Friday Night Form

Josh Barnstable For North Melbourne, playing Carlton on a Friday night is like trying to impress the new girl at school on the eve of the school ball: make one mistake, and your legs are pulled out from under you and you are laughed at by everyone in the school. Make a good impression, and [Read more]

The Fat Man sings

At 2.30pm a Mack truck lumbered onto Subiaco Oval.  I checked the registration number “41” and quickly confirmed it was Shane Mumford. The sox were already down around the ankles, giving the impression that he was running on half deflated retreads.  The jumper dangled loosely out from the waist band of the impressive shorts.  More [Read more]

The view from Shepparton

Karmichael Hunt you bloody ripper! I reckon that any one with an ounce of sporting blood in them would have thrilled at this great after siren winning goal. And I’ll be the first to admit it, I had argued, particularly last year, that the Suns were always going to be a team of seventeen carrying [Read more]

Round 16 Winners and Losers

After a two week absence Winners and Losers has returned bigger and better than ever*. Round 16 saw  Richmond take Richmondness to unfathomable levels as Karmichael Hunt snatched pole position in the “did that really just happen?” awards from Chris ‘arms aren’t meant to go that way’ Judd. *This is in no way a guarantee. [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Sixteen

Greetings Tipsters And then there were four. At this rate, I’ll run out of contenders before August but with his forward line taking part in a snooker tournament at Cottlesloe Beach SLSC on Sunday arvo against most of his midfield, Woosha won’t be spending too many weekends in September in a coach’s box. Fact is, [Read more]

Fearless – Round 16: Judd on report? Like a school captain doing detention

I don’t know quite how to say this but tonight at the AFL Tribunal, Chris Judd is up on a charge. To be honest, it’s a bit like the school captain doing a detention. The club and supporters may suffer as a result of Juddy’s brainfade…time will tell…but it’d be fair to say that if there’s [Read more]

Floreat Pica: Cats v Pies

For most Collingwood supporters Round 16 began, not with our match against Geelong, but with North’s shellacking of Carlton the night before. Every member of the Floreat Pica Society who emailed on Friday night, Saturday or Sunday referred to it with joy. Pam referred to it in her Danny Roach votes. Two Pie supporting mates [Read more]

Fine Lines

Walking that fine line…   It’s been a week of fine lines…St.Kilda went to Brisbane without Goddard or Stevens, two of our best, who crossed that line.  Carlton were beaten by North Friday night.  That’s a line through their year and perhaps through their coach.  Judd again crossed his lines, and we are all left [Read more]

another game another thumping

But at least it wasn’t pissing down today. Actually it was a pretty good day for footy, sun shining, no real breeze, a big win in the magoos  and the young fella due to run out at half time to Auskick glory. All in all a promising start. And ultimately, a pretty much as expected [Read more]

The Wrap – Round XVI

THE WRAP – ROUND XVI WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL And what a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  On Friday night The Miseries were singing The Blues as Good Old North Melbourne Were Really On The Ball.  The Dockers kept their chances of September Action in the realm of a mathematical possibility and those of [Read more]

John Kingsmill’s Footy Diary

ROUND SIXTEEN Fantasy Footy It’s been one of those weekends when most of my high performers agreed to abandon the cause: Matt Suckling – five kicks, four handballs and two tackles; Matthew Kreuzer – two kicks, four handballs and no marks; Jack Darling – five kicks, no handballs or tackles and no marks; Patrick Dangerfield [Read more]

Cats pull rabbit from hat

Apparently Collingwood’s defeat of the Cats on Friday night signalled the end of an era. “…the Cats simply couldn’t run with Collingwood and, after five years of greatness, their race is run.” Jake Niall, The Sunday Age, July 15, 2012. That’s it. Game over. The end. Das ende. But, as is often the case, the [Read more]

Collingwood less gone this week

The Collingwood Football Club might not be as gone for the 2012 season as it was last week. However, if you are brave enough to announce a renaissance based on one good quarter of Carringbush footy, where the opponent (the mighty Cats) virtually handed goals out like strip club cards at an Adelaide Oval Test, [Read more]

I’m mad as hell… but will probably continue to take it

By Cheryl Critchley I’m on a girls’ weekend in beautiful Maldon with three of my favourite people in the world. Great company and plenty of junk to feast on while lounging in a gorgeous old renovated Victorian home in one of Victoria’s best preserved gold rush towns. What could be better? But this special weekend [Read more]

Going troppo

By John Green It doesn’t seem right. Australian football was originally meant for “gentlemen interested in keeping the muscles in full vigour during the winter months”, as stated in an article in Bell’s Life on July 31,1858. Thomas Wills, one of the founding fathers of the game, wrote in a letter to the same publication [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap – Round 16

THE PRE WRAP – ROUND XVI FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The Star Chamber has been in overdrive sending miscreants to the sin bin.  And one of their victims to the medical room.  There were lots of emails through the week, most of which would have been more [Read more]

Trying Bunal

Greetings all for another installment, Back to Melbourne and back to the reality of winter weather.  Once again no shortage of news, both worthy and unworthy.  But this week focus is on the Match Review Panel and the tribunal.  The majority of the discussion early in the week was about the injustice of the penalty [Read more]