My Grand Final

by Bob Utber I decided on Friday night that I would line up at 4.00am instead of the original time of 5 as I had every reason to think that there might be a crowd already. Driving through the streets of East Melbourne it was hard to find a parking spot and I took a [Read more]

Great day out at “The Lake”

by Bob Utber Lake Cullulleraine is “dead centre” between Renmark in South Australia and Mildura 58 kilometres either way on the Sturt Highway with virtually nothing in between.  The township of “the Lake” has a permanent population of 78 with itinerant workers living on the Lake’s shores taking the population to over the 100 mark. [Read more]


Enigmatic Adelaide forward Taylor Walker will never be an A-grader. A big statement, but it is true. The boy from Broken Hill does not fit into the A-grade category, according to the locals at the Barrier town (Broken Hill is on the Barrier Range).  To be an A-grader one has to be born in Broken [Read more]

Launch: An Adelaide trip with a few twists

By Bob Utber With the Copenhagen climate summit in full swing as I wandered down from Mildura to Adelaide last week, I could not help but notice the way in which country clubs in South Australia and Victoria look after their sporting ovals.  Indeed some of the finest grounds are along the highway between Mildura [Read more]

General Footy Writing: More attention should be given to footy’s dams as well as sires

By Bob Utber If footballers where racehorses we would always know their sire and dam, wouldn’t we? Pakenham is probably the best-known racing town outside metropolitan Melbourne. It’s the home of that great racing family, the Bourkes, one of whom,  incidentally, is married to the caretaker North Melbourne coach Darren Crocker.

General Footy Writing: Life is confusing when you’re a Cat at the Cattery and you’re barracking for the Crows

By Bob Utber I need to speak to Mr John Harms. I think that with his understanding of life  he is the only one who can sort me out. I went to the president’s lunch at the Cattery last Saturday as a guest of the former mayor of Geelong, Bruce Harwood.  Nothing odd in that, [Read more]

Local Footy: Peat Bog Champions emerge from Cora Lynn to put stamp on the game

By Bob Utber Those in the know acknowledge that Cora Lynn has the best football ground in Victoria, nay, Australia. With its peat bog soil it can take six inches of rain and you still do not get muddy. A huge amphitheatre, the ground is famous for staging the Grand Finals of the former West [Read more]