Round 1 (2012) – Fremantle v Geelong: The greatest of all pests

Head back to Round 1 at Subiaco in 2012. JTH and P. Flynn were in the crowd. It was a memorable opening match.

AFL Round 1 – Fremantle v Geelong: In hostile territory

Evie Tozer looks back to the start of the season when for the first time ever she saw Geelong play outside of Victoria.

Preseason pretence

  by Jamie Gault As we approach round three of the AFL season and start to, as the fans, settle into the 24/7 football bubble that encapsulates the community at this time of year, let’s take a moment to reflect on what has come and gone and how we got sucked in yet again. Getting [Read more]

Love and other couch matters

MEETING my family was the easy part. It was revealing my inner football demon to my Brisbane-based girlfriend that I was afraid of. Months earlier she had fallen for my charming Dr Jekyll as we perused the Louvre together. Now, on a weekend visit to Geelong, she was about to see my remote control-throwing Mr [Read more]

Let the season start.

Rd 1 2012 FEARLESS – Finally enough of the sideshow, let the season start!   Given that in 2011 there was a break between the LAB Cup Grand Final and the start of the season, Zeus and his henchmen running the AFL decided to give their lovechild, the Fi Fy Fo Fums, a free kick [Read more]

So who is the April Fool?

By Graham de Casale and Stan Giamalis Well, “here we go again”, I know they are the words of a song, but have no idea who sings it.  As is the modern way, I “Google” it, find an answer but am none the wiser.  Modern songs, who born in the 50’s, remembers any of the [Read more]

down another falling

new season starts at the 10 minute mark I catch my breath first quarter the umpire plucks the ball from the clinging pack dusk deepens one more missed goal the debutant’s first shot at goal straight through the middle MCG in March Buddy’s skied hook post-high Cloke drags down another falling leaves alone inside fifty [Read more]

There’s life, and then there is football

by Yvette Wroby It was a very unusual beginning of the season.  The Sydney round one between Greater Western and Sydney Swans, the week before all the other states and teams got to play.  A bit one sided but who cared, footy was back. And then the games of this weekend, starting off with the [Read more]

Crows take off

Domination, a word used to describe the Adelaide Crows’ performance in their round one demolition of the Gold Coast Suns. The NAB Cup premiers continued on from their blistering pre season form sinking the Suns by 69 points at Metricon Stadium on the weekend.   It was obvious across the board the ease at which [Read more]

Round 1 – Hawks, Magpies, Grass and Mud

  by Paul Campbell Mint Bar – two Vodkas in -I tell Cat woman I must leave. “It’s Five forty five”, Cat woman observes. “I know”, I respond, “I want to get to the ‘G and look at the grass a while”. It’s been 6 months and 7 days since Collingwood shattered a dream, in [Read more]

Round One Reflections

by Nick Sculley It’s been a long wait but the AFL has returned with a bang over the past two weeks. Hawthorn v Collingwood, North Melbourne v Essendon & Fremantle v Geelong have all staked their claims for match of the season status, whilst Scott Thompson continued his love affair with playing the Gold Coast [Read more]

The Geelong Way

Scarlo’s gone for three. No surprises there! My niece, a friend and I all had a clear view of his brain fade induced left hook to the jaw of a Fremantle player and shook our collective heads. What was he thinking? Instantly my mind projected to the scene of “The G” next Monday week. Geelong [Read more]

The Curse of Mama Bear AKA Fremantle v Geelong

  by Dennis Gedling It’s not every day that 20 or so people stop talking to point and laugh at you when you enter a room but I was able to cross that honour off the bucket list deep in Dockers territory on a Round 1 Saturday night. The day had started off so well [Read more]

The View from Shepparton

by Peter Schumacher The worst thing about being a footy tragic is not being a footy tragic. Thus it was, is now, and ever shall be that I missed the radio cast, telecast and what ever cast might have been available of the Brisbane demolition of Melbourne. Can’t say that I was too impressed by [Read more]

The Wrap – Round 1

THE WRAP – ROUND I WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The round started with the same old, same old déjà vu all over again as Bluebaggers pricked The Tiger Bubble in the Traditional Season Opener.  A few days before there was a promotional friendly between Sheedy’s Scallywags & [Read more]

John Kingsmill’s 2012 Footy Diary: Week Two

Sunday, 1 April 2012 Round One Week Two 3. Ben Cousins is arrested – here’s a footballer’s story that refuses to go away. It doesn’t really matter what we think. Life after footy is no easier for him than before. We’re watching him and we care but we’ll skip any further note. On Thursday night, [Read more]

Great opening to the season

BY – JACKSON CLARK They say there are two types of seasons – footy season and can’t wait for footy season. Fortunately, being from the Northern Territory, I am spoilt and get my footy fix all year round. The Northern Territory Football League spans from October to March and immediately after that finishes, the AFL [Read more]

Bulldogs v West Coast, Round 1 2012

Fan 1: They were rubbish. They were f’ing rubbish. Fan 2: They weren’t that bad. Fan 1: They were f’ing rubbish last year.  And they were f’ing rubbish the year before. And I don’t care if they are top of the League, they’ll be f’ing rubbish this year, too.  And next year.  And the year [Read more]

It’s only footy

Round 1 North Melbourne v Essendon   At three-quarter time, Essendon were four goals in front and looking good.  I had to remind myself there were more important things in life than football.   It’s only footy. It’s only footy. Breathe Breathe – like in birth classes.   I was preparing for defeat.  I find [Read more]

Serial Pest or clever combatant?

Sunday morning, while listening to a favorite radio sports program, I heard the question posed … “what does he actually do that’s so wrong?” The question was being posed in reference to the eventful Saturday night meeting of reigning premiers Geelong and the perceived lesser of the western lights, Fremantle. The ‘he’ in question is Hayden Ballantyne – [Read more]