2013 – A Season in Song: Semi Finals – Fitness Test

It’s semi-final time at “Footy’s Got Talent”. ‘Swish’ Schwerdt was hoping for Danni Minogue, but these classics got a Guernsey from Greg Champion.

2013 – A Season in Song: Round 12 – Poor Form and Disillusionment / Early Retirement

‘Swish’ Schwerdt shares a song about a cranky Mick Malthouse, confusing umpiring and a disappointing Blues effort. It didn’t make the cut. Dogs, Eagles, Pies, Tigers and Saints fans had heard it before.

2013 – A Season in Song: Round 11 – Unrewarded Effort

Swish Schwerdt skipped Round 10, but came up with some of his finest work after Round 11. How did they resist the classic topics of video review and holding the ball?

2013 – A Season In Song: Round 7,8,9 – An Early Bye

After a Champy-enforced rest, Swish Schwerdt is back for Round 9, but is starting to wonder if the coach is playing favourites.

2013 – A Season in Song – Round 6 – Two Bites at the Cherry

Swish Schwerdt’s Round 6 efforts go unrewarded, but he does rate a mention regardless.

2013 – A Season In Song – Round 5: Return to Form

Swish Shwerdt nails one and gets a feeling of deep satisfaction, the like of which he has experienced since circa 1982.

2013 – A Season in Song – Round 4: Peaking Too Early

Swish Schwerdt had nothin’ by Round 4 but he dug deep and found somethin’.

2013 – A Season in Song – Round 3: Quantity and Quality

Swish Schwerdt continues the account of his season as a song-writer.

2013 – A Season in Song – Round 2 – Ponchos

Relive Round 2 with Mark Schwerdt and his (sadly unsuccessful) Coodabeen song offerings, including the ever-popular topic of the Docklands roof.

2013 – A Season in Song – Round 1

In 2013 Mark Schwerdt decided to have a go at contributing footy songs to the Coodabeen Champions – and nailed it first round. Relive the glory of the “Dees of Old”.

Word Association Football

Mark Schwerdt has set himself the task of associating each AFL club with both an Australian and overseas musical artist. There’s a couple of gaps that need your input.

Madison Browne – Bright Like A Diamond

Mark Schwerdt was lucky enough to meet one of Australia’s premier netballers, Madison Browne, of Australian Diamonds and Melbourne Vixens fame. It’s amazing how accessible and down to earth an elite player can be. Will this always be the case?

Coaches – Unlocking/Suppressing Potential

The improved performance of Fremantle and Port Adelaide since the changeover of coaches begs a few questions. Does anybody have the answers?

2013 Grand Final Entertainment

Mail on the 2013 Grand Final entertainment.

Brushes with fame (or Never meet your heroes)

Ever been disappointed when one of your heroes is found to be something other than the image that you have formed (or he/she has allowed to be cultivated) – even worse, when you find this out first hand? Or pleasantly surprised when they turn out better than you had imagined?

My first boots

My first footy boots were the aptly named Blue Star. Apt, as I am pretty sure that they were made by Rossiter’s in Unley and of course there were an abundance of star Blues footballers from that postcode (if indeed the PMG had implemented postcodes in 1971) and most of them seemed to be kitted [Read more]

Gawd – Walshy and Alf Gard

by Mark Schwerdt I wasn’t a huge racing person (although I went a bit in my late 70s Adelaide Uni days, and even saw Dulcify fly home on debut at Morphettville at the juicy odds of 330-1), but still remember Alf as the cranky old bugger who presented the day’s racing highlights on the ABC [Read more]