Vics to the rescue

  Australia v India; 1st Test; Day 2; 27 December 2011 by Ben Jensen My brother joined me today on the train trip up from Geelong, the train only about half full with cricket fans, about same as day 1 but we wonder if the Aussies were in better form would it have been full, [Read more]

Geelong ninth best team of all time

GEELONG is the ninth best side ever according to one email floating around Melbourne. Geelong defeated Collingwood on Saturday to win their third flag in five years. Geelong would be the second best side of the AFL era thus far (1990-2011), with promises of more to come with the likes of Dan Menzel, Nathan Vardy [Read more]

Geelong put Collingwood right in their box, win third in five years

My mate Duncan and I decided to skip the pre-match Meat Loaf in favour of a Parma and a couple pints at the James Squire Alehouse in keeping with the routine we followed last Grand Final I attended in 2007. First though it was a quick detour to Swanston Street to buy a cheap pair of [Read more]


GEELONG easily accounted for Port Adelaide in their first Skilled Stadium home game for 2011. Max Rooke made a lap of honour around the ground to huge cheers before the Cats ran out to a guard of honour of past greats. The first quarter was a bit scrappy in very windy conditions, the Cats though in front by seven points at the change. They struggled again in the five minutes following but from that point on slammed the gate shut on the Power, booting four unanswered goals to lead by twenty-nine points at half time. The third quarter bordered on a procession for the first ten minutes, the Cats putting paid to any suggestions of a Power come-back. The boys from Alberton did however kick three in a row to finish the quarter forty-three down. Dam Menzel kicked the opener to a huge reception, but that was nothing compared to the cheers Allen Christensen got when he kicked his maiden AFL goal. In the end the Cats, as predicted, were simply too good for Port Adelaide, winners by just under eighty points.


By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER GEELONG has brought back big guns Joel Selwood, Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett for their first proper home match of the season tomorrow. Josh Cowan’s debut will have to wait at least another week as he was named as one of three emergencies. Missing are two injured players in defenders Andrew Mackie (ankle) and David Wojcinski (achilles) while Cameron Guthrie returns to the VFL for a spell. Port Adelaide made two changes, skipper Dom Cassisi the big loss with a medium-term knee injury while Cameron Hitchcock has been dropped. Former Cat Jason Davenport is named on the bench for the Power. FULL MATCH PREVIEW


26 March 2011 By Ben Jensen AFL ROUND 1 GEELONG CATS V ST KILDA SAINTS GEELONG overcame a twenty-one point deficit late in the third quarter to defeat the Saints by just one point at the MCG tonight in front of a disappointing crowd of 42,869, thanks to a goal from ‘super sub’ Darren [Read more]

Fourth Test, Day 2: Aussies take winning position while I have a wonderful day in the West Stand. Cheers!

Off to the cricket it was for our second day of Test cricket this season. Beautiful train ride from Edinburgh down to Leeds if you overlook the 6am start.  The vibes of Headingley were so obvious as we got close: loads of good spirit, which would have been difficult for those English folk after yesterday; [Read more]

AFL Round 19: Ben Jensen’s (Cats) day can’t get much worse

Ben Jensen’s day went from bad to worse; first called into a crisis meeting; soon after dropping his 3G phone into his coffee and belatedly finding out the Cats lost to the Blues. I WAS TORN on whether to wait until I got home or to listen to this one from work.  After a hasty [Read more]

AFL Round 17: Cats’ win heals at least some of the wounds of 2008

By Anthony Jensen On Saturday afternoon I had the privilege of squeezing onto an atmospheric V-Line train, surrounded by the Geelong faithful, and joined them to watch the team I love host the reigning premiers on a clear winter’s day at the home of footy, the MCG, and get home by the barest margin that [Read more]

Second Test — Day 2: The Aussies have a disastrous day and I lose my flag

By Ben Jensen To say myself and the lovely wife were looking forward to today at Lord’s is an understatement.  Last year we lived a stone’s throw from the ground and vowed to do anything possible to get to the Ashes Test.  Anything – even sign up to be a member of the England’s Supporters [Read more]

AFL Round 14: St Kilda v Geelong: Cats by a whisker

By Ben Jensen This is the clash of the season. Although both sides are unbeaten, the Saints have been smashing sides with such regularity that they’ve got a percentage of 177.5%, to the Cats’ 149.7%. The Geelong back six will be tested by St Kilda forwards led by Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke, Stephen Milne and [Read more]

General Footy Writing: It’s hard trying to watch the footy when the broadcaster goes bust

By Ben Jensen Sometimes I hate being a footy fan outside Australia. I had it all worked out last year; got myself a Setanta Sports subscription; at only £9.99 a month I was supposedly going to get four games live a week. That’s almost better than back home!  By the time the Cats and Port [Read more]

AFL Round 8: Geelong v North Melbourne

By Ben Jensen Another chance to watch the Cats on Setanta this weekend — that’s two in a row! Unfortunately we had a prior engagement so had to “tape” the game and watch it the next morning. Due to an idiot neighbour hooking into our sat dish we’d had a few problems of late, so [Read more]