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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: R23 - Carlton v Essendon- Like Dancing with your Drug Crazed Ugly Stepsister

An excerpt from the MRP report....

"Contact between Carlton’s Brock McLean and Essendon’s Brendon Goddard from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was reviewed. After viewing all available vision and receiving a medical report from the Essendon Football Club, it was the view of the panel there was no forceful high contact made. No further action was taken."

Frustrating to say the least.

Won't mention the Joe Danniher non decision as he shimmied like a deer in headlights against Jammo.

I read that Carlton has had one of the best runs with the umpires in terms of frees for and against but I can't help but think a few poor decisions at key times have certainly impacted on our win loss ratio.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: #malthousemovies

(Thanks to Wikipedia)

Basketball movie with Gene Hackman as the grumpy coach......

Norman Dale arrives in the rural southwest Indiana town of Hickory to become a high school teacher and head basketball coach. He was hired by Cletus Summers, the principal and a longtime friend of Dale's. Dale had lost a previous collegiate coaching position after striking a student, so the job is something of a last chance for him.

Like much of the state, Hickory is passionate about basketball. Dale is questioned rather pointedly and intensely at an impromptu meeting at the town barber shop. People are aware that the best player in town, Jimmy Chitwood, does not intend to play on this season's team due to his attachment to the previous coach. Faculty member Myra Fleener warns Dale not to try to persuade Jimmy to change his mind; she believes he needs to focus on academics in order to get a scholarship to attend college and have a better future. Dale has no intention of going after Jimmy; in fact, Dale meets with Jimmy and tells him that playing on the team is ultimately his choice and that he doesn't care whether Jimmy eventually joins the team.

The school enrollment is so small that Dale has only seven players on his squad. At his first practice, Dale immediately dismisses the acting coach, one of the townsmen. The man threatens Dale not to "screw up" the team. Minutes into addressing the players for the first time, he dismisses two, Buddy Walker and Whit Butcher, from the team for not paying attention when he speaks. He then begins drilling the remaining five players (Rade Butcher, Merle Webb, Everett Flatch, Strap Purl, and Ollie McLellan) with fundamentals and conditioning but no scrimmages, much to the players' dislike. Townsmen intrude on the practice and demand to know what Dale is doing. Whit's father intervenes, however, and makes his son apologize to Dale and ask for another chance. Mr. Butcher then shows his support of Dale by dismissing the townsmen. Later, Mr. Butcher will join Dale on the bench.

Built on a four-pass offense, Dale remains steadfast when Rade Butcher disobeys him and shoots without passing, benching him despite shooting accurately, and playing with four players after another fouls out. Rade later jumps to Dale's defense in an ensuing game when an opposing player threatens him. After the brawl, Cletus, who has been assisting Dale in coaching, decides his heart cannot take the tension.

The coach alienates the community with a slow, defensive style that does not immediately produce results and also by losing his temper, which causes him to be ejected from multiple games.

With Cletus laid up, Dale invites knowledgeable basketball fan Shooter Flatch, Everett's alcoholic father, to join him on the bench as a new assistant. This, too, confounds the town, including Everett. The coach has just one condition, that Shooter must be sober at all times around the boys.

By the middle of the season, an emergency town meeting is called to vote on whether Dale should be dismissed. Fleener appreciates the coach's staying away from Jimmy and sides with him, but the town votes him out. At the last minute, Jimmy enters the meeting and asks permission to speak: he says he's ready to begin playing basketball again, but only if Dale remains as coach. Fleener's mother calls for a re-vote, and the town almost unanimously votes for Dale to stay as coach.

From this point, Hickory becomes an unstoppable team. Along the way, Dale proves Shooter's value to the townspeople (and to Shooter himself) by intentionally getting himself ejected from a game and forcing Shooter to show his coaching ability. Shooter does just that by diagramming a play by which Hickory wins the game on a last-second shot. Despite a setback in which Shooter arrives drunk to a game and ends up in a hospital, the team advances through tournament play, with contributions from unsung players, such as the pint-sized Ollie and devoutly religious Strap.

Hickory shocks the state by reaching the championship game in Indianapolis. In a large arena and before a crowd bigger than any they've seen, the Hickory players face long odds to defeat a team from South Bend, whose integrated players are taller and more athletic. But with Chitwood scoring at the last second, tiny Hickory takes home the 1952 Indiana state championship.