AFL Round 8 – Gold Coast v Western Bulldogs: Hurdles

The Suns have overcome a couple of hurdles so far this year – first win at the MCG; consecutive wins – but the next hurdle is stark, writes Matt Webber from the Gold Coast.

The Bad Boys of Footy

Matthew Webber, author of House of the Rising Suns – an account of the debut year of the Suns – returns with Bad Boys of Footy: Modern Failings of Football’s Finest. “Everybody screws up. Of course they do. But no one screws up like a modern day gladiator,” says Webber.

Revisiting a launch gone wrong

Matt Webber tells the story of a day which was supposed to be triumphant, but didn’t quite work out that way.

Brendon Goddard: the rules provide; the rules take away

Brendon Goddard has packed his bags and moved to Windy Hill. As a proud – if battered – St Kilda man, Matthew Webber is not sure where he sits on it all. Rage is so futile, disappointment so wasteful, and pragmatism so cold.

This code-hopping marketing nonsense is beyond a joke

This code-hopping marketing nonsense is beyond a joke  OR for christ’s sakes are we really THAT stupid?   Last week AFL’s head honcho, Andrew Demetriou, came out and said something abhorrently dodgy.   Here’s the relevant quote:   “I’m on the record as saying both Karmichael Hunt and Israel Folau have returned our investment in [Read more]

The other Suns

    The Suns are playing the Demons at the G.   I would have been there but a freaky wall of the most horribly foul weather kept my plane from taking off.   So it’s for two reasons I’m thrilled to hear the Suns Reserves are taking on Mt Gravatt Vultures in an NEAFL [Read more]

The unfashionable Ablett returns

It’s home and away junk time at Metricon today. The Crows may have finally shrugged a horrible dose of Craig-itis – that cruel affliction that condemns clubs to an endless youth-led rebuilding phase – but they’re still a mile off the pace. And as for the Suns, well, they’re not genuinely a part of things [Read more]

Winning Should Mean More

The afternoon sparkles. For all the talk of gloves and thermal underwear, it’s t-shirt time at Kardinia. A full house, too. Just glorious. I’ve taken a spot high-ish in the Doug Wade Stand. My bum’s on hardwood. My seat number’s stenciled on. Metricon’s pretty flash, but this will always be better.