An Anzac Day reflection

By Damian O’Donnell A whole generation of blokes goes off to war in 1914. They go to a foreign land to kill and be killed. Today we might struggle to understand that. We, the inhabitants of this global village where the other side of the world is a click of a mouse away, cannot begin [Read more]

Bulldogs not on free-to-air? No surprise there

By Andrew Gigacz Imagine if Adelaide were second on the ladder and they were playing in top team St Kilda in Melbourne. For Crows supporters it’d be a dream scenario. First v second live into their lounge rooms. Now imagine that the game was only available for viewing in Adelaide via Pay TV. You can [Read more]

From The Village to Victoria Park

A Villanelle that is an ode to my Father By Phil Dimitriadis From dodging bullets in World War 2, to stepping on broken bottles of Abbott’s Lager. Ah, the relative peace of Turner Street in 1952. While Communists and Royalists searched for prey, The slums of Collingwood seem like heaven. The wounds were still raw, [Read more]

Wanted: music to lull me into an impenetrable bubble of football excellence

When I turned on the news in my Perth home on Friday night, WAFL footy led the sports news headlines. It was a phenomenon not seen in my three years in this city. There is renewed excitement surrounding the state competition. The Eagles and the Dockers are battling while the WAFL is producing nail-biters. Like [Read more]

Tigers need a young coach for a new era

By Paul Daffey In 2004 Hawthorn finished fifteenth with four wins and a percentage of 70 while Richmond finished sixteenth — last — with a percentage of 69. The clubs were separated by one percentage point. I know these figures because they’re burned in my mind. It hurts and confuses me to think what has [Read more]

Don’t mention the marshmallow war

North Melbourne a Essendon 1.10pm, Sunday, 19 April Etihad Stadium, Melbourne By Mark Wallace It was just like any other run-of-the-mill weekend day in our seaside hamlet on the Bellarine Peninsula. Nothin’ special. Picked up the papers, had the usual Sunday morning breakfast — poached eggs on sourdough toast. Stacey prefers it with a generous [Read more]

Collingwood Find Some Form in the Reclink Cup

by Hamish Townsend There’s a point near the roundabout at Keele St and Gold where the wind changes to gusts. Local inns call with a false warmth and hospitality; The Leinster and The Bendigo either side or retreat to the Curry Family or Robbie Burns and its Spanish restaurant. This point is where the black [Read more]

Sydney Uni align with Collingwood — and stick with blue and gold colours

By Rod Gillett When the Collingwood Football Club first sat down with the Sydney University Australian National Football Club to talk about the proposal to field an under-eighteen team in the Sydney AFL competition the uni officials made it quite clear that the team’s colours would be blue and gold. This was not an issue [Read more]

Seventh heaven, my bootlace. Writing match reports is a terrible business

By Andrew Stafford A few days after the Brisbane v Collingwood clash at the Gabba, I received an email from a fellow Pies tragic. “You must have been in seventh heaven!” she gushed. Several other friends, not all of them Magpie fans, made similar comments. My job is a source of some envy. I am [Read more]

Strange, tingly feeling leads to rare delight

By Barry Levinson From the moment Round 3 concluded with yet another Richmond loss, I began looking ahead to Round 4 with a strange, tingly feeling inside … the sort of strange, tingly feeling usually reserved for the build-up to a final. But I wasn’t imagining the sensation … as a Melbourne supporter, this was [Read more]

In and outs of early Bendigo football

By Richard Jones In the early years of the twentieth century two of the Bendigo Football League’s present-day power clubs dominated. South Bendigo and Eaglehawk took it in turns to snare what was called “the premiership of the district” in the Bendigo Football Association. For a number of seasons no finals were played; clubs that [Read more]

Tigers continue to wander around the desert in circles

By John Green It’s the game Richmond have to win. When supporters first perused the 2009 draw this clash with lowly Melbourne was pencilled in as a certainty. Humiliate those Bluebagger upstarts who were coming and we all knew it, fly the colours against the Cats and the Bulldogs in the following rounds, boost the [Read more]

Footy keeps home fires burning

By Pamela Sherpa Timing is everything they say.  A visit home to Gunbower in northern Victoria luckily coincides with a “home” footy match against the nearest rival. Leitchville-Gunbower v Cohuna Kangas, Round 2, Central Murray Football League. Two teams that used to be four. It’s a situation that typifies country football. Effectively half the district has combined and is playing at [Read more]

Richmond clown removes his make-up

  By Christopher Riordan   How could we resist? It’s not often that you get the chance to witness cannibalism on the terraces but, if the papers are to be believed (I know this has just taken a credibility dive), that is what will happen if the “eat their young” Tiger fans witness a loss [Read more]

The day the footy and racing stars aligned and Tom Logan took a screamer

By Christoper Riordan Passion and sport are natural bed-partners. Rightly so. Look at any major sporting event around the world and see how the crowd and participants feed off each others’ energy. Liverpool’s Kop, the start of the Melbourne Cup, Lillee charging in from (almost on behalf of) Bay 13. Stirring moments. There is, though, [Read more]

Oh what a feeling for a Port fan

By Nick Kossatch It was hard for me to get up at ten minutes past four on the Saturday morning in the lead-up to the Port and Hawthorn clash at the MCG in the afternoon. “Gee, the Power boys better win,” I said to myself. “Last time I was at the ’G it was a [Read more]

Round 4 haiku: reeling them in

distant thunder Rocca lugs his thighs to the square * * rain soaked shoes while they dry abusing the umps! * * half moon our defence also sliced in half * * between scudding clouds the moon and Pendlebury * * half-time cigarette a long sigh joins the leaden sky * * after heavy rain [Read more]

So good to see brilliant Cats live. Yes, live!

By Peter Schumacher If I were a Geelong supporter I wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I mean, how did they ever manage to lose the grand final? On Saturday night they were magnificent. Even Neil Craig, who I reckon is really fair in his analysis of the way his side is playing, said that [Read more]

Gazza goes nuts and the French girls don’t care

By Peter Flynn Milburn out. Lonergan in. Suggestions that Bomber was overruled at the selection table. Believe! West is unlucky and Mumford gets his chance to impress. I sit myself down in preparation for an even contest. I am next to two strikingly good looking French girls who don’t appear to share my anticipation for [Read more]

Premiers overhaul new boys from Strathfieldsaye

By Richard Jones Eaglehawk had to come from 15 points down at the last change to register their first win of the season against a very impressive Bendigo footy league rival Strathfieldsaye at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park on Saturday. Strathfieldsaye – the Storm – jumped out to an early five-goal lead and led at half-time and [Read more]