NAB Cup, Round 1: Eagles easily exterminate Essendon

After a long break from footy, it was refreshing to watch the exploits of West Coast’s dreadlocked Fijian excitement machine.

Footy: The 4 Fs = fabulous February footy feeling

After a drab summer of sport/cricket , about as stimulating as reading your credit card bill post-Christmas,  you can almost feel the anticipation start to build.  The AFL season is upon us.  The evidence is aplenty…… The players involved in off-season scandals The players being  ‘fitter, stronger, bigger, better looking, more focused than ever’. The ex-players making [Read more]

Club Cricket: What’s that burning sensation?

Not over the Hill – Issue 2 By Andrew Gigacz When I made a decision to return to playing cricket after a gap of more than a dozen years (see Not over the Hill, Issue 1 – The Legend of Chicken Man), I was pretty confident that I’d be able to slip back into the [Read more]

Music: Laneway Festival a hit at new venue

By Andrew Fithall Over the previous two years, the Melbourne leg of the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival had taken a bit of flack. Increased crowds in a geographically restrictive environment resulted in many disenchanted festival goers. 2009 had been particularly bad, with attendees loud in their disapproval of access to bands they had paid good [Read more]

Tennis: Hits and misses on the road to the Roger and Serena show

By Bernard Whimpress It was a bad start to the women’s part of the 2010 Australian Open draw with the best body and maybe the best legs in the tournament exiting in the first round. Out went Maria Sharapova, the 2008 champion, back on the tour after shoulder injury and seeded fourteen. But this wasn’t [Read more]

Link: The Guardian’s Youtube round-up

Eddie the Eagle, Brian Clough, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Tyson… they’re all here in this week’s excellent Youtube round-up by The Guardian.

Link: Billy Miller goes to the Junction Oval

Our series Billy Miller Goes to the OLD VFL Grounds continues with his visit to the Junction Oval, once the home of St Kilda, later the home of Fitzroy, since 1971 the site of Footy’s Great Fog-Out.

Racing: Turn left before taking in a great card on William Reid Stakes day

By Chris Riordan As you scurry in to the Valley and clear the turnstiles, there’s a choice of three directions to take. Punters push straight ahead into the betting ring or beyond to the bars, the stands and the lawn. Sometimes I try to swing right because the stalls and parade ring are beautiful… grand [Read more]

Cricket: Late debut proves memorable

By Paul Daffey When George Georgiou, president of East Coburg Cricket Club, asked me to play a game in the fourths I was chuffed. I’d never played a game of senior competitive cricket. My one game of junior cricket was as a 16-year-old fill-in with St Bernard’s at the Overland Reserve in East Keilor, where [Read more]

World Footy: Falcons and Dragons to battle for Middle East grand final berth

A berth in the Middle East AFL grand final is at stake when the Abu Dhabi Falcons take on the Dubai Dragons at the American International School in the UAE capital on Friday evening at 5 pm. The Falcons are undefeated after wins on the road in Oman and Qatar but they face the all-conquering [Read more]

Basketball: For this Lakers fan, it’s all in the timing

By Brad Carr Many of sport’s moments come down to an element of being ‘in the right place at the right time’. An adage that has proved true for many players, occasionally it holds for a supporter also. I’ve followed the Los Angeles Lakers since 1988. At that time, when basketball was in its Australian [Read more]

Footy: The triumphs and troubles of Richo, Part 4

By Domenic Favata 2007- 2009 Everyone had thought that it was the end of Matthew Richardson. That he would just be goalsquare-bound and kick the odd 2-3 goals. But those who thought that he was gone had their words shoved right back down their  throat. Richardson continued to lead the Tiger brigade as he showed [Read more]

Footy: It’s back! Well, sort of. Here’s my NAB Cup tips

By Steve Healy Finally, after four and a half months with nothing for fans to enjoy, footy’s appearing above the horizon. Many supporters don’t take the NAB Cup seriously, but I for one do. It means more footy, not as long a wait to see your team play and it also helps communities around Australia [Read more]

American Football: The Saints finally march in

By Cade Lucas. It was gonna be great. I had all these grand pretensions of getting right into the swing of the Superbowl. It was gonna be all buffalo wings, cheese fries and Budweiser. Instead it was gluggy porridge and black coffee as I staggered out of my bedroom just in time for the kick [Read more]

Footy: My favourite night footy/pre-season cup moments

By Damian Watson After a long, arduous four-month wait the Pre Season competition is finally upon us! In this five-week period, players will begin to regain their football prowess in a competitive nature after a gruelling summer out on the track. Coaches will experiment with methods and young hopefuls emerging from the draft. Despite the [Read more]

Footy: Billy Miller at the Glenferrie Oval

Well, here’s the third of our series on Billy Miller Goes to the Old VFL Grounds. This time it’s the Sardine Can, better known as Glenferrie Oval. Just don’t think Huddo, and especially not Round 1, 1972. The pain, the pain!

Crio’s Question: What sports buzz words or phrases annoy you?

By Chris Riordan I don’t want to bag particular commentators, but I’m peeved at how a certain word or phrase can suddenly become commonplace in the sports world and then, soon afterwards, intensely annoying. I’m not so much thinking of Bruce when he says “arches his back”, which is just a term he overuses, but [Read more]

WANTED – the look of a future sports journalist

By Danielle Eid Firstly, a note to all adult and full licensed Almanackers- PLEASE DO NOT BEEP at Learner drivers! The BIG YELLOW L means that we are LEARNING and we don’t know what we are doing! I’m doing my Ls and have been driving to school and stuff with my instructor. On one occasion [Read more]

Footy’s Coming

Footy’s Coming To the tune of Johnny Cash’s ‘Busted’ By Phil Dimitriadis Cricket and tennis aren’t my kind of drugs. Hauritz and Federer don’t inspire group hugs. Footy’s Coming. Serena took off, along with her bling. Caro and Wallsy are still hibernating. But,Footy’s coming. My daughter brought home a boy from school. I got sunstroke, [Read more]

Country Footy – A golden heritage: how Square’s ground has changed

by Richard Jones REIGNING Bendigo Football League premiers Golden Square have used the Wade Street ground, now known as Country Vet Oval, since the 1930s. But how and why did the Wade Street Oval become Square’s home? Well, the site in the Bendigo Creek where gold was first discovered in the district in 1851 is [Read more]