Round 22 – Essendon v Richmond: Paul’s Farewell

Hospital-bound Terry Chapman watches brother Paul go around for the last time. It looks as though the combined family games tally will end at 280.

Round 20 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Keg’s birthday

Keg brings out his Melbourne jumpers spanning the decades (“various hues of blue and sponsorship”). And Terry Chapman squeezes into one, Are they getting smaller? [Happy birthday Keg – Ed].

AFL Round 18 – Collingwood v GWS: Where are all the Giants supporters, Dad?

Terry Chapman travelled to the MCG so his son could watch the Pies, but was glad to see Sheedy stroll across the G as a coach for the last time. He likes what he sees about the Giants, too.

AFL Round 4 – North Melbourne v Brisbane: The train rocks on

The footy train sails across the dry Central Highlands, collecting quiet drabs of blue and white, the odd maroon, on its voyage to Southern Cross. It gets Terry Chapman to his destination just in time for the Majak Daw show.

Poetry: Oh Tim

I’d missed the news yet caught a rumour Barely through the summer slept. Now autumn blows a heavy humour Scandal has its promise kept.

Memoir: My Father, My Football

This piece was written in 2000, and has not been published before. By Terry Chapman My life’s first footy moment comes courtesy of a black-and-white image of me in Grandma’s backyard in Coburg. I’m about four. Mum would have been behind the old Kodak 126, freezing forever the opening entry on my life’s stats sheet. [Read more]