Good Old-fashioned Footy Keeps The Long Room Rocking by Andrew Starkie

    Western Bulldogs versus North Melbourne 2.10pm, Sunday, April 5 Melbourne Cricket Ground   I invited my mates, Adrian and Glen, into the Long Room for today’s game.  Adrian turns the big Four O soon and considers extended celebration necessary for such a milestone.  He’s a Yorkshireman right down to his Hull City FC [Read more]

Round 2

What with landscaping, church working bees and the like I now find that it is Tuesday and I haven’t yet got together my mish mash of thoughts re round 2. The two stand outs to me were on the one hand Dean Laidley praising his team after their performance against the Bulldogs. How refreshing this [Read more]

Football Denied by Matt Quartermaine

West Coast Eagles Vs Port Adelaide Round 2, Subiaco.   Sunday afternoon was cleared earlier in the week with the relevant authorities (my partner) so that I could watch the West Coast/Port match down at the local.   But the weekend didn’t start well. My 10 year old boy declared he didn’t like football. “It’s [Read more]

Bush Boys Beaten By Heat In Dubai by Rocket Gillett

It was more than a truly international clash on football’s latest frontier; it was a classic Bush Boys versus City Slickers encounter. The inaugural Middle East AFL Grand Final pitted the unbeaten Dubai Heat (based in the UAE) against the Muscat Magpies from neighbouring Oman. Dubai is an emerging 21st century megapolis while Muscat is [Read more]

Dees don’t deliver despite dominating early by Steve Healy

Before the game I checked up. Collingwood and Melbourne had played 221 times, 129 of those of those at the MCG. The Pies had taken the honours 138 times, the Dees 79, and there had been four draws. I wasn’t put off by this stat, I know that Melbourne play well against Collingwood. Collingwood are [Read more]

Broken Hill Outmine the Superdogs by Nick Kossatch

THE Riverland Superdogs ventured off to Broken Hill for their round one clash against the Masters Australian Over 35’s competition newcomers. Saturday’s twilight fixture was a success for the Silver City-siders as they overran the Dogs in the last quarter by 10 points. Canadian recruit Steve ‘The Puck’ Deighton unfortunately strained his driver in his [Read more]

First match of the coaching season

We love living across the road from a football ground. Helen and I moved into our current abode 14 years ago. The school football ground was part of the attraction. Many family hours have been spent flying kites, throwing frisbees, kicking footballs, catching lacrosse balls, learning to ride bicycles or just running around. We always [Read more]

Kardinia sojourn a rite of Tiger passage by John Green

I felt it was a necessary part of my 11-year-old’s footy education to take him to see the Tigers play away at Skilled Stadium. After all, where else today can you have the experience of jostling for space on old fashioned concrete terracing and watching an AFL match? Where else can you walk not only [Read more]

Pies Cruise

by Tim O’Leary Thankful: adv, act of being grateful for playing Melbourne round 2 and getting the four points.   The Collingwood banner exclaimed: “Dedication and Passion: The will to win”. What a pity the Melbourne players read that simple message and took it on board for the first quarter. They played a neat brand [Read more]

Carlton too good at promising new stadium

Carlton versus Brisbane Lions Saturday, April 4 Etihad Stadium by Tony Birch   Carlton 3.2 11.5 13.8 18.11 (119) Brisbane Lions 3.3 4.6 10.8 15.10 (100)   Goals Carlton: Fevola 5; Murphy 3, Betts 3; Gibbs 2, Cloke 2; Judd, Hadley, Houlihan. Brisbane Lions: Bradshaw 6; Brown 3; Sherman 2, Hooper 2; Johnstone, McGrath.   [Read more]

Dogs sneak home by Josh Barnstable

I am excited about this match. The Doggies haven’t beaten North Melbourne since 2005, North having won the last five games. What would normally have been just a normal encounter between these two teams, it was given some extra meaning with the game becoming the “Victorian Services Appreciation Match”, acknowledging the work the Victorian Emergency [Read more]

Again and again and yet again by Cheryl Critchley

It has taken 10 long days to finally confront the traumatic events of March 26, 2009. Like many others stuck in a bad relationship, the first stage is denial. That didn’t really happen did it? It couldn’t have been that bad. Maybe I’m overreacting. Didn’t they promise never to break our hearts again? Of course [Read more]

Friday night footy from the comfort of home

by Josh Barnstable I’m on the computer talking with friends. I am excited. School has finished for two weeks, the footy is back and I’m to play a match on Saturday morning. I’m still talking to friends, oblivious of the time. The computer all of a sudden restarts and I start getting frustrated. But I [Read more]

The Friday Night of Broken Dreams

Adelaide v St Kilda AAMI Stadium, Fri 3 April 2009 by Richard Arrowsmith Friday night.  First home game of the season.  And all the familiar faces, and sights, and smells, are there. The friendly volunteers at the Seaton High oval are out in force, lined up in their hi-vis jackets and waving torches to guide [Read more]

Four Quarters of Psychosis by David Enticott

First Quarter. Transference, n. “Unconscious transferring of one’s hopes, desires, fears etc. from one person to another” (The Chambers Dictionary). Thomas has been looking forward to the game all week. At five years of age he is making his AFL debut. Like all good Enticotts he barracks for Collingwood. The morning starts with Auskick where [Read more]

Lakeside premiership aint what it used to be by Stephen Healy (Grade 9)

St. Kilda V Sydney Reflect back on the last two times these teams have played at Docklands. Round Seven, 2007, and Round One, 2008. St.Kilda have taken the chocolates both times, but somewhat more importantly, they have been unattractive, messy games that frustrate the crowd. Both teams seem to cancel each other out and the [Read more]

Lyons’ monotone beats Swans monotony by Andrew Gigacz

One thing I’ve noticed about St Kilda’s playing style since Ross Lyon took over as coach is that it sort of reflects his vocal characteristics: a lack of flare. When Lyon speaks his voice lacks cadence. This is not to say what he is saying is not intelligent and insightful. Indeed, since he took on [Read more]

Round 1

As many have said, so why not one more, not much can be taken out of the first of 22 rounds. Still, I would rather be a Brisbane  than a Richmond supporter as the Lions commence their relentless march to the finals. Hope that they don’t expect to keep on winning though by producing one [Read more]

Tell them Junior’s dreamin’

By Chris Riordan Like most footy fans, I tend to base judgements and opinions on an inconsistent range of often contradictory observations or even pig-headed bias. The gathering of evidence can come later! I’ve never embraced the DreamTeam concept. I vaguely recall once watching an awful quarter of Port possession and hearing someone behind me [Read more]

No Blues for these Blues by Anthony Reed

How good was the build up for this game? For a first round match, I’d never encountered anything like it – and I now live in Sydney. Fans of both Richmond and Carlton were upbeat about the future and hoping to break their respective final ducks this year, with an improving 2008. More realistically the [Read more]