Black Magic? White muddle more like it

Sean Gorman believes the notion of indigenous footballers possessing a certain “magic” denies the hard work that they put in. Click on the link below to read Sean’s article from The Conversation website:

Parisian Melancholy

Round 2 StK v Rich By David Downer A soul-funk singer of Gen-Y disposition yet old world charm, the eclectic Paris Wells featured as this week’s AFL pre-match gift to the “loyal fans”.  A melodic reward for those of us venturing in on a Friday night, resisting the lure of Better Homes and Gardens and [Read more]

GIGSTUFF 50 – The score on the draw

by Andrew Gigacz   The statistical planets are clearly aligned at the moment folks. Another draw last Friday means that, as mentioned in GigStuff 49, we remain on world-record pace for 24 draws during the home and away season, three finals going into extra-time and ANOTHER drawn Grand Final. And the events of Friday night [Read more]

Giga Bites 7 – Director’s Cut

Below is an extended version of Giga Bites, which appeared in the Saturday Age on 19th March, 2011. by Andrew Gigacz TIGER TRENDS (1) Depending on which trend-line one follows, the news regarding Richmond’s Round 1 prospects is either bad or worse. If a line is drawn through the Tigers’ last two season-opening clashes against [Read more]

Golan Filly Share

By Angela Pippos The bye brought back memories of going to the high school social and not being asked to dance, which happened a lot in my teenage years. There was something about my tracksuit top and matching bottoms that turned the boys of Adelaide off in those days. But despite the lack of Crow [Read more]

A rushed point for an April Fool

By Michael Viljoen The morning of April 1st I received an alert from one ‘Yellow and Black’ football blog uncovering the surprise news that the iconic Richo (following the trend of Geoff Huegill, Ian Thorpe, and Pauline Hanson) was preparing his own comeback, to hopefully act as a foil for Jack on the Tigers’ forward [Read more]

ANU Footy Club 50th Anniversary

We invite any ANU players to share an anecdote or two in the comments below.

Round 2: St Kilda vs Richmond – A Formal way to watch footy

I hate missing Richmond games. It’s bad enough not being at the ground, but to not even be able to watch the game on tv is just torture. Sadly this is my situation tonight. The school’s year 12 formal is being unthoughtfully held on the same night as my beloved Tigers, I have no choice [Read more]

The best game I never saw

Rotten, Gnawing, Lime-Green Jealousy. There had been record rainfall. You hear that a lot, but sometimes it’s true. My team didn’t make the finals, so, fuck it, a mate and I went for a drive. The car was facing east when we got into it, so we drove east. It was that simple. No plans, [Read more]

Blues Love The Suns

It was undoubtedly an historic night, in case you’d missed the point the previous fifteen thousand times the marketing approved mantra had been chanted. Although by night’s end the Gold Coast players and coach may have been thinking that some history was best left unrecorded. What it wasn’t at any stage was a contest, which [Read more]

Falcons triumph in the Middle East

The Abu Dhabi Falcons were tense in the sheds before the game. A few were attempting banter but it was difficult to get much more than nervous laughter out of anyone. Uncertainty over what the Doha Kangaroos were capable of was the main concern. That and the fact we were missing three blokes who were pretty handy. Coming [Read more]

Footy’s On

“Footy’s on, footy’s here again, back to greet me like an old friend”.  Oh how true that is Champs!  I’ve been to three live games over the first two weeks at the MCG, with a total margin of 1 point.  Its great to have the game back in my weekly life. The G is a [Read more]

Aker-mania comes to town

Aker-mania came to Hobart on the weekend. A ground record crowd of 8,400 turned up see Aker debut for the Glenorchy Magpies at KGV Oval against reigning TFL premiers, Clarence on Saturday evening in the season opener. For the demographically and statistically inclined, that’s around 4% of Hobart’s population or 1.6% of Tassie’s total populace. [Read more]

On borrowed time

By Ged McMahon Housesitting can be an odd experience. While it can be fun, there always seems to be a voice in your head telling you not to make yourself too comfortable––you don’t belong here. On Friday I started housesitting. The place is huge. The shower is about the size of my entire bathroom. On [Read more]

Crio’s Q: Regrets at Sunset

If, as the AFL dreamt, the rising Sun brought a new audience to footy’s coverage, at some stage those watchers must, like Karmichael Hunt and other notables, have questioned – Was this such a good idea? As inglorious debuts go, team and stars “smoked it”. Saturday night’s debacle would take some beating. Perhaps “the grass [Read more]

Ball bounces and pea blows for Sydney in a tight one

Michael Symonds never gave me much reason to leap out of my seat. That’s not a knock on the West Aussie half-forward flanker, but with contemporaries like Hird, Lloyd, Long, Bewick et al, there were others that we could rely upon for the spectacular. But when his banana/checkside/boomerang goal at the Bradman Stand end sailed [Read more]

How The Footy Almanac saved football

The Footy Almanac has saved football. The Richmond footy club almost saved footy a few years ago, but here at the Almanac we’ve done it properly. The Tiges almost saved footy when they lost to Geelong by 157 points one Sunday evening in May, 2007. At a time when the Swans and West Coast had [Read more]

The View From Shepparton: Rd. 2

I have a range of emotions regarding the Queensland sides. I feel  dire despair that they are going to do the code more harm than good up in Queensland this year unless they become more competitive. On the other hand the old “Bears” were hopeless for years as they were getting established. Unfortunately, even since [Read more]

Tony Ongarello and JTH

A few years ago Tina Ongarello, a niece of Tony Ongarello, sent me this photo of her father and her Uncle Tony playing snooker. Tony lives in the memory of Fitzroy and Melbourne and footy. He is the last player to have scored a goal from a place kick. This happened at the Brunswick Street [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  On Friday night The Tigers showed The Culture Club and the rest of The Competition they are on the prowl again.  On Saturday The Mighty Magpies showed North and the rest of The Competition exactly where the bench mark for Season 2011 lay.  [Read more]