VFL Finals 2019 – Success for stand alone clubs

Rod Oaten asks the question of why there has been a lack of acknowledgement in the media for the success of the stand alone VFL clubs who had wins over their AFL aligned opponents in the first week of the VFL Finals. What do you think?

Round 16 – Essendon v Sydney: a pretty forgettable game at the “G”

Tragic Don Rod Oaten was not overly impressed by the standard of the Essendon v Sydney Round 16 clash at the MCG but his Bombers managed to get up, and that’s what counts!

Round 10 – Richmond v Essendon: Dreamtime Game at the MCG

Rod Oaten is disappointed at the standard of the Round 10 Dreamtime Game between the Tigers and the Bombers, and he is certainly pleased he didn’t believe all the Essendon pre-season hype.

Round 10 – Sir Doug Nicholls Round: Concerns for our First Nations People

Reflecting on the Sir Doug Nicholls Round, Rod Oaten wonders whether sufficient progress is being made with our First Nations people, their well-being, our understandings, and reconcialiation.

Bob Hawke

Rod Oaten with some thoughts on Bob Hawke.

Almanac Soccer: The Tykes go up

As things look up for Barnsley FC, Rod Oaten is thinking of lads at the Fitzwilliam.

Balcony Banter Round 4 – Brisbane v Essendon: Bomber Blitz

Rod Oaten was happy to see his Bombers put in a dynamic first half against the Lions, then dig in to resist a comeback before unleashing the Anthony McDonald-Yipungwuti show.

VAFA Premier C Grand Final – Fitzroy v Old Geelong: A windy day at Trevor Barker Oval

History was made on the weekend as Fitzroy claimed its first senior flag since Fitzroy and the Fitzroy Reds merged in 2008. Rod Oaten was there to watch the game unfold and celebrate with the Roys.

Round 20 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Rod was optimistic!

It was nerve wracking stuff, the best game he has seen all year, but not good for an aged Don Tragic like Rod Oaten. Just when he thought Essendon had a chance to win, Hawthorn scored and dashed his hopes.

Round 11 – Essendon v Richmond: A dream for Tigers

Dreamtime at the G stirs mixed emotions for Rod Oaten at the best of times. And for Bomber fans, this night was definitely not the best of times.

Round 9 – Essendon v Geelong: Oh, The Dons

‘The Dons have been so disappointing this season that it was ”touch and go” as to whether I could stand another humiliating afternoon at The G.’ But wasn’t Rod Oaten sure glad he did head along to see Essendon run over the Cats on Saturday.

Round 7 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Disappointing Dons and around the grounds

‘This must surely be one of the worst games of football from the Essendon Football Club that I have ever seen.’ Rod Oaten was not impressed with his Dons on Saturday.

VFL Grand Final – Port Melbourne v Richmond: The Borough win the VFL Grand Final

Port Melbourne once again proved how successful stand alone clubs can be with a spectacular 4 point victory over Richmond in the VFL Grand Final.

VFL Prelim Final: Williamstown v Port Melbourne

Rod Oaten was treated to grass roots footy at its best – North Port Oval on a cracking Melbourne Sunday.

Round 16 – Collingwood v Essendon: Is Essendon the new Richmond?

Essendon got a comfortable win over arch rivals Collingwood last weekend and Rod Oaten was a happy man. Can the Bombers win tonight?

Round 12 – Essendon v Port Adelaide: What about the Dons

Rod Oaten travelled to the West Coast for the long weekend and caught the Bombers v Power game on the TV. The Dons put on a perfect show and the weekend was capped off with a visit to the 12th Annual Forrest Soupfest.

Round 10 – Richmond v Essendon: Celebrate Dreamtime at the “G”

Essendon fell short despite inaccuracy by the Tigers in the Dreamtime at the ‘G.

Round 8 – Essendon v Geelong: Bombers steam ahead of the Cats

Rod Oaten combined his two passions in one day: steam engines and the Essendon Football Club. Thankfully for him, both put on awesome performances and got the job done.

The Vicki Cleary Tribute Match

Vicki Cleary, and all those who have lost their lives to family violence, were honoured in a tribute led by Phil Cleary at Coburg Oval last Saturday. Rod Oaten was there.

A Not So Good Terrible Weekend

Rod Oaten’s teams let him down last weekend. He’ll be back.