Round 1 – Adelaide v North Melbourne: We are contenders!

A year off for Richard Arrowsmith has not dulled his powers of observation. Here he writes about the new Adelaide Oval the sharpness of his charges, and tries not to appear too smug.

AFL Round 20 – Adelaide v North Melbourne: Footy Park – never loved, never forgotten

Richard Arrowsmith won’t miss Football Park, but he’ll always remember it. Memories of past glory and former champions flooded back on Sunday afternoon.

Creeping wowserism: the AFL is making a rod for its own back

On Saturday 10 March 2012 the Stansbury Cricket Club won their ninth consecutive Lower Yorke Peninsula Cricket Association A grade premiership.  The next day the team celebrated at a local hotel, in an area that was not open to the general public.  They were joined by a teammate who had been unable to play in [Read more]

General Footy Writing: As curious as it might sound, I’m a Crows supporter and I love my club

By Richard Arrowsmith A little while back I quoted Mark Bickley when he said on his retirement: “I have a club that I love, and it loves me back”. More recently, I wrote of Patrick Dangerfield: “… if I have anything to say about it, Danger Mouse is going to love his club, and his [Read more]

AFL Fans: Curse You Harms, You’re Right (about Crows fans)

I could tell from the opening words of John Harm’s article on Patrick Dangerfield that there was trouble ahead.

The HCFU Stat

Fremantle v Adelaide, Subiaco, Sun 12 April 2009 Richard Arrowsmith   When it happened twice in the first two minutes, and with memories of last week’s St Kilda debacle still fresh, I decided to keep count of the key Crows stat: The HCFU – the Handball Chain that – er, doesn’t work out.   It [Read more]

The Friday Night of Broken Dreams

Adelaide v St Kilda AAMI Stadium, Fri 3 April 2009 by Richard Arrowsmith Friday night.  First home game of the season.  And all the familiar faces, and sights, and smells, are there. The friendly volunteers at the Seaton High oval are out in force, lined up in their hi-vis jackets and waving torches to guide [Read more]