AFL Round 15: Wild weather at York Park

As a North supporter, I’ve frequently travelled interstate, but it’s generally been on the cheersquad bus.  A trip to Tasmania doesn’t allow such luxury, and I was happy to fly to Tassie, knowing that North could probably come up with an upset win against the reigning Premiers, as they had been thumped by the Bulldogs [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Magpies add to the Tower of Wins

By Carolyn Straford It’s Friday night, I’m in Ivanhoe, in front of a large old-fashioned television. It isn’t a plasma nor an LCD screen but it’s big and it will do. The heater is on and The Beverley Hillbillies are the curtain-raiser. Odd, yes I know, but what is to follow may be even stranger, [Read more]

General Footy Writing: That sense of hopeless vulnerability returns for a Collingwood icon

By James Gilchrist My Mum started following Collingwood in 1953. At age twelve she used to go to VFL games by herself to watch the Richards brothers and Ray Gabelich. Gabbo was her idol. She would travel by tram each week and stand on top of empty beer cans in the outer to try to [Read more]

AFL Round 15: I just love it when Fev cuts loose

By Barbara Smith Saturday’s game at the MCG between Carlton and Richmond was marred by a swirling wind and promised little. Rain threatened all day but did not eventuate. What would you expect in Melbourne? The strong wind was behaving as badly as school children do on a windy day, and there were willy-willies on [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Cats should learn from Demons about how to sing their song

By Josh Barnstable It’s a wonderful Sunday morning, the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze outside and I’m in a BAD mood. It’s the last day of school holidays, and I should probably count myself lucky for having an extra week off after having the flu in the last week of school last [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Hard time in old North Melbourne

By Reverend Shinboner First, brunch with Lady Shinboner (Grigons & Orr – good choice). Then, footy at the Limerick Castle Hotel. The Limerick is vintage North Melbourne. Just a few minutes walk from the gentrified island of Errol Street, it takes me to an era before my time. A bustling TAB dominates the atmosphere of [Read more]

AFL Round 15: North should not have lost this one

Hawthorn versus North Melbourne 1.10pm, Sunday, 12 July Aurora Stadium, Launceston Andrew Starkie My mate Dom and I are at the Walk for Harmony at the Carlton Gardens, an event organised in response to recent attacks against Indians in Melbourne.  Its goals are to recognise Victoria’s cultural diversity and promote racial harmony. We are immersed [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Pie fans with long memories breathe easier after fighting win

By Mick Ramsdale It was meant to be a dark and stormy night. It didn’t happen, and the lid was on anyway. For the second time in five days a Blockbuster at the Dome. History has taught some of us to dread playing certain teams, especially in big games. The Doggies are not one of [Read more]

AFL Round 15: McLeod and Dangerfield are Crows’ wonderful bookends

By Michael Sexton Fremantle have gifted Adelaide two geniuses – Andrew McLeod and Bon Scott. When Scott came to Adelaide he grew a beard, wore a kaftan and played the recorder in a hippy band called Fraternity. Later he met the Young brothers and morphed into the dark joker of rock. On the bus to [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Blues convince Nana

Carlton vs. Richmond I remember the date: March 26. It was the day of my first game for the Waaia Under 17s. It was also the date of the start of the much-anticipated AFL season. Also the date of the game between Richmond and Carlton, a game that had the biggest build-up in recent times. [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Ahh, the dreaded family lunch when all you want to do is watch your Dees play Port Adelaide.

By Steve Healy It would be different today. I wouldn’t be going to the game, to see the Dees play. I had been crook yesterday, but I still managed to be shipped over to Grandma’s house in South Morang for the afternoon, so reporting on this game would be a difficult task. It would be [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Blues invent Fevolutionary goals on a windy day at the MCG

By Damian Watson Don’t you just love Saturday afternoons! It is a day where the weekend dawns and the smell of footy is in the air all around Victoria with the prospect of local footy,VFL and AFL matches to look forward too. As a teenager I will treasure these moments for a long time to come. Not [Read more]

Round 15: Carlton v Richmond – a day to forget

Mum and I have been tested a lot this year. Losing to the reigning wooden spooners, losing in the last minute against Port, travelling to the Gold Coast to witness a poor performance and worst of all, being thrashed by rivals Carlton, Essendon and St Kilda (Can’t wait till we play Collingwood).  Today may be [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Dogs just miss

Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood The blockbuster games just keep on coming. St Kilda and Geelong, Collingwood and Essendon, Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn, now to Round 15 and we see the Western Bulldogs, white hot after obliterating Hawthorn by 88 points last week, taking on a Collingwood outfit that has won six games in a row. [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Fevola Betts on teamwork

by Jill Scanlon Shower, make rolls, grab drinks and jump in the car. Want to make that midday train. It’s been quite a few weeks since we’ve been able to get to a match and today’s is a favourite clash. My teenagers and I arrive at Ringwood station, oooh –  a car space close to [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Too much for a girl to deal with

Danielle Eid Well what a crappy week it’s been, well for me anyway. To top it all off Mick has omitted my favourite player, Nathan Brown from the side. I don’t see what it was that Nathan has done wrong. Sure Ben Johnson deserves a shot after recovering from injury, but why take out Nathan [Read more]