I thought watching the NAB Cup was going to be one of life's pleasures a couple of weeks ago but I'm afraid I'm over it.
It seems like there's injuries every time the teams run out on the ground.
Collingwood have got more injuries than casualty ward on a Saturday night.
been a few people injured in the NAB Cup already because to get up to
speed for the competition you've got to have contesting work and
This is where the problem is, if you
start revving your body too early, when you've got the whole season to
get through, you're going to have breakdowns.
The players and
their agents and association will wake up soon and realise they're
jeopardising their financial futures by playing in this competition.
I doubt if the players would get bonuses for playing in the NAB Cup.
second-tier club that I know of weren't going to play their top players
in the Foxtel Cup but they've since had to reconsider.
football contracts now are based on the number of games played,
performances in best and fairest counts and Brownlows, as well as if you
make the finals.
You don't earn a lot of money if you're out for the whole year and you can't participate.
ask Andrew Krakouer, who had to go back to Western Australia for
personal reasons, came back to continue his career and bang down he
Krakouer was given a month off by the Pies but was back
after less than two weeks because of applied pressure and will now have
to come back the hard way possibly having a year out, by which time he
will be 30 years of age.
If they go the LARS way he will still miss three months or up to 12 games.
The AFL simply have to find a different format.
know it means a dollar for the AFL and the clubs, and revenue for
Foxtel, who have paid a big price, but there's too many injuries too
I'd also hate to be in Nathan Buckley's boots.
week it was Eddie McGuire putting the pressure on to win a premiership
and this week we've got their captain Nick Maxwell holding up the
Maxwell, who had a year from hell in 2011 with
fines for leaking inside information to family, injuries and a lack of
form, has put the acid right on Buckley.
Last year Geelong were written off as too old and too slow, people saying they were finished as a power.
Ablett and Thompson had left, they were washed up.
But they kept their mouths shut and then did a lap of honour at the end of the grand final.They
certainly got under the radar and most clubs like to do that but it
doesn't seem the Collingwood captain and president like to fly under the