Dream Over?

Sydney and St.Kilda: two teams infamous for their slow style of football, and boring – at times frustrating – game plan. The flood, stoppage football and backwards kicking, were what most would have been expecting out of this game. Both though, found themselves playing a ‘mini-final’ in round 22 at ANZ stadium. For St.Kilda, a [Read more]

round 22 – haiku bob – nearing spring

  warmer nights — the kick-out reaches the centre square       our latest back six concedes the first goal in under a minute       the old world connects to the new — Fasolo curls one back       late winter — gaps in our desire filled by Ball     [Read more]

Spirits High, Goal Achieved

As part of our unit 2 of Outdoor and Environmental Studies, we are forced to travel up to the high country, hike with ridiculous snow gear on, pitch a tent and freeze our asses off. But don’t get me wrong, I love the outdoors and challenging myself to an adventure, but does it have to [Read more]

I spy with my little eye – Round 22 2011 – Collingwood versus Brisbane

After living in Queensland for the four footy seasons of 2007 – 2010, I guess it’s only fitting that I do the match report for the Pies and Lions game. And after the ground-breaking controversial news of the Queensland footy official leaking highly sensitive reserves team selection information to Collingwood, and my recent scandal at [Read more]

Father-son combo gets Pies over the line

  Collingwood v Brisbane Round 22 MCG by John Sandy First against fifteenth, on paper this looked like a one sided affair. Collingwood had a number of players out; with Maxwell and Wellingham joining Shaw and Dawes on the sidelines as well as Davis, Krakouer and Johnson all rested to recover from niggles. For Collingwood [Read more]

Blues need to look forward

As anyone who has been attempting to play catch-up in a tipping comp will attest, the one thing this AFL season has recently cried out for was some uncertainty. Proceedings have come to resemble the average English Premier League season, where a handful of clubs have cleared out from the pack and most speculation presides [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES SPORT What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Hawks led at every change and at the final siren to send the Flags along La Via Lygon to halfmast and consign The Miseries to the Bottom Half of The Eight.  The Mighty Adelaide Scarecrows, unable to muster a 100 point demolition [Read more]

Saints Round 21: Going Down the Toilet

Yvette Wroby’s take on the weekend.

The Footygods: Elpis

The greeks were funny about hope. Some of them thought that there wasn’t much point having hope because the gods would do you in anyway. Some thought that hope only existed to make your suffering even worse. But they did give hope a minor goddess; Elpis; a young woman who held flowers in her hands. [Read more]


EAGLES V BOMBERS -20 August 2011– byPeter Baulderstone.   This was the movie we had been waiting to see.  The close contents against the Dockers and Bulldogs were like the Perry Mason courtroom potboilers of my youth, where you always knew that the final plot twist would ensure the good guys won.  Then there were [Read more]

The unfashionable Ablett returns

It’s home and away junk time at Metricon today. The Crows may have finally shrugged a horrible dose of Craig-itis – that cruel affliction that condemns clubs to an endless youth-led rebuilding phase – but they’re still a mile off the pace. And as for the Suns, well, they’re not genuinely a part of things [Read more]

In Success Lies Stress

West Coast v Essendon Patterson’s Stadium Sat 20 August 2011, round 22 By West Coast Dave   Thursday:  This is driving me mad.  In 1997 Adelaide came from behind at three quarter time in the last game of the year, and I beat JTH to the University of Queensland footy tipping comp grandé prize by [Read more]

I love the Hawks

I love the Hawks. I love the way that someone came up with the brown and gold, the worst colour combination in the (current) AFL (I’m talking to you Giants), and yet they have resisted the urge to stuff it up in the name of marketing. I love how they don’t mind recruiting fat, washed [Read more]

The Makings of a Cult (following)?

GC v Adelaide  Gold Coast      9.10.    64 Adelaide         18.17  125 Votes – Thompson 3, Tippett 2, G Ablett 1   Adelaide have pulled back from the brink of awfulness after sacking their coach and just pushed the Cats to the bitter end. The Suns stopped worrying about winning months ago, so where was the [Read more]

Talkin’ Hawks Blitzin Blues Blues

“Somebody said they saw me Swinging the world by the tail Bouncing over a white cloud. Killing the Blues”       John Prine The night, the game is still a blur to me, such was the anticipation leading up to the first bounce. By the time the game got under way I was all over the shop. [Read more]

North v Freo preview

    I’m thrilled to be writing my second blog of the year for Footy Alamanac, after previously writing just before Round 2.   It has been a year of ups and downs for both Fremantle and North Melbourne. The boys in Purple started strongly but have slipped as the season goes on; in their [Read more]


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The ghosts are stirring at the Yarra Falls End as the tension continues at Victoria Park.  Mick wants the Black&White Army to give the opposition a Helluva time.  Eddie wants it to be a more Ra! Ra! Ra! sort of thing.  Are [Read more]

Sal’s Tips Round 22: The Great Rip Off

Sheez it really does feel like Round 22 – but on we go! I left a teaser last week for this week’s topic and that is the AFL plan to further rip off the fan by reducing the length of the game.  Seems like it is almost a done deal after listening to Vlad on [Read more]