AFL Round 18: Blues do enough to win but still have work to do

North Melbourne V Carlton By Steve Healy It was Friday. I had been home from school sick today, and was eagerly waiting for the arrival of this game come 7:40, or in this case 8:40. There was something special about the game. Adam Simpson’s farewell, playing his 306th and last game in the blue-and-white stripes. [Read more]

General Footy Writing: I don’t see how anyone can beat the Saints

By Tony Dalton I have now watched the full seventeen games of the Saints season, each week expecting to see someone, some team, run out, work them over and defeat them. Much to my surprise and delight it has not happened and I am now convinced that it will not happen this year.

Third Test, Day 2: Memories of glorious day at 1975 series get crowded out by tumble of Australian wickets

By Sam Steele I chose to do the “wrap” of this day not because of any sense that this would be a particularly significant day (although more of this later).  Rather I picked it because it was 34 years ago to the day that I attended Day 1 of the Ashes Test at Lords with [Read more]

General Footy Writing: A lament for great old footy jumpers

By Chris Riordan While the AFL clubs’ marketing departments are developing gross jumpers, originality is losing out to functionality in the bush and burns. Buy in bulk. Cheaper and ready by order. Our fantastic footy culture was clarified to me one afternoon about 20 years ago when I was handed a jumper by the barman [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Hawks and Eagles match highlights jumper absurdities

By Sam Steele This was going to be another match report in response to Messrs Harms’ and Daffey’s hint that I play myself into form in order to be considered for “the book”. Sadly, my attention on a scrappy but nonetheless crucial West Coast v Hawthorn game was insufficient to complete the task, but my [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: Top Pies in first flush of love, but will ardour fade?

THE PRE WRAP – ROUND 18 What a week it’s been in Footy Eddie.  The long awaited Ménage à Trois is finally stitched up at McHale Stadium.  We’re just glad that Archbishop Mannix and John Wren weren’t around to squirm with us through the courtship and wince at the ceremony.  We wish them all the [Read more]

Third Test, Day 1: Watson’s prospects seems as good as the bream’s in our frypan

By Justin Kruger Some days have a surprise in the tail. It’s the same way with emails. A few days ago I  get 2 emails from John Harms about a possible roster for coverage of the third test. They are clearly the sort of emails that might have attachments. Neither does, and I don’t think too much [Read more]

Poetry: A Local Bloke

By Bill Walker A box slips down with a humming sound, faces smile through tears the playing field a memory now, team mates succumbing to years Barney, Rat, Whinger, Knob and Doris from the canteen the team’s all there with silver hair, on a nostalgic crutch they lean a special bloke has had enough, slipped [Read more]

Jones Files: South Bendigo holds out fast-finishing Sandhurst in classic Grand Final

By Richard Jones SOUTH Bendigo won the Bendigo Football League’s sensational 1955 grand final by a point over hard-working Sandhurst. It was a day when weather conditions really played a huge part as the QEO was lashed by freak winds and heavy rain.

Local Footy: Peat Bog Champions emerge from Cora Lynn to put stamp on the game

By Bob Utber Those in the know acknowledge that Cora Lynn has the best football ground in Victoria, nay, Australia. With its peat bog soil it can take six inches of rain and you still do not get muddy. A huge amphitheatre, the ground is famous for staging the Grand Finals of the former West [Read more]

General Sportswriting: It really is time I let Gurner’s Lane and the 1997 goal umpire off the hook

By Chris Riordan My son knows that the merest mention of Gurner’s Lane can throw me off. Never mind that it was hardly Gurner’s Lane’s fault when Mighty Mal took off (with my cash) at the roundabout on the King in the ’82 Cup. I never backed The Enforcer (Mick Dittman) again in his long [Read more]

Ireland Correspondent: Kennelly subdued as mighty Kerry takes on tiny Antrim

By Peter Lenaghan Kerry is Gaelic football’s undisputed powerhouse. Its dominance goes back to early last century and includes several eras of domination. The county’s distinctive green shirts with a gold band across the middle are admired and feared. The Kingdom, as County Kerry is known, has won 35 All-Ireland football titles. The list of [Read more]

Sports Science: Ice baths and dips in cold water work against recovery

By Clint Youlden We live in strange times when you consider that recovering from physical activity now receives nearly as much attention as training. As an athlete and sports scientist for the past 10 years, I’ve tried every feasible recovery method. And I thought I might give a breakdown on one of those methods, the [Read more]

General Footy Writing: How a Tiger got his stripes – Part 2

By Sam Steele I only ever saw Royce Hart play four times.  And yet he remains, without question, my one genuine sporting hero (with the possible exception of Dennis Lillee), and was instrumental in my childhood conversion to Australian football. Most of my memories of Royce are of grainy black and white snippets from the [Read more]

General Footy Writing: This solution to the problem of tanking is way out of left field. But it might just work

By Andrew Gigacz Last Sunday Melbourne became the first team to drop out of the finals race. Mathematically speaking, that is. Yes, for Freo or North or a bunch of others to make it, an extraordinary sequence of events would have to unfold. But the fact is that right now, before Round 18 commences, only [Read more]

AFL Round 16: Roos-Tigers draw offers a win for both sides of the Rawlings family

By Roseann Testagrossa The second annual Eureka Game between Richmond and North Melbourne was a day for firsts.  The first time two care-taker coaches would be coaching against each other and the first time in over 50 years that one sibling would be coaching (Jade Rawlings) against a brother (Brady) playing for the opposition. I [Read more]

General Footy Writing: President’s Pets were never going to leave the Pies. Trust me!

By Danielle Eid I wasn’t even out of the school grounds when my Dad called me on my mobile to tell me that Bucks had signed as an assistant at Magpie Land. I got home, not bothering to eat yet, and jumped onto the site just to make sure that Dad wasn’t pulling my leg. [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Yes, it’s strange, and I’m a bit worried, but I just don’t seem to hate Collingwood like I once did

By Damian O’Donnell It feels a bit strange to say it, but I don’t think I hate Collingwood the most anymore. For me this is a huge admission, because my dislike for Collingwood has been a great constant in my life, a sort of anchor. To hate Collingwood is as normal as putting your pants [Read more]

In the Sheds: Rupertswood’s geese are worth a gander

By Paul Daffey THE Rupertswood footy club has made a big impression since joining the Victorian Amateur Football Association a decade ago, and not just because of its progression through the grades.

Round 17: Richmond v Essendon – Worth the pain

After witnessing one of the greatest games this season ( JIMMMY!), I’m heading back to the ‘G’ with the casual attitude of yesterday ‘arvo’ thrown out the window,  Yesterday I wanted a close, high standard free flowing game of football and I got it.  Today, as I put on my Richmond jumper (now with the [Read more]