VFA/VFL – The Burgers v The Boroughs: Red and blue deja vu

Mic Rees sees a moving tribute to legendary Coburg stalwart Ian Liversidge before watching his Port Melbourne side taken on the locals. His visit to Coburg City Oval takes him back to one of the VFA’s memorable grand finals- when Port came back from oblivion to snatch victory against Coburg in1980. [Super evocation of past and present – JTH]

Almanac Footy History: KT’s ton – 40 years on

Mic Rees celebrates Kelvin Templeton’s remarkable 1978 season when he kicked more than one third of Footscray’s points.

The Game of the Century

The 1965/66 District Cricket Grand Final is one of the best played, Mic Rees provides the colour and background to this classic game.

Shanahan, Lawry and the breaking of the drought

First published here in 2011, this is Mic Rees’ piece on the famous 1965/66 Victorian District cricket Grand Final.

Mick Malthouse: 715 and counting

Mic Rees recalls some highlights from Mick Malthouse’s Footscray years.

Cubs now the Maddon Crowd

The baseball World Series has just finished but Mic Rees is already on board for his Chicago Cubs run at the 2015 pennant. Baseball fans will enjoy this history of the “loveable losers” managers, occasional successes and new season prospects and signings.

Cricket: Gaunt and Leigh’s campaign of carnage

Mic Rees profiles the 1964/65 district cricket season in Melbourne, and his Footscray team’s search for elusive success.

Melbourne Premier Cricket: And the winner is…Footscray!

Mic Rees loved every minute of the Premier Cricket Grand Final.

Surviving Summer Slings

Mic Rees remembers the career of Footscray’s Rod Nicholls.

What do you do for an encore?

This Sunday, November 3, marks the 40th anniversary of Barry Watson’s senior debut for the Footscray Cricket Club. His feat on debut has been unequalled by any at the club since. Mic Rees takes a look back at a stellar career that included the Doggies tasting premiership success for the first time in 32 years.

Remembering Robert Rose

This weekend, Collingwood and Western Bulldogs will play for the Robert Rose Cup. What does this contest represent? Mic Rees looks back at a time when it was still possible to play two sports at the highest level simultaneously and Rose’s extraordinary, all too short career.

Eastwood made our day

Mic Rees looks back at the career of Ken Eastwood – the most influential player in the history of the Footscray Cricket Club. (Oh, and a former Test batsman.)

Happy Anniversary Mr Zeuschner

Happy Anniversary Mr Zeuschner Six matches into his senior coaching career and Brendan McCartney’s record stands at 2 wins and 4 losses. Upon his appointment last year McCartney became the 14th different man to take the coaching reigns at the Western Oval since the team last reached the season finale.  Saturday 23 September 1961 was [Read more]

MY ANZAC DAY – 2012

My earliest recollections of Anzac Day aren’t of attending a solemn dawn service, rather they revolve around my dearly loved and long departed grandmother, still a feisty woman 82 years of age when she passed away in July 1980. On April 25 each year she would sit and watch television coverage of the annual procession [Read more]

2011/12 Premier Cricket Final – Review

by Mic Rees After 144 Home & Away matches and 7 finals, the dust has settled and one team stands alone at the top of the Premier Cricket summit. That team is Richmond, the Tigers convincing winners over a beaten but far from disgraced Dandenong. Richmond took control of the match during the final session [Read more]

Premier Cricket: 2011/12 Grand Final Preview

Preview – 2011/12 Premier Cricket Final One game of the 2011/12 Premier Cricket season remains. After finishing the Home and Away season with consecutive loses Dandenong found form when it mattered most knocking over the first and second ranked sides in consecutive weekends. They’ll defend the premiership they captured in dramatic circumstances a year ago. [Read more]

Premier Cricket – Semi Final review

  by Mic Rees Four teams entered the weekend’s action with premiership aspirations. Two remain “alive and kicking”, the other two bowing out in rather ignominious fashion. At Toorak Park Dandenong captain Darren Dempsey called correctly and sent Prahran in to bat, the opening pair of Stephen Seymour and Daniel Salpietro taking the score to [Read more]

Premier Cricket – Semi Final Preview

Four teams remain in the hunt for the 2011/12 Premier Cricket Pennant. The semi finals will be decided over both days this weekend (Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March). Here’s my preview.   Prahran v Dandenong @ Toorak Park Last 5 starts: P’ran WLWLW D’nong LWLLW Last time they met: Round 4 2011/12 Saturday 22 [Read more]

Premier Cricket – Quarter Final review

  by Mic Rees The 2011/12 Quarter finals of Premier Cricket saw two favourites salute, a major reversal of form and a surprise result in the remaining game. Reigning champs Dandenong travelled to Princes Park to take on minor premier Carlton. Despite missing both Pattinson boys and Peter Siddle, the Panthers would have been satisfied [Read more]

Premier Cricket: Quarter Final Preview

It’s quarter finals time in Premier Cricket for season 2011/12. Matches will be played over both days of the upcoming weekend (Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March). Here’s my preview (please disregard selections).   Carlton (1st) 71pts v Dandenong (8th) 43pts @ Princes Park #1 Carlton Last 5 starts: C’ton LWLWW D’nong WLWLL Last time [Read more]