Round 9 – Essendon v Geelong: Oh, The Dons

‘The Dons have been so disappointing this season that it was ”touch and go” as to whether I could stand another humiliating afternoon at The G.’ But wasn’t Rod Oaten sure glad he did head along to see Essendon run over the Cats on Saturday.

Round 12 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: What about the Dons

Rod Oaten travelled to the West Coast for the long weekend and caught the Bombers v Power game on the TV. The Dons put on a perfect show and the weekend was capped off with a visit to the 12th Annual Forrest Soupfest.

Round 10 – Richmond v Essendon: Celebrate Dreamtime at the “G”

Essendon fell short despite inaccuracy by the Tigers in the Dreamtime at the ‘G.

Round 8 – Essendon v Geelong: Bombers steam ahead of the Cats

Rod Oaten combined his two passions in one day: steam engines and the Essendon Football Club. Thankfully for him, both put on awesome performances and got the job done.

The Vicki Cleary Tribute Match

Vicki Cleary, and all those who have lost their lives to family violence, were honoured in a tribute led by Phil Cleary at Coburg Oval last Saturday. Rod Oaten was there.

Round 5 – Essendon v Collingwood: Father-son bonding day at the `G (Number 24)

For the 24th Rod Oaten and son saw Essendon play Collingwood. The Dons, says Rod, were easily the better side.

VAFA Premier B – Fitzroy v Peninsula: Back at Brunswick Street

Rod Oaten wandered over to Brunswick Street Oval – one of his favourite places in the world – to see the Royboys take on Peninsula in what turned out to be an entertaining encounter.

Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: Wet and scrappy

A tough day at the MCG for Essendon players and fans alike. But Rod Oaten and Canadian friends battled on.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Football, its people, and its places

Rod Oaten, who lives not far from Princes Park, was reminded of the days of VFL footy as people walked through the streets of North Carlton. And the feeling in the crowd and the contest on the ground made for a great night.

Almanac Soccer: The Tykes and The Lilywhites

Rod Oaten’s Barnsley FC has made a good start to the Championship. Fingers are crossed.

Round 21 – Essendon v Gold Coast: The Footy Gods are smiling

Rod Oaten experienced one of those rare sporting moments when all your footy teams come home a winner.

Almanac Local Footy: A good Weekend of Footy

Rod Oaten had a rare weekend where all his teams won, thankfully Essendon had a bye.

Round 13 – Essendon v Greater Western Sydney: Essendon won

Contrary to public record, Rod Oaten sees a W against Essendon’s name after the game against GWS, how can this be?

Almanac Soccer: The Tykes make it

There’s not much joy in following the Bombers this year for Rod Oaten. Luckily, Coburg and Barnsley are giving him something.

Round 10 – Essendon v Richmond: Dreamtime at the G 2016

Rod Oaten was impressed by what he saw on Saturday at Dreamtime at the G and then the game started.

VAFA B Section Round 6 – Fitzroy v Old Brighton Grammarians: The Roys are back

Rod Oaten ventures to the Brunswick Street Oval to watch Roy Boys tackle the Old Brighton Grammarians.

Round 2 – Essendon v Melbourne: Spirits lifted in a remarkable victory

A susprisingly big crowd turned up to see the Bombers first home game of the season and they watched a spirited performance which resulted in what many considered an unlikely win. Rod Oaten braved the Autumn cool.

NAB Challenge | Carlton v Essendon: Like old times

For the first time in 20 years, Rod Oaten heard disgruntled Carlton supporters passing the front gate on Sunday. He liked it.

The Tykes and the Unicorns- Relegations

As a supporter of English soccer team Barnsley and VAFA team MHSOB, it’s been a tough last dozen years for Rod Oaten as they’ve both dropped back through the Divisions of their respective competitions. We won’t mention Rod also barracks for Essendon….

Round 22 – Essendon v Richmond: Traditional footy at the G?

Rod Oaten is a stickler for tradition. He’s also very patient. He hopes things will get better next season.