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]

Fantasy Footy: A goldmine of websites for the tragics

by John Butler Dreamers, following on from my fantasy footy piece last Friday, these are the main fantasy footy websites I’m aware of. Serious fantasy tragics flock to these sites because the Dream Team coverage on the official AFL site is positively lame.

American football: Clear-eyed Colts stand in way of Saints’ Superbowl fairytale

By Cade Lucas Well it’s almost that time of year again. You know the one. It’s a Monday morning in late January or early February. You switch on the TV and, ‘Oh yeah, that Superbowl thing’s on.’ And so you lounge on the couch in your pyjamas till mid afternoon, trying to work out what [Read more]

Racing: Good things as far as the eye can see on Awe Stakes day

The meeting at Caulfield on Saturday lived up to its promise. Emphatic winners and good formlines to follow. The Blue Diamond Preludes were terrific entrees to the main event in a fortnight. Tony Vasil’s debut filly, Psychologist, blitzed her opponents to scream to the top of the betting markets. Stories had leaked on Friday that [Read more]

FOOTY: Life and times of the bush Bartel

By Paul Daffey Terry Bartel was still 15 when he announced himself to North East Victoria as a serious sporting talent. A slip of a kid with deceptive strength through his shoulders, he opened the batting for the Beechworth senior team and plundered 227 to break the Ovens and King Cricket Association record. In a [Read more]

FOOTY: Diesel and dust, and desert footy

By Sue Currie I hear it before I can see it. A rowdy mob of wild-looking Aborigines surges into the clinic a minute after I open the door. I could be scared of them if I did not know them all as individuals and families. Men of all ages with red headbands; handsome, husky youths [Read more]

Footy: A solitary leaf opens gates of anticipation

By Damian O’Donnell By rights when the leaves fall off the trees they should “fall” up into the sky;  after all, that’s the way the trees are facing. Fortunately the mysteries of gravity make the leaves drop to the ground. This may not sound like a very significant issue to concern oneself with, but I’ve [Read more]

Racing: Plenty at Caulfield for occasional and dedicated punters alike

Even if you don’t have the time, inclination or bank to invest into Caulfield’s Orr Stakes formguide, the replays and stewards’ reports will be compulsory texts for anyone with an interest in the Autumn Carnival. These fields cover the whole gamut! Spring punters will have heard of Cup stalwarts Viewed, Shocking, Zipping and Littorio, all [Read more]

Footy: North’s best matches of recent years

By Josh Barnstable After reading a couple of stories on the Almanac about rivalry and how teams stack up against others in terms of a rivalry, I decided to dedicate this piece to some of the great games that North Melbourne have played against the other teams in the league over the past few years.

Exhibition: A day at the footy starts at the gates

By Paul Daffey Many of my boyhood memories revolve around local footy, from matches played on wind-blown ovals in the north-west suburbs of Melbourne or on lonely ovals in the Mallee. I can still hear the “phhhsh” sound of air being pushed from a player’s lungs as he absorbs an unexpected tackle, or the sweet [Read more]

Fantasy Footy: My dark secret

I have a sordid confession to make. On the surface, I’m a middle-aged, middle-class, middle-brow guy from a middle-sized town. Nothing special here folks, move right along. But I have a secret life. A life consumed by dark obsessions and manic compulsions. A life ruled by unholy urges and perspectives warped. A life that leads [Read more]

Cricket: Gayle receives ultimate gift after Canberra clinic

Chris Gayle issued an invitation to the kids of Canberra to turn up at Manuka Oval at 4pm on Wednesday for a hit and bowl ahead of the Prime Minister’s X1 match, which starts on Thursday. I happen to be in the area so I go along and have a look. Boys with monstrous cricket [Read more]

Film: Full points to Cohuna-Union rivalry flick

By Paul Daffey Ivanka Buczma, a landscape architecture student at Melbourne University, had a piquant first experience of a country footy rivalry. The 20-year-old and a dozen fellow students were on a field trip in Cohuna in northern Victoria as part of their landscape heritage subject. The students, as well as two lecturers, had entered [Read more]

Film Review: Clint continues to intrigue despite playing it safe

Film: Invictus. Release: 2010. Director: Clint Eastwood. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon. Review: John Butler. Many movie fans out there would have long recognised that Clint Eastwood has been on an extended later life roll. Long past his prime as a leading man, he’s prolifically directed (and often starred in) a string of films which [Read more]

Racing: How I met Patrick Valenzuela

By Philip Tyndall On Saturday as I was walking through the car-park at Flemington, I came across a bloke standing under a gum tree looking like he wasn’t sure where to go. He was well dressed in an open-necked shirt, and he  had a black travel bag with a “Melbourne” airline  tag on it.  I [Read more]

Link: Times are strange when Dougie butts out

Holy smoke! Doug Walters has given up the durries! The Guardian gets over its shock to explore the link between cricket and cigarettes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/feb/02/the-spin-cricket-smoking

Footy: Why I admire Jim Stynes as a leader

By Steve Healy The person I admire as a leader is Jim Stynes. Coming from Dublin and having such an illustrious football career on and off the field was truly inspirational. He played 264 games, 244 of those consecutive (an VFL/AFL record).  He kicked 130 goals, won the club’s best and fairest four times, and [Read more]

American football: Favre leads all-star cast in Hollywood finals

By Cade Lucas Among the many weird and wonderful pleasures afforded Australian viewers by the arrival of Channel 10’s One HD channel, the orgy of American sport it delivers into Australian loungerooms, free of charge, at a conveniently pleasant hour of the morning, is among the best. And chief among these sports is that most [Read more]

Tennis: It’s a great day watching the battlers on the outside courts

By Rod Oaten I really enjoy the Australian Open, not to see the  antics of the of the top stars as they strutt their stuff, but to watch and admire the battlers. There are 512 players on Day 1 of The Open,  we all know the top dozen men and women, but what about  the [Read more]