Footy used to be fun

James Hird used to epitomise everything that was great about Aussie Rules to Sam Duncan. Now, he needs to hear some honesty from Hird and Essendon.

AFL Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon: The one where a wedding almost got in the way

Weddings during footy season are bad enough, but a phone ban until the end of the reception? It makes no sense to Bombers fan Sam Duncan.

Do we have the greatest game of all?

Dear Fellow Football Fans, I need your help. The game of Australian Rules football, and in particular, the AFL, has changed dramatically over the last two and a half decades.  At the end of the 1986 season the Christopher Skase owned Seven Network purchased the rights to broadcast the VFL for just $6 million.  Many [Read more]


  Our family pet dog, Spot, should’ve been the Western Bulldogs mascot.  He wasn’t a bulldog – he was a Jack Russel/Foxy cross – but he thought he was a giant.  He walked with a strut, which with old age became a slow, confident swagger.  He was barrel-chested and mischievous and had more friends in [Read more]

Climbing to the top of the mountain

When James Podsiadly was stretchered off the MCG half way through the second quarter of this year’s Grand Final, Collingwood kicked a goal to increase their lead over Geelong to three goals. I thought Geelong was almost gone.  Almost.  Collingwood’s midfield was on top, their backline was running in waves and there was a man [Read more]

Essendon’s everlasting legends

There has never been a shortage of legends at Windy Hill. Dick Reynolds was announced Essendon’s greatest player of all time at a September function in 2002.  King Dick was a four time premiership player, won Essendon’s best and fairest seven times and claimed three Brownlow Medals in a career that spanned some 320 games.  [Read more]


By Sam Duncan It is a widely known fact among those who knows me that I love Bart. Rarely is there a horse in the Spring, trained by JB, who I’m not on.  I was on Bart when I was eight years old, sitting on my Grandmother’s knee cheering home Let’s Elope to victory in [Read more]

Essendon past and present

On the day that Kevin Sheedy was sacked as Essendon’s coach in 2007, I was in Paris.  It was four o’clock in the morning when I was awoken to the piercing sound of my phone ringing on my bedside table.  Looking at the screen, I was immediately startled.  It was my father.  Why would he [Read more]

Contrasting Maestros Perform Their Magic

It’s 6pm on Friday night and Swan Street Richmond is abuzz with excitement.  The street is littered with footy fans scurrying to meet their possie before wandering over to the lights of the MCG.  There’s a particular feeling in the air tonight.  It’s the anticipation and edgy feeling you get when there’s a big game [Read more]


I felt the sniffle coming on when I woke up on Saturday morning.  My throat was sore, my head was beating, my eyes were slightly watery and my nose was running wild.  It was only the fact that I couldn’t possibly be sick that made me discount the fact that perhaps I was coming down [Read more]

GWS and NRL Converts- The Bigger Picture

I am by no means surprised by the negative reaction to Folau’s signing.  Not too long ago I completed a Master’s thesis about the commercialisation of sport and the impact this has had on the sporting community.  I wrote about how games were once an expression of the people, where citizens gathered for a common [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: It’s a great game that can bring tears on a neutral supporter

By Sam Duncan Generally if Essendon isn’t playing I don’t really care who wins.  I love watching footy – I love observing the match-ups, the contests, the tactics and the play.  I love observing the raw, unbridled emotions of the fans.  I love how much Australia’s very own game means to Australians.  You only had [Read more]