It’s impossible to set the world on fire every single week, but the best teams win even when considerably short of their best. This summed up Melbourne on Sunday, defeating Hawthorn 15.14 (104) to 8.6 (54).
Sans Steven May in defence, and without Bayley Fritsch, Sam Weideman or Ben Brown in attack, the Dees were arguably ripe for the picking, having started the season 4-0 and with one eye on a blockbuster clash against Richmond next Saturday night.
Hawthorn are a long way off the pace in 2021 but have proven to be more than a bit pesky. And for three and a bit quarters they ran with Melbourne, defending resolutely, capitalising on ferocious pressure in attack, and benefiting from general Demon sloppiness in what was not a game replete with displays of skill.
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Chris Scott has declared Geelong’s boom off-season recruit Jeremy Cameron ready to play, ahead of the Cats’ tough task against West Coast in round six.
The former GWS forward and 2019 Coleman Medal winner has been battling hamstring injuries since joining the Cats but Scott said it was time to unleash him into the forward 50 in the blue and white hoops.
“Ready to go. He’s in,” Scott said.
“I am also putting a bit of pressure on our medical and conditioning staff. It is about time,” Scott then joked.
Cameron’s arrival would be perfect timing given the Eagles boast one of the strongest aerial defensive units in the competition.
The dual All-Australian would also be a much needed boost for the Cats, who were again not great in their win over bottom-of-the-ladder North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday. The coach had said last week that the club were being deliberately cautious with their new star.
Geelong missed a lot of opportunities and were poor kicking inside 50, but given the amount of possession and chances they had ended up over-running the young North side.
“We were still going OK statistically in the first quarter,” Scott said. “I would like to say we started executing better [but] I don’t think it was that, I think it was the weight of numbers [chances].
“If you looked at the numbers overall you’d be happy … a lot of shots, a lot of inside 50s, a lot of possession, a lot of the numbers looked positive.
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Carey put North 21 points ahead after a goal-square snap, aided by an errant Brad Sholl handball that rebounded off Robert Scott straight to the North skipper. But North couldn’t stretch its lead – Lynch kept the Cats within striking distance after kicking a goal on the run, but the assist belonged to John Barnes, who took a gutsy mark on the wing to set up Geelong‘s forward thrust.
Barnes spent the first half on the wing, with Steven King taking the centre bounces for the Cats. North ran Mark Roberts with Barnes in the first stanza before switching Corey McKernan there in the second quarter. McKernan had started across half-forward alongside Carey, but moved after being soundly beaten by Leigh Colbert.
North led by a goal at quarter-time and had only stretched its lead to nine points at half-time despite dominating the second term. Carey was brilliant with three goals for the term, while Wayne Schwass, David King and Anthony Stevens were providing great drive in the midfield. Stevens was engaged in an enthralling battle with former teammate and good friend Liam Pickering in the centre, and while the Geelong man took the points in the first quarter, Stevens gained several all important touches in the second. But it was Carey, with 12 touches, five marks and four goals to the long break, who was threatening to take control.
The third term was one of the most gruelling quarters seen at the MCG for some time. If not for the lights shining through the teeming rain, it might have been the 1950s. And it was tough, as highlighted by Archer’s report.
This lifted Geelong and the Cats attacked incessantly for the first 15 minutes. But they were able to muster only one goal, that from Hocking after a 50-metre penalty from the free kick against Archer for the report.
There was little joy for the Cats thereafter, despite repeatedly pumping the ball forward. And sure enough, it was Carey who made Geelong pay, dribbling one through from a left-foot snap at the 18-minute mark. That made the difference nine points. By three-quarter-time, it was 15 points after a dreadful kick by Darren Milburn was intercepted by Robert Scott, who passed to Carey, who now had Barry Stoneham as his opponent. While Carey was preparing to kick, Ben Graham interfered with Darren Crocker in the goal square, and Crocker kicked truly from the relayed free kick.
North went into the final change with the momentum, particularly if the savage blast handed out by Geelong coach Gary Ayres to his players could be taken as a guide. But the Cats failed to respond, and were thrown into the mire just three minutes into the last quarter when Carey loomed again, marking in front of Stoneham and kicking a goal. It was now 22 points North’s way and the Cats were seemingly gone.
But they are a resilient mob at Kardinia Park and no sooner did it appear over than Pickering snapped truly with his left foot to whittle the margin back to three goals. Carey bombed a free kick from outside 50 metres to make it four goals again, but quick goals to Mansfield and King made it two goals again with seven minutes remaining.
An Allison goal from a strong mark proved to be the sealer. Predictably, the pass came from Carey, who finished the night with 23 touches, 10 marks and a lazy seven goals.
Best – NORTH MELBOURNE: Carey, Archer, Longmire, Pike, AStevens, King, Bell, Martyn. GEELONG: Pickering, Hocking, Milburn, Colbert, McGrath.
Injuries- GEELONG: Hall (calf) replaced in selected side by Steinfort, Lynch (quad).
Reports: Archer (NM)by field umpire Nash for allegedly intentionally tripping Hocking (Geel) in the third quarter.
Umpires: Nash, Coates, Howlett.
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Portable timber cottages in Collingwood and the factory that has produced Vegemite for millions of Australians since the 1930s are among a suite of buildings and structures under the spotlight as part of a push to better protect Victoria’s heritage.
A campaign has been launched to try to ensure a collection of prefabricated buildings brought to Victoria from all over the world during the Gold Rush make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Meanwhile, the City of Melbourne is examining whether more recent builds, including the Vegemite factory and the West Gate Bridge, can be given special industrial heritage protections.
Many indicators of the defining period in Victoria’s history sparked by the Gold Rush, beginning in the early 1850s, remain intact.
That includes a collection of prefabricated buildings — from simple cottages to a stately home — that were imported to the state from all over the globe as the population boomed.
The buildings that remain have got heritage protections at a state level, but a group is determined to elevate the profile and appreciation of those buildings by seeking a World Heritage Listing through UNESCO.
Former Labor MP Barry Jones said Victoria had an outstanding collection of prefabricated buildings.
“In the early 1850s you had the extraordinary expansion of population and the economy just mushroomed, and so they started importing buildings from all over the world,” he said.
“It’s extraordinary how far they came.”
The portable buildings were brought from places including Germany, Scotland, England, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Dr Jones said most of the buildings that came from Hong Kong had disappeared, but some of those that came from Singapore had survived.
Four cottages that came from Singapore remain in Collingwood.
“After being on the road for a century and a half, they’ve come to rest in Sackville Street in Collingwood,” Dr Jones said.
“It’s astonishing to consider the international impact and the international interaction that the Gold Rush of the 1850s brought to Victoria.”
Many of the prefabricated buildings brought to Australia during the 19th century are in Victoria, but there are 104 across Australia that are part of the push for UNESCO World Heritage recognition.
Corio Villa in Geelong is one of those prefabricated buildings, but its scale is much grander than some.
The cast iron house was built in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was shipped to Geelong in boxes in 1855.
Two of Australia’s 19 World Heritage sites are in Victoria, including the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, with the structure one of the last remaining 19th-century exhibition buildings.
The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in south-west Victoria, where Gunditjmara people constructed an elaborate aquaculture system to harvest eels that dates back more than 6600 years, was added to the list in 2019.
Meanwhile, the City of Melbourne is examining whether or not protection for more recent sites of significance to the city’s history, such as the Vegemite factory and the West Gate Bridge, should be introduced.
Deputy Lord Mayor Nick Reece said the industrial area of Fishermans Bend, which has been earmarked for major development that would make it home to 80,000 people, has been of particular focus.
He said as the area changes to accommodate that growth, the city was aiming to ensure it happens “in a way that’s respectful of the history of that area”.
“In terms of Australia’s industrial history, there’s no area like Fishermans Bend, at the mouth of the Yarra River on the south bank of the river,” Councillor Reece said.
“It is the industrial area where the Commonwealth aircraft factory was located, where they made planes during wartime, and it’s the place where Holden cars got made.”
“[Former Prime Minister] Ben Chifley saw the first one roll off the production line in the 1940s.”
“It is also the place where Vegemite gets manufactured for millions and millions of Australians.”
The Vegemite factory has been operating in the area since the 1930s, not long after chemist Cyril Percy Callister developed the spread while working on his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
“It doesn’t mean that these sites cant be developed, and further investment can certainly happen for the companies that operate there, but it just means heritage will be a factor they need to take into account as part of the development,” Councillor Reece said.
The City of Melbourne engaged historians as part of its examination of industrial heritage.
Protection for the West Gate Bridge, which was the site of the country’s worst ever industrial accident that resulted in 35 deaths, is also being considered for protection.
“It is also architecturally, a very significant structure in Melbourne and it’s an iconic structure,” Councillor Reece said.
“It’s also got important social history for Melbourne — it opened up the western suburbs of Melbourne to the central city.”
He said although people might not expect more recent, industrial buildings and structures to have heritage protection, it was an important issue to consider.
“But it’s quite possible for more recent buildings to receive heritage protection if they are significant for other reasons.”
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Shaw said he sometimes tried to surprise opponents with unorthodox positions, for instance. “You can’t do that now because of 6-6-6,” he said. “And you can’t just keep changing things around without everyone losing confidence in the direction you’re taking.
“All you can do is keep testing them out, maybe find something that gels. You’ve got to be honest and upfront with them. And the players have to be honest with themselves. Are they that bad, or are they making excuses in the back of their heads?”
Schwab said a proper understanding of your side’s capabilities mattered. “Hard as it is, you’ve got to be realistic,” he said. “Do we expect North to beat Geelong? Well, no. Then it’s a matter of how you monitor losses. Is it a really bad loss, or did we learn a bit?
Schwab noted that Noble was new to coaching, but steeped in the game. That would help. So would his expertise as a list-builder.
“You know there are a lot of holes to fill. That can become overwhelming,” he said. “You start to think you’ve got so many gaps. But you’re never going to fill them all straight away. You’ve got to be careful you don’t let it drown you.”
Schwab said it was only natural for self-doubt to creep in. “You start to think, is the game plan right?” he said. “He won’t worry about the players, because he can’t, because that’s his list for the year. He’ll be thinking about how do we want to play? What’s best in the long term?”
Shaw and Pagan both remember how vulnerable they felt. “Have a look at how close a good coach like Damien Hardwick was to getting the flick,” Shaw said. “He could have been one board member, or one ordinary administrator, one hour away from getting the sack. He would never have got the opportunity to do what he’s done.”
Pagan agreed. “You’ve got to have strong leadership, and I hope the people who are leading North understand that,” he said. “Most board members don’t really have an understanding of what goes on.”
In hard times, especially, everyone becomes an expert. “It’s like real estate [Pagan’s job now]. You give a price to the vendor. You sell,” he said. “Five minutes later, someone says you should have gone to auction, you should have sold before auction, you should have got $500,000 more. The same thing happens in football.”
Pagan said Noble had to trust himself. “You can do all these things and it will still be mission impossible,” he said. “But when you’re an AFL coach, that’s what you’ve got to do. Not many people will understand that. You’ve got to please yourself. That’s what I did at Carlton.”
Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age.
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The Blues’ forward Zac Fisher will also require an operation to remove a bone spur in his ankle, with the 22-year-old expected to miss another six weeks.
The Blues also will be without luckless Caleb Marchbank for the rest of 2021 after the tall defender tore an anterior cruciate ligament. Marchbank is contracted for next year and thus assured of retaining his position on the list.
Meanwhile, Geelong are leaning towards holding back Jeremy Cameron for another week, with the star recruit unlikely to play against North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.
The spearhead, who arrived at the Cats from Greater Western Sydney via a trade last season, is yet to make an appearance for the Cats in the home and away season after suffering his second hamstring injury for the year during the week leading into the round one clash against Adelaide.
Although he has been progressing well as he builds towards making his return, the Cats are likely to opt for a conservative approach with the long-term picture in mind.
Geelong coach Chris Scott referenced at a media conference last week the injury Eagles star Luke Shuey suffered when he returned from a hamstring injury in round three against Port Adelaide, saying the Cats wanted to do everything possible to mitigate the chances of a similar event befalling Cameron.
The Cats play West Coast at GMHBA Stadium in round six in what would be a searching initiation for Cameron, with the Eagles’ tall timber among the best in the competition.
The Cats’ season is yet to reach any great heights as they sit in the middle of the ladder with two wins and two losses, however they will benefit from the return of star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield and handy forward Gary Rohan, who have both been out through suspension.
Dangerfield used the three-week ban he received for his bump on Adelaide’s Jake Kelly, which led to a head clash with Kelly left concussed and with a broken nose, to build his fitness after an injury interrupted pre-season.
He was also allowed, under AFL rules, to play two VFL practice matches despite being suspended.
The injury-hit Kangaroos will have midfielder Ben Cunnington available after the veteran successfully appealed a one-match suspension at the tribunal on Tuesday night.
The Kangaroos are without their reigning best and fairest winner Luke McDonald after he suffered a pectoral injury that requires surgery. The 26-year-old is set to miss up to 12 weeks.
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Matthew Lloyd is concerned about Geelong’s current form, saying their side relies too heavy on star power rather than system to perform.
The Cats were well beaten by Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday, with the result seeing them enter Round 5 at two wins and two losses.
Lloyd said Geelong hadn’t played one good game of football in the first four rounds of the season, expressing his concern about their “player reliant” style of game.
“I would be concerned if I was (Geelong coach) Chris Scott,” he said on Sportsday.
“They can’t get their ball movement going, it’s slow. They fight back and get goals against the run of play sometimes because they have a pretty strong defence.
“Their rucks are a pretty major issue, (Melbourne ruckman) Max Gawn was dominant again on the weekend. They haven’t played a quality game of footy for four rounds and internally I think they’re even concerned.
“They have stars to come back, but to me it’s player reliant again more than the system. Does (Patrick) Dangerfield needs to come in and inject the explosiveness in the midfield or does (Jeremy) Cameron need to come in and kick three or four goals for them?
“I look at Richmond, they lose a few players and I still see a process. They had no (Trent) Cotchin and (Dion) Prestia and they still play a good game of football (against Port Adelaide).
“I don’t really see that from Geelong and I think they need all their stars back to get back into this (season).”
The Cats will be looking to notch up their third victory of the year when they take on bottom-placed North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.
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If these young Hawks take anything from this visit to Perth, let’s hope that they learn that poor starts all but condemn you in places like Optus Stadium.
The Hawks fell behind by five goals in the opening term and it left them chasing desperately from then onwards.
The Hawks were very good after quarter-time although they never truly had an answer for Fremantle’s work in the clearances and going forward of the ball.
Ruckman Sean Darcy is a star to watch for Fremantle kicking three goals and going blow for blow with Ben McEvoy.
Fyfe had 31 touches and starred as always while Adam Cerra, Andy Bradshaw and Caleb Serong look better and better with each game.
Tom Mitchell had 37 disposals for the Hawks while Jarmen Impey, Michael Hartley and Changkuoth Jiath gave the Hawks plenty of dash.
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