VAFA: De La replace Tigers in second spot on day of Ammos drama

There was only one change of note on the A- and B-section ladders after Saturday’s final round, but there was a lot of drama before what turned out to be little movement. In A-section, De La Salle earned the double chance after replacing St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers in second place with an 87-point victory at Waverley [Read more]

Local Footy: Heidelberg reveal size of task for Northern league rivals

By Paul Daffey In 2000 I went to the Eastern Football League grand final between East Burwood and Vermont. It was the last match held at Waverley Park before that ground was closed down as a venue for footy matches. I remember a cold, crisp night and a match of ill-humour. The sprinkling of spectators [Read more]

In the Sheds: Saints’ kicking is sinful

By Paul Daffey HORSHAM Saints president Peter Daffy might have been on to something when he bumped into his counterpart from Warrack Eagles, David Stewart, at the Wimmera league’s elimination final on Sunday. The previous day, at Central Park in Stawell, the Eagles defeated the Saints in the qualifying final by two points, 11.11 (77) [Read more]

VAFA: Aquinas the biggest winner in relegation battles

All sections from C to D4 completed their home-and-away rounds on Saturday. The only section to feature a dramatic relegation escape was D1, where the bottom four teams played each other. Prahran (seventh) was playing at South Melbourne Districts (eighth) while Aquinas (ninth) hosted Emmaus-St Leo’s (tenth).

Local Footy: Good-time Tigers keep eyes on the prize

By Paul Daffey Peter Davis, a committeeman from the St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers, lets out a chuckle as he leads me towards the rooms before the senior match at the club’s home ground in Mentone. “A few of the boys have pre-game superstitions,” he says. I played with a handful of players who had pre-game rituals [Read more]

In the Sheds: Warrandyte warrior expects no favours despite taking field with brain tumour

AS THE Warrandyte players ran on to the field to host Whitehorse Pioneers in their final-round clash in division three of Melbourne’s Eastern Football League on Saturday, their ranks included one footballer who was playing his first game for the season — with good reason. In February James “Jimmy” Logan turned up to training in [Read more]

Local Footy: Tigers end Xavs’ winning streak on windy day at Mentone

On a day to top even all the other windy days that have blighted footy in Victoria this season, the home ground advantage of St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers played its part in the Tigers’ victory over A-section rival Old Xaverians by 28 points on Saturday. The results ended Xavs’ winning streak at 14. The Tigers’ home [Read more]

Local Footy: Vermont forwards show the value of keeping your mind on the game

By Paul Daffey Five minutes after the siren went at Vermont to signal a comfortable, eight-goal win for the home team over Eastern Football League rival Blackburn on Saturday, I cut my son from the herd of kids swarming across the playground and told him we were going to the dressing-rooms to say hello to [Read more]

Local Footy: Player caught tampering with umpires’ votes

The Mid-Gippsland Football League is in shock after the revelation that one of its most respected members, Mirboo North reserves player Joe Bordonaro, has been filmed tampering with the umpires’ votes for the reserves competition’s best-and-fairest award.

In the Sheds: Livingston emulates his father’s feat in kicking a ton for Kerang

LUKE Livingston was a full-back during his 46 games with Carlton. He also played at full-back with Port Melbourne for two years after the Blues had delisted him. But having returned this season to his home club, Kerang, the 26-year-old has found a new lease of life at full-forward. Livingston went into Saturday’s game against [Read more]

VAFA: Battle for last place in A-section finals heats up

The battle for fourth position in A-section heated up further at the weekend when Uni Blues (fourth) and Collegians (fifth) both scored fighting victories over fellow finals aspirants. On a day on which there were two victories of 100 points exactly (St Bede’s-Mentone Tigers over Marcellin and Old Brighton over Old Essendon), Uni Blues kept [Read more]

Local Footy: Oh, we do like to stomp beside the seaside

By Paul Daffey A few years ago I contributed two chapters to Black and Blue, the history of the Melbourne University Football Club. The uni footy club consists of University Blacks and University Blues, who play in the Victorian amateur competition. One of the striking aspects about my era, which was 1975 to 2005, was [Read more]

In the Sheds: Shepparton Swans hope to emerge from turmoil with three Yze brothers

By Paul Daffey Goulburn Valley league club Shepparton Swans (once known as Lemnos) have had a tumultuous year. They lost four dozen players before the season, told senior players they would have to take a pay cut mid-season, sacked their senior coach the next day and recently forfeited a reserves game because they had only [Read more]

VAFA: St Bede’s revive premiership memories with powerful performance at uni oval

By Paul Daffey In the decade from the mid-1970s to the mid-’80s, University Blues lost four grand finals to De La Salle. The Blues featured talented players from all over the state who formed a brilliant but brittle alliance. The De Salle team was formed by players from a tightly knit community in Melbourne’s eastern [Read more]

In the Sheds: Rupertswood’s geese are worth a gander

By Paul Daffey THE Rupertswood footy club has made a big impression since joining the Victorian Amateur Football Association a decade ago, and not just because of its progression through the grades.

VAFA: Watts brothers endure fluctuating fortunes

By Paul Daffey Fergus Watts, the Collegians forward who recently put aside a debilitating foot injury to come out of retirement, yesterday cursed his foot when he missed an opportunity to bring his team level with A-section rival De La Salle late in their match at Elsternwick Park.

In the Sheds: Noble Park surprise by sacking Ezard as coach

By Paul Daffey ESSENDON premiership rover Alan Ezard had no idea of what was about to happen when he took a call from Kevin Wright, the president of Eastern Football League club Noble Park, at 9 o’clock last Thursday morning.

Local footy: Amazing Country comeback on a windy day

By Paul Daffey Wind is a variant that’s going out of AFL games in Victoria. The Docklands Stadium is like a bowling alley with turf. The MCG’s stands are so high that the wind dare not breach its walls. Only Kardinia Park is exposed to the elements.

Local Footy: All rivalries change, even the very strongest ones

By Paul Daffey A few years ago, I was researching a story on rivalries in local footy and I consulted that treasure trove of footy knowledge Rod Gillett for background on Echuca and Rochester. Rocket, who spent part of his childhood in both towns (he likes country and western), passed on some gems of information, [Read more]

Weekend Read: Hawk Thorp carries flag for bold men of Ross

By Paul Daffey Hawthorn’s Mitch Thorp is known to have a swagger. Even in these injury-stricken times, when he’s battling mishaps that will keep him out for the rest of the season, he’s known to have confidence, a certain way about him, like a bronco rider who rides his luck.