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Snap Shot is a weekly column taking a look at the lighter side of football.
With six VAFA premierships to his name, AFL CEO-elect Andrew Dillon has more footy stories than most.
Andrew Dillon has tales to tell, and he tells them well. Credit: Getty Images
That’s why Ormond Football Club was rapt when he kept his commitment to speak at a club lunch at McKinnon Hotel on Friday, Dillon’s down-to-earth nature shining through in that environment.
In the crowd was Mark Gilmore, a popular ex-Ormond legend whose sharp elbows had once landed him in trouble at the tribunal after they connected with Dillon’s cheekbone during an amateur game.
It was therefore inevitable that MC Luke O’Brien raised the issue when it was Dillon’s time to speak.
Well, no one can say Dillon was not prepared.
He had arrived at the function with an old driver’s licence he found at the bottom of one of his drawers that carried a photo of a young Dillon sporting a shiner from the incident, a prop designed to rib Ormond about how the elbow impacted his youthful good looks and toughening up his image.
No one at Ormond had forgotten that black eye, however, as it had dashed any hopes Gilmore had of getting off a suspension before the hearing had even begun.
Gilmore had been sitting nervously waiting at Elsternwick Park with Ormond officials, a partition separating him from Xavier officials when Dillon walked in with a swollen eye ready to give his version of events. He would not be allowed to lie but whatever he said was not going to make much difference anyway.
Dillon recalled hearing an Ormond official who was tall enough to see over the partition take one look at the state of his face and turn to Gilmore and say at the top of his voice: “You’re stuffed, mate.”
The tale brought the house down.
And Gilmore was stuffed too. He received a four-match suspension.
Later, when asked at the function for one word to describe Ormond, Dillon showed he knew his audience though, winning back a bit of favour. His answer: “Tough.″
Clark’s not-so-sweet 16
West Coast’s Greg Clark turns 26 on Thursday, but he won’t have much AFL joy to wind into his celebrations.
Greg Clark was hoping to enjoy a win on debut. After 16 games, he is still hoping.Credit: Getty
The mature-aged recruit, who made his debut in a 109-point loss to Richmond in round seven last year, is yet to celebrate a win after 16 games with the Eagles. And a quarter of those 16 losses, including Sunday’s loss to Hawthorn, have been by more than 100 points with the average losing margin 65 points.
Clark’s record of 0-16 puts him within five losses of passing the unwanted record among current players that Melbourne’s Adam Tomlinson holds, of most games before their first win. He played 21 games with Greater Western Sydney before enjoying a win.
Of course, it’s nowhere near as bad as former Saint Ted Hall, who played in 62 games as the 19th century became the 20th before enjoying a win. Clark is also 24 more losses from University’s Lester Kelly, who played 40 matches without enjoying victory.
On the bright side, former Demon Ralph Lane provides some hope for Clark. Lane played in 19 games before his first win in 1953, but in his last match in 1956 he became a premiership player for Melbourne.
The Eagles’ poor run makes the unfortunate Clark’s comment on the eve of his debut last April look decidedly optimistic.
“[I’m] excited to get out there with the boys and hopefully get a W,” Clark said.
On the coach’s whiteboard
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Outgoing Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.Credit: Jason South
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“We feel like we let them down this week.” – West Coast coach Adam Simpson, post-match round 10
But they forgot to say
“We feel like we let them down this week, and last week, and the week before and last year and the year before that.”
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