Footy: A touch of gold on black clouds

By John Sawyer I’ve been doing it a bit hard. A bit like Richmond, I suppose. I’ve lost confidence, everything seems to go wrong. Everything seems to be lined up against me, even the bloody AFL are trying to do me down. “I’ve a good mind to write to the ACCC. I’ll make a formal [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Port look good for finals tilt

By Josh Barnstable This game has a bit of a finals feeling. The winner might end up in the top 8 while the loser will slip further away from the leading 8. On a beautiful sunny day at the best ground in the AFL in my opinion, the Power are underdogs to defeat Hawthorn on [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Sadly, Roos fail to send Simmo out with a win

by Roseann Testagrossa Early last week, former North Melbourne captain and dual premiership player, Adam Simpson, announced his retirement, effective after the round 18 game against Carlton.  When I first heard I was disappointed, because I thought he still had plenty to contribute as a player.  The consensus among North supporters seemed to be that [Read more]

AFL Round 18: My Dad goes to Lions dinner but Pies win anyway

By Liam Fahey It was cold at the MCG when I arrived. My Dad had deserted me and gone to the Brisbane Lions dinner (the traitor), so I had to track down Uncle Stephen (Stephen said my Dad had Medallion Club Mick-ed us). When I got to my seat, I sat down and had the [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Half the supporters around me want to lose. I don’t.

By Steve Healy I really wanted the Dees to win. Put tanking aside, put Tom Scully aside and watch a great team performance. It sounded so simple. I walked to the train station alone. I don’t usually go to the footy alone, but on this occasion I had to. The train to the ‘G was [Read more]

AFL Round 18: As a Demons fan who willed his team to lose, I feel sick

By Barry Levinson Jordan McMahon holds the Sherrin and Melbourne’s draft hopes in his hands: 48 metres out from goal, straight in front, it’s a kick most AFL players are expected to convert. But this is a Tiger who has already missed two sitters on the run and barely been able to hit a target [Read more]

AFL Round 18: I think Strauchanie should have been able to replace Presti

By Josh Barnstable After contesting in two Grand Finals in a row which resulted in victory to the Brisbane Lions on both occasions, the Pies are ready to have another tilt at the flag, and defeating the Lions would go a long way towards that dream that has eluded the Maggies since 1990. After forming [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Crows almost win and I almost tip winner

By Josh Barnstable Despite not having a proper sleep since Wednesday night, I still get up to play footy against Tungamah. As they run out on the ground, I start to wonder why the Tungamah seniors are on the ground. Wait, that’s the under-17s team. As you would imagine the next couple of hours resulted [Read more]

AFL Round 18: North are the better team despite the result

Josh Barnstable “Do some work, Josh,” orders my substitute science teacher. “Nah,” is my reply. Who can work on plastics and metals when you’re going to the AFL? Not me for sure.

AFL Round 18: Pies win despite leaving kicking boots at home

By Steve Healy Another Saturday had come and I was off to the MCG for Collingwood v Brisbane. Going to the MCG at night is always an incredible experience. I was at the footy with my friend Tim, his Dad and brother and his brother’s friend. With the general admission ticket, I manage to snaffle [Read more]

AFL Round 18: North have Delicious midfielder but Carlton taste victory in the end

Danielle Eid Is it possible to get a degree in laundry-folding? If so I should receive honors. Mums got me doing laundry all week and it’s come to the point that I don’t even bother complaining; why waste my breath? All it will do is get Mum in an angry mood.

AFL Round 18: Saints just manage to keep unbeaten record intact

By Tony Dalton Usually I try to avoid attending or watching games between the Swans and the Saints simply because of its low spectator value. I can watch my students play “all on the ball” every other day of the week. I don’t understand the AFL’s scheduling, why these two teams twice a year? It [Read more]

AFL Round 18: No fairytale for Simpson as Blues edge closer to finals

By Damian Watson “What A big week it has been in football!” That Eddie McGuire catch cry was heard almost every week on The Footy Show and it is the perfect way to describe this previous week. The past seven days have provided the most off-field news so far this year beginning with the end [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Blues do enough to win but still have work to do

North Melbourne V Carlton By Steve Healy It was Friday. I had been home from school sick today, and was eagerly waiting for the arrival of this game come 7:40, or in this case 8:40. There was something special about the game. Adam Simpson’s farewell, playing his 306th and last game in the blue-and-white stripes. [Read more]