Local Footy: Bushpigs face extinction

by Rocket Gillett    The Wagga Uni Bushpigs broke a 38 game losing streak when they beat The Rock-Yerong Creek by five points in their Farrer Football League fixture last Saturday. It was their first win since 12 August 2006 when they beat Temora.   It was a huge day for the Pigs as they [Read more]

Application for the Richmond coaching job

8th August, 1997   Tony Jewell Richmond Football Club PO Box 48 Richmond, 3121   Dear  Tony,   With the recent uncertainty surrounding the senior coaching position at your club, we write to offer our services with respect to this role.  This correspondence is not meant to represent a waste of your time, or ours. [Read more]

Footy yarn: Never under-estimate the importance of the ladder in football

By John Dunne   YOU can never underplay the relevance of the ladder in football. And while it may be stating the obvious, it was rammed home to me in no uncertain terms back in the late 1980s. I was domiciled in the hub of north-east Victoria in a place called Wangaratta and in the [Read more]

Special Feature: Bring the farm to the footy

      1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) continue with their plan to recognise the contribution The Farm has made to today’s modern game.   Naming a FoFF Farmyard Team of The Centuries is all well and good and has been done by [Read more]

General footy writing: Support the [real] supporters

by Patrick O’Keeffe   I don’t really hold any personal grudge against Andrew Demetriou. I haven’t met the bloke. I know that he played football, though I was too young to recall his playing days, which ended before the VFL competition had entered my consciousness. I once held open a restaurant door for him. He [Read more]

Jones files: All aboard for the South Pacific Games

By Richard Jones BACK in the 1960s and ‘70s inter-Territory and inter-island carnivals were the high points of the sporting calendar for Pacific countries. The emerging island nations to the north and east of Australia contested a wide range of sports disciplines in the event known as the South Pacific Games. The Games were first [Read more]

Supreme Court News: Norfolk and Chance bring a class action against the Richmond Football Club

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA AT MELBOURNE CLASS ACTION LIST Court No. That Big One Please   BETWEEN: RICHARD TETLEY SMITH & OTHERS Plaintiff – and – RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB LTD Defendant STATEMENT OF CLAIM Date of document: 29 May 2009 Filed on behalf of: The Plaintiff Prepared by: NORFOLK & CHANCE Solicitor’s Code: [Read more]

International footy: Knacker pulls the boots on for the San Jose Hornets

by James Mackay Some of you may be aware of the footy leagues in the USA.  Each area has a few teams and then once a year each district sends a team to the Nationals (Colorado Springs in ’08). The district around San Francisco includes teams from the bay city (known as the knights), the [Read more]

AFL Round 10: The View From Shepparton

by Peter Schumacher   The main point of point of interest that has arisen from this round is not that Ben Cousins has been caught acting stupidly again but rather what do these excursions to the dressing rooms add to the footy coverage anyway? I would have thought that in general what happens on the [Read more]

General footy writing: It’s all about confidence

Confidence is very definitely a big element in on-field success in any sport. This weekend, well known football identity Kevin Bartlett, on Saturday morning radio, gave his preview of the Round 10 Fremantle Richmond match. ‘KB’ showed a surprising level of faith in the Tigers, when he said he expected Richmond to win and win [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Coach turns umpire under the Westgate Bridge

By Andrew Fithall   Williamstown v Spotswood – Under 16Ds Dickie Fry and I have been sharing the coaching responsibilities of the Williamstown Juniors Under 16Ds. At the beginning of the year when I was first approached to be coach, Dickie was one whose name had come up but was unavailable. He still plays super-rules [Read more]

Putting the farm back into footy – Part 1

In the first of a two-pronged attack, 1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) have a plan to put the farm back into footy, real grassroots style.   Secretly, they’ve always been our favourites, the ones we look out for, and indeed watch over. Because [Read more]

Speccie voting

Greatest speccie of all time voting   Shaun Smith at the Gabba                                 45 Jezza    1970 GF                                              36 Gary Ablett over Pert                                       23 Ashley Sampi v Melb                                        20 Trevor Barker on the wing at teh Lake Oval  12 Gary Ablett (snr) v Melb 1989              10 Gary Moorcroft v Doggies                                14 Chris Tarrant v Melbourne 2002                       7 Brett [Read more]

General footy writing: Carn the Arckos!

Tired of going to the Royal Park after games at the MCG? Punters looking for a more cerebral letdown after four quarters of footy might consider walking past the Royal Park and heading onto the Richmond Uniting Church in Church Street, where Tim Phillips’ Arcko Symphonic Project is putting on a Pulling the Strings recital [Read more]

General footy writing: The top ten stepladders

By Paul Daffey 1. Garry Lyon The former Melbourne captain is to be commended for his habit of getting in front. But such are the pitfalls of this noble practice that it made him the ideal stepladder for some towering marks from spring-heeled teammates. In 1995, Lyon got into the spirit of the construction work [Read more]

Yarra Man: The lowdown on the elite

By Tavis Perry THE talk of whether Lou Richards should be inducted into the AFL hall of fame coincided with Jason Akermanis’ 300th game. Aker is undoubtedly one of my favourite all-time players. The subsequent articles on him and the hall of fame inductees made for some interesting reading on one of my favourite topics: [Read more]

General footy writing: The speccie revisited

By John Harms You only have to be in a crowd, big or small, at the MCG or way out in the bush, to know the significance of the speccie. We take it for granted. But consider the response of people at the instant the footballer is high on an opponent’s (or teammate’s shoulder). And [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Under the wing of Gull

by Paul Mitchell There seemed no reason for our bit part ruck/forward to be nicknamed ‘Gull’. I attributed the moniker to the fact that his mullet stuck out ingloriously at the sides, made him look like a windblown seagull. I didn’t know his real name, but that didn’t matter – when I called out ‘Gull!’ he [Read more]

AFL Round 9: The View From Shepparton

by Peter SchumacherSydney and Adelaide. How I fervently wish that Brisbane and Western Bulldogs had been in that list. Can’t blame the umpies for Brisbane‘s loss, though as one correspondent was quoted as texting on Jon Faine’s (ABC Melbourne) program this morning  Brown doesn’t have a back apparently or words to that effect.Tasmania has officially said [Read more]

Jones files: The lighter side of broadcasting in PNG

By Richard Jones I’VE been broadcasting either from the studio or from outside locations since the mid-1960s. I lived in Papua New Guinea from 1963-76. PNG was the Territory of Papua New Guinea before self-government in 1973 and independence in 1975. When I started calling amateur boxing tournaments from ringside for the ABC’s 9PA Port [Read more]