NAB Cup Round 2: Big Bad Barry Back In Town

By Damian Watson This particular Friday is filled with high anticipation as two star forwards, who after departing from their previous respective clubs following undisciplined actions last year, begin to pull on a different guernsey in 2010. Carlton’s summer of turmoil may have stemmed from Brendan Fevola’s Brownlow antics and I am delighted as the Blues prevail over Brisbane in a Visy Park practice match in [Read more]

NAB Cup, Round 1: Young Power stars annihilate Crows (no, really)

By Damian Watson Finally after those endless summer months, the NAB Cup has finally commenced. I feel relieved as I grab the notepad and pen for the first time in 2010 awaiting the start of a new season — and a new decade — of this great Australian game. The first competitive hit out for my Blues [Read more]

Footy: My favourite night footy/pre-season cup moments

By Damian Watson After a long, arduous four-month wait the Pre Season competition is finally upon us! In this five-week period, players will begin to regain their football prowess in a competitive nature after a gruelling summer out on the track. Coaches will experiment with methods and young hopefuls emerging from the draft. Despite the [Read more]

A blast from drafts past

By Damian Watson Well folks the 2009 AFL National Draft is fast approaching! It’s that brief moment in summer where the sole sporting focus shifts to AFL Footy just one more time before we enter the New Year. It is a day where the best young talents wait anxiously to hear the recruiters announce their [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Cats prevail on my favourite day of the year

By Damian Watson It is in my opinion the most exciting day of the year, the last Saturday in September. After a week filled with traditional events, pre-game TV shows, anticipation and hype surrounding the big match, the city, or indeed the nation, comes to a standstill. The biggest game of the season has arrived [Read more]

AFL Prelim Finals: Saints’ extra bite up forward hauls them over line

It is a Friday and the end of the school term, I should be thrilled. However on this particular Friday I am relatively angry!! Today is the day I am receiving my braces!!!!!! Although this device is supposed to straighten my two crooked teeth, its presence still very annoying!! Thankfully they will only be attached [Read more]

AFL Semi-Finals: Justice is done as Dogs bundle out Lions

By Damian Watson Finally! Yet another school week completed and another weekend of highly anticipated finals action to look forward to. We have now reached the Semi Finals which indicates that the remaining teams have entered a sudden death situation with a loss signifying the end of your campaign and it’s time to pack for [Read more]

AFL Finals–Week 1: Carlton capitulation leaves me stunned

We have finally reached the month of September and of course in AFL circles this signifies the finals series. September brings out the best and worst in all involved with the football world as the Top 8 teams strive for that elusive premiership cup. Two of those sides, the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, are to [Read more]

AFL Round 22: The only thing worse than a humiliating Carlton defeat is the feedback from cocky Crows supporters who’ve ventured across the border

The incomparable element of Round 22 is the excitement surrounding the matches that will shape the finals series. The best example is final round of the 1987 season when Steve Kernahan’s wobbly helicopter punt after the siren against North Melbourne at Waverley gave the Blues top spot and of course the hysteria surrounding the Melbourne [Read more]

Local Footy: Falcons threaten to swoop on flag

It’s a Sunday lunchtime and I’m preparing for my first and what might  be my final Grand Final, and I’m excited. I have certainly enjoyed this season, participating in an older age group after our previous team folded. For the Knox under-16 side it has proven to be a successful finals series as we have [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Pies sew up top-four spot by trouncing hapless Tigers in heated stoush

As we creep into the latter part of August everything begins to heat up. On the weather front the temperature gradually begins to slide up as we near spring and out on the footy field the intensity rises and many teams fight for a crucial spot inside the eight with finals just around the corner.

AFL Round 19: Carlton midfield too good for fancy Cats

It’s another miserable looking Friday weather-wise and I am preparing myself for another fairly mediocre performance from my Blues against the pacy, skilful and courageous Geelong side. On a lighter note I am fortunate enough to have the day off school with Curriculum Day and I take full advantage of a somewhat rare, relaxing day. [Read more]

Top 10: Australian footballers who excelled in other sports

By Damian Watson With the recent news of Brisbane Bronco and State Of Origin representative Karmichael Hunt making a shock transition from the NRL into the new Gold Coast side in the AFL, I decided to take a look back and count down the best 10 senior footballers who excelled in other codes.

AFL Round 18: No fairytale for Simpson as Blues edge closer to finals

By Damian Watson “What A big week it has been in football!” That Eddie McGuire catch cry was heard almost every week on The Footy Show and it is the perfect way to describe this previous week. The past seven days have provided the most off-field news so far this year beginning with the end [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Ugly win to the Pies

by Damian Watson By Damian Watson To say it has been a busy week for me is certainly an understatement. I kicked off the working week, or in my case the learning week, at school reporting on the school production while on camera. Now let me tell you reporting on theatre (of which I am not [Read more]

AFL Round 16: The Blues return to finals calculations as I return to the footy

By Damian Watson As my Dad and I made our way towards Etihad Stadium I felt a great sense of anticipation. It was the first time in six weeks that I’d been to an AFL game. The reason for this hiatus is thanks to a long bout of the flu, and the wintry conditions certainly [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Blues invent Fevolutionary goals on a windy day at the MCG

By Damian Watson Don’t you just love Saturday afternoons! It is a day where the weekend dawns and the smell of footy is in the air all around Victoria with the prospect of local footy,VFL and AFL matches to look forward too. As a teenager I will treasure these moments for a long time to come. Not [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Please keep those Hawks to nought

By Damian Watson For me, it has been a somewhat relaxing first week of the school holidays mainly consisting of junior football, attending movies, watching hours of sport on that heavenly channel One HD and of course writing for the Almanac. However a busy weekend has seen me attend exquisite American parties as they celebrate [Read more]

The Big Clash: Saints and Cats match should be a beauty if these precedents are a guide

By Damian Watson In the light of the big clash between the two undefeated teams St Kilda and Geelong on Sunday, I’ve had a look at some of the biggest build-ups to home-and-away games. As I am only 14 years old, I wasn’t around to feel the vibe of the big matches in the 1960s, ’70s, [Read more]

AFL Round 13: Essendon v Carlton: Bombers score best win in Knights era

By Damian Watson Another very eventful Friday indeed! It is the end of the school term, two very notable American entertainers have passed away (Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett), and we are witnessing another huge build-up to a season-defining clash between Essendon and Carlton at a packed MCG. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the 83,407 [Read more]