Friday night footy in the Barossa

Wednesday last week. State of Origin decider day. Magnificently wild winter weather in the Barossa. Yesterday it was hail and sideways rain whipping across the Valley. Today, a bit of everything, but the sky is cold. Some vineyards are neatly pruned, ready for the Spring. Some are not, tendrils still waving in the wind like [Read more]

Suffering for your art

by Adam Gruer   I took the young fella to the footy on Sunday as part of my efforts to bring him into the Pies family.  Young Tom is almost five and this would be his third game of the season, following successful encounters with Port and West Coast.  When the FIXEDure came out I [Read more]

one goal blurs

  murky light — the umpire sees a free no-one can   old woman knitting — our forward work slowly comes together   rain starts — Daisy comes from the clouds   winter afternoon — the torpedo punt drops short   misty rain — one goal blurs into another   hundred points up — the [Read more]

I don’t like the scarf, Luke…

  by Joseph Walker Remember 2004? The year that Port won? Well, it was the first time two teams that weren’t Victoria-based went head-to-head in a Grand Final. Brisbane were set to win four in a row, an equal record, when Port, the minor Premiers of the past 2 seasons but the crumblers in September, [Read more]

The Unfriendly Skies

    Tiger Airways has been grounded indefinitely. Seven weeks ago the tiny budget airline intruded into the airspace of the marauding Bombers and caused them to crash-land. That 16-point Richmond victory in the Dreamtime at the G clash of the sash was the first of five losses in a row for Essendon. But a [Read more]

Thanks Barry and Go Pies!

Carlton plays Collingwood next week and as a Hawthorn supporter I couldn’t be happier. Against a dispirited North Melbourne, Collingwood reminded us all on Sunday afternoon why the Magpies are the team most likely in 2011.  Defeating the Kangaroos by 117 points made even Mick Malthouse look a little embarrassed after the match. And after [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES SPORT   What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Sleepy Hollow Millionaires blew Top Spot when they let The Eagles jump them in the 1st Half on Friday night.  The Hawks did what they had to do against The No Brown No Brisbane Bears, Sydney squandered many chances but still [Read more]

Pies slaughter Roos

by John Sandy   Collingwood v North, ten past one on a Sunday is not your traditional start time. With that I decided to do something a bit different so my 6 year old, Wil, and I spent the morning at the Vic market and State Library before having kick in Birrarung Marr before strolling [Read more]

Floreat Pica Round 16

As it is “Youth Round” of the Floreat Pica Society and this is my first match report, I decided that I would take my job seriously. I immersed myself in the Collingwood spirit all week (which isn’t that hard if you live in our household). I wore my Collingwood jumper nearly every day this week, [Read more]


  Collingwood versus North Melbourne Sunday July 10 MCG   Poolside, Borneo, club sandwich, beer.   Have just listened to the game via the internet.   My companion, Handsome Joe, international playboy and Magpie lover, is grinning from ear to ear.   I am shattered.  Not being at the ‘G is no consolation.   One [Read more]

This week I could stand to watch

After the debacle against Hawthorn a couple of weeks ago and facing the undefeated Geelong the following weekend ,the Partner and I decided to take in the sea air on the coast for a few days.  She a born again Geelong supporter was supremely confident, me a Don tragic, was looking forward to the cricket [Read more]

My response to losing – a thought

Two weeks. Two losses. A rare experience Does not compute. I get all whimsical and agreeable Send text messages to my mates who barrack for the Eagles, Dons. “Well done.” I say. “Your boys played better.” “Good sport.” you might think Nah. I’m just trying to keep the Footy Gods happy.

Revisiting the Inner Child

Eagles V Geelong @ Subiaco on Friday 8 July 2011 The best thing about the footy is that it brings out your inner 5 year old.  All week the atmosphere has been building.  Gazza (I kid you not) was brought up a torp away from Kardinia Park.  Its got down to 1 degree in Perth [Read more]

Round 16 Blog

The Eagles have conquered the Cats, though not without a scare or two after a dominant first half. What does successive losses for the previously undefeated mean? Today the Hawks host the Lions down in Launnie. Will Buddy play? Will it matter? The Swans visit the Gold Coast and desperately need to bring the match points home. Richmond can see [Read more]

Friday Night Fun

by Shane Kennedy It has been a little over two years since Dad died. As the coach of my school’s grade 5/6 football team, I always play one of the better players loose a kick behind the play. Each time our loose man takes a comfortable chest mark, I think of Dad. He taught me [Read more]


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN   What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  In the Ayatollah’s absence Angry Adrian has grown another leg.  (Or at least a foot – Ed)  He’s flagged the banning of the Slam Dunk.  And when you see Melbourne’s Trengove applying it you can see the merit in the move. [Read more]