Hi friends and family.
It’s been far too long since I last blogged and worse, last year I did not state the results of the famous Rhyce Shaw Medal. To find out more about the Medal, check out my History here. In short, it’s a vote for the worst player on ground in the AFL Grand Final.
This year’s magnificent AFL Grand Final features the purple haze of Fremantle entering the GF for the first time in their less-than-storied history, against the experienced Hawks. You know what that means for Rhyce Shaw voters?
The voters respect performance. Nothing more, nothing less.
So the current betting is as follows:
1,000:1 – Matthew Pavlich
Seriously. Who’s voting Pav for RS? Shame on you.
500:1 – Luke Hodge
Like Pav, but with more grit and less class. Still – no one is voting for Hodgey
100:1 – Sam Mitchell
Not impossible. If Crowley tags him out of the game…stranger things have happened.
50:1 The Umpires
You’ve got to hand it to them, they consistently get votes.
25:1 Brad Sewell, Michael Barlow
Being a ball-magnet can be a blessing and a curse. Watch out for these two if the possessions dry up.
10:1 Cyril Rioli
Could we have our first ever two-time champ? St Cyril won it last year after an absolute stinker…do we dare to believe he’d go back-to-back?
6:1 Ryan Crowley
Nobody likes a tagger. The gritty Crowley only needs a few things to go wrong to become everybody’s fall guy.
4:1 Zac Dawson
Dawson is a favourite patsy for many AFL fans over the years. The Rhyce Shaw could be the final dark, fetid feather in his cap.
3:1 Buddy Franklin
Having a poor season by his lofty standards, plenty of the usual off-field intrigue (GWS) and his general arrogance see Buddy as *almost* the early favourite. But that honour goes to…
2:1 Hayden Ballantyne
When the most positive thing you can call Ballantyne is ‘serial pest’, he deserves to be the favourite.
So who will join the list of champions such as Alistair Lynch, Daniel Motlop and Luke Ball? Only Saturday, and your votes will tell.
Cast them wisely.