Harms: On (the wonderful) Geelong fan

by John Harms I know it is awkward to talk about your own, but sometimes it has to be done. And it has to be done honestly. So I’m going to say it up front: the Geelong supporter is the embodiment of all that is good and true. The world has never seen, in any [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Wild weather at York Park

As a North supporter, I’ve frequently travelled interstate, but it’s generally been on the cheersquad bus.  A trip to Tasmania doesn’t allow such luxury, and I was happy to fly to Tassie, knowing that North could probably come up with an upset win against the reigning Premiers, as they had been thumped by the Bulldogs [Read more]

Local footy: Amazing Country comeback on a windy day

By Paul Daffey Wind is a variant that’s going out of AFL games in Victoria. The Docklands Stadium is like a bowling alley with turf. The MCG’s stands are so high that the wind dare not breach its walls. Only Kardinia Park is exposed to the elements.

AFL Round 16 – Haiku Bob – from somewhere a cloud

stars appearing our game plan in a million pieces   gazing at the centre half forward no longer there     sharp wind Hodge’s torpedo pierces the night   swirling breeze whichever way we want to go we can’t   cloudless night from somewhere a cloud of hawks   in the clear Toovey kicks it [Read more]

Round 16: Richmond vs North Melbourne – a draw is just as bad as a win

by Michael Allan We’ve reached the home stretch. Only six more games before eight teams are knocked out and the finals begin. It’s around this time when Richmond (and several others) are put under the microscope, as the tanking debate re-emerges. I’m always torn with this: on one hand, it will better suit the club long [Read more]

AFL Round 16 – Gigs’ Stats: the stuff of dreams

by Andrew Gigacz   The last two weeks have had it all with several important pieces of the statistical jigsaw falling nicely into place. Last week it was the first one-point game of the year and the first 100+ point result and this week we had every stat-head’s dream: the draw!   TIGERS AND NORTH [Read more]

Local Footy: The Maffra story – it’s all about beating Sale

by Rocket Gillett   In preparing my recent posting on the Rochester/Echuca rivalry I had planned to compare it to a very similar rivalry – and the most comparable is the Sale/Maffra rivalry – the parallels are striking similarly in terms of longevity, small town v big town, changing competitions, etc However, I got carried [Read more]

Second Test – Day 5: Freddy

By Ben Santamaria, with Tim Santamaria. July 20 was always going to be a famous day; however, who in the crowd at Lord’s in 1934 would have thought then that man would walk on the moon in less than half the time it would take their nation’s cricketers to next beat Australia at the home [Read more]

AFL Round 16: I love watching Roos and Tigers game, but I wish it were live

By Steve Healy I was bored. No one was home. I planned to watch the Richmond v North Melbourne delayed telecast on Channel Seven at three o’clock. Port Adelaide v West Coast was on the radio, and when they mentioned the score I blocked my ears. Why can’t they always show live games? I wish [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Pies flounder under Hawthorn pressure — again

By Paul Harkin As was the case twice last year, the Pies were unable to think their way through the dreaded Clarkson Cluster. Collingwood never really looked comfortable all night, despite a rally near the end of the second quarter. The early signs were not good as Buddy looked switched on from the opening bounce. [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Now I hate Hawthorn as well

By Andrew Fithall Helen hates Hawthorn. As a Geelong supporter, she has endured too much pain. The dull ache of 1989 endures. The pain of 2008 is more recent, more acute, and much less likely to ease. Our daughter Ursula is also a Cat, but at 12, doesn’t yet really understand that you never regain [Read more]

View From Shepparton: Dominant Saints prompt disappointing Crows to revert to type

By Peter Schumacher St Kilda are definitely the team to beat now, no doubt about that. Adelaide will quite possibly slide out of the eight. That they reverted to their instincts of trying to close down the game when the going got tough in the second quarter was very disappointing. I guess that as an [Read more]

Cricket writing: a winter international at Valleys

by Justin Kruger   We’re talking cricket…July…Albion, Brisbane. ‘Perfidious’, you might think, is the missing word here; maybe a few tales of procrastinating physiotherapists, batting glove changes and other dastardly deeds. But no, it’s mid-July in Brisbane, and I’m off to the cricket. A one day game at the Allan Border Field, Australia A v [Read more]

The Wrap: The cream rises to the top

What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Doggies chewed up the Bombers in the Pipe Opener in an entertaining match under cover to consolidate their September Credentials.  Carlton stormed home to crush The Valiant Lakers.  Geelong, playing with the wind piping off Corio Bay, played its part in keeping The Dees to under [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Help us build a team of players who should play for another club

By Chris Riordan When Richmond’s Jarrod Silvester grabbed the ball in the match against North Melbourne on Sunday, I said to Tom, “He should be a Cat!” Perhaps Silvester and Tweety-Bird was a bit obscure, but it led to a conversation on players whose names or nicknames would best have had them playing elsewhere. We’ll [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Pies need wake up call

By Danielle Eid OK, OK, let me get this straight. Collingwood lost by 45 points and Nathan Brown has an ankle injury? Does anything else want to go wrong? Truth be told, I did not watch a minute of this game; I was out at Crown Casino Cinemas to watch Harry Potter. I did think [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Magpies add to the Tower of Wins

By Carolyn Straford It’s Friday night, I’m in Ivanhoe, in front of a large old-fashioned television. It isn’t a plasma nor an LCD screen but it’s big and it will do. The heater is on and The Beverley Hillbillies are the curtain-raiser. Odd, yes I know, but what is to follow may be even stranger, [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Tiger-Roo draw is not surprising considering neither side knows how to win

By Chris Riordan There’s a gruesome joy in going to a draw when you barrack for neither side. And, I hasten to add, today’s result made no difference to the prospects of my team, the Doggies, for this year and beyond. I’d hoped to have a look at Cousins and Cotchin to gauge for myself [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Shaggy Cats blow away Dees in first quarter

By Josh Barnstable Geelong v Melbourne Geelong 2nd, Melbourne 15th Geelong with a two-game losing streak Melbourne with a two-game winning streak The above is something no one in the footy world would have thought possible. But will Melbourne extend both teams’ streaks to three? Celebrating Geelong’s 150th birthday, the Cats wear a slightly altered [Read more]

Second Test – Day 4: Australians still in it

Second Test – Day 4 Test cricket is just brilliant. The elements are mixed so perfectly. The English brains trust was probably thinking of batting for a few more overs on the fourth morning just to grind the Australians into the Lord’s dirt, but the clouds gathered, the trust was re-convened and Andrew Strauss declared. [Read more]