GigStats Rounds 13 & 14: Striking statistics

STATS ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDS 13 AND 14 by Andrew Gigacz STRIJK ONE It might have passed by many footy fans, but the Round 13 clash between marked a VFL/AFL first. With Andrew Strijk making his debut, he not only became the first player in history with that surname but his first-up effort marked the first ever [Read more]

Jabiru impressions of a stormy night

On Friday night I drove in 33 degree heat from Darwin to Jabiru. A roadhouse burger in one hand I jabbed at my crackling radio, willing it to give me some sounds of home… As night fell I found Gerard and Drew on 774 and then (when that dropped out) the genuine ‘insights’ of Rocking [Read more]

That Blasted Holy Grail still in sight

When Mark Seymour scripted Holy Grail back in 1992 – just as the Cats lost the second of their four grand finals in that era (ooh, early knife there), I doubt whether he and his merry minstrels envisaged their royalty cheques skewing significantly every September over a decade later. Thanks to Channel Ten’s incessant dead-horse [Read more]

Floreat Pica Society: Round 13 v Sydney

By Tony Scully There are two things that make me nervous, One is when the word ‘Bunny’ is bandied about, the other is when the word McBurney is running about. Thus I went into Saturday night with fear and loathing. How can a side keep the sort of dominance, over another, going (home or away), [Read more]

Cats Machine Rusty on a Wet Night

The rain poured, making a mess of my blazer in minutes. The train was delayed, so consequentially it was packed. I had to run in school shoes for fifty metres to get out of the freezing June rain. And I did it all with a smile. School was over. The Friday afternoon rain just made [Read more]

Demons sing the Adelaide blues

We  beat  Adelaide  in  Round  3  at  the  MCG.  But  I  still  don’t  forgive  them  for  what  they  did  to  us  in  the  NAB  challenge  match  at  Hamra  Holmes  Oval.  It  was  a  tight  game  in  which  the  Dees  lost  in  the  final  seconds  due  to  a  Kurt  Tippett  goal,  who  kicked  five  for  the  [Read more]

The View From Shepparton- Round 13

How I hate split rounds, there is no cadence, no rhythm to life. 8 matches, a million days between the first and last game of the round. I can’t even remember half the time what happened 5 minutes ago let alone what may have transpired over the last fortnight or so. Besides, my game preparation [Read more]

Geoff Sinclair’s Home and Away Games- Rd 13 cont.

ROUND 13 (continued) Hawthorn versus Essendon June 18th., M.C.G. The week disappears faster than the smile on Mrs Averling’s face when I tell her she can’t have the swimming pool hotter than 34 degrees.  I keep the lid on my immediate thought, which is, then go and have a bath, darling. At Wednesday’s morning tea [Read more]

Bloody noses for Swans and me

On the 20th of June 2009, I was in the middle of the Shepparton East ground late in the day, running water in a high-scoring match between Waaia and Shepp East in the seniors. The heavens had opened, and the rain was pelting down. I loved it though. Waaia sadly lost by seven goals in [Read more]

A romantic Black and White win in Sydney

I normally watch ‘Before the Game’ every week, but I never thought I’d run into a panel member. On my way out from the last Almanac Lunch I was walking out through the main bar where I spotted Mick Malloy. At first I was a bit confused, I thought I had was mistaken, but when [Read more]

Slippery Saints Subdue Cranky Cats

In some ways this was going to be a Grand Final replay; just some. Certainly, a lot of the usual suspects were there; but a lot weren’t. It was wet just like last Grand Final day; but the lights were on, and it was Friday. Most importantly, it was Round 13, not Grand Final day. [Read more]

A Game of Two Halves, Both of Them Dour

Footy is more a game of four quarters than it is a game of two halves. But tonight, it was much a game of two halves, keeping in theme with the World Cup that is currently taking place. In the wet, dour struggle that was tonight’s game, Geelong owned the first half while a spirited [Read more]


Well, I’d been looking forward all week to my Saturday night. Yes, according to my friends and colleagues I live a fairly staid lifestyle but in my little world – a winter’s night in on the couch watching my AFL team followed by the national soccer team at the World Cup IS an enjoyable evening. [Read more]

Somethings off in the Kitchen

After attending the debacle which was last Friday night I felt I would be better watching the Blues from the safety of the lounge in tropical Canberra. Still emotionally and physical scarred from the mid season trip to the home of sport it was with some trepidation that I switched on the box on Saturday [Read more]

Contrasting Maestros Perform Their Magic

It’s 6pm on Friday night and Swan Street Richmond is abuzz with excitement.  The street is littered with footy fans scurrying to meet their possie before wandering over to the lights of the MCG.  There’s a particular feeling in the air tonight.  It’s the anticipation and edgy feeling you get when there’s a big game [Read more]

Dockers Steady the Ship, but no Kreuzing for Blues from here

As the physical demands of the AFL season continue to grow, the period around the mid season break has become increasingly significant. All teams appreciate the respite for sore bodies, whilst those for whom the season hasn’t gone to plan get a chance to take stock and relaunch. For young sides that have been early [Read more]

North on the right bus again

Going to the footy is special to me. I’m not like some of those city kids that go every weekend (you know who you are) but this year I’ve been fairly fortunate to go to four matches, and it’s only Round 13! This game would be my fifth match, with more to come hopefully. An [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Family Club made it six on the Stewie Trott as they saw off Arch Rivals Essendon in a match worthy of a Line In The Sand Contest.  The Barry Crockers snapped a two game losing streak to place a huge question mark [Read more]

Geoff Sinclair’s Home and Away Games- Rd 13

ROUND 13 Hawthorn versus Essendon Friday, June 18th., M.C.G I honour my promise to drink wine with Elaine Sidebottom when the Richmond Tigers next win.  It happens very quickly, and emphatically.  In Round 12, they flog the West Coast Evil and “her boy”, the new Royce Hart, Jack Riewoldt, bags a cool 10 goals.  I [Read more]

Essendon v Buddy Franklin

I was a bit confused with Essendon playing Hawthorn again. It only seemed a few weeks ago that we fronted up to them, and in fact it was, it was only about 6 weeks ago.  And six weeks ago we gave them a bit of a hiding and that gave me hope after the thrashing [Read more]