Racing: Now’s the time to place your cups double bets

By Chris Riordan Doubles bookies always promote their dire liabilities, neglecting to mention the stream of lost bets that line their coffers. They, and we, queue up each year in the battle- them for a consistent earn and us, not just for the riches, but the bragging rights that accompany a long-range plonk.

Racing: Preview for Caulfield and Sandown on 29 and 30 August

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Punters, it’s all on again with a huge card at the Heath , while at Rosehill it’s the first Group 1 of the season, the Golden Rose for the three-year-olds. If you’re having a punt this spring, make sure you have a squizz online (bigpond is free) or on TVN at [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A gap in the script

By John Kingsmill 5.20pm, Monday 24 August 2009 5AA drivetime sport radio -o- Graham Cornes: An email from John Kingsmill: “Every night, now, you two have a domestic squabble on air.” Stephen Rowe: Yeah? What about? GC: Oh, because you said something off air about Port Adelaide and I said… SR: Because I said it [Read more]

Jones Files: Golden nuggets found in 1949 Football Record

IN LATE winter 1949 I watched Geelong play Footscray at Kardinia Park. Other matches on the VFL schedule that weekend were all played at suburban venues: Princes Park, Windy Hill, Punt Road, Victoria Park and the Junction Oval. The competition had 12 teams, a number that had stayed intact from 1925 right through the Depression [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Ungarie junior premiership ushers in next generation of Danihers

On the eve of the Footy Almanac lunch on Friday 28 August, at which Anthony Daniher and Adam McNicol will talk about Adam’s recently released biography of The Danihers, comes the news out of the Riverina that there are some more Danihers on the way to the AFL! What would you expect when the Daniher [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Song of the Zealot

By Anson Cameron In the photo I am shouting. My mouth wide and my nose hooking down and an eyebrow arched, creasing my forehead. My temples are clotted with vein and my face is red. My body wracked with a weird voltage. I am shouting the one word capable of telling this story. I am [Read more]

Fifth Test: A good night spoiled as Punter’s exit sums up series

by John Harms I’m feeling really ripped off. About the cricket. Even more ripped off than I felt in 1975 when those activists dug up the pitch at Headingley and McCosker and Walters didn’t get the chance to chase the huge total England had set for them. They would have got `em. My 13-year-old mind [Read more]

Round 21: Doggies fans are real

by John Harms It’s Friday night. I am a little concerned. The Cats are wobbly, and the Dogs have a top four spot to play for. But the result doesn’t matter too much anyway (I tell myself). I do a lap of Etihad Stadium, wandering slowly along the concourse on the first level. Red, white [Read more]

Local Footy: Heidelberg reveal size of task for Northern league rivals

By Paul Daffey In 2000 I went to the Eastern Football League grand final between East Burwood and Vermont. It was the last match held at Waverley Park before that ground was closed down as a venue for footy matches. I remember a cold, crisp night and a match of ill-humour. The sprinkling of spectators [Read more]

General Footy Writing: The top ten finals according to Stainless

One of the few joys of being a Richmond supporter is that you can regularly attend finals matches without emotional involvement.  The football purist takes over and you can sit back, relax with a quiet, reflective beer and enjoy the best of what the rest of the competition has to offer. A ripper 2009 finals [Read more]

Local Footy: Falcons threaten to swoop on flag

It’s a Sunday lunchtime and I’m preparing for my first and what might  be my final Grand Final, and I’m excited. I have certainly enjoyed this season, participating in an older age group after our previous team folded. For the Knox under-16 side it has proven to be a successful finals series as we have [Read more]

AFL Round 21: One victory lights up a dark season

St. Kilda versus North Melbourne 1.10pm, Sunday, August 23 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Andrew Starkie Even the darkest season produces a glimmer of triumph.  Light that makes the heartache worthwhile.  Hope that keeps you coming back.  It can be a mere moment: an unforgettable mark, a sublime passage of play, the emergence of a young star.  [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Race for cherished title nears full bloom

By Peter Lenaghan It is an important time for the Irish community. Its fabled, passionately followed competition, celebrating a milestone this year, is reaching its annual climax. Months of hard work and preparation have been devoted to a shot at glory. Weaker challengers have fallen by the wayside. Bookmakers are setting odds and holding vast [Read more]

In the Sheds: Saints’ kicking is sinful

By Paul Daffey HORSHAM Saints president Peter Daffy might have been on to something when he bumped into his counterpart from Warrack Eagles, David Stewart, at the Wimmera league’s elimination final on Sunday. The previous day, at Central Park in Stawell, the Eagles defeated the Saints in the qualifying final by two points, 11.11 (77) [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Please, Damien, make me care about the Tigers again

By Jason Feldman Being in love with Richmond is akin to being the victim of an abusive relationship. You know you’ll end up a physical and emotional mess but you just can’t let go. The Tigers keep promising that change is around the corner,  so you hang around from year to year praying for some [Read more]

AFL Round 21: Walk across half-back upholds the Magpie name

There have been many great football monikers down through the years, from the Flying Doormat to Plugger and the Galloping Gasometer. My favourite football name is fictional. It was the thinly veiled title given to the suburb of Collingwood by the writer Frank Hardy in his novel Pride Without Glory . . . Carringbush.

View From Shepparton: Lions’ comeback tops off an engrossing round

Hate to be a St Kilda barracker when the siren sounds at the end of the Grand Final against Brisbane and Nick lines up for goal 45 metres out, having just taken a pack screamer. Actually as a keen sportsman, sorry, person, I would get no joy either way if this scenario eventuated. I guess [Read more]

Haiku Bob – AFL Round 21 – such and such

Sunday football – players emerge head-bowed from their sermons     blowing a gale – trees and forwards stripped of life     for some the ball goes only where the wind wants it to     two fumbles and suddenly Dick in the clear     late winter squall – smooth passing gone with [Read more]

Local Footy: How Wynyard fans made Penguin squawk

By Bill Walker If you believe the catch cry, “A week is a long time in football”, then two weeks must be an eternity. George’s season was over. Payments from his parents and upgrades into “the private ’elf” got him to a specialist in quick time. Day surgery for a re-break and set and he [Read more]

Round 21: Richmond v Hawthorn — the game that divides a family

When marriage occurs in Victoria , negotiation is necessary on football teams. Some are fortunate enough to have met someone who supports the same team as they do, but the majority of couples have a dilemma. There are two paths that the couple can go down: 1. The less passionate footy follower agrees to give [Read more]