General Footy Writing: Coach turns umpire under the Westgate Bridge

By Andrew Fithall   Williamstown v Spotswood – Under 16Ds Dickie Fry and I have been sharing the coaching responsibilities of the Williamstown Juniors Under 16Ds. At the beginning of the year when I was first approached to be coach, Dickie was one whose name had come up but was unavailable. He still plays super-rules [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Cats just too good

By Rod Oaten Geelong 20.14 (134) d Essendon 11.4 (70) I had my misgivings about this match, first of all it’s at Docklands, I can’t recall what they call it these days and frankly don’t care either . This Docklands “Fish Bowl” is a crap ground as far as I’m concerned. Let’s face it there [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Tigers hang on in thriller

by Michael Allan Another Saturday night, another Richmond game to sit through. Fortunately tonight I don’t have to leave the comfort of the couch to do so. The parents are out tonight so it’s just my Hawthorn supporting sister Bron  and I are watching ‘Before the Game.’ I need all laughs I can get before another dismal Richmond loss. Normally I’d be confident against Freo [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Port succumb to humble Pie pressure

by Nick Kossatch Collingwood        3.1    6.5    15.8    17.12 (114) Port Adelaide      5.2    7.5     9.6     11.10 (76) GOALS Collingwood: Anthony 4, Didak 3, Dick 3, L. Brown 2, Lockyer, Swan, Davis, Clarke, Sidebottom Port Adelaide: Ebert 3, Gray, Rodan, Cassisi, Tredrea, M. Westhoff, Lade, Surjan, Pearce BEST Collingwood: Swan, L. Brown, [Read more]

Jones files: High times on the back of a truck

By Richard Jones WHILE broadcasting sports events in Papua New Guinea was never dull, radio work hasn’t been without its moments here in central Victoria. How many metropolitan radio hacks would hoist themselves into the back of ute parked against a country footy ground’s fence? Not to mention a dairy cattle livestock truck positioned adjacent [Read more]

Putting the farm back into footy – Part 1

In the first of a two-pronged attack, 1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) have a plan to put the farm back into footy, real grassroots style.   Secretly, they’ve always been our favourites, the ones we look out for, and indeed watch over. Because [Read more]

Speccie voting

Greatest speccie of all time voting   Shaun Smith at the Gabba                                 45 Jezza    1970 GF                                              36 Gary Ablett over Pert                                       23 Ashley Sampi v Melb                                        20 Trevor Barker on the wing at teh Lake Oval  12 Gary Ablett (snr) v Melb 1989              10 Gary Moorcroft v Doggies                                14 Chris Tarrant v Melbourne 2002                       7 Brett [Read more]

AFL Round 9: The Cats, Tim Lane and The Bultman

by Stephen Cooke The Bultman made his way straight to me at a wedding reception after the Cats snagged the Grand Final on that one day to remember. For someone with access to an open bar for more than an hour, his eyes were surprisingly focussed. “What’s it like?” he asked. I told him seeing [Read more]

General footy writing: Carn the Arckos!

Tired of going to the Royal Park after games at the MCG? Punters looking for a more cerebral letdown after four quarters of footy might consider walking past the Royal Park and heading onto the Richmond Uniting Church in Church Street, where Tim Phillips’ Arcko Symphonic Project is putting on a Pulling the Strings recital [Read more]

In the Sheds: Not a level playing field

One of the great things about footy is that every ground is different. Unlike soccer and rugby pitches, which are uniform in dimension, footy grounds can be as big as the sky or as small as a pie, with straight wings or bulbous wings or a kink in one pocket. Another factor that sets grounds [Read more]

General footy writing: The top ten stepladders

By Paul Daffey 1. Garry Lyon The former Melbourne captain is to be commended for his habit of getting in front. But such are the pitfalls of this noble practice that it made him the ideal stepladder for some towering marks from spring-heeled teammates. In 1995, Lyon got into the spirit of the construction work [Read more]

Yarra Man: The lowdown on the elite

By Tavis Perry THE talk of whether Lou Richards should be inducted into the AFL hall of fame coincided with Jason Akermanis’ 300th game. Aker is undoubtedly one of my favourite all-time players. The subsequent articles on him and the hall of fame inductees made for some interesting reading on one of my favourite topics: [Read more]

General footy writing: The speccie revisited

By John Harms You only have to be in a crowd, big or small, at the MCG or way out in the bush, to know the significance of the speccie. We take it for granted. But consider the response of people at the instant the footballer is high on an opponent’s (or teammate’s shoulder). And [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Hawks do enough

by Steve Healy This game was never going to be a blockbuster. But how can a game be a blockbuster when it is played in a Sunday twilight timeslot? I hopped on the train at an unfamiliar time in the afternoon for the second time in five weeks. Luckily, it wasn’t a Demons home game [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Dogs may be the real deal after all

by Josh Barnstable I am very nervous. I’m on the phone, waiting to be introduced. As I sit there, Kathy Bedford and Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan talk footy and are about to introduce me to the Friday Afternoon panel. Finally I’m given an introduction and my radio gig flows nicely. Asked for my tip on tonight’s [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Port blown away

by Nick Kossatch With the Western Bulldogs just failing against unbeaten Geelong – Port’s match against the contested-ball kings, Sydney, was a chance for the club to gain respect from afar as well as outright third on the AFL premiership ladder. It was time for the Power to show their mettle, away from the safe [Read more]

AFL Round 9: Kangas fight back

by Josh Barnstable Saturday’s are about sleeping in and enjoying a nice day at home in the warmth of the lounge room watching the footy. Not for me though. Up at seven today after a late night of watching the footy. I really don’t feel like playing footy as I would rather go back to [Read more]

Haiku Bob: poking holes

    Dreamtime – end to end Leon poking holes in the rolling zone           real-time TV Pendlebury spots targets out of picture           Anthony shoots – the moon post-high           Indian summer we suddenly kick it to the hot spots     [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Under the wing of Gull

by Paul Mitchell There seemed no reason for our bit part ruck/forward to be nicknamed ‘Gull’. I attributed the moniker to the fact that his mullet stuck out ingloriously at the sides, made him look like a windblown seagull. I didn’t know his real name, but that didn’t matter – when I called out ‘Gull!’ he [Read more]

AFL Round 9: The View From Shepparton

by Peter SchumacherSydney and Adelaide. How I fervently wish that Brisbane and Western Bulldogs had been in that list. Can’t blame the umpies for Brisbane‘s loss, though as one correspondent was quoted as texting on Jon Faine’s (ABC Melbourne) program this morning  Brown doesn’t have a back apparently or words to that effect.Tasmania has officially said [Read more]