And the Footy Season is Gone

Last weekend and the Hawks came through and won their eleventh AFL premiership, beating the first-timers Fremantle Dockers. Not an overly exciting game but it was football – or actually there was some excitement or maybe some groan moments. Freo just couldn’t kick a goal and the footballer voted as the one that most others want to hit – Haydn Ballantyne – just couldn’t do anything.

I was most disappointed as I had tipped Fremantle and Nick Fyfe for the Norm Smith. If Feo had won, Fyfe might have been a chance to bring home some bacon for me. But alas, the only pork I has that day was some excellent ribs. Pulled out the BGE and tried out a rib rack I scored for my birthday RibRackand it worked a treat. The ribs were excellent, and so were the dogs and so would have been the chillie but Sophia and Dano left that at home – another day, maybe. But something that doesn’t wait for another day was the Mountain Goat I chose from Dan Murphy’s. I went there to pick up a six pack and extras but came back with a six pack, carton, extras and key-ring. They had a tasting night with some specials – and I am a sucker for a special. I went for the IPA, after trying the Hightail Ale, Steam Ale, Summer Ale (bit sweet for me), and a special brew in conjunction with Brooklyn Brewery (fine establishment and great beer – visited there on our first trip to USA) Hopfweizenbock – not a quaffing beer for watching the footy, maybe with a nice meal (not that the ribs and dogs weren’t nice, just you didn’t need a knife and fork).

But the footy is now over – draft and exchange period to look forward to and will Carlton make the finals on their own in 2014 – Go Blues. I can now cheer for the Ravens, but I doubt they will go back-to-back. And we’re off to the States again with tickets booked for the 49ers – should be good, so will the food, beer and sites – if they are open as I hear USA is closing down.

Did we really win?

So, the mighty Blues have made the AFL finals – did they deserve to be there? Who cares, the cards fell their way and they are in. Might only last a week but at least they are there.

Carlton has many traditional rivals, one they will be up against this weekend – Richmond; and the other gave up their spot in the eight through an attempt to better themselves through untested scientific experiments – Essendon.

Many say Carlton didn’t deserve to take Essendon’s spot – many hate Carlton and would say that no matter what. Maybe the Kangas were the better side and should have made it – but they didn’t, did they.

But it wasn’t easy for Carlton. They almost kicked themselves out of it – again. Essendon had the laugh when they came from behind to beat Carlton who had many more scoring shots but just could not get that ball through the big sticks. But that was all a snicker as Carlton came from nowhere to snatch the game against the Power. Carlton still couldn’t kick a goal, I felt like throwing stuff at the TV, but then came the last quarter and finally, Carlton kicked straight.

Great game. Bring on the Tiges this weekend – managed to get tickets (writing this there were only 427 left). The Blues have a good record against the Tigers but they were the Tigers of old and I’m not all that confident. But that’s what I thought last weekend, and a fortnight back when we came from behind to beat Richmond – and 1982.

Carlton’s comeback