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I didn’t really want to write about this, it has been spoken about far too much, but something had to be said. In case you haven’t heard, sometime after the grand a young lady had her photo taken with an AFL premiership medal draped around her neck. The issue that is causing a stir is the fact that the medal was all she was wearing. I know that we live in a very sensitive time, the AFL and the media are all about promoting equality, which I one hundred percent agree with. The AFL also wants to be seen as an industry that respects and values Women, again a positive in my eyes. The problem with all of this is now, every time something semi controversial pops up the AFL has to chime in and get involved to promote this image, even when there shouldn’t be an issue at all.
I agree that a topless picture with the premiership medal is not ideal for the AFL or Richmond Football Club. But why is this a big deal? If every media outlet and certified journo on twitter weren’t posting about it, most people wouldn’t even know it existed. Now the police are investigating… WHY?? What crime has been committed? Nude pictures are taken and leaked all the time, I understand if the Woman involved has not consented to the photo and wants to protect herself, but her face is not in the photo and from the looks she would have known it was being taken.
Some people may read this and jump on the bandwagon saying that its disrespectful to Women and objectifying them, but isn’t part of the equality debate that Women’s bodies are their own and they have a right to show them off. The phrase and hash tag ‘#FreeTheNipple’ come to mind. As far as equality goes, back in 2015 Nat Fyfe won the Brownlow and had a photo taken with no shirt on and the medal around his neck but nobody cared. The media loved it, they saw it as a candid moment of relaxation and not one person suggested it was inappropriate. No police were called and the AFL was not asked to comment. Why the double standard?
If a Woman wants to take a topless photo with the Premiership medal for a good story to tell her mates or just a bit of fun that is her choice. If she allows someone else to take a photo of her like that, again this should be her choice. The only time this should be an issue is if the Woman in question did not know about or consent to the photo being taken. If you are aware of it happening and consent to it you have to know the risks that it could leak out into the world, it has happened to plenty of people before and will continue to happen.
This should be a lesson to everyone out there to be careful about taking naked photos but also a lesson that we need to lighten up. It’s just some boobs with a medal in between them people, get over it.
A lot has happened already in the lead up to AFL Trade Week. A host of players are on the move, asking their current clubs for a trade, and some even nominated preferred destinations. We’re all used to this by now, but it never gets any easier, the period of time in the AFL where everybody has an inside scoop, and yet nobody has a clue what is actually going to happen. Over the next 2 weeks, rumours are going to fly like never before. Most will likely eventuate into nothing, but some might surprise us all.
Most clubs have their leaks and most rumours have at least a little bit of truth. As the saying goes “where there’s smoke, there’s fire’.
At this moment in time, when the season has ended, and we have little else footy related to turn to, we are all desperate for something, some piece of juicy info about what player our team is going to get, or some big move that is going to change the landscape of the football world. It happens on occasion, sure but most of the time we are left disappointed.
But we continue to hold out hope, whether it is listening to Trade Radio, or looking through Facebook pages or message boards. We are all looking for something, anything to fill the void left by the ending of the season. The problem is, when we get something, I fear a lot of people don’t particularly handle it very well.
For those people I have some advice. Take everything with a grain of salt, and nothing as a certainty, but also don’t take anything personally. Read a rumour, and choose to believe it or dismiss it and then wait to see if it comes to pass.
Many people have their sources within AFL clubs, whether it is friends, family, or friends of friends. And news leaks out of clubs rather regularly. The issue us as consumers of these rumours has, is that we so desperately search for some form of news, then instantly dismiss it when we find something. And often in the process of this dismissal, attack the credibility of those that share this news. We are oftentimes so quick to shoot the messenger that we forget about the factors going on behind the scenes.
We forget that until the official announcements, nothing is set in stone. Deals get agreed upon in principle all the time, and then fall apart at the last moment; big deals change the landscape and can indirectly affect other deals being made. There are many factors that can change a deal at any given time. So when you get your supposed leaked information, remember that it is subject to change.
That’s not to say there aren’t people blatantly making stuff up out there, but use your own judgement, and remember come end of day on October 19th, everything will be confirmed (or busted).
Yeah Nah Look will be covering the trade period so be sure to tune in to our Podcast.
And from all of us here at Yeah Nah Look. Have a safe and happy Trade Period.
Guest starring our mate Paul, the boys give their top 10 Western Bulldogs players since 2000, review the round that was and look ahead to the last round of the home and away season.
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It has gone bye a few different names over the years, Patersons stadium, Domain stadium and the house of pain, but really it is just plain old Subiaco Oval. While it is common knowledge that Subi falls well short compared to the premier sporting locations in the country like the MCG, it was all we had here in Perth and still housed some of the great moments in West Australian footy.
I have attended a few games at Subi over the years, being that I am a Fremantle supporter, naturally the Dockers feature in all of them. Seeing that this weekend marks Fremantles last game ever at Subiaco It got me thinking of the games I have watched there. I thought I would make a list of the 5 most memorable games I watched live at Subiaco oval. Please enjoy and let us know your favorite Subiaco oval moments.
Pavs 350: Round 19, 2016
As a Dockers supporter, you wouldn’t think that a 90 point loss would be one of my treasured memories, but this was the last time I got to watch Matthew Pavlich live. My longtime close friend Sam was able to get tickets from a work friend for this game and I jumped at the opportunity to be there for Pavs 350. We were seated just near the 50m arc, a perfect location to watch Matthew Pavlich do his thing. While Freo played horribly on this day I will still always remember this day because it was all about the Pav. As he was chaired off at the end of the game I stood with tears in my eyes and applauded the greatest Docker of all time. I wish I could have been there for his very last game, a win over the Bulldogs. But I am glad that I did get to at least pay respect to his career in some way during his 350th.
Fremantle vs Carlton: Round 22, 2010
This one is memorable for better reasons, primarily the fact it was a great win that set Freo up for finals footy. I attended this game with Crawf and his family, all big time Carlton supporters. Even though it was here at Subi, against Carlton it’s always interesting as the large Blues supporter base here in WA always show up in numbers to cheer on their team. This game was a very tough contest, from memory a win from Carlton would put them in the eight and a win from Freo would give them a home final. Freo went on to win this game in a close one thanks in part to a strong showing from Michael Walters, who’s very vocal uncle was sitting just a couple of seats away from us. Freo went on to beat the hawks in an elimination final but went no further than that.
Western Derby: Round 21, 2000
My first Western Derby. I have been to a few derbies and they are always a fierce contest but this was special. The demolition derby it is now known as but I don’t remember the fighting. My cousin took me to this game, he was a West Coast supporter and loved to stir me up about the Dockers. We had terrible seats, a large pillar was placed right in front of one of our seats that blocked most of the view of the oval, but it didn’t ruin the day for me. At this point in time my absolute hero was Tony Modra, I had the number six on the back of my dockers Guernsey and at training I would try soccering goals through from difficult angles. I was so excited to see him play live, but sometimes life has other plans. Mods got injured about 10 min into the game, with just 1 disposal he took no further part in the game. Luckily for me there was another hero ready to step up this day. In comes Clive Waterhouse, often a joke among football fans, he chimed in with 7 goals in an amazing come from behind 1 point win. This is still the best game I have seen live and a memory that will last with me forever.
Anzac Day: Round 4, 2015
Its not quite Essendon vs. Collingwood at the G’, but attending an ANZAC day game was a highlight for me. This was right in the middle of probably the most dominant run of form in Fremantle Dockers history. They started well, got run down and then finally bounced back and secured a win. I remember this game because Nat Fyfe was spectacular all game long. I also remember thinking how special Buddy Franklin is to watch in person. As an opposition supporter nothing makes you more nervous than when Buddy gets near the footy.
Freo vs. Richmond: Round 13, 1999
This one is special to me even though it was a devastating one-point loss for the Dockers. This was my first ever live AFL game, but that is not the only interesting part of the day. My Father is American, he knew nothing about Australian Rules Football before I started to take an interest. One thing we didn’t realize is that most Fremantle home games are delayed telecast on TV. I was very excited when Dad told me he was going to take me to my first ever game, unfortunately we took the time In the TV guide as the start time of the game…. It was not. We turned up halfway through the third quarter very confused. On the positive side we didn’t need to pay for a ticket. Despite all this I loved it, it was so exciting to hear the roar of the crowd. Whatever people say about Subiaco oval, when it was a packed house and the crowd was roaring it was really something to see and hear. Anyone who knows me knows I am not close with my Dad so that makes this memory even more significant to me. Personally poetic for me that my first game at Subi was Fremantle vs. Richmond and the last Dockers game at Subi is against the same opponent, funny how things work out.
There were a lot of great games played at Subiaco oval, these ones were special to me for my own personal reasons and I’m sure many other games would be memorable to others for reasons of their own. I will always remember that first day at Subi, the sounds, sights and smells. I cant wait to go to the new Perth stadium, maybe one day ill take my Son or cousin or friend there, but I’ll always remember Subiaco.