AFL Round 11: Magpies fly through exams

by Danielle Eid With year 11 comes the stress of VCE exams and with that comes my chocolate obsession. (Im an emotional eater) The notion of locking myself up in my room with books became a reality. My head buzzing with endless facts about the Legal system, Kristallnacht, Literature quotes and God knows what else. [Read more]

Power Failure or Costume Malfunction by Ian MacRae

  Life for a footy follower in the West is a little like being on a diet: you only get fed every fortnight. So when at the table, eat more than your fill and store the rest for the coming winter of deprivation. Sound philosophy. That is unless you had a season like 2008. As [Read more]

Daylight fails to save Hawks by Tim Baker

  Whoever heard of daylight savings running into April? Being an AFL fan in the sub-tropics is hard enough without this. I am trying to get our three-year-old, Alex, to sleep before I slip off to my mate Matt’s place. He has Foxtel, and a media room, with a projector and a wall sized screen. [Read more]

Good Old-fashioned Footy Keeps The Long Room Rocking by Andrew Starkie

    Western Bulldogs versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Sunday, April 5 Melbourne Cricket Ground   I invited my mates, Adrian and Glen, into the Long Room for today’s game.  Adrian turns the big Four O soon and considers extended celebration necessary for such a milestone.  He’s a Yorkshireman right down to his Hull City FC [Read more]

Football Denied by Matt Quartermaine

West Coast Eagles Vs Port Adelaide Round 2, Subiaco.   Sunday afternoon was cleared earlier in the week with the relevant authorities (my partner) so that I could watch the West Coast/Port match down at the local.   But the weekend didn’t start well. My 10 year old boy declared he didn’t like football. “It’s [Read more]

Dees don’t deliver despite dominating early by Steve Healy

Before the game I checked up. Collingwood and Melbourne had played 221 times, 129 of those of those at the MCG. The Pies had taken the honours 138 times, the Dees 79, and there had been four draws. I wasn’t put off by this stat, I know that Melbourne play well against Collingwood. Collingwood are [Read more]

Kardinia sojourn a rite of Tiger passage by John Green

I felt it was a necessary part of my 11-year-old’s footy education to take him to see the Tigers play away at Skilled Stadium. After all, where else today can you have the experience of jostling for space on old fashioned concrete terracing and watching an AFL match? Where else can you walk not only [Read more]

Pies Cruise

by Tim O’Leary Thankful: adv, act of being grateful for playing Melbourne round 2 and getting the four points.   The Collingwood banner exclaimed: “Dedication and Passion: The will to win”. What a pity the Melbourne players read that simple message and took it on board for the first quarter. They played a neat brand [Read more]

Carlton too good at promising new stadium

Carlton versus Brisbane Lions Saturday, April 4 Etihad Stadium by Tony Birch Carlton 3.2 11.5 13.8 18.11 (119) Brisbane Lions 3.3 4.6 10.8 15.10 (100) Goals Carlton: Fevola 5; Murphy 3, Betts 3; Gibbs 2, Cloke 2; Judd, Hadley, Houlihan. Brisbane Lions: Bradshaw 6; Brown 3; Sherman 2, Hooper 2; Johnstone, McGrath. Best Carlton: Gibbs, [Read more]

Dogs sneak home by Josh Barnstable

I am excited about this match. The Doggies haven’t beaten North Melbourne since 2005, North having won the last five games. What would normally have been just a normal encounter between these two teams, it was given some extra meaning with the game becoming the “Victorian Services Appreciation Match”, acknowledging the work the Victorian Emergency [Read more]

Friday night footy from the comfort of home

by Josh Barnstable I’m on the computer talking with friends. I am excited. School has finished for two weeks, the footy is back and I’m to play a match on Saturday morning. I’m still talking to friends, oblivious of the time. The computer all of a sudden restarts and I start getting frustrated. But I [Read more]

The Friday Night of Broken Dreams

Adelaide v St Kilda AAMI Stadium, Fri 3 April 2009 by Richard Arrowsmith Friday night.  First home game of the season.  And all the familiar faces, and sights, and smells, are there. The friendly volunteers at the Seaton High oval are out in force, lined up in their hi-vis jackets and waving torches to guide [Read more]

Four Quarters of Psychosis by David Enticott

First Quarter. Transference, n. “Unconscious transferring of one’s hopes, desires, fears etc. from one person to another” (The Chambers Dictionary). Thomas has been looking forward to the game all week. At five years of age he is making his AFL debut. Like all good Enticotts he barracks for Collingwood. The morning starts with Auskick where [Read more]