Footy this Sat’dy, July 9, 2011


by Chris Riordan

It looks like being a weekend of “traditional” winter footy, coming at the back end of a cold, wet and windy week.

There are certain factors that can make footy more bearable for supporters in these conditions.

One is the game you are watching. If the players are having a dip, and especially if they are caked in mud, freezing or in some way greatly discomforted, it warms the cockles.

Another contributing factor to a good experience, of course, is the company you keep.

But never underestimate the importance of catering and comfort!

We had many frigid mornings down at Holland Park rescued by the excellent canteen which served proper Dimattina coffee, toasted sangers made to order, mugs of soup with bread rolls and, essentially,  scorching pies. But, there was no cover; no respite from the wind and squalls – though, of course, most of us were needed for junior jobs anyway!

I went to Walter Street Reserve the other cold morning. We stood in front of the clubhouse, a windbreak serving tepid $1 coffees and dubious hot dogs. The ground was ringed by cars, tooting their appreciation of the tackers’ fine efforts. The country in the ‘burbs. Nearly perfect – until a kid went down and no one could find the stretcher!

Putting on a game of footy takes a lot of work from dedicated helpers. Some places do it better than others. Some have natural or physical advantages. A good tree (Werribee Juniors) or a tin shelter (the old wing at Prahran) can save the day. Hot Roast Beef rolls (Abers) are a treat. I’m missing Willy this year – love the view, the stand’s protection from the inevitable gusts, the barby and the banter.

A lot of junior footy is played on Sundays nowadays so it is Saturday arvo when we can best get to some local footy

I’m unsure of my plans this week. Sunday, it will be a morning trip to watch the Strathmore U12Es or something, where my nephew notches up 50 games! Later we’ll probably go into the twilight zone for the Doggies and the evil empire.

Saturday, though, my first options are usually VFL or EDFL.

Sandy and the Bullants are playing at Trevor Barker Oval, an iconic VFA venue. Grandstand backing the beach, can hill at the other end. Fantastic. Perhaps the old VFL’s most iconic, not lamented ground, Vic Park, is nowadays not a bad place to go and especially as the boys from the Borough should touch ‘em up. No doubt the umpiring will be appalling!

The EDFL’s been a terrific comp this season. Marby flexed their muscles last week and went back on top courtesy of a surprise loss by Abers to Craigieburn, who will attempt to again punch above their weight this week at home to the Marby Lions. Abers will hope to bounce back when they visit Oak Park in the match of the round. This clash was a beauty earlier in the season and will be worth the trip to J.P.Fawkner Reserve. Ghouls could consider heading to Roxburgh Park (18.47%) for “B” Grade’s wooden spoon match. Roxy and Jacana (12.41%), this week’s visitors, are winless after 11 games each. On form this is a maiden at Manangatang. Roxburgh Park got a 25 goal belting last week (as did 3rd to bottom Moonee Valley whose two triumphs are against these teams). That form looks good enough for favoritism against the hapless Jacana, flogged 57-13 to 3-1 by Keilor Park. It has not been a happy suburb this week!

Another part of town getting bad news stories this week has been Albion, but their supporters got to see a thriller last week in WRFL Div 1 as they had a draw with Hopper’s, surely the “sleepers” of this comp?  The pick of this round looks to be Altona (3rd) hosting top side Spotty.

Let us know your suggestions for games and grounds which “tick the boxes”.

Keen matches.

Fans loving the game.

Food and shelter!

Enjoy your Sat’dy footy.


  1. Andrew Fithall says

    If I was any chance to escape the jobs required at home, and that is looking unlikely, I would be off to the Box Hill City Oval for the 11.00am game between Easter Ranges and Western Jets. Many will have seen on the interwebs the mark taken by likely high draft pick Hayden Crozier http://intranet/mgmt/ExecERA%20Budgets/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2fmgmt%2fExecERA%20Budgets%2f2011%2d12%20Budgets&FolderCTID=&View=%7bB5102245%2d137C%2d4162%2dA5F0%2d88BBDF6E5302%7d a skinny kid who plays for the Ranges, but the mark was taken when playing for Vic Metro. The game is 7th v 8th, but the Jets, fielding quite a number of Williamstown players, last week knocked off top team Gippsland.

  2. Alovesupreme says

    Sad to hear that Jacana are having such a poor run.There wouldn’t be too many small suburban clubs that could claim to have produced two players as good as Scott Wynd and Bruce Doull. I have a vague recollection that there might be a few other lesser names that have made the big time from Jacana also.

  3. Mic Rees says

    Crio – Saturday’s Collingwood v Port game will be the first time since 1896, or earlier, since the Pies and Borough met at Victoria Park for premiership points.

    Alovesupreme – Jose Romero played his junior footy at Jacana.


  4. Willy and East Perth will be a really good game at Docklands 5pm saturday.

  5. David Downer says

    While tempting to stay warm on the couch and watch the ABC 1pm coverage, the sun is out and I’ll be heading to Sandy for the Zebs v Bullants. The unofficial team mascot Cuba will also be in attendance. Michael Gardiner playing his first game of the year with Sandringham today.

  6. No couch reclining on such a cracking day. I’m pondering local footy or sliding down to Flemington for the Quaddy. Great to have the options.

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