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The Spider Burton Ex-Docker of the Week

 
 

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Docker Stats

Position...........

7th

Percentage......

97

Places Above the Eagles........

-6

Carr Fights

10

CC nervous sidelong glances to Mark Harvey

14

Stupid post match cliches

22

Sandilands taps to opposition 52
 

Ex-Docker of the Week...

This award is perhaps the most hotly contested of all the awards. There are so many good players who have once worn purple but now are part of the enemy horde.

This award is in Honour of the Second Tallest Man ever to play AFL, the lanky, the freaky, the all too nice Matthew Spider Burton. This bloke symbolised the Fremantle Dockers in the early days: Unconventional, unpredictable, hilariously fun, and at times ingenious. After being cruely discarded by a Fremantle Team desperate for some "traditional" footy credibility (going for the likes of Stuart Anderson and Steve Estaugh), "Spider" went on to be an excellent contributor to Pagan's finals mainstay the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Spider wasn't the only one of course, docker discards have made a habit of becoming superstars once they have escaped our purple clutches. The best player who once wore purple each week will be mentioned here, if there is any purple left in them, they'll be secretly proud.

 

The Winner this week is: Troy Simmonds! Richmond had a dream game in the dreamtime game and a big reason why is the consistent performance of Troy Simmonds. "Snake" heavily criticised as an overpaid player (he is on a healthy 5 year contract) but even the coach has recognised the key position presence coupled with his tireless running as a priceless asset in this rebuilding team.

The Winner last week was: Trent Croad! The reigning All Australian Centre Half Back (cry!) is now playing like the All Australian Centre Half Forward for a team currently in the top four when all predictions had them somewhere in the bottom four. Croad played a key role in getting the Hawks over an always tough to beat Essendon side, constantly presenting and kicking several goals.

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Round 6: Troy Simmonds! Richmond had a dream game in the dreamtime game and a big reason why is the consistent performance of Troy Simmonds. "Snake" heavily criticised as an overpaid player (he is on a healthy 5 year contract) but even the coach has recognised the key position presence coupled with his tireless running as a priceless asset in this rebuilding team.

Round 5: Trent Croad! The reigning All Australian Centre Half Back (cry!) is now playing like the All Australian Centre Half Forward for a team currently in the top four when all predictions had them somewhere in the bottom four. Croad played a key role in getting the Hawks over an always tough to beat Essendon side, constantly presenting and kicking several goals.

Round 4: Leigh Brown! In a gallant performance against the rampaging Eagles, Brown stood tall repelling countless attacks with big marks and (surprisingly) plenty of run. He helped create many crucial Kangaroos goals and helped them keep their noses in front of West Coast as long as humanly possible.

Round 3: Brodie Holland! Brodie tore the Kangaroos to shreds in the Easter Monday "blockbuster", kicking a couple of goals and knocking up getting the footy. All this while supposedly tagging Daniel Wells who wasn't sighted often enough. The weird Tasmanian gets the award for this week!

Round 2: James Clement! The All Australian defender kept the Hawthorn forward line quiet, especially in the second half. A player like him would be a perfect fit for this Dockers side where a need for  defender able to stand powerful forwards is obvious especially with Robbie Haddrill on the sidelines.

Round 1: Jess Sinclair! Started the 2006 season in fine style with a prolific game to help the Roos overcome a shellshocked Port at AAMI stadium.