It’s hard to start firing up on a Tuesday for a Thursday game. It feels a bit tragic and, well, hasn’t a round just finished? It’s too soon to start again. The work and school week have only just begun! Thus I’ve left it to Wednesday arvo - yet there are still no team announcements. Firing up on Thursday for a Saturday match, however just feels like nice due preparation. Start your tipping ritual. Check injuries ...
Week one was somehow ok as the Season Opener, but here we go again with Richmond and Adelaide. Indeed it is the GF replay, but why do we need Thursday night footy? This Thursday slot can’t be good for late night shopping either, heaven forbid! Just look what Sunday footy has done to Church attendance!
Part of me still yearns for the VFL format where all games used to start simultaneously every Saturday. 2.30 I think it was. It was quite thrilling 'going around the grounds' at breaks, seeing before your eyes how the round was unfolding. It was hopeless though if you wanted to see more than one live game per week. And there’s the rub, of course.
Anyway, us Tigers have 3 Thursday nights this year. I don’t think it’s a factor in ladder outcomes.
I’m particularly looking forward to the onfield numerical matchups tomorrow night:
18 on 18 - Rance and Betts
9 on 9 - Cotchin on Sloane
8 on 8 - Jack Riewoldt on Jake Kelly
and particularly 6 on 6 - old Carlton mates, Bryce Gibbs and Shaun Grigg
Even a day early, Bring it on!