Dave Cardamone takes a look at what to expect around the league on the eve of Round 6
Going under the radar
In times gone by Brendon Goddard would’ve been hit square with all the attention due to Essendon’s off-field circumstances and lack of leadership around the club, he would be scrutinised to the nth degree, his passionatate crys on field caught out and labelled as unconstructive and demanding. How refreshing and fantastic it is this year seeing him go about his business and far away from all the media scrutiny. Statistically, averaging 27 disposals it’s the most a game since his debut, five tackles a game again another first in his career. The return of his senior teammates have taken a load off the 31-year old and he is prospering in a side that will challenge for a final eight position this year. May the media stay away and the performances continue.
Carlton with a chance to make matters worse
Boy they’re young and yes last week wasn’t fantastic for Carlton in Adelaide but write them off this week at your own peril. Something isn’t right at the Swans at the moment and Carlton have shown if they put it together they can be mighty competitive regardless of their ladder position. The leaders are in much better form Murphy (29), Gibbs (26), Docherty (26) and Cripps (25) all averaging significantly more than Kennedy (28), Hannebury (22), Parker (22) and Jack (15)? It could be a massive difference in the contest with not enough artillery to go through the middle.
Sunday set for a Beauty
Two significant story lines will be fuelled one way or another. On Sunday at the MCG, Geelong will face off against Collingwood with Buckley and his men under the microscope. Then across to Adelaide Oval Tiger fans will get an understanding of just how good their side are this year at a ground that holds many hollow memories.
St Kilda to show maturity
Still developing and growing the Saints were in front at three quarter time only to be beaten by a Selwood masterclass. Their match against a Hawthorn side who now have an ‘us against the rest of the world’ mentality presents no bigger challenge and opportunity to get over the weekend’s disappointment. They would’ve learnt a lot from the weekend and with the Hawks not quite right will take it up to them on Saturday afternoon.
A coach’s influence
Any North supporter who hasn’t watched Brad Scott on Footy Classified this week and are questioning the club’s future should take the time to listen to his interview. Simply and honestly he answered a difficult question about his future incredibly well ensuring fans that “no individual is bigger than the club” thus leaving it open that despite being contracted he may not be the senior coach heading into season 2018. Yes it created speculation and more discussion but his frank comments showed leadership and character during a significant time of development in the North Melbourne Football club’s history.