Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Round round-up

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The Sydney Swans take wing in time for the Indigenous Round

It’s as if these articles have some magical power for telling the future. I’ve droned on and on, like a broken record, about how exciting and unpredictable this game is. I’ve babbled about how you just never know what’s going to happen in any given week of the season. Well, last round proved me right and more so than ever before! So strap yourselves in for another crazy reflection of an unbelievable round of AFL in this edition of the Round roundup.

Sydney Swans.Indian Link
Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates king a goal with Tom Papley and Oliver Florent during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Lions at the Sydney Cricket Ground on May 07, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
(Photo by Craig Golding/AFL Media)

The Records Tumble

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We can’t go much further without addressing the very rare occurrence that took place in Round 7. Starting with a Giant shock, St Kilda upset GWS and Fremantle overcame the Essendon Bombers – it was the first time that every match in the round was won by a team placed lower on the ladder. Safe to say, it has completely rattled our tipping competition and AFL pundits everywhere are scratching their heads wondering which teams will actually feature in the top eight by the end of the season.

Swans Take Wing

It finally happened. For the first time in 2017, the SCG boomed with the famous “Cheer, cheer the red and the white” chant as the Swans overcame their horrendous losing streak with a comprehensive win over the Brisbane Lions. Whilst this takes them off the bottom of the ladder, there is still a fair way to go. A huge positive seems to be the emphatic return to form by Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin kicking a massive 8 goals for the game. However, before we get too excited, the Swans are still far from their best. Still smarting from their shocking loss to the lowly placed Carlton, the Swans remain looking fairly weak in defence and occasionally in the midfield. Indeed, despite winning 135-81, they conceded 22 points in the final quarter. Against a better placed team, losing focus and energy in the final term defensively will cost them dearly. It’s a long way to go until the finals in September, but the Swans will need to find another gear.

Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round

One of the things that makes me so proud and happy to follow the AFL is its commitment to important causes and the way it embodies the true spirit of Australia. Round 10 will mark the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round which celebrates and recognises Indigenous players and culture. Indeed, the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round is a mark of respect to the First Australians and an important symbol and reminder of the significance of reconciliation. With specially designed guernseys, AFL match balls and cultural programs, the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round in 2017 will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian referendum where Australia voted for increased recognition and rights for Indigenous Australians. There is still a lot of work to be done for reconciliation, to correct the injustices that still face Indigenous Australia, but coming together through sport is an important part. Tune in next issue for an in-depth feature on the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round and enjoy the celebrations!

Round 8 – Tipping

 In current pt ranking order     Bhai*(42)AFL Diversity.Indian Link Khushaal Vyas (38)  Smit Bhatt (35)AFL Diversity.Indian Link Margit Shah (35) 
AFL Diversity.Indian Link
Tanya Sinha (32)AFL Diversity.Indian Link
West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs Eagles  Eagles Bulldogs Eagles Bulldogs
Hawthorn Hawks v Brisbane Lions Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks Hawks
St Kilda Saints v Carlton Blues Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
Greater Western Sydney Giants v Collingwood Magpies Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
Essendon Bombers v Geelong Cats Cats Cats Cats Cats Cats
Adelaide Crows v Melbourne Demons Crows Crows Crows Crows Crows
Richmond Tigers v Fremantle Dockers Tigers Tigers Dockers Tigers Tigers
Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide Power Power Power Power Suns Suns
North Melbourne Kangaroos v Sydney Swans Swans  Swans Kangaroos  Swans Swans

*The mysterious brother of mine you’ve heard so much about in these articles. He’s the one to beat!

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Khushaal Vyas
Khushaal is a past winner of the NSW Premier's Multicultural Youth Medal and Australian Student Leader of the Year. He is an active advocate on issues of cultural diversity as well as on Indigenous affairs and has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2018. Despite the extra time at home thanks to the pandemic, his culinary skills remain embarrassingly limited to chai, toasties and instant noodles

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