TOPIC: Footy Photos

heather Footy Photos 4 days 2 hours ago #1

heather
OK I'm in withdrawal. So here's a little blast from the past - April 2004 to be exact.

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Corporal Agarn Footy Photos 4 days 2 hours ago #2

Corporal Agarn
Good memories Heather. Thanks.

That Haselby bloke was pretty thin back then.
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blockerhall Footy Photos 4 days 2 hours ago #3

blockerhall
How strong is the guy holding the anchor up in photo 8 and a couple of subsequent photos!?
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Raglan Matt Footy Photos 4 days 1 hour ago #4

Raglan Matt
CA, he hadn't been to the Darcy's for dinner back then.
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Raglan Matt Footy Photos 4 days 1 hour ago #5

Raglan Matt
Great idea Heather, 1 or 2 sets of photos a week will bring back some memories of days gone by, and some laughs, and maybe a tear or 2. Will be just like a normal Freo season.
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shane Footy Photos 4 days 1 hour ago #6

shane
I'm going to assume that's Polak on the ground.
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Raglan Matt Footy Photos 4 days 1 hour ago #7

Raglan Matt
Not tall enough to be Polak, Shane, Polak was 6 ft sometning.
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shane Footy Photos 4 days 1 hour ago #8

shane
Match Report.

A loaf of bread, 3 litres of milk, bag of apples, small sack of potatoes, 10 packs of two minute noodles, 3 t-bone steaks, medicine for Dan. Shane Parker's shopping list might seem like a strange group of words to start out a write up of a game of footy but it's a much more interesting read than anything that happened in the first half of Fremantle's match against Adelaide.

Everything was going to plan early, Fremantle got the ball out of the middle easily enough and Paul Medhurst had kicked the first goal inside a couple of minutes. Another 20 or so of those and the thirty thousand plus supporters who showed up would go home happy with the day's footy, ready to knock off a few celebratory Easter eggs but what followed was twenty minutes of the most excruciating spectacle you're likely to have to see. But for some much missed screamers from Graham Polak in defense and Wayne Carey trying to rough up Luke McPharlin, it was a lifeless opening quarter of football. It was so lifeless that you almost wished you were watching a game of Rugby, that's right Rugby, but occasionally a plastic bag would blow onto the ground or the food vendor would rush by generating enough excitement for nonsense ideas like that to pass.

The ball was paddled from ball up to ball up, held up while players waited for options that never eventuated and ignored while players engaged in a bit of pantomime umpiring, in a desperate attempt to get a free. To make things more infuriating, most of the inaction took place in Adelaide's half. The Crows weren't helping the matter with their kicking. Three missed shots kept the ball tied up in their half before they finally got one on line and the ball was returned to the centre for more of the same.

Clive of all people, took a clean mark on the wing, weighted his pass beautifully to Pavlich who had the novel idea of booting the ball long, straight down the ground into the gaping Fremantle forward line. Paul Medhurst got caught under it but waiting at the back was Shane Parker's prodigy Antoni Grover, auditioning for his new role as crumbing goal kicker. The ball fell into his hands, he turned his man inside out and snapped the goal. Fremantle were back in front but Parker spent the rest of the quarter tearing strips of Grover for the fist pumping celebrations, the next thing you know he'll have blonde hair, white boots and a wine tasting show on Channel 9.

Parker may not have approved but it almost sparked a revival by the Dockers. Instead of running around in circles in Adelaide's forward half, they ran around in circles in their own forward half. The debacle of the first quarter was complete when Tydson Edwards kicked a goal after the siren to give the Crows the lead at quarter time. The players were in much need of a drink of cordial and an old fashioned spray from their coach, so they could come out fresh and start all over again in the second quarter. That, or some kind of electro shock treatment.

The second quarter started with a bit more gusto. Adelaide got a few early touches but fortune smiled on Fremantle with Wayne Carey missing what he once would have kicked with one leg tied behind his back. But when Des Headland passed the ball to Simmonds instead of kicking a goal from 45m out, directly in front, and Simmonds followed up by missing from 20m out, the debacle was back on.

The Crows led the way as they managed to keep the ball in their forward line for the next 15 minutes without kicking a goal. Gary Ayres made the statement during the week that winning didn't interest him, he would have been very impressed with the way the Crows managed to lock the ball into their forward line. Sure, they didn't kick a goal for the 15 minutes it was in there, but their forwards were able to showcase the defensive side of their game.

Fremantle went the opposite route, they managed to get the ball up their forward line once where Troy Simmonds made amends for his earlier shocker to give the Dockers the lead. It was a style of play they'd based on the Easter Bunny, who manages to get by working one day a year (although there are suspicions that he's been picking up some spare cash doing some marketing work for Energizer). It's always nice to see the scoreboard ticking over but sometimes you like to see your side get the ball for more than a few seconds a quarter.

After his goal, the Crows resumed their forward line antics but added a twist. They kept having shots at goal and missing. It was like a real world game of Pong as Fremantle supporters watched on with glee as the Crows kept banging the ball into the goal posts.

The only 6 pointers they could manage were from two outrageous free kicks to Wayne Carey, that should see Peter Bell complaining on the Footy Show this week, which managed to downgrade the game from a debacle into a fiasco. All it needed was a serious knee injury to Shaun McManus to make it a complete shambles. Half time saw Adelaide 12 points in front and beer sales go through the roof as people cooled off a bit and drowned their sorrows in the hope that the second half would see a return of the free flowing, high scoring action that the Dockers made their style in 2003.

It's a long weekend, a bit warm and he'd eaten his fair share of Easter eggs for the day, so Chris Connolly decided to forgo the traditional half time address of the players. Instead he put on the Benny Hill theme and chased the players around in fast motion. At least that's the conclusion you could have drawn from the opening of the second half. Jeff Farmer was given a free kick right on the fifty metre line. He went through the ritual of asking the umpire where the mark was, trying to sneak around on a better angle and even holding the ball askew so he could go the torrie, but it was all an elaborate ruse. He ran at the man on the mark before turning and hand passing off to Antoni Grover. It seemed like a good plan until Grover got stage fright and hand passed to Matthew Pavlich, then Pavlich chickened out and hand passed to Clive. Clive doesn't get scared, he's just not that good, and with each hand pass taking the ball deeper into the pocket, Clive had to reach into his bag of talent to pull something extra special out. He came out short and, as ball was passed back onto the playing field, the old familiar unsettled rumble started to creep through the crowd.

It certainly set the mood for the quarter, still a fiasco but a much more entertaining fiasco than the first half fiasco. There were even glimpses of competence when Johncock turned a couple of Dockers inside and unloaded for a goal, Smart snapped and bounced one through and Paul Hasleby sailed one through form outside fifty, all within a couple of minutes.

The flurry of scoring meant that Fremantle found themselves 17 points behind and, without any visible signs of a plan, someone needed to do something special. With most of the forwards scared to even have a ping at the goals, there was only one man who put his hand up - Justin Longmuir's brother Troy. He looked like he'd been dropped down from a better league rather than promoted from a lower one, as he as he set about reducing the margin. Three goals in half a quarter was what he was able to produce, nearly doubling the Dockers score and giving them a 2 point lead going into the final change.

It's a great testament of your average Australian that even two flies crawling up a wall is worth a bet and pretty much anything that's a contest is worth having a look at. This game was probably more akin to seeing which fly would die first after a quick burst of the Peabo but the crowd started to find voice as the end drew near and the result was still in doubt.

Another poster from Burton gave Freo supporters an early scare but they were soon settled when Peter Bell was given a push square in the back a couple of metres out from goals. He took his free kick and put the ball straight over the goal umpires head and Fremantle were a goal clear. Things were starting to click and a quick clearance from the centre had the ball into the arms of Paul Medhurst, 15 metres out on a slight angle but, despite his best efforts to kick it out on the full, Medhurst managed to sneak it through for a point. The result was that Adelaide had the ball and as they ran it down the ground Graham Polak was all that stood between Biglands and an open forward line. Rhett started to get nervous as he realised there was no way he was going to get around Polok. He did the only thing he could and king hit Polak across the head. Polak's lights and most of his teeth were knocked out and Mrs Biglands got on the phone to book a four week holiday to the Gold Coast for her and her husband.

As Polak was carried from the ground, Pavlich took the kick and went long and high into the forward line. The eyes of 5 Fremantle forwards all lit up at the same time as they pictured themselves driving down South Terrace in a new Toyota. But it was Paul Medhurst who got the sit. He peered over the top of the grandstand before focusing on the ball and pulling in a screamer. He went back to take his kick, again 15 metres out on a slight angle but did the impossible - he missed again.

This time there was no Graham Polak to get in the way and the Crows ran the ball down the ground unhindered where Nigel Smart booted his second to get his team within 3 points.

The crowd were lifting and Freo went with them. Straight out of the centre, Troy Cook kicked to the Wiz at half forward. A bit gun shy from outside fifty, Farmer saw Medhurst on the bolt. He weighted his kick perfectly and Medhurst marked 15 metres out, this time on a tight angle. He played on and snapped - but he missed again. The Crows took the kick in but buggered it up. It was intercepted and Medhurst had a chance to make amends. Fifty metres out directly in front and with time to spare, for the first time in his life he found himself not brimming with confidence. Instead of trusting his own boot, he kicked it short and put his faith in the boot of Clive. A fools game if ever there was one. Clive was directly in front, 35 metres out from goals and everyone was depending on him. In the most miraculous event to ever happen on Easter Sunday, Clive kicked it straight through the middle.

Fremantle were 10 points clear and the clock was running down but in this match, there was still plenty of time left for something ridiculous to happen as the Dockers tried to shut down the game that had only just come out of its comma. The ball was fumbled, goals were missed and stupidity was rotated off the bench with foolishness but when Troy Longmuir booted his 4th from point blank range, the Dockers were home. In true Fremantle style, the game was a fiasco but, by the end of the match, a spectacular fiasco.
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Raglan Matt Footy Photos 4 days 44 minutes ago #9

Raglan Matt
Footy reporting hasn't been the same since the Weekend News folded, Richmond was out of a job and had to start up a footy supporter website.
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Corporal Agarn Footy Photos 3 days 23 hours ago #10

Corporal Agarn
Thanks Shane. You've obviously got way too much spare time atm. Think of all the work that needs to be done around the house. on the boat, etc.
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shane Footy Photos 3 days 22 hours ago #11

shane
I've starting building one.
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shane Footy Photos 3 days 22 hours ago #12

shane
I got 8-1 on it floating.
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Awake Footy Photos 3 days 22 hours ago #13

Awake
That was great Shane, keep 'em coming. You are definitely in Titus territory
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Raglan Matt Footy Photos 3 days 21 hours ago #14

Raglan Matt
8 to 1 on, pretty short odds, Shane. I hope you got yourself a couple of pallets of silastic from Bunnings before the lockdown.
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