AFL Round 16: Blues torch Swans in Flame Trees spin-off

by Rick Newbery Four years since The Move and I still can’t get the hang of this joint, whatever it’s called this week, and the frustration mounts as I crawl up and down the side streets of West Melbourne looking for a parking spot which is easy to get away from, and within reasonable range of [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Roos-Tigers draw offers a win for both sides of the Rawlings family

By Roseann Testagrossa The second annual Eureka Game between Richmond and North Melbourne was a day for firsts.  The first time two care-taker coaches would be coaching against each other and the first time in over 50 years that one sibling would be coaching (Jade Rawlings) against a brother (Brady) playing for the opposition. I [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Barracking for Switzerland

By Matt Quartermaine My older brother, Simon, comes east from Perth twice a year on a work conference and we try to catch a football match. We don’t get to see our team the West Coast Eagles often, but we actually prefer to soak in the atmosphere of two Victorian teams going hammer and tongs [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Bucks even more confused now

Richmond versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Sunday, July 19 Melbourne Cricket Ground by Andrew Starkie I couldn’t help think of Bucks as nephew Lukey and I, and a group of friends took our seats in the Ponsford Stand, city end.  Apparently, both clubs playing today are chasing the media commentator and junior coach for next season. [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Idiot umpires

by Danielle Eid I woke up at my usual 12:30 in the afternoon, might I add that I was forced to wake up and would have slept in but whatever! After putting out a load of laundry outside (mum’s orders) I settle down to watch the Richmond vs. North match for two reasons. 1. To [Read more]

AFL Round 16 – Haiku Bob – from somewhere a cloud

stars appearing our game plan in a million pieces   gazing at the centre half forward no longer there     sharp wind Hodge’s torpedo pierces the night   swirling breeze whichever way we want to go we can’t   cloudless night from somewhere a cloud of hawks   in the clear Toovey kicks it [Read more]

Round 16: Richmond vs North Melbourne – a draw is just as bad as a win

by Michael Allan We’ve reached the home stretch. Only six more games before eight teams are knocked out and the finals begin. It’s around this time when Richmond (and several others) are put under the microscope, as the tanking debate re-emerges. I’m always torn with this: on one hand, it will better suit the club long [Read more]

AFL Round 16 – Gigs’ Stats: the stuff of dreams

by Andrew Gigacz   The last two weeks have had it all with several important pieces of the statistical jigsaw falling nicely into place. Last week it was the first one-point game of the year and the first 100+ point result and this week we had every stat-head’s dream: the draw!   TIGERS AND NORTH [Read more]

AFL Round 16: I love watching Roos and Tigers game, but I wish it were live

By Steve Healy I was bored. No one was home. I planned to watch the Richmond v North Melbourne delayed telecast on Channel Seven at three o’clock. Port Adelaide v West Coast was on the radio, and when they mentioned the score I blocked my ears. Why can’t they always show live games? I wish [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Pies flounder under Hawthorn pressure — again

By Paul Harkin As was the case twice last year, the Pies were unable to think their way through the dreaded Clarkson Cluster. Collingwood never really looked comfortable all night, despite a rally near the end of the second quarter. The early signs were not good as Buddy looked switched on from the opening bounce. [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Now I hate Hawthorn as well

By Andrew Fithall Helen hates Hawthorn. As a Geelong supporter, she has endured too much pain. The dull ache of 1989 endures. The pain of 2008 is more recent, more acute, and much less likely to ease. Our daughter Ursula is also a Cat, but at 12, doesn’t yet really understand that you never regain [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Pies need wake up call

By Danielle Eid OK, OK, let me get this straight. Collingwood lost by 45 points and Nathan Brown has an ankle injury? Does anything else want to go wrong? Truth be told, I did not watch a minute of this game; I was out at Crown Casino Cinemas to watch Harry Potter. I did think [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Tiger-Roo draw is not surprising considering neither side knows how to win

By Chris Riordan There’s a gruesome joy in going to a draw when you barrack for neither side. And, I hasten to add, today’s result made no difference to the prospects of my team, the Doggies, for this year and beyond. I’d hoped to have a look at Cousins and Cotchin to gauge for myself [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Shaggy Cats blow away Dees in first quarter

By Josh Barnstable Geelong v Melbourne Geelong 2nd, Melbourne 15th Geelong with a two-game losing streak Melbourne with a two-game winning streak The above is something no one in the footy world would have thought possible. But will Melbourne extend both teams’ streaks to three? Celebrating Geelong’s 150th birthday, the Cats wear a slightly altered [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Cats too good but Walpiri Wizard delights Dees fans

By Steve Healy It was just another day at the footy, but I had to travel much further to see the Demons play today. I woke up very early, which was quite unusual for me. I hopped on the V-Line train at Southern Cross Station, ready for a big game between Geelong and Melbourne. Geelong [Read more]

AFL Round 16: The Blues return to finals calculations as I return to the footy

By Damian Watson As my Dad and I made our way towards Etihad Stadium I felt a great sense of anticipation. It was the first time in six weeks that I’d been to an AFL game. The reason for this hiatus is thanks to a long bout of the flu, and the wintry conditions certainly [Read more]