The Pre Wrap – Round VIII

by John Mosig What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Gambling is still in the headlines – this time it’s pokies: who has them & who pays what for them.  Look call us Old School around here in Wrapland, but we can’t help feeling there’s a major degree of moral bankruptcy at the heart [Read more]

AFL Round 7 – Melbourne v Footscray: Demons find hope between the raindrops

By Steve Healy It was a freezing night, the rain tumbled down for almost the entire match. The Demons were finally playing on Friday, against the Bulldogs who have under-performed for the start of the 2010 season. I had confidently tipped the Demons, due to our incredible form (especially at the MCG) and the fact [Read more]

AFL Round 7 – St Kilda v Carlton: From Twitter to Twigley

by Tony Reed Twitter Report – St Kilda v Carlton Mon 10/5/10 6.36 pm – just made train from work at Glenferrie 6.55 pm – arrived Gate 9 at Etihad.  Where’s Barb and Charles? 7.00 pm – Charles arrives with tickets.  Apparently am concession ticket holder tonight 7.10 pm – Omens good.  2 pies and [Read more]

AFL Round 7 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: The pain of being bullied

Collingwood versus North Melbourne 7.10pm, Saturday, May 8 Melbourne Cricket Ground  by Andrew Starkie Good teams bully North Melbourne.  Intimidate and beat up on us.  Chew us up; spit us out.  Against a team with similar or less ability, we usually get the job done.  Not so against the top teams.  We’ve suffered demoralizing defeats [Read more]

AFL Round 7 – St Kilda v Carlton: The streak is over

by David Downer In the many contests (er, agon?) of both sport and life, the victor of particular match-ups can be assured well before the event. Harlem Globetrotters v Washington Generals.  Federer v Hewitt.  Marciano v everyone.  Roadrunner v Wile E Coyote.   Angelina v Jennifer.  Scissors v Paper.  Paper v Rock.  Rock v Scissors.  And [Read more]

Two out of three ain’t bad

As the big bloke with the hankie once said, “two out three ain’t bad”. Three weeks ago, Carlton were staring at a 5 and 2 loss/win ration. Finals would have been the stuff of JRR Tolkien. However, after terrific victories over the last year’s grand finalists, the ledger is now 4/3 and September action looks [Read more]

Williamstown CYMS Round 4 Review

by Dene Macleod SENIORS WERRIBEE 6.3         12.8        17.10     24.16.160 WILLIAMSTOWN CYMS 3.2         3.4          7.5          8.7.55 WERRIBEE Goal Kickers: A. Taylor 4, A. Panayi 4, M. Taylor 3, M. Palmington 2, A. Tedeso 2, J. McLellan 2, R. Fastuca 2, M. Dean, J. Palmer, W. Pelar, S. Callea, A. Murphy [Read more]

Ken Piesse’s favorite 10 footballers from… THE LA TROBE VALLEY

Throughout season 2010, respected sports writer Ken Piesse is writing of his favourite players from the regions of the VCFL. This week he looks at the Latrobe Valley. In the days before zoning, League clubs had their own spheres of influence. St Kilda’s stronghold was the La Trobe Valley and so many players were recruited [Read more]

Link: Sometimes the good old days are best left behind

Remember when the first quarter of every grand final featured an all-brawl? As this clip from the 1990 Ovens and Murray league grand final shows, in many ways we should be glad that the good old days have been left behind. The teams are Wodonga in the maroon and white stripes and Lavington in the [Read more]

On the footy punt

We all know that given the choice between working and not working just about everyone (with the notable exception of those who are related by blood to The Handicapper) would prefer the feet comfortably up, the computer fired up, the form guide opened up, and the races on the TV. This, sustained by a barrel [Read more]

Speed Kills 2: Blues Torch the Saints’ Citadel

Since Ross Lyon took over the Saints, I’ve started to wonder if he might be a fan of avant-garde music. I’m thinking specifically of those La Monte Young-inspired minimalist drones, where the climax is delayed, then delayed some more, and sometimes barely arrives at all. They’re exercises emphasising discipline and theory rather than a quick [Read more]

Voss Rolls the Dice …

Fremantle are storming through 2010, ending seasons every second week it seems. They came to the Gabba on Saturday night to break a 15 year hoodoo. They didn’t do it in style, but they did it. Inside 50 Freo were dreadful, but everywhere else they clobbered Brisbane. Michael Voss has drafted and traded for a [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Time to look at where we’re at

By Michael Rees After 8 rounds – what’s it all about? At the completion of next weekends hostilities all 16 AFL teams will have completed a little over one third of their home and away campaign. What have Rounds 1-8 told us in seasons past? The 1970 season saw the opening of the League’s new [Read more]

Bendigo Relections: Two Blues celebrate dual 1980 BFL premierships

by Richard Jones EAGLEHAWK celebrates its 1980 senior and reserves premierships at Canterbury Park this weekend. Thirty years on with the 2010 top-of-the-table clash between the Two Blues and Golden Square unfolding in front of them, the flag-winning stars of yesteryear will spend a day of reminiscing. Eaglehawk came from 14 points down late in [Read more]

haiku bob – round 7: flesh and shadows

moonlit night – a magpie strolls into the goal square space between stars – magpie defenders guarding it swirling breeze Didak through the flap of seagulls squeezed on the left checked on the right Harry Obama steers a course through the middle floodlit flesh and shadows climb over Jolly umps wave play on starlight Cloke [Read more]

Urban Legends: Flynny’s out!

 by Chris Riordan High-profile Almanacker, Peter Flynn, was humbled by “security” last Thursday night in Warrnambool and refused entry to fabled “Whalers” bar and nightspot. Under intense questioning, the uniformed bear (No.15) defied Peter’s logic with “I’ve already made my decision!” and made it clear that no further correspondence would be considered. It seems that [Read more]

The Wrap – Round 7: Fuschia Shock

by John Mosig What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  On Friday night The Doggies got out of jail, and sadly, just when The Dees were set to do it for Jimmy.  On Saturday The Leaveblowers’ Premiership Hangover continued as The Coasters notched their 2nd win for 2010.  The Anchormen saw off a desperate [Read more]

Local Footy: Encouraging juniors to go on to senior footy is vital for health of the game

Last year, according to AFL Victoria, there were 133,850 footballers who were registered with senior or junior clubs in the state. That’s almost double the corresponding figure of a decade ago. The growth was recorded almost entirely in the juniors, thanks largely to the success of the Auskick program. When kids finished Auskick, they poured [Read more]

AFL Round 7 – St Kilda v Carlton: WAKEY WAKEY

by Cheyenne Autumn It had to happen sooner or later and now the alarm is ringing it’s head off. Let’s hope Ross and the selectors aren’t on valium or they might sleep through it. The Art of Footy changes quickly, and already we see that there is no place for small defensive forwards without pace [Read more]

Gigs Stats Round 7: Introducing the Moronic Mnemonic

Stats Entertainment Round 7 by Andrew Gigacz SORRY ABOUT THAT, CHIEF Apologies to all for the lack of any stats entertainment in rounds 5 and 6. Apart from assisting a certain Canberra-based Swan with his budget problems, I got caught up working on the script of my new film about a throat and chest surgeon’s [Read more]