The View From Shepparton: Round 1 Pt. 1

At last round one has started, and really I reckon that Greater Western Sydney were OK.   Izzy has already received flack for not being up to it but despite my critical pre season comment, he might yet have something.   It does appear though that they will have trouble getting a decent forward set [Read more]

Shaking off the giant pressure

The Sierra Madre is full of notoriously remote and lawless towns.  A place where asking too many questions will only end in trouble and bemused shrugs from the locals afterwards. They’ve also never heard of Aussie Rules and certainly not the Sydney Swans.  In other words the perfect bolt hole should tonight go drastically wrong. [Read more]

The Welcome Back Wrap

THE WELCOME BACK WRAP For the Philosophical Marngrook Follower Ciad Mile Failte.  And what an off-season it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Bagginess has replaced the Sagginess in the grass coloured cloth beanie of The National Team.  Although it must be said The Opposition appeared to have come out just for the left over pudding [Read more]

Big Day Not Out 2012

Inner Melbourne pub cricket has been a feature of the area since the 20th century, or at least the latter part of it. Various pubs play each other on Sundays, and some seriously, exciting cricket takes place. The culmination of the season is the Big Day Not Out, where the pubs compete to see who [Read more]

John K’s 2012 Footy Diary

Sunday, 25 March 2012 Round One, Week One 1. The season begins, oddly, with one game for the week – the Sydney derby between the Swans and the Giants. Matty Rendell goes down for a Thought Crime; Jim Stynes dies; Jason Akermanis says that Stynes was nasty on the field. He meant that as praise [Read more]

at the beginning….

I am ‘nobody’. I am ‘no one’ – and so’s my wife. We have been told daily for the past couple of years that ‘nobody’ wants the Giants; that ‘no one’ will go and watch. We have been told that in one of the largest, fastest growing, most diverse regions in Australia, that there is [Read more]

Giant Buzz

Everything comes to those who wait. Living in NSW for nearly 25 years has caused much angst where football is concerned. Telecasts at unreasonable hours despite having a so called national game has been frustrating. But with the introduction of GWS now I have an AFL team to follow in this state. I haven’t followed [Read more]

Sandhurst All-Stars

As relayed by Richard Jones. As authored by Darren Lewis.

Riverland Superdogs v Broken Hill Shinglebacks

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN AFL MASTERS – ROUND ONE SATURDAY 24TH OF MARCH 2012, LYRUP OVAL By Nick Kossatch The Riverland Superdogs broke their winless drought against the Broken Hill Shinglebacks, coming back from five goals down at quarter time to defeat the visitors by 11 points in round one of SA AFL Masters at Lyrup Oval [Read more]

Scenes from the Manning Clark Cricket Dinner and Lecture 2012

Photos by Yvette Wroby    

Panthers Ace Eels

On the night before Penrith’s clash with Parramatta, I played my weekly tennis match with my friend Michael, a fellow Footy Almanac scribe and devoted Parramatta fan. At the time, I wondered if our match would foreshadow the result of the Parramatta v Penrith clash. The first set was won comfortably by me, which I [Read more]

“From Little Things, Big Things Grow”

For the second straight season, the AFL welcomed in a new club built in the heart of the traditionally non – Aussie Rules wilderness. In 2011, it was the Gold Coast. Spared public scrutiny by being granted a bye in Round 1, they were blooded on a balmy Saturday evening in Round 2, smashed to [Read more]

Preview of the NT Thunder side for the upcoming NEAFL season

BY – JACKSON CLARK The Northern Territory Football League season is done and dusted but the NT Thunder side is back in action with its first game of the season on the weekend. Thunder faces Morningside at TIO Stadium on Saturday in round one of the NEAFL season to kick of its premiership defence. It [Read more]

Sydney Reclink Community Cup

Death Tracks; Beyond Motordrome

The spectre of danger, even death, has done little harm to motorsport’s mass appeal. But the attrition rates of the ‘motordromes’, which predated the Great Depression, were something else. As a world champion racer of penny farthings, it’s quaintly absurd that engineer Jack Prince’s second stab at fame would be to kick start the most [Read more]

A Win Win Weekend

By Anne Fedorowytsch Walking into my boyfriend’s house for the very first time I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. One of the last things I was anticipating to greet me inside his family’s garage was a life size poster of Nick Riewoldt. This was going to take some getting used to. I was spending [Read more]

racing…baton change

It’s the “Interstate Interchange”. Moonee Valley farewells Friday Nights with this week’s cracker William Reid Stakes meeting and then Rosehill picks up the baton on Saturday as Sydney’s Carnival formally begins with a challenging Coolmore Classic card. As is so often the case, weather will impact strongly on crowds and formlines. Valley Nights work with [Read more]

Premier Cricket – Semi Final Preview

Four teams remain in the hunt for the 2011/12 Premier Cricket Pennant. The semi finals will be decided over both days this weekend (Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March). Here’s my preview.   Prahran v Dandenong @ Toorak Park Last 5 starts: P’ran WLWLW D’nong LWLLW Last time they met: Round 4 2011/12 Saturday 22 [Read more]


THE OPTIMISTS’ GUIDE TO SEASON 2012. PART ELEVEN. By Alex Wadelton WHY MELBOURNE WILL WIN THE PREMIERSHIP The Curse of Norm Smith continues unabated at the Melbourne Football Club. Its string of ineptness now stretches to 47 years of non-premiership glory. Since their last flag in 1964 the following events in history have occurred- the [Read more]

Relatively Gutted

By Phil Dimitriadis   The gut holds our emotions, our food, our poisons, our hopes and our fears. We get inspired by those who show guts, but do we get gutted too easily when things don’t go our way? Jimmy’s dead. Wounds are raw and words are plenty. He reached out and people are reaching [Read more]