General Footy Writing: 2008 draft to be considered among the best

I think in a few years time, we’ll be talking about the 2008 national draft as a draft to match the super-draft of 2001 which saw Chris Judd, Luke Ball and Luke Hodge start their careers. The 2008 top-10 saw the likes of Daniel Rich, Jack Watts, Jack Ziebell, Nick Naitanui and Stephen Hill taken [Read more]

Sports science: AFL players should practice kicking far more often

By Clint Youlden I’m a sports scientist who specialises in biomechanics. As a sports scientist who’s interested in footy, it destroys me to see the lack of effort that AFL players put into practising kicking. I heard Matthew Richardson say that “players would have 40 to 50 shots on goal a week … but you [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I’ve decided what I want to be

ByDanielle Eid We all grow up with a career in mind.  When you’re a five year old girl, you want to be a princess. Younger boys want to be firefighters or superheroes. We grow up with an imaginative, “anything is possible” attitude, which dissolves by the time you hit high school. In the early years [Read more]

Funny teams: Dale Thomas in, Nick Stevens out of line-up of two-first-namers

By Tom Riordan You’d think that the school holidays would bring a break to writing, compiling, or even thinking. But on the first day of the holidays I had the idea, after watching the promising debut of Liam Anthony for North Melbourne at the MCG the day before, of naming a team of AFL players [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Huey’s cherry-ripe for the Swans job

By Rod Gillett The news that Sydney Swans chief executive officer Myles Baron-Hay is stepping down at the end of the season will spark speculation in the Melbourne media about a replacement from the football managerial stocks, with all the usual suspects being given a run. The best man to run the club in my [Read more]

View From Shepparton: AFL Round 13

By Peter Schumacher Well this was a pretty straightforward round in terms of expected results;  indeed in one tipping competition I picked 7 winners. The Lions continue to look good but given their opponents this was not difficult. In fact I reckon that Brisbane,  and Geelong for that matter, could have been a little upset [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 13 Stat. Declaration

ERATOSTHENES’ GUIDE TO TIPPING 8 WINNERS Mathematicians use the “Sieve of Eratosthenes” to come up with all the prime numbers in a list from 2 to any specified integer. The process involves eliminating all multiples of 2 (which is a prime) and then 3 (which is next prime) and so on until only the prime [Read more]

General Footy Writing: It’s hard trying to watch the footy when the broadcaster goes bust

By Ben Jensen Sometimes I hate being a footy fan outside Australia. I had it all worked out last year; got myself a Setanta Sports subscription; at only £9.99 a month I was supposedly going to get four games live a week. That’s almost better than back home!  By the time the Cats and Port [Read more]

The Big Clash: Saints and Cats match should be a beauty if these precedents are a guide

By Damian Watson In the light of the big clash between the two undefeated teams St Kilda and Geelong on Sunday, I’ve had a look at some of the biggest build-ups to home-and-away games. As I am only 14 years old, I wasn’t around to feel the vibe of the big matches in the 1960s, ’70s, [Read more]

General Footy Writing: How a Tiger got his stripes (part 1)

By Sam Steele It was not until 1970 when I was six years old that I even discovered the existence of Australian football. Unlike so many Australian families in which footy allegiance, like religion, is rock solid and and never to be questioned, or those in which rivalries flourish, in my family the game was [Read more]

Crio’s Question: What’s the big deal about Friday night?

By Chris Riordan Friday is a time for some week-ending cleansers. But what’s with the supposed pride in one’s team being on “The Big Stage of Friday Night Footy”? I’m baffled. As an attendee it doesn’t suit. Worn out at week’s end, it is too long to wait after work and too hard to come [Read more]

The Wrap: Round 13: Hawks’ defence over and Bailey looks gone

By John Mosig What a round it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The body bags draped in Navy Blue were lined up along La Via Lygon on Saturday morning.  You knew it was a big funeral when you noticed Mick Gatto amongst the mourners.  Carringbush monstered another 7 stone weakling on Saturday Arvo in Melbourne while [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Chris Riordan looks askance at the Blues

Were Carlton over-rated? This was supposed to be a season-defining game. Clearly, Carlton’s season is gone. “We are coming!”… they might need some nasal spray to reload if they’re going to finish in the finals. Waite’s loss is significant and maybe it is time to get rid of Fev. Big Jack, as usual, made it [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I love tipping on radio but I want to beat Crackers

By Josh Barnstable Friday is one of the most enjoyable days of the week, perhaps the best day to many people. This may be because work or school has finished and they get a whole two days off to do whatever they want. The reason I like Fridays are because it’s the end of the [Read more]

The Wrap: Looking at Round 13

By John Mosig What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  That Coaches Carousel is a 24/7 ride and the fairy floss is free.  The latest to climb aboard is Shinboner of The Century.  He’s invited The Greatest Player to Ever Pull on The Black&White Verticals to change the colour of his stripes.  Actually nothing [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Why do we have the split round?

I can’t remember. But I do know that it disturbs the momentum of my season. I’ll probably forget to put in my footy tips! I acknowledge that going to the game is no longer the rotating Saturdays of black and white shorts and that the main audience, TV, is not troubled with their fixture unaffected. [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: What’s in a name for footy clubs? Plenty

By Rod Gillett When the Ardlethan and Ariah Park-Mirrool football clubs in southern NSW agreed to amalgamate for the 2004 season they could have combined their names in the fashion of another (quite famous) Riverina club, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. Instead they came up with the moniker Northern Power, as they had decided to adopt a Port [Read more]

View From Shepparton: Round 12: Geelong win reminds me of barracking for the Croweaters

By Peter Schumacher It seems eons ago when Dean Laidley resigned as coach of the Shinboners. Indeed I can scarcely remember the name of his replacement. Barry Crocker wasn’t it? No that’s right it’s Darren Crocker. Anyway it’s hard to believe that the guy has yet to coach his first North Melbourne game. Such is [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A life of a Pie

By Danielle Eid I was recently asked by Paul Daffey why I barrack for Collingwood. So I was inspired to write up a piece on why I am one of those Collingwood supporters you love to hate. When my Dad came to Australia he lived with his uncle (my Godfather) and together they started the [Read more]

Middle East Correspondent: Koroit pair almost steal premiership cup from Dubai Heat’s grasp

By Rod Gillett It was more than a truly international clash on football’s latest frontier; it was a classic Bush Boys versus City Slickers encounter. The inaugural Middle East AFL grand final pitted the unbeaten Dubai Heat, who are based in the United Arab Emirates, against the Muscat Magpies from neighbouring Oman. Dubai is an [Read more]