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.

Round 5 – Essendon v Collingwood: Father-son bonding day at the `G (Number 24)

For the 24th Rod Oaten and son saw Essendon play Collingwood. The Dons, says Rod, were easily the better side.

VAFA Premier B – Fitzroy v Peninsula: Back at Brunswick Street

Rod Oaten wandered over to Brunswick Street Oval – one of his favourite places in the world – to see the Royboys take on Peninsula in what turned out to be an entertaining encounter.

Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: Wet and scrappy

A tough day at the MCG for Essendon players and fans alike. But Rod Oaten and Canadian friends battled on.

AFLW Round 2 – Collingwood v Melbourne: Born again Dees

Rod and his Demon loving daughter head to Princes Park and witness a game turn around. It’s another good night at the footy. Melbourne come romping home.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Football, its people, and its places

Rod Oaten, who lives not far from Princes Park, was reminded of the days of VFL footy as people walked through the streets of North Carlton. And the feeling in the crowd and the contest on the ground made for a great night.