AFL Round 9: The Cats, Tim Lane and The Bultman

by Stephen Cooke The Bultman made his way straight to me at a wedding reception after the Cats snagged the Grand Final on that one day to remember. For someone with access to an open bar for more than an hour, his eyes were surprisingly focussed. “What’s it like?” he asked. I told him seeing [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Hawks do enough

by Steve Healy This game was never going to be a blockbuster. But how can a game be a blockbuster when it is played in a Sunday twilight timeslot? I hopped on the train at an unfamiliar time in the afternoon for the second time in five weeks. Luckily, it wasn’t a Demons home game [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Dogs may be the real deal after all

by Josh Barnstable I am very nervous. I’m on the phone, waiting to be introduced. As I sit there, Kathy Bedford and Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan talk footy and are about to introduce me to the Friday Afternoon panel. Finally I’m given an introduction and my radio gig flows nicely. Asked for my tip on tonight’s [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Port blown away

by Nick Kossatch With the Western Bulldogs just failing against unbeaten Geelong – Port’s match against the contested-ball kings, Sydney, was a chance for the club to gain respect from afar as well as outright third on the AFL premiership ladder. It was time for the Power to show their mettle, away from the safe [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Kangas fight back

by Josh Barnstable Saturday’s are about sleeping in and enjoying a nice day at home in the warmth of the lounge room watching the footy. Not for me though. Up at seven today after a late night of watching the footy. I really don’t feel like playing footy as I would rather go back to [Read more]

Haiku Bob: poking holes

    Dreamtime – end to end Leon poking holes in the rolling zone           real-time TV Pendlebury spots targets out of picture           Anthony shoots – the moon post-high           Indian summer we suddenly kick it to the hot spots     [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Field of dreams – all types really.

by John Green The MCG is a field of dreams. All types of dreams. For some, the vision of reconciliation between Australia’s original inhabitants and its newcomers. A resurgent Bombers under Matthew Knights are dreaming of creating yet another successful era borne on the wings of fleet-footed youngsters. Richmond, they may as well be dreaming [Read more]

AFL Round 9: What pain is that?

By Andrew Gigacz   When my son Oliver was about three, he took an interest in birds. Living near a park afforded us an opportunity to be exposed to all manner of feathered creatures. Many were easy to identify: magpies, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets.   But Oliver has an eye for detail and he soon became [Read more]

AFL Round 9: (FPS) Pies work together for Tarks in the west

by Andrea Mcnamara Collingwood 12.16.88 West Coast   9.12.66 I like to get my game preparation right, and looking back, I know I wasn’t ready for either that Monday Massacre or the Sunday Blues game. With both, life got in the way of footy – I hadn’t fully absorbed how much the team had changed since [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Nightmare at the G

By Michael Allan I don’t know what to think of Richmond anymore. At the start of the year I penciled the dreamtime match in as one of our 14 wins on the way to September. Seven losses later I’m struggling to keep up with all that is wrong with Richmond. It started off with their [Read more]

AFL Round 9: West Coast lose to the Pies at home?

by David Bruce   I didn’t watch this game.  Didn’t see a single second of it, and if I have my way it will stay that way. In truth, I’ve not watched a game live since the 2005 GF, but living here in Canberra it couldn’t be any other way even if I wanted it [Read more]

Round 9: Richmond v Essendon: Dream land gives way to dreamtime victory

By Rod Oaten When you follow the Essendon footy club for more than 60 years  you have a store of great memories, and in the first half of this match at the ’G the Dons were playing lacklustre, indecisive and error-prone footy, while Richmond were too good at getting the ball out of the centre [Read more]

AFL Round 9: North Melbourne v Fremantle: Resolute Roos hold out Dockers before paltry crowd

By Tim Ivins The AFL has a problem, a really big problem, as we’ve all discovered. The stadium deals negotiated by Wayne Jackson and Co don’t make sense. I settle down on the couch for the clash of those crowd-drawing behemoths, North Melbourne and Fremantle, and my thoughts turn to how Eugene Arocca and James [Read more]