These sides ain’t half bad!

by Josh Barnstable

After asking my Mum if there was such thing as a ‘half-decade’, she said she had not heard of such thing, unlike the popular saying of half century. But, I’m going to make half-decade a proper saying in this report, a report of the Team of the Half-Decade for each team. So here is a team for each club with players who shone in the time during 2005-2009:

Adelaide Crows:

FB-Nathan Bassett—Ben Rutten—Graham Johncock

HB-Andrew McLeod—Nathan Bock—Simon Goodwin

C-Michael Doughty—Tyson Edwards ©—Robert Shirley

HF-Ian Perrie—Trent Hentschel—Jason Porplyzia

FF-Bernie Vince—Mark Ricciuto—Brett Burton

R-Rhett Biglands—Scott Thompson—Nathan van Berlo

I/C-Brent Reilly—Ken McGregor—Scott Stevens—Scott Welsh

COACH: Neil Craig

Brisbane Lions:

FB-Brad Scott—Mal Michael—Chris Scott

HB-Chris Johnson—Joel Patfull—Josh Drummond

C-Luke Power—Simon Black—Ash McGrath

HF-Jason Akermanis—Jonathon Brown ©—Tim Notting

FF-Jared Brennan—Daniel Bradshaw—Robert Copeland

R-Jamie Charman—Michael Voss—Jed Adcock

I/C-Michael Rischitelli—Cheynee Stiller—Justin Sherman—Mitch Clark

COACH: Leigh Matthews

Carlton:

FB-Michael Jamison—Bret Thornton—Matthew Lappin

HB-Ryan Houlihan—Lance Whitnall—Heath Scotland

C-Bryce Gibbs—Anthony Koutoufides—Nick Stevens

HF-Kade Simpson—Jarrad Waite—Simon Wiggins

FF-Eddie Betts—Brendan Fevola—Brad Fisher

R-Matthew Kreuzer—Chris Judd ©—Marc Murphy

I/C-Andrew Carrazzo—Barnaby French—Scott Camporeale—Paul Bower

COACH: Brett Ratten

Collingwood:

FB-Ben Johnson—Shane Wakelin—Nick Maxwell

HB-Jimmy Clement—Simon Prestigiacomo—Scott Burns

C-Tarkyn Lockyer ©—Nathan Buckley—Paul Licuria

HF-Alan Didak—Travis Cloke—Leon Davis

FF-Paul Medhurst—Anthony Rocca—Jack Anthony

R-Josh Fraser—Dane Swan—Shane O’Bree

I/C-Heath Shaw—Scott Pendlebury—Dale Thomas—Harry O’Brien

COACH: Mick Malthouse

Essendon:

FB-Henry Slattery—Dustin Fletcher—Nathan Lovett-Murray

HB-Mark McVeigh—Paddy Ryder—Adam McPhee

C-Jason Johnson—Jobe Watson—Damien Peverill

HF-James Hird—Scott Lucas—Alwyn Davey

FF-Andrew Lovett—Matthew Lloyd ©—Angus Monfries

R-David Hille—Andrew Welsh—Brent Stanton

I/C-Jason Winderlich—Ricky Dyson—Adam Ramanauskas—Dean Solomon

COACH: Kevin Sheedy

Fremantle:

FB-Antoni Grover—Shane Parker—Steven Dodd

HB-David Mundy—Michael Johnson—Roger Hayden

C-Byron Schammer—Peter Bell—Heath Black

HF-Ryan Crowley—Luke McPharlin—Shaun McManus

FF-Jeff Farmer—Matthew Pavlich ©—Des Headland

R-Aaron Sandilands—Paul Hasleby—Josh Carr

I/C-Matthew Carr—Troy Cook—Brett Peake—Chris Tarrant

COACH: Chris Connolly

Geelong:

FB-Darren Milburn—Matthew Scarlett—Josh Hunt

HB-Andrew Mackie—Harry Taylor—Tom Harley ©

C-Corey Enright—Jimmy Bartel—Joel Corey

HF-Mathew Stokes—Tom Lonergan—Gary Ablett

FF-Steve Johnson—Cameron Mooney—Paul Chapman

R-Brad Ottens—Cameron Ling—Joel Selwood

I/C-David Wojcinski—Shannon Byrnes—Mark Blake—James Kelly

COACH: Mark Thompson

Hawthorn:

FB-Campbell Brown—Stephen Gilham—Brent Guerra

HB-Rick Ladson—Trent Croad—Luke Hodge

C-Chance Bateman—Brad Sewell—Jordan Lewis

HF-Michael Osborne—Lance Franklin—Ben Dixon

FF-Cyril Rioli—Jarryd Roughead—Mark Williams

R-Peter Everitt—Sam Mitchell—Shane Crawford ©

I/C-Robert Campbell—Richie Vandenberg—Stuart Dew—Xavier Ellis

COACH: Alastair Clarkson

Melbourne:

FB-Simon Godfrey—Matthew Warnock—James Frawley

HB-Clint Bizzell—Jared Rivers—Nathan Brown

C-Aaron Davey—Brock McLean—Nathan Jones

HF-Colin Sylvia—Matthew Bate—Brad Green

FF-Russell Robertson—David Neitz—Adem Yze

R-Jeff White—Cameron Bruce ©—Brent Moloney

I/C-Travis Johnstone—Paul Wheatley—Matthew Whelan—Cale Morton

COACH: Neale Daniher

North Melbourne:

FB: Glenn Archer—Scott Thompson—Daniel Pratt

HB: Scott McMahon—Michael Firrito—Josh Gibson

C: Brady Rawlings—Andrew Swallow—Daniel Wells

HF: Shannon Grant—Drew Petrie—Corey Jones

FF: Leigh Harding—Nathan Thompson—Lindsay Thomas

R: Hamish McIntosh—Adam Simpson ©—Brent Harvey

I/C: Daniel Harris—Saverio Rocca—Leigh Brown—Jess Sinclair

COACH: Dean Laidley

Port Adelaide:

FB: Troy Chaplin—Darryl Wakelin—Jacob Surjan

HB: Michael Pettigrew—Chad Cornes—Peter Burgoyne

C: Steven Salopek—Kane Cornes ©—Shaun Burgoyne

HF: David Rodan—Toby Thurstans—Brett Ebert

FF: Daniel Motlop—Warren Tredrea—Justin Westhoff

R: Brendon Lade—Domenic Cassisi—Danyle Pearce

I/C: Michael Wilson—Dean Brogan—Travis Boak—Gavin Wanganeen

COACH: Mark Williams

Richmond:

FB: Joel Bowden—Will Thursfield—Andrew Raines

HB: Kane Johnson—Kelvin Moore—Greg Tivendale

C: Matthew Richardson ©—Nathan Foley—Chris Newman

HF: Nathan Brown—Graham Polak—Richard Tambling

FF: Mitch Morton—Jack Riewoldt—Kayne Pettifer

R: Troy Simmonds—Brett Deledio—Shane Tuck

I/C: Trent Cotchin—Dean Polo—Daniel Jackson—Mark Coughlan

COACH: You choose Richmond fans

St Kilda:

FB: Steven Baker—Max Hudghton—Sam Fisher

HB: Brendon Goddard—Matt Maguire—Jason Blake

C: Nick Dal Santo—Robert Harvey ©—Leigh Montagna

HF: Adam Schneider—Nick Riewoldt—Justin Koschitzke

FF: Stephen Milne—Fraser Gehrig—Xavier Clarke

R: Michael Gardiner—Lenny Hayes—Luke Ball

I/C: Steven King—Andrew Thompson—Brett Voss—Jason Gram

Sydney Swans:

FB: Leo Barry—Craig Bolton—Ted Richards

HB: Tadhg Kennelly—Lewis Roberts-Thomson—Nick Malceski

C: Adam Goodes—Jarrad McVeigh—Jared Crouch

HF: Amon Buchanan—Michael O’Loughlin—Ryan O’Keefe
FF:
Adam Schneider—Barry Hall—Nick Davis

R: Darren Jolly—Brett Kirk ©—Jude Bolton
I/C:
Ben Mathews—Nic Fosdike—Luke Ablett—Paul Williams

COACH: Paul Roos

West Coast Eagles:

FB: Drew Banfield—Darren Glass—David Wirrpanda

HB: Adam Selwood—Adam Hunter—Rowan Jones

C: Michael Braun—Ben Cousins ©—Andrew Embley

HF: Daniel Chick—Ashley Hansen—Matthew Priddis

FF: Mark LeCras—Quinten Lynch—Ben McKinley

R: Dean Cox—Chris Judd—Daniel Kerr

I/C: Tyson Stenglein—Beau Waters—Chad Fletcher—Shannon Hurn

COACH: John Worsfold

Western Bulldogs:

FB: Dale Morris—Brian Lake—Ryan Hargrave

HB: Lindsay Gilbee—Chris Grant—Ryan Griffen
C:
Nathan Eagleton—Scott West—Matthew Boyd
HF:
Jason Akermanis—Mitch Hahn—Daniel Giansiracusa
FF:
Rohan Smith—Brad Johnson ©—Robert Murphy
R:
Ben Hudson—Daniel Cross—Adam Cooney
I/C:
Will Minson—Callan Ward—Luke Darcy—Shaun Higgins

COACH: Rodney Eade

Leave a comment if you think you could improve these sides better.

Special thanks to fellow Fab 5 member Steve for helping me compile these sides. Thanks bud!

Comments

  1. Good stuff, Josh! Having a quick look at the Doggies, the only change I’d make would be to have Matthew Robbins on the bench instead of Callan Ward. I’d be willing to bet that Ward would be one of the first picked in the side of the NEXT half-decade, but he’s only played 28 games so far. Robbins was an excellent player in 2005 and 2006, and was still serviceable in the nine games he played in 2007.

  2. JIMMYYYYYYYYYY CLEMENT!!
    :(
    i jst have the urge to start crying…
    i miss him soo muchhhhhh!
    he was such a talented defender…
    :(

  3. Oh damn i forgot about Robbins, he used to be one of my favourite players for the Doggies. I remember his awesome mark against Brisbane in 2005. What a game that was in fact.

  4. Steve Healy says:

    Thanks for the special mention Josh.

    Not sure about Bate being at CHF though, I think he would be lucky to make the side. Neitz should be captain, and someone like Miller should make it over Morton (even though Morton’s a great player)

    Great work, though.

  5. Thanks Steve

    I think Neitz tapered off in this half-decade, he would have made captain if it was a side for 2000-2004.

  6. But its surprisingly tough making a team of the half-decade.

  7. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah, Bruce has been good over 5 years, but I think Green and Robbo have been a bit better in a 5 year period.

  8. Robbo missed a good year because of his achillies and Green was always there but doesnt have as much leadership qualities as Bruce.

  9. lol Holland was good in his time at Collingwood to, kicked i think it was 6 goals in one game..i think it was 6.

    status- fighting in the French Revolution! aka- history hw

  10. Stephen Cooke says:

    Good work lads – stimulating plenty of debate already. Lonergan at CHF in the Geelong side certainly made me respond – Lonergan in any Geelong side is a source of provocation for me, but at CHF in the esteemed Almanac team of the half-decade?
    That’s too much. He has retained his spot on the Geelong list because his height makes him a handy fill-in. The less said about his 2008 GF the better…

  11. Steve Healy says:

    Nah he kicked 8 once in 2002.

    Yeah, that’s arguable but I’d put Neitz as captain if I did it

  12. Steve Healy says:

    Oh, and I’d definitely put Whelan on the field over Warnock.

    You’re clearly not a fan of Daniel Ward I see Josh.

  13. Because Ward didn’t really set the world on fire in this half-decade, Whelan found it tough to string consecutive games together and Warnock is a great plug in the gaping hole that is the Melbourne defence.

    Stephen, I thought Lonergan had a brilliant 2008 season and kicked many goals alongside players like Mooney, S. Johnson and Chapman. If you think Lonergan shouldn’t be at CHF, who would you put in his place? And he is certainly the better option of the other two i had in mind, Henry Playfair and Charlie Gardiner.

  14. ohhh 8? thanks steve!
    you know i can still remember watching that game sitting there, my jaw dropped in awe at his display infront of goal.
    God give Jack Anthony that same grace each week and i will have no more to wish for! :)

  15. Im doing another fixture with scores and goalkickers this time, so far Collingwood is 11th on the ladder after Round 8 and the highest goalkicker is Tarkyn Lockyer.

  16. Michael Allan says:

    Just off the top of my head:

    I see you’ve fallen for the Cotchin love Josh. Coughlan is also lucky since he’s been injured for half a decade.

    my changes

    Out:
    Thursfield
    Cotchin
    Coughlan

    In:
    Wayne Campbell
    Greg Stafford
    Darren Gaspar

  17. Steve Healy says:

    Oh, I think I’d put Clinton Jones in the St.kilda team over Brett Voss

  18. Mikey i hope u saw the picture of our gorgeous Dustin Martin on the Herald Sun website! :)
    your so lucky to have him at Tigerland!
    i think ill adopt him as my lovechild..

    ps-French Revolution, im still in shock from what ive read!! NOT PRETTY!

  19. Steve Healy says:

    Danni, I find it amazing how you can do homework in the holidays.

    I find it hard to do homework when it isn’t the holidays

  20. Michael Allan says:

    lol yeah, cam’t wait to see him round one.

    I love the way he speaks at press confrences. Her’s all like. Nah, yeah, um, yeah should be good. Haha he’s so awkward.

    Danni would you agree Richmond have the best looking midfield?

    Cousins, Martin, Cotchin, Deledio.

  21. Making the Richmond side was one of the toughest, i thought of Campbell and didn’t put him in because he only played one season. I actually forgot about Gaspar and didn’t put Stafford in because he hardly played this half-decade. Cotchin and Coughlan were in just to make up numbers, it was them or Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls and Jordie McMahon

  22. Steve Healy says:

    Danni, do you think Jordan Gysberts is good looking?

  23. Michael Allan says:

    Jordan Gysberts went to my school! lol. I think I’ve said that a few times but it’s still pretty cool.

  24. If i was in year 12 like Danni, i’d do all my homework first and then relax and enjoy the holidays.

  25. yeah the homework is forced upon me!
    :(

    yeah Mikey Richmond definatly have the best looking midfield!! DAMN U! lol :P

    Jordan Gysberts? hmmm let me see

  26. Type in Ben Nason, he’s super hawt! Lol not

  27. Michael Allan says:

    Haha. I couldn’t beleive what I saw when I clicked on Ben Nason. haha.

  28. Steve Healy says:

    yes, we know Michael. You have the best school! 2 melbourne superstars!

  29. Jordan Gysberts- not exaclty my type, omg you guys im thinking jounalism is a life threatening career, just look at what happ to Jean-Paul Marat of the French Revolution. to cut it short he was murdered in his bathtub!

  30. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah times have changed Danni.

    I’m sure Ben Nason would be your type. If only Vickery didn’t get rid of his dreads we could’ve had the two of them up forward with dreadlock power!

  31. Steve Healy says:

    just like the girl in psycho

  32. Vickery got rid of his dreads? Lol in the article today in the Sun it says something like “Pick 71 Ben Nason showed up to Punt Road yesterday with his blonde dreadlocks, something he will find hard retaining under coach Damien Hardwick”

  33. lol
    Nah im thinking my man is Josh Thomas!

  34. Day 7 photos!! CUDDLESNRAINBOWS!!
    I don’t get it, its snowing in Arizona yet my Nathan looks like hes got a TAN!

    http://photos.collingwoodfc.com.au/arizona09/

  35. Steve Healy says:

    I’d look at them if my internet wasn’t slow, Danni.

    Is Simon Buckley in Arizona?

  36. Thats nice Danni.

    Dustin Martin has been given the number 36 guernsey for his first year at Richmond, while the other draftees got given even higher numbers than that. Ben Nason got given 47, that’s as far as they go.

  37. Steve Healy says:

    Where did you get this information from, Josh???????

    Hah, I just got an email from the Melbournefc about Christmas Cards. hahahaha they’re so funny!

  38. lol atleast they have numbers!
    mine is still bare!
    do you reccomend i take my jumper with me to the AFL store when getting a number, cos they come in diff sizes dont they?

  39. The AFL website, i dont think it’s a headlined anywhere but click on a new article and it should be in todays articles in the side

  40. I still haven’t gotten around to getting a number on mine.

    Status – looking for christmas gifts

  41. lol did you guys bludge in school today?
    status- second day of Fighting in the Fremch Revolution.

  42. Steve Healy says:

    Danni, you hand your jumper in and they put a number on it for a certain amount of money, I think.

  43. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah,

    Period one- computers

    Period two- Games in class

    Period three- Movie

    Period four- Nothing and then computers

    Period 5- disecting eye

    Period 6- computers

  44. Yep.

    Period 1-P.E, played tennis and my racket smashed in half :(
    Period 2-Maths, work, and got results back from a test i did last week. 43/60
    Period 3 and 4-P.E, played dodgeball and slapstick
    Period 5 and 6-English, read a book about country footy and watched Bend It Like Beckham (so boring)

    Tomorrow’s gonna be my last day i reckon. Oh and last night i downloaded a fully sick ringtone. Now when i get a message, i’ll hear Bruce McAvaney saying “DELICIOUS!” :)

  45. hmmm well if thats the case, which would be good, what are the chances of me handing it in at lik 12;00 and taking it home finished at like 4:00?
    im thinking of blowing money on a new jumper, this time not with long sleves! although my mother would be right to kill me if i did!

  46. Steve Healy says:

    Exams results:

    Art 74%

    English 77%

    Maths 56%

    Science- Didn’t find out cos I knew I failed

  47. Bruce McAvaney??? as a ringtone?
    you kidding right??
    i might aswell get a ringtone of:
    “Straunchineeeeeee!!!!!!!!!”
    LOL

  48. I reckon its better getting a long-sleeve jumper, so keep your one Danni. If it gets too hot, you can just roll the sleeves up, just like Adem Yze.

    Yeah i was watching a video of Rioli on youtube yesterday and it led me to a site where i could download the ringtone for nothing

  49. Steve Healy says:

    I can’t be bothered changing my ringtone.

    Yes, just like Adem Yze the legend.

    Hang on Danni, don’t you blow heaps of money on shopping already?

  50. YEAH mum doesnt mind when i blow money on clothes i will wear to church or parties or when i go out. its jst the fact that ive already got a gersey so her opinion would be that its a waste of money to buy another one.

    yeah i dont think i can rock the ‘rolled up sleeves’look!

  51. Get their away guernsey

  52. Steve Healy says:

    I wanna get a new dees jumper for christmas- with number 24 on the back

  53. …yeah josh! so i can look even more fat in that white thing! no thanks!

    Lol I told you I went shopping yesterday. My dad came with me and my mother and his feet are still hurting him today from all the walking he did because we made him come into every store with us! Lol
    My dad is so funny, like he picked out all this stuff for me to try on and im like “dad! No!” lol he just wanted be to buy stuff! In the end besides everything else I bought he bought me a piece of clothing from Jay Jays for each A I got in exams. So I got a pair of pink denim short-shorts, a white graffiti singlet and a purple sequined singlet.
    Im such a Daddy’s princess! lol

  54. Lol im supposed to be on Ebay looking for an iPod touch

  55. Steve Healy says:

    I’ve been asking for my mum to buy me clothes for ages- All my 4 pairs of shoes are too small, I need some new shorts and new t shirts as well

  56. I’ve only got 4 pairs of shorts. Steve im on MSN by the way

  57. Steve Healy says:

    Are you looking for christmas presents for yourself Josh?

  58. Actually no im not, im gonna go do something else

  59. Yeah Mum wants me to find a $200-odd 16GB Ipod touch, and im in the progress of working out trying to go to Shepparton on Saturday and buy some stuff with the money i got from Daff.

  60. Steve Healy says:

    I’ve got a badly ripped pair of shorts, two pairs that are too small so I have them both to my brother, a pair of board shorts and my school shorts (but even they have a hole in them!)

  61. Steve Healy says:

    I never get $200 christmas presents.

    Are you on Josh, your online but not alking

  62. Haha i stopped getting holes in my school shorts when i moved lockers from the bottom row to the middle row.

  63. lol wow steve…
    you REALLY NEED TO GO SHOPPING!!
    id reccomend JayJays, Mossimo and Just Jeans for t-shirts.

  64. The best present i’ve gotten for Christmas is a flight to Queensland by my own.

    I said above i wasnt gonna go msn because i was gonna do something else but it could have been misinterpted lol

  65. best pressie i got was my hairstraightener!
    cost about 300 bucks and it my baby!!

    status- eating marshmellows

  66. Michael Allan says:

    Hey guys.

    I’ll tell you a secret.

    I’M ON HOLIDAYS!!!!

    Isn’t that wonderful?

  67. MIKEYYYYYYY!!! :)

  68. Steve Healy says:

    Only chicks go shopping, Danni.

    Josh, why were you in Queensland??

  69. NO THEY DONT STEVE!!!
    i ALWAYS see heaps of dudes shopping when im shopping!!
    and they arnt bad looking i might add!

  70. Michael Allan says:

    lol. guys look better when they’re shopping do they Danno?

    I’m off already fellas. I’ve got to get ready for presentation night. Should be boring. bye.

  71. hell yeah!
    whats cuter than a guy trying on t-shirts and carrying around loads of bags from the shopping hes done?!!
    :)

  72. Coz i wanted to go to Queensland lol and my Grandparents live up there, so i got a flight to the Sunshine Coast. Wasn’t so sunshine though, it was rainiing each of the 7 days i was there.

  73. Steve Healy says:

    How long ago was it?

    I thought you weren’t allowed to travel by yourself on the train to Melbourne, but by yourself to Queensland?

  74. Steve Healy says:

    My best christmas present was probably last year- I got the footy almanac

  75. Hmm yeah true but i was only by myself when i was on the plane going there and coming back. It was a few days after New Years Day last year

  76. i dont go anywhere by myself, wouldnt want to anyway. i like being surrounded by my friends. :)

  77. Steve Healy says:

    oh ok, maybe you could say that you’ll only be there by yourself on the train and then with the fab 5

  78. Steve Healy says:

    I go to the footy by myself sometimes

  79. …..huh???
    i dont do public transport.

  80. nah i go to the footy with my daddy! :)
    and sometimes the cousins tag along

  81. Steve Healy says:

    The train is the best, why dont you do public transport?

    I can imagine i’ll be going to the footy quite a few more times next year cos I’m not sure if I can get a Dees memebership and my older brother’s had a bit of a fall out with footy.

  82. You raise some good points Steve

  83. What do you mean your not sure you can get a Dees membership? What, are they sold out??? LOL

  84. why? cos its scarey! when i use it like on school excursions and stuff theres all thes wierd people that stare at me like they are going to eat me! im scared!!!
    plus i love the ride to the footy with my daddy. scarf out the window, radio on while we talk about what we think is going ot happen.

  85. Well public transport has to be considered when im coming from Waaia to Melbourne.

    What happened to your brother Steve?

  86. Steve Healy says:

    Oh, I dunno, he has just lost passion for footy like the rest of my family. Plus I’m having a bit of an on-going argument with him.

  87. .you know.. one teacher was telling me how he used to be obsessed with footy like me, then other things started to happen, like Uni and stuff that he lost his intereset in it and then he said he wouldnt be surprised if it happened to me…

  88. Yeah my brother used to like footy but now he doesnt care about it. I’m hoping it doesnt happen to me.


  89. :( but i dont wanna NOT be interested in footy!! its the reason i breathe!! :(

  90. i mean…it could happen…
    being 18 opens a lot of door, ill be going out more, doing other things on Friday and Saturday, mostly if anything ill be studying…
    :( oh god…its gonna happen isnt it!!??

  91. Steve Healy says:

    Danni, we are the fab 5.

    We love footy.

    Amen

  92. Nahh as long as you stay on the Almanac everything will be fine.

  93. ..steve..your a priest?
    i like it! :) lol
    you are humble so it makes sense. :)
    yeah..hopefully joshy

  94. Steve Healy says:

    Hah I have a joke with my parents.

    I always say:

    “Mum I want to be a priest when I grow up”

    Mum: That’s great!

    Me: Actually maybe not I want to have kids and I’ll have to sacrifice footy to an extent

  95. Danni, Almanac and Footy come BEFORE school, remember that. It’ll take you a long way in your life

  96. lol steve thats so cute!! :)
    ive seriously considered the nun thing. only problem is…I LIKE BOYS TOO MUCH!! lol

  97. Steve Healy says:

    Josh’s comment says it all

  98. I remember when my Mum april-fooled me saying footy was cancelled for the year…ahhh. Bitch

  99. lol as much as id love to..i dont think i can or will put footy before my studies next year.
    :( ill watch as many games as i can though!…i hope

  100. lol well atleast you didnt get a phone call from your dad saying:
    “they have sacked Medhurst!!”

    ….WELL i cant really describe it besides my heartbeat stopping and my eyes tearing up..

  101. Steve Healy says:

    I try, but I can’t cos I love footy so much

  102. Lol oneday something bad is gonna happen on April 1, and no one is gonna believe it

  103. year but you guys will only be in year 10, still little!! nawwwwwwwww you guys!! lol :)

  104. Hmmm i finally move into double digit figures for my year level tomorrow. I’ve decided my last day will be tomorrow.

  105. Steve Healy says:

    you have the least strict parents of anyone I know Josh.

    Is that how it is in the country, parents are less strict?

  106. Dunno mate, they are pretty strict sometimes, but they more like friends than parents

  107. lol the country is an interesting place..where i would never fit in! lol

  108. Steve Healy says:

    Do kids call their parents by their first names more than Mum and Dad?

  109. Not that i know of…lol

  110. We call the teachers at our school by their first names and nicknames if that helps lol

  111. Steve Healy says:

    yeah well I guess it’s obvious that schools are way, way more laid back.

  112. all we say is
    Miss, Mrs, Mr and Sir.

  113. Lol we call a really old teacher at our school “Nana”. She loves it too

  114. lol!! hahah really?
    thats so funny!
    i like saying Sir cos its old-fashioned and makes me feel like im living in the olden days. lol

  115. Lol yeah we say Sir to one or two of our teachers, and all the female teachers are just “miss!” but like what they say off Summer Heights High

  116. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah we pretty much only use Sir or Miss.

  117. i like to think im pretty close iwth my teachers. i always end up loving my English teacher the most.
    i feel like going shopping…yes i know i already went this week but i want more clothes!! lol i love clothes!

    status- French Revolution fighter.

  118. Steve Healy says:

    Geez you must have plenty of clothes

  119. yeah i do steve.
    a double wardrobe, which is two whole cupbords full and then a chest of 6 draws full, me and mum also share some tops aswell.

    yeah ive got a few things. but i still need more.

  120. Steve Healy says:

    oh ok. I’ve got one draw and an empty cupboard.

    You must know everything about the French Revoloution

  121. Steve you should try shopping for yourself with your mum. dont just send her out to buy the stuff, cos then you wont have any say and you might even like the shopping experience when its for you!

  122. Steve Healy says:

    oh, ok, thanks for the advice lol

  123. lol …yeahh BUY CLOTHES!!

    omgg you hvae no idea how much ive learnt! ITS AMAZING!! like seriously the number of people who got their heads chopped off!! like this was a country in trouble!! All because of King who was forced to reign yet not know what he was doing.
    King Louis XVI QUOTE RIGHT AFTER HE WAS CROWNED- “protect us lord for we reign too young”
    geee i recon he knew it wasnt going to end pretty. Dont get me started on his wife Marie Antionette! the most hated queen to rule France, she had the nickname ‘Madame Deficeit!’ LMAOO
    wow..i really do know a LOT!
    lol

  124. I like shopping for clothes for me, but i always have to stop and drag Mum and Hayley away from the girls clothes.

  125. Danni, its the holidays, shut up lol

  126. good work josh! i love shopping for myself, with a friend ofcorse.
    i like shopping for guys clothes too. i love buying clothes for my brother.
    lol YAY HAYLEY!! ill bet you have to drag her away from the cute shop assistant dudes!! LMAOO

  127. Well Danni wanna buy me some clothes? I’ll pay you back one day..

  128. lmaoo!! very funny josh!
    its good you go shopping with your sister cos she would know how to pick out stuff for you.
    lmaoo i should give steve a makeover!

  129. Michael Allan says:

    Hey guys,

    Just got back from presentation night. Was boring but the people I was sitting around made it funny.

    Danni I love catching the train. It’s awesome getting off at Richmond station and walking past Punt Rd Oval on the way to a Richmond game.

    Hey Danni do you have a Collingwood membership? Because I don’t think you’ll get much value out of it next year if your talking about study and stuff.

    I can’t belive you guys living in a family with people who don’t like footy. All my family loves footy.

  130. lol nah we dont Mikey, we dont go often enough to need one!

    ill bet there was hot dudes at the presentation nigth…

  131. Steve Healy says:

    Well, you’re lucky Michael.

    What will you do to me, Danni?

  132. hmmm maybe style your hair, its the right shade for your tone so i wouldnt touch the colour. then make you go shopping for the RIGHT kind of clothes that suite your frame, im talking jeans, t-shirts, vests, formal clothes with a tie, and then ofcorse you need so manyy shoes!!

  133. Michael Allan says:

    I go often enough to need one. I went to 37 games (give or take) last season. lol

    Well Danni they were just the kids I go to school with I dunno. lol

  134. I dont Michael, my Mum and Dad like footy, Hayley likes footy coz i like footy and my brother used to like it so yeah

  135. Hmmm i used to think i had hardly any pairs of shoes, but i have 4 pairs. You cant beat the ones i wore to the launch though

  136. Steve Healy says:

    wow, Michael. I’ve been to 50-55 in the last two seasons. But 30 in a season! wow!

  137. yeah i liked your shoes josh!

  138. Michael Allan says:

    Ok Josh. I’m not sure how you can lose interest in footy though.

    I’d say mum would like footy the least since she never goes to watch teams other than Richmond play. She always sells her grand final ticket. My brother doesn’t go to many games without Hawthorn either. He sold his gf ticket as well and just watched it at home this year.

  139. Steve Healy says:

    sorry I mean 37!

    lol Danni.

  140. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah, AFL membership is good because I can go to the Hawthorn games as well. And then I go to game swith my mates and watch their teams. It’s also good for finals, cause Dad and I love goiung to them.

  141. lol me?
    why? what did i say?

    status- eating Skittles

  142. Michael Allan says:

    Did you like my shoes Danni?

  143. Hey did anyone know West Coast and Sydney now have clash jumpers?

  144. Steve Healy says:

    The makeover thing.

    Me, Josh, Damo and Michael all had similiar shoes if I remember correctly

  145. yes Mikey, i liked you shoes..they were similar to Joshy’s shoes werent they? lol

  146. But mine were brand spankin new

  147. Michael Allan says:

    I did not know that Josh but that’s ridiculous. They don’t even share any of the same colours.

    That’s right Steve and Danni.

  148. Steve Healy says:

    I think I’ve seen West Coast’s one, what’s Sydney’s? Is it that one they wore against Carlton twice this year?

  149. Michael Allan says:

    lol okm I get it. They’ve got new clash jumpers but not for West Coast vs Sydney. lol.

  150. lmaoo josh, spankin! LMAOO
    Ned Flanders much?

  151. hahah mikey, rangga moment!!
    its okay cos your pretty! lmao

  152. Sydney is going to clash against the Gold Coast so they had to bring in a clash. Sydney’s is white with a red V, and the V has the Swans logo in it. West Coasts is white with a yellow and blue eagle coming out from the side

  153. Steve Healy says:

    diddly doodly

  154. lmaoo steve!! :)
    omg quick tell me the story of the wallaby!! :)

  155. Steve Healy says:

    nah tomorrow sorry Danni hahahaha.

    Gotta go cya guys.

    Only 2 days of school! 2 half days

  156. Sorry to interrupt your moment Danni but Freo have changed their home jumper as well

  157. awww okay.
    cya steve!

  158. NO WAY!!??
    IT CANT GET ANY UNGLYER

  159. No dramatic changes, just the red and green bit on the front is smaller so it doesnt overlap onto the shoulders, and they have a huge ugly white sponser logo on their chest, its worse than Port Adelaide’s Bianco sponser logo

  160. Michael Allan says:

    Well I’m off now.

    Enjoy prison tomorrow you guys.

    Bye.

  161. Ok im off now too. I had bad nightmares last night so im scared of going to sleep.

    Night

  162. Damian Watson says:

    Finally school is over!!!!!

    I’m not a big fan of the new West Coast clash jumper. But I guess it isn’t as bad as that Mardi Gras type away jumper they wore earlier in the deacade.

    By the way Josh great piece. Any chance of the best teams from 2000-2004?

  163. Hmm i still got one more day, only coz we are having parties tomorrow. I bought some drinks for it.

    Thanks Damo, nah i didnt like footy from 2000-2002 so i wouldnt really know the players, but your welcome to do one if you wish.

    I liked the old bright Eagles clash jumper, and there has been some number changes today:
    NORTH MELBOURNE
    Liam Anthony: from 44 to 4
    Ben Warren: From 35 to 5
    Ben Cunnington: 10
    Sam Wright: From 37 to 19
    Ryan Bastinac: 28
    Aaron Black: 35
    Ayden Kennedy: 36
    Brayden Norris: 37
    Jamie MacMillian: 34
    WEST COAST
    Gerrick Weedon: 44 (his idol was Wirrpanda)
    Brad Shepphard: 12
    Koby Stevens: 14
    Brad Ebert: From 18 to 5
    Chris Masten: From 13 to 7
    Luke Shuey: From ? to 13
    Bradd Dalziell: 22

    And the Adelaide Oval will be the main ground for AFL use in 4-5 years according to the AFL

  164. By the way Damo, any complaints about the Carlton side? I had to wonder about putting Barnaby in there.

  165. Damian Watson says:

    They should have given Brad Ebert number 7 like his father.

    Yeah I reckon David Teague would be more worthy of a position than Barnaby French. After all he did win a Best and Fairest.

    By the way I just heard that Brent Green died the other day the first ever Brisbane Lion to pass away, I think.

  166. Hey fellas!
    Damo still cant believe you threw out Cameron! Come on!! hes pretty!!

  167. Damian Watson says:

    He was hopeless this season aside from the Round 1 match.

    What do you see in him anyway?

  168. Oh yeah i saw something about Voss being upset at something

  169. what do you mean what do i see in him?
    lol
    lets just say Cameron was my FIRST EVER football crush.

  170. Damian Watson says:

    I thought it was Nick Davis lol.

  171. yeah so did i until i thought about it. i liked Davis but i LOVED Cameron.

    :(
    i still do

  172. hope you guys dont mind.
    im trying to write a novel and i need some names for dude characters, then i thougt, DUH just use the names of the Fab five!
    :)

  173. What’s the novel about?

    Status – stressed

  174. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah lol what a good idea Danni.

    I wish I had fast internet, it really helps with being up to date with the latest footy news.

  175. yeah..i dont kow so far ive got this really depressed girl who deosnt know what to do with her life. all you guys play her friends.

    why are you stressed joshy?

  176. Steve Healy says:

    Cos all his goats escaped and got hit by a truck.

  177. Oh just the school being unfair to me, and my parents taking their side, dont worry

  178. …are you sure?
    if you wanna talk, just say it, you could feel better. i know it works for me when i complain to my friends.

  179. Steve Healy says:

    Breaking news- Adelaide oval will have a 450 million dollar redevelopment and be an AFL venue in 4-5 years! wow!

  180. Steve i said that above

  181. lol you guys i have no idea where this story is going. the main character is supposed to meet a guy but i have no idea where that comes in.

  182. Steve Healy says:

    Oh well, it’s breaking news to me cos of my f*cked internet.

    Josh go on NSM.

  183. Make her meet me. Is this story just your work or you gonna make something of it?

  184. Steve Healy says:

    When I’m stuck with a story, I just make it funny.

  185. nahh im just doing it for fun.
    you have all already been briefly introduced. lol Mikey has History class with the main character and now shes in the library with Steve and Damo so im thinking she meets my TREE GUY!!

  186. Steve Healy says:

    Hang on! You’re doing something for fun that isn’t FOOTY RELATED! WHAT’s WRONG WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. …….
    hello i want to write a romance novel okay!! lol
    ill put footy in it somehow..

  188. Steve Healy says:

    oh ok, in my spare time I do imaginary footy games in my head not romance novels

  189. Michael Allan says:

    Hey guys.

    Sorry I haven’t been on today, IO’ve been a bit busy.

    I can’t stay on long cause I’m going to B Kane’s house for the Green Jones fight. Is anyojne else going to be watching it?

  190. CHAPTER THREE- TREE GUY

    I walk with Damian and Steve to the library after school. I sit for about twenty minutes watching them do research for their P.E assignment before I excuse myself and go for a walk out side. The library has a massive garden area I make my way to the beautiful oak tree that has the swing hanging from the branches. Sitting under my favourite tree is a guy with dark windswept hair reading ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
    I hear Josh and Mikey yelling a few meters away as Mikey tries a banana kick and the footy flies to hit the guy under the tree in the head.

  191. happy steve!!?? LOL

  192. Michael Allan says:

    I’m off now cya later. Cmon’ Green Machine!!!

  193. Steve Healy says:

    hahahahah it just happens to be Michael kicking the ball.

    Tell B.Kane that S.Healy wishes him well

  194. Steve Healy says:

    Sorry Michael i’m not really into boxing.

  195. CONT-

    Mikey yells from far: “SORRY MATE, MY BAD!!!!” and Josh is on the floor laughing his head off.
    I run over to the guy who has his hand to his head, he looks up at me.
    His piercing blue eyes take me by surprise and I just stare at him like a blubbering idiot.
    “Aaaare you alright?” I manage to blurt out.
    He laughs, but looks a little dizzy, “yeahh I think so”
    He stands up and tries to balance and I pick up his Romeo and Juliet novel.
    “Ohhhh no, it’s got dirt all over the pages, you let it fall when you got hit by the footy.”
    He looks at the book in my hands and a crease in his forehead appears.
    “That was my mothers…she gave it to me before she died.”

  196. Steve Healy says:

    Does this guy like Romeo and Juliet more than footy?

  197. well i think thats where you guys come in. later on in the story you guys teach him how to get a kick and stuff.
    im in love with this guy already!
    lol

  198. Steve Healy says:

    Hah I know what should happen next:

    Mikey comes up to the guy, fuming with rage, his face matching the colour of his hair.

    “My mother gave me my footy just before she died”.

  199. lol ummm no it ends like this-

    Sure enough as I looked closer at the book the pages were a tinted sepia colour and the print was cursive, each letter more beautiful, each sentence more breathtaking.
    I stood there silent; I didn’t know what to say.
    Josh and Mikey get there in time to break the silence.
    “Sorry mate, hope you are okay, honestly I was aiming to hit Khloe!”
    Josh cuts in, “Yeah sure! This guy is bloody dangerous with a footy; you should be arrested if you ever try a banana kick again!”
    He hands them their footy as Steve and Damian come over looking like they have finished with an empty weekend ahead.
    Steve, who thinks that any second not occupied with some relation to footy is wasted time gets the guys to have a kick but the tree guy makes some excuse to leave.
    “Bye”
    He walks away, three weeks pass until I see him again.

  200. Steve Healy says:

    hahahaha that’s me, spot on Danni hahahaa.

  201. As nerd kid walks away, Josh takes the ball and practises what he learns in Waaia: He spears the ball perfectly into the back of the head of the geek, knocking him over

  202. lol Josh hes not A GEEK!!
    hes my TREE GUY!!
    hows this for romance, check out my skills-

    CHAPTER FOUR-

    My so called depression hit its worst the three weeks after meeting the tree guy.
    I had gone back to the library numerous times hoping to find him sitting under the tree, reading the balcony scene, his electric eyes moving across the pages, his soft lips whispering the words with a sweet breath.

  203. I cant stand people who read out loud when they are just normally reading

  204. Steve Healy says:

    Steve walks up to him and asks: What was the score in Melbourne V West Coast, Round 14 2009?

    He answers: 17.11 113 to 13.14 92?

    Steve: No, it was 17.10 112 to 13.14 92 you idiot, learn your stuff or ill rip that crappy book up!

  205. ….
    what is wrong with you two!!??
    totally ruined the moment!!
    youo guys need to work on your romance or your girlfriends are not going to be very happy!

  206. Steve Healy says:

    lol sorry you don’t have to put our ideas into your story

  207. At least you’ve cheered me up Danni

  208. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah, Danni is the best cheerer-upperer.

  209. lol well im happy i did that josh :)
    CONT-

    No luck and I don’t even know his name.
    Would I be sad enough to do what the other girls do? Drawing love hearts and the names of their boyfriends all over their text book. Would I be sad enough to write ‘tree guy’ and trace my feelings with a love heart around the words?
    No.
    The guys manage to drag me to the park to watch them kick the footy, “maybe it will cheer you up” said Josh.
    I sat there on a bench watching Steve, Damo and Josh group tackle Mikey to the gourd who called for my help, “OIIIIIIII UMPIREEEEEE!! HIGH TACKLEEEEEE!!!”
    That’s when I feel a tap on my shoulder.
    “I think you better get out there before it gets ugly”
    I turn to face his beautiful blue eyes; again he’s carrying the Romeo and Juliet novel.

    LOL have i got you guys hooked on my story or what? lol

  210. The Fab 5 are lined up on a table in a random library, signing the Footy Almanac 2009, when the nerd kid walks through the doors as a huge gush of wind blows at him, making his hair blow gracefully in the air while 4 of the fab 5 stare and laugh at him. Danni is head over heels, too bad she is no good in heels

  211. Steve Healy says:

    I got a box of chocolates for KK today.

  212. lmaooo JOSHH!!!
    its supposed to be the other way around though!
    remember JB-HI shampoo comercial!!?
    lol
    mmmmm chocolate…
    :)

  213. My friend split his head open today playing hockey, he had to get needles and stitches

  214. Steve Healy says:

    im eating the chocolate, oh after this orange one there’s only strawberry cream and pineapple cream left- i’ve nearly eaten the whole box already

  215. pineapple cream sounds gross

  216. yeah i dont do chocolate with fillings other than
    caramel, nuts, toffee and biscuits.
    i dont do fruity fillings.

  217. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah neither do I but I just happened to get a lot of them in this box.

    Pineapple cream was ok, strawberry tastes worse though there are 2 of those and i’ve eaten one.

  218. i had a Maxibon today, ohh god it was good!!!! :)

  219. I had a chocolate big Mmmmmm

  220. Steve Healy says:

    I don’t think i’ve ever had a maxibon

  221. He breaks the silence, “Do you mind holding on to my book, I think I want to try and have a kick with the guys, although ill try to stay away from the one with red hair, he’s a bit dangerous.”

    lol

  222. Damian Watson says:

    I got alcohol flavoured chocolate for KK.

  223. WHAT!! YOU HAVE NEVER HAD A MAXIBON!!
    You should be ARRESTED!! THAT SHOULD BE A CRIMMINAL OFFENCE!!
    Steve you HAVE to have one!!
    its heavennnnnnnnnnnn

  224. Steve Healy says:

    ok…..

  225. Steve Healy says:

    Ahh Damo haven’t talked to ya in a while.

    That’s awesome that you’ve finished school- I’ve still got one more day but we finish at 12

  226. Damian Watson says:

    I thought you already finished exams Steve.

    Status- trying to find an internet site that is showing the boxing.

  227. Steve Healy says:

    yea I finished exams on Friday, we still have an assembly and a mass tomorrow though.

    I thought the boxing was on One HD- although I wouldn’t know cos I’m no fan of boxing

  228. WOW you guys are really into boxing.
    i cant watch it, im too soft!
    i cringe and close my eyes,leave the room, i just cant bear it!

  229. Damian Watson says:

    Only local bouts are on One HD, I think the rest are on Mainevent which is on Foxtel.

    I like Maxibon although I don’t eat it too often.

  230. I’ve never even heard of Maxibon, i dont think they sell them in the country.

    My mum used to be a pretty pro boxer, she even beats me.

  231. …they DONT SELL THEM IN THE COUNTRY??
    omg
    omg
    omg!!
    see i told you i couldnt live there! lol

    the story is comming along nicely.
    :)

  232. Steve Healy says:

    you’ve boxed with your Mum?

  233. Yeah a while back, she claims she could still beat me, should give her a rematch

  234. story is so far-
    1,888 words

  235. Jeez, my word count for my new fixture (Round 12 in progress)
    is 4,720

  236. LOL
    Chapter SIX in progress.
    gee this guy ‘Robbie’ i wihs he was real!! :(

  237. Nice to see you’ve named him after Robbie Tarrant.

    Im off now, adios

  238. Steve Healy says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLIDAYS!

  239. Im at lunch now lol got double P.E next

  240. CHAPTER NINE-

    I’m giddy with pleasure during lunchtime and the guys all stare at me like I’ve taken some sort of ‘happy tablets.’
    “Well” said Steve waving his hand in front of my face in attempt to break my lovesick gaze into the thin air. “She is a Collingwood supporter so it would have been pretty easy for her to get possession of some happy drugs.”
    Damian laughs and joins his hand with Steve’s now both of them were trying to drag me down from the clouds and back to reality.
    “Nah” said Josh, “this is Khloe, she’s far too sensible to take lollies from strangers.”
    “Yeah or go into laneways with guys, even to kick a footy.” Teases Mikey.
    All four of them start clicking their fingers to try and get my attention, finally they get a reaction. “GUYS!! Okay! I’m here; can’t a girl be happy in love?”
    “LOVE!?” all four of them blurt in chorus and start to laugh like a pack of crazed lunatics.
    These boy where terrible when it came to romance.
    Steve’s idea of a date would be taking a girl to the park and reading to her from he score sheets he makes when watching footy games.

  241. Its looking good Danni

    Not sure yet, but i think today was my last day so whoo! Summer!

  242. Steve Healy says:

    hahahah you should get this published this is great.

    -Andy Otten has suffered a serious knee injury during training, he will have scans but it looks likely that he will miss the 2010 season.

    What a shame for the Crows

  243. Damian Watson says:

    Hey Guys,

    Here is the VFL Draw if anyone is interested: http://www.sportingpulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=645461

  244. Oh no, Andy Otten seems to have done his knee in an incident at training today. Terrible

  245. arghhhh summer!!
    i HATE THE HEAT

  246. Haha we commented all at the same time, freaky

  247. Damian Watson says:

    NOOOOO! Victoria Park is coming back! I hate that ground.

  248. lol, you never know Steve i could end up the next Stephanie Meyer

    omg…i hate it when that happens to players. i feel so bad :(

  249. CONT-

    Then he would finish the date by quizzing her on the end results from all the games ever played by the Melbourne Football Club.
    “Oh come on you guys! Have you ever seen me this happy?”
    They stop laughing, serious looks break all round, “yeah, she s right” says Josh.
    “And I have to admit” said Steve, “Robbie’s got a mint kick for a guy who hasn’t played much footy before I think I’ll be able to convert him to the Dees in no time, all I have to do is show him video footage of the awesome Liam Jurrah!”
    A debate breaks out; Mikey insists Robbie would like Brett Delidio since he thinks Robbie’s technique was therefore Robbie belongs at Tigerland.
    Josh disagrees “Robbie is a North man; he’d love the work of my man, Ben Warren.”
    Damien sits silently, waits for the debate to quite down and says, “I think Robbie will be better off at Collingwood with Khloe, I mean that’s what she wants right, Khloe?”
    I smile and Hi-five Damien, “yeah that’s exactly right, and he’s going to look even more amazing in a Collingwood gersey!”
    The boys groan as the bell sounds to signal the end of the day.

  250. Damian Watson says:

    You spelt my name wrong Danni lol.

  251. Steve Healy says:

    Victoria Park’s coming back? where did you see that?

  252. ohh sorry Damo screwed up the spelling of you name!!
    it should read Damian.

  253. Damian Watson says:

    The link on Comment 243 in the VFL I might add.

  254. yeah sorry again!
    i only did it in that chapter!!

  255. I hope you go through all that and correct it Danni coz some things were wrong, including Damo’s name. And what’s with the unusual spelling of Chloe? Lol

  256. yeah when im done ill do a super edit, than ill email it to you since you help with the Almanac which mean you will pick up on stuff.
    well that how im gonna spell my daughters name, Khloe.
    :)

  257. Steve Healy says:

    Why does Damo stick up for Collingwood? I don’t get that lol

  258. he doesnt stick up for Collingwood!
    he just says the ‘Robbie’ should follow Collingwood cos Khloe does!
    would’nt you guy think it best for me to be with a Collingwood supporter?

  259. Michael Allan says:

    Hey guys,

    Not bad Danni but I also thought of comment 257.

    I was abit dissapointed about the fight onbly lasting one round last night but it was cool watching Green knockout Jones since he was the underdog and everything. I’m doing an almanac story on it.

  260. Damian Watson says:

    Yeah I though Jones was supposed to be the modern day Muhummad Ali. Then again it’s always good to see an American get beaten.

  261. Yeah if anyone is gonna disagree with the choice of teams it should be Damo.

    Lol my mate from school travelled all the way to Sydney to watch a fight that lasted one round.

  262. Well we all know that Danny Green is a champ, he can beat any American

  263. Michael Allan says:

    Well he’s pretty old now so I’d say he’s over the hill. I think he took Green too lightly and that’s where he lost it. This was supposed to be a tune up match for his fight against Hopkins but I doubt that will happen now.

  264. Steve Healy says:

    well, yes, but families are great where there are diffferent team-supporting parents, like Michael’s family for example.

    Great to see that Sandilands is sticking with the Dockers for the next 4 years- he must really love the club

  265. Damian Watson says:

    He couldn’t beat Anthony Mundine.

  266. 4 years at FREO? geez!! he loves them alright! LOL

    LOL Steve, imagine me and an Essendon or Carlton supporting husband, imagine all the fights!! and then when the kids come into the picture i wont let off easy!!

  267. Michael Allan says:

    I hope those two have a rematch now. Mundine joked he’d fight Green if he could beat Jones and he did. I’d also like to see Green fight Hopkins if Jones doesn’t.

  268. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah Danni, one of the 3 teams you can’t stand watching.

    Go Dees!

  269. Damian Watson says:

    Michael do you think Mundine should’ve stayed in the NRL or did he make the right choice with boxing?, he used to be one of the best players in the NRL.

  270. lol you know whats funny is that my uncle calls me “Dee”
    like as a nickname.
    lol

  271. Michael Allan says:

    Well I guess career he has made the right choice since he’s had such a successfull boxing career. However I think that it would’ve been a lot wiser to stick to rugby because it would be better for the body and he wouldn’t be risking brain damadge.

  272. Steve Healy says:

    hahahahaha what an awesome nickname!

  273. risking brain damadge???
    ohh god!!
    SEE THATS WHY CANT WATCH IT!!
    :(

  274. Brain damage? Is that why my Mum is so crazy..

  275. Michael Allan says:

    haha Josh. I said they risk getting it. I didn’t say they all do.

  276. Damian Watson says:

    Boxing seemed to turn Mike Tyson into a cannibal, if you know what I mean.

  277. lol Steve u HAVE to say that!
    lol
    ‘Dee’

  278. Anyone familliar with Lester Ellis??
    cos i could go for his son, Lester Jr.
    damnnnnnnnn

  279. Michael Allan says:

    Haha yeah.

    Poor old Evander Holyfield.

  280. Damian Watson says:

    Do you guys think the Soccer World Cup Final should be held at the MCG or ANZ Stadium? , assuming we win the bid.

  281. ANZ!!!
    i like the MCG too much :)
    LOL

  282. Michael Allan says:

    I hate to say it but I ghuess ANZ.It’s a rectangle stadium so it’s better suited to the sport.

  283. Steve Healy says:

    who?who?

    ANZ stadium, AND I DON’T WANT US TO WIN THE BID!

    Soccer shall not interfere with footy.

  284. No offence Michael, but screw soccer

  285. Damian Watson says:

    Maybe so but ANZ Stadium can only fit about 80 000. And Melbourne was voted the sporting capital of the world. MCG for me.

    How is the story going Danni?

  286. lol heyy dont say that about
    CRISTIANO RONALDO!!
    :(

  287. Pretty good chapter 11 now.
    :)

  288. Michael Allan says:

    I think it would be awesome to host the World Cup.

    It would be great for the country.

    It would be a good oppurtunity for the AFL to play alot more games up at TIO Stadiuum and other places as well.

  289. Damian Watson says:

    Think of the bigger picture Steve, we can afford to sacrifice just half a season so Melbourne could be the centre of the world for a couple of months.

  290. The AFL cant play heaps of games up at TIO though coz it gets too hot. If they host it at ANZ Stadium, we should have Visy Park, Adelaide Oval, Gold Coast Stadium and possibly Victoria Park for use, so Sydney and West Sydney could just play games there, even an odd game at Manuka or Kardinia Park

  291. Steve Healy says:

    no, I disagree.

    When the footy season begins, the last thing I want is a massive soccer-filled gap in the middle.

    Footy is more important than the world cup, and soccer isn’t the preffered sport in Australia, which is a big factor.

    Australian culture is centred around Footy, cricket and Rugby.

  292. lol true and that way
    BLOODY JONAS BROTHERS CAN FINALY GET HERE AND DO A CONCENT!!
    argghhhh..

    lol sorry guys but they really anger me!!

    i will email you guys the story when im done. :)
    hopefully i might be good enough for me to contact a publisher or something.

  293. Michael Allan says:

    Steve, Evanda Holyfield was the boxer who had a bit of his ear bitten off by Tyson.

    Josh, how could you say that about the world game.

    Damo 80,000 is still alot so because of it’s shape it would get the go ahead.

  294. Steve Healy says:

    Oh yeah, I remember that ear thing.

  295. Michael Allan says:

    I’m with Damo.

    I’d give up half a seasopn for the greatest sporting event in the world to be hosted in Australia.

  296. Damian Watson says:

    I’m just saying we have to focus on how the country would benefit, I’m going to miss footy in this city as well but imagine the influx of people in the country.

  297. Soccer isn’t the world game, real football is.

    And if we do have to take a break in 2018/2022, i would rather not have a break in the middle and just not play the entire season. Whats the point of the season finishing in late November (estimate guess)? And then it will put some teams behind with pre-season training and it puts them behind for the next year.

  298. i have mixed feelings.

    yes- cos of what damo said, MELBOUNRE RULES!
    No- cos of the whole interrupting footy.

  299. Damian Watson says:

    Michael, at least 100 000 people would go to a World Cup final. Unless ANZ Stadium becomes larger it would have to be held at the MCG.

  300. If we want more people in Australia, then why are we keeping those refugees or whatever they are called on that boat out of this country??

  301. lmaoo JOSH!!
    ohh gezz your a funny one!!
    refugees or whatever they are called!!
    lmaoo

  302. Well i didnt know what they were called, by the way is refugee’s right?

  303. YES Josh, REFUGEES!
    lmaoo hahahah!!
    so cute!

  304. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah I understand that Damo, but it’s not a stadium for socccer. I would’ve thoguht they would’ve given preference to the stadium that suits the game the best that also yhas a large capacity. ANZ stadium fits the bill.

    Josh this isn’t politicsalmanac.

  305. Well this definitely aint socceralmanac!

  306. Damian Watson says:

    lol Imagine Danni the next J.K Rowling.

    I don’t know why we keep the refugees out of the country, probably the Government’s fault.

    Imagine what the World Cup would do for our tourist industry.

  307. Steve Healy says:

    I’m with Josh, but not about not playing the whole season.

    If the world cup does happen I’m sure the AFL season would go as planned until late november or whenever.

    look, footy is a better game than soccer, 90% of Australian’s would agree with me.

    How can interrupting Australia’s best sport be good for the country? tell me that.

  308. Michael Allan says:

    it’s footyalmanac and so the majority of the world would see this as a soccer sight.

  309. Yeah but this is Australia Michael, once you cross our borders, football is AFL and soccer is soccer

  310. lmaoo, yeah i wish i had J.K’s imagination!!
    :) shes awesome!

    see atleast you guys have already got my autograph! :)
    lucky you! :P

  311. Steve Healy says:

    AFL is a big enough tourist attraction already!

    The other countries need to open their eyes and see how much better footy is than a short game with hardly any scoring.

  312. hahah this is so funny,
    for once im not the one debating with Mikey! lol

  313. Michael Allan says:

    Steve 90% would not agree with you. Most of NSW and QLD would prefer soccer to AFL.

    It’s good because we’d use the toursist to showcase footy and so in turn it would give footy international exposer. So you could say that in some ways it’s good for footy.

  314. dont worry i was with piligrims at the Collingwood vs Adelaide game at the MCG, they looked like they were having a good time but they didnt know what was going on! like something would happen on the field and the pilgrims would look to us in the crowd to see how to react! lol

  315. Steve Healy says:

    IT’s not good for footy! If footy is interfered with it how is it good for the game!!!!

    well hosting it in Melbourne is completely out of the question. Have a look at the crowds for Victory games, they barely get 15,000 at Etihad stadium

  316. Michael Allan says:

    Haha just about to say that Danni.

    Steve, tourists don’t come to Australia for the footy. Most of them don’t know AFL exists until they get here.

    They can’t open their eyes if they don’t know it exists. The world cup can give AFL the exposer it needs.

  317. Well the AFL has 8-12 years to plan for the World Cup, even if they continued playing without any coverage of the games i would be happy

  318. Michael Allan says:

    Steve please don’t tell me your compareing a Melbourne Victorygame to a World Cup game. There not even remotely close together you can’t compare them.

  319. chapter twelve!! :)
    going along nicely!

    ahh i see the debate is still going strong.

  320. Steve Healy says:

    And Michael, more than 20% of Australia’s population lives in Melbourne. I doubt it that less than half of Melbourne at least would prefer soccer.

  321. Damian Watson says:

    Steve, Victory games get at least 25 000 that is why they are building the Bubble Dome.

    Michael I thought NSW and Queenslanders hated Soccer, they barely get 10 000 at their matches but went up there this year so you’d probably know more.

  322. I went to QLD and all i saw were Golf Courses and Rugby Stadiums.

    I suppose when this fiasco actually reaches present time, we’ll all be 24-30 years old and we’ll have other things in our life to turn to while the footy is not on.

  323. Steve Healy says:

    Michael, it’s the same sport!

    Look at Brazil and England and other countries that have held the world cup. They get full houses for all their soccer games. I’m sure most of the world wouldn’t be happy with having the cup in Melbourne

  324. Bubble Dome?
    lol thats sound like a chocolate bar.
    mmmmmmmmm chocolate.

  325. Damo, did you see the recent article in the Herald Sun about the average crowds for each code in Australia? AFL topped the list by a big way

  326. Damian Watson says:

    They had the World Cup in the USA a few years ago and no-one likes soccer over there yet they still brought in big crowds.

  327. lol i hate to be anti-american Damo.
    Cos i love usa and all BUT,
    i think the only reason they had a big crowd was so that they looked good, you know cos they are patriotic, they felt like they had to have a crowd to make them look good.

  328. Steve Healy says:

    Danni, don’t bring chocolate into this!!!!! lol only joking.

    They built the bubble dome cos Etihad Stadium is built for footy, and there are too many empty seats so a smaller stadium will solve that problem.

  329. Damian Watson says:

    Of course the AFL did, their is no doubt that AFL is the most popular sport in the country, I’m not denying that.

    Did NRL come second or third? because their crowds have been well down in recent years.

  330. Michael Allan says:

    Steve it’s the same sport on an entirely different level. It’s like saying “There was only about 1,000 for the State Carnival Grand Final so that means their will only be about 1,000 people to the AFL Grand Final.” Same sport but entirely different level of interest.

    Damo I still think that they’d prefer Soccer to Football. I couldn’t beleive how nobody cared about it when I went to Sydney two years ago.

    Keep in mind they’re still new teams. They’re fan base is still growing.

  331. Not sure, i just noticed how dominate AFL is.

    Danni, how many chapters is your novel going to be?

  332. Damian Watson says:

    I’m sort of an Anti American too.
    To be honest nobody likes America aside from themselves, not even the Canadians.

  333. lol Damo i didnt say i AM anti American its just that my comment is!
    i love america. :)

    lol i dont know Josh, i dont even know whats going to happen, im just typing what ever comes into my head!

  334. Steve Healy says:

    By the way, soccer at Etihad stadium should be a reason enough to attract smaller crowds. It’s an oval ground, and they refuse to bring the seats on the wings in cos it’ll wreck the wings. I can’t talk though cos I’ve never seen a soccer game at Etihad stadium (or a soccer game, full stop) but I can imagine it’d be bad

  335. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah Josh but put footy up against the world scale. Doesn’t even compare to soccer and is why the world cup would be great for Australia.

    P.S Although I loved going to America (or what I can remember of it) I don’t like America very much.

  336. Damian Watson says:

    Steve, they built the Bubble Dome so Melbourne could have an entire Stadium dedicated to Soccer and Rugby at a reasonable size (unlike Olympic Park).

    They will still play A-League matches at Etihad anyway.

  337. Americans are snobs and greedy. Full stop

  338. Steve Healy says:

    I’m anti american but I do like the NBA

  339. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah I’ve been to an A-leaugwe and Rugby match at Etihad and I found it hard to watch both of them. You felt way too far awy and so I look forward to the Bubble Dome.

  340. Michael Allan says:

    Haha we wouldn’t want to gernralise or anything would we Josh.

    But yeah, get some gun control laws you fools!

  341. geee!! IM STUCK with a bunch of
    DIRTY REDS!!
    (thats slang for Communists!)
    LMAOO

    Mikey i envy you for the fact that you have gone to America, ive always wanted to go.
    lol thats it, im going for my honeymoon!

  342. Steve Healy says:

    If we host the soccer world cup, we may as well play the season of footy in England.

  343. Damian Watson says:

    I second Josh’s comment.

    They’re hypocritical as well, the Hey hey It’s Saturday is an example when they called us racist, I thought” Why don’t you look in the mirror”.

  344. …well you guy better be nice to my American husband!

  345. Steve Healy says:

    oh I thought you were reffering to Michael, Danni lol

  346. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah, the reason that skit was racist was because of American’s hiostory and not Australians.

    Oh yeah Danni, Stalin and Lennin all the way. lol.

    Anyway I’m having dinner.

  347. Steve Healy says:

    Why would you marry an American? That’s just taking it too far.

  348. CHAPTER TWELVE-
    I wake up the next morning and put on my brightest singlet, my oldest pair of shorts and tie up my hair high at the top of my head. Painting this room is going to be a lot of work, not to mention, very messy.
    A horn beeps outside my window I look out to find Steve, Josh, Damian, Mikey and Robbie with paint brushes, tins, wall paper scrappers and massive rubbish bags.
    I blow a kiss to Robbie down form my window; he jumps and catches it saying “hope you like the reinforcements I dragged with me!”
    The boys all wave happily and I run down to unlock the door and let them in.
    Josh and Damian take apart what they can from my king size bed and start to take the pieces down stairs while Steve, Mikey and Damian carry out my desk after disconnecting my computer.
    It’s a quick job, the guys are pretty fast. Steve and Josh have a muscle flexing contest but give up when Robbie joins in. Robbie has arms of steel.

  349. refering to Mikey, When steve?
    lol

  350. Damian Watson says:

    Wow I’m doing two jobs at once, I must be a real handyman lol.

  351. lol yeah, superdamo!!
    ill fix that with
    while Steve, Mikey try to carry out my desk after disconnecting my computer.thsi takes a bit longer until Damian gets back to help.

  352. Steve Healy says:

    “Dirty Reds” I thought u meant Mikey

  353. Steve Healy says:

    Hang on, why did we need to paint the room?

  354. ohhhhhhhhhh HAHAHA lmaooo!
    that makes sense!

  355. cos Robbie want to paint Khloe’s room, cos she messy and it need a make over, plus shes grounded and its the only way they can see eachother.

  356. Steve Healy says:

    status- dog lying on my lap

  357. Lmaoo at your status, if a dog came anywhere near me id scream like theres no 2mro.

    Status- writing story

  358. Steve Healy says:

    haha shes sneezing on me

  359. Damian Watson says:

    What type of dog?

  360. ewwwwww doggy sneeze!!
    LMAOO

  361. Lol thats funny coz im ripping apart my room over the next few days and making everything different. New double bed, new recliner chair (sitting in it now) new desk. What does comment 340 mean (the top part)

    Lol a nerd with arms of steel? Now i know this story is fiction! And how come i pull apart the bed and then just stop working while the others take your comptuer away?? lol

  362. Steve Healy says:

    a corgi

  363. Sarah looks like a labrodor according to his facebook pictures

  364. CONT-
    Robbie has arms of steel. They are strong and cool when he wraps them around my waist. There’s no other feeling like it.
    Mikey and Damian look over at our embrace and Mikey proclaims “OI LOVEBIRDS! More work, less hanky panky!”
    Josh opens a tin of paint; I chose a baby pink colour. Steve who can be a bit clumsy at times doesn’t look where he’s going and steps right into the pink paint jar!

  365. Scrap my comment..

  366. Steve Healy says:

    shes so cute. I love her but she hates me even though I feed her cheese and chocolate all the time

  367. lmaoo you have the most important part!
    opening the paint tin so that Steve steps into it!

  368. Duh! Dont feed your dog chocolate, no wonder she hates you

  369. Oh is that coz it takes a great deal of strength to open the paint tin? lol

  370. nawww doggie!! :)
    lol

  371. lol sure it does!!
    its funny cos then u laugh at steve…and then it turns into a….
    PAINT FIGHT!!

  372. Steve Healy says:

    yeah lol Josh you were completely wrong.

    I sleep on the top of a bunk bed. I’m meant to be swapping rooms with my 2nd oldest brother (he sleeps with my oldest brother, and no, not in that way) but I love my room too much

  373. Steve Healy says:

    But my dog loves chocolate you idiot.

  374. CONT-

    Josh opens a tin of paint; I chose a baby pink colour. Steve who can be a bit clumsy at times doesn’t look where he’s going and steps right into the pink paint jar!
    “Hahhahha STEVE!! Your WHOLE FOTT IS PINK!!!” Josh was laughing hysterically at Steve even I couldn’t help but say “You know, pink looks pretty good on you Steve!”
    That’s all it took. Next thing I knew Josh was covered head to toe in pink paint!
    Steve was very happy with himself, “HA! See Josh Now you don’t even have to dye you hair pink, I’ve done it for you!”

  375. Damian Watson says:

    Steve your family must be the Australian version of Cheaper by the dozen, if you count the pets.
    Paint fight?

  376. But chocolate kills dogs you idiot, thats what i heard anyway.

    I used to sleep with my brother (yes in that way! lol no only joking) but that was 10 years ago. I’ve needed a double bed for so long, my feet go over the edge and have for a year now.

  377. Lol its funny coz a paint fight could kill ya :)

  378. Steve Healy says:

    spot on Damo. I hate my cat, it never does anything except run away from my dog and watch while my dog eats the cat food.

  379. yeah a paintfight in the story Damo!

  380. How many rooms do you have by the way? I have 9 and a bungalow

  381. Steve Healy says:

    yeah I’m too big for my bed as well.

    Unlike the cheaper by the dozen family, I don’t live in a mansion, I live in a tiny house.

  382. Ive got my own room and thats all the matters! lol

  383. Well everyone knows i love my cats, but i have a soft spot for my dog even though he irritates me so much. He also tries to run inside, but yesterday he tried it when i was in a bad mood and he ran straight back out after i shouted at him.

  384. Steve Healy says:

    2 loungerooms, a hall, a bathroom, a toilet, a kitchen, a dining room, a laundry, 4 bedrooms (used to be 3 but we turned our garage into a bedroom 5 or so years ago) which is where my older brothers sleep

  385. Steve Healy says:

    well, yea Danni but you only have one sibling don’t you?

    I pretend my dog’s playing footy and I always put the ball inside her collar and then tackle her

  386. Damian Watson says:

    Yeah I knew it was in your Danni, I’ve just never heard of a paint fight before.

    How many stories is your house Steve?!

  387. And you abuse your dog?? Whats the number for RSPCA??? lol

  388. lol yerp one younger brother.
    poro doggyyyy!! :(
    steve thas MEAN to you doggy!!

    lol well you have now Damo! :)

  389. Steve Healy says:

    how’s playing footy abusing? You may as well give Demetriou a call to shut the AFL down while you’re at it.

    1 story, of course. Trust me, if you walk into my house you’d realise how crowded, messy, crazy and loud it is.

  390. ohhhh this story just keeps getting better.

  391. Steve Healy says:

    yeah I must admit, it’s a very good story Danni.

    Gotta go for dinner

  392. Damian Watson says:

    Hey Steve remember the Carlton v Melbourne match from Round 15 2001? It’s on 7TWO tonight, I remember crying after that match.

  393. Damian Watson says:

    Damn just missed him.

  394. nawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    damoo!!
    YOU CRIED!!
    NAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!
    thats so cute!!!

  395. Damian Watson says:

    I was only 6 and bloody Brad Green kicked a soccer goal to win the game for them in the dying minutes.

    Have you ever cried after a match Danni? (aside from the day Natrhan Brown injured his knee)

  396. Harden up Damo lol

    Whats the weather like in Melbourne?

  397. nawww still thats cute.
    Yeah i cried my eyes on the first Final loss against Brisbane.
    i cried in that Game Jack Anthony kicked the winning goal.
    i cry a lot really…

    well it was sunny this morning then it rained, now its sunny again

  398. I only cry when i see other people cry, like at a funeral.

    Hmm the weather here is terrible, its grey and windy, but my footy is down from the tree at least!

  399. grey and windy??
    im comming over!! :)

    lol naww joshyy!!
    so if i was crying if Collingwood lost to North and you saw me crying you would cry?

  400. No, i’d be cheering!!!! lol

  401. ..what!! your soo MEANN!!
    :(
    lol

  402. CONT-
    CHAPTER THIRTEEN-
    Steve, thinking that it was about time Robbie went to his first AFL match got Mikey to use his connections and get us tickets to the Collingwood versus Melbourne game at the MCG. We stop at a merchandise van where I buy Robbie an early birthday present, a Collingwood gersey of course. We walked down to our seat and the Collingwood boys came jogging to train near where we were sitting. Josh, Damian and Mikey explain the rules to Robbie as Steve yells abuse at my Collingwood boys. As a penalty I whack him hard on the head with my footy record, to the amusement of the Collingwood trainer.

  403. CONT-
    The banners are up and the Demons come out first to Steve’s whooping. Robbie watches in horror as Steve belts out the Melbourne theme song.
    “It’s a grand old flag
    It’s a high flying flag
    It’s the emblem for me and for you………..”
    Steve now hand his hand thumping near his heart and continued,
    “It’s the emblem of the team we love”, now tracing love hearts with his arms
    “The team of the red and the blue
    Ev’ryheart beats true
    For the red and the blue
    And we sing this song to you
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot
    Keep your eye on the red and the blue!!!!!!!!”
    He takes a bow and sits down, Robbie’s face is hilarious, I pat him on the shoulder saying, “don’t worry, the winners song will play shortly.”

    just a question besides steve, who would the rest of you guys barrack for so i know what to write.

  404. Damian Watson says:

    Depends who is in form and who I tip, if it was last year Collingwood, if it were out of pride I’d be on Melbourne’s side.

  405. Damo that doenst help..
    okay lets say they both have full teams and its thr result that will happen the first time they face each other next year.

  406. I’d take Melbourne

  407. lol okay Joshy, cant go back now!!

    CONT-
    The Collingwood team comes out ground shaking applause and I stand up waving my flag, Robbie takes the cue stands up and starts whooping like Steve had previously done.
    The Black and white crowd is up and singing as the players rip through the banner.
    I proudly and loudly sing our great song,
    “Good old Collingwood forever,
    We know how to play the game.
    Side by side we stick together,
    To uphold The Magpies name.
    Hear the barrackers a shouting,
    As all barrackers should,”
    I look to my side, Robbie is bouncing on his feet and I raise my voice the loudest it can go, like a prayer to the football gods for the next line in the theme song to happen.
    “Oh, the premiership’s a cakewalk
    For the good old Collingwood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  408. Damian Watson says:

    Okay I’ll pick Melbourne, with the Carlton-Collingwood rivalry.

  409. hmm thats understandable Damo.
    lol wait till the part of the story where i drive off without you guys cos you went for Melbourne during the game!!
    LMAOO

    okay so that leave Mikey, who will porb say Melb as well, but it would be good for him to get on here and confirm.

  410. Wait wait, i was gonna ask this earlier, how did we all get to your place to paint your room and how will you drive off? You dont drive do you?

  411. Steve Healy says:

    I don’t think I was at that match Damo,

    what time is it on tonight? 1 or 3:30? I think I might watch it, actually I might change my sleeping hours completely so in the holidays so I can watch the replays

  412. Steve Healy says:

    Josh, it’s a story, it doesn’t have to make sense.

  413. I was gonna stay up tonight, but i decided i’ll go to school tomorrow.

  414. Then Melbourne beating the Pies just doesnt make sense

  415. Steve Healy says:

    wait a sec, I think I was at that match, but I don’t remember the game when I was there.

    I remember going to Melbourne V Adelaide at optus oval in 2002

  416. first off we dont live far apart.
    secondly, ive speed you guys up you all my age in the story.
    thirdly yes both Robbie and i Drive in the story.

  417. Steve Healy says:

    nah, the Dees will beat the pies next year- TWICE!

  418. CONT-
    It’s the last quarter, for the first time ever Robbie’s eyes are stuck on something other than me. His blue eyes are fixated on the footy war that has erupted before him. Steve is screaming commands at his players like an army leader, but they don’t listen.
    Melbourne is twenty points behind and Steve is waiting for Jurrah to provide a spark.
    Steve gains his voice when the ball is booted through the goals by the man himself.
    “JURRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!! YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
    Steve jumps up and down on his seat, hi-fiving Josh and Damian who have opted to support Melbourne for this game.
    Robbie shakes his head, “atleast we still have the lead.”
    The dying seconds of the game, Collingwood is in front by five points.
    I sit there one hand nervously gripping my flag the other, with Robbie who is patting it also with agitation. I look at him, his jaw is clenched tightly, the crease appears in his forehead and his lips are pursed.
    Again Melbourne score, not long left and they have taken the lead by one lousy point.
    Jurrah has appeared as a savoir, 6 goals for the game and Steve is flinging his scarf in the air.
    I look down at the concrete. Everything slows down around me, my eyes start to sting.
    “JAAAAACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!” screams Robbie form beside me, he leaps up pumping his iron fist in the air; Jack Anthony has marked fifty meters out on a slight angle. The siren sounds.

    LOL..SOO how do you like it so far?

  419. Steve Healy says:

    hahahaha it’s great. You’ve done a great job at describing my behaviour at the footy.

    Please don’t make him kick the goal. I’d be happy with a draw lol.

  420. Danni, i dont live near you guys, i live in Waaia!

  421. Damian Watson says:

    Great, good suspense.

    Yeah I remember when the Dees had to play a few games at Optus Oval in 2002, although I don’t know why. From memory Brad Green kicked the sealer in that game as well.

    The match is at 1:30am I think Steve, I might stay up for it too.

  422. …JOSH!! IN THE STORY YOU DONT LIVE IN WAAIA, we all go to the same school!!

    lol thanks Steve.
    yeah well im not gonna tell you what happends until i finish the whole story.

  423. I’ll be nearly getting up to get ready for school when you guys have finished watching!

  424. Steve Healy says:

    K, if I stay up go on to the Almanac at half time if ya can.

    Josh, have you been to Bookworld lately? oh sorry, book city

  425. Haha very funny, no i havent but i might go to Shepp on the bus on saturday so i might pop in for a visit

  426. Damian Watson says:

    Correction Steve 1:00 am. I’ll try and stay up lol, I should be able to.

  427. Steve Healy says:

    so why are you choosing to go to school tomorrow?

  428. ohh what an ending..i still have to put steve’s reaction to the ending.

  429. So i can say a proper bye to everyone and collect all my books and stuff out of my locker. Im probably gonna get picked up by Mum at about 11 though so i should be on the Almanac around mid-day

  430. Steve Healy says:

    Oh Damo, just looking at the 2001 fixture, do you remember Carlton V Freo at optus a week later? I remember that game, Carlton were up 57 to 1 at quarter time.

  431. Damian Watson says:

    Yeah I was at the match we won by about 70 points.

    Here is a great trivia question statsman: Which three games from that round involved a team booting nine goals in a quarter?

    And remember NO CHEATING!!!

  432. Steve Healy says:

    Hang on, its not the end of the story is it?

  433. Damian Watson says:

    Are you going to answer the question?

  434. no that not the end of the story!
    ive just finished the end result of that footy game.

  435. Im out of this question lol i dont know any footy stuff from 2001

  436. Steve Healy says:

    yeah it was 19.17 131 to 8.8 56.

    I remember another carlton game that year really clearly.

    I still remember the quarter by quarter scores to this day, it was 21.23 149 to 3.12 30 Carlton beat West Coast. QT 6.2 38 to 1.2 8 HT 13.7 85 to 1.5 11 TQT 16.14 110 to 3.8 26

  437. Freo has more chance winning next years Premiership than i have in answering that question.

  438. Damian Watson says:

    Well I guess your team did give up a 69 point lead in the second term and lose in that round Josh so I don’t blame you.

    Time is running out Steve.

  439. Steve Healy says:

    sorry Damo I was just on the fixture before so I already know. Carlton V Freo, Richmond V Melbourne and Collingwood V Hawthorn

  440. Damian Watson says:

    I was at that game as well, when West Coast were wearing those stupid guernseys, I loved those old days at Princes Park where we almost always used to smash every team.

  441. Damian Watson says:

    lol it took you 8 minutes.

    When will we see the end of the story Danni?

  442. Damo, do you remember in 2001 at Optus Oval, Round 4, Carlton vs Adelaide, i think it was Mark Ricciuto kicked a great snap goal from the Pocket in the mud and water

  443. Steve Healy says:

    Apart from the Dees, lol. And not to mention we thrashed you at the last game at Optus Oval.

    I didn’t mind West Coast’s orange guernsey. The reason I remember it so well is I clearly remember listening to the radio and scoring

  444. Steve Healy says:

    Hey everyone, Josh thought that Riciutto kicked 70 goals in a season! hahahahahaha

  445. Michael Allan says:

    Hey Danni, if we all go to the same school can we all go to my school. I don’t like the thought of having to move schools.

  446. Lol well Damo, the end of the footy game is done but the actual story itself, well even I don’t know when its gonna finish!
    Are you desperate to know how the game ends?

    ummm i dont mention the school name Mikey. now tell me Dees or Pies??

  447. …steve whats funny about that?
    i wouldnt knwo how many goals he kicked, heck i dont even know how many goals Jack Anthony kicked!

  448. Damian Watson says:

    Yeah one of Ricciuto’s better games, he carved us up in the wet and it was very low scoring, I still remember Kevin Bartlett’s call of that goal.

    Yeah the last game at Optus Oval, Melbourne weren’t allowed to sing the club song after the match because they gave up a 9 goal lead and only won by about 18 points.

  449. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah I know you haven’t mentioned the school that’s why I’m asking. Can it be my school?

  450. ..okay Mickey its youe school!
    not that it really makes any difference but anyway!
    now are you going to pick a side or what??

  451. Michael Allan says:

    Oh and Danni where am I watching the game from I seem to have dropped out of the novel.

  452. yeah i have put you in yet! cos i dont know who you are going for!!

  453. Steve Healy says:

    So, Danni, you’re not into stats I guess?

  454. nope, sorry to dissapiont you steve.
    i cant even recall not one score form all the Games Collingwood played this season.
    its a very cool gift you have steve, being able to recall stats.

  455. Michael Allan says:

    Danni what’s the weather like at the game? You haven’t really touched on it and I fell it could have an impact on the result.

  456. …okayy…
    well its a flawless sunny day, not acloud in the sky.
    does that help?

  457. Hey i have “the gift” as well Danni.

  458. oh yes, of course Josh.
    All you guys have the stats gift.
    use it well! lol

  459. Michael Allan says:

    Dani why are we all at the footy together? I thought you said you’d be studying?

  460. status- banging head on desk at COMMENT 459

  461. Status – laughing at Danni’s status

  462. ..he cant be serious right?

  463. Damian Watson says:

    Speaking of Collingwood-Melbourne games the group of idiots who punched up Nathan Jones’ father has been jailed for 12 months.

  464. He’s a ranga, who knows??

  465. but you cant be a pretty rannga and be dumb, like you get a dumb blonde but..seriously!

  466. Yeah lol i told Mum that i would be safe going to the footy, going to Melbourne v Collingwood, besides no one gets hurt at the footy, except for MELBOURNE V COLLINGWOOD lol

  467. Michael Allan says:

    Oh and Danni can I have dreadlocks? I’ve always wanted dreadlocks.

  468. I had dreads a couple of months ago! 2 of them :P

  469. STATUS- Hitting head on wall at comment 467

  470. Michael Allan says:

    Is that a yes?

  471. Steve Healy says:

    yes, I do have a gift Danni.

    Sorry this page hasn’t loaded.

    Danni, you need to come to a real Collingwood V Melbourne with us in Round 2.

    Ok here’s a Collingwood quiz for you Danni.

    What number of possessions did Dane Swan get in Round 10 against Port this year?
    What number does Swan wear?
    How many games did Collingwood win this year? (home and away season)
    What game did Nathan Brown get injured in?
    What was the final score in the semi final against Adelaide?
    What round was the 1 point win against the Dogs?

  472. Mikey, what the hell does you having dreads have to do with the main charaters journey of discovery???

  473. Michael Allan says:

    It was just a question. You haven’t really described hairstyle yet so I was just wondering if you had given me dreadlocks or not.

  474. i can answer just one of those questions.
    Nathan Brown got injured in the game against Hawthorn.
    :)

  475. Its a book Michael, not a movie so having dreads wont matter, unless Danni makes it a picture book

  476. Mikey there is no mention of you hair style or anyones hairstyle besides the guy that the main character falls in loove with!

  477. lol Josh!
    imagine it makes it big and getes turned into a movie.
    LOL you guys can play youselves, although..ive seen Steve act dead and he didnt do a very good job. LOL

  478. Michael Allan says:

    It matters to me Josh.

    Well I just thinbk the readers and I would like top or if I have dreads or not.

  479. Damian Watson says:

    Random Comment- It’s Full moon

  480. is it Damo??
    OMG im putting it in my story.
    :)

  481. And my hair being pink coz of idiot Steve being an idiot

    Lol and in the movie Michael will be trying to make a sparkler bomb

  482. no Mikey you dont have dreads okay.

  483. Damian Watson says:

    How does that relate?

    Does this Robbie turn into a werewolf and rip us to shreds?

  484. Steve Healy says:

    And on that topic, ill try and say Collingwood’s season.

    Round 1: Coll 13.8 86 to Adel 13.12 90
    Round 2: Coll 17.15 117 to Melb 10.4 64
    Round 3: Geel 13.14 122 to Coll 13.17 95
    Round 4: BL 10.13 73 to Coll 13.12 90
    Round 5: Ess 13.15 93 to Coll 12.16 88
    Round 6: NM 11.9 75 to Coll 19.13 127
    Round 7: ahhh itll take too long ill continue later

  485. Michael Allan says:

    Danni that’s really mean that you didn’t give me dreads. You have all this power to create your owbn world and you didn’ty even give me dreads.

    I’m really dissapointed in you.

  486. Please dont turn this into Twilight!!

  487. Steve Healy says:

    I did do a good job of acting dead! lol

  488. Hey i can see the moon, and your looking at it Damo. That’s weird that we are 210km apart yet can look at the same thing at once lol

  489. Steve, you acted so bad a dead person could have done better

  490. Damian Watson says:

    lol,the clouds just covered the moon.

    Meh Steve wasn’t the worst.

  491. Steve Healy says:

    Yeah I should’ve been dead for the part.

    Danni, if Michael’s getting dreads could I be aboriginal?

  492. Steve Healy says:

    and could I wear a hat?

  493. Danni, introduce a girl character that my person gets together with

  494. Michael Allan says:

    Hey Danno can I wear glasses? I think they’d make me more sophisticated.

  495. Steve Healy says:

    you wish, Josh.

    Oh yeah and can I have red and blue tribal paint on my cheeks?

  496. Danni can i wear aviators? Should give me a generally cool look

  497. Steve Healy says:

    Can I wear a Melbourne jumper with black shorts and black gumboots?

  498. Damian Watson says:

    I think we scared her off.

  499. Michael Allan says:

    Oh can I be a proffessional boxer working in a low class gym. Then a cocky champion by the name of Apollo Creed goes to my town and challenges me to a match cause I’m the hometown hero. And then I go to the pet store and I fall in love with the girl who works their called Adrian.

    Then can we have a really cool training scene where I run up some steps while trumpets play.

    Then when it comes to fight night he takes me too lightly and I knock him down in the first round and everybodys shocked. But then he gets back up and we have a bloody 15 round match. Then the match would end and then Apollo would win by points but I wouldn’t care because I went the distance and gained the respect I deserved and fell in love with Adrian.

    That would be awsesome.

  500. Steve Healy says:

    yep.

    And don’t give me cheap gumboots, I want premium quality ones imported from China

  501. Im off now people, 2-3 more hours of prison for me and im released!

  502. Michael Allan says:

    Ooooh. I’d like a pair of gumboots too. I know you said it’s perfect weather but you can never be too carful.

  503. Damian Watson says:

    And then Mr T comes in an knocks you out, isn’t that what happens?

  504. Steve Healy says:

    Isn’t Adrian a guys name only?

    By the way Danni, come to think of it, ditch the gumboots and i’ll wear sandals with socks instead

  505. Michael Allan says:

    That’s a good idea Damo. But we’ll wait for number 3 for that one. Because number two i wanna fight Apollo again.

    But yeah I think I’ll then lose to Mr T because I’m distracted by my trainer who was attacked before the fight and then when I lose in the 3rd round I then go back to him and he dies. It’ll be similar to when Yoda died in Star Wars 6.

    Oh yeah. Can I be a Jedi?

  506. Steve Healy says:

    cya Josh.

    Good quality sandals, brown ones and nice holeproof socks from K-Mart

  507. Michael Allan says:

    I want my lightsaber to change colours depending on what I’m feeling.

    Blue – Happy
    Red – Sad
    Blue – Confused

  508. NO robbie is not a werewolf, although id love him to be played by Taylor Lautner! :)

    you all wear NORMAL CLOTHESE, LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE!! geeze!!

  509. Mikey i suggest you write up your Adrian story, id love to see what you would come up with romance style!

  510. Michael Allan says:

    Yeah I will look normal Danni.

    I’ll just have dreadlocks, glasses, gumboots, a lightsaber that changes colurs, the jedi robe and I’ll be boxing Apollo Creed. That’s pretty normal.

  511. Steve Healy says:

    we were just making some suggestions Danni.

    Can I be a member of the navy?

  512. Michael Allan says:

    I’ve already made it into a feature film Danni. The second one is very romantic because she begins to die on me but I read to her every night at her bed side in the hospital.

  513. ..okay you guys are really weird.
    plus if you worse all that stuff you would take attention away from the lovestory that develops!

  514. Steve Healy says:

    Danni, when you’ve finished writing the story you should seriously consider making a movie

  515. CHAPTER SIXTEEN-
    Its 3:00 AM, I can’t sleep.
    All I can think of is Robbie’s Aunty and Robbie, the way that I left him, his mood shattered within seconds. I longed to be with him, to hold him and tell him that it was going to be okay. To stoke his brown hair and read to him from his mother’s book.
    I lay in bed the covers warm opposing to the cold feelings in my heart.
    I play with the bracelet Robbie gave to me; the silver metal feels soft on my skin.
    Slowly my eyes start to close and I drift off into a dream…

  516. yeah lol wonder which Hollywood director will take this job on!

  517. Steve Healy says:

    Can I have a box over my head with holes so I can see?

  518. steve did you just not comprehend that what you just reccomended tottaly ruins the mood of comment 515??

  519. Steve Healy says:

    Didn’t we miss 4 chapters?

  520. Michael Allan says:

    CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

    Mikey was prepared for this fight. He knew that to keep the Jedi order intact he would not be able to use the force or his lightsaber on Apollo Creed. He had been given advice from his aboriginal tribesman freind Steve earlier and felt that his words had cleared his mind and now had the force flowing through his veins. He put on his glassses and headed to the ring…

  521. ohh thats all romantic stuff that you wouldnt appreciate.

  522. Mikey…
    WHAT
    THE
    FUDGE

  523. Michael Allan says:

    I’m off now good night.

  524. Michael Allan says:

    P.S to Danni

    MAKE THOSE CHANGES.

  525. Steve Healy says:

    But we will get to see the whole story, when you’ve finishes, right?

    hahahaha Michael

  526. I want my girl to go for North too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cya

  527. yeah you will. :)

    okay Josh, ill see what i can do.

  528. Night all!
    :)

  529. 134 – i’m afraid to say it, but I don’t like footy, even though you love it so much. I mainly try to talk footy with you because I know how much you love talking about it. It’s weird to not be into footy when you’ve grown up where we did, but it just wasn’t anything that interested me.

    God, i’m a reject!

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