AFL Round 10: North squander chances while Simon Black takes his

North Melbourne 12.9.81 lost to Brisbane 15.9.99 2.10pm, Saturday, May 30 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne by Andrew Starkie The Preston Market is my late Friday afternoon ritual. Ham and Cheese from the Greek deli. Salmon from the Vietnamese fish shop. Piped James Taylor floating above the friendly din. Looking down proudly like a portrait of the [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Carlton makes work at the London desk a little easier

Carlton versus West Coast Eagles 7.40pm, Friday, May 29 Etihad Stadium Ben Santamaria I have always loved the prospect of a Friday night game: the dash from school or work to the ’G or the Dome, or whatever it’s called these days; the taste of that first weekend beer that you feel you have earned [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Politics, money and the Bulldogs at Manuka

By Pamela Sherpa The national capital Canberra doesn’t have a team in the national competition but it is hosting an AFL game today.Sydney (Swans) and Melbourne (Bulldogs.)Melbourne. The Swans however feel at home in Canberra as they play here twice a year and garnish support from the surrounding NSW region. The politics of money and football is almost as clear as a debate [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Skill, ability, speed, unselfishness. Cats are sensational.

by Josh Barnstable A nice Sunday awaits me as I wake up from my sleep-in: 9:45am. Just enough time to get dressed, make a Milo and settle on the couch to watch three hours of consecutive footy replays from the weekend’s games. It’s a nice day to finish off the season of autumn, with tomorrow [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Another Friday, another parma, another Blues win

By Josh Barnstable   Another Friday, another exciting day at school, another successful radio interview on ABC. I tip the Blues on this occasion, knowing that Brendan Fevola does not play too many bad games in a row and that Chris Judd should bounce back from last week’s shocker against Adelaide, and so should everyone [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Rain, beer and the footy on a front bar TV in Sydney

by Tony Reed I guess I have a confession to make from the outset when reporting on this game. I didn’t watch all of it, although I did manage to watch most of it. A bit like Carlton, I knew it was a-comin’ – in this case the rain in Sydney and hoped that this [Read more]

AFL Round 10: The View From Shepparton

by Peter Schumacher   The main point of point of interest that has arisen from this round is not that Ben Cousins has been caught acting stupidly again but rather what do these excursions to the dressing rooms add to the footy coverage anyway? I would have thought that in general what happens on the [Read more]

Round 10: Gigs’ stat declaration

By Andrew Gigacz   With the World Twenty20 due to start this week, the mind of the sports fan is turning towards cricket. Of course in the quick-fix form of the game the focus is on runs, not wickets. And as if in anticipation of the event, Round 10 was full of runs of its [Read more]

Press release: Victorian women’s footy team

from Leesa Catto and the VWFL   The Victorian senior women’s football team flies out on Tuesday the 2nd of June bound for Perth to compete in the 2009 AFL national women’s championships. The new look Victorian team boasts fourteen players making their debut in the Big V jumper with nine of those fourteen having represented Victoria at [Read more]

General footy writing: It’s all about confidence

Confidence is very definitely a big element in on-field success in any sport. This weekend, well known football identity Kevin Bartlett, on Saturday morning radio, gave his preview of the Round 10 Fremantle Richmond match. ‘KB’ showed a surprising level of faith in the Tigers, when he said he expected Richmond to win and win [Read more]

Poetry: Bill and Bob

                                                    Bill and Bob                                                   By Phil Dimitriadis                                       Bill played forward, Bob played back,                                                             man on man, the olden days.                                       Body hair, Brylcream, going the whack.                                                               Arch rivals these clubs remain,                                       two young men with a bitter secret,                                       who [Read more]

Haiku Bob: inside the arc

by Haiku Bob inside the arc         half moon just the one man inside the arc           first chip out wide I reach for my beer           night dew the world wobbles on Swan’s kicking           moon-punched sky Harry squirts [Read more]

AFL Round 10 (FPS): Pies turn it on at the Greensborough RSL

By John Ramsdale Collingwood 17.12.114 d Port Adelaide 11.10.76 Encouraged by last week’s showing against the Eagles, the inclusion of Thomas and Didak, and the unpredictable form of our opponents, I crossed the MCG car park with some confidence for one of the few times this year. My companion, the Piesemist, was, as usual, less sanguine. [Read more]

General Footy Writing: Coach turns umpire under the Westgate Bridge

By Andrew Fithall   Williamstown v Spotswood – Under 16Ds Dickie Fry and I have been sharing the coaching responsibilities of the Williamstown Juniors Under 16Ds. At the beginning of the year when I was first approached to be coach, Dickie was one whose name had come up but was unavailable. He still plays super-rules [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Cats just too good

By Rod Oaten Geelong 20.14 (134) d Essendon 11.4 (70) I had my misgivings about this match, first of all it’s at Docklands, I can’t recall what they call it these days and frankly don’t care either . This Docklands “Fish Bowl” is a crap ground as far as I’m concerned. Let’s face it there [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Tigers hang on in thriller

by Michael Allan Another Saturday night, another Richmond game to sit through. Fortunately tonight I don’t have to leave the comfort of the couch to do so. The parents are out tonight so it’s just my Hawthorn supporting sister Bron  and I are watching ‘Before the Game.’ I need all laughs I can get before another dismal Richmond loss. Normally I’d be confident against Freo [Read more]

AFL Round 10: Port succumb to humble Pie pressure

by Nick Kossatch Collingwood        3.1    6.5    15.8    17.12 (114) Port Adelaide      5.2    7.5     9.6     11.10 (76) GOALS Collingwood: Anthony 4, Didak 3, Dick 3, L. Brown 2, Lockyer, Swan, Davis, Clarke, Sidebottom Port Adelaide: Ebert 3, Gray, Rodan, Cassisi, Tredrea, M. Westhoff, Lade, Surjan, Pearce BEST Collingwood: Swan, L. Brown, [Read more]

Jones files: High times on the back of a truck

By Richard Jones WHILE broadcasting sports events in Papua New Guinea was never dull, radio work hasn’t been without its moments here in central Victoria. How many metropolitan radio hacks would hoist themselves into the back of ute parked against a country footy ground’s fence? Not to mention a dairy cattle livestock truck positioned adjacent [Read more]

Putting the farm back into footy – Part 1

In the first of a two-pronged attack, 1960s “footballers” Graeme Willingham (Camperdown and Daylesford FCs) and Owen Beaton (Camperdown, Heywood, Birregurra and Colac FCs) have a plan to put the farm back into footy, real grassroots style.   Secretly, they’ve always been our favourites, the ones we look out for, and indeed watch over. Because [Read more]

Speccie voting

Greatest speccie of all time voting   Shaun Smith at the Gabba                                 45 Jezza    1970 GF                                              36 Gary Ablett over Pert                                       23 Ashley Sampi v Melb                                        20 Trevor Barker on the wing at teh Lake Oval  12 Gary Ablett (snr) v Melb 1989              10 Gary Moorcroft v Doggies                                14 Chris Tarrant v Melbourne 2002                       7 Brett [Read more]