It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Mick Barlow
Michael Barlow couldn’t wait to get out onto Patersons Stadium on Saturday night and score some Toyota AFL Dream Team points for the 10,000 plus (or 4.42 per cent of) coaches who kept the faith and picked him in their teams.
For two-and-a-half-quarters of the match he wouldn’t have looked out of place directing traffic at a road-works interrupted intersection, thanks to the fluoro green substitute vest.
When the time came, like Superman in a phone box, Micky ripped off the Kryptonite-coloured vest to reveal a purple and white jumper with a little yellow star on it.
Not quite as fast as a speeding bullet, because as Mick himself will tell you, speed is not his superpower, he headed straight for a stoppage contest deep inside Freo’s attacking 50.
It’s there that Mick put his main superpower to use – instinct – to pounce on the spillage, pick up the ball and snap a team-lifting goal.
Barlow was instrumental over the next quarter-and-a-half of play, racking up a total of 13 possessions and 52 Dream Team points – a brilliant score considering how many minutes he spent on the ground.
It will be interesting to see if he is again used as the sub this week against Sydney at the SCG.
For that reason alone, hold off bringing him into your team until you’re confident his days as a substitute go the way of three-hour delayed Friday Night Football.
If you are one of the 10,000 plus (or 4.42 per cent) who have him in their Dream Teams, stick by Mick and watch his Dream Team average fly.