General Footy Writing: Being a fan keeps us young forever

By Michael Mueller I wish I could remember from where I read this particular snippet of information, but a survey of British football fans a few years ago revealed that the loyalty they show to their clubs– albeit tempered by periods of extreme desperation and agony – far exceeded the loyalty and perseverance they displayed [Read more]

Local Footy: Colourful nicknames make footy world go round

By Daryl Pitman “Go Pies!,” shout Collingwood fans. “Up the Crows,” some even more misguided individuals have been heard to utter. But what about the more original nicknames that have evolved in local football? If you haven’t heard of the Cavemen, the Redeyes, the Yabbies or the Gorillas, then read on . . . One [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Tired of silence in the stands? Now sit down and listen to this …

By Bill Mapleston Recently I was walking past the telly. The match of the day was on at the ’G, Cometti was commentating, and the match looked to be at an exciting phase. So I took a minute out to watch – “Luv the game,” as they say. Cometti kept me amused with his “right [Read more]

General Footy Writing: An Irishman’s thoughts on footy, such as they are

By Cormac McCormack Big wages. Big muscles. Big city clubs shipping 6000 kilometres to play at big stadia … Everything about the AFL should make anyone from a GAA background skulk around in anxious compunction, waiting for the inevitable comparisons. It doesn’t, though. The bottom line – that Gaelic games are amateur sports, played and [Read more]

Channel 31 Local Footy Show: Big show planned for Friday night

 by Ian Bennett   On this week’s LOCAL FOOTY SHOW shown on C31 Friday Night at 7.30pm for one hour and again on Saturday Morning starting at 9am for the full hour and a half show. This week’s match for highlights, interviews and presentations from the Worksafe Country Championships between MPNFL Vs WGLFL played [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Freo break their Queensland duck

Carlton versus Fremantle 7.10pm, Saturday 9 May 2009 Carrara Oval (Gold Coast Stadium), Gold Coast, QLD By Dianne Waddingham A quick scan of the 2009 fixture had Fremantle’s first away game outside Victoria in the glitzy, high-rise world of the Gold Coast (and Warwick Capper). Carlton sold their souls for the mighty dollar to play [Read more]

Application for the Richmond coaching job

8th August, 1997   Tony Jewell Richmond Football Club PO Box 48 Richmond, 3121   Dear  Tony,   With the recent uncertainty surrounding the senior coaching position at your club, we write to offer our services with respect to this role.  This correspondence is not meant to represent a waste of your time, or ours. [Read more]

AFL Round 11 (FPS): Did Dick? Dick did. Talented Dick.

  by Tony Scully Good morning Floreat Picans, lovely to wake up to a cold rainy winter’s morning.   It was with trepidation that I, (1) accepted this responsibility knowing the quality of previous offerings. And (2) went to yesterday’s game knowing I had only been to ‘loss’ games so far this season. (Am I the [Read more]

Women’s footy: Vics win national championship

by Leesa Catto The BIG V claimed the AFL women’s national championships today with a hard fought thirty-eight point win over West Australia in perfect conditions at Subiaco Oval. In a very tight opening term the Victorian backline was placed under enormous pressure as the W.A team pushed forward relentlessly. W.A led by seven points at quarter time, the [Read more]

Special Feature: Bring the farm to the footy

      1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) continue with their plan to recognise the contribution The Farm has made to today’s modern game.   Naming a FoFF Farmyard Team of The Centuries is all well and good and has been done by [Read more]

Friday preview: Plough’s last hurrah

by Dan Lonergan I’ve followed the Western Bulldogs since I was six, which stretches back to 1975, when the new cool kid came to school in grade one. He barracked for Footscray and everyone wanted to be his friend, but maybe adopting his footy team was taking it too far. At the time I was [Read more]

Supreme Court News: Norfolk and Chance bring a class action against the Richmond Football Club

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA AT MELBOURNE CLASS ACTION LIST Court No. That Big One Please   BETWEEN: RICHARD TETLEY SMITH & OTHERS Plaintiff – and – RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB LTD Defendant STATEMENT OF CLAIM Date of document: 29 May 2009 Filed on behalf of: The Plaintiff Prepared by: NORFOLK & CHANCE Solicitor’s Code: [Read more]

International footy: Knacker pulls the boots on for the San Jose Hornets

by James Mackay Some of you may be aware of the footy leagues in the USA.  Each area has a few teams and then once a year each district sends a team to the Nationals (Colorado Springs in ’08). The district around San Francisco includes teams from the bay city (known as the knights), the [Read more]

Press release: Victorian women’s footy team

from Leesa Catto and the VWFL   The Victorian senior women’s football team flies out on Tuesday the 2nd of June bound for Perth to compete in the 2009 AFL national women’s championships. The new look Victorian team boasts fourteen players making their debut in the Big V jumper with nine of those fourteen having represented Victoria at [Read more]

AFL Round 10 (FPS): Pies turn it on at the Greensborough RSL

By John Ramsdale Collingwood 17.12.114 d Port Adelaide 11.10.76 Encouraged by last week’s showing against the Eagles, the inclusion of Thomas and Didak, and the unpredictable form of our opponents, I crossed the MCG car park with some confidence for one of the few times this year. My companion, the Piesemist, was, as usual, less sanguine. [Read more]

Putting the farm back into footy – Part 1

In the first of a two-pronged attack, 1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) have a plan to put the farm back into footy, real grassroots style.   Secretly, they’ve always been our favourites, the ones we look out for, and indeed watch over. Because [Read more]

Speccie voting

Greatest speccie of all time voting   Shaun Smith at the Gabba                                 45 Jezza    1970 GF                                              36 Gary Ablett over Pert                                       23 Ashley Sampi v Melb                                        20 Trevor Barker on the wing at teh Lake Oval  12 Gary Ablett (snr) v Melb 1989              10 Gary Moorcroft v Doggies                                14 Chris Tarrant v Melbourne 2002                       7 Brett [Read more]

General footy writing: Carn the Arckos!

Tired of going to the Royal Park after games at the MCG? Punters looking for a more cerebral letdown after four quarters of footy might consider walking past the Royal Park and heading onto the Richmond Uniting Church in Church Street, where Tim Phillips’ Arcko Symphonic Project is putting on a Pulling the Strings recital [Read more]

AFL Round 9: (FPS) Pies work together for Tarks in the west

by Andrea Mcnamara Collingwood 12.16.88 West Coast   9.12.66 I like to get my game preparation right, and looking back, I know I wasn’t ready for either that Monday Massacre or the Sunday Blues game. With both, life got in the way of footy – I hadn’t fully absorbed how much the team had changed since [Read more]

Weekend read: John ‘Pa’ O’Keeffe – a true football person

by Patrick O’Keeffe   Pa taught me how to kick a stab pass, torpedo and drop kick. I think that I might have been about 6 or 7 at the time. I remember it being an overcast day, in a park not too far from Glenelg Oval. I was eager to impress my grandfather. Unfortunately [Read more]