Local Footy: Bigger things beckon for Barmera-Monash

By Nick Kossatch Barmera-Monash easily defeated non-finalists Berri by 43 points in the final minor round in the RFL A-grade at Barmera Oval. The Roos produced a scintillating eight-goal first quarter with ruck-rover Dillon Millard in rare form and Robert Price booting three goals.

Local Footy: Portland show Power how it’s really done

By Nick Kossatch The Riverland Superdogs were rolled by visiting side Portland, from Adelaide, by a huge 55 points in the over-35’s Super-rules football at Berri Oval on Sunday. Portland, whose jumper is that of hapless Port Adelaide Power, dominated from go to woe with their Aboriginal midfielders dazzling with their skills.

AFL Round 21: Pies score another win as I dread the end of the season

The footy season is nearly over and the big questions I’m asking are: * What am I supposed to do now? * How will I spend my weekends? * And more importantly, how will I survive? The seriousness of this matter is epic! Footy is the only reason to get out of bed on the [Read more]

Women’s Footy: Darebin take VWFL flag

By Leesa Catto Darebin were too good, too strong and too experienced as they outmuscled the Creekers yesterday at Box Hill city Oval. It was  Darebin’s day, winning both the VWFL reserves and seniors Grand Finals. The seniors took home the Susan Alberti cup after beating a gallant Diamond Creek team by 44 points in front of a record crowd at Box [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Got any sports book recommendations? Maybe feature doubles ideas?

By Chris Riordan The success of England and Collingwood require some diversions to happier times. Father’s Day looms and it is time for Dads to be proactive and thus avoid the cursed socks and bad after-shave. When I was young Dad would get the new Miller’s Guide, but it comes out too late these days. [Read more]

AFL Round 21: What, me worry? Seems we have nothing to fear

By Suzy Lewis PESSIMISM: 1 : an inclination to emphasize adverse aspects, conditions, and possibilities or to expect the worst possible outcome 2 a : the doctrine that reality is essentially evil; b : the doctrine that evil overbalances happiness in life It was a blustery Melbourne day as I walked to the MCG through [Read more]

Local Footy: CYs work hard to secure double chance

SENIORS OLD WESTBOURNE    2.6    3.6       9.6      10.8-68 WILLIAMSTOWN        2.7    4.12    4.20    11.24-90 OLD WESTBOURNE Goal Kickers: D. Sidwell 3, P. Hudson 2, R. Taylor 2, D. Lockwood, B. Connors, C. Hunter Best Players: D. Lockwood, P. Hudson, B. Connors, O. Hickey, M. Aquilina, F. Pavez WILLIAMSTOWN Goal Kickers: B. Gray 3, C. Elliott 2, Z. [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Cats resemble a champion fighter on the ropes

By Damian O’Donnell Sporting greatness comes and goes, but when it is in full flight we see no end. Indeed, we don’t want to see an end. I remember when Marvellous Marvin Hagler was stopped by an irrepressible Sugar Ray Leonard in 1987 it took me some time to realise what had just happened. An [Read more]

Fifth Test, Day 4: We’ve been stitched up

The denouement to this topsy-turvy and at times indecipherable series came at 5.48 pm on Day 4 with the dismissal of Mike Hussey for 121. Australia were bowled all out for 348 and lost the deciding fifth Test by 197 runs. England’s crew of battlers and journeymen (Strauss and Flintoff excluded) prevailed 2-1 to regain [Read more]

Local Footy: Australian footy looking very healthy on NSW north coast

Australian football is now firmly established on the north coast of NSW. The game, which had humble beginnings but grand ambitions when it was started just over 30 years ago, continues to make headway and has now cemented its place on the sporting landscape.

Fifth Test, Day 3: We’re in Big Trouble

Australia went into the third day of the Fifth Test looking down the barrel. The Poms, who cling to the weapon that can blow us away, are as surprised as anybody that they indeed hold the upper hand. As the third day begins England is 3/58 with a 230-run lead. Before this Test got under [Read more]

Cricket: My top five memories of the 1997 Ashes series

In a moment of melancholia over the recent fortunes of the Aussie XI, nostalgic reminiscences of the 1997 Ashes series have offered some solace. So, in the spirit of Hornby, I list my top five moments from the 1997 Ashes series.

AFL Round 21: As a Dees fan, I was better off at home for this one

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m told that I am too sick by my Mum, so I have to watch the game from home. I decide to watch it on TV at 3pm, and before that I was watching the VFL, while making the score sheet. In the third quarter of Port Melbourne V Sandringham I [Read more]

General Footy Writing: My AFL pretty list

The following players should be commended on being born pretty yet sacrificing their good looks on the footy field for their fans. How ugly would footy be without them?

Cricket: Twenty20 might just save Test cricket

Some of us fear that Twenty20 cricket might kill Test cricket. It will almost certainly kill 50-over cricket, and there is a plausible argument that it will get Tests as well. But while the last rites of ODIs are probably inevitable, twenty20 cricket might just save Test matches – and only Australia and England have [Read more]

AFL Round 21: Dogs back to A-grade form

Alleluia! The school week is finally over! My whole week consisted of Sacs. Monday: Literature sac Tuesday: English sac for a double period Wednesday: Literature sac for a double period Thursday: Literature sac Friday: English sac. Today I completed my English sac and resisted the temptation to rewrite the whole thing in the single period. [Read more]

Fifth Test, Day 2: Australia set to fall from perch

By Hamish Townsend All the talk of pitches and selection were put to bed by a spell of line and length by Stuart Broad that saw eight Australian wickets fall in the middle session and may have seen the little red urn returned to English hands with three days to play.

AFL Round 21: Another thriller, and the Bulldogs win

It was my brother’s birthday. Dinner was followed by cake and then the presents came out. The time wasn’t on my side. Luckily, I made it on to the couch just in time to see the game between the Bulldogs and Geelong.

The Pre-Wrap: The less noise out of Punt Road, the better

What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Artful Football League tops up its coffers with a tidy little earner from Saturday’s non-contest at THOF and THE TIGERS make an even tidier one from the sale of autographed Jake King Jumper remnants.  Bid big at the auction as it’s tipped that Junk Yard Jake [Read more]

Fifth Test, Day 1: Gasometers and elephants make for intriguing final Test

By Andrew Gigacz The Oval is a ground that always makes me think of the North Melbourne Footy Club. It was the scene of the so-called “Battle of Britain” in 1987 when Donald McDonald, Alistair Clarkson and their North mates “went the knuckle” in the post-season exhibition match against Carlton. Ian Aitken’s jaw is still [Read more]