Almanac Poetry: ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn

A poem about the legendary Fitzroy champ, Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn, by Stephen Whiteside.

Is the Brownlow ‘fair’?

After some time ruminating and a recent incident putting things into perspectve, Stephen Whiteside proposes an interesting re-interpretation of the Brownlow Medal process.

Almanac Poetry: Nathan Jones

From an ardent fan, Stephen Whiteside, who has penned a fitting tribute to Nathan Jones, a much loved Demon.

Almanac Poetry: Number 10

Poet Stephen Whiteside has sent in his latest – which brings together Kevin Sheedy, Bluey Shelton and Ned Kelly.

Poetry: Those empty seats

The Pies may not be winning this weekend, but Stephen Whiteside’s poetry reckons pies at the footy are always a winner.

AFL Round 9 – Richmond v Melbourne: The Sweet Smell of Winning

Stephen Whiteside celebrates that his Demons are sick of losing. The Tigers are just getting used to it.

‘Erb (by C. J. Dennis)

Stephen Whiteside shares a classic C.J. Dennis poem. ‘Erb would have made a great Almanacker.

So Tommy’s Gone

The life and legacy of Tom Hafey have inspired Stephen Whiteside to this poetic tribute.

AFL Round 8 – Melbourne v Western Bulldogs: Melbourne plays ‘catch-up’ footy against the Dogs

Stephen Whiteside has been watching footy for a long time, and has observed a pattern. Last night’s match conformed to that pattern.

Paul Roos and the psychology of football

Steven Whiteside with a look at the unique challenges facing Paul Roos at Melbourne.

“The Game – The football season starts today” by C. J. Dennis

C.J. Dennis describes the essence of football far more eloquently than John Harms. Thanks to Stephen Whiteside for sending this in. [Maybe it should be called ‘The First Hour of Football’ – Ed]

‘The Billy That Died With Its Boots On’ and Other Australian Verse

After nearly 25 years in the making, Stephen Whiteside’s book of children’s poetry is in the shops. What happens in “The Saucing of the Pies” ?

The Rainbow Quest

Stephen Whiteside’s poetic tribute to the late Pete Seeger.

Australian Dreaming

Stephen Whiteside shares his winning poem from the Sydney Bush Music Club “Song, Tune and Poetry Competition.”

AFL Round 6 – Melbourne v Sydney: Unattractive footy? Could not be further from the truth!

Melbourne fan Stephen Whiteside says radio commentators missed the point of last night’s game against the Swans, and that Melbourne fans had a small, but important, win.

AFL Round 2 – Melbourne v West Coast: Another dismal day for the Demons

Stephen Whiteside loves a day at the footy but admits it would be a lot more fun if his Dees weren’t copping a belting every week.