Round 19 : St Kilda v Fremantle – From San Francisco with flowers in my hair to renewal and inspiration in Istanbul

All the way from Istanbul in Turkey, Jen Muirden sums up the St Kilda v Fremantle game by drawing inspiration from Ed Sheeran.

Saints Go Marching Home.

St.Kilda are not going to make the finals. That is  now official. After a season where we, the huddled masses, watched with a head filled with rationale- We monster the sides below us but we just can’t step up for the big guns. And a heart filled with hope- Geez, Carlton lost to Gold Coast…..and [Read more]

Colliwobbles: fact or fantasy?

by Andrew Fithall The Colliwobbles. I thought I would get that word in early because it has already come up in football finals discussions. The other common statement I have heard/read recently is that for the past eight (?) seasons, the premier team has been defeated by the runner up in their previous meeting. I [Read more]

Footy: Sympathy for the Saints

By Susie Giese There are two basic rules to being Susie Giese: love Geelong and hate the Saints. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. But as this new season looms before us, I’ll admit something I never thought I would: I feel sorry for the Saints’ fans. Genuinely sorry.

Footy: Every time I relive the Grand Final, I’m a joyous Cat all over again

It’s early in the last quarter when I decide to play the reverse psychology card: ‘We’re gone, that’s it.” I say this to my long-time football compatriot, Paul T. It’s all I’ve got left in my hand; the rain is like ice and I’ll know in half an hour whether or not the footy gods [Read more]

Link: Stand up and fight like hell!

Peter Flynn’s rollicking report on the Grand Final in The Footy Almanac 2009 (Go Travis!) concludes with the following memorable scene: On Sunday, I call in at The Lord of the Isles. Chappy signs the Courty ard Bar’s blackboard. I congratulate Chappy. He is humble, gracious and polite. Brilliant. The replay of the last quarter [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: A surreal premiership

By Don Walters Now that the Dali exhibition is safely packed into crates and the crowds have ceased surging to the National Gallery of Victoria to see his paintings and sculpture, the truth can be revealed about the Cats blockbuster display at this year’s Premiership. Training, fitness, exquisite skills, hard ball gets, centre clearances, coaching, [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Victory belongs to the people of Geelong

By Ramon Fowler If there is anyone out there who still doubts that the MCG is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the founding spirit of our game is alive in our time, who still questions the sheer magnificence of Australian football, then the 2009 AFL grand final is your [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Go St Killdog! Having two teams leaves me doubled up in pain

By Andrew Gigacz If there’s one piece of advice that’s been delivered ad nauseum to investors, it’s that they should diversify. Put all your eggs in a single basket, they say, and you’ll be regretting it when that basket falls under a steamroller. But put a little here and a little there and if one [Read more]

AFL Grand Final – Haiku Bob – a thin mist

    Grand final day every seat taken on the couch   clouds black and blue the crunch of bodies to kill the ball     no goals… wild applause greets a smother     shots for goal sprayed far and wide like Goddard’s nose     all day the rain Ablett not falling   [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: It’s a great game that can bring tears on a neutral supporter

By Sam Duncan Generally if Essendon isn’t playing I don’t really care who wins.  I love watching footy – I love observing the match-ups, the contests, the tactics and the play.  I love observing the raw, unbridled emotions of the fans.  I love how much Australia’s very own game means to Australians.  You only had [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: What a day! I feel privileged to have been there

The MCG carpark is always buzzing on Grand Final day. People are kicking the footy, barbecues are cooking sausages and radio booths have been set up all around the ground. It’s good to be back after being overseas this time last year. I head over to the Triple M booth. They start throwing out freebies [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Chappy’s heroics help Cats win a pearler

By Josh Barnstable It’s that day again. The one day in September that we all speak of. That one day is here. After a whole season of football that started in February, it’s time to decide which is the best team of the year 2009. Will it be St Kilda, back in the Grand Final [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Cats prevail on my favourite day of the year

By Damian Watson It is in my opinion the most exciting day of the year, the last Saturday in September. After a week filled with traditional events, pre-game TV shows, anticipation and hype surrounding the big match, the city, or indeed the nation, comes to a standstill. The biggest game of the season has arrived [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Cats win and Riewoldt loses. YEAHHHHHH! WOOOOOOOO!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, the Grand Final. Yes, I was disappointed that my boys were not about to run out on Grand Final day, but having your two-month-old and even younger baby cousins around you can only make you happier to forget. I spent Grand Final day in Sydney where I spent the week at both cousins’ christenings.

AFL Grand Final: Post-siren concern for Saints suggests a moment that could last forever

By David Bruce I don’t know for certain, but I imagine that the day you somehow lock down your lifetime football allegiance must be a keystone day. There is certainly enough research into the psychology of supporters to surmise that the club you end up being passionately but non-influentially entwined with must have some influence [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Well done, Geelong

It’s the night before the Grand final. I need to get to sleep, but I’m still tossing and turning on my bed. I’ve set my alarm for 8am, but since my alarm clock has been knocked many times with the batteries flying everywhere, I could wake up at half-time tomorrow. I wake up to a [Read more]

General Footy Writing: My night of waiting in line to buy Grand Final tickets

It’s Sunday night. Tomorrow at 9 am Grand Final tickets will be released to AFL full members of non-competing clubs. Dad and a few other AFL member mates have been planning for a few weeks now and tonight we put the plan into action. There are two ticket locations near us: Chirnside Park and Ringwood. [Read more]

The Wrap: Now for the big one

THE WRAP Where Life Imitates Sport What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie. The Feeling Faints toughed out an absolute thriller as The Dogs get boned once again at the last hurdle.  The Saturday night event was a fizzer, with Carringbush doing most of the fizzing. Forget Derby Day and Cup Week.  Don’t you [Read more]

Footy Book: Saints and Cats fans among those who reveal deep connections in Footy Passions

By John Cash, co-author of Footy Passions Footy Passions is a ‘footy book’, but it is different from most. Instead of focusing on certain players, clubs or matches, it looks closely at some devoted supporters of AFL clubs. It explores their passion for their team. It enters the personal world of keen supporters and examines [Read more]