Considering neither side is likely to play finals this year, this weeks game might be the closest we get to a finals like atmosphere.
I have felt reasonably confident going into most derbies of the past few years, with justification. The Eagles supporters have mostly gone home at 3/4 time…in order to ‘miss the traffic’. But we all know its cause they still can’t accept a loss.
This Derby does feel a little different. 8 of our most seasoned campaigners…gone. Mc Manus, both Carrs and Bellie….Derby specialists….not there.
Replaced instead by 4 first year players, and maybe this week, another one.
With no one to make Kerr and Woosha complain to the umpires department for the fourth week in a row, the Eagles might actually prove too strong.
Then again, after Pav’s scintilating perfomance last week…and the fact its his
200th… anything is possible.