Canberra’s Own

By Carl Murphy Canberra is a crossroads of the football civilisations. It has its own Rugby League and Rugby Union teams, and even had its own soccer team in the national competition for many years until continued failure meant everyone gave up and went home. But despite a flourishing local competition, it had never really [Read more]

The Giants’ barnstorming finish swells the heart of a footy novice

Sometimes the football gods are with you. Sometimes a chance, a whim, an accident turns into a day you’ll remember to the end of your days. Even when the omens, frankly, aren’t all that auspicious. I didn’t expect much from my first AFL game: years of arguing with Mr Harms and his friend, Radio National’s [Read more]

Scrimmage and scrap until the Giants break clear at Manuka

Greater Western Sydney v Gold Coast Manuka Oval,  Saturday May 12th   Official Crowd  8,603 GWS Giants           4.2     5.8    8.13      13.16       94pts Gold Coast Suns     1.3     7.9    9.11        9.13       67pts Manuka Oval was in perfect condition for the clash of the novices. The game was probably the worst League game seen by me in 64 years and would [Read more]

Richard Naco, The Chad! and Pamela Sherpa after the win over the Suns.

My Life as a Crepe Artist

Caption: Richard Naco, The Chad!, and Pamela Sherpa. Caption: The GWS banner.   It all started last Thursday night, when … No.  Actually, that’s wrong.  It really began last year.  I was busy being a long distance lover of another club when the much-anticipated second Sydney club started playing.  OK, so they played NEAFL instead [Read more]

How Good Was That?

I wasn’t there damn it. We were out, following the fortunes via a little app on constant ‘refresh’; Another good start another first quarter won, after Carlton I knew we’d be in it; we sighed when they kicked six in the second quarter not knowing that we weren’t actually out of the game for very [Read more]

A GWS win to stir the soul

Round 7 GWS Giants versus GC  Suns Manuka Oval, Saturday, May 12. What better place for the two newest teams in the national competition to play each other than in Canberra, the nation’s capital. Neither team has won a game this season so today’s game will be keenly contested. The season may be just cranking into [Read more]