Link: The secret life of strappers

From ABC Radio National’s 360 Degree program, delve into the secret life of horse strappers. Click on the link below. Comments welcome. www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2010/2830043.htm

1 out of 4 quarters won; enough for the Cats, but not the Tigers

By Domenic Favata Premiers Geelong have not been at there usual peak during the pre-season. The talk of the ‘premiers’ tag was beginning to sway to the more favourable dogs and saints. Geelong came up against a young Fremantle outfit, knowing that they still have what it takes to win another premiership and that this [Read more]

Footy Almanac March Lunch Sponsor: Don McLardy

Don McLardy of McLardy McShane Insurance & Financial Services is proud to be associated with the Footy Almanac. McLardy McShane Insurance & Financial Services are specialists in servicing the needs of small to medium sized enterprises. Their long standing relationships with leading insurers and other suppliers enables them provide you with a comprehensive range of [Read more]

Short story: A bird of white and black by Ian Latham

by Ian Latham I woke from the cold to the blue of the sky and sea, the creaking of the rigging, the white light before the sun rose. The sea was flat and comforting as it stretched to the edge of the isthmus. It seemed so large that our small boat was as a splinter [Read more]

Tragic History 101

by MCR When the tricolours take the field this Friday evening they will be attempting become the first Dogs side since September 1970 (the 28th to be exact) to play in a Grand Final……..of any sort ! Our team that night was

Team-mates who are the best of enemies

Andrew McLeod and Tyson Edwards are team-mates who have managed to play in the same side despite a public fall-out many years ago. The Guradian’s Lex Sim recalls some infamous soccer “friendships” in his article below. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/mar/03/football-team-mates-enemies-knowledge Have a read and then return here to regale us with tales of your favourite sporting “enemy” team-mates.

Billy Miller’s Lakeside Oval lament

Home of the original Night Premiership and the Commodore/Comedy (and Army Reserve) Cup, the Lakeside Oval was the home of the Swans until 1982 and the scene of many battles for the “Lake Premiership”. Billy Miller tells more. (Click on the link below.) http://www.aroundthegrounds.bellestorie.com/lakeside/lakeside.html

Soccer: My love of Manchester United

By Domenic Favata I play footy, but I have a strong interest in the game we call soccer. I follow Manchester United because they are a team of stars, they are a team of loyalty and, most importantly, a team of skill. I don’t have Foxtel, so when I get a chance to watch a [Read more]

Link: The top 100 tap beers

What? No Ballarat Bitter? No Abbots Lager? Maybe these people are on to something.

Link: Winter Olympics are more fun

The Winter Olympics, through their lesser scale, have been able to stay truer to the Olympic ideal. So enjoy the fun…

Link: Billy Miller goes to Kardinia Park

Billy Miller’s tour of the old VFL grounds takes us to Kardinia Park, a bit of a johnny-cum-lately among the old grounds, but fondly considered nonetheless.

Link: The best long-range soccer screamers

The Guardian has listed its best long-range soccer goals. Don’t worry: Matt Le Tissier’s 1994 screamer for Southampton is in there.

Link: The Guardian’s Youtube round-up

Eddie the Eagle, Brian Clough, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Tyson… they’re all here in this week’s excellent Youtube round-up by The Guardian.

Link: Billy Miller goes to the Junction Oval

Our series Billy Miller Goes to the OLD VFL Grounds continues with his visit to the Junction Oval, once the home of St Kilda, later the home of Fitzroy, since 1971 the site of Footy’s Great Fog-Out.

Footy: The triumphs and troubles of Richo, Part 4

By Domenic Favata 2007- 2009 Everyone had thought that it was the end of Matthew Richardson. That he would just be goalsquare-bound and kick the odd 2-3 goals. But those who thought that he was gone had their words shoved right back down their  throat. Richardson continued to lead the Tiger brigade as he showed [Read more]

Footy: Billy Miller at the Glenferrie Oval

Well, here’s the third of our series on Billy Miller Goes to the Old VFL Grounds. This time it’s the Sardine Can, better known as Glenferrie Oval. Just don’t think Huddo, and especially not Round 1, 1972. The pain, the pain!

Link: Times are strange when Dougie butts out

Holy smoke! Doug Walters has given up the durries! The Guardian gets over its shock to explore the link between cricket and cigarettes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/feb/02/the-spin-cricket-smoking

Footy: Billy Miller goes to Brunswick Street

Here’s the second instalment of our countdown to the AFL season using Billy Miller’s travels to the old VFL grounds. This time we bring you the Brunswick Street Oval. Watch and learn.

Footy: The troubles and triumphs of Richo, Part 3

By Domenic Favata 2002-2006 As Matthew Richardson got older, the better he got. Injuries still hampered him but he continued to provide the goals and spirit that Richmond desperately needed. Richmond were struggling, they had failed to back up their finals appearance from 2001. Sometimes Richo’s tantrums on the field were blooming more often as [Read more]

Footy: Billy Miller on Arden Street

What a way to count down to the season … one of Melbourne’s favourite musicians and Saints fans, Billy Miller (late of the Dingoes), has made short films on the 12 grounds of the old VFL clubs. We start here with North Melbourne’s Arden Street Oval.