Geoff Sinclair’s Home and Away Games: Rd 5

ROUND FIVE COLLINGWOOD versus ESSENDON Sunday, April 25th., M.C.G. Which leaves the Dons at one and three. One of the weekend papers suggested it was going to be a long, cold winter at Windy Hill.  What idiots.  The week following our woeful showing against the West Coast Eagles turns into an Indian Summer with the [Read more]

Cuba provides early omen for the Saints’ night.

By  David Downer Ancient Chinese military general Sun Tzu once remarked: “choose your battles wisely”. Indeed mate. When supporters size up the fixture release in October, there is a general pecking order of matches to consider as “interstate dirty weekend away” material. Who is most worthy of your hard-earned $39 discounted Tiger/Virgin/Jetstar fare? Not high [Read more]


The national anthem brings the dawn service at the Reservoir cenotaph to a close and a greying man wrapped in black and white trumpets, Carna Pies! Some giggle into their winter coats while a few women puff on heartstarters.  Children hang from parents’ arms.  A craggy digger approaches another standing at the rear of the [Read more]

Round 5: Fremantle v Richmond – Defeat’s not as bad from home

It’s looking like another grim football season for the Allan household. I decide this as my “other” side of the family watch their under performing Hawks remarkably lose to the predicted cellar dwellars North Melbourne. I can’t help but think back to 2008, when the season ended with my Tigers, finishing just outside the eight, [Read more]

Dees Fans Sing a Saturday Night Song

It seemed like an eternity since the Demons had played a night game at the MCG. In actual fact, it was Round 19, 2008, and I wasn’t even there. But I was there tonight for the game between my rampant Demons and an undefeated Brisbane side. As I walked down to the Olympic Stand pocket [Read more]

The Real Round 5 Ladder?

Following a discussion with a Swans supporter about their dream run to get them to the top after round 5, I felt the need to try and justify my position……. Consequently, please find below the real ladder after Round 5. One that perhaps offers a bit more perspective on a team’s performance to date. The [Read more]

FPS: ANZAC XVI Pies surge to equal top!

By Mark O’Connell The 16th annual clash between Colingwood and Essendon was, as always, eagerly anticipated. Unfortunately we had to again put up with the annual whingeing about the right of these two teams to have this fixture. Let me re-print something from a previous ANZAC day report Anzac day, as a commemoration of those [Read more]

A well-rounded holiday

26 April – the day after ANZAC Day. Which means it is a public holiday as Victoria has adopted the national policy of a day in lieu of the Sunday. Good idea if you are an employee. My actual ANZAC Day was spent at the MCG seeing the Pies dominate the Bombers, so the extra [Read more]

Blues take advantage of fluctuating circumstance

Isn’t it interesting how the sporting landscape can change so immensely in the space of just 7 days? It had been an enjoyable week on a personal level as I completed my Work Experience at Channel 10 and felt thrilled as I took a glimpse at the professional work involved in the fascinating medium of [Read more]

Speed kills: Blues run and run while the Cats plod

Sometimes, the more we think we know, the less we really know. Week after week, we study form, history, maybe even tea leaves, and boldly predict the unknowable. It’s called, amongst other things, footy tipping. Many even venture to wager. Others prognosticate. Aren’t humans amusing? This week’s games looked pretty straight forward. Well, we all [Read more]


The Tigers are in unaccustomed territory. A big Anzac day clash on the Sunday night with the focus of an entire state upon the match. As for Fremantle, perhaps it is fitting. After all, Western Australians from the tenth battalion were among the first ashore on that tumultuous morning back in 1915. The Dockers are [Read more]

North triumph in Tassie

I wasn’t feeling too good about this game at all. North hadn’t beaten Hawthorn since Round 13, 2008, and the last time these two sides played at Aurora Stadium, the Roos had a three goal buffer going into the last term in freezing conditions, only for Luke Hodge and Lance Franklin to steal the four [Read more]

Off-field consolations must suffice on a bad day for Bombers.

It was a tough day at the “G” on Anzac Day.  Not the company I was with of course, it’s the Annual Father /Son Bonding Day and we always get together for a pre match beer and chat about the season  so far. I admitted i wasn’t feeling to confident but thought if  the Dons [Read more]

Pies play Last Post for Bombers

It’s ANZAC Day. The day we proudly remember our fallen heroes, above any other days, and feel grateful for the sacrifices they made for Australia, also the day that Collingwood and Essendon play on, its tradition. But with recent debate over who should play on the MCG on ANZAC Day, I believe that the Pies [Read more]

A week is a long time for the Saints.

I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. A Supercoach addict. It didn’t take me long to be swayed by the internet phenomenon, and with the season beginning in Supercoach, I’m getting quite competitive with my team. But every week, one decision needs to be made. A very hard decision. Who will I make [Read more]

Pies show ANZAC spirit while Bombers..just don’t

The Anzac match between my Magpies and the Bombers is one of the most important clashes on the footy fixture. On occasion when I’m out shopping I’ll see a young man dressed in military attire and when I do my mouth goes dry and I get goose bumps. I still can’t understand the bravery of [Read more]

Dog of a night for the Crows.

Finally, another week is finished with and the weekend awaits. School went so quickly, but the time between Thursday and Friday seemed so far apart. But once that final bell rang to signal the start of the weekend, a long weekend in fact (although it shouldn’t be), this game was on my mind.