The Gigs Guide to School-holiday Fun

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE ’70S – WESTERN SUBURBS STYLE By Andrew Gigacz School holidays are here again and parents everywhere have got their kids organised for a five-day tennis program, a one-day Flash animation course or an all-day video gaming fest at someone’s house. Thinking back to my childhood term breaks, my family had no [Read more]

Sports science: AFL players should practice kicking far more often

By Clint Youlden I’m a sports scientist who specialises in biomechanics. As a sports scientist who’s interested in footy, it destroys me to see the lack of effort that AFL players put into practising kicking. I heard Matthew Richardson say that “players would have 40 to 50 shots on goal a week … but you [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I’ve decided what I want to be

ByDanielle Eid We all grow up with a career in mind.  When you’re a five year old girl, you want to be a princess. Younger boys want to be firefighters or superheroes. We grow up with an imaginative, “anything is possible” attitude, which dissolves by the time you hit high school. In the early years [Read more]

Yarra Man: I love the quirks of local footy grounds

By Tavis Perry A mate of mine says Ovens and Murray Football League club Corowa-Rutherglen has the best ground he’s seen in country footy. Indeed, when I played at the John Foord Oval for the first time earlier this year I was struck by its tranquillity and scenic appeal. It’s surrounded by immense gum trees, [Read more]

Funny teams: Dale Thomas in, Nick Stevens out of line-up of two-first-namers

By Tom Riordan You’d think that the school holidays would bring a break to writing, compiling, or even thinking. But on the first day of the holidays I had the idea, after watching the promising debut of Liam Anthony for North Melbourne at the MCG the day before, of naming a team of AFL players [Read more]

In the Sheds: Buckling up for a game of footy

By Paul Daffey THE Victorian Amateur Football Association is a Melbourne-wide competition, so clubs accept that occasionally they have to travel across town. Not so long ago that meant that clubs based around the VAFA heartland of the inner eastern suburbs had to cross the river (shudder) to play St Bernard’s at West Essendon or [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Huey’s cherry-ripe for the Swans job

By Rod Gillett The news that Sydney Swans chief executive officer Myles Baron-Hay is stepping down at the end of the season will spark speculation in the Melbourne media about a replacement from the football managerial stocks, with all the usual suspects being given a run. The best man to run the club in my [Read more]

View From Shepparton: AFL Round 13

By Peter Schumacher Well this was a pretty straightforward round in terms of expected results;  indeed in one tipping competition I picked 7 winners. The Lions continue to look good but given their opponents this was not difficult. In fact I reckon that Brisbane,  and Geelong for that matter, could have been a little upset [Read more]

Haiku Bob: Round 13 – the lull between goals

  the lull between goals   saturday afternoon the full forward rips the ball from the sky       Didak props the way the forward line opens up     before and after the final siren – Dick’s grin     Harry begins the journey back to where he was before the goal   [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 13 Stat. Declaration

ERATOSTHENES’ GUIDE TO TIPPING 8 WINNERS Mathematicians use the “Sieve of Eratosthenes” to come up with all the prime numbers in a list from 2 to any specified integer. The process involves eliminating all multiples of 2 (which is a prime) and then 3 (which is next prime) and so on until only the prime [Read more]

General Footy Writing: It’s hard trying to watch the footy when the broadcaster goes bust

By Ben Jensen Sometimes I hate being a footy fan outside Australia. I had it all worked out last year; got myself a Setanta Sports subscription; at only £9.99 a month I was supposedly going to get four games live a week. That’s almost better than back home!  By the time the Cats and Port [Read more]

Irish correspondent: Flat-beer season needs a few bubbles

By Peter Lenaghan Thank God for Antrim. The romance the northern county is generating this summer in Ireland seems desperately needed. On Saturday afternoon I hopped in the car and went for a drive into the Midlands. The motorway takes me out of Dublin and through the green countryside of County Kildare and County Laois, [Read more]

The Big Clash: Saints and Cats match should be a beauty if these precedents are a guide

By Damian Watson In the light of the big clash between the two undefeated teams St Kilda and Geelong on Sunday, I’ve had a look at some of the biggest build-ups to home-and-away games. As I am only 14 years old, I wasn’t around to feel the vibe of the big matches in the 1960s, ’70s, [Read more]

General Footy Writing: How a Tiger got his stripes (part 1)

By Sam Steele It was not until 1970 when I was six years old that I even discovered the existence of Australian football. Unlike so many Australian families in which footy allegiance, like religion, is rock solid and and never to be questioned, or those in which rivalries flourish, in my family the game was [Read more]

AFL Round 13: North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: I’m not disappointed because I don’t expect to win

By Josh Barnstable Waking up early, I get that feeling that my fellow country kids may get when you wake up on the morning of going to an AFL match, whether you’re seeing your team play or just two neutral clubs battle it out. Anyway it’s 7.30 and I’m up, which is unusual on a [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Collingwood v Fremantle: Pies prey on Pavlich-less Dockers

By Paul Fahey PREAMBLE: On the morning of the game I stopped to think about whether there had actually been a memorable game in the Collingwood v Fremantle brief history. There was a game a while back on a Monday night where they beat us but it was a very ordinary game. Round 22 last [Read more]

Crio’s Question: What’s the big deal about Friday night?

By Chris Riordan Friday is a time for some week-ending cleansers. But what’s with the supposed pride in one’s team being on “The Big Stage of Friday Night Footy”? I’m baffled. As an attendee it doesn’t suit. Worn out at week’s end, it is too long to wait after work and too hard to come [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Collingwood v Fremantle: Rufus nickname goes out the back Dawes

By Andrew Fithall “Rufus” is the nickname I have been trying to apply to Collingwood’s Chris Dawes for some time. Mind you, I haven’t been trying very hard. My biggest effort was a couple of seasons ago when Collingwood was still aligned with Williamstown and Rufus was running around at Burbank Oval. A friend Jason [Read more]

The Wrap: Round 13: Hawks’ defence over and Bailey looks gone

By John Mosig What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The body bags draped in Navy Blue were lined up along La Via Lygon on Saturday morning.  You knew it was a big funeral when you noticed Mick Gatto amongst the mourners.  Carringbush monstered another 7 stone weakling on Saturday Arvo in Melbourne while [Read more]

Round 13: St Kilda v Richmond: At least Milne didn’t kick a goal

By Michael Allan It’s that time of year again. That day when I question whether I should turn up to watch. The day when bad memories come back to haunt me. Today Richmond play St Kilda. Many Richmond supporters would say they hate Carlton, Essendon or Collingwood the most. Not me, if there’s one team [Read more]