Footy: Sympathy for the Saints

By Susie Giese There are two basic rules to being Susie Giese: love Geelong and hate the Saints. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. But as this new season looms before us, I’ll admit something I never thought I would: I feel sorry for the Saints’ fans. Genuinely sorry.

Middle East AFL Grand Final preview: Abu Dhabi won’t be able to stand the Heat

by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rocket Grand finals, anywhere, at any level, arouse passion and excitement. The second-ever Middle East AFL grand final will be no exception. However, the unbeaten Dubai Heat will go into Friday’s premiership decider against Abu Dhabi as raging hot favourites to win their second successive title despite beating their grand final [Read more]

Link: A brilliant debut by Waleed Aly

We all knew it would only be a matter of time before Tony Jones came knocking on the door of one of the many talented Almanackers and invited them to appear on ABC TV’s prestigious “Q and A” program. And the Almanacker he selected first was Tiger fan Waleed Aly. If you missed Waleed’s brilliant [Read more]

Food: Get along while the weather’s still warm

Footy is back! And for me it couldn’t have come sooner. Finally an end to a seemingly never-ending pre-season of running, swimming, cycling, boxing, wrestling, tackling, biathlons, triathlons, weights and of course football sessions. But most importantly, as a Richmond player, it’s a chance to make amends for a rough 2009 season. One of the [Read more]

Footy on the Tiwi Islands

Viewers of ABC TV last weekend may might have caught a glimpse of the Tiwi Islands Grand Final. For a more revealing insight into what footy is like 80km north of Darwin, listen to Simon Munkara and Courtney Johns discuss their experiences on ABC Radio’s Bush Telegraph program. Click on the link below and then [Read more]

Obituary: An untimely end to a Sporting Life

by Andrew Gigacz Visitors to these pages who are regular readers of the Age will be saddened to hear of the passing of the stalwart of that paper’s Sporting Life column, Geoff McClure. Geoff died yesterday, aged just 59, after a long struggle with cancer. For those of you out there looking to find someone [Read more]

Motor Racing: Getting in touch with one’s inner bogan

by Anne Fedorowytsch Once a year for three days I let my inner Bogan out to play. The occasion, you ask? It’s the Adelaide Clipsal 500. Hundreds of thousands of rev-heads pack into the eastern outskirts of the CBD to witness motor racing at its finest. The event offers the best from Australia’s racing scene [Read more]

Seriously, can we have your favourite joke?

We want your favourite joke. by Andrea McNamara Kevin Sheedy is raising money for the IndigenousLiteracy Project (ILP), which was established 5 years ago to help address the current literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities. Sheeds believes humour is a great cure for all sorts of ills, a powerful tool in dealing with hardship and a great [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Got any interstate intelligence?

by Chris Riordan Fixtures (courtesy mostly of Real Estate joints) are filling local letter boxes and now fans are hatching plans for the season ahead. I had a beer with some old mates last Friday. Their footy attendance has dwindled as other distractions add to the jumbled nature of today’s football timeframe. But, of course, [Read more]

Link: The secret life of strappers

From ABC Radio National’s 360 Degree program, delve into the secret life of horse strappers. Click on the link below. Comments welcome.

Racing: Almanac on the money on Sequel Saturday

by Chris Riordan It was a wonderful day’s racing at Flemington and Randwick and, I must add, Almanackers were once again well directed if they looked to our site for guidance. I warned to avoid the early races and the first “shortie” got rolled with the winner, Master Harry (Moody/Nolen) very impressive.

1 out of 4 quarters won; enough for the Cats, but not the Tigers

By Domenic Favata Premiers Geelong have not been at there usual peak during the pre-season. The talk of the ‘premiers’ tag was beginning to sway to the more favourable dogs and saints. Geelong came up against a young Fremantle outfit, knowing that they still have what it takes to win another premiership and that this [Read more]

Tough pre-season continues for the Dees

NAB Challenge: Melbourne V West Coast I ventured out to Casey Fields alone on this glorious Saturday afternoon, to witness the Dees play their final practice game against the up and coming West Coast. When I heard my Mum and Dad (and two younger sisters) were going to visit my Granny, I thought they could [Read more]

Easter at Stawell

Some things just ARE. There is no preamble, no surge of anticipation. It’s a bit like sitting around the dinner table with your family. You just do it. You do it because that’s what happens at night when the day’s activities and tasks are mostly done. You sit, eat and talk. You also do it [Read more]


The ball arched up, up, up into the air, the hopes of Geelong riding on this one kick. The game had been tight all day, but now the Cats were humming, dominating the last quarter of a see-saw battle. As it swung straight through the big sticks it plummeted right towards me. Beer in one [Read more]

The Albatross Rules- Chapter 2: Duck The Fish

The Albatross Rules (a football chronicle) (The story so far) Club President, Barry (the Professor) Massey, is determined to turn around the fortunes of his beloved Albertville Football Club. If they can’t improve on the field they’ll never turn their ailing finances around. If they can’t do that the league will force a merger with [Read more]

Bulldogs end the 40 Year Drought

NAB CUP Final: Western Bulldogs v St Kilda In 1970, Footscray defeated Melbourne by two points at Lake Oval in the night series, giving the Bulldogs their second premiership cup of any sort. Fast forward 14,411 days, and the Western Bulldogs are competing against St Kilda for their first piece of silverware since that night. [Read more]

Footy Almanac March Lunch Sponsor: Don McLardy

Don McLardy of McLardy McShane Insurance & Financial Services is proud to be associated with the Footy Almanac. McLardy McShane Insurance & Financial Services are specialists in servicing the needs of small to medium sized enterprises. Their long standing relationships with leading insurers and other suppliers enables them provide you with a comprehensive range of [Read more]

Racing: Looking for a change of script on Sequel Saturday

by Chris Riordan Flemington gets a bonus Sequel Saturday this week with the dual Group Ones, Australian Cup and Guineas, icing an already interesting Blamey Stakes card. The VRC has done the right thing in offering free admission and hopefully a bumper crowd will witness the last really good meeting before focus shifts to Sydney [Read more]

A-League: Sydneycentric?

by Stephen George I have never been sure that what I am about to declare was in fact happening before my eyes (and ears) but after sitting through almost another year of A-League, I am almost convinced there is not just jealousy but rather a conspiracy bubbling away up north towards our poor old Melbourne [Read more]