The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Nineteen

Greetings Tipsters If ever you wondered if it really could be lonely at the top, look no further than the vision of Matthew Primus standing alone in the rooms while the Blackouts were playing their most useless day of football in 143 years. Maybe if you’re feeling schadenfreuidan, you might gorge yourself on the shots [Read more]

A Baker’s Dozen

Saturday was overcast and rainy in Hobart. A check of the forecast suggested nothing was likely to change. So what’s new in Tassy I hear you ponder? My regular traveling companion, Lezzy, was not too enthusiastic about the footy fixtures in and around Hobart so I hopped on the net, bought two seats at Hawk [Read more]

Time: the subtle thief of youth

By Simon Dobbie On a rare commitment-free weekend just gone, I had an opportunity to sit down and watch some footy while the son had his middle-of-the-day sleep and the wife had her head buried in a good book. The game in question was Geelong v GWS which didn’t promote too much interest in me [Read more]

Just to pass the time away

I love football, the real version, the round-ball game. The game the world is devoted to. The one which sees players from each continent playing side-by-side, while fans around the globe tune in at all times of night and day. At the game, there’s the singing, whistling, chanting, dancing, trumpets, drums and vuvuezelas willing the [Read more]


I love Buddy. I’m not ashamed to admit my admiration and affection for the guy. Call it a man crush, call it whatever you like but as a Hawthorn supporter it’s only natural to show some love. I know I’m far from alone. He is Hawthorn’s poster boy, every hawks youngsters favourite player. Watching Hawthorn [Read more]

out of sight

edge of the city the sound of a goal   late start an early rush of goals   twilight game how soon the forwards put us out of sight   broken clouds in the space between Beams   full moon Didak still going round defenders   swirling leaves suddenly Ablett somewhere else   kicking yips [Read more]

Hallelujah, what a Season!

The Cats are my first (footy) love. And my second and third. But aside from parochialism and loyalty, I just love football. I love a good game. I love the skill and the passion and the determination and desperation. I’ve been blessed, after the 44 years of wandering in the wilderness to see the Cats [Read more]

AFL Round 10 – Collingwood v Gold Coast – Floreat Pica Society

By PAM LOWTHER Well off to the twilight game, seems strange to be heading off to the footy at such a time on a sunday arvo, but am neverless very hopeful of a good percentage booster for our team. Having a day out with some girls from work and had to stop at the Hilton [Read more]

The true measure

Stats seem to be the key in the professional footy world right now but quite frankly the sheer amount of gibberish being hammered home of late has turned my mind to jelly. And are they measuring the right thing? It’s all well and good to concentrate on a player’s work rate and inside leg measurement [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round 10

Greetings Tipsters Upset. The Oxford online defines upset as: Verb 1 – make (someone) unhappy, disappointed, or worried; 2 – knock (something) over; 3 – cause disorder in; disrupt: 4 – shorten and thicken the end or edge of (a metal bar, wheel rim, or other object), especially by hammering or pressure when heated; Noun [Read more]

The View From Shepparton – Round 10

James Polkinghorne, (James Polkinghorne?, yes well I had never heard of him either), you bloody ripper. Forget Buddy’s 13, forget Melbourne getting over Essendon, forget the Richmond St Kilda epic…… Well OK I’ll  grant that that is asking for an awful lot of forgetfulness but all the same that goal which I am sure was [Read more]

Tiger Terrific

Richmond V St Kilda, Round 10, 3/6/12 It was described as the ‘match of the year’ to this date which perhaps served as an alternative exhilaration for Richmond fans. Their time has finally come, and this time, it is here to stay. Richmond’s’ decade long jinx against St Kilda has finally been dispelled, leaving Richmond [Read more]

The Wrath of Josh

By Josh Barnstable Something isn’t right at Aegis Park. Something has gone wrong, deep in the heart and soul of the North Melbourne Football Club. 10 rounds into the season, sitting 12th on the ladder with just four wins, everything possible has gone pear shaped for the club that promised so much in the pre-season. [Read more]

Round 10 Winners and Losers

Round 10 of the 2012 AFL season shall be forever remembered as bizzaro round. Winners  Mark Neeld and his Melbourne Demons The siren is about to go, right? I believe it is. And our score is a bigger number than theirs? It appears so. Well, this is new. Melbourne notched their first win of the [Read more]

The Wrap – Round X

THE WRAP – ROUND X WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL And what a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Competition Leaders and Flag Favourites humbled and humiliated.  Yes Bomberland Faithful, a loss by one straight kick is an humiliation when it’s delivered by a winless team with a scoring percentage lower than Julia Gilliard’s approval rating.  [Read more]

Is Brad Scott kidding?

Aberration? Aberration?  Does Brad Scott expect North Melbourne members to swallow that? After being smashed by 115 points by Hawthorn on Saturday – a previously out of form Hawthorn, mind you –  coach Brad Scott faced the media and declared it an ‘aberration’.  Not a typical North Melbourne performance.  In two weeks time, after the [Read more]

The Baby Blues

Da da da da daa, da da da da daa. They are the Baby Blues, They are the old light baby Blues. People bag Eddie and the Essendon leadership because The Pies and The Bombers won’t wear ridiculous “Away” strips. But they turn up at all their matches looking like Collingwood and Essendon (even when [Read more]

WOW (not good)

Saturday I hoped was the end of the hoodoo. We always lose to Melbourne in the middle of the season. I hoped it wasn’t going to happen again. Essendon’s performance last week was average and Melbourne pushed Carlton to three quarters last week. Jetta had come back from staging to give our forward line a [Read more]

John Kingsmill’s Footy Diary

ROUND TEN A teasing time Life conspires to interrupt football. Thank Christ! We’d all go mad if it didn’t. This weekend, we had a house-guest from Perth, sneaking over to Adelaide during their June long weekend, their Foundation Day, renamed earlier this year by the Barnett Liberal Government as Western Australian Day. That’s Inclusive-Speak for [Read more]

Blame it on the Train

Like most footballing folk, I was captivated by Friday night’s game between the Tiges and Saints. Again, like most people I spoke to, I had tipped St Kilda. However as the game went on I became caught up in the rollicking juggernaut of fervour that the Richmond fans were generating. As the final siren sounded, [Read more]