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Sliding Doors: IF you've won a Brownlow Medal ... THEN

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Sliding Doors: IF you've won a Brownlow Medal ... THEN

If

you said in February there would be no Tom Doedee or Sam Jacobs, plus Bryce Gibbs and Josh Jenkins out of a third-placed Crows best 22 going into round nine ...

then

we would’ve laughed at you.

If

the Lions are real deal and finals bound ...

then

they beat the Crows at home on Saturday.

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If

things weren't already dire in the backline ...

then

Plowman and Williamson joining Jones on the sidelines pushes it to crisis territory. 

If

Ben Reid kicked 1.4 in his first game back in round seven but managed only four kicks against the Blues last week ...

then

he'd better get back among the action against the Saints if he's to keep Mason Cox out of the Swans game next weekend.

If

you've had a history of knee problems and after round eight of the second season at your new club you're out for up to another eight weeks with another knee problem ...

then

we're worried for Dev Smith. Gun player who may never get a proper crack at it.

If

you've won a Brownlow Medal ...

then

you can get away with throwing an elbow at an opponent

If

you've won two Brownlow Medals ...

then

you can get away with throwing elbows at opponents in two consecutive weeks

 

If

we've heaped compliments on the Suns all season ...

then

we need to temper the love after that debacle of the final 49 seconds against the Demons last week. Simply not good enough. 

If

he was goalless last week ...

then

Jez Cameron will have a fill-up this week against the Blues, and be back on track for the century. 

If

Clarko did a coaching number in round eight on his former assistant Leon Cameron ...

then

he will have plotted all week to do the same against Dimma on Sunday. Always desperate to find an extra gear against his old staff.  

If

you hear the Jaws music on Friday evening ...

then

that could be coinciding with the arrival of the Demons' team bus at Optus Stadium. The massacre of last year's prelim final will be nastily fresh in memories.

If

you don't ask the question ... 

then

you don't know. Ridiculous, and weak, that the Roos didn’t take Sam Durdin's bump case to the Tribunal, when everyone else seems to have headed down that path this year for positive outcomes.  

If

the mere mention of the name Joel Garner, let alone the sight of his six-foot-eight frame with cricket ball in hand, was once upon a time enough to keep elite Australian cricketers awake at night ...

then

we're hoping the young kid with the same name can finally be given a debut match on Sunday after battling injury for most of last year.    

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If

there's a player who must seize an opportunity this weekend now that it has finally come ...

then

it's Ivan Soldo. First game for the year, only eight in the bank, and facing Big Boy McEvoy. Good luck. 

If

De Goey is, as expected, a late out for the Pies ... 

then

the Saints won't get a better chance this year to beat one of the premiership favourites.  

If

the apology was genuine ...

then

it doesn’t excuse the behaviour which prompted it. Dane Rampe – pull your head in, and play footy. Ditch the smart alec words and actions.   

   

If

Willie Rioli is in the 22 ...

then

it's always worth tuning in for an Eagles game. Glad he's back after a nasty injury. 

 

If

he played 52 matches for the Bulldogs ... 

then

there's only one that truly mattered, and without it, this club would've been stuck on one lifetime premiership. Tom Boyd – worth every cent, and more.  

If

you are going to allow a couple of big names to go around throwing elbows without ramification ...

then

please don't crack down on a 'no-name' this week.  

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs