast.


Chris Judd

That’s one of the more bizarre things I’ve seen in footy. Moreover, though, Judd has a history of the bizarre, with two eye-gouging incidents, the infamous ‘pressure point’ and the elbow on Matthew Pavlich. For a player who is a two-time winner of the award for the AFL’s best and “fairest”, it is a blight on his career.


Not only has it almost definitely destroyed the Tigers’ finals hopes, with them now being a win and percentage behind both North Melbourne and St Kilda, but it has also unravelled what has been a fine Richmond season. Rather than the good, such as the smashing of Hawthorn, people will surely look toward this sort of result as problematic. The Tigers can hit big in 2013 but need to fix problems which caused this sort of result.


Another week, another couple of injuries, another quarter where the Dees are totally blown out of the water.


That must be the end of their finals hopes now. Surely. More and more, it seems that 8th is once again going to be the spot that is backed into rather than actively sought and if the Blues make it from here they’re doing a great job of backing in.


Unfortunately for the Giants, I can only see more nasty pain. They still play four finals contenders in the last 7 weeks, all of whom will be aiming for a similar percentage boost.


Unfortunately the end of their slim finals hopes.

Top 10 Goals to Win The Game After The Siren

It’s the classic boyhood dream. You’re playing for your team. Grand Final. You’ve marked it. Siren sounds. You line up… GOAL!

You’ve won the premiership and you’re forever a hero. Although interestingly, in over 100 years of the VFL/AFL, not one Grand Final has been decided with a kick after the final siren.

There have been more than a few goals in other games which are both famous and infamous.

Karmichael Hunt makes his way to the mark.
Round 16, 2012 – Karmichael Hunt takes stock. Fox Footy

10 – Jeff Farmer – Fremantle v Melbourne, Round 8, 2002

Farmer’s first game against his former club, the Demons, was a tight one. Ultimately, Farmer grabbed his third after a free kick for a push in the back in the forward pocket after David Neitz landed on him. Farmer kicked the goal to spark jubilation among Fremantle supporters, but ultimately the Dockers would struggle while Melbourne made the finals.

9 – Peter Riccardi – Geelong v Carlton, Round 11, 2002

The climax to one of the most incredible quarters of football ever. Carlton were behind by 38 points with 12 minutes to play in the final quarter, but the Blues stormed home, incredibly hitting the front with just 26 seconds to play. Geelong managed to win the subsequent clearance, and a pinpoint pass from David Clarke saw Riccardi mark with under ten seconds to spare just inside the forward 50. Despite being an ugly mongrel of a kick off the boot, the ball sailed through for Geelong to snatch victory despite their final-term ineptness.

Richmond celebrate McMahon's Goal8 – Jordan McMahon – Richmond v Melbourne, Round 18, 2009

The support for this goal is an interesting one, as Jordan McMahon was cheered on to kick the goal as much by Melbourne supporters as by the Tigers. Melbourne needed to lose the game in order to help guarantee their finishing bottom and gaining a priority pick as well as the #1 draft pick, although Richmond were arguably the worse side. Compounded by some interesting coaching movements, such as the deployment of Brad Miller as a ruckman, and Melbourne still had the lead as a chip was kicked to McMahon dead in front. Siren goes and McMahon kicks the goal, delivering Melbourne both picks 1 and 2 in the draft.

7 – Paul Sarah – St Kilda v Richmond, Round 19, 1981

Controversy surrounded all of round 19, as the league’s umpires had gone on strike, forcing the VFL to replace them with country and U19 umpires for the round. On a freezing cold Melbourne day, with the wind swirling around Moorabin, the Tigers fought back against the wind in the final term to have the scores level with seconds to play. Teenage umpire Glen McKeeman, in his first VFL-level game, awarded a free kick to Sarah 15m out for an illegal tackle by a Saint. Sarah kicked truly, delivering a 6pt win to the Tigers.

6 – Karmichael Hunt – Richmond v Gold Coast, Round 16, 2012

After building a five-goal lead early in the game, the Suns were slowly pegged back by the relentless Tigers, but Richmond could not get themselves clear of the desperate Suns. With a tremendous fight-back, Brandon Matera kicked to rugby league convert Hunt 30 out on a slight angle and he kicked truly, delivering the Suns their first win of 2012 and damaging Richmond’s finals chances considerably.

5 – Justin Longmuir – Fremantle v St Kilda, Round 21, 2005

This was one of the many St Kilda-Fremantle controversies, as umpire Matthew Head was overheard on the flight home from Perth saying ‘now I know what it is like to win a game.’ The Whispers in the Sky match was marred by controversy as Fremantle came back in the final term. Longmuir marked truly around 30 out on a 45 degree angle and kicked truly, before charging and jumping into the Subiaco crowd to celebrate with the fans.

4 – Gary Ablett Snr – North Melbourne v Geelong, Preliminary Final, 1994

Ablett had been held by Mick Martyn all day, simply unable to find space or time. On this occasion, however, a snap from Leigh Tudor evaded the hand of Martyn and was marked by Ablett in the square. He lined up and kicked truly to put Geelong into the Grand Final.

3 – Billy Brownless – Geelong v Footscray, Qualifying Final, 1994

Geelong trailed after a Richard Osbourne goal very late in the piece. A quick pass managed to find Brownless 40 out in front, and his goal saw the Geelong faithful as well as his teammates erupt while he charged across the ground pumping his fist.

2 – Gary Buckenara – Hawthorn v Melbourne, Preliminary Final, 1987

Melbourne had made the finals for the first time since their last premiership in 1964, and had demolished North Melbourne and defeated Sydney before having to face the Hawks at Waverley. Against all odds, the Dees led late, and Hawthorn tried to go coast to coast to have Buckenara tripped right on the 50. However, an error from a young Irishman named Jim Stynes saw Buckenara receive a 15m penalty, and he duly slotted the goal, putting Hawthorn into the grand final.

1 – Malcolm Blight – Carlton v North Melbourne, Round 10, 1976

Blighty’s most famous performance saw North Melbourne come from nowhere to defeat Carlton. Blight kicked two goals in time on to put the Kangaroos within distance, but his final goal was special. Blight marked between 70 and 80m out (it was never officially measured) and, with the siren having sounded, hoofed a torpedo all the way home to score and knock off the Blues almost entirely off his own last quarter heroics.