Vale Wunghnu Football Club

by Josh Barnstable I can imagine the downfall and the final game ever played for the Fitzroy Football Club was the one of the saddest days in the VFL/AFL history, for players and supporters of any team. It isn’t right to see a proud club like the Lions, who were around for 100 years having [Read more]

The white Mullock heaps

Here is your intrepid sports correspondent reporting in from the white Mullock heaps. by  George Laslett Just got back from the footy in Coober Pedy where Mimili Falcons (their reserve side); main team Mimili Blue beat Coober Pedy 20:14 to 14:12. We’d better keep practicing. Looks like Ali will have the pictures up soon. Mimili [Read more]

It’s all in the action

by Chris Riordan The “currant bun” (News-Pictorial) has forensically dissected Nick Riewoldt’s exaggerated goalkicking style, apparently unveiled on Saturday night. By the photos, it is certainly distinctive and has got me thinking about radical or unique actions. Whether it be Andrew Dunkley’s ball drop, Jim Furyk’s backswing or Paul Adams’ contortionist bowling delivery, there are [Read more]

In A League Of its Own – Issue 31

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Week two of the finals series was full of goals, despite there being just the two games. The total goals scored was nine, following a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium and a 3-2 win to the Gold Coast at Hindmarsh on Sunday evening. The weekend started [Read more]

Trick Knee

by Peter Goldsworthy More ice, please. And less Kindness. I have reached the age of How’s the Knee, of Starting from the Bench. The Best-and-Fairest statuettes are gone, this season’s end brings a joke medallion only, bearing an inscription. Very Funny: Age and Treachery Will Always Overcome Youth and Skill I sit in a Clubroom [Read more]

How Lost Was My Archive?

NEW NARRATIVE POSSIBILITIES IN AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL HISTORIES The recent developments in the digitization of library archives have profoundly affected the researching of sport history in Australia and beyond. Some images, facts and data once buried are now easily accessible via simple on-line searches. We no longer need to trust the factual accuracy of the Turners, [Read more]

Customer Relations NFL Style

Mulcaster provided this state of the art example of customer relations in American professional sports. We suspect that felt good.

Position Vacant

POSITION VACANT CEO AFL Applicant must have excellent outsourcing and divestment skills. The capacity to ignore public sentiment is also an advantage. Ideally the successful applicant will have a keen interest in attending AFL matches and match day functions and preferably had experience as an average half back flanker. There will also be a requirement [Read more]

An Olympic Park Memory

The curtain is about to close on Olympic Park in Melbourne. I am drawn to thinking about all of the athletics events, and all of the athletes who have strived there. I was one of them, once. Just once. On March 26, 1972. If somewhere deep inside you resides the love of sport and physical [Read more]

What’s in a Name?

By Sasha Lennon As the footy season proper approaches and our interest in off-field indiscretions and the confusion of the NAB Cup begins to wane, more important questions confront us.  Will Collingwood go back-to-back?  Will the Saints wither and die?  Can Buddy kick a tonne?  How far up the ladder can the Demons climb?  Is [Read more]

Craig Davis and David Bridie: an unlikely combination? Or not?

I really enjoyed the film clip to David Bridie’s song ‘The Deserters’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXaZAfBxH5U). Actually, that’s not true. I was utterly taken by the clip, and the song. I think they are superb. I think every culture finds a way of expressing truth, and when I watch and listen I feel I am watching something that [Read more]

NAB Cup: Melbourne V Essendon

By Steve Healy I was needed by the Melbourne Football Club. It easily surpassed the need for me to stay home ‘because it’s my sister’s birthday’. The Dees needed my support at Etihad. And footy was back. Four-quarter footy, two team footy. Strangely, it seemed to be a distant memory after the two weeks of [Read more]

Farewell to the Big O

For someone who has spent much of my life fascinated and enthralled by sport, there are still many things I don’t get.  Near the top of the list is why the sporting public can be enthused and excited by track and field each Olympic Games, but doesn’t turn up to good quality track and field [Read more]

2011 AFL Crystal Ball

By Domenic Favata Yes the NAB cup’s only just begun, yes some might say that it’s too early to call and yes some people will call me ridicule my projections. But the AFL season is near, its time to put our serious hats on and think about the long haul. Whether they are ambitious (like [Read more]

Almanac Racing: Diamond Day

Take my tip! For once, this is a sure thing. Get to Caulfield on Saturday where, in the promised benign weather, you’ll see really good horses in some outstanding races. What a mix. There’s a long time between now and the Heath – including a night on the bag at the Valley tomorrow (Friday)- so [Read more]

It’s never over til it’s over

It’s the end of summer, school is back but that’s the furthest thing from my mind as I stride out to bat in my U14’s grand final. Earlier GWB made an under par 132. It’s a hot day. I’m full of emotions. My determination to win leads a shaky backline of fear and disgust. You [Read more]

RON CAWTHAN: A LIFETIME’S SERVICE TO CASTLEMAINE

RON started playing footy at the tender age of eight when he turned out for the Wesley Hill club in the Castlemaine District Junior Football league. It wasn’t until 1971 that he first wore the Castemaine colors when he played for the Magpie under-18 side. He spent two seasons with the Thirds, finishing runner-up in [Read more]

In Motion

In the 1994 World Cup semi-final, an 80th minute strike from Brazilian star Romario denied 10-man Sweden a place in the final. Sweden went on to thrash Bulgaria 4-0 in the third place play-off at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena to complete a glorious summer for Swedish football – the likes of which they had not [Read more]

NAB Cup: Geelong v North v Bulldogs

This had been scheduled in for some months now. Even though I hadn’t asked Dad about it, my main means of transport to games, as soon as I saw Geelong v North Melbourne (and the Bulldogs) playing at Skilled Stadium on February 20 for the NAB Cup, I knew I’d be going. One, because it [Read more]

Tom Hawkins’ greatest fear

“Tom Lonergan’s public speaking.”         …from the Geelong Football Club website