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Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue from Rd. 9

Something Old

There’s nobody older in the game right now than Dustin Fletcher.

In fact, in the history of the game, only Harold Vivian ‘Vic’ Cumberland has stepped out as a 40-plus footballer.

The Essendon champion reached 400 games on Saturday night against Richmond.

The result didn’t go Fletcher’s way but he did pull off a couple of superb defensive stops before being subbed out in the last quarter. A groin complaint may see him wait a week or two before notching game 401.

Something New

Jeremy Howe, you’ve got some competition. There’s a new contender for the mark of the year, with Nic Naitanui climbing high on Sunday to throw his hat into the ring.

Let’s hope the two frequent flyers try to outdo one another for the rest of the season and provide a couple more big grabs.

Something Borrowed

Adam Goodes played a fair game Friday night. But it was his goal celebration, borrowed from the Flying Boomerangs, that sparked much conversation.

Ian Prendergast, AFL Players’ GM of Player Relations, wrote passionately about the fallout on Saturday morning.

“I hope Goodesy continues to challenge our thinking and inspires everyone to have a greater awareness, respect and understanding of our country’s rich indigenous culture. He is making the play and leading the way for his brothers tomorrow. May he walk proud with his head held high.”

Something Blue

Poor old Tommy Rockliff will be feeling a little glum today.

The Brisbane Lions skipper busted three ribs in his side’s loss to St Kilda on Sunday. That’s to go with a similar injury in Round 1 (three broken ribs and a punctured lung) and the concussion he copped in Round 5 against the Suns.

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