light and shade

sunset a few purple patches kill off the game evening sky no great signs only flashes playing the bottom team the caller questions a lack of urgency twilight game the zig-zag path to goal empty seats Cloke marks alone and unattended fading light Wood losing what little he had twilight the light and shade of [Read more]

The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Eighteen

Greetings Tipsters I had a peek in my Dictionary of Aphorisms and there, under ‘to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory’ was a picture of a black sleeveless shirt with a yellow sash. Weren’t the Tiggers suppposed to threaten for The Eight this season? Sure, they’ve gone close a few times and but for [Read more]

Fearless – Round 18: Faster, higher, stronger, “cleaner”: AFL vs Olympics…

I’m in the process of assessing my son using MRP (Match Review Panel) rationale. Head high contact to the head of dad – – no video of the incident – provocation earlier in the day from unrelated incident and different person – goes to state of mind – no notable signs of concussion, just a shocking [Read more]

5.30am and 4.40pm starts – on the same day

Alarm rings at 5.30 AM. Just in time for Olympic opening ceremony. Not a problem as was asleep early on Friday night, couldn’t stand to sit up and watch the Hawks again after their demolition of the Pies last week. Text Uncle Deano, he’s up early for the opening ceremony too. Could have stayed in [Read more]

Bitter Rivalry Continues

By Cody Lane What a great rivalry these two teams share. So much history and tonight’s match would add another chapter to the rivalry. Hawthorn are coming in to the match in red hot form winning their last 8 games on the trot. Essendon on the other hand come in to the game with a [Read more]

Kicking the dog

  It’s been a long week between games, a long week on the home front.  The footy draws me out of those other places, especially when I read on the Saints website about the Saints Train.  This train was another step in St.Kilda Football Club’s attempts to reach and and give the supporters THE  LOVE. [Read more]

Mid-season fever

The week started off good and then spiralled downwards. On Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling sick as a dog and my parents after a short time decided that I shouldn’t go to school. Wednesday I felt worse. My Dad took me to the doctor and what we knew was true. I had the flu. [Read more]

The View from Shepparton: Round 18 and other things, or was it other things and Round 18?

John Harms and Jon Faine on ABC 774 this morning  stole my thunder but I too wanted to make a point about life and that is this, when does confidence become cockiness?  You could apply this as much to those who thought that Black Caviar only had to stand on the track to win that [Read more]

The Wrap – Round XVIII: Where life imitates football

And what a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  For those old enough to remember the mixed aromatic messages of the suburban barbershop – the stale nicotine & newsprint blended with the cloying scent of au de cologne and the heady richness of cured tobacco – you’ll remember the phrase Next Please.  Those with nostalgic [Read more]

When men were men and mud was mud

This rant has been brewing for some time. It stirs every time I walk past Princes Park. Every time I see or hear Andrew Demetriou. Every time an unnecessary 50 metre penalty is paid. And every time I visit Etihad Stadium (which is infrequently). Yes, this is the nostalgic rant of a 30-something footy fan [Read more]

Bomber bandwagon falling apart

Not only have the wheels fallen off the Don’s Wagon, but so have the bumper bars, the mudguards, the rusted body work and the ignition system.  All thats left is a broken cane bench seat that’s going no where . I  reckon the rot set in a few weeks ago when they unveiled  the paler [Read more]

Battle of the doldrums: Bulldogs supporters vs Tigers supporters

By Neil Anderson Everyone has a ‘second team’ and everyone has a team they love to hate. Last Saturday night the stars finally aligned when the Tigers took on the Blue-chippers. The Bulldogs tried and failed to beat the Blues the previous week, so in a perverse, sick and desperate sort of way, I was [Read more]

Losing the faith

  Losing the faith As a non-believer, I’ve always felt sorry for members of wacky religious cults. The ludicrous beliefs; unwavering commitment to people who treat you like poo and tell you pork pies; the money freely given by those who can least afford it so the elite can live like kings while the rest [Read more]

Floreat Pica Society – Round 18 v GWS – Pies Poetry in (slow) Motion

Floreat Pica Society – Round 18 v GWS – Pies Poetry in (slow) Motion Twas the Pies’ first venture to a Stadium called Skoda For a game, the result of which, should be a soda The spirit has been shaken with recent losses, and the saga of Cloke But any thought of an upset loss [Read more]

Worthy slaughter?

  I recently heard the 1970s hit All by myself  by Eric Carmen, no relation to Fabulous Phil (Eric couldn’t even spell his surname the same way as the great man), for the first time in many years. It’s a self-pitying lament, with some of the verses starting with the words When I was young, [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap – Round XVIII

THE PRE WRAP – ROUND XVIII FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN And what week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Richmond & North coughed up enough to pay for the Ayatollah’s Olympic sojourn, and Clarko met the Little League official who is destined to replace Angry Adrian as head of the Appalling Football League’s football department.  [Read more]

I am Carlton; I am tanking

By Damien Little I don’t profess to be knowledgeable on the intricacies of football strategy and structures – but omitted N. Duigan and M. Watson – what the F*@k! Are we trying to win games here? Can someone please help to explain this to me before I start punching holes in walls like Alastair Clarkson.

Cloke & Daggered!

Greetings one and all, As the season progresses through its final trimester clubs are taking action to position themselves for both this year and the next.  The Blues would appear to have wisely conceded and sent off Lachie Henderson for surgery rather than risk further injury through this campaign.  Meanwhile the Pies have made the [Read more]