AFL Round 7: Freo break their Queensland duck

Carlton versus Fremantle 7.10pm, Saturday 9 May 2009 Carrara Oval (Gold Coast Stadium), Gold Coast, QLD By Dianne Waddingham A quick scan of the 2009 fixture had Fremantle’s first away game outside Victoria in the glitzy, high-rise world of the Gold Coast (and Warwick Capper). Carlton sold their souls for the mighty dollar to play [Read more]

AFL Round 7: The View From Shepparton

by Peter Schumacher   What The View wonders about at the end round 7 is how Neil Craig maintains his popularity in Adelaide. The Crows haven’t really done anything much during his tenure, and once again lost at home to a team that had had 3 successive losses. What with Mick and Terry increasingly appearing to [Read more]

AFL Round 7: (FPS) Buffalo Gals go round the outside

by Ramon Dobb Ouch!  I’m not sure who had the tougher debut, Steele Sidebottom or myself. But I’ll do my best in the spirit of our new Ironman who can hold his head high after a good debut in very difficult circumstances. con?fu?sion – noun 1. the act of confusing. 2. the state of being [Read more]

FPS: bottom falls off by Haiku Bob

bottom falls off       more than once this love has pushed me into misery           monday night football white collared footy jumpers           brittle night the bottom falls off our game plan           the moon outside many of our kicks go [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Paddy Ryder has legs like springs

by Richard Holt Paddy Ryder has legs like springs. He’s one of those rare players who doesn’t so much climb opponents shoulders when he takes a screamer as land on them. From the time he leaves the ground, to when he returns, ball in hand, somewhere in the world someone has taken their first breath [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Dees just the same at the Bentleigh Club

by Steve Healy There is always something to look forward to in footy. Whether it’s analysing the eight games in the coming round, or deciding what games you score or the release of the teams on Thursday at five. There is always something to look forward to. On this particular day, however, I was looking [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Frenzied Saints just too good

by Darren Smith Shelley, Kain and I waited patiently for the Mt Evelyn boys to arrive. We were to rendezvous at the Hotel Spencer and walk to the game. I was forewarned that Dip, Mick and Dave could be quite loud at the footy. I took it to mean offensive. I was a sole Saint [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Saints pound Pies as stricken sinners suffer

by David Enticott It has been a horrible week. We’ve been locked up inside with gastro for four days straight. Our three boys have had it, Melissa and I have it and now our cat and two dogs are starting to show signs of being seriously unwell. Heaven help us if swine flu ever hits- [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Thank God it’s a school night

By Andrew Fithall   What happened in the last quarter last night? Monday night football. Ben Cousins says there could be only one thing worse than Monday night football and that would be Tuesday night football. For a parent with children, attending the football on a school night has its advantages. Like not having to [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Brave, brave Alex

By Chris Riches Every football supporter knows the moment. It’s a moment when a particular player you’re watching does something that makes you sit up a little straighter in your seat, open your eyes a little wider, pay attention a little more closely. It’s a moment that can move you to turn to a fellow [Read more]

AFL Round 7: One of these vantage points is not like the others

By Peter Flynn I am standing on the hill overlooking the Warrnambool racecourse. The natural geography makes for a magnificent vista. It is 25 minutes until the start of the Grand Annual Steeplechase and I am accompanied by Ando, Doddo and Jonno. It feels like I am spending a day at the races with the [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Dons’ win a victory for instinct over process

By Damian O’Donnell Zone, schmone. Flood, schmud. Reputation, schmeputation. The Bombers blew all these to the scheisenhaus on Friday night with joyful, fast, youthful, exuberant, unpredictable football. I watched the game like a kid watching Shrek for the fifteenth time. It was good old-fashioned fun. From the very start the Bombers played like young blokes [Read more]

AFL Round 7: Bombers go on Hawk Hunt

By Pamela Sherpa We’ve beaten enemy No.1 (Collingwood) and  enemy No.2 (Carlton) in thrillers this year. Now we face enemy No.3, Hawthorn. They beat enemy No.2 in a thriller last week and happen to be the premiers. Despite always being a chance against arch rivals there’s an awful feeling that this week will be quite [Read more]