Enough is enough! Boycott the AFL website!

by Rick Newbery I know cyberspace is supposed to be infinite but that doesn’t excuse the wanton waste of it. And that is precisely what the AFL continues to do.   I am sick and tired of losing use of my net connection for five or ten minutes while the bloated AFL site loads. It [Read more]

Rain in Tasmania, but training might still be on

I’d spent two days in Hobart drinking with a mate who has nothing to do with football or the bush, which was great. By the second day, though, I was champing to get back to the mountains and hard work. To the rhythm of small waves from every ute I pass and the chubby clucks [Read more]

Jermaine’s story

by Tavis Perry Last Friday was a really proud day for myself and the people of Galiwinku. Jermaine Wunungmurra, who had literally just celebrated his 18th birthday, had made the plunge and moved from one of the remotest communities in Australia, to Melbourne. Old Carey, who have been one of the shining lights in the [Read more]

Three out four ain’t bad in Round 1

Williamstown CYMS Round 1 Review by Dene Macleod 4 matches, 3 wins, with just the Ressies going down on the weekend. The Seniors had a terrific win against Parkdale, in what was an intense and brutal match. Watching it made you glad to be on the sidelines, with the final injury tally being 2 x [Read more]


…or is “winning is not the most important thing, it is the only thing”  still a sporting maxim? We wedged in to the TAB at Docklands on Saturday to join the throng cheering home Black Caviar. “What about Haylist’s run”, most concurred, as they had with Crystal Lily’s gallantry behind the mighty mare in recent [Read more]


The omens look good for Richmond. Cyril Rioli is missing from the Hawthorn line-up after his best afield performance against Melbourne for an indiscretion that cost him a week on the sidelines. Buddy Franklin was restricted to some kick-to-kick in runners at training on Thursday night with rumours rife of an ankle injury. Luke Hodge [Read more]

The View From Shepparton: Rd 3

It is easy to descend into gloom as a gap appears between the top and bottom teams even this early into the season, but perhaps instead one should celebrate the fact that the top teams are playing really good footy and it is up to other teams to lift their game. I really enjoyed the [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  It was another Cakewalk for The Good Old Collingwoods on Friday night as TRP delivered a reality check to The Bluebaggers in front of 88,181 fans to remain astride The Competition Table.  The Bulldogs became the latest beneficiary of the Appalling Football Leagues [Read more]


GEELONG easily accounted for Port Adelaide in their first Skilled Stadium home game for 2011. Max Rooke made a lap of honour around the ground to huge cheers before the Cats ran out to a guard of honour of past greats. The first quarter was a bit scrappy in very windy conditions, the Cats though in front by seven points at the change. They struggled again in the five minutes following but from that point on slammed the gate shut on the Power, booting four unanswered goals to lead by twenty-nine points at half time. The third quarter bordered on a procession for the first ten minutes, the Cats putting paid to any suggestions of a Power come-back. The boys from Alberton did however kick three in a row to finish the quarter forty-three down. Dam Menzel kicked the opener to a huge reception, but that was nothing compared to the cheers Allen Christensen got when he kicked his maiden AFL goal. In the end the Cats, as predicted, were simply too good for Port Adelaide, winners by just under eighty points.

FPS Report- Rd 3: Collingwood V Carlton 8 April 2011

By Paul Harkin Can there be a better prelude to a game than to unfurl the premiership flag from the previous season? I don’t think so. The ceremony was handled tastefully. No overhype, but enough to show the football world who is the current boss. The sight of Lou Richards and other legends of the [Read more]

We’re in the Dark (Where’s that light switch).

Two banners to start the game:  Saints – Loyal and Brave, A Sight to Behold, 200 for Nick Reiwoldt, Good as Gold. Bombers:  Saints Taking Art Classes, Certainly know how to draw. And it’s on.    When the teams run through the banner, they play the St.Kilda song twice.  I think wistfully it’s because we’re unlikely [Read more]

Four ponderings and a conjectural (the State of the Game)

Footy seems to have changed in 2011, and at this early stage it seems mostly for the better. I don’t just say that because this year the Eagles look worthy of holding a spot in the top 16, but it helps. Saturday night’s game between West Coast and Sydney was a thoroughly engaging and entertaining [Read more]

Masters Tension Evokes Memeories

Memories are funny things. They can flicker at the edge of your mind like a light bulb in the cellar. Others shine stronger than the brightest star in the sky, special moments that take your breath away out of sheer horror or sheer joy. One of the brightest memories I have occurred in April 1996. [Read more]

Magpies and Blues Share the Love, But Not The Points

To listen to some media hype is to believe that when the clans of Carlton and Collingwood gather for contest, ruckus melee and mayhem are assured. That the bays of the MCG will resemble King St on a bad night. That riot police are on standby. This is of course a nonsense. It is one [Read more]

US Masters – live

This is phenomenal. Adam Scott has just lost his second t the 15 th tirght, and Tiger has just hit a half-OK second tot he 18th. A stack of players within one shot of Adam Scott at -11. And a few moe within two! Jason Day just missed from 5 feet at 14. He looked [Read more]

The Essence of the Game

During the recent discussion about the claim that the substitution rule has saved the game and that the Almanackery (aided by some bountiful Heathcote vines) influenced this development, JTH challenged us to identify the Essence of the Game.  I thought I’d open the bowling. There’s potentially a PhD thesis in this, and God knows, it’s [Read more]

The Tribe and The Red and Black Squad look to be the difference

As the AFL evolves at great speed on the field this season two clubs are exploring a new way to gain an advantage in the crowd.   Adelaide and Essendon have created cheering squads whose roles are to generate stadium atmosphere and build an intimidating environment for opposition teams.    The squads are an addition [Read more]

Richo is back, and his name is Jack

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Hawks pound the Tigers on Saturday night, dishing out a 63 point lesson in all things football. Buddy was at his best, aided by the class of Burgoyne, Sewell, Gibson, Hodge, Ellis, Guerra, Hale and a host of others. The pundits are on the money in predicting a [Read more]

Haiku Bob- Round 3: the height of the moon

old rivals – the crowd’s roar tossed on the breeze the club legend retired now who won nothing but their hearts* moon and stars – the rovers await Jolly’s tap pockets of snow soon will vanish – Blues purple patch up the ground and back again Swan’s shadow admiring the height of the moon – [Read more]

My Greatest Live Experiences have Occurred in an Arena

As discovered by Rob Scott. As translated by Google. By Johan Croneman Did you see Carlton v Collingwood yesterday? Great game, a red-hot derby, live on Eurosport. All of Melbourne is said to have stood still. The game is a sort of cross between rugby and football played on an oval field with an oval [Read more]