Autumnal Bliss

Autumn is the real season of love in Melbourne. The revolting heat of an uncouth summer has been relaced by beautiful mid-twenties sunny warmth and cool nights; short sleeves and jeans weather. Easter Thursday (is there really such a thing?) was a perfect example of one of these Melbourne autumn days and like any good writer [Read more]

Dees have a long way to go

When it’s Easter Sunday, your beloved Demons are playing interstate and you don’t have Foxtel, what do you do? Before I had answered that question, I reflected onto the game against Port Adelaide. Most people on Demonland didn’t think highly of our chances. After two unhealthy defeats, it was all up to whether we would [Read more]

Bombers Lift to the Hallelujah Chorus

How much warm inner glow can a person stand. The kids, a whole mob of them from across four families, have just returned from hunting Easter eggs. It’s a pagan pleasure that manages to retain an element of celebration. They’re all buzzing with an excitement that belies three holiday late nights that have left them [Read more]

The HCFU Stat

Fremantle v Adelaide, Subiaco, Sun 12 April 2009 Richard Arrowsmith   When it happened twice in the first two minutes, and with memories of last week’s St Kilda debacle still fresh, I decided to keep count of the key Crows stat: The HCFU – the Handball Chain that – er, doesn’t work out.   It [Read more]

The Joy of Betting Against Your Own Team

I’ve supported the Hawks for 17 years, rain, hail and shine, through the dark days and the bright. Today however is different, today I don’t know who to support. With our insipid rucking display against the Swans, injuries, suspensions and of course North’s recent success against us I added North Melbourne to a four leg [Read more]

The Lions Thai Up a Beer and Slippers Easter Saturday Night by Big Kev Witham

One of the problems with not going away at Easter is that your social options are limited on Saturday night. That said, I settled in with some Thai food and a few beers to watch the battle of the exiles, Sydney Swans (aka South Melbourne) versus Brisbane Lions (aka Fitzroy).  

Canadian Pyke mounts his challenge

by Merryn Sherwood I have to say, I’m already a little bit in love with Mike Pyke. Not just because his name rolls off the tongue so lightly, although that’s part of it, and not just because he is a Canadian international rugby fullback that just through he would give Australian Rules football a go, [Read more]

Power Failure or Costume Malfunction by Ian MacRae

  Life for a footy follower in the West is a little like being on a diet: you only get fed every fortnight. So when at the table, eat more than your fill and store the rest for the coming winter of deprivation. Sound philosophy. That is unless you had a season like 2008. As [Read more]

Cats’ Do Enough Against Wayward Pies by Anthony Jensen

CATS ASSERT SUPREMACY OVER MAGPIES Anthony Jensen 10 April 2009   GEELONG continued its unbeaten run in season 2009, ending up 27 point winners over near-certain finals contenders Collingwood at the MCG on a clear Thursday night in the opener to this Easter weekend of football. While Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse had hinted otherwise, there [Read more]

Holy Thursday and the Unholy Set Shot by Andrew Fithall

Mixed marriages can be problematic. Not religious mixes – football. Helen is a Geelong supporter and I am Collingwood. We have four children: two boys and two girls. A numerically well-balanced family. We would like our children to explore various religions and eventually make their own decisions about their beliefs. But football is too important [Read more]

Daylight fails to save Hawks by Tim Baker

  Whoever heard of daylight savings running into April? Being an AFL fan in the sub-tropics is hard enough without this. I am trying to get our three-year-old, Alex, to sleep before I slip off to my mate Matt’s place. He has Foxtel, and a media room, with a projector and a wall sized screen. [Read more]

Good Old-fashioned Footy Keeps The Long Room Rocking by Andrew Starkie

    Western Bulldogs versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Sunday, April 5 Melbourne Cricket Ground   I invited my mates, Adrian and Glen, into the Long Room for today’s game.  Adrian turns the big Four O soon and considers extended celebration necessary for such a milestone.  He’s a Yorkshireman right down to his Hull City FC [Read more]

Round 2

What with landscaping, church working bees and the like I now find that it is Tuesday and I haven’t yet got together my mish mash of thoughts re round 2. The two stand outs to me were on the one hand Dean Laidley praising his team after their performance against the Bulldogs. How refreshing this [Read more]

Football Denied by Matt Quartermaine

West Coast Eagles Vs Port Adelaide Round 2, Subiaco.   Sunday afternoon was cleared earlier in the week with the relevant authorities (my partner) so that I could watch the West Coast/Port match down at the local.   But the weekend didn’t start well. My 10 year old boy declared he didn’t like football. “It’s [Read more]

Bush Boys Beaten By Heat In Dubai by Rocket Gillett

It was more than a truly international clash on football’s latest frontier; it was a classic Bush Boys versus City Slickers encounter. The inaugural Middle East AFL Grand Final pitted the unbeaten Dubai Heat (based in the UAE) against the Muscat Magpies from neighbouring Oman. Dubai is an emerging 21st century megapolis while Muscat is [Read more]

Dees don’t deliver despite dominating early by Steve Healy

Before the game I checked up. Collingwood and Melbourne had played 221 times, 129 of those of those at the MCG. The Pies had taken the honours 138 times, the Dees 79, and there had been four draws. I wasn’t put off by this stat, I know that Melbourne play well against Collingwood. Collingwood are [Read more]

Broken Hill Outmine the Superdogs by Nick Kossatch

THE Riverland Superdogs ventured off to Broken Hill for their round one clash against the Masters Australian Over 35’s competition newcomers. Saturday’s twilight fixture was a success for the Silver City-siders as they overran the Dogs in the last quarter by 10 points. Canadian recruit Steve ‘The Puck’ Deighton unfortunately strained his driver in his [Read more]

First match of the coaching season

We love living across the road from a football ground. Helen and I moved into our current abode 14 years ago. The school football ground was part of the attraction. Many family hours have been spent flying kites, throwing frisbees, kicking footballs, catching lacrosse balls, learning to ride bicycles or just running around. We always [Read more]

Kardinia sojourn a rite of Tiger passage by John Green

I felt it was a necessary part of my 11-year-old’s footy education to take him to see the Tigers play away at Skilled Stadium. After all, where else today can you have the experience of jostling for space on old fashioned concrete terracing and watching an AFL match? Where else can you walk not only [Read more]

Pies Cruise

by Tim O’Leary Thankful: adv, act of being grateful for playing Melbourne round 2 and getting the four points.   The Collingwood banner exclaimed: “Dedication and Passion: The will to win”. What a pity the Melbourne players read that simple message and took it on board for the first quarter. They played a neat brand [Read more]