FREMANTLE DOCKERS V GEELONG CATS;
'CHAPPY' BY JOHN HARMS
By John Harms of the Footy Almanac Saturday night. Kids are fed and bathed and hovering. I am on the couch watching the Suns get smashed. But really, Im filling in time. Waiting for the Freo match to start. The kids know that if they are noticed they will be choofed off to bed. But they want to jump on Dad.
Suddenly teeth are done and stories are being read and Dad has some peace and quiet as the Cats run out. Theres Chappy. Chest out as always. Muscle-bound and roly-poly in a fit sort of way. Battle-face on already. The disarming smile nowhere to be seen. The brow jutting. Preparing for the 200th time. What a player!
I cant remember exactly when Chappy first came on the scene. His debut? Other than it was about the time I met The Handicapper. She had never seen football. I had never not. Our first date was to the opera, to see Madame Butterfly. On a Saturday night in Brisbane, when a stones throw up the road at the Gabba Collingwood was playing Brisbane under their new coach Leigh Matthews. Our second date was to the Gabba to see Geelong play the Lions. It was the match that launched the career of Jonathan Brown. He kicked seven. The Handicapper wondered why I was so sad. (Generally).
CHAPPY By John Harms - READ FULL STORY
5.3 8.6 10.9 13.11 (89) DEFEATED
at Subiaco Oval, Perth
Michael Vozzo (2) Matt Stevic (9) Jason Armstrong (26) EM: Todd Keating
THE CATTERY'S PRE-MATCH TIP? Freo probably the stronger side but think we can do another win at the death; Cats by 3 points