In the saddle with Cadel

About 1.00am, Saturday 16th July.   Someone is ringing the bejesus out of a cowbell in my lounge room. People are yelling, cheering – ‘Allez!’, ‘Vamos!’, ‘Go! Come on!!!’ Phil Liggett is talking to me. He mentions something about riders pushing themselves to the limit, this is what they train for, Le Tour at its [Read more]

One Hundred Years Ago: Round 12, 8th July, 1911

A ‘grey, windless, foggy afternoon’ was the setting for round 12, the coldest football match-day recorded to this time. The temperature wouldn’t rise above 7.1 °C (44.8 °F) as six clubs began the day within close proximity of a top four position. 20,000 spectators ignored the conditions and flocked to Brunswick St to watch fourth [Read more]

Thank You Hawthorn

I was not a fan of the AFL rule change prohibiting the deliberate rushed behind. Not a fan at all. If I was in the front bar of Cramers in Preston I’d go so far as to exclaim to no-one in particular that it’s akin to social engineering as far as I’m concerned. It’s a [Read more]


When we talk about footy, what is courage? What is bravery? Jonathon Brown is courageous. He is brave. These conclusions are magnified as we flinch slightly when watching replays of the clash which caused his latest facial injury. But what I have found fascinating in the wake of this incident is the commentary suggesting that [Read more]

Football Intelligence

  by Peter Edwards Hold the press Melbourne and Richmond supporters. There may be a ne’er previously considered reason for why your teams have not performed to expectations, and which at the same time, may explain why the Cats have defied the popular opinion of most AFL pundits. Go home tonight and pen a letter [Read more]

Airports and Grunt

    The road must have been in a safe seat. It was shit, but in a good way. Thin, with narrow shoulders, ebbing and flowing through a bumpy patchwork of tar repairs, but, suddenly, it bent and rose across a railway track and smoothed out into a town that was more like a village. [Read more]

Maurice Flitcroft: good old boy

This is the story of Maurice Flitcroft: golfer.–truly-teed-men-blazers.html

Rhys is home

  by John Kingsmill* My town is a little better, more loving, less convoluted. Still cold, but Adelaide’s winter skies are cloudless for a while and then a weather system settles in for three or four days of genuine rain. Partly clouded, they call it.  I think

A Berri good performance

  BERRI V BARMERA MONASH RFL – ROUND 12 2011, Sat July 16th 2011 By Nick Kossatch at Berri Berri has announced that it will be a major participant come the RFL finals time after its’ run-away 31-point win against Barmera-Monash in Berri. The Demons used its home ground to advantage with Norwood recruit Toby [Read more]

Sat’dy footy July 23

  by Chris Riordan For local junior comps the last few weeks have been like NRL’s Origin time with players unavailable and upsets likely. The end of school holidays should ensure a return to normality as the kids face the last batch of games for this season. There’ve been some super frosty mornings and not [Read more]

NAB Cup set to follow Keenan Cup traditions

  The 2011 season is yet to reach its crescendo and rumours already abound regarding the format of the 2012 pre-season competition. The NAB Cup utilised a three-way play-off system in the 2011 pre-season, and this successful format is set to be taken to even greater heights. The AFL has been keeping a close eye [Read more]

DA’s Clue of the Round (18)

This week’s clue from David Astle ( taps into the news of the moment:   In light of TAB-gate, and the dim demise of Heath Shaw, what three more players (a Blue, a Lion and a Saint) will the AFL Commission also need to monitor due to their punt-prone surnames? (And any more candidates you [Read more]

Johnny Hoogerland and barbed wire

Tour de France 2011 Photos; Stage 9: Issoire ? Saint-Flour, 208 km   Later in the stage, a French TV car swerved into the five man break up front sending Vacansoleil’s Johnny Hoogerland somersaulting off the road and into a barbed wire fence That’s quite a flogging. Someday a clothing manufacturer will invent something more [Read more]

Tony Hachem: no dud brother

I always like to keep up with what the people in my neighbourhood are doing. Tony Hachem of Northcote, our suburb, has just been knocked out of the biggest and most important poker tournament on the planet, the World Series of Poker, in Las Vegas. He has finished 37th in the huge field. The tournament [Read more]

Umpiring as a (sort of ) therapy.

  Last Saturday on University Oval, I took to the field and was, for the first time in almost 13 years, was part of a match involving the Adelaide University Football Club.  As an umpire. As an aside, there are three things that the uninitiated must know about the Adelaide Uni Football Club. ·      The [Read more]

An imperfect symbiosis

  by Paul Daffey   Amid all the hoo-haa about the phone-hacking scandal and the attendant revelations about the media, politicians and power in England, I thought I’d lay bare the workings of newspapers and … yes, you asked for it … country footy clubs in Victoria.   The newspapers and the footy people need [Read more]

among the rotting leaves

  cross wind – a betting slip among the rotting leaves   no sunlight on that side of the ground – just Daisy   but for their whistles the umpires would disappear *   a chill in the winter sun – Swan scuffs his first kick     the first petal separates.. Daisy’s one hander [Read more]

A team of Wagga warriors

  by Glen Davis We’ve had sides from Corowa -Ruthgerglen and Albury-Wodonga, there was an effort to pick a side from around Berrigan, and we might return to that. How about a side from around Wagga, and beyond? Let’s imagine driving out of Albury, up the Hume Highway, and then turning at the Olympic Highway to [Read more]

Tough month ahead for Willi CYMS

by Dene Macleod For a review of Saturday’s Senior match, plus all the latest club news, head to:   The Seniors didn’t do their top-2 aspirations any favours by drawing against second-last Old Mentonians. The next month of football represents a huge challenge and will determine our fate: rivals Peninsula (a), where we are [Read more]

The Footy Gods: an introduction

  by Ian Latham In millennia past, the Greeks believed that the gods could determine our future. At times they would act with justice. At times, they would punish you just to prove that they could. But there was little that humans could do to influence them. To make matters worse, they sometimes took human [Read more]