Kids5: Supporters’ awards

Matt Zurbo continues his series on coaching young footballers. Here’s another suggestion – which doesn’t cost much.

Kids4: Empty Nights

What does Matt Zurbo suggest when hardly any players turn up for training?

Kids 3. Body Language

Matt Zurbo’s writings on coaching kids continues. Part three is about body language; “Coaching kids who are losing each week is the best challenge there is in football… You have to speak from your ribs. You have to believe, or there’s no point at all.”

Kids 2. First Give Them Fire

Matt Zurbo on coaching juniors: Part 2. “The biggest mistake you can make is treating them like kids…”

Kids 1

Matt Zurbo begins a 15-part series on coaching kids. Here’s some suggestions which I suspect you wouldn’t have thought of before. [Wish you were my coach Old Dog – Ed]

This series will run Monday-Friday for three weeks.

Life and Death

Matt Zurbo reflects.

I Hate a Mob

Matt Zurbo with some thoughts on the booing of Adam Goodes .

Round 7 – Sydney v Geelong: Today and Then and Football

Old Dogs watches Sydney and Geelong go at it and wonders how a foreigner would view the spectacle.

2015 ICC World Cup – Final: For Love of Underdogs and the Australian Way (and Blog – add your comments)

Matt Zurbo argues the case that, if you’re really in touch with what it means to be Australian, then you’ll be barracking for New Zealand today.

What do you reckon? Add your pre-game comments. And join in the conversation during the game.

Moments and Friendships

A sunburnt Old Dog just kicks back every now and then and thinks about what’s been going on and who he’s bumped in to and what’s coming up. Another footy season approaches and the oval hardness may be too much for one sprinkler. [I love a good Zurbo refelction – Ed]

A skill that can’t be measured

Stan Alves turns it around and asks Matt Zurbo a question. A good one too. [Old Dog with some of his trademark footy-thinking]

Ingrained Madness

A smaller piece from the Old Dog

So This is Christmas: Old Dog’s Top 10 of 2014

Good will: for the beer of it. That, and other terrific lines from one of the Knackery’s Henry Lawsons. A travelling minstrel. Observing. And sensing what matters. Thanks Old Dog.

Simon Black and the things that count

In writing his book, Old Dog spends some time with Simon Black. The conversation reminds him of an old footy story.

The Melbourne Cup

Matt Zurbo reflects on the traditions of racing, from about as far away from the glamour of Flemington as you can get.

Simplifying Football

Ben Rutten has inspired this piece because Old Dog loves backmen. He loves watching backmen. He hates how they’re ignored when votes are awarded. He doesn’t like how stats rule – and he points out a ripper stat about the Swans premiership back line

No Skills Required

Old Dog recalls a footy-less warm-up. [Ray Wilson and his Uni Blacks are onto something – Ed]

Buddy v Royce

This is an intriguing experiment. Old Dog, thinking creatively, again.


Matt Zurbo on the significance of ruckmen and their influence on games. [Top stuff – Ed]

As featured the the Age sports section today.

AFL Round 18 – Hawthorn v Sydney: The Slap

Old Dog watches one of the best AFL games he’s seen in years – taking in the skill in the face of pressure and the fact that it was the frenzied chaos we value so much.