AFL Round 18: Port look good for finals tilt

By Josh Barnstable This game has a bit of a finals feeling. The winner might end up in the top 8 while the loser will slip further away from the leading 8. On a beautiful sunny day at the best ground in the AFL in my opinion, the Power are underdogs to defeat Hawthorn on [Read more]

Local Footy: The day that Welcome Advice saved Bushpig coach’s honeymoon

The Rivcoll Bushpigs, the club from the old Riverina College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt Uni) in Wagga, enjoy such a reputation as a social club that their opposition in this Saturday’s Farrer League fixture, the Northern Jets, is holding a get-together at the Bushpigs’ annual Old Bores Day.

General Footy Writing: Life is confusing when you’re a Cat at the Cattery and you’re barracking for the Crows

By Bob Utber I need to speak to Mr John Harms. I think that with his understanding of life  he is the only one who can sort me out. I went to the president’s lunch at the Cattery last Saturday as a guest of the former mayor of Geelong, Bruce Harwood.  Nothing odd in that, [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Sadly, Roos fail to send Simmo out with a win

by Roseann Testagrossa Early last week, former North Melbourne captain and dual premiership player, Adam Simpson, announced his retirement, effective after the round 18 game against Carlton.  When I first heard I was disappointed, because I thought he still had plenty to contribute as a player.  The consensus among North supporters seemed to be that [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Clouds gather over future of Ireland-Australia hybrid series

By Peter Lenaghan Ireland’s weather bureau has confirmed that last month was the wettest July on record for the Dublin area. Day after day, and often several times a day, clouds rolled in across the country from the Atlantic Ocean and rain tumbled down in short, sharp bursts. About 150 millimetres of precipitation sent those [Read more]

Local Footy: Oh, we do like to stomp beside the seaside

By Paul Daffey A few years ago I contributed two chapters to Black and Blue, the history of the Melbourne University Football Club. The uni footy club consists of University Blacks and University Blues, who play in the Victorian amateur competition. One of the striking aspects about my era, which was 1975 to 2005, was [Read more]

View From Shepparton: I’m glad Voss emphasised Lions’ first half rather than second

I couldn’t bring myself to put my mind to this stuff earlier as I was so distressed, horrified, mortified, by our second-term fade-out against Collingwood. I was so happy at half-time. The birds were singing, well they would have been had it been day time, Brisbane were looking great, Brown was on fire although he [Read more]

Cricket: It’s Headingley 1981 and I want to be sedated

By Tony Roberts The gloomiest roommate I ever endured was Bernard Disken. At the time we met in September 1983, Bernard was only 23, but he’d already mastered the full Eeyore to an extent that must have made his fellow disciples of the defunct House of York grey with envy.

In the Sheds: Shepparton Swans hope to emerge from turmoil with three Yze brothers

By Paul Daffey Goulburn Valley league club Shepparton Swans (once known as Lemnos) have had a tumultuous year. They lost four dozen players before the season, told senior players they would have to take a pay cut mid-season, sacked their senior coach the next day and recently forfeited a reserves game because they had only [Read more]

Haiku Bob – AFL Round 18 – the big sticks

  murky stars the air heavy with Presti’s absence     deep winter the mating season for misdirected kicks     moon glint a daisy among the weeds of our forward line     night mist Leon turns expressionist     another behind – a seagull sails between the big sticks     slow moving [Read more]

Local footy: Footy at Lake Cargelligo

by David Ogilvy While travelling from South Australia to the north coast of NSW recently, my wife and I found ourselves in Lake Cargelligo in NSW’s Northern Riverina  on a cool windy Saturday.

Gigs’ Stats: Tigers, you can still make the eight; Seven, you can jump in the lake

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 18 Stat. Declaration STATITORIAL – SEVEN PLUS TEN EQUALS A PRIME TIME NUMBER How do I hate thee, Channel Seven? Let me count the ways. Too many ways to count probably, but 10 seems like a good starting number. Presented with their second opportunity of the season to show a game live [Read more]

AFL Round 18: My Dad goes to Lions dinner but Pies win anyway

By Liam Fahey It was cold at the MCG when I arrived. My Dad had deserted me and gone to the Brisbane Lions dinner (the traitor), so I had to track down Uncle Stephen (Stephen said my Dad had Medallion Club Mick-ed us). When I got to my seat, I sat down and had the [Read more]

Top 10: Australian footballers who excelled in other sports

By Damian Watson With the recent news of Brisbane Bronco and State Of Origin representative Karmichael Hunt making a shock transition from the NRL into the new Gold Coast side in the AFL, I decided to take a look back and count down the best 10 senior footballers who excelled in other codes.

General Footy Writing: Danihers biography taps into a sentimental yearning for the past

By Adam McNicol The back cover of The Danihers contains a quote from Kevin Sheedy. “They say nostalgia is the most powerful drug in the universe. If so, this book should be banned.” Sheeds might have been off-target with his effort to win the coaching position at Richmond, but in this case he’s spot on. [Read more]

Third Test, Day 5, Parts 1, 2, 3: Credit to the Australian batsmen. Now about the bowlers …

By Andrew Gigacz It’s a seemingly lost cause for Australia as Day 5 begins: 25 runs behind, 2 wickets down and 28 overs gone, which means it’s going to be Swing O’Clock for the English bowlers as soon as play gets under way. PART 1: TWELVE HOURS BEFORE STUMPS I’m writing this at 3:45 pm, [Read more]

Crio’s Question: Novel premiership odds depend on how you define St Kilda strip

The Irish betting organisation Paddy Power is best known in Australia for its novel approach to gaming, such as when it called for punters in 2008 to bet on the name of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman’s then unborn child. Their slogan is prominent on the sideboards at EPL matches. Having now bought out Sportsbet, [Read more]

AFL Round 18: Half the supporters around me want to lose. I don’t.

By Steve Healy I really wanted the Dees to win. Put tanking aside, put Tom Scully aside and watch a great team performance. It sounded so simple. I walked to the train station alone. I don’t usually go to the footy alone, but on this occasion I had to. The train to the ‘G was [Read more]

Local Footy: Terrible twist colours the tale of Tom and George

By Bill Walker Tom Hill. Now there’s a bloke’s name packaged by his parents a couple of decades ago without the complication of slipping another in between. Tom played his first senior game for Wynyard last Saturday. Although there were other high-profile “must win” contests, important milestones and sad dedication appearances throughout Australia, Tom was [Read more]

AFL Round 18: As a Demons fan who willed his team to lose, I feel sick

By Barry Levinson Jordan McMahon holds the Sherrin and Melbourne’s draft hopes in his hands: 48 metres out from goal, straight in front, it’s a kick most AFL players are expected to convert. But this is a Tiger who has already missed two sitters on the run and barely been able to hit a target [Read more]