Jack on the attack, against his own supporters
Even the most ardent Fremantle Dockers supporter would be searching to find something encouraging to say about Jack Anthony’s season so far.
Season 2009 was his best, when he was Collingwood’s leading scorer with 50 goals. 2010 saw him fall out of favour and he was eventually picked up by Fremantle through the pre-season draft.
Since then he has mostly played for Fremantle’s WAFL side, occasionally coming into the first side, but never cementing his place with the main group.
This season he found himself back in the side for the fifth time at the expense of Alex Silvagni. Silvagni played well in the loss to the Eagles and many Dockers fans were left to vent their frustration via Twitter.
It wasn’t a decision that ended well. Round 10 will not be one of Jack Anthony’s best memories, as he had the lowest number of possessions of any player on the field except the man who subbed him, Hayden Crozier.
Anthony knew he was having a bad game when the crowd let out a loud ironic cheer when he did finally take a mark on the northern wing, right in front of the members.
The Twitter crowd were highly critical of Anthony, with many comments deriding his ineptitude with the ball and Ross Lyons’ selection of him.
However, Jack Anthony took to Twitter himself to tweet a response from @jackattack2222 well after the game. “I think it’s time supporters of AFL have a good hard look at themselves. Your supporters for a reason.. To support! Not criticise,” he wrote.
Who agrees or doesn’t?