Geoff Sinclair’s Home and Away Games- Rd 9

ROUND NINE Essendon versus Richmond Saturday, May 22nd, M.C.G. Dreamtime at the ‘G’ It’s not exactly euphoria, but me and Tommy are as happy as clams after our victory over the Sainters.  Phew!  We did a similar thing last year, knocked them over when we were least expected to.  It’s becoming an annual event, like [Read more]

Thommo not the only one left with a headache

North Melbourne versus Western Bulldogs 2.10pm, Saturday, May 22 Etihad Stadium I shouldn’t be here.  I’m crook; lethargic and headachy.  I should be home, resting, listening to the radio.  But I can’t help myself.  Missing a North game is like piking on a family gathering. I’m sitting alone in the top tier, southern end.  My [Read more]

Round 9: Essendon v Richmond – Four quarters of football still too much to ask

Last week, the Richmond faithful saw something they hadn’t seen all year. Their team played four good quarters of football. No, Richmond didn”t get the win but we could see potential for the future. Going to this game that’s all we were hoping for. It’s not guaranteed but it is expected. The bar was set [Read more]

Dees triumph in NT thriller

I love my footy. Always have; always will. That’s probably the main instigation in my relocation to Elcho Island, a remote aboriginal community located 500km east of Darwin. And even though my role as a Development Manager for AFL NT involves running footy programs 24/7, I couldn’t help but be excited as I travelled to [Read more]

Camels on the beach, at sunset, in Broome.

Tis’ an iconic Australian visual image that has me proclaiming every off-season: “yep, Subi trip this year, via the Cape, make a week of it”.  It never eventuates.  And yes I’m pretty sure Broome is not located on or ever referred to as “the Cape”, but still, it sounds an attractive description for such an [Read more]

How the Pies keep bookies in European cars

Friday night on a crisp Canberra evening. Greeting-card sunset. Chill in the air. The High Court and the National Library looking US-grand behind the autumn reds and yellows of the trees across the Burley-Griffin’s lake. In Melbourne, people bustle. A sense of happy urgency prevails. They are invoking their footy plans (which I’ve been cc-ed [Read more]

The ‘Sore Head Loss’

Collingwood went into the Friday night blockbuster against Geelong brimming with all the confidence of Bindi Irwin. This was to be a marquee night for Mick’s maturing Pies, this was their big dance. Alas, they copped a lesson. And not just any run-of-the-mill primary school period between recess and lunch when everyone sits cross-legged in [Read more]

Cats bring cheer to a hoarse throat

By Susie Giese This game will probably never be used in a promotional package for the AFL. There were no standout performers, no exceptional displays of skill. What this game was, though, was something quintessential to the game we all love. It was a contest. Tackle after tackle, pressure to match a game being played [Read more]

Haiku Bob: Round 9- the cat’s purr

after the sky bleeds cats from every nook and cranny no moon Beams the light inside the arc the dark rises – I wait for the moon and Leon one star – the pack releases Ablett ravaged trees – the flimsiest of hopes on Caff’s boot the cold begins its creep shots drift wide footprints [Read more]


“Waiting For Godot” is a legendary play where nothing happens. “Waiting For Goddard” is a sublime pastime whereby every time Goddard gets the ball something happens and it’s panic time for the opposition. Those wealthy West Aussies at the WACA forgot all about the new mining tax and started really crapping in their bulldozers every [Read more]


I have always found those American Civil War enthusiasts a curious bunch. The fanatics who dress in the blue of the Union or the grey of the Confederacy and re-enact the battle of Gettysburg in some Pennsylvania field.  It is as if they yearn for a time in history which they never lived through; some [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats Entertainment Round 9

by Andrew Gigacz TWO-TWO BOO-BOO A tutu on a Sunday might be fine if you have ballet practice, or even if you are South African bishop. But if there’s one thing the weekend taught us it’s that a score of 2.2 is NOT ok on a Sunday, especially in the first quarter. In Round 9’s [Read more]

Banter and blue cheese in front of the telly

I can’t remember a home and away game ever having so much riding on it. It was indeed a battle of the titans. Collingwood, terrifyingly, were on top of the ladder and, with St Kilda hampered by the loss of Nick Riewoldt and the Bulldogs struggling to find consistency, seemingly a real chance for a [Read more]

The Proff is in the Tasting

I’m always one to give credit when credit is due but it pains me when that credit is being forwarded to the account of the Hawthorn FC. The Blues and Hawks faced off in what appeared to be a straight forward game of one team in form against a team very much out of form. [Read more]

The View From Shepparton: Round 9

Well, the Collingwood team should collectively purchase a bridesmaid’s outfit because it obvious after last Friday’s game that is what they will be again this year. They promise so much but in the really big games they are found wanting. I was looking at the Geelong Footy Club  web site and noticed a piece recalling [Read more]

No Dreamtime for the Tigers

Essendon   v   Richmond Dreamtime   at   the   ‘G.   One   of   the   major   events   of   the   AFL   fixture,   but   somewhat   shadowed   by   the   two   teams   playing.   Essendon   and   Richmond,   hardly   a   mouthwatering   game.   But,   I   looked   forward   to   seeing   Richmond   play   for   the   first   time   since   the   season   begun. After   all   the   pre-game   festivities,   the   match   finally   [Read more]


What  a  round  it’s  been  in  Footy  Eddie.  Geelong  emphatically  announced  that  they  are  TTTBFTF  as  they  sat  The  Cakewalking  Collingwoods  on  their  backsides  in  front  of  the  88,115  Faithful,  Punters  &  SOTG  at  The  G,  not  to  mention  the  Whole  Football  World  catching  the  action  on  Channel  Kerry.  The  Kennel  Coughs  exposed  The  NMFC  [Read more]

“The Bloke” goes home disappointed

The lights on the MCG towers shine down upon the poor huddled masses with such brightness it looks like the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s a Friday night in Melbourne, brisk is the air and somewhat dewy is the grass. Approaching the MCG with thousands of other football worshippers gives me [Read more]

No pay off for the Roos

North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs After the morning’s high-drama eight point win over Rennie, I returned home from Waaia to watch a clash between two financially struggling sides, North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. One club, despite it’s money-woes, have strived on the field for the past couple of years, but haven’t hit their straps [Read more]

Respite from the lounge room, but none from the Cats

Cats V Pies. By Jeffrey Paterson I get home from work, 10 past seven and my lounge room is a little to noisy for my liking so I head off to my room which is a lot quieter, I decide to listen to the footy on the radio and watch it at the same time [Read more]