Mid-season review: from Josh Barnstable

by Josh Barnstable So, after Round 11 and approaching the mid-season break, just how does each club stand in the Premiership race that is hotting up by the round? And what about the very close Coleman Medal? Ladder: 1st St Kilda Played=11 Won=11 Lost=0 Points for=1160 Points against=633 %=183.25 Points=44 2nd Geelong Played=11 Won=11 Lost=0 [Read more]

Channel 31 Local Footy Show: Big show planned for Friday night

 by Ian Bennett www.localfootyshow.com.au   On this week’s LOCAL FOOTY SHOW shown on C31 Friday Night at 7.30pm for one hour and again on Saturday Morning starting at 9am for the full hour and a half show. This week’s match for highlights, interviews and presentations from the Worksafe Country Championships between MPNFL Vs WGLFL played [Read more]

Memoir: The McInerney Rule

  by Dips O’Donnell   I bet every Primary School has at least one kid who was much bigger, stronger and faster than everyone else.   At my Primary School his name was McInerney. He could run, jump, throw, fight, and play football like a man, at the age of nine.   There was no [Read more]

AFL Round 11: Carlton sneak home

by Josh Barnstable This match will be an absolute cracker. A gun up one end of the field, and quite a controversial one (Brendan Fevola) while the twin towers await the Blue defence up the other end (Jonathan Brown and Daniel Bradshaw). A different role has presented itself to Bradshaw in recent weeks though, with [Read more]

Understanding Richmond: How Helen D’Amico caused the demise of a once great football club

  By Andrew Gigacz   Putting a finger on the cause of Richmond’s woes over the last quarter of a century is no easy task. There are myriad variables that could have had an influence on the Tiger down-turn. Could there have been a single pivotal moment in the Tiger time-line that can be pinpointed [Read more]

AFL Round 11: Thank God for the Queen and her birthday

by Josh Barnstable I awake on a Monday at 10:30am. “Uh-oh, I’ve overslept”. I think to myself. Then comes the excitement you get when you realize you haven’t overslept, you’ve just enjoyed a good sleep in on a day off school. With that excitement, I bury my head into my pillow for a further 15 [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Freo break their Queensland duck

Carlton versus Fremantle 7.10pm, Saturday 9 May 2009 Carrara Oval (Gold Coast Stadium), Gold Coast, QLD By Dianne Waddingham A quick scan of the 2009 fixture had Fremantle’s first away game outside Victoria in the glitzy, high-rise world of the Gold Coast (and Warwick Capper). Carlton sold their souls for the mighty dollar to play [Read more]

Yarra Man: Rugby league origin games go all right

By Tavis Perrry As an avid sports lover, I really enjoyed watching the rugby league state-of-origin clash between NSW and Queensland, in particular the maroons’ star-studded and highly formidable defensive end. With AFL being my footy code of choice, I couldn’t help but compare the differences that I see between the AFL and NRL. The [Read more]

AFL Round 11: Hawks home on a gloomy Sunday afternoon

Hawthorn V Sydney by Steve Healy It was a lazy Sunday Afternoon on the long weekend. I sat down and watched the Sunday Footy Show. Dean Bailey was on and he was being asked the usual questions and giving the usual answers. At one o’clock I took the laptop into my room and listened to [Read more]

Coach speculation: On Mark Williams

  John Kingsmill     One of the curious aspects of the Port Adelaide/Mark Williams engagement is that the more victories Power stacks up this year, the harder it will be for Port to afford to retain him. If, for example, the Alberton waters split asunder and Power wins the 2009 premiership, suddenly Williams will [Read more]

AFL Round 11: Why Barry Hall is good for football

By Phineas Meere It’s bad to say at the beginning of any article that you can anticipate what the reader is thinking. Nonetheless I shall attempt to…you’re thinking here we go again, another article telling us why we like football by a journalist needing to fill column inches by telling us it’s tribal, it’s the [Read more]

AFL Round 11: cloudburst by Haiku Bob

cloudburst       Queen’s Birthday the number one pick rubs shoulders with the best           this day looks no different yet eight unanswered goals           dark clouds and Presti shut out any light           cloudburst – goal sharks spill over themselves for [Read more]

Local Footy: Bushpigs face extinction

by Rocket Gillett    The Wagga Uni Bushpigs broke a 38 game losing streak when they beat The Rock-Yerong Creek by five points in their Farrer Football League fixture last Saturday. It was their first win since 12 August 2006 when they beat Temora.   It was a huge day for the Pigs as they [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 11 Stat Declaration

 by Andrew Gigacz As most footy fans would know, round 11 was declared by the AFL to be Women’s Round. The final scores, however, suggest that naming it the Bill Collins Round would not have been inappropriate either. And by Bill Collins, I don’t mean the film buff (though there’s no shortage of good acting [Read more]

AFL Round 11: Footy first-timer films fan fervour and Fev fever

By Pamela Sherpa Brisbane Lions versus Carlton 7.10 pm, 6 June The Gabba, Brisbane What’s the best possible Aussie experience to share with someone before they travel overseas? Go to the footy of course. As I’ve travelled up from the Snowy Mountains to visit my daughter Tashi before she leaves I’m grateful there is a [Read more]

Application for the Richmond coaching job

8th August, 1997   Tony Jewell Richmond Football Club PO Box 48 Richmond, 3121   Dear  Tony,   With the recent uncertainty surrounding the senior coaching position at your club, we write to offer our services with respect to this role.  This correspondence is not meant to represent a waste of your time, or ours. [Read more]

AFL Round 11 (FPS): Did Dick? Dick did. Talented Dick.

  by Tony Scully Good morning Floreat Picans, lovely to wake up to a cold rainy winter’s morning.   It was with trepidation that I, (1) accepted this responsibility knowing the quality of previous offerings. And (2) went to yesterday’s game knowing I had only been to ‘loss’ games so far this season. (Am I the [Read more]

AFL Round 11 (and gymnastics): Perfection 1 Gymnasts 0

  by Dips O’Donnell       I’m at the Sate Netball and Hockey Centre to watch the Victorian Gymnastics championships. It’s an impressive centre. Lots of steel girders, vast glass windows, and official looking desks with official looking people manning them.   I have a nervous daughter competing today. There are a few Olympians [Read more]

Footy yarn: Never under-estimate the importance of the ladder in football

By John Dunne   YOU can never underplay the relevance of the ladder in football. And while it may be stating the obvious, it was rammed home to me in no uncertain terms back in the late 1980s. I was domiciled in the hub of north-east Victoria in a place called Wangaratta and in the [Read more]

AFL Round 11: And that was that, for Tiger Terry.

by John Green After weeks of wondering when the guillotine blade is going to drop, Terry Wallace has left the scaffold and decided to go of his own accord. The Tigers’ clash with the Western Bulldogs is to be his last as Richmond coach. There is a curious irony in Wallace’s swansong. He is competing [Read more]