Thank God footy is back

Peter Keenan February 18, 2013, 11:43 am

Thank God football's back!

We've even had Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley having a crack at the umpires over Travis Cloke, insisting he didn't get enough help from the whistle-blowers on Friday, even if he did receive a free kick in the dying seconds that decided their match against Essendon.

It's good to get rid of the drugs story off the front and back pages, at least for a couple of days.

Nothing has come to light yet and people tell us it could take up to 18 months.

One thing I do know is that this round robin form of football played in the first round of the NAB Cup doesn't appeal to many footballers or coaches.

It's just too Mickey Mouse.

If you're going to play a game of football you should play four quarters and then you have a crack, it's no good having to have a list of 50 players and rotate them on and off the ground through two separate matches.

It's all novel but is it really footy and should we be even playing footy at this time of year?

St Kilda coach Scott Watters doesn't think so and having watched his players and those from Adelaide and Port Adelaide do battle in 38.5 degrees on Sunday you'd have to say he has a point.

I played in Perth many years ago when it was about that hot and the great Peter Bosustow missed me by about a yard but I thought it was close enough to go down with concussion considering it was too bloody hot and it was a practice game.

There's an old saying in footy, if you look after your cattle early, by the end of the season the cattle will look after you.

But throwing them out in those temperatures in a Mickey Mouse competition is not looking after your cattle.

I know it's all based around TV but you've got to look after the players' welfare.

To do a knee, ankle or a groin in the NAB Cup doesn't set you up for a very nice season, just a year of rehabilitation.

They're simply playing too much football.

What with training overloads, eight sessions a week and now these speedy games, you're going to have a lot of distressed players come the real season.

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  1. key west aussie06:05pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    ah but crackers me old son in the world of hurly burly afl the money is number one the A league is a summer sport but even they arent winging . the fiasco in adelaide should have been played later at night