AFL Round 19: Time with my nephew is well-spent — even at a shocking game like this one

North Melbourne versus Melbourne 1.10pm, Sunday, August 9 Etihad Stadium Like most footy fans, I look forward to some games more than others.  I love playing the Cats – the brilliant and whacky are guaranteed.  I relish trips to the Cattery for its suburban feel, big sky and deep outer.  You can watch the sun [Read more]

Crio’s Question: What is the Grand Final you dread?

This has been a terrific season for AFL fans in Victoria, with sensational games between Victorian opponents regularly packing the grounds. But there may be a price to pay if two Victorian teams make the Grand Final. As difficult as some find it to believe, for many of us it is less stressful if Brisbane, [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Memories of past battles fail to deter me from seeking to share with Richmond people

Richmond’s success in the 1960s and ’70s means that I number quite a few Richmond supporters among my friends. It is Collingwood v Richmond this weekend. And not just “weekend”; it is a traditional Saturday afternoon game at the MCG. I am not the only Australian Rules football supporter who points out that one of [Read more]

View From Shepparton: My worst fear is that the Pies will win the flag

This week The View comes via sunny Palm Cove in Far North Queensland. Collingwood are definitely the big winners, Port Adelaide the big losers (again).

AFL Round 19: Swans cap off Mickey’s 300th with a fine win

By Keiran Croker On Sunday I headed off to the ’G for a breakthrough in the Swans’ history, it being the first time one of our players would play 300 games for the club.  I was in my collar, tie and jacket (no jeans) as it was also my first time to watch a game [Read more]

Fourth Test, Day 4: RavBop and The Bells: ‘Dead at Leeds’

By Tony Roberts This report on Day 4’s play at Leeds is perforce brief, on account of the match having been already concluded. (Unlike the three days of actual cricket, Monday’s weather in Yorkshire has reverted to type, from Balmy Mediterrannean to Nowth’n Grit i.e. it’s raining most of today – Eric Oldthwaite would be [Read more]

AFL Round 19: At least McNamara was good on debut and Valenti played his best game

By Steve Healy I think 1.10pm games are all right. They’re not ideal, but they give me more time to come home and do my homework. But I remember the good old days when they were all interstate/Geelong. I was off to the footy to see the Jurrah-less, Grime-less, Green-less, Jamar-less and still Wonaeamirri-less Dees [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Pies lift their game but I need to lift mine

By Josh Barnstable After looking forward to watching the Hawthorn v St Kilda game, I was shocked to find that the game was being broadcast live so I had missed an hour of the match. Disappointed, I looked towards the Crows and Pies to show me some good footy.

AFL Round 19: My tip for the Cats pulls up short

By Josh Barnstable Despite getting onlyone out-of-uniform day a term thanks to the government, we treat the ones we get as the best days of the year. Jeans for Genes day was celebrated by my school, and majority of the school wore their denim to school. Except me, though. I had a weird dream that [Read more]

Gigs’ stats: Easton, Western and all points in between

MAKING UP THE NUMBERS Making up the numbers is something I’m often accused of doing but it’s looking increasingly likely that one of Port Adelaide, Sydney, Essendon or Hawthorn will be doing just that come the first week of September. And the battle to avoid the top eight is really hotting up between those four [Read more]

VAFA: Battle for last place in A-section finals heats up

The battle for fourth position in A-section heated up further at the weekend when Uni Blues (fourth) and Collegians (fifth) both scored fighting victories over fellow finals aspirants. On a day on which there were two victories of 100 points exactly (St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers over Marcellin and Old Brighton over Old Essendon), Uni Blues kept [Read more]

The Wrap: Serious questions about Cats after topsy-turvy round

What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Bluebaggers asked some serious questions of The Sleepy Hollow Pradas’ credentials to contest the September Challenge Rounds.  The Scraggers have a Dog Day Afternoon as they kick themselves into Limbo against The West Coast Eagles.  Over in Van Diemens Land an undermanned TTTBFTF removed any doubts [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Superman wins P.O.G. as Pies get super win.

By Danielle Eid School passes so slowly when you’re thinking about the Collingwood vs. Adelaide match. Let’s reflect: MONDAY: level assembly about school leadership positions. “No thanks” My hair sucked! Wondered what day we are playing this week.

Round 19: Pies move into third spot with a bullet

It was an important game. Adelaide were playing for a top-four chance, Collingwood for a top-three chance after the Bulldogs’ loss against West Coast earlier that day. I sat on the couch to see another live game of footy.

AFL Round 19: Wood and Woods produce the goods

You can never hold back spring You can be sure I will never Stop believing The world is dreaming, dreaming of spring You Can Never Hold Back Spring, Tom Waits Saturday 8 August 2009 was a seriously good day for the Pies, and I am indeed now dreaming of spring.

Local Footy: CYs ensure finals berth, now aiming for top two

SENIORS WILLIAMSTOWN    5.2    11.10    15.16    25.20-170 OLD PARADIANS     3.1      5.3        8.4        10.5-65 WILLIAMSTOWN Goal Kickers: B. Gray 3, Z. Read 3, R. Cassidy 3, B. Hynes 2, W. Cooper 2, M. Lishman 2, C. Elliott 2, J. Hatfield 2, J. Wong, N. Walsh, B. Lethborg, M. Sultana, J. Tranter, J. Reid Best Players: B. Hynes, [Read more]

Local Footy: Riverland Super Dogs give it to the Phantoms at Lobethal

By Nick Kossatch Finally the Riverland Superdogs made it another win against Adelaide-based Phantoms at Lobethal Oval by seven points in the Master’s Football League on Sunday. It was a keenly-fought and titanic struggle, especially by Paringa Independent Football League (and 99-game player) Paul Matthews, who let his contents show at half time.

Fourth Test – Day 3: Australia home as all eyes turn to The Oval

by Peter Flynn Australia levelled the five match series one all after wiping The Old Enemy like a dirty backside in the 4th Ashes Test at Headingley. Their innings and 80 run dismantling of a largely shambolic and Flintoffless England represents one of the more extraordinary momentum shifts seen in a recent Ashes series. What [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Carlton midfield too good for fancy Cats

It’s another miserable looking Friday weather-wise and I am preparing myself for another fairly mediocre performance from my Blues against the pacy, skilful and courageous Geelong side. On a lighter note I am fortunate enough to have the day off school with Curriculum Day and I take full advantage of a somewhat rare, relaxing day. [Read more]

Fourth Test, Day 2: Aussies take winning position while I have a wonderful day in the West Stand. Cheers!

Off to the cricket it was for our second day of Test cricket this season. Beautiful train ride from Edinburgh down to Leeds if you overlook the 6am start.  The vibes of Headingley were so obvious as we got close: loads of good spirit, which would have been difficult for those English folk after yesterday; [Read more]