Middle East Correspondent: The Bahrain Blues are coming

by Rocket Gillett   The Australian football frontier has just been extended to Bahrain. The Bahrain Blues Australian Football Club has been formed and will enter the Middle East AFL competition next season when it starts in October – after Ramadan. This will bring the number of teams in the Middle East AFL to 7 [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Too much for a girl to deal with

Danielle Eid Well what a crappy week it’s been, well for me anyway. To top it all off Mick has omitted my favourite player, Nathan Brown from the side. I don’t see what it was that Nathan has done wrong. Sure Ben Johnson deserves a shot after recovering from injury, but why take out Nathan [Read more]

First Test – Day 3: Australians bat on, and on

by Peter Flynn Australia survived a jittery period with the second new ball to post a 44 run lead at stumps on a day interrupted by rain. With the prospect of more rain tomorrow, the odds on either a draw or an Australian win have shortened appreciably. My evening started with a ‘70’s meal of roast [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Big Saints game from the sands of the Gold Coast

by Anne Fedorowytch   Last Sunday I found myself in a rather unusual position. I was searching for a TV that was showing the St. Kilda v Geelong game amongst the high-rises and the sandy shores of the Gold Coast.   You won’t usually find me searching for televisions on the popular sunshine strip; in [Read more]

Cricket: Following the Test on the tele

Last time the Ashes were in England it was notable that the coverage was on SBS- not just for the non Nine Network commentary, but to watch without the ads. Cricket needs its rhythm which is why so many of us prefer the radio. So last night at 8pm I switched on to SBS. End [Read more]

First Test – Day 2: The Australians fight back

by John Harms Australia’s top order batted their side back into the First Test at Cardiff after their trundlers nearly bowled them out of it. Simon Katich took guard, had a long look at the armoury of the Englishmen, and decided he wasn’t going to be responsible for his own dismissal. He wasn’t. His unbeaten [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Worth the WACA trip to see the Yellows

By Barbara Smith Freo was always going to be a danger game for Carlton. Freo gave the Cats a big fright two matches ago, and are scary at home. Plus, after the last few see-sawing weeks, you never know which Carlton team is going to turn up: the hungry one or the one that seems disinterested. [Read more]

Cricket memoir: Dips’ finest hour

by Dips O’Donnell   On the eve of another Ashes series against the Poms, thoughts turn to cricket.   When I was growing up we had momentous cricket matches at home that lasted for several days. There was no apparent set time for these games, they simply stopped when either the fights got too frequent [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Richmond v Adelaide – Same Tigers, different ground

As soon as the 2009 footy fixture was announced one game stood out. Richmond v Adelaide, eight point game, finals contenders,  Gold Coast and in the middle of school holidays, the offer sounded too good to be true. Even dad was willing to sacrifice a Hawthorn game for the holiday. Unfortunately that wasn’t how the season panned out. While one team [Read more]

The Richmond Question: What are you afraid of Caro?

By Andrew Gigacz   Caroline Wilson’s call for Kevin Sheedy to remove himself from the running for the Richmond coaching job (The Age, 8th July, 2009) highlights a number of issues. Firstly, Wilson suggests that Sheedy’s decision to put his hand up for the job is potentially divisive to the club. If that is so, [Read more]

AFL Round 14: A cunning plan spoiled

by Jason Feldman Round 14 was the week of the AFL blockbuster! The clash of the undefeated titans on Sunday, traditional rivals Essendon and Collingwood at the ‘G and the Dogs and Hawks at the Docklands headlined at massive weekend. You could not blame me for being a little underwhelmed at being rostered by Champion [Read more]

Round 14: It’s my lucky night

by Cade Lucas I’m not normally one for indulging in superstitions or omens, but I must admit to feeling rather more optimistic about Collingwood’s chances in Friday night’s blockbuster against Essendon, after receiving a strike of good fortune. Waiting on my lonesome in the que outside Gate 1 of the Ponsford, a voice from behind [Read more]

In the Sheds: Teams left high and dry as umpires strike

By Paul Daffey What a mess in the west! The Western Region Football League Umpires Association was formed around the same time that the Western Region competition (originally the Footscray District league) was formed in 1931. Umpires to have come through the ranks in the western-suburbs competition include Mathew James, who’s officiated in three AFL [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Observing the Saints fan

by John Harms Sunday afternoon. Etihad Stadium is packed. The stream of people around the concourse is magnificent. We Y-fronts wearing Cats fans all friendly and decent, sending get well cards to the infirmed and downtrodden, and weeding the pansies. Baking because we’ve got visitors coming; carefully putting only the recycling stuff in the recycling [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Have a snag at St Vinnies match at Punt Road before heading across to the ‘G

By Zoe Clare St Vincent De Paul soup vans have been feeding homeless and disadvantaged men and women in the Collingwood area for years. And all volunteers who work on the vans quickly learn that, in order to have a chat with the regulars, you must know your footy. If not, you fake it. The [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Overheard on a bus

by Ross Green Of all the pre-match analyses leading up to the Geelong-St Kilda game, it’s a pity the conversation my wife and I witnessed on the 246 bus at 11pm on Friday night was not heard by more footy lovers. Two boys, a pint-sized 10-year-old and a wiry, devilish looking 12-year-old hopped on the [Read more]

Haiku Bob: AFL Round 14 – green shoots

first bounce the calm of dusk disperses   green shoots spear through charred remains Cloke finding form   no breeze to speak of the moon at the scoring end   artificial light Daisy’s goal fanciful   Presti repels another attack moths bash into floodlights   wondering what it is that makes Jack kick so straight [Read more]

AFL Round 14: The big game from The Liars in Broadbeach

By John Dunne THE 6.10 airbus out of Tullamarine bound for the Gold Coast on Saturday morning housed a healthy contingent of the Richmond faithful. Donning beanies and scarves, the Tigers supporters were more than happy to combine the Surfers winter sunshine with an honorable loss to Adelaide later that night at Carrara. There was [Read more]

Round 14: Gigs’ Stats

by Andrew Gigacz   In arguably the most anticipated moment in sport since Steve Harmison bowled the first ball of the 2006/07 Ashes series to Andrew Flintoff at second slip, the Saints and Cats made a slightly better fist of it than Steve. A game of relentless pressure produced highlights galore, culminating in Michael Gardiner’s [Read more]

AFL Round 14: St Kilda v Geelong – the game of choice in Dublin

By Peter Lenaghan The first game of the new AFL season was played while Emily and I waited at Tullamarine for our flight to London. Ben Cousins was the talk of the town and the Tigers were, once again, considered a genuine finals prospect. By the time we landed in the UK, the recovering drug [Read more]