Round 8, 2017

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With news of Lou Richards’ death this week we thought we’d head back to 1941, the year he made his debut for the mighty Pies, for our dip into footy’s past.

Chatter reported in round 8, 21 June 1941 ‘Another shock. For the football world’. St Kilda had a ‘brilliant victory’ over Footscray. Reportedly the shock wasn’t the Saints win, but Footscray who ‘collapsed so completely’. Columnist “Chatterer” described St Kilda as ‘a team of moods and capable of anything’ (p.3) who had ‘cleverly mingled pace and vigour’ (p.4). Last week the Saints also had an impressive victory over GWS and fortunately for Doggies’ supporters their team managed not to follow this historical precedent.

Not unexpectedly war was present in the record, with reports of games in Libya (p.7) and advertisements for single and married men with small families to join the AIF (p.22) as well as news of the Victorian Football League and the State Emergency Council for Civil Defence display of dealing with incendiary bombs to be held at Essendon Football ground the following week at half time. The program included the demonstration of fire proof asbestos clothing (p.2).

Big tipping questions are raised this week – can Gold Coast hold on to their home ground advantage in Shanghai?

Tip carefully
Jordy and Mary

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