A new-found respect

by Tavis Perry I’ve only been living in a remote indigenous community for 2 months, but already I have a much greater respect and appreciation for the hurdles that Liam Jurrah, and indeed the Melbourne Football Club had to make, in order to establish him at AFL level. Growing up in an all aboriginal ‘community’ [Read more]

A day at the Cox Plate

by David Hyland Firstly I have to say that Saturday was my virginal live Cox Plate experience. I had always wanted to attend having been to the course many times for different events and thought that packed to the rafters it would provide magnificent atmosphere and excitement. I went with my wife and another two [Read more]

Bulldogs’ season bouyed by Boyd and co.

Charles Sutton Award By Josh Barnstable The Western Bulldogs Football Club is a funny organization. They play a brand of footy that is breathtaking, exciting, can make any Doggies supporter think that the drought is over. But all the time, they fail. They have made certain people go crazy. The local butcher is owned by [Read more]

The cream of the Cats

Geelong’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy The Carji Greeves medal took place earlier this month, and what a surprise the result was. Gary Ablett and Corey Enright were tied winners, even though Ablett was easily the best player in 2009. Footy is a strange game. But let’s speak more about the actual team, who [Read more]

2010 seems a long way off. in the mean time…

We all miss footy dearly in the off-season don’t we? Some of us turn to Cricket, Racing and Tennis to ease the pain, while others just can’t accept any other sport than the best of all. I am a bit of both. I enjoy watching Michael Hussey do what he does best out at the [Read more]

Watson and Fletcher the standouts in Bombers’ strange season

Essendon’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy Essendon’s 2009 season was a strange one. Has a team ever made the finals, without anyone really feeling like they had made the finals? Well that was the case; they came into the Elimination Final against Adelaide without a ruckman, and without Lloyd who was suspended for hitting [Read more]

Sometime Freo really do want to make you heave…

Doig Medal review by Josh Barnstable Freo Heave Ho Freo Heave Ho Give Em All The Old Freo Heave Ho We’re The Rollers We’re The Rockers We’re The Mighty Freo Dockers We’re Gonna Roll Em And We’ll Rock Em We’re Gonna Send Them To The Bottom And If They Get Up We’ll Do It Again [Read more]

Pies on the rise. But can they take that extra step?

Collingwood’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy It was an exciting season for the black-and-white. In Round 8, Collingwood looked banished from the finalists club. They were 3-5, and had come off a 51-point embarrassment against arch-rival Carlton. They went on to win the next 12 out of 13 games, before losing by four goals [Read more]

How it feels to be Barted

by Mark Makybe Freeman Savage bashing. Pilloried on the punt. Barted, Barted, Barted again (thanks P. Flynn for the handy new verb). Got the Plate completely wrong. The 3-year-olds I labelled ‘mediocre’ quinellaed the event.  Whobe, Heart not good enough. Not even big El. Utter wipeout.

Prognosis is good for Stynes and the Demons

Melbourne’s Best and Fairest By Steve Healy Twelve days had passed since Fremantle had their best and fairest night. The Melbourne football club had left Australia waiting. On Thursday night, red and blue blood flooded Crown casino, as did a bald, recovering Jim Stynes. Jim received an almighty applause as he strolled on to the [Read more]

AFL Club awards: Judd helps with Carlton’s coming but Fevola’s loss could see them going again.

John Nicholls Medal by Josh Barnstable They Know We’re Coming They Know We’re Coming They Know We’re Coming We did know, we didn’t believe, they came, they went. Carlton finally rose from the dark, navy blue abyss it fell down in 2002, on the back of skipper Chris Judd, youngsters Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Matthew [Read more]

Looking for a change of fortune

by Chris Riordan I keep running in to punters lauding over last week’s riches. No good for me. I’m still backing Bookies’ chances and we got belted. It was an awful day all round at Caulfield. Punters just kept getting it right and the occasion was tarnished by horrible, drunken, unpleasant behaviour. A classic Connex [Read more]

Like Moonee Valley’s turf, the Cox Plate is cut and dried

By Mark “Makybe” Freeman   I can see clearly now, punters, the Plate has come…. it’s gonna be a deep, deep-pocket, fill-up day.   After the raffle of last week’s Caulfield Cup, the 2009 Cox Plate is as cut-and-dried as they come. There are only three genuine top flight stakes-class performers – Whobegotyou, Heart of [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Which is the horse that holds a special place in your heart?

About ten years ago we were down at the old Flemington stalls on raceday looking at the horses, particularly (very) young Tom’s favourite, Sky Heights. To his shock and the amusement of on-lookers (including Trevor McKee tending to Sunline next door), Colin Alderson grabbed Tom from my arms and sat him atop the giant champ! [Read more]

The Silk Road to South Africa

by Tony Wilson The Socceroos final round of World Cup qualifying began on the Silk Road in Tashkent, and they never really got off it. It is not meant to be this smooth. Nigeria has fallen short again. Powerhouses like Portugal and France are still sweating. After sixteen matches, Argentina is fifth in a South [Read more]

Old footballers don’t die, they play AFL Masters

By Andrew Nathan It’s another steamy night in Cairns. I’m in the Vic Metro team that is about to play its first match in the annual AFL Masters tournament. I’ve played in two previous carnivals, in Maroochydore in 2006 and Darwin in ’08, and I’m 43 years of age—but I still get nervous before pulling [Read more]

Cup Day has nothing to Show for it

by Josh Barnstable This is a question I have asked myself each year. The question is filled with answers, yet I never find one. Why is the Melbourne Cup day a public holiday? For years, I wondered why we got the day off in November to see a bunch of horses running around a track, [Read more]

The Rite of Spring

by Damian O’Donnell I love Spring. I love what it does to people. In June, July and August we go about our business. We watch our footy team battle through the long AFL season. We pay the mortgage, keep warm, and ask our kids what they did at school. The grass only grows in clumps, [Read more]

It’s “Bart! Bart! Bart” all the way to the post

by Mark “Makybe” Freeman Bart, Bart, Bart! When will we ever learn? Amazing, extraordinary, unbe-fuckin’-lievable … anyway, it’s all in the papers for you to read. Viewed did get an amazing passage through on the inside, while stablemate Roman Emperor worked harder for his second placing, so perhaps he might be the one to get [Read more]

AFL Club awards: Brown and Black lead Lions back into contention

Josh Barnstable reviews the Merrett-Murray Medal A big rejuvenated Lion outfit made a welcomed return to the finals since 2004 on the back of a great year spearheaded by the usual heads of Jonathan Brown, Simon Black and Daniel Bradshaw. After a stirring comeback in the first week of the finals against Carlton, ignited by [Read more]