Oh yeahhhh! Oh nooooo!
Well, Sydney pipped Melbourne by a nose this weekend for gripping sporting action. Check this amazing - and I mean amazing - pick up by Gold Coast Titans winger David Mead last night in his side’s surprise win over the Sharks.
Wait, what I saying? No win over the Sharks is a surprise.
Melbourne struck back with the humdinger at Etihad last night, where Essendon squeaked home by a point. Adam Goodes, who is both literally and figuratively the Swans’ poster boy (he’s on bus shelters all over Sydney) shaved the wrong side of the big stick after the siren. What a game. What a weekend.
So close, Goodesy. So close. And unquestionably, the most famous behind in a Sydney/Essendon match since Tony Lockett’s post-siren one-pointer at the SCG in 1996, which propelled the Swans into the grand final, where they proved perfect cannon fodder for Wayne Carey’s North.
By the way, Sydney beat Essendon by just a kick back in Round Two this year, so it was probably a fair result.
What was your weekend sporting highlight? I’m gessing it wasn’t the Wallabies, who were hoplessly outclassed against the All Blacks.
If anyone feels like starting their usual fight over NRL vs AFL, here are two points to get the ball rolling. Not that you guys need a kick start but anyway.
Point 1: On Friday night, the Tigers/Dragons match at the SFS got more people than the St Kilda/Freo game at Etihad. Not by much, but it was 27,000 vs 26,000.
Now, admittedly the Docklands crowd would have been much bigger if there had been anyone but the Dockers, but all the same. That’s a rare one-up for the NRL.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that there was a second match in Sydney that night - the Bulldogs vs Cowboys at ANZ. So for just one of the two Sydney games to outdraw the main Melbourne match is a rare feat indeed.
Point 2: In today’s Sun Herald, rugby league’s self-appointed chief huffer and puffer Phil Gould made the very salient point that the NRL has no formal strategy to protect its western Sydney turf, in the face of the AFL’s frontal assault.
There are four NRL clubs in western Sydney. Perhaps they should form some kind of joint taskforce or some such. Not that a committee ever saved the world, but you can’t help thinking they are fiddling while Rooty Hill burns.
* Oh, and one last thing. Last Monday The Punch said that the AFL’s lopsided season was a bit of a worry. You’ll excuse us for pointing out that Mick Malthouse said exactly the same thing in today’s press.
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