General Footy Writing: Bells are ringing in City of Churches

On warbling magpies, Adelaide’s wheels, Didak’s revenge, Burton’s orthodoxy and Port’s head jobs … JOHN KINGSMILL Here are some things you don’t need to know. If you hear magpies warbling at 3am, it’s the female of the species on heat. She’s saying that she’s fed and fat and ready to propagate the species. The warble [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: Benny G appointment signals glimmer of light at end of Tigers tunnel

Where Life Imitates Football What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The changing of the guard at THE TIGER DEN has begun as Benny Gale comes home to PUNT ROAD.  With new facilities and a new attitude, TLSPRF catch glimmers of light peeking out from the edges of the storm clouds. The maudlin fairground [Read more]

Racing: Liston Stakes day is a matter of weighing up winter-fit runners against the classy ones resuming for spring

PREVIEW: Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Punters! Forget the arctic blasts and sideways rain – spring has sprung and it’s time to get on. Already we’ve seen rising star Mic Mac put paid to them in the Aurie’s Star, which also featured “Big El” – Colin Little’s champ El Segundo – rattling home for third.

Racing: Search resumes for ones to follow

By Chris Riordan Neighbours were chatting on the footpath this week. It was approaching 6pm and still light. Winter is fading and the joys of spring can be sensed. Saturday’s fields reinforce this. It’s by no means a feature card, but the Liston Stakes meeting, for a time a Sandown fixture but now “Classic Caulfield”, [Read more]

Cricket: Amid scandal and despair, Stephen Fry finds reason to toast England, Australia and cricket itself

This is an edited version of Stephen Fry’s speech at a dinner for Andrew Strauss at Lords before the second Test … Thank you ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much indeed.  It is an honour to stand before so many cricketing heroes from England and from Australia and at this, my favourite time of [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Cahill leaves stamp on lacklustre friendly in Limerick

By Peter Lenaghan The crowd’s response tells you a lot about a game of soccer, and the atmosphere inside a Dublin pub is as flat as it sounds at Limerick’s Thomond Park. It is all Tim Cahill’s fault, and the locals seem genuinely shocked. The small group of Australians around us can only smile and [Read more]

Round 19: Tiger prospects look shaky after Sydney shellacking

Mum and I headed off to the footy unusually early, even for our standards. The reason was because we needed to sneak in RMIT’s open day before the footy. I have plans to be there in 2012. Earlier that day I read an article by Emma Quayle, where she asks where Richmond and North Melbourne [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Collingwood for premiers; it’s written in the stars

TAURUS: Horoscope – August 12, 2009 Today you might have some important phone calls which you want to make, Danni, and you’ll want to get them out of the way before doing anything else, no matter what it is. You’ll definitely get your message across today, as your communicative abilities are very strong. Words combine [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Last-finishing Roys remind us that it’d be good just to be able to finish last

When your AFL club no longer exists – at least in its original form – there are plenty of ‘lasts’ left to ponder.  The last player left in the comp to wear a Roys jersey, Brisbane’s Chris Johnson, hung up his boots in 2007.   And on Monday, another direct link with Fitzroy’s rich history ended [Read more]

Local Footy: Vermont forwards show the value of keeping your mind on the game

By Paul Daffey Five minutes after the siren went at Vermont to signal a comfortable, eight-goal win for the home team over Eastern Football League rival Blackburn on Saturday, I cut my son from the herd of kids swarming across the playground and told him we were going to the dressing-rooms to say hello to [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Do you hear the people meters sing?

By Tony Wilson Does anyone feel like storming the Bastille with me? Honestly, I’m up for it. We’d meet at Parliament House, say hello to all the principled protesters like the anti-desalination plant mob and the protect-old-growth-forests lot, and then walk down Bourke Street arm-in-arm, chanting, ‘Hey hey, ho ho, a team in West Sydney [Read more]

Local Footy: Player caught tampering with umpires’ votes

The Mid-Gippsland Football League is in shock after the revelation that one of its most respected members, Mirboo North reserves player Joe Bordonaro, has been filmed tampering with the umpires’ votes for the reserves competition’s best-and-fairest award.

In the Sheds: Livingston emulates his father’s feat in kicking a ton for Kerang

LUKE Livingston was a full-back during his 46 games with Carlton. He also played at full-back with Port Melbourne for two years after the Blues had delisted him. But having returned this season to his home club, Kerang, the 26-year-old has found a new lease of life at full-forward. Livingston went into Saturday’s game against [Read more]

Haiku Bob – AFL Round 19 – dreaded hope

mid-August returning on cue dreaded hope TV game in prime position the sleeping dog night begins to cool players not yet hardened to their task deceived by the bounce clouds leave behind the moon moonlight mixes with wine the game starts to open up time-on game in the balance dog snores at my feet magnolias [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Bomber faithful left to ponder meaning of football life

Life is full of surprises. Sometimes they can  leave you almost breathless with shock. It’s possible to be gobsmacked and bewildered from a great distance, even when you can’t see things. Events can often defy logical human explanation.

AFL Round 19: Time with my nephew is well-spent — even at a shocking game like this one

North Melbourne versus Melbourne 1.10pm, Sunday, August 9 Etihad Stadium Like most footy fans, I look forward to some games more than others.  I love playing the Cats – the brilliant and whacky are guaranteed.  I relish trips to the Cattery for its suburban feel, big sky and deep outer.  You can watch the sun [Read more]

Crio’s Question: What is the Grand Final you dread?

This has been a terrific season for AFL fans in Victoria, with sensational games between Victorian opponents regularly packing the grounds. But there may be a price to pay if two Victorian teams make the Grand Final. As difficult as some find it to believe, for many of us it is less stressful if Brisbane, [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Memories of past battles fail to deter me from seeking to share with Richmond people

Richmond’s success in the 1960s and ’70s means that I number quite a few Richmond supporters among my friends. It is Collingwood v Richmond this weekend. And not just “weekend”; it is a traditional Saturday afternoon game at the MCG. I am not the only Australian Rules football supporter who points out that one of [Read more]

View From Shepparton: My worst fear is that the Pies will win the flag

This week The View comes via sunny Palm Cove in Far North Queensland. Collingwood are definitely the big winners, Port Adelaide the big losers (again).

AFL Round 19: Swans cap off Mickey’s 300th with a fine win

By Keiran Croker On Sunday I headed off to the ’G for a breakthrough in the Swans’ history, it being the first time one of our players would play 300 games for the club.  I was in my collar, tie and jacket (no jeans) as it was also my first time to watch a game [Read more]