Almanac Flashback – AFL Round 16, 2009: Collingwood v Hawthorn – Barracking for Switzerland

The Magpies clash with the Hawks on Friday night at the ‘G’. Sixteen years ago to the day the same teams battled it out and Matt Quartermaine was there with his brother Simon as neutral spectators. There was a lot more happening than just the footy. Here’s Matt’s take on the night. What’s the go with the sauce these days?

AFL Round 16 – Haiku Bob – from somewhere a cloud

stars appearing our game plan in a million pieces   gazing at the centre half forward no longer there     sharp wind Hodge’s torpedo pierces the night   swirling breeze whichever way we want to go we can’t   cloudless night from somewhere a cloud of hawks   in the clear Toovey kicks it [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Pies flounder under Hawthorn pressure — again

By Paul Harkin As was the case twice last year, the Pies were unable to think their way through the dreaded Clarkson Cluster. Collingwood never really looked comfortable all night, despite a rally near the end of the second quarter. The early signs were not good as Buddy looked switched on from the opening bounce. [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Now I hate Hawthorn as well

By Andrew Fithall Helen hates Hawthorn. As a Geelong supporter, she has endured too much pain. The dull ache of 1989 endures. The pain of 2008 is more recent, more acute, and much less likely to ease. Our daughter Ursula is also a Cat, but at 12, doesn’t yet really understand that you never regain [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Pies need wake up call

By Danielle Eid OK, OK, let me get this straight. Collingwood lost by 45 points and Nathan Brown has an ankle injury? Does anything else want to go wrong? Truth be told, I did not watch a minute of this game; I was out at Crown Casino Cinemas to watch Harry Potter. I did think [Read more]