Round 17: Richmond v Essendon – Worth the pain

After witnessing one of the greatest games this season ( JIMMMY!), I’m heading back to the ‘G’ with the casual attitude of yesterday ‘arvo’ thrown out the window,  Yesterday I wanted a close, high standard free flowing game of football and I got it.  Today, as I put on my Richmond jumper (now with the [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Gusto got its mojo back

  By Helen Dunne   My piece a few weeks ago on the Lack of Gusto in Geelong supporters appeared to fall upon deaf ears.  As I  looked out the window of my salon late in the afternoon of the Geelong v Melbourne encounter,  it  was sad to see the cars heading home  with not [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Disaster for the Blues at the MCG

by Barbara Smith Apparently, life’s experiences are a rich tapesty, woven together to make us the person we end up being. I accept that, & feel that mine will be quite colourful. In particular, the footy threads in my life tapestry will be stunning, with lots of contrast. One more thread was added on Friday night [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Cats’ win heals at least some of the wounds of 2008

By Anthony Jensen On Saturday afternoon I had the privilege of squeezing onto an atmospheric V-Line train, surrounded by the Geelong faithful, and joined them to watch the team I love host the reigning premiers on a clear winter’s day at the home of footy, the MCG, and get home by the barest margin that [Read more]

AFL Round 17: I enjoy my Canberra trip even if the Dees fall short

By Steve Healy Canberra is such a different place to Melbourne. Nowhere near as many cars, or buildings, and when you cross the road you are given about five seconds to sprint across. I arrived in Canberra with my brother on Saturday afternoon. I hopped off the small plane and the sky was blue and [Read more]

AFL Round 17: There’s fight in the Tigers yet

By Josh Barnstable I go about my usual Sunday ritual: waking up to the sound of my alarm at 9.55am, just enough time to go nab the papers, return to my room and watch AFL Game Day, followed by the Footy Show. After an hour of the Footy Show, I decide to help myself to [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Saints warm further to premiership task while I warm up with electric blanket

By Josh Barnstable After a day that left me completely exhausted, I wanted to do nothing but watch the footy on the TV. In the morning I played footy against Katandra, losing by 104 points and spending the rest of the day in town with a friend, getting lunch and playing ping-pong at his house. [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Magpies look like Grand Final material

By Josh Barnstable Rivalry Round, and what a way to kick off a ripper round of footy. The biggest rivalry in footy, the Blues and the Magpies, head to head on a chilly night at the MCG. I’m surprised to see the Pies not wearing their clash guernsey, with the white-strip really making things nostalgic [Read more]

AFL Round 17: A Melbourne Derby

The Rose Hotel in Fitzroy is a long way from Subiaco, but it was full of WA expatriates, mostly rowdy young Freo supporters. Geelong were playing Hawthorn in a thriller in the other bar but nobody in my room cared much about that game. Keen as those supporters were though, it is easy to be [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Cats comeback revitalises fans

by John Harms Geelong 15.9.99 d Hawthorn 15.8.98 I wasn’t sure Geelong’s prospects, nor who would line up, nor of their level of intent, nor of my feelings on these matters. I have spent most of my Geelong life in a state of battered confusion, but in recent times the parameters of my confusion had [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Ugly win to the Pies

by Damian Watson By Damian Watson To say it has been a busy week for me is certainly an understatement. I kicked off the working week, or in my case the learning week, at school reporting on the school production while on camera. Now let me tell you reporting on theatre (of which I am not [Read more]

AFL Round 17 preview: John Mosig’s pre-Wrap XVII

  John Mosig   THE LADDER ST KILDA                 16        0          169.80             64 GEELONG                14        2          138.96             56 FOOTSCRAY          11        5          128.72             44 COLLYWOBBLES  10        6          112.21             40 BRISBANE               10        6          108.96             40 ADELAIDE               10        6          107.16             40 CARLTON               9          7          112.53             36 THE BOMBERS      8          8          101.33             32 ——————————————————————- THE POWER                        8          8          [Read more]