Else lifts; Spud flops.

Friday night games don’t thrill me the way they should. It’s a rush to get there, if your team loses then your weekend is doomed, the game is delayed on the box, and, as a park footballer in my twilight years, attending a match is probably not the ideal preparation. Especially a match like this [Read more]

blood and innards

It was midsummer this week in Sweden. Haiku Bob spent the weekend at the family’s summer house north of Stockholm on an island called Vätö. Beautiful spot. Went on a fishing expedition while the Pies and Swans slugged it out. The Pies got the points and we brought home the herring (about 60 0f them!)

Two on a couch

  by The Piesimist   We were three on the couch, ready to watch the game.   ‘Looks like Lou, Bobby and Jack’ I said, recalling long-past Thursday culture.   ‘No, looks more like Larry, Curley and Mo’, said JR.   Suzy just looked at us with that mixture of pity, disgust and despair that [Read more]

The long road back

  by John Green   How times change. Back in the late sixties and early seventies, when the Tigers ruled the footy jungle, my forays to the   MCG on Saturday afternoons always began at the Australia Hotel, on the corner of Bridge Road and Waltham Street in Richmond. This was where my father would meet [Read more]


Normally I would be writing about my exploits on the local field of dreams, and in the near future I will provide an update on the season. But during the local season I set aside a number of weekends a year to travel around the country to follow the fortunes of the Western Bulldogs. In [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES SPORT What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Fred Hesse Annihilation scoreboard on Friday night told a grim story as The Box Hill Hawks drove yet another nail in the lid covering the Bambi’s Bombers Experiment.  The Dees staked their claim to a Final Eight Place with a convincing win [Read more]

A glimpse in to the Kardinia future

It was with far more interest than usual that I ventured down to Kardinia Park this afternoon with my daughter Emily. For on display was going to be a glimpse into the future of the Geelong Cats. Injury, suspension and fatigue had necessitated seven changes to the team. Normally this would have a catastrophic effect [Read more]

Hawks leave Dons in their wake

You would reckon that when you are playing a side without their centre half forward and their full forward you would be in with a bit of a show, especially as both of these players are out and out champions. And so it was with these thoughts in mind I put on the old Essendon [Read more]


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN   What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Hands up those who thought the recidivist Franklin got off lightly with one week?  Do you get the impression he would have been a handful of a kid?  And what are we going to do about the sling tackle?  You have [Read more]

Round 14 Blog

No Buddy no Hawks? We’ll find out tonight. Have Essendon got the break they badly needed? Richmond v Melbourne is absolutely vital for both teams. Which Melbourne will turn up? The Doggies escape the ash with a few days on the Gold Coast. The Pies travel to Sydney with an imposing record against the Swans [Read more]