2009 Malarkey Medal

THE 2009 MALARKEY MEDAL THE TOP TEN (Brownlow votes in brackets) Chris Judd (Carlton) 28 (22) Gary Ablett (Geelong) 26 (30) Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) 23 (15) Jonathan Brown (Brisbane) 19 (19) Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda) 18 (17) Alan Didak (Collingwood) 18 (12)

Melbourne Cup tip – take a cardigan

by Brett Dutschke The early tip for the Melbourne Cup is for brisk winds and a high of about 20 degrees, according to weatherzone.com.au, so it will be worth taking a jacket or cardigan.

AFL club awards: All the best-and-fairest top tens

Adelaide (Malcolm Blight Medal) 43 Bernie Vince 41 Jason Porplyzia 39 Simon Goodwin 38 Michael Doughty 38 Graham Johncock 38 Kurt Tippett 36 Scott Thompson 30 Tyson Edwards 30 Andrew McLeod 29 Chris Knights Brisbane (Merrett-Murray Medal) 57.5 Jonathan Brown 56.5 Simon Black 54 Mitch Clak 51.5 Luke Power 45 Justin Sherman 41.5 Daniel Rich [Read more]

Women’s Footy: Debbie Lee wins Football Woman of the Year award

By Leesa Catto Congratulations to Victorian Women’s Football League president Debbie Lee on being named the 2009 Football Woman of the Year. The award, presented by the Essendon Women’s Network, offers recognition to women who have made a significant contribution to the game of football.

Footy Weather: Grand Final conditions to resemble Kardinia Park in July

By Brett Dutschke Strong winds are not only transporting soil to other parts of the country they are also making some places feel quite foreign. Just three days after a dust-blown Sydney resembled Coober Pedy, the Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday will be cold, wet and windy – more like Kardinia Park in July.

Footy Book: Saints and Cats fans among those who reveal deep connections in ‘Footy Passions’

  By John Cash, co-author of Footy Passions     Footy Passions is a ‘footy book’, but it is different from most. Instead of focusing on certain players, clubs or matches, it looks closely at some devoted supporters of AFL clubs. It explores their passion for their team. It enters the personal world of keen [Read more]

Local Footy: Hume league to honour old Coreen league

By Barry Malone The Coreen and District Football League folded in 2007 after 98 years of serving the people of the southern Riverina, specifically the area north of Corowa. This Saturday, at the Hume league grand final between Osborne and Jindera at Walbundrie, Hume league officials will host a “wind-up” of the Coreen league. It’s [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Riewoldt named All-Australian captain

Nick Riewoldt has been named captain and Chris Judd the vice-captain of the All-Australian team that was announced on Monday night.

Local Footy: Memories of Tungamah

By Jack Sheridan My first recollection of seeing the Tungamah footy team would have been as an ankle-biter in the early 1930s when they played in the green and gold — like  the old Northcote team in the VFA, green with a gold yoke and collar.  My father played for Tunga. I recall that during [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A good hard look at free-kick figures for travelling teams

By Dave Warner Hi fellow footy enthusiasts, welcome to my analysis of AFL umpiring 2009. Halfway through the year I sent a missive to my football cronies that set out how for years I’ve had a feeling that AFL umpires are biased to home teams when games are played between clubs of different states.  I’ve [Read more]

Footy seminar: A strange case of code-shifting

Beginnings of a Switch Hunt: The Strange Case of the Slavia-Victorian Football League Game School of Sport and Exercise Science Sport and Culture Group Research Seminar 1.30-2.30 pm, Friday, 11 September 2009 Building A, Room A432, Footscray Park Campus, Victoria University Presented in association with the Football Studies Unit and Sport History Unit at Victoria [Read more]

AFL Finals — Week 1: Cats’ victory completes family circle

By Roy Hay It was never a problem hitching one’s wagon to a Geelong star in 1977. Having supported provincial losers all my life, specifically Ayr United whose trophy drought in Association Football in Scotland exceeded that of Geelong in the AFL until 2007, I was always a gimme. For years I sat in the [Read more]

AFL Round 22: Everyone’s a winner when Saints squeeze past Dees

By Margaret Duncan It is the last match for Melbourne in the 2009 season, a team with the dubious honour of being on the bottom of the league ladder.  St Kilda are on top. But after two losses in the previous two weeks, and after 19 straight wins before that, they are a bit rattled.  [Read more]

Footy lunch: Roll up, roll up for Lighthouse Foundation function at the MCG

General Footy Writing: Musings from a Swans fan on the Eade factor

Although raised as a diehard South Melbourne supporter, I was euphoric when they moved to Sydney in 1982. Finally, I thought, I am going to be able to experience the feeling of seeing my poor, humble, working-class team win a flag.

Women’s Footy: Darebin take VWFL flag

By Leesa Catto Darebin were too good, too strong and too experienced as they outmuscled the Creekers yesterday at Box Hill city Oval. It was  Darebin’s day, winning both the VWFL reserves and seniors Grand Finals. The seniors took home the Susan Alberti cup after beating a gallant Diamond Creek team by 44 points in front of a record crowd at Box [Read more]

Cricket: Amid scandal and despair, Stephen Fry finds reason to toast England, Australia and cricket itself

This is an edited version of Stephen Fry’s speech at a dinner for Andrew Strauss at Lords before the second Test … Thank you ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much indeed.  It is an honour to stand before so many cricketing heroes from England and from Australia and at this, my favourite time of [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Swans cap off Mickey’s 300th with a fine win

By Keiran Croker On Sunday I headed off to the ’G for a breakthrough in the Swans’ history, it being the first time one of our players would play 300 games for the club.  I was in my collar, tie and jacket (no jeans) as it was also my first time to watch a game [Read more]

Local footy: Footy at Lake Cargelligo

by David Ogilvy While travelling from South Australia to the north coast of NSW recently, my wife and I found ourselves in Lake Cargelligo in NSW’s Northern Riverina  on a cool windy Saturday.

AFL Round 18: My Dad goes to Lions dinner but Pies win anyway

By Liam Fahey It was cold at the MCG when I arrived. My Dad had deserted me and gone to the Brisbane Lions dinner (the traitor), so I had to track down Uncle Stephen (Stephen said my Dad had Medallion Club Mick-ed us). When I got to my seat, I sat down and had the [Read more]