Natural justice

There are a few reasons my AFL team lost yesterday in Round 1 and losing is very rare for this team. You’re not going to be interested in the sports angle but suffice to say that despite all out assault against them, they still managed to be within a whisker of victory at the end.

What might resonate though is a comment made by the coach/manager, Chris Scott. For a former player who built his own reputation on intimidation, his comments yesterday on the punk who got under the skins of a few players was significant. When asked about the reporting of his most senior player who lost the plot and landed one on the gobby kid’s jaw, he said:

“I have no issue with that. When the pressure’s that great, sometimes it does lead to a certain amount of niggling. We weren’t as disciplined as we should have been. We came for the points and we missed out. I’d love him on my side. Yes, he’s niggly. That’s within the rules. You’re allowed to get in people’s faces, you’re allowed to say nasty things to them, you’re allowed to get your head under their chin and the rules say you’re not allowed to react. I don’t have a problem with the way he plays.”

He paused, smiled a wry smile and said:

“If it was 30 years ago, he wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

What he was really saying, of course, was “before PCism came in to protect the gutless”. This punk knew he could badmouth and at one point solar-plexus punch a player behind the game and when cameras caught the victim counterpunching, the victim was now reported and rubbed out for several weeks, while the perpetrator got off scott free, just as in our court system over here:

A lowlife who laughed when he was shown CCTV footage of his unprovoked attack on a homeless man is given “specified activities” to help his alcohol addiction, as it’s far more important to let the victim rot andย to pity, aid and abet the criminal in his criminality.

30 years ago, the punk would have had his lights punched out and would never in a million years have got gobby with an opposition senior player, especially a decorated defender. 30 years ago, that thug would have got his just deserts and in the natural law of life, would have known his place. Now the state prevents the natural defenders in the land from defending, heaping draconian punishments on this demographic, whilst at the same time giving a green light to the crims and other assorted low-lifes.

When I was in Russia, an old lady stopped me in midwinter on the path and said: “Get indoors now – you have the start of hypothermia.” 30 years ago, it would have been a case of “the grandmother has spoken”. Even the Krays over here understood the principle. Today, in modern day Britain, I could punch her lights out for inconveniencing me, rob her and leave her to die in the cold.

Then the court would understand my understandable frustration and in a spirit of goodwill towards me, would let me off with a bond.

Except that you know very well I wouldn’t be let off. As an aging white male, I’d have gone straight to jail. As a chav, black or a woman, I’d have been given a taxpayer-funded place on a multi-thousand pound hug-a-hoody rehabilitation scheme, resulting in an NVQ.

The time is coming for the imbalance to be rebalanced.

3 comments for “Natural justice

  1. April 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    This punk knew he could badmouth and at one point solar-plexus punch a player behind the game and when cameras caught the victim counterpunching, the victim was now reported and rubbed out for several weeks, while the perpetrator got off scott free…

    Slightly off the topic of the post, but I’d add that I think that either Hayden Ballantine is one of the worst stagers in the game or Scarlett’s punch, which landed with barely enough force to rock a five year old (YouTube), hit him in some special nerve centre known only to advanced kung fu experts and the Geelong back line that connects the chin to the knees and makes them instantly give way. In fact I reckon he’s in serious danger of being the first player forced to retire due to cauliflower arse. Hell’s bells, this is supposed to be Aussie Rules, not Italian soccer.

    P.S. Notice the umpire’s comment in that clip? “You can’t hit him in the face.” Well, okay, can defenders all punch him in the balls instead? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • April 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Obviously I didn’t see the game, being over here but what you say doesn’t surprise. The reason the players won the flag last year was 1. hardness at the ball and a bit of thuggery 2. discipline and perseverance 3. a bit of arsedness and opportunism.

      The weak link last year was Scarlett and so he was a good one to target. As you say, it was cream-puff stuff and that is stupid. If you’re going to hit a player and draw four or five weeks on yourself, you hit him hard and lay him out. That way he 1. gets the message 2. can’t do it to someone else with impunity during the game 3. you are not targetted by the Hawthorns and Collingwoods later as a weak point.

      It is lunacy not to react with extreme prejudice if you’re going to react at all. We’ve just been talking about this here at my place.

      Thanks for that, AE. Have to tell you my visitor thought the “in fact I reckon heโ€™s in serious danger of being the first player forced to retire due to cauliflower arse,” very funny.

      Did you notice one player missing – Josh Hunt. I seriously doubt Ballantyne would not have a whiplash injury by now if Hunt had been on the field.

      To UK readers: s-o-r-r-y if this is double-dutch.

      • April 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Again, I was nicking someone else’s joke and I can;t recall whose, but I’m glad your visitor had a chuckle. And if you need a footy fix I’d look into the cable/satellite subscriptions. I know Setanta had AFL before they went bust and I think ESPN picked it up after that, but it looks like repeats are shown on Eurosport. In fact I see the Dockers-Cats game is being shown tomorrow night at 10- on Eurosport 2 if you can invite yourself round to someone who’s got it.

        Oh, and I absolutely agree that if you’re going to hit another player you might as well flatten the bastard or not bother at all when you’re going to end up suspended for some weeks if you hit him at all. I’d choose the latter but I can’t help feel that players who do let go may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. The Match Review Panel have just handed Scarlett 3 weeks for that little tap. Compare a few years ago when Barry Hall only got 7 for a huge punch that completely floored his opponent. Longer ban, but the only player I can remember needling Hall again after that was the Kangas’ Scott Thomson. Thomson pushed Hall over for no reason and well behind the play while Hall was bent down tying a bootlace and couldn’t even see it coming, which ended up with Hall holding Thomson in a headlock. They both got punished for it, but the provocation was such that Hall was let off with a $3,000 fine. Not bad in a game where you can be fined $1,000 for accidental contact with an umpire, and I think his teammates chipped in and paid half of it or something because they felt they’d let him down by not keeping Thomson off him.

        If it’s any consolation, since you’re clearly a deluded Cats supporter ๐Ÿ˜€ , you may like to know that Kelly got off with a warning because he doesn’t have a bad record and Podsiadly didn’t even get that because they decided the video showed it was a shove rather than a punch. Meanwhile Hayden Ballantyne himself has been given a two week suspension for a behind the play incident with Paul Chapman in the same game, and also a nomination for a Logie award for best actor in a non-fiction production.

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