AFL Round 7: Bombers go on Hawk Hunt

By Pamela Sherpa We’ve beaten enemy No.1 (Collingwood) and  enemy No.2 (Carlton) in thrillers this year. Now we face enemy No.3, Hawthorn. They beat enemy No.2 in a thriller last week and happen to be the premiers. Despite always being a chance against arch rivals there’s an awful feeling that this week will be quite [Read more]

Interstate Hell With the AFL

Background: When the TV rights changed from Channel Seven to Nine  during the previous agreement it resulted in Friday night footy going from an 8.30pm time slot to 11.30pm . This caused immense frustration to viewers north of the Murray. I  expressed my frustration in a poem. INTERSTATE HELL WITH THE AFL (2002) A national [Read more]

Love the Volleys

by Pamela Sherpa   Are Dunlop Volleys making a comeback, or did they never really go out of fashion? When the Preston girls competed in the finals of the 2009 Victorian Little Athletics championships in March they weren’t wearing fancy, expensive  ‘throwing’ shoes. Zoe , 12 and Anna, 10 from Brighton preferred their reliable, comfy [Read more]

How D.C. McGillivray bought the farm

by Pamela Sherpa Running was an integral part of life when my grandfather D.C (David Crump) McGillivray was a boy. Chores were done morning and afternoon and running to and from school was the norm. Not surprisingly, like many of his time, D.C. discovered his athletic talents and developed into a decent all-round sportsman. He relished competition and adhered to the philosophy [Read more]

Footy keeps home fires burning

By Pamela Sherpa Timing is everything they say.  A visit home to Gunbower in northern Victoria luckily coincides with a “home” footy match against the nearest rival. Leitchville-Gunbower v Cohuna Kangas, Round 2, Central Murray Football League. Two teams that used to be four. It’s a situation that typifies country football. Effectively half the district has combined and is playing at [Read more]

Slow Start by Pamela Sherpa (Snowy Mountains correspondent)

  ‘ A National game it’s supposed to be But Friday night football my team I won’t see’…. 2002 ……so began a poem I wrote    Frustration had led to inspiration.   The new TV rights agreement had led to Friday night football moving networks and  timeslots. Instead of the reasonable  8.30 timeslot it was consigned to starting [Read more]