General Footy Writing: We shall fight them at the stoppages

By Ramon Fowler

I myself have full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, Geelong shall prove themselves once again able to honour our bay-side home, to ride out the storm of September, and to outlive the menace of St Kilda’s strangulating defence, if necessary in a preliminary final, if necessary in the Grand Final.

At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of the Geelong Football Club – every man of them. That is the will of the players, and the town.

Mathew Scarlett’s Backline Empire and Gary Ablett Junior’s Midfield Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death the back-fifty, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though big games and many courageous and gifted stars have fallen or still may fall into the grip of a long and gruelling season and all the odious apparatus of Andrew Demetriou’s rule, we shall not falter or fail.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight at the MCG,
we shall fight on the flanks and through the centre corridor,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air,

we shall defend our back-fifty, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight at the stoppages,
we shall fight in the goal-square,
we shall fight in the centre-square and on the wings,
we shall fight in the coaches box;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, all of our forwards or a large part of them were subjugated and starved of opportunities, then our backline empire beyond the centre-square, armed and guarded by the midfield fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the 2009 Premiership Cup, with all its power and glory, is raised up to the rescue and the liberation of good, old-fashioned, fast and attacking football – the way the game should be played.



  1. Don Walters says

    Dear Ramon Fowler,

    The team and the town must have been truly inspired by your words because the battle was won, not only in the trenches but in many a pub, many a lounge room, at Kardinia Park and at the hallowed ground.

    Cigars for all I say.


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