Ahead of Round 18 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, a round that seems to have little on offer, the sledges are out as ennui threatens to become the operative perspective.
The legendary Malcolm Blight fired at Collingwood Coach Nathan Buckley, telling the Pies headman that he (Buckley) should embrace, rather than resist, rule changes.
“Our game is choking itself to death,” Blight told Adelaide radio station 5AA on Wednesday night. “Change is coming. If you don’t like it, resign and go and join the unemployment queue.”
The AFL competition committee is set to meet to discuss several improvements, including the bogeyman of congestion around the ball.
Meanwhile, another legend, St. Kilda great Nick Riewoldt, did not care for the opinion of ex-coach Mick Malthouse (bloody fine name, that) of advising players getting on it years when it was time to retire.
“I hate it. I don’t understand why we do it as an organisation. We (Riewoldt and Bob Murphy) experienced it last year, for the first time, and the only time, because we succumbed to the noise. But every year, this is about the time when someone, or a group, starts to basically call time (on players),” Riewoldt said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
Carlton legend Mark McClure took commentator Tom Elliott to task for saying that he (Elliot) was “bloody angry” at the club for appointing Patty Kinnersly and David Campbell to board director positions.
McClure was taking the stance that Elliott was upset over not being given a position on the board.
McClure was not so upset with what Elliot said as he was by when Elliot said it. Not on the air, but during the Annual General Meeting, says McClure.
“And if Tom wants to stand up and stump up, let him have a go, because that’s where you’re entitled to do it,” McClure said, ironically enough, while making a television appearance.
A little dose of drama goes a long way in an otherwise lacklustre week of AFL football.