Revolutionary new fans’ organisation and it’s absolutely fair dinkum

AFL fans are revolting … but not in the way you might think, writes Cheryl Critchley. [This could be big…it should be big. Why shouldn’t the fans mobilise? Ed]

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: How ironic

Yes, Cheryl Critchley can see the irony in the ninth-placed team beating the Tigers in their long-awaited finals appearance.

AFL Round 21 – Richmond v Carlton: If it doesn’t matter it doesn’t matter. Or does it?

Sigh! Says Cheryl Critchley, for lots of reasons.

AFL Round 18 – Sydney v Richmond: Persecution and Richmond

Persecution and Richmond go hand in hand, writes Cheryl Critchley.

Orbost or bust – celebrating a triple treat

The Orbost Football Club is holding a reunion on August 3. Cheryl Critchley highlights the rich and successful history of the East Gippsland club.

Girl Power at the G

Footy has come a long way since Cheryl Critchley was in grade six and girls were banned from a school footy clinic. On Sunday she stood on the MCG as coach of the girls’ Auskick team playing at half time in the Richmond-St.Kilda game.

AFL Round 13 – Western Bulldogs v Richmond: Toying with the F word

The F word is rearing its ugly head again and causing untold trauma to Richmond fans everywhere, Cheryl Critchley included.

What’s in a name?

No wonder footy has turned into a soap opera, writes Cheryl Critchley

An open letter to Melbourne fans

Passion can be a good thing in footy. But it can also get you into trouble, as Cheryl Critchley found out when expressing her frustration last week about what was happening at the Melbourne Football Club. In this open letter, she apologises for resorting to stereotypes, but stands by her belief cultural change is needed.

AFL Round 8 – Richmond v Melbourne: The Sara Lee Cup

Tigers fan Cheryl Critchley sinks the boot into Melbourne fans. Where are they in their team’s time of need? [Methinks the author is hoping to be corrected, but I suspect her husband isn’t – Ed]

AFL Round 7 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: There are two teams out there

Channel 7 should have called it as it was, rather than cheering for a Port comeback, writes Cheryl Critchley.

AFL Round 5 – Fremantle v Richmond: If you don’t mind umpire

Cheryl Critchley has had enough – again. Umpiring! Jack! Pay cheques of footy bureaucrats!

AFL Round 3 – Richmond v Western Bulldogs: All aboard the bandwagon

Following Richmond and pessimism go hand in hand, writes Cheryl Critchley. Join her for the ride.

AFL Round 1 – Carlton v Richmond: How to have a heart attack

Cheryl Critchley will take any win, especially one over Carlton in the opening round.

An unpredictable season? We’re not so sure

With all the defections, rule changes, dodgy training programs, off-field scandals and on-field upsets, is anything certain in footy anymore? Yes, says Cheryl Critchley. In fact, some things never change.

Tennis: Grunting

Cheryl Critchley just doesn’t get tennis grunting.

Richmond Season Preview: We’re Doomed. Or Are We?

Cheryl Critchley can’t wait for the 2013 footy season to start. Well sort of…

Grand Final Heartache

I’m now actually pleased that Richmond never makes the finals – it has probably saved me two or three heart attacks. Coaching my first basketball Grand Final was more nerve racking than watching Collingwood throw away another premiership in the dying seconds. I didn’t sleep at all the night after the game and two days [Read more]

September for losers (reprise)

September is a non-event for those of us who rarely see AFL finals action. Unless we swallow our pride and follow someone else’s team. Always full of hope at the start of the season, we keep September free until the last minute just in case, resisting the urge to plan a weekend away an overseas [Read more]

VWFL Grand Final: Darebin up the creek without a Premiership

      When I started working as a cadet journalist on the Knox-Sherbrooke News back in 1985, one of the first stories I wrote was about women’s footy. The VWFL was in its infancy and the Ferntree Gully Kangas were struggling to find their feet. The competition had a handful of teams and faced [Read more]