1980 A Personal Footy Almanac – Round 5, Friday 25 April, v Fitzroy, MCG

I’ve barely been able to absorb the magnitude of the Collingwood victory when Round 5 is upon us. For Anzac Day falls on a Friday this year. Anzac Day Before 1995, when Essendon and Collingwood hatched a duopoly based on greed and self-interest, disguised under such epithets as “tradition” and “honouring the fallen”, the League [Read more]

A Day Out

by Bill Walker Clinking of the medals crunching of the feet witnessed by the honor guard lining out the streets skirling of the bagpipes dull thud of the drum order of the service just a background hum flooding back the memories so strong it’s hard to cope did their bit for freedom democracy and hope [Read more]

Rosemary and Football

At the door to my (outside) study, there is a healthy rosemary bush. It usually reminds me of happy times: roast dinners, especially, which the kids look forward to. “Can you get me some rosemary please?” I ask Theo, the oldest, as I start clattering trays from the oven. And thus begins the process of [Read more]

The Old Firm Saves the Day

It’s a balmy and breezy Sunday at Kardinia Park. While it’s a problematic zephyr for wig wearers, it’s a beautiful wind to unfurl a premiership flag. A flag success that many thought could not be achieved by an ageing list, a virgin coach and sans number 29. The now biennial flag unfurling conducted by retired [Read more]

the sunlight’s slant

piercing light the defender touches a nerve partly closed roof the ball hovers between flanks filling the stands with groans stubbed toe ump and player in heated discussion – the sunlight’s slant edge of winter – crossing the 50 metre line he falls over falling leaves them all behind Harry clouds adrift so many goals [Read more]

Glum? Or not so Glum?

Geelong v Richmond.  Sunday 22 April 2012. Was this the game? Following a forgettable pre-season and a shaky start to the season my cup-o-pessimism (tastes like sour grapes, and not from a good vintage) has been brimmed.  The Cats look like they’ve been staggering, not with a premiership hangover, but with premiership gout.  They’ve supped [Read more]

Round 4 Winners and Losers

Round four is done and dusted in round five is right around the corner. Before you partake in football on Wednesday be sure you are up to speed with all the happenings from the weekend just past. Winners   Essendon The Bombers must have heard the ‘worst 3 and 0 start in history’ whispers and [Read more]

Strength through loyalty

The Saints have a very ironic saying in their logo. “Fortius Quo Fidelius” Strength Through Loyalty And boy, are they lucky that we Saints fans are loyal to them, because they are certainly inconsistent. Sometimes I think it should read “We know we’re unpredictable, and don’t always win the games we should, but just stick around, [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Four

  by Earl O’Neill Greetings Tipsters I was pretty damned close to Gary Rohan when he broke his leg but among our group, Robert, Shane and Tim were just that bit closer and they heard the bone snap. Tim picked it immediately. “I know that sound”, a broken arm sending him into premature retirement late [Read more]

Damian Bourke: Standing Tall

  by Sasha Lennon At six foot five inches tall, Damian Bourke looks every bit as lean as the Geelong Football Club captain who retired from the game almost 20 years ago.  Making coffee in his suburban Brisbane kitchen, he recalls with fondness his days at Geelong and later at the Brisbane Bears/Lions where he [Read more]

Superdogs’ super start to season

  MID NORTH V RIVERLAND SUPERDOGS SOUTH AUSTRALIAN AFL MASTERS – ROUND TWO SUNDAY 22ND OF APRIL 2012, SPALDING OVAL By Nick Kossatch It is two wins from the first two games of the AFL Masters for the Riverland Superdogs after it easily accounted for Mid North by 86-points in Spalding on Sunday. In a [Read more]

France’s answer to Hayden Ballantyne falls

  by Bob Utber Paris in the spring without football is not football. Mind you the way the weather has been behaving here, walking up the Champs Elysees is like making your way to your seat at Arctic Park.  Not once has anybody asked me the score and there have been some big games this [Read more]

The midweek Wrap – Round V

  by John Mosig FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What short week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  We’ve hardly had time to get the duffle coat back from the dry cleaners and sow on the new badges before we’re out on the terraces again.  This time it’s The Anzac Day Blockbuster. And while we’re talking [Read more]

From the Terrace at the Horse Shoe

  by David Buckley It was great to see John Harms and the others on the Terrace again watching a team unfurl their flag. The stadium at present looks much like a horse shoe, or a face with it’s front teeth knocked out. Standing room on the terrace  trimmed again… for more seating. It was [Read more]


  by Bernie Tuck As we get older we start thinking about what Heaven is like. Topless angels serving boutique beers and the like . I have now discovered Heaven: Saturday afternoon at the MCG. With your son. Fine day. Essendon supporters. Playing Carlton. Three quarter time. Essendon seven goals up. At the back of [Read more]

Twelve Months on a Pogo Stick (Part 3)

  by Bill Walker Sword Sharpening   Christmas is coming, players all get fat; first run in the New Year they’re all well tanned, but flat.   No such problem this year at Wynyard. Shannon and his bench coach Dan Smith had got them onto the track in mid November. The young recruits were like [Read more]

Any Port in a storm

  by Paul Harkin The morning of the match was a bit of a haze, after my 60th birthday party the night before. I hope everyone received their invitations, because only a few of you attended. The journey to the ground was uneventful, as it was hard to find a single person in Port colours [Read more]

WAFL Round 6

Les Everett looks at round 6 WAFL action, where upsets of various kinds stole the spotlight. http://australianrules.com.au/news/979/78/Perth-upset-Lions-Peel-upset-fans

In A-League of its Own: 2012 Grand Final

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Brisbane Roar has created history by becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in the A-League following their controversial 2-1 Grand Final victory over the Perth Glory. In front of a great crowd of just over 50,000 both teams began the game nervously, with mistakes coming from both [Read more]

Christ on a crutch! What the **** was that?

I’m still struggling to come to terms understanding what the **** happened on Saturday afternoon… my iPhone was clearly no help. Either do I, Siri. Either do I.