ANZAC Centenary: ANZAC Spirit or Christmas in April

Stick with Dave Mapleston on this, as he makes a strong comment on the recent Woolworths advertising campaign which attempts to cash in on collective memory. Dave tries to understand the metaphor, and then fights back.

Life on Red Hill

Life on Red Hill The Red Hill team song is a variation on the classic, ‘She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes.’ In the second verse we sing – We’ll take on all the champions as they come, oh we’ll take on the champions as they come. Then it sounds something like – [Read more]

Rising to the Occasion

Coaches, fans and footballers always say that good players perform during finals. So far this year that has been true with the regular names bobbing up with great stats and obvious influence in the fight. I think there are players who run onto the field and know they are going to dominate, such is their [Read more]

The Australian Bar and Restaurant – New York

New York city is so rich in culture and diversity, it is mind blowing Darryl. They have a channel that plays baseball 24 hours… a… day. Some of the bars have more than 20 televisions, each one playing a sporting event of real cultural significance. You should see The Australian Bar and Restaurant. It’s more [Read more]

Magpies in Philadelphia

When you visit Philadelphia there are a few non-negotiable must do’s. You ring the Liberty Bell, watch big Sav punt for the Eagles, eat a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and best of all, finish the day with the famous run up the Rocky’s stairs in order to pay homage to the great boxer. You can [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Footy soul train needs a little direction

By David Mapleston It’s Sunday afternoon and I am watching the Cats and the Bombers on telly. My girlfriend Sonja’s favourite player has just became Jimmy Bartel due to a close up before a centre bounce. Cameron Ling was No.1 because, as Sonja said, he is the  “Susan Boyle of the AFL”. It’s the mothering [Read more]

Dangerous Times When You Are Thinking About Football

by David Mapleston A sports psychologist once told me the two best ways to put someone off their goal kicking. The first way is to ask them a question as they are running in to kick. The theory is, their mind can’t help but respond and therefore they aren’t completely focused on kicking straight. The [Read more]

Wanted: music to lull me into an impenetrable bubble of football excellence

When I turned on the news in my Perth home on Friday night, WAFL footy led the sports news headlines. It was a phenomenon not seen in my three years in this city. There is renewed excitement surrounding the state competition. The Eagles and the Dockers are battling while the WAFL is producing nail-biters. Like [Read more]