AFL Round 16: The Blues return to finals calculations as I return to the footy

By Damian Watson As my Dad and I made our way towards Etihad Stadium I felt a great sense of anticipation. It was the first time in six weeks that I’d been to an AFL game. The reason for this hiatus is thanks to a long bout of the flu, and the wintry conditions certainly [Read more]

Second Test–Day 3: Punter’s tactics work on me as well

By Andrew Starkie It seemed like a good idea at the time. When Daff made the pre-series call for volunteers to write daily Ashes reports, I thought, yup, sounds easy.  I put my hand up for Saturday at Lord’s, marked the date on the calendar and looked forward to a relaxing evening in front of [Read more]

Local Footy: My bump felt brilliant but I still need bread

By Captain Cupcake I really like bread, and over the years I’ve been able to refine my bread-making to something of an art.  My preferred loaf is a 1:2 wholemeal/white combination, dense with sesame, poppy, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.  To maintain my playing weight, I’ve been known to eat a loaf in a day.  Bread [Read more]

Second Test — Day 2: The Aussies have a disastrous day and I lose my flag

By Ben Jensen To say myself and the lovely wife were looking forward to today at Lord’s is an understatement.  Last year we lived a stone’s throw from the ground and vowed to do anything possible to get to the Ashes Test.  Anything – even sign up to be a member of the England’s Supporters [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: A quarter at a time

By John Mosig What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie. The invertebrates around at the Star Chamber have been busy counting the angels dancing on the head of a pin again.  Jordan Lewis’s swift jab to Mr Potato Head’s solar plexus earned a severe ‘don’t do it again’ from the adjudicators at the highest [Read more]

Book Launch: The Danihers by Adam McNicol

Ladies and gentlemen,   For any fans of the Bombers, a good yarn or a few mid-week beers, this is the function for you!   It also doubles as the launch of a very fine book, which the Daniher boys and I have put together over the past 18 months or so.   Be great to [Read more]

Local Footy: All rivalries change, even the very strongest ones

By Paul Daffey A few years ago, I was researching a story on rivalries in local footy and I consulted that treasure trove of footy knowledge Rod Gillett for background on Echuca and Rochester. Rocket, who spent part of his childhood in both towns (he likes country and western), passed on some gems of information, [Read more]

Jones Files: George Ogilvie, ex-Echuca and Rochester, a true Bendigo league great

By Richard Jones ECHUCA’S between-the-wars centre half-forward George Ogilvie rates as one of the greatest players the Bendigo league has seen. Amazing as it might seem, Ogilvie didn’t start playing in the BFL until he was 29. He’d seen service in World War 1, played with Richmond in the VFL and Port Melbourne in the [Read more]

Weekend Read: Hawk Thorp carries flag for bold men of Ross

By Paul Daffey Hawthorn’s Mitch Thorp is known to have a swagger. Even in these injury-stricken times, when he’s battling mishaps that will keep him out for the rest of the season, he’s known to have confidence, a certain way about him, like a bronco rider who rides his luck.

Second Test – Day 1: Worst-ever opening spell has Australians crying into their beer

By Tim Adam Johnson, comes in from the Nursery End. Short, wide. (Cue pencil on the table – crack) Four runs. (Applause) Cook to four. Johnson turns, comes in again. Short, wide. Four more. Cook to eight. Johnson again. Overpitched. Off his pads. Through square leg. Four more … Before returning to the first day’s [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The Saints will win this season and every season for decades, so cop that, Pete

Pete, Well can I remember the day we ventured to Moorabbin to witness Bluey McKenna dog it and faint at the sight of Plugger shrugging off his tenuous hold of his right arm .I saw the stretcher pass us with McKenna’s bruised body but still smiling face as he contemplated the ensuing six weeks that [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Could Liam Jurrah be as exciting as Jeff Farmer?

By Steve Healy Liam Jurrah, the 20-year old high flyer from the outback, has been awarded this week’s Rising Star nomination after kicking eight goals in his four games and taking some spectacular marks. Last week, against Port Adelaide, Jurrah kicked three goals in the first quarter and four for the match, giving the Demon [Read more]

Stawell Gift: Why it’s madness to even consider shifting the Gift

By Damian O’Donnell The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, has finally come out and guaranteed that the Stawell Gift will stay in Stawell. Why it was the Premier who made this announcement is puzzling. I would have thought that the Sports Minister, James Merlino, would have been responsible. But this is just one puzzling thing in [Read more]

General Footy Writing: My blueprint to allow better player movement between clubs

By Luke Mother With the Gold Coast and West Sydney about to start in the AFL, discussions about free agency are once again taking place. Some see it as a potential blight on our great game while others, like me, believe it would be a great introduction. The basic idea is that free agency will [Read more]

General Footy Writing: It does get in

By Chris Riordan On my first visit to Scotland I was under instructions to purchase a Celtic top. Naively, I was amazed that a top with sponsors’ logos all over the front should cost more than the “pure shirt”. “Am I paying to be a billboard?” I objected (a Scottish response if you think about [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Demetriou is way overpaid compared to overseas contemporaries

By Clint Youlden Allow me to talk about Andrew Demetriou’s salary. There is not one national sports chief executive or commissioner, not even anyone close, who earns the salary that Demetriou earns in comparison to that competition’s best player. Demetriou was paid $1.6 million last year and the highest paid player in the competition was [Read more]

In the Sheds: Peace returns to Melbourne’s west after umpire ructions

By Paul Daffey ALL Western Region Football League games went ahead at the weekend, which was a relief after the cancellation of all senior matches the previous weekend because of an umpires’ strike, but the rapprochement was not achieved without argy-bargy.

General Footy Writing: That sense of hopeless vulnerability returns for a Collingwood icon

By James Gilchrist My Mum started following Collingwood in 1953. At age twelve she used to go to VFL games by herself to watch the Richards brothers and Ray Gabelich. Gabbo was her idol. She would travel by tram each week and stand on top of empty beer cans in the outer to try to [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I’m celebrating my sixteenth birthday and a bunch of AFL stars walk in

By Danielle Eid I’d like to share with you something that I will never forget, an event in my life that was so captivating I had to write it down. It happened last year when my family took me to the Conservatory in Crown to celebrate my Sweet Sixteenth … We are having a great [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The whole of Canberra was there to see my niece create footy history

By Anne Cahill Lambert Put last Saturday in your brain as the day that changed the face of the football world. My niece, Bec Goddard, became the first female central umpire to umpire a senior Australian football match.  How fitting that it was in the nation’s capital? The match was at Ainslie Oval, a ground [Read more]