AFL Round 18: Crows almost win and I almost tip winner

By Josh Barnstable Despite not having a proper sleep since Wednesday night, I still get up to play footy against Tungamah. As they run out on the ground, I start to wonder why the Tungamah seniors are on the ground. Wait, that’s the under-17s team. As you would imagine the next couple of hours resulted [Read more]

AFL Round 18: North are the better team despite the result

Josh Barnstable “Do some work, Josh,” orders my substitute science teacher. “Nah,” is my reply. Who can work on plastics and metals when you’re going to the AFL? Not me for sure.

AFL Round 17: There’s fight in the Tigers yet

By Josh Barnstable I go about my usual Sunday ritual: waking up to the sound of my alarm at 9.55am, just enough time to go nab the papers, return to my room and watch AFL Game Day, followed by the Footy Show. After an hour of the Footy Show, I decide to help myself to [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Saints warm further to premiership task while I warm up with electric blanket

By Josh Barnstable After a day that left me completely exhausted, I wanted to do nothing but watch the footy on the TV. In the morning I played footy against Katandra, losing by 104 points and spending the rest of the day in town with a friend, getting lunch and playing ping-pong at his house. [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Magpies look like Grand Final material

By Josh Barnstable Rivalry Round, and what a way to kick off a ripper round of footy. The biggest rivalry in footy, the Blues and the Magpies, head to head on a chilly night at the MCG. I’m surprised to see the Pies not wearing their clash guernsey, with the white-strip really making things nostalgic [Read more]

Memoir: My best match

by Josh Barnstable I’m happy to know that every AFL game I go to, I savour it. And I’ve been one of the lucky ones, with every match I’ve gone too; it’s been either a special occasion or a really good game. Due to living in country Victoria, I only get to go to about [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Shaggy Cats blow away Dees in first quarter

By Josh Barnstable Geelong v Melbourne Geelong 2nd, Melbourne 15th Geelong with a two-game losing streak Melbourne with a two-game winning streak The above is something no one in the footy world would have thought possible. But will Melbourne extend both teams’ streaks to three? Celebrating Geelong’s 150th birthday, the Cats wear a slightly altered [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Cats should learn from Demons about how to sing their song

By Josh Barnstable It’s a wonderful Sunday morning, the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze outside and I’m in a BAD mood. It’s the last day of school holidays, and I should probably count myself lucky for having an extra week off after having the flu in the last week of school last [Read more]

Victoria v All Stars: Strauchanie gets best on ground and rightly so

By Josh Barnstable This is the biggest date on the football calendar. It could shape the competition. Or is just that most of the players are out of shape? Victoria, coached by unsuccessful Fremantle ex-coach Chris Connolly, runs out on the ground with stars Bryan Strauchan, Andy Lee and Captain Glenn Archer. In the other [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Blues convince Nana

Carlton vs. Richmond I remember the date: March 26. It was the day of my first game for the Waaia Under 17s. It was also the date of the start of the much-anticipated AFL season. Also the date of the game between Richmond and Carlton, a game that had the biggest build-up in recent times. [Read more]

AFL Round 15: Dogs just miss

Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood The blockbuster games just keep on coming. St Kilda and Geelong, Collingwood and Essendon, Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn, now to Round 15 and we see the Western Bulldogs, white hot after obliterating Hawthorn by 88 points last week, taking on a Collingwood outfit that has won six games in a row. [Read more]

Round 14: Saints win the one we’ve been waiting for

By Josh Barnstable Wow. It’s here. It’s finally here. The moment we’ve all been waiting for since about Round 5. St Kilda, unbeaten after 13 games, takes on Geelong, also unbeaten. Saying there was a big build-up to this match is an understatement, and there were even plans to relocate this match from Etihad Stadium [Read more]

AFL Round 14: Melbourne v West Coast: Stynes inspires Demon win

By Josh Barnstable This was always going to be a victory to the Melbourne Football Club after the announcement that their president and saviour, Jim Stynes, the one who pulled Melbourne out of a big dark hole, was suffering from cancer. After surgery to stop the spread of the disease, Stynes was hospital-bed ridden for [Read more]

General Footy Writing: 2008 draft to be considered among the best

I think in a few years time, we’ll be talking about the 2008 national draft as a draft to match the super-draft of 2001 which saw Chris Judd, Luke Ball and Luke Hodge start their careers. The 2008 top-10 saw the likes of Daniel Rich, Jack Watts, Jack Ziebell, Nick Naitanui and Stephen Hill taken [Read more]

AFL Round 13: North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: I’m not disappointed because I don’t expect to win

By Josh Barnstable Waking up early, I get that feeling that my fellow country kids may get when you wake up on the morning of going to an AFL match, whether you’re seeing your team play or just two neutral clubs battle it out. Anyway it’s 7.30 and I’m up, which is unusual on a [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I love tipping on radio but I want to beat Crackers

By Josh Barnstable Friday is one of the most enjoyable days of the week, perhaps the best day to many people. This may be because work or school has finished and they get a whole two days off to do whatever they want. The reason I like Fridays are because it’s the end of the [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Essendon v Melbourne: Bombers fail to convince

By Josh Barnstable It’s the last day of the term and next week we start semester two. How does that work out? Why is it like that? It’s because of the Government, with the idea that we cannot finish school for the entire semester and go on holidays today, the 19th of June. So next [Read more]

General Footy Writing: In appreciation of Dean Laidley

By Josh Barnstable The man affectionately known as The Junkyard Dog started his career at the West Coast Eagles in 1987, playing 10 games that season. He played a total of 52 games for the Eagles, clocking up 873 disposals, kicking 9 goals and 7 Brownlow votes, despite missing out on the 1991 season due [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Richmond v West Coast: All in all another great day in my young life

By Josh Barnstable An early morning is necessary today. Due to an absolute screw-up by the Picola and District Football League, my club, Waaia, has been put in the same division as clubs like Tungamah (our opponents today), Shepp East, Dookie and Rennie, which are 60 kilometres away, while the other half of the competition [Read more]

AFL Round 12: Carlton v St Kilda: Saints fall in in a ring-a-ding-ding affair

By Josh Barnstable Having a day off school means you can relax for the day. It is also vital that you relax your muscles after a tough night of footy training and, in today’s case, rest your muscles after a night of dancing, raving and just having fun at the school social. For me, I [Read more]