In and outs of early Bendigo football

By Richard Jones In the early years of the twentieth century two of the Bendigo Football League’s present-day power clubs dominated. South Bendigo and Eaglehawk took it in turns to snare what was called “the premiership of the district” in the Bendigo Football Association. For a number of seasons no finals were played; clubs that [Read more]

Tigers continue to wander around the desert in circles

By John Green It’s the game Richmond have to win. When supporters first perused the 2009 draw this clash with lowly Melbourne was pencilled in as a certainty. Humiliate those Bluebagger upstarts who were coming and we all knew it, fly the colours against the Cats and the Bulldogs in the following rounds, boost the [Read more]

Footy keeps home fires burning

By Pamela Sherpa Timing is everything they say.  A visit home to Gunbower in northern Victoria luckily coincides with a “home” footy match against the nearest rival. Leitchville-Gunbower v Cohuna Kangas, Round 2, Central Murray Football League. Two teams that used to be four. It’s a situation that typifies country football. Effectively half the district has combined and is playing at [Read more]

Richmond clown removes his make-up

  By Christopher Riordan   How could we resist? It’s not often that you get the chance to witness cannibalism on the terraces but, if the papers are to be believed (I know this has just taken a credibility dive), that is what will happen if the “eat their young” Tiger fans witness a loss [Read more]

The day the footy and racing stars aligned and Tom Logan took a screamer

By Christoper Riordan Passion and sport are natural bed-partners. Rightly so. Look at any major sporting event around the world and see how the crowd and participants feed off each others’ energy. Liverpool’s Kop, the start of the Melbourne Cup, Lillee charging in from (almost on behalf of) Bay 13. Stirring moments. There is, though, [Read more]

Oh what a feeling for a Port fan

By Nick Kossatch It was hard for me to get up at ten minutes past four on the Saturday morning in the lead-up to the Port and Hawthorn clash at the MCG in the afternoon. “Gee, the Power boys better win,” I said to myself. “Last time I was at the ’G it was a [Read more]

Round 4 haiku: reeling them in

distant thunder Rocca lugs his thighs to the square * * rain soaked shoes while they dry abusing the umps! * * half moon our defence also sliced in half * * between scudding clouds the moon and Pendlebury * * half-time cigarette a long sigh joins the leaden sky * * after heavy rain [Read more]

So good to see brilliant Cats live. Yes, live!

By Peter Schumacher If I were a Geelong supporter I wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I mean, how did they ever manage to lose the grand final? On Saturday night they were magnificent. Even Neil Craig, who I reckon is really fair in his analysis of the way his side is playing, said that [Read more]

Gazza goes nuts and the French girls don’t care

By Peter Flynn Milburn out. Lonergan in. Suggestions that Bomber was overruled at the selection table. Believe! West is unlucky and Mumford gets his chance to impress. I sit myself down in preparation for an even contest. I am next to two strikingly good looking French girls who don’t appear to share my anticipation for [Read more]

Premiers overhaul new boys from Strathfieldsaye

By Richard Jones Eaglehawk had to come from 15 points down at the last change to register their first win of the season against a very impressive Bendigo footy league rival Strathfieldsaye at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park on Saturday. Strathfieldsaye – the Storm – jumped out to an early five-goal lead and led at half-time and [Read more]

It’s a wonderful feeling to share a win with Demons fans

By Steve Healy This was the most important game of the round. Both teams had opened with three losses and not looked like winning. The best thing about the lead-up to this game was that the media were talking about how bad Richmond were. Terry Wallace was under extreme pressure after being talked down by [Read more]

Takeover Target

I love returning my mind to that time in the old days when you came back into Australia after a trip OS. Before sensibilities started to turn global. When there was no internet to keep you up to date and international phone calls still cost so much that you got the footy scores by picking [Read more]

You learn as you go

By Andrew Fithall They say that how you train is how you play. In fact Dickie Fry said it several times on Friday evening as under-sixteen training went overtime until we could get some semblance of skill into the drills. Training had begun the same as Wednesday, with “whole group warm-up” co-ordinated by Dickie and [Read more]

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 4 Stat. Declaration

St Kilda dominated the stupid stats in this round. In a tribute to 100-gamer Sam Fisher, the Saints went postal. Their goal sequence across the four quarters was 5, 3, 4, 5. And of course we all know that 5345 is the postcode of Fisher in South Australia. Not only that, Fisher just happens to [Read more]

Ablett on Fire

From the comfort of an armchair in front of the box, we get to see the occasional remarkable thing. Today, I got to see two. I’d been quiet on the punt during the Sydney Easter carnival. But, with some cash in the bank and form to make a mug of Deane Lester, today was the [Read more]

Magic Medhurst beats flood by surfing it

Aqueous – a. Of water; containing water; produced by water. A wet mixture. Watery place, Brisbane. Where rain is rain. Soaking everything it hits. Even the things it doesn’t. Like today. Like my socks. Wet through. Often it doesn’t rain in Brisbane, of course. Clear, hot, dry days. These days are the wettest. On these [Read more]

Vintage Cheese: a tribute to Shane O’Bree.

First half:  Cheesed off. A strange thing happened between Collingwood and Brisbane in the nineties and the noughties—it was the AFL’s equivalent of Sliding Doors or Trading Places. While one group of players and staff became the victors (Leigh Matthews, Gubby Allan, Mal Michael), the others became the vanquished (Jarrod Molloy, Nathan Buckley). Another to [Read more]

Rochy’s local heroes do it for the jumper

When the Rochester footy team took to the field in last year’s Goulburn Valley Football League Grand Final, it ran through a home-made banner that proclaimed “Local heroes”. Their rivals, hot favourites Seymour, who were aiming for their fourth flag in a row, ran out through an AFL club cheer-squad banner.   But it was [Read more]

To go to Oakbank is to back a certain winner

By Chris Riordan In South Australia, people know how often they’ve “been to Oakbank”. For well over 130 years, generations have journeyed in to the Hills and been intoxicated by the magic that is nowadays promoted (debatably) as the biggest picnic race carnival in the world.

Dogs too good for disappointing Tigers

By Joshua Barnstable Easter Monday. The day on which we are supposed to work off all that chocolate we ate the previous day. Not me. I have a bit of a sleep-in, waking up at 11.20, giving me a little bit of time before the footy starts on Triple M at midday. I’m happy that [Read more]