AFL Club awards: Judd helps with Carlton’s coming but Fevola’s loss could see them going again.

John Nicholls Medal by Josh Barnstable They Know We’re Coming They Know We’re Coming They Know We’re Coming We did know, we didn’t believe, they came, they went. Carlton finally rose from the dark, navy blue abyss it fell down in 2002, on the back of skipper Chris Judd, youngsters Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Matthew [Read more]

Cup Day has nothing to Show for it

by Josh Barnstable This is a question I have asked myself each year. The question is filled with answers, yet I never find one. Why is the Melbourne Cup day a public holiday? For years, I wondered why we got the day off in November to see a bunch of horses running around a track, [Read more]

AFL Club awards: Brown and Black lead Lions back into contention

Josh Barnstable reviews the Merrett-Murray Medal A big rejuvenated Lion outfit made a welcomed return to the finals since 2004 on the back of a great year spearheaded by the usual heads of Jonathan Brown, Simon Black and Daniel Bradshaw. After a stirring comeback in the first week of the finals against Carlton, ignited by [Read more]

AFL Club Awards: Barnstable’s breakdown on Crows’ top ten

By Josh Barnstable One of the most exciting seasons for the Adelaide Crows, the Red, Blue and Gold hoops finished 5th on the ladder and were third favourite to win the flag going into the finals after an enormous second half of the season, in which the young team blitzed the competition with an amazing [Read more]

AFL Club awards: Barnstable’s breakdown on Roos’ top ten

By Josh Barnstable If you told me the two top placings of the 2009 Syd Barker Medal, I would have called you crazy and told you to get back to your Lexus Centre. But, after a shocking season for the blue and white stripes, two young players came through with plenty of credentials, and gained [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: Chappy’s heroics help Cats win a pearler

By Josh Barnstable It’s that day again. The one day in September that we all speak of. That one day is here. After a whole season of football that started in February, it’s time to decide which is the best team of the year 2009. Will it be St Kilda, back in the Grand Final [Read more]

AFL Prelim Finals: Dogs battle to hold out Saints while I face challenges of my own

By Josh Barnstable It’s Friday night in the Northern Territory. The sun is down, the sky is a light grey colour, yet I can feel no atmosphere compared to what I would be feeling back in Victoria. To get me in the mood, I go for a walk with a couple of mates and pat [Read more]

AFL Finals — Week 1: Siren beats Bullies as Cats earn Preliminary Final spot

By Josh Barnstable This couldn’t get any better. A nice spring day, two of the best teams in the league are battling it out on the grand stage of the MCG on a Saturday afternoon. It’s the Second Qualifying Final. The Bullies and the Kitties. The Dogs have their full side in minus Tom Williams, [Read more]

AFL Finals — Week 1: Lions get up no thanks to Zach Zoomer

By Josh Barnstable I’ve got the same feeling I had 13 weeks earlier. In Round 11, Brisbane played Carlton at the Gabba, and I tossed and turned on whether I should watch the match. I decided I would, and what a game it turned out to be. High scoring, close, and Brendan Fevola in magic [Read more]

AFL Finals — Week 1: Essendon need to pull socks up after Adelaide demolition

By Josh Barnstable It’s that time of the year again. It feels like only yesterday when Buddy Franklin toyed with the Bulldogs’ defence, when Collingwood came from the clouds to pip Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, when the Swans ended Shannon Grant, Nathan Thompson and Jess Sinclair’s careers, when Geelong saw off one of their main [Read more]

Local Footy: Waaia win tops off a perfect day

By Josh Barnstable I wake up early on a Sunday morning and find the sun is shining brightly. I get up, get dressed and prepare for a day of watching footy. Not AFL, though. Country footy. Finals. Yesterday I’d gone to Numurkah with Dad to see Numurkah play Congupna. Ron Barassi was making an appearance [Read more]

AFL Round 21: Cats joins Dogs on second tier, behind Pies and Saints

By Josh Barnstable The big battle between the animals. Dog v Cat. The last time these animals clashed, it was the Cats in the best game of the year. Brad Johnson, who missed after the siren, lost the game for the Doggies. Everyone is looking forward to the rematch. The Dogs have the stumbles but [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Swans are better thanI expect but I still want them to change their game plan

By Josh Barnstable After an eventful day, I want nothing more than to sit down and watch a good game of footy. But then I I realize Sydney is playing. At ANZ Stadium. I’m in for a boring night. I look for other things to do. Play footy on the Playstation; continue reading my book [Read more]

AFL Round 20: My shoulder pain is nothing like the pain the Tigers should feel

By Josh Barnstable Needing to wake up at 8:15 on a Saturday, which is absolutely crazy, just to get to the local footy ground of Rennie, the opposition today. It’s the last game of the year, and I’m quietly hoping to kick a few goals and hit the lead in the goalkicking for Waaia. I’m [Read more]

AFL Round 20: Hawks’ performance in battle of birds deems them unworthy of finals

By Josh Barnstable After completing yet another week of school, I was looking forward to getting home and enjoying the footy and resting up for a big week ahead of me. I pick Adelaide confidently on the radio, but I have a feeling the Hawks can win if they are serious about finals, which up [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Why Glenn Archer was my sporting hero

By Josh Barnstable Glenn Archer played for AFL club North Melbourne. Archer was born in Victoria on the 24th of March, 1973. He began his career with North in 1992 after being recruited from Noble Park. Archer was a troubled youngster, and says that playing AFL prevented him from going down a path of drugs, [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Pies lift their game but I need to lift mine

By Josh Barnstable After looking forward to watching the Hawthorn v St Kilda game, I was shocked to find that the game was being broadcast live so I had missed an hour of the match. Disappointed, I looked towards the Crows and Pies to show me some good footy.

AFL Round 19: My tip for the Cats pulls up short

By Josh Barnstable Despite getting onlyone out-of-uniform day a term thanks to the government, we treat the ones we get as the best days of the year. Jeans for Genes day was celebrated by my school, and majority of the school wore their denim to school. Except me, though. I had a weird dream that [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Port look good for finals tilt

By Josh Barnstable This game has a bit of a finals feeling. The winner might end up in the top 8 while the loser will slip further away from the leading 8. On a beautiful sunny day at the best ground in the AFL in my opinion, the Power are underdogs to defeat Hawthorn on [Read more]

AFL Round 18: I think Strauchanie should have been able to replace Presti

By Josh Barnstable After contesting in two Grand Finals in a row which resulted in victory to the Brisbane Lions on both occasions, the Pies are ready to have another tilt at the flag, and defeating the Lions would go a long way towards that dream that has eluded the Maggies since 1990. After forming [Read more]