AFL Finals Week 2 – Sydney v Carlton: Class of 2013

Class of 2013, please be seated. Mr Judd, Henderson, Jamison, Walker, Murphy, Simpson and Robinson may leave the room. Last week I was ambivalent about the class’ attendance in the end of year celebrations. This week, I’m just very, well, as you can see I have my angry face on. Students, if the lucky dip [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Who Gives a Toss

After a half of uninspired Malthouse football, did someone find Ratten’s old magnet board at half time?

AFL Round 12 – Carlton v Hawthorn: The Game is different down south

It’s tough in the clinches, as Tony Robb and colleagues find out down in the docks. It’s a different game they play in the south.

Standing on the outside lookin’ in

Tony Robb poses the questions that need to be asked. To quote a former North Melbourne ruckman – you know it makes sense.

Standin’ on the Outside Lookin’ in

Some may say that Canberra lacks a heart. Rubbish! Canberra is all ventricles and aorta. You just had to be amongst the throngs on Friday night at Manuka Oval to feel a pulse like a Brazilian rumba.

Standin’ on the outside lookin’ in: Australian Women’s Golf Open

The Australian Women’s Golf Open at Royal Canberra was one of the best days Tony Robb has had in sport – and he’s had a few.

Standin on the Outside Lookin In

The more things change, the more things stay the same. With January only a twinkle in the eye of 2013, the “news cycle” has began feeding out the same guff that we have had to endure the past 5 years.

Standin’ on the outside lookin’ in

The heat does strange things to people. If we look at the offerings of the past week, one can only assume that the sports administrators and the sporting media has suffered some ill-effects from heat exposure or just plain over exposure.

Standin’ on the Outside Lookin’ In: summer thoughts

Tony Robb frees the burden of lingering Carlton frustration by taking aim at the summer. For a while he looked like jumping off the fiscal cliff.

Standing on the outside lookin’ in

Damien Oliver has a referee if he needs it in future in Tony Robb, especially after Happy Trails helped him out of a Spring Carnival black hole.

Standin’ on the outside lookin’ in

The Belconnen U16s mid-year season has been another terrific success with the touring party of Steve, Bernie and I returning safely to Canberra after what had been a weekend full of revelations and surprises. The trip provided insight into the machinations of Melbourne sport unimaginable only 5 days ago. And no bigger surprise came than [Read more]

Standin’ on the Outside Lookin’ In

It s been some time since I’ve written a piece and some les than charitable people have suggested that I’m in hiding. Nothing could be further than the truth. Simply been a bit busy with work and family matters, that’s all. I mean who cares about other stuff like footy and how the Blues have [Read more]

Standin’ on the Outside Lookin’ in

Some have said I’ve recently gone missing and to be truthful, I have. It has been a week of reflection. A task that should not be undertake in the public gaze. I’ve spent many hours trying to make some sense of a loss, that only 7 days ago, seemed unimaginable. I sought refuge in the isolated hamlet [Read more]

Standin’ on the Outside Lookin’ in – Post Round 3

  Round 3 of the footy is over and things have never been more clearer in terms of where the year is heading. The gurus at HQ must have a team of speech writers working around the clock producing press releases that do not contain the terms “equalisation” and “compromised” as the competition has not [Read more]

A Message to the Magpies

Tony Robb still seems quite buoyant.

Da da da da daaa, da da da da daaa

I don’t’ despise nor loathe the Magpies. I simply hate them. Hate is the singular emotion that sums up a person’s utter contempt for their enemy. Not a Fatwa type of hate but the type that leads you to never mention their name without it being prefaced with a profanity. So as I settle in [Read more]

Standin’ on the Outside lookin’ in

  It’s been a big few weeks for your correspondent. I am sure many have you have been scouring the back pages for news of last Sunday junior pennant result. As predicted in my last missive, the result was 4-2, but not to the kids for Belco who succumbed to Goulburn in an epic. The [Read more]

You’ve gotta lose one to win one

  by Tony Robb In a departure from my usual ranting, I feel the need to discuss that old acorn about having to lose one to win one. In the case of Geelong and Collingwood, you actually have to lose heaps to finally jag a flag. However, rather than looking at it from a footy [Read more]

Media critique, the Grand Prix, and other bathroom renovations

It’s been a fortnight that has seen as much political manoeuvring in sport than anything seen on the hill in recent times. The annual squabble of the F1 has taken the usual argumentative pathways. Residents of Albert Park aggrieved at having to walk the Labradoodles at another location, up against Ron Walker who believes the [Read more]

Standin’ on the Outside Lookin’ in

Well, it has been an interesting couple of weeks. They have just removed the warning signs from the Manuka precinct alerting passers by to the higher than average level of lobbyists in the area and the café patrons now have faces. There is no greater sport in Canberra than politics and the imminent arrival of [Read more]