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]

The Gestation of a Sports Column

by John Harms   Thought I might throw a few words down about my column in the Age on Wednesday – which really was just a bit of fun. Or that’s how it was conceived.   I went to the footy last Sunday to see Hawthorn play North. I thought North were a big chance [Read more]

Lewis Hamilton Shows True Markings of a Champion

by Marc Cannella When Lewis Hamilton stormed onto the Formula One scene in 2007, his natural talent alone almost guaranteed him a world championship, and he duly delivered in only his second season. But despite the undoubted highs, the Englishman has also experienced the lows of the sport. He lost the championship by one point [Read more]

Hair we go again for Saints fans

by Andrew Gigacz St Kilda v West Coast. It’s over to Saint Ted’s house to watch the game. Arriving just before game time, I find the front door locked and no one inside. As I sneak into the backyard I am set upon by a big hairy dog with a leap at least as high [Read more]

May the force be with you

I have a four year old son who is mad about Jason and the Argonauts, Batman and, above all, Star Wars. Together we have watched all six episodes of said saga many times. Further, we have played Lego Star Wars on the Playstation almost every day since Christmas, but only when the baby is asleep [Read more]

New tricks for a new Dog by Stephen Cooke

Muzza had taken it upon himself to provide me with an impromptu coaching session. It was my first night of training with the Capella Cattledogs and I certainly needed the help. I was a Victorian (“Mexican”), followed Australian football (“aerial ping pong”) and had never watched a full game of rugby in my life (“inconceivable”). [Read more]

Rotting Leaves by Haiku Bob – Round 3

40 point turnaround – in good times and bad we are gathered here balmy night Cox effortlessly runs too far

Bulldogs Hold the Aces by John Green

The mind games started the day before this clash at the Docklands. Opposing coaches, Terry Wallace and Rodney Eade, were once teammates at Hawthorn. Having since become career coaches, they had engaged each other in a battle of wits at various times in recent years. First it was Wallace with the Western Bulldogs and Eade [Read more]

North Help The Premiers Get Back On Track

By Josh Barnstable Ah it’s Easter. A special day that creeps up on us without as much significance as Christmas, which some kids count down the months towards. It’s the one day that everyone can forget about being guilty when eating chocolate, yet makes us feel guilty if we have any meat. As always, Easter [Read more]

Round 3

For the first time in two years I was actually at footy match, at the MCG to boot and starring the Cats and the Magpies. First up, for all of Dennis Cometti’s commentating skills, where oh where has the seconds warm up game gone? Oh OK, I am aware that this format went the way [Read more]

True love this time?

St Kilda versus West Coast 2.10pm Saturday, April 11 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne I went to this game for two reasons. I didn’t buy the Eagles of 2008. From 2,000 kilometres away, it looked like an opportune time to ride the wave of lost talent, invest in some elective surgery for its list and reap the [Read more]

Autumnal Bliss

Autumn is the real season of love in Melbourne. The revolting heat of an uncouth summer has been relaced by beautiful mid-twenties sunny warmth and cool nights; short sleeves and jeans weather. Easter Thursday (is there really such a thing?) was a perfect example of one of these Melbourne autumn days and like any good writer [Read more]

Dees have a long way to go

When it’s Easter Sunday, your beloved Demons are playing interstate and you don’t have Foxtel, what do you do? Before I had answered that question, I reflected onto the game against Port Adelaide. Most people on Demonland didn’t think highly of our chances. After two unhealthy defeats, it was all up to whether we would [Read more]

Bombers Lift to the Hallelujah Chorus

How much warm inner glow can a person stand. The kids, a whole mob of them from across four families, have just returned from hunting Easter eggs. It’s a pagan pleasure that manages to retain an element of celebration. They’re all buzzing with an excitement that belies three holiday late nights that have left them [Read more]

The HCFU Stat

Fremantle v Adelaide, Subiaco, Sun 12 April 2009 Richard Arrowsmith   When it happened twice in the first two minutes, and with memories of last week’s St Kilda debacle still fresh, I decided to keep count of the key Crows stat: The HCFU – the Handball Chain that – er, doesn’t work out.   It [Read more]

The Joy of Betting Against Your Own Team

I’ve supported the Hawks for 17 years, rain, hail and shine, through the dark days and the bright. Today however is different, today I don’t know who to support. With our insipid rucking display against the Swans, injuries, suspensions and of course North’s recent success against us I added North Melbourne to a four leg [Read more]

The Lions Thai Up a Beer and Slippers Easter Saturday Night by Big Kev Witham

One of the problems with not going away at Easter is that your social options are limited on Saturday night. That said, I settled in with some Thai food and a few beers to watch the battle of the exiles, Sydney Swans (aka South Melbourne) versus Brisbane Lions (aka Fitzroy).