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 [Read more]

Collingwood v Adelaide

by Steve Healy It’s Saturday Afternoon and I’m in my bedroom, sitting on the chair at my desk, my own personal stronghold of football. Posters hang upon the walls and there are many discarded pieces of paper around the place with statistics that I have thought of and compared. The radio sits on the left [Read more]

Go North, after a long drive south

by Josh Barnstable “Josh wake up”. That was Mum, coming in to wake me up at 7:30; 7:30 on a Sunday morning. I would have thrown something at her if I had not already been awake, already thinking about the day ahead. I got up, grabbed a yogurt from the fridge and settled down to [Read more]

Slow Start by Pamela Sherpa (Snowy Mountains correspondent)

  ‘ A National game it’s supposed to be But Friday night football my team I won’t see’…. 2002 ……so began a poem I wrote    Frustration had led to inspiration.   The new TV rights agreement had led to Friday night football moving networks and  timeslots. Instead of the reasonable  8.30 timeslot it was consigned to starting [Read more]

Beer and footy make for a pleasant Sunday afternoon

by Andrew Gigacz     Round 1 for the Doggies means a trip to Subiaco to play the Dockers. It also means I need to find a place to watch the game because it’s not on free-to-air. My moral compass (that, and my scabbiness) dictates that pay-TV is evil and shall never enter our household. [Read more]

Pumped – John Weldon

Well the footy season started and I have to say I’m excited. Very excited. In fact you could say I’m pumped, which is not to say that I’ve been pumped, because that’s not the same thing at all. I don’t want that. You don’t want that. Nobody wants that.   I am pumped, as stated, but [Read more]

Richmond v Carlton by Steve Healy (Grade 9)

Richmond V Carlton Every year, on this day it hits you. The season has started. I hopped off the bus in Ashburton and thought about the footy season. Another six months of happiness, frustration and pure joy awaited me. I rushed home with a spring in my step. I saw a Richmond supporter on the [Read more]

Hawthorn v Geelong by Steve Healy (Grade 9)

  Hawthorn V Geelong This is it. I’m home from school on a Friday afternoon. I plan to leave home as early as possible, off to the footy. Hawthorn V Geelong. Another big crowd expected at the MCG, and an even better game of footy expected. I Say bye to family members, and head off [Read more]

Surely the Cats were the winners – Dips O’Donnell

  Some days are just strange. They make absolutely no sense from start to finish and leave you scratching your head and wondering if the whole world has spent the past twelve or so hours in a massive conspiracy to take the piss out of you, and only you.   On Friday I spent a [Read more]

Patchy Pies Pipped by Persistent Players from Pissant-Town

by Steve Fahey       Footy’s in the air Every sight and every sound Footy’s in the air Every recalled centre bounce   And I don’t know if I’ve been dreaming (but it is probable) Don’t know if I’m being wise But you’re something that I must believe in Every time that I scream [Read more]

Richmond v Carlton

by Chris Riordan How low can you go?Stocks were used in Medieval times for public humiliation and acknowledgement of social crime. In 2009, we still seem to have this urge to see suffering before redemption (although Ricky Nixon appears to have escaped from his “tram collision” – maybe he’s a good manager after all). Ben [Read more]

Hawthorn v Geelong

by Craig Down “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result” Albert Einstein I didn’t, for obvious reasons, enjoy the 2008 Grand Final as much as I’d hoped I would. I’d floated through the season, watching the Cats’ 21 victories in full (and having left at three quarter time [Read more]

He’s Talking by Pamela Sherpa (Snowy Mountains Correspondent)

The CATS are playing in a grand final. I’m surrounded by Geelong supporters and no-one is watching the game. What’s going on? There are two other sporting finals on in town tonight, but it’s not even that. JOHN HARMS has arrived in the nation’s capital and he’s talking.

Bring on Round 1 by Steve Healy (Grade 9)

I don’t mind the Nab Cup. I like seeing young players and how they are progressing, and I like to see who plays and who doesn’t. This game between Collingwood and Geelong was a game to see where both sides were at. I would be watching the game from the comfort of my own home, [Read more]