Almanac Funny Teams: A team of players from our wide brown land and all its features

I’ve been thinking about the lay of the land, our landscape. I remember Leonard Teale’s recitation of Dorothea McKellar’s, My Country with all its imagery. The land; what grows on it,what flows through it, what it’s built upon.


Then I thought, hey, pronto, let’s try compiling a team of players from our wide brown land, players whose names can reflect the land, with its features.


So here we go.


B: J Hay, (NM/Haw). Brian Lake, (WB/Haw). P Wood, (Fitz).


HB: P Hay, (Haw). J Rivers, (Melb/Geel). E Wood, (WB).


C: B Wood, (Rich/Ess).  S Hill, (Freo). R Flower, (Melb).


HF: M Wood, (NM).  H Clover, (Carl). E Lake, (Ess).


F: S Mount, (Rich). Bruce Lake, (Ess/Foot). A Rock, (NM/Haw).


Foll: M Hill (Haw). T Waters, (Coll). S Hill, (Freo).


Int, from: D Clay, (Rich). T Mountain, (Melb/Geel). T, Flower (Melb). P Hills, (Ess). B Hill, (Haw/Freo). W Wood, (Foot).


Is this the best team in the land ?





  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Bradley Plain from Essendon/Coll.

  2. Ta Col, Bradley Plain was an option.


  3. Dean Rice ?

  4. Hmmmm, i think i’ve reached a hill too far. Trying to defer to our colleagues from the the Indian Ocean coast line i’ve mixed up my hills.

    What if we read B Hill centre, S Hill rover,with J Hill on the extended bench ? Hopefully that reads better.


  5. Glen!

    A couple from way, way back. Ted Pool (Haw); Jack Garden (Ess)

    Sundry Fords. Most recently Alister (Foots & SK); Michael (Ditto)

    If some liberty is allowed in spelling. Mark Bayes (Swans); Brian Peake (Cats); Michael Kol (Cats)

    Cheers, Burkie

  6. G Raines, A Raines, D Flood

  7. Dave Brown says

    Staying on the misspelt weather: D Hale, all the Gales, A McLeod, J Clement. Directionally: D Southern, P Northeast, S West. Fauna: P Roos, P Salmon, M Pike, F Ray, M Roach. Australian Rivers: K Murray, L Franklin, G Todd. Australian Deserts: A Simpson, J Gibson. Avian: D Hawkins, N Eagleton, D Swan. European names for landmarks: G. Ayres. Water things: G. Wells, D Wade. Forestry: T Morwood

  8. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Got a love any team that includes Stephen Mount and Horrie Clover, Glen !
    I’m gunna have to start asking Harms and O’Donnell for a commission soon !
    Bervyn Woods – Coll
    Tony Woods – Fitz/Coll/Haw
    Les Primrose – University
    Kevin Heath – Haw/Carl

  9. Cockatoo can only have been omitted for hamstring problems.

  10. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Gary Cowmeadow

  11. Dave Nadel says

    Phil, can you really count Les Primrose? It’s a classic English flower which was introduced to the Wide Brown Land. You might as well include Bob Rose or Geoff Leek.

  12. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    I can’t tell you how much I love these …

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