MATTHEW RICHARDSON’S TOP 10: Players are taking advantage of the AFL’s dangerous tackle rule

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The two best defenders in the AFL could win thier team a flag.
The two best defenders in the AFL could win thier team a flag. Credit: Will Pearce

1. Was glad to hear that the Dogs are resting Libba indefinitely after two recent concussions.

I was at both games and it felt uncomfortable to watch the after effects of both incidents. Let’s hope Libba is back healthy and well very soon.

2. As a footy fan there is nothing more enjoyable than watching a youngster stand up and announce themselves as a genuine player.

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Adelaide have found a bona fide midfielder in Jake Soligio. Now in his third season and with 45 games under his belt, Soligio was best on ground in last week’s Showdown. This is the big stage and he shone. Over his last five games he is averaging 27 disposals, 13 of those contested, including five clearances. They are very good numbers and Crows fans would be pumped.

Jake Soligo is shaping as a true midfield star.
Jake Soligo is shaping as a true midfield star. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

3. As for the Showdown it was a disastrous for Port.

Not just the result but the recurring hamstring injury of captain Connor Rozee. I was surprised to see him play and his coach Ken Hinkley admitted it was a mistake to play him. Let’s hope that the decision to play him doesn’t end up being a sliding doors moment for the Power come season’s end.

4. It’s great to see rivalries alive and well.

A record home and away crowd between the two old foes Carlton and Collingwood attracted 88,362 fans. Why wouldn’t you turn up when you get to witness one of the great careers in the making? The sublime Nick Daicos added another medal to the trophy cabinet for his best-on-ground performance. His two goals from stoppages on the edge of forward-50 were as good as you will see.

5. I had the pleasure of attending the Pat Cronin Foundation lunch at Lower Plenty Footy club last Saturday.

The function was emceed by Collingwood great Tony Shaw. Matt and Robyn Cronin set up the foundation after the tragic death of their son Pat from a coward punch eight years ago. The foundation’s aim is to end these violent deaths by educating children at a young age. Last year 70,000 children went through their violence prevention program. Bravo to the Cronins.

6. We talk a lot about culture in football and how its integral to being a successful club.

Surely, Sydney’s famed Bloods culture is the best. This footy club is always in contention and after eight rounds they sit at the top of the ladder with seven wins. Since their grand final appearance in 1996 they have only missed the finals five times. What a club.

7. Short and to the point.

Players are masters at exploiting rules. The dangerous tackle rule is being exploited by the player being tackled.

8. Famous sporting duos.

Shaq and Kobe, Montana and Rice, Lillee and Marsh, Warne and McGrath, the list goes on. Melbourne fans would add Lever and May as they lead the tightest defence in the AFL. While these two are on the paddock the Demons are a massive premiership chance.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Jake Lever (left) and Steven May of the Demons share a discussion during the 2024 AFL Round 07 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 24, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Jake Lever and Steven May are near impossible to get past. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

9. On the Demons.

Set your clocks to 7.30pm tonight. Channel 7 Blues v Dees. Carlton have lost three of their last four and need to get back on the winners’ list. Can’t wait.

10. On the home front I’m trying to steer my girls in the right musical direction.

I’ve been playing them plenty of my old CDs and vinyl. Mostly ’90s and 2000s rock. They aren’t interested and it’s disappointing. They demand Swift and Perry. By the way, music listened through an old amp and speakers kills the modern digital way we consume it now. Am I a grumpy old man? Maybe.


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