The Early Days Of The VFL Players’ Association

Around this time last year John Harms published a fortieth year anniversary history of the AFL/VFL Players’ Association. His research was aided enormously by the early work of Braham Dabscheck, an academic who went on to be a leader in the area of understanding player associations, organisations, and unions (around the world). Braham now writes for the Almanac. To add to those St Kilda laments, we feel it’s timely to publish one of his early papers. [Thanks to Braham for making this original research paper available, and to Jay Carmichael for his diligent editing/conversion job – Ed]

The All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final (Replay) 2014: Kilkenny v Tipperary

Braham Dabscheck always thought that Australian Football was the fastest and most exciting team sport of them all. Not any more. Hurling, he says, is a game that has no truck shillyshallying.

AFL Round 23 – Adelaide v St Kilda: farewell in the City of Churches

After a hell of a Saints season, Braham Dabscheck says farewell to some seasoned Saints.

AFL Round 22 – Richmond v St. Kilda: An old and a new Saint shine in the gloom of a loss to the Tigers.

It’s been a tough year for Sainters as Braham Dabscheck points out, but there’s always something to cling to.

AFL Round 20 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Dogs put bite on Lenny’s parade

Braham Dabschek sums up the Saints day on St.Lenny’s afternoon at the Dome. At least the final home game showed a better St.Kilda team against a more confident and skillful Western Bulldogs. Even the Dogs celebrated Lenny in the end.

AFL Round 18 – St Kilda v Fremantle: Saints on cloud nine; Dockers on slow boat back to Fremantle

Sainters everywhere are on Cloud Nine. And we’re still trying to work out what happened. Braham Dabscheck loved every minute of it.

AFL Round 14 – St Kilda v West Coast: Saints competitive but get pecked off by Eagles

Braham Dabscheck sees improvement in his Saints with the young men growing in confidence and stature in a better game against West Coast. Lenny Hayes continues to be a champion and will be missed when he eventually leaves. Meanwhile, Saints fans and players have a happier, character building, day out.
Please note that Braham will be one of the speakers at this Friday’s Almanac event. See details above.

AFL Round 13 – Geelong v St Kilda: Saints hit rock-bottom at the Cattery

Braham Dabscheck reviews his Saints performance against the Cats. The only way is up.

AFL Round 12 – Port Adelaide v St Kilda: Saints overpowered

Footy is sometimes very simple: you get overpowered by a better team on the day.

AFL Round 11 – St. Kilda v Collingwood: Pies Glide Over The Saints

“This was a curious game,” writes Braham Dabscheck. “It lacked passion.”

AFL Round 9 – St Kilda v Gold Coast: Saints Eclipsed by Suns

Braham Dabscheck is hanging in there with his injury ravaged Saints. The talented young Suns smashed them in the first half, but his boys showed some fight in the second half.

AFL Round 8 – St Kilda v Carlton: The Saints and Monday night blues

It wasn’t the greatest game in the world (in fact there were moment when it was the worst), writes Braham Dabscheck, but there were some signs for Sainters.

AFL Round 7 – Hawthorn v St Kilda: Hawks Soar Over Saints

They are stoic folks these Saints supporters. Braham Dabscheck surveys the wreckage of the Hawthorn game and expects a ‘character building’ season for fans and players alike,

AFL Round 5 – Essendon v St Kilda: Saints heavenly; Dons bomb.

Braham Dabscheck tips his Saints unfailingly and is occasionally pleasantly surprised.