Girl Power at the G

Footy has come a long way since Cheryl Critchley was in grade six and girls were banned from a school footy clinic. On Sunday she stood on the MCG as coach of the girls’ Auskick team playing at half time in the Richmond-St.Kilda game.

AFL Round 13 – Western Bulldogs v Richmond: Toying with the F word

The F word is rearing its ugly head again and causing untold trauma to Richmond fans everywhere, Cheryl Critchley included.

What’s in a name?

No wonder footy has turned into a soap opera, writes Cheryl Critchley

An open letter to Melbourne fans

Passion can be a good thing in footy. But it can also get you into trouble, as Cheryl Critchley found out when expressing her frustration last week about what was happening at the Melbourne Football Club. In this open letter, she apologises for resorting to stereotypes, but stands by her belief cultural change is needed.

AFL Round 8 – Richmond v Melbourne: The Sara Lee Cup

Tigers fan Cheryl Critchley sinks the boot into Melbourne fans. Where are they in their team’s time of need? [Methinks the author is hoping to be corrected, but I suspect her husband isn’t – Ed]

AFL Round 7 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: There are two teams out there

Channel 7 should have called it as it was, rather than cheering for a Port comeback, writes Cheryl Critchley.

AFL Round 5 – Fremantle v Richmond: If you don’t mind umpire

Cheryl Critchley has had enough – again. Umpiring! Jack! Pay cheques of footy bureaucrats!

AFL Round 3 – Richmond v Western Bulldogs: All aboard the bandwagon

Following Richmond and pessimism go hand in hand, writes Cheryl Critchley. Join her for the ride.

AFL Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: How to have a heart attack

Cheryl Critchley will take any win, especially one over Carlton in the opening round.

An unpredictable season? We’re not so sure

With all the defections, rule changes, dodgy training programs, off-field scandals and on-field upsets, is anything certain in footy anymore? Yes, says Cheryl Critchley. In fact, some things never change.

Tennis: Grunting

Cheryl Critchley just doesn’t get tennis grunting.

Richmond Season Preview: We’re Doomed. Or Are We?

Cheryl Critchley can’t wait for the 2013 footy season to start. Well sort of…

Grand Final Heartache

I’m now actually pleased that Richmond never makes the finals – it has probably saved me two or three heart attacks. Coaching my first basketball Grand Final was more nerve racking than watching Collingwood throw away another premiership in the dying seconds. I didn’t sleep at all the night after the game and two days [Read more]

September for losers (reprise)

September is a non-event for those of us who rarely see AFL finals action. Unless we swallow our pride and follow someone else’s team. Always full of hope at the start of the season, we keep September free until the last minute just in case, resisting the urge to plan a weekend away an overseas [Read more]

VWFL Grand Final: Darebin up the creek without a Premiership

      When I started working as a cadet journalist on the Knox-Sherbrooke News back in 1985, one of the first stories I wrote was about women’s footy. The VWFL was in its infancy and the Ferntree Gully Kangas were struggling to find their feet. The competition had a handful of teams and faced [Read more]

AFL Round 21 – Fremantle v Richmond: Too little too late?

  Richmond is now officially a mathematical chance to play finals – next year. The Tigers have shown some good late season form (if we block out Saturday’s insipid performance against Fremantle in Perth), but it is hard to get excited after those losses we didn’t have to have stuffed yet another potential finals appearance. [Read more]

Tigers fans still there through thick and thin but where are Hawks fans?

Richmond may have disappointed by missing the finals again this year, but its fans certainly haven’t. Stats revealed in the Herald Sun show that despite an overall downturn in attendances, Richmond has had the fourth largest crowds on average this year at 42,113, behind only Collingwood, Carlton and Essendon. These Tiger fans who turn up [Read more]

Losing the faith

  Losing the faith As a non-believer, I’ve always felt sorry for members of wacky religious cults. The ludicrous beliefs; unwavering commitment to people who treat you like poo and tell you pork pies; the money freely given by those who can least afford it so the elite can live like kings while the rest [Read more]

I’m mad as hell… but will probably continue to take it

By Cheryl Critchley I’m on a girls’ weekend in beautiful Maldon with three of my favourite people in the world. Great company and plenty of junk to feast on while lounging in a gorgeous old renovated Victorian home in one of Victoria’s best preserved gold rush towns. What could be better? But this special weekend [Read more]

My son hates footy

  By Cheryl Critchley The love of our great game is not genetic. As a Richmond tragic I can prove it. My son hates AFL footy and is angling for a spot in the Guiness Book of Records as the person who has attended the most AFL games but NEVER watched one. Now nine, Ben [Read more]