Old Dog’s book, Champions All is finally out. 700 pages of punchy stories from 171 legends of the game over 8 decades of AFL/VFL footy. The honesty in it is often overwhelming. History often looks very different from the inside. Today, Ken Hunter on Depression.
Matt Zurbo thinks his way through some recent footy moments – life moments – and listens for the sounds, and observes the silences.
Listen to a replay of Matt Zurbo and Jan Courtin on ABC Grandstand.
Part 2: Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Player’s Own Words by Matt Zurbo. In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Hawthorn to Western Bulldogs.
Matt Zurbo has a new book published called Champions All – A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Players’ Own Words . In this extract players talk about the clubs in the 2010s from Adelaide to GWS.
With his book completed and footy season at a close, Matt Zurbo keeps his AFL watching to one game a week.
Old Dog watches Friday night footy and has some observations about physicality, umpiring, electric energy and bar crowds.
Old Dog is in a Melbourne pub with his girlfriend. He’s impressed with the Giants but less impressed with how self-absorbed footy fans are in the city. [Interesting life and footy observations – Ed]
Matt Zurbo loves it when umpires come across as real and genuine. [And he’s inviting them to pop in for a beer – Ed]
Bryan, a mate of Matt Zurbo’s, died in an accident the other day. He was a great fella as Old Dog explains in this tribute.
The Old Dog finds Christmas in March, with a pre-season message for everyone.
Matt Zurbo continues his training series – Training for 6
Another skillful set of training drills from the master trainer Matt Zurbo.
So many moments make up a passage of footy, a quarter of footy, a game of footy, a season of footy, the history of footy. Matt Zurbo has found a Dick Clay moment in the ’74 Grand Final which continues to inspire him.
There has to be a reason for every drill. Even if only three turn up on a foggy Tuesday night. Matt Zurbo’s excellent ‘Training for six’ series continues…
Matt Zurbo shows that footy training can be varied and fun, even when there are only two of you. Everything you need to know to lock up the B&F next season.
Matt Zurbo’s “Training for six” series kicks off with a beauty: footy training for one. [If it is to be it is up to me – Ed].
Matt Zurbo is sick of coaching manuals for full lists of players. What about those cold, foggy Tuesdays when only six turn up? Those six deserve some thought.
An Almanac classic. Matt Zurbo watches Friday night’s preliminary final in a Kings Cross. Outstanding analysis. Engaging description. Fine writing.