McAdam's Brilliant Return Continues

Essay by Dave DrahanHigh School, 12th gradeA-, March 1996

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ADELAIDE- On Saturday last, the awesome return of one of the best Aboriginal footballers to grace the turf of the AFL's grounds had yet another brilliant game in what seems to be the comeback to the stage that is the AFL. He is dominating the SANFL, and a return to the AFL seems like a formality for the first Aboriginal to win the SANFL's magary medal. On that night, Gilbert cried, but at the moment he is all smiles, and modestly talks of his comeback, 'I'd be lying if a said I wasn't happy with the way I've been playing lately, and I attribute a lot of that the time I spent with my people in the Western Australian desert. It taught me a lot about how to approach different situations in life, and a different way of going about things. Its definitely helped my on the football field, no question about that, but more than anything its made me improve as a person'.

His performance on Saturday against Norwood was nothing less than sensational. Playing on the half back line, his rebounding and drives into attack were instrumental in the Bulldogs fifth consecutive victory, and his fourth best on ground performance of the season. At the moment, McAdam is the odds on favorite to win the Magary Medal for the second time in his illustrious career which has taken him all over Australia. He managed to pick up an astounding 35 possessions, and set up many Central's goals, and managed to kick two of his own. His attacking style of play from the half back line has played a big role in redefining the position as an attacking one, 'The way Gilbert plays makes the player who is on him a defensive player, which can really mess up the...