Dermott Brereton – rebel in the pack

A few years ago I had an alcohol fuelled disagreement with some friends of mine about Dermott Brereton’s left-liberal credentials. It’s fair to say I was flying solo in my line of reasoning from the outset. Hadn’t Dermie, I opined, supported the student occupation of RMIT in 1997 as those Bolshy students were crusading for [Read more]

Rising Stars

After reading Danni Eid’s article on young football prodigy Matthew Watson, I thought about all the great youngsters of our great game. So far, 12 rounds have passed in the AFL, and 12 babies of the football world have been awarded a NAB Rising Star nomination. And it all started on the first night of [Read more]

Danni knows how to pick ’em

I don’t like the ‘Footy Show’ and I hardly ever watch it. It’s stupid, immature and worst of all it has Sam Newman in it. To me it’s TV trash; I prefer watching ‘Before the Game.’ Although, when fellow Almanacer Susie told me that Mooney was on, I couldn’t resist. So I thought I’ll watch [Read more]


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  Let’s settle this draw thing once and for all.  This is Aussie Rules.  We play draws and we pay draws.  We play them maybe once or twice a season.  Maybe once every two or three seasons.  It’s not as though we’re having [Read more]

Mid-Year Assessment

It’s come to that time of the year where finals aspirations are being recalculated, and some teams are just playing out the year and going by the youth policy. Some players have proved their critics wrong in 2010, while some have failed to live up to the hype. Most Improved Players: Dale Thomas Thomas has [Read more]

The Temple of Mick

By David Latham Like Robert Walls, Mick Malthouse loves a grafter and humble clubman who knows how to turn a good sausage at club barbeques.  It would appear that Mick’s perception runs into another dimension, inaccessible to mortal computation, and in that Labyrinthine mind of his, a paucity of football skill is no barrier to [Read more]


In a way coaches are sort of like teachers. They mentor the players and take charge of the ‘classroom.’ They ‘use their outside voice’ and punish players who misbehave and they reward and motivate players who are doing well. Through supporting Collingwood for the many years, I have noticed something about Mick Malthouse. Now I’m [Read more]

Best individual home-and-away performances

1. Gary Ablett Snr, round 6 1993 Essendon 23.18 (156) v Geelong 19.18 (132) Richmond players had every reason to cringe at the sight of Gary Ablett, whose prolific scoring against the Tigers is the stuff of legend. Ablett’s best haul against the Yellow and Black was 14 goals at the MCG in 1989. As [Read more]

The sacking of Norm Smith & Interview “Tony Charlton’s Football Show” – Round 13 1965

The thirteenth round of matches for season 2010 commences this weekend with five games, the remaining three fixtures taking place the following weekend. The corresponding round forty five years earlier produced one of the largest controversies to hit our city for quite some time – Norm Smith’s removal as coach of the reigning VFL premier, [Read more]


WHERE LIFE IMITATES FOOTBALL What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The flags are ¼ mast along La Via Lygon as the paperboys herald the news – The Shinboners are BIT.  The Hawks also, as they play their first real game of Football for the season against The Hapless Chardonnays.  The Power came out [Read more]

The View From Shepparton: Round 12

Australia down 4 zip, Collingwood v Melbourne 76 points each in front of 67,000, I know which code I prefer. Or, leaving the Australians out of it I would prefer a 76 points each draw to a one all draw any time of the week Having said that, the Socceroos effort was a huge disappointment [Read more]

Crio’s Q: yo me frio o lo sophlo?

The Clash  voiced a quandary faced by all sports fans at various times…”Should I stay or should I go now?” Channel Ten commentators on Saturday night noted that, despite the breathtaking Geelong clinic taking place, about half of the crowd had left – big trek to Essendon! – before the final siren. I hope that [Read more]

Magpies in Philadelphia

When you visit Philadelphia there are a few non-negotiable must do’s. You ring the Liberty Bell, watch big Sav punt for the Eagles, eat a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and best of all, finish the day with the famous run up the Rocky’s stairs in order to pay homage to the great boxer. You can [Read more]

Footy’s Final Frontier

The AFL’s relentless push into new territory is a little bit reminiscent of the Americans planting a stars and stripes flag on the surface of the moon. Boldly going where no code has gone before, whether you like it or not. Outer space is pretty much the only region that hasn’t yet felt the sensation [Read more]


FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL MARNGROOK FAN What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The World Game gets its four yearly carnival under way tonight and the planet stops to watch.  At least it’s got Akka & chequebook football off the pages for a bit.  These pages at least.  So what if Football’s most unstable bottom [Read more]

One Flew Out of the Hawk’s Nest

For the first six and a half years of my football life, I struggled year after year to settle on a team that would become an essential part of my sporting life. Family and peer pressure between the ages of one to six can be a daunting and stressful period. My Mother, a Cat; my [Read more]

Eulogy: Memories of a great talent with cheek and heart

In over forty years teaching in country towns and living in local communities I saw, met and mixed with thousands of young people. I saw kids who went on to represent their state and nation in various sports but I never saw anyone the like of Terry Bartel. I was only connected with Terry for [Read more]

Let Me Give You The Tip

By Anthea  Abell It’s happened again. Every year I swear I won’t get involved because it always happens. All it takes is one week of forgetting and it’s all over. Two weeks ago I forgot to put my tips in. It was a crazy day at the office and I ignored the email reminder sent [Read more]

Oh To Be An Arrogant Magpie!

An arrogant Collingwood supporter. How I wish I was an arrogant Collingwood supporter. Unfortunately, being fifty years old and having supported Collingwood since pre-birth (my mother tells me I went to a post-season night game while still in the womb),  there has been only one premiership in my lifetime. And that was twenty years ago. [Read more]

The View From Shepparton Round 11.

Last week I wrote that couldn’t care less about North Melbourne, well I do now. I have long complained about the accuracy or lack of it of AFL players when they are attempting set shots at goal. John Anthony after last year’s effort against the Crows was an honorable exception. Well now we have that [Read more]