Sep 12, 2022


The Monday Knee Jerk Reaction: AFL Finals Week Two


Footy is a passion, not some cold hearted, spread sheet dominated rational exercise. 

On a Monday, you want irrational reaction. You want emotion to trump reason.

What you really want is idiotic hysteria.

You've come to the right place.


Melbourne (79) v Brisbane (92)

Friday was a bad day for Melbourne supporters. First, the Queen dies, and then their team gets bundled out in straight sets.

Add to that rising interest rates and the painfully long wait time on the new Range Rover, and Demons fans are having a tough time of it.

Things started well enough for Melbourne; they were up by 28 points very quickly, only to just stop.

I guess one thing Demons supporters can be proud of is their team not playing the second half in honour of the Queen.

It was a lovely gesture, and they can hold their head up high as no other club had the class to do the same.

Brisbane, however, won’t care about that at all; they defeated a team who has had their measure for some time and at a ground that has been a source of nothing but pain.

As a wise person once said, ‘past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.’

The Lions can take a lot of credit for completely adapting how they played the Dees.

Instead of trying to get into a shootout with them, they basically just tagged every single player, focusing on shutting down the Demons.

Alarmingly for the Dees, this proved easier to do than it should.

Changing their game style seemed to never occur to Melbourne either; they have been persisting with what hasn’t been working for the second half of the season.

The result of Brisbane’s new tactics was that Melbourne’s midfield soon wilted under the pressure, like Bernard Tomic on a 27-degree day, while their forward line disappeared into thin air.

Simon Goodwin has talked a lot about ‘learnings’ this year, but a key learning had not been learnt, that this forward line works about as well as the Covid Safe app.

Brisbane had no such problems, with Eric Hipwood booting four goals and Charlie Cameron kicking three. If anything, it seemed to function better without Joe Daniher, it was addition by subtraction.

In the end, the Lions worked harder, were fitter and adapted their tactics to what was in front of them.

Can they beat Geelong? Probably not, but then, no one gave them much chance of winning here, and they proved everyone wrong.

As for the Demons, they must face the reality that they have never won a final while Charles has been king.     


Collingwood (79) v Fremantle (59)

It was a different crowd on Saturday at the MCG compared to Friday night; out were the collars, in were the neck tattoos and the noise.

This was seriously one of the loudest crowds I’ve sat in, with the Pies fans putting the Dockers on the back foot before the game had even started.

Once it did start, the Pies were away fast, getting four straight goals, and the MCG was going nuts.

Pies fans loved what they were seeing, Jack Ginnivan got an early one, and Jordan De Goey hadn’t run amok like this since New York.

The second quarter should have been a burying of the Dockers, but the Pies added only two more goals while kicking six behinds.

This was part of a run of nine consecutive behinds from Collingwood during which their fans calmly expressed their displeasure and offered constructive criticism from the stands.

Thoughts of the 41 points comeback the week before were certainly on Pies fans' minds, but they needn’t have worried, they are not the Bulldogs, and the second half saw Collingwood retain control over the game.

The highlight of the second half, though, was David Mundy in his 376th game streaming forward and booting a goal.

Mundy played his first game all the way back in 2005 before social media existed before the iPhone had been invented, before the Giants and Suns had joined the league.

In his time in the game, he’s lived through the death of the bump 27 times, 143,555 hot takes from Kane Cornes and been mentioned in the Melbourne media four times.

He also goes out a player that everyone likes, with even the Collingwood crowd giving him a heartfelt send-off as he was chaired from the ground.

While his time in the game ends, Collingwood’s seems just to be getting going. They are young, hungry and the pressure they apply is so intense it’s like talking to Rex Hunt.

A lot has been made of the fact that the last four times a reigning Monarch passed away while still in power, Collingwood progressed to a Grand Final.

More than anything, this is the reason we should be grateful Queen Elizabeth II ruled for so long.

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Sep 12, 2022

I suspect the chill in the wind and the smell of fresh Mt Buller snow got to the Melbourne players distracting them from finishing the job at hand. Climate change should remove that impediment in the future

Saint Peter

Sep 12, 2022

Titus, thanks for the Financial Advice. ‘past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.’ I trust you have your licence as I hear ASIC are coming to visit all Melbourne supporters. That would be scarier than Don Trump becoming President again.
No premiership under the reign of KC III. As the Windsors' tend to live into their 90's that means another 20 years before the next Demons flag.
Please refrain from negative comments towards J De Goey, Saints supporters don't like negative comments about their own players.
Looking forward to future insights into the remaining finals matches without bias. Complementing SG on sticking to his game plan while it is failing in front of his very eyes is not how club supporters behave. Normal ones bag the living crap out of him.
Some comfort I guess to Dees supporters they did manage to beat the Saints in the AFLW.

Con Cushion

Sep 12, 2022

Turn it up Titus ... my proctologist was using your wise person's language about past performance well before Simple Simon's LEARNINGS!! Con.


Sep 12, 2022

Jordan De Goey hadn’t run amok like this since New York.


The g train

Sep 12, 2022

“Add to that rising interest rates…”. Yeah, The AFL, footy supporters and RBA often all fail in predicting outcomes of things that are inherently unpredictable.

The RBA virtually promised target interest rates won’t rise until 2024 at the earliest; but then raised them quickly and substantially in mid 2022–and then nonchalantly said: “hmm… got that wrong and unfortunately the battlers and not the rich (Melbourne supporters) will have to pay for this failed prediction but it wasn’t our fault as things change so don’t blame us and we’re not gonna change anyhow so just cop it ya pack of miserable losers and at at least face your ruin with a modicum of dignity and stop whinging and complaining and you oughta be ashamed of yourselves”.

It was great to see even Collingwood supporters give Mundy a “heart felt” send off.


Sep 12, 2022

You’ve out done yourself best knee jerk yet!

Fat Side

Sep 12, 2022

He might only have one third of the English coat of arms on his jumper, but all hail King Charlie in the Brisbane forward line. I'm actually hoping we get to see him in action in the Grannie. It will put some interest into a game that will be lacking its regular quota of Richmond teams.

Lion of Floreat

Sep 12, 2022

Thanks again Titus.

The Lions looked awful 20 minutes in. Who knew that a change of strategy can create a different outcome, well done Brisbane on proving that another thing is now possible.

Hoping this Friday is an exciting as the two that went before.

Derek Fletcher

Sep 12, 2022

Hey Titus , would it be possible to add an icon for "likes" to the comments for next year please? I wanted to do that for G's comment "You’ve out done yourself best knee jerk yet!" but instead just have to repeat it. Cheers.


Sep 12, 2022

Two comments.
Nobody seems to have noted the two themes this weekend. The Battle of the Felines (Lions v Cats), and the Battle of the Birds (Magpies v Swans).
And check this:
Charles now King,
Carlos Alcara wins US Open,
Charlie Cameron to kick a bag?
It's the week of the Charlies.


Sep 12, 2022

*****This was part of a run of nine consecutive behinds from Collingwood during which their fans calmly expressed their displeasure and offered constructive criticism from the stands.*****

Their reasoned responses and rational behaviour, coupled with their sense of fair play and high standards of self-discipline must surely be an inspiration to us all.

Running Dog

Sep 12, 2022

Doug, I noticed the feline v avian theme, but it's the sort of thing I used to fixate on as a kid, back when QEII was still on the throne, and I didn't want to admit still doing it. I guess in the case of the 2022 premiership it means someone's gonna be in the catbird seat. But the 'Charlie' observation - tip top! Thumbs up emoji.


Sep 12, 2022

I am the most tragic Dee supporter in the entire universe and I drive a ford focus


Sep 14, 2022

I'm a Dees tragic too. Years ago, I was driving my young boys (8 and 6) to the footy in my Suzuki Hatch from St Leonards outside Geelong. We were listening to the Coodabeens bagging Dees supporters for heading off to the snow again. The older boy piped up and said, "Hey Dad, What is snow?"

Saint Peter

Sep 14, 2022

Sorry to rain on your parade Doug but I believe it is Indigenous round as one team has Black, one team has Red & one team has Yellow & one team with Tiwi Island colours. Making up the Indigenous Flag colours. Well done to the AFL for orchestrating it.


Sep 17, 2022

Willo, well your young pup won't understand the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman then will he.