AFL Round 20: My shoulder pain is nothing like the pain the Tigers should feel

By Josh Barnstable Needing to wake up at 8:15 on a Saturday, which is absolutely crazy, just to get to the local footy ground of Rennie, the opposition today. It’s the last game of the year, and I’m quietly hoping to kick a few goals and hit the lead in the goalkicking for Waaia. I’m [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Hawks’ performance in battle of birds deems them unworthy of finals

By Josh Barnstable After completing yet another week of school, I was looking forward to getting home and enjoying the footy and resting up for a big week ahead of me. I pick Adelaide confidently on the radio, but I have a feeling the Hawks can win if they are serious about finals, which up [Read more]

Local Footy: Good-time Tigers keep eyes on the prize

By Paul Daffey Peter Davis, a committeeman from the St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers, lets out a chuckle as he leads me towards the rooms before the senior match at the club’s home ground in Mentone. “A few of the boys have pre-game superstitions,” he says. I played with a handful of players who had pre-game rituals [Read more]

Harms: Elementary, my dear, as Watson unravels Saints’ claim

Our little bloke, Theo, 21 months old, is running around madly and chatting away (“Jlong”). He loves balloons. He plays balloon-footy, which is more like balloon soccer, until the balloon goes in the air. He puts both hands up, reaching, waiting for it to float down, and than double hands it away, like Brendon Lade. [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Tipp top Greens on blue day for Limerick fans

By Peter Lenaghan The gags start flowing from the Limerick fans’ mouths after 20 minutes and three conceded goals. “Oh, congratulations,” one yells at the players wearing green, as another attempted score sails off target. “We’re now in front by four wides.” When Gavin O’Mahony finally puts the ball over the bar for Limerick, another [Read more]

In the Sheds: Warrandyte warrior expects no favours despite taking field with brain tumour

AS THE Warrandyte players ran on to the field to host Whitehorse Pioneers in their final-round clash in division three of Melbourne’s Eastern Football League on Saturday, their ranks included one footballer who was playing his first game for the season — with good reason. In February James “Jimmy” Logan turned up to training in [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Why Glenn Archer was my sporting hero

By Josh Barnstable Glenn Archer played for AFL club North Melbourne. Archer was born in Victoria on the 24th of March, 1973. He began his career with North in 1992 after being recruited from Noble Park. Archer was a troubled youngster, and says that playing AFL prevented him from going down a path of drugs, [Read more]

Haiku Bob – AFL Round 20 – holding it all together

early resistance over before my first beer    shaking off winter Swan loses another tag     late winter squall spot fires stretch across half-forward   dust settles… magpies go back to feeding on remains   fragmented sky Didak holding it all together   kick out – passing clouds bunch up   empty paper bag [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Amid much swearing and confusion over flirting with form, the Cats get home

Sydney v Geelong, ANZ Stadium, Saturday 15th August 2009. Sydney are coming off annihilating a pitiful Richmond, while Geelong were comfortably beaten by Carlton. A lot of criticism has been directed the Cats’ way, especially against Gary Ablett and Steve Johnson. Be interesting to see how the team responds against tough opposition tonight.

Racing: As old Jack shows, you still meet some cracking characters in the betting ring

Working at the races does give you access to some unusual characters, and I try to make sure that I don’t get bogged down in the greed of the betting ring and that I enjoy some of the identities. My Dad, a long-time bookie in Adelaide, always loved the wags and saw them as part [Read more]

AFL Round 20: There’s no point trying to be calm when your Bombers lead the unbeaten Saints

After the disappointment of last week’s draw with the Lions I decided to approach this week’s St Kilda game with calmness. Thinking about our great effort against the Saints earlier in the year gave me heart and hope. There’s something called bouncing back and I was hoping last week’s loss would stir us.

General Footy Writing: Dangerman is a safe bet for a big future with the Crows

By Bob Utber I adored Peter Pianto; I even ran around with my socks down when I kicked all those goals in the paddock. Doug Wade was a king and Billy Goggin was, well, Billy Goggin. Then after a long break, in fact an eternity, along came God himself, and from my neck of the [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: St Kilda loss marks four weeks in a row that games have been decided after siren

TEAMS KEEP TRYIN’ EVEN AFTER THE SIREN By now most footy fans area aware that St Kilda’s dream of a lossless season came crashing down on Sunday evening when Nick Riewoldt’s post-final-siren shot sailed wide. What many may NOT be aware of is the fact that Riewoldt’s last-ditch attempt was the fourth time in successive [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Who of this year’s retirees are greats, goods or good-enoughs?

I’ll have to thank Budge for generating this topic in his disputation of Joel Bowden’s status upon retirement. I agree that Bowden, outstanding person, has been a serviceable player. Mickey O is probably in the top echelon of Swannies, rather than the broader footy Hall of Fame crap. Adam Simpson likewise.

General Footy Writing: Let every match end with respect among opponents

Round 14 back on 19 July had WRFL Under 16D ladder leader Spotswood playing Williamstown Juniors at Williamstown’s home ground. It was the second last game of the season and, as a match between the top two teams, it would give an indication of what could happen in finals. Spotswood won by 66 points.

AFL Round 20: As a Dees fan, I can’t wait for next season

I am off to my fourth consecutive 1.10pm Sunday game in a row. The conditions are wet and windy as I make my way to the ground. This is a bad sign for the Dees. According to many one-minded Demon supporters, this is the only game we are allowed to win before season’s end. I [Read more]

The Wrap: Hawks bow out while Crows confirm finals spot

Where Life Imitates Sport What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Hawks bow out once and for all and Adelaide book their place on the starting grid for September 2009.  THE TIGERS cost another coach his career as The Mighty Magpies leap into thirds spot on The Table for a crack at Geelong [Read more]

View From Palm Cove: Queensland setting inspires dreams of Lions surge despite loss to Bulldogs

Still at Palm Cove, what a great place, have been spurred to ask why anyone would want to live in cold old drought-stricken South Eastern Australia when one could be living up here. Unfortunately there is the small issue of finances …

Local Footy: Tigers end Xavs’ winning streak on windy day at Mentone

On a day to top even all the other windy days that have blighted footy in Victoria this season, the home ground advantage of St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers played its part in the Tigers’ victory over A-section rival Old Xaverians by 28 points on Saturday. The results ended Xavs’ winning streak at 14. The Tigers’ home [Read more]

Local Footy: Willy CYs wrap up second spot with dominant first quarter

SENIORS WILLIAMSTOWN    4.3    14.10    15.11    27.16-178 YARRA VALLEY         0.2      1.4        2.10       2.11-23 WILLIAMSTOWN Goal Kickers: W. Cooper 7, J. Wong 6, C. Elliott 3, B. Gray 2, M. Lishman 2, Z. Read 2, S. McGuinness, B. Lethborg, J. Reid, M. John, C. Richards Best Players: J. Hatfield, W. Cooper, C. Elliott, J. Tranter, Z. Read, [Read more]