Link: The Horror! The Horror! Or Heaven on Earth?

This week, Billy Miller ventures into the belly of the beast (so to speak). Yes folks, the spiritual home of the Coventrys, Jock McHale, cold showers and more phlegm than a spittoon. Come on down Victoria Park! http://www.aroundthegrounds.bellestorie.com/victoria/victoria.html

A Cottage Classic

Fulham v Juventus Craven Cottage, London 18 March 2010 Europa League – Round of 16, Second Leg By Ben Santamaria I’ve watched a bit of a sport of the past thirty years and in that time I’ve seen some terrific matches, be it the 1999 Preliminary Final at the ‘G, or the 2006 Ashes Test [Read more]

Racing: A Red Letter day across the country

by Chris Riordan Back to reality this week as Caulfield is justifiably overwhelmed by Rosehill’s drawcard. With good noms tonight and bumper fields in both Sydney and Adelaide on Saturday, it is little wonder the Victorian metro meeting is a bit skinny. I’m going to Moonee Valley Friday night and then the MCG Saturday so [Read more]

Speech: D.J. Carey and the ‘craic’

This is an edited version of a speech given by Paul Daffey to Melbourne’s Irish History Circle at the Celtic Club in February 2010. I stand before you in the GAA jersey of Kilkenny, one of the combined 32 counties of the Republic and the North, all of whom contest the annual All-Ireland Championship in [Read more]

Please explain: can somebody decipher the language of texting and blogging for me?

Sportsfans Can someone please decipher the language of texting and blogging for me? What are the terms, and what do they mean? Please explain. JTH

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. www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2010/2830043.htm

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 SWEET, SWEET TASTE OF PREMIERSHIP GLORY

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]