Time on – finals week 2Posted: September 19, 2011
WINNERS & LOSERS
Hawthorn 19.8 (122) def. Sydney Swans 13.8 (86)
West Coast Eagles 15.11 (101) def. Carlton 15.8 (98)
The Carlton-West Coast final on Saturday night was my finals highlight. It had everything – hardness, courage, intensity and pressure as expected in finals. Heath Scotland deserves mention for his courageous act running back with the flight of the football, only to be flattened by an on coming Quinten Lynch. Then was Josh Kennedy’s inspiration returning to the field after being knocked out severely in a contest and kicking a match winning 3 goals. And right before half-time, Bret Thornton threw himself as hard as he’s ever done at a contest as Carlton’s centre half forward but was concussed, subbed out and taken to hospital for precautionary reasons. All in all, one of the greatest finals I’ve witnessed.
2. David Hale and Josh Gibson
Josh Gibson’s record 21 spoils and David Hale’s performance beating Sydney’s Shane Mumford (along with 2 goals) on Friday night gives the Hawthorn recruiting team a massive tick. Both have been solid all year but it makes more than just a difference when they step up and become influential in a final.
3. Zach Tuohy’s goal
Great story from a young man coming across from Ireland to play 11 games in his first season of AFL footy and kick an influential goal from an opposition kick in a final. Has plenty of zip and pace about him and knows how to kick a goal. Could become the Pearce Hanley of 2012.
One extreme to the next on Saturday night for Jeff Gieschen’s men. 36 free kicks were awarded in the first half to just 5 in the third and fourth quarters. Not good enough. Fans want consistency, particularly in a final.
2. Failing forwards
For the Swans on Friday night, they needed at least one or two to fire. They didn’t. Matt Spangher, Sam Reid and Jesse White combined for just 20 possessions, seven marks and two goals between them. Not good enough in a final. Up the other end, Lance Franklin had 17 possessions, 6 marks and 4 goals to his name by the final siren. Ex-Eagle Spangher has been another good get for the Swans, and while Reid will be a good player down the track, the same can’t be said for White. Wouldn’t surprise if White was put on the trade table in a few weeks.
3. Marcus Davies
The young man gave away a silly free kick just metres out from the Eagles’ full forward line on Saturday night, and the Blues lost by three points. The loss can’t be blamed on the running defender but slinging an opponent to the ground in a final the way he did was crazy, and the umpires will pay a free kick every time. No hit on the young man but maybe Jordan Russell would’ve been a better selection for a final.