Round 4 – Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: Freezing (not Singing) in the rain

Football Park proved a cold and lonely place for Bulldogs fan (and Sunshine State resident) Mick Jeffrey. (But at least he was asked to help with the club banner.)

AFL Round 1 – Melbourne vs Port Adelaide: The Power to Boo

Mick Jeffrey took in the Port-Melbourne game as a neutral fan and was shocked at what he saw.

AFL Round 1 – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: Pride (in the name of the litter)

Footscray’s win over Brisbane was a triumph for Brendan McCartney and 22 desperate individuals, writes Mick Jeffrey.

A pre-season of new beginnings

While a lot of the focus in the football world is focused on the conclusion to the pre-season at the elite level, the weekend warriors who strap on the boots for the love of the game are also close to finishing their preparations for the coming season

Ignorance not quite bliss, the NAB Cup is a good guide

Mick Jeffrey has analysed the pre-season grand finals back to 1995 and concludes the competition actually provides a good guide for the season proper.

Second Test – Day 1: Number Crunching Boxing Day style

Mick Jeffrey crunches the numbers from the Boxing Day Test. (Guess how many brain cells Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera used in their shot selections leading to their demise.)

The Ghosts of Boxing Day past according to M. Jeffrey

Mick Jeffrey remembers the days of Boxing Day Test cricket he’s attended.

Third Test – Day 1: Typical Wild Wild West day, well almost

The crowd support Ricky Ponting received today will surely spur him to one last century, says Mick Jeffrey at the WACA.

A night at the draft, not exactly the opera

Mick Jeffrey was one of 1500 members of the Gold Coast community invited to attend the AFL Draft live.

First Test – Day 2: Not quite singing in the rain

Miss the action from the second day’s play? Gabba stalwart Mick Jeffrey brings you up to speed. (We don’t know why Channel 9 played alternative programs all day, no shortage of action here.)

AFL Round 23 – Brisbane v Dogs: 5km into town, 10 goals out of touch

The last hurrah for season 2012 for the Western Bulldogs was much like most weekends before hand, started with a little promise and hope in the air and finished with nothing but despondency, anger, even thoughts of surrender. But last Sunday was not like most match days for this weary traveller and footy tragic. Sure [Read more]

Queensland footy: Adding to the past 30 years

As far as local football in Central Queensland is concerned, there are just 8 days remaining in the season. Disappointingly the only involvement Brothers will be having is hosting the Preliminary Final on Saturday September 1 at our Kele Park ground. Even more disappointing was the manner in which the reserves season ended and the [Read more]

30 years young…not bad when you’re 28!

This weekend is a celebration of 30 years for the Brothers Australian Football Club, based in Rockhampton Central Queensland. I know there are some down south who may question why I’m making a big deal over a comparatively minor milestone, but to survive for this period in a Rugby League stronghold dealing with constant player [Read more]

Suns, Demons Roos, we’re all the same

Forgive me Almanackers for I have sinned, it has been 2 months since my last publication. It has been a hectic 2 months as well, but the results have been sadly lacking on the field across the board. From a combined 36 matches across the competitive grades and genders, there have been 3 wins across [Read more]

Brothers Brothers Brothers, Oi Oi Oi!

  by Mick Jeffrey So it’s all started yet again……no folks I’m not talking about the big boys down in the capitals and the South. I’m talking about the footy Central Queensland style. The regular season doesn’t start until April 14 (which by then we’ll see a new Government continue to wreck Queensland in a [Read more]


We all read in the newspapers about the clubs gradually coming back from the mandated breaks from the club to return to formalised pre-season training every year. How players are dreading the hard slog of endurance running, fitness testing and a smattering of skill which won’t kick into gear until shortly after the last strains [Read more]

Yes we love trash. Tales of the recycled – Part 1

“Oh I Love Trash Anything Dirty or Dingy or Dusty Anything Ragged or Rotten or Rusty Yes I Love Trash” (Oscar The Grouch, circa 1969, Sesame Street)   Now that the Cup has been run and won and the treasured prize in Australian horse racing is jetting off to France once again, football fans can [Read more]

The GF, not quite Doggie or Qld style

  by Mick Jeffrey What a week it has been in football was the opening line to many a Footy Show when a certain president oversaw the Melbourne ratings phenomena. For me it proved there certainly was a first time for everything as this was my first true Grand Final experience from inside the MCG. [Read more]


In the traditions of the TV Show 24 (for some reason I have ONE on the TV in the background)….The following takes place between 6:30AM and 11:00PM on Saurday 3 September 2011. 6:30AM: Wake up after short sleep, try to make sure footy gear is dry. 7:00: Warm shower, pleasantly surprised hot water is working. [Read more]


When we last spoke I mentioned that the finals series up here in sunny Capricornia was not that far away. Now we are well and truly inside the last month, and this weekend we are back down the highway to face BITS in the reserves 2nd semi-final. For me however it could have been all [Read more]